Find Out How to Succeed in Business at Upcoming Forum

Owners of small businesses have a unique opportunity to hear business tips from former top executives of Inc. Magazine at an upcoming Palisades Institute forum at Dominican College.

Former Inc. President Bob LaPointe and former Inc. Publisher John Tebeau will be the guest speakers at the November 17 event in the Lawrence Room of Rosary Hall at 4:30 p.m. Inc. magazine is a prominent national magazine devoted to fostering entrepreneurship and innovation.

Attendees can expect to hear real world business lessons and learn practical leadership and business strategies. To find out more information, and to register, click here.



Upcoming Symposium Educates About Concussions


The Third Annual Healthcare Symposium “Concussions: Everything You Need to Know” will be held on Monday, November 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Anyone involved in youth sports will want to take part in this interesting and informative evening, which will feature a panel of experts and open discussion. Physicians, coaches, athletic directors, athletic trainers, nurses, and parents are all invited to attend.

The moderator of the event will be Dr. N. Noel Testa, Former Clinical Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at NYU Medical Center. The keynote address will be delivered by Dennis Cardone, DO, Associate Professor at the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases.

Attendees will learn about the epidemiology of concussions, on-field assessment, post- concussion syndrome, rehabilitation and therapy, guidelines for returning to school, injury prevention, and protective equipment.

The event will be held in the Fury Lecture Hall of the Prusmack Center off Western Highway in Orangeburg, NY.  For more information, and to register for the symposium, please click here.



Scholarship Dinner Honors Students and Their Benefactors

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Freshman Darian Fernandez spoke at the Scholarship Recognition Dinner.

The 20th Annual Scholarship Recognition Dinner was held on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at the Casa Mia Manor House in Blauvelt to honor students and their generous benefactors.

Dorothy Filoramo, V.P. of Institutional Advancement noted that the event had grown from six scholarships being awarded to 14 recipients in 1995 to 40 scholarships being awarded to 82 students this year. “That is amazing growth and a commitment of our donors in the future of you, our Dominican College students,” she said.

Student speaker, Darian Fernandez, said his experience at Dominican College has been completely positive and gave a lot of credit to his biology professor Dr. Bernadette Connors. “Because of her, I have been fortunate enough to attend a lunch with our College’s Dean Nowak, participate in a Trees for Tribs planting, attend seminars, have the potential to attend scientific conferences, shadow her research on the Sparkill Creek contamination problem and much more,” he said.

Fernandez is one of six freshmen at Dominican College who received a new 4 year biology scholarship, made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation. CEO Speaks at Dominican College

HennessyThe Chief Executive Officer of the travel discount website, Paul J. Hennessy, was the guest speaker at the Palisades Institute 25th Anniversary Celebration on October 8, 2015.

Hennessy, a 1992 graduate of Dominican College, was appointed to the position in April after holding a variety of jobs within the Priceline Group over the past 20 years, including Chief Marketing Officer at the very successful During his speech, he said he has instituted a five pillar strategy at, represented by the acronym CLIMB – customers, learning, innovation, momentum and belief.

Hennessy explained what he means by belief. “We needed to believe in something bigger. We needed to believe that we actually made a difference.  And we needed to believe that we could make great products at scale and speed,” he said. “By the way, we needed to believe that we could operate outside of the U.S.”

That CLIMB acronym has become part of the culture of “Guess what? We are starting to turn the corner.  People are actually starting to believe.  They are starting to like the new pace.  They are engaging our customers and everyone feels great,” he said.

Hennessy spoke in the Lawrence Room of Rosary Hall during the evening reception celebrating 25 years since the founding of the Palisades Institute. The Palisades Institute was founded in 1990 as part of Dominican College to assist businesses, government, and not-for-profit groups in applying the principles of quality, leadership and ethics by offering seminars and workshops.

Hennessy’s father, James E. Hennessy, founded the Palisades Institute with the former Director of Graduate Studies Sr. Beryl Herdt, O.P., and Chancellor Sr. Kathleen Sullivan, O.P.

New Scholarship Program Supports Biology Students

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The 2015 BLISS Scholarship Winners, with their mentors. Pictured back row, left to right: Dr. Thom Nowak Albert Martinez, Kelly Murphy, Darian Fernandez and Dr. Bernadette Connors. Front row: Amanda Saab, Stephanie Denis, and Natalia Perez-Cervantes.

Six freshmen at Dominican College have been awarded up to $10,000 a year for four years as part of the new BLISS (Biology for Low Income Student Scholars) program. This scholarship program was made possible by a $592,688 grant Dominican College was awarded from the National Science Foundation (NSF) .

