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Association Names Chapter Coordinators
To broaden its outreach, the Alumni Association has named the following graduates as chapter coordinators:

Long Island Chapter Coordinator: Suzanne Chiofolo (BA '00), Financial Comptroller, Silverman Perlstein & Acampora LLP

Westchester, NY Chapter Coordinators: Thomas Belfiore (BA '79, MA '96) Commissioner/Sheriff, Department of Public Safety, Westchester County, NY; Frank G. Straub (PhD '97, MA '90), Commissioner, Department of Public Safety, City of White Plains

Staten Island, NY Chapter Coordinator: James Brito (BS '05) of the security company Midnight Oil

Washington, DC Chapter Coordinator: Daniel Cabrera (BS '87, MPA '93) Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) Fellow to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)

Fire Department of New York Chapter Coordinator: Ronald Spadafora (BS '86), Deputy Assistant Chief, Bureau of Operations, Chief of Logistics

To reach the chapter coordinators, contact Ellen Kiernan, Director of Alumni Affairs, at 212-237-8964 or

Calling the Class of '97
A lot can happen in a decade. The Office of Alumni Affairs is very much interested in how you have spent the last ten years. Please take a moment to let us know by completing the form on

Discount Tickets for Alumni
Discount tickets for John Jay graduates are available for a performance of the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center with Bramwell Tovey conducting and featuring jazz legend Wynton Marsalis on Wednesday, December 6, 2006 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $74 each. For more information, contact Ellen Kiernan, Director of Alumni Affairs at or 212-237-8964.

Volunteers Needed
Remember what it was like making the decision to come to John Jay for your bachelor's degree? The Office of Alumni Affairs could use your assistance to help others make that same decision. The College is sponsoring an Undergraduate Open House on Sunday, November 12, 2006 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM in Haaren Hall (899 Tenth Avenue). The John Jay experience is best conveyed to potential students by our own graduates. Lend a hand, contact Ellen Kiernan at or 212-237-8964.

Alumni Mentors Sought
To address the disproportionately low representation of young black men with higher education, the City University has developed the Black Male Initiative. At John Jay, this project will entail a network of “first responders” to help black male students who are experiencing difficulty in college. The initiative also incorporates a career development component designed to encourage and support underrepresented groups. As graduates of the College, your experiences can truly help others. Be a part of the solution; contact Inez Brown, Office for Strategic Planning, at or 212-484-1350.

College News 

Law Day @ John Jay
John Jay's first annual Law Day was a smashing success. More than 220 students and alumni attended workshops on applying to law school, financial aid, and the admissions process with officials from some of the country's leading law schools. Alumni Honoree Ken Thompson (BA '89), who is the founding partner of Thompson Wigdor & Gilly LL, proudly stated, “I'm indebted to John Jay for opening my mind. The College gave me what I needed to get into New York University School of Law. When I went to John Jay I had the desire and the ability, but I didn't have a program like this.” Thompson  previously served as the Assistant US Attorney for the Eastern District and was involved in the successful investigation and prosecution of NYC officers for the beating and torture of Abner Louima, as well as of violent gangs that were plaguing Brooklyn communities. The day's program also included an alumni career panel that featured Victoria L. Brown-Douglas (BS '84), Larry Cunningham (BS '97), Juan Gonzalez (BA '02), Seny Taveras (BS '95), and Carmen R. Velasquez (BA '84). Keynote speaker Honorable Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick, Associate Judge of the State of New York Court of Appeals, warned the audience that the real challenges facing attorneys in the 21st Century are the diminishing public resources for indigent legal services, legislation that impedes the confidence corporations have in confiding in their lawyers and the impact of anti-terrorism legislation that allows the government to eavsedrop on attorney/client conversations.

The occasion also marked the creation of a Pre-Law Advisory Board, whose members include: Edgardo Ramos, Partner at Day, Berry & Howard; Edward Davis, Partner at Davis, Wrigt & Tremaine, LLP; Richard Koehler (BA ‘73), Partner at Koehler & Isaacs, LLP; Peter Sherwood, Partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP; Seny Taveras (BS '95), Special Counsel, Office of Senator David A. Paterson; Anthony Thompson, Professor of Clinical Law, New York University School of Law

The College's Pre-Law Institute offers ongoing services to students and alumni who are thinking about attending law school. For information contact Professor Stephanie Herman at or 212-237-8116.

Understanding Global Network Terrorism (GNT)
The US Air Force recently awarded $1.26 million to Professor Scott Atran of the  sociology department to study small group dynamics in the evolution of global network terror. The study will address the lack of strong relational data that is both quantitative and culturally-informed. The project will integrate three modeling techniques using social networks analysis of the natural history of relations among terrorist agents and events, evolutionary modeling of changing structural relations in the small group dynamics of terrorist networks and cultural consensus modeling to assess patterns of inter-subject agreement and disagreement over commitment to radical beliefs that may motivate violent actions. The study will address terrorist organizational structure, culture and motivation in ways that foster more effective understanding and prevention.


John Jay College Reception at ASC

Thursday, November 2, 2006               7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Be our guest at a reception hosted by the College at the American Society of Criminology meeting in Los Angeles.

For more information, contact Ellen Kiernan, Director of Alumni Affairs at 212-237-8964 or

Crystal Ballroom
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, Calif.

Graduate Lecture Series

Tuesday, November 7, 2006                5:30PM – 6:30 PM

The Graduate Public Administration Program is pleased to host the Fall 2006 Lecture Series “Performance Assessment in the Public and Not-for-Profit Sectors: How Do We Know How We Are Doing?”

Professors Thomas Kucharski and Ned Benton will discuss “Performance Assessment in Compliance Monitoring in Institutional Reform Litigation.”

For more information, contact Professor Marilyn Rubin at or 212-237-8091

John Jay College
445 West 59th Street, NYC, Room 1311 N

Graduate Open House

Tuesday, November 7, 2006                4:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Alumni who are interested in attending graduate school are invited to attend John Jay's Graduate Open House to learn more about the College's programs in: Criminal Justice (M.A.), Forensic Computing (M.S.), Forensic Psychology (M.A.), Forensic Science (M.S.), Public Administration (M.P.A.), Public Administration-Inspector General Program (M.P.A.I.G.), Inspector General Program (M.P.A.I.G.), and Protection Management (M.S.).

RSVP by calling 212-237-8863

John Jay College
Gerald Lynch Theater
899 Tenth Ave, NYC

Lessons Learned and Future Challenges for Corporate Security and Business Leaders

Wednesday, November 8, 2006           10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

The Leadership Academy for Corporate Security invites you to this seminar for corporate security directors which will feature Mr. Peter Harvey, partner at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, who previously served as the New Jersey Attorney General. Mr. Harvey will share his experiences working with the public and private sectors along with the strategies he employed to develop protocols for effective security programs in both sectors. Panel discussion speakers include: Mark Geraci, CPP, Senior Director, Corporate Security of Bristol-Myers Squibb; Tom Slade, Senior Director of Security of the Museum of Natural History; Robert McCrie, CPP, Professor of Security Management at John Jay College; and John Cosenza, Managing Partner, BizJet Security.

For additional program details, go to or contact Paul DeMattteis at or 201-303-7384. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. Please RSVP to Kimberly Adams at 212-484-1101 or

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

The Power of the Lens to Change Public Policy

Tue., Nov. 14, 2006   6:00 PM – 8:00 PM   The Protectors
Thu., Nov. 16, 2006    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM     Murder Blues
Tue., Nov. 21, 2006     6:00 PM – 8:00 PM     Police

This series of award-winning documentaries by filmmaker and criminologist Roger Graef, which aired on the BBC, will be screened over three nights at the College. The Protectors is an observational documentary about how British police and probation officers decide what to do with dangerous offenders once they are released from prison. Murder Blues follows London's Metropolitan Police teams tackling black-on-black gun crime. Police, which first aired in 1982, brought into the open the ugly realities of modern policing including rape investigations. Roger Graef will be here in person and will lead discussions of the film with members of the John Jay faculty including Professor Karen Terry.

Admission is free, but reservations are suggested. To RSVP and for more information, contact The Office of Continuing and Professional Studies at 212-484-1101.

John Jay College
445 West 59th Street, Room 1311

Ubu Rock

Wednesday, November 15, 2006        12:30 PM and 7:30 PM
Thursday, November 16, 2006            12:30 PM and 7:30 PM
Friday, November 17, 2006                 7:30 PM only
Saturday, November 18, 2006 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM

The Department of Speech, Theatre, and Media Studies and The John Jay Players are proud to present this musical version of Alfred Jarry's acclaimed Ubu Roi, a seminal work of the modern theatre that profoundly influenced the major avant-garde and anti-realist movements in twentieth century art. Loosely based on Macbeth, the play shocked Parisian audiences in 1898, as it will today, with its scatological language and its total disregard of theatrical conventions. The musical is performed with a puppet-like acting style and an abstract set. Admission is free. Reservations are not required.

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

Alumni Luncheon – Washington, DC

Wednesday, November 15, 2006         12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Fore more information, contact Ellen Kiernan, Director of Alumni Affairs, at or 212-237-8964.

Magic Gourd Restaurant
Columbia Plaza
23rd & Virginia Avenue
Washington, DC

Occasional Series on Reentry Research

Friday, November 17, 2006                 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

The Prisoner Reentry Institute is pleased to invite you to a presentation on “Domestic Violence and Reentry” by Creasie Finney Hairston, Dean of the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Mike Bobbitt, the Associate Managing Director of Training and Technical Assistance from Family Justice.

RSVP to Debbie Mukamal at or

John Jay College
899 Tenth Avenue, NYC, Room 630

Annual Patrick V. Murphy Lecture

Tuesday, November 28, 2006              6:00 PM

Chief Gil Kerlikowske of the Seattle Police Department will give this year's annual Patrick V. Murphy lecture. Kerlikowske took the helm of the department in 2000. Previously, he was the former deputy director for the US Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. He also served as police commissioner in Buffalo, NY as well as police chief in both Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie, FL.

