Student Spotlight: Alma Godinez, Class of 2017

Alma Godinez is a Senior commuter student pursuing a Social Sciences degree with an emphasis in Psychology concurrently with minors in History and English. Originally from Woodbridge, Virginia, she moved to North Bergen, New Jersey with her family when she was 9 and later graduated from North Bergen High School in 2013.

While she was first attracted to Dominican College by the offer of a generous merit scholarship, Alma fell in love with the campus upon her first visit. Her fondness for the College reinforced her desire to succeed in the classroom, and impressively she has made the Dean’s List every semester, earning the right to wear the prestigious white tassel at graduation. She also has been inducted into various honor societies including Psi Chi Honor Society in Psychology, Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society in Social Sciences, and Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society in History.

Her academic achievement is all the more impressive because Alma has accomplished all of this while working full-time as a legal assistant at a small immigration law firm and performing volunteer work, including serving as a pro bono Spanish translator on asylum interviews during summer breaks and working as a special needs assistant at the Chambers School in New Jersey. Her extracurricular passion, debating, has further enriched her collegiate experience. She was voted President of the Dominican College Debating Society for her Senior year and has earned multiple trophies in intercollegiate competition.

Alma feels humbled by what she has experienced and achieved at Dominican College and by the support and encouragement she has received from her family. Because of their devotion and her own hard work, Alma will be the first college graduate in her family. As she prepares to say a tearful farewell to Dominican College, she already is planning the next phase of her life journey. She will begin law school in the fall and one day become an attorney working in the public sector so that she can pursue her passion to help others, especially young immigrant children and other unrepresented minorities in her community.

Favorite DC Moment: Earning the praise of the toughest debate judge after two years

Federal Reserve Bank of NY Leaders Present Positive “Outlook on the Economy”

Joseph Tracy, Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, spoke at the sixth annual “Outlook on the Economy: National and Regional Perspectives.”

Two senior leaders from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York were optimistic during their annual presentation  “Outlook on the Economy: National and Regional Perspectives” on January 13, 2017,  in the Fury Lecture Hall in the Prusmack Center. 

Joseph Tracy, Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York,  and Jason Bram, Research Officer, Regional Analysis Function,  spoke about the latest economic indicators.

Tracy said the firming in inflation, and the healthier labor market may prompt the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) to consider normalizing monetary policy. He explained the key issue for policymakers, “If they start raising interest rates, will the economy continue to make progress, toward particularly the inflation objective, without harming in some sense the employment objective?  Or is there a risk that those interest rate increases could stall the economy?”

Tracy is the Chair of the Regulatory Oversight Committee for the Global Legal Entity Identifier System (GLEIS). His primary research interests include unions and collective bargaining, as well as housing and urban economics.  Previously, Tracy was an associate professor at Yale University and Columbia University. 

Bram focused on regional indicators and said that although the Rockland County housing market has not come back yet, there are encouraging anecdotal reports for the lower Hudson Valley Valley. “There’s been a big pick-up in activity, apparently. So demand has picked up, it just hasn’t come into prices yet, “  he said.

Bram’s research and analysis focuses on the U.S. economy, with a primary emphasis on the Federal Reserve’s Second District, which includes New York State, northern New Jersey and southwestern Connecticut, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He produces the regional Beige Book reports, and uses monthly business surveys to monitor and analyze current and emerging economic trends and issues of concern. 

This is the sixth year that Dominican College has presented “Outlook on the Economy.”