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Dominican College and Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance Win Grant

Dominican College in collaboration with the Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance (SCWA) has been awarded a grant through the Water Resources Grant Program of the NYS Water Resources Institute (WRI) at Cornell University.

The Water Resources Research Grant will support the development of a course-based service learning research project that will educate and train undergraduate students in the fields of ecology and molecular microbiology. Students in the courses Molecular Microbiology, Introduction to Ecology, and Research Seminar at Dominican College will be involved in an analysis of the diversity of plant species in the Sparkill Creek watershed area, and will determine the level and type of fecal contamination in this waterway. They will serve as hands-on researchers under the guidance of the Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance and the Hudson Riverkeeper. The overarching goal of this project is to integrate novel research experience into the Biology curriculum at Dominican College. This research will encourage students to understand the role of “citizen science” while they learn how science professionals who continue in STEM professions and/or graduate studies can serve citizen science and the waterways. The grant will provide funds from April 2015-April 2016.

According to Dr. Madeline Mignone, Associate Professor of Biology and Dr. Bernadette Connors, Assistant Professor of Biology at the College, “The students will benefit from the hands-on experience that this grant makes possible. The course-based service learning project will provide the students with research experience and gives them a sense of community, as they are working with SCWA (a very active and respected citizen scientist) group that has done much in monitoring the Sparkill Creek waters for Riverkeeper.”

Laurie Seeman, Director of the SCWA adds, “Partnership means that there is a shared learning community being developed that is dedicated to the health and well- being of the waterway. The waterway has no voice, except for what we say. Science and data is a language that is a bridge between the citizens and the government and decision makers. Therefore, developing the best science is one of the most important ways to help the creek.”

The Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance (SCWA) is a community action group committed to promoting environmental awareness, partnerships and practices that restore and preserve the health of the Sparkill Creek and watershed. SCWA has partnered with Riverkeeper over several years by taking water samples at sixteen sites monthly during the months of May to October. This partnership was the first tributary assessment citizen partnership undertaken by Riverkeeper, and has become a model for working with other watershed groups.

The Mission of the New York State Water Resources Institute (WRI) is to improve the management of water resources in New York State and the nation. WRI is uniquely positioned, being federally and state mandated and located on a University campus, to access resources and technologies that are best practices in water management needs. WRI serves as a connection between the water research and water management communities, addressing critical water resource issues. In collaboration with partners around the state, WRI creates and sustains a large network of cross-discipline water resources researchers and managers. They also improve the quality and quantity of information regarding water resources management and technologies available and share their knowledge with educators, managers, and policy makers.

Dominican College, a 2014 College of Distinction, is an independent institution of higher learning, Catholic in origin and heritage. In the tradition of its Dominican founders, it fosters the active, shared pursuit of truth and embodies an ideal of education rooted in the values of reflective understanding and compassionate involvement.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Approved

Dominican College recently received approval for a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from the New York State Education Department. The DNP has been adopted as the terminal degree for advanced practice nurses by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in response to the nursing shortage and the crisis in the healthcare system. Dominican College is implementing the Doctor of Nursing Practice to meet the needs of this paradigm shift and to offer the full spectrum of nursing education. Building on current master’s nursing program curricula, students in this post master’s DNP program will be prepared at the most advanced level of nursing practice. These clinical leaders will be prepared to improve the safety and quality of patient care. They will influence health care outcomes, both locally and globally, by critically appraising evidence with the use of information technology as well as lead the development and implementation of health care policy.

The DNP program will launch in the fall 2015 semester.  Prospective students interested in applying to the program should contact Dr. AnneMarie McDermott by phone at (845) 848-6059 or email Annemarie.McDermott@dc.edu

Big Charger Winter Welcome: January 20-26

When students return to campus for the Spring 2015 semester they will be welcomed by a week full of events and activities!

