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November 2016 Achievements


Andrew Jacobs, Professor, Speech, co-authored a college textbook, Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies: An Interdisciplinary Approach (Oxford University Press), released November 15. The book features global examples of women’s, gender and sexuality studies and includes discussions of frequently anthologized writing that is more engaging and narrative in style than traditional textbooks.


Eileen MacAvery Kane, Instructor, Art, produced a short documentary film, The Ghosts We Live With, featuring members of the community sharing their ghost stories. The film premiered October 29 in Newburgh, NY.


Lynn Aaron, Professor, Computer Studies, was nominated for Stanford University’s “Teacher Tribute Initiative” by former student Sidra Ijaz ’16, now a student at Stanford. The program allows transfer students to honor a former educator who played a significant role in their intellectual, academic and personal development.


Kathleen Babcock, Instructor/Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, Occupational Therapy Assistant program, received New York State's Occupational Therapy Association's Award of Merit in Education at the annual NYSOTA Conference on November 5 in Syracuse, NY.


Eric Magaram, Assistant Professor and Chair, Mathematics, and Dr. Kris Baker, Associate Professor, Biology, presented at the 2016 SUNY Pathways Fall Institute November 4-6 in Saratoga, NY.

George Repic, Instructor and Chair, Business, and Catherine Roche, Professor, Business, presented “Developing Intercultural Awareness and Competency: A Survival Skill for Employment in a Globalized Society” at the 2016 Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Region 1 Conference on October 14-15 in NYC.

Prof. Roche also presented “The ABCs of Active Learning, Backward Design, and Classroom Assessment Techniques” at the Enhancing Teaching Effectiveness Conference on October 21 at Nyack College. Eileen MacAvery Kane also presented at the conference with colleagues in the Enhancing Student Engagement: SUNY’s Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP). The conference was sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Resources and held in conjunction with the Nyack Public Schools.

Patricia Szobonya, Assistant Professor, Paralegal Studies/Criminal Justice, presented "Experiential Learning through Mock Trial and Mediation" at the AAfPE (American Association of Paralegal Educators) on October 14 in San Antonio, Texas.

Student & Alumni Achievements

Emma Colchamiro and Kinsley Alexandre captured first place in the Varsity Team division for the RCC Debate Team at a tournament hosted by Dominican College on November 9. Colchamiro also won the first-place speaker award in Varsity, while Jessica Jourdain and Nico Cintron won the Novice Team division and Cintron earned individual Novice speaker honors.

Elfred Nova presented his research at the Annual Biomedical Research Program for Minority Students Conference held in Tampa FL (Nov. 9-12). His project, from last summer’s Bridges program, was "The Impact of Climate Change on Plants and Insects: Insights from Arabidopsis thaliana and Drosophila melanogaster."

RCC’s Debate team, led by Andrew Jacobs, Professor, Speech, outperformed Dominican College and Yeshiva University to claim both the Varsity and Novice division titles in a tournament held on October 30. Winning varsity team members are: Emma Colchamiro, Kinsley Alexandre, Mary Rink, and Nico Cintron, with Alexandre named top speaker and Colchamiro taking second place speaker. In the novice division, Jacob Lefcourt and Glenn Rentrop were undefeated after three rounds of debate and took home first place. Lefcourt was awarded top speaker in the novice division, while Jessica Jourdain and her partner, Rachel Schild earned fourth place title.