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May 2015 Achievements


Campus Communications won a Judge's Citation from SUNYCUAD for its publication, New York’s Community Colleges: Springboard to Success. The project was coordinated by Tzipora Reitman, Director of Campus Communications, with assistance from Collette Fournier, Communications Assistant, and Jamie Kempton, freelance writer. The award is to be presented at the SUNYCUAD annual conference in Rochester, NY, June 3-5.

Brian Gomez, eLearning Support Staff, was presented the FACT2 Excellence in Instructional Support, Community Colleges Award by SUNY Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Dr. Alexander N. Cartwright at SUNY Geneseo on May 27. The award confers SUNY-wide recognition for consistently professional achievement, encourages the ongoing pursuit of excellence, and underscores SUNY’s commitment to the use of technology to support access to superior education.


Lorinda Hill, Asst to Director of Plant Facilities, was among the first 18 graduates (May 6, Fire Training Center, Pomona) of the Rockland County Community Emergency Response Team (RCERT) training program.


Lynn Aaron, Professor of Computer Studies, and Paola Garcia Cardenas, adjunct, Computer Studies, presented "S.O.S.S. – Save Our STEM Students" at the 2015 STEM C^2 Research Summit on April 17 at Bergen Community College in Paramus, NJ. They discussed government STEM education initiatives and faculty recommendations, and shared practical tools and tips for engaging STEM students.

Suzanne Cleary, PhD, Professor of English, read her work at the Westchester Poetry Festival in Dobbs Ferry, NY, on April 11. She also read at Utica College on April 16 as winner of the college’s Eugene Paul Nassar Prize for best poetry book of 2013 by an upstate NY poet.

Christie Cruse, EdD, Director of Academic Services and First-Year Experience, and Roger W. Davis, EdD, Associate Vice President, Instruction and Academic Services, presented “Not By Accident: Eight Models for Developmental Student Success” at the Center for Higher Education Retention Excellence in Farmington, CT, on April 24.

Joe Falco, adjunct, Psychology, presented "Why Can't I Sleep?: Understanding First-Year College Students as a School Counselor, Academic Advisor, and/or Mental Health Counselor" at Long Island University's Hudson Graduate Campus in Orangeburg, NY, on March 17. He also became licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in NYS on March 16 and opened a private practice.

Elyse Fuller, Associate Professor of Science, presented "Citizen Science: An Alternative Research Approach for Undergraduate Students" at the Northeast Natural History Conference 2015 in Springfield, MA, on April 20. She also organized and moderated the session.

Monica Jackson, Director of Accessibility Services, presented a workshop, “Transition to Rockland Community College,” for students with an IEP or 504 Plan, on April 15 at Rockland BOCES.

Maire Liberace, Professor of Speech and Philosophy, presented a paper at the International Conference of the American Conference of Irish studies (March 25). She also served as a judge for the Martin Luther King Oratorical contest at the Nyack Center and on May 6 was the Keynote speaker at Nurse Recognition Day, Good Samaritan Hospital.

Eric Magaram, Instructor of Mathematics, presented a lecture, “A New Twist on Developmental Math and English Courses,” with Stephen Burke, Instructor of English, and Katie Lynch, PhD, Instructor of English, at the 2015 Annual Conference of the NYS Association of Two-Year Colleges on April 23 at RCC.

Gail Nachimson, adjunct, Psychology, and Chair, Teacher Education, presented a workshop, “Engaging the Millennial Learner,” at the 2015 Annual Conference of the NYS Association of Two-Year Colleges on April 23 at RCC.


Eileen MacAvery Kane, Instructor of Art, exhibited at the show “Dispatches from Eternity” at the Theo Ganz Studio in Beacon, NY, April 11-May 3.

STUDENT Achievements

Selected to present at the Beacon Conference:

  • Aaminah Aleem, mentor Dr. Thomas Butler
  • Asha Azhakath, mentor Dr. David Lucander
  • Leah Israel, mentor Prof. Wilma Frank
  • Ellen Mutter, mentor Dr. Katherine Lynch
  • Jeremy Rosen, mentor Dr. Katherine Lynch


Roxanne Watson currently studying Culinary Arts and alumna (AA Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Sciences 1987) has been awarded an opportunity to fulfill her dream of creating an international transplant registry and foundation. She is one of six finalists from 3,536 applications from around the world.

Winners of the 8th Annual RCC-TV Video Festival

RCC Students:
Best Overall & Best Short Film: Matthew Fleischmann, "Unsolid Ground"
Best Music Video: Joe Rubin, "Limerance"
Best PSA: Lindsey Koper, "Domestic Abuse"
Best Comedy: Raph Ofina, "Untitled .mp4"
Best Commercial: Bianca Borge, "AMC Stubs"
Best Movie Trailer: Alec Biello, "The Break Up Trailer"
Best Promotional: Judlin Civil, "FED Wedding"

RCC Alumni:
1st Place: Christian Vermazen '11, "By My Hand"
2nd Place: Joey Katz '10-'11, "Wales, Madman or Poet"
3rd Place: Anthony J. Milio '09, "Happy Holidays from Jamis"

The event was coordinated by Janice Goldstein, Director, Multi-Media Production Center.


Photo Club students: Jherry Ramirez, Luz Sandoval, Emma Bobb, Miles Garcia, Deanna Amoia, Morissa Hertz, Jamie Lee Shannon, Harriet Mahabir, Itzamaray Garcia-Linn, G-Jun Yam, Marie Hawkins, and Marrielle McDonough along with club advisor Lili Grady adjunct/ESS Art, have 50 original photographs on display at Divine Shakti Arts, 55 W. Railroad Ave., Bldg. 5, Garnerville, NY. The exhibit is on view May 2 - June 1. For more information call 845-535-9678 or email

Alumni Achievements

Abraham Taub ’12 earned the Rockland Paramedic Services (RPS) Member of the Year Award. He has been a paramedic with RPS since October 2013.

John A Vitale, ’14 and Jonathan Winfield, ’14, both RCC student veterans, have been selected to fill two of the six internships available through a new research program at Syracuse University in partnership with SUNY Oswego and SUNY Upstate Medical Center. The summer Trauma Education program trains veterans to work with PTSD-affected veterans.