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to the College Community
August 26, 2009

Worth Noting With a New Dean on Board, John Jay
September 1 6:45 PM
Primary Debate of the
Launches Two New Undergraduate Majors
Democratic Candidates for The wealth of academic offerings at John Jay
Manhattan District Attorney is gleaming even more brightly at the start of
Richard Aborn, Leslie Crocker Snyder and the fall 2009 semester, with the launch of two Dean of Undergraduate Studies Seeks
Cyrus Vance Jr. new majors: Bachelor of Arts degrees in Gender
Moderated by Dominic Carter Studies and Global History.
John Jay will be the first City University
to Build on Campus-Wide Momentum
Admission by ticket only. Contact the Office
institution to offer a BA in Gender Studies. The In a bit of serendipitous timing, the newest
of Student Activities for tickets.
36-credit interdisciplinary major will build on baccalaureate majors in Gender Studies
Gerald W. Lynch Theater the minor in Gender Studies that the College and Global History will be overseen by a
has offered since 1997, including such courses new Dean of Undergraduate Studies whose
September 10 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM as Sex and Culture, Women and Terrorism, Sex scholarly track record covers both fields.
Offenders in the Criminal Justice System, History Dr. Anne Lopes, who assumed the
Barack, Hip Hop and Being of Gender Images, Manhood in America and deanship in late July, holds a PhD in political
a Black Male in America many others. science from Freie Universität in Berlin,
Discussion and book signing with Kevin The major will be taught by a core group of Germany, and is widely published on topics
Powell, author of The Black Male Handbook: nearly four dozen full-time faculty members relating to gender, feminism and the women’s
A Blueprint for Life representing 14 academic departments who have movement in late 19th-century Germany.
Gerald W. Lynch Theater Lobby strong records of scholarship in Gender Studies. Lopes succeeds José Luis Morín, who
Their expertise covers a range of issues including had held the post on an interim basis for
antidiscrimination law, hate crimes, intimate-
September 16 6:00 PM – 8:15 PM the past two years. Lopes most recently
partner violence, sexuality and sexual identity in served as Associate Dean at Empire State
Free Performance by popular culture, stalking and sexual harassment. College (SUNY), where her responsibilities
the Ailey II Dance Company The new major is already generating buzz in included curriculum development, supervision
academic circles, with one prominent outside of adjunct faculty members, and student
Contact the Office of Student Activities or
reviewer describing it as “an integrated, coherent academic and support services.
the Provost’s Office for tickets. Dean of Undergraduate Studies Anne Lopes
and solid major — and one that is targeted “As John Jay embarks on a period of
Gerald W. Lynch Theater to the already developed strengths in criminal strategic planning and self-study and prepares fields, and the deepening conversation about
justice at John Jay.” to launch a retention initiative, Dr. Lopes’ sharpening our focus on student success.”
“I’ve rarely seen [a major] as inclusive and experience and abilities will serve us well,” According to Lopes, “John Jay has
Onward & Upward well-thought-out as yours,” said the reviewer,
Professor Michael Kimmel, a professor at SUNY’s
said Provost and Senior Vice President for
Academic Affairs Jane Bowers, noting that
developed incredible momentum in its
global mission of Educating for Justice,

