Federal Reserve Bank of NY Leaders Present Positive “Outlook on the Economy”

Joseph Tracy, Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, spoke at the sixth annual “Outlook on the Economy: National and Regional Perspectives.”

Two senior leaders from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York were optimistic during their annual presentation  “Outlook on the Economy: National and Regional Perspectives” on January 13, 2017,  in the Fury Lecture Hall in the Prusmack Center. 

Joseph Tracy, Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York,  and Jason Bram, Research Officer, Regional Analysis Function,  spoke about the latest economic indicators.

Tracy said the firming in inflation, and the healthier labor market may prompt the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) to consider normalizing monetary policy. He explained the key issue for policymakers, “If they start raising interest rates, will the economy continue to make progress, toward particularly the inflation objective, without harming in some sense the employment objective?  Or is there a risk that those interest rate increases could stall the economy?”

Tracy is the Chair of the Regulatory Oversight Committee for the Global Legal Entity Identifier System (GLEIS). His primary research interests include unions and collective bargaining, as well as housing and urban economics.  Previously, Tracy was an associate professor at Yale University and Columbia University. 

Bram focused on regional indicators and said that although the Rockland County housing market has not come back yet, there are encouraging anecdotal reports for the lower Hudson Valley Valley. “There’s been a big pick-up in activity, apparently. So demand has picked up, it just hasn’t come into prices yet, “  he said.

Bram’s research and analysis focuses on the U.S. economy, with a primary emphasis on the Federal Reserve’s Second District, which includes New York State, northern New Jersey and southwestern Connecticut, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He produces the regional Beige Book reports, and uses monthly business surveys to monitor and analyze current and emerging economic trends and issues of concern. 

This is the sixth year that Dominican College has presented “Outlook on the Economy.”

 

 

Businesses Get Tips on Securing Government Contracts

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Paul Brennan, Rockland County Director of Purchasing, and Lin Simeti, Program Director, REDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center, were among the panelists at the November 17 program, “How to Make Government Your Customer.”

Local business leaders interested in doing work for government agencies attended “How to Make Government Your Customer” on Thursday, November 17, 2016, in the Lawrence Room of Rosary Hall. The program was sponsored by the Palisades Institute. 

The first panel addressing “Steps to Becoming a Government Provider” included: Paul Piperato, Rockland County Clerk; Lin Simeti, Program Director, REDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC); and Paul Brennan, Rockland County Director of Purchasing.

Simeti explained that PTACs were started by the Department of Defense to assist small businesses with procurement. “They set up a program to actually help small businesses get through the process and guide them so that they have the opportunity to bid and government has the opportunity to have a wider pool of vendors.” The local PTAC in Pearl River helps businesses with one-on-one counseling, and has a free bid match system to notify businesses of local, state, or federal contracts that may interest them. 

Brennan stressed that in the public sector, businesses have the right to see past contracts and pricing so that they are not bidding on contracts “blind.” Among his suggestions:  read the entire solicitation, give yourself enough time to fill it out, ask questions, be sure to have the proper insurance, and don’t give up. 

A second panel of successful local government contractors spoke about how they have overcome challenges. Those panelists included: Ellie Kassner, President, W.H. Kassner, Inc.; Marcelo Reggiardo, Principal, Alianza, Services, LLC; Nick O’Brien, Vice President, Concept Print; and Harry Campbell, President, Biofeedback Resources International.

The aim of the Palisades Institute of Dominican College is to encourage leaders in business, government, and not-for-profit agencies to integrate the concepts of Leadership, Quality, and Ethics to achieve long-term success.

 

Announcement of Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Site Visit

On February 6, 7, and 8, 2017, the Division of Nursing at Dominican College in Orangeburg, New York, will be hosting a site visit from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CCNE is a nationally recognized accrediting agency for baccalaureate and graduate degree programs in nursing education.

The site visit is for the initial accreditation of our Doctor of Nurse Practitioner program. CCNE policy mandates that the College provide an opportunity for colleagues, constituents, and the community of interest to submit written input into the deliberations of the visiting evaluation team.

You are invited to participate in this process, along with students, alumni, faculty and employees.
When providing written documentation, please include your name, address, telephone number, and email address. Your comments will be accepted by CCNE until 21 days before the scheduled on-site evaluation, and must be received by January 16, 2017. All input is shared with the team, but not with the hosting program.

Please submit your comments to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third Party Comments
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036

OR

thirdpartycomments@aacn.nche.edu

Thank you for your participation in this important process.

Nancy DiDona, Ed.D., RNC-MNN
Director, Division of Nursing
Professor of Nursing
nancy.didona@dc.edu
(845) 848-6051

New Parent Association Board Formed

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Some of the members of the newly-formed Parent Association Board.

