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May 2010 Achievements

May 2010 Achievements

Academics

The following faculty have been selected (from hundreds of applicants) to attend the summer institute at NYU's Faculty Resource network:

Shane Burd, adjunct faculty, Social Science - Making Americans: Historical Perspectives on Civic Education in the US
Dorianne Dias, adjunct faculty, ESL/English - Forgiveness: The Origins of a Moral Idea
Andrew Jacobs, Professor, Speech - Making Americans: Historical Perspectives on Civic Education in the US
Catherine Roche, Associate Professor, Office Technology - Learning Through Collaborative Technologies
Dr. Christina Stern, Instructor of History - The Geopolitics of Oil

Shamika Mitchell, Instructor, English, is continuing at 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.

Dr. Martin Lecker, Professor, Business, has successfully completed the Quality Matters (QM) Peer Review Certification program from the University of Maryland. Quality Matters is a faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online courses and online components.

Awards

Angelo Parra, adjunct faculty, Performing Arts, received the Literary Artist award at the 24th annual County Executive Arts Awards for his playwriting, teaching (theater and playwriting), and for serving as the president of Penguin Rep Theatre's Board of Trustees (May 6, Suffern). He won this category in 2002.

Donna Peters, Professor, Nursing, received the Excellence in Practice Award from her peers at the annual Rockland Nurse Recognition Day ceremony (May 6, Pomona). The nominating committee was made up of nurses from Nyack, Good Samaritan and Helen Hayes hospitals, as well as home-care agency nurses, school nurses, professors from nursing schools and others. Committee members looked for specific examples of excellence by the nurse in such areas as leadership, research, and interaction with peers and patients.

The Multi-Media Production Center received three "Awards of Distinction" from the 2010 "Communicator Awards"
1. Video Category: "And So We Did..." The Sam Draper MTS Honors Documentary
2. Video Category: The RCC 50th Anniversary Animated Logo produced by student Pedro Julio Carpio Bonilla
3. Print Category: The 3rd Annual RCC-TV Video Festival poster produced by Saim Ullah '09

Janice T. Goldstein '83 is the Director of the Multi-Media Production Center.

The Phi Theta Kappa Alpha Phi Sigma Chapter received special commendation during the New York Region Regional Convention for fulfilling all requirements to be named a "Two Star Chapter." The Chapter was also recognized at the Society's recent Annual Convention and will be cited on the Society's website. Elyse Fuller, Assistant Professor, Science, is the faculty advisor.

Community

At the American Heart Association's Annual Walk (May 2, Lake Sebago Beach), the RCC team raised more than $9,000 from colleagues, family and friends. Saeed Safaie, Professor, Science, led the RCC fundraiser and co-captained the team with Dr. Cliff L. Wood, President. RCC T-shirts for the team were provided by the RCC foundation.

Published/Presented

Carol Bierman, adjunct faculty, English, has had her children's book, "The Girl Who Survived," which is about Bronia Brandman, a speaker at the College during April's Holocaust Commemoration, published by Scholastic Books (Aug 2010).

Dr. Cliff Garner, Professor, English, and Coordinator, Sam Draper Mentor/Talented Honors Program, was invited to give his scholarly paper, "Art and Ardor: the Divine in the Prose and Poetry of Vladimir Nabokov," at the Oxford Round Table on Literature and Politics conference held at Oxford University (April 2). The conference involved 20 scholarly presentations from around the world and included presenters from Cambridge, Oxford, University of Sweden, University of Tokyo, University of Chicago, University of Sydney, and others. The paper was accepted for publication by a division of Oxford University Press.

The poem, "Perseids Meteor Shower," by Dr. Suzanne Cleary-Langley, Professor, English, was set to music by composer Nathan Currier and will be performed--along with Mozart--at the Monadnock Music Festival (New Hampshire, July 22- 23). Cleary-Langley will also do a poetry reading at the concert.

Kathy Smith-DeGraw, Director of Program Operations with the Center for Personal & Professional Development, will perform an arrangement of Duke Ellington songs with the Warwick Valley Chorale and Mid-America Productions at Carnegie Hall (May 29). Her other Carnegie Hall performances with the Chorale and Mid-America Productions include Faure's Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Carl Orff's Carmina Burana and Mozart's Requiem.

