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@John Jay 
News and Events of Interestto the College Community
October 27, 2010
Worth Noting 
October 31
CUNY Athletic ConferenceCross-Country Championships
 Van Cortlandt Park, e Bronx
November 4
NYC-DR Roundtable Breakfast
e Colors of War,
with Terry Rosenberg A traveling slide-show exhibition of 100digital paintings.Presented by the CUNY DisputeResolution Consortium at John Jay College and the Association for ConflictResolution of Greater New York Room 610 Haaren Hall
November 9
Patrick V. Murphy Lecture
Garry McCarthy Police Director, Newark, NJRoom 630 Haaren Hall
For just the second time in 28years, a gubernatorial candidatenamed Cuomo visited John JayCollege for a major campaignappearance.New York State Attorney GeneralAndrew Cuomo, the Democraticnominee for Governor, chosethe College as the site of a pressconference on October 5 at whichhe unveiled an aggressive ethicsagenda, “Clean Up Albany: MakeIt Work.” Cuomo also received theendorsement of former New YorkCity Mayor Ed Koch, who hailed himas a “clear choice for reform.”“It is time to put a stopto Albany’s dysfunction andcorruption,” Cuomo told the crowdgathered in the Gerald W. LynchTheater. “If we want to bringintegrity back to the halls of ourCapitol, then we must take action.My Clean Up Albany agenda is theaggressive approach we need totake. By cracking down on public corruption,ending pay-to-play and holding those who abusetheir office accountable, we will restore NewYorkers’ confidence in their government.”Among other provisions, Cuomo’s ethics planJohn Jay’s First Year Experience program, thePRISM program for undergraduate science majorsand the overall forensic science curriculum will bethe beneficiaries of a number of large, multiyearfederal grants recently awarded to the College.In addition, the College’s Criminal JusticeResearch and Evaluation Center will share withTemple University a $1-million grant from theU.S. Justice Department to design and implementan evaluation of the Community-Based ViolencePrevention Demonstration Program (CBVP).A competitive Title V grant of more than$637,000 annually for the next five years willhelp enhance the First Year Experience andforensic science curriculum. “Funding for theFYE will be used to support the developmentof a comprehensive seminar program forincoming freshmen,” said the program’s Director,Kate Szur. In addition, Szur said, a curriculumsupplement would be created that will includesyllabi, teaching notes and other materials usefulto new faculty members considering teachingsuch a seminar.“We would also like to develop a peer-mentoring program for freshmen, where FirstYear seminar courses would be supported byupper-class peers who would help with transitionand adjustment issues,” Szur said.The same grant will support the curriculardevelopment of lower-level classes for forensicscience majors, as well as a non-majorintroductory course on science and society.Professor Anthony Carpi, interim Chair of theDepartment of Sciences, said the aim is to makethese classes more “research-oriented and inquirydriven.” The grant will also provide stipends forupper-level forensic science students engaged inundergraduate research.A separate grant of $600,000 from the U.S.Department of Education’s Minority Scienceand Engineering Improvement Program willsupport the operation and expansion of JohnJay’s Program for Research Initiatives for ScienceMajors (PRISM), which was created in 2006. Thegrant will fund student research stipends, travelto conferences, an annual newsletter and a Website.“I think what this grant will do is expand thesuccess we’ve been having in moving studentsfrom John Jay on to graduate PhD and MDprograms,” said Carpi, “It’s just fantastic that wewill be able to keep up that momentum.”The Justice Department grant, awarded bythe Office of Juvenile Justice and DelinquencyPrevention, will allow researchers at John Jay andTemple to assess the $8.6-million CBVP program,which replicates innovative best practices inviolent-crime control, such as the Boston GunProject and Chicago CeaseFire, said Jeffrey A.Butts, executive director of the Criminal JusticeResearch and Evaluation Center.“These approaches have evolved intopromising strategies for violence reduction withtheoretical underpinnings,” said Butts, “yet theempirical research assessing the impact of theinitiatives is still developing. Attempts to replicatethe models have not always been successful.”Four localities or local entities will participatein the research: the city of Oakland, CA; thecity and county of Denver Safe City Office;the Columbia Heights Shaw Family SupportCollaborative in Washington, DC, and the Cityof New York/Center for Court Innovation. “Eachof the cities will propose a mix of efforts,” Buttsnoted. “What we’re evaluating is not individualefforts within the cities, but each city’s totalcampaign. The Justice Dpeartment hopes to dothat in a way that allows other cities to learnabout the most effective methods.”The research is expected to be published in2014.
