Each gift to Manhattan College represents a commitment to the excellence and legacy of this institution. The power of philanthropy is embodied in our Honor Roll of Donors, which recognizes all who contributed to Manhattan during our last fiscal year (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016).
The support of our alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and extended community not only enriches the lives of our young men and women, but also transforms campus. Through their generosity, our loyal donors provide invaluable resources for the College to help students grow intellectually, spiritually, and morally while embracing the Manhattan experience to better the world around them.
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I greet you in the midst of yet another exciting year at Manhattan College—the 164th academic year in the College’s illustrious history. Thanks to your generosity and support in so many ways, last year was particularly rich in accomplishment: from expansion of research opportunities for our students, to increased support for innovative teaching, to facilities improvements such as our new Center for Student Success in Thomas Hall.
Among the most obvious—and beautiful—enhancements made possible by our community’s generosity this past year is the series of twelve stained glass windows that now reside in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers. In partnership with the District of Eastern North America of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, the College reacquired these precious works of art from the former novitiate of the Brothers in Barrytown, New York. Painstakingly restored to their original splendor, they were unveiled at a joyous dedication ceremony on April 7, the Feast of Saint John Baptist de La Salle. On that occasion, we were blessed to have in attendance Brother Gustavo Ramírez Barba, FSC, General Councilor of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. In his remarks following his receipt of an honorary doctorate from the College, Brother Gustavo pointed to the windows—which depict the life and ministry of De La Salle in the context of the Gospels—as powerful reminders of our commitment to the inspired work begun by De La Salle and the first Brothers over three hundred years ago. The international Lasallian mission, he said, is stronger than ever, and depends more and more on the knowledge, creativity, and wisdom cultivated in colleges and universities.
I am looking forward to presenting you with a much more detailed account of our work in the President’s Report. For now, let me just mention our continuing progress on our Campus Master Plan, with its vision of a transformed south campus that will be home to state-of-the-art facilities—both new and renovated—for our science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, as well as additional student housing.
Our commitment to continuous improvement in pursuit of our mission is a major reason for our growing reputation for excellence—and for value. Among many recent accolades: MONEY magazine ranked Manhattan number three on its list of the fifty colleges that add the most value. Manhattan is the top-ranked Catholic college in the country in Payscale’s 2016 Return on Investment Report. In a study conducted by the Brookings Institution, Manhattan was rated ninth out of more than 7,000 two- and four-year schools for what it defined as “adding value,” based on the success of the alumni. In addition, Forbes placed us on its top 100 list of “Best Value” colleges.
Demand for our programs is strong. Overall enrollment has increased over the past several years by about 15%; our residence halls are full to capacity; and our application pool continues to grow with more and more highly qualified students seeking admission. In keeping with our mission to serve aspiring students from across the economic and demographics spectrum, more than two thirds of our students receive need based financial aid, including funds from endowed scholarships made possible by our faithful supporters.
The rise in enrollment is mirrored by an increase in support from the Jasper community: 7,341 alumni, parents, and friends gave in excess of $15 million in 2015-2016—a strong increase from the previous year’s numbers. These gifts supported scholarships, programs, facilities, and much more, helping us to ensure that students continue to receive the excellent education and support necessary to succeed. The De La Salle Medal Dinner, honoring Gary Heminger, CEO of Marathon Petroleum, was the largest and most successful ever, raising $1.75 million in support of our students. The Jasper Open had a record year as well, bringing in more than $190,000.
In keeping with the College’s strategic efforts in the area of sustainability, the Honor Roll of Donors is now entirely online. I hope that you will enjoy reading about the many examples of how your gifts have made an impact on the College community, as well as exploring the wealth of information that is available on our newly launched website. Thanks to you, Manhattan is a strong and vibrant, values-centered institution that is committed to getting better every day. It is a privilege and a pleasure to be working with you in pursuit of that mission.
With an exciting academic year well underway, I am thrilled to say that each new year seems to be better than the last. I thoroughly enjoy that the Honor Roll of Donors provides me with another opportunity to thank you for what you have done for the College. You volunteer at events, contribute time, talent, and treasure, and – most importantly – share in our commitment to ensure that our young woman and men succeed.
In our 164th year, we remain rooted in our Lasallian tradition as evidenced with the dedication of 12 beautifully restored stained glass windows depicting the life and work of our founder, Saint John Baptist de La Salle. Because of your generosity, these exquisite windows, installed this past spring in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers, connect present-day Manhattan firmly with its rich past.
