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January 2007 Achievements


The manuscripts of John Allman, retired Professor of English and award-winning poet, were acquired by Syracuse University, along with the previously reported acquisition of the manuscript collection of Dan Masterson, Professor of English. “The John Allman Papers” consist of videotaped interviews, submission files for books and correspondence. Allman's poems have been widely published, including work in the Yale Review, the Paris Review, and the Atlantic Monthly.

Peter Arvanites, Professor, Mathematics, presented a workshop on Math Anxiety at the New Jersey Association of Jewish Day Schools Statewide Professional Development Conference (Kushner Yeshiva Campus, Livingston,NJ, November 7).

Bill Baker, Vice President for Academic Affairs, was appointed to the board of the Cornell Cooperative Extension.

As a member of the Board of the American Association of Spanish and Portuguese, NY Chapter, Mara-Lee Bierman, Professor/Coordinator of Foreign Languages, chaired an event at the Guggenheim Museum in December that included a Spanish-speaking guided tour of the exhibition “From El Greco to Picasso.”

Sr. Marie Buckley, Chair, Natural and Health Sciences and Professor of Nursing, was featured in a News 12 television interview about changes to the Nursing program (January 2).

James Burnett, JD, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Retired Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation, was program coordinator and presenter on the terrorism panel at the conference, “Diverse Issues: Common Goals in Criminal Justice” (Poughkeepsie, NY, October 18).

Suzanne Cleary-Langley, Ph.D., Professor of English, recently published her second poetry book, “Trick Pear” (Carnegie Mellon University Press). Dr. Cleary-Langley was a featured poet on the audio website Fishouse Poems ( for January. The current issue of the Laurel Review includes her essay, "Be Still and Know: Silence in the Poetry of Jean Valentine."

Collette Fournier, adjunct faculty, Art and Educational Support Specialist, Campus Communications, will display her photography in a "Members' Exhibit 07" at Rockland Center for the Arts, (West Nyack, January 28 - February 11). Her work is also at Nordstrom’s in an exhibit for African American History Month featuring the work of Kamoinge, the African American Photography Collective. In connection to this exhibit, Ms. Fournier was interviewed by an XM radio station, the Argot Network.

Emily Harvey, Professor of Art, presented "American Sublime: The Hudson River School of Painters" (Thiells branch, Kings Daughters Public Library, October 5).

David Langley, adjunct faculty, English, published reviews in British Heritage magazine: “Ahoy There, Robinson Crusoe,” (November 2006) and “Cousins and Strangers: American, Britain and Europe in a New Century” (September 2006).

Martin J. Lecker, Ed.D., Professor of Business (Business and Technology Division), gave a presentation, "The Smoking Penalty: Distributive Justice or Discrimination?" at the 13th Annual International Conference Promoting Business Ethics (October 26th, sponsored by Niagara University). An article by Dr. Lecker, "Workplace Romances: A Platonic Perspective," was included in a book, “Insurance Ethics for a More Ethical World” (Oxford: JAI Press, 2007).

Maire Liberace, Professor of Philosophy and Speech, was appointed to the Bon Secours Charity Health System Board of Directors for a three-year term.

An article by Louise A. Poresky, Adjunct Faculty, English, was accepted for publication by Papers in Language and Literature. The article compares Woolf's “To the Lighthouse” with Cather's “The Professor's House” and suggests a direct influence between the two authors.

Peggy Milone McCormack ’93, Assistant Professor, Student Development Center, was appointed to the Board of Directors of Volunteer Counseling Service of Rockland County.

An article by Marie Morreale, adjunct faculty, Occupational Therapy, "Home, Safe Home," on adaptive devices and recommendations for home safety for persons who are elderly or disabled, was published in "ADVANCE for Directors in Rehabilitation" (October 2006).

Zipora Reitman, Director of Communications, received the Silver Medallion of Achievement from the National Council on Marketing and Public Relations in the category of Feature Article/General News Story for the recent New York Times article on the College's GED program.

Fran Rodriguez presented a $3,000 check to the Town of Ramapo on behalf of the SIG-E Grant for its alcohol-free New Years Eve Celebration (December 28).

James Salvadon ‘90, Instructor of Mathematics, presented calculator programming workshops at the Joint meeting of the Metro and Seaway Sections of the Mathematical Association of America (October 13 -14, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY) and at the annual conference of the New York State Mathematics Association of Two Year Colleges (November 18, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY). He also presented, "Teach It With Technology" at the Discovery Institute T3 Regional Conference (November 3-4, College of Staten Island).

K.J. Walters, adjunct faculty, English, presented a lecture and discussion on Michael Cunningham's novel "The Hours" (Monroe Free Library, December 5). On March 19th he will discuss Charles Johnson's "Middle Passage," a novel concerning the slave trade, and on May 21 he will present Tom Wolfe's "A Man In Full."

Cliff L. Wood, Ed.D., President, was appointed to the board of directors of Good Samaritan Hospital for a two-year term.


Outlook Student Press, under the direction of Editor-in-Chief Adam Kostrinsky, won an honorable mention in the competitive category at the 83rd annual National College Media Convention in St. Louis. Kostrinsky gave a presentation, "The 80/20 Newsroom," which centered on time management and life balance for busy editors.

The College Speech and Debate Team won top speaker awards at Bergen Community College’s Public Forum Debate Tournament on October 22. David Kagan took home the first place speaker award and Dan LaSalle won the second place speaker award. The tournament drew competitors from Bergen Community College, Dominican College, Yeshiva University and their sister school, Stern College for Women. Also attending the tournament was Sharon Delshad ’00, a College debate alumna and lawyer who served as a judge for Rockland. Andrew T. Jacobs, Professor of English is the advisor.

Nursing Awards

The following nursing graduates were recognized for special achievement at the Nurses Pinning ceremony held on December 21:
Andra Annette, LPN to RN Achievement Award
Maxine H. Brooks, Helen Hayes Award
Aren N. Janian, Geraldine Jackson Award
Yves C. Jean-Baptiste, RCC Department of Nursing Faculty Award
Melissa E. Josephs, Rockland Psychiatric Center Award
Michelle T. Maciurzynski, Good Samaritan Hospital Award
Valsa J. Mathew, Nyack Hospital Award
Rachel Bestritsky, Virginia Cook, Jennifer E. Nardella and Andrew J. Wuthrich, Student Nurses Association Leadership Pins

The Haverstraw and Spring Valley Extension Centers are hosting the United Way’s “Free Income Tax Preparation Assistance Program” from January 23 through April 10.