Debaters Perform Well at Intercollegiate Tournament

debate-webOn Sunday, February 22, the College’s Debating Team hosted an intercollegiate debating tournament in Casey Hall, welcoming a number of talented college debaters from the local region.  Defending their home field for the first time this semester, the team did not disappoint. 

The team of Alma Godinez and Jordan Zuber-Banks led the way, earning a second-place finish in the always very competitive Varsity Division.  They missed out on the top-place finish by only one point.  Mr. Zuber-Banks also earned an individual third-place speaking award.  Veteran debater Nathaniel McAuliffe took the first-place speaking award in the Varsity Division.  Paired with Katherine Flores, who was competing in the Varsity Division for the first time, Mr. McAuliffe and Ms. Flores finished the day with a 2-1 record.  In the Junior Varsity Division, the newly formed team of Jonathan Cho and newcomer Shakira Hamilton made some noise at the tournament as well, competing hard and gaining some very good experience along the way.  Team member Natalie Arias, who did not have a partner available for the competitoin, provided valued support as a judging advisor throughout the day. 

The Debate Team will be back on the road to compete in its next tournament of the semester to be held at SUNY-Rockland on Sunday, March 22 at 11:30 a.m.  

 

Dominican College to Host College Finance Event

College Goal NY Events Help New York Students Gain Access to Financial Aid Opportunities

ORANGEBURG (January 20, 2015)- Dominican College is hosting a College Goal event on Saturday, February 7, to help college-bound students complete the most important tool in securing financial aid, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. A completed FASFA can be used to apply for aid for any college or university

Along with providing hands-on assistance with filing and submitting the FAFSA, financial aid experts will answer questions about financial aid, scholarships and loans. Participants can enter a drawing to win $500 for a College Access Challenge Grant (CACG).

The College Goal event will be from 12 noon – 4 p.m, February 7, in the Prusmack Center on Dominican College’s campus, 493 Western Highway, Orangeburg.

To file the FAFSA application, the following documents are required and should be brought to the event:

• Parent and student’s social security numbers
• 2014 tax returns for parents and student, if applicable
• 2014 W-2s if the completed tax return is not available
• 2014 records of untaxed income records such as Social Security, if applicable
• Pin number: students and parents need to apply for a pin number at (www.pin.ed.gov). This allows for electronically signing the application and receiving faster responses.
• Driver’s license

All information will be kept confidential. For information on the College Goal event, call (845) 848 – 7819 or go to: http://www.dc.edu/collegegoal

Dominican College Ranked Among the Nation’s Best for Online Communication Studies Program

Communication Studies Program ranked #22 by Affordable Colleges OnlineBest Online Communication

Dominican College’s Online Communication Studies Program ranks among the nation’s top colleges according to a new analysis by Affordable Colleges Online, a not-for-profit resource center that provides information about college cost, financial aid and college rankings.

Dominican College is ranked #22 on AC Online’s list of the “Top Online Communications Degrees.” According to AC Online, colleges on the list “stand out either for cost or quality.” The University of Minnesota (#1) DePaul University (#5) and Indiana University (#16) are some of the well-known institutions that are also named on the list.

To create the list, the website employed a proprietary scoring system using various cost and quality criteria and metrics, including:

  • Student-faculty ratio
  • 6-year graduation rate
  • Job placement for graduates
  • The AC Online Peer-Based Value (A proprietary metric that compares quality metrics of colleges with similar costs, and the costs of colleges with similar quality metrics)

“We researched hundreds of online communications programs across the nation,” said Dan Schuessler, founder and CEO of Affordable Colleges Foundation. “The schools ranked in our list had the best combinations of academic quality, affordability, flexibility and resources.”

“I am honored and excited to have AC Online recognize Dominican College this way,” said Mark Meachem, Ed.D, Director of the Division of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Communication Studies faculty. “We have worked hard to build innovative online courses that will prepare students for the global workforce and help increase the skill set students bring to their jobs.”

Dominican College’s online students connect with the full college experience: interaction with faculty chosen for their qualifications, experience and their teaching skill; access to the Career Development Center and the library collections; and membership in an international alumni network of over 10,000 people. In addition to Communication Studies, popular online programs at Dominican College include Criminal Justice, Psychology and Social Sciences.

For more information on the AC Online rankings, go to: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/communications-programs/

Doctor of Nursing Practice Approved

The New York State Education Department has approved Dominican College to offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.

The DNP has been adopted as the terminal degree for advanced practice nurses by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in response to the nursing shortage and the crisis in the healthcare system. Dominican College is implementing the Doctor of Nursing Practice to meet the needs of this paradigm shift and to offer the full spectrum of nursing education.

Building on current master’s nursing program curricula, students in this post master’s DNP program will be prepared at the most advanced level of nursing practice. These clinical leaders will be prepared to improve the safety and quality of patient care. They will influence health care outcomes, both locally and globally, by critically appraising evidence with the use of information technology as well as lead the development and implementation of health care policy.

The DNP program will launch in fall 2015.  Prospective students interested in applying to the program should contact Christina Lifshey, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions by phone (845) 848-7908 or email: christina.lifshey@dc.edu 

Palisades Institute Announces New Executive Director

The Palisades Institute of Dominican College is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Executive Director. Effective December 15, Stanley J. Jacoby will assume the position of Executive Director of the Palisades Institute. Mr. Jacoby has been a long standing member of the Board of Advisors of the Institute.

