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April 2014 Achievements


In 2013, the passing rate of RCC Occupational Therapy Assistant program students on the National Certification Exam was 96% - a significant improvement over the previous two years.


Kristopher Baker, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology, was awarded Nyack High School’s inaugural Science Research Award during a science symposium at the high school April 20. Dr. Baker was honored for his work mentoring science students at Nyack, four of whom qualified to apply for scholarships in a pair of prestigious national competitions in science, technology and math.

Justyna Zakrzewska, a toddler teacher at the Campus Fun and Learn Child Development Center, has won the 2014 national Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Teacher of the Year Award and an accompanying $1,000 grant for her innovative use of music in the toddler classroom.


Peter Arvanites, Professor of Mathematics, presented a workshop, "Taking a Closer Look at Math Anxiety," to middle and high school math teachers at the Ten County Mathematics Education Association's Annual Conference on March 15 in Ossining, NY.

Elyse Fuller, Associate Professor of Science, presented a paper and a poster titled, "The Rockland Audubon Society Bluebird Trail: Developing a Successful Small-scale Citizen Science Project," at the Northeast Natural History Conference on April 8 in Springfield, MA.

Katie Lynch, PhD, Chair of English, Philosophy, and Religious Studies, delivered a guest lecture based on the fourth chapter of her dissertation, titled "Echoes of Satan Bound in Old English Heroic and Elegiac Verse," to CUNY John Jay students on March 10 in New York, NY. The students were enrolled in a literature seminar, "Medieval Mind and Emotion: Mentalities and Psychologies in Old English."

Eric Magaram, Instructor of Mathematics, and Cliff L. Wood, EdD, President, presented “Systemically Addressing the Need for Remediation in Math at the College Level" at the American Association of Community Colleges Conference on April 7 in Washington, DC. Presenting with them were Johanna Duncan-Poitier, Senior Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges, SUNY, and Bernadine Chuck Fong, Senior Partner for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Kristie Morris, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology, co-presented a poster, titled “Gender Role Conflicts and College Commitment among Latino/a Emerging Adults,” at the Society for Research on Adolescence’s Biennial Meeting on March 20 in Austin, TX.

Angelo Parra, Performing Arts and English adjunct, conducted a six-session Playwriting Workshop at the Hudson Valley Writers Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY, from March 13 to April 17. The workshop culminated in a reading by professional and community actors of the students' plays in progress.

Deborah Vinecour, Chair and Associate Professor of Paralegal Studies and

Patricia Szobonya, Assistant Professor of Paralegal Studies/Criminal Justice, presented “Engaging Students Through Unique Programs” at the Northeast Regional Conference of the American Association of Paralegal Educators on March 14 in Boston.


Janet Thompson, English adjunct, was certified as an online facilitator by the Quality Matters (QM) Maryland Online organization to teach "Applying the QM Rubric" to online faculty for professional development.


Joe Falco, Psychology adjunct, moderated a panel discussion, "Debunking the Myths About Working with Veterans," on March 25 at the Long Island University Hudson at Rockland campus in Orangeburg. Two of the panelists were RCC students veterans John Vitale and Jonathan Winfield.


Suzanne Cleary, PhD, Professor of English, was final judge for the annual poetry competition of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Memphis.


Eric Magaram, Instructor of Mathematics, and Cliff L. Wood, EdD, President, attended a presentation by Vice President Joe Biden, on April 7 in Washington, DC, on the community college and its role in workforce development.

Student Achievements

On Friday April 11th, Amanda Cano, Reene Henry, and Stephanie Philip, all candidates for the AS Computer Information Systems, participated in the first annual STEM C^2 Research Summit at Bergen Community College along with their mentor, Professor Lynn Aaron. They made a presentation entitled, "WANTED - Women in STEM" in which they presented information about the under-representation of women in STEM fields. All three students are members of the RCC Women in Computing Club.

For the fifth straight year, Outlook Student Press has won a Region I Mark of Excellence award in the category “Best All Around Newspaper” from The Society of Professional Journalists. Region I covers the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic.

Students Ally Crum, Christian Gilliam and Christopher Moore have won juried selection for the 2014 BEST of SUNY art show at the New York State Museum in Albany in June, and the opportunity to compete for honorary and monetary awards.

Brooke Fischman and Damaris Trinidad won the varsity division of RCC’s spring debate tournament held on March 30. Twenty-three entrants representing Dominican College, RCC, Yeshiva University and John Jay College competed along with twelve RCC students. Miriam Hertz took home the second place speaker trophy in the varsity division, Tracy Saxon and Tyric Martin took fourth place for their win-loss record in the novice division. Max van Campen-Cramer was named fifth speaker, varsity division, and Sheldon Lipshutz was fifth speaker, novice division.