New Biology Lab Opens

Dominican College Biology

Madeline Micceri Mignone, Ph.D., and Dimitrios Moustakas, ’13, outside the biology lab dedicated in her honor on October 28, 2014.

Dominican College is pleased to announce the dedication of the Madeline Micceri Mignone Biology Lab in the first academic building established for the College in 1955 by the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt.

This building is named in honor of the first President, Chairperson, and Founder of Dominican College, Mother Geraldine Forkel, O.P. The new lab will be reserved for Faculty/Student Research. Dr. Mignone has been a driving force behind the Biology Program at the College and has had an enormous impact on students in the sciences.

The Biology Program at the College, which has grown significantly over the past several years, was in need of a dedicated research laboratory space for undergraduate research. In addition to the growth in the program, there is an increase in the demand on students for skill in molecular and cell biology techniques.

A partnership between Pfizer Biotech in Pearl River and the College, through which Pfizer donated a fully functional professional lab, has made created a dedicated, uninterrupted environment for faculty and students to work on their research projects. Pfizer’s commitment to good health and finding sustainable solutions to the most pressing health care challenges of our world has manifested in their gift to Dominican College. Committed to applying science and global resources to improve health and well-being at every stage of life, Pfizer has made a commitment to bring trained scientists and effective and affordable medicines to the people who will need them.

Dominican College Biology

The new lab

The creation of this research space, donated by Pfizer and constructed by the facilities staff at the College will facilitate collaboration with other research institutions. Dominican College has an articulation agreement with New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY and because of this, several research collaborations with our faculty are under consideration. Research collaboration with NYU is also in the discussion stage.

Dominican College has established itself as a premier educational institution in the Hudson Valley Region. Its reputation for educating health care professionals, nurses, occupational therapists, and physical therapists, is widely acclaimed. A strong science program, built through dedicated faculty and interdisciplinary collaboration, is a distinguishing feature of its academic excellence. The opportunity to establish a dedicated Research Lab is most timely as the Biology Program now enrolls over 100 students. The impact of mentored research for our students is profound. A scholarly pursuit of biological research will enhance their position for graduate study and career placement in the future.

For more information, please contact Dorothy Filoramo, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at (845) 848-7400.

Fall Athletic Schedules Announced

The Dominican College Athletic Department has announced the 2014 schedules for men’s and women’s soccer, women’s cross country, women’s volleyball and men’s golf.

The men’s soccer team begins the season at the Merrimack Classic where they take on non-conference opponents, Bentley University and Merrimack College on September 4 and 6.  Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) play starts on September 16 against Felician College. Senior Day will be held on Friday, October 31 against Bloomfield College.

Please click here to view the complete 2014 Dominican College Men’s Soccer Schedule.

The Lady Chargers soccer squad open the season on the road at the Franklin Pierce University Tournament where they will face the host and Southern New Hampshire University on September 4 and 6.  Their home and CACC opener will be on September 10 as they take on Bloomfield College and Senior Day is scheduled for October 29 against Nyack College.

Please click here to view the complete 2014 Dominican College Women’s Soccer Schedule.

The cross country team will compete in the Fordham Fiasco/Ed Joyce Memorial on September 6 to open the 2014 season.  After that the Lady Chargers will compete in three other meets in September, two in October including the Jack Saint Clair Memorial Championships and the CTC Championships and will end the regular season with the CACC Championships on November 2.

Please click here to view the complete 2014 Dominican College Women’s Cross Country Schedule.

The volleyball team will start on September 9 with a road match at non-conference opponent, Assumption College, and begin CACC play on September 11 at Bloomfield College.  Their home opener will take place on September 16 against Felician College.  Senior Day is  November 8 against Georgian Court University.

Please click here to view the complete 2014 Dominican College Women’s Volleyball Schedule.

The golf squad will open the Fall 2014 portion of their season on September 7-8 as they travel to Assumption College.  After that they will travel to four more tournaments to complete the fall section of the schedule.  The CACC Championships are scheduled for April 21-22.

Please click here to view the fall portion of the 2014 Dominican College Men’s Golf Schedule.

