50/50 Fundraiser Announced

The race is over, and Mike’s official race time was 3 hours, 59 minutes and 15 seconds (3:59:15). A tremendous effort by Mike, not only in the race, but in putting this entire event together.

And the winner is: Tracy Herb! Congratulations with a guess of 3:59:26.

At this year’s graduation in June, we will celebrate our 25th anniversary at the Gala. We will celebrate with many of our alumni and rekindle our rich history. We hope to see many alumni at our Gala event. Details will soon follow.

In the spirit of our 25th anniversary, one of our alumni, our Selection Committee Chair, Mike Seidenfrau, is “donating” himself and his performance in his first ever marathon as a fundraiser in the form of a 50/50 raffle. The person who guesses closest to Mike’s official finishing time will receive 50 percent of the raffle, while the rest of the proceeds will benefit Leadership Rockland. Please see the details below on how to participate and also view data on Mike’s last 3 HALF Marathon’s, all this year. Each guess is $20, and you may submit more than one guess (at $20 each), and you may donate above your guess entry fee.

Please help support Leadership Rockland in its missions and participate in this creative fundraiser. The winner will be announced by email and on this page on 11/25.

To see all the details and to submit your guess and pay online, visit A 50/50 Fundraiser to Benefit Leadership Rockland

Alumni Breakfast Panel Discussion

Getting There…
The Impact of Transportation on
Economic Development in Rockland County
Please join us at an Alumni Breakfast discussion on Transportation and Economic Development. Our speakers will be

Michael DiTullo
President/CEO – Rockland Economic Development Corp.
Jeff Zupan
Senior Fellow for Transportation – Regional Plan Association

The discussion will focus on our transportation network; roads, rails, and mass transit along with the changing face of Rockland and the influence on economic development. Where are we now and what do we need to do in order to encourage and sustain growth in the area.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
West Nyack Library
65 Strawtown Road
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
$10 per person

Bring a Guest!
This event is open to the public. Please share this email with your contacts and anyone you think is a potential candidate for the Leadership Rockland program.


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Leadership Rockland and 3D Printing

From the Rockland County Times: (click here to view the original article)

timothy englert

Tim Englert
Class of 2014

To say 3D printing is a big help to visual artist Tim Englert is an understatement.

“I make pieces from wood, and made furniture during the past several years,” Englert of Knickerbocker Bench said. “The Smart Lab has been instrumental in helping me visualize modifications to my work, and to do it in a way that keeps me from making a 600-pound bench” before the design is completed.

Previewed last year, the facility — the first prototype center of its kind in the Hudson Valley — opened in February at Rockland Community College’s Haverstraw extension.

RCC president Dr. Cliff L. Wood lobbied to bring one of the state’s 12 such centers to his school. “Our commitment is a regional center that supports businesses,” Wood, a voting member of the Governor’s Regional Economic Development Council, said. The Center has “$160,000 worth of 3D printing equipment, SolidWorks ™ software to train users in an environment supported by our CAD faculty and student interns.”

While the protoypes are ABS plastic, the software can be programmed for printing glass, metal and gold. “It’s a collaboration of sharing public resources, creating job opportunities and training for current and future employment opportunities,” he said.

After hearing about the facility through Leadership Rockland, Englert is now learning to use its SolidWorks software with help from an RCC intern. “With it, I can make a small change to a bench (which has strict design parameters) and then see what the change would look like,” he said.

Currently Englert, whose work is along the trail at Nyack Beach State Park and at Congers Lake, is designing a 14-foot long table. While he loves the feel of wood, “for me, the creation process first comes from a visual inside my head.”

The Smart Lab offers free-of-charge services to New York companies, including assistance from staff and CAD students. Its 9,000-square-foot expansion includes three 3D printers — Fortus 250 mic, SST 1200 es, and uPrint SE Plus — a 3D scanner, a science/wet lab, four CAD workstations, six new classrooms/training rooms, and business services.

On a table against one wall, a scarecrow, a witch, working scissors, link chain, half a Slinky keep company with other objects made of Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) plastic. One of the three machines was in the process of printing a design that was created using SolidWorks software.

“The shortest build time could be minutes but it’s usually hours, up to a week,” Michael Kluger, Assistant to the HEC Director. “After it’s out of the machine, each figure is put into a special bath to dissolve its support material.”

Manufacturers can evaluate, customize, and expedite prototypes in a sandbox environment, free of charge to New York companies, assisted by RCC staff and CAD (Computer Assisted Design) students. Robert Van Pelt, a mechanical engineer at Sono-Tek Corporation in Milton, said the lab “gives us rapid prototypes that we can use to evaluate their performance, and then have it made (in-house) from stainless steel or glass.”

His company produces ultrasonic spray systems for applying precise, thin film coatings. “A prototype takes less time to print, and we can have something within a day or two,” Van Pelt said.

“We saw an opportunity to bring something innovative to the Hudson Valley,” Wood said. Although RCC has offered CAD programs, “people who know them will now learn this new, cutting-edge technology.”

Support comes from the Ginsberg Development Corp.; Rockland’s Industrial Development Agency; The Center for Global Advanced Manufacturing (CGAM); SUNY 2020: and SUNY WORKS; the U.S. Department of Labor through its TAACIT (Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Training Program.) grant program.

The project is in the Village of Haverstraw, the Town of Haverstraw and the North Rockland school district, “and when they say it takes a village to have a facility like this, it does,” Wood said.

For information, contact Brian Merritt at bmerritt@sunyrockland.edu or 845-786-2413, or Michael Kluger at mkluger@sunyrockland.edu or 845-786-5340.