John Jay College Alumni News
The Office of Continuing and Professional StudiesJohn Jay Alumni GivingJohn Jay Alumni BenefitsJohn Jay College Alumni HomepageJohn Jay College Home Page
College News

Partners in Crime Prevention
As part of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's plan to make New York City even safer, the city will “partner with John Jay College on an initiative linking young offenders released from detention with the mental health services they need.” Bloomberg made the announcement in his 2007 State of City Address in January. The six month pilot program, which will receive $670,000 in funding, is being conducted by John Jay's Criminal Justice Research Center and the Prisoner Reentry Institute in conjunction with the New York City Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). According to Nancy Jacobs, director of the Criminal Justice Research Center, “Little is empirically known about what works to facilitate the reentry of minors in general, or minors with mental-health needs in particular.” The John Jay partners have planned “a learning community” made up of experts from the College's faculty and staff, community-based service providers, and DJJ.

Think John Jay

Class Action
A group of students is sitting in a classroom in Haaren Hall on a Friday morning. Some are looking around, others are whispering to their neighbor. They all appear to be checking out their surroundings with a sense of curiosity. There's certainly nothing unusual about students in a college classroom. But these are not John Jay students. Well, at least not yet anyway. These students are from the High School for Public Safety and Law located in Brooklyn's East New York section. They were brought to the College on March 2 by their teacher, alumna Amina Emanuel (BA ‘06). In walks President Jeremy Travis. The class settles down. He personally encourages them to set their goals high and consider a future that includes higher education not only at the undergraduate level, but at the graduate level as well. Having had the opportunity to visit classes, tour the facilities, and having a teacher whose school spirit for her alma mater is self evident, there is little doubt that these students will certainly “Think John Jay.” (For more about Amina Emanuel, see the Alumni Spotlight below.)

Innovative Writing
The field of higher education is always seeking successful ways to enhance writing skills among college students. One of those ways, “Learning Literacy by Studying Literacy” created by Associate Professor Mark McBeth of John Jay's English Department, was recently named as one of two recipients of the 2007 Award for Innovation presented last month by the Conference on Basic Writing (CBW). The course, which is team taught, allows students to choose from three themes: literacy behind bars/prison education; representations of literacy in literature; or university policy/politics and literacy. “It's no longer just about skills and drills,” said McBeth. “Students are taught about critical thinking, revision, and how to analyze and critique the work of others.” The CBW, a 27-year-old national organization, recognizes creative approaches that improve the educational process for basic writers. Criteria for the award are: originality, portability, and results.

Summer Program for Kids
There's a bit of Sherlock in all of us no matter what the age. For children ages 11-14, the Office of Continuing and Professional Studies is sponsoring a unique summer program that will introduce kids to real forensic practices. Activities include how to find clues, analyze crime scenes, and learn how DNA and eyewitnesses are used to find out “ who done it.” This summer give your kids an experience that is not only entertaining, but educational as well. The “Be a Detective” program runs from July 9 through 26, Mondays through Thursdays, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For more information and to register your children in this one-of-a-kind summer program, go to or call 212-237-8663. Alumni receive a 10% discount.


Alumni Day 2007

Come On Back!

Click Here to Register for Alumni Day

Occasional Series on Reentry Research
Friday, April 13, 2007                        8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

The Prisoner Reentry Institute is pleased to invite you to a presentation on “Governing through Crime: How the War on Crime Transformed American Democracy and Created a Culture of Fear” by Jonathan Simon, Associate Dean, Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program, Professor of Law, University of California at Berkeley.

RSVP to Nicole Lindahl at or 646-557-4534.

John Jay College
Room 630T
899 Tenth Ave., NYC

U.S. Supreme Court Review
Tuesday, April 17, 2007                       3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

In this inaugural program, experts on Criminal Justice, Civil Rights, Civil Liberties and Victim's Rights will examine selected decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court. The program is being presented by the Department of Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice Administration; the Office of Continuing and Professional Studies; and the Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section of the American Bar Association.

RSVP to 212-484-1101.

John Jay College
Room 630T
899 Tenth Ave., NYC

Notary Public Test Preparation
Saturday, April 21, 2007                       9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The Continuing Education Program is offering a seminar to prepare individuals for the New York State Notary Public Examination. The class provides a comprehensive overview of the notary public office and informs candidates of the authority, duties and responsibilities involved. The cost for this one-day course is $115 plus a $15 registration fee. Alumni receive a 10% discount. (The seminar will also be offered on Saturday, May 19, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.)

For more information go to or call 212-237-8556.

