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December 2014 Achievements


Ronald de Ramon, Discipline Coordinator of Accounting and Business and adjunct faculty, Accounting, was honored with an award by the Stony Point Fire Department’s Wayne Hose Company for providing pro bono accounting and tax preparation services for the past several years.

Beth Robinson, Chair of Communication Media Arts, was honored and received a 2014 Venture Inspiration Award at a ceremony, “In Celebration of Women for Venture: December in Paris,” December 4 at the Pearl River Hilton.


Martin Lecker, EdD, Professor of Business, presented “The Impact of Globalization on Community” as part of a roundtable presentation at Leadership Rockland Multicultural Community Day at Nyack College on November 13.

Dr. Elaine Padilla, PhD, Professor of Social Sciences, and Saeed Safaie, Professor of Science, presented “They’re Here, Now What!! Administrative and Faculty Issues and Responsibilities Regarding International Students,” at NYU's Global Imperatives for Higher Education conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on November 22. The presentation addressed legal, economic and social issues surrounding hosting international students on a college campus.

Corey Ratner, Automotive Department Chair, presented “45 Tips on Making Your Automotive Program Viable” at the Vision Conference for career and technical educators on November 4.


Collette Fournier, Campus Photographer/Communications Assistant, is exhibiting photography works in “Advancing the Frame,” the first joint exhibition of art photography groups Kamoinge Inc. and EnFoco, Inc., at the Nathan Cummings Foundation in NYC through March 26.


Joseph Falco, adjunct faculty, Psychology, moderated a group discussion, “Reaching Milestones: Promoting Adulthood during the First-Year,” at the New Jersey Association of New Student Advocates (NJANSA) meeting at Seton Hall University on October 17.


Gerri Zabusky, Director, Retired & Senior Volunteer Program, was appointed in November to the Rockland BOCES Institutional Advisory Board, chaired by Al Moschetti, Supervisor of Adult and Career Education, Rockland BOCES.

Doreen Zarcone, Coordinator, High School Program and Special Events, was appointed to the  Ramapo Central School District Professional Development Committee.


Angelo Parra, adjunct faculty, Performing Arts/English, had a sellout for the entire three-week run (December 2-20) of his critically acclaimed play, The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith, at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in Winnipeg, Canada. The play was also staged as a one-night performance at the Kingsborough CC Performing Arts Center on November 8.

Student Achievements

Jessica Hunter of Middletown, NY, was accepted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She is an RCC Nursing program applicant.

Five RCC art students had their work selected by a jury of art professors and Gov. Cuomo’s staff for inclusion in the SUNY Student Artists’ Showcase for one year’s exhibition at Governor Cuomo’s office in Washington, D.C. Their seven works represents a very high proportion of only twenty selected from throughout the entire SUNY system of two- and four-year schools. Lena Hyun, adjunct faculty, Art, curates and coordinates RCC art student submissions to the SUNY exhibits. The artists and their work are:

Jherry Ramirez
(1)Main Street E4D, 2014, Digital photograph, from a series and upcoming book, Hometown of Elmsford, NY
(2)Central Park, 2014, Gelatin Silver Print

G-Jun Yam
(1)Grand Central Station at 100, Digital photograph
(2)Umbrella, 2014, Digital photograph

Edelweis AvalosUntitled (Waiting for You), 2013, Digital print
Dimitry BelimovLady Behind the Veil, 2014, Digital photograph
Vincent Vicidomini
, Untitled, 2014, Digital photograph

In addition, the works of two more RCC art students were among 48 finalists whose work was chosen for inclusion in the Fall 2014 Best of SUNY Art Student Exhibition Series at the SUNY Art Gallery in Albany. Their work will be displayed at the New York State Museum, and are in contention for $500 and $1,000 awards, three of which have gone to RCC students in previous years. This year’s finalists are:

Deanna Amoia, Therapy, 2014, Charcoal and Conte crayon on paper
Amanda Weber, Uncondemned Wilt, 2013, Digital photograph

Alumni Achievements

Kim Novak, ’13 and ’14, was awarded the Jefferson Award for Public Service at Pace University where she is currently enrolled in the Lubin School of Business: Hotel Management Hospitality & Tourism Management. Finalists are selected based on their personal, sustained commitment to service, and for the model of spirit and service they provide the university community.