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October 2015 Achievements


Jillian K. Decker, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology, co-authored a paper recently accepted for publication by the journal River Systems. The article is titled “Spatiotemporal phytoplankton patterns in the Upper Mississippi River in response to seasonal variation in discharge and other environmental factors.”

Janet Dyer, adjunct, Art, had two of her paintings chosen for the “This Old House” show house. They will be featured in the digital and print versions of This Old House magazine. Another of her paintings was a semifinalist in the Michaels Art Challenge, where she placed 9th out of 11,357 entries.

Kennedy Ogoye ‘11, who teaches a non-credit phlebotomy course for Continuing Education, is featured in a new e-book, Project YouthPact: Youth Perspectives of Public Service, a collection of stories by 30 members of Just Save One, a non-profit Ogoye co-founded that provides water tanks to schools that lack proper water storage facilities. Book proceeds will be used to fund public-service initiatives run by college students. In addition, the phlebotomy class he taught last semester achieved 100% national exam passing rate in their national exam (NHA/Phlebotomy).

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.


Katie Lynch, PhD, Instructor of English, has been accepted to participate in the SUNYCON 2015 Faculty Fellows Program conference, “Building a New Business Model for the Academy: Partnerships, Affiliations, Mergers & Acquisitions,” October 29-30 at The Times Center in NYC.

Dr. Cliff L. Wood, President, and his wife, Wylene Branton Wood, were honored by VCS Inc., where Mrs. Wood serves as President of the Board of Directors.


Jonathan Barnwell, Coordinator of Judicial and Veterans Affairs, presented “Tools and Techniques With Working With Student Veterans” at the semi-annual New York State Industries for the Disabled (NYSID) Veterans Summit on October 7 in Albany, NY.

Dan Masterson, Professor of English, read a selection of his works from his fifth volume of poetry, HERE WE ARE: A Gallery of Poems, on October 24 at the Grolier Poetry Book Shop, Harvard Square, in Cambridge, MA. The book was edited and co-published by Richard Connolly, Assistant Professor, Communication Media Arts.


Robert Deitch, adjunct faculty, Performing Arts, performed on drums with bassist George Porter Jr. of the New Orleans-based band, The Meters, at the Brooklyn Bowl on October 11.

David Lucander, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pluralism and Diversity, appeared on the television show Mysteries at the Museum on the Travel Channel on October 16, during a special episode about the planned 1941 March on Washington.

Student Achievements

Elina Arakelyan won the Region XV Women's singles tennis championship held October 9-11 in Selden, NY, and qualified to compete in the NJCAA Division III National Championships, October 22-24 in Peachtree City, Georgia. She and teammate Brooke Strieter also qualified to compete in the doubles tournament

Students selected to participate in the Eleanor Roosevelt Community College Emerging Leaders (ECCEL) program: Asha Azhakath, Asher Davidson, Jacob Friedman, Charles James, Elorna Pierre, Jonathan Porch, Johanna Svensson, Yattharth Sharma, Jason Walker, Callie Bailey Wickins and Rika Yokoji.

Student artwork selected for the Fall 2015 SUNY Show in Albany, NY
Estrella Feria, (Fine Arts), “Untitled,” 2015 Linocut print
Tyler Flood (Photography), “Untitled,” 2014
Itzamaray García-Lino - (Photography), “Untitled,” 2015
Veronica Murphy, (Photography), Untitled,” #12 from the EX Project, 2015
Sunday Oluwasomi, (Graphic Design), My Dream,” 2015 Digital print
Luz Sandoval, (Graphic Design), “Where My Demons Hide,” 2015 Digital print

Hispanic Heritage Student Awards:
Madeline Bello - Leadership Activities
Itzamaray García-Lino - Artistic Talent
Randy García-Par - Academic Achievement
Menfri Hernández Molina - Academic Achievement
Nancy Rodríguez-Valdés - Personal Accomplishments
Julian Vega - Personal Accomplishments

Christian Jauntig, a Business Administration major, recently passed the NYS licensing exam to earn certification as a Licensed Insurance agent. He works full-time at an independent insurance agency.

Roxanne Watson ’87 and currently attending RCC’s Culinary Arts program, was one of 60 women heart disease survivors to graduate from the fall 2015 WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota to be community educators for other women living with heart disease.

RCC Women's Tennis had a successful trip to the NJCAA Div III National Tournament in Peachtree City, Georgia. Elina Arakelyan finished 2nd place in the country in first flight singles and selected as 2nd team All-American. For pictures and video from the tournament check out the RCC Athletics Instagram account @rcchawks

Alumni Achievements

Febin Bellamy ’14, currently attending The McDonough School of Business- Georgetown University, was selected to be an official CGI U (Clinton Global Initiative University) Campus Representative at Georgetown University.

Sabrina Charles-Pierre ’15, was appointed to serve on the East Ramapo School Board.