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College Awarded Alpha Award

The National Council of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society has awarded an Alpha Award at the Silver level to the Dominican College chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta. The Alpha Award is national recognition from the freshmen honor society given to chapters that have initiated a notably high percentage of their invited students.

In the 2013-2014 academic year, Dominican College inducted 87% of the students who were qualified and invited to join Alpha Lambda Delta. The College understands the importance of recognizing academic excellence among first year students and continuing to honor achievement, both in academics and community service, as students continue in their college career.

According to a letter from Dr. Glenda Earwood, Executive Director of Alpha Lambda Delta, “The growth of this honor society demonstrates that more academically talented students are drawn to your campus and that the successful transition of these students from high school to college has been supported by the faculty and staff.”

Alpha Lambda Delta is an honor society for students who have succeeded in maintaining a 3.5 or higher GPA, and are in the top 20% of their class, in their first year of college. Its mission is to “encourage superior academic achievement… to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning, and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their unique roles in society.” Alpha Lambda Delta has initiated more than 1,000,000 gifted students on college campuses across the country for the past 90 years.

In her letter, Dr. Earwood closes by saying, “The National Council of Alpha Lambda Delta appreciates the hard work and diligence exemplified by your advisors who have provided leadership and created a positive environment for these students resulting in an outstanding chapter.”

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.

Alumnus Signed By AZ Diamondbacks

Tyler ClarkMay graduate, Tyler Clark, has been signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks and assigned to the Missoula Ospreys, a member of the Pioneer League located in Montana.

After graduation, Clark attended try-outs where he worked out in front of scouts from independent teams. During one of these sessions, Chris Carminucci, who is the independent league scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks saw Clark and contacted the College’s coaching staff about a second work out. Three days after seeing Clark for the second time, Carminucci called and offered a professional contract to play for the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.

“I see a lot of raw untapped ability and 6-5 catchers are an anomaly so we feel he has upside and potential. We are excited to have him” Carminucci stated.

During his baseball career at the College, Clark was sixth in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) in doubles and stolen bases, ninth in runs scored, 12th in hits, and 14th in triples. He led the conference in runners caught stealing and sported a .992 fielding percentage with just three errors and 324 put outs. Recently, Clark earned his second consecutive All-CACC Second Team selection and was the recipient of the Dominican College Baseball Co-Coach’s Award. He was also named to the East Region Gold Glove First Team and the 2014 ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Team.

“Tyler has been an impact player for us the past four years and has always worked hard. I am extremely excited to see him continue his baseball career and wish him the best of luck,” said Chargers Head Coach Rick Giannetti.

In his initial game playing for the Ospreys, his first hit of the night was a home run to left center. The game-winning run came off his bat as he singled to the right side of the infield. The Ospreys beat the Great Falls Voyagers 4-3.

Dominican College Honored as a College of Distinction

College of Distinction

National college guide highlights colleges that excel in student-focused education

Dominican College has been honored as a College of Distinction for the 2014-2015 school year. Dominican College is one of a select group of colleges to earn this prestigious designation, based on its excellence in Four Distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant campus communities and successful outcomes

High school college counselors and educators nominate colleges and universities for recognition by Colleges of Distinction, which then evaluates each school based on qualitative and quantitative research. The colleges and universities are not ranked and instead are members of a consortium of other equally impressive schools.

Colleges of Distinction looks beyond rankings and test scores to find colleges that are the ideal places to learn, grow and succeed. The selection process reviews such factors as the school’s first year experience, general education program, experiential components of the curriculum, the strategic plan and alumni success and satisfaction.

“We focus on colleges that are deeply dedicated to students’ learning,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor of Colleges of Distinction. “Schools designated as ‘Colleges of Distinction’ offer innovative learning experiences that educate, nurture and transform students.”

To view Dominican College’s profile or to find more information about the online guide visit CollegeosfDistinction.com.

