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Councilman Larry Seabrook

Welcoming New Students and Faculty
"Believe, achieve and succeed," was the message that New York City Councilman Larry Seabrook, a 1974 alumnus, told John Jay's newest students during freshman orientation in August, which welcomed 2,837 entering freshman and 915 transfer students bringing the College's enrollment to 14,678 (12,728 undergraduates and 1,950 graduate students). The beginning of the 2007-2008 academic year also saw the hiring of the largest-ever group of new faculty including the latest Presidential Scholar, Dr. Alex R. Piquero of the Anthropology Department, considered a rapidly rising star in criminal justice scholarship. Piquero's research spans a broad spectrum of interests, including adolescent offenders and delinquency, the propensity to violence, criminal careers, and the relationship between race, age, gender and crime. Also among those hired were two John Jay alumni: Valerie West of the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration and Charles Jennings of the Department of Public Management.


Stepha Henry

Still Missing
On September 24, President Jeremy Travis and the Student Council hosted another "Celebration of Stepha Henry" in recognition of her twenty-third birthday two days earlier. A 2006 alumna and employee of the College, Stepha has been missing since May 29. She disappeared while visiting family in Miami. Since then, the College has joined Stepha's family and the Miami police in their efforts to find her. The College is working with the press both here and in Florida to help insure that Stepha's disappearance continues to get media attention. A reward fund has been established in Florida to help in the search. To date, the fund has raised $17,000 that will be awarded to anyone who comes forward with information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) involved in her disappearance. Those interested in contributing should send a check payable to the John Jay College Foundation, Inc. and mail it to the Foundation, John Jay College, 899 Tenth Avenue, Room 623T, New York, NY 10019.

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

New York State Police
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Thursday, October 4, 2007
Room 1311N
New York State Corrections
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Thursday, October 4, 2007
North Hall Lobby

Las Vegas Police Department
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Multipurpose Room (2nd Floor)


Walking the Good Walk

"Walking the Good Walk"
For the sixteenth consecutive year, the JOHN JAY JAYWALKERS showed their strength in numbers in the quest to find a cure for breast cancer. And for the second consecutive year, John Jay College won the award for the largest team in the university/college category with 98 registered walkers for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure that took place in Central Park on September 9. Team Captain Irene O'Donnell (BA '87) of Campus Office Services proudly noted, "We walked the good walk to run cancer out of town. The faculty, staff, students and alumni of John Jay are to be commended for their sincere willingness to support such a worthy cause. We surpassed our donation goal of $5,000 and donations are still coming in!"


Events

Graduate Lecture Series
Tuesday, October 2, 2007                        5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

The Forensic Psychology graduate program will host the fall 2007 series. Distinguished Professor of Psychology Saul Kassin, an internationally recognized expert in the field of forensic psychology, will present the first lecture in the series on "False Confessions."

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


Occasional Series on Reentry Research
Friday, October 5, 2007                          8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

The Prisoner Reentry Institute is pleased to invite you to a presentation on the "Reentry Challenges Faced by the Wrongly Convicted" by doctoral student Jennifer Wildeman of the University of Arizona . This research identifies the particular difficulties exonerees face upon release from wrongful incarceration and draws similarities between the experiences of exonerees and torture survivors.

RSVP to Nicole Lindahl at nlindahl@jjay.cuny.edu or 646.557.4534.

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


The Changing Definition of Date Rape
Monday, October 15, 2007                       11:00 AM

This panel discussion is being co-sponsored by Cosmopolitan magazine and will be moderated by Ashleigh Banfield of Court TV. The discussion will include Katie Gentile, Director of the Women's Center at John Jay; Chitra Raghavan, professor of psychology at John Jay whose research focus is on intimate partner violence; Joe Samalin, trainer for the Anti-Stalking Program at Safe Horizon; Neil Irvin from the DC-based organization Men Can Stop Rape; Linda Fairstein, former chief prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office Sex Crimes Unit; Robert Laurino, Chief Assistant Prosecutor, NJ, who has been in the sex-crimes unit since 1985; and Laura Sessions Stepp, author of Unhook: How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love and Lose at Both.

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


Occasional Series on Reentry Research
Friday, November 2, 2007                           8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

The Prisoner Reentry Institute is pleased to invite you to a presentation on the "Fictive Kinship as Reentry Strategy: The Role of Social Relations in Prisoner Reintegration by Lucia Trimbur, PhD, the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow on Race, Crime, and Justice of the Vera Institute of Justice. The presentation will focus on the role of social relations in reentry by examining how the bonds between trainers and fighters in the urban boxing gym shape the experiences of men of color, many of whom have histories of crime and confinement.

RSVP to Nicole Lindahl at nlindahl@jjay.cuny.edu or 646.557.4534.