Millions of Reasons to Cheer as College Wins Funding for Diverse Programs
New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippmanon October 13 announced the creation of thestate’s first Permanent Sentencing Commission,which will be housed, fittingly, at John JayCollege.The commission will conduct a comprehensiveand ongoing evaluation of sentencing laws andpractices and recommend reforms to improve thequality and effectiveness of statewide sentencingpolicy. It will be co-chaired by New York CountyDistrict Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. and JudgeBarry Kamins, the administrative judge of theState Supreme Court (Criminal Term) in KingsCounty.Martin F. Horn, a Distinguished Lecturer atJohn Jay, will serve as the commission’s executivedirector, with the expertise and resources of the
During a recent campaign stop at John Jay, New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomomakes a point about his proposal for sweeping ethics reform in Albany, as former New York City Mayor Ed Koch listens. Koch endorsed Cuomo’s bid to become New York’s next Governor.
would create a voluntary systemof public campaign financing,strengthen the penalties againstlawmakers who defraud theirconstituents or the government,and strip the pension benefits frompublic officials who are convictedof a felony related to their officialduties.Koch, still feisty at age 85, hailedCuomo as a public official whohas “spent his career standing upfor New Yorkers, taking on thetoughest challenges and makingprogress on issues that othershave ignored.” The candidate’sethics agenda, Koch said, isdesigned to achieve independence,accountability and transparency and“transform our government intoone that New Yorkers deserve.”In 1982, Cuomo’s father, Mario,who was then seeking his first termas Governor, made a campaign stopat John Jay to release a criminal justice policy statement that included his staunchopposition to the death penalty.College at his disposal. Horn previously served ascommissioner of New York City’s Department ofCorrection and Department of Probation, and asexecutive director of the New York State Divisionof Parole.John Jay President Jeremy Travis said theselection of the College as the commission’shome, and Horn as its executive director, is anhonor that “recognizes the expertise of John Jay’sfaculty and reaffirms the College’s leadership incriminal justice matters.”Creation of a permanent sentencingcommission was recommended by the short-term Commission on Sentencing Reform inits 2009 report to Governor David Patersontitled “The Future of Sentencing in NewYork State: Recommendations for Reform.”The new commission will follow through onactions proposed in that report as well asexamine others, including truth-in-sentencing,post-incarceration programs for offenders,alternatives to incarceration, victim participationin sentencing, and the collection and analysisof reliable data for use in crafting sentencingpolicies.“There is no one-size-fits-all model for criminalsentencing,” said Vance. “Four decades aftermost of our sentencing laws were passed, it’stime for New York to focus on being smart oncrime. This will mean longer sentences in someinstances, while in others identifying appropriatecases for alternatives to incarceration. In allcases, our goal is to prevent crime, keep ourstreets safe, and ensure fairness and justice in our
Cuomo & Koch, Together Again
 In Campaign Stop at John Jay, Candidate Wins Ex-Mayor’s Backing for Governor & Unveils Sweeping Ethics Reform Plan
New NYS Sentencing Commission to Call John Jay Home
courts.”The commission’s vice-chairs are DerekP. Champagne, the Franklin County DistrictAttorney and current president of the New YorkState District Attorneys Association, and JudgePatricia Marks, Monroe County Court Judge andSupervising Judge for the Criminal Courts in theSeventh Judicial District. The commissioners ofthe state Department of Correctional Servicesand the state Division of Criminal Justice Servicesand the chair of the state Board of Parole willserve as members ex-officio.The commission will also includerepresentatives from throughout the state’scriminal justice community, including criminaldefense attorneys, prosecutors, judges,legislators, policymakers, academics, victimadvocates and other stakeholders.“I am honored to serve in this importanteffort,” said Horn. “New York’s sentencingscheme is a patchwork of provisions added overtime with serious consequences for defendants,victims, and the community. Chief JudgeLippman’s creation of a permanent commission isan opportunity to preserve New York’s success inmaking our communities safer and improve thequality of justice at the same time.”
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educating for justice
(Political Science)recently addressed a symposium on humantrafficking held at the Nova SoutheasternUniversity School of Law in Fort Lauderdale,FL. Andreopoulos’s presentation was on “TheLandscape of Human Trafficking: A GlobalPerspective.”
(Political Science)presented “Sierra Leone: A Hybrid Model toFollow,” at the American Political ScienceAssociation’s annual conference in Washington,DC, on September 2–5. In early July, shepresented “‘The Alliance of Civilizations’ as anEffective Counter-terrorism Tool” at the 10thComparative Interdisciplinary Section of theInternational Studies Association’s MillenniumConference, in Venice, Italy. She was also thediscussant on the panel on Conflict, Migrationand Minorities at the conference.
