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October 2007 Achievements


Tanya Drake, Professor, Nursing, was recognized by the American Cancer Society for her outstanding contributions to “The Giving Wall - A Living Wall," a mural conceived and painted by Rockland County artists who are either cancer survivors or who have family or friends diagnosed with cancer (Displayed in the Rockland County American Cancer Society office). Drake was also featured in New York Nurse (Sept. issue). The article, including pictures, discusses her community and College activities.

Civil Service employees honored by Rockland County at its 12th annual employee recognition ceremony (October 19, 9:30 - 11:30 am, Rockland County Fire Training Center):

Maria Parla, Word Processing Machine Operator, 30 years
Frank Prendergast Jr., Maintenance Mechanic, 25 years
Ivan Morgan, Maintenance Mechanic, 25 years
Sheila Jones, Senior Typist, 25 years
Carl Coleman, Senior Security Aide, 25 years
Benjamin Koffler, Telephone Operator, 20 years
Pierre Charles, Custodial Worker, 20 years
Kenneth Bachert, Groundskeeper, 20 years
Gary Peskin, Clerk, 15 years
Yvon Majeus, Custodial Worker, 15 years
Wakin Fevrier, Groundskeeper, 15 years
Harry Vializ, Security Aide, 10 years
Nereyda Vasquez, Custodial Worker, 10 years
Joan Martin, Office Machine Operator, 10 years
Carol Distefano, Clerk-Typist, 10 years
Frank Circelli, Custodian III, 10 years
Scott Bookstein, Security Aide, 10 years


16-year-old College student, Avi Nagin, performed in a concert conducted by Ed Simmons with the Rockland Symphony Orchestra (Cultural Arts Center Theater, October.28).


New student Gerald Mushumbusi received the gold medal in painting at the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO). He was one of six competitors representing the Nyack and Spring Valley Branches of the NAACP, who presented their work in Detroit (July 5-8), joining 1,000 competitors in 26 different categories. Another Rockland resident won a silver medal in physics. This is the first time students from Rockland County won on the national level.

The following students were honored at the annual Hispanic Heritage Achievement Awards ceremony (October 15):
Academic Achievement - George Rivera
Academic Achievement - Alise Seguinot
Leadership Activities - Jennifer Baxter
Personal Accomplishments - Jessica Ricciardi
Personal Accomplishments - Elaine Cardoso
Artistic Talent - Melissa Rivera

Dr. Susan Golz, Professor, Science, was honored by the Mahwah Township Council. Mayor Martell presented her with a Special Recognition Award for thirteen years of service on the Mahwah Environmental Commission (September 28).


James Salvadon ‘90, Instructor of Mathematics, presented, “Discover some hidden features of the Texas instrument calculators,” to calculus and statistics instructors at the NYSMATYC (New York State Mathematics Association of Two Year Colleges) Region IV Conference (Westchester Community College, October 20).

J. Everet Green, adjunct faculty, Philosophy and Religious Studies, was a co-coordinator for “Africa in the Dialectics of History: The XIV Annual Philosophy Born of Struggle Conference.” Questions discussed included: “What role has Africa played in the liberation struggle and the creation of an alternative to ‘European Civilization?’” and “What are the [internal and external] forces that will shape Africa’s future?” (October 26, 27, New York, NY).


English Professor Reamy Jansen published an essay, “Pears,” in the Summer/Fall 2007 edition of r.kv.r.y. quarterly literary journal.

English Professors Dr. Nancy Hazelton and Reamy Jansen have reviews in The Bloomsbury Review (Sept/Oct issue). Hazelton reviewed “The Shakespeare Riots: Revenge, Drama and Death in the Nineteenth Century America” by Nigel Cliff. Jansen reviewed a series of novels, “International Mysteries: A Survey.”


Irene Deutsch, formerly the Coordinator of the Internships Program and adjunct faculty, English, has been appointed Director of the Career Services Center. The Career Services Center, a division of Student Development, is committed to providing students with personal assistance in determining their career choices, acquiring valuable credit-bearing internships, and locating beneficial job opportunities, both off and on campus.

Dr. Nathaniel Holmes was appointed to the position of Director of the Office of Disability Services. Holmes provides leadership to the College by promoting compliance with federal and state regulations regarding access for students with disabilities. His duties include ensuring that qualified students with disabilities have equal access to all institutional programs, working with students and their families to assure the student’s success, and working closely with Admissions to recruit students with disabilities.

Hillel of Rockland, an agency of the Jewish Federation of Rockland, appointed Rabbi Dov Oliver and his wife Shevy Oliver ’02, to the positions of Directors of the Center for Jewish Life/Hillel at the College. The Center for Jewish Life provides Jewish educational, cultural and social programs for the benefit of the entire College community, and plays an important role in the College's efforts towards enrollment and retention of students from Rockland's large Jewish community. The Olivers join the College Religious Life Office under the Office of Student Involvement in the Student Development Division.

Kevin R. Riche has been appointed to the administrative position of LAN Administrator. His duties include planning and administering LANs (Local Area Networks), Internet services, e-mail services, training, documentation, and PC projects. Riche assists the administrative PC and Server users in troubleshooting, hardware/software installation, needs analysis and training.