for High Achievers Stony Brook campus and editor of the journal
Men and Masculinities.
Lopes led similar initiatives at Empire State
and her previous institution, Metropolitan
from the energy and diversity of students
in first-year learning communities to the
The Global History major is believed to be College of New York. productivity that comes from the sustained
One current John Jay student, one former
among the first of its kind in the United States, Lopes, who said she has been struck by promotion of faculty and student research.
student, two glittering success stories.
and with it John Jay becomes one of just a the helpful and welcoming atmosphere There’s still much work to do, which makes
Victoria Oyaniran, a student in the Ronald E.
handful of institutions to provide students that greeted her arrival, noted the campus- it an extraordinary and exciting time to
McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Pro-
with a background in the new historiographic wide buzz surrounding “the innovative new be the Undergraduate Dean. I very much
gram, recently learned of her selection as one
approach of global history, which emphasizes the programs showcasing the synergy of criminal look forward to my first academic year
of the 2009 winners of a $10,000 fellowship
connections between and among civilizations. justice and the liberal arts, the plans for hiring here and to contributing to the continued
presented by the Education Fund of the Women’s
The new John Jay program differs from tradi- new faculty at the leading edges of their improvement of undergraduate education.”
Forum Inc. of New York.
tional undergraduate world-history majors, which
The Women’s
are organized according to region, by giving
Forum, an organization
students the chance to master the history of the Joshua B. Freeman, Executive Officer of the of the world…. In stressing global interactions,
of prominent women
world during a particular chronological era. PhD program in history at the CUNY Graduate large historical processes and broad themes, the
in the professions,
As with the new Gender Studies major, Center, said the new major “represents the proposed major adopts a highly sophisticated
arts and business,
the Global History major has already won the forefront in thinking among historians about approach to teaching world history, [one that is]
presents annual grants
endorsement of independent reviewers. Professor how to understand and teach about the history ambitious yet manageable.”
to mature women
who, after a break
in their education,
are pursuing under-
Crime Prevention Center Spearheads
Victoria Oyaniran
graduate degrees.
Oyaniran, who
National Network for Safe Communities
has been active in A coalition of more than 50 Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory
the John Jay student leading criminal justice officials said that city’s version of the
government, the and scholars representing 30 Network’s strategy “has not only
African Student jurisdictions throughout the United reduced group-related homicides,
Association and the States has banded together under but it has helped many formerly
Alpha Phi Sigma the aegis of John Jay’s Center for violent individuals escape the cycle
honor society, was Crime Prevention and Control to of violence and turn their lives
“quite deserving” of create the National Network for around.” In Hempstead, which
the Women’s Forum Safe Communities (NNSC). had the worst open-air drug
award, said Marlon The National Network was market in Nassau County, the
Joseph Simone Jr. Daniels of the Office of formally launched June 15 at NNSC strategy led to a 74-percent
Student Activities. a press conference held during decrease in crime and an 87-
In April, Oyaniran was honored at the Service the annual meeting of the percent drop in drug arrests.
Learning and Civic Engagement Awards Lun- U.S. Conference of Mayors in A Leadership Group has been
cheon with the Keith L.T. Wright Service Award. Providence, RI. created within the NNSC to help
Meanwhile, an ocean away, former Justice President Jeremy Travis, who further develop the anti-crime
Scholar and Honors Program student Joseph serves as the NNSC’s co-chair, Joined by local elected officials from around the country, and with President Jeremy Travis (left) strategies and share experiences
Simone Jr. wrapped up the requirements for an said the coalition’s members looking on, Professor David Kennedy fields reporters’ questions at the press conference held to and insights with the network. The
MPhil degree from Cambridge University, with are “all committed to building formally launch the National Network for Safe Communities. group currently includes Boston,
the help of a $15,000 scholarship provided by a new standard of practice aimed at reducing losing whole generations of young people to the MA, Police Commissioner Ed Davis, Cincinnati
the John Jay College Foundation. violent crime, eliminating overt drug markets, streets, prison or murder, and we simply don’t Police Chief Col. Tom Streicher, High Point Police
Simone said the Honors Program at John promoting racial reconciliation between minority have to live with that any longer.” Chief James Fealy, Los Angeles, CA, Police Chief
Jay had prepared him well for his studies at communities and law enforcement and reducing Kennedy’s crime-reduction strategies, William Bratton, Providence Police Chief Col.
Cambridge. He cited his undergraduate mentor, high levels of incarceration.” pioneered in Boston, MA, in the mid-1990s, have Dean Esserman, and Milwaukee, WI, Police Chief
criminal justice Professor Joshua Freilich, as The chief architect of these crime-reduction since been adapted successfully in High Point, Ed Flynn, a John Jay alumnus (MA, 1976).
having been an “engaging and thoughtful strategies is Professor David Kennedy, who is NC, Cincinnati, OH, and Hempstead, NY. At the The National Network’s first annual conference
supervisor” when they worked together on Director of the Center for Crime Prevention press conference, officials from these localities will be held Dec. 2-3 in New York City. For
a government-funded study of right-wing and Control and co-chair of the NNSC. “These and others spoke glowingly about the NNSC more information on the NNSC, visit www.
extremism in the United States. strategies work,” Kennedy said. “We’ve been approach. nnscommunities.org.
Three Key Positions Filled
New Public Safety Director, Bursar,
Development Director Join College Ranks
Three broadly
experienced professionals
took the reins of key
positions in the College
over the summer.
Christopher Trucillo,
a former top official
with the Port Authority
of New York and New
Jersey Police Department
(PAPD) was chosen to

Popular Science head the newly renamed
Department of Public The newest members of the Department of Public Safety received their certificates

