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Tackling Transnational Crime
Recognizing John Jay as an international leader in public safety, the Stavros Niachros Foundation, an international philanthropic organization, has awarded the College a significant grant to explore the transnational challenges confronting law enforcement. The grant will study threats including terrorism, drug trafficking, human trafficking/migrant smuggling, and organized crime. The program will involve representatives from law enforcement agencies, academicians, governmental and non-governmental organizations from Greece, Turkey and other Balkan countries. In a series of workshops, legislative and institutional initiatives currently being used to handle these transnational problems will be evaluated for their strengths and weaknesses as well as focusing on the role of public advocacy and the development of operational networks at the national and regional level. The workshops will be organized by the College’s Center for International Human Rights in cooperation with the Center for Security Studies at the Greek Ministry of Public Order. Professor George Andreopoulos is directing the project, which will result in both a scholarly publication and a manual on best practices for transnational police cooperation. The grant will also support a master’s level scholarship program for Greek law enforcement officers selected by the Center for Security Studies. President Jeremy Travis noted, “John Jay is especially well positioned to assume a key role in international justice education and research and this grant will enable us to effectively continue this work.”

Order Transcripts Online
John Jay alumni may now order official and personal copies of their transcripts online. The College has retained Credentials Inc. to accept transcript orders over the internet. You’ll need your social security number, telephone number, a valid major credit card, and the name and address of the recipient. Of course, you can still receive this service in person or by mail. For more information, click on https://johnjay.jjay.cuny.edu/registrar/registrar/transcript.htm.

Turning 25 and More Competitive Than Ever
The John Jay College/CUNY Graduate Center PhD program in criminal justice marked its 25 th anniversary this fall. The program, which started in 1981, offers an interdisciplinary education that combines theory, empirical research and normative analysis. The program has 131 active students who are being trained in social science methods, research design and statistics. Last year the program admitted 12 fully-funded full-time students. The last few years have brought some changes in both the curriculum and student body by placing more emphasis on research. Professor Karen Terry, executive director of the program, noted that “previously it took students about 11 years to complete the PhD. Now we’re looking to bring that average down to about five years.” You can meet one of the program’s recent graduates in this issue’s Alumni Spotlight.

Need a Pick-Me-Up?
Take a class. John Jay’s Continuing and Professional Studies Program offers a wide variety of professional development courses in law enforcement, criminalistics, security, and other criminal justice areas. Or take a class for the sheer fun of it. You can enjoy courses in film, music, and languages among many others. Take advantage of the College’s modern facilities through physical fitness courses and computer workshops. For a catalog, more information and to register go to http://john jay.augusoft.net/

In Memoriam 2006

Faculty & Staff
Arti Brown, Adjunct Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Hugh J. Caulfield, retired Professor, Fire Science
Geoffrey Fairweather, Professor, Music
Lotte E. Feinberg, Professor, Public Administration
Esmond C. Johnson, Buildings & Grounds Staff and student
Larry Johnson, Assistant Professor, English, alumnus
James J. Lee, retired Professor, Philosophy
Donal E.J. MacNamara, Professor Emeritus, Correction
    Administration
Richard Pearson, retired Dean of Administration, Planning and
    Development
Howard Umansky, retired Lecturer, History
Sheldon Waxenberg, Professor Emeritus, Counseling
Carl Wiedemann, Professor Emeritus, Psychology
Cheryl Williams, Adjunct Professor, Psychology

Alumni
Joseph Savino Jr., former New York City Council member
Dorothy Uhnak, author

Students
Cynthia Allen
Clement Grant
William Pearce Beardsley
Imette St.Guillen

Events

It’s never to early to plan ahead

Alumni Day

April 28, 2007
Saturday

Save the Date!


