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October 2010 Achievements


Dr. Cliff L. Wood, President, was honored by Nyack College when they announced their new bachelor’s degree in Nursing along with the Cliff L. Wood Scholarship Program, a scholarship program that will award a $1000 scholarship to every RCC Nursing graduate who enrolls in their program with a 3.00 GPA.


Dyana Van Campen, adjunct faculty, Art, is exhibiting her artwork in the show, "Rockland History Through Your Eyes," at the Historical Society of Rockland County (exhibit through November 7). George Potanovic Jr., photography instructor, Center for Personal & Professional Development, is Curator & Designer for the show.


Three of the College’s publications received Medallion Awards from NCMPR (National Council for Marketing & Public Relations), District I, in the following categories:
Academic Convocation Booklet: GOLD (Tzipora Reitman, Lisa Saunders, Melissa Roy, Collette Fournier, Karen Gualtieri)
Electronic Viewbook: DVD/Packaging: SILVER (Janice Goldstein, Tzipora Reitman, Karen Gualtieri
Departmental Brochures: SILVER (Tzipora Reitman, Lisa Saunders, Gale Latkovic, Ginny Apostolides).


Collette Fournier, adjunct faculty, Art, and Educational Support Specialist, Campus Communications, will perform with Chiku Awali African Dance, Arts & Culture, Inc., in the dance drama, “RUDO AND JUMOKE,” at Ramapo Cultural Arts Theater (November 6, at 2 pm) and at Ramapo College of New Jersey (November 7, at 7 pm).

Martin J. Lecker, Ed.D., Professor of Business, presented at the 12th International Conference on Ethics Across the Curriculum (Schenectady, October 8, 2010). His presentation, "Teaching Philosophical Decision Making: A Normative Model for All Disciplines," was based upon a teaching methodology that he uses in his Business Ethics classes. He also presented "Environmental Classism: Seeking Distributive Justice" at the 17th Annual International Vincentian Business Conference and moderated the session, "Case Studies in Business Ethics II" (Chicago, IL, October 14 & 15).

David Lucander, Ph.D., Instructor of Pluralism and Diversity in America, presented the paper, "Riot Prevention: African American Rifle Clubs, Mass Protest, and City Government in World War II St. Louis," and participated in a roundtable discussion on A. Philip Randolph's Life & Legacy at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History Conference (Raleigh, NC, October 1-4).

Catherine M. Roche, Associate Professor of Office Technology, made a presentation titled “e-Portfolios 101” at the Business Teachers Association of New York State’s 58th Annual Conference (Tarrytown, NY, October 14, 2010).

James Salvadon, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, presented at the NYSMATYC region IV conference. His topic was, “Discover Some Hidden Features of the Texas Instrument Calculator” (Nassau Community College, October 23, 2010).


Diane Rosen, adjunct faculty, English, had her book, “Bringing Inquiry In: A Curriculum Guide,” published by SPI Press at Teachers College, Columbia University, in October 2010. This guide features five flexible lesson plans that will prepare and motivate students for their own inquiry journeys, reinforcing both critical and creative thinking skills.

Marie Morreale, OTR/L, CHT, adjunct faculty, Occupational Therapy Assistant, published a chapter in The Occupational Therapy Manager, Fifth Edition, which was published this month by the American Occupational Therapy Association. The title of her chapter is “Documentation of Occupational Therapy.”


Tommy (Anh Tuan) Nguyen, a student in the Bridges to Baccalaureate and Research and Science Visions Program,  is presenting his summer research findings, "Drosophilid Chromosome Mapping,” at the CSTEP/NIH Conference (Dutchess Community College, October 30, 2010). Nguyen will be serving as a mentor for next year's Bridges students.

The following students were honored at the Hispanic Heritage Student Achievement Awards ceremony (October 18): Barbara Benitez, Academic Achievement; Jesse Ortigas, Artistic Talent; Claudia S. Romero, Leadership Activities; Julio Bueno, Leadership Activities; David Rivera, Personal Accomplishments; Pedro Julio Carpio Bonilla, Personal Accomplishments.

Mark Svensson '10, currently a student at Georgetown University, was one of only seven community college graduates from the U.S. invited to the first ever Summit on Community Colleges held at the White House (Washington, D.C., October 5). Led by "Second Lady" Dr. Jill Biden, featured speakers included President Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, and Melinda Gates of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.