Dominican College Awarded KAB Recycling Grant

Dominican College has been awarded a grant as part of a national recycling bin access program made possible by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and The Coca-Cola Foundation. The College will use the 70 donated bins to ensure that all locations on campus have multiple recycling stations and that recycling efforts are highly visible.

In its 9th year, the Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program is providing nearly 4,500 recycling bins to colleges and universities, nonprofits, and local governments, with 35 percent of the total to be used by students in collegiate residence halls.

According to Rachel B. Lerner Colucci, M.Ed, Assistant Dean for Student Development, “As a campus community we are focused on creating a culture of sustainability and are committed to recycling as one way to work toward that goal. Our students want to leave a smaller footprint on the earth. The addition of the KAB bins will ensure that each of our residence halls and student centers reflects our commitment and supports our efforts.”

Coca-Cola has expanded its investment in the bin grant program to include two-year community colleges, with 15 recycling bin grants going to two-year colleges and 28 grants going to traditional four-year colleges and universities nation-wide.

At Dominican College, Chancellor for External Affairs, Sr. Kathleen Sullivan has been working with faculty, staff, and students to bring greater awareness to issues of sustainability. This grant directly supports her efforts and those of Dominican College students to help make the College a greener campus. Said Sister Sullivan, “We are delighted to have been selected and to have our commitment to recycling recognized.”

“Through this program and our more than 50-year partnership with Keep America Beautiful, we are helping to ensure that communities understand the importance of recycling,” said Lori George Billingsley, vice president, community relations, Coca-Cola North America. “Community recycling not only impacts the environment today, but it helps build sustainable communities for the future.”

“By providing recycling bins to communities, organizations, and universities, we can make a difference in increasing recycling in the U.S. and help overcome a main barrier of recycling – convenience,” said Brenda Pulley, senior vice president, recycling, Keep America Beautiful. “We are truly grateful for Coca-Cola’s continued support and commitment to recycling, and the Recycling Bin Grant Program.”

Recipients were chosen by Keep America Beautiful based on criteria including the extent of their need, recycling experience, and their ability to sustain the program in the future. Special outreach was made to colleges and universities through a partnership with the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC), a membership organization serving campus recycling managers.

The Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program awards recycling bins directly to recipients and leverages volume buying discounts. Since 2007, the program has placed more than 35,000 recycling bins in over 500 communities across the U.S. A full list of the spring 2014 Recycling Bin Grant recipients and further information about the grant program is available at http://bingrant.org.

About Dominican College
The aim of Dominican College is to promote educational excellence, leadership, and service in an environment characterized by respect for the individual and concern for the community. Committed to building its programs upon a strong liberal arts foundation, the College maintains a student-centered climate and offers an array of degree opportunities in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Business, and the professions on the graduate and undergraduate levels. Dominican College is dedicated to the principle that its educational programs and services must be both challenging and supportive, distinguished both by high standards and by attention to the needs and potential of the individual student.

About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a national network of community-based affiliates, we work with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities to transform public spaces into beautiful places. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. For more information, visit kab.org, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or view us on YouTube.

About The Coca-Cola Foundation
Since its inception, The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded more than $660 million to support global sustainable community initiatives, including water stewardship women’s empowerment and well-being. For more information about The Coca-Cola Foundation, please go to www.thecoca-colacompany.com/citizenship/foundation_coke.html.

About the College & University Recycling Coalition
The College & University Recycling Coalition (CURC) is a membership-based nonprofit organization made up of campus-based recycling and sustainability professionals seeking to exchange technical knowledge and best practices on recycling and waste reduction programs between institutions of higher learning. Originally formed in 1992, CURC became a technical council of the National Recycling Coalition in 1995 before branching off as an independent organization in 2009. Today, CURC counts nearly 900 members and is led by a board of directors made up of recycling and sustainability program managers from universities across the United States. Among other initiatives, CURC supports collegiate recycling programs through a free webinar series, annual workshops, a quarterly e-newsletter, the development of best-practices manuals and toolkits. For more information, go to www.curc3r.org.