Exhibition Opening Reception – Done by the Forces of Nature

Tuesday, February 6, 2007             6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The John Jay College Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition Done by the Forces of Nature, curated by Professor Roberto Visani. The exhibition features the work of Simone Leigh and Chris Neal. Leigh’s ceramic sculptures and vessels make reference to traditional ethnographic objects as well as sexuality and the “exotic display.” Neal’s paintings and drawings juxtapose issues of concealment and revelation and are influenced by abstract expressionism, religious iconography and the natural processes of growth and display. The exhibition borrows its title from the 1989 Jungle Brothers album as a starting point to consider issues of Pan-Africanism, sexuality, and process. The exhibit will run from January 27 through February 24, 2007.

For more information, call 212-237-8325.

John Jay College Gallery
Department of Art, Music and Philosophy
899 Tenth Ave., NYC, Third Floor


Exhibition Opening Reception – Orange

Wednesday, February 7, 2007             5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

The John Jay College Gallery is proud to present Orange, an exhibit documenting the relationship between science, art and criminal justice. The exhibition presents the works of international photojournalist Goro Nakamuro, who has created a documentary on the effects of Agent Orange – Dioxin – on Vietnam veterans and the local Vietnamese population. The exhibit will run from February 7 through June 16, 2007. The sixth floor gallery hours are from 9-5 Monday through Friday, or by appointment.

For more information, call 212-237-8325.

John Jay College Gallery
899 Tenth Ave, NYC, Sixth Floor


Discussion & Book Signing

Wednesday, February 7, 2007             3:15 PM – 5:00 PM

The Center on Race, Crime and Justice invites you to a discussion and dual book signing by author and Chair of the African-American Studies Department, Professor Kwando Mbiassi Kinshasa for his recent publications Black Resistance to the Ku Klux Klan in the Wake of Civil War and African American Chronology: Chronologies of the American Mosaic.

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


Sentencing for Dollars: The Financial Consequences of a Criminal Conviction

Friday, February 9, 2007                     8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

The Prisoner Reentry Institute at John Jay College invites you to a special presentation as part of the Occasional Series on Reentry Research. In this working paper by Alan Rosenthal and Marsha Weissman, The Center for Community Alternatives analyzes the trend to increase existing fines, fees and other costs to those who have committed crime. Scott Cade, Deputy Commissioner and Director of the NYS Division of Child Support Enforcement, New York State Senator Valmanette Montgomery and Fortune Society Counselor Ray Tebout will provide the response.

RSVP to Nicole Lindahl at 646-557-4534 or nlindahl@jjay.cuny.edu

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


2007 John Jay Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Friday, February 9, 2007                     5:30 PM

The Physical Education and Athletics Department is pleased to invite you to celebrate the achievements of John Brant (Class of ’78) for baseball; Samantha Donaldson (Class of ‘02) for women’s basketball; and James V. Nemorin (Class of ’99) for volleyball and soccer.

To RSVP and more information, contact Laura Drazdowski, at 646-557-4528 or ldrazdowski@jjay.cuny.edu

John Jay College
899 Tenth Ave., NYC, Sixth Floor


Police Leadership: Lessons Learned Along the Way

Saturday, February 10, 2007             4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

The Office of the President; the Department of Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice Administration; Office of Continuing and Professional Studies; New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services; and the New York State Law Enforcement Executive Institute cordially invite you to a program that will feature Deputy Commissioner Cedric Alexander of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, Chief of Police Cathy L. Lanier of the Metropolitan Police Department (Washington, DC), and Chief of Police John Timoney of the Miami Police Department. Reception to follow.

RSVP to 212-484-1101

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


Strategies for Combating Cybercrime: Where We Were -- Where We Are Going

Wednesday, February 14, 2007          3:30 PM

The Center for Cybercrime Studies at John Jay cordially invites you to a presentation by the New York City Police Department featuring Lieutenant John Otero, Commanding Officer of the Computer Crimes Squad. A 20-year veteran of the NYPD, Lieut. Otero has led numerous investigations into high profile cybercrimes. He assisted in the creation of the “Law Enforcement Guides” for investigative uses of technology produced by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and is the NYPD’s representative to the National White Collar Crime Center.

RSVP to Rita Taveras at rtaveras@jjay.cuny.edu or 212-484-1367.

