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August 2018 Achievements


Jonathan Barnwell, coordinator of Judicial & Veterans Affairs, secured a $24,250 grant from the SUNY Impact Foundation and U.S. Ambassador Trustee Carl Spielvogel Fund for Veterans. The grant will be applied toward a veterans financial literacy course and funding for the Battle Buddy Center/ Veterans Lounge on campus. Both the course and lounge were started in 2013.

Eileen MacAvery Kane, Art chair, was one of 16 American educators awarded a Fulbright-Hayes Seminars Abroad Program grant to explore the richness of Polish culture and history during a four-week trip that concluded on August 5. The grant was organized by the Fulbright Commission and funded by the U.S. Department of Education.


Lilia R. Juele, Ph.D., director of eLearning and Academic Technology, had her qualitative research study, "Authentic Assessments: A Critical Thinking and Engagement Tool for Online Courses," accepted as a full paper presentation at the AACE EdMedia:World Conference on Educational Media and Technology and published in the LearnTechLib Digital Library proceedings (pp.1996-2010). She presented her research paper via a virtual presentation during the conference, held in Amsterdam, Netherlands June 25-29.


Lynn Aaron, Professor of Computer Studies; Katherine Copp Brown, Instructor of Green Building Technology; Adessa Butler, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry; and Matt Matcovich, Instructor of Mathematics, presented "Exploring Emerging Technologies (#EmTechMOOC) for Student Success" at the 2018 Learning with Innovative Technology Conference on June 29 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Kishon Hickman, Criminal Justice adjunct, earned an Ed.D. doctoral degree from St. John Fisher College in May 2018. He presented the findings of his doctoral dissertation, “From Behind the Lens: Police Officer Perceptions as Body-Worn Cameras are Introduced into the New York City Police Department,” at the annual conference of the Criminal Justice Educators Association of New York State, (CJEANYS), held in October 2017 in Buffalo, N.Y. He is a full-time lieutenant in the NYC Police Department, assigned to the Community Affairs Bureau at Police Headquarters in Manhattan.

Shamika Mitchell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English, led a “Comics in the Classroom” educator workshop and moderated a panel on feminism at the Women in Comics Convention, held June 30 at the Central Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.

Tom Morley, director of the Rockland Small Business Development Center at RCC, has been selected to present “Stakeholder Outreach Strategies and Tactics” with Dr. Arnaldo Shewert of the Ulster Community College SBDC, at the 2018 Association of Small Business Development Centers national meeting in Washington, D.C., in September 2018.


Silvia Feriozzi, Art adjunct, participated in two art exhibits, “Summer Breeze” (July 21-August 18) and “Threadworks,” (June 16-July 14) at Blue Door Art Center in Yonkers. N.Y.


Christopher Plummer, director of the Cultural Arts Theater, co-founder/co-artistic director of the Rockland Shakespeare Company and certified teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors, presented a Theatrical Stage Combat demonstration at the inaugural King Con - Comic Convention at the King's Daughter's Library in Haverstraw, N.Y., on August 18. The demonstration included Performing Arts department alumni Ryan McNeill and Gillian Auger. Plummer discussed the Society of American Fight Directors, the Rockland Shakespeare Company and the Theatrical Stage Combat component of RCC's Performing Arts department. The presentation promoted both safe 'cosplay' skills when performing theatrical stage combat, and also the curriculum offered through Performing Arts.

Student & Alumni Achievements

Ardra Arun '19, a student in the AA Liberal Arts/Psychology Track, created several exhibits during the 2017-2018 school year. One of them was a series titled “Heroes Inspire,” inspirational digital artwork featuring five women seen as heroes by Arun. The series was selected as a Women's History Month student exhibit. Arun also created a photo montage called “Inner Landscape” for her Constructed Imaging art class; an exhibit that is displayed in the Ellipse in the Technology Center; and a PSA poster on South Sudan refugees that was exhibited in the Nelson Mandela Art Gallery, in the Student Union building, for World Refugee Week. Lastly, Arun's artwork was featured in Impulse, RCC's literary art magazine, accompanying a written piece, “The Sound of Silence” by Asud Shirazi.

Shayna Rosado '18, a Computer Studies graduate, was selected as a 2018 CRA-W GHC Research Scholar and earned an invitation to attend the 2018 Grace Hopper Celebration, the world's largest gathering of woman technologists, in September in Houston, Texas. In the spring, she was chosen as a 2017-18 recipient of the Vanguard Award, which recognizes outstanding post-secondary level students who are enrolled in Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs that prepare them for careers nontraditional for their gender. Rosado received a full scholarship to attend Pace University and will be starting in the fall.