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Giving Back
John Jay's Annual Fund supports a whole host of activities at the College including scholarships, student enrichment activities and faculty development. Annual gifts from alumni provide immediate and tangible benefits throughout John Jay. If you have never contributed to John Jay's Annual Fund, there has never been a better time to make an investment in the College. Every gift, no matter what the amount, allows the College to enhance its support of programs that benefit the entire college community.

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Alumni Relations Office Seeking a Director
John Jay College is seeking an individual who can embrace its unique nature and has demonstrated success in alumni relations, fundraising, or a related field. For more details and salary information, click here

Alumni Day 2007

More than 150 John Jay graduates spent the day at presentations, tours, a reception and the College's spring theatrical production, Metamorphoses, at Alumni Day. At the event, the 2007 Distinguished Alumna Award was also presented to Teri Coaxum (BA '93) by John Jay President Jeremy Travis (right) and Alumni Association President Michael McCann (left). Coaxum is featured in this month's Alumni Spotlight.

College News

Going Ballistic
Two men who had served a combined 14 years in prison were freed recently as a result of the work of Professor Thomas Kubic of the Science Department and Peter Diaczuk, Director of Forensic Science Training for the College's Center for Modern Forensic Practice. Kubic, with help from Diaczuk, was able to establish through an analysis of bullet fragments obtained from the hand of one of the defendants that Napoleon Cardenas and his brother, Carlos, had not committed a $1.5 million gem heist in 1994. Based on their analysis, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown asked a judge to vacate the convictions "to make sure that justice has been done." Kubic noted that it was "regrettable that the original defense attorney did not have access to or avail himself of these services prior to trial, as I am convinced that the wrongful conviction would not have taken place." For more on this case, visit the website of the Center on Modern Forensic Practice at

Lots to Howl About
The Bloodhounds baseball team won four straight games, while eliminating all three teams to capture the championship of the 2007 City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC). It was the Bloodhounds first conference championship since 2002. John Jay's 27 wins this season was the second most in school history. Head baseball coach Dan Palumbo, who received the 2007 Outstanding Employee Achievement Award, will lead the CUNYAC all-star team to Italy this summer for a 12-day goodwill tour. The all star team will include two players from each of the CUNY colleges that have baseball teams. John Jay's representatives will be senior second-baseman James DeCesare, the 2006 conference Player of the Year, and senior pitcher John Dobkowski, the 2006 Pitcher of the Year.

To Snitch or Not To Snitch?
That was the question during a standing-room-only town hall meeting held at the College last month. The discussion featured New York Daily News columnist Stanley Crouch; Eddie Ellis executive director of the Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions at Medgar Evans College; Steve Handelman, director of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice; CBS 60 Minutes Producers Andy Court and; Newark, NJ, Police Director Garry McCarthy; Conrad Phillips; a junior at John Jay and Professors Douglas Thompkins and David Kennedy. The discussion at John Jay was a follow up to a recent CBS "60 Minutes" segment on the "Stop Snitchin" phenomena, which featured Kennedy, director of the College's Center for Crime Prevention and Control.


Alumni Breakfast
Saturday, June 9, 2007                                    9:30 AM
The Alumni Association cordially invites you to an Alumni Breakfast in Staten Island.

RSVP by June 6, 2007 to Jennifer Smedes at 212-484-1103 or

Steven Dominick
1277 Bay Street
Staten Island, NY

On the Edge: Transgression and the Dangerous Other
August 9 & 10, 2007

This two day interdisciplinary conference will celebrate intellectual and artistic transgression that will focus on devising a new concept for criminology that can grasp the phenomenology of everyday life, its experience of joy, humiliation, anger and desperation, the seductions of transgression and the appeal of the vindictive, the myriad forms of resistance and the repressive nature of acquiescence. The conference will bring together national and international scholars, students and artists from a variety of disciplines.

Early Registration (until July 14, 2007)
1-Day fee: $15
2-Day fee: $25

Late Registration (July 15 - August 8, 2007)
1-Day fee: $15
2-Day fee: $30

For more information and to register, go to or contact Carla Barrett at or 212-237-8680. Space is limited, so please register early.

John Jay College
Graduate Center (CUNY)
899 Tenth Ave., NYC
365 Fifth Ave., NYC

Staten Island Yankees vs. Coney Island Cyclones
Sunday, August 19, 2007 1:00 Pre-game Picnic
                                      2:00 Game Time

Please join the John Jay College Alumni Association for a day at the ballpark. At 1:00 PM join us for a pre-game picnic including all-you-can-eat hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, chips, pasta salad, and baked beans. At 2:00 PM the game begins. Children 12 and under can run the bases after the game.

