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May 2012 Achievements


Tanya Drake, MSN, RN, Professor of Nursing, is a member of the American Nurses Association Committee on Bylaws and has been elected as a delegate to represent the nation-wide Independent Members Division of the American Nurses Association at the 2012 Biennial Meeting in Baltimore, MD. The American Nurses Association represents the nation's 3.1 million registered nurses through its constituent and state nurses associations and works to advance the profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice and health care.

Lorinda Hill, Assistant to the Director of Plant Facilities has been named chairperson of the NYSAR3 (New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling) College Council Committee. Hill presented her findings on recycling compliance at the Northeast Sustainability Conference (April 2 - 4, Syracuse).

Patty Maloney-Titland, Chair, Performing Arts, was elected to the position of Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Penguin Repertory Theatre, the award winning professional equity theater in Stony Point.

Ngozi M Onyia, PhD, Assistant Professor, Science, has been appointed a member of the Regional Advisory Boards representing Eastern States, in the Two-Year College Chemistry Consortium (2YC3), for a three-year term expiring December 2014.

Caroline Osinga, a member of the Board of Trustees of RCC, was re-elected Treasurer of the New York Community College Trustees (NYCCT), a position she has held since 2011. The statewide organization is active in the development and implementation of public policy impacting community colleges. Osinga had a 33-year career at RCC before her appointment to our Board of Trustees by the County Legislature in 2003.

Renee Pereira-Jersey, Purchaser II, was invited to join the Hudson Vagabond Puppets' Board of Trustees. She helped to host the 17th Annual NY State Child Abuse Prevention Conference (April 16-18, Albany) where she was acknowledged for raising funds for Prevent Child Abuse and the Spirit of Rockland Special Victims Unit at Good Samaritan Hospital. The funds were raised through the 1st Annual 5k Run Walk for Children Rockland (July 23, 2011, Airmont), an event she and her husband founded. The event raised almost $5000, with 83 runners, 6 walkers and a fun run for the 17 children who participated. This year’s event is scheduled for July 21.

Doreen Zarcone, Enrollment Management, has been appointed to the Family Support Services Review Committee, New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Hudson Valley Developmental Disabilities Service Office.

Patricia Zodda, Associate Professor, Physical Education, has been asked to serve as a Board member for the Clarkstown Central Athletic Foundation.


RCC's new logo and visual branding was awarded Best in Show by SUNY Council for University Advancement (CUAD) in the category of Visual Design in Print, logo subcategory. Tzipora Reitman, Director of Campus Communications, spearheaded the effort to redesign the logo. The award will be given at the annual SUNY CUAD conference in Syracuse, NY (June 11-13).

Ian Blake Newhem, Associate Professor, English, has several recent achievements and awards in his capacity as a volunteer firefighter in his home county of Sullivan. He earned his FEMA Incident Command Certification in August, 2011, his Scene Support Operations Certificate in November, 2011, and May 12, 2012, after 172 hours of training, received his Firefighter I Certificate. In a ceremony on May 20, 2012, he was awarded the Firefighter of the Year Award for his department. Newhem and his department were first-responders at the historic Tamarack Lodge fire that burned 200 acres and more than 40 structures

Robert Gulack, Chair, English, received Honorable Mention for his play, Churchill in Athens, was named a finalist and awarded an Honorable Mention out of a field of 200 new plays, by the panel of judges of the ICARUS theater company in Buffalo, NY.

"The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith" written by Angelo Parra, adjunct faculty, Performing Arts, was recently nominated for three prestigious theater awards: the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show; the Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Special Event; and the Drama Desk Award for Best Actress in a Musical (for Miche Braden who plays Bessie). The show, which has been running Off-Broadway at St. Luke's Theatre, has also been invited to perform at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in July.

Donna Weber, Accounts Payable, was awarded the first place ribbon in the Quilting by the Gulf XIV show, for her quilt titled, "Give Peace Another Chance" (March 31- April 1, Venice, FL).


John Schlesinger, Associate Professor, Art, is exhibiting photographic work at the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia, show opening was April 20. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.


The State University of New York Board of Trustees approved the appointment of the following two RCC faculty members to distinguished ranks – the highest system honors conferred upon SUNY instructional faculty.

