College Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Hennessy Expansion

Student athletes demonstrate to College Trustee Dr. Clement Osei how to use equipment in the new fitness center during a tour of the facility.

The latest campus addition – the Hennessy Center expansion – was showcased during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, October 19, 2017.

College President Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., Ph.D., reviewed the College history from its founding in 1952 and the need since then for recreational opportunities for residential students. “This expansion includes an additional gym, a well-equipped fitness center and creative practice and program space. How grateful we are to the many people who brought it to fruition,” she said. 

Sr. Mary Eileen thanked the Building and Grounds Committee of the Board, Holt Construction, Dominican College’s Facilities Staff and the many donors. In addition, she thanked State Senator David Carlucci, who was in attendance, for his support.

Senator Carlucci cited a study that found students enrolled in a school fitness center had higher GPAs and were more likely to graduate. That is important, he said, because Dominican College graduates contribute so much to the community.  “The things that are going on here at Dominican College don’t just stay within these walls, they proliferate to our community and improve the quality of life of all of the people in our community and in New York State,” he said. 

The dignitaries and donors at the ceremony toured the improvements and additions to the Hennessy Center, including the new gym, the fitness center, an athletic training lab, and a recruiting/conference room. The festivities included a ribbon-cutting outside both the gym and the fitness center.  Sr. Barbara McEneany, O.P., Director of Campus Ministry, blessed the area outside of the fitness center with Holy Water.  In addition, a plaque listing the project’s top donors was unveiled outside the new gym.   


Social Work Student Battling Lupus Awarded Scholarship

Student Deset Seyoum, a recent L.I.F.E. scholarship winner, is shown here on the Dominican College campus,

Social Work student Deset Seyoum has been awarded a scholarship from the Lupus Inspiration Foundation for Excellence (L.I.F.E.).  L.I.F.E.’s mission is to promote lupus awareness and award merit-based scholarships to college students diagnosed with the disease.  The foundation also offers support to the students. 

“It’s my dream come true, “ said Deset. “I feel that there’s someone who can understand me and help me so it means a lot to me.”

Deset is a native of Ethiopia and after moving here to be with her husband in 2014, became very ill with joint pain and rashes. When she was finally diagnosed with lupus, one of her kidneys was nearly failing and she had to take about 15 medications daily. Today, Deset said she is almost in remission and she takes just four medications.   

Deset discovered the L.I.F.E. scholarship application while she was surfing the web for information about lupus. She credits Debra Moniz, Director of the Academic Success Center (ASC), and Sr. Ursula McGovern, O.P.,  a professional tutor at the ASC, with assisting her with the scholarship application.


College Board Welcomes Two New Trustees

Sr. Michaela Connelly, O.P., President of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Blauvelt.

Michael Santos, Director of Ethics and Business Standards at Orange and Rockland Utilities

Two new trustees — Michael Santos and Sr. Michaela Connelly, O.P. —  are now on the Dominican College Board of Trustees.

Michael Santos has been the Director of Ethics and Business Standards at Orange and Rockland Utilities since 2014 and is responsible for developing, monitoring, and enforcing all aspects of the ethics program. He previously worked for Consolidated Edison in a number of positions concerned with business ethics and employee and labor relations.  He also sits on the board of the Palisades Institute of Dominican College.  

Sr. Michaela is the President of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Blauvelt, taking the top leadership position of the Congregation after serving as Vice President from 2011 to 2017.

Sr.  Michaela also has a long history of working in education. She started her career teaching elementary and junior high school students for the Archdiocese of New York in the Bronx and later served as Dean of Students and Principal at St. Raymond Academy for Girls.  In addition, she worked at Dominican College from 1972-1987 as Director of Public Relations and Director of Development.  Sr. Michaela earned a B.S. in Education from Dominican College in 1968 and an M.S. in Education (Administration) from Fordham University in 1973. 

Two highly-respected trustees who are stepping down from the board – James E. Hennessy and Anthony Montalbano, Esq. – were approved as Trustee Emeriti at the October Board Retreat. 



Hall of Fame Basketball Coach Bob Hurley Sr. Speaks at Basketball Tip-Off Dinner

The Men’s Basketball Team, along with their friends and family, got advice on basketball, coaching, and life from legendary basketball coach Bob Hurley Sr. at the Tip-Off Dinner on Thursday, October 12, 2017.

Hurley spoke about how he first started coaching as an 18 year old for CYO Basketball before taking a job at St. Anthony’s High School in Jersey City, N.J., where his teams won 28 state championships and four national titles.

College Trustee and former DC Basketball Player Michael McLaughlin introduced Coach Hurley by saying that he has changed lives. “You want to talk about character? Here’s a man that could have demanded a seven or eight figure contract and gotten it at will later on in his career,” said McLaughlin.  “He bypassed that because there was a community that needed him.”

Coach Hurley said over the years he became comfortable in his skin and learned the best way to coach based on his personality. His advice to the players in attendance was that they should concentrate on individually being the best they can be. 

Coach Hurley was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010 and was a 2017 ESPY Award winner as “Best Coach.” He ended his speech talking about the ESPY award ceremony and being among great athletes.

“From being in a little gym, upper 30 school in Jersey City on Friday nights at 18, to being almost 70 years old being on the ESPY’s, it was quite a run,” he said.

The 2017 Men’s Basketball Tip-Off Dinner was held at Casa Mia Manor House in Blauvelt.


Palisades Institute Forum Focuses on Data Centers

Panelists shown left to right are: J. Todd Raymond, CEO and Managing Partner of 1547; Bill Kohlman, Consultant; Alan Posner, Senior Solution Architect at VirtuIT Systems; and John Bonczek, President of Datacenter Division at 1547.

Local businesses leaders had a lot a questions for panelists at a Palisades Institute forum that focused on how businesses can utilize the resources of a modern data center. The forum was held on October 11, 2017, at the fifteenfortyseven Critical Systems Realty (1547) in Orangeburg, NY.  The company owns, operates, and develops data center facilities around the country.  Topics discussed included safeguarding the physical security of data systems, cyber security, and the need for disaster recovery.

J. Todd Raymond, CEO and Managing Partner of 1547, said a data center can allow your business to keep running in the event of an emergency. “We’re in an environment now where we’ve had three major hurricanes in the U.S. We have fires raging out in California,” he said. “And of course, Superstorm Sandy, which drove a lot of demand for disaster recovery.”

The other panelists were: Bill Kohlman, a consultant; Alan Posner, Senior Solution Architect, VirtuIT Systems; and John Bonczek, President of Datacenter Division, 1547. Following the panel discussion, participants took a tour of the 1547 facility.

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.



Delegation from China Visits Dominican College

A delegation from the Medical School of Quzhou College of Technology in China attended a three-day healthcare seminar in the Badami Room during a visit to Dominican College.

A delegation of Chinese doctors, nurses, and professors from the Medical School of Quzbou College of Technology visited Dominican College October 3-6, 2017, to learn more about the education of health care professionals in the United States. The participants attended three full days of seminars taught by Dominican College faculty.

Yao Shuihong, Dean of the Medical School and head of the delegation, said the instruction was very helpful. “As the society is aging in China, there is a lack of qualified nursing personnel, so it is crucial that we solve the issues involved in nursing education,” he said. 

The delegation is looking for ways to improve China’s education of nursing students. As part of the trip to Dominican College, the delegation visited the infirmary at the Convent of the Sisters of St. Dominic. The trip concluded with a tour of Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern.