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February - March 2008 Achievements

Appointments and Honors

Dr. Cliff L. Wood, President, has been nominated to receive the Association of Community College Trustees 2008 CEO Award.

Effective September 1, 2008, Alison Briker, who will be promoted to Assistant Professor, Speech, and Deborah Vinecour, Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Paralegal Program, will be granted Tenure.

Dr. Gerardo Piña-Rosales, Adjunct faculty, Foreign Languages and Professor of Languages & Literature at Lehman College, CUNY, was elected Director of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language.

Dr. Eugene Henderson, Vice President, Student Development, was honored at a leadership reception given by The CEJJES Institute. The reception was held to recognize newly appointed leaders in Rockland who reflect the ideas and principles of the CEJJES Institute, through their good works in education, economic development, or the strengthening of children and families. Dr. Henderson worked closely with The CEJJES Institute to organize the educational summit, “Supplementary Education: The Hidden Routes to High Academic Achievement & Success!” held in October ‘07 at the College.


The work of five art students, Mario Cardoza, Lynnora Geoghegan, Danielle M. Jaray, Amanda Reilly and Erin McHugh are on view at the SUNY Spring Student Exhibit presented at the State University Plaza Gallery (Albany, April 1- 18).These students will have the opportunity to be selected for the Best of SUNY summer show, and compete for award scholarships. This project was organized by Lena Hyun, adjunct faculty and exhibits coordinator, Art Department.

Collette Fournier, adjunct faculty, Art and Educational Support Specialist, Campus Communications, is exhibiting photographs with other Kamoinge photographers at "Moving Walls," an exhibition at the Open Society Institute. More than 100 photographs feature human rights and social injustice issues and will include Fournier’s Hurricane Katrina photographs (exhibit through Oct. 24, New York, NY). She is also exhibiting her work in the "Biennial Juried Photography Show 2008" (Hopper House, Nyack, through April 13). Fournier received her second nomination in the Visual Artist Category for the 2008 County Executive Arts Awards (Award ceremony: April 24, 7:00 p.m., Riverspace Theater, Nyack).


Lena Hyun, adjunct faculty, Art History, had her biographical entry about the life of artist and master printmaker Robert "Bob" Blackburn (1920-2003) published in the African American National Biography (edited by Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Oxford University Press and Harvard University's W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, Feb. 2008). This eight-volume set contains biographies of figures in African American history.

"Mirror, Mirror: Narcissism and Edith Wharton's Heroines," a paper written by Elaine Toia, Associate Professor, English, was published in the International Journal of the Humanities, Vol. 5. Toia presented her paper, "May Welland: A Study in Narcissistic Girlhood," at the 31st Annual New Jersey College English Association Conference (Seton Hall University, New Jersey, March 29).

“The Hanging of Henry Gale,” a story by Lisa Saunders, Writer, Campus Communications, was published in American Spirit (March/April issue). Captain Henry Gale, a Revolutionary War veteran, was found guilty of treason and sentenced to be hanged for his leadership in Shay’s Rebellion. Gale and his family petitioned John Hancock, Governor of Massachusetts at the time, for a pardon. OurPatriots-HenryGale.pdf


Emily Harvey, Professor and Coordinator, Art, will be presenting three slide talks at the New City Library: “Venus, Virgin and Vamp: Images of Women in Art” and “Romantics and Rebels: Art of the l9th Century” (April 16, 1:30 p.m.); “Goya, Blake, Delacroix, Turner and the Hudson River School” (April 23) and “Eakins, Homer, Manet, Monet and Degas” (April 30).

The College Art Department, in collaboration with the Rockland Art Educators Association, presented "Young Artists at Work," the 10th Annual K-12 art exhibit for Youth Art Month (Library Rotunda). This event is made possible by RAEA's art teachers and Dianne Ballesty, RAEA Chair, former Chair, and Denise D'Andrea, Arts Coordinator, North Rockland High School, with support and assistance from Lena Hyun, Exhibits Coordinator and Interim Chair, Art Department.

Keith Walters, adjunct faculty, English, will present a series of book discussions commemorating the 100th year anniversary of Monroe Free Library. Selecting one novel from each twenty-five years, he began with Sinclair Lewis’s “Babbitt” (March 14). Future subjects will be “Brideshead Revisited”; “Catch 22” and “The Things They Carried.” Walters is also representing Monroe Free Library in its application for a We Read grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The first novel to be discussed will be John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath.”

Peter Arvanites, Professor, Mathematics, gave a presentation on math anxiety and test-taking strategies at the 33rd Annual Ten-County Mathematics Education Conference (March 15, Cross River, NY).

Karen Gualtieri, Dean of Enrollment Management, was interviewed on live radio on the nationally broadcast "Diane Rehm Show." She and several other distinguished guests discussed the topic, "The Costs of Higher Education" (Feb. 28). You can listen to the show at (Karen's segment begins about 25 minutes into the show).

Elyse Fuller, Instructor, Science, was interviewed on “The Steve and Sophia Morning Show” of Rockland Radio about “Focus the Nation,” a nationwide teach-in model on global warming solutions (Feb 7).

Lisa Saunders, Writer, Campus Communications, will be speaking about her children’s novel, “Ride a Horse, Not an Elevator,” in celebration of National Library Week (Suffern Free Library, April 14, 5, 17) and on “Writing and Publishing Your Family History” (Glen Arden, Goshen,  May, 28).


Kevin Hanlon, Assistant to the Director of Arena Management, reports:

Men’s Basketball had – 17 wins, a playoff victory, a victory over the defending national champ (Sullivan CC), a victory over the #2 team in the country (Suffolk CC).

Women’s Basketball – RCC had its first team in nine years and Coach Ken Amparo is actively recruiting for new players.

Men’s Bowling won the Region XV championship. The men’s and women’s teams participated in the national tournament in Buffalo. Rockland CC finished #7 in the nation. Coaches Joe Ardiri and Rob Varano were voted Co-Coaches of the Year by the NJCAA Region XV Bowling Committee.