Bill Baker, Professor, Science, received the Distinguished Service Professorship, which honors and recognizes individuals with extraordinary service. Baker, with the College since 1970, is an environmental activist and recipient of both the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.

Martin J. Lecker, Ed.D., Professor, Business, received the Distinguished Professorship, which is conferred upon individuals who have achieved national or international prominence and a distinguished reputation within a chosen field. Lecker, with the College since 1985, is known for innovations in the areas of course and program development, educational technology, and student mentoring.

The following have received Professor Emeritus status at RCC:

Libby Bay, Professor of English

Dr. James Cappucino, Professor of Science

Dr. Maurice Guild (deceased), Professor of Psychology

Dr. Margaret Martin, Professor of Psychology


Christopher Plummer, adjunct faculty, Performing Arts, was accepted into the select group of just 16 people to attend a Teacher Certification Workshop sponsored by the Society of American Fight Directors and held only once every three years. Plummer’s community outreach theater troupe, Pen & Sword, performed at Connor Elementary School for their annual Festival of the Arts (April) and at Albertus Magnus High School in Bardonia. Plummer and Patrick Birmingham, adjunct faculty, English performed “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” as a benefit fundraiser for Albertus Magnus’s Performing Arts Department. Patty Maloney-Titland, Chair, Performing Arts, is an alumna and helped organize the event, which raised over $1000. Plummer was also nominated for the second time for an Arts Council of Rockland award and RCC’s Rockland Shakespeare Company was nominated for the sixth time.


Suzanne Cleary-Langley, PhD., Professor, English, gave poetry readings at the RCC Coffee house benefit for the Volunteer Counseling Services (April 20), and at the Orangeburg campus of the Rockland Learning Collaborative (April 24). She also published a poem in the annual literary anthology New Millennium Writings.

Professor Emily Harvey, Chair, Art Dept, gave a slide presentation "Nature as Art: Light, Water, Earth, Snow and Ice" at the New City Library on April 23.

Debbie Vinecour, Associate Professor, Paralegal Studies, gave a presentation on student course outcomes assessment at the Regional American Association of Paralegal Educators (April 13, Philadelphia, PA).

Susan Parry, Coordinator of Assessment, in addition to Robert Ludwig, Professor, Mathematics, and William McGregor, Associate Professor, Mathematics, gave the presentation, "Using Assessment to Improve Student Learning" at the North Eastern Association of Community Colleges (April 19, West Point).


Martin J. Lecker, Ed.D., Professor of Business, had his article, "When Corporate Leaders Behave Badly," also published in Poland's Human Resource Management Journal, after requesting it for their government publication, Civil Service Review, edition 2 (17).

Student Excellence

The winner of the 2012 Henry V. Larom Award for fiction is Katie Fox for her story "Forever Wild." The winner of the 2012 Henry V. Larom Award for poetry is Julia Kolak for her poem "2:15 Dismissal." Both winners will receive $100 and be published in an upcoming issue of Impulse Magazine. The Larom Writing Award is named after Henry Larom, writer and founding Dean of the College.

The Paralegal Studies Department held a Moot Court Competition, where students presented oral arguments of an appeal, with the following winning:

Tied for First Place: Kashi Hansen and John Leighton

Second Place: Crismelly Roberts

Third Place: Linda Lorvil

The appeal involved two criminal procedure issues: 1) The alleged Illegal police search of the glove compartment of a car, and 2) The alleged improper tactics used to obtain a confession. Deborah Vinecour, Chair, Paralegal Studies; Debra Capezzuto, adjunct faculty, Paralegal Studies; and Patricia Szobonya, adjunct faculty, Paralegal Studies, judged the event (May 1).


The following students have been selected to present their work at this year's Beacon Conference at Westchester Community College (June 1, Valhalla). They were selected from hundreds of submissions.

Lisa Michelle Brandler, (Mentor: Dr. Katherine Lynch, Instructor, English)

Karen Breslin, (Mentor: Dr. David Lucander, Instructor, Pluralism and Diversity)

Yechiel Erps, (Mentor: Dr. Katherine Lynch, Instructor, English)

Jeff Lim Li, (Mentor: Dr. Joseph Pirone, Professor, Psychology)

Suzan Z. Lowy, (Mentor: Dr. Martin Lecker, Professor, Business)

Monica Ruth Powell, (Mentor: Brian Malin, adjunct faculty, Science)

Navid Safaie, (Mentor: Dr. Nancy Hazelton, Professor, English)

Sari Nicole Ugell, (Mentor: Dr. Nancy Hazelton, Professor, English)

Yasuyo Tatebe, (Mentor: Dr. Beth Cunin, Professor, Psychology)


Tara Kearsing and Diana Yusti had their photographic artwork selected by a jury for inclusion in the BEST of SUNY show at the NY State Museum, Albany (June 4 - September 3).

