Alumni Happenings: Andrew Pugliese, Class of 2011

Like a number of other young adults today, Andrew Pugliese graduated from high school with no clear career plans or long-term educational goals. Based on the advice of his North Rockland High School guidance counselor, Andrew enrolled at Rockland Community College in the fall of 2006 but lacked the motivation to finish the semester. After flunking out, Andrew decided to take his life in a new direction by joining the U.S. Air Force in May 2007. Trained as a Communication and Navigation Specialist, Andrew was stationed at bases in Mississippi and Texas before being assigned to Little Rock Air Force Base (AFB) in Arkansas where he maintained and modified C-130 aircraft for international and domestic missions.

Seeking an opportunity to go back to school full-time, Andrew transferred to the New York Air National Guard at Stewart AFB in Newburgh and enrolled at Dominican College in August 2009 with a renewed sense of purpose. As a Psychology major he took courses in Research Methods, Psychological Statistics, and Psychological Testing and quickly discovered that he had a passion and talent for quantitative psychological research.

Upon graduation, Andrew enrolled as a graduate Psychology student at Hofstra University. Because of the preparation he received at Dominican College, Andrew excelled in his Industrial/Organizational Psychology major and soon converted an internship position with Metro-North Railroad into a full-time position with the company as a Human Resources Testing Analyst. Among other duties, he developed and validated personality tests.

In May of 2016, Andrew took a new job with the City and County of Denver as an Assessment Development and Validation Analyst where, among other responsibilities, he works to redesign the City’s performance test processes while also validating different selection and promotional assessments. He plans to further use the statistics skills he first learned from his Psychology professors at Dominican College as his employer moves to a more strategic-based decision-making system that relies heavily on analytics and big data.

Favorite DC Memory: First moment stepping into class realizing my future lay ahead

Student Chosen for Selective NY Program for Aspiring Filmmakers

Senior Joseph Key, shown above, took part in an interactive workshop to promote the inclusion of diverse voices in the entertainment industry.

Senior Joseph Key was one of just 31 students chosen statewide to participate in Pitch NY – a  program for aspiring filmmakers, producers, and writers. During the day-long interactive workshop, the students heard from industry leaders, pitched their ideas, and got advice.  The workshop took place at NBCUniversal’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza studios. 

While Joseph is a Nursing major, he explains that he has two passions in life – nursing, which he finds very fulfilling, and filmmaking, which allows him to express his creativity. Before attending Dominican College, he spent one year at the New York Film Academy. In his free time, he produces videos and short films and shares them on the internet. 

Joseph is very grateful that he was given the opportunity to participate in this workshop. “I  didn’t realize the stakes until I actually got there and they told us that they received hundreds of applications, “  he said. 

The event, hosted by the Governor’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development and NBCUniversal Studios, in collaboration with the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, is the latest State initiative to promote the inclusion of diverse voices in the entertainment industry.