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June 2008 Achievements

June 2008 Achievements

Appointments

Diana Carey was invited to serve a two-year term on the American Cancer Society Board of Advisors for the Rockland County unit.

Vanessa Lago Barros, Instructor, Foreign Languages, was appointed to membership in the Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española, an internationally recognized institution attached to the Real Academia Espanola, which encourages the expansion of the Spanish language in the United States (http://www.anle.us).

Presentations

Mara-Lee Bierman, Professor of Spanish and Coordinator of Foreign, and Member of the Board of the Metropolitan Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, presented awards to 90 high school student recipients of the National Spanish Exams at Stuyvesant High School in New York City. Out of the 3000 students who participated in the state wide competition, only 90 earned the awards.

Awards

The Internship Program DVD, ”Linking Knowledge and Skills to Experience,” won an "Award of Distinction" for exceeding industry standards from an international video competition, “The Videographer’s Awards.” There were 2,100 entries from throughout the world. Co-producers were Janice T. Goldstein ‘83, Coordinator, Video and Television Productions, and Irene Deutsch, Director, Career Services Center.

The following safety officers and student were graduating award winners at the Rockland Police Academy graduation exercises (June 13, Pomona):

Joseph B. Arius, Public Safety Officer, received Excellence in Defensive Tactics and the Police Officer Jason D. Conklin Memorial Award

Christian G. Cea, Public Safety Officer, received the School Director's Award

Matthew Martini, student, first graduate from the College Pre-Employment Police Course, received the Police Officer Jason D. Conklin Memorial Scholarship

Promotions

The following have been promoted to Assistant Professor:

Peter Andryuk, Emergency Medical Services

William Baitzel, Automotive Technology

Nancy Pietroforte, Sociology

Students

Three students took home first prize in their category at Beacon 2008, the 16th annual Beacon Conference for Student Scholars (June 6, Bergen Community College). The winners were chosen based on the quality and originality of the research, written work, and oral presentation. Prizes of $100 were awarded to each winning student as well as their faculty mentor. Winners: Jessica Weiner, "A Woman's Place:  Shakespeare's Social Control," Category: Gender Studies; J. Shepard Ramsay, "The Identity Conundrums of Shakespeare's Leaders," Category: Shakespeare; and Daniel LaSalle, "Homais and Leon:  Emma's Symbolic Prison Guards," Category:  World Literature. All three were mentored by Dr. Nancy Hazelton, Professor, English. The 16th annual Beacon Conference for Student Scholars invited students at two-year colleges in the Mid-Atlantic region to submit scholarly work in all academic disciplines.

Sports

The College men’s golf team posted another strong season as two golfers earned berths to the NJCAA National Tournament (Chautauqua, NY, June 2-6). Local products, John Magurno (Suffern HS) and Kevin Sheehan (Pearl River HS) qualified for the tournament by finishing eighth and ninth respectively in the Region XV Tournament at Grossinger's Country Club. Magrurno shot a 182 for the two-day event, and Sheehan posted a 183. Jonathan Coe (North Rockland) just missed the cut, but finished in the top 20. Magurno finished 83rd and Sheehan finished 90th at the National Tournament. Under the direction of coaches Howard Pierson and Tom Craffey, all three golfers were selected to the All-Mid Hudson Conference first team.