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June 2010 Achievements


Mara-Lee Bierman, Professor and Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages, is the recipient of the national Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award: Two-Year College Level for 2010 by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP). Bierman will receive her award at the Association's Awards Banquet of the 2010 AATSP conference in Guadalajara, México (July 12).

Paula (Osinga) Smith ‘80, a graduate of RCC’s Nursing Program and daughter of Caroline Osinga of the Board of Trustees, received the 2010 Nurse of Distinction 1st Runner Up from the 1199 SEIU Labor Management Initiative, which encompasses 30 hospitals and nursing homes (May 20). There were 17 nominees from different hospitals and she was the nominee from Good Samaritan Hospital.

Rabbi Dov and Shevy Oliver, Directors of the Center for Jewish Life/Hillel, won first place in the "Rockland Jewish Heroes" competition sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Rockland. The Olivers were also featured in a Journal News article published on Sunday, June 13, entitled "Co-directors of Hillel of Rockland are county's Jewish heroes."

The Performing Arts department/Campus Players was presented with the 2009-2010 United Way Volunteer Recognition Award in appreciation of outstanding commitment and dedication to the community of Rockland (May 11). Patty Maloney-Titland is Chair/Professor of Performing Arts.


The Performing Arts Department and Campus Players raised $3,200 for the Slater Jett Meyers Foundation, which raises funds to purchase therapeutic equipment for children with birth-related injuries, from the April 11 benefit performance of "50 Years of Broadway" directed by Patty Maloney-Titland, Chair/Professor, Performing Arts; and Christopher Plummer, adjunct faculty, Performing Arts.

Lisa Schachter, Assistant Professor of Nursing, was appointed to the United Hospice of Rockland Board of Directors (May). She is currently involved with their fundraising efforts and will be helping with employee performance improvement evaluations.

Published / Presented / Exhibited

Doug Barberio, Associate Professor, Mathematics, had his book, "The Middletown and Unionville Railroad," published by Arcadia Publishing under their Images of Rail category (will be released on July 12). Barberio said, "This book is crammed with information for the train buff, local historian and for those who will eventually walk the 8.5 mile trail of this former railroad." He will present the book at Middletown Railroad Day on Sunday, July 25, at the Middletown Senior Center.

Stephen Burke, adjunct faculty, English Department, presented the paper, "Discourse and Discussion: Shifting Power/Creating Knowledge in the Online Classroom," at the Conference on Instructional Technologies (CIT) (SUNY-Plattsburgh, May 26).

Dr. Susan Deer, Vice President of Academic Affairs, has been invited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education to be a Reader and Periodic Review Reviewer for Middle States, starting Summer 2010.

Collette Fournier, adjunct faculty, Art and Educational Support Specialist, Campus Communications, had her image, "Ms. Alma," from the post Hurricane Katrina series selected for exhibition in the Art of Photography Show 2010 in San Diego, California. Out of the 13,692 entries from 67 countries submitted, only 113 pieces were chosen. The Opening Reception Gala will be on August 28 at the Lyceum Theatre Gallery, with the showing running through November 7.

Lorinda Hill, Assistant to Director of Plant Facilities, was interviewed on Rockland World Radio for the show, "Connections with Deborah Turner" (June 23). Deborah Turner is the publisher of the magazine, Natural Awakenings Rockland and Orange. Hill discussed the topic of sustainability, what RCC is doing about it, and what the general public can do as individuals.

Beverly Jackson, Director of the Spring Valley Extension Center, made a presentation at the Regional meeting of the Continuing Education Association of New York on the Institute for Senior Education (June 4, New York City).

Ian Blake Newhem, Associate Professor of English, co-authored the book, "Dream So Big: A Parents' Guide to Helping Your Child Believe & Achieve," with Christopher B. Pearman and his daughter, actress Raven-Symoné, star of Disney Channel's "That's So Raven. Published by Adams Media on May 18, 2010, it is endorsed by comedian Bill Cosby and has been favorably reviewed in Publisher's Weekly. See:

Dr. Cliff L. Wood, College President, has been invited to speak to the Cuttington University Alumni Association (July). Cuttington University is an Episcopal college located in Liberia. Wood is on their Board.


At the 2010 Beacon Conference held at SUNY Orange County Community College on June 4, student Yudi Pardo was named Best Overall Presenter in the Math and Science category. Dr. Kristopher Baker, Instructor, Science, was his mentor.