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March 2010 Achievements


Cathlene Cruz has been accepted into the Masters of Professional Counseling program at Long Island University. Upon completion, Cruz plans to be certified in both school and mental health counseling.

David Lucander earned his Ph.D. from W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His dissertation title was "It is a New Kind of Militancy": March on Washington Movement, 1941-1946


Dr. Arlene W. Clinkscale has been awarded the 2010 Phyllis Helbraun Children's Champion Award by Child Care Resources of Rockland. The award will be presented on April 21 during their 18th Annual Children's Champions Awards Ceremony.

Toma Holley, adjunct faculty, Art, was honored by the Nyack Center's Black History Month Celebration recognizing outstanding leaders who have distinguished themselves through their service to the community. Wylene Branton Wood, President of The African American Historical Society of Rockland, was also honored at the celebration.

The student newspaper Outlook has received Region I Mark of Excellence honors in sports writing, features writing, and for best all around publication from The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). Region I encompasses the Northeast and New England. Outlook will receive the awards at the SPJ ceremony at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism (April). Ziv Schwartz is Managing Editor and James Borchers is Editor in Chief. Rob Fuentes, Instructor, English, is the Outlook advisor.

Angelo Parra, adjunct faculty, Performing Arts, was nominated for a 2010 Arts Council of Rockland Award in the category of "Literary Artist" for his playwriting, teaching (theater and playwriting), and for serving as the president of Penguin Rep Theatre's Board of Trustees. The awards ceremony takes place at the RCC Cultural Arts Theater (May 6, 7:30 p.m.). He won this category in 2002. Parra was also the guest speaker at the annual conference of Aspira, the Hispanic high school leadership organization, Rockland County Chapter (St. Thomas Aquinas College, March 17). In addition, he will represent RCC as the keynote speaker for the Suffern High School English Honor Society's dinner (April 14).

At a ceremony on March 12 in Saratoga Springs, Dr. Cliff L. Wood, President, was honored by the New York Community College Trustees with a salutatory award for being selected by the (national) Association of Community College Trustees for the 2009 Chief Executive Officer Award for the Northeast Region. Dennis Dale, President of insurance company, Dale and Dale Associates, Inc, and member of the RCC Foundation Board and RCC Center for Professional and Personal Development Advisory Board, received the Benefactor Vision for Tomorrow Award for being a tireless advocate on behalf of the College. Jerry Donnellan '66, Commissioner/Director of Rockland County Veteran Services, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for his major contributions towards serving the needs of Rockland County veterans.


Wendy Gordon, adjunct faculty, Hospitality, was cited along with the College in the 5th edition of the book, "On Cooking, A Textbook of Culinary Fundamentals," by Sarah Labensky, Alan Hause and Priscilla Martel. Within the pages is stated: "Grateful acknowledgment is extended to the following schools for testing various recipes from this text for accuracy, level of difficulty and appropriateness. Their feedback helped the authors refine recipes so that the concerns of the classroom appear on the printed page."

Reamy Jansen, Professor of English and advisor to the award-winning student magazine, Impulse, had his memoir, "Available Light, Recollections and Reflections of a Son," published by Hamilton Stone on March 19 (his father's birthday). About the collage of photographs on the cover of the book, Jansen said, "The top horizontal image is my mother in mid-dive; my dad, right vertical. The little one-eyed creature on the left is me." See:

Marc Russell, adjunct faculty, Art, had several pieces exhibited along with other artists at a group exhibit, at the Renaissance Gallery in Orangeburg (opened on March 7).


Honey Katzman is one of only 60 students selected by the NCAS (National Community Aerospace Scholars) Program to be flown by NASA to Texas for a 3-day event to work with NASA scientists and engineers.

The Student Government Association's (SGA) Blood Drive brought 134 people, mostly students, to donate blood (March 18). The Blood Drive Committee was chaired by Farwah Sheik, Vice President of SGA. Debra Balestra, Director of Student Involvement, is the SGA advisor.