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President Baston's Activities - October 2017

Campus Meetings

  • Friday October 6, 2017, Dr. Baston held a focus group for students and one for non-managerial staff, part of the strategic visioning initiative.
  • Friday October 20, 2017, Dr. Baston held his first President’s Cabinet meeting. The Cabinet includes the following leadership teams: Academic Affairs, Finance and Administration, Student Services, Institutional Advancement, Labor


  • Ribbon cutting for RCC’s new biology lab, made possible with funding from Senator David Carlucci’s office.
  • Congresswoman Nita Lowey’s press conference regarding childcare for low-income students.
  • Completion Day, an event focused on students completing their degree
  • Attended the Spring Valley NAACP Gala.
  • Met with weekend students at RCC's Weekend Breakfast

Featured speaker at the following:

  • NYS Financial Aid Administrators Association Conference, Tarrytown, NY
  • Zeta Success Academy LEAP program, Ramapo High School
  • RSVP Luncheon, Crowne Plaza Hotel
  • #RealCollege: A National Convening on Food and Housing Insecurity, Philadelphia, PA
  • Pathways Institute #6, Governing Board Roles and Policy Change, Seattle, WA

External Meetings Included:

  • Rockland County college presidents: Dr. Michael Scales, President, Nyack College; Dr. Margaret Mary Fitzpatrick, President, St. Thomas Aquinas College; Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, President, Dominican College
  • Kimberly Redmond, Reporter, Journal News
  • Dr. Gwen Parker Ames, Associate Dean, Division of Student Success, Nyack College
  • India Perez-Urbano, founder, Rockland Connects
  • Dan Garcia, CEO, sociamerica, inc
  • Gerald Thompson, College and Career Director, New Visions Charter High School
  • Rockland Community College Senior Citizens Club
  • Local clergy: Will Reinmuth, All Souls Community Church, Suffern; Dr. Willie Hairston, Pilgrim Baptist Church, Nyack; Edward Hinson, Macedonia Baptist Church, Piermont; Weldon McWilliams, First Baptist Church, Spring Valley