RSVP to 646-557-4533

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

Annual Harry F. Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America

Wednesday & Thursday      Nov. 29 & 30, 2006 8:30AM – 5:00PM

John Jay's newly created Center on the Media, Crime, and Justice is pleased to host this two-day symposium that brings together journalists, academicians, and practitioners from around the country to share information with a view toward improving the nature of crime reporting in the United States. The event will also feature the presentation of the College's second annual award for excellence in criminal justice reporting.

For more information, go to or contact Sinead Keegan at or 212-237-8604.

John Jay College
899 Tenth Avenue, NYC

Career Information Fair

Wednesday, December 6, 2006           9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Wednesday, December 6, 2006           3:15 PM – CIA Orientation
Thursday, December 7, 2006               9:30 AM – 2:30 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

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

John Jay College
899 Tenth Avenue, NYC, Room 630

Alumni Spotlights

Jane Perlov

Jane Perlov (BS '92)

With fewer than 200 female police chiefs in the country, Jane Perlov is one of a very rare breed. She is the Chief of Police of Raleigh, NC where she commands a staff of 750 sworn officers along with 125 civilians. Perlov began her police career with the NYPD in 1981 and attended John Jay while on the job. To say that she rose quickly through the ranks is an understatement: Police officer for four years, sergeant for four years, lieutenant for three years, captain for less than two years, precinct commander for two years, deputy inspector for one year, inspector for one year, and chief of the Queens detective division for one year.

What made this meteoric ascent possible? “I just love policing. I have a real passion for it,” says Perlov. “I always knew I had to work a little bit harder than the guys. I also knew that I had to do it quietly. The hardest thing about being a woman on the job is having it not matter. That's how I conducted my life.”

Retiring from the NYPD after 18 years, she then took on what she describes as “an experience of a lifetime” by becoming a member of the Massachusetts State Cabinet as Public Safety Secretary. She oversaw more than 10,000 employees in all facets of public safety including the State Police, Corrections, the National Guard, the Department of Motor Vehicles, fire departments, and training academies. “I really learned a lot about politics, about coming to consensus and compromise, and I learned about how and why things get done. It allowed me to see the big picture and the importance of communication and cooperation. But I really missed being a cop.”

Like so many of her peers, “policing is a calling” for Perlov. And so she returned to the profession she loves on September 17, 2001 when she was sworn in as Chief of the Raleigh Police Department. There are number of “big” issues facing policing these days she noted. Among them is “recruiting a diverse and talented police force.” Perlov is concerned that many of the standards being used today were created in the l970s. “We need to find standards that are correct for 2006. We are no longer looking for people to be robots and just follow orders. We are looking for thinking, creative and strategic minded people with high levels of integrity.”

Perlov believes that her John Jay education was invaluable. “A person learns to be a cop in the police academy. But you learn about the world and about other people when you go to college. It does an incredible job to open up one's mind. It forces you to learn, to read and to discuss things that you probably would not have done otherwise.”

Perlov's connection to the College continues in a professional capacity even today. Raleigh, like many parts of the country, has neighborhoods that are plagued by open-air drug markets which destroy the quality of life for many residents. The Department will be working with Professor David Kennedy of John Jay. His award-winning approach for such crime problems enlists the help of a broad array of service providers, clergy, community members, criminal justice and other governmental agencies that focus on specific drug dealers giving them the option of stopping their criminal behavior or being arrested for a felony.

Student Highlights

Charles A. Lieberman

As a member of the NYPD, Charles A. Lieberman had no idea that the path he was taking would lead him to a doctoral program. Lieberman is the first recipient of the James Fyfe Fellowship. The College set up the Fellowship to honor the memory of Dr. James Fyfe (BS '71) a Distinguished Professor at the College and Deputy Commissioner of Training for the NYPD who died in 2005. One of the most prominent scholars of policing in America, Fyfe was a nationally known expert on police use of force and accountability. In 1990 when Lieberman received the call from the NYPD, he dropped his college studies to become a cop. His first assignment was on patrol in East Flatbush. He then went undercover in narcotics in Manhattan and Brooklyn and subsequently became a detective in the 66th Precinct. In the aftermath of  September 11th attacks, he volunteered with Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance (POPPA) and led over 100 groups in critical incident stress management for first responders. After a number of spinal operations and while on limited duty, he came to John Jay in 2003 to finish his bachelor's degree. With the help of William Devine, the administrative director of the NYPD Leadership Certificate Program at John Jay, Lieberman was able to quickly complete the degree he had started more than a decade before. But it was Professor Maki Haberfeld, chair of the law and police science  department, who was “the major force that really inspired me to go into CUNY's doctoral program in criminal justice,” he said. His two main areas of interest are terrorism and policing. Lieberman was awarded the fellowship following the conference on “Research and Policy on Police Accountability: The Legacy of James Fyfe,” which brought together the country's leading experts on police use of force.

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