Upcoming Career Fair Open to the Public

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Dozens of area businesses will gather at Dominican College on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 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, from 2 to 5 p.m.

“This is a great opportunity for our students and local residents to meet with many different employers in one location,” said Evelyn Fiskaa, Director of Career Development. “Participation at the Career Fair is a great way to connect and network with representatives of organizations that are recruiting for positions and internships.”   

Companies interested in recruiting at the event, should register here.  For more information, call 845-848-4033. 

Dominican College to Participate in National Research Project


Dominican College has been selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to pilot a new laboratory for undergraduate biology students. Just 20 schools were chosen nationwide to participate in the SEA-PHAGES (Science Education Alliance Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science) Project.

Bernadette Connors, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, said the program will result in freshman biology students being trained in more advanced laboratory techniques than they had been in the past. She said the students will become “virus hunters” and will look for bacterial viruses, otherwise known as bacteriophages, in soil samples. Once they isolate a virus and extract the DNA, HHMI will do the genome sequencing on the virus and students will subsequently piece together the genomic information. 

Dr. Connors stressed that the students will have ownership of the project throughout the 2016-2017 school year.   “They find the organisms.  They extract its DNA.  They figure out what the sequence looks like that makes that organism what it is,” she said. “It’s very experimental.  We don’t know what the results will be, so they are really digging and figuring it out for themselves and controlling it.”

HHMI provides support for the program by training faculty and conducting the genome sequencing. At the end of the project, one Dominican College student will be chosen to go to a national meeting to present the work of the group.  In addition, the class will become authors of an article in a peer-reviewed publication. 

Dr. Connors said the program will provide students with a good foundation. “All of biology is going the way of bioinformatics –putting together DNA pieces to better tell what an organism can and cannot do.”


Former Dominican College Athlete Inducted Into CACC Hall of Fame

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Director of Athletics Joe Clinton, Maryellen Massey Montera ’88, and CACC Commissioner Dan Mara, shown left to right.

Former Dominican College basketball and softball star Maryellen Massey Montera ’88 was Inducted into the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 6, 2016. This is the first year that the CACC has inducted athletes into a Hall of Fame.   

The ceremony honoring Montera took place in Hennessy Center between games of the Dominican-Philadelphia University basketball doubleheader. CACC Commissioner Dan Mara presented Montera with a framed portrait featuring photos from her legendary career.

In women’s basketball at Dominican College, Montera is the all-time leading scorer with 2,066 points. In softball, she was a standout as both a pitcher and a hitter.  She posted a 1.23 earned during her career, which is tops in program history. She also pitched a pair of no-hitters, including a perfect game against John Jay College.  At the plate, she had a .414 batting average and became the first and only student athlete in school history to have her jersey retired in 2009. 

Just six athletes, including Montera, were chosen for the inaugural class of the CACC Hall of Fame. The CACC is a NCAA Division II Conference composed of 14 schools in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.  


Performing Arts Center Named After College Musical Director

Dr. James A. Filipelli, shown here with College President Sr. Mary Eileen O'Brien, Ph.D., O.P., recently had a Performing Arts Center at a Westchester High School named in his honor.

Dr. James A. Filipelli, shown here with College President Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., Ph.D., recently had a Performing Arts Center at a Westchester High School named in his honor.

A Westchester County High School is honoring the former director of its theater program – who also directs the musicals at Dominican College – by naming its Performing Arts Center after him. The Lakeland Central School District Board of Education voted  on January 21, 2016, to rename the Walter Panas High School Performing Arts Center after Dr. James A. Filipelli.  Dr. Filipelli taught English for more than 35 years at the high school and retired last June.  He continues working as an adjunct instructor at Dominican College, where he has also taught for 36 years.  At Dominican College, Dr. Filipelli teaches classes in communications and theater. 

The move to rename the center came after a former Walter Panas High School student started an online petition that garnered more than 900 signatures. Dr. Filipelli said he is humbled, flattered and honored. “I share this honor with the countless number of students, the administrators, the teachers, the community members, anyone who ever stepped foot in that place, or performed on the stage – backstage, lighting, scenery, costumes, anything.  I share with them, because I couldn’t do it alone, “  he said.

