All the More Distinguished
The College is adding three more Distinguished Professors to its ranks with the appointment of three scholars “who are each a recognized star in their fields” said President Jeremy Travis who noted that their appointment “represents a milestone in John Jay’s efforts to become the nation’s preeminent criminal justice research institution.” The new Distinguished Professors are: Dr. Saul Kassin, a renowned expert on the psychology of confessions and their influence on juries; Dr. Cathy Spatz Widom, a premier authority on the causes and consequences of child abuse and neglect; and Dr. James P. Lynch, a nationally recognized researcher in crime and corrections. “These scholars have traveled different paths to John Jay College. Because they enrich the intellectual life of this community, we are grateful for their decisions to join our faculty,” said Travis. These new faculty members will increase to eleven the number of Distinguished Professors appointed at the College since its establishment in 1964. For more information, click here .

Alumni Affairs' New Director – Ellen Kiernan
“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Ellen Kiernan as Director of Alumni Affairs. She brings to the job energy and experience that will well serve our shared vision for the Association,” said Michael McCann (BS ’75), President of the College’s Alumni Association.The more acquainted Kiernan becomes with the men and women who have graduated from the College the more impressed she is. “Many great careers were launched here,” she notes, “the wide variety of endeavors in which our graduates are engaged is striking.” They represent all levels of public safety and can be found in all areas of the criminal justice system both locally and nationally. “There is a great sense of pride among John Jay graduates that is unique among other New York colleges,” she notes. The comparison is not without its basis. Kiernan comes to John Jay from New York University where she held the position of Alumni Outreach Coordinator of the Graduate School and Undergraduate College of Arts and Science. She also has held related positions in Adelphi University, CW Post and SUNY Stonybrook. At John Jay, Kiernan hopes to further enhance the ties between the College and its alumni. She can be reached at or 212-237-8964.

Career Success
Where do public safety agencies and corporations go to find quality personnel? They come to John Jay College. More than 85 Federal, City and State agencies, private corporations and non-profit companies were on hand on April 27th for the College’s annual job fair. They came from all over the country – as far North as Maine, as far South as Tampa, and as far West as Las Vegas – to tap into the talent that is represented by a John Jay education. “Career development is a lifelong benefit for all John Jay alumni. I was encouraged by the number of alumni who took advantage of this opportunity and I so enjoyed working with the students,” noted Ron Spadafora (BS ’86), Deputy Chief of the FDNY, who was one of the alumni volunteers on hand that day. More than 400 students and 115 alumni came to the fair according to Paul Wyatt, Executive Director of Career Development Services. “This annual job fair has grown in popularity over time, so much so that public safety agencies of all kinds from police departments to the CIA now use John Jay as part of their ongoing recruitment process.”

Hera Javed is headed to Washington, D.C. this summer, but not for vacation. She is one of a very select few who were chosen this year for The City University of New York Washington, D.C. Internship Program. To be selected for this highly competitive and intensive program, students must demonstrate a serious interest in national government and politics. Javed is a student in John Jay’s Honors Program and is majoring in government. She was recently elected President of the Muslim Students Association. She is active on campus and helped raise money for the victims of the earthquake that hit Pakistan last October. Under Javed’s leadership, the Association recently established a new publication, The Pillar, to provide students with a greater understanding of Islam. She is also involved with a number of College activities that promote religious and cultural tolerance, spirituality and college life. This prestigious internship gives students the opportunity to work in the offices of U.S. Representatives and Senators, congressional committees, federal agencies and at a variety of national and international non-governmental organizations.

Alumni in the Spotlight

Kitty Lunn (BS ’95)
At age 8, she fell in love with dance. By age 15 she was dancing principal roles with the New Orleans Civic Ballet and received a scholarship to the Washington Ballet where she performed in some of ballet’s most well known works. In 1987, a piece of ice changed the life of Kitty Lunn. At the time, she was rehearsing for her first Broadway play. While leaving a building, she slipped on some ice, fell down a flight of stairs and broke her back. The accident left her paralyzed from the hips down. “You think you are going to be young, gifted and able bodied forever,” she says. Through a number of programs for newly disabled New Yorkers to go back to school, Lunn eventually found her way to the CUNY BA program and to John Jay, which was her home-base College. In the program, students are given the flexibility to develop their own course of study and Lunn’s emphasis was on theater and civil liberties.

