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November 2010 Achievements

November 2010 Achievements


Tanya Drake, RN, MSN, Professor, Department of Nursing has been inducted as Chief Medical Spokesperson of the Rockland County Unit of the American Cancer Society. She is the first non-physician to hold this position. She will represent the Rockland Unit in health related issues, especially prevention and detection of cancer. Professor Drake has been a volunteer and community educator with the Rockland County Unit for over 25 years, and is also the Second Vice President of the Executive Committee of the Advisory Council of the Rockland Unit, and a representative to the Board of Advisors of the Hudson Region of the Eastern Division of the Society.

Robert Fuentes, Instructor of English, has been appointed Editor of The Journalist, the flagship publication of the Community College Journalism Association, a national organization supporting journalism faculty research and practice at community colleges. The Community College Journalism Association is part of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the professional group for two and four year colleges.


Dr. David Lucander, PhD Instructor of Pluralism and Diversity at RCC, was notified that a book he contributed to had won the RUSA Award for Best Reference Work, an award given by the American Library Association. Dr. Lucander contributed seven entries to American Countercultures: An Encyclopedia of Nonconformists, Alternative Lifestyles, and Radical Ideas in U.S. History (Sharpe Reference, 2009), a three volume reference work. His contributions to the work are sections about: Stokely Carmichael, Martin Delany, Langston Hughes, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,Pacifism, A. Philip Randolph, and Zines.


Collette Fournier, adjunct faculty, Art, and Educational Support Specialist for Campus Communications, is having a Holiday Reception Exhibition on Sunday, December 12 from 6pm - 9pm at the Shades Repertory Theater, 64 New Main St., Hudson Avenue in the Village of Haverstraw, NY 10927. (Housed in the Historic Central Presbyterian Church) Ms. Fournier's Photography will be on display through February 19, 2011. Info: 845-675-8044 or Collette Fournier is also co-curator of an exhibition entitled "Neo Africans," of photographic works by five Kamoinge photographers at the Baobab Cultural Center Gallery, 728 University Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607. The exhibition opens Dec. 3 and runs through February 2011. There will be a discussion of the works at the Friday, January 7th reception at 6pm. For further information please check the Baobab Cultural Center Gallery website or call: 585-563-2145.


"The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith,” an award winning musical production by adjunct instructor Angelo Parra, was performed from November 12 through November 28 at the Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury, Conn. In addition, Mr. Parra has been signed with Wiley Publishers to write "Playwriting for Dummies," part of the popular series of how-to books. The book is scheduled to be published this summer. He was also recently awarded a $2,500 Arts Council of Rockland/NYSCA Individual Artists Arts Grant to help underwrite the creation in 2011 of a new biographical play, the subject of which he’s keeping under wraps for the time being. Earlier this year, he was awarded the County Executive Arts Award in the Literary Artist category.

Associate Professor of Computer Studies, Lynn Aaron, presented a paper at the online 2010 Global Conference on November 16th. The title of her presentation was, “What's ‘Open’ in Education: Resources for Course Development.”


Professor Suzanne Cleary-Langley, PhD, English Department had her poem “Polka,” published in the Poetry International journal. Another poem, "Lines for the Actress Who Performed Shakespeare-in-the-Park With a Stick in Her Mouth," was published by the Alhambra Press in their 2011 Poetry Calendar. Also published was her review of Jeanne Marie Beaumont's new poetry collection, Burning of the Three Fires, which appeared in the Bloomsbury Review.


Stan Morodokhin and RCC Student Government President Marvin Mathew presented a paper about the Water Justice Alliance in San Francisco, CA at the international event - Global Summit II : Humanity Uniting for a Sustainable Future on November 9th, 2010. The WJA is an initiative started by SUNY Rockland students Marvin Mathew, Stan Morodokhin, and Mark Svensson, (Mark has since graduated RCC and is now attending Georgetown University). The WJA student organization is working to publicize the need for clean drinking water worldwide, and is actively engaged in developing solutions to this resolvable challenge. They have currently focused their initiative on communities in Haiti and Latin America, cooperating with several students from these regions who are former RCC Cooperative Association of States for Scholarship program (CASS) students. On October 30th, a resolution supporting the WJA mission and their goals was endorsed by the SUNY Student Assembly, which represents the students of all 64 SUNY campuses.

Victoria Mansoor was elected national president of Sigma Chi Eta, the Honors Speech Society of the National Communication Association, at their national conference in San Francisco. Also attending the conference were RCC students Cody VanCampen, Theresa Tummania, and Shalom Gable. They were accompanied by Professor Bob Axelrod., the online version of the RCC student newspaper was honored at the Associated Collegiate Press National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. The website was named one of the top ten college newspaper websites for schools with enrollment of 10,000. Congratulations to newspaper editor and administrator for the online version Elchanan Heller, Jeremy Pardo the associate editor, Susanna Perlov the Outlook editor-in-chief, and faculty advisor Robert Fuentes.

Oxys Magazine, the Honors literature magazine, was the only community college literary magazine to place “Best in Show” at the National College Media Convention in Louisville, sponsored by Associated Collegiate Press, Int., and College Media Advisers, Inc. All other winners were four-year schools, most of which have Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. The editor of Oxys is Urban Eisen Miller (married name Urban Miller Eisley), and the advisers are Associate Professor of English Ian Blake Newhem and Professor Cliff Garner.

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