Elizabeth Brondolo, a psychology professor at St. John's University in New York who studies the effects of race on mental and physical health, said the defacing of memorials reflects a "consensus that there's been a very serious failure of empathy, a failure to understand what these symbols might mean to people who suffered from slavery and ongoing aggression." To continue reading the article, click here.
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The Philippine embassy presented Dr. Gempesaw with a plaque of achievement for his commitment to promoting quality education for all. Through Dr. Gempesaw’s vision and leadership, he pushed academic initiatives that advocate inclusiveness in higher learning.
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"It's a harsh lesson for the government to think twice about interfering in the private sector and the free market," Anthony Sabino, a professor of law at St. John's University, said Monday. "Stay within the narrow confines of the written law, be it statutory like this or Constitutional. Put it this way--bad day for Hank Greenberg, good day for Americans, business and people." To continue reading the story, click here.
Family, friends and faculty members gathered on the great lawn at St. John’s Sunday to salute 2,200 students Sunday at the university’s 145th graduation ceremony.
An estimated 64 percent of the graduates were female, 892 were international students and more than 700 students studied abroad in this 2015 graduating class, said Dr. Conrado Gempesaw, president of St. John’s. Nearly 19,000 well-wishers turned out to watch them collect their degrees. Read more.
Retrials mean reassembling witnesses - in this case, ones who were called in after 35 years. And the extensive media coverage of the trial could further complicate already weekslong jury selection, notes Larry Cunningham, the associate academic dean at St. John's University school of Law and a former prosecutor.
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On the Staten Island campus' great lawn, 160 graduates of St. John's University received their diplomas Saturday as part of the university's 145th commencement.
On Sunday, the Queens campus will graduate about another 2,000 students.
University President Conrado Gempesaw delivered the commencement address, stressing the importance of hard work; the "art of compromising" with future colleagues and the values of general politeness as a means to make the world a better place. Read more.
"Technology is constantly evolving so we have to be aware of that so we can send officers out with the best technology," James O'Keefe, the former Deputy Commissioner for Training at the NYPD who currently works as a criminal justice professor at St. John's University, told ABC News.
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More than 200 undergraduate and graduate students are expected to receive their degrees from St. John's University during commencement exercises May 16 on the university's Staten Island campus atop Grymes Hill. Read More.
St. John's Univeristy President Dr. Conrado "Bobby' Gempesaw, Ph.D. writes, "In my first year as president, I often remind my fellow administrators and our faculty and staff that we come to work at St. John’s University not just because it is our job, but because we have a responsibility to help transform the lives of our students, one individual at a time." Read more.