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December 2017 Achievements


Suzanne Cleary-Langley, Professor of English, won second prize in the Troubadour International Poetry Prize competition for her poem, “Secret of Happiness.” The judges for the competition were poets Imtiaz Dharker and Michael Symmons Roberts, and the award was announced at a ceremony in London, England, on November 27.


Kimberly Weston, Librarian and Associate Professor, was appointed to the Rockland County Human Rights Commission.

Kate Erwin, Librarian and adjunct faculty, was appointed to the Open Educational Resources Task Force of the American Library Association’s Community and Junior College Libraries Section.


Shevy Oliver, co-director of the Center for Jewish Life and Hillel of Rockland, was honored by the Town of Ramapo during its annual Jewish Life Night celebration on December 13. Also honored were students Seth Kofinas '17, Jacob Fekete and Pace Sorscher.

Melissa Padham-Maass, adjunct faculty, Dance, was profiled in the December issue of Orange Magazine. A resident of Warwick, Padham-Maass this year founded the Warwick Center for the Performing Arts—a dance studio and theater—and serves as its artistic director.


Deb Bouabidi, Director of Financial Aid, testified before the New York State Assembly Higher Education Committee in Albany, NY, December 12, about the new Excelsior Scholarship and how the short application window last summer impacted community college students.

President Michael A. Baston, EdD, spoke as part of a higher education assessment workshop entitled “A Transformation through Integration” at the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) annual meeting in Boston, MA, December 13.

George Repic, Instructor and Chair of Business, was a featured panelist at the Rockland Business Association event, “Unleash the Revenue Powerhouses: Sales and Marketing,” at the Salvation Army Crestview Conference Center in West Nyack, NY, December 5.

Katherine Lynch, PhD, Associate Professor of English and Honors Program Chair, Stephen Burke, Instructor and Chair of English, and Talia Lipton, Instructor of Speech, led a workshop entitled “Converting Courses to OER-based Curricula: An Interdisciplinary Conversation” at the New England Faculty Development Consortium in Worcester, MA, November 17.

Rachel Golland, Assistant Professor of English, presented “Reading Autobiographies and Civic Engagement: Transitioning Classroom Pedagogy into Community Contribution” at the 2017 Community College Humanities Association (CCHA) National Conference, Baltimore, MD, November 10. The topic was inspired by her work on the RCC prison donation book drive in 2016.

Beth Robinson, Assistant Professor of Communication Media Arts, Christina Stern, Assistant Professor of History, and veteran alumnus Vincent Brennan ‘15 spoke about the local impact of World War I as part of a panel presentation at RCC in commemoration of Veterans Day.


Eileen MacAvery Kane, Instructor of Art, presented her work “White Out” at a juried exhibition by the Goshen Art League. The works are on display at the Goshen Music Hall, Goshen, NY, through March.


Bobby Deitch, adjunct faculty, Music, and his Bobby Deitch Band were the featured artists on the Bridgeside Live online concert series, December 12. See video of the show. The band’s album Grateful was also reviewed in the January issue of Modern Drummer magazine.

Student and Alumni Achievements

Yechiel Erps ’13 won the prestigious Maimonides Award for Speech Language Pathology from the Touro College School of Health Sciences. The award recognizes a graduate who demonstrates the highest professional ideals for a health sciences practitioner.

Shayna Rosado, a Computer Information Systems major, has been selected as one of 16 finalists for a Vanguard Award, administered by the New York State Nontraditional Employment and Training Project. The award is designed for students enrolled in a career or technical education program that is nontraditional for their gender.

Fifteen RCC students were certified after Skills Proficiency Tests in Stage Combat, as adjudicated by former Society of American Fight Directors President and Fight Master J. David Brimmer on December 19. Ten of the students received a Recommended Pass from the SAFD for exceeding the basic proficiency requirements. The students are:

Ryan McNeill, Unarmed and Single Sword (Recommended Passes)
Tyler Miranda, Unarmed and Single Sword (Recommended Passes)
Christina Schaudel, Unarmed and Single Sword (Recommended Passes)
Christopher Britt, Unarmed (Recommended Pass)
Michael Deluise, Unarmed (Recommended Pass)
Jennifer McKiever, Unarmed (Recommended Pass)
Kevin Meigh, Unarmed (Recommended Pass)
Nicholas Murfree, Unarmed (Recommended Pass)
Vinny Trombetta, Unarmed (Recommended Pass)
Freia Titland, Unarmed
Brandon Ali, Single Sword (Recommended Pass)
Yukina Hiros, Single Sword
Juan Huertas, Single Sword
Eric Lartigue, Single Sword
Michelle McGarry, Single Sword