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Jerylle Kemp

Alumni Relations’ New Director, Jerylle Kemp
“I am excited about and look forward to working with the men and women who have graduated from this unique institution. Already I have seen that John Jay’s alumni have a special affinity for their alma mater and I hope to tap into that spirit of pride,” says Jerylle Kemp, the newly appointed Director of Alumni Relations. “I’m very interested in creating an even stronger sense of community among alumni and developing opportunities to bring together John Jay’s alumni and students.” Kemp is certainly no stranger to working with alumni. She comes to John Jay from the Hunter College School of Social Work where she served as Director of the Office of Development and Special Services providing hands-on management of alumni, student affairs and career development. She received a JD from Harvard Law School, an MBA from the Wharton Graduate Division of the University of Pennsylvania and her BA from Yale. Her interest in alumni encompasses not only her professional experience, but also her personal sense of volunteerism. She has served as Chairperson of the Yale College Committee and member of the University Council and as a fundraiser and chairperson for an international association of Wharton alumni. Kemp also has had experience as a Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the State of New York Mortgage Agency (SONYMA), as a Litigation Associate at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft and as an admissions officer at CUNY’s Office of Admissions Services. She can be reached at or 212.237.8964.

Crime Fighting Strategy Again Wins Prestigious Award
For the second time, Professor David Kennedy’s innovative program dealing with violent crime has been instrumental in the Innovations in American Government Award from the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. In September, the High Point Police Department of North Carolina received the $100,000 award to promote replication of its drug market strategy that achieved significant long-term reductions in overt drug sales, such as street dealing and drug houses, and in the violent crime and disorder associated with those markets. The strategy that Kennedy developed builds criminal cases against low-level dealers, and brings dealers, family members, community members and the police together in frank face-to-face meetings. According to Kennedy, “This holds out hope for protecting communities both from drugs and violence and from the unintended consequences of rampant law enforcement. It gives us a framework for working on racial issues that terrify us so deeply we can’t even acknowledge them.” Kennedy has been working with the High Point Police Department since 2004. “It produces results that are so dramatic it’s almost incredible,” said Police Chief James Fealy. In 1997, the Boston Police Department won the award for Operation Ceasefire, a gun violence reduction strategy of which Kennedy was the principal architect. Kennedy is the director of the College’s Center for Crime Prevention and Control.

Take a Walk on the West Side
It’s a perfect match between theme and neighborhood. The theme: ethnic gang violence. The neighborhood: Hell’s Kitchen. The two together made it a natural for the Department of Speech, Theatre and Media Studies of John Jay to select West Side Story as its fall 2007 production with performances in early December. This production also marks the 50th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s enduring musical that was set only a few blocks from the College’s present location. Known around campus as the West Side Story Project, the production is also noteworthy for the collaboration that is taking place involving John Jay students in educational partnership with over a dozen other colleges and universities throughout the country. According to Dr. Dana Tarantino, director of this production, “I was not particularly interested in preserving the original milieu of the 50s-early 60s. I wanted the production to focus on the larger issues of violence and cultural diversity. Part of this directional concept was to place each member of the Jets and the Sharks in a different generation spanning 50 years, thus affording the opportunity to present the themes of the play in a contemporary and relevant manner.” For a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this production, click here. For performance dates and admission information, go to the Events section below.

College’s English Department to Launch New Literary Journal
The J Journal: The Literary Journal of John Jay College is seeking hard copy submissions for its inaugural issue in spring 2008. Those who are interested in submitting should send previously unpublished creative non-fiction (personal essay, memoir, first-person narrative) literary fiction, or poetry on crime, criminal justice and law enforcement by January 1, 2008 to: The Editors,
J Journal, English Department, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 445 West 59th Street, New York, NY 10019. Please be sure to include a self-addressed stamped envelop with your submission. For more information, contact Professors Adam Berlin at and Jeffrey Heiman at

Public Safety Agencies Recruiting on Campus
The Job Assistance Program at John Jay is pleased to announce that the following agency will be recruiting in the lobby of the College's North Hall at 445 West 59th Street:

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Graduate Lecture Series
Wednesday, November 7, 2007                 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

One of the country's leading experts on child abuse, Distinguished Professor of Psychology Cathy Spatz Widom will lecture on the "Long-term Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect."

