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Unique Corporate Security Programs Being Offered
To meet the strategic and managerial needs of an increasingly challenging world, the College has established a Leadership Academy for senior executives that will provide a global forum and professional study opportunities for those in leadership positions in both the public and private sectors. The Academy’s Corporate Security Program is designed to address the educational needs of chief security officers, corporate security directors who aspire to more senior roles in their organization, and law enforcement or military officers seeking second careers in corporate security.

If you are currently working in corporate security or you are planning a transition from law enforcement to private security, two exciting programs are now being offered that will provide you with the knowledge and skills to get ahead in this highly complex field. The “Chief Security Officer Program,” a certificate program, and the “Transitioning Law Enforcement Program” have been carefully designed to address the industry’s most pressing needs with strategies that are relevant and engaging. Both programs have been developed by leading experts to give participants the tools they need to effectively protect organizations, safeguard assets and become fully integrated into the organization’s business structure.

The “Chief Security Officer Program” consists of six individual modules. Participants can enroll in any one or all of these three-day sessions that run from January through June 2007. Among the topics are “Business and Financial Strategies” and “Concepts for Designing Effective Security Controls.”

The “Transitioning Law Enforcement Program” consists of five two-day training sessions that run from February through June 2007. Participants can enroll in any or all of the independent modules. Among the topics are “Corporate Investigations” and “Corporate Security Skills and Objectives.”

For details about the program, the courses, and to register, visit the website at  or call 212-484-1101. John Jay Alumni receive a 10% discount.

Volunteers Needed
How did John Jay shape your career? What opportunities are there for recent graduates? The Office of Alumni Affairs asks your help in answering these questions at the College’s Career Information Fair on Wednesday and Thursday, December 6 and 7, from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM in the North Hall Cafeteria. The Fair plays host to representatives from numerous federal, state and local agencies along with private and non-profit corporations who will be providing information and on-site recruiting of our students and alumni. (See the Events section.) If you are interested, please contact Ellen Kiernan at or 212-237-8964.

It’s Quiz Time
Why is Professor Ric Curtis of the Anthropology Department standing barefoot on a balancing ball? How does an 18th Century institution influence one of the College’s top graduate programs? Do race and culture affect the response to domestic violence? Can a unique collaboration create the forensic scientists of the future? What are your fellow alums up to? Relax. It’s an open book test. To find the answers, check your mailbox for the Fall 2006 edition of John Jay Magazine.

Travis appointed to Spitzer’s Transition Team Advisory Committee
President Jeremy Travis has been appointed to the Governor-Elect Elliot Spitzer and Lieutenant Governor-Elect David Paterson Transition Team’s Criminal Justice Policy Advisory Committee. Travis has been asked to serve as coordinator of the subcommittee on corrections, parole, probation and reentry. Thirteen Policy Advisory Committees have been established. Each is composed of a diverse group of leading experts and thinkers from throughout the state. The committees will advise the newly elected governor and lieutenant governor and their transition team on the major challenges facing New York State.

Highest Honors
The National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD), the nation’s oldest criminal justice research organization, marked its centennial anniversary by awarding John Jay’s President Jeremy Travis and Professor Joan Petersilia of the University of California-Irvine with its prestigious Donald Cressey Award for outstanding academic contributions to criminology. That prisoner reentry has become an increasingly important issue on the public policy agenda is due in no small measure to their efforts. Travis became concerned with the issue while head of the National Institute of Justice during the Clinton administration. His efforts continued at the Urban Institute where he and Petersilia co-chaired a Reentry Roundtable in 2000 which led to the research cited for the award. Their collaboration also gave rise to several publications including Travis’s book, They All Come Back: Facing the Challenges of Prisoner Reentry, and Petersilia’s book, When Prisoners Come Home: Parole and Prisoner Reentry.

Coming Home Soldiers
As numerous ceremonies across the country commemorated Veterans’ Day last month, the City University of New York demonstrated its gratitude to the men and women who answered the call of their country in a poignant ceremony held at the College. CUNY marked the occasion by launching a web site specifically geared to the educational needs of veterans at


It’s never to early to plan ahead

Alumni Day

April 28, 2007

Save the Date!

The John Jay Book & Author Series
Wednesday, December 6, 2006               5:30 PM

The John Jay Book & Author Series is pleased to present Punishment and Inequality in America by Bruce Western, Professor of Sociology at Princeton University . The moderator will be Debbie Mukamal of the College’s Prisoner Reentry Institute with guest panelist reporter Erik Eckholm of the New York Times.

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

Career Information Fair
Wednesday, December 6, 2006        9:30 AM – 3:00 PM 
Wednesday, December 6, 2006        3:15 PM – CIA Orientation
Thursday, December 7, 2006            9:30 AM – 3:00 PM

The Office of Career Advising is sponsoring its annual Career Information Fair. Representatives from more than 100 federal, state, and local agencies along with private and non-profit corporations will be on-site recruiting and providing information to students, graduate students and alumni about career opportunities.

Of special note, representatives from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) will be attending the Career Information Fair on both days. They will be conducting an orientation, and possibly initial testing, at 3:15 on December 6 in Room 1311 North Hall. CIA representatives have suggested that alumni submit their applications on line at four weeks prior to December 6 and also suggest bringing a hard copy of the resume to the orientation.

