College Hosts Symposium on the Safety of Our Water

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There was a wide range of water safety topics discussed at the Fourth Annual Healthcare Symposium, ”Is Your Water Safe Enough? What You Need to Know” on Friday, November 18, 2016, in the Prusmack Center. 

A panel of experts educated residents about the safety of water for drinking and recreation. While public water is highly regulated, they said homeowners with private wells should test their water frequently. 

Dr. Daniel Miller, Water Supply Program Manager with the Rockland County Department of Health, also cautioned that water filters should be used properly. He explained that activated carbon filters that fit into a pitcher or onto your faucet work by absorbing contaminants to a site on the carbon.  “And when you saturate all those sites, they start releasing all those contaminants back into the water.  That’s why it’s extraordinarily important – and a lot of people just don’t do it – to change those cartridges.”  

As far as the safety of the Hudson River for recreation, Dr. Andy Juhl, a Lamont Associate Research Professor with the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, said although the Hudson River is cleaner that it was years ago, there is room for improvement. “A typical location of the Hudson would still have unacceptable water quality because of sewage contamination about one out of every five days,” he said. He stressed that the tributaries of the Hudson River are actually more contaminated than the Hudson, and the Sparkill Creek is among the worst

Other panelists included: Dr. Steven Chillrud, Senior Doherty Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; Hon. Harriet Cornell, Rockland County Legislator; and Dan Shapley, Water Quality Program Director, Riverkeeper. The program was moderated by the former Health Commissioner for Rockland County, Dr. Joan Facelle. 

“We are asked to be good stewards of our water supply so that our water can remain safe for generations to come,” said Dr. Facelle as she concluded the program. “ We need to continue to work on conservation, on monitoring and testing, regulation and enforcement, ongoing research and improved infrastructure, so that we can ensure a safe supply in the future.”

 

 

Businesses Get Tips on Securing Government Contracts

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Paul Brennan, Rockland County Director of Purchasing, and Lin Simeti, Program Director, REDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center, were among the panelists at the November 17 program, “How to Make Government Your Customer.”

Local business leaders interested in doing work for government agencies attended “How to Make Government Your Customer” on Thursday, November 17, 2016, in the Lawrence Room of Rosary Hall. The program was sponsored by the Palisades Institute. 

The first panel addressing “Steps to Becoming a Government Provider” included: Paul Piperato, Rockland County Clerk; Lin Simeti, Program Director, REDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), and Paul Brennan, Rockland County Director of Purchasing.

Simeti explained that PTACs were started by the Department of Defense to assist small businesses with procurement. “They set up a program to actually help small businesses get through the process and guide them so that they have the opportunity to bid and government has the opportunity to have a wider pool of vendors.” The local PTAC in Pearl River helps businesses with one-on-one counseling, and has a free bid match system to notify businesses of local, state, or federal contracts that may interest them. 

Brennan stressed that in the public sector, businesses have the right to see past contracts and pricing so that they are not bidding on contracts “blind.” Among his suggestions:  read the entire solicitation, give yourself enough time to fill it out, ask questions, be sure to have the proper insurance, and don’t give up. 

A second panel of successful local government contractors spoke about how they have overcome challenges. Those panelists included: Ellie Kassner, President, W.H. Kassner, Inc.; Marcelo Reggiardo, Principal, Alianza, Services, LLC; Nick O’Brien, Vice President, Concept Print; and Harry Campbell, President, Biofeedback Resources International.

The aim of the Palisades Institute of Dominican College is to encourage leaders in business, government, and not-for-profit agencies to integrate the concepts of Leadership, Quality, and Ethics to achieve long-term success.

 

College Offers Biology Research Workshop for High School Students

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Dominican College is offering a Biology research workshop for high school students on weekends. The workshop will be held on five consecutive Saturdays, beginning on October 29, 2016, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Students participating in the program will have the opportunity to perform original biological research. The workshop series is open to any high school student who has completed their life science course and has a demonstrated interest in completing a research project. A total of 10 spots are available and there is no charge for the workshop. 

Interested students should contact Dr. Bernadette Connors at bernadette.connors@dc.edu or 845-848-6020 prior to October 15, 2016.

