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September 2018 Achievements


Dr. Michael A. Baston was inaugurated as RCC's seventh president in a ceremony September 13 in the Cultural Arts Theater. SUNY's Senior Vice Chancellor of Community Colleges invested Dr. Baston in his official capacity as president.


Francine Dianuzzo, Adjunct, Exercise & Human Performance, was inducted into the Spring Valley High School Sports Hall of Fame on September 29. She was a physical education teacher in the East Ramapo school district from 1980 to 2013, and coached Spring Valley's varsity softball team from 1982 to 2000 and the varsity volleyball team from 1986 to 2002, in addition to junior varsity coaching stints in tennis and softball. In 2007 she coached the Rockland County champion in scholastic girls golf.

Susan Oelkers-Ramos, Board Trustee, received the Marvin A Rapp Award for Distinguished Trustee Service at the New York Community College Trustees (NYCCT) Awards Dinner on September 22 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Ms. Oelkers-Ramos, a Stony Point businesswoman, has been an RCC trustee since January 2004.


David Lucander, Associate Professor of Multicultural Studies, authored an article titled “Perfect Tens,” a history of rock climbing in New York, in the September 2017 issue of Climbing magazine.

Sara Macel, Lecturer, Art/Photography, had a photo essay published in the July 19 issue of National Geographic magazine. Her series, “What Did the Deep Sea Say,” intersperses her own photographs with those taken by her maternal grandmother, which were found in a forgotten suitcase long after her death.


Dr. Sherrill Wilson, Adjunct, Pluralism & Diversity, and Wendy Gordon, Department Chair of Hospitality, presented a lecture on breakfast foods around the world, held September 24 at the Mahwah (N.J.) Public Library. Breakfasts in countries such as Korea, Israel, Italy, France and Switzerland were covered. Patrons learned how to make their own granola from scratch and were served blueberry challah bread pudding upon completion of the lecture.


Collette Fournier, Adjunct, Art/Photography, exhibits her photographic works from October 1 to November 29 at Finkelstein Memorial Library in Spring Valley. The opening reception is Sunday, October 14 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., followed by a gallery discussion from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Fournier's serial work explores themes of The Amistad: From Mystic Seaport to Nova Scotia, Post-Hurricane Katrina, Travels to West Africa, and her community.


Jodilynn Greico, Academic Liaison, P-TECH, led an RCC delegation that hosted four faculty members and administrators from Community College of Baltimore, Maryland. CCBC visited RCC as part of their research into establishing their own P-TECH model in Baltimore. In addition to Greico and Natasha Shea, principal of P-TECH, the CCBC educators were welcomed by Dr. Robert Schultz, RCC's Interim Associate VP of Academic Affairs. Faculty members Eric Magaram, Kay Copp Brown, Mary Lou Owens and Inez Rivera shared their insights into how RCC works as a partner in the process of guiding students through designated P-TECH pathways. The visit concluded with a tour of the CAD and physics labs.