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February 2012 Achievements


Dr. Susan Deer, Vice President of Academic Affairs, is the keynote speaker at the New York State ACE Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education, and will present, “Blending Leadership Strategies in Achieving Success ” (Mar. 9, RCC, Suffern).

Angelo Parra, adjunct faculty, Performing Arts, will conduct a two-day writing workshop, “Me Tsror Nsem: I Write Stories,” for Chiku Awali African Dance, Arts & Culture, Inc., in October, which was underwritten by an $800 Community Arts grant awarded by the Arts Council of Rockland (workshop details to be announced).

Carolina M. Sosa, Assistant Professor, Pluralism and Diversity, presented, "The Socratic Method in Higher Education: The Pursuit of Better Learning for Better Action," at the Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (Feb. 8, 2012, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA).


The following faculty members presented at the Tri-State Best Practices Conference: Innovation and Creativity in the Community College Classroom (Feb. 18, 2012, Bergen Community College, Lyndhurst, NJ).

Wendy Greenspan, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNE, Instructor, Nursing: “Active Learning -Gaming and Learning in the Classroom: Engaging All Types of Learners.”

Catherine Roche, Associate Professor and Chair, Business & Information Technology: “Discover What’s in the ‘Cloud’ for Community College Educators Part I.”

Lynn Aaron, Associate Professor, Computer Studies: “Discover What’s in the ‘Cloud’ for Community College Educators Part II.”

Kevin Barrett, PhD, Assistant Professor and Chair, Criminal Justice: "Focusing Students on the Importance of Studying Part I."

Tim Mante, adjunct faculty, Criminal Justice: "Focusing Students on the Importance of Studying Part II."


The following faculty members will be presenting at the Northeastern Association of Two-Year Colleges annual conference (April 19-20, 2012, West Point, NY): Bruce Delfini, Instructor, History; William McGregor, Associate Professor, Mathematics; and Robert Ludwig, Professor, Mathematics, who will present “Using Assessment in Improving Student Learning.”


Conversations in Blue: David Maxwell & Otis Spann,” a recording produced by Richard Connolly, Chair, Communication Media Arts, was released by Circumstantial Productions in October ’11. Using original tracks from the 1960 Candid Records recording, “Otis Spann is the Blues,” it was nominated in December ‘11 for three Blues Music Awards by the Blues Foundation. Another Connolly production, “POEMJAZZ,” featuring renowned poet Robert Pinsky, is a conversation between the sounds of poetry and music, and was just released by Circumstantial Productions (February ’11).

Student Excellence

The following seven RCC art students have their work included in the 2012 Spring SUNY Student Exhibit, presented at the State University Plaza Art Gallery (Feb. 15 - May 16, 2012, Albany):

Photography--Katherine Brockschmidt, Tara Kearsing, Adarkys Lopez, Albert Molina, and Diana Yusti

Sculpture--Briana Deegan and Madeline Krause

Judges will select works to be included in The Best of SUNY summer show, held later at the NY State Museum in Albany, and scholarships are competitively awarded. RCC student participation is organized by Lena Hyun, adjunct faculty, Art. Reception: April 16, 2012 (subject to change).

Devonte Gilchrist, Liberal Arts, Math & Science, came in 1st place at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Contest, held at the Nyack Center on February 11 this year in celebration of Black History Month. His rendition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech, “Where Do We Go From Here?” was passionately delivered from memory, earning him both a $1,000 scholarship and a standing ovation from the over 200 people in attendance. The event and contest were co-sponsored by Orange & Rockland and Nyack College, with scholarship contributions from RCC, Nyack College, Dominican College and St. Thomas Aquinas College.

The following students are recipients of the 2012 Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence and will be honored at a special ceremony (April 4, 2012, Empire State Convention Center Albany, NY):

Rene Midouin, Liberal Arts, Math & Science
Lisa Newmark, Liberal Arts, Math & Science
Alex Ojeda, Liberal Arts, Math & Science
Abraham Taub, Liberal Arts, Math & Science
Marwan Zaid, Liberal Arts, Math & Science

Mark Svensson ’10, now at Georgetown University, was featured on the White House Office of Public Engagement blog for his response to the President’s call for youth roundtables. Svensson co-founded the Rockland Roundtable Initiative, which led to the establishment of a number of programs including an initiative to mentor young people at risk of dropping out of high school, book drives to provide literacy and educational opportunities to disadvantaged children.