Dominican College’s Online Program Named One of the Best in New York

Dominican College’s Online Program was ranked #19 in the State of New York by BestCollege’, a leading provider of higher education information and resources.

“As online learning opportunities expand at a state level, it’s important to help guide prospective students towards programs that will assist them in meeting their future career goals,” says Stephanie Snider, General Manager at “Being ranked one of the Best Online Colleges in New York signifies Dominican College of Blauvelt has developed a strong academic online program that keeps affordability and accessibility in mind for prospective students across the state of New York.”

Dominican College offers several fully online courses and five fully online programs including: Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences; Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies; Bachelor of Science in Management; Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice; and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

According to, online learning programs are expanding at a rapid pace because they provide opportunities for students who cannot pursue traditional on-campus degree programs. In fact, many students see online programs as the only option to get a college degree while balancing other commitments and challenges — including work, family, or disabilities. bases its rankings on academic outcomes, affordability, and the breadth and depth of online learning opportunities.  For the full list of recognized programs and details on the ranking’s methodology, visit:



Construction Begins on $5 Million Expansion of Hennessy Center


Dominican College administrators and representatives from Holt Construction attended a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction on an expansion of the Hennessy Center.

Construction has begun on a $5 million expansion of the Hennessy Center. The Hennessy Center is Dominican College’s Athletic Center and is also home to community concerts and events. 

The Hennessy Center expansion will include a new, regulation-size NCAA gym on the same level as the current gym, with batting cages that can be lowered from the ceiling. A new lower level will have a fitness center, dance studio, weight room, and coaches’ offices. Plans call for the current exercise room to become an Athletic Training Lab for students in the Athletic Training academic program.  Construction is expected to be completed in less than a year. 

“With this expansion, Dominican College will meet the needs of a growing student population and be able to attract and train more student athletes.” said College President Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., Ph.D. ”The Hennessy Center will continue to serve the community by hosting summer camps, concerts, job fairs, programs for people with disabilities, and community events.  In addition, nearby residents will also be able to use the new fitness center for a reasonable membership fee.”

More than half of the money needed for the expansion has been raised. The College recently launched a new fundraising campaign to raise the remainder of the funds.  If you are interested in donating, or would like to learn more about the Hennessy Center project, please contact Dorothy Filoramo at



Dominican College Named a Top Workplace by The Journal News

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Shown here are some of our employees recognized in 2015 for their years of service to the College.

Dominican College has been selected as a Journal News Top Workplace in the Lower Hudson Valley for 2016. The honorees were chosen based upon the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement.

 “We are so pleased to have received this award, “ said College President Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., Ph.D.,  “Our mission stresses that we promote educational excellence, leadership, and service in an environment characterized by respect for the individual and concern for the community and its needs.  I believe that our respect for every employee is what makes Dominican College such a unique and rewarding place to work. Our employees often say that the Dominican College community is like family to them.  We help each other through difficult times and celebrate each other’s good news.  This is a particularly meaningful award to me, because it is based upon surveys completed by our employees.”

 Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics said, “The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits. But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together. Claffey adds, “Without this sense of connection, an organization doesn’t have a shot at being named a Top Workplace.”

According to a May 1, 2016, article in The Journal News, Dominican College employees surveyed said they were satisfied with their jobs because of great co-workers and managers, along with the ability to grow personally and professionally. 

WorkplaceDynamics is headquartered in Exton, PA.  This year alone, more than two million employees in over 6,000 organizations will participate in the Top Workplaces campaign — a program it conducts in partnership with more than 40 media partners across the United States.  Workplace Dynamics also provides consulting services to improve employee engagement and organizational health.


College Unveils Chemistry Lab With Equipment Donated from Pfizer, Inc.

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Dominican College President Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., Ph.D. with Pfizer Pearl River Site Leader Kerrin Mahaffey in the newly renovated chemistry laboratory in Forkel Hall.

Dominican College unveiled a newly-renovated chemistry laboratory in Forkel Hall on April 14, 2016.  The updated lab was made possible by the generous donation of about $500,000 worth of furniture and equipment from Pfizer, Inc. 