“I went back to school and it was fabulous.” “The faculty at Jay really taught me how to learn for the first time.” Lunn describes many of her former teachers and advisors as “the powerhouse team.” They include the late Billie Kotlowitz, Farris Forsythe of the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities, Professors Betsy Gitter, Carol Groneman, Chuck Stickney and Karen Kaplowitz along with retired Professor Jill Norgren among others. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990 and throughout the country buildings were in the process of improving access for those with physical challenges. Armed with the ADA and her studies at John Jay, Lunn “went on a tear of activism.” “John Jay was my biggest advocate and it was a life transforming experience,” she notes. Her efforts at the College led to the stair climber and hand-rail on the ramp in Haraan Hall as well as enlarged handicap toilets which can accommodate wheelchairs. But her mission didn’t stop with CUNY. Lunn went after the performing arts and successfully pushed for equal employment opportunities and access for actors with disabilities in casting and auditions.

Despite the paralysis, Lunn went back to the world of dance and in 1995 she founded Infinity Dance Theater featuring dancers with and without disabilities to bring to dance the level of professional excellence that she felt was missing from other programs which use dancers with disabilities. Her work has been described by critics as “radiant” and “rapturous.” In 2004 the Actors’ Equity Association presented her with the Rosetta LeNoire Award that recognizes theaters and individuals which have made significant contributions toward increasing diversity and non-traditional casting in the theater.

But there is one award for which Lunn is especially proud. It brings her back to the College she “loves” on a regular basis. An award in her name is given each year to a graduating John Jay student who has a disability and is registered with the Accessibility Program for Individuals with Disabilities at the College. This year the recipient of The Kitty Lunn Award is Eddie Danner who majored in Deviant Behavior and Social Control with a minor in Addiction Studies. He is hoping to pursue a career in social work helping the older generation of disabled and substance dependent individuals.

Occasional Series on Reentry Research

Friday, June 16, 2006       8:30 – 10:00 AM

The Prisoner Reentry Institute is pleased to invite you to a presentation by Professor Jeff Manza from Northwestern University about his new book, Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy. The discussants will be Brent Staples of The New York Times Editorial Board and author of the memoir, Parallel Time: Growing Up in Black and White and Joseph “Jazz” Hayden, Director of the NYC Unlock the Block: Release the Vote Campaign and lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit challenging felon disenfranchisement in New York State.

John Jay College
899 Tenth Avenue, NYC, Room 630

RSVP to Debbie Mukamal at or

Alumni Day Reunion

Saturday, June 17, 2006     

The 2nd annual Alumni Day program is designed to offer formal and informal, thought provoking, reflective and entertaining events that will appeal to John Jay alumni of all ages and interests.

Of special note will be a 2:00 ceremony “Tearing Down to Build Up” that will mark the forthcoming razing of a parking garage to allow for the College’s expansion to a new building, which will rise 13 stories above 11th Avenue between 58th and 59th Streets.

Other activities will include lectures on:

“Al-Qaeda and the Internet: The Post 9/11 World of Violence”

“Mug Sketching: The Art of Catching a Criminal”

Alumni will be able to opt in or out of events as they wish and may want to use the day as an ideal opportunity to meet up with old friends on an informal basis. Families are welcome. The children’s program includes basketball free throw, swimming and tennis. (Please bring your own swimming and tennis equipment.)

For more details and to register call 212-237-8547 or go to

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure      
Save the Date!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Help to find a cure for breast cancer. Become a part of a long standing College tradition. Join The John Jay JayWalkers (students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends) in this annual race that takes place in Central Park. Details will be posted.

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