Most recently, Mr. Jacoby was the Executive Director of Rockland County Workforce Investment Board and the Director of Employee Rights, Relations, and Training of Rockland County.

He began his career at Bell Labs as an engineer in disaster-resistant building design and construction, and subsequently served in a number of executive positions at AT&T and Verizon. Drawing on his experience in the telecom sector, Mr. Jacoby established a management consulting and training practice, serving private, public, and non-profit clients. He presented workshops and trainings on leadership, quality management, customer service, harassment prevention and more.
Mr. Jacoby has served on educational and governmental advisory boards, including the Board of Examiners for the Governor’s Award for Excellence in both New York State and New Jersey and the boards at Rockland Community College and Dominican College. He was also an adjunct professor of Project Management and Quality Management at Polytechnic University.

He is a professional engineer (P.E.) in New York State and a senior professional in human resources (SPHR). Mr. Jacoby holds an M.S. in Engineering Mechanics from Columbia University, an M.S. in Management from Stevens Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Civil engineering from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. He has certificates from Cornell University in Equal Employment Opportunity policies and complaint handling.

The Palisades Institute was created in 1990 as part of Dominican College in Blauvelt, N.Y. to serve for-profit, government, and not-for-profit organizations. The Palisades Institute is based on the belief that people in all organizations are confronted with a myriad of issues in their work lives which would be better handled with a greater understanding and application of the principles of Quality, Leadership and Ethics. The Institute offers seminars and workshops that address issues related to the integration of these principles from a variety of perspectives.

Alumni From the Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments Program Recognized

Dominican College is pleased to announce that alumni of the Teacher Education Program for Students with Visual Impairments have been selected to serve on the board of NYSAER, a local chapter of the Association For Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired. They are Jamie Wallace, Chelsea Hale, Jennifer Dohman-Kehrer, and Amy Fisher.

NYSAER will be hosting their annual conference in October. Current students, Fotini Tsillis and Melinda Gonzalez, have been awarded full scholarships to attend the AER conference based on their submitted applications and their academic achievements.

The mission of AER is to support professionals who provide education and rehabilitation services to people with visual impairments. The Association was formed in 1984 as the result of a consolidation between the American Association of Workers for the Blind and the Association for Education of the Visually Handicapped.

College Awarded Alpha Award

The National Council of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society has awarded an Alpha Award at the Silver level to the Dominican College chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta. The Alpha Award is national recognition from the freshmen honor society given to chapters that have initiated a notably high percentage of their invited students.

In the 2013-2014 academic year, Dominican College inducted 87% of the students who were qualified and invited to join Alpha Lambda Delta. The College understands the importance of recognizing academic excellence among first year students and continuing to honor achievement, both in academics and community service, as students continue in their college career.

According to a letter from Dr. Glenda Earwood, Executive Director of Alpha Lambda Delta, “The growth of this honor society demonstrates that more academically talented students are drawn to your campus and that the successful transition of these students from high school to college has been supported by the faculty and staff.”

Alpha Lambda Delta is an honor society for students who have succeeded in maintaining a 3.5 or higher GPA, and are in the top 20% of their class, in their first year of college. Its mission is to “encourage superior academic achievement… to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning, and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their unique roles in society.” Alpha Lambda Delta has initiated more than 1,000,000 gifted students on college campuses across the country for the past 90 years.

In her letter, Dr. Earwood closes by saying, “The National Council of Alpha Lambda Delta appreciates the hard work and diligence exemplified by your advisors who have provided leadership and created a positive environment for these students resulting in an outstanding chapter.”

Dominican College Honored as a College of Distinction

College of Distinction

National college guide highlights colleges that excel in student-focused education

Dominican College has been honored as a College of Distinction for the 2014-2015 school year. Dominican College is one of a select group of colleges to earn this prestigious designation, based on its excellence in Four Distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant campus communities and successful outcomes

High school college counselors and educators nominate colleges and universities for recognition by Colleges of Distinction, which then evaluates each school based on qualitative and quantitative research. The colleges and universities are not ranked and instead are members of a consortium of other equally impressive schools.

Colleges of Distinction looks beyond rankings and test scores to find colleges that are the ideal places to learn, grow and succeed. The selection process reviews such factors as the school’s first year experience, general education program, experiential components of the curriculum, the strategic plan and alumni success and satisfaction.

“We focus on colleges that are deeply dedicated to students’ learning,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor of Colleges of Distinction. “Schools designated as ‘Colleges of Distinction’ offer innovative learning experiences that educate, nurture and transform students.”

To view Dominican College’s profile or to find more information about the online guide visit CollegeosfDistinction.com.

About Colleges of Distinction
Colleges of Distinction is a website and corresponding e-guidebook dedicated to honoring schools nationwide for their excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. CollegeofDistinction.com offers dynamic college profiles and easy-to-use search tools for students, parents, and counselors. The website includes tips from high school guidance counselors, essays from college students, presidents and other members of campus communities. Schools are selected based on college counselor recommendations and research, and evaluated on excellence in the Four Distinctions: student engagement, quality of teaching, vibrancy of the college community and success of graduates. For more information, visit CollegesofDistinction.com