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John Jay Magazine (Spring 2011)

John Jay Magazine (Spring 2011)

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John Jay Magazine
John Jay College
The CiTy UniversiTy of new york
of Criminal Justice
John Jay College
of Criminal Justice
Jeremy travis
, ... ... I..
President’s Letter Lessons Learned:Emergency ManagementIn The Post-9/11 Era President Obama namesProfessor Carpi As Recipient OfMentoring AwardStudents Get A Taste Of Forensic Accounting InJohn jay-kpmgpartnershipLearning By DoingFor ThePublic GoodFuture LawyersSharpen Legal SkillsIn John Jay'sPre Law ProgramResearch & StrategicPartnershipsHong Fellowship An Enduring Legacy For Future StudentsHelp Us Pave The Way To John Jay’s Future Alumni Worth Noting Alumni Class Notes
John Jay Magazine
Dear friends of John Jay College,This semester, implementation of the College’s Master Plan — John Jay @ 50 — began in earnest. The Master Plan is astatement of our shared community priorities, a blueprint that will guide the development of the College through 2014, whenwe will celebrate our 50th anniversary.We arrived at our new Master Plan through an inclusive process over a nine-month period. This process included a number oflarge open community gatherings, professional development workshops, targeted meetings with various stakeholders, foursurveys focusing on institutional strategy and priorities and the drafting of a new Vision Statement and goals for each of fiveDomains of Excellence: Student Success, Teaching, Research and Scholarship, Strategic Partnerships and InstitutionalEffectiveness.These five Domains of Excellence are comprehensive and necessarily interrelated, reflecting the breadth and depth of what isrequired to be a successful institution of higher learning in the 21st Century.To achieve excellence in Student Success, John Jay College needs to create an environment in which students can be successful,not just academically but in all aspects of their lives. The next domain, excellence in Teaching, acknowledges the importance ofeffective pedagogy and the power of positive student-teacher interactions. The third domain, Research and Scholarship, alsoincludes creative work, and speaks to the College’s firm belief that excellence in teaching and scholarship are not mutuallyexclusive goals, and that, in fact, one advances the other. Looking externally, to achieve excellence in Strategic PartnershipsJohn Jay must continue to nurture our relationships with other entities in the pursuit of our shared goals. Finally, our aspiration toexcellence in Institutional Effectiveness reflects our understanding that continuous, systematic self-assessment and improvementmust become part of our culture if we are to reach our full potential.This issue of the
John Jay Magazine
reflects our commitment to the realization of these Domains of Excellence. Both the firstarticle, “Lessons Learned: Emergency Management in the Post 9/11 Era,” and the second, which details President Obama’srecognition of Professor Anthony Carpi, speak to our leadership in research and scholarship.The stories on the Pre Law Institute, Community Outreach Service Center and KPMGInternship Program reflect our dedication to student success and strategic partnerships.Our commitment to institutional effectiveness is exhibited in the pieces on the PaversCampaign and the Hong Scholarship as well as our alumni news.I take pride in knowing that the Master Plan is a living document for the College. And, thatour faculty, administration and students participate daily in its realization.The work we have done — and the work we have yet to do — will prepare John Jay Collegefor a fabulous 50th birthday in four more years. I thank you, sincerely, for all you have doneto make this possible.
John Jay Magazine 
is a publicationof Marketing and Development,published twice a year and distributedfree to alumni and friends ofJohn Jay College of Criminal Justice.
899 TENTH AVENUE NEW YORK, NY 10019 T.212.237.8600 F.212.237.8607 JTRAVIS@JJAY.CUNY.EDU
Jeremy Travis
Vice Presidentfor Marketing and Development
 Vivien Hoexter 
Executive Directorof Communications& Editor
Christine Godek 
Senior Writer
Jennifer Nislow 
Contributing Writer
Peter Dodenhoff
Photography Coordinator
Doreen Viñas Pineda 
Alumni Contributor
C. Sunil Persaud
Production Coordinator
Kathy Willis
New Conceptsfor High-Rise Evacuations
Among the tragedies most often citedabout that day was the failure of radiotransmissions to reach firefighters and otherfirst-responders who were still inside theTowers when they fell. Although the radiosthemselves were blamed, it was thebuildings’ infrastructure that caused theproblem, according to Professor GlennCorbett, chairman of the Department ofProtection Management and a professorof Fire Science.
“We’ve made a lot of leaps andbounds in terms of getting newradios that allow for communicationbetween police, fire and EMS(Emergency Medical Services), butwhat hadn’t been solved was theissue with the high-rise buildingitself,” he said. “The Twin Towers hadbig steel skeletons which,unfortunately, have a habit ofswallowing radio transmissions.”
Corbett has been an active participant in thecampaign to improve high-rise building safetythrough changes in codes and regulations. Inaddition to testifying before the 9/11Commission, he was selected as a memberof an advisory committee for the NationalInstitute of Standards and Technology (NIST)in Gaithersburg, MD, a body that investigatedthe evacuation of buildings on 9/11.“If the radio signal cannot be amplifiedbecause you’re in a steel cage, themessages are lost and we believe that a lotof guys died on 9/11 because they never gotthe order to evacuate,” he said.Fortunately, this critical issue has recentlybeen resolved through a National Fire Codeprovision that allows local fire departments todecide what kind of radio or communicationthey want to have in a high-rise, explainedCorbett. A fire chief would have the authorityto require a signal repeater or signalamplification put in the building.Firefighters and emergency managers havefought for and been successful in changingbuilding codes in other ways, as well, henoted. The addition of wider stairways; betterredundancy in fire suppression equipment,such as sprinklers; and other enhancementswithin the structural frames of the buildingsthemselves have all been achieved. Yet thereis still further to go.“As far as codes and regulations go, all thosethings take forever to actually accomplish,”he said. “Some of these have gone through,but it took a very, very long time. We’ve beenfighting these things for ten years and we’restill fighting for certain issues.”High-rise evacuation strategies have alsocome under review in the wake of 9/11.Professor Norman Groner, a colleague ofCorbett’s on the Fire Science faculty and onthe NIST committee noted that elevators —Through the expertise of faculty who haveserved on investigative panels andcommittees outside of the College,John Jay has brought its influence to bearon fourpoints deemed essential for animproved response in the wake of 9/11:high-rise building infrastructure, technology,critical-incident analysis and emergencymanagement.
Students making presentations atconference
John Jay hasbrought itsinfluence to bear on four pointsdeemed essentialfor an improvedresponse inthe wake of 9/11:
high-risebuildinginfrastructure,technology,critical-incident analysis andemergency management.
“If the radiosignal cannotbe amplifiedbecause you’rein a steel cage,the messages are lost and we believe that a lot of guysdied on 9/11because they never got theorder toevacuate.”
Professor Charles Jennings on Main Street NEED NEW CAPTIONProfessor Charles Jennings
Lessons Learned:
Emergency Management
in the Post-9/11 Era
By Jennifer Nislow
The destruction of the World Trade Center by terroristson September 11, 2001 was a tragedy for Americans;one that our nation will never forget. In the decade since,however, experts in the field of emergency managementhave come to the fore with new insights and prescriptionsfor the handling of both man-made and natural disasters.John Jay has been deeply involved in resolving some ofthe critical problems identified by post-incident analyses.

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