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Dominican College Career Fair to be Held on April 4

More than 50 area businesses and organizations will gather at Dominican College on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, looking for prospective employees.   The event is open to the public.  Don’t miss this opportunity to meet company recruiters, apply for jobs and internships, and polish your networking skills.   The event will take place in the Hennessy Center, 495 Western Highway, Blauvelt, NY, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Businesses participating in the Career Fair include Coca-Cola Refreshments, Orange & Rockland Utilities, Northwestern Mutual, and Crystal Run Healthcare. Insurance agencies, health agencies, not-for-profit organizations, law enforcement, government agencies, and the military will all be represented at the event.  Click here to view a listing of companies that will be in attendance or to register as a business interested in recruiting at the event.  For additional information, please call 845-848-4033. 

Dominican College’s Online Program Named One of the Best in New York

Dominican College’s Online Program was ranked #19 in the State of New York by BestCollege’s.com, a leading provider of higher education information and resources.

“As online learning opportunities expand at a state level, it’s important to help guide prospective students towards programs that will assist them in meeting their future career goals,” says Stephanie Snider, General Manager at BestColleges.com. “Being ranked one of the Best Online Colleges in New York signifies Dominican College of Blauvelt has developed a strong academic online program that keeps affordability and accessibility in mind for prospective students across the state of New York.”

Dominican College offers several fully online courses and five fully online programs including: Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences; Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies; Bachelor of Science in Management; Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice; and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

According to BestColleges.com, online learning programs are expanding at a rapid pace because they provide opportunities for students who cannot pursue traditional on-campus degree programs. In fact, many students see online programs as the only option to get a college degree while balancing other commitments and challenges — including work, family, or disabilities.

 BestColleges.com bases its rankings on academic outcomes, affordability, and the breadth and depth of online learning opportunities.  For the full list of recognized programs and details on the ranking’s methodology, visit: http://www.bestcolleges.com/features/best-online-colleges-in-new-york/

 

 

Dominican College Names 2017 Person of the Year

Stephen J. Reich, Business Manager of Laborers’ Local 754, will be honored at the College’s Grand Reception on May 5.

Dominican College and its Board of Trustees have named Stephen J. Reich, Business Manager of Laborers’ Local 754, as the 2017 Person of the Year. He will be honored at the College’s 45th Annual Grand Reception on Friday, May 5, 2017. 

The Grand Reception be held at the Old Tappan Manor in Old Tappan, New York, and begins at 7 p.m.

Mr. Reich was chosen as the 2017 Person of the Year based on his outstanding professional leadership, his community involvement, and his philanthropic works. As the Business Manager of Laborers Local 754 for the past eight years, he has handled the day-to-day operations of the local trade union, based in Chestnut Ridge, NY. During that time, he has also served as a Trustee, managing the Pension, Health and Welfare, and Annuity Fund.

Before he was Business Manager, Mr. Reich worked in the construction industry as a laborer, general foreman, and superintendent. In addition, he has generously donated his time and money to support many causes. 

Mr. Reich has served the community over the years through his involvement in the Sons of the American Legion and the Lions Club. He has also worked to raise money for Dominican College and was a Youth Basketball Coach and Lacrosse Club Volunteer. 

The tickets to the Grand Reception, honoring Mr. Reich, cost $350. All proceeds will support the expansion of the Hennessy Center, academic programs, and technological advancements at the College.  To purchase tickets and sponsorships:  www.dc.edu/grandreception2017

For additional information,  please contact Director of Special Events Mary Lichtman at (845) 848-7406 or specialevents@dc.edu

 

 

Dominican College Presents Little Shop of Horrors

Students are busy rehearsing for the March 3 and March 4 performances of Little Shop of Horrors.

The musical comedy hit Little Shop of Horrors was presented by the Aquin Players of Dominican College on Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 8 p.m. in St. Dominic’s School. This theatrical sensation has devoured the hearts of audiences around the world  before coming to  to Rockland County

Little Shop of Horrors is a sci-fi-horror comedy-rock musical with an early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop style composed by Alan Menken and written by Howard Ashman. The musical takes place in New York City during the 1960s and is based around Seymour Krelborn, a clumsy and dejected orphan working at Mushnik’s Flower Shop in urban Skid Row. Seymour happens upon a strange plant which he names “Audrey II” in honor of his fellow coworker and longtime crush, Audrey. Much to Seymour’s surprise, the strange Venus fly trap transforms into a manipulative, foul-mouthed, R&B vocalist who has an appetite for human flesh and blood. Over time, however, Seymour discovers Audrey II desires more than just blood, what it really wants is world domination!

When Dominican College Junior John Ameen is asked what it was like to play the character Seymour, he laughs saying, “Seymour is funny, nerdy, and awkward, it’s a very different role for me but I’m enjoying it!”

Director James Filippelli, Musical Director James Quaranto, and Choreographer Melissa Lucido would like to recognize cast and crew members both onstage and backstage for their hard work and dedication. Even though practice and preparation for any musical can be stressful, Dominican College freshman Rebecca Birmingham, who played the character of Audrey, says “The cast is full of lighthearted people who make every practice enjoyable.”

 

Ensemble:

Danielle Gulston                     Victoria Ficuciello                   Shaylene Cruz

Elizabeth Roach                      Elena Ivers                              Elise Karasik

Jillian Pianghi                          Dashelle Disha                        Rebecca Birmingham

Christine Ditzel                       Julius Fontanes                        Aaron Hassan

John Ameen                            Alex Yang                               Justin Genardi

Luis Bermudez                        Jason Magee                           

 

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.

 

 

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