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June - July 2009 Achievements

Academic Excellence

Lynn Aaron, Associate Professor, Computer Studies, made the presentation, "Intellectual Property Rights: Protect and Share with Creative Commons," at the Conference on Instructional Technology 2009 (Oswego, N.Y., May 19-22).

Reamy Jansen, Professor of English, has been named the new editor of Creative Non Fiction.

Marie J. Morreale, OTR/L, CHT, adjunct faculty, Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, had her article, "Resources for Infusing Occupation into Hand Therapy Settings," published as the cover story in the July 20 issue of ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners. See:

Giovanni Scaringi, adjunct faculty, Social and Behavioral Science, has been accepted into the Leadership Rockland Class of 2010 beginning in September.


Bill Baker, Vice President of Academic Affairs, was elected Treasurer and to the Executive Board of the SUNY Chief Academic Officers Association.

Sister Marie Buckley, Chair of the Math, Natural and Health Sciences Division, was selected as a Board Member of Home Aides of Rockland County.

Elyse Fuller, Assistant Professor, Science, was elected to be President of Rockland Audubon Society for 2009/2010. Rockland Audubon Society offers educational programs, guided field trips, and more. Visit:

The College’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) was selected as the coordinating regional center to develop and coordinate SBDC's recent statewide Staff Training Conference. The conference (May 12-14) brought more than 200 employees of the SBDC's regional centers together for four days of intensive training on new software, techniques, and research. Tom Morley is the Director of the Small Business Development Center. At the Annual SBDC Awards Banquet (May 14), the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year award went to daycare center partners Carol Connolly and Laurie D’Amico. Geri Kavanagh, SBDC Business Advisor, helped the partners find a bank to finance the purchasing of an adjacent building to expand their facility.

Dr. Cliff L. Wood, President, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Institute for Community College Development, Cornell University.

Gerri Zabusky, Director, Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP), was selected to represent the Leadership Rockland Class of 2009 on the Board of the organization for 2009-2010.


Dr. Cliff L. Wood, President, was chosen by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) as the recipient of the 2009 Northeast Regional Chief Executive Officer Award. The award will be presented during the ACCT Annual Community College Leadership Congress (San Francisco, CA, October 7-10). As a regional winner, Dr. Wood will be the sole nominee from the Northeast for the prestigious national CEO Award. At the conference, one national winner will be selected from among the regional winners.


Collette Fournier, adjunct faculty, Art, and Educational Support Specialist, Campus Communications, exhibited her photographs at the Hopper House, Nyack, in “Top to Bottom: A Hudson River Arts Map Installation.” The exhibition was comprised of work in all media that has been inspired by the Hudson River (June 13-August 9).


Chulsoon Chang was named a 2009 Leader of Promise scholarship recipient. Chang is the president of the College Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. He was one of only 30 students in Phi Theta Kappa to be selected for this singular honor. Leaders of Promise scholarship recipients are awarded $1,000 to facilitate completion of associate degrees and participation in Phi Theta Kappa programs. Elyse Fuller, Instructor, Science, is advisor of the College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Christina Autiero was named Best Overall Presenter in the Literature-Shakespeare category at this year’s Beacon Conference (Montgomery Community College, MD, June 4-5). Dr. Nancy Hazelton, Professor, English, was her mentor.


Bob Kowles, Director of Cultural Arts Center Theater, drove a race car in the feature race at Orange County Speedway (July 18). He says, “Can you believe it - at age 64 driving in a stock car race for the first time? Several goals were met - I finished, I and the car retained all of our body parts, I didn't finish last, I didn't hit the wall, and I didn't ‘trade paint’ with any of the other cars.”

2009 Baseball

Ryan Spicer, a sophomore outfielder from Pearl River, became only the 10th RCC baseball player to receive NJCAA All-America honors. Spicer led Region XV in batting with a .518 BA. As the team’s right fielder, Spicer had 59 hits, 12 doubles, two home runs and 46 RBI. The sophomore also earned Region XV and Mid Hudson Conference "Player-of-the-Year" honors.

Rockland was also represented on the All-Region Second Team squad by third baseman Chris Lupardo, catcher/designated hitter Bill Ribeiro, outfielder Chris Landry and Nick Tingos. Tingos, a sophomore pitcher from Staten Island, also made the All-Mid Hudson Conference First Team. Anthony Estevez was named to the All-Region XV Tournament team.

2009 Tennis

Under the direction of head coach Rich Meyer, the RCC men’s tennis team captured their first Mid Hudson Conference Championship since 2005. The Hawks posted 5-4 decisions against both Dutchess and Ulster to secure the title. The team competed in the 2009 Region XV Tournament which was held at the historic Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing. Rockland finished the season with a 3-2 overall record.

Sophomore Ayman Busat earned Mid Hudson Conference “Player-of-the-Year" honors, while teammates Jian Yin He and Ali Asef were selected to the All-Conference First team.

2009 Golf

In the National Junior College Athletic Association Regional (NJCAA) Tournament, the RCC Golf Team placed second to Ulster Community College. RCC team members Jonathan Cross and Amrit Etwaroo qualified for the 2009 NJCAA Division III Men's Golf National Championship Tournament in Chautauqua, NY, June 1-5. In the final round, Amrit shot a 74 completing the championship in the number eight position.