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April 2015 Achievements


Mara-Lee Bierman, Professor and Chairperson of Spanish, was presented with the 2015 Ruth Bennett Award for Outstanding Contributions to Hispanic Studies at the Metropolitan Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese conference and gala on March 21 at The John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Suzanne Cleary, PhD, Professor of English, was selected in the Poet category by ArtsWestchester as one of its “50 for 50” artists, recognized as part of the organization’s year-long 50th anniversary celebration. She read her poetry at Inquiring Minds Bookstore in New Paltz on March 27.


Dr. Susan Deer, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services, gave a presentation titled “Self-Advocacy and the Power of Negotiation” on March 6 at the ACE Women’s Network’s New York State chapter March meeting at Westchester Community College. As part of the presentation, Deborah Vinecour, Chair of Paralegal Studies, and Catherine Roche, Division Chair of Business and Professional/Public Service, enacted a skit demonstrating the improper and proper way of conducting oneself during a job interview.

Instructors of English Katie Lynch, Stephen Burke and Joanna Lackey, PhD, and Martha Rottman, Professor of English, along with Erich Werner of Westchester CC, presented a panel discussion titled “Learning in the Fast Lane: The Risks and Rewards of Accelerating Developmental Writing” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Tampa, FL, March 18-21.

Catherine Roche, Professor of Business and Division Chair, Business and Professional/Public Service, and Lynn Aaron, Professor of Computer Studies, presented "An ‘IP’ Grade for IP Rights in Academia" at the 4th Annual Tri-State Best Practices Conference on March 7 at Bergen Community College/Meadowlands in Lyndhurst, NJ. The presentation focused on the issues surrounding intellectual property rights for faculty-authored teaching materials.

At the same conference, Roche and Deborah Vinecour Associate Professor of Paralegal Studies, presented "Globally Networked Learning: No Passport Required," which focused on the benefits and challenges of enabling collaborations with global partners through technology.


David Beisel, PhD, Professor of Social Sciences, authored two articles in the March 2015 issue of the scholarly journal Clio's Psyche: "A Good Start in Understanding Obama's Policy Motivations," part of a symposium assessing Obama's presidency, and a book review, "A Psychohistorian's Multilayered, Multidisciplinary Memoir."


O’Neil Moreau ’05, a Public Safety Officer at RCC, was promoted to Sergeant on the Security staff at New York–Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center on December 1, 2014. He supervises and mentors a staff of 40 officers per shift within a 200-officer security department.

Film Screenings

Conor MacFinn, 3D Animation Instructor, Art Department/Graphic Design, had his film, “The No Face Doll,” accepted into the 2015 Athens Animfest. The film, an ancient Native American story retold in computer animation, was screened March 28.

Student and Alumni Achievements

Winners of the annual Earth Day Green Contest:
Media Project: Rena Ichihashi; Best Essay: Joanni Asch, Drew Jensen;
Best Green Flyer: Terry Carr, James Tafuri, Noel Anglero, Rikki De Cesaare;
Best Art Project: Melissa Wildman, Summer Hoban, and Campus Fun and Learn.
The entries were judged by Susan Golz, PhD, Professor of Science; Saeed Safaie, Professor of Science; Katherine Copp-Brown, Instructor of Green Building Technology; and Lorinda Hill, Assistant Director of Plant Facilities. Earth Day Chairs were Eileen MacAvery Kane, Instructor of Art, and Talia Lipton, Instructor of Speech.

RCC students Waleed Ahmad, Asher Davidson, and Valentine Yelizarov placed first in a field of eight teams at the 6th Annual Community College Programming Contest at Pace University on March 14. The team of Jonathan Tow, Matthew Dizzine, and Tyler Albero finished fourth. The teams were coached by Lynn Aaron, Professor of Computer Studies, and the students are all majors in the Computer Information Systems and Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree track.

Marie Hawkins, a returning adult student in Art, had her photographic work chosen for the SUNY Best of Show Art Exhibition at the NY State Museum in Albany, where it will be displayed from May 30 to August 29, 2015. Hawkins’ untitled digital photograph is currently on view at the SUNY spring show, at the State University Plaza Art Gallery in Albany.

Michael Santiago ‘12, a senior at the San Francisco Art Institute studying for his BFA, was named student recipient of the 2015 Alexia Foundation Grant for his photography project, “Stolen Land, Stolen Future,” documenting the lives and difficult times of black farmers in California. Santiago will receive full tuition to study at the Syracuse University in London program, a $1,000 cash grant, a $500 B&H Photo Gift Certificate and tuition to the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop, and $500 will be awarded to his academic department. Santiago received a $1,000 award at the 2013 SUNY Best of Show art exhibition for his 2012 digital print, “Hipster Frida.”

Nicole Pray, Madeline Ciccone, Aaminah Aleem, Rebecca Haber, and Rivki Shtesl presented a poster on the Effectiveness of Hand Sanitizers Against Escherichia Coli, Salmonella Typhi and Staphlococcus Aureus, at the Beta Beta Beta North East District 1 Convention, St. Joseph's University in West Hartford Connecticut (April 25). Ten RCC students attended the convention.