Performing Arts Center Named After College Musical Director

Dr. James A. Filipelli, shown here with College President Sr. Mary Eileen O'Brien, Ph.D., O.P., recently had a Performing Arts Center at a Westchester High School named in his honor.

Dr. James A. Filipelli, shown here with College President Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., Ph.D., recently had a Performing Arts Center at a Westchester High School named in his honor.

A Westchester County High School is honoring the former director of its theater program – who also directs the musicals at Dominican College – by naming its Performing Arts Center after him. The Lakeland Central School District Board of Education voted  on January 21, 2016, to rename the Walter Panas High School Performing Arts Center after Dr. James A. Filippelli.  Dr. Filipelli taught English for more than 35 years at the high school and retired last June.  He continues working as an adjunct instructor at Dominican College, where he has also taught for 36 years.  At Dominican College, Dr. Filipelli teaches classes in communications and theater. 

The move to rename the center came after a former Walter Panas High School student started an online petition that garnered more than 900 signatures. Dr. Filippelli said he is humbled, flattered and honored. “I share this honor with the countless number of students, the administrators, the teachers, the community members, anyone who ever stepped foot in that place, or performed on the stage – backstage, lighting, scenery, costumes, anything.  I share with them, because I couldn’t do it alone, “  he said.

Dr. Filippelli is now working with Dominican College students rehearsing for the March 11 and March 12 performances of Kiss Me Kate.  Tickets will go on sale a few weeks before the performance. 

 

Leaders from the Federal Reserve Bank of NY Speak at the College

Joseph Tracy (left) and Jason Bram (right), both senior leaders of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, took questions from the audience at Dominican College on January 15, 2016,

Joseph Tracy (left) and Jason Bram (right), both senior leaders of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, took questions from the audience at Dominican College on January 15, 2016.

Local business leaders gathered at Dominican College on January 15, 2016, to hear what senior leaders from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York had to say.

Joseph Tracy is the Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He said that many Americans were surprised that it took so long to reverse the job losses of the recession. “The other bit of folklore is that the stronger the downturn, the faster the recovery – you had these v-shaped recessions and recoveries.  We just didn’t experience that,” he said.

Tracy explained that the recovery took longer because of a changing economy, labor force, and demographics.

Jason Bram, Research Officer, Regional Analysis Function, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, gave a more regional perspective on the economy. He cautioned that the unemployment rates don’t tell the full story.  While U.S. unemployment is generally at the same levels as before the recession, labor participation is lower.  “What that means is that the unemployment rate is lower not completely because there are more and more people working,” said Bram,  “but to some extent because there are fewer people looking for work or people who are what we call ‘underemployed.’”

Bram said that the economy of New York State has outperformed the nation, and New York City has been the leader in the State.

The presentation was co-sponsored by the Palisades Institute and the Rockland Business Association.                                

Dominican College Team Travels to El Salvador for Service Mission

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A team from Dominican College gathers with the children they are working with at a summer camp in Sol Naciente, El Salvador.

Children at a summer camp in El Salvador welcomed a group from Dominican College on a service mission during the first week of January.  

The team of two administrators and five students traveled to the rural village of Sol Naciente to help relieve poverty and promote education. The summer camp in Sol Naciente was founded by a Dominican Sister, Sr. Flor Buruca, O.P., of Amityville, NY, a native of El Savador.  With the help of others, Sr. Flor has also built a chapel in the village, established an after-school program, and provided care packages for those in need. 

This year, the College administrators on the trip are Vice President of Institutional Advancement Dorothy Filoramo, who also serves as President of the Pearl River Rotary Club and Director of Residence Life Ryan Gorman, a Pearl River Rotary Club Member as well. While in El Salvador, they are partnering with the San Miguel Rotary Club to work on a water purification project.

The Dominican College students on the trip are Sarah Baradaran-Noviri, Kayla Grodzicki, Kiara Rivera, Patricia Simmons, and Sade Solan-Bennett.

This is the third year that Dominican College has sent a team to work at the summer camp in Sol Naciente. In El Salvador, the dry season from November through April is known locally as “summer,”  even though the country is north of the equator.