John Jay College
445 West 59th Street, Room 1311N
New York City

The Works: Anatomy of a City by author Kate Ascher, PhD
Thursday, November 8, 2007                5:00 PM – 6:15 PM

The International Emergency Managers Student Association (IEMSA) at John Jay cordially invites you to this discussion on aging infrastructure and its implications for emergency managers and public administrators. Dr. Ascher serves as the Executive Vice President for Infrastructure of the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

John Jay College
445 West 59th Street, Room 1311N
New York City

Offender Profiling: Psychological Contributions to Crime Scene Analysis
Friday, November 9, 2007                          8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

This conference will focus on the psychological principles of crime scene profiling; understanding behavioral evidence as an investigative forensic tool, identifying the most reliable features to focus on in a crime scene; the psychology of offender behavioral patterns and victim targeting; identifying offender characteristics from crime scene evidence; using modus operandi vs. the “signature” for linking crime scenes; and writing the profiling report for investigative use. Among the presenters are John Jay Professors C. Gabrielle Salfati, who is an international expert in offender profiling and homicide, and Louis Schlesinger, who is co-principal investigator in a joint research project with the FBI Behavioral Science Unit studying sexual and serial murder, rape, bias homicide, suicide-by-cop and other extraordinary crimes. Also presenting will be Ray Pierce, a former NYPD homicide detective, and FBI trained profiler. The conference is being sponsored by the John A. Reisenbach Foundation. A reception will follow.

For more information and to register, contact Dr. C. Gabrielle Salfati at 212.237.8770 or Click Here

John Jay College
899 Tenth Avenue, Room 630T
New York City

The John Jay Book & Author Series
Monday, November 12, 2007                    4:00 PM

The John Jay Book & Author Series is pleased to present Eden’s Outcast: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father by Professor John Matteson of the Department of English. Professor Elizabeth Gitter will serve as panelist and Professor Margaret Tabb will act as moderator.

John Jay College
899 Tenth Avenue, Theater Lobby
New York City

Graduate Open House
Tuesday, November 13, 2007                    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 (MA), Forensic Computing (MS), Forensic Psychology (MA), Forensic Science (MS), Public Administration (MPA), Public Administration-Inspector General Program (MPAIG), and Protection Management (MS).

RSVP by calling 212-237-8863.

John Jay College
Gerald W. Lynch Theater
899 Tenth Avenue
New York City

Alumni Luncheon – Washington, DC
Wednesday, November 14, 2007              1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Michael McCann, President of the Alumni Association; alumnus Daniel Cabrera, Jr., Washington, DC, Coordinator; and Jerylle Kemp, Director of the Alumni Association, cordially invite you to lunch.

To RSVP and for more information, contact Jerylle Kemp, Director of Alumni Relations, at 212.237.8964 or Please include your full name, graduation year, city and state in your response.

Magic Gourd Restaurant
528 23rd Street, NW
Washington, DC

John Jay Reception at the American Society of Criminology Conference
Thursday, November 15, 2007                    7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

President Jeremy Travis cordially invites you to attend the John Jay College reception at the American Society of Criminology Conference in Atlanta, GA.

To RSVP and for more information contact Jerylle Kemp, Director of Alumni Relations, at 212.237.8964 or Please include your full name, graduation year, city and state in your response.

Marriot Marquis Hotel
Atrium Level, Room A708
265 Peachtree Center Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30303

Working with Security Technology
Friday, November 30, 2007                         9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

The Office of Continuing and Professional Studies will be offering a workshop on "Working with Security Technology." Designed for security professionals, this session will cover topics crucial to implementing effective security programs. Topics will include understanding basic security technology (e.g. cctv, alarms); using technology to mitigate security and safety exposures; cost-benefit analysis of manpower over technology; designing effective electronic and physical security systems; access control system management; and developing companywide technology platforms.

The tuition for John Jay alumni is $150. To register and for more information, call the Office of Continuing and Professional Studies at 212.237.8663.

Third Annual Harry F. Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America
Crime, Justice and Politics: Looking Ahead to 2008
Monday, December 3, 2007                        9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday, December 4, 2007                       9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

The Center on the Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay is pleased to host this two-day symposium that brings together journalists, academicians, practitioners and legislators from around the country for wide-ranging discussions on criminal justice issues facing the United States, and to promote informed debate through the media on those issues. The event will also feature the presentation of the College’s third annual Award for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting, and release of the inaugural John Jay nationwide survey on public attitudes and perceptions toward crime.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Steve Handelman at 646.557-4583 or

John Jay College
899 Tenth Avenue, Room 630T
New York City

West Side Story

West Side Story

Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
8:00 PM
8:00 PM
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8:00 PM
8:00 PM

The Department of Speech, Theatre and Media Studies, in collaboration with the Great Lakes Colleges Association, is proud to present West Side Story. The production will be directed by Professor Dana Tarantino. Nicholas G.M. Ross will conduct the orchestra.

