March 2012 Achievements
Cathlene Cruz, Director, Liberty Partnerships, earned her Masters in School Counseling (Dec. 2011) from Long Island University.
Lynn Aaron, Associate Professor, Computer Studies, and Co-Chair, Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning; and Catherine Roche, Associate Professor, Business, and Division Chair, Business & Information Technology, co-authored the article, “Teaching, Learning, and Collaborating in the Cloud: Applications of Cloud Computing For Educators in Post-Secondary Institutions,” published in the current edition of the Journal of Educational Technology Systems.
Kevin Barrett, PhD, Assistant Professor and Chair, Criminal Justice, was a panelist in two Round Table discussions, "Pracademics: Their Value in the Two Year Schools" and "Outcomes Assessment Activities in Community Colleges: What Matters?" at the 49th Annual Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Conference (March 15, New York City).
Sherrill D. Wilson, Ph.D., adjunct faculty, Pluralism & Diversity, was the keynote speaker at the African American Celebration held by Metlife (Manhattan, Feb. 24, 2012).
The student newspaper, Outlook, and its writers and editors, has received several Region I Mark of Excellence awards by The Society of Professional Journalists, the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization:
Best All Around Newspaper (Editors and Staff)
General News Reporting (Rebecca Gross, for her story on tuition increases at RCC and SUNY generally)
Feature Reporting (Anna Berent, for her story on Rockland County "ghost" haunts and sites)
Sari Ugell, Editor in Chief
Elizabeth Maze, Managing Editor
Vanessa Pastorelli, Production Manager
Sara Beitch, Features Editor
Monica Powell, Science and Health Editor
Louie Gaitan, Photo Editor
Kristen Loretoni, Opinions Editor
David Strinkovsky, Sports Editor
Elan Weinberger, News Editor
Rob Fuentes, Instructor, English, is the Outlook advisor. Outlook received its awards at the SPJ conference at Stony Brook University (March 23-24). Region I encompasses New England and the Northeast.
Winners of the “Green Contest: Towards a Sustainable RCC”:
Best Student Essay (Topic: Smart Solar Panels): Marwan Zaid, Alex Ojeda, Dan Sokolsky, and Rene Midouin. Winners will share the $200 prize. Best Student Media: $100 for Keri Katt-Fava (Toward Sustainable RCC Poster); and $100 for Dylan Gargiula (Sustainability Poster). Judges: Saeed Safaie, Professor, Science; Susan Golz, Professor, Science; Lorinda Hill, Assistant to the Director of Plant Facilities; Wendy Greenspan, Instructor, Nursing; and Martha Rottman, Associate Professor English and Division Chair, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences Sponsors: Dr. Cliff L. Wood, President; Quality of Life Committee; and the Environmental Education Committee. The prizes will be awarded during the celebration of Earth Day (April 19).
Alex Ojeda, Liberal Arts, Math & Science, is a 2012 New York All American Academic Team honoree and was named All-New York First Team. In addition, he is the All American Medallion winner and will receive a special medallion at graduation. As a Coca-Cola Bronze Scholar, he is receiving a $1,000 scholarship from Coca-Cola, and as one of the 150 top scholars from the 1700 All American Team across the country, his picture will be in USA Today (April 23). He will be honored by New York Community College Trustees (NYCCT), New York Community College Association of Presidents (NYCCAP), State University of New York (SUNY), and Phi Theta Kappa (April 4, 2012, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY).
Sean Rugys, Liberal Arts, Math & Science, is a 2012 New York All American Academic Team honoree and was named All-New York First Team. He will be honored by New York Community College Trustees (NYCCT), New York Community College Association of Presidents (NYCCAP), State University of New York (SUNY), and Phi Theta Kappa (April 4, 2012, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY).
The following students have been elected to the Student Government Association Executive Board:
President: Navid Safaie
Vice President: Angelina Shymon
Treasurer: Tamoy Fuller
Secretary: Andry Silverio
Student Representative to the Board of Trustees: Segundo Angel Guallpa
They will take office June 1, 2012
Student associate editors, Roxy Moskowitz and Sarra Schwarz, selected "By Being Written, They Would Disappear," by Lauren Fath of the University of Missouri, for inclusion in the first edition of First Inkling magazine. Fath’s essay has now been nominated for a prestigious Pushcart Prize. Dedicated to the best student work from the English speaking world, First Inkling is a national publication that was founded and is based at Rockland Community College. The essay was edited by RCC’s Cliff Garner, Professor, English, and Ian Blake Newhem, Associate Professor, English.
Mark Svensson ’10, now at Georgetown University, was nominated to the Youth Service America list of "The 25 Most Powerful and Influential Young People” because of his leadership in the area of Human Rights. Individuals on the YSA List will be announced in advance of Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) 2012, which will take place April 20-22 in more than 100 countries on six continents. In addition, Svensson was recently one of 100 individuals selected from a worldwide pool of social changers and entrepreneurs to serve as a Global Exchange In Leadership Initiative (GEILI) Fellow. GEILI is a global platform to empower aspiring global leaders and foster global exchange in culture and volunteerism through an alliance of youth organizations around the world. He will attend a GEILI summit in Hong Kong this July.