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August 2008 Achievements


Antonia Caramico-Marotta, adjunct faculty, English, and Shamika Mitchell, Instructor, English, have been admitted to the Faculty Resource Network of New York University as University Associates for the 2008-2009 academic year. University Associate status is part of NYU's Visiting Scholars Program. University Associates have access to research resources (library, lectures, seminars, courses).


The College Nursing program has been fully re-accredited by The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission Inc. The next accreditation visit will be in Spring 2016. Dorothea Lever, Associate Professor, Nursing, is the Coordinator.


The RCC Foundation held its 25th Silver Anniversary Scholarship Golf Outing (Suffern, Aug. 19). The 2008 RCC Foundation Person of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Sonya Shapiro, College Trustee, and liaison to the Foundation.

RCC was the co-sponsor of the commencement exercises for the Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders Academy, held at RCC on August 1. The academy is sponsored by the East Ramapo School District as an academic enrichment program for eighth graders.  Participants are divided into four academic teams and study Communications, Math and Leadership. Deans Karen Gualtieri and Suzanne Phillips, with assistance from Debra Bouabidi, Director of Financial Aid, hosted the event. President, Dr. Cliff L. Wood and Board Chairwoman, Dr. Arlene W. Clinkscale, addressed the students.


Dr. Eugene Henderson, Vice President of Student Development, graduated with the Institute for Educational Management Class of 2008 at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education (July 20 – August 1). Henderson met with other senior-level college administrators to examine critical leadership challenges facing higher education. The program examined four themes: senior leadership, the contexts of leadership, the changing industry of higher education, and mobilizing for change.

Dr. Cliff L. Wood, College President, will receive the Spirit of RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) award as a private citizen (Pomona, Sept. 24). Gerri Zabusky, Director of RSVP, said, “Dr. Wood, has been instrumental in the positive forward movement of RSVP. He is continually supportive of new program offerings, attends many of our volunteer recognition ceremonies, and makes an effort to make personal contact with several of our volunteers.” In 2007, RSVP volunteers donated 120,028 hours of their time and expertise to their fellow Rockland County citizens, with an estimated monetary value of $2,341,747.


Lynn Aaron, Associate Professor Computer Studies, presented, “Research Documentation Made Easy” at the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning & Online Teaching International Conference 2008 (Minneapolis, Aug. 8). Aaron demonstrated the new tools in Word 2007 that facilitate the presentation of documentation by faculty, doctoral candidates, and others involved in research.


In April, Dale A Crispell MA, BSN, RN, Instructor, Nursing, published for the second time as a contributor to the “McGraw-Hill Review for the NCLEX-RN Examination” edited by Dr. Francis Monahan. Specifically, she developed the test bank for Chapter 13, “Physiological Integrity - Basic Care and Comfort,” and wrote a content review for Chapter 18, “Physiological Integrity - Surgical Procedures, Ileostomy and Colostomy.”

Reamy Jansen, Professor, English, continues as a contributing editor of the “Bloomsbury Review of Books.” Recent reviews included an interview with lesser known emerging poet, Li-Young Lee, “Art and the Deeper Silence,” and a review of the new book, “Newark: A History of Race, Rights, and Riots in America,” by Kevin Mumford (NYU Press, 2008). Professor Jansen is also editor of the new short prose section, “The Out of Bounds Essay.”

Student Excellence

The wooded area by the United Water pumping station is now designated a National Wildlife Federation habitat. The project was completed by students A.J. Albanos and Arielle Bareket under the auspices of Rockland County AmeriCorps, a program of the Rockland County Youth Bureau. A presentation of all the AmeriCorps Environmental Projects completed in the county, including RCC’s, was held on campus (Aug. 19). The students were assisted by Lorinda Gussow-Hill, Assistant to the Director of Plant Facilities, Dr. Susan Golz, Professor, Biology, and Pete Enea, Groundskeeper II.