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February 2010 Achievements


Vanessa Lago Barros, Instructor, Foreign Languages, presented the lecture, "El español en Estados Unidos. Realidades y perspectivas en el siglo XXI," at the conference of the Asociación international de profesionales de la traducción y la interpretación (Jan. 21, University in Buenos Aires, Argentina). She is also listed as a collaborator in the book "Hablando bien se entiende la gente" recently published by Santillana.

Professor Mara-Lee Bierman, Chair, Foreign Languages, has been reappointed to the Board of the Metropolitan Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Martin J. Lecker, Ed.D., Professor of Business, published an article (Chapter 13) entitled "Karma Capitalism: A Normative Standard for Entrepreneurial Leadership," in a book Organizational Immunity to Corruption: Building Theoretical and Research Foundations by The Katowice Branch of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Katowice, Poland) edited by Agata Stanchowicz-Stanusch, the head of Management and Marketing Department at the Silesian University of Technology.

Josephine Tarsia, Associate Professor, Foreign Languages, contributed the article, "Modern Language Study Fosters Global Awareness," to the Education Outlook section of The Journal News on January 17.

Lynn Aaron, Associate Professor, Computer Studies; Dr. Kristopher M. Baker '97, Instructor, Science; Stephen Burke, adjunct faculty, English; Lilia R. Juele, Director, Distance Learning and Instructional Technology; and Catherine Roche, Associate Professor, Office Technology, have successfully completed the Quality Matters (QM) Peer Review Certification program from the University of Maryland, becoming RCC's first QM online courses officials (along with James Salvadon '90, Instructor, Mathematics). Quality Matters is a faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online courses and online components. As a QM official, this certificate will enable the faculty members to evaluate and certify online courses or write a commendation for course improvement or correction if the course does not meet the National standards.

The New York State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the College secured a $125,000 grant from Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Rockland/Westchester) aimed at helping unemployed Rockland residents find new jobs or start their own businesses. Tom Morley is the Director of the Small Business Development Center.


Chancellor Nancy Zimpher announced that the following four students are recipients of the Chancellor's Awards for Student Excellence: Paola Garcia Cardenas, Honey Katzman, Maegan Nevins and Andrew Newmark. They will receive their awards on April 6 at the Empire State Convention Center in Albany.

The student newspaper Outlook's website,, was named one of the top ten college newspaper websites (2 and 4 year colleges with enrollment of 10,000 or less) at the Associated Collegiate Press Annual Journalism Convention (Phoenix, AZ). Peers in this group include Rice University and Carnegie Mellon University. The website is only six months old. The students who have been developing the website are: Mario Frascone (freshman), Pinchas Lunger (sophomore), and Elchanan Heller (sophomore). Ziv Schwartz is Managing Editor and James Borchers is Editor in Chief. At the Convention, Elchanan Heller led a panel discussion on online technology and James Borchers led a panel discussion on newspaper management. Rob Fuentes, Instructor, English and Outlook advisor, led presentations/discussions on improving newspaper design, news gathering, and online management at the Conference.

The New York Community College Trustees' Association and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society announced the 2010 All-New York Academic Teams. Two SUNY Rockland students received this prestigious award: Mark Svennson, First Team All American; and Paolo Garcia Cardenas, Third Team All American. The Awards will be presented to the students at Phi Theta Kappa's Annual Awards Luncheon (April 6, Empire State Plaza, Albany).

As a result of their national campaign to end modern-day slavery, sophomores Mark Svensson and Tarik Abdelqader, co-chairs of the SUNY Rockland Anti-Slavery Committee, were selected to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University 2010 Conference (April 16-18, University of Miami). President Clinton, who is scheduled to speak at the conference, launched the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. The third annual CGIU meeting will bring together students, university presidents, and national youth organizations to create and implement Commitments to Action across five Global Challenge Areas: Education, Environment & Climate Change, Peace & Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.


Josh McKinley has been selected the NJCAA Men's Basketball Player of the Week for contests played through February 6. McKinley, a 6'1" forward from New City, is the Division 3 men's player of the week. The freshman had a standout week providing two double-doubles to help the Hawks earn two more wins on the year. In a 71-56 win over Dutchess CC, he scored 17 on 7-of-12 shooting, and went 2-for-4 from the free throw line. Also in his 35 minutes of play he dished out three assists, had three steals, two blocks, and pulled down 15 rebounds. Two days later in an 80-65 win over Ulster CC, he poured in 26 points on an incredible 12-of-14 shooting performance, and cashed in 4-of-5 from the foul line. His other accomplishments included one assist, three steals, three blocks, and he pulled down an incredible 17 boards. For the week he averaged 22.5 points per game on 73 percent shooting (19-26), 66 percent from the line(6-9), 16 rebounds per game (32), two assists (4), 3 steals (6), and 2.5 blocks (5).