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September 2012 Achievements


Dr. Christie Cruse, Director, Title III Activity/First Year Experience, Academic Affairs, completed her EdD in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Her dissertation was on "Evaluating the Relationship Between Satisfaction and Retention Among At-Risk, First-Year College Students."

Janet Thompson, adjunct faculty, English, has been certified as a (QM) Quality Matters Online Course Reviewer by the Quality Matters (MarylandOnline, Inc) education organization. Being a Certified Reviewer qualifies her to be selected by a college/university to review their online courses.

RCC received special recognition from Cisco for successfully running the Cisco Networking Academy program for 10 years. Jeanette Geller, Associate Professor, Computer Networking, oversees the program.


The CD, “Conversations in Blue: David Maxwell & Otis Spann,” produced by Circumstantial Productions, a production company founded by Richard Connolly, Chair, Communication Media Arts, won the 2012 Blues Foundation Award for Best Acoustic Blues Album. Circumstantial Productions and Connolly were featured in the article, “Nyack Music Company Celebrates 30 Years,” published in Nyack News & Views (August 27, 2012). Circumstantial Productions has also produced video documentaries, cable TV programs, and non-fiction, fiction and poetry books.

Phyllis A. Sheldon, MS, RN, CNS-BC, CONS, adjunct faculty, Nursing, is the recipient of the 2011-2012 Urologic Nursing Outstanding Manuscript Reviewer Award from Urologic Nursing, the official journal of the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates. She will be honored with a plaque at the annual conference (Nov. 4, Washington, DC). In addition, her article, "The Rehabilitation Nurse's Role in Self Catheterization Teaching," was accepted for publication in the June 2013 edition of Urologic Nursing.


The photographic work of Collette Fournier, adjunct faculty, Art, and Educational Support Specialist for Campus Communications, is showing her work at GAGA Arts Center in “The Resurrection Show” (Oct.13-14. Reception on Oct.13, 6-11 pm, Garnerville).


Dr. Cliff L. Wood will be honored by the Spring Valley NAACP with the Humanitarian Award at their annual dinner on October 26 at the Colonial Inn in Norwood, NJ. The theme of the dinner is, "Empowerment through Education: Honoring Unsung Heroes and Trailblazers." He was chosen based on his distinguished career of promoting social justice, for serving as a role model for the betterment of mankind, and for his consistent support for the work of the Spring Valley NAACP.

Ian Blake Newhem, Associate Professor, English, was invited to join the Board of Directors for the National Writers' Union Service Organization (a division of the United Auto Workers). This national post will enable Newhem to bridge his interests in writing, justice, and student advocacy. He will lead the NWUSO's national effort to educate emerging writers on fair labor practices in the rapidly-evolving industry.


Dr. David Lucander, Instructor, Pluralism and Diversity, is featured speaking in a film about one of the exhibits in the WWII & NYC exhibition at the New-York Historical Society Museum and Library. Lucander provided the New-York Historical Society with original documents, photographs, and broadsides (posters meant to be displayed in public) used in the making of the exhibit (October 05, 2012 - May 27, 2013, New York City).


Suzanne Cleary-Langley, PhD, Professor, English, has an essay included in the book, Jean Valentine: This-World Company, published by Michigan University Press in its "Under Discussion" series, wherein contemporary poets write about poets and poetics. She also had her poem, “Lawrence Welk,” accepted for publication in an anthology of poems about television, which will be released by Poets Wear Prada Press in 2013.

Linda Kalfayan, adjunct faculty, Speech, had her book, Voice and Diction Mechanics: A Workbook Supplement, published by Kendall Hunt Publishing Company in August 2012.

Student Excellence

RCC students had a 100% pass-rate, all of the students (11) passed the State of New York Paramedic exam.


Kennedy Ogoye ’10, a native of Kenya and senior at Cornell University, founded JUST SAVE ONE, a team of students committed to solving real-world problems. He and his team were instrumental in the installation of water tanks and classroom electricity in a school in Mbaka Oromo, Kenya. Ogoye was selected to attend the One Young World Leadership Summit as a delegate this fall (Oct 18-22, Pittsburgh, PA). One Young World is a London-based charity that gathers together young people from around the world, helping them make lasting connections to create positive change.