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November 2007 Achievements

Honors and Awards

Irene Deutsch, Director of the Career Services Center, and Janice Goldstein ’83, Coordinator Video & Television Productions, won the 2007 GOLD AWARD from MarCom (Association of Marketing & Communication Professionals), for the DVD they co-produced, “The Internship Program at SUNY Rockland Community College: Linking Knowledge and Skills to Experience.” The production staff includes: Javonne Johnson, Production Assistant, and the Multi-Media Production Center's interns: Shanel George '07 and Briana Stewart '08.

The College's ad series, "Meet....," featuring noteworthy students and alumni, received the Bronze Medallion of Merit from the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR) District 1 in the Print Advertisement Series category. The award went to Zipora Reitman, Director of Communications, Lisa Saunders, Writer, Jill Lindner, Graphic Designer, and Collette Fournier, Photographer (Nov 5, Annapolis, MD).

Juan Del Pilar, RCC Board of Trustees, county probation officer, and former president of the Rockland County Police Hispanic Society, was honored for his dedication to community service for the betterment of others at the Rockland County Police Hispanic Society’s annual dinner dance fundraiser. Student Christopher Sanchez was awarded a scholarship for $1,000.


Andrew T. Jacobs, Professor of Speech, presented the paper, “I’m Here! Am I Queer? A Discourse Analysis of Being Openly Closeted,” at the National Communication Association Conference (Chicago, Nov. 16).

Terri Kaye Needle, Professor/Counselor, Student Development Center, and Martin J. Lecker, Ed.D., Professor, Business, presented their research, "Karma Capitalism: A Normative Standard of Entrepreneurial Leadership" at the 14th Annual Vincentian Business Ethics Conference. The premise of their research is that entrepreneurs should follow Eastern philosophy and religion when faced with ethical dilemmas in the business world. In addition, Lecker was a moderator for an earlier session on, “Ethical Issues in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia" (Nov. 1, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois).

Shamika Ann Mitchell, Instructor, English, will be a convener for the 20th Century American Literature panel at the 31st Annual New Jersey College English Association (NJCEA) Conference (March 29, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ). The NJCEA brings together those interested in language, literature, pedagogy, and other aspects of the teaching and study of literature and writing.

Lisa Schachter, Instructor, Nursing, and Lynn Aaron, Associate Professor, Computer Studies, participated in a panel on "Tools for Communication, Collaboration, and eResponsibility" at the SUNY TLT (Teaching, Learning & Technology) conference (Nov. 16, Poughkeepsie). Schachter spoke to the issue of eResponsibility by demonstrating the use of Turnitin, the plagiarism-detection tool, and Aaron demonstrated the new tool in Microsoft Word 2007 for creating citations.


Dr. Suzanne Cleary-Langley, Professor, English, has given several poetry readings from her new book, “Trick Pear” (Carnegie Mellon UP 2007). She was Visiting Poet at Elmira College where she read from “Trick Pear” and spoke to an advanced creative writing class. She also read at the Learning Collaborative of Long Island University (Orangeburg) and at Manhattanville College. At SUNY New Paltz, she read in a group celebrating the publication of the anthology, "Riverine: An Anthology of Hudson Valley Writers," which includes one of her poems. Other poems are coming out in two journals, Ploughshares and Caduceus, and also in “Southern Poetry Review,” a volume celebrating its 50th anniversary. Another poem will be included in “Poetry Calendar 2008,” published by the Belgian publisher, Alhambra.

Martin J. Lecker, Ed.D., Professor, Business, has had three entries published in the Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society (Sage Publications, 2008) edited by Robert. The entries were entitled: Black Market, Ethical Hedonism, and Envy Free Theory.


Collette Fournier, adjunct faculty, Art and Educational Support Specialist, Campus Communications, is exhibiting photographs from her recent trip to New Orleans with nine other Kamoinge photographers at "Revealing the Face of Katrina," a photography exhibition at HP Gallery at Calumet Photo, NYC, through December 28.  Fournier also performed with Chiku Awali African Dance Company at the 5th Annual African Dance Extravaganza (Nov.16, RiverSpace Theater).

Manonce Celestine, adjunct librarian, is presenting his art show, “Views of Manonce,” in the College library from December 26 – January 15.

“Compositions in Color,” a solo exhibition of 40 paintings on Masonite and canvas, by Dr. Haim Elisha, Professor, Performing Arts, will be on display from November 29 through December 16 at the Carrozzini von Buhler Gallery, NY, NY.


Maire Keena Liberace, Professor, Philosophy and Speech, has been appointed Chairperson of the BSCHSI’s (Bon Secours Charity Health Systems Inc.) newly inaugurated Quality Assurance Committee.

The College debate team has been dominating the Public Forum Debate League, winning three out of four final rounds held this year. RCC’s current trophy count is 12, while the rest of the League has won six all together. Andrew Jacobs, Professor, Speech, is coach of the Rockland Debate Team. Events/Winners:

Bergen (10/21)

Impromptu Debate Division
1st place: Sheela George
2nd Place: Chad Agrawal

1st place speaker: Chad Agrawal
2nd place speaker: Sheela George

Extemporaneous Debate Division
1st Place: Stuart Grist and Trevor Curry
2nd Place: Dan LaSalle and James Meakim

1st place speaker: Heather Lothrop
2nd place speaker: Dan LaSalle
3rd place speaker: James Meakim

Rockland (10/28)

Impromptu Debate Division
2nd Place: Andrew Ziegelstein
2nd place speaker: Andrew Ziegelstein

Extemporaneous Debate Division
1st place: Dan LaSalle and James Meakim
2nd place: Heather Lothrop and Laura Ciccone
3rd place: Trevor Curry and Stuart Grist

1st place speaker: Trevor Curry
2nd place speaker: Dan LaSalle
3rd place speaker: James Meakim


The fall season for season for Region XV and the Mid-Hudson Conference is over. The RCC Hawks participated in women’s tennis, women’s volleyball, and men’s soccer.

The women’s tennis team improved again under the guidance of fourth-year coach Kevin Rapelye. The Region XV Tennis Tournament was held October 26-27, 2007 at the United States Military Academy. In the singles competition Jacqui Lamer (Ramapo HS) and Haena Yoon (Suffern HS) made the semifinals before losing, and Juri Iwata lost in the first flight singles championship. In the doubles competition all three Rockland pairs made it to the semifinal round before being eliminated. Lamer/Iwata played first doubles, Dasmon Lee/Victoria Samakai played second doubles and Yoon/Lexi Nathan completed at third doubles. Iwata was named to the All-Region second team and was also named to the 2007 Region XV Sportsmanship team

The volleyball team and first year coach, Stacy Smith, just missed the playoffs by one game, finishing ninth in the eighteen team region. Christine Booth (Tappan Zee HS) and Nakiah Zamor (Ramapo HS) were named to the second team. Mary Grace Vergara was also named to the Region XV Sportsmanship Team.

The men’s soccer team struggled through an injury-plagued campaign with four of last year’s starters missing the season due to injuries. The Hawks and coach, Loren Green, made the playoffs but lost to Suffolk Community College (who was ranked #2 in the NJCAA polls). Artan Balaj (Clarkstown North) and Diego Velasquez (Newtown HS) were named second team All-Region and Jorge Minanao was named to the 2007 Region XV Sportsmanship team. Velasquez was also named the Mid-Hudson Conference Most Valuable Player. And Balaj along with John Pierre Ricketts (Ramapo HS) were named first team.