John Jay College
BMW Building , 6th Floor
555 W. 57 th Street, NYC

Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman
Tuesday, April 24 ,2007                                                7:00 PM
Wednesday, April 25, 2005                         12:30 PM & 7:00 PM
Thursday, April 26, 2007                             11:00 AM & 7:00 PM
Friday, April 27, 2007                                 11:00 AM & 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 28, 2007                                               7:00 PM

The Department of Speech, Theatre & Media Studies and the John Jay Theatrical Players invite you to a performance based on Ovid's mythological tale directed by Professor Lorraine Moller.

All performances are free and are general admission seating.

John Jay College
Gerald W. Lynch Theater
899 Tenth Ave., NYC

Annual Job Fair
Thursday, April 19, 2007                        3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Office of Career Development is pleased to invite alumni to participate in its annual Job Fair. Participants must wear traditional business attire and bring at least 10 copies of their resumes.

For more information, contact Crystal Farmer at 212-237-8754

John Jay College
445 West 59th Street , NYC

Washington , DC Alumni Reception & Lecture
Tuesday, April 24, 2007                        6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Alumni are cordially invited to join President Jeremy Travis and Professor David Kennedy of John Jay's Center for Crime Prevention and Control for a reception and lecture.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Sharice Conway at 212-237-8547 or

Watergate Hotel
2650 Virginia Ave., NW
Washington, DC

A Presentation by Forensic Scientist, Dr. Henry Lee (BS '72)
Tuesday, April 24, 2007                        6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Department of Sciences and the Forensic Science Society invite you to a special presentation by Dr. Henry Lee (BS '72). Nationally recognized as one of the country's leading forensic scientists, Dr. Lee is Chief Emeritus of the Connecticut State Police, Founder and Professor of the Forensic Science Program at the University of New Haven, and author of numerous books and articles in the area of forensic science.

RSVP to Sharice Conway at 212-237-8547 or by April 20. Seating is limited.

John Jay College
Room 630T
899 Tenth Ave., NYC

Alumni Day Reunion
Saturday, April 28, 2007                        2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Third Annual Alumni Day program is designed to offer thought provoking, reflective and entertaining events that will appeal to John Jay alumni of all ages and interests. Events include a discussion of the history of the College led by Professors Gerald Markowitz and Karen Kaplowitz, a seminar on preventing cybyercrime by Professor Doug Salane, a workshop designed for making career connections, and a reception including the presentation of the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award to Teri Coaxum, Class of ‘93. Afterwards, alumni are invited to attend a performance of Metamorphosis by Mary Zimmerman directed by Professor Lorraine Moller of the Speech, Theatre and Media Studies Department.

For more information about Alumni Day, go to or contact Ellen Kiernan, Director of Alumni Relations at 212-237-8964 or

John Jay College
899 Tenth Ave., NYC

Book & Author Series
Tuesday, May 1, 2007                           4:00 PM

The John Jay Book & Author Series is pleased to present Prologue to Violence: Child Abuse, Disassociation and Crime by Professor Abby Stein. Distinguished Professor Cathy Spatz Widom will serve as panelist.

John Jay College
Theatre Lobby
899 Tenth Ave., NYC

Film Preview: The Last Ghost of War directed by Janet Gardner
Wednesday, May 2, 2007 Show Times:    3:00 PM
                                                             5:00 PM
                                                             6:30 PM

The Office of Institutional Advancement invites you to this provocative documentary about the effects of Agent Orange (dioxin) on Vietnamese victims, American war veterans and ex-workers at US chemical factories. The Last Ghost of War examines the ongoing legal fight against 32 chemical companies. Produced by Pham Quoc Thai and Janet Gardner and narrated by Kevin Kline, the film was shot on location in Vietnam, France and the United States.

RSVP to Cindy Zhu at

John Jay College
Room 630T
899 Tenth Ave., NYC

The Tides of War and Collateral Damage
Thursday, May 3, 2007                           10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

The Office of Institutional Advancement is pleased to present a thought provoking panel discussion concerning the issues of justice surrounding the legacy and lingering effects of war, including Vietnam and the use of Agent Orange (see above). Among the panelists will be: Susan Hammond from the Fund for Reconciliation and Development in Washington, DC; Attorney Constantin Kokkoris who is representing a number of the Vietnamese victims; and Professor Raul Zamudio of the Art, Music and Philosophy Department.

RSVP to Cindy Zhu at

John Jay College
Theatre Lobby
899 Tenth Ave., NYC

Malcolm/King Spring “ T'ing” Scholarship Fund Raiser
Thursday, May 17, 2007                           6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The Malcom/King Committee invites you to an evening of refreshments, music, dancing, and surprise guest appearances to support scholarships for John Jay students.

