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Students and Administrators Volunteer in El Salvador

A team of students and administrators traveled to El Salvador in January to volunteer at a day camp in the rural village of Sol Naciente.  The camp in Sol Naciente was founded by a Dominican Sister, Sr. Flor Buruca, O.P., of Amityville, NY, a native of El Salvador.  One of the four students on the trip was senior Adriannie Asencio, who is President of the Student Government Association.  Adriannie volunteered with the group of children who were between two and six years old.  “Saying goodbye to the kids was very hard, but it made me aware of how important keeping in touch is, “ she said.  “It made me sad to see that the children were also crying before we left.”

Thanks to two College administrators, plans are also underway to build a new well that will bring clean drinking water to three communities in El Salvador. Vice President of Institutional Advancement Dorothy Filoramo is the past president of the Pearl River Rotary. While the students were working in the day camp, she and Director of Residence Life  Ryan O’Gorman met with community leaders to cement plans to build a new, deeper well. 

Filoramo said it was during last year’s service mission that they discovered the communities needed more than the water filtration systems they handed out to residents. “The well is running dry. It services three communities and each gets water every third day, even though it’s dirty water.  So what we discovered was they needed a new well,” she said.  The Pearl River Rotary has raised $25,000 and plans to get a matching global grant from Rotary International to fund the project.  The new well is expected to be completed in the next two years. 

Expansion of Hennessy Center Moving Forward

The $5 million expansion of the Hennessy Center is well underway. Since construction got underway in September, below-ground facilities have been relocated, the site has been excavated, and the concrete floor and walls have been poured.

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. 

“We have the highest praise for the way Holt Construction has managed the project so far,” said Bill Fallon, Clerk of the Works. “Construction is on schedule and slated for completion by the end of June.”

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 dorothy.filoramo@dc.edu.

 

 

Student Spotlight: Alma Godinez, Class of 2017

Alma Godinez is a Senior commuter student pursuing a Social Sciences degree with an emphasis in Psychology concurrently with minors in History and English. Originally from Woodbridge, Virginia, she moved to North Bergen, New Jersey with her family when she was 9 and later graduated from North Bergen High School in 2013.

While she was first attracted to Dominican College by the offer of a generous merit scholarship, Alma fell in love with the campus upon her first visit. Her fondness for the College reinforced her desire to succeed in the classroom, and impressively she has made the Dean’s List every semester, earning the right to wear the prestigious white tassel at graduation. She also has been inducted into various honor societies including Psi Chi Honor Society in Psychology, Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society in Social Sciences, and Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society in History.

Her academic achievement is all the more impressive because Alma has accomplished all of this while working full-time as a legal assistant at a small immigration law firm and performing volunteer work, including serving as a pro bono Spanish translator on asylum interviews during summer breaks and working as a special needs assistant at the Chambers School in New Jersey. Her extracurricular passion, debating, has further enriched her collegiate experience. She was voted President of the Dominican College Debating Society for her Senior year and has earned multiple trophies in intercollegiate competition.

Alma feels humbled by what she has experienced and achieved at Dominican College and by the support and encouragement she has received from her family. Because of their devotion and her own hard work, Alma will be the first college graduate in her family. As she prepares to say a tearful farewell to Dominican College, she already is planning the next phase of her life journey. She will begin law school in the fall and one day become an attorney working in the public sector so that she can pursue her passion to help others, especially young immigrant children and other unrepresented minorities in her community.

Favorite DC Moment: Earning the praise of the toughest debate judge after two years

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.”

 

 

Alumni Happenings: Andrew Pugliese, Class of 2011

Like a number of other young adults today, Andrew Pugliese graduated from high school with no clear career plans or long-term educational goals. Based on the advice of his North Rockland High School guidance counselor, Andrew enrolled at Rockland Community College in the fall of 2006 but lacked the motivation to finish the semester. After flunking out, Andrew decided to take his life in a new direction by joining the U.S. Air Force in May 2007. Trained as a Communication and Navigation Specialist, Andrew was stationed at bases in Mississippi and Texas before being assigned to Little Rock Air Force Base (AFB) in Arkansas where he maintained and modified C-130 aircraft for international and domestic missions.

Seeking an opportunity to go back to school full-time, Andrew transferred to the New York Air National Guard at Stewart AFB in Newburgh and enrolled at Dominican College in August 2009 with a renewed sense of purpose. As a Psychology major he took courses in Research Methods, Psychological Statistics, and Psychological Testing and quickly discovered that he had a passion and talent for quantitative psychological research.

Upon graduation, Andrew enrolled as a graduate Psychology student at Hofstra University. Because of the preparation he received at Dominican College, Andrew excelled in his Industrial/Organizational Psychology major and soon converted an internship position with Metro-North Railroad into a full-time position with the company as a Human Resources Testing Analyst. Among other duties, he developed and validated personality tests.

