Hennessy Center Expansion Completed

The new Hennessy Center Fitness Room include 30 pieces of cardio equipment.

There’s a major addition to the Dominican College Campus. Construction of the $5 million expansion of the Hennessy Center has been completed. The expansion includes a new lower level with a state-of-the-art fitness center. The general public can sign up to use the fitness center, and alumni can join for a deeply discounted rate. The annual fee for alumni to join is $150.  The annual fee for the general public is $300.

The new fitness center is about four times larger than the former fitness room and has 30 pieces of cardio equipment as compared to six in the old room. There is also an aerobics room with bikes for spin classes. 

V.P. of Student Development John Burke said, “I think our teams are going to be fitter and in better shape. For coaches who are recruiting, the new fitness center is a huge advantage.”

The expansion includes a new, regulation-size NCAA gym on the same level as the current gym, which will allow for more