January 20
Residence Hall Open For Students

January 21
First Day of Classes
Student Activities Open House, Casey Hall 11:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m
Kickboxing Class, 7:00 p.m

January 22 
Club Fair,  Granito Center 2:00pm – 3:00 p.m
CAB Live Event, Granito Center 8:00 p.m

January 23  
SophoMORE Lead Program Meeting, 1:00 p.m
Glow in the Dark Dodgeball, Hennessy Center, 3:00 p.m

January 24
CAB Ice Skating in Central Park
Ping Pong Tournament

January 25  
Student Leadership Retreat, Lawrence Room 10:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m
Sunday Shuttle

For more information contact  Katrina Redmond, Director of Student Activities at  (845) 848-4034 or katrina.redmond@dc.edu

Palisades Institute Announces New Executive Director

The Palisades Institute of Dominican College is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Executive Director. Effective December 15, Stanley J. Jacoby will assume the position of Executive Director of the Palisades Institute. Mr. Jacoby has been a long standing member of the Board of Advisors of the Institute.

Most recently, Mr. Jacoby was the Executive Director of Rockland County Workforce Investment Board and the Director of Employee Rights, Relations, and Training of Rockland County.

He began his career at Bell Labs as an engineer in disaster-resistant building design and construction, and subsequently served in a number of executive positions at AT&T and Verizon. Drawing on his experience in the telecom sector, Mr. Jacoby established a management consulting and training practice, serving private, public, and non-profit clients. He presented workshops and trainings on leadership, quality management, customer service, harassment prevention and more.
Mr. Jacoby has served on educational and governmental advisory boards, including the Board of Examiners for the Governor’s Award for Excellence in both New York State and New Jersey and the boards at Rockland Community College and Dominican College. He was also an adjunct professor of Project Management and Quality Management at Polytechnic University.

He is a professional engineer (P.E.) in New York State and a senior professional in human resources (SPHR). Mr. Jacoby holds an M.S. in Engineering Mechanics from Columbia University, an M.S. in Management from Stevens Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Civil engineering from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. He has certificates from Cornell University in Equal Employment Opportunity policies and complaint handling.

The Palisades Institute was created in 1990 as part of Dominican College in Blauvelt, N.Y. to serve for-profit, government, and not-for-profit organizations. The Palisades Institute is based on the belief that people in all organizations are confronted with a myriad of issues in their work lives which would be better handled with a greater understanding and application of the principles of Quality, Leadership and Ethics. The Institute offers seminars and workshops that address issues related to the integration of these principles from a variety of perspectives.

Debaters at Intercollegiate Debate Tournament

Cheered on by family and friends, the Dominican College Debating Team returned to action on November 23, hosting an intercollegiate debate tournament in Casey Hall.

Veteran members Christopher Bronson and Nathaniel McAuliffe led the team, earning a fourth-place finish in a very competitive Varsity Division. Mr. Bronson also earned an individual fourth-place speaking award. In the Junior Varsity Division, the teams of Alma Godinez and Edward O’Neill; Natalie Arias and Katherine Flores; and Elexis Harris and Nevan Obach continued to gain experience and represent Dominican College with honor and pride. Jonathan Cho, another new team member, joined forces with a debater from SUNY-Rockland, and while the hybrid school team did not place, Jonathan was recognized for his performance in his first-ever intercollegiate debate. The Debate Team will be on the road for its next tournament, traveling to the City on February 8 to compete at Yeshiva University.

Debate Season Opener

The Dominican College Debate Team participated in the season-opening intercollegiate debate tournament on November 9 at SUNY-Rockland.

Graduate student Christopher Bronson teamed up with newcomer Alma Godinez to put in a spirited performance that earned them a fifth-place finish in a very competitive Varsity Division. In the Junior Varsity Division, the rookie team of Elexis Harris and Edward O’Neill earned a fifth-place finish. Katherine Flores, another rookie team member, joined forces with a debater from SUNY-Rockland, and while the hybrid school team did not place, their effort was commendable.

The Debate Team will be back in action on Sunday, November 23, as it hosts the next tournament of the season in Casey Hall. Spectators are welcome as the Chargers defend their home field.

New Biology Lab Opens

Dominican College Biology

Madeline Micceri Mignone, Ph.D., and Dimitrios Moustakas, ’13, outside the biology lab dedicated in her honor on October 28, 2014.

Dominican College is pleased to announce the dedication of the Madeline Micceri Mignone Biology Lab in the first academic building established for the College in 1955 by the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt.

