Tag Archives: MC2004

JOY: Mercaldi, Amanda Connor [MC2004] is expecting


Mercaldi, Amanda Connor [MC2004] is with Matthew Mercaldi in Port Chester, New York.

2019 08Aug 14 it s a boy


[JR: Congrats on your new son!]

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JNEWS: Blenner, Mark [MC2004] receives a PECASE award



Mark Blenner of Clemson University awarded Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
Media Release
Paul Alongi, College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences
July 8, 2019

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CLEMSON — A Clemson University associate professor whose research could help enable long-term space missions and search for some of the globe’s most destructive weapons is receiving the U.S. government’s highest honor for early-career scientists and engineers.

Mark Blenner, the McQueen-Quattlebaum Associate Professor in the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is receiving the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, also called PECASE.

“It’s an honor to be included among such an esteemed group of scientists and engineers from across the country,” Blenner said. “I’d like to thank all who made it possible, including the undergraduate and graduate students who work in my lab, as well as all of my mentors and my colleagues at Clemson University.”

Blenner was among 311 researchers nationwide, including two from South Carolina, honored with the award, according to the White House.

“The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology,” it stated.

Blenner is the fifth Clemson University researcher to win the award since it was commissioned in 1996 by the cabinet-level National Science and Technology Council. He is the second winner from Clemson’s chemical and biomolecular engineering department.

Blenner works with bacteria and yeast to make new enzymes that are able to do things nature has not yet figured out. The research gives the students in his lab a chance to work on the cutting edge of synthetic biology.

In one project, Blenner and his team are working to engineer yeast to convert respiration carbon dioxide, algae biomass and urine into 3D printable plastics and nutritional omega-3 fats. Astronauts on missions to Mars could, for example, use the plastics to make new tools and use the omega-3 fatty acids for maintaining health.

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Blenner received his Ph.D. and Master of Science in chemical engineering, both from Columbia University. He received his Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Manhattan College.

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Blenner, Mark [MC????]

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Dear John,

               I believe that Mark is a member of the Class of 2004.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Blenner, Mark [MC2004]

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JFOUND: Small, Jackie [MC2004] Licensed Professional Counselor Fairfield CT



Small, Jackie [MC2004]
Licensed Professional Counselor

Becoming a parent is a major transition in one’s life. Like all major life changes, the arrival of a baby can be stressful. For some mothers and fathers this normal stress reaction can turn into anxiety and depression, but it doesn’t have to. With the right guidance and preparation, postpartum anxiety and depression can be prevented. Over the past 15 years I’ve developed strategies that are practical and immediately usable. The skills I teach to expecting and new parents target the patterns that allow depression and anxiety to take over. These strategies can be taught to anyone looking to learn how to prevent and overcome anxiety.

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JLINKEDIN: Toruno, Jenny [MC2004] Immigration Officer @ British Consulate



Toruno, Jenny [MC2004]
Immigration Officer ( Entry Clearance) at British Consulate General
Greater New York City Area

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JNEWS: Nisar, Fawad [MC2004] EVP Trucept Marketing Inc.



Trucept Inc. Ramps Up Marketing Division To Include CBD Promotions
Hires Fawad Nisar To Lead Marketing Efforts
News provided by Trucept Inc.
May 03, 2019, 08:06 ET

SAN DIEGO, May 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — (OTC Pink: TREP) A leading consulting and service provider to the Professional Employer Organization and Consumer Goods industries, Trucept Inc. today announced the expansion of its Strategic Marketing and Technology products and services by appointing Fawad Nisar as Executive Vice President for its new wholly owned subsidiary, Trucept Marketing Inc.

Nisar spent 13 years at Trellist Marketing & Technology, providing business consulting, brand and marketing strategy, and technology expertise to Fortune 500 enterprise clients in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, retail, manufacturing, and financial industries. With a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College, Nisar also brings valuable expertise within the Cannabis industry, particularly in product development, sales & marketing of Cannabidiol (CBD).

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Nisar, Fawad [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Fawad is a member of the Class of 2004.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Nisar, Fawad [MC2004]

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JNEWS: Bishop, Nick [MC2004] VP EHS @ Skanska USA



Skanska USA names new vice president
February 25, 2019

New York-based Skanska USA has promoted Nick Bishop to vice president of environmental, health and safety (EHS) for its Southeast civil operations. He will be based out of the Virginia Beach office.

Bishop has 28 years of experience in the construction industry, including 12 years with Skanska. He most recently served as EHS director for Skanska’s civil operation at the national level. He was also the national coordinator for the integrated ISO14001/OHSAS 18001 Safety Health & Environmental Management System (SHEMS) for occupational health and safety management systems.

He has a bachelor of science degree in industrial management from Manhattan College in New York City.

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Bishop, Nick [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Nick is a member of the Class of 2004.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Bishop, Nick [MC2004]

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JNEWS: McGrail, Nora [MC2004] 2019 Section 4 HoF




Have a look at Section 4 Hall of Fame Class of 2019
Staff Report — Published 9:29 a.m. ET Feb. 21, 2019

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Inductees will be recognized at their choice of basketball-championship venues on March 2.

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Nora McGrail

Nora McGrail a 2000 graduate of Stamford Central School was best known for her achievements on the basketball court. Nora played four years of varsity basketball, during her tenure the team was 86-8, her teams won 4 Delaware League titles, 3 Delaware League Cross-over Championships, 2 Sectional Class D Championships and played in 2 State Tournaments. Nora finished her basketball career at Stamford scoring 1117 points and 1047 rebounds.

Nora also starred on the soccer field playing four years of Varsity soccer. Nora was voted Most Improved Player on the team her freshman-Junior years and was voted MVP her senior year. Nora was an honorable mention all-star her sophomore year and a 1st team Delaware League All- star her junior and senior years.

Nora also played softball for three years. Voted most improved her freshman year, voted MVP her sophomore and senior year. A 2nd team Delaware League all-star her freshman and sophomore years and a 1st team all-star her senior year.

Once out of High School Nora played Bronx Irish soccer in a league in Manhattan and also played NY Ladies Gaelic football playing for two teams Mayo and Na Fianna. Her teams won numerous championships with these two teams and voted a league all-star numerous times.


Nora is a graduate of Manhattan College in 2004 with an Accounting degree. But after assisting her mother with a long term illness decided to go back to school and perused a degree in nursing at Mildred-Elley. Nora now works as a nurse at Triboro Rehabilitation and Nursing Home in the Bronx. Nora continues to live in Yonkers to this day.

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McGrail, Nora [MC2004]

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