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.

Performing Arts Center Named After College Musical Director

Dr. James A. Filipelli, shown here with College President Sr. Mary Eileen O'Brien, Ph.D., O.P., recently had a Performing Arts Center at a Westchester High School named in his honor.

Dr. James A. Filipelli, shown here with College President Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., Ph.D., recently had a Performing Arts Center at a Westchester High School named in his honor.

A Westchester County High School is honoring the former director of its theater program – who also directs the musicals at Dominican College – by naming its Performing Arts Center after him. The Lakeland Central School District Board of Education voted  on January 21, 2016, to rename the Walter Panas High School Performing Arts Center after Dr. James A. Filippelli.  Dr. Filipelli taught English for more than 35 years at the high school and retired last June.  He continues working as an adjunct instructor at Dominican College, where he has also taught for 36 years.  At Dominican College, Dr. Filipelli teaches classes in communications and theater. 

The move to rename the center came after a former Walter Panas High School student started an online petition that garnered more than 900 signatures. Dr. Filippelli said he is humbled, flattered and honored. “I share this honor with the countless number of students, the administrators, the teachers, the community members, anyone who ever stepped foot in that place, or performed on the stage – backstage, lighting, scenery, costumes, anything.  I share with them, because I couldn’t do it alone, “  he said.

Dr. Filippelli is now working with Dominican College students rehearsing for the March 11 and March 12 performances of Kiss Me Kate.  Tickets will go on sale a few weeks before the performance. 

 

Big Charger Weekend: March 11 – 15

BCWStudents are invited to participate in a weekend full of events and activities!

Wednesday, March 11  
Box City, hosted by the Rotaract Club, Campus Ministry Club and Social Work Club will be taking place in the evening on the quad.

Thursday, March 12
Sushi demo, Granito Center 2:00 p.m.
Science Department Seminar on The Environment and Our Community: Dynamic Intersections with Nature in Our Suburban Setting, led by Watershed and Natural Resource Management Specialist Mary Hegarty, Fury Lecture Hall, 7:00 p.m.
Annual Karaoke Night with Mocktails, Granito Center,  8:00 p.m.

Friday, March 13
Meals on Wheels, 11:00 a.m.
FIFA video game tournament, Granito Center 7:00 p.m.  Proceeds will be donated to Make A Wish Foundation.
The Spring Musical Damn Yankees, St. Dominic’s School Auditorium, 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and can be purchased in advance.

Saturday, March 14
CAB Bounce Trampoline Sports, 2:00 p.m.
The Spring Musical Damn Yankees, St. Dominic’s School Auditorium, 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and can be purchased in advance.

Sunday, March 15 
CAB Ice Skating in Central Park, Granito Center, 1:00 p.m.

For more information:

Contact Katrina Redmond, Director of Student Activities at  (845) 848-4034 or katrina.redmond@dc.edu

New Biology Lab Opens

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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.   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. This lab meets an increased demand for skills in molecular and cell biology techniques.

Materials and furnishings for the lab were donated by Pfizer. 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.

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The new lab

The creation of this research space facilitates collaboration with other research institutions. Dominican College has an articulation agreement with New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. 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.