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


NYPD Florida Reunion and Luncheon

Thursday, February 15, 2007             12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Reunite with your former colleagues. The cost is $30 which can be paid at the door. The price includes a buffet lunch. The door prize is being provided through the generosity of Irv Mechanic.

For more information contact:

Don Moss,        (NY) 845-359-7878,  (FL) 954-561-2269
Jim McFadden,  (NY) 914-337-4022
Tom Gallagher,  (NY) 732-730-2298,  (FL) 561-742-9172
Jim Peace,        (NY) 516-938-3249,  (FL) 561-731-2616
Jack Hartigan,    (NY) 914-967-0227,  (FL) 954-776-4135
Tom McNulty,    (NY) 845-735-3712,  (FL) 954-946-0467

Pompano Beach Elks (954-781-2300)
700 N.E. 10 th Street
Pompano Beach, Florida


Film Screening: After Innocence

Thursday, February 15, 2007             5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The Prisoner Reentry Institute and the Center on Race, Crime and Justice is pleased to present the Sundance Award-wining documentary, After Innocence: Rebuilding the Lives of the Wrongfully Convicted. This special event will feature speaker David Shephard, founder of the National Council for the Wrongly Convicted.

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


Annual Malcolm King Breakfast

Friday, February 23, 2007                    9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

The African-American Studies Department is pleased to invite you to the Annual Malcolm King Breakfast. Be a part of this enlightening and engaging College tradition. Poet and playwright Sonia Sanchez will be the speaker. New York City Human Rights Commissioner Pat Gatling will be the honoree.

Tickets are $35 (payable to John Jay College, African-American Studies Department). It is preferred that responses be sent in advance to: Professor Kwando Kinshasa, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 445 West 59th Street, Room 3227, NY, NY 10019.

RSVP to 212-237-8764.

John Jay College
Gymnasium, Fourth Floor
899 Tenth Ave., NYC


Celebrating Black History

Monday, February 26, 2007             7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Teri Coaxum (BA '93), Vice President of the John Jay College Alumni Association and State Deputy Director for Senator Charles E. Schumer, in collaboration with Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, are pleased to invite you to a reception at Brooklyn Borough Hall featuring the Honorable George Bundy Smith, the first African-American appellate judge.

For more information and to RSVP contact Ellen Kiernan, Director of Alumni Affairs, at ekiernan@jjay.cuny.edu or 212-237-8964.

Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, New York


The Annual Lloyd George Sealy Lecuture

Monday, February 26, 2007            6:00 PM

President Jeremy Travis invites you to the annual Lloyd George Sealy Lecture featuring alumnus and New York State Senator Eric L. Adams who will speak on "Police Community Relations: A Silent, But Valuable Tool in Crime Reduction." A reception will be hosted by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

RSVP to 212-484-1396

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


The John Jay Book & Author Series

Tuesday, February 27, 2007             4:00 PM

The John Jay Book & Author Series is pleased to present Bomb Squad: A Year Inside the Nation’s Most Exclusive Police Unit by ABC News journalists Richard Esposito and Ted Gerstein. William McCarthy (BA ’71, MA ’76, PhD ‘91) retired NYPD Lieutenant and Commanding Officer of the Bomb Squad and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Corning Community College will serve as panelist. Professor Maki Haberfeld, Chair of the Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration Department will serve as moderator.

John Jay College
Theatre Lobby
899 Tenth Ave., NYC


“Off the Witness Stand: Using Psychology in the Practice of Justice”

Thursday through Saturday, March 1-3, 2007

One hundred years ago, Hugo Munsterberg of Harvard’s Psychology Laboratory challenged the legal system with a series of essays that questioned “Can witness memory be trusted?”, “Can liars be exposed?”, “Can confessions be untruthful?”, “Can crime be prevented?” Today, the growing number of DNA exonerations, where convictions were based on eye witness testimony, further demonstrates the validity of Munsterberg’s century old observations. This conference will bring together the country’s leading scientists, justice system practitioners and policy makers who will give presentations on perception, witness memory and testimony, deception detection, confessions, forensic assessment, competency and treatment in forensic settings, expert testimony, jury decision making, courtroom procedures, crime prevention, and the influence of psychology research on the legal system. The conference is being sponsored by the College’s Center for Modern Forensic Practice. After February 2, the registration fee is $275 for attendees and $140 for students.

