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October 2011 Achievements


Debra Bouabidi, Director of Financial Assistance, received the 2011 Region V Service Award from the New York State Financial Aid Administrator’s Association (NYSFAAA) at this year’s conference in Verona. The Regional Award’s purpose is to recognize individuals who have provided a significant contribution for the Association at the regional level.

Wendy Greenspan, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNE, Instructor, Nursing, passed the very challenging National Nurse Educator Exam and is now a Certified Nurse Educator.


Professor of English and author, Reamy Jansen was one of five finalists for The Finishing Line Press’ “June Open Chapbook Competition.” Jansen’s book, Two Ways of Not Hearing, Poems on Mortality, will be published in 2012. “Chapbooks,” slim volumes between 25 and 30 pages, have a long, distinguished history in American Letters, and Finishing Line has grown to be one of the genre’s premier publishers. FLP published Jansen’s first chapbook, My Drive, A Natural History, in 2003.

Kimberly Weston, Assistant Professor/Librarian, was appointed by the Village Board of Trustees of Spring Valley as a Spring Valley Housing Authority Board Commissioner.

Neville Williams, adjunct faculty, PDA, was honored by Johns Hopkins University for his role in the establishment of the Laura Q. Wilkes Endowed Scholarship Fund at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. The endowment, funded by a minimum of $100,000, will benefit the Peabody Institute "in perpetuity for scholarship support for inner city or needy students."


Mara-Lee Bierman, Professor/Chairperson, Foreign Languages, was selected to present at the SUNY-wide webinar, “The Exemplary Department Chair: What I know now (and wish I knew then!)” on November 1. Along with other nominated “Exemplary” Chairs, Bierman will offer her best practices in dealing with her transition from colleague to chair and recognizing the distinctions between management and leadership. This webinar will kick-off the creation of a Department Chair Community of Practice.

Michael J. Chanat, MS, EMT/P, adjunct faculty, Emergency Medical Services, presented “Medical Emergencies for School Bus Drivers” at the Monroe-Woodbury Transportation Department to school bus drivers from the Monroe-Woodbury, Washingtonville, Greenwood Lake, and Warwick school districts. He spent several hours sharing his expertise on how to identify and contend with medical emergencies while transporting students prior to the arrival of emergency responders (Oct. 20, Monroe).

Eric Magaram, Instructor, Mathematics, presented, "Eliciting Student Judgments of Intrinsic Difficulty for Studying Student Misconceptions in Solving Basic Mathematics Items" and "Prediction of the Correctness of Responses to Basic Mathematics Items from Students' Selected Solution Strategies" at the 2011 Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA) Annual Conference (Oct. 20, Connecticut).

Shamika Mitchell, Instructor, English, presented a session, "Destination Success! Tips for Applying to College and Surviving Your Freshman Year" at the annual Alumni Career Day at her alma mater, Brooklyn Technical High School (Oct. 15, Brooklyn).

Jean Phanor, Instructor, Mathematics, presented, "Eliciting Student Judgments of Intrinsic Difficulty for Studying Student Misconceptions in Solving Basic Mathematics Items," at the 2011 Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA) Annual Conference (Oct. 20, Connecticut).


The International Society of Political Psychology featured the book, “The Suicidal Embrace,” by Dr. David Beisel, Professor of Social Sciences, at its Annual Scientific Conference. The panel discussion, titled “Munich and Czechoslovakia in Psychohistorical Perspective: Re-Evaluating David Beisel’s ‘The Suicidal Embrace’” was held in Istanbul, Turkey. The professional journal, Clio’s Psyche: Understanding the “Why” of Culture, Current Events, History and Society, also published “The David Beisel Symposium on Military and Diplomatic Blind Spots and Traumatic Reenactments” (Sept.  2011). This symposium includes commentaries from 17 scholars, including Beisel’s essay and reply on the subject.

Dr. Suzanne Cleary-Langley, Professor, English, has an essay included in the book, “This I Believe: Life Lessons,” a collection of essays from the National Public Radio program, "This I Believe." She also has a poem in the current issue of Poetry International, and two poems in Nimrod International Journal, which awarded her Second Prize in its Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize Competition. Cleary-Langley will receive her award at the annual Nimrod Literary Awards Conference, where she will read her poetry, speak on a panel, and teach a poetry workshop (Oct. 21 & 22, Tulsa, Oklahoma).

The work of Collette V. Fournier, Adjunct Faculty, Art, and Educational Support Specialist for Campus Communications, will be published along with 40 other photographers specializing in portraiture, in the book, “Through the Lens 2010,” published by the Museum of Modern Photography (2011).

The poem, "Sunday Dinner," by Dan Masterson, Professor of English, is included in Garrison Keillor's newest version of the Viking anthology: GOOD POEMS.  His controversial poem on the priest abuse scandal ("Agnus Dei") is online at Congeries/Connotation Press, and, with connotation credit, is published on AOL's published his 9/11 poem, "Final Approach." Enskyment, the online poetry anthology Masterson founded and edits, now has readers in more than 100 countries and territories.

James Sherrier, Professor Emeritus, Psychology, is having his book, "In the Name of Honor - Killing or Kindness," published by Olympia Publishers in London, England. Due by the end of November, it concerns the human concept of honor and both the good and terrible things these beliefs have caused throughout history and civilizations as people and nations sought to "preserve their honor."

Student Achievements

Recipients of the 2011 Hispanic Heritage Student Achievement Awards:

Joel Almodóvar - Artistic Talent

Alex Ojeda - Academic Achievement

Ruth Jiménez - Personal Accomplishments

Dorca Hernández - Personal Accomplishments

Ana Rojas - Leadership Activities

Wilmer Rodríguez - Leadership Activities