(Psychology) presented acolloquium titled "Measurement, Causation, andTest Validity: Theoretical Puzzles and PracticalProblems" to the Doctoral Program in SocialPersonality Psychology at the CUNY GraduateCenter on September 15 and the DoctoralProgram in Psychometrics at Fordham Universityon September 22. 
(Latin American and Latina/oStudies) presented a paper on “The Frontiers ofLatino Studies: The Importance of Latino Studiesin the 21st Century” at Montana State Universityas part of the events celebrating the inaugurationof MSU’s 12th president on September 9 and 10.
(Sciences) participatedin the 2010 plant-biology conference of theAmerican Society of Plant Biologists andCanadian Society of Plant Physiologists inMontreal, Canada, in August. Her presentation— “Binding Pokeweed Antiviral Protein toTobacco Etch mRNA Constructs: StructuralRecognition and Affinity” — included researchperformed by two of her John Jay students,Alexandra Toney and Jeannine DeGrazia.
(Psychology) published twoentries in the
Encyclopedia of Research Design
(Sage Publications, 2010) with John Jay studentsas coauthors. Markus and Kellie Smith publishedan entry titled “Content Validity.” Along withJia-ying Lin, he published the entry “ConstructValidity.” In addition, Markus’s article “StructuralEquations and Causal Explanations: SomeChallenges for Causal SEM” appears in therecent issue of
Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal 
. In it, he discussesopen questions about the nature of causalexplanation as they relate to causal modeling inthe behavioral sciences.
(Philosophy) had hisanthology
Philosophic Values and World Citizenship: Locke to Obama and Beyond 
published in September by Lexington Books,a subsidiary of Rowman and Littlefield. Inaddition, his article “Just/New War Theory:Non-State Actors in Asymmetric Conflicts” hasbeen published in the journal
Philosophy in theContemporary World.
(Health and Physical Education)competed in the World Masters Swim Champion-ships in Sweden this summer, medaling in the200-meter backstroke and 800-meter freestyle.At the U.S. Master’s Summer Nationals, heldin San Juan, PR, in August, she won the 1500-meter freestyle as well as sweeping the 50-, 100-and 200-meter backstroke events.The accomplishments of pioneering educatorDr. Maria Montessori were the focus of a lectureby scholar Leonisa Ardizzone as part of John Jay’sItalian Heritage and Culture Month on October 7.President of the Salvadori Center in NewYork, Ardizzone has been a public-schoolteacher working with high-risk students inSeattle, New York City and Ithaca, NY. Havingtaught at Fordham and Adelphi universities, sheholds a doctorate in International EducationalDevelopment. Her work in peace education,said President Jeremy Travis during his openingremarks, gives Ardizzone “a home at John Jay.”Ardizzone noted that Montessori, who wasborn in Chiaravalle, Italy, in 1870, attendedan all-boys school at the age of 13 becauseshe wanted to learn how to be an engineer.From there, she went on to medical school. In1894, Montessori became the first woman inItaly to earn a medical degree. It was throughher medical work that she became interestedin working with children, said Ardizzone, andtreating special-education children was whatled her to create the teaching philosophy thatunderlies the Montessori Method.“The first thing she did was come up withthis idea, after working with 16 children —essentially, throw-away children in the streets ofRome —that they all could learn, they all had thesame abilities, and that helped her come to theplace that children are in fact agents of their ownlearning,” said Ardizzone.In Montessori education, children choose whatthey want to study, she explained. They select anactivity, they complete it, work on it, and then“my favorite thing,” quipped Ardizzone, “theyclean up after themselves.”Children educated at Montessori schools, shecontinued, are able to follow their own curiosity,explore a variety of materials and often workalone, learning self-sufficiency.The tribute to Montessori was co-sponsoredby John Jay Senior Vice President for Finance andAdministration Robert Pignatello and CUNY’sJohn D. Calandra Italian American Institute.Can a black ex-convict with a violent pastreinvent and reintegrate himself in a society thatneither prepared him for his return nor is itselfprepared for it? That question was examinedthrough a variety of lenses at an October 14panel discussion of the new book
byProfessor Greg Donaldson.The book,subtitled
TheTrue Story of aBlack Ex-Conand a WhiteSingle Mother in Small-Town America