General admission is $20. Student admission is $10 with a valid student ID. For tickets, please call 212-695-6908. For group sales, call MATCH-TIX Group Sales at 212.354.2220.

John Jay College
Gerald W. Lynch Theater
899 Tenth Avenue
New York City

Career Information Fair
Wednesday, December 5, 2007                10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Thursday, December 6, 2007                    10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

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

For more information contact Crystal Farmer at

John Jay College
445 West 59th Street, Lobby and 2nd Floor Dining Hall
New York City

Graduate Lecture Series
Thursday, December 6, 2007                    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Professor Mark Fondacaro of the Psychology Department will present on "Law and Behavioral Science in the Pursuit of Justice" that will focus on the way the behavioral sciences and the field of psychology can broaden our understanding of justice in our juvenile and criminal justice systems.

John Jay College
445 West 59th Street, Room 1311N
New York City

Una Celebracion En Grande!
Una Celebracion En Grande!
Saturday, December 8, 2007    

The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute (DSI) at The City College of New York will be marking its 15th Anniversary on December 8, 2007 with a black tie celebration to honor the more than 35,000 alumni of Dominican descent from CUNY's 23 colleges and schools. There will be no charge for the event. To help DSI identify CUNY alumni of Dominican descent, especially those who graduated from any of the CUNY schools prior to 1992, please email For more information about the celebration and to register, visit their website at

Alumni Spotlight

Roger K. Newman (BA '80)

Vilma Torres (BA ’81)
Although it is common knowledge that John Jay graduates work throughout the criminal justice system in areas such as policing, the courts, and correction; many of our graduates also work in a part of the system that receives less notoriety – working with the victims of crime. On such alumna is Vilma Torres who does a job that for most of us would be just too heart wrenching. She is the Clinical Director for the Families of Homicide Victims at Safe Horizon, one of the city’s leading victim assistance organizations. When Torres first came to John Jay, she originally intended to become a police officer. While attending the College, she availed herself of the opportunities offered by the Office of Internships and Cooperative Education, which exposed her to other aspects of the criminal justice system including courts, investigations and probation. “I really saw the value of field work. The classroom gives you the foundation, but the internships expose you to the world of practice,” she says noting that the experience was invaluable to her career. After graduating, she went on to become a licensed social worker and although she did not become a cop, her desire to help others was redirected to victim assistance by becoming a counselor at Safe Horizon in 1984.

“An unnatural death carries an additional trauma when it is murder,” she says. “It’s sudden, shocking and something for which you are not prepared. There is also a certain type of stigma that ensues. Very often the families of homicide victims lose control over their lives. We reassure them that they are not alone. We create a safe environment for them.” The organization helps with an array of services including applications to the Crime Victims Board as well as counseling. “We provide such victims with validation and support. We help them negotiate the criminal justice system by acting as a liaison with police, the district attorney, the Department of Correction and the Division of Parole. We are there at the beginning and afterwards,” she notes, having just returned from a parole hearing where the offender has been incarcerated for 20 years.

Her relationship with the College, in many respects, has come full circle. “Something I am very proud of is that through the ongoing collaboration that I have had with the Office of Internships and Cooperative Education, we have had about ten John Jay students who were interns who ended up working at Safe Horizon in our community program, family court, criminal court, family justice center as well as working with the families of homicide victims.”

Student Highlights

The 2007 – 2008 Justice Scholars
“In what has become a tradition at John Jay, we remember the events of September 11 and recommit ourselves to our core mission,” noted President Jeremy Travis at the September 18 ceremony marking the awarding of the 2007 - 2008 Justice Scholarships established in 2002 by Princeton University. Vice President and Secretary Robert Durkee of Princeton told the audience, “At Princeton when we thought about what we could do to honor those remarkable men and women, we decided to help students like the ten of you to achieve your dreams of careers in criminal justice and public service. And the very best way we could do that was by creating a fund at John Jay in memory of the heroes of the September 11 attacks who received their academic training at the school that lost more alumni that day by far than any other college or university.” The recipients of this year’s scholarships are:

Entering freshman
Diego Adrianzen    
Bernadette Duffy 
David Geliebter
Timothy Luke
Justin Staats
Continuing Students
Edwin Hernandez
Cynthia Markham
Darakshan Raja
Susan Ruiz
Steven Santomauro


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