Spring 2017

Learning by Doing…

Learning by Doing… No Bones about It: Graduate Students Learn Hands-on in Central Park by Sam Anderson On city streets, below ground, and on the water—these three distinct environments are linked by a common thread: Each of these locations is the setting of a John Jay class. To investigate how the College is contributing to…

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The Hole Truth: Hands-on Anthropology with Professor Ric Curtis

The Hole Truth: Hands-on Anthropology with Professor Ric Curtis By Sam Anderson On Christmas day in 2016, anthropology Professor Ric Curtis led a group of John Jay students to a place in the Bronx he calls “The Hole.” They exited the train at Grand Concourse and walked to an abandoned, fenced-off  lot near St. Ann’s…

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All Hands on Deck: John Jay Students Answer the Coast Guard’s Call

All Hands on Deck: John Jay Students Answer the Coast Guard’s Call By Peter Dodenhoff New York City, with four island boroughs and one peninsula, is blessed with a first-class natural harbor that has long made it one of the country’s great port cities. Yet with that distinction, particularly in an age of heightened risk…

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Justice Is Served

Justice is Served As President Jeremy Travis prepares to step down after 13 years as John Jay’s fourth president, he leaves behind a series of milestones that have fundamentally transformed the College, and the lives of those who study, teach, and work here. From the moment students enter John Jay at Freshman Orientation (left) to…

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Happy 10th Anniversary

Happy 10th Anniversary The 2016–17 academic year brought milestones for three important undergraduate programs, with the Pre-Law Institute, the John Jay-Vera Fellows program, and the Program for Research Initiatives in Science and Math (PRISM) all celebrating 10 years of serving the College community. Each in its way has helped pave the way for students’ personal,…

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Dreams and Difficulties: Being Undocumented at John Jay

Dreams and Difficulties: Being Undocumented at John Jay By Sam Anderson Of the roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, nearly 10 percent live in New York State. Many of these immigrants live, work, and go to school in New York City. At John Jay College, 220 students self-report that they are…

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True to the Mission

True to the Mission By Peter Dodenhoff John Jay College has built and earned a reputation for educating students to go out into the world and become “fierce advocates for justice.” For a sizable number of alumni, that calling has meant staying right here, working, teaching, and “paying it forward” so that future generations of…

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Faculty Step Up to Help Rising Stars

Faculty Step Up to Help Rising Stars by Sam Anderson For many faculty members, the dedication to their students is part of their social justice commitment, worth achieving by contributing in any way they can. When President Jeremy Travis in 2013 raised the issue of getting faculty to participate in a campaign to raise much-needed…

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Our Best Foot Forward: John Jay’s Media Visibility is Bigger than Ever

Our Best Foot Forward: John Jay’s Media Visibility is Bigger than Ever By Peter Dodenhoff In print. On the air. In cyberspace and social media. Lately, wherever one goes in the world, John Jay College is there, thanks to a dramatic upturn in the College’s media visibility and a variety of factors that are feeding…

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FROM THE PRESIDENT JEREMY TRAVIS

Dear Friends, Well, this is it—the final time I’ll be speaking with you through the pages of Justice Matters as President of this amazing institution, the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. And while I prepare with anticipation for a new chapter in my professional life as a University Professor at the CUNY Graduate Center…

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Campus NEWS

Campus NEWS John Jay College is proving itself a potent springboard for propelling upwardly mobile students into the middle class and beyond. A new report from the Equality of Opportunity Project—“Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility”—lists John Jay in the top 10 nationally in intergenerational mobility of students, noting that of the…

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Faculty Profiles

Faculty Profiles: On the Road with Greg Donaldson At a truck stop just off of the New Jersey Turnpike, Greg Donaldson, an associate professor in the Communications and Theater Arts department at John Jay, stood with his backpack, trying to hitch a ride. He had been there for about five hours when a state trooper…

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Alumni Profiles

Alumni Profiles by Sam Anderson Avery Eli Okin, ’79 Antony Lamberti, ’78 Armena Gayle, ’88 A Triple Play in Brooklyn The Brooklyn Bar Association is among the oldest organizations of its kind, established in 1872, 26 years before Brooklyn became part of New York City. Since then, it has been a home to some of…

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Class Notes

Class Notes 1960s John Grimes (B.S. ’67, M.P.A. ’70) has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” by Westchester magazine for the fifth consecutive year. The publication also named him as one of the Top 25 lawyers in the Westchester area. 1970 Edward F. O’Dowd (M.A. ’77) recently retired as a Michigan State circuit court probation…

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