Dr. Christina Stern, Instructor, History, had her review essay, "The State of the Institution Formerly Known as 'The People's College,'" published in Academe Online. See: http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/pubsres/academe/2010/MJ/feat/ster.htm

Students

Nursing student Monique Luckett-Cummings won the LPN continuing education award at the annual Rockland Nurse Recognition Day ceremony (May 6, Pomona). The nominating committee was made up of nurses from Nyack, Good Samaritan and Helen Hayes hospitals, as well as home-care agency nurses, school nurses, professors from nursing schools and others. Committee members looked for specific examples of excellence by the nurse in such areas as leadership, research, and interaction with peers and patients.

Hospitality students held a tasting fundraiser, "50 Years of Food," to raise money for student scholarships (May 6). The students made and served soups, appetizers and cakes, raising $350 towards scholarships for culinary arts students who wish to continue their education at both RCC and at four-year schools. Wendy Gordon, adjunct faculty, Hospitality, organized the event.

The Speech Department, in cooperation with Sigma Chi Eta (National Speech Communication Honor Society for Two Year Colleges), conducted a symposium entitled "Cell Phones in the Classroom" (May 4). The students of Sigma Chi Eta, especially Theresa Tumminia, took advantage of this event by promoting a campus-wide collection of used and new cell phones for our troops overseas. They were able to collect 53 phones along with 5,300 minutes donated by AT & T, and Verizon. The minutes will be loaded onto the cell phones and shipped to wherever needed. Robert Axelrod, Professor, Speech, is co-advisor to Sigma Chi Eta along with Allison Briker, Assistant Professor, Speech.

The following students have been selected to participate in the 2010 Beacon Conference (SUNY Orange Community College, June 4):

Josh Bareket, mentored by Dr. Tom Butler, Professor, Science
Talia Blau, Dr. Elaine Toia, Professor, English
Alexandra Exner, mentored by Dr. Joseph Pirone, Professor, Psychology
Sholom Gable, mentored by Dr. Nancy Hazelton, Professor, English
Tova Horowicz, Dr. Elaine Toia, Professor, English
Enior J. Jimenez, mentored by Dr. Elaine Toia, Professor, English
Edward Kohler, mentored by Dr. Elaine Toia, Professor, English
Yudi Pardo, mentored by Dr. Kris Baker, Instructor, Science
Mark Svensson, mentored by Dr. Clifford Garner, Professor, English
Joseph S. Zerilli, mentored by Dr. Elaine Toia, Professor, English

 

Media professionals (RCC graduates) judged 60 student-and alumni-produced videos at the annual RCC-TV Video Festival. RCC-TV, in cooperation with the Performing Arts Department, produced the event (April 21). RCC winners:

Best RCC Overall: Gerry Mushumbusi, "Express Yourself"
Best Music Video: Nicholas Everett, "Louie Gee"
Best PSA (Public Service Announcement): Tammy Hill, "Rethink & Renew Awareness
Best Comedy: Jason Izon, "Old Spice Swagger"
Best Commercial: Amanda Thomas, "Cuddoes"
Best Movie Trailer: Zamir Ben-Dan, "When it All Goes Wrong"
Best Animation: Alex Mathelier, "The Tree"
Best Short Film: Christian Vermazen, "Torc"
Best Overall RCC Alumni: Tony Milio '09, "I'll Go Where You'll Go"

Janice T. Goldstein '83, is the Director of the Multi-Media Production Center.

Sports

Denis Ribiakost was the only Mid Hudson Conference representative to earn 1st Team All-Region Tennis honors (April 26). He won the Sixth Singles Division at the Region XV Tournament by ousting Dennis Martinez of Kingsborough, 6-3, 7-6 (April 24-25, Suffolk Community College). At the tournament, Ribiakost posted victories over Nassau's Evan Burke (2-6, 6-1, 6-3) and Ulster's Evan Van Valkenberg (6-2, 6-0). Overall, Rockland finished second at the tournament, after posting just a 2-4 regular season record.

Ryan Fasano posted a 4-0 record with a 1.66 Earned Run Average, and was selected as the Region XV Division II "Pitcher-of-the-Year." Joining Fasano on the All Region First Team were catcher Vincent Martorelli, first baseman Jordan Kolinsky, third baseman Chris Lupardo and pitcher Peter Lompado. Jared Croce, Louie Guglielmetti and Pablo Rivera were selected to the Second Team. Rockland finished the season with a 27-9-1 record, and was the Region XV Tournament Runner-up.

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