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October 2012 Achievements


Laurie Miller McNeill, PhD, Director, Grants Development, organized the STAKEHOLDERS SUMMIT: Regional Solutions to the National Crisis in K-16 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education, which brought together national STEM leaders plus 150 educators, policymakers, and local business representatives (Oct. 12, RCC). This model of regional cooperation and shared resources may become a national standard and was designed by Dr. McNeill and Dr. Edmund W. Gordon, Scholar-in-Residence and Co-Founder of The CEJJES Institute (RCC’s partner in this grant). Dr. McNeill and Dr. Gordon are the Co-Principal Investigators for the grant. Jamila Brathwaite, a consultant for the CEJJES Institute and RCC Adjunct Professor, and Doreen Zarcone, Enrollment Management helped run the event.

Christie Cruse, EdD, Director of Title III Activity/First Year Experience, and Eric Magaram, Instructor, Mathematics, organized a team of students, staff and alumni--the RCC Hawks--to participate in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk in Nyack. The 17-member team raised approximately $1,500.00 for the cause (Oct. 21).

Susan Golz, PhD, Professor, Science, volunteered with Hope for a Healthier Humanity by sterilizing instruments and performing other assistance to dentists as they provided free dental care to 110 residents of Haiti (Aug. 8 -13). They worked without running water and electricity.

Several students, faculty and staff were involved in the Second Annual STEM Super Scholars Conference (Oct. 20, RCC). Co-sponsored by the Rockland County branch of the American Association of University Women and the College, the conference was geared to seventh and eighth grade female students in Rockland County. The students participated in two workshops in the STEM fields and won prizes for identifying the nine "mystery women" with occupations in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Those who participated are: Peter Arvanites, Professor, Mathematics; Lisa Schachter, Associate Professor, Nursing; Rixi Thomas, Instructor, Nursing; Lynn Aaron, Professor, Computer Studies; Xin Ye, Instructor, Computer Studies; Nan Salama, PhD, Professor, Science; Susan Golz, PhD, Professor, Science; Jeanette Geller, Associate Professor, Cyber Security; Madelene Aponte, Assistant Director, Financial Aid; and Doreen Zarcone, Enrollment Management. Three students from the Women in Computing Club worked as teaching assistants: Nicole Cappa, Takisha Etienne and Deborah Tambor.


Manonce Celestine, Library Support Tech, exhibited his painting at Garner Arts Center in “The Resurrection Show” (Oct.13-14, Garnerville). Also, Celestine’s inspirational painting of a butterfly titled, “FREEDOM,” is on display in the RCC Library. The mixed-media painting represents personal transformation and the need to maintain positive thinking.

Brooke Evans, adjunct faculty, Art, recently exhibited her work at the 21st San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Art (San Angelo, Texas), and the Strictly Functional Pottery National (Langhorne, PA).


Collette Fournier, adjunct faculty, Art, and Educational Support Specialist, Campus Communications, will perform with Chiku Awali African Dance, Arts & Culture, Inc., in its 10th African Dance Extravaganza (Nov. 16, Kakiat School Auditorium, Spring Valley).


Peter Arvanites, Professor, Mathematics, gave the presentation, "Stealing Bases," which involves a number trick with the base two number system, to high school students at the Sixth Annual Supplementary Education Summit (Oct. 13, RCC).

Catherine Hickey, adjunct faculty, English, presented "Roots and Stems: Helping Student Vocabulary to Blossom," Hands on Vocabulary-Building Activities Using Greek/Latin Roots and Stems, at the Rockland Literacy Extravaganza sponsored by the Rockland Reading Council (Oct. 20, St. Thomas Aquinas College).

Angelo Parra, adjunct faculty, gave a speech about the “Life and Plight of a Playwright" at The Learning Cooperative at Long Island University (Oct. 9, Sparkill); conducted a two-session youth writing workshop for Chiku Awali, a cultural society that promotes African dancing, drumming, storytelling, mask making, and rites of passage (Oct. 13 & 20, Spring Valley); participated with other authors at Piermont Library’s “Local Harvest Book Fair,” signing copies of his book, “Playwriting for Dummies” (Oct. 21); and taught an adult scriptwriting workshop at Tappan Library (Oct. 25).

Eric Magaram, Instructor/Coordinator, Mathematics, presented "Assessing Students' Underlying Thought Processes on Classroom Examinations: Feedback for Follow-up Instruction" at the 2012 Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA) Conference (Oct. 17, Rocky Hill, CT).

