RVCC’s Top-Notch Faculty Celebrates Book Launches, Film & Dance Debuts & More!
RVCC not only offers the best in community college degrees and accredited programs, but also is the home to outstanding faculty members who continuously strive for excellence in the classroom with innovative curriculum. Our faculty members also shine with accomplishments outside of the classroom with impressive book launches, performances, awards and recognition by influential figures within their respective areas of expertise. RVCC’s pride in our faculty members runs deep and the list of their accolades are many, but here is just a sample.
From History to Poetry…Books Abound!
- Carl Lindskoog, RVCC Assistant Professor of History, shares his thoughts on how the systems designed for Haitian refugees in the 1970s laid the groundwork for the way immigrants are treated in the United States in his book: Detain and Punish: Haitian Refugees and the Rise of the World's Largest Immigration Detention System.
- Associate Professor of English Charlie Bondhus celebrates the launch of his new book of poetry, Divining Bones, which explores the fluidity of age, gender, and self-perception in this radical and playful work. His previous book, All the Heat We Could Carry, received the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry.
- Readers gain a better understanding of the history of racism in Dismantling the Racism Machine: A Manual and Toolbox, written by Karen Gaffney, Professor of English. The book offers an accessible, introductory guide to race and racism complete with “tools for action.”
A Product Redesign That Perks Up Coffee Sales!
Darren McManus, RVCC Assistant Professor of Visual Arts, successfully rebranded Ajiri Tea and Coffee, redesigning the company’s visual identity and full-range of coffee and tea packages. Since completion, the company’s sales, distribution and partnerships have all increased with Ajiri Tea and Coffee products now available in several hundred stores across the United States. Forbes named Ajiri's Coffee and Tea Gift Set as one of the nine best gift sets in the "tea and coffee" category for its Holiday Gift Guide.
Success is Sweet as Professor’s Film Receives Award at Festival
A Docu-Web Series, Chocolate Conquest, by Esther Duran, Assistant Professor of Film & Digital Media, explores the people, history and culture of Venezuela as it relates to chocolate. The series received the award for Best Web Series at the prestigious Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Annual Film Festival and Lecture Series.
Dancing with RVCC’s Stars
The College’s talented dancers/choreographers were chosen to perform with the Format/Mayhem Dance Company at the Rochester Fringe Festival. Dance Major Nathan Forster presented his piece, “Development,” and Loretta Di Bianca Fois, Professor of Dance, presented “With only the clothes on our backs.” Marissa Aucoin, Adjunct Faculty member, is the Artistic Director of Format Dance.
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