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January 2016 Achievements

January 2016 Achievements


David Beisel, PhD, retired Professor of Social Sciences, published an article, “Mad Men and the Psychology of Nostalgia,” in the December 2015 issue of the scholarly journal Clio’s Psyche.


Collette Fournier, Photographer/Campus Communications Assistant, earned fourth-place recognition in the Personal Monthly Image Competition of the University Photographers Association of America (UPAA) for her photograph, "Sunset at Grey's Beach." Fournier also delivered a workshop (Jan. 30) at the Louis Kurtz Civic Center in Spring Valley titled, “Starting Your Own Business – A Workshop for Young People.”

David Lucander, PhD, Professor of Multicultural Studies, was honored with a Griot Award by the African American Historical Society (Jan. 31). Lucander was give this first-time award in recognition of his commitment to Civil Rights education and discourse.


Eileen MacAvery Kane, Instructor of Art, is participating in the Orange County Arts Council Members’ Exhibition throughout January and February at Orange County Community College in Middletown, NY.

Adjunct Art faculty Lili Grady, Andrea Gellar-Jablonski, and Collette Fournier, are exhibiting at the Annual Members’ Exhibition at the Edward Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, NY, Jan–Feb 2016.


Suzanne Cleary, PhD, Professor of English, read at the Bowery Poetry Club on December 14 during a group reading celebrating the publication of the anthology Rabbit Ears: TV Poems, published by NY Quarterly Books. The anthology includes her poem "Lawrence Welk."

The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith, the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway play written by RCC Performing Arts/English instructor, playwright, and author (Playwriting for Dummies) Angelo Parra, opens for an eight-week run at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre on January 22.  A few weeks later, The Devil's Music opens for a month-long run at the Arts Garage Theatre in Delray Beach, Florida. Negotiations are also underway for a run of the show at the Hattiloo Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee. 

Maire Liberace, Professor of Speech/Philosophy, performed Christmas concerts with the St Joseph's Church Festival and Chancel Choir and with St. Boniface Church Choir. She has also been appointed by the Archdiocese of New York as a trustee at the St. Boniface parish in Wesley Hills.

Student & Alumni Achievements

Robert Clohessy ‘77 received the prize for Best Actor from the Independent Film Association for his portrayal of an existential hitman in Elias Plagianos' film, The Man From the City. He also currently performs in the TV police drama series Blue Bloods.

The following students enrolled in Cultural Arts Theater Director Christopher Plummer’s stage combat classes passed their skills proficiency tests and were certified by the Society of American Fight Directors in Unarmed and Single Sword theatrical stage combat: Unarmed: Joe Cobb, Eddie Dietrich, Amanda Solieri, Victoria Turkin, Robyn Mammato, Roevely Rancell, Matthew Pearson, and Menashe Fuchs. Single Sword: Deanna Amoia, Christina Henry, Miles Miller, and Hassan Akua.