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


Concerts with a Purpose: “An Art of Survival: Tribute to the Performing Artists of Theresienstadt”
Saturday, November 3, 2007                          8:00 PM

The tribute will be a semi-staged concert of music that was performed in the Terezin Concentration Camp by Jewish artists who were imprisoned there during World Ward II. The repertoire will include numerous banned pieces, including excerpts from a variety of operas. The narration by actress Lynnn Redgrave and Tony Award winner George Hearn will be drawn from the words of the camp’s survivors. Music will be performed by the Long Island Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of David Wiley, the Oratorio Society of New York, Metropolitan Opera soloists bass-baritone Terry Cook and sopranos Camellia Johnson and Monica Yunus and instrumental musical soloists Sirena Huang, violin; Peter Azimov, piano; and Julie Albers, cello. The executive producer of this concert series is Caroline Stoessinger who is currently an Adjunct Professor of Music and Artist-in-Residence at John Jay. Professor Stroessinger is an internationally known piano soloist, artistic director, and a major voice for the arts in America.

Admission is free, but reservations are required. Please RSVP via email to conted@jjay.cuny.edu using the subject line “Concert.” Include in the body of the email: name (last name, first name); the number of tickets (4 per person maximum); email address; and phone number. You will receive an email confirming your reservation that will serve as your ticket for entry into the performance.

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


The Patrick V. Murphy Lecture
Monday, November 5, 2007                           6:00 PM

President Jeremy Travis cordially invites you to the Patrick V. Murphy Lecture that will feature alumnus Hubert Williams, President of the Police Foundation in Washington, DC. Williams, a leading advocate for higher professional standards and uniform practices in policing, was the Director of Police in Newark for 11 years before taking the reigns of the Police Foundation. He received his BS from John Jay, a JD from Rutgers University and was a research fellow at the Center for Criminal Justice at Harvard University Law School. Williams was also the founding president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE). A reception will follow.

RSVP to 212.237.8641.

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


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


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 English Department.

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


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 dsi@ccny.cuny.edu. For more information about the celebration and to register, visit their website at http://cunydominicanalumni.eventbrite.com.


Alumni Spotlight

Roger K. Newman (BA '80)

Roger K. Newman (BA '80)
Veterans returning from the Middle East are facing different issues from those experienced by Vietnam veterans when they returned more than three decades ago. Alumnus Roger Newman (BA ‘80), who was appointed as the City's first Commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Veterans Affairs in August, can attest to that first hand. "There's really no comparison," he says. "Today there is a sense that everyone is very supportive of the young men and women who are over there now. There is a sense of pride that they are there. It's not their fault that they are there. They are not responsible for being there," he noted. When Newman returned from the United States Air Force in 1970, many people felt that the service people had some responsibility for the country's involvement in Vietnam. Their return was somewhat less than welcoming and similar to many World War II veterans, Vietnam veterans don't often talk about their wartime experience. Newman says that when he got the position of Commissioner, many of his co-workers -- some of whom he had known for 20 years -- didn't even know he was a vet "simply because it never came up in conversation."

Although the City has had a Mayor's Office of Veteran Affairs since 1987, Mayor Bloomberg changed the top position from Director to that of Commissioner when Newman took the job - a move that demonstrates an elevated status for both the office and the man. "There are many resources from the city, state and federal government and many veteran service organizations that are available to our veterans," he says, "but one of the main problems is that there needs to be an entity that coordinates these services and we hope this office will be able to provide that coordination." Newman realizes that the veterans who are coming home now will probably have issues not seen before. Advances in medical treatment have led to veterans coming back with injuries that heretofore would have killed them. He also realizes that we know a great deal more about post-traumatic stress syndrome compared to when Vietnam veterans were returning. For Newman "treating veterans in a way that represents and speaks to the sacrifices they have made" is his top priority.

Providing services for people who need them is nothing new for Newman. He spent 21 years in the Department of Homeless Services and the Human Resources Administration. Helping homeless families was an important issue for him. During his tenure he witnessed the transition of homeless families being warehoused in shelters to the City providing individual units, and apartments "where a family has the ability to lock a door and have privacy in that room." In the last five years, no homeless family has been found on the street. He credits Mayor Bloomberg for putting homelessness on the fast track for improvement.

Newman always knew he wanted a career in social work. After leaving the Air Force, he was driving a truck for a living and raising a small family. His schedule would change, sometimes driving in the daytime, sometimes at night. Most colleges at the time required students to attend either day or evening. "Even with the GI bill, I couldn't afford to quit my job. When I discovered John Jay, with its day/night schedule, it was the missing piece of the puzzle. After I started, the amount of support I received from the professors and the staff was really, really good." Having had no other experience with college at the time "I assumed it was that way all over." In retrospect, he found that John Jay's strong support of students is extraordinary and not typical of other colleges.


Student Highlights

Honoring the Many ...
Hailed as champions both on and off the field, the John Jay baseball team was honored in August at City Hall with a proclamation that lauded the team's "contributions to both the West Side community and CUNY athletics." The proclamation was spearheaded in the City Council by Gale A. Brewer, who represents the College's West Side district. Brewer noted that under the mentorship of Coach Dan Palumbo, the players "have truly been instilled with team-work and a sense of duty to both their families and their neighborhood."

And the Few
Jae Ko is one of only three students in the country -- the other two are in Yale and Princeton -- to receive the Republic of Korea 2007 Korean Honor Fellowship valued at $100,000, at least half of which must be used for graduate tuition. Ko, who is now a junior, is majoring in criminology and has his sights set on law school and a career as a public defender.

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