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April 2008 Achievements


Dr. Nancy Hazelton, Professor of English, has an article, “Chemical Romance,” in the online publication, Interior Magazine.


Peter Arvanites Professor, Mathematics, gave a presentation, "Taking the Anxiety out of Math Anxiety," and served as presider at the session, "Teaching Basic Math Using Compelling Context," at the New York State Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges Annual Conference (April 4 - 6, Suffern).

William Baitzel, Automotive faculty, appeared on the ABC Automotive Radio Show. The show, out of New York City, has over 400,000 listeners. Baitzel discussed Automotive Technology education at RCC.

James Salvadon ‘90, Instructor, Mathematics, presented, “Nuts & Bolts for Calculus Instructors,” at the 2008 New York State Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges Annual Conference (April 4 - 6, Suffern).

Shamika Mitchell, Instructor, English, hosted a discussion with author Valerie Wilson Wesley, about Wesley’s book, “Of Blood & Sorrow” (April 11, Nyack).

Carol Bierman, adjunct faculty, English & History, and author of, "Journey to Ellis Island: How my Father Came to America," will discuss her book at the Barnes & Noble Bookfair (May 4, Hackensack, NJ).

Dr. Cliff L. Wood, President; Dr. Edmund Gordon, Scholar-in-Residence, and Bill Baker, Vice President of Academic Affairs, spoke at a conference of the Northeastern Association of Two Year Colleges, hosted by RCC (April 3, West Point). Bonnie Rosen, Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Life Skills; Dr. Roberta Panish, Professor, English and English Skills, and Sheila Goldstein, Professor and Coordinator, English Skills, presented a workshop on retention. Presentations were also made by Genesee Community College, Hudson Valley Community College, Broome Community College, and Hostos Community College.


Shamika Mitchell, Instructor, English, has officially advanced to Candidacy in the Ph.D. program at Temple University.

Angelo Parra, adjunct faculty, Performing Arts, was selected to receive a grant to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture workshop, "Revolution to Republic: Philadelphia's Place in Early America" (June 9-14, Philadelphia, PA).

Writer's Digest, the premier American magazine for writers, includes an article entitled "Word Choice" by poet Dorianne Laux, which features two writers who know "what's in a word": William Shakespeare and Suzanne Cleary-Langley, Ph.D., Professor, English. The article includes full text of her poem "Anyways," from her book TRICK PEAR (Carnegie Mellon 2007). Laux examines the poem's sounds and ideas, and writes, "What's in a word? This poem tells us: almost everything." Laux also provides a writing exercise based on "Anyways."

Guzide Kobati, adjunct faculty, Foreign Languages, commenced on a project with Columbia University called, “Columbia Arabic Tree Bank,” where she is building an Arabic language database for computer translation.

Dr. Eugene Henderson, Vice President of Student Development, has been selected to participate in the Institute of Management Class of 2008 at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education (July 20 – August 1, 2008).


Collette Fournier, adjunct faculty, Art and Educational Support Specialist, Campus Communications, received the 2008 County Executive Arts Awards for the Visual Artist Category (April 24, Nyack). "Moving Walls," a photograph exhibit by Kamoinge photographers, including Fournier, was nominated for the Webby Awards from the Open Society Institute, where the collection was exhibited. Fournier contributed her Hurricane Katrina photographs to the exhibit.

Three SUNY Rockland Community College employees received the SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Excellence from John B. Clark, Interim Chancellor of the State University of New York. They will be recognized at Commencement on June 1.

SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service:
Janice T. Goldstein ‘83, Coordinator, Video and Television Productions, has produced award-winning promotional, educational, instructional, community outreach and documentation multi-media projects for the College and the Rockland County community. Her most recent accomplishments include the recently launched RCC-TV and the RCC -TV Video Festival, a student multi-media production competition judged by a jury of media professionals. Goldstein earned her associate’s degree from SUNY Rockland and a BA in mass media communications from SUNY Plattsburgh.

SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service:
Saeed Safaie, Professor of Science, teaches Math, Physics and Engineering. Safaie has published several engineering articles and received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2001. Safaie has been the Captain of the RCC faculty Heart Walk team and Countywide Food Drive since 1999. He holds a BS in engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, a master’s in economics from Rutgers University and a master’s in physics from SUNY New Paltz.

SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities:
Dr. Elaine M. Toia, Associate Professor, English, teaches literature and composition courses. She is RCC’s representative to the Beacon Student Scholarship Conference Steering Committee and was Co-director of the 2007 Beacon Conference held at RCC. Her articles on the fiction of American novelist Edith Wharton have been published in “The International Journal of the Humanities.” Toia received her BA in English from Rutgers University, and her MA and PhD in English from Lehigh University.


Sixty-five Nursing students participated in the Annual March of Dimes Walk (April 27, Pearl River). More than $6500 was raised. Jeanne Linhart, Professor, Nursing, is their instructor.

Mario Cardoza's "Self-Portrait, No One Listening," 2007, gouache on paper, has been selected from the Fall/Spring juried SUNY shows for the Best of SUNY show to be held at the NY State Museum in Albany (May 4 to Sept. 1. Opening Reception: June 10). Participants in the Best of SUNY show have the opportunity to compete for scholarship awards. Lena Hyun, Interim Coordinator, Art Department.

Faculty, Staff, Students and RSVP volunteers solicited 4,290 lbs of food from shoppers during the College’s 2008 County-Wide Food Drive (April 26). The food was transported to People to People in Nanuet. Organized by John Marra, Coordinator of Student Activities and Volunteer Services.

Laura Ciccone has been appointed as a youth representative to the Advisory Board of Directors of the Rockland County Youth Bureau.

Chad Agrawal, an Early Admit student in the Sam Draper Mentor/Talented Student Honors program, was elected by his fellow students to be the Student Representative to the Rockland Community College’s Board of Trustees for the 2008-2009 academic year, effective June 2.

Five students received the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence for 2008 (April 2, Albany). The following have demonstrated integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives, which may include Leadership, Athletics, Career Achievement, Community Service or Creative and Performing Arts:

Chelsea Carbone
Stephen Charles
Jesse Cifuni
Daniel LaSalle
Toni-Ann Odell