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September 2008 Achievements


The Holocaust Museum and Study Center awarded several people with ties to the College at its gala dinner (Sept. 21, New York Country Club). Honorees who received the Community Leadership Award were 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 was Harriet Cornell, Chairwoman, Rockland County Legislature.

Lorraine Glynn, Center for Personal and Professional Development, was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Rockland Council on Alcoholism and other Drug Dependencies.

Joanne Howard, adjunct, Art, was a 2008 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship recipient in Architecture/Environmental Structures.

Lisa Saunders, Communications Assistant, was selected to receive a $500 Newcomer Scholarship to attend the NCMPR District 1 Conference (Oct. 26-28, Saratoga Springs).


Lisa Saunders, Communications Assistant, gave a lecture, "Writing and Publishing Your History," at the NY State Union of Teachers (NYSUT) 8th Annual Regional Conference: "Retirement: It’s an Adventure!" (Suffern, Sept. 24).


Shamika Mitchell, Instructor, English, had her entry, "Movimento Negro Unificado," published in the Encyclopedia of African Diaspora: Origins, Experiences, & Culture. The 3-volume set was edited by Carole E. Boyce-Davies, Ph.D., and published July 2008, by ABC-CLIO. The encyclopedia is a groundbreaking work in an emerging field covering political, economic, and cultural relations between people of African descent and the world community. It is the only single-source collection of the most current scholarship on all aspects of the African diaspora.

Performing Arts adjunct Angelo Parra's play, "The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith," ran 16 performances at the Cape Playhouse in Cape Cod (Sep.). The show also drew more than 450 at Riverspace in Nyack for a special, one-night-only fund-raising concert presentation.

The humorous memoir of Lisa Saunders, Communications Assistant, is now available as a special advance release (public availability expected early 2009). Anything But a Dog! published by Unlimited Publishing LLC, is the story of Lisa’s search for one pet to suit two daughters—one a tomboy and the other disabled by congenital CMV. For any copies sold through the College Foundation, Lisa will donate 25% of the proceeds to fund scholarships for students with special needs. To read an excerpt of her book, listed at $14.99, visit To purchase a copy through the Foundation, contact Don Cairns, Executive Director of the Foundation, at 845-574-4576 or Hudson Valley Biz featured Lisa’s story, "Her mission is awareness," in

Television Reports

Tom Morley, Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Rockland, and two of their clients were featured on Business Week TV, which aired nationally on ABC affiliates on Sunday, Oct. 5, 11:30 a.m. (locally on WABC channel 7). The topic was the impact of the current economic crisis on small business and restricted access to capital. The interviews were conducted in front of Brucker Hall and at a client location in Larchmont.

Laurie Piña, Coordinator, Cooperative Association of States for Scholarships (CASS) program, appeared with seven of the international CASS students on Ramapo LIVE TV (Suffern, Oct. 2). The students, Liliana Alcala, Dominican Republic; Josetty Cruz and Ofelia Mancia, El Salvador; Angelica Carac and Raquel Matias, Guatemala; Karina Illescas, Mexico; and Mercedes Barrera, Nicaragua, wore their native costumes, spoke about their countries and performed. Georgetown University's Center for Intercultural Education (CIED) selected the College to participate in CASS program, which brings outstanding students from underserved communities in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua to the United States for two years of study, leadership training, community service and cultural exchange.

Student Excellence

Christopher Dunlavey of the Nanuet Fire Department and Christopher Fanelli of the Elmsford Fire Department each received a $1,500 Andrew A. Fredericks memorial scholarship from the Rockland County Fire Instructor’s Association (Pomona, Sept 6). Both are enrolled in the Fire Protection Technology program at the College. Fredericks, a New York City firefighter and Suffern volunteer, was killed Sept. 11, 2001. The scholarships were awarded this year for the first time.