In May of 2016, Andrew took a new job with the City and County of Denver as an Assessment Development and Validation Analyst where, among other responsibilities, he works to redesign the City’s performance test processes while also validating different selection and promotional assessments. He plans to further use the statistics skills he first learned from his Psychology professors at Dominican College as his employer moves to a more strategic-based decision-making system that relies heavily on analytics and big data.

Favorite DC Memory: First moment stepping into class realizing my future lay ahead

Student Chosen for Selective NY Program for Aspiring Filmmakers

Senior Joseph Key, shown above, took part in an interactive workshop to promote the inclusion of diverse voices in the entertainment industry.

Senior Joseph Key was one of just 31 students chosen statewide to participate in Pitch NY – a  program for aspiring filmmakers, producers, and writers. During the day-long interactive workshop, the students heard from industry leaders, pitched their ideas, and got advice.  The workshop took place at NBCUniversal’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza studios. 

While Joseph is a Nursing major, he explains that he has two passions in life – nursing, which he finds very fulfilling, and filmmaking, which allows him to express his creativity. Before attending Dominican College, he spent one year at the New York Film Academy. In his free time, he produces videos and short films and shares them on the internet. 

Joseph is very grateful that he was given the opportunity to participate in this workshop. “I  didn’t realize the stakes until I actually got there and they told us that they received hundreds of applications, “  he said. 

The event, hosted by the Governor’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development and NBCUniversal Studios, in collaboration with the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, is the latest State initiative to promote the inclusion of diverse voices in the entertainment industry.

 

 

College Hosts Symposium on the Safety of Our Water

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There was a wide range of water safety topics discussed at the Fourth Annual Healthcare Symposium, ”Is Your Water Safe Enough? What You Need to Know” on Friday, November 18, 2016, in the Prusmack Center. 

A panel of experts educated residents about the safety of water for drinking and recreation. While public water is highly regulated, they said homeowners with private wells should test their water frequently. 

Dr. Daniel Miller, Water Supply Program Manager with the Rockland County Department of Health, also cautioned that water filters should be used properly. He explained that activated carbon filters that fit into a pitcher or onto your faucet work by absorbing contaminants to a site on the carbon.  “And when you saturate all those sites, they start releasing all those contaminants back into the water.  That’s why it’s extraordinarily important – and a lot of people just don’t do it – to change those cartridges.”  

As far as the safety of the Hudson River for recreation, Dr. Andy Juhl, a Lamont Associate Research Professor with the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, said although the Hudson River is cleaner that it was years ago, there is room for improvement. “A typical location of the Hudson would still have unacceptable water quality because of sewage contamination about one out of every five days,” he said. He stressed that the tributaries of the Hudson River are actually more contaminated than the Hudson, and the Sparkill Creek is among the worst

Other panelists included: Dr. Steven Chillrud, Senior Doherty Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; Hon. Harriet Cornell, Rockland County Legislator; and Dan Shapley, Water Quality Program Director, Riverkeeper. The program was moderated by the former Health Commissioner for Rockland County, Dr. Joan Facelle. 

“We are asked to be good stewards of our water supply so that our water can remain safe for generations to come,” said Dr. Facelle as she concluded the program. “ We need to continue to work on conservation, on monitoring and testing, regulation and enforcement, ongoing research and improved infrastructure, so that we can ensure a safe supply in the future.”

 

 

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.

 

Annual Honors Convocation and Alpha Chi Induction Held

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David Daniel, the President of the Dominican College Chapter of Alpha Chi, delivered the Honors Convocation Address.

Dominican College’s most accomplished students were recognized during the annual Honors Convocation and Alpha Chi Induction on Monday, November 14, 2016, in the Hennessy Center.

The Alpha Chi Honor Society is a national honor society which recognizes academic excellence, leadership, and service. Alpha Chi is open to juniors and seniors in all disciplines and is highly selective. During the ceremony, the inductees lit candles from a Candle of Knowledge and were presented with a white stole around their necks.

David Daniel, a senior nursing student and the President of the Dominican College Chapter of Alpha Chi gave an inspiring Honors Convocation Address. The theme throughout his speech was that there is greatness inside each and every student.  He told a story of a young boy who was able to save his friend from drowning in an icy pond.  When responders questioned how the small boy could possibly break a large branch to help save his friend, an older man replied, “There was no one to tell him that he can’t.”

Daniel then spoke to the students. “If you can move away from naysayers, If you can push away the idea that it’s not possible,  you will be sitting here and the next thing you know, when you move to the next phase of your life, you’ll be amazed at what you can do, because there is greatness inside of you,” he said. 

In addition to the Alpha Chi induction, students were honored for being on the Dean’s List for one to three years.

 

 

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

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