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December 2007 Achievements

Community Involvement

The Student Government Association (SGA), in cooperation with Good Samaritan Hospital, had a successful Blood Drive (Dec 6). There were 72 pints collected and 26 deferrals. Maryann Farooq, SGA Vice President, and Debra Balestra, Director of Student Involvement, coordinated the event.


The Town of Ramapo honored several people with ties to SUNY Rockland at its Jewish Life Night for their service to the community (December 12, Town Hall). 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.


Catherine Roche, Coordinator, Business and MgD, Associate Professor, Office Technology, and Gina Liberti, Grant Specialist, served as panelists at the Rockland County Guidance Center Career Forum on Transferable Skills and Interests. They spoke about careers, educational requirements, and salaries in their respective fields. (November 7, 2007)

Peter Arvanites, Professor, Mathematics, gave two presentations on math anxiety at the Statewide Professional Development Conference sponsored by the New Jersey Association of Jewish Day Schools. The first presentation was entitled, "Taking the Stress out of Math." It was geared to the middle school teacher of mathematics. The second presentation was entitled, "Math Anxiety."  It was intended for the high school teacher of mathematics (Nov. 6. Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy/Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School in Livingston, New Jersey).

The 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 Library (Fielding Room, Jan. 27- April 15). The images of the recreated Amistad, the ship that became a symbol of the slave trade after a revolt, and shipwright Wayne Bartow, encompass experiences in Mystic Seaport, Bridgeport, CT, Harlem and Haverstraw. Fournier and Bartow will make a presentation at her artist’s reception on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2 p.m. (Snow date: Sunday March 30, 2 p.m.).


Maire Keena Liberace, Professor, Philosophy and Speech, will be singing as part of the Archdiocesan Festival Choral. The Archdiocese of New York will celebrate its Bicentennial Year with a special Gala Concert at the Cathedral of St. Patrick (Jan. 24, 7 pm). The St Joseph Seminary Choir, the Cathedral of St Patrick Choir and Orchestra, the New York Archdiocesan Festival Chorale and the Ulster County Choir will be performing works of Beethoven, Faure, Franck and Mozart. Metropolitan Opera stars Sarah Coburn, Marcello Giordani, Hei-Kyung Hong, Yong-Hoon Lee and James Morris will be the featured soloists for these works.


Associated Collegiate Press's third-place Best of Show Award was presented to the Outlook Student Press, under the direction of the then Co-Editors-in-Chief Chelsea Carbone and Thomas Lam, for the Spring 2007 issue. Genie Abrams, adjunct faculty, English, was the adviser (Washington D.C., October 28, 2007).

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. The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants co-hosted the competition and funded the grand prizes of $1,000. Dr. Martin Lecker, Professor of Business, coordinated the program for the College.


English Professor Reamy Jansen has published a poem, “Circuit,” in the November/December issue of The Bloomsbury Review. The poem was originally written for the College’s 9/11 Memorial Service held in 2002.


Zipora Reitman, Director of Communications, was selected to serve as a Host Coordinator of the 2008 Awards for Excellence program of SUNYCUAD (SUNY's Council for Advancement) in the category "Fundraising Publications." She is responsible for selecting a judging panel and coordinating the award selection process.