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Recently Published and Awarded Students, Staff and Faculty


DATE: February 15, 2008

CONTACT: Lisa Saunders

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Recently Published and Awarded Students, Staff and Faculty

at SUNY Rockland Community College


Suffern, NY— SUNY Rockland Community College students, instructors, and faculty have recently been published, awarded, or appointed to tenure-track Instructor positions.



Teams of College students and Nyack, Suffern and North Rockland High School students competed for $1,000 in a first of its kind business plan competition (Dec 7). The winning RCC Team, Richard Rose, Mark Raymond and Michael Rumler, proposed "Tonique," a French fusion restaurant where flavors of various ethnic culinary tastes are combined to make a cultural dining experience.


Outlook Student Press won the third-place Best of Show Award from Associated Collegiate Press for its Spring 2007 issue under the direction of co-editors-in-chief Chelsea Carbone and Thomas Lam and Genie Abrams, faculty advisor.


Gerald Mushumbusi received the gold medal in painting at the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO). He was one of six competitors, representing the Nyack and Spring Valley Branches of the NAACP, who presented their work in Detroit joining 1,000 competitors in 26 different categories.


Debate Team Dominates League

The College Debate Team, coached by Andrew Jacobs, Professor of Speech, dominated the Public Forum Debate League, winning three out of four final rounds held in the fall.


Bergen, Impromptu Debate Division: 1st place: Sheela George, 2nd place: Chad Agrawal

1st place speaker: Chad Agrawal; 2nd place speaker: Sheela George.

Extemporaneous Debate Division: 1st place: Stuart Grist, Trevor Curry; 2nd place: Dan LaSalle, James Meakim; 1st place speaker: Heather Lothrop; 2nd place speaker: Dan LaSalle; 3rd place speaker: James Meakim.

Rockland, Impromptu Debate Division: 2nd place and 2nd place speaker: Andrew Ziegelstein.

Extemporaneous Debate Division: 1st place: Dan LaSalle, James Meakim; 2nd place: Laura Ciccone, Heather Lothrop; 3rd place: Trevor Curry, Stuart Grist. 1st place speaker: Trevor Curry; 2nd place speaker: Dan LaSalle; 3rd place speaker: James Meakim.


Spring Student Exhibit

"Digital Images by Three Student Artists," will be on display at the Technology Center outside the Ellipse through May 15, featuring work by Danielle Jaray ’07, Jessica Giannino ‘07 and Myoung Soo Cho. The exhibit was organized by Page Simon, Professor of Art.




The Board of Trustees nominated Edythe and Herb Kurz for the New York Community College Trustees Association (NYCCT) Benefactor Vision for Tomorrow Award 2008, Howard N. Hellman ‘74 for the NYCCT Business/Industry Partnership Award 2008 and Ilan S. Schoenberger ‘67 for the NYCCT Distinguished Alumnus Award 2008.


Irene Deutsch, Director, Career Services Center, and Janice Goldstein ’83, Coordinator, Video & Television Productions, won the 2007 GOLD AWARD from MarCom (Association of Marketing & Communication Professionals), for the DVD they co-produced, "The Internship Program at SUNY Rockland Community College: Linking Knowledge and Skills to Experience." Production staff:  Javonne Johnson, Production Assistant, and Multi-Media Production Center interns: Shanel George '07 and Briana Stewart '08.


The College's ad series, "Meet....," featuring noteworthy students and alumni, received the Bronze Medallion of Merit from the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR) District 1 in the Print Advertisement Series category. The award went to Zipora Reitman, Director of Communications; Lisa Saunders, Writer; Jill Lindner, Graphic Designer; and Collette Fournier, Photographer.


Dr. Susan Golz, Professor, Science, was honored by the Mahwah Township Council for thirteen years of service on the Mahwah Environmental Commission.


The Town of Ramapo honored several people with ties to SUNY Rockland at its Jewish Life Night for their service to the community.  Honorees included: Zipora Reitman, Director of Communications; Detective Keith Schwartz ’02; Shawn Tabankin ’02; and five students (current or former) who volunteered in the Israeli military: Dovy Fuchs, Yosh Jacobson, Koby Kasnett, Yoel Rosen and Elan Sasson.



Dr. Cliff L. Wood, President, has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of Good Samaritan Hospital for 2008.


Dr. Kristopher Baker, ’97, Instructor, Biology, was elected President of the Board of Directors of Habitat For Humanity of Rockland (HfHR), an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International.


Ms. Nancy Pietroforte, Instructor, Sociology, has been appointed to the tenure track position of Instructor beginning Spring ’08 semester.


Performances, publications, exhibits

Dr. Suzanne Cleary-Langley, Professor, English, has given several poetry readings from her new book, "Trick Pear" (Carnegie Mellon UP 2007). She was Visiting Poet at Elmira College and gave readings at Long Island University, Manhattanville College and SUNY New Paltz. Her poetry will be published in Ploughshares, Caduceus, Southern Poetry Review and "Poetry Calendar 2008," published by the Belgian publisher, Alhambra.


A photographic documentary, "Amistad: From Mystic Seaport to Nova Scotia," by Collette Fournier, adjunct faculty, Art, and Educational Support Specialist, Campus Communications, will be on display at Finkelstein Memorial Library in Spring Valley through April 15.


Nancy Hazelton, PhD, Professor of English, reviewed "The Shakespeare Riots: Revenge, Drama and Death in the Nineteenth Century America" by Nigel Cliff in The Bloomsbury Review.


Reamy Jansen, Professor of English, published an essay, "Pears," in r.kv.r.y. quarterly literary journal, as well as a poem, "Circuit," in The Bloomsbury Review, where he also published a review of a series of novels, "International Mysteries: A Survey."


Martin J. Lecker, EdD, Professor of Business, has had three entries published in the "Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society" (Sage Publications, 2008) entitled, Black Market, Ethical Hedonism, and Envy Free Theory.


Maire Keena Liberace, Professor, Philosophy and Speech, sang in the Archdiocesan Festival Choral during the Archdiocese of New York’s Gala Concert in celebration of its Bicentennial Year at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in New York.



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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