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December 18 3:30 PM 28th Annual Jack Brennan Children’s Holiday Party
Volunteers and sponsors needed (see article at right) Gymnasium

News and Events of Interest to the College Community December 10, 2008

John Jay “Elves” Continue Tradition of Holiday Cheer for Families in Need
It’s December, and the calendar is down to a single page. That means the John Jay community is abuzz with preparations for the Children’s Holiday Party. This annual affair, which brings Christmas to hundreds of less fortunate children and their families, was created by friends and colleagues of the late Jack Brennan, the beloved former John Jay security director. Brennan was a devoted family man with a soft spot for children, and the holiday party seemed a fitting way to remember him. On the afternoon of December 18, the John Jay gymnasium will be transformed into a giant party space, as a host of faculty, staff and student volunteers swing into action to serve as guides for wide-eyed youngsters, provide face painting, snacks and beverages, and act as Santa’s helpers when the big moment arrives at party’s end. The 27th annual holiday party will also include a magic act and “live” cartoon characters, along with DJ services donated by George Marchelos of Fine Time Entertainment. Overseeing the well-organized frenzy are Johnny Taveras and Rosalie Macaluso of the Department of Institutional Advancement. “I couldn’t do it without Rosalie’s help, and the help of all our volunteers, including the baseball team,” said Taveras, the College’s softspoken web manager. “Yet all the effort — and it takes plenty — is so well worth it when you think of the thousands of kids we’ve helped bring some cheer to over the years.” This year, Taveras said, the College will host an estimated 600 children at the holiday party, many of them from shelters run by the New York City Department of Homeless Services. Organizing the children’s party is a monthslong labor of love for Taveras and Macaluso.

January 16 8:30 AM Prisoner Reentry Institute Occasional Series on Reentry Research
The Impact of Reentry Services on Juvenile Offenders’ Recidivism Jeffrey Bouffard Washington State University Room 630 Haaren Hall

January 22 10:30 AM & 3:30 PM Freshman & Transfer Student Orientation
Locations vary, Haaren Hall

Santa Claus, joined by several helpers and a happy party guest, waves goodbye at the close of the 2007 children’s party.

February 2-3 8:30 AM 4th Annual Guggenheim Conference on Crime in America

There are guest lists to formulate, contributions of funds and goods to be obtained, security needs to be covered, transportation to be provided and entertainment to be hired. In

addition, party organizers have to arrange for a special pre-Christmas visit to John Jay by Santa Claus himself, who usually brings a retinue that includes Mrs. Claus, elves and other helpers.

A New Beginning: Exploring the Criminal Justice Challenges for the Next Four Years Presented by the Center on Media, Crime and Justice. Includes presentation of the annual John Jay Excellence in Journalism Awards. Room 630 Haaren Hall

Please Join Us in Helping Make This Year’s Party The Best YET!!! Give Generously and Volunteer!
Please make checks payable to the John Jay College Foundation, c/o Children’s Holiday Party, and send to Johnny Taveras, Department of Institutional Advancement, Room 532T. (To volunteer, e-mail jtaveras@jjay.cuny.edu.)

ASC Asked to Back Justice Department Research Upgrade
A delegation of some 90 John Jay faculty members, graduate students and doctoral candidates made their presence felt at the recent annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) in St. Louis, MO. The John Jay contingent was led by President Jeremy Travis, who called on the ASC to support his proposal for the creation of a new Office of Justice Research within the U.S. Department of Justice. Travis, who served as Director of the National Institute of Justice from 1994-2000, said in an open letter to the ASC, “The nation urgently needs a topnotch research and development program to improve our understanding of, and responses to, the challenges of violent crime and the administration of justice.” The existing structure of the Department of Justice, Travis pointed out, places the responsibility for criminal justice research and statistics within the Office of Justice Programs, an entity that is primarily responsible for the administration of federal assistance programs. That organizational reality, he said, leaves the research function at the Justice Department vulnerable to compromise and deprives justice research of the priority treatment it deserves. “The current systems in place to support research, statistics and technology are outmoded, under-resourced and insufficiently responsive to the needs of practitioners and policy-makers,” Travis wrote. Travis said the election of a new President and the advent of the 111th Congress presents “an unprecedented opportunity for the nation to rethink the federal role in promoting research on crime, society’s responses to crime, and the administration of justice.” The proposed Office of Justice Research would be headed by an Assistant Attorney General for Justice Research, nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The person holding that office should be a scientist of national reputation, with significant experience conducting and overseeing research in this field. The Office of Justice Research would comprise the existing Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Institute of Justice, along with a new National Institute of Justice Technology. Through the open letter to the ASC and similar letters that were sent to members of other associations of criminal justice professionals, Travis said he hoped to generate a “a lively debate” within the justice policy and the academic communities. “We need to move beyond the status quo,” he concluded. The John Jay delegation at the ASC meeting included faculty from the following departments: Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, Public Management, Government, Mathematics and Computer Science, SEEK, and Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration. In addition, representatives from the Library, the Prisoner Reentry Institute, the Catholic Bishops’ Study, Freshman Services and the journal Criminal Justice Ethics were on hand as panel presenters and discussants. [For the complete text of President Travis’s open letter to the ASC, as well as a list of members of the John Jay community at the ASC meeting, visit the College’s Web site at www.jjay. cuny.edu.]