For further information and to register, go to www.jjay.cuny.edu/mfp/offthewitnessstand/  or contact Professor Jennifer Dysart, Conference Coordinator at munsterberg@jjay.cuny.edu or 212-484-1160.

CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, NYC



Long Island John Jay Alumni Event

Wednesday, March 21, 2007                   6:30 PM

 The Alumni Association cordially invites you to the Nassau County Police Department for an event that will feature guest speaker District Attorney Kathleen Rice. Refreshments will be served.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Ellen Kiernan, Director of Alumni Affairs, at ekiernan@jjay.cuny.edu or 212-237-8964.

Nassau County Police Department
1490 Franklin Avenue (between 14th and 15th Streets)
Mineola , NY 11501

Alumni Spotlight

Dana Greene (MA ’00, PhD ’05)

Dana Greene (MA ’00, PhD ’05)
Activism runs through the veins of Dana Greene, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. And it was that sense of activism that ultimately led her to John Jay College. She was running a lesbian health program out of the Community Health Project in Manhattan. After speaking at an out-of-town conference, she was approached by a woman who was looking for someone who could talk about woman-to-woman transmission of HIV to prison inmates – not exactly a popular subject. Greene, along with a friend who was a volunteer screener, took on the job and went to Bedford Hills Prison and gave a one-day workshop that was well attended and where the discussion was “candid.”

“That day and that place was an illuminating experience for me. This was it,” she says. “I had been doing a lot of street activism for years.”   For Greene, the prison was the place “where the power of the state, who we are as people, and how we treat one another all come together.” I was longing for a place where I could blend my intellect and energy on the things I care about in a more productive way.”

She checked out some graduate programs including some ivy-league ones, but John Jay “won out easily.” The other programs, she says, “did not seem to be applied in any compelling way. Even the course descriptions were too unnecessarily abstract. I wanted to continue my activism in the real world.” Her dissertation, “Repeat Performances: Framing Benevolent Penal Reform Campaigns as Regressive Social Change Movement” has been described as being on the cutting edge of the analytical study of prison reform programs, especially restorative justice and faith based prison initiatives.

At John Jay, Greene found that “sitting in classrooms with police officers and FBI agents” helped to make her ideas about the criminal justice system, particularly law enforcement, more complex and much deeper. In addition to teaching a number of criminal justice courses as a graduate teaching fellow at the College, she taught in a pilot program at Rikers Island to facilitate corrections officers’ return to secondary education. She also served as a facilitator/trainer for the Simon Wiesenthal Tolerance Center in New York.

Greene’s life combines activism and scholarship. In New Mexico she is involved in prisoner programs. She also loves being in the classroom dealing with the concept of justice. “I love that we can throw out an idea and discuss it in depth. Criminal justice is so delicious because it incorporates so many exciting ideas. Just living on this planet gives you the qualification to have some opinions about it.”  

Student Highlights

Lorena Rivera, a student in John Jay’s BA/MA program majoring in forensic psychology, became the first winner of the Rosa Mexicano scholarship. The scholarship was created by Doug Griebel, president of the highly-rated Lincoln Center restaurant, Rosa Mexicano. The $1,000 award recognizes the academic achievements of a graduating Latin American senior. Rivera is carrying a 3.93 GPA. When presenting the award to Rivera, Griebel told attendees at the Lantina/o Breakfast, “We are honored to have Rosa Mexicano able to assist in this event. We support and admire organizations as well as individuals who work hard to improve their own lives, as well as the communities that we all share.”

Office of Alumni Affairs, 555 West 57th Street, Room 608, NY, NY 10019 - Phone 212.237.8547, Email: alumni@jjay.cuny.edu, http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/alumninews