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July 2011 Achievements

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Dr. David Lucander published an article, “Exhuming Hidden History: Sources for Teaching about Slavery in New England” in the Summer 2011 Historical Journal of Massachusetts, published by the History Department at Westfield State College.

Lidia Accetta, adjunct professor, Psychology, was awarded the Master Mentor Teacher Award by Kappa Delta Pi.

Bill Baker was honored at a dinner on June 15 by the Honorable C. Scott Vanderhoef with an Achievement Award, and by the Rockland County Management Council, with an award for 20 years of service with 13 years as the Chair.

Professor Karen Sunshine, PhD, Political Science, had the 8th edition of her book, American Government and Politics in the New Millennium, published by Abigail Press.

Ian Blake Newhem, Associate Professor of English, and RCCFT's First Vice President and Grievance Chair, trained and received additional certification as a grievance officer and contract adviser for the National Writer's Union (NWU), a division of the United Auto Workers (UAW) / AFL-CIO. Among its advocacy for writers, the NWU counsels professors about academic writing contracts.

The University Photographer's Association of America (UPAA) Board of Directors presented their Board Appreciation Award for "significant impact on the profession of photography in service to higher education" to Dr. Cliff L. Wood, for "exceptional support in advancing professional development and the occupation of University Photographer". The award was presented to UPAA member and Campus Photographer Collette Fournier while attending the UPAA's 50th Anniversary Symposium at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Her attendance at the conference was made possible from a CETL grant and Campus Communications.

Elaine M. Toia, Ph.D. presented her paper titled "Becoming Woman: Portraits of Ladies by Wharton and James," at the New Directions in the Humanities Conference, which was held at the University of Granada in Granada, Spain, June 8-11, 2011.

Dr. David Lucander presented "A. Philip Randolph and the March on Washington Movement" at Harvard University's W.E.B. Du Bois Institute July 18.

Adjunct Instructor Robert Varano of the Physical Education department was inducted into the Rockland County Bowling Hall of Fame at their induction ceremony on July 16.

Student Achievements

The following students completed a five week intensive research program and presented their findings at the annual Research Symposium at Purchase College on July 1.
Fabiola Moise: Using Alternate Reality Games for Water-Policy Awareness
Tavien Kimbrough and Nishad Prinja: Investigating Thermophilic Bacteria in Centralia Pennsylvania
Joshua Pierre-Charles: Response to Music
Nawaphon Sittisawassakul: Effects of Dietary Fatty Acids on the Growth of Rat Mammary Tumor Cells
Kae Iwatsuki, Vanessa LaFortune, and Chris Saffran: Investigation into the Isolation and Identification of Antifungal Agents from Plants