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June 2007 Achievements

Professor Emeriti

Eight retired professors were granted the honor and status of "Professor Emeritus" by the Board of Trustees in June. The College will hold a reception in the fall to honor the following: Beverly Brown, PhD, Professor of Anthropology; Sam Draper, Professor of English; George Krasilovsky, PhD, Professor of Science; Phyllis Krasnow, Professor of Science; Theodore Sakano, PhD, Professor of Science; Martin Schwartz, PhD, Professor of Business; Michael Sentlowitz, Professor of Math; James Sherrier, Professor of Psychology.

Elections and Appointments

Dr. Cliff L. Wood, College President, was appointed Vice-President of the Association of Presidents of Public Community Colleges in the State of New York (APPCC) for a two-year term. The mission of APPCC is to seek solutions to common problems and to advocate at all levels of government and education for the improvement of public community colleges.

Dr. Wood was appointed Treasurer on the Executive Board for the National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs (NACCTEP), an organization that provides opportunities for community colleges to come together and speak with a common voice when legislation and policy decisions are developed around critical issues relating to the teacher shortage.

Dr. Wood was invited by the SUNY Chancellor to participate at Governor Elliot Spitzer’s roundtable, “Innovation America,” (June 28, Borough of Manhattan Community College).

The following faculty members were elected officers in the Professional Nurses Association of Rockland County, District 17 of the New York State Nurses Association for 2007-2008: President: Tanya Drake, MSN, RN, Professor of Nursing; Vice-President: Jeanne Linhart, RN, MSN, FNP, C., Professor of Nursing; Treasurer: Sister Marie Buckley, Chair of the Math, Natural and Health Sciences Department; Board of Directors: Kathleen Hopkins, Lecturer, Nursing; Elizabeth Falco, hourly professional, Nursing.

Nahed (Nan) Salama, Ph.D., Professor of Science, will serve for a second term (07-08) as President of the Empire State Association of Two Year College Biologists (ESATYCB). The Association is comprised of faculty members from SUNY two-year colleges.

Presentations & Publications

Lynn Aaron, Assistant Professor, Computer Studies and Cathy Roche, Coordinator, Business, Economics, and Office Technologies, and Associate Professor, Office Technology, made a presentation, "Beyond Googling," at the annual SUNY Conference on Instructional Technologies (May). Also, Ms. Aaron was selected “Student of the Month” by the O'Reilly School of Technology, a premier textbook publisher in the information technology field, after completing their certificate program. She is featured on their website ( where she is quoted saying how the knowledge she gained in the program enabled her to develop the SUNY Rockland Web Development Certificate program.

Photography by Collette Fournier, adjunct faculty, Art and Educational Support Specialist, Campus Communications, will be included in the book, “Light and Lens,” due to be published in October 2007 by Focal Press.

James Salvadon ‘90, Instructor of Mathematics, served as a judge at the 2007 Greater Metropolitan New York Math Fair, representing Rockland (May 20, Pace University, New York City). The math fair brings together the best of gifted math students from around New York State for a two-day competition.

Edward Fettman, adjunct faculty, English as a Second Language, and Cynthia Williams, adjunct faculty, English Skills, were winners in the Townsend Press Writing Contest for their essays highlighting special students in their classes. Williams’ essay, “Developmental Teaching and Measuring Success” and Fettman’s essay, “ESL Through Rose-Colored Glasses,” won them each a cash prize.

NYU Faculty Program

Three faculty members were accepted and successfully completed NYU's Faculty Resource Network Summer Faculty Enrichment Program (June 11-15). The members and the seminars completed were: Martin Lecker, Ed.D., Professor, Business, "Teaching Business Ethics;" Cathy Roche, Coordinator, Business, Economics, and Office Technologies, and Associate Professor, Office Technology, “Foundations of Online Course Development;" and Sylvia Miranda, Assistant Professor, Pluralism and Diversity, “The Development of Political Values from Ancient Greece to the Present.”

Dr. Lecker also had his status as University Associate at NYU extended through the Fall ’07, enabling him to audit a course and use their library resources. He will use this opportunity to write a textbook on Business Ethics.

Academic Milestones

Patricia Coyne, RNC, MPA, MS, adjunct faculty, Nursing, graduated from Mercy College (June) with her second master's degree, this one in Nursing Education. She received three awards at graduation: the Leadership Award, the Academic Excellence Award, and the Student of the Year award from the Nursing Alumni Association. She was accepted into the nursing PhD program at Rutgers University. Coyne is a member of the International Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau.