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