In addition to financial aid, the program assists these academically-talented biology students  by providing internships, research experiences, and field trips. The scholarship winners work closely with each other, faculty, and administrators to ensure their success in a biology career.

Bernadette Connors, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, said, “This program will help to draw those students who may have financial need, but who are very passionate about learning biology and about gaining an education in all the sciences with a liberal arts background.”

The students accepted this year in the scholarship program are: Stephanie Denis, Darian Fernandez, Albert Martinez, Kelly Murphy, Natalia Perez-Cervantes, and Amanda Saab. Next year, eight scholarships will be awarded.

Interested applicants should contact the Office of Admissions at


Winners of the 2015 Spirit of the Founders Award Announced

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The Dominican College 2015 Spirit of the Founders Award was presented to seniors Erica Descartes and Brett Mitchell during a luncheon at Granito Center on Thursday, September 24, 2015. The event was one of the highlights of the week-long celebration of Founders Week, the annual Dominican College tradition of celebrating our Dominican heritage.

The Spirit of the Founders Award represents a respect for the values and traditions that have endured for centuries and holds the promise that the Dominican tradition will be carried on. It is presented to students who have great potential as leaders as they leave Dominican College and make their mark in the world.

The winners of the award were selected by a vote of Dominican College administrators, faculty, staff and students. Other nominees for the award included seniors Kiara Rivera and Roberto Roman and juniors Adriannie Ascencio and Joseph Key.


Dominican College Offers Microbiology Workshop for High School Students

biologyDominican College is offering a microbiology workshop for high school students on weekends. The workshop will be held on six consecutive Saturdays, beginning on October 24, 2015, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Students participating in the program will have the opportunity to perform original biological research while learning techniques in microbiology. The workshop series is open to any high school student who has completed their life science course and has achieved an 85% overall grade in their science and math courses combined. A total of 16 spots are available.

There is no charge for the workshop, which is being offered through a donation from Orange and Rockland Utilities.

Interested students, should complete and submit the form below.  The deadline to submit an application and a letter of recommendation is October 8, 2015.

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All applicants will be notified by October 15 if they are accepted into the workshop.



Students Participate in National Day of Service and Remembrance

9-11 Jawonio Service 018Dominican College students paid tribute to the victims of the 9-11 attacks by volunteering on September 11, as part of the National Day of Service and Remembrance.

The volunteering efforts were organized by Melissa Grau, Director of Community Engagement and Leadership Development. “I think the purpose of the attacks on September 11th was to break the American spirit and the reason that service has become such an important part of today, especially at Dominican College, is to show that it didn’t break our spirit and we still live and love in our community,” she said.

Some students volunteered at Jawonio in New City, playing board games and working on craft projects with adults who have special needs. “They just brighten up our consumer’s day. They bring joy to their faces,” said Jawonio spokesperson Dana Ferraro. “It’s a nice environment because they chose to be here and it really shows. We just love to have them.”

Also on September 11, students volunteered in the Granito Center, making handmade greeting cards that will be delivered to veterans and seniors who are homebound.

Congress designated September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance in 2009 to unite Americans in service in the same way so many came together following the attacks. At Dominican College, there is a commitment to community service year-round, so that students learn as much outside of the classroom as they do in it.


Former Charger Basketball Star Signed to Professional Team

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Former Dominican College men’s basketball star Nick Smith has signed a professional contract with the Solna Vikings Basketball Club in Sweden.

While at Dominican College, the 2015 graduate was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Co-Player of the Year and was a member of Dominican College’s 1000 Point Club. Among his many accomplishments, Smith was a member of the first men’s basketball team in College history to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA East Regional in 2013.

“I am very appreciative that the Solna Vikings Basketball Club believe in me and are giving me the opportunity to play professional basketball. I am going to continue to keep growing and never settle for anything less than my absolute best,” said Smith. “Also, there are many people who have been there for me along this long and tough journey. They all played a huge part in my growth as both a person and a player and to them I am truly thankful.”

Chargers Head Coach Joseph Clinton described Smith as an extremely talented young man. “The entire College wishes him only the best moving forward,” he said.

Nick will be travelling to Solna, Sweden to begin training with his new coaches and teammates for the upcoming season.





News 12 Covers Move-In Day

Dominican College was in the spotlight when our Freshman Move-In was featured on a local newscast. If you missed it click on the image below:

News 12 spotlights Dominican College

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