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May 2016 Achievements


Catherine Hickey, adjunct, English, had an article titled “Change Your Classroom with Gratitude” published in the March/April issue of Teach magazine.

Christina Stern, PhD, Assistant Professor of History, wrote an article, “A Window on Hatred and Persecution,” that was recently published in Clio’s Psyche, a scholarly journal focusing on psychological history.


Campus Communications earned the Judge's Citation Award from the SUNY Council for University Advancement (CUAD) in the Governmental Relations category for a booklet produced for the Phi Theta Kappa Awards. Tzipora Reitman, Director of Communications; Jamie Kempton, Freelance Writer; and Collette Fournier, Communications Assistant, collaborated on the project. The award is to be presented at the SUNY CUAD conference in Cooperstown, set for June 8-10.

Peter Grady, Plant Facilities, received a certificate for Outstanding Community Service from the African American Historical Society and the Hillburn Historic Site Planning Committee.

Talia Lipton, Instructor of Speech, won a first-place award in the SUNY Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP) for most pedagogically intriguing use of TOEP tools. Kay Copp-Brown, Instructor of Green Building Technology, and Eileen MacAvery Kane, Instructor of Art, won second-place awards for best peer mentoring and support. Lynn Aaron, Professor of Computer Studies, earned recognition in the TOEP Uber Fellows category. Honorees are to be recognized during the SUNY Conference on Instruction and Technology (CIT) Award Recognition Luncheon on June 2 in Potsdam, NY.

President Cliff L. Wood, EdD, has been named 2016 Leader of the Year by Leadership Rockland and is to be honored at its Graduation Dinner and Alumni Reunion on June 14 at the Nyack Seaport.


Patricia Doucette-Szobonya, Assistant Professor of Paralegal Studies/Criminal Justice, and Deborah Vinecour, Associate Professor of Paralegal Studies, presented a workshop at the Northeast Regional American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE) Conference on how to prepare and host a Mock Trial and Moot Court on campus. The conference was held April 15 in Providence, RI.

En-Shu Robin Liao, EdD, Assistant Professor of English, presented “Interrogating Colonized Spaces and Postcolonial Identities: Transnationalism(s), Representation(s), and Belonging” during a panel discussion at the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (AAACS) annual conference in Washington, DC, April 5-8. She also co-presented a paper, “When Theoretical Knowledge Becomes Personal: On Postcolonial and Translingual Identities.”


The Women’s Volleyball team’s annual fund-raiser held May 4 generated $1,000 for the nonprofit Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Helping spearhead the effort, in addition to Women’s Volleyball, were Men’s Tennis, Men’s Baseball, Exercise & Human Performance students and FIT club members.


Faculty members Saeed Safaie, Professor of Science; Jeanette Geller, Associate Professor, Cyber Security; Peter Arvanites, Professor of Mathematics; James Salvadon, Professor of Mathematics; and Nilda Aragones, Professor, Counseling, teamed with RCC Black Student Union members Tasia Rolle, Sade Rolle, Machli Saint-Vil, Darien Jabouin, Nathalie Mensah and Thomas Suffern in the American Heart Association Tri-County Heart Walk on May 1 at Lake Welch Beach in Harriman State Park.

Thomas Della Torre, Associate Vice President of Academic & Community Partnerships, served on a panel at a conference, "Connecting to Promising Careers: Middle-Skill Jobs in the Lower Hudson Valley," (May 24, Westchester Community College).

Student Achievements

Matt Fleishmann served on a student panel at the Northeast Regional American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE) Conference on April 15 in Providence, RI. He discussed his essay, based on a complicated breach of union contract issue, that won a $500 LEX scholarship sponsored by the AAfPE and which earned publication in The Paralegal Educator magazine.

Luis Ruiz and Elizabeth Hekker were crowned champions in the men’s and women’s divisions of the RCC 5K Run/Walk on May 10. Ruiz covered the 3.1-mile distance around campus in 22:41 while Hekker was timed in 24:20.

Nicole Talamini earned the SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete Award after having placed fourth in doubles, with partner Victoria Garcia, at the NJCAA national women’s bowling tournament in February. She also played two seasons of volleyball. Talamini is to attend SUNY Albany in the fall.

Sophia Wood won the 2016 Henry V. Larom Award for Fiction for her story “The Lamp,” and Annelise Andre earned the Larom Award for Poetry for her poem “23:19.” Each student received a $100 prize and their winning entries are to be published in an upcoming issue of Impulse magazine.