Personal tools
Log in


December 2008 - January 2009 Achievements


Shamika Mitchell, Instructor, English, was appointed for the third time to the Faculty Resource Network of New York University as a University Associate. University Associate status is part of NYU's Visiting Scholars Program. University Associates have access to research resources (library, lectures, seminars, courses) for one semester.

Maire Liberace, Professor, Philosophy, and Speech, has been re-appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Bon Secours Charity Health System Inc. (BSCHSI) and re-appointed as the Chair of the Quality Improvement Committee.


The Rockland Business Association (RBA) has announced that Rich Syrek, Dean, Center for Personal & Professional Development, has received the 2009 Pinnacle President's Award for Service to the RBA. The RBA Pinnacle Awards annually credits members who have achieved excellence. The Pinnacle Awards Dinner will be held on Thursday, April 30, at the Park Ridge Marriott, Park Ridge, New Jersey.

Dr. Cliff L. Wood, College President, will receive the Rockland Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence, Inc. (RCADD) Marty Mann Award on April 24 at the Nyack Seaport. On Martin Luther King Day, he spoke at the St. Charles A.M.E. Zion Church in Sparkill where he received their Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award for Community Service.

Community Service

Dr. Kristopher Baker, Chair, Science, Instructor, Biology, was recognized for his leadership as President of the Board of the Rockland Chapter of Habitat for Humanity at the group's annual Recognition Dinner (Jan. 30). Joining him on the Board are Joan Asch, staff, Humanities, Behavioral and Social Sciences, and Hannah Lowney, Assistant Coordinator, Sam Draper MTS Honors Program. Michael Ver'Schneider, adjunct faculty, Campus Minister, serves as Advisor to the campus Chapter of Habitat. RCC students have raised more than $20,000, which will help build a new Habitat house in Hillburn in late spring.


Hurricane Katrina photographs by Collette Fournier, adjunct faculty, Art, and Educational Support Specialist, Campus Communications, are on display with the Moving Walls 14 Exhibition located at the Open Society Institute, 1120 19th St. NW Suite 800 (8th Floor) Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. through August 14, 2009. The exhibition features work by several photographers who received grants to photograph Post Hurricane Katrina. She also showed some of her work at a Member's Exhibition at the Hopper House in Nyack during the month of January.


G. William Baitzel, Coordinator, Automotive Technology, discussed the College's Automotive Technology program on radio stations, WMCA 570 AM, WNYM 970 AM and WNYE 91.5 FM (Jan. 31).

Maire Liberace, Professor, Philosophy, and Speech, sang with the New York Festival Choir (Avery Fisher Hall, Dec. 20).

Rich Syrek, Dean , Center for Personal & Professional Development and Wendy Shindler, RN, BSN, Health Professional Program Coordinator, were interviewed by Chris St. Lawrence, Ramapo Town Supervisor, on "Live From Town Hall" (Jan. 8).

Keith Walters, adjunct faculty, English, moderated a discussion of Raymond Carver's 1983 story collection "Cathedral" in the Monroe Free Library (Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m.). Walters has been conducting book discussions at the Monroe Free Library for nine years.


The manuscript, "Urease Gene Sequences from Algae and Heterotrophic Bacteria in Axenic and Nonaxenic Phytoplankton Cultures," by Dr. Kristopher Baker, Chair, Science, Instructor, Biology, has been accepted by the Journal of Phycology and will be published in the June 2009 issue (Volume 45, No. 3).

Dr. Thomas Butler, Professor, Science, just had his book, "Laboratory Exercises for Competency in Respiratory Care, 2nd edition," published by F.A. Davis, Philadelphia.

The article, "The Smoking Penalty: Distributive Justice or Smokism?", by Dr. Martin Lecker, Professor, Business, was published in the Journal of Business Ethics Vol. 84 Supplement 1, January 2009 pages 47-64.

The Times Herald Record featured the efforts of Lisa Saunders, Campus Communications Assistant, and those of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce the incidence of the leading viral cause of birth defects (Jan. 21). See:


Anthony Cantave has been selected to exhibit his graphic design work in the annual Best of SUNY, Spring 2009 student exhibition. Best of SUNY is a juried show providing students with the opportunity to exhibit at the NY State Museum and compete for monetary awards and prizes (dates of exhibit to be announced). Anthony's digital print was selected from the Fall 2008 SUNY student art exhibition series held at the SUNY Plaza Art Gallery in Albany, NY. Other students whose artworks were selected by RCC Art faculty for the Fall SUNY show were: Chris Borel, Rebecca Jennings, Ryoko Maehana and Matthew Marchese. These exhibits are coordinated by Lena Hyun for the RCC Art Department. A grant from the Priorities Committee funds purchasing of student artwork, framing and shipping costs.