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June 2011 Achievements

Faculty Achievements

Patti Zodda, Professor, Phys Ed, was honored as a Lifetime PTA Member by the Clarkstown School District.

Merle Huerta, adjunct English, was published in RedRoom online with her essay titled, “Permission.”

Chair of the Rockland County Legislature Harriet Cornell presented Bill Baker, Professor, Science, with the Distinguished Service Award. He was honored for his many volunteer activities and contributions to Rockland County.

Adjunct Nursing Instructor Christine M. Davies, RN, BSN, MA, CLNC was awarded “Outstanding Student of the Year,” at Pace University, where she has maintained a 4.0 GPA while receiving a Master’s of Art in Nursing Education. Davies was also inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society and was honored at Commencement.

Janet Thompson, adjunct, English, will present at the 4th Annual Global Studies Conference this July. Her research area is the study of the women of Brazil and Mexico. Her presentation is, Latin Women in Higher Education: An Exploration of the Intersections between Academic Achievement and Gender Bias as a Cultural Norm.

Pradip Datta, adjunct, Science was published in Pharmacogenomics Aspect of Therapeutic Drugs, Alcohol and Drugs of Abuse by Dasgupta and Langman, Oxford University Press. Datta’s chapter is “Genetic aspect of marijuana metabolism and abuse.”

Professors Catherine Roche and Lynn Aaron presented, Is Your Head in the Cloud? Teaching, Learning and Collaborating in the Cloud, at the Conference on Instruction and Technology (CIT) at SUNY Oneonta.

Eric Magaram, Instructor, Mathematics, presented, Cognitively-Based Judgmental Estimates of Item Difficulty Using Model-Fit Statistics in IRT and MIRT, at the 2011 Modern Modeling Methods Conference, University of Connecticut.

A photographic exhibit by Marc Russell, adjunct, Art, will be on display at the JCC in West Nyack June 21 to August. The show, “Transformations: Exploring Elements of Nature,” will have an opening reception on June 26.

Cathlene Cruz, Director of the Liberty Partnerships Program was inducted into the Masters of School Counseling & Mental Health Honors Program and elected as the Vice President of the LIU Rockland Graduate campus chapter for the 2011 – 2012 academic year.

Assistant Professor Elyse Fuller, Science, was elected President of Rockland Audubon Society for a third year.

Suzanne Cleary-Langley, Ph.D., Professor of English, had a musical setting of her poem, “Perseids Meteor Shower,” performed at the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School as part of their "Music on the Hill" concert series. Composer Nathan Currier created the music, titled "Falling Stars."

Robert Gulack, Adjunct Professor, English, directed the world premiere of his play, Churchill in Athens, at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre in NYC in March 2011. The production featured music by Larry Hochman, winner of the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his work on The Book of Mormon, and four-time Emmy-winner for composition. The leading role of Winston Churchill was played by K.J. Walters, adjunct, English.

Student Achievements

Nursing student Diane Spuler, won the Rockland County Nurse Recognition Day Scholarship.

Twelve students in RCC’s Teacher Education Transfer Degree Program were inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education on June 8. Jeffrey Potischman, a graduate of the MTS Honors program, was also acknowledged with a Student Leadership Award. The Teacher Award was given to Lidia Accetta, an RCC alumna currently teaching kindergarten at West Haverstraw Elementary School. The students are: Amber Baker, Tamara Santos-Barbosa, Jacqueline Chambers, Melvina DeAngelis, Lauren DeGeorge, Gerlynn Germain, Holly Gorman, Brittany Libutti, Kimberly Madura, Averie Negron, Jeffrey Potischman, and Rachelle Schneider. A student must attain a 3.5 grade point average to be eligible for joining the honor society.

Max Tassy won the 84th annual Golden Gloves Competition at Madison Square Garden.

Herve Alexandre won First Place in the May 25th Amateur Night competition at the Apollo Theater in Manhattan.

Students Deanna DaCosta, Dolores Hammond, and Jessica Shada had their artwork selected for the Best of SUNY show in Albany at the NY State Museum.

John Nash won the "My Movie Pitch," contest, with his movie Mr. Stache. The short film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The contest is sponsored by the festival, along with American Express.

Mathematics student Steven Messina received a prize for finishing in fifth place in the NYS Mathematics Association of Two Year College’s Fall and Spring competition.

At the Beacon Conference at Lehigh-Carbon Community College, RCC students Chris Saffran and Laura Duran were named Best Overall Presenters in their categories. Saffran, whose mentor is Associate Professor Ian Newhem, presented, "The Digital Natives are Restless," in the Social Sciences category. Duran presented "Shakespeare's Ariel and Caiban: The Others" in the Literature (Drama and Poetry) category. Her mentor is Professor Nancy Hazelton, PhD. The aggregate of campuses sending students to Beacon represent 100,000 students. From this group 66 were invited to present at Beacon, nine from RCC.