Gerri Zabusky, Director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), was the featured guest on Rockland Independent Living Center's monthly radio program, Bridging the Gap, on WRCR to discuss the new RSVP Independence Project (Oct 1). The Independence Project offers rides to and from medical appointments, pharmacies and supermarkets for seniors and disabled persons of all ages. Zabusky applied for and received a grant from The Rockland County Office for the Aging to support the RSVP Independence Project


D. Penny Jennings, LPD, Board of Trustees, was honored by the African American Chamber of Commerce of Westchester and Rockland Counties as Rockland Business Leader of the Year. She is the CEO of A.C.T. (Adults Caring for Teens).


David Beisel, PhD, Professor, Social Sciences, published the following:

  • “The Nazi Youth Cohort,” Clio’s Psyche, Vol. 19, no. 1 (June 2012), 108-112 [Contribution to the “Peter Loewenberg Festschrift”]
  • “Genocidal Agenda: Witnessing the Role of the Nazi Doctors,” Clio’s Psyche, Vol. 19, no. 2 (September 2012), 169-173 [Contribution to the “Robert Jay Lifton Festschrift”]
  • “Four More Important Points on Loewenberg,” Clio’s Psyche, Vol. 19, no. 2 (September 2012), 243-244

In addition, Beisel, presented the scholarly paper, “Binion’s Legacy,” at the International Psychohistorical Association’s Thirty-fifth annual Convention, New York University, June 2012 [Assesses the contributions of the late Brandeis University historian Rudolph Binion to psychohistory]

Denis J. O’Keefe, LCSW, adjunct faculty, History, presented or published the following papers:

  • “The politics of identity: Immigration policy post 911.” Paper presented at the 36th Annual International Psychohistorical Association Convention, (June 2012, New York University, NY).
  • “DSM-5 and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Conceptual Analysis and Review of Tests of Specificity and Sensitivity.” Paper presented at New York University Silver School of Social Work and Co-Sponsored by the National Association of Social Work Conference titled The DSM-5: Proposed Changes, Controversies, and Implications for the Future of Clinical Practice (October 2012).
  • “The paradox of violence in the contemporary world: Integrative thoughts on the Lifton v Pinker debate” was published in the journal, Clio’s Psyche: Understanding the “Why” of Culture, Current Events, History and Society, 19(3) (2012).


The College won two Gold awards from the National Council on Marketing and Public Relations, District I:

1) RCC-TV online, which features original student programming for the campus digital network that broadcasts around campus, directed by Janice T. Goldstein, Director of the Multi-Media Production Center and RCC-TV. Javonne S. Johnson, Assistant, Multi-Media Production Center, and staff member Michael Garcia oversee RCC-TV.

2) RCC's new logo redesign project and visual branding. Tzipora Reitman, Director of Campus Communications, spearheaded the effort to revamp the College’s visual identity.

Suzanne Cleary-Langley, Ph.D., Professor of English, won the 2012 Emerging Writer Fellowship in Poetry from the Writer's Center, Bethesda, MD. The award is for a poet who has published no more than three books. She will read her poetry at the Writer's Center in 2013 and receive a cash prize. Additionally, she recently read her poetry at the Old Songs Community Art Center (Voorheesville, NY) and at the Pomfret School (Pomfret, CT).

Student Excellence

The following students were chosen to receive the 2012 Hispanic Heritage Student Achievement Awards:

Katherine Aucena - Artistic Talent

Crismelly Robert Gerónimo - Academic Achievement

Luis Naranjo - Personal Accomplishments

Karla Rangel - Personal Accomplishments

Andry Silverio - Leadership Activities

Abel M. Díaz Valladares - Academic Achievement

José Vélez - Artistic Talent

These students were chosen by the Hispanic Heritage Student Achievement Awards Selection Committee. Josephine Tarsia, Associate Professor of Foreign Language, serves as Chair. The students were honored at a ceremony on October 22.

Jordan Zuber-Banks and Esoshani Barton of the Speech and Debate Team finished third place in a debate tournament hosted by Dominican College (Oct. 14). The tournament featured two-person teams from Rockland, Dominican College, Baruch College, Yeshiva University, and Passaic Community College, among other schools.


Marvin Mathew ’11, currently attending the University of Maryland, is studying abroad in Rome this semester. He was selected to speak on behalf of the United States at the One Young World conference, because of his effective activist work on several global concerns including education and clean water. He addressed 1,000 leading social entrepreneurs from 196 countries, speaking about Leadership & Governance (Oct. 18 - 22, Pittsburgh, PA) and was sponsored by Volkswagen. Other speakers included President Bill Clinton, Kofi Annan, and Muhammad Yunus.