 

 

 

Upcoming Career Fair Open to the Public

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Dozens of area businesses will gather at Dominican College on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, looking for prospective employees.   The event is open to the public.  Don’t miss this opportunity to meet company recruiters, apply for jobs and internships, and polish your networking skills.   The event will take place in the Hennessy Center, 495 Western Highway, Blauvelt, from 2 to 5 p.m.

“This is a great opportunity for our students and local residents to meet with many different employers in one location,” said Evelyn Fiskaa, Director of Career Development. “Participation at the Career Fair is a great way to connect and network with representatives of organizations that are recruiting for positions and internships.”

Companies who will be in attendance include, but are not limited to:

Adecco Staffing
Adventist Health
Active International
ARC of Rockland
Allstate Insurance, Hamilla Agency
Braemar Living at Wallkill
Camp Chen-A –Wanda
Camp Venture, Inc.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark
Coca-Cola Refreshments
Combined Insurance
Constellations Health Service
Crystal Run Health
EF International Language School
Enterprise Holdings
Express Employment Professionals
Ezras Choilim Health Center
Foresters Financial Services
Head Start of Rockland, Inc.
i9 Sports
New York City Department of Correction
New York Life
New York State Environmental Conservation Police
Nice Pak/PDI
Northwestern Mutual-White Plains
Nyack Computer
NYS Department of Labor
Orange & Rockland
Primerica
RCALD/Y.A.I.
Rockland Boulders
Rockland County’s Sheriff’s Office
Sleepy Hollow Physical Therapy
Sparkling Pool Services, Inc.
Spectra Laboratories
St. Dominic’s Home
SUNPOWER by infinity solar
Sunshine Healthcare services
The NYS Dept. of Taxation & Finance
Townsend & Associates, Inc.
Verizon

Interested in recruiting at the event? Register here!

For more information, call 845-848-4033. 

Leaders from the Federal Reserve Bank of NY Speak at the College

Joseph Tracy (left) and Jason Bram (right), both senior leaders of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, took questions from the audience at Dominican College on January 15, 2016,

Joseph Tracy (left) and Jason Bram (right), both senior leaders of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, took questions from the audience at Dominican College on January 15, 2016.

Local business leaders gathered at Dominican College on January 15, 2016, to hear what senior leaders from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York had to say.

Joseph Tracy is the Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He said that many Americans were surprised that it took so long to reverse the job losses of the recession. “The other bit of folklore is that the stronger the downturn, the faster the recovery – you had these v-shaped recessions and recoveries.  We just didn’t experience that,” he said.

Tracy explained that the recovery took longer because of a changing economy, labor force, and demographics.

Jason Bram, Research Officer, Regional Analysis Function, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, gave a more regional perspective on the economy. He cautioned that the unemployment rates don’t tell the full story.  While U.S. unemployment is generally at the same levels as before the recession, labor participation is lower.  “What that means is that the unemployment rate is lower not completely because there are more and more people working,” said Bram,  “but to some extent because there are fewer people looking for work or people who are what we call ‘underemployed.’”

Bram said that the economy of New York State has outperformed the nation, and New York City has been the leader in the State.

The presentation was co-sponsored by the Palisades Institute and the Rockland Business Association.                                

Acclaimed Orchestra Holds Christmas Concert December 6

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The popular Dominican College Christmas Concert featuring the Reverend Alphonse Stephenson and the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea will be held on Sunday, December 6, 2015, at 3 p.m. in the Hennessy Center, 495 Western Highway in Blauvelt. 

“The College is very grateful to be able to bring forty classically-trained musicians to perform a holiday concert worthy of Carnegie Hall to our community,” said Mary Lichtman, Director of Special Events.  “This annual event has become a treasured tradition at the College that so many people look forward to.” 

Tickets for the concert are priced at $30 for General Admission, $25 for seniors and veterans and $20 for students with a school ID.  Concert tickets include a post-performance dessert reception.  In addition, a  Holiday Buffet will be held in the Granito Center at 1 p.m. before the concert, at a cost of $20 per person. 

To purchase tickets, please e-mail specialevents@dc.edu or call 845-848-7406.  Tickets will also be sold at the door. 

