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January 2008 Achievements


The Board of Trustees nominated Edythe and Herb Kurz for the New York Community College Trustees Association (NYCCT) Benefactor Vision for Tomorrow Award 2008, Howard N. Hellman ‘74 for the NYCCT Business/Industry Partnership Award 2008 and Ilan S. Schoenberger ‘67 for the NYCCT Distinguished Alumnus Award 2008.

Several people with ties to the College will receive the Community Leadership Award from the Holocaust Museum and Study Center at its gala dinner (April 6, New York Country Club). Honorees include Sonya Shapiro, EdD, Vice-Chair, Board of Trustees, and her husband Milton Shapiro, and Edmund Gordon, PhD, RCC Scholar-in-Residence, and his wife Susan Gordon, MD. Also honored will be Harriet Cornell, Chairwoman, Rockland County Legislature.

County Executive Arts Awards:
The Performing Arts Department and Rockland Shakespeare Company were nominated in the categories of Arts Education and Best Arts Organization respectively. Patty Maloney-Titland, Associate Professor, Performing Arts, is the Coordinator for the Performing Arts Department as well as the producer and co-artistic director, along with Christopher Plummer ‘95, of the Rockland Shakespeare Company.

Collette Fournier, adjunct faculty, Art, and Educational Support Specialist, Campus Communications, was nominated for the Visual Artist Award.


Mr. Frank Circelli, Maintenance, will be honored by the Town of Sloatsburg (Municipal Building, Tuesday, February 5, 7:30 p.m.) for “courage, competence and dedication in protecting the public in a time of danger.” Frank is being honored for his courage on May 7, 2007, while serving as the Village of Sloatsburg's Court Officer. Mayor Carl S. Wright wrote in a letter to Dr. Cliff L. Wood, College President, stating: “As the court session was coming to a close, an individual took out a firearm and discharged it. Officer Circelli, without hesitation and reservation for his own health and safety, disarmed the suspect… As a result of his actions, lives were saved!” The ceremony is hosted by Sloatsburg mayor Carl S. Wright.


Ian Newman, Division Chair, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Science, Associate Professor, English, co-authored the book “The 30-Day Diabetes Miracle,” which discusses how a low-fat, high-fiber, carb-heavy, plant based diet can lower body weight, blood sugar levels, cholesterol and blood pressure. Newman and the other co-authors, Dr. Franklin House and Dr. Stuart A. Seale, will speak about the diet on March 11, 7 p.m. in the Cultural Arts Theater.

Spring Student Exhibit
“Digital Images by Three Student Artists," will be on display at the Technology Center outside the Ellipse through May 15, featuring work by Danielle Jaray ’07, Jessica Giannino ‘07 and Myung soo Cho. The exhibit was organized by Page Simon, Professor of Art.


Dr. Cliff L. Wood, President, has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of Good Samaritan Hospital for 2008.

Lorinda Hill, Assistant to Director of Plant Facilities, was asked to sit on the advisory board for Rockland County Americorp, an organization that offers opportunities for adults to help others in the community through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups.

Dr. Kristopher Baker, ’97, Instructor, Biology, was elected President of the Board of Directors of Habitat For Humanity of Rockland (HfHR), an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. A local volunteer board of directors governs HfHR’s building programs, and several committees work under its direction. With the combined efforts of a host of volunteers and Habitat homeowners, HfHR is committed to eliminating substandard housing conditions in Rockland County. The College also has a chapter of HfHR on campus.

Nancy Pietroforte, Instructor, Sociology, has been appointed to the tenure track position of Instructor beginning Spring ’08 semester.

Lisa Saunders, Writer, Campus Communications, has been invited to serve on the advisory board of the Congenital CMV Foundation (CMV is the leading viral cause of birth defects) and to present at the international 2008 Congenital CMV Conference to be held at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA (November 5 -7). Saunders was never warned how to avoid contracting CMV infection when she was pregnant. Her daughter, Elizabeth, was born with congenital CMV disease and died at age 16 as a result of neurological complications (epilepsy).