For more information, contact Tom Doyle at or 212-237-8441. For a listing of participating agencies and corporations, click here.

John Jay College
445 West 59th Street , Lobby, Cafeteria (2nd Floor), 1311N for CIA orientation

Occasional Series on Reentry Research
Friday, December 15, 2006              8:30AM – 10:00 AM

The Prisoner Reentry Institute is pleased to invite you to a presentation on “Women and Incarceration” by Natasha Frost (PhD ’04), Assistant Professor at Northeastern University’s College of Criminal Justice and Ann Jacobs, Executive Director of the Women’s Prison Association.

RSVP to Debbie Mukamal at or 212-484-1327

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899 Tenth Avenue , NYC, Room 630

The 5th Annual Lou DeMartino Memorial Baseball Dinner
Friday, January 26, 2007       6:30 PM Cocktails    7:30 PM Dinner

Coach Dan Palumbo and the John Jay College Baseball Team cordially invite you to an evening honoring Mel Zitter of the Youth Service Organization and Robert Mulligan (BS ’94), Head Baseball Coach of Monsignor Farrell High School.

Tickets are $50 each of which $25 is a tax-deductible donation to the baseball team. RSVP to Coach Dan Palumbo at 212-237-8369. Tickets must be reserved in advance. Please make your check payable to John Jay College Baseball and mail to: Coach Dan Palumbo, John Jay College , 899 Tenth Avenue , Room 421T, New York , NY 10019

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899 Tenth Avenue , NYC, Auxiliary Gymnasium, 4th Floor

Alumni Spotlights

Carol (Patrick) Amaker Larry Amaker (BS ’73)

Carol (Patrick) Amaker (AS ’73, BS ’74) & Larry Amaker (BS ’73)

The time: the early 1970s. The places: the New York City Police Academy and an office building on Park Avenue South . The setting: a fairly new college of criminal justice where two people meet, study together, marry, engage in student activism, start a family, and go on to highly successful careers – one in the private sector, the other in the criminal justice system. This is the story of Carol Patrick (AS ’73, BS ’74) and Larry Amaker (BS ‘73). To say that John Jay had a profound effect on their lives is an understatement.

Carol, who was born in Trinidad, came to the United States when she was 15. She transferred from another college in order to pursue studies in policing and criminal justice and received her degrees in those areas respectively. Back then she was one of only about 20 women attending the College. Larry came to Jay after graduating from Stuyvesant High School . They both vividly remember how their professors “engendered a feeling of learning, of wanting you to be the best at what you did.” They were both active on campus. Carol recalls, “I remember a protest in the President’s Office. I was sitting in his chair, pregnant with my firstborn. We wanted an African American Studies program.”

Upon graduation, Carol got a position with New York City Corrections in a new non-traditional program aimed at adolescent males. She supervised the social services aspect of the program and notes with a sense of satisfaction that she helped many inmates start their first bank accounts. (At the time, she could find only one local bank that would provide such services.) “It was a rewarding experience and I enjoyed it.” Unfortunately, the program fell prey to budget cuts two years later. After a stint with the Department of Welfare, she took a position with Allstate Insurance, first in management as a supervisor and “then the next thing you know I was selling insurance.” She retired from Allstate 21 years later.

Larry’s career in criminal justice covers an array of public safety activities and agencies. Like Carol, he too started with corrections, but then switched to policing.  He became an officer with the White Plains Police Department and then subsequently with the NYPD. “Going to John Jay really helped me. Some of the courses I took at the College were similar to those in the police academy. So when I went through the NYPD Academy , I did very well.” He graduated number one in his class. He went on to the Vera Institute where he was involved in one of the first research studies of women on patrol. His career then turned to federal law enforcement.

Larry joined the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) and then on to the Secret Service where he spent 20 years. One highlight of that career was being responsible for security in the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City . Since 2002, he has worked for the Office of the Inspector General, where he is the Special-Agent-in-Charge of the Disaster Relief Oversight Division. The disaster that takes up most of his time is, of course, the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina. He is responsible for liaison, research, analysis and recommendations, monitoring, reporting and dissemination, and the strategic planning associated with the recovery. No small task.

Carol and Larry recall their college days with fondness and pride: their teachers, their fellow students, and their activism. After all, so much of their lives developed from that time, the early 1970s, and that special place, John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Student Highlights

The 2006 Men’s Cross Country Team

Running Dogs
The 2006 men’s cross country team won it all this fall as the Bloodhounds finished first out of nine schools in the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) held in Van Cortland Park in October. It was the team’s first conference title since 1990. The win came on the heels of the Bloodhounds first-place finish in the New York City Tech Invitational Meet. And to make the team’s success this season all the sweeter were two John Jay alumni who helped make it happen. Coach Tony Phillips (BA ’88) said, “The feeling of this is super. We had a great mix of veteran leaders and hungry freshmen who earned this.” Phillips was named CUNYAC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year. Assistant Coach Peter Dodenhoff (BA ’73) of the College’s Office of Institutional Advancement noted, “It was an honor to coach the team and a thrill to watch them win the title.”  John Jay’s top dogs include: co-captains Patricio Zevallos and Kevin Lavare, along with team members Curtis Passade, Juan Frias, Calvin Wellington, Bilal Madyun, Gary Butt, Brennan Taylor and Duquann Hinton.

Happy Holidays

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