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November 2011 Achievements


Lena Hyun, Adjunct Instructor, Art, was awarded a GW Fellowship from The George Washington University, Museum Collections Management and Care Distance Education Graduate Certificate Program, Spring 2012.


"Singular Visions/Multiple Views,” a show by members of the Rockland Community College Art Department, will be on view at the Edward Hopper House Art Center in Nyack (Feb. 11 – March 25, Opening Reception: Sat., Feb. 11, 2012, 5-7 pm). An exhibit of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, digital art, ceramics, fashion design and jewelry celebrates the RCC Art faculty as both teachers and professional artists. Curated by Lena Hyun, Adjunct Instructor, Art, participants include:

Adjunct faculty: Brooke Evans, Collette Fournier, Andrea Geller, Charles Gentry, Lili Grady, Toma Holley, Joanne Howard, Carl Jablonski, Phil Jung, Eileen MacAvery Kane, Niyati Mehta, Gordon Moore, David Pirell, Marc Russell, Elizabeth Sayles, Joel Schwalb, and Dyana Van Campen.

Full-time faculty: Walter Carroll, Professor; Eugenio Espinosa, Assistant Professor; Emily Harvey, Professor; Don Iannucci, Professor; Kaare Rafoss, Professor; John Schlesinger, Associate Professor; and Page Simon, Professor.


The Rockland Development Council honored Don Cairns, Executive Director, Foundation, as Outstanding Fundraising Professional at its 12th annual Philanthropy Day breakfast (Nov.4, Suffern).

Ian Blake Newhem, Associate Professor, English, won Honorable Mention in a recent Writer's Digest Annual Writing Competition (Mainstream, Literary category) for his short story, "A White Flag for Phobos."

Nancy Pietroforte, Assistant Professor, Sociology, was selected for New York University’s Faculty Resource Network's Winter Seminar, "Women of the Atlantic" (Jan.9-13, Puerto Rico).


Celeste M. Sherry, adjunct faculty, English, portrayed Deborah Read Franklin, the wife of Benjamin Franklin, in the New-York Historical Society's grand re-opening ceremonies in the Society's newly renovated interactive museum (Nov. 11,12, 15, New York, NY). She and her husband Jack Sherry, who portrays Benjamin Franklin, frequently present living history demonstrations and first-person, hands-on interpretive programs.

Theodora Kimmel, Office of Disability Services, is playing the starring role of Hero in Elmwood Playhouse's Production of Shakespeare's “Much Ado About Nothin'.” Performances: Weekends until Dec.10 (Nyack).


Nancy Pietroforte, Assistant Professor, Sociology, and Christina Stern, Instructor, History, presented the lecture, Going Beyond 300: Classroom Perspectives and Resources," at the Mid-Atlantic World History Association's (MAWHA) Conference, "Society, Technology, and War in World History" (Nov. 5, New Brunswick, NJ).

Catherine M. Roche, Associate Professor/Division Chair, Business and Information Technologies, presented "Assessing Student Performance Through the Use of Rubrics" at the Successful Teaching Conference (Oct. 21, Syracuse). The annual conference is sponsored by the teaching and learning centers of Broome, Corning, Onondaga, and Tompkins Cortland Community Colleges, and the SUNY Leadership Institute.

Debbie Vinecour, Associate Professor/Chair, Paralegal Studies, gave a presentation about student learning outcomes assessment at the national conference of the American Association for Paralegal Education (Nov. 4, Baltimore, Maryland).

Several RCC faculty members presented at the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Super Scholars Conference, a hands-on exploration of careers for middle school girls (October 22, Suffern). Presenters: Dr. Susan Golz, Professor, Science; Dr. Melanie Rie, Instructor, Biology; Dr. Nan Salama, Professor, Science; Lisa Schachter, Assistant Professor, Nursing; Rexi Thomas, Instructor, Nursing; Wendy Greenspan, Instructor, Nursing; and Doria Hillsman, adjunct faculty, Science, presented workshops that included: “Let's Keep Things Clean...and Not Harm the Earth”; “Forensic Investigations: Bloodstain Science”;”CHEMystery,You Can Do It!”; “Save Someone's Life”; and “Mirrors, Lenses and their Applications.”  Sponsored by the American Association of University Women, Rockland County Branch, and in collaboration with Rockland Community College, the Rockland Teachers Center, RSVP, and Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.


Maureen Kroning RN, MSN, Instructor, Nursing, has authored two more books. “Medical Surgical Nursing Skills Made Simple: Understanding the Importance behind the Skill” and “A Patient’s Guide To Understanding Advanced Health Care Directives." Because nurses have frequent contact with patients and are aware of the pros and cons of invasive and often painful interventions, using this handbook will help them educate their patients on how to make their end-of-life decisions. Kroning was invited to present a poster on her research, assessing if giving Advanced Directive education to nurses increases their knowledge about AD as evidenced by pre/post tests, at the Elsevier/Mosby’s Faculty Development Institute (January 2-4, 2012, Las Vegas, Nevada).


Marvin Mathew ’11, now studying at the University of Maryland, was selected to serve as one of 100 national leaders from 44 states and the District of Columbia for Opportunity Nation, a national campaign launched November 4 to restore access to the “American Dream” by increasing economic opportunity and social mobility in America. Opportunity Nation is a coalition of non-profits, foundations, educators, business and political leaders.