,explores theups and downsin the life ofKevin Davis— “Killer Kev”— who spentseven years inthe New YorkState prisonsystem on a gun-possession conviction, afterhaving beaten a homicide charge in the sameincident.Co-sponsored by the Center on Race, Crimeand Justice and the Center on Media, Crime andJustice, the panel brought together the authoralong with Professor Delores Jones-Brown andStephen Handelman, directors, respectively, ofthe two centers; Professor David Brotherton,Chair of the Department of Sociology, andProfessor Amy Green, Chair of the Departmentof Interdisciplinary Studies.Donaldson, a member of the Department ofCommunication and Theatre Arts, described hissubject as a fearsome-looking, heavily muscled“über-thug” with a frightening résumé and acarefully codified warrior ethic. Despite this, Davisis articulate and burning with a desire to make itin the post-incarceration world.“This is not a feel-good book,” Donaldsonsaid of
, “but while the book may bedepressing, it is authentic.” Donaldson followedDavis for eight years to write the book andsaid that upon reflection: “This has not been acomfortable experience; I’m afraid people will seeKevin Davis and decide he’s not worth it.”Brotherton, Handelman and Green took turnsanalyzing
and its subject matterfrom different perspectives that reflected theirareas of scholarly expertise. Brotherton spoke ofthe book’s criminological elements, Handelmanexplored it as a piece of human-interest journalism and Green discussed its pedagogicaland theatrical relevance.Handelman noted that the loftiest role themedia can play is to “help you rethink what youthought to be true and real.” Donaldson’s book,he said, serves as “a template for how to writeabout criminal justice issues from now on.”
Before her talk on the educational pioneer Dr. Maria Montessori, Leonisa Ardizzone, president of the Salvadori Center, was joined by (from left) President Jeremy Travis, Dean Anthony J. Tamburri of the John D. Calandra Institute at Queens College,and Senior Vice President Robert Pignatello.
Tackling ToughQuestions in Black & White
 A Great Day for Italian-American Pride
 Lecture Looks at Contributions of Educational Pioneer Montessori 
The first week in October is celebrated as National Tutor Appreciation Week, and John Jay paused torecognize the roughly 100 tutors who work tirelessly to help John Jay students master their college-level studies. Tutors from a number of specialized “learning labs,” including the Math & Science ResourceCenter, the Center for English Language Support, theCommunication Arts Lab, the Foreign Language Lab,the Writing Center and the SEEK Tutoring Center,received kudos from top college officials, includingcertificates of appreciation presented by Dean of Undergraduate Studies Anne Lopes. The event, said MSRC Director Michele Doney, “is a small way of  saying ‘thank you’ for the enormous contributions of our tutors,” many of whom are versatile enough to beworking in more than one resource center.(Photo by Navraj Sandhu)Scholars the world over know that John Jay College offers unrivaled opportunity for study and research, and on October 4 President Jeremy Travishosted a welcome reception for the latest cohort of international visitors to the campus. On hand were (from left): Ciara McCormack (McCabe Fellow),President Travis,, Annette Connolly (McCabe Fellow),Sir Ian Blair (Office for the Advancement of Research), Andrew Briers (Bramshill Exchange Scholar), AnneliesVredeveldt (Department of Psychology) and StevenRitchie (Fulbright Scholar). Other visiting scholars at the College this year include those conducting researchin economics, psychology, law and police science, and in the Lloyd Sealy Library.
 Visitors Welcome
 Above: Sonia Chowdhury (l.), one of John Jay’s Peer  Ambassadors, looks on as a student gets ready to post a suggested name for the new campus outdoor space on theIdea Wall. Right: A sample of the commemorative paversthat will line the new Jay Walk uniting John Jay’s old and new campus buildings.
@John Jay 
News and Events of Interestto the College Community
October 6, 2010
Worth Noting 
October 7
Italian Culture andHeritage Month Lecture
 Prima del suo tempo: Dr. Maria Montessori, Ahead of Her Time
Leonisa Ardizzonee Salvadori CenterGerald W. Lynch eater Lobby 
October 15
Prisoner Reentry InstituteOccasional Series onReentry Research
 Do Reentry Courts Reduce Recidivism?  Results from the Harlem Parole Reentry Court 
Zachary Hamilton Washington State University Room 630 Haaren Hall
October 15
Homeland Security and New York 
 Presented by the Center on Terrorism and the Christian Regenhard Center  for Emergency Response Studies
 John R. Gibb, Acting CommissionerNew York State Division of HomelandSecurity and Emergency ServicesRoom 630 Haaren Hall
October 20
 John Jay’s Got Talent
Talent showcase for music, danceand spoken word. Who will be the next  John Jay Performer of the Year? 