Truth, Honor and Murder Take the Stage
Long before Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, became synonymous with the internment of suspected terrorists, it was best known as an outpost in the Cold War, where a detachment of U.S. Marines kept a wary eye on Communist Cuba on the other side of a security fence. Guantanamo in the mid-1980s is the setting for the play A Few Good Men, a court-martial thriller by Aaron Sorkin that — retitled A Few Good woMen — recently concluded an eightperformance run at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater. Directed by Professor Lorraine Moller of the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts, A Few Good woMen featured an ensemble of students, faculty and alumni in a production that successfully took a few creative liberties with the casting. “Most of the roles in this play were written for men,” Moller pointed out in a production note. “However, when auditions took place, several of the strongest actors were women, two of whom were currently in either the armed forces or the ROTC. These women were the most suitable actors for the roles in the play, resulting in gender-blind casting. As the rehearsals progressed, the dynamics between characters changed, creating love triangles and female characters who were as driven and honor-bound as any male, resulting in a gripping depiction of women in the military.” One of those gender-blind roles was that of Lance Corporal Dawson, one of two defendants charged with the murder of a fellow Marine. The role, originally written for a man, was shared by alumna and John Jay theater veteran Amarylis Rivera and sophomore forensic psychology major Bianca Morisset. As part of their preparation for the show, cast members endured rounds of basic training, rifleteam exercises and drill sessions led by actual U.S. Marines and David Ruth, assistant coach of the John Jay Rifle Team. Moller’s other directing credits for the John Jay stage include Dracula, The Crucible and Metamorphoses. She is also the Program Director for Theater Arts Connection at the Bayview Correctional Facility in Manhattan, where she recently directed a production of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.

In a scene from A Few Good woMen, the snarling, no-nonsense Marine commander Col. Nathan Jessup (right), played by Professor Greg Donaldson, confronts Lt. Cmdr. Joanne Galloway of the Naval Investigative Service (played by Brittney Chavez), as his aide, Lt. Jonathan Kendrick (played by Army veteran Timothy Skeen), stands by.

Forever Hold Your Banners High!

Crisp new championship banners hang from the rafters of The Doghouse, John Jay’s main gymnasium, bearing witness to the fact that John Jay is the home of winners. Still draped in black is the 2008 championship banner for the men’s basketball team, which was to be formally unveiled at the homecoming game on December 2. (Photographs of the event were not available at press time.) To see the new banners, visit The Doghouse for one of this season’s home basketball games. The full schedule for men’s and women’s basketball is available online at www.johnjayathletics.com.

When Domestic Violence Turns Lethal
With disturbing frequency, the news media are the victims were killed by an intimate partner, pointed out that her jurisdiction has the highest awash in stories of women killed by their spouses and another 15 percent died in gang-related number of domestic violence cases in New York or partners. On November 7, hot on the heels violence. Among elderly women, home invasion City, with some 8,000 prosecutions annually. of yet another such incident, John Jay College, was a common underlying cause. Although there is a mandatory arrest statute in in concert with the Urban Resource Institute, Risk factors for fatal domestic violence against New York City for domestic violence cases, prosexplored this subject in an all-day conference, women include the partner’s use of drugs and ecutors do not have to prosecute. “Femicide: Understanding and Preventing the any propensity to violence outside the home. Domestic violence cases are sharply different Murder of Women in Intimate Relationships.” During a panel discussion on “Threats to Life,” from other crimes, Lucibello observed. They are The Femicide Conference brought together Wanda Lucibello, head of the Special Victims Dislow and resource-intensive, with “two parallel faculty members from the psychology and sociolvision for the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, tracks in motion,” namely the work of victim’s ogy departments, the Center on advocates and that of the prosecuMedia, Crime and Justice, and the tor’s office. John Jay Women’s Center, along Professor Chitra Raghavan of with outside experts from such the psychology department noted fields as medicine, victim advocathat 30 percent of victims were cy, law enforcement, prosecution not abused prior to the lethal act. and legal services. Signs that may point to a fatal do“I know people think that mestic assault include coercive or homicide cannot be prevented, fear-inducing control on the part but I believe that through of the spouse or partner, the availresearch it can be,” said the ability of weapons, and rape or conference’s keynote speaker, previous threats to a woman’s life. Rebecca Block, a senior research “When women say they are analyst with the Illinois Criminal in danger, they are in danger,” Justice Information Authority. Raghavan said. “In order to prevent femicide,” The conference also featured Block said, “it helps to examine discussions on race, class and the causes.” Among female vicgender; domestic violence in tims ages 10-14, 21 percent of immigrant communities; mandathe homicides involved a rape or tory arrest; how the press covers attempted rape. Among 15- to Keynote speaker Rebecca Block of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority gets animated as violence against women, and she drives home a point about the causes and prevention of domestic violence homicides. 19-year-old girls, 20 percent of women who kill their abusers.

