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.

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.