Dominican College is pleased to announce the formation of its first Parent Association Board (PAB). The mission of the board is to enhance the student’s experience at Dominican College and to enrich the students’ lives so they can achieve their goals. 

The Parent Association Board, which currently consists of 10 parents of Dominican College students, will be:

  • Assisting in fundraising efforts with direct appeals, through social media and emails directing supporters to the new Crowdfunding website, and by promoting events at the College.
  • Networking to promote the mission of the PAB, to develop internship and career opportunities for our students, and to foster philanthropic opportunities
  • Serving as Parent Ambassadors at Dominican College events

Each member of the Board will serve a two-year term, which can be renewed for an additional term. Board Members are continuing to be recruited.  Anyone interested in serving should send an email to pab@dc.edu.

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History’s Newest Course: The Women’s Story

Women have always made history. Now the History Program is offering a new course that focuses on telling that story. HI 292 History of Women in America explores the many roles and contributions of women in American history beginning with the Gilded Age and ending in the post-feminist contemporary period.

Dr. Anthony Troncone, senior member of the History Program, designed HI 292. It will be taught for the first time in Spring 2017 by Katie Anderson, History major—Class of 2008— and Director of the New Student and Transition Center. It complements HI 301 Women in the Middle Ages, another of the new courses recently added to the History curriculum.

Shannon Quinlivan, Class of 2017

Shannon Quinlivan is a senior transfer student from Pearl River, New York, completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. In her relatively short time at Dominican College, Shannon has already left an indelible mark of achievement.  She has made the Dean’s List in both semesters at DC, joined the Criminal Justice Club, and completed two internships, the first with the United States Marshal Service and the other with the Rockland County Police Academy.

Among Shannon’s enduring interests is her concern for others, which has expressed itself in various volunteer activities over the years. She has painted treehouses for children in upstate New York, collected clothes for underprivileged families, volunteered at animal shelters, and taught religious education at her local parish.  Through it all, Shannon has had to deal with her Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  As she notes, “There’s always been a negative stigma surrounding ADHD, but I’ve never let my disability get in the way of my ambitions.  I believe it contributes to my fast pace when it comes to working and my ability to multitask (and my happy-go-lucky personality).  What people would define as a weakness is my biggest strength.”  There is no doubt that Shannon is a strong young woman and a very successful one, too.

After graduation Shannon intends to pursue a doctorate in Criminal Justice, focusing on her research interests of domestic violence, sexual assault, and drug abuse.  Her career aspiration is to be a CJ professor just like her mentor, Dr. Tara Parrello, who heads the CJ Program at DC.

Favorite DC Moment: CJ Halloween trip led by Dr. Parrello to the Eastern State Penitentiary.

Dr. Williams and Dr. Biondilillo join the Division of Social Sciences

Team Social Sciences Ready for New Semester

It is with great pleasure that the Division of Social Sciences welcomes its two newest members, Dr. Cynthia-Lee Williams, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, and Dr. Mathew Biondolillo, Assistant Professor of Psychology.

Dr. Williams earned a M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Cuny, the Graduate Center/John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She also earned a M.A. in Criminology from St. John’s University and a B.A. in Art History at Ithaca College. Prior to enrolling in the doctoral program at Cuny, Dr. Williams worked as an investigator for the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board and the New York City Comptroller’s Office, Bureau of Labor Law. When not teaching or research-ing, Dr. Williams enjoys going to museums, riding her bicycle, and taking photographs.

Dr. Biondolillo received his B.S. from Syracuse University and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the Universi-ty of New Hampshire. His research focuses on how people use autobiographical memory to guide their behavior and decision making. In addition to teaching, Dr. Biondolillo is the new faculty advisor for Dominican College’s Psi Chi Honor Society chapter. In his spare time, Dr. Biondolillo enjoys spending time with his dogs and cheering for his favorite sports teams.

A Capella Group to Perform National Anthem at Mets Game

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Dominican College’s a capella group Pitches and Cream will sing the National Anthem at the Mets game on September 3, 2016.

Dominican College’s a cappella group Pitches and Cream will be singing the National Anthem at the Mets Game at Cit Field on Saturday, September 3, 2016. The group auditioned back in March and was featured on Channel 2 News.

Musical Director of Pitches and Cream Lydia Maynard, Ph.D. said this will be the largest audience Pitches and Cream has ever performed for – by far. “The stadium capacity is about 45,000 people and it’s Labor Day Weekend and the game is against the Nationals,” she said. “We are excited about it.”

Pitches and Cream was formed three years ago by Maynard, who is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Dominican College. “When I first interviewed here, I asked if they had an a capella group and they said ‘no’ so I knew I wanted to start one when I started working here.”  Maynard minored in music in college and has always enjoyed performing. 

Tickets to the Mets game are available for $25 and transportation will be provided. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. 

 

 

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.