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November 2017 Achievements


Catherine Roche, Professor of Business, Patricia Szobonya, Assistant Professor of Paralegal Studies, and Eileen MacAvery Kane, Instructor of Art, made presentations with their international colleagues at the first Global Learning Conference in Chicago, IL, October 30-31:

- Roche and Dr. Mohammed Guamguami, from Mohammed I University in Morocco, presented “e-Portfolio as a Pedagogical Tool to Chronicle Cross-Cultural Experience.”
- Szobonya and Dr. Larbi Touaf, also from Mohammed I University, presented “Comparing Cultural Behavior by Watching and Listening: From New York to Morocco.”
- MacAvery Kane and Prof. Herman Botes, from Tshwane University of Technology in South Africa, presented “Building Bridges between Cultures through Graphic Design Advocacy.”

President Michael A. Baston, EdD, gave the opening keynote speech at the Moving the Needle Conference on student engagement and success initiatives in St. Petersburg, FL, November 8-9.

Joe Falco, Coordinator of the Connection Center, presented to the SUNY Board of Trustees and Chancellor November 14, on RCC’s various programs for food-insecure students. Falco was invited to speak by Dr. John Graham, SUNY Associate Provost for Student Affairs and University Life, in hopes of developing a SUNY system-wide approach to helping students suffering from food insecurity.

George Repic, Instructor and Chair of Business, and Catherine Roche, Professor of Business, presented “A Navigational Strategy GPS—Guiding Prospective/Present Students—Destination: Success” at the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Region 1 conference in Manchester, NH, October 26-27.

Kris Baker, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, and Eric Magaram, Associate Professor of Mathematics, presented at the 2017 SUNY Pathways Fall Institute in Albany, NY, October 13-15.

Katherine Lynch, PhD, Associate Professor of English and Honors Program Chair, and Stephen Burke, Instructor and Chair of English, gave the keynote address at the SUNY OER (Open Educational Resources) workshop at Dutchess Community College on October 9.

Suzanne Cleary-Langley, Professor of English, participated in the Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series at SUNY Oneonta, November 1-3, where she read her poems and spoke with students and faculty.

Catherine Roche, Professor of Business, presented “No Passport Required—Engaging Students through Collaborative Online International Learning” at the Global Opportunities conference in West Windsor, NJ, November 10.


Collette Fournier, adjunct faculty, Art, will present her photography show “Retrospective: Spirit of a People” at the Edward Hopper House in Nyack on December 1 and the Martin Luther King Multipurpose Center in Spring Valley on December 2. Both events are free and open to the public.

C.A. MacFinn, adjunct faculty, Art, had a work chosen for exhibit at the Anderson Chase Gallery in Goldens Bridge, NY. “Call by the Cretaceous Shore” is a digital still from an app created by local animation company CGMuse, of which MacFinn is a co-owner. The exhibition continues through December 29.


Lynn Aaron, Professor of Computer Studies, and Talia Lipton, Instructor of Speech, wrote an article entitled "Digital Distraction: Shedding Light on the 21st-Century College Classroom” which was published in the Journal of Educational Technology Systems.

Shamika Mitchell, Assistant Professor of English, had an essay entitled “Keep your Check: Commodity, Capitalism and Commerce in Gloria Naylor’s Mama Day” included in Gloria Naylor’s Fiction: Contemporary Explorations of Class and Capitalism, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Mitchell was also a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Black Comics by Sheena Howard.

Kevin Corbett, adjunct faculty, Science, co-authored a manuscript on exposure to electronic cigarettes that was recently published in the journal Toxicological Sciences.

Suzanne Cleary-Langley, Professor of English, had a poem published in the Fall issue of the literary journal New Ohio Review.

Student Achievements

Jorge Acuña attended the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Phoenix, AZ, November 1-5. Acuña, a student in the RCC Honors Program, also made a poster presentation on "Isolation of Bacteriophages Against Bacteria" at the conference.

The RCC debate team had a strong performance at a tournament it hosted on campus November 19. The duo of Rachel Schild and Seth Spiegel captured first place in the varsity division, while Nitsav Ben-Dan and Edwin Cardona took second place. Ben-Dan won the trophy for best speaker in the division and Spiegel placed second. In the novice division, the team of Reva Efroymson and Brandon Gristina took second place, with Gristina also named second-place best speaker.