This building is named in honor of the first President, Chairperson, and Founder of Dominican College, Mother Geraldine Forkel, O.P. The new lab will be reserved for Faculty/Student Research. Dr. Mignone has been a driving force behind the Biology Program at the College and has had an enormous impact on students in the sciences.

The Biology Program at the College, which has grown significantly over the past several years, was in need of a dedicated research laboratory space for undergraduate research. In addition to the growth in the program, there is an increase in the demand on students for skill in molecular and cell biology techniques.

A partnership between Pfizer Biotech in Pearl River and the College, through which Pfizer donated a fully functional professional lab, has made created a dedicated, uninterrupted environment for faculty and students to work on their research projects. Pfizer’s commitment to good health and finding sustainable solutions to the most pressing health care challenges of our world has manifested in their gift to Dominican College. Committed to applying science and global resources to improve health and well-being at every stage of life, Pfizer has made a commitment to bring trained scientists and effective and affordable medicines to the people who will need them.

Dominican College Biology

The new lab

The creation of this research space, donated by Pfizer and constructed by the facilities staff at the College will facilitate collaboration with other research institutions. Dominican College has an articulation agreement with New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY and because of this, several research collaborations with our faculty are under consideration. Research collaboration with NYU is also in the discussion stage.

Dominican College has established itself as a premier educational institution in the Hudson Valley Region. Its reputation for educating health care professionals, nurses, occupational therapists, and physical therapists, is widely acclaimed. A strong science program, built through dedicated faculty and interdisciplinary collaboration, is a distinguishing feature of its academic excellence. The opportunity to establish a dedicated Research Lab is most timely as the Biology Program now enrolls over 100 students. The impact of mentored research for our students is profound. A scholarly pursuit of biological research will enhance their position for graduate study and career placement in the future.

For more information, please contact Dorothy Filoramo, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at (845) 848-7400.

Jamie Kempton Named Coach of Men’s Cross Country and Men’s Track and Field

Jamie Kempton named coach of the men's cross country and men's track and field teams. h

Jamie Kempton named coach of the men’s cross country and men’s track and field teams.

Dominican College will add men’s cross country and men’s track and field to its athletics program beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year according to Director of Athletics, Joseph S. Clinton.

“We are excitied about the addition of men’s cross country and track and field programs,” Clinton said. “With cross country already being a conference championship sport and men’s track and field becoming one in 2015, it will allow both programs to have immediate post-season opportunities as part of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.”

Jamie Kempton, currently an assistant coach for the women’s cross country and track and field programs has been named the new head coach for both programs.

“I’m excited to be part of the new athletic programs at Dominican College  and can’t wait to start building the foundation of very competitive units in men’s cross country and track and field,” said Kempton. “I hope to follow the lead of the other established sports teams at Dominican College and make our mark in the CACC and in all our levels of competition.”

Kempton brings a wealth of coaching experience to the staff as he was most recently the head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country and track and field programs at St. Thomas Aquinas College from 2004-2007. Prior to that, he served as the head coach of the indoor and outdoor track programs for both the boys and girls squads at Albertus Magnus High School from 1998-1999.

He began his coaching career as an assistant coach for the boys and girls cross country and track programs at Nanuet High School from 1983-1985. He returned to Nanuet in 1995 and ran the program until 1997.

To learn more about men’s cross country and track and field, along with DC’s 12 other NCAA Division II men’s and women’s athletic programs, please visit www.chargerathletics.com.

Alumni From the Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments Program Recognized

Dominican College is pleased to announce that alumni of the Teacher Education Program for Students with Visual Impairments have been selected to serve on the board of NYSAER, a local chapter of the Association For Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired. They are Jamie Wallace, Chelsea Hale, Jennifer Dohman-Kehrer, and Amy Fisher.

NYSAER will be hosting their annual conference in October. Current students, Fotini Tsillis and Melinda Gonzalez, have been awarded full scholarships to attend the AER conference based on their submitted applications and their academic achievements.

The mission of AER is to support professionals who provide education and rehabilitation services to people with visual impairments. The Association was formed in 1984 as the result of a consolidation between the American Association of Workers for the Blind and the Association for Education of the Visually Handicapped.

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.”

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