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October 2008 Achievements


Tanya Drake, Professor, Nursing, was appointed to a two year term on the Board of Advisers of the Rockland County Unit of the American Cancer Society. She was also elected to a three-year term as member-at-large of the Gerontology Practice Focus Group. On September 29, she began a two-year term as a member of the NYSNA Bylaws Committee.


Wendy Greenspan, MSN, RN, CCRN, Instructor, Nursing, received the "Helping Hands Award" from United Hospice of Rockland. It will be presented at the 7th annual "Hospice Heroes" recognition Breakfast (Nov. 3). She was instrumental in initiating a program in collaboration with Bonnie Walsh from Hospice for the 2nd year nursing students studying Oncology. The program covers different aspects of the dying, palliative care and hospice. The program covers course content.

Community Involvement

College employees and students participated in the Little Bit O’ Sole 5K Walk for Life (Oct 5). The College Community Involvement Committee co-sponsored the non-competitive walk event, which benefited the Active International Cardiovascular Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital. Diana Carey, Instructor, Physical Education, coordinated the College’s group.


Berthilde Dufrene ‘96, MSN, RN, CARN, PRI-C, adjunct faculty, Nursing, wrote the article, "Addiction Nursing," featured in the October 13th publication Vol.8 No.22. edition of Advance for Nurses -

Dr. Nancy Hazelton, Professor, English, had her book review on the new novel, "The Theory of Clouds," by Stephen Audeguy, published in the Sept/Oct edition of The Bloomsbury Review. Her review of "The Impossible Collection" by Phillipe Ségalot and Franck Giraud was published in the Nov/Dec issue of Interiors Magazine.

Reamy Jansen, Professor, English, has been accepted as both a poet and a writer of creative nonfiction to the Poets & Writers Directory. He was invited to be a guest blogger for the 32 Poems Web site—a distinguished poetry quarterly to which Jansen has previously contributed poetry and nonfiction. Jansen has also been invited to become a full member of the authors' collective, Hamilton Stone Editions (the collective's president is novelist Meredith Sue Willis). His major review of the work of the Estonian-American poet, D. Nurkse, whose most recent volume is The Border Kingdom (Knopf, 2008), was published in the Sept/Oct issue of Bloomsbury Review. Jansen's 2003 interview with Nurkse, "Poetry in Time of War," ran in the March/April edition of Bloomsbury Review.

Performing Arts and English adjunct, Angelo Parra, is one of four finalists for the 2008 American Harmony Prize, a playwriting award sponsored by Curtain Call, Inc. Angelo wrote the book for the musical "Eva's Song," a one-woman show performed by, and based on the family stories of New York theatre veteran Anita Keal. "Eva's Song" weaves lively Yiddish and Russian folk songs from the turn of the century into the poignant true story of two Russian Jews who meet and marry upon arriving in America, only to have their love tested by a handsome, impassioned, young radical.

Student Excellence

Impulse, the College’s literary student magazine, placed third in the Literary Magazine Competition of the Eastern Central Division of the Community College Humanities Association. The Impulse Club ’08 included the following: Sreenath Vemuri, President/Literary Editor; Chelsea Carbone, Vice President/Literary Editor; Natasha Arreglado, Treasurer; Sheela George, Secretary; Christina Autiero, Poetry Editor; Kelvin Celestine, Art Traffic Manager; Patrick Berguist, Laura Donald, Edward Forgacs, Fiona Gordon, Rachel Hirshfeld, Anthony Kwon, Andrew Marquez, Elizabeth Marzolla, Muhammad Qaisar, and Dan Simone. Reamy Jansen, Professor, English, as well as David Pirell, adjunct faculty, Graphic Design, served as advisors to the magazine.

Kayla Lynch was named the Mid-Hudson Conference Athlete of the week (for the week of October 7). Lynch is a sophomore setter on the College Volleyball Team. During the week of September 29, Lynch had 18 aces, including nine in a win over Queensborough, and 41 assists. During this stretch, the Hawks went 3-1 with wins over Monroe, Bronx, and Hostos and a loss to Nassau. As the captain of the team, Lynch has helped propel the Hawks to an 8-5 start to the season.

SUNY Rockland Debaters Heather Lothrop and Chad Agrawal won the first Public Forum Debate Tournament of the season held at the College (Sept. 28). Twelve pairs of debaters, representing Bergen Community College, Dominican College, SUNY Cortland, SUNY Rockland, Yeshiva University and their sister school, Stern College competed at the tournament. Andrew Jacobs, Professor, Speech, is the debate coach.