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

The New York State Education Department has approved Dominican College to offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.

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 fall 2015.  Prospective students interested in applying to the program should contact Christina Lifshey, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions by phone (845) 848-7908 or email: 

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

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.