At a corner table in a cozy restaurant in the West Village — Steve Lavin’s neighborhood — he had to strain his voice to be heard above the din of the dinner crowd. This didn’t inhibit him. It’s a coach’s way of life. The Novocain from an afternoon visit to the dentist was just wearing off over a glass of wine. No worries. There have been enough painful times in Lavin’s four years of coaching basketball at St. John’s, when anesthesia wasn’t the most unpleasant medicinal solution. In his second season trying to revive and nationalize the once-proud program in Jamaica, Queens, he was found to have prostate cancer and underwent treatment. During Lavin’s third season, his father — a 21-year survivor of the same disease who had a severe heart attack during his 40s — died at 82. Read more.
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St. John's University has received a $250,000 grant from the Richmond County Savings Foundation, which will be used to renovate the Loretto Library on the Grymes Hill campus. Read more.
EVERY Filipino should be proud of Dr. Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw. One of them is community leader Roger N. Alama, who attended Gempesaw’s regal investiture last week as the first lay president of St. John’s University, America’s second largest Catholic school after St. Vincent de Paul. Read more.
Nearly 900 people attended St. John’s University’s 17th annual President’s Dinner on Oct. 30. The event raised $2,004,500 in scholarship funds while honoring those who embrace the Vincentian mission of service with the Spirit of Service Award. This year’s honorees were: Anthony Butler, executive director, St. John’s Bread and Life, Bedford-Stuyvesant, one of the most prominent hunger and homeless advocates in Brooklyn and citywide; Kevin F. Reed, retired managing director, Citigroup Asset Management, and mentor and sponsor of students at Catholic schools throughout New York City; and James P. Riley, Jr., retired partner and managing director, Goldman Sachs and Company, and founder of Riley Family Foundation, which provides need-based scholarships. Read more.
Dr. Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw made history Friday, Oct. 24 at his investiture to become the 17th and first lay president of St. John’s University in Queens, a 144-year-old Catholic university. Read more.
There are few things vaguer to New York voters than ballot propositions that are often as hard to understand as they are hard to locate on a ballot. This Election Day one such ballot proposal New York voters will be asked to decide on is a legislatively referred constitutional amendment to create a redistricting commission to establish state legislative and congressional districts. Read more.
As Conrado Gempesaw, better known as Bobby, was officially welcomed as the 17th president of St. John’s University in an investiture ceremony at the Jamaica campus last Friday, he made clear that he has the best interest and future successes of all university students and alumni in mind as he assumes the role of head of the school. Read more.
Dr. Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, a Dabawenyo and an alumnus of the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) is the new President of the St. John’s University in New York, a Catholic and Vincentian university founded in 1870. Read more.
The Association of Fil-Am Teachers of America President Raul Cajigas and Philippine Consul General of New York Mario de Leon Jr. presented two Dangal ng Lahi awards to two leadingeducators. The award award is the highest bestowed by AFTA on those who have reached outstanding success in the teaching profession and are the pride of the Fil-Am and Filipino teachers in the United States and the Philippines. President of St. John’s University, New York Conrado Gempesaw, Ph.D., and President of Seton Hall University, New Jersey, A. Gabriel Esteban, Ph.D., are the top educators in the Northeast universities who merit the recognition. Both achievements prove how far Filipino teachers can excel in the field of education. Read more.
Jeff Sovern, who teaches consumer law and civil procedure at New York's St. John's University Law School, analyzed survey responses from 155 businesses that informed consumers of their right to cancel a deal. It rarely seemed to matter. Read more.