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Recently Awarded Students, Staff and Faculty at College


DATE: August 1, 2008

CONTACT: Lisa Saunders

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Recently Awarded Students, Staff and Faculty at SUNY Rockland Community College


Suffern, NY - SUNY Rockland Community College students and faculty present papers and receive awards and honors.



Chad Agrawal of West Nyack and Eagle Scout Troop 42, a student who also serves as Student Trustee, installed hedges spelling the letters, “RCC,” in front of the Technology Center. His Eagle Scout project took him 217 hours to complete.


Dr. Thomas J. Butler, Professor, Science, reports the following RCC students completed five weeks of scientific research and presented their findings at Science Symposia:

Binghamton University (Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program for Underrepresented Minorities in Biomedical Science, sponsored by the NIH):

Enior (Josh) Jimenez: Alterations in the Cholinergic Nuclei of the Brain Stem in an Animal Model of Diencephalic Amnesia.

Alyssa Martin: Comparing Host Instar Stages' effects Upon larval Load.

Dimitri Vital-Herne: Expression of Proteins in a Model of Parkinson's Disease.


Purchase College (Research Science Vision Preparation Program, sponsored by NSF):

Asma Jaffar and Ariba Masood: In Vitro Studies of Prostate Carcinogenesis.

Joshua Mathew and Sukhwinder Singh: Analyzing the Effects of Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids on NMU Rat Mammary Tumor Cells.

Merin Plathottam: Exposing the Non-conscious Mind: A New Approach to Reducing Fear.


Mario Cardoza's "Self-Portrait, No One Listening," 2007, gouache on paper, was selected from the Fall/Spring juried SUNY shows for the Best of SUNY show held at the NY State Museum in Albany (May 4 to Sept. 1).


Jessica Weiner, J. Shepard Ramsay, and Daniel LaSalle took home first prize in their category at Beacon 2008, the 16th annual Beacon Conference for Student Scholars (June 6, Bergen Community College). The winners were chosen based on the quality and originality of the research, written work, and oral presentation. Winners:


The work of Mario Cardoza, Lynnora Geoghegan, Danielle M. Jaray, Amanda Reilly and Erin McHugh was on view at the SUNY Spring Student Exhibit presented at the State University Plaza Gallery (Albany, April 1- 18).




RCC’s Today's Leadership Team, co-founded and co-facilitated by Brian Merritt, Director of the Haverstraw Extension Center, and Nilda Aragones, Counselor, Associate Professor, Student Development Center, was one of three community college programs to receive the "SUNY Outstanding Student Affairs Program (2007-08) Award." Today's Leadership Team was awarded as an outstanding diversity and multicultural program. (Syracuse, June, 2008). Aragones and Merritt have been running the program since Fall ’03.


Donna Peters, Professor, Nursing, was inducted into the Albertus Magnus Hall of Fame (April 5). 


The Internship Program DVD, ”Linking Knowledge and Skills to Experience,” won an "Award of Distinction" for exceeding industry standards from an international video competition, “The Videographer’s Awards.” There were 2,100 entries from throughout the world. Co-producers were Janice T. Goldstein ‘83, Coordinator, Video and Television Productions, and Irene Deutsch, Director, Career Services Center.


College Honored by Youth Bureau - Rockland Community College was given a Special Recognition Award by the Rockland County Youth Bureau at its Eighteenth Annual Student Awards Dinner (May 8). The College hosts the County’s Annual Youth Fest as well as providing the venue for other Bureau activities. The Youth Bureau gave special recognition to the following employees for their outstanding service:

Dennis Callinan, Director of Administrative Services

Dan Keeley, Director of Arena Management, and

Vincent Rutigliano, Assistant Director, Arena Management



Dr. Eugene Henderson, Vice President of Student Development, was selected to participate in the Institute of Management Class of 2008 at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education (July 20 – August 1, 2008).



Shamika Mitchell, Instructor, English, was admitted to the Faculty Resource Network of New York University as a University Associate. University Associate status is part of NYU's Visiting Scholars Program. University Associates have access to research resources (library, lectures, seminars, courses) for one semester.


Angelo Parra, adjunct faculty, Performing Arts, was selected to receive a grant to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture workshop, "Revolution to Republic: Philadelphia's Place in Early America" (June 9-14, Philadelphia, PA).


Guzide Kobati, adjunct faculty, Foreign Languages, commenced on a project with Columbia University called, “Columbia Arabic Tree Bank,” where she is building an Arabic language database for computer translation.


Dr. Gerardo Piña-Rosales, Adjunct faculty, Foreign Languages and Professor of Languages & Literature at Lehman College, CUNY, was elected Director of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language.



Collette Fournier, adjunct faculty, Art and Educational Support Specialist, Campus Communications, is exhibiting photographs with other Kamoinge photographers at "Moving Walls," an exhibition at the Open Society Institute. More than 100 photographs feature human rights and social injustice issues and will include Fournier’s Hurricane Katrina photographs (exhibit through Oct. 24, New York, NY).



Rockland Community College, a unit of the State University of New York, is located 25 miles northwest of NYC. The majority of its students transfer to four-year colleges, and many find immediate employment upon earning their associate's degree or certificate. The College also offers others, from preschoolers to senior citizens, the opportunity to simply learn something new. Quality a price you can afford.

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