College Honored For Blood Donations

Sr. Barbara McEneany and Sr. Bernadette Burke accepted a certificate from County Executive Ed Day and the New York Blood Center at the Rockland County Blood Donor Appreciation Breakfast.

Dominican College was honored on June 14, 2017, at the Rockland County Blood Donor Appreciation Breakfast for being the top college in blood donations in the County for 2016. For the past 28 years, Sr. Barbara McEneany has organized two blood drives a year at the College. 

“This is an important mission for me because I have known people who would have died unless they received blood at critical times in their lives,” said Sr. Barbara. “ I believe that students are more and more seeing the need to donate blood as a necessary part of their schedule.  When sign-up time comes around to recruit pledges for the fall and spring blood drives, students are for the most part eager to give the gift of life. “

Sr. Barbara and Sr. Bernadette Burke accepted the certificate from County Executive Ed Day and the New York Blood Center during the ceremony at the Fire Training Center in Pomona. Sr.  Bernadette is a “gallon donor” — regularly donating blood four times a year. 


Nursing Program Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

Division of Nursing administrators and faculty toasted each other to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Program.

The Dominican College Nursing Program celebrated its 40th Anniversary on Thursday, June 8, with a gathering of alumni, students, Nursing faculty, and College administrators at the Granito Center.  During the reception, everyone raised their champagne glasses as Dr. Nancy DiDona, Director of the Division of Nursing, gave the toast.  In part, she said, “May we continue to nurture, heal, and enlighten the mind, body, and spirit of those we meet.  As nurses, may we keep in mind that it does not matter that no one remembers our names or our faces, but that they remember how we made them feel.”

The Honorary Speaker at the reception was Sr. Kathleen Sullivan, O.P., Chancellor of External Affairs. Sr. Kathleen spoke about how the nursing program was developed by visionary and creative women in response to local needs.  “It is my great pleasure at this significant moment in the history of the program and in the history of the College to acknowledge their magnificent, generous, and inspirational work – work that has helped to define the Dominican Difference not only for our nursing students, but for the community that we serve,”  she said. 

Sr. Kathleen continued, “The graduates of the Dominican College Nursing Program have attained a reputation of excellence within their profession and within the institutions in which they serve and have brought the stature of the College as a responsive institution achieving its commitment to Excellence, Leadership, and Service, to new levels of recognition in our community and among our peers. “

The Celebration Reception was hosted by the Department of Alumni Relations.




County Executives Answer Business Leaders’ Questions at College Forum

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus and Rockland County Executive Ed Day participated in the County Executive’s Forum at Rosary Hall. Palisades Institute Executive Director Stan Jacoby moderated the event.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus were at Dominican College on Wednesday, June 7, to take part in the annual County Executives Forum sponsored by the Palisades Institute.The County leaders spoke about economic development, the fiscal health of their counties, and a host of other topics.  

During a question and answer period, both leaders said they were opposed to an increase in the tolls on the Tappan Zee Bridge. County Executive Day said he fears an increased toll would discourage shoppers coming to the Palisades Center Mall from Westchester.  In addition, he said, truck toll increases could trickle down to higher prices for consumers. “Please resist the urge to compare the tolls to the GW or to the Whitestone Bridge.  There’s no comparison.  Compare it to the Bear Mountain or any bridge north in the Hudson Valley region,” said Day. 

County Executive Neuhaus discussed the transformational effect that flights from Norwegian Airlines coming into Stewart Airport will have on the region. “I am going to be bringing in 7,000 people a week to that airport.  It’s going to double the amount of flights and double the amount of people coming in there,”  said Neuhaus.

Both Day and Neuhaus are Republican County Executives who began their four-year terms in 2014.

The Palisades Institute was created in 1990 as part of Dominican College to serve business, government, and not-for-profit organizations in Rockland and nearby counties. The Institute encourages professionals to integrate the concepts of leadership, quality, and ethics to achieve long-term success.