Once again, our volunteers and committees have outdone themselves spreading the word about what a Manhattan College education truly means. In addition, John M. Kirrane, Sr. ’78, chair of the Fund for Manhattan, has continued to ensure that support remains consistent and enthusiastic.
Our Inaugural Sporting Clays Classic, produced by Sportsmen for Charity and hosted by Chairman Mark B. Codd ’71, was a tremendous success. It was an afternoon of camaraderie and great sport, all while benefiting Manhattan’s Sportsmen for Charity Endowed Scholarship.
The De La Salle Medal Dinner also experienced another incredible year. Honoree Gary Heminger, President and CEO of Marathon Petroleum, helped to herald in a record $1.75 million for our students and programs. We are particularly grateful to Thomas D. O’Malley ’63 who served as Dinner Chairman, and provided leadership, momentum, and support for this critical event. Next year’s Dinner, honoring Stephen Squeri ’81, Vice Chairman of American Express Company, is sure to follow in this tradition of success. It will be held at the Waldorf Astoria on February 9, 2017.
Reunion Weekend and the Jasper Open were record-breaking in attendance and amount raised – nearly 700 Jaspers attended Reunion Weekend and the Jasper Open brought in more than $190,000. All of the class chairs and various committees really put their hearts into these events, and we are very appreciative of their efforts. I am particularly grateful to Michael Passarella ’63 for being our Jasper Open host at the prestigious Westchester Country Club in Harrison, New York.
Your generosity does not end with your commitment of time and talent. You have continued to help the College reach record levels of giving, allowing us to provide the very best resources and programs for our young men and women. And your efforts in mentoring our students and assisting them in securing internships and launching careers keep us atop of all the national rankings.
Lastly, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Trustee Emeritus Michael J. Regan ’63 for his extraordinary leadership as Development Committee Chairman. For the last decade, it has been a privilege to work with Mike, an essential mentor for me, guiding our Committee through so many critical strategic initiatives. His leadership and dedication will never be forgotten.
Over 7,000 of you made gifts this past fiscal year totaling more than $15 million – a tribute to your commitment to our College and to what we do. Manhattan takes that commitment very seriously, and will continue to aspire to the highest standards for our students and the entire Jasper community. We remain most grateful. It is an honor to work hand in hand with you to bring Manhattan College to new heights. Thank you, again, for your unwavering support.
Thomas Mauriello Vice President for College Advancement
As I look back on my last two years as the Chair of the Fund for Manhattan, I continue to be inspired by all of what Manhattan College has achieved. I have been connected to the College since my own graduation, but this experience as Chair has put everything into a whole new perspective.
Our Lasallian Catholic mission is focused on fostering student growth and development of the mind, body, and spirit. A Manhattan College education – and all it encompasses – gives our students a distinct advantage in their careers and personal lives. When these young Jaspers graduate, they are knowledgeable in their fields, prepared for their careers, and are well-versed in service to others. The College also continues to rise in national rankings; most recently, MONEY magazine ranked us third out of 50 colleges that provide the best value. As both an alumnus and a parent of a Manhattan graduate, I know full well how true this ranking is!
The many accomplishments of the College and our Jaspers would not be possible without the dedication and generosity of our community. The Fund for Manhattan addresses a wide range of essential needs, including providing financial aid for our deserving young men and women, enriching student services and activities, enhancing academic programs and facilities, and developing new and promising resources and initiatives. As we continue to expand programming and update facilities, this support is as important as ever.
We have a lot to be proud of at the College and are consistently evolving to meet student needs while keeping true to our Lasallian heritage. As parents, our commitment to fundraising programs strengthens our children’s experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. Your gifts have ensured that Manhattan College continues to provide students with a strong foundation for success.
The names listed on the following pages have impacted every student’s future. Thank you all for your support!
John M. Kirrane, Sr. ’78 Chair, Fund for Manhattan
Watch a Video about the De La Salle Windows
Thanks to the generous support of donors, Manhattan College is now home to one of the world's finest collections of stained glass windows portraying the life and work of St. John Baptist de La Salle, the founder of the Christian Brothers and patron saint of teachers. Watch this video to learn more about the history of the windows and their journey to Manhattan College.