Joe Clinton’s lifelong devotion honored with Hall call

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Joe Clinton of Pearl River, a former star basketball player at Albertus Magnus, will be inducted into the Rockland County Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 18.

Orangeburg, N.Y. (4/15/15)  When Joe Clinton graduated Union College in 1983, he never had that moment where he stopped to contemplate his future. And why would he? Clinton grew up playing ball from dawn to dusk. He wasn’t about to take up accounting.

So, at 22, he began to coach. Thirty-two years later, the Pearl River native’s passion for the games he loves persists.

“I liked playing so much, I couldn’t see myself do anything else,” he said.

Clinton’s lifelong devotion continues, but his achievements will be honored on Saturday when he is among those inducted into the Rockland County Sports Hall of Fame.

The 54-year old is one of six brothers, all of whom attended Albertus Magnus. Clintongraduated in 1979 as an all-county basketball and baseball player who helped the Falcons win Section 9 basketball championships during both of his seasons on varsity. They reached the state championship game Clinton’s senior year when he earned Rockland player of the year honors.

“I look back on it, and It was just a great time to grow up,” he said. “We came home from school and played ball all day.”

Clinton played four years of basketball and two years of baseball at Union. He finished with over 1,000 points and 500 assists and led Union to its first NCAA tournament appearance as a senior.

After graduation, he worked mornings at Sears so he could work a $1,000-a-year job as an assistant at SUNY Maritime. He returned to join the staff of his high school coach, Tom Collins, and soon became the head coach at Rockland Community College at just 25.

Clinton coached four years at RCC before arriving at Dominican. He has been the director of athletics and head men’s basketball coach for 25 years, posting a 362-341 career record.

“My favorite time of year is when we have our alumni game,” he said. “It’s just good to make the lifelong friendships and enjoy that camaraderie.”

Sports continues to provide Clinton with the special moments he cherishes. The last three years, he has coached his son, Joe, a former all-county guard at Pearl River who will be a senior next season.

“I just can’t believe how fast it’s all gone,” Clinton said.

Greg Lalevee Named Dominican College’s 2015 Person of the Year


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Dominican College and its Board of Trustees have named Greg Lalevee, the business manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825, as the 2015 Person of the Year. He will be celebrated at the College’s 43rd Annual Grand Reception, on May 1, 2015

Mr. Lalevee is being honored for his outstanding professional leadership, his philanthropic community commitments, and his high ethical standards.

The reception will be held at the Old Tappan Manor in Old Tappan, New Jersey beginning at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $350. All proceeds will support the Hennessy Center expansion, academic programs, and technological advancements, said Mary Lichtman, the College’s director of special events. Tickets may be obtained online at http://www.dc.edu/GR-RSVP or by contacting Ms. Lichtman at (845) 848-7406 or specialevents@dc.edu

 

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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.