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November 2015 Achievements


Suzanne Cleary, PhD, Professor of English, recently had poems accepted for publication by two literary journals, Southern Review and Georgia Review.

Pradip Datta, PhD, DABCC, Adjunct, Science, published (along with Ejilemele and Peterson), the Quick Guide to Immunoassay Interference, AACC Press (2013). Also, his article, “How to Detect and Solve Immunoassay Interference,” was published in Clinical Laboratory News, 2015; 41: 4-5.

Collette Fournier, Adjunct, Art, has her photographic work featured in a new exhibit and publication, Timeless: Photographs by Kamoinge. Reception and book signing at the Kenkeleba Wilmer Jennings Gallery 214 E. 2nd St. NYC, on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 from 3pm - 6pm. Exhibition dates Dec. 9 - Feb. 20, 2016.

Catherine Roche, Professor of Business and Division Chair of Business and Professional/Public Service, and Lynn Aaron, Professor of Computer Studies and CETL co-director, had their article "Intellectual Property Rights of Faculty in the Digital Age—Evolution or Dissolution in 21st Century Academia?" published in the Journal of Educational Technology Systems, March 2015.


The RCC chapter of Habitat for Humanity was honored with the Collegiate Philanthropy Award during the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ 9th Annual National Philanthropy Day held November 19 at the Falkirk Estate and Country Club in Central Valley, NY.

Lorinda Hill, Asst. to the Director, Plant Facilities, was re-elected to the NYSAR3 (New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling) board as an at-large representative for a two year term. She is chair of the NYSAR3 College Council and also serving on the steering committee for the Rockland Food Recovery Task Force started by Alden Wolfe, Chair of the Rockland County Legislature.

Kathleen Hopkins, Associate Professor of Nursing, earned a Doctorate in Nursing Education from Southern Connecticut State University in August 2015.


Mara-Lee Bierman, Professor of Spanish, presented “Beyond the Curriculum: Navigating Success, Awards and Rewards” at the annual conference of the New York city and state associations of foreign language teachers on October 17 at the United Federation of Teachers headquarters in NYC.

Katie Lynch, PhD, Instructor of English, was invited to give several readings during “Women’s Week,” October 15-17 in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Patty Maloney-Titland, Professor and Chair of Performing Arts, and Christopher Plummer, Cultural Arts Theater Director, presented a $3,000 check from proceeds of the spring theatrical production Rent on October 16 to the Eric Johnson House, part of New Jersey AIDS Services and a safe haven for people in need of housing and supportive services who are homeless as a result of their HIV/AIDS status.

George Repic, Instructor of Business, co-presented "Entrepreneurial Spirit in the USA" at an international conference, Innovations and Entrepreneurship—Initiators of Development and Employment, held at the University of Banja Luka in Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Phyllis Sheldon, Nursing adjunct, presented a lecture titled “Neurogenic Bladder-The Big Picture” at the Annual Conference of Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates in Las Vegas on October 24.

Deborah Vinecour, Associate Professor of Paralegal Studies, and Patricia Szobonya, Assistant Professor of Paralegal Studies/Criminal Justice, presented a workshop titled “Teaching a Course With International Collaboration” at the national American Association for Paralegal Education conference in Wisconsin in October.


Christopher Plummer, Cultural Arts Theater Director, worked as Fight Director for a professional theater production of Playing the Assassin, which ran through November 8 at the Delaware Theatre Company.

Student & Alumni Achievements

Elina Arakelyan finished second in first-flight singles and earned 2nd team All-America status at the NJCAA Div. III National Tournament in Peachtree City, Georgia, on October 24. She also teamed with partner Brooke Strieter to finish fifth in first-flight doubles. RCC finished seventh in the overall team standings.

The following students are recipients of the 2015 RCC Hispanic Heritage Student Achievement Awards and were honored at a luncheon on October 29: Madeline Bello, Leadership Activities; Itzamaray Garcia-Lino, Artistic Talent; Randy Garcia-Par and Menfri Hernandez Molina, Academic Achievement; Nancy Rodriguez-Valdes and Julian Vega, Personal Accomplishments.

Tahinah Lamour, who completed the Bridges to Baccalaureate program last summer, presented her research at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Seattle on November 11-14.

Nancy Rodrigues Valdes, a student in the Paralegal program, won a $500 scholarship for an essay submitted to the National Paralegal Honor Society, Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX). The essay was published in the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE) magazine, Paralegal Educator. Valdes was invited to speak about her legal research and writing process at the National AAfPE conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on October 24.

Michael Santiago ’12, an MA student at Syracuse University, won an award of excellence in the Portfolio category at the 70th College Photographer of the year competition held November 12 at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo.