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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.”

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

Why I Study the Liberal Arts: Dr. James Reitter

The tangibles: I learned how to tip, calculate square footage of a house, and balance my finances from math classes. Math also taught me whether I was getting ripped off or not. The sciences taught me that the natural world is incredibly fascinating. I have played mad scientist in Chemistry, controlled the earth in Physics, become aware of my own body and my surroundings in Biology. Once you realize what is around you, you begin to understand how complex and small we all are in relation.

The intangibles: We all laugh, cry, become angry, get depressed, and feel overjoyed at various points. I am not stranger to this, but writing and reading literature is a superbly helpful guide. I’ve learned from the past in History, from the present in Sociology and Political Science, and how I can make my own future in Philosophy. These classes have also taught me a sense of morality, and I’ve learned how to apply it (or question it) in Criminal Justice. Music, Theater, and Art have taught my heart to bleed and my brain to feel. Psychology has helped with understanding how my brain thinks.

I chose English as a major because those courses taught me the most about the world, and about myself. Through English classes at Dominican, you learn how to: solve problems with creative and inspired solutions, to thoroughly understand material presented to you, to articulate your ideas and thought process to others, and to meet external deadlines. These are critical skills in any place of employment. Coming from a family of engineers, accountants, medical professionals, and salesmen, I have witnessed that the people who possess these skills are the ones that get hired and promoted. The ones lacking these skills get left behind or ignored.

The best answer to this “Why I” question is to become wide-eyed.

 


Dr. James Reitter is an Assistant Professor of English and a member of the Freshmen Directorate. If you have questions about the value of a Liberal Arts degree, Dr. Reitter can be reached at james.reitter@dc.edu  or (845) 848-4014.

 

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.

Don’t believe me? Click here to read what employers look for.
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

 

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