Alumni Reunion 2019

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Welcome to the 2019 Annual Alumni Reunion
Thursday, April 4, 2019
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 West 59th Street, NYC


5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Hosted by Alumni, Faculty and Staff
Various locations on campus
Full List on Registration Page

10th Anniversary of the Honors Program – Reception

5:00 PM to 6:45 PM
New Building, 9.64

Awards Dinner

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Gymnasium (4th floor of Haaren Hall)

After-Party Featuring Heavy Hitter DJ Camilo

9:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Faculty Staff Dining Room, New Building, 2.61

Event Sponsorships Available

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2019 Alumni Reunion Honorees

Mario L. Benabe
Mario L. Benabe BA’14
Outstanding Young Alumnus Award

Mario Benabe graduated from John Jay in 2014 with a B.A. in Cultural and Deviance Studies. During his time here, he took part in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program, Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, and was a student-athlete on the men’s basketball team. Receiving a M.S.T. in Special Education from Fordham University in 2016, Benabe currently teaches Math at the South Bronx Community Charter High School. He is the creator of Do-The-Right-Thing Pedagogy—concepts that encompass culturally sustaining and relevant instruction practices—and was appointed as the Community Education Council in Community School District 9, where his responsibilities included reviewing and evaluating his district’s instructional programs to further inform educational policy. Under the Obama Administration, Benabe was a White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics honoree. Most recently, Benabe founded Wildflower New York Charter School, an early childhood education program that is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2019.


Bettina P. Murray
Bettina P. Murray PhD
Distinguished Faculty Award

Bettina P. Murray, Ph.D., has been an integral part of the John Jay College faculty since 1996. As a professor in the Communication and Theatre Arts Department her courses have strong ties to SEEK and The College First Year Seminar programs. At John Jay she has helped establish, and continues to be proactive with, two scholarship programs: The Jerry McCabe Scholarship for members of the national police force in Ireland to do graduate studies in public administration or criminal justice, and the A. Brean Murray Scholarship for immigrant students to do undergraduate studies. Murray holds masters’ degrees in several fields relating to education including the Teaching of English as a Second Language (TESOL). Her doctoral work at Fordham University’s Department of Education specialized in Language, Literacy and Learning. Currently, Murray is conducting research on the subject of culturally responsive literature which makes pedagogical connections between the curriculum and the historical heritage of individuals.



 Peter J. Mancuso
Peter J. Mancuso  BA’76, MA’79
Distinguished Alumnus Award 

Born and raised in Staten Island, Peter J. Mancuso, Jr., B.A. ’76, M.A. ’79, has had a distinguished career in law enforcement, helping to shape policy and implement changes to the justice system while working with the New York City Police Department. A Vietnam veteran, Mancuso entered the New York City Police Academy in 1969. While in the post-Knapp Commission Public Morals Division, he was assigned to the Special Operations Section of the Organized Crime Control Bureau, conducting investigations of organized crime. His promotion to Sergeant of the 9th precinct led to his having a role in designing and implementing a strategy that resulted in a New York State Appellate Court ruling affirming a Stop, Question and Frisk conviction that became the subject of a NYPD Legal Division Bulletin. While working in the NYPD’s Office of Management Analysis and Planning, Mancuso served as the liaison to the Vera Institute and helped develop a new NYPD patrol initiative, the Community Police Officer Project. In 1985 he was appointed Assistant Director of Training, NYPD, by Commissioner Benjamin Ward. The late 80s also saw Mancuso act as a consultant to Victim Services Agency New York City, a non-profit that advocates for victims of domestic violence. Mancuso is also founder of the Concerned Alliance of Professional Policing, which lends support to anti-corruption efforts, deploying a whistleblower protection program, and awarding individuals who take a stand against corruption.