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September 2010 Achievements


Martin Wortendyke, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, was reappointed by Governor David Paterson to the Board of Visitors of Helen Hayes Hospital, for a term to expire on December 31, 2014. He has served on the hospital's board since 2002.


Jon Jon Jon Federic S. Chua, Web Support Technician, and Kristie Morris, Ph.D., Instructor of Psychology, were honored by the Annual Forty Under 40 Program, sponsored by the Rockland Economic Development Corporation and Provident Bank, which honors 40 individuals under the age of 40 for their commitment to growth, development, professional excellence and community involvement.

Howard Hellman, President of the RCC Alumni Association, received the Bobbi Lewis United Way Volunteer of the Year Award at the annual United Way Day of Caring Breakfast (Sept. 24). Hellman is founder and CEO of All Bright Electric and a member of the RCC Foundation Board.


Christopher Plummer, adjunct faculty, Performing Arts, passed the Broadsword and Unarmed stage combat qualifications and received a recommended pass for each during the Performing Arts Department's annual Fight Master Workshop (August). Plummer is a certified Advanced Actor-Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors.

Published / Presented / Exhibits

Peter Arvanites, Professor, Mathematics, co-authored two papers accepted for presentation at the 41st Annual Conference of Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA) on October 20 -22 in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. Both papers, "An IRT (Item Response Theory) Approach for Detecting Cognitive Differences in Testlet Pairs " and "The Conduct of Post-Secondary Educational Research by Professors of Different Disciplines at the Community College Level," were co-authored with  professors from County College of Morris in New Jersey.

Manonce Celestine, adjunct librarian, is exhibiting his painting, "Rockland Community College Courtyard View" in the show, "Rockland History Through Your Eyes," at the Historical Society of Rockland County (exhibit through Nov.7).

Haim Elisha, DSM, Professor, Performing Arts, will be exhibiting his work in the group exhibition, “Magical Incantations,” at the Amsterdam Whitney Gallery in Chelsea, New York (Oct. 1 – 26). The Opening Champagne Reception: Oct. 8, 6 – 8 p.m.

Collette Fournier, adjunct faculty, Art, and Educational Support Specialist, Campus Communications, is exhibiting her photograph, "Winter On the Hudson," on loan from collector Dennis Dale, in the show, "Rockland History Through Your Eyes," at the Historical Society of Rockland County (exhibit through Nov.7). She is also having an exhibition/reception/sale at the Haverstraw Youth Theater (Sun., Dec. 12, 6 – 9 pm).

Nancy Pietroforte, Assistant Professor of Sociology, will be presenting her paper, "Rebel With a Cause: Bill Baird’s Legal Challenges to Laws Governing 'Chastity and Decency' and His Unyielding Pursuit of a Progressive Sexual and Reproductive Rights Agenda," at the Oral History Association's Annual Meeting (October, Atlanta, GA). Her paper, "Constitutional Limitations of the Privacy Framework Advanced in Eisenstadt v. Baird and Roe v. Wade" will be published in the US-China Law Review (October). She was a presenter at San Francisco State University's Conference on Individual Rights (September 2009).