“We are delighted to be able to open this classroom and research laboratory for our students to begin using in fall,” said College President Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., Ph.D. “This additional lab shows our commitment to the sciences, which provide such an important foundation for many of the top fields of study at Dominican College – including nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and athletic training.”

The furniture and equipment donated by Pfizer, Inc. include a chemical fume hood, four lab work benches, two equipment benches, glassware, solvent cabinets, and instruments. These additions will enhance the use of the renovated room for instruction and lab work.

Pfizer Pearl River Site Leader Kerrin Mahaffey said, “The Pearl River site has been committed to the Rockland community for over 110 years. Not only with advancing medicine and global health but in supporting our neighbors, non-profits and schools.”

She added, “We are so glad that we were able to provide the equipment for the chemistry and biology research labs. It is our hope that this will make it possible for future scientists to continue in the tradition of Pfizer and the Pearl River colleagues.  We expect great things from them.”          

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Colleen Evans, is pleased that the chemistry lab is located next to the biology lab. “That’s the future of chemistry majors to be able to have multi or interdisciplinary work.  I’m going to be working with faculty to develop programs that we can use for both chemistry and biology,” she said. “I think the new lab is really a catalyst that will hopefully help us grow the program to attract students to the field of chemistry.”

In November 2014, Dominican College dedicated a biology lab in Forkel Hall that also contained equipment donated by Pfizer, Inc. In addition to the laboratories in Forkel Hall, Dominican College has three biology labs, a physics lab, and a chemistry lab in Prusmack Center.




New BEST Program Comes to Dominican College


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BOCES representatives briefed College Department heads on the new BEST program. Shown here (from left to right) are Director of the Health Center Lynda Chesterman, Director of Food Services Anthony Longobardo, as well as Maureen Danizig and Dawn Kitz of BOCES.

Dominican College is teaming up with Rockland BOCES to prepare high school students with disabilities for the world of work. The new program is called BEST (Business Expertise for Student Transition and Training) and it will kick off in September 2016 with eight students.

College Director of Special Services Margaret Giuliano said the high school juniors and seniors in the program will be entering the workforce or going to college after graduation. “Through the partnership, they will be spending 1 ½ hours  each day on our campus, experiencing real life job placement as interns and learning soft skills that are key to college and career success,”  she said. 

Rockland BOCES is providing a full-time teacher, teaching assistant and part-time coordinator to work with the students at the College and teach what are considered soft skills. “It could be interview skills, resume writing, social skills – how to dress on the job, how to speak to your co-workers, anything related to a job,”  said Dawn Kitz, Transition Coordinator at BOCES. 

During a recent Open House hosted by BOCES in the Badami Room, representatives of different College departments dropped by throughout the day to be briefed on the new program and to sign up to accept BEST students as interns in their departments.

New Scholarship Program Supports Biology Students

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The 2015 BLISS Scholarship Winners, with their mentors. Pictured back row, left to right: Dr. Thom Nowak Albert Martinez, Kelly Murphy, Darian Fernandez and Dr. Bernadette Connors. Front row: Amanda Saab, Stephanie Denis, and Natalia Perez-Cervantes.

Six freshmen at Dominican College have been awarded up to $10,000 a year for four years as part of the new BLISS (Biology for Low Income Student Scholars) program. This scholarship program was made possible by a $592,688 grant Dominican College was awarded from the National Science Foundation (NSF) .

In addition to financial aid, the program assists these academically-talented biology students  by providing internships, research experiences, and field trips. The scholarship winners work closely with each other, faculty, and administrators to ensure their success in a biology career.

Bernadette Connors, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, said, “This program will help to draw those students who may have financial need, but who are very passionate about learning biology and about gaining an education in all the sciences with a liberal arts background.”

The students accepted this year in the scholarship program are: Stephanie Denis, Darian Fernandez, Albert Martinez, Kelly Murphy, Natalia Perez-Cervantes, and Amanda Saab. Next year, eight scholarships will be awarded.

Interested applicants should contact the Office of Admissions at


News 12 Covers Move-In Day

Dominican College was in the spotlight when our Freshman Move-In was featured on a local newscast. If you missed it click on the image below:

News 12 spotlights Dominican College

College Unveils New Logo

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College President Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., Ph.D, unveiled a new Dominican College logo at the College-Wide Conference in Granito Center on August 26, 2015. The new logo combines the name of the school with an icon that includes stylized versions of the Dominican shield and the Dominican cross.

