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RCC Students Honored With Hispanic Heritage Awards

RCC Students Honored With Hispanic Heritage Awards

2018 RCC Hispanic Heritage Student Award winners and faculty.

Recipients cited for academic, artistic, leadership and personal achievements

DATE: December 17, 2018

RAMAPO, N.Y. – Twelve Rockland Community College students were honored during the College's 31st annual Hispanic Heritage Awards presentation, held November 30 at RCC.

“The purpose of the Hispanic Heritage Awards is to acknowledge the efforts and accomplishments of Hispanic/Latino(a) students at Rockland Community College,” said Josephine Tarsia, associate professor of Spanish and Italian. “These students excelled in diverse areas, including academic achievement, leadership, personal accomplishment and artistic talent. We are proud to have recognized outstanding RCC students of Hispanic descent for the past 31 years, and hope to continue this tradition for many years to come.”

The seven first-team honorees each earned a $200 scholarship and plaque, while the five honorable mention recipients received a $40 scholarship and certificate.

To be eligible, Hispanic/Latino(a) students must have been enrolled during the spring and fall 2018 semesters, earned a minimum of 24 degree credits, and have had a GPA of at least 3.0. Included in the students' application for the award was a personal essay and a faculty recommendation.

This year's awardees:

Academic Achievement

Alejandro Concepción, a Criminal Justice major who plans to become a police officer.

Albert Marsalisi, is studying Nursing.

Leadership Activities

Claudia Sandoval Urrutia, a student in the Sam Draper Honors Program, is enrolled in a science honors curriculum emphasizing mathematics and the natural sciences, and aims to become a physician assistant.

Glenys Contreras, a Humanities major, serves as zone chairperson for her local Lions Club and a ladies auxiliary member of the Wayne Hose fire company in Stony Point.

Artistic Talent

Tyler Brian Miranda, a Performing Arts major who has performed in murder-mystery dinner theater, traditional musicals, Shakespeare plays, cabaret, professionally filmed Star Wars light-saber fights and the New York Renaissance Faire.

Personal Accomplishments

Cindy Chavez, is studying Nursing.

Yulisa F. Viera, a Nursing major, is a licensed practical nurse pursuing licensure as a registered nurse. She plans to work in a hospital as a pediatric nurse.

This year's honorable mention selections:

Veronica Armas
Kelly Garces Gutiérrez
Julio César Polanco Taveras
Oswaldo Ruballos
Emily Mena

For more information on RCC's Hispanic Heritage Awards or Hispanic Heritage Month, contact Josephine Tarsia at 845-574-4170, or

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CONTACT: Susan Lyddon, VP of Institutional Advancement
845-574-4595 or 347-840-1247