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SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence recipients:

Talia Lipton and Matt Matcovich - Excellence in Teaching

Shamika Mitchell - Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities

Lilia Juele - Excellence in Professional Service

Joe Falco
, Coordinator of the Connection Center, announced that RCC and The Byne Group (the Connection Center's marketing company) received a pair of awards: the Gold Award at the 16th Annual Service Industry Advertising Awards in February, for Imprinted Materials & Life Happens 211 Promotional Materials; and the Silver Award at the 34th Annual Educational Advertising Awards in March, for the RCC Life Happens Connection Center Blueprint.

Maire Fox, adjunct, History, was awarded a grant for summer research in Dublin, Ireland, on Nickolas Davatzes, who helped found the History Channel and the A&E Network.

Maire Liberace, Professor of Philosophy & Speech, in April received a Book of the Year Award from the Library Association of Rockland County (LARC) for her book of poetry, “Lament In A Minor Key,” published in August 2018. The award ceremony will be June 14. She also gave a poetry reading from her book, “Walking on Water,” on March 26 at Finkelstein Memorial Library in Spring Valley.

Patty Maloney-Titland, Professor/Chairperson of Performing Arts, announced that the Performing Arts department was recently awarded the Arts Council Award for Best Arts Educators. The nomination read, in part: “Created a multitude of opportunities for students and community members … (to) participate in artistic endeavors … expanded its degree track offerings … Budding student artists can now focus their studies on Theatre, Music, Dance, Musical Theatre, Cinema Studies, Filmmaking, Theatrical Stage Combat or a General Studies track.”


RCC employees recognized for their years of service on June 20

50 Years

Richard Connolly, Wilma Jo Frank

35 Years

Lynn Aaron, Alexandra Kapral, William Murphy

30 Years

William Joseph Carroll, Belinda Kodgis, Dawn Marie Moliterno,
Sheila Paris, Robert Rahl

25 Years

Pamela Gerstheimer, Nabil Ghobriel, Grazyna Gliwiwak,
Lisa R. Jacobson, Sally B. Rosenthal

20 Years

Allegrah Abrahams, Joseph B. Arius, Christian G. Cea,
Josephine P. Coleman, Robert L. Freeman, Burton Louis-Charles,
Patricia McAndrews, Chritopher J. Plummer, Claire Vignola, Deborah Vinecour

15 Years

Rafael Espinal, Daisy Mercado

10 Years

Joseph Falco, James Fiske, Matthew J. Matcovich, Yaritza Santana,
Lori Stewart-Jelen

5 Years

Carol A. Coiro, Richard Downs, Jude Fleurismond,
Harry Z. Lehrfeld, Benjamin W. Naylor

Sara Annunziato, Instructor of Nursing, was honored as environmental volunteer of the week by the Rockland County Times for her work involving water assessment in local streams for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. The Times' article was posted on the newspaper's website April 22 and published in its April 25 print edition. Annunziato will be joined by several students from the RCC Environmental Club during upcoming volunteer opportunities.


Manonce Celestine, Library Support Technician, had his paintings and photography published in both the June 2019 issue of Rare magazine and the July 2019 edition of Boss Mann magazine.

Maureen Kroning, Nursing Chair, co-authored an article in the May 2019 issue of Nursing Management Journal with Kathleen Hopkins, Associate Professor of Nursing and Division Chair, STEM and Health Professions. The article was titled, “Healthcare organizations thrive with shared governance."

Meghan Nolan, Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Reading and Writing Center, recently had a book chapter titled, “Multiplicity and the Student Writer: Embracing Creative Multigenre Identity Work in the Writing Classroom” published in “Exquisite Corpse: Art-Based Writing Practices in the Academy” (Parlor Press 2019).


