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July / August 2012 Achievements


Kathy Carroll, Professor/Counselor, Student Development Center, completed the process of becoming a licensed mental health counselor. To receive this credential, she had to complete course work, do a minimum of 3,000 hours of supervised counseling, and pass an extensive national exam.

Michael Morenberg, adjunct, Computer Studies, earned Open Group's Master IT Architect Certification (June 2012).

Christopher Plummer, adjunct faculty, Performing Arts, now holds the title and rank of Certified Teacher within the Society of American Fight Directors after attending the SAFD - Teacher Certification Workshop (July 6-27, 2012, North Carolina).


Mara-Lee Bierman, Professor/Chairperson, Foreign Languages, collaborated in a webinar for McGraw Hill publishers and reviewed the forthcoming Spanish text, “Tu mundo” (August 27).

Rob Fuentes, Instructor, English, presented and moderated two panels at the annual conference of the Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communications (August, Chicago, IL). He also presented at the SUNY Learning Network "Best Practices" roundtable in August. As Editor of The Journalist, the official publication of the Community College Journalism Association, he oversaw production and editing of the Association’s new website and also wrote, "What's in a name? When it comes to 'Convergence,' Quite a Bit," published in their August edition.

The play by Angelo Parra, adjunct faculty, Performing Arts, “The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith,” recently made history with six performances at the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival (July 2 - 7). It is the only play ever invited to the Festival in its 30-year history.


Dr. Suzanne Cleary-Langley, Professor of English, won the 2012 John Ciardi Prize for Poetry for her book manuscript, Beauty Mark, from the BkMk Press of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In addition to a cash award, BkMk Press will publish her book in September 2013. This will be Suzanne's third, full-length poetry collection. Cleary-Langley’s review of poet Carol Moldaw's book recently appeared in American Letters & Commentary.

Patricia Coyne, RNC-MNN, MS, MPA and adjunct, Nursing Department, wrote and published Schaum's Outline of Maternal-Newborn Nursing, McGraw-Hill.

Mary Crosby, adjunct faculty, English, authored the 26-page collection of poems, Alluvium Stream. Published by Finishing Line Press, it is due to be released this September.

Reamy Jansen's poetry chapbook, Two Ways of Not Hearing (Finishing Line Press), will be released this August. The cover is by Leslie Kingseed, Reamy's wife and adjunct faculty, Science, and the author photo is by Collette Fournier, adjunct faculty, Art, and Educational Support Specialist, Campus Communications. “Chapbooks” are slim volumes between 25 and 30 pages.

Edwin Susskind, adjunct, Psychology, wrote, “Add a minim of anger to spice up your life” published in The Jewish Press, Health Supplement, August 31, 2012. The article also appears in The Frum Therapist, an online magazine for psychotherapists.

Dr. Katherine E. Lynch, Chair/Instructor, English, and Director, Writing Center, co-edited the collection of fiction, OMG Queer: Short Stories by Queer Youth, published by Bold Strokes Books in August 2012. Co-editor is Radclyffe. Lynch states the stories give "voice to the rising generation as they define what it means to grow up queer in the twenty-first century.”


John Lenna, adjunct, Physical Education, was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Outstanding Performance by the Rockland County United States Bowling Conference on July 14, 2012.

Three members of the RCC community will be honored with the Forty Under 40 award presented by the Rockland Economic Development Corporation (October 4, 2012):

Javonne S. Johnson, Assistant, Multi-Media Production Center

Dr. Katherine (Katie) E. Lynch, Chair/Instructor, English

Dr. Shamika Mitchell, Assistant Professor, English


The photographic work of Collette Fournier, adjunct, Art, and Educational Support Specialist for Campus Communications, was accepted into the exhibit, Get It On The Record, at the Visceglia Gallery, Caldwell College (September 6 - October 5, 2012, Opening: Thursday, September 6, from 5-7 pm, Caldwell, NJ).

Eileen MacAvery-Kane, adjunct, Graphic Design and Computer Graphics, exhibited her photographs and coordinated the participatory art project, Inside Out: Newburgh, in July as part of the Global Inside Out Project. The project includes artists from around the world who have contributed large-scale projects that transforms messages of personal identity into artistic work.


Doreen Zarcone, Enrollment Management, served on a panel on August 3 to discuss the challenges for children with disabilities in the K-12 setting. The panel was part of the Long Island University Summer Institute, hosted by Dr. Mary Jean Marsico, Superintendent, Rockland BOCES.

Wendy Gordon, adjunct, Hospitality, conducted a workshop on careers in the hospitality field for students from Ramapo, Spring Valley and North Rockland High Schools through the Rockland Youth Bureau Teen Works.

Student Excellence

Angela Rose Berlingeri won a $250 scholarship from the Hudson River Fishermen Association for academic excellence and community service.

Three works by Art students were selected for inclusion in the SUNY Student Artists’ Showcase exhibit at Governor Cuomo’s Office in Washington, D.C. (on display through June 2013):

Jennifer Murphy of Harriman, Untitled, 2012, Gelatin Silver Print

Takashi Okamoto of Valley Cottage, Shatter, 2012, Digital Print

Reid Parsekian of Valley Cottage, Montage, 2012, Digital Print

They were among 14 selected from a field of 68 competing entries from State University of New York colleges by a panel of judges that included SUNY Art Professors and members of Governor Cuomo’s staff. Lena Hyun, adjunct faculty, Art, curates and coordinates the SUNY exhibits.

Six students: Patrick Birmingham, Kristian Comer, Steven Goldsmith, Harte Mahler, Elizabeth Meisenzahl, and Maggie O'Rourke passed the skills proficiency test at the conclusion of this summer’s Fight Master Workshop, with three receiving recognition with a "Recommended Pass" from the Society of American Fight Directors (Aug. 18, 2012). The students trained with Fight Master J. David Brimmer (currently fight director at three Broadway shows) for two weeks. The skills test on Saturday, August 18th, 2012, was adjudicated by Fight Master Michael Chin (film stuntman and faculty member of Pace University and Juilliard). Christopher Plummer, adjunct, Performing Arts, coordinates and assists in teaching this course.


Mark Svensson '10, and a recent graduate of Georgetown University, was selected to attend the President Clinton's 2012 Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) meeting for his work with the "Rockland Roundtable Initiative." His talk was featured in the CGIU Stories series, which highlights outstanding Commitments to Action made by students.

Marvin Mathew ’11, currently attending the University of Maryland, was appointed the Director of Male Allies for the National Women's Youth Council. He is working to develop relations in public and private spaces for the empowerment of young women in communities across the country as well as identifying and building partnerships with males who support their mission.