Five faculty/staff members of Rockland Community College were honored for outstanding professional achievement at Commencement 2016, receiving SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence. The awardees were: Patty Maloney-Titland for Excellence in Faculty Service, Eric Magaram for Excellence in Teaching, Jeremy Cordock for Excellence in Classified Service, and Robin Conklin and Burton Louis-Charles for Excellence in Professional Service.
Excellence in Faculty Service:
Patty Maloney-Titland, Professor of Performing Arts, has enriched the greater Rockland County Community as well as RCC’s Performing Arts program during her 28-year tenure at the College. Department chair since 1993, full professor since 2002, she instituted an internship initiative with Penguin Repertory Theatre, benefits multiple charitable causes through student productions, and co-founded and co-directs the Rockland Shakespeare Company providing free open to the community outdoor Shakespeare presentations each summer. She serves on 13 college-wide committees including the Irish Heritage Committee, and faculty representative to the RCC Foundation. Maloney-Titland has received numerous accolades for her work, including the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities in 2009. She earned a BA in theater from SUNY Oswego and an MFA from Catholic University.
Excellence in Teaching:
Eric Magaram, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, has been a faculty member since 2010 and tenured professor since 2015. He was instrumental in researching and developing the successful redesign of RCC’s developmental program in mathematics, utilizing the Carnegie Foundation’s Quantway Pathway as the core program. Magaram has taught Mathematics Skills, Quantitative Literacy, Elementary Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Statistics, Calculus I and First Year Seminar. He provides student assistance in RCC’s free Tutoring Center and is faculty advisor for the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Off campus, he has presented at 14 conferences since 2011, on topics ranging from mathematics, to remediation and student assessment, and has co-authored several peer-review papers since 2011. Magaram earned a BS in mathematics from the College of Staten Island, and an MS in applied statistics from New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Excellence in Classified Service:
Jeremy Cordock’s 14-years at RCC are marked by consistent efforts beyond job parameters towards improving College operations. As data entry operator in Nursing, he applies additional data analysis skills to enhance the technical, scheduling, and digital access processes throughout the STEM division. Cordock schedules, proctors and administers all Nursing entrance and achievement exams for some 2,000 students, trains the nursing faculty on test software programs, and provides superior “customer service” to all visitors to Nursing. He also works with Institutional Research to create innovative data mining reports for the STEM division. Cordock has also helped increase enrollment in the Phi Beta Kappa honor society by more than 25 percent since 2013.
Excellence in Professional Service:
Robin Conklin ’76, Registrar, has been with RCC since 1978, and in the Registrar’s office since 1992. She spearheaded the data clean-up of student and course files when the College converted to the Datatel student information system in 1999 and has utilized coding knowledge acquired during the conversion process to solve many data issues. She has trained staff on Datatel and WebAdvisor and streamlined process with online diploma and transcript services. Conklin is the regional vice president of the State University of New York (SUNY) Registrars Association. She earned an AA in liberal arts from RCC and a BA in history from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Burton Louis-Charles, currently the Evening and Weekend Coordinator, has held multiple
positions during his 18 years with the College. He has pioneered development of surveys, databases and management systems to track college-wide trends and excels at coordinating events to better integrate evening/weekend students into the College community. He provides special presentations on educational topics such as study skills and diversity, and supervises the Evening Ambassadors Program, a personal “help desk” service. He founded The Bridge newsletter for faculty. He has also contributed to the College community through his participation in the Leadership Academy, President’s Diversity Council and Faculty Senate. Extremely involved in community affairs, Louis-Charles, an ordained minister, tutors local school children in various subjects, and organized relief efforts after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.