The logo is designed to be eye-catching, timeless and distinctive, and captures the heritage of the College as well as the promise of the future. “The Dominican Shield, reflecting the College’s 800-year tradition of pursuing and conveying truth is an important part of the logo,” said Sr. Mary Eileen, addressing administrators, faculty and staff at the conference. “We trust that you will grow to take pride in this new symbol of our identity.”

The logo was custom-designed by Paskill, Stapleton & Lord, based in Philadelphia, as part of a comprehensive branding initiative undertaken by the College.   Among the many project components, was the development of a brand rationale and brand platform that speaks to the many positive attributes associated with the College. “They focus on rich heritage, challenging classes and exceptional faculty, proximity to New York City and all it offers, career preparation, the critical role of liberal arts, formation of an accountable and responsible student body, and convenient graduate programs for working adults,” said Sr. Mary Eileen.

The new logo will appear on Dominican College merchandise, campus signs, business cards and publications.

July 22nd Information Session Targets Prospective Students Interested in Adult Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

Dominican College welcomes adult students who want to reach their full potential and excel following graduation. The College offers a supportive, nurturing environment and caters to career-oriented students, with classes available evenings, weekends and online.

If you are interested in taking adult undergraduate or graduate courses, Dominican College is holding an Information Session on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. The session will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 in the Hennessy Center, 495 Western Highway, Orangeburg, NY. If you would like to attend, please register at .

Adult programs offered at Dominican College include nursing programs for Registered Nurses (RNs) wanting to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), and for career changers seeking a BSN. The College also has online programs for adults to earn degrees in Criminal Justice, Management, Psychology, Communication Studies and the Social Sciences. Graduate programs at Dominican College include Business Administration, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Teacher Education.

Students at Dominican College are offered the highest levels of personal support. The College fosters relationships between students and faculty members through small classes, with a student-faculty ratio of 15:1 and an emphasis on individual attention. If you are juggling work, family and other responsibilities, Dominican College can offer the support, the flexibility and the inspiration you need to realize your goals. It’s a superb environment to develop and flourish academically and personally

Dominican College has a diverse student population which includes traditional undergraduates, transfer students, working adult learners and students earning professional degrees.

Dominican College awarded $592,688 grant by the National Science Foundation

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Dominican College has been awarded $592,688 from the National Science Foundation to support scholarships for students in biological sciences.

The money comes from the NSF S-STEM (Scholarships for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program. The program is intended to improve educational opportunities and support programs for academically talented students with financial need in an effort to boost the nation’s STEM workforce.

The award for the project, titled “Increasing Access to the Biological Sciences”, starts July 1, 2015 and ends June 20, 2020.

Bernadette J. Connors, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, is the grant’s principal investigator. She said it will be used to provide scholarships for biology students. Students in the program will also be offered field trips and internships that enhance their education, along with opportunities to present research at national conferences.

“Dominican College is pleased to receive this grant,” said Sr. Kathleen Sullivan, O.P, Chancellor. “Along with the recognition by NSF of the rigor of our Biology program, we appreciate the commitment of the faculty to the advancement of STEM fields and the success of students in these majors.”

The grant allows academically talented, financially challenged students to complete baccalaureate degrees in Biological Sciences at Dominican College, while also:

  • Providing a variety of resources proven to ensure student success and reduce attrition rates among STEM majors;
  • Fostering a partnership between the College, area high schools, and the region’s industrial sectors;
  • Expanding awareness of career opportunities in STEM fields among students, parents, and teachers;
  • Increasing the number of students who successfully complete their undergraduate degree in Biology in four years, and increase the number of students entering STEM fields;

The grant draws on the strong academic and social structures and activities available at the College. Students will be provided with opportunities for training to be laboratory mentors for high school students and participate in active research projects and internships with the College’s industrial partners. Various events and activities will create a learning community among the participants and the staff and faculty at Dominican College.

Dr. Connors said the College expects to choose the first cohort by fall 2015.

For information about applying for one of the scholarships offered under the grant please contact the Office of Admissions at 1(866)4DC-INFO or