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May 2014 Achievements


RCC-TV, directed by the Multi-Media Production Center’s Janice Goldstein, has earned a 2014 Communicator Award from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts. RCC-TV won for its website and student production work:

David Lucander, PhD, Instructor of Pluralism & Diversity, was awarded a Textbook Authors Association publication grant to cover indexing costs for his book, Winning the War for Democracy: The March on Washington Movement, 1941-1946, to be published by the University of Illinois Press in August 2014.


The RCC Heart Walk Team raised $4,141 at the AHA Tri-County Heart Walk on May 4 at Lake Welch Beach in Harriman State Park. Participating faculty included Nilda Aragones, Peter Arvanites. Maureen Brown, Josephine Coleman, Jeanette Geller, coordinator Saeed Safaie and James Salvadon, accompanied by RCC alumna Kara Sullivan. RCC Nursing students, coordinated by Prof. Joanne Oventhal, raised an additional $1,020 at the same event.

The Performing Arts department and Campus Players, under the direction of Christopher Plummer and Patty Maloney-Titland, have raised almost $19,000 this year! Their sold-out performance of Fiddler on the Roof raised almost $5,200 for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). They raised $9,000 with a tribute performance in the fall to honor the memory of alumna Melissa Dimataris and to raise funds for the new scholarship in her name. This spring RCC hosted an Evening of Hope student event to benefit the scholarship, sponsored by the Rockland Colleges Care group and coordinated by RCC’s Diana Carey, Assistant Professor, Exercise & Human Performance. On May 12, RCC’s annual scholarship ceremony included the first awardees of the Melissa Dimataris Memorial Performance Scholarship.


Suzanne Cleary, PhD, Professor of English, had had her poem "Dubbing Room" accepted for the forthcoming Summer edition of the literary journal Georgia Review.


An article by Elaine M. Toia, PhD, Professor of English, has been published by Common Ground Publishing in The International Journal of Literary Humanities, Vol. 11, issue 3. The article is titled, "'Till this moment I never knew myself': Developing Consciousness and Character in Pride and Prejudice and The Portrait of a Lady."


Jonathan Barnwell, Coordinator of Judicial and Veterans’ Affairs, made a presentation about RCC’s student veterans at a joint meeting of the Suffern and Monsey Lions Club on May 6. He was accompanied by Roy Q. Magat, an RCC student and U.S. Marine veteran. At the same meeting, Barnwell received a Certificate of Honor in appreciation of his dedication to RCC student veterans.


Robert Gulack, English adjunct, played diverse roles as an actor in Project Rushmore's staged reading of Jeffrey Sweet's “The Action Against Sol Schumann,” April 27 at the ArcLight Theatre in New York City.

Student Awards

Winners of this year’s RCC-TV Video Festival:
The overall winner Judlin Civil won Best Music Video for Scary Movie, and Best Promotional video for

Lindsey Koper and John Sheeran won Best Short Film for If These Walls Could Speak.

Spencer DuBoff won Best Comedy for Timber.

Bianca Borge and Nicole Lynch won Best Public Service Announcement for their submission, Anti-Suicide.

Joe Rubin won Best Movie Trailer for Bury Jesus with Mary and Joseph.

Grant Eizikowitz won for Best Commercial with his Pamper Yourself Salon.


Nicole Cappa, ’13, currently attending Stony Brook University, presented at the first annual STEM C^2 Research Summit at Bergen Community College along with current club members (Amanda Cano, Reene Henry, and Stephanie Philip) of RCC’s Women in Computing Club and accompanied by the group’s mentor, Professor Lynn Aaron. Their presentation, entitled, "WANTED - Women in STEM," is a study into the current under-representation of women in STEM fields. Cappa is the club’s past-president.

Anthony J. Milio '09, was Overall Alumni award winner of the RCC-TV Video Festival for his submission, Jamis Xenith SL, with the 2nd Place award going to Orlando Hurtado Jr. '13, for Going Viral.