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March 2016 Achievements


Suzanne Cleary, PhD, Professor of English, has a poem published in the current issue of The Georgia Review.

Former RCC student Yehudah Pardo and Kristopher Baker, PhD, Division Chair, STEM and Health Professions, teamed with three other authors on the publication of an article, “Physiology & Biochemistry Detection of outer membrane vesicles in Synechocystis PCC 6803,” published in the FEMS Microbiology Letters scholarly journal by Oxford University Press in September 2015.


Doria Hillsman, adjunct, Chemistry, was given an award during Women’s History Month for service to the Rockland community by the Rockland County Legislature on March 1.

Gerri Zabusky, Director, Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), will receive the Community Leadership award during People to People’s Down the Shore fund-raising event on June 12. RSVP has provided many volunteers to People to People, and Zabusky is a longtime Board member.


Peter Arvanites, Professor of Mathematics, gave a presentation, "Stealing Bases: Using Magic Number Cards to Present the Base Two Number System," at the 41st Annual Ten County Mathematics Educators Association Spring Conference on March 12 at  Marlboro (NY) High School. The talk was geared to math instructors in grades 6 to 12.

Katie Lynch, PhD, Assistant Professor of English, read excerpts from, and led a panel discussion on her book, Confucius Jane, at the Virginia Festival of the Book on March 16 in Charlottesville, VA.


Brooke Evans, Art adjunct, was awarded 2nd -place for her exhibition “Workhouse Clay National” at the Workhouse Art Center in Lorton, VA. She also assembled the following exhibitions: “Tristate of Mind,” at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY; at the Baltimore Clayworks 35th Anniversary Invitational, Baltimore, MD; “Juried National 3” at Red Lodge (MT) Clay Center; “Slip Cast Object Re-visited,” at Plinth Gallery, Denver, CO; “ Tabletop Ceramics,” at the Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA; “Communal Clay,” at Dutchess CC, Poughkeepsie, NY; and as part of a Clay Art Center exhibit at the National Conference on Education in the Ceramic Arts Expo in Providence, RI.


Bob Deitch, adjunct, Performing Arts/Music, shot a promotional music video with his band BUTTA on March 13. He performed on drums with the NY Hitmen at Austin’s Ale House in New City on March 18; with BUTTA at the Hudson House in Nyack on March 19; and with Vincent Pastore and the Gangster Squad from the HBO series “The Sopranos” on March 20 at Roseland (NJ) Public Library.

A play by Angelo Parra, Performing Arts/English adjunct, titled “Midnight Kiss” is part of the 2016 Living Art Event, a program of short plays inspired by paintings by Westchester County artists, in Ossining, NY, now through March 26.


Jonathan Barnwell, Coordinator of Judicial and Veterans Affairs; Katie Lynch, PhD, Assistant Professor of English; Kristie Morris, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, Beth Robinson, Instructor of Communication/Media Arts; and Christina Stern, PhD, Assistant Professor of History, participated in a SUNY-wide conference addressing the United Nations’ HeForShe Gender Campaign, at SUNY Stony Brook on March 3-4.


Tanya Drake, retired Professor of Nursing, has been appointed Bylaws Committee Chair of the American Nurses Association-New York. The ANA-NY is a constituent member of the American Nurses Association and the professional association for registered nurses in the state.

Student Achievements

Lindsey D'Alisera, Johanna Svensson, Aleena Dar and Courtney Olsen, officers of the TriBeta biology honor society at RCC, presented a research project at the 2016 Undergraduate Research and Creative Works Poster Program in Albany. They were accompanied by Jillian Decker, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology, and Kristopher Baker, PhD, Division Chair, STEM and Health Professions. The students are to present two new research projects at the Tri Beta Regional Conference in April at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Victoria Garcia and Nicole Talamini finished fourth in doubles at the NJCAA Women’s Bowling Championships on Feb. 27 in Cheektowaga, NY. The RCC men’s team placed second in the Region XV Tournament and ninth in the NJCAA Championships. The men’s basketball team finished second in the Region XV tournament, led by All-Tournament players Sal Barbetto and Will Miccio. Barbetto and Chukuka Emili both made First-Team All-Conference, and Julius Defreese earned Second Team honors. In women’s basketball, Jessica Neugebauer made First Team All-Conference and Olivia Neretich gained Second Team laurels.

The RCC Debate Team, led by coach/advisor Prof. Andrew Jacobs, won both the varsity and novice divisions of Dominican College’s Public Forum Debate tournament (Feb 14). Emma Colchamiro and her partner, Ethan Shatkin won the varsity division. Mary Rink and Juliana Mirra won the novice division after going undefeated after three preliminary rounds. Novice debater Jacob Lefcourt was the top speaker in the novice division. Students earned several trophies: Trophies were awarded to Kinsley Alexandre (3rd place) and Emma Colchamiro (4thth place) in the varsity division. In the novice division Jacob Lefcourt and his partner, Kayla Kiernan took home the 4th place trophy based on their win-loss record and Mary Rink won 4th place speaker.