Dr. Filipelli is now working with Dominican College students rehearsing for the March 11 and March 12 performances of Kiss Me Kate.  Tickets will go on sale a few weeks before the performance. 


Leaders from the Federal Reserve Bank of NY Speak at the College

Joseph Tracy (left) and Jason Bram (right), both senior leaders of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, took questions from the audience at Dominican College on January 15, 2016,

Joseph Tracy (left) and Jason Bram (right), both senior leaders of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, took questions from the audience at Dominican College on January 15, 2016.

Local business leaders gathered at Dominican College on January 15, 2016, to hear what senior leaders from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York had to say.

Joseph Tracy is the Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He said that many Americans were surprised that it took so long to reverse the job losses of the recession. “The other bit of folklore is that the stronger the downturn, the faster the recovery – you had these v-shaped recessions and recoveries.  We just didn’t experience that,” he said.

Tracy explained that the recovery took longer because of a changing economy, labor force, and demographics.

Jason Bram, Research Officer, Regional Analysis Function, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, gave a more regional perspective on the economy. He cautioned that the unemployment rates don’t tell the full story.  While U.S. unemployment is generally at the same levels as before the recession, labor participation is lower.  “What that means is that the unemployment rate is lower not completely because there are more and more people working,” said Bram,  “but to some extent because there are fewer people looking for work or people who are what we call ‘underemployed.’”

Bram said that the economy of New York State has outperformed the nation, and New York City has been the leader in the State.

The presentation was co-sponsored by the Palisades Institute and the Rockland Business Association.                                

Dominican College Team Travels to El Salvador for Service Mission

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A team from Dominican College gathers with the children they are working with at a summer camp in Sol Naciente, El Salvador.

Children at a summer camp in El Salvador welcomed a group from Dominican College on a service mission during the first week of January.  

The team of two administrators and five students traveled to the rural village of Sol Naciente to help relieve poverty and promote education. The summer camp in Sol Naciente was founded by a Dominican Sister, Sr. Flor Buruca, O.P., of Amityville, NY, a native of El Savador.  With the help of others, Sr. Flor has also built a chapel in the village, established an after-school program, and provided care packages for those in need. 

This year, the College administrators on the trip are Vice President of Institutional Advancement Dorothy Filoramo, who also serves as President of the Pearl River Rotary Club and Director of Residence Life Ryan Gorman, a Pearl River Rotary Club Member as well. While in El Salvador, they are partnering with the San Miguel Rotary Club to work on a water purification project.

The Dominican College students on the trip are Sarah Baradaran-Noviri, Kayla Grodzicki, Kiara Rivera, Patricia Simmons, and Sade Solan-Bennett.

This is the third year that Dominican College has sent a team to work at the summer camp in Sol Naciente. In El Salvador, the dry season from November through April is known locally as “summer,”  even though the country is north of the equator. 

Acclaimed Orchestra Holds Christmas Concert December 6

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The popular Dominican College Christmas Concert featuring the Reverend Alphonse Stephenson and the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea will be held on Sunday, December 6, 2015, at 3 p.m. in the Hennessy Center, 495 Western Highway in Blauvelt. 

“The College is very grateful to be able to bring forty classically-trained musicians to perform a holiday concert worthy of Carnegie Hall to our community,” said Mary Lichtman, Director of Special Events.  “This annual event has become a treasured tradition at the College that so many people look forward to.” 

Tickets for the concert are priced at $30 for General Admission, $25 for seniors and veterans and $20 for students with a school ID.  Concert tickets include a post-performance dessert reception.  In addition, a  Holiday Buffet will be held in the Granito Center at 1 p.m. before the concert, at a cost of $20 per person. 

To purchase tickets, please e-mail or call 845-848-7406.  Tickets will also be sold at the door. 