Jonathan Barnwell, Coordinator of Judicial and Veterans Affairs, presented an hour-long workshop titled, "Working with Student Veterans" on April 5 at the SUNY Student Assembly spring conference held at the Saratoga Hilton in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Debra Bouabidi, Director of Financial Aid, presented a break-out session titled, “Guided Pathways and SUNY's Community College Institutes," at the annual SUNY Financial Aid Professionals Conference April 16-18. The session covered basic information on Guided Pathways' principles and reviewed RCC's progress in implementing this national model. She also moderated two other conference sessions, The President's Roundtable and The Community College Sector Session, and presided over the SUNYFAP conference as the organization's president.

Jodilynn Greico, Instructor of English, presented as part of a panel at the "4C's" – the National Council for Teacher Education's Conference on College Composition and Communication, on March 13 in Pittsburgh, Pa. The panel was titled, "Shared Strategies for Writing about Literature in the Community College Composition Classroom: What Works Where, and Why?"

Maureen Kroning, Nursing Chair, presented a lecture titled “Mental Health Needed More Than Ever in the 21st Century,” on March 28 at the Nyack College Symposium.

Meghan Nolan, Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Reading and Writing Center, will present her forthcoming book chapter “The Charitable and the Chastened: The Socially Mobile Female in Victorian Mysteries” at the “(Neo-)Victorian Orientations in the Twenty-first Century” conference in Malaga, Spain, May 15-17. The book chapter will be published this year in the forthcoming book, “Detection Across Boarders” (Palgrave 2019).

Professor Nolan and two peer tutors from the Reading and Writing Center also presented at the Northeast Writing Center Association (NeWCA) Conference on March 30, in collaboration with the director and peer tutors of Concordia College, of Bronxville, N.Y. The presentation was titled “Elevating the Individual in Writing: Meaning Making through Reflection, Fragmentation, and Improvisa.”

Catherine Roche, Professor of Business, presented "SUNY COIL Center Update" at the CUNY COIL Colloquium at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, N.Y., on April 12. She also presented "From Theory to Practice: Engaging Students in Service Learning in Business Courses" on March  2 at the 8th Annual Tri-State Best Practices Conference at Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst, N.J.

Lisa Schachter, Professor of Nursing, was the keynote speaker at Good Samaritan Hospital's National Nurses Week ceremony on May 7 in Suffern. The theme of her speech was "4 Million Reasons to Celebrate," in reference to the American Nursing Association's recognition of the 4 million active nurses in the United States.

Patricia Szobonya, Chair of Paralegal Studies, and Deborah Vinecour, Professor of Paralegal Studies, made presentations concerning the legal profession and paralegal field to students at North Rockland High School on April 3. The students included those enrolled in RCC's High School Program as well as students in an after-school club.

Joseph Falco presented a Feature Session at NJCU's Community College Showcase: Promoting Equity and Student Success, "Connection, Community, Completion (Credentialing): When Life Happens". A holistic approach to student advocacy, the Community Schools model addresses the conditions of poverty and the barriers students face to successfully stay in school and earn their desired credential(s). The Connection Center, RCC's Community Schools initiative, utilizes innovative ways of collaborating with community partners to help our students succeed, when life happens.

Dr. Shamika Mitchell was invited by the US Embassy of Algiers to participate in the Algiers Comic Con - FIBDA. She is one of 12 US delegates to attend this international event. The USA is the nation being honored this year. Dr. Mitchell will make a presentation about Islam and comics, and will host a comics education workshop with students.

Catherine Roche, Professor of Office Technologies and Business, and Patricia Szobonya, Esq., Chair of Paralegal Studies, recently presented their co-authored paper entitled, "Pursuing Equality in the Fourth Industrial Revolution" at the first Conference on Smart Information & Communication Technologies (SmartICT '19) held in Saida, Morocco.


Patty Maloney-Titland, Professor/Chairperson of Performing Arts, helped spearhead the production of a fundraising performance on March 27 for Concern Worldwide US, an international humanitarian relief agency that helps those living in extreme poverty. The Robert Flynn Irish Heritage Committee, the Performing Arts department and Campus Players collaborated on the production, which included world-class professional actors as well as students and staff from RCC. The group ended up raising more than $10,000 for Concern Worldwide US.