Contributors $30.00
Patrons $40.00
Supporters $50.00
The Real “ T'ing” $120.00

RSVP to Marva Lilly at 212-237-8117

John Jay College
BMW Building , Room 615
555 W. 57th St., NYC

First Annual Criminal Law Update: A Program for Members of the Bar
Saturday, May 12, 2007                           9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

John Jay College is pleased to announce the First Annual Criminal Law Update. A panel of distinguished jurists, outstanding litigators and practitioners will examine cutting edge topics in criminal law today. Topics will include: Developing Law and Practice on Accusatory Instruments in Criminal Court, The Changing Role of Counsel in Criminal Court, Search and Seizure, A Review of Driving While Intoxicated Cases, US Supreme Court Review of Significant Cases Affecting Criminal Law Practice, and Depraved Indifference Murder. The program will also feature perspectives from judges of the NYS Court of Appeals, US District Court and NYC Criminal Court.

Application for accreditation of this course or program in New York is currently pending. CLE credit: 7 credits total: 6 Professional Practice/Practice Management & 1Ethics.

Registration rates: Private attorneys: $95 - John Jay Alumni, Legal Aid, 18B & Public Sector law offices: $85

For more information or to register on-line, go to or call the Office of Continuing and Professional Studies at 212-484-1101.

John Jay College
4th Floor
899 Tenth Ave., NYC

Occasional Series on Reentry Research
Friday, May 18, 2007                           8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

The Prisoner Reentry Institute is pleased to invite you to a presentation on “Perceived Criminality, Criminal Background Checks and the Racial Hiring Practices of Employers” by Michael Stoll, Acting Director, Center for the Study of Urban Poverty, and Professor of Public Policy and Urban Planning, University of California at Los Angeles. Sharon M. Dietrich, Managing Attorney, Community Legal Services and Kareem Omary, Employment Specialist, Center for Employment Opportunities will be discussants.

RSVP to Nicole Lindahl at or 646-557-4534.

John Jay College
Room 630T
899 Tenth Ave., NYC

Los Angeles , CA Alumni Event
Monday, May 21, 2007

An alumni event with President Jeremy Travis is being planned. Details will be announced.

Alumni Spotlight

Amina Emanuel (BA '06)

Amina Emanuel (BA '06)
As a student majoring in Justice Studies with an Honors English minor at John Jay, Amina Emanuel became very concerned with issues of social justice, poverty and high incarceration rates among black and Hispanic youth. “It troubled me a lot,” she said. Not being satisfied with just thinking about the problem, Emanuel felt she had to intervene. After graduating magna cum laude, she decided that teaching high school was a way to make a difference. “I thought I'm going to try to get these kids when they are in high school. It's prime time. They are at a crossroads. If they drop out, they are in danger of becoming losers. I wanted to deal with the problem at this level rather than deal with it after some of them had entered the criminal justice system.”

Emanuel teaches English at the High School of Public Safety and Law in the East New York section of Brooklyn, one of the city's toughest neighborhoods. With five classes totaling more than 100 students, her day is a busy one. What she finds most rewarding is “seeing the kids working diligently, processing the information and seeing the joy in their faces when they get it.” For a number of Emanuel's students, going to college was not uppermost in their mind. That changed last month when she brought her students to her alma mater where they met with President Jeremy Travis, sat in on classes and attended a presentation about the College. Emanuel is “very big on college” as an avenue to achieving social justice. “My students need to see what their future could be like. It's one thing to preach to these kids about college, it's another thing to take them there and experience it first hand.”

For Emanuel, “Teaching is one of the most meaningful ways to give back to the community.” She strongly believes that, “their generation is going to take over after we are gone. And if we don't do the right thing to steer these youngsters in the right direction, then society will be the worse for it.” Her passion and commitment to teaching are testimony to an altruistic spirit that was nurtured by her education at John Jay College. And her efforts haven't gone unnoticed. In March she was voted by the students as The Teacher of the Month.

Student Highlights

Student Highlights

Jae Ko
Jae Ko operates in high gear and with a distinct sense of purpose and direction. He eventually wants to pursue a career in public service or politics, but right now he works with Sociology Professor Maria Volpe in the Dispute Resolution Program where he started out as a volunteer. Now a junior, Ko came to John Jay from the Bronx High School of Science, one of the top high schools in the country. He's majoring in criminology and eventually wants to go to law school. “Criminology gives me a humanistic perspective on things, not just crime and criminality, but on society as a whole,” he says. At the College, he has served on the Judicial Board and is also one of the College's Justice Scholars, a scholarship program established by Princeton University for John Jay students who exemplify perseverance and dedication in pursuing a career in public service. Actively involved in research, Ko presented his work on prison gangs at the American Society of Criminology meeting - quite an achievement for an undergraduate. His current research interest is the radicalization of prison inmates. Commenting on his research, Ko says he is proud to be part of a growing population of students at the College “who are doing original research and making policy recommendations that make a contribution to the academic discussion.”

Office of Alumni Affairs, 555 West 57th Street, Room 608, NY, NY 10019 - Phone 212.237.8547, Email:,