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June 2012 Achievements


RCC's Occupational Therapy Assistant Program has received full accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The decision was made at the council's meeting on April 28, 2012. Donna Knoebel, Instructor, Occupational Therapy, is Department Chair.


Correction from last month: Martin J. Lecker, Ed.D., Professor, Business, received SUNY’s Distinguished Teaching Professorship, conferred upon individuals for outstanding teaching competence at the graduate, undergraduate, or professional levels. Teaching mastery is to be consistently demonstrated over multiple years at the institution where the Distinguished Teaching Professorship is bestowed. Lecker, with the College since 1985, is known for innovations in the areas of course and program development, educational technology, and student mentoring.


Ian Blake Newhem, Associate Professor, English, presented at the annual Yale Writer's Conference in June. Conference organizers learned of his work at the Association of Writers and Writing Professionals’ Conference last fall, and asked him to address the Yale students on the complex state of the publishing industry.

Wendy Greenspan, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNE, Instructor, Nursing: “Active Learning - Gaming and Learning in the Classroom: Engaging All Types of Learners,” at the SUNY Conference on Instruction and Technology (June 1, 2012 at Stony Brook University, NY). Also presenting at this conference was Catherine Roche, Associate Professor, Business, and Division Chair, Business & Information Technology; and Lynn Aaron, Associate Professor, Computer Studies, and Co-Chair, Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning who co-presented “Tapping the Educational Potential of The Cloud."

Robert Gulack, adjunct faculty, English, Chair of the English, Philosophy, and Religious Studies Departments; presented a lecture to the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County, on May 13, 2012. The lecture suggests a new form of democratic government in which voters are separated into percentile by personal wealth, with each percentile electing one representative to the national legislature. On June 25, Gulack also appeared as an actor in New York University's presentation of new plays by Gallatin College students.

Susan Parry, Coordinator of Assessment, presented, "Beyond the Mandates- Helping Our Institutions Find Meaning and Value in Assessment," at the Association of Institutional Research and Planning Officers (AIRPO) Summer Conference (June 15, 2012, Albany, NY).

Nancy Pietroforte, Assistant Professor, Sociology, will present, “Reproductive Rights - Past, Present, and Future: A Feminist, Socio-legal Perspective," with specific strategies for future activism, at the National Organization for Women's (NOW) Annual Conference (June 30, 2012, Baltimore, MD).


Jack Boyle, adjunct faculty, EMS, was published in the EMS World online journal. The article, “Point of View: Supervisor Shopping,” addresses the pitfalls new EMS Supervisors may encounter.

Other Achievements

Gale Latkovic, Graphic Designer, Graphic Services and RCC alumna has produced her first full feature-length film, Stranger at the Inn. The film has been submitted to this year’s film festival circuit, beginning with the TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival). The suspense thriller unfolds with a seemingly charming young man checking into a rural bed and breakfast. The original story was written and directed by Robert E. Lee, and filmed on location in Rockland County, NY and Bergen County, NJ. The film was released by Brave Knight Productions of New York.

Retired Professor and lifelong athlete Joseph Famellette, has qualified in racquetball to compete in the National Senior Games which will be held next year in Cleveland, OH from July 21 to August 1. Famellette recently won both the singles and doubles racquetball titles in the Connecticut Senior Games and the Empire State Senior Games.

Student Excellence

Students Karen Breslin and Yasuyo Tatebe were named Best Overall Presenters in their categories at the Beacon Conference held at Westchester Community College (June 1). The campuses sending students to Beacon represent 100,000 students. From this group, only 60 are invited to Beacon, and of these, ten were from RCC.

Karen Breslin--Paper title: "Sherman Alexie: "What the Indian Saw"
Category: American literature
Mentor: Dr. David Lucander, Instructor, Pluralism and Diversity

Yasuyo Tatebe--Paper title: "Demand of Green Public Space in Urban Design"
Category: Environmental Studies
Mentor: Dr. Beth Cunin, Professor, Psychology

At the conference, one of the judges (Dr. Arlene Spark, Professor and Program Director of Public Health and Nutrition at CUNY Hunter) requested permission to include her submitted paper for publication in her book on nutrition.
Monica Powell--Paper title: "Messing with Mother Nature: The Practice of Genetically Modifying Foods"
Mentor: Brian Malin, adjunct faculty, Science

Congratulations to the students who completed five weeks of research at SUNY Purchase and presented their findings at the annual Research Symposium through the Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program:

Sarafina Alexandre and Presnel Dalmeus Jr: "Antimicrobial Peptides." They explored the potential of the peptide Maximin 3, secreted by the toad Bombina maxima, as an antimicrobial agent.

Bethany Friday, Frank Guillen, and Synthia Moise: "The Evolution of Music." They researched the role of music in mate selection in humans.

Herve Alexandre, scheduled to graduate from RCC in August ‘12, performed and won second place at the renowned Apollo Theater on July, 4.

Sophomore Colby Lewis took second in the National Tournament for golf and earned First Team All-American. Lewis shot a three-over par 75, and tallied a five-over par 293 for four rounds, which placed him second out of 88 golfers at the NJCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship (June 8, 2012). Lewis fell three strokes behind Monroe Community College's Shane Dobesh (71-290) in a quest for Medalist honors at the week-long event at the Chautauqua Golf Course in Chautauqua, New York. The Monroe-Woodbury graduate had previously scored rounds of 72, 76, and 70 at the par-72 course. Lewis earned NJCAA All-American status.


Of the 19 RCC graduates who earned their BA on campus this spring through the Purchase College at RCC program, the following received an Academic Achievement Award for a GPA of 3.5 or above: Jenna Bonvino ‘08, Blauvelt; Ashley Everson ‘08, Greenwood Lake; Heather Lennox ‘08, Stony Point; Matthew Fischer ‘12, New City; Kayti Higgins ‘08, Central Valley; Steven Harris ‘10, Pomona; Alicia Scherr ‘10, Nanuet; Marissa Felitto ‘09, Pearl River; and Geoffrey Williams ‘11, Nyack. Michelle Faubert ‘10, New Windsor, won Purchase’s John Howard Legal Studies award, as the overall top student in the Liberal Studies/Legal Studies concentration program. With the completion of this summer’s coursework, approximately 126 students will have received their degrees through the Purchase at RCC program.

Ryan Fasano, ‘10 was signed to professional baseball contract with the Milwaukee Brewers on June 18, 2012. Ryan was the region XV pitcher of the year at RCC in 2010, and continued his college career at Rutgers University. He is from Stony Point, NY and attended North Rockland HS.

Lauren Smith, ‘11 will have her photographic work exhibited at the New City Library in July, with a reception at the library from 12:30-2:30 pm on Saturday, July 14, 2012. Her exhibition, "Botanica," showcases a variety of the most beautiful and vibrant flowers of the NY metropolitan area. Smith lives in Suffern and will be entering her senior year at Fairleigh Dickinson University this fall, studying History Secondary Education.

Brendan O’Brien, ’12 appeared with the Antrim Players as Eugene in the Antrim Playhouse production of Grease. He is a veteran performer of numerous high school productions and appeared as Ezekiel Cheever in the RCC production of The Crucible. O’Brien’s other recent performances include Ellard Simms in The Foreigner at the Elmwood Playhouse, and a previous turn at Antrim playing Arnold Epstein in Biloxi Blues.