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PR # 1 July 7, 2008


Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in North Branch has named new department chairs for all of its academic departments. The following department chairs will serve a three-year term, beginning in August:

Stephen T. Brower: Computer Science Department. Stephen Brower, assistant professor of Computer Science, has been at RVCC since 2000. He received BS and MS degrees in Computer Science, both from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Before joining RVCC, he worked as a Systems Associate at Merck & Co., Inc.

Dr. Margaret Czerw: Science & Engineering Department. Dr. Margaret Czerw, assistant professor of Chemistry, has been teaching full-time at RVCC for five years. She previously served as an adjunct instructor at the College. She received an AS in Chemistry (Highest Honors) from RVCC; a BA in Chemistry (Highest Honors) from Rutgers University; and a PhD in Computational Chemistry from Rutgers University?s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Patti Hulsen: Mathematics Department. Patti Hulsen, an associate professor of Mathematics, has been teaching full-time at RVCC for 14 years. She previously served as an adjunct instructor at the College. She has coordinated several grants, including two National Science Foundation awards in support of RVCC?s Galileo Scholars Program. Before joining RVCC, her career was in information systems at Bell Atlantic. In 1999 she was selected as an Outstanding Citizen of Somerset County. She received a BS degree in Computer Science from St. Peter?s College and an MS degree in Mathematics from Seton Hall University.

Ellen J. Lindemann: Business and Public Service Department. Ellen Lindemann is an assistant professor of Economics and International Business. She has been a full-time faculty member at RVCC for eight years and previously served as an adjunct instructor at the College for 12 years. She holds a BA in International Relations and Economics and an MA in Economics with a specialty in Economic Development, both from American University. Professor Lindemann is currently completing her doctorate in Organization and Management with a specialty in International Business from Capella University.

Carol Wolyn Patterson: Health Science Education Department. Carol Patterson, an assistant professor of Nursing, joined the RVCC faculty in 1990. She received an AAS in Nursing from Middlesex County Community College; a BSN from New Jersey City University; and an MSN from Seton Hall University.

Christine Pipitone-Herron: English Department. Christine Pipitone-Herron, an assistant professor of English, is in her seventh year teaching at RVCC. She received a BA from Brigham Young University and an EdM from Rutgers University. She is currently working on an EdD at Rutgers University.

S. Laurie Reynolds: Communication & Languages Department. S. Laurie Reynolds, an associate professor of French and Spanish, has been teaching at RVCC for 15 years. She received a BA in French from SUNY Potsdam; an MA in French Literature from Purdue University; and an MA in Spanish from the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain. She also holds a Certificat en fran?ais from the Universit? de Qu?bec. She completed doctoral coursework at CUNY Graduate School. Professor Reynolds received a Teaching grant from the US Department of State to teach in Annecy, France in 2002 and was selected for Who?s Who Among America?s Teachers in 1996. She received a Fulbright research grant in July 2007 to study in the French West Indies.

Kimberly Schirner: Humanities, Social Science and Education Department. Kimberly Schirner, an assistant professor of Early Childhood Education, has been teaching at RVCC for four years. She received a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an MA in Teaching and Learning from Gratz College. She is completing an EdD from Fischler Graduate School of Education, Nova Southeastern University.

Ann Tsubota: Visual and Performing Arts Department. Ann Tsubota, who chaired the Visual and Performing Arts Department from 1985-2003, is a professor of Art at RVCC. She?s been teaching full-time at the College since 1979 and previously served as an adjunct instructor for three years. She also heads the ceramics program in the College?s Visual Arts Department. She received a BA degree in American Studies from Douglass College and an MFA in Ceramics from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. She has taught at Douglass College, Livingston College and Rider University. Professor Tsubota is an active artist and currently exhibits her work at Sara Gallery in New York City and the Coryell Gallery in Lambertville. She also has received a New Jersey Council on the Arts Artist Fellowship.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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