 UPDATE

Beautiful Christmas music filled the Hennessy Center yesterday during the annual concert featuring the Reverend Alphonse…

Posted by Dominican College on Monday, December 7, 2015

Symposium Educates Parents and Health Care Professionals About Concussions

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Parents, health care professionals, and nursing students listened to top experts on concussions during Dominican College’s Healthcare Symposium entitled “Concussions: What You Need to Know” on Monday, November 16 in the Prusmack Center.    

The evening symposium was moderated by Dr. N. Noel Testa, Former Clinical Professor of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, NYU Langone Medical Center, and a Consultant with the Department of Education NYC, Public School Athletic League.  Dr. Testa urged those in attendance to become educated and find out what kind of concussion programs their school has.    “I am asking all of you, as parents, guardians and educators to get yourself involved,”  he said. ” You’ve got to go into the schools.  You’ve got to ask what is going on.”

The experts stressed that a concussion may not cause you to lose consciousness, and it may not be detected by an MRI. Coaching staff should be aware that the signs of a concussion include an athlete who appears dazed or stunned, is confused about an assignment or moves clumsily.  Athletes should be aware of symptoms including a headache, nausea, balance problems, double vision, and confusion. 

One of the panelists, Dr. John Galluci, who is the Medical Coordinator of Major League Soccer and the President of JAG Physical Therapy, said that awareness of concussions has increased greatly,  “What this has really done – and I call it the concussion revolution – is put healthcare first now in sports.”  Dr. Gallucci said the team approach is critical and nurses, certified athletic trainers, physical therapists and doctors need to advocate every day. 

This is the third annual Healthcare Symposium presented by Dominican College. 

 

Upcoming Symposium Educates About Concussions

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The Third Annual Healthcare Symposium “Concussions: Everything You Need to Know” will be held on Monday, November 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Anyone involved in youth sports will want to take part in this interesting and informative evening, which will feature a panel of experts and open discussion. Physicians, coaches, athletic directors, athletic trainers, nurses, and parents are all invited to attend.

The moderator of the event will be Dr. N. Noel Testa, Former Clinical Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at NYU Medical Center. The keynote address will be delivered by Dennis Cardone, DO, Associate Professor at the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases.

Attendees will learn about the epidemiology of concussions, on-field assessment, post- concussion syndrome, rehabilitation and therapy, guidelines for returning to school, injury prevention, and protective equipment.

The event will be held in the Fury Lecture Hall of the Prusmack Center off Western Highway in Orangeburg, NY.  For more information, and to register for the symposium, please click here.

 

 

Dominican College Offers Microbiology Workshop for High School Students

biologyDominican College is offering a microbiology workshop for high school students on weekends. The workshop will be held on six consecutive Saturdays, beginning on October 24, 2015, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Students participating in the program will have the opportunity to perform original biological research while learning techniques in microbiology. The workshop series is open to any high school student who has completed their life science course and has achieved an 85% overall grade in their science and math courses combined. A total of 16 spots are available.

There is no charge for the workshop, which is being offered through a donation from Orange and Rockland Utilities.

Interested students, should complete and submit the form below.  The deadline to submit an application and a letter of recommendation is October 8, 2015.

All applicants will be notified by October 15 if they are accepted into the workshop.

 

 

Students Participate in National Day of Service and Remembrance

9-11 Jawonio Service 018Dominican College students paid tribute to the victims of the 9-11 attacks by volunteering on September 11, as part of the National Day of Service and Remembrance.

The volunteering efforts were organized by Melissa Grau, Director of Community Engagement and Leadership Development. “I think the purpose of the attacks on September 11th was to break the American spirit and the reason that service has become such an important part of today, especially at Dominican College, is to show that it didn’t break our spirit and we still live and love in our community,” she said.

Some students volunteered at Jawonio in New City, playing board games and working on craft projects with adults who have special needs. “They just brighten up our consumer’s day. They bring joy to their faces,” said Jawonio spokesperson Dana Ferraro. “It’s a nice environment because they chose to be here and it really shows. We just love to have them.”

Also on September 11, students volunteered in the Granito Center, making handmade greeting cards that will be delivered to veterans and seniors who are homebound.

Congress designated September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance in 2009 to unite Americans in service in the same way so many came together following the attacks. At Dominican College, there is a commitment to community service year-round, so that students learn as much outside of the classroom as they do in it.