One of New York’s Finest (above) does a double-take Safety at John Jay.Trucillo’s recently upon completing 80 hours of basic training.
after spotting a “blood-soaked body” dumped on his beat long career with the to be hired and trained under the renamed
in Washington Square Park June 14. The “body” was a PAPD included overseeing security operations department. The 11 new public safety officers
training mannequin that was part of The CSI Experience,
at Newark International Airport and the Port completed an 80-hour course of instruction prior
a popular feature of the World Science Festival Street
Fair that was run by forensic science faculty members
Authority Bus Terminal, as well as commanding to being deployed on campus.
the department’s internal affairs unit. He retired
and students from John Jay, including Peter Diaczuk
(left), training director for the Center for Modern Forensic from the agency as its highest-ranking uniformed Money matters
Practice. Visitors to the hands-on exhibit could evaluate executive, Chief of Department. The task of managing a broad array of
a crime scene, identify trace evidence, compare ballistic
One of the first official acts for Trucillo, financial matters will now be in the hands of
evidence, collect fingerprints and learn about DNA analysis.
who holds a master’s degree in criminal justice Gerald Garvey, who began work as John Jay’s
Professor Linda Chiu Rourke served as team leader, working
with colleagues and student volunteers to assemble the from Rutgers University, was to preside over a new Bursar on July 20.
exhibit in just over a week. graduation ceremony for the first class of officers Garvey, a certified public accountant with 25
years of public accounting experience, recently

John Jay Says ‘Bravo!’ to Employees assisted the College in a review of bursar
operations. He brings to the bursar’s position a
strong background in financial management,
Building on the rousing success of its best practices in financial accounting, and
inaugural effort in 2008, the second annual establishing and maintaining strong internal
Bravo! Employee Summer Institute was held controls.
July 1-2, once again earning rave reviews from “He is the ideal candidate to lead the Bursar’s
the hundreds of John Jay employees who took Office through the implementation of the CUNY
part in professional and personal development First system and will become an integral part of
workshops, social networking opportunities and improved student services,” said Patricia Ketterer,
entertainment offerings. the Executive Director of Finance and Business
Organized and presented by the Department Services.
of Human Resources, the Summer Institute this
year included the presentation of the John Jay
One sharp ’raiser
James Sheridan also joined the John Jay
Employee of the Year Award to Kathy Killoran of
community on July 20, as the new Director of
the Office of Undergraduate Studies.
Development.
The presentation of the Employee of the Year Kathy Killoran of the Office of Undergraduate Studies (photo left) offers reflections and thanks after winning the 2009
Outstanding Employee of the Year Award. Divisional winners of the Bravo! Employee Recognition Awards were joined by Sheridan, who holds an MBA in marketing
honor was conducted by Provost and Senior Vice
President Travis and the College’s vice presidents as they were honored at a June 18 breakfast ceremony (photo right). and accounting from Fordham University,
President Jane Bowers, who spoke glowingly of
comes to John Jay from the Institute of Student
Killoran’s 19 years with John Jay, the last three electronic devices. at the breakfast ceremony on June 18. “You
Achievement, a nonprofit organization that
of which have been as Academic Director of Each day included a complimentary made it happen.”
helps public high schools improve student
Undergraduate Studies. continental breakfast and lunch. The first day’s The newest Bravo! honorees, who were intro-
performance. As director of development there,
In accepting the award, Killoran praised the luncheon featured the Soft Rock Café, with an duced by their respective vice presidents, are:
he increased fund-raised income by 50 percent
energy, collegiality and friendliness of her John acoustic musical performance by Peter Dodenhoff Meilisa Arlt (Facilities Management), Johanna
in three years and secured a number of major
Jay co-workers. From the very start, she said, she of the Office of Marketing and Development and Carlin (Theater), Sherry Gibson (Information
gifts from corporate benefactors. Previously, he
has gotten “great satisfaction in improving the Senior Vice President Robert Pignatello. Technology), Stacey Grant (Health Office), Jerylle
served as director of corporate and governmental
educational experience for our students.” Kemp (Alumni Relations), Leanne Mehno (Coun-
The Summer Institute, subtitled “Excellence Making things happen seling), Alexander Pizarro (Registrar), Nicole Rios
relations at the International Longevity Center, an
Two weeks prior to the Summer Institute, affiliate of the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.
in Customer Service: How Do We Get There?” (One-Stop Center), Felice Shoot (Counseling),
18 John Jay employees who have gone the “In both development positions he has held,
featured dozens of small-group sessions led by Marina Shturmina (Institutional Research), Jessica
extra mile with creative problem-solving and James has built the organization’s fund-raising
in-house experts as well as outside specialists. Usera (Health Office), Tomas Vallejo (Mailroom),
superior customer service were honored as the program while mobilizing support for the
Participants could learn how to manage their Richard Van Patten (Media Services), Doreen
latest divisional winners of the Bravo! Employee organization among board members, donors and
money and their time, deal with difficult co- Viñas (Public Relations), Cherryanne Ward (Spon-
Recognition Awards. other external constituents. These are precisely
workers or customers, improve their public- sored Programs), Nika Whitehead (Fire Science
“The College is in a stronger position than it the skills John Jay needs as we build our private
speaking technique, learn the art of forensic Institute), Fay Williams (Graduate Admissions)
was at the beginning of the year,” said Pignatello fund-raising capability,” said Vice President for
sketching, or run various computer programs or and Nakisha Williams (Institutional Research).
Marketing and Development Vivien Hoexter.