About Colleges of Distinction
Colleges of Distinction is a website and corresponding e-guidebook dedicated to honoring schools nationwide for their excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. CollegeofDistinction.com offers dynamic college profiles and easy-to-use search tools for students, parents, and counselors. The website includes tips from high school guidance counselors, essays from college students, presidents and other members of campus communities. Schools are selected based on college counselor recommendations and research, and evaluated on excellence in the Four Distinctions: student engagement, quality of teaching, vibrancy of the college community and success of graduates. For more information, visit CollegesofDistinction.com

The Liberal Arts Are More Important Than Ever

Experience limitless job opportunities with a liberal arts degree from Dominican College

lib arts graphicDespite a social push towards specializations and the focus on getting a job after graduation, the liberal arts remain vital to a well-educated society. More than that, a liberal arts degree from Dominican college will increase your market value.   We focus on teaching you the skills employers want the most (communication skills, critical thinking, clear writing, problem solving, cultural understanding).  Private liberal arts colleges like Dominican  College have the power to meet one of the nation’s top priorities:
increasing the number of college graduates who have the skills that employers want.

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You can also click here to see why understanding various cultures is important to a career such as investment banking.

liberal arts votingWhat about power and leadership? Well, we have that covered too. Read about the role of the liberal arts in developing social power and in developing society’s leaders.   You can even find the reason (click here) why the high- tech computer industry sees a need to hire Liberal Arts majors — especially English majors.

Choosing Dominican College and its liberal arts core is an excellent choice to prepare you for the future.  Feel free to contact me with questions about the liberal arts requirements or about a program within the liberal arts disciplines.

 


Dr. Mark C. Meachem  is Associate Professor of Communication Studies and the Director of the Division of Arts and Sciences. If you have questions about the value of a Liberal Arts degree, Dr. Meachem can be reached at mark.meachem@dc.edu or (845) 848-4043

 

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.

Articulation Agreement with Mercer Community College Announced

Dominican College and Mercer Community College in West Windsor and Trenton, NJ have entered into an articulation agreement that will benefit transfer students and the institutions involved.

Mercer County Community College students who graduate with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts with a Social Science concentration, Liberal Arts with a Humanities concentration, or Business Management and who have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 will be granted “junior” or upper-level status at Dominican College.

Each transferring student will be assigned a program faculty advisor, who will assist the student in charting a comprehensive academic program plan – allowing for graduation in the shortest time possible, usually two years of full-time study or its part-time equivalent.

“Dominican College and Mercer Community College share the tenets of excellence, leadership, and service. Both institutions are committed to providing a high-quality education that challenges students and provides them the opportunity to gain critical thinking skills. Both institutions provide a caring, creative, and engaged faculty and staff with a student-centered focus. And both institutions strongly support the civic life of students and service to the community as part of a solid preparation for fully engaged lives. We all look forward to welcoming Mercer Community College students into the Dominican College family”, said Erin deWard, spokesperson for Dominican College.

All Articulation Agreements are listed here >

The College Welcomes New Trustees

The Board of Trustees of Dominican College is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members. They are: Dr. Bernadette M. Kappen, ‘70, Executive Director of The New York Institute for Special Education; Mr. Michael C. Perry, Executive Director of The Investment Casting Institute; and Dr. Erinmarie Sullivan, ‘94, Director of the Hospitalist Group at Lenox Hill Hospital.

Bernadette Kappen, Ph.D., holds a Doctorate in Special Education Administration from Gallaudet University, a Master’s degree in Special Education with a specialization in teaching students who are deaf/blind from Boston College, and a Bachelor’s degree in English/Elementary Education from Dominican College.

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Michael Perry holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from William Paterson College and an Associate’s degree in Accounting and Economics from Bergen Community College.

Erinmarie Sullivan, MD, FACP, holds an MD from Saint George’s University, an MBA/Physician Executive degree from University of Tennessee, a Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College of Columbia University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Dominican College.

Dominican College President, Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P. praised the new members, as well as the entire board. “We are truly excited to welcome these new trustees. Our board members comprise a dynamic group of effective and visionary leaders, and we are blessed by their ongoing support and encouragement.” said O’Brien.

Teacher Education Earns Highest National Accreditation

On Friday, October 4 the Teacher Accreditation Council announced that the College’s Undergraduate and Graduate Teacher Education Programs have earned accreditation for 7 years, the highest granted to education programs. Both programs received “Above Standard” ratings in the Council’s three primary assessment areas.

In 2006, both programs earned the highest national accreditation as well, placing the College’s program among an elite group of teacher education programs nationally.

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