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March 2011 Achievements


Dr. Sonya Shapiro was given the Trustee Leadership Award for Special Achievement, awarded by the SUNY Community College Trustees (NYCCT) Consortium for her dedicated leadership in both our larger community and as a member of the RCC BOT.

Retired RCC Board of Trustees member Dr. Robert Schelin, was awarded the Alice Holloway Young Award for Distinguished Service by a Retired Trustee by the SUNY Community College Trustees (NYCCT) Consortium for his continued commitment and service to RCC and the community.

DeCicco Marketplace was given the Business/Industry Partnership Award, by the SUNY Community College Trustees (NYCCT) Consortium, for their continued partnership and commitment to Rockland Community College.

Professor Dan Masterson was honored and named Rockland County’s Poet Laureate for a second term. His first term began in 2009, and his current appointment will be in effect until 2013. Masterson will read his poem, "Early Sunday Morning," based on the Edward Hopper painting of the same name at: A Tribute to Edward Hopper, at the Nyack Library on April 29.  Masterson’s narrative poem, "Agnus Dei," appeared in A Poetry Congeries, while "Sunday Dinner," has been chosen for inclusion in Garrison Keillor's anthology of poems featured on The Writer's Voice. Masterson's online poetry anthology, Enskyment,  has been read in more than 100 countries.

Professor Reamy Jansen, English, has been invited to become a full member of Hamilton Stone Editions. They will publish Jansen's next book, currently in manuscript: My German Time, Adventures in Bavaria. Two recent works by Jansen were nominated for the Pushcart Prize. One was the essay published in the Salt River Review, "On the Tip Of...," and the other was a poem "Living with Spirits," published in the Hamilton Stone Review. Also, Jansen’s review of the book, Mourning Diary, by French cultural theorist Roland Barthes, was published in the February issue of The Bloomsbury Review of Books.

Four people who participated in Reamy Jansen’s recent memoir writing workshop were published in the online literary journal, Hamilton Stone Review. “Butterfly: Just a Girl from Camberwell,”  by retired (M/TS -assistant to Sam Draper) RCC employee Joan White; and "Growls, Barks, Whimpers from a Palace Dog," by retired RCC Professor of Humanities Oden Oak appeared in issue #23. Also published in that issue was the personal memoir of Dr. Liya Li, Professor, English, titled "The Lonely Village Mental Hospital," and the memoir of Dr. Neal Kreitzer, Professor, English, titled, “Duncan."

Collette Fournier, Adjunct, Art; and Educational Support Specialist for Campus Communications; was published in the February 2011 edition of The Griot, the Newsletter of the Association of Black Sociologists. Her article, accompanied by her photographic work, is titled “The Amistad.”

Patty Maloney-Titland, Professor, Performing Arts; and Christopher Plummer, Adjunct, Performing Arts; were nominated for awards by the Arts Council of Rockland (ACOR). Maloney-Titland was nominated in the category of Arts Educator, and Plummer was nominated in the Performing Artist category. In addition, the Rockland Shakespeare Company, the performance company they founded and for which they serve as co-artistic directors, was nominated in the Arts Organization category.

Suzanne Cleary-Langley, Ph.D., Professor of English, will have her essay, "I Believe in Imperfection," published in, THIS I BELIEVE: LIFE LESSONS, a collection of essays from the archives of National Public Radio's feature This I Believe. The book will be published in the Fall of 2011.

Angelo Parra, adjunct in Performing Arts and English, was awarded a $2,500 grant by the Arts Council of Rockland and NYSCA (New York State Council on the Arts) to help underwrite the creation of a full-length play based on the lives of composer Kurt Weill and actress Lotte Lenya. Readings of the play are planned for the fall at Penguin Rep Theatre Company and at the Rockland Center for the Arts.

Lorinda Hill, Assistant to the Director of Plant Facilities presented at the Clarkstown Environmental Summit, held at Clarkstown South High School on March 5.

On February 23, James Salvadon was honored by Town of Ramapo supervisor, Christopher St. Lawrence for a decade of community service, mainly for work done with HAPA (Haitian American Parent-Teacher Association), and the NAACP at Ramapo Town Hall.

Professor Emily Dennis Harvey, Art will present Edward Hopper: Poet of Light, at the Suffern Free Library on April 29, and Edward Hopper and the Painters of American Realism, on May 6. On June 5, she will present Edward Hopper: Poet of Light at the Piermont Public Library.

Louise Shreier, was honored by the Child Care Resources of Rockland, as a Children's Champion with their It Takes a Community Award.

Susan Bello, Coordinator of Assessment, presented survey results and analysis from 43 SUNY institutions to the SUNY Association of Institutional Research and Planning Officers at their Winter Conference. The presentation was, "Life After GEAR-The Current Status of SUNY General Education Assessment." In April, Bello, Carolina Sosa, and Gerald Borreggine, will present: “Respecting Academic Freedom in Student Learning Outcomes Assessment/Uniting Multiple Measured Types to Identify Improvements to Student Learning," at the North Eastern Association of Two Year Colleges, Inc. held at the West Point Military Academy. This presentation outlines assessment methodology, results, and analysis used to assess Pluralism and Diversity courses in America.

Maxim Goldberg, Ramapo College Mathematics and RCC’s Seonja Kim, Assistant Professor, Mathematics, had their work, “Applications of some formulas for finite state Markov chains,” published in the Journal of Applied and Computational Harmonic Analysis, Vol. 30, January 2011, pp. 37-46. Kim and Goldberg also presented, “An efficient tree-based computation of a natural diffusion distance,” at the American Mathematical Society Session on Combinatorics and Graph Theory II in New Orleans, LA, in January.

David Lucander, Instructor of Pluralism and Diversity, presented a lecture at the CEJJES Institute, titled, “Thinking Like Du Bois."

Peter Arvanites, Professor, Mathematics, was selected to serve as the external consultant for the Math Department Program Review at the County College of Morris.

Wendy Greenspan, Instructor, Nursing, was invited to participate in a panel of Academic Nursing Educators as a Standard Setter for Excelsior College.  Greenspan was also published as reviewer and writer for Saunders New edition of the Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN® Examination. In addition, Greenspan has initiated a student nurse peer mentoring program at RCC, and serves as the program coordinator.

Kauro Miyauchi, Adjunct, Music, and RCC international student alumni, has recently performed at Carnegie Hall on several occasions.

Athletic Director and former RCC baseball coach Dan Keeley will be inducted into the Rockland County Sports Hall of Fame. Keeley led the RCC baseball team to seven Region XV and eight Mid-Hudson titles between 1991 and 2002. In 1993 Keeley was awarded the Northeast and the National title for Junior College Coach of the Year.

President Cliff L. Wood will be the featured speaker at the 31st Annual Life Membership Breakfast/Brunch for the Spring Valley chapter of the NAACP. Also, President Wood’s chapter, “Preparing for a Presidency, Even if It Isn’t Your Goal,” was published in Exceptional Senior Student Affairs Administrators’ Leadership: Strategies and Competencies for Success. The book was edited by Gwendolyn Jordan Dungy and Shannon E. Ellis and published by NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education).

Pradip Datta, PhD, DABCC, and Adjunct, Science; has been awarded the Clinical Chemist Recognition Award 2010 from the American Association of Clinical Chemistry. Datta has written eight chapters, published in five different books, submitted 64 original research papers, and presented numerous seminars and workshops in the field of Clinical Biochemistry and Chemistry.

Sherrill D. Wilson, PhD, Humanities, was the keynote speaker at CUNY College of Technology’s program in honor of Black History Month in February. The event was African Cultural Survivals in the Americas: The Legacy of Harriet Tubman, and Wilson’s presentation was titled Celebrating Freedom. Wilson presented the Celebrating Freedom program at several other venues also, throughout the month.

Evan Klein, Adjunct, English, recently published a major article in FIRSTS: The Book Collector’s Magazine titled, “Hugo Award-Winning Novels: A Checklist of First Editions.”

David Langley, Adjunct, English, has written several articles about the early history of aviation, including biographies of the Wright brothers and Amelia Earhart. Several of these articles have been published online at

Professor Bill Baitzel and Adjunct Faculty Victor Perez, Automotive Technology, participated in the NATEF evaluation of Thomas Edison Career Center in NJ. Baitzel served as the Evaluation Team Leader.

Professor Martin Lecker, Business, was a speaker at State Senator David Carlucci’s swearing-in ceremony. Lecker was Senator Carlucci’s faculty advisor, and professor, and played a significant role in mentoring Carlucci when he attended RCC in the Management Development Honors program.

Student Excellence

In recognition of their exceptional leadership, excellence and achievements in the academic and greater community, Laura Duran, Mario Frascone, III; Kimberlyn Frost, and Vanessah Raymond each received the prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s Award. The Chancellor’s Award is extremely selective and the highest student award given by SUNY.

Stan Morodkhin and SGA President Marvin Mathew, alumni Mark Svensson, and Ryan Rizzuti, of the Water Justice Alliance; spoke and demonstrated the water filter they are providing for communities in need of clean water at the ECO-Summit in Clarkstown. Morodkhim and Mathew, along with alumni Svennson, are the co-founders of the Water Justice Alliance organization.

Ali Reza, Mark Svensson, and Marvin Mathew began a new program to help and encourage high school students to continue their education into college. Their program, called Uplift, began with a trip to speak with students at Ramapo High School.

Sophomore Anjelica Pagnozzi had her work published recently in the Rockland Jewish Reporter. Her article was titled “Enjoying Being Jewish.” Pagnozzi is also a writer for the Outlook Student Press.

Carm-Sandre Saint Fort and Kennedy Ogoye have been selected as members of the 2011 All-New York Academic Team for the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Junior Dastine recently published two books, Rethinking Your Purpose: Becoming A Better Servant Of God, and Rethinking Haiti: 10 Million Big Ideas to Rebuilding Haiti. These titles join the four books he had previously published: Building Lasting Bonds: Experience the Power of Love, Relationships, Sex and Happiness; Supreme Wisdom: Understanding the Philosophy of Life; The Supreme Success Of Achievement: Finding Yourself, Understanding Your Purpose, Investing And Living Well, and Focus and Succeed: Understanding the Wisdom of Achieving.