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March 2007 Achievements


David Beisel, Ph.D., Professor of Social Sciences, published an essay, "The German Suicide, 1945," on the little known collective suicide of tens of thousands of Germans at the end of the Second World War, in the current issue of The Journal of Psychohistory. It is based on a paper he delivered at the annual meeting of the International Psychohistorical Association (June 2006, New York University). He also served on the panel at the film, "The Rape of Europa" (March 16) and kicked off the Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series with "Nazi Oppression: New Psychological and Historical Considerations."

Eugenio Espinosa, Assistant Professor of Art, is displaying his work in William Paterson University’s Ben Shahn Center Galleries (Wayne, NJ, March 18 – April 20).

Joseph Famellette, Professor of Physical Education, took first place in the age group 70-74 at the NY Singles Racquetball Championships (March 9-11, Albany)

Collette Fournier, adjunct faculty, Art and Educational Support Specialist, Campus Communications, did a retrospective photography lecture to photojournalism students at Empire State College as part of their "Women in Photography" workshop in the Women Photographers Series.

Emily Harvey, Professor and Chair of Art, gave a slide talk on Pioneers of American Modernism (March 21, West Nyack Free Library).

Andrew Jacobs, Professor of Speech, had his op-ed on the use of the “N” word, “Language vs. Power: How to do things with words,” published in the Journal News (March 19).

Manhattanville College named its annual screenplay competition “The Dan Masterson Prize in Screenwriting.” Professor Dan Masterson, completing his 43rd year at RCC, spent 17 years of Thursdays at Manhattanville as an adjunct full professor, where he taught poetry writing and created the screenwriting program, which he directed until his retirement in 2001. This summer, Professor Masterson again agreed to serve a one-week residency as poet for The Writers' Center at Chautauqua in upstate New York.

Shamika Ann Mitchell, adjunct faculty, English, is a contributing writer in a recent publication, "Safiya Henderson-Holmes" (Encyclopedia of African American Women, Greenwood Press, 2007).

James Salvadon ’90, Instructor of Mathematics, presented, “Ideas for Classroom Projects,” to Math, Science and Engineering professors at the 19th annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics (Feb 15 -18, Boston, MA). He also presented a calculator workshop for science adjuncts at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (March 14).

The American Heart Association acknowledged the College for its successful February event, “Healthy Hearts, Healthy Minds,” that raised awareness of heart disease in women. Sandi Jeannette, Executive Director, Rockland Division, AHA, presented a plaque to Cliff L. Wood, Ed.D., President, at the College Forum (March 27).

The College received a “SUNY Administration Outstanding Student Affairs Program” award for the efforts on behalf of Student Health and Wellness by our Prevention Resource Center, coordinated by Marc Giammarco. The award will be presented at the Council of Community College Chief Student Affairs Officers Conference (June, Canandaigua).


Daniel LaSalle, a member of the College’s Debate Team, won Dominican College’s first ever Public Forum Debate Tournament (February 18). LaSalle was also awarded top speaker at the tournament. LaSalle continued his award winning streak by taking home the first place speaker award at Yeshiva University’s Public Forum Debate Tournament (March 18). Brian Turk won two of his three rounds and was the third place speaker at the tournament.