Gerald W. Lynch eater
October 26
Book & Author Series
Talking to the Enemy: Faith, Brotherhood,and the (Un)Making of Terrorists
Scott AtranPresidential Scholar and Senior Fellow,Center on Terrorism, John Jay CollegeRoom 630 Haaren Hall
October 31
CUNY Cross-Country Championships
 Van Cortlandt Park, e Bronx
The people have spoken, and the outdoorspace that will unite the old and new elements ofJohn Jay’s expanded campus will henceforth beknown as…The Jay Walk.College officials conducted a “Name the NewOutdoor Space” canvass of the student bodyin mid-September, in which more than 600votes were cast. Students were asked to chooseamong The Commons, The Quad, The Green, orsubmit a suggestion of their own. The ballotinggenerated 97 write-in ideas, with The Jay Walkbeing a clear favorite.“We sought the advice of the community, gotit and made a decision,” said President JeremyTravis. “The Jay Walk has sizzle, it comes fromthe students, and it is unique. When we say‘Welcome to The Jay Walk,’ we will get a smilefrom a new visitor.”The 60,000-square-foot Jay Walk will be madeup of custom engraved bricks and personalizedtrees and benches, providing supporters of JohnJay with a unique way to honor and rememberalumni, graduating students, faculty and friends.Proceeds from the sale of these commemorative
 Walking ‘e Walk’
Student Poll Names New Campus Outdoor Space
gifts go directly to support scholarships for JohnJay students.For more information on purchasing acommemorative item through the Jay WalkCampaign, call 212.237.8688, or go online tohttp://johnjay.jjay.cuny.edu/jaywalk.
Scholarship Fundsto Get a Boost fromPaver Campaign
 A Beautiful Day for a Walk 
Members of the John Jay women’s softball team wore a different uniform on September 12 as they became part of the John Jay Jaywalkers contingent in the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure to fight breast cancer. The college delegation wascoordinated once again by team captain Irene O’Donnell (center, in white cap and sunglasses), the Director of Campus OfficeServices, and included President Travis and dozens of other faculty, staff and students.
Are you ready and willing to plan, promoteand staff events; help build community tieson- and off-campus; work alongside a varietyof community partners, and plan and conductresearch? If so, you should consider becoming aCommunity Service Representative.To pursue these positions offered by theCollege’s Office of Community and ServiceOutreach, students need to be full-time with agrade point average of at least 3.2, and hold U.S.citizenship or permanent resident status. Threehundred hours of participation in this elite groupof student activists comes with job training, a$1,000 educational stipend, and memories andexperiences to last a lifetime. The positions arefunded through the AmeriCorps program.“I think we’re tapping into what motivatesstudents to come to John Jay in the first place,”said Declan Walsh, the office’s director. “Theycome to John Jay to be in public service, andthis resonates with them as something that willgive them a chance right now to do what theirdegrees will equip them to do down the road.”The community-outreach office, whichcompleted its first full year of operation in July,consists of Walsh and two part-time assistants,along with a volunteer corps of 16 CommunityService Representatives ranging from sophomoresto graduate students.Walsh admits that of all the projects his officehas run, he is most proud of the Treats for Troopsinitiative that was conducted last fall. “It was agreat opportunity to make people aware thatthere was a new office here, plus we tapped intoa very real need,” he said.Community Service Representatives and otherstudent volunteers, including the Veterans Cluband Homeland Security Club, collected more than$3,500 and were able to fill 100 “care packages”with a variety of badly needed items to send toU.S. troops — mainly John Jay students or alumni— serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.In a similar vein, a Hunger Banquet held at theCollege last December helped to dramatize theissue of unequal food distribution worldwide,while raising funds for Oxfam and the nearby St.Paul the Apostle’s Food Pantry.The Red Hook Community Court in Brooklynis the agency through which grant funds areobtained to provide stipends to the CommunityService Representatives. Feedback from the RedHook court as well as the Midtown CommunityCourt in Manhattan, where John Jay volunteersconduct mentoring and GED tutoring programs,has been overwhelmingly favorable, Walsh said.“We get calls all the time from outside entities,and unfortunately we can’t partner with all ofthem,” Walsh said. “We have to be very strategicin choosing partners, so we can leverage assetsand make the most of limited funds.”
[For more information, call 646.557.4820, or e-mail communityoutreach@jjay.cuny.edu. Theoffice also has a Facebook fan page that can beaccessed at “Office of Community Outreach @ John Jay.”] 
Community Service & Outreach Providea Calling for John Jay Student Volunteers
Community Service Representatives greet a student at the recent Freshman Orientation and talk about what they do tomake a difference in the lives of others.

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