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September 2015 Achievements


David Beisel, PhD, Professor of Social Sciences, published a pair of articles in the scholarly journal Clio’s Psyche, both in the June-September 2015 issue: “Psychohistory and the Historians, 1970-2015,” part of the Psychohistory at the Crossroads Symposium; and “Comments on Crossroads and the IPA,” from The Symposium Authors Reply.

Ian Newhem, Associate Professor of English, wrote a short story, “Sypherd, Amberlucent,” that was accepted for publication by Iconoclast magazine. A book he co-authored, The Mind of God (Crown), is set for Fall 2016 publication.

Xi Shi, PhD, Professor of Library Services, and Sarah Levy, Professor, Access Services Librarian, have co-authored an article, “An Empirical Review of Library Discovery Tools,” to be published in the November 2015 issue of Journal of Service Science and Management.


The New York Community College Trustees 2015 Award winners were recognized at the Trustee Awards Banquet on September 18 at the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, NY. Dr. Arlene W. Clinkscale, a distinguished educator who has served on the RCC Board of Trustees since April 2004, was presented the Anne M. Bushnell Memorial Award for Special AchievementRoxanne Watson ’87, currently studying Culinary Arts at RCC, is a voter registration activist and heart transplant recipient who has made it her life’s mission to encourage others to sign up for organ donation, personally signing up more than 5,000. She was awarded the Distinguished Alumna/Alumnus for Civic ContributionGreg Wyatt, a world-renowned sculptor and director of the “Models to Monument: Creating Art for Public Spaces” program at the prestigious Art Students League of New York, was bestowed the Benefactor Vision for Tomorrow Award.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals of Mid-Hudson Valley has selected RCC's Chapter of Habitat for Humanity as this year's honoree for Outstanding Collegiate Volunteer Team. They will be honored at the organization's breakfast on November 19. Congratulations to advisors, Mike and Maureen Ver'Schneider, as well as the other members of our College community who have played an important role with this important organization: Dr. Kris Baker, Sr. Marie Buckley and Hannah Lowney.


David Beisel, PhD, Professor of Social Sciences, delivered two presentations, “Toward a Psychohistory of Jazz” and “Thoughts on the Past, Present and Future of Psychohistory,” at the 38th Annual Convention of the International Psychohistorical Association at New York University on June 15. His scholarship was also honored at the convention.

Janet Thompson, adjunct, English, presented “Teaching and Learning: Using Technology and Social Media for Collaborative Learning” at the 2015 Distance Teaching and Learning Conference on August 12 in Madison, WI.


Sara Macel, adjunct, Art, is in several exhibits with photographs in: “Constructed Identities” and “PDN 30” at the Photoville outdoor photo festival, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Sept. 10-20; “Kiss and Tell” at the Wassaic Summer Festival in Wassaic, NY, through Sept. 20; “Emerging” at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, through Sept. 20; “The Smaller Exotics of Texas,” at the Bath House Cultural Center in Dallas, Sept. 5-26; and “Roots,” an ArtBridge public art installation in Gowanus, Brooklyn, October 2015-June 2016.


Maire Liberace, Professor of Speech and Philosophy, sang with the Archdiocesan Chorale and St. Patrick's Cathedral Choir at the Mass celebrated by Pope Francis at Madison Square Garden in NYC on September 25. She also was appointed Trustee by the Archdiocese of New York to the Parish Council of St. Boniface Church in Wesley Hills.


Shamika Ann Mitchell, PhD, Assistant Professor of English, participated in July in the Summer Teachers and Scholars Institute, sponsored by the Institute for Research in African American Studies of Columbia University. She also was interviewed on the International Women’s Artists Salon Internet radio program, discussing women in comic book arts.


Avigail Serwatien and Robert Freeman, Public Safety Officers, completed a Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Instructor Certification Course at SUNY Cobleskill. They completed a physically demanding four-day, 30-hour course and are certified to teach RAD classes in conjunction with the Committee Against Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence.

Student Achievements

Estrella Feria, Tyler Flood, Itzamaray Garcia-Lino, Sunday Oluwasomi, and Luz Sandoval, Art majors, have been selected to exhibit their artwork of fine arts, graphic design and photography at the next SUNY Fall show held at the SUNY Plaza Art Gallery in Albany, Fall 2015.