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April 2012 Achievements


The following faculty members have been accepted to the very competitive NYU Faculty Resource Network Summer Seminars:

Mara-Lee Bierman, Professor, Foreign Languages: Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Cinema.

Christina Stern, Instructor, History: Exploring Women's Knowledge through Oral History.

Andrew Jacobs, Professor, Speech: Memories of Malcolm X: Gender, Class and Ideology. Jacobs was also accepted as a Faculty Resource Network Scholar- in-Residence at NYU for fall 2012 to work on a book on women’s and gender studies, and on February 29 Jacobs conducted a debate workshop at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

David Lucander, Instructor, Pluralism and Diversity: Memories of Malcolm X: Gender, Class and Ideology.

Catherine Roche, Associate Professor, Business, and Division Chair, Business & Information Technology: Practicing Critical and Creative Thinking.

Deborah Vinecour, Associate Professor/Chair, Paralegal Studies, and Nancy Pietroforte, Assistant Professor, Sociology, were chosen for workshops in Concord, MA. Christina Stern, Instructor, History, was selected for two National Endowment for the Humanities workshops.

Shamika Mitchell, Assistant Professor, English, successfully defended her dissertation, "The Multicultural Megalopolis: African-American Subjectivity and Identity in Contemporary Harlem Fiction," in March, and has been awarded a PhD in English from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

Rachel Nove ‘06, adjunct faculty, Speech, has been selected by the highly competitive Asian Studies Development Program at the East-West Center in Hawaii to participate in their Institute: Infusing Asian Studies into the Curriculum. Nove will spend several weeks in intensive study of China, Japan and Korea that will result in enhanced curricula at the College.


Lorinda Hill, Assistant to the Director of Plant Facilities has been named chairperson of the NYSAR3 (New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling) College Council Committee. Lorinda recently presented her findings on recycling compliance on campus at night, at the Northeast Sustainability Conference, Syracuse, NY.

Ngozi M Onyia, PhD, Assistant Professor, Science, has been appointed a member of the Regional Advisory Boards representing Eastern States, in the Two-Year College Chemistry Consortium (2YC3), for a three-year term expiring December 2014.

Caroline Osinga, a member of the Board of Trustees of RCC, was re-elected to the position of Treasurer of New York Community College Trustees (NYCCT), a statewide organization that was established to be an effective force in the development and implementation of public policy impacting community colleges. Osinga was first elected Treasurer in 2011. Osinga, who retired from a 33-year career at RCC, was appointed to RCC's Board of Trustees by the Rockland County Legislature in 2003.

Doreen Zarcone, Enrollment Management, has been appointed to the Family Support Services Review Committee, New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Hudson Valley Developmental Disabilities Service Office.

Patricia Zodda, Associate Professor, Physical Education, has been asked to serve as a Board member for the Clarkstown Central Athletic Foundation.


"The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith" written by Angelo Parra, adjunct faculty, Performing Arts, was recently nominated for three prestigious theatre awards: the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show; the Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Special Event; and the Drama Desk Award for Best Actress in a Musical (for Miche Braden who plays Bessie). The show, which has been running Off-Broadway at St. Luke's Theatre, has also been invited to perform at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in July.

Donna Weber, of accounts payable, was awarded the first place ribbon in the Quilting by the Gulf XIV show, held March 31- April 1, in Venice, FL. Her winning quilt is titled "Give Peace Another Chance."


Collette Fournier, adjunct faculty, Art, and Educational Support Specialist for Campus Communications, is a featured artist in the exhibit, A Choice of Weapons: The New Renaissance Artists, at 1199SEIU Gallery. The exhibit celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the birth of legendary African American photographer Gordon Parks. Park’s work played a major role in influencing Fournier to become a photographer and continues to inspire her art (exhibit through May 30, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, New York, NY).

Marc Russell, adjunct faculty, Art, is exhibiting his work in the group show, "Seeing Trees," at the New York Hall of Science. The juried exhibition includes images of trees in various landscapes by 18 artists. Artist Reception: Sun., April 15, 2-4 pm. (Exhibit runs through Aug.19, 2012, Queens).


The following have received Professor Emeritus status:

Libby Bay, Professor of English
Dr. James Cappucino, Professor of Science
Dr. Maurice Guild (deceased), Professor of Psychology
Dr. Margaret Martin, Professor of Psychology


Ngozi M Onyia, PhD, Assistant Professor, Science, presented, “Innovative Instructional Approaches in Teaching Chemistry,” at the 195th 2YC3 Western Conference at MiraCosta College (March 30-31, 2012, Oceanside, CA).

Student Excellence

Alex Ojeda, Liberal Arts, Math & Science, has been awarded the John Vadney President's Award by the New York State Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges (NYSMATYC). Ojeda will receive the award at the Annual NYSMATYC Conference (April 21, 2012). He will also receive a $1,000 cash award. Ojeda was nominated by Peter Arvanites, Professor, Mathematics.

Tara Kearsing and Diana Yusti had their photographic artwork selected by a jury for inclusion in the BEST of SUNY show at the NY State Museum, Albany. The show will run from June 4 through September 3.

Robert Lee and Emilio Goldstein took second place in the 3rd Annual Community College Programming Contest at Pace University on Saturday April 28. Lynn Aaron is the coach for their computer programming team.

Sarah Schwarz placed second out of a field of 28 competitors representing  five colleges and universities in the Impromptu Debate division at Baruch College’s debate tournament on April 29.


Newly elected for the 2012-2013 academic year include:

Michael Leidner

Alexander Kiene

Mohammed Zaid

Naika Charles

Jerry Milfort Saint Louis

Sol Lazarus

David Brustein Cotler

The following students have been selected to present their work at this year's Beacon Conference at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, NY, on Friday, June 1. They were selected from hundreds of submissions. Congratulations to them and their faculty mentors for their excellent academic work.

Lisa Michelle Brandler, (Dr. Katherine Lynch)
Karen Breslin, (Dr. David Lucander)
Yechiel Erps, (Dr. Katherine Lynch)
Jeff Lim Li, (Dr. Joseph Pirone)
Suzan Z. Lowy, (Dr. Martin Lecker)
Monica Ruth Powell, (Prof. Brian Malin)
Navid Safaie, (Dr. Nancy Hazelton)
Sari Nicole Ugell, (Dr. Nancy Hazelton)


Zamir Ben-Dan ’09, currently President of Baruch College’s Public Forum Debate Team (and former President of RCC’s debate team) received a full scholarship to attend Hofstra Law School.

Marvin Mathew ’11, University of Maryland, was voted to serve on the Board of Directors of the Trafficking in America Task Force, a 501-C3 based in Nashville, Tennessee. Mathew began his commitment to ending child and human trafficking worldwide while he was a student at RCC. He was chosen to represent the University of Maryland as their student delegate for the United States Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference, where he discussed current global affairs at roundtables with top foreign policy experts (April 10-12, Annapolis, MD). Speakers included Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former U.S. Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman.


Erik Ellingsen and Ed Bajor, Physical Education, coordinated a workout fundraiser for the Wounded Warriors Project on March 22, 2012. Forty individuals participated and raised $548 for the organization.

Seventy RCC students participated in the Carnival Against Cancer held at STAC on April 20. Diana Carey, Instructor of Physical Education was the RCC coordinator for this event which raised $6,000 for the Project Lady Bug Fund, for children with cancer and rare blood diseases.