Beautiful Christmas music filled the Hennessy Center yesterday during the annual concert featuring the Reverend Alphonse…

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Former Publisher of Inc. Magazine Shares His Business Insight


The former Publisher of Inc. Magazine John Tebeau talked about business personalities at a recent forum sponsored by the Palisades Institute.

The former Publisher of Inc. Magazine shared his business insight at the Palisades Institute Forum on November 17, in the Lawrence Room of Rosary Hall.  John Tebeau talked to the business leaders and students in attendance about what makes a good leader and the different types of work personalities.   

Tebeau said throughout his career he has seen leadership styles in all shapes and sizes.   “Never underestimate who it is you are talking to.  Every relationship and personality you need to take seriously,” he said. 

Tebeau then explained the work-type personality theory of Les McKeon, who is the President and CEO of Predictable Success and has started more than 40 companies.  McKeon believes that everyone who participates in group or team work tends to act in one of three naturally-occurring styles:  visionary, operator or processor.  Visionaries generate creative ideas.  Operators translate those ideas into tasks and “get stuff done.”  Processors are compelled by data and like to bring order to the situation. The problem, said Tebeau, is that these three work personalities don’t “play well together in the sandbox.”

Tebeau said that for a team to be successful, one of the team players must also be a synergist – focused primarily on what is best for the enterprise. A synergist must be good at time management, priority management, crisis management and delegation. 


Symposium Educates Parents and Health Care Professionals About Concussions


Parents, health care professionals, and nursing students listened to top experts on concussions during Dominican College’s Healthcare Symposium entitled “Concussions: What You Need to Know” on Monday, November 16 in the Prusmack Center.    

The evening symposium was moderated by Dr. N. Noel Testa, Former Clinical Professor of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, NYU Langone Medical Center, and a Consultant with the Department of Education NYC, Public School Athletic League.  Dr. Testa urged those in attendance to become educated and find out what kind of concussion programs their school has.    “I am asking all of you, as parents, guardians and educators to get yourself involved,”  he said. ” You’ve got to go into the schools.  You’ve got to ask what is going on.”

The experts stressed that a concussion may not cause you to lose consciousness, and it may not be detected by an MRI. Coaching staff should be aware that the signs of a concussion include an athlete who appears dazed or stunned, is confused about an assignment or moves clumsily.  Athletes should be aware of symptoms including a headache, nausea, balance problems, double vision, and confusion. 

One of the panelists, Dr. John Galluci, who is the Medical Coordinator of Major League Soccer and the President of JAG Physical Therapy, said that awareness of concussions has increased greatly,  “What this has really done – and I call it the concussion revolution – is put healthcare first now in sports.”  Dr. Gallucci said the team approach is critical and nurses, certified athletic trainers, physical therapists and doctors need to advocate every day. 

This is the third annual Healthcare Symposium presented by Dominican College. 


Basketball Coach Joe Clinton Inducted into Union College Athletics Hall of Fame

Clinton UHOF2Dominican College Director of Athletics and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Joe Clinton was inducted into the Union College Athletics Hall of Fame on November 14, 2015.

Clinton is a 1983 graduate of Union College and traveled up to Schenectady, NY, with his family for the ceremony.  “It was really a nice night.  All my buddies from college, my roommates, my teammates and my coach came back,” said Clinton.  “It was good reminiscing.”

At Union College, Clinton was a standout on the basketball court and set the all-time assists record as a junior,  finishing his career with 556 assists, while also owning the single season and game records for most assists with 182 and 15 respectively.  In addition, Clinton graduated as the third highest all-time scorer with 1,270 points, a mark that now ranks 11th.

A two-year team captain, Clinton helped the Dutchmen to an overall record of 20-4 and a NCAA tournament berth his  senior year.  Clinton was also a great baseball player, and played for the Dutchmen in 1982 and 1984.

It’s been an exciting year for Clinton , who was inducted into the Rockland County Sports Hall of Fame back in April.  Clinton is also a member of the  Hall of Fame at Albertus Magnus High School in Bardonia.

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