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December 2009 Achievements


The 8th Annual "Forty Under 40" Program, sponsored by Rockland Economic Development Corporation (REDC) and Provident Bank, honored 40 dynamic individuals―who are under the age of 40, for their commitment to growth, development, professional excellence, and community involvement. This year, three members of the College community were selected. They are:

Elyse G. Fuller, Assistant Professor of Science
Kevin Hanlon, Assistant to the Director, Athletics & Arena Management
Cathlene Cruz, Director, Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP)

Campus Communications received the Bronze Medallion of Merit Award from NCMPR District I for the Print Advertisement Series, "My First Choice," which feature photos and quotes from outstanding alumni about why SUNY Rockland was their "First Choice." Recognized with this award were: Zipora Reitman, Director; Collette Fournier, Photographer, and Lisa Saunders, Writer.


James Salvadon '90, Instructor, Mathematics, presented, "Discover some hidden features of Ti calculators," at the 2009 Mid Hudson Mathematics Conference for Undergraduates (Annandale-on Hudson, NY, Oct. 25). He also gave a calculator workshop at the region IV New York State Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges (New York, NY, Nov. 1).

More than 70 people received free thyroid cancer testing on campus through "Project Chernobyl," which was organized by Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (Nov. 18). Dr. Melanie Rie, Instructor, Science, was interviewed on CBS News by reporter Tony Aiello about a study indicating Rockland's high rate of thyroid. Rita Nartowicz, Center for Personal & Professional, was also featured on the news segment.


The College's 2009 issue of the student literary magazine Impulse won first place in the Eastern Region of the Community College Humanities Association (CCHA) Literary Magazine competition for 2009. Design student, Vladimir Jean, received the Judges' Merit Award in Art from the CCHA for his cover art. This is the ninth year Impulse has won an award. The 2009 issue was co-edited by Presidents Sheela George and Christina Autiero and Vice President Patrick Bergquist. Others on staff include: Graphic Designer: Sam Ullah; Treasurer: Bruce Butler and Anthony Kwan; Secretary: Ana Nikolic and Rachel Conway. Art Project Directors: Sam Ullah and Madelaine Krause. Production Assistant: Howell Murray. The printing was done by Ryan Printing of Blauvelt, N.Y. Two student clubs, Art and Impulse, are primarily associated with the production of Impulse magazine. David Pirell, adjunct faculty, Art, is the advisor to the Art club, which ran production and design, and Reamy Jansen, Professor, English, is the Impulse advisor.

Student Brandon Evans was nominated for the October 2009 PHP Programming Innovation Award for his newly completed program, SUIT Framework. The award is offered by PHP Classes, a group devoted to recognizing innovative programs written in the PHP Hypertext Preprocessor computer language.

The Student Government Association's (SGA) Blood Drive brought 134 people, mostly students, to donate blood for (Nov. 10). The Blood Drive Committee was chaired by Farwah Sheik, Vice President of SGA. Debra Balestra, Director of Student Involvement, is the SGA advisor.

Students Mark Svensson and Tarik Abdelqader, Co-Chairmen of the College's Anti-Slavery Committee, gave a talk, "Slavery Now—More Than Ever," at the Finkelstein Memorial Library (Nov. 23). They also discussed their letter signing campaign in support of anti-slavery bill, H.R 2522, Congressional Commission on the Abolition of Modern-Day Slavery Act. If the bill is passed, it would establish the first United States commission aimed solely at monitoring and combating slavery in all its forms. Legislator Jacques O. D’I. Michel, representing Spring Valley, District 13, invited the students to speak during his monthly “Community Informational Meeting” held at the library.


Howie Pierson, retired Athletic Director an Golf Coach, was inducted into the Tappan Zee High School Athletic Hall of Fame (Nov. 8). He graduated from Tappan Zee High School in 1954.