Social Work student advocacy research conference

Dominican College’s 4th Annual Social Work student advocacy research conference was held recently. The theme of the conference was “From Empowerment to Change”

The conference was well attended with about 70 participants including students and faculty from Lehman College, College of New Rochelle, and seniors and juniors from the BSW program at Dominican College.


Student Leadership Awards 2015

Congratulations to 60 student leaders who were honored for their outstanding contributions to student life at Dominican College.

Ralph Felix
The Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien Award for Citizenship and Service to the College

Emma Fortunato and Samuel Alabre
The Fr. Ronald Stanley Award for Service to the Community

Yaritza Huertas
The Sr. Barbara McEneany Award for Spirited Involvement in Campus Life.

Jenna Balsamello, Jonathan Cho, Erica Descartes
The Dohn Harshbarger Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Life of the College

Kayla Lyder
The Hennessy Family Scholarship Award in Honor of the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt.

Jeffery Carrol
The Anna Rojas Memorial Award

Amanda Magnotta
The Karl Walker Memorial Scholarship Award

Dakendy Benoit and Karen Delva
The Vaughna Jarvis Memorial Scholarship Award

Inaugural Liberal Arts Senior Scholars Presentation

Congratulations to the 30 Dominican College students who completed capstone projects and presented posters last Tuesday at the Inaugural Liberal Arts Senior Scholars Presentation.

These are students have mastered their disciplines and through their poster presentations, they showcased the skills and intellectual ability they acquired through their Liberal Arts education.

Joe Clinton’s lifelong devotion honored with Hall call

Courtesy of Josh Thomson of The Journal News Read the full article here.

Joe Clinton of Pearl River, a former star basketball player at Albertus Magnus, will be inducted into the Rockland County Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 18.

Orangeburg, N.Y. (4/15/15)  When Joe Clinton graduated Union College in 1983, he never had that moment where he stopped to contemplate his future. And why would he? Clinton grew up playing ball from dawn to dusk. He wasn’t about to take up accounting.

So, at 22, he began to coach. Thirty-two years later, the Pearl River native’s passion for the games he loves persists.

“I liked playing so much, I couldn’t see myself do anything else,” he said.

Clinton’s lifelong devotion continues, but his achievements will be honored on Saturday when he is among those inducted into the Rockland County Sports Hall of Fame.

The 54-year old is one of six brothers, all of whom attended Albertus Magnus. Clintongraduated in 1979 as an all-county basketball and baseball player who helped the Falcons win Section 9 basketball championships during both of his seasons on varsity. They reached the state championship game Clinton’s senior year when he earned Rockland player of the year honors.

“I look back on it, and It was just a great time to grow up,” he said. “We came home from school and played ball all day.”

Clinton played four years of basketball and two years of baseball at Union. He finished with over 1,000 points and 500 assists and led Union to its first NCAA tournament appearance as a senior.

After graduation, he worked mornings at Sears so he could work a $1,000-a-year job as an assistant at SUNY Maritime. He returned to join the staff of his high school coach, Tom Collins, and soon became the head coach at Rockland Community College at just 25.

Clinton coached four years at RCC before arriving at Dominican. He has been the director of athletics and head men’s basketball coach for 25 years, posting a 362-341 career record.

“My favorite time of year is when we have our alumni game,” he said. “It’s just good to make the lifelong friendships and enjoy that camaraderie.”

Sports continues to provide Clinton with the special moments he cherishes. The last three years, he has coached his son, Joe, a former all-county guard at Pearl River who will be a senior next season.

“I just can’t believe how fast it’s all gone,” Clinton said.

Greg Lalevee Named Dominican College’s 2015 Person of the Year


Dominican College and its Board of Trustees have named Greg Lalevee, the business manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825, as the 2015 Person of the Year. He will be celebrated at the College’s 43rd Annual Grand Reception, on May 1, 2015

Mr. Lalevee is being honored for his outstanding professional leadership, his philanthropic community commitments, and his high ethical standards.

The reception will be held at the Old Tappan Manor in Old Tappan, New Jersey beginning at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $350. All proceeds will support the Hennessy Center expansion, academic programs, and technological advancements, said Mary Lichtman, the College’s director of special events. Tickets may be obtained online at or by contacting Ms. Lichtman at (845) 848-7406 or



Professor of Religious Studies chosen for two prestigious workshops

CzanderCongratulations to Giovanna Czander, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, on her selection to participate in the seminar on Teaching Interfaith Understanding that will be held at DePaul University this summer. The degree of competition for participation was keen. Only 26 faculty members were selected for this seminar.

Dr. Czander has also been chosen for the 2015-16 Teaching and Learning Workshop for Pre-Tenure Religion Faculty at Colleges and University organized by Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion.

Giovanna R. Czander, Ph.D,  joined the Dominican College faculty in 2009.

English professor publishes new book on Edwardian theatre

shawDr. Ellen Ecker Dolgin has published a new book titled Shaw and the Actresses Franchise League: Staging Equality. The book can be purchased on and has been described by Christopher Innes of York University as a book that, “defines historical events in a strikingly new way by exploring the interconnectedness between Edwardian dramatists, actresses and suffragettes and defines an unexpected cultural phenomenon merging arts and activism.”

Ellen Ecker Dolgin, Ph.D, is a professor of English and the coordinator of Dominican College’s English program.

Debaters Perform Well at Intercollegiate Tournament

debate-webOn Sunday, February 22, the College’s Debating Team hosted an intercollegiate debating tournament in Casey Hall, welcoming a number of talented college debaters from the local region.  Defending their home field for the first time this semester, the team did not disappoint. 

The team of Alma Godinez and Jordan Zuber-Banks led the way, earning a second-place finish in the always very competitive Varsity Division.  They missed out on the top-place finish by only one point.  Mr. Zuber-Banks also earned an individual third-place speaking award.  Veteran debater Nathaniel McAuliffe took the first-place speaking award in the Varsity Division.  Paired with Katherine Flores, who was competing in the Varsity Division for the first time, Mr. McAuliffe and Ms. Flores finished the day with a 2-1 record.  In the Junior Varsity Division, the newly formed team of Jonathan Cho and newcomer Shakira Hamilton made some noise at the tournament as well, competing hard and gaining some very good experience along the way.  Team member Natalie Arias, who did not have a partner available for the competitoin, provided valued support as a judging advisor throughout the day. 

The Debate Team will be back on the road to compete in its next tournament of the semester to be held at SUNY-Rockland on Sunday, March 22 at 11:30 a.m.  


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