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March 2015 Achievements


Suzanne Cleary, PhD, Professor of English, won the Eugene Paul Nassar Prize from Utica College for her poetry collection, Beauty Mark. She will give a reading of her work when she receives the award at Utica on April 16 and will teach a poetry workshop on campus the next day. Dr. Cleary also read her poetry at NYC’s Cornelia Street Café on March 12.

Rhonney Grant, Assistant Professor of English Skills, was named keynote speaker for the Town of Ramapo’s African Latino Heritage Celebration. February 26, 2015 was proclaimed “Rhonney Grant Day” by the Town of Ramapo.

Sara Macel, adjunct faculty, Art, was recently named one of the 30 New & Emerging Photographers to Watch for 2015 by Photo District News.


Peter Arvanites, Professor of Mathematics, gave a presentation on math anxiety at the 40th Annual Ten County Mathematics Education Association Conference on March 14 at North Rockland High School.

Roger Davis, EdD, Associate Vice President, Instruction and Academic Services and Christie Cruse, PhD, Director of Academic Services and First-Year Experience, presented "Not by Accident: Eight Models for Developmental Student Success" at the Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience on February 10 in Dallas, TX.

David Lucander, Assistant Professor of Pluralism and Diversity, recently presented the paper "A. Philip Randolph and the March on Washington Movement" at George Washington University.


Collette Fournier, Campus Communications Photographer, Art Department, performed with Chiku Awali African Dance and Drum Culture for the Town of Ramapo and Helen Hayes Hospital celebrations for Black History Month. She was recently interviewed in Nyack News & Views, an online publication.


Catherine Roche, Professor of Business and chair of Business & Professional/Public Service, and Deborah Vinecour, Associate Professor of Paralegal Studies, worked with COIL (the Collaborative Online International Learning center) to create an international teaching collaboration with the Nanjing Technical University in China. Professor Vinecour is teaching The History of Pluralism and Diversity in Business, which has a four-week collaboration with Nanjing Technical University's Marketing course, via videoconference for students from both US and Chinese classes. The first videoconferencing session was held March 10.


Kathy Hopkins, Associate Professor of Nursing, co-chaired the Leadership Rockland Healthcare and Emergency Services Day at Helen Hayes Hospital on March 12. She moderated the panel discussion, "The Economic Challenges in Healthcare Today and the Changing Population of Rockland.”


Angelo Parra, adjunct faculty, Performing Arts and English, was elected Secretary of the Board of Trustees of Penguin Rep Theatre in Stony Point after 10 years as Board President. He also recently signed a contract with Milwaukee Repertory Theatre for a six-week run in 2016 of his critically acclaimed play, The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith. In addition, he began his second year of teaching the Playwriting Workshop at the Hudson Valley Writers Center in Sleepy Hollow NY.


Matthew Matcovich, Instructor of Mathematics, completed his second master’s degree, in Pure Mathematics, from Lehman College in June 2014.

Student Achievements

RCC students Christopher Flatley, Robert Luethje, Michael Monroe, James Villari and Tarik Adbelqader teamed to score 15,600 points and place RCC 15th of 35 teams in the bronze bracket of the National Cyber League competition, held during the Fall 2014 semester. Nicole Hanaburgh, Professor of Electronic and Computer Technology, served as Team Coach, under the direction of department Chair Jeanette Geller. The competition provides an ongoing virtual training ground for college students to develop their cyber security skills.

Alumni Achievements

Tom McNamara ’85, Director of Scouting for the Seattle Mariners, received the A.B. “Turk” Karam Memorial Award from the NY Professional Baseball Hot Stove League at their 50th annual dinner in January (Great Neck, NY).