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April 2007 Achievements


Stephen Churchill, adjunct faculty, Art, had his sculptures featured in an exhibition at the Pomona Cultural Center. His works included a piece entitled, “Memories of Things Not to Be.”

Suzanne Cleary - Langley, Ph.D, Professor of English, has recently given poetry readings from her new book, “TRICK PEAR,” at Wake Tech (Raleigh, NC), Mount Saint Mary College (Newburgh,NY), the Downtown Writer's Center (Syracuse, NY), and the Hudson Valley Writers' Center (Sleepy Hollow, NY). She also read in Binghamton, NY in a benefit to raise money for Catholic schools of Broome County, including her alma mater Seton Catholic High School. Her poem, "Temporary Tattoo," will be published in Ploughshares.

Collette Fournier, adjunct faculty, Art and Educational Support Specialist, Campus Communications, traveled to photograph and interview victims of Hurricane Katrina for two weeks (March 31 - April 14). As a member of Kamoinge, an African American Photographer's Collective, she was one of several Kamoinge photographers to receive a grant to document the area. Kamoinge is scheduled to have an exhibition of the documentation in September 2008.

English Professor Reamy Jansen’s new poem “Moss” appears in the current issue of The Innisfree Poetry Journal.

Lisa Jacobson, clerk/typist Financial Aid and CSEA shop steward, has been appointed a board member representing Rockland County Local 844, CSEA.

Students Accepted into the Research Science Visions and Preparation Program

Seven students have been accepted into the Research Science Visions and Preparation Program (RSVP), entitling them to receive a summer research opportunity at Purchase College (funding provided by the National Science Foundation). Purchase College, in collaboration with RCC, assists students in pursuit of baccalaureate degrees and graduate studies through their RSVP program. The following students will formally present their completed research at a symposium (Purchase College, July 6). Gracious John, Edward Funk, Stanlin Alexander, Hardeep Singh, Nicole Anayannis, Igor Nikolskiy, and Sharona Avgush.

Students Accepted into the Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program

Three students, Ryan Gordon, Kareim Satherswaite, and Sabine Frederick-Estrada, have been named RCC’s Bridges to Baccalaureate Program Scholars for 2007. Gordon and Satherswaite attended the Bridges Orientation at Binghamton University (4/20-21) and will present their work at a symposium there (6/29). Frederick-Estada attended the orientation at Purchase College (4/27-28) and will present her work at a symposium there (7/6). Bridges Coordinator, Dr. Thomas J. Butler, Professor of Science, also attended the orientations.

Paralegal Students Compete Against Each Other in Hypothetical Trial

Seven paralegal students participated in the first ever RCC Moot Court Competition (April 19, Academic II). The students were given a hypothetical trial court decision concerning an adoption. The students represented the biological or adoptive parents in the appeal, researching case law and statutes, and created outlines for their oral arguments. The students presented their arguments to a three-judge panel and were asked several questions throughout the proceedings. Hon. Elizabeth Haas, Jerry Fleisher, adjunct faculty, Paralegal, and Debbie Vinecour, Coordinator/Assistant Professor, Paralegal Studies, judged the students. Winners: 1st place: Mindi Yeger, 2nd place: Christine Francisco, 3rd place: Eddy Dixon.

Student Summit for the Environment

Students Vicky Mahan and Demetria Grenich represented RCC at the 2007 Student Summit for the Environment. Susan Golz, Professor, Science, accompanied the students (New York University, April 13).

SUNY Student Art Exhibit in Albany

Five students were included in the Spring SUNY Student Art Exhibit at the State University Plaza Gallery in Albany. On view in April were charcoal drawings by Kyle Harris, Indira Velasquez and Margaret Plachy; a photograph by Hong Chan; and an inkjet print by Dominique Consolo. Dominque Consolo and Kyle Harris have been selected to exhibit their work in the juried BEST OF SUNY SHOW (New York State Museum, May 19 - Sept 30). The Best of SUNY Exhibit provides students with an opportunity to win $1000 SUNY scholarships for further study.

Executive Board for the Student Government Association

The new members of the Executive Board for the Student Government Association for the 2007-2008 academic year are : Hardeep Singh, President, Maryam Farooq, Vice President, Stanlin Alexander, Treasurer, Alyssa Martin, Secretary and Daniel LaSalle, Student Representative to the Board of Trustees.