FACULTY / STAFF NOTES
PRESENTING… under the auspices of The Theatre of the 8th Day Trial Strategy in Shakespeare’s ‘Merchant of Effects of mRNA structure and initiation factors.”
KIMORA (Law, Police Science and Criminal as part of the Malta International Theatre Festival Venice.’” The research, funded by the NSF’s Division of
Justice Administration) delivered a talk on in Poznan, Poland, on June 25. Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, Genes and
“How Addicts Can Develop Character” to NIVEDITA MAJUMDAR (English) had her Genome Systems, is aimed at increasing the
patients at the Addiction Institute of New York ELLEN SCRIVNER (John Jay Leadership edited book The Other Side of Terror: Writings understanding of viral infections and how they
at Roosevelt Hospital on July 20. She addressed Academy) moderated a panel on “Information on Terrorism in South Asia published by Oxford affect protein synthesis, potentially leading to
the importance of integrating aspects of critical Sharing Across Federal, State and Local Levels” at University Press earlier this year. new anti-viral approaches.
thinking as a means of positive reintegration into Attorney General Eric Holder’s Law Enforcement
society after drug treatment. Summit in Washington, DC, on April 20. PEER REVIEW PAUL BRENNER (Media Services) has been
DAVID GREEN (Sociology) attended the British elected a member of the Online Film Critics
ANN A. HUSE (English) presented a talk on LORIE NICHOLAS (Law, Police Science and Society of Criminology conference in Cardiff, Society.
“Monmouth County Sites in Philip Freneau’s Criminal Justice Administration) delivered a Wales, in late June, where he received the
Poetry” to the Atlantic Highlands Historical presentation on prisoner re-entry at the “Safe in society’s 2009 Book Prize for When Children Kill
Society in New Jersey on May 20. Our Brothers’ Arms”: Black Male Mental Health Children: Penal Populism and Political Culture.
and Wellness Symposium held at John Jay on
HOWARD PFLANZER (Communication and May 1. The event was hosted by the New York JANE KATZ (Health and Physical Education)
Theatre Arts) presented a lecture with video clips, Association of Black Psychologists. recently competed with the USA Masters Swim
“Jerzy Grotowski, Judith Malina and The Living Team at the 18th World Maccabiah Games
Theatre and Alternative Theatre in the U.S.” BETWEEN THE COVERS in Israel, where she won 10 first-place gold
MICHAEL PFEIFER (History) published an medals and three silver medals. Katz, who has
article, “The Origins of Postbellum Lynching: participated in the Maccabiah Games since
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Office of Marketing and Development Collective Violence in Reconstruction Louisiana,” 1957, had the opportunity to meet Olympic gold
John Jay College of Criminal Justice in the Spring 2009 issue of the journal Louisiana medalist Jason Lezak (see photo, right), who lit
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www.jjay.cuny.edu Maccabiah Games.
Editor Peter Dodenhoff ANDREW MAJESKE (English) had his new
Submissions should be faxed or e-mailed to: book Justice, Women, and Power in English DIANA FRIEDLAND (Sciences) was awarded
Office of Communications Renaissance Drama published in June by Fairleigh a three-year, $415,665 National Science
fax: (212) 237-8642 Foundation research grant for her proposal
e-mail: pdodenhoff@jjay.cuny.edu
Dickinson University Press. The edited collection
includes Majeske’s essay “Striking a Deal: Portia’s “Pokeweed Antiviral Protein selection of mRNA;

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