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December 2015 Achievements


Katie Lynch, PhD, Instructor of English, has written a novel, Confucius Jane, to be released for publication by Forge Books on January 19, 2016.


The American Chemical Society awarded Honorable Mention recognition to RCC’s student chapter for its activities during the 2014-2015 academic year. Adessa Butler, PhD, Instructor of Chemistry, is the chapter’s faculty advisor. Award-winning chapters will be honored at the ACS National Meeting in San Diego, California, on March 13, 2016.

Jingfeng Xia, PhD, Director of the Library, was recently chosen as Member of the Week by the Association of College and Research Libraries, the higher education association for librarians in the US.


David Lucander, PhD, Assistant Professor of Multicultural Studies, has won the 2015 Missouri History Book Award for his book Winning the War for Democracy: The March on Washington Movement, 1941-1946 (University of Illinois Press, 2014).


Joe Falco, adjunct, Psychology, made three recent presentations: "Why Can't I Sleep?: A Developmental Approach to Working With and Understanding First-Year College Students," New Jersey Association of New Student Advocates (NJANSA) 5th Biennial Conference in Atlantic City, NJ, October 23; “’Mom, Dad...I'm Gay': Coming Out: A Family Systems Approach,", Counselor’s Casebook, Long Island University Hudson Graduate Campus, November 3; and "Jitterbugs and Debbie Downers Unite: The Unique Psychopathological Experience of Identifying as LGBTQ and Coping With Anxiety & Depression," 13th Annual LGBTQA College Leadership Conference at Montclair State University, November 6.


Kathy Hopkins, EdD, Associate Professor of Nursing, has been appointed an on-site evaluator for the NLN Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation, and will be part of a team that accredits nursing programs across the academic spectrum throughout the US.

Martin Lecker, EdD, Professor of Business, was appointed to a two-year term to serve as a member of SUNY's University Advisory Council for Distinguished Teaching Professorships.


Suzanne Cleary, PhD, Professor of English, has been invited to the University of Tulsa in January 2016 as featured speaker for the university's Humanities Council year-long celebration, “Humor in the Humanities.” She will read her poetry and meet/teach writing students.

Joseph Pirone, PhD, Professor, has been selected to be part of the United Methodist Church Commission exploring racial equality issues that currently focus on the dynamics between young men of color and our local police communities. The Commission’s goal is to emerge skills at "difficult conversations," so that greater understanding of the emotional dynamics are understood in the context of a more universal brotherhood that respects both peace and justice.

Student Achievements

Elina Arakelyan finished second in first-flight singles and earned 2nd team All-America status at the NJCAA Div. III National Tournament in Peachtree City, Georgia, on October 24. She also teamed with partner Brooke Strieter to finish fifth in first-flight doubles. RCC finished seventh in the overall team standings.

Emilio Ruiz was named to the All-Mid-Hudson Conference and All-Region XV Golf team last spring and qualified to compete in the NJCAA national championships in Chautauqua, NY.

Julian Vega has been selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship from Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as a 2015 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar. A Criminal Justice major, Vega holds a 3.95 GPA and is an officer in RCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter.

Thiago Veronez had his research article, "Misconceptions in Bilingual Education in Primary Schools” accepted for publication in the International Congress on Education, Innovation and Learning Technologies for their meeting in Granada, Spain.