Denise Fitzsimmons co-authored and illustrated a children’s book, Misty-The Legend of Gem Bones.

Robert Lee and Emilio Goldstein took second place in the 3rd Annual Community College Programming Contest at Pace University (April 28). Lynn Aaron, Assistant Professor, Computer Studies, is the coach for the computer programming team.

Sarah Schwarz placed second out of 28 competitors representing five colleges and universities in the Impromptu Debate division at Baruch College’s debate tournament (April 29).

The following students are winners of the 5th Annual RCC-TV Video Festival:

Music Video Category: James Ceus and Judlin Civil for "I'm On."

PSA: Azhar Feteh and Phil Kral for "Vote!"

Documentary: Tyler Silver for "Rooney's Fight Plan."

Commercial: Tyler Silver for "Taglit Mayanot Birthright."

Movie Trailer: Karen Myrie for "Rich."

Short Film: Charles Caster-Dudzick for "Four on a String."

Best Overall: Tyler Silver for "Rooney's Fight Plan" (Documentary).

Janice T. Goldstein ‘83, Director, Multi-Media Production Center, coordinated the event.


Colby Lewis, a sophomore, qualified for the NJCAA Division III nationals. Lewis shot a second-round 7-over-par 79 at the Rotella Golf Course in Haverstraw to finish in a three-way tie for second at 160.


Erik Ellingsen and Ed Bajor, Physical Education, coordinated a workout fundraiser for the Wounded Warriors Project on March 22. Forty individuals participated and raised $548 for the organization. A dodgeball tournament was also organized for the Wounded Warriors Project by Jonathan Barnwell, RCC’s Coordinator for Judicial and Veteran Affairs and raised an additional $300.

Students, administrators, and faculty, in addition to Rotary Clubs, collected over 2.25 tons of non-perishable food, equivalent to over $8,000, outside 10 supermarkets on April 21. The Food Drive assisted People to People of Nanuet in their continuing service to needy neighbors. John Marra, Coordinator of Student Activities and Volunteer Services, organized the event.

Seventy RCC students participated in the Carnival Against Cancer held at STAC on April 20. Diana Carey, Instructor, Physical Education, was the RCC coordinator for this event, which raised $6,000 for the Project Lady Bug Fund for the benefit of children with cancer and rare blood diseases.

Susan Golz, 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 190 residents of St. Vincents Island (March 21 – 23, Caribbean).

RCC’s Heart Walk Team raised over $8,000 in the recent Heart Association Walk (May 6). The Nursing Students Association contributed to the effort as well as the following team members: Saeed Safaie, Co-captain, Science; Dr. Cliff L. Wood, Co-captain, President; Joanne Oventhal, Nursing; Peter Arvanites, Mathematics; Jeanette Geller, Computer-Assisted Design; Kathy Carroll, Student Development Center; Patricia Kwong, Records; Cheryl Ferguson, English Skills; Darcy Stanley ’12.


Marvin Mathew ’11, University of Maryland, was selected to join 14 other student leaders for the South Asian American Leaders Together (SAALT) Youth Leadership Institute in Washington, DC. SAALT is a national organization that elevates the voices of South Asian individuals and organizations to build a more just and inclusive society in the United States.

Zamir Ben-Dan ’09, currently President of Baruch College’s Public Forum Debate Team (and former President of RCC’s debate team) received a full scholarship to attend Hofstra Law School.

Corey Machado '09 won Best Overall video at the 5th Annual RCC-TV Video Festival for his music video, "Introducing."

Elizabeth Dugan, a senior at Manhattan College, was named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference second team in women’s lacrosse. According to New Rochelle Patch: "Dugan, a transfer from Rockland Community College after being graduated from North Rockland HS, earned postseason accolades for the second consecutive season. After placing on the all-MAAC second team last year, she again became a leader for the Jaspers in the midfield as one of the top performers corralling groundballs."