Angelo Parra, Performing Arts/English adjunct, will have his critically acclaimed show, "The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith," makes its Northern California premiere at Center Repertory Company in the San Francisco Bay area in January 2020. His play, "Mr. Green," was performed at the Winterfest Play Festival in New York City in late February 2019, and his play "Elwes" was given a staged reading by the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble at Nyack Library in January 2019.


Marc Russell, adjunct, Photography, is one of 17 artists represented in a group photography exhibit called “Points of View” opening April 27 at the Washington Art Association & Gallery in Washington Depot, Conn. He will also be opening a solo photography exhibit on June 1 in Woodbury, Conn.

Collette Fournier and Mark Kirton, Photography Adjuncts, Art, are holding a collaborative exhibition, “Two from Brooklyn,” August 15-21 at the Catalyst Gallery in Beacon, N.Y. The opening reception is Saturday, August 17, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Collette Fournier, adjunct, Photography, is featured in the photography exhibit “In Conversation: Visual Meditations on Black Masculinity” at the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP). The exhibit opened October 4, 2019, and runs through March 1, 2020.


Maire Fox, adjunct, History, is a semifinalist for the Open Study Ireland Fulbright to study "The History of Dissection in the 19th Century" in Dublin, Ireland.

Angelo Parra, Performing Arts/English adjunct, has been nominated for a Rockland County Arts Award in the Literary Artist category.


Sherrill Wilson, adjunct, Pluralism & Diversity, moderated an event titled “The Role of Memorials in Preserving History,” on March 28 at the United Nations. The event was part of the 2019 activities being held to mark the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.


Cynthia Hayden, Simulation Lab Coordinator and Nursing adjunct, earned the designation Open SUNY Online Teaching Ambassador in March 2019.

Elizabeth Perez, Student Programs and Leadership Development administrator in Student Involvement, secured a $2,800 grant from the National Society of Leadership and Success, a leadership honor society, to cover the cost of starting a new chapter at RCC.

Jennie Wassmer, Instructor of Art, recently celebrated the completion of her first year as an RCC instructor of Art at Albertus Magnus High School, as well as marking 25 years in education overall.

Barry Wiesenfeld, musician and adjunct professor in the Performing Arts department was recently profiled in Orange County Magazine in their "I am Orange County" feature.  Orange Magazine is a publication that defines and celebrates life in Orange County, NY, and showcases its residents.

Students & Alumni

Marielle Berrian, a second-year student in the Fine Arts program, had her artwork included in this year's edition of Impulse magazine. She has earned an Art Department Faculty Scholarship and recently gained membership in Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year colleges.

Lisa Clarke, an Early Admit student at RCC and a senior at Nanuet High School, earned Scholar-Athlete of the Week recognition from The Journal News for her outstanding academic and athletic accomplishments. An article was published on April 20 in the newspaper.

Dr. Louis Rosenfeld, adjunct, Science, accompanied outstanding RCC Chemistry students Maria Aono and Erik Dashevsky at the William H. Nichols Symposium and Awards Dinner sponsored by the New York Section of the American Chemical Society. Some of the top researchers in chemistry attend the event. Recipients of the award have included Nobel laureates in chemistry and physics.

Current students Michael Deluise, Serafino Amendola and Zachary Blasko, and alumni Ryan McNeill, Kevin Lynch and Andrew Marcinak performed scenes from Shakespeare and also some scenes inspired by his works, during the annual Festival of the Arts on March 21 at Richard P. Connor Elementary School in Suffern. For 22 years, Christopher Plummer, Director, RCC Cultural Arts Theater, has been taking students from RCC's in-house Rockland Shakespeare Company/Pen & Sword Theatre Troupe to local area elementary and middle schools to teach children about Shakespeare through presentations and performances.