Cost: $30, which includes a $5.00 donation to the John Jay College Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. Payment should be sent to: John Jay College Alumni Association, 555 West 57th St., New York, NY 10019

For more information or to pay by Visa or MasterCard, call Sharice Conway at 212.237.8547.

Staten Island Yankee Stadium
75 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Sunday, September 9, 2007                                 9:00 AM

The JOHN JAY JAYWALKERS TEAM is now officially registered for the 2007 Komen Race for the Cure. Join the fight against breast cancer. Last year the JAYWALKERS won the award for the largest team in the College/University category. Let's do it again.

Click here to view the team page for JOHN JAY JAYWALKERS
For more information, contact the JAYWALKERS Team Captain, Irene O'Donnell, at or 212-237-8540.

Central Park West
New York City

Alumni Spotlight

Teri Coaxum (BA '93)

Distinguished Alumna for 2007
Teri Coaxum
(BA '93)
A deep-felt and energetic sense of community emanates from Teri Coaxum. That community could be a city in upstate New York, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, or her alma mater. There is no community too large or too small for her sense of enthusiasm to be engaged. In her spare time, Coaxum has been an active member of the John Jay Alumni Association Board serving as Vice President. She coordinated and was the driving force behind the Alumni Association's event last February in Brooklyn to celebrate Black History Month. It featured the Honorable George Bundy Smith and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. She has been a speaker at the College's Open House for prospective students and is also a member of the Committee for the Future of John Jay.

In Brooklyn, Coaxum is the Chairperson for the Bedford YMCA "Strong Kids Campaign" that raises funds for scholarships for young people to attend the YMCA Summer Program. The Campaign raised $125,000 last year. This year she wants to do more and has set the goal at $160,000.

That zeal for community service also extends to Coaxum's professional life. Since 2004 she has served as Deputy State Director in U.S. Senator Charles Schumer's office where she manages eight regional offices in Buffalo, Syracuse, Binghamton, Long Island, Albany, Hudson Valley, Rochester and Washington, DC. In addition to strengthening the ties with constituents throughout New York State, she also advises the Senator and his Washington staff on key policy issues.

Prior to joining Schumer's team, she worked at the Brooklyn District Attorney's office as a Project Manager for Community Relations where she successfully coordinated community agencies, organizations, churches and elected officials. One such program was ComALERT (Community and Law Enforcement Resources Together) that helps probationers and parolees in getting jobs, training and education. She also created Youth Speaks Out, a program designed to empower young people to choose positive alternatives to violence

"Teri Coaxum is a talented, class act and an integral part of my team. I know that her experience at John Jay prepared her well for public service in the United States Senate," says Schumer. It should come as no surprise to those who know her either personally or professionally that she was given the 2007 Distinguished Alumna of the Year Award.

Student Highlights

Student Highlights

Abdoulaye Diallo
At about five years of age, children in America start school. It is a right of passage so common that it is taken for granted. Not so where Abdoulaye Diallo comes from - a town so small in Guinea, Africa that it's difficult to find. Diallo, a BA/MA public administration student in his junior year, recently became the first student at John Jay to receive a Steamboat Foundation Summer Scholarship. The youngest of seven children, he didn't start school until he was nine years old. His mother didn't want him to go to school. It wasn't that she was opposed to education, but she felt that the common practice of making students perform domestic and farming duties for their teachers was abusive. Eventually Diallo's instinctual attraction to education and his father's support prevailed. "I did what I had to do for the teachers, and I learned even though there weren't a lot of materials to work with, even books. If you really want to learn, you can learn anywhere," he says. In the fifth grade, he traveled to the capital city of Conakry where he finished his primary education, high school and a year of college before coming to America in 2001 just weeks after the September 11th attacks. "It was a great opportunity for me to come here. We don't have opportunities like this in Guinea . I never used a computer before I came to America . There were no libraries like those that exist here where you can just walk in and have access to so much information." The Steamboat scholarship provides $12,000 for the summer and gives a student a chance to connect with acknowledged leaders in public, private and nonprofit organizations. Diallo will be working with Adam Mansky, the Director of Operations for the Center for Court Innovation in mid-town Manhattan . The center functions as the court system's independent research and development arm. Diallo's research will look at programs that help prisoners with reentry. At John Jay, the 29-year-old -- who is fluent in both French and English -- served as a writing mentor in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program (ISP) as well as the College Now program.

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