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September/October 2017 Achievements


Bobby Deitch, adjunct faculty, Music, had his new album Grateful accepted into the first round of the Grammy Awards selection process in six categories, including Record of the Year and Album of the Year. The Bobby Deitch Band is scheduled to perform selections from his album at the RCC Theater on March 3, 2018.

Campus Communications received a Bronze Medallion Award from the National Council on Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR) in the Newsletter category for SCENE magazine.

Paul Farry, adjunct faculty, Speech, accepted the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Newscast from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) on October 9. Farry is the producer of “CBS World News Roundup,” weekday mornings at 8 am on the CBS Radio Network.


President Michael A. Baston, EdD, was a featured speaker at the following events:

  • New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association Conference, Tarrytown, NY, October 11
  • Zeta Success Academy LEAP program, Ramapo High School
  • RSVP Luncheon, Crowne Plaza Hotel, October 18
  • #RealCollege: A National Convening on Food and Housing Insecurity, Philadelphia, PA, October 23-24
  • Pathways Project Institute #6, Governing Board Roles and Policy Change, Seattle, WA, October 26-28


John Schlesinger, Associate Professor of Art, had his installation at the former United Bank building in Philadelphia, PA, as part of the collaborative team “Dear Volunteers” with Tra Bouscaren, extended through the end of September.


Kay Copp Brown, Instructor of Green Building Technology, had her article “Solving the Textbook Conundrum: Finding OER Resources through MERLOT” published in the current edition of MERLOT’s From the Vineyard publication.

Student Achievements

Student artwork selected for the Fall 2017 SUNY Show in Albany, NY:

Robin Alegado, “Landscape Portrait,” 2017 Digital Art
Tia Reiser, “Untitled (after Sam DeSantis)” and “Pondering Possibilities (after Yasmina),” both 2016 Gelatin Silver Prints
Moyuru Shiroma, “Untitled,” 2017 Digital Montage
Sharon Stallone, “Untitled” and “Untitled,” both 2016 Gelatin Silver Prints
Caitlin Taduran, “Untitled (Self Portrait),” 2017 Watercolor on Paper

Artwork by RCC students Emma Connaughton, Angela Gizzi, Natalie Janvier and Minh Thai was chosen for display in the entryway of the Cultural Arts Center. Also, the artwork of students Daira Ladines, Chai Landau, Chinonye Nriaka and Sasha Pierre-Louis is on display at the second-floor entrance to the Student Union.

The RCC volleyball team won the Mid-Hudson Conference championship for the first time since 2004, going 9-1 in conference play. The Hawks hosted the MHC tournament on October 24 and captured the tournament title as well by defeating Orange 3-1 in the final. The team reached the Region XV semifinals before being defeated in a five-set marathon, ending its season with a remarkable 20-4 record.

Ten RCC student-athletes from the volleyball and men’s soccer teams received awards from the Mid-Hudson Conference and Region XV:


Shannon Thomas—Conference MVP, All-Region 1st team
Sara Hayward—All-Conference 1st team, All-Region honorable mention
Kayla Oge—All-Conference 2nd team, All-Region 2nd team
Alena Augustine – Region Sportsmanship Award


Bernard Alexander—All-Conference 1st team, All-Region 2nd team
Damien Rainford—All-Conference 1st team, All-Region honorable mention
Niko Barbetto—All-Conference 1st team
Brendan Lynch—All-Conference 2nd team, All-Region honorable mention
Troy Callahan—All-Conference 2nd team
Lena Martinez—Region Sportsmanship Award