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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.

Dominican College Announces Online Criminal Justice Program

The College is pleased to announce the launch of the online Criminal Justice Program. The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Legal Studies is specifically designed to provide students with an understanding of legal considerations within the three areas of the criminal justice system: police, courts, and corrections.

The criminal justice major offers a variety of courses pertaining to the essential elements of criminal justice as well as a thorough comprehension of relevant theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches used to explore criminal behavior and its various permutations. The online criminal justice program was developed utilizing the same philosophy, principles, and goals that have governed the existing traditional program since its inception in 2008: provide students with the tools they need to understand the complexity of the criminal justice system while promoting personal growth and concrete skills. The program offers students an engaging online experience with all of the support and personal attention that Dominican College is known for.

The program requires 51 credits in the criminal justice core and additional general education credits, all of which are completed with eight-week sessions. A final capstone course is completed in the final semester in which the student demonstrates their knowledge and competence in the discipline of criminal justice by preparing, presenting and submitting a research project on a self-selected, instructor-approved topic central to the field.

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Health Care Management Concentration Introduced

Dominican College is pleased to announce the Advanced Certificate in Health Care Management. This program provides graduate level classes for healthcare professionals and qualified managers who wish to enhance their knowledge of the complex and rapidly shifting health care sector. In a combined evening and online format designed specifically for working adults, students can quickly enter or advance a career in health care management.

The 15 credit Advanced Certificate can be completed in as few as 10 months and will focus on building the knowledge and skills that will have an immediate impact on work performance. Upon completion of the health care credits, participants may seamlessly transition to Dominican College’s MBA program with a Health Care Management concentration, which can be can be completed in as little as 24 months.

In keeping with Dominican College’s focus on small classes and one-on-one relationships, the on campus components provide students with personalized attention and interaction while the online components allow students to work at their own pace, on their own schedule. The College maintains a strong connection to the health care community through its allied health programs, enabling students to interact with noted professionals. Building on the importance of relationship, the director of the program serves as the academic advisor to all enrolled and prospective students.

For additional information about the program or to begin an application please visit dc.edu/MBA, call (845) 848-7908, or email christina.lifshey@dc.edu.

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Career Fair

The Career Development Center will host the Annual Career Fair on Tuesday April 1, 2014.

This event is free and open to the public.

  • Meet company recruiters
  • Apply for jobs and internships
  • Polish your networking and communication skills
  • Dress for success and bring resumes.

The following regional companies who are actively hiring will have recruiters waiting to meet you. This is not an inclusive list as companies are signing up every day:

  • Alliance Nursing
  • Jawonio, Inc.
  • Palisades Federal Credit Union
  • Saint Dominic’s Home
  • N.Y.P.D.
  • AFLAC
  • RCALD
  • RJ Staffing
  • Primerica
  • Adecco Staffing
  • Orange & Rockland
  • The NYS Dept. of Taxation & Finance
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics
  • CBS, A Xerox Company
  • W.B. Mason
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Nice-PakProducts/PDI,Inc.
  • New York Life
  • Express Employment
  • Cablevision
  • Spectra Laboratories
  • Coca-Cola
  • Cerebral Palsy of Westchester
  • Refuah Health Center
  • Loeb House, Inc.
  • Gap, Inc.
  • Rockland County Sheriff’s Department
  • Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty
  • Camp Winadu
  • Stella and Dot
  • Hudson Valley Bank
  • Barnes & Noble

For more information contact Evelyn Fiskaa, Director of Career Development (845)848-4033 or careerservices@dc.edu.

Vanderhoef Joins Palisades Institute

The Board of Advisers of the Palisades Institute of Dominican College is pleased to announce that former County Executive, C. Scott Vanderhoef, will join the board as a Co-Chair alongside founding Chair, James E. Hennessy.

“We are pleased to welcome Scott to the board of advisors,” stated Vincent Frankel, Executive Director of the Palisades Institute. “His extensive background, including strong executive experience in community building, will be a terrific resource as we support the organizations in Rockland County and the surrounding region in achieving long term success.”

Vanderhoef is an attorney specializing in Environmental Law. Connected to the people of Rockland County as a native, a public servant, and a volunteer, he served as Rockland’s County Executive from 1994 to 2013. In that role, Mr. Vanderhoef built on his deep connection to the County and its people. He used his knowledge of the environment to create the Open Space Preservation Program which led to the creation of four new parks including Haverstraw Bay County Park. He also worked with communities to plan for well-reasoned land use, commissioned the first new comprehensive master plan in more than 25 years, and supported the rehabilitation of many of Rockland’s downtowns. Along with Legislator Harriet Cornell and a young group of community leaders, Vanderhoef supported the establishment of the first countywide “Schools of the 21st Century Collaborative for Children and Youth” in the nation. He was instrumental in the founding of Leadership Rockland and his service to other community organizations has been prolific.

Mr. Vanderhoef has earned degrees in history, education, and law. He has published scholarly articles on environmental and land planning issues and has taught an environmental law course at St. Thomas Aquinas College. He has also taught as a guest lecturer at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Vanderhoef received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Dominican College in 1995 and a Doctor of Humane Letters from St. Thomas Aquinas College in 1999.

The Palisades Institute was created in 1990 as part of Dominican College of Blauvelt, New York to serve for-profit, government, and not-for-profit organizations in Rockland and Orange counties in New York, Bergen and Passaic counties in New Jersey, and other nearby areas. The aim of the Institute is to assist leaders to advance their organizations in achieving greater long-term success by providing them with professional development and information on the subject of Leadership, Quality, and Ethics – especially the integration of those concepts. The Palisades Institute offers seminars and workshops which address issues related to the integration of the principles from a variety of perspectives.

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