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January 2011 Achievements


Dr. Cliff L. Wood and Doreen Zarcone were honored by Creative Response to Conflict (CRC) at their annual holiday gathering December 12, in appreciation of their dedication and special commitment to the organization, its projects and activities. The CRC organization works with the Kurz Family Foundation on many local projects including the Hudson Youth Leadership Academy.


RCC Executive Vice President Mort Meyers was appointed to the Board of Directors for the United Way of Rockland County, Inc.

Dr. Sue Deer, Vice President of Academic Affairs, was appointed to serve as the Institutional Representative to the American Council on Education (ACE) for Rockland Community College. Part of this role will be participating in the ACE Network to advocate for women’s leadership in higher education.

Maureen Brown was appointed to a three year term on the Board of Directors for Head Start of Rockland, Inc.


Marc Giammarco was awarded a Distinguished Service Award by New York State for having served on on the NYS-OASAS Prevention Credentials Board. He received a certificate signed by Commissioner of the New York State Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse, Karen M. Carpenter-Palumbo. OASAS oversees one of the nation's largest addiction services systems dedicated to Prevention, Treatment and Recovery, with more than 1,550 programs serving over 110,000 New Yorkers on any given day.

Nursing adjunct and RCC alumni Christine Davies ‘88 recently received her MA in Nursing Education from Pace University, and was awarded membership into the National Honor Society for Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau.

Presented / Performed

Christopher Plummer, Adjunct Faculty, Performing Arts and ESS, wrote, choreographed, and performed in a video demonstrating a line of theatrical combat weaponry. Plummer is an Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors.

Collette Fournier, Adjunct Faculty, Art, and Educational Support Specialist for Campus Communications, presented "Neo African Identities" at the Baobab Gallery in Rochester, NY. She also displayed her photographic work at a member’s show at the Edward Hopper House Art Center in Nyack NY, from January 8 through February 6.

Mara- Lee Bierman, Professor, Foreign Language, organized a bilingual tour and luncheon at El Museo del Barrio in New York City for members of The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. The exhibition, “Discovering Nueva York 1613-1945” is a collaborative effort of the New York Historical Society and El Museo del Barrio and is the first exhibition to explore the historical impact of New York's involvement with Spain and Latin America.

Victor Beauvil, PhD, Environmental Science, presented “Cholera Outbreak in Haiti; What We Should Know,” as part of a four member panel. The community forum was developed by the Ramapo Haitian Task Force and sponsored by the Rockland County Department of Health and the Town of Ramapo, and was held at the Spring Valley Cultural Arts Center.


Professor Nancy Hazelton, PhD, English Department wrote several reviews for the Bloomsbury Review, Fall 2010. She reviewed Peter Geye’s novel, Safe From the Sea, and two biographies: Edna O’Bryien’s, Byron in Love: A Short Daring Life, and Daisy Hay’s Young Romantics: the Tangled Lives of English Poetry’s Greatest Generation.

Sherrill D. Wilson, PhD, Humanities, served as Associate Editor for the Second Edition of the Encyclopedia of New York City, released by the Yale University Press. Wilson also presented “Slavery Yesterday and Today,” at the John Brown Lives conference in Lake Placid, NY.

Dale A. Crispell, MA, BSN, RN, Clinical Coordinator and Instructor of Nursing was a reviewer for the fifth edition of Managing and Coordinating Nursing Care by Janice Rider Ellis.

Professor Reamy A. Jansen, English Department and a contributing editor to the Bloomsbury Review, reviewed Meredith Sue Willis’ book of tales, Re-visions: Stories From Stories, published in the Fall 2010 edition.

Student Excellence

Yves Rho, Edwin Fortere, and Gregory Colas won $1,000 for their winning entry outlining their plan for a teen nightclub at the Entrepreneurial Business Plan Competition held at RCC on Friday December 3.

Stan Morodokhin, Marvin Mathew, and Mark Svensson, were selected to attend the Clinton Global Initiative Conference in conjunction with their activities for the Water Justice Alliance. This year’s conference will take place April 1-3 at the University of California, San Diego. The WJA raised funds and purchased water purification packets, which they sent to Haiti, along with toys and clothes. In addition, Mathew and Svensson participated in the 2nd Annual Choose Clean Water Conference in Washington, D.C.

President of RCC Student Government Marvin Mathew, Pinkas Lunger, President of Phi Theta Kappa at RCC, alumnus Mark Svensson, and Dimitri Crevecour of Dominican College collected and donated over 500 children’s reading books in a book drive for the Community Action Partnership of Rockland County.