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November 2008 Achievements


The following faculty members were selected out of several hundred applications to attend a Faculty Development Seminar (January 12-16, 2009) in Puerto Rico. Sponsored by New York University Faculty Resource Network, each one-week seminar is headed by an internationally acclaimed scholar. Ms. Mara Lee Bierman, Professor/Coordinator, Foreign Languages, and Dr. Elaine S. Padilla, Professor, Social Sciences, will attend "Political Cultures of the Middle East." Dr. Christina M. Stern, Instructor, History, will attend "Climate & Carbon: The Mechanics of Warming."


The Hurricane Katrina photographs by Collette Fournier, adjunct faculty, Art, and Educational Support Specialist, Campus Communications, were on display with the exhibit, "Katrina: An Unnatural Disaster" in the first ever FotoWeek DC (November 15-22), a city-wide photo festival that brings together museums, galleries, and photographers to showcase photography throughout DC.

Andrea Narciso, Secretary, English/Speech, will display her new drawings and paintings in a joint exhibit at the Pearl River Library (Reception: Dec. 6, 2-4. Exhibit will run Dec. 5 - Jan 4).

Featured Alumni/Faculty

Dr. Kristopher Baker ‘97, Coordinator/Instructor, Biology, is a featured graduate on the website of SUNY Stony Brook where he earned a PhD. in Coastal Oceanography.


Peter Arvanites, Professor, Mathematics, presented a math anxiety and test anxiety workshop to elementary school and special education teachers at the Kushner Yeshiva Campus (Nov 4, Livingston, NJ). He also presented the workshop to middle and high school teachers at the Frisch School (Nov 11, Paramus, NJ). The Conference was sponsored by the New Jersey Association of Jewish Day Schools.

Lisa Saunders, Campus Communications Assistant, spoke to an international community of scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the 2008 Congenital CMV Conference (Nov 5, 6, Atlanta, GA). She discussed the affects of congenital CMV on her daughter and how to raise public awareness. Her memoir, Anything But a Dog! The perfect pet for a girl with congenital CMV (cytomegalovirus), was reviewed in Rockland Magazine (November):

Presidential Achievements

Dr. Cliff L. Wood, College President, and his wife, Wylene Branton Wood, received the 2008 Positive Image Awards for Rockland County from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, and the CEJJES Institute honored Dr. Wood at their Fourth Annual Achievement Week Program, making him the first recipient of the Edmund W. Gordon Community Enhancement Award. Dr. Gordon stated, "It is the consensus around the county that under Cliff Wood’s leadership, the College has gained stability. He has even been able to reestablish the reputation of the College among many segments of the community as one of the most valuable educational resources in this community."

Dr. Wood was named as a member of the Executive Leadership Team of the American Heart Association 2009 Tri-County Heart Walk, which will be held at the College in May 2009.


Dr. Suzanne Cleary-Langley, Professor, English, gave a poetry reading (10/7) at Converse College, Spartanburg, SC, as winner of their annual Julia Peterkin Poetry Award. The local newspaper, Spartanburg Herald Journal, included an article on the reading entitled, "Freeing readers from mundane is award-winning poet's objective." Her poem, "Echocardiogram," will be published in the anthology-with-audio-CD, "From the Fishouse: An Anthology Of Poems That Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, And Just Plain Sound Great." (Several of her poems are featured on the audio website, Her poem, "There Is No Such Thing as Moonlight," is to be published in a special issue of the Southern Poetry Review honoring past winners of the journal's Guy Owen Poetry Award. She won the award in 1992, when it was judged by Pulitzer Prize winning poet James Tate.


The College Alpha Phi Sigma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society achieved the Pinnacle Award for 2008 in October. The Pinnacle Award is bestowed upon chapters that raise their membership enrollment 10% over the previous year's enrollment. Students who have a 3.75 cumulative GPA (3.5 for students in the M/TS and MgD Honors Programs) and have earned 12 credits are eligible to join. The Alpha Phi Sigma Chapter officers for the 2008-2009 academic year are Danielle Felitto, President; Ashley Scales, Vice President; and Geri Ladd, Secretary. Elyse Fuller, Instructor, Science, is the faculty advisor for the Alpha Phi Sigma Chapter.

One hundred and thirty people, mostly students, turned out to donate blood for the Student Government Association's Blood Drive. There were 92 units of blood donated and 38 deferrals. The Blood Drive Committee was chaired by Travis Smith, Vice President of the SGA.

College students, faculty, and staff volunteered to serve as facilitators, docents, and Environmental Fair assistants at the Rockland P.L.U.S. (Planning Land Use with Students) event held on campus (November 21). Sponsored by Keep Rockland Beautiful, Inc., Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Hudson Basin River Watch, Cornell University Cooperative Extension, and Rockland County Americorps, the event involved approximately 140 Rockland high school students and 20 teachers/leaders. The students looked at a land use case study involving land development in Haverstraw and the Haverstraw waterfront in order to learn about land use practices. Elyse Fuller, Instructor, Science, is on the Keep Rockland Beautiful Board of Directors.


The 2008 RCC fall sports season has come to an end with all three teams participating in their respective post-season Region XV Tournaments.

The Women’s Tennis team finished the season at the Region XV Tournament on October 24 at SUNY Orange County Community College in Middletown. Although they struggled through a rebuilding season, the Hawks had more players participate than in recent years. Under the guidance of head coach Kevin Rapelye, Rockland will look to bounce back from a 0-5 season when they take the court next year. With nine players dotting the roster, five of which are freshmen, the future looks bright.

The Men’s Soccer team made their fifth consecutive Region XV Championship Tournament appearance in 2008. Head coach Loren Green, who just completed his 26th year, led the Hawks to 10-7-2 overall record. The team fell to nationally ranked Dutchess CC (3-1) in the first round of Region XV Tournament on October 19. But during the course of the season, the Hawks posted wins against nationally ranked Monroe College and County College of Morris (NJ).

Of the 18 players on the roster, 15 were in their first-year. Freshman Rohan McDonald scored a team-high 23 goals for the season, and was named to the All-Region XV First Team and All-Mid Hudson Conference First Team. Teammate Andre Brown was also named to the All-Region XV First Team and All-Mid Hudson Conference First Team. Slobodan Todoric and Ivor Cumberbatch joined McDonald and Brown on the All-Mid Hudson Conference First Team. Diego Ramocan was selected to the All-Mid Hudson Conference Second Team. Michael Barbetto made the All-Region XV Sportsmanship Team.

Under the direction of second-year head coach Stacy Smith, the Hawks returned to the Region XV Tournament for the first time since 2005. The team finished with a 13-11 overall record and a 13-9 Region XV record. The team traveled to Garden City on October 29 for a quarterfinal match against rival Nassau. Although RCC lost, 3-0, the year finished on a positive note with several players earning post-season accolades. With eight first-year players on the 13-person roster, things look good for a strong future.

Sophomore Sania Joseph earned All-Mid Hudson Conference First Team honors. Teammates Kayla Lynch and Paulina Boye were selected to the All-Mid Hudson Conference Second Team. Boye made Region XV Honorable Mention status and Mariya Dumchenkova was named to the All-Region XV Sportsmanship Team. During the season, Lynch and Joseph were named Mid Hudson Conference "Player-of-the-Week". Lynch earned the honor for the week of September 29 and Joseph received the reward the week of October 20.