Student Ambassador Sings the Praises of Federal Service
Forensic science major Nadia Bruce recently was named Federal Student Ambassador for the 2008-2009 academic year. Annually, only 15 students nationwide are selected for this prestigious program. The student ambassador program was created to promote interest in federal service on college campuses through a corps of student advocates who will actively promote public service. It has been estimated that over the next five years, nearly one-third of the federal workforce will reach retirement age. In the next two years alone, according to projections, the federal government will need to hire more than 173,000 people in critical areas. Bruce grew up in Trinidad and came back to New York when she was 16. Her interest in forensic toxicology prompted her to enroll at John Jay. “I came here on a hope and a dream,” she said. “John Jay was my No. 1 choice.” She applied for the student ambassador program while she was in Washington, DC, completing a toxicology internship with the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Food Additive Safety. “It was wonderful,” said Bruce. “I had such a good experience with the FDA that I felt I could easily talk to other students about federal service.” Bruce has her sights set on a career with the FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs after she graduates from John Jay in May 2009. On campus, Bruce has recruited other students to advocate for careers in public service, recently addressing more than 175 students at an Internship Day program. She has also created a Facebook group to communicate with interested fellow students. “The area of federal public service is so personally rewarding, so varied, so flexible, with so much opportunity and mobility, that students should certainly consider the federal government for jobs when they graduate,” she said. President Jeremy Travis, himself a former high-ranking official with the Department of Justice, said of Bruce’s selection: “This is a real coup for our College and a tribute to the energy and dedication of Nadia Bruce. We will find many ways to celebrate this honor and to let our students know more about the value of federal service.”

MICHELLE RAHMEH (Physical Education and Athletics) was named as the College’s new head athletic trainer. Rahmeh, a New Jersey native who holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Akron, brings to the position a diverse résumé in the fields of health, health education and physical therapy. by the University of the Philippines, in Manila, to lecture on issues of religious fundamentalism and present research undertaken by the group Women Living Under Muslim Laws. The lecture, “The Great Ancestors: Women Asserting Rights in Muslim Contexts,” highlighted the lives and deeds of women throughout history who have promoted gender equality in diverse Muslim countries and communities, including the Arabian Peninsula, Egypt, Muslim Spain, India, Pakistan, Algeria, Iran, Turkey, Central Asia, Nigeria and Indonesia. STEPHEN HANDELMAN (Center on Media, Crime and Justice) appeared on the CUNY TV “Independent Sources” program on December 3, where he discussed the New York City Police Department’s press accreditation policies. In October, Handelman delivered a talk on U.S. media and criminal justice issues to a group of more than 100 army, police and security officials from Latin America and the Caribbean — this year’s class of the Inter-American Defense College — at the Americas Society/Council of the Americas in New York. Out by Going In (Instructor’s Manual) will be published in December 2008. She wrote the book to provide a teaching tool for correctional educators who work with offenders at the Century Detention Center in Lynwood, CA. MONICA VARSANYI (Government) published a paper in the December 2008 issue of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, the flagship journal in the academic field of geography. Her paper, “Rescaling the ‘Alien,’ Rescaling Personhood: Neoliberalism, Immigration and the State,” was the lead article in the journal’s human geography subsection. EUGENE O’DONNELL (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) published a commentary, “Shot in the Dark: Why Was Crime Overlooked in This Campaign,” in the November 3 issue of Newsweek magazine. The article, which appear just before the recent presidential election, said “it would be a crime” for the next President not to make criminal justice matters a priority.

ELIZABETH HEGEMAN (Anthropology) spoke at the American Red Cross on November 13 on “Post-Traumatic Growth: Organizational and Individual Perspectives.” She addressed the issues of compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction for mental health workers facing disaster. SIMON BAATZ (History) gave the annual Lawrence J. Gutter Literary Lecture at North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe, IL, in November. ANISSA HÉLIE (History) was recently invited
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Psyched Up
Jared Kean McIntyre, a doctoral student in the John Jay/CUNY Graduate Center program in clinical forensic psychology, was honored at the 7th annual Latino Trendsetter Awards and Scholarship Gala, held in November at the United Nations. McIntyre was presented with a Recognition of Scholarship Award, which was accompanied by a check for $3,000. He currently works at Bronx TASC (Treatment Alternatives to Street Crime), performing evaluations for the Alternatives to Incarceration program. His research interest focuses on understanding the developmental pathways to criminal behavior.

KIMORA (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) authored an article titled “The Bard Prison Initiative: Excellent Example of Empowering Education behind the Walls that Needs to Be Replicated,” which will appear in the January/February 2009 issue of Offender Programs Report, a publication from the Civic Research Institute. Kimora’s book Prison: Getting

ISABELLE CURRO (Security) was named winner of the 2009 Commitment to Justice Award for Outstanding Solo Practitioner by inMotion, an organization that provides low-income women with free legal services in matrimonial, family and immigration law. Curro, an attorney, was cited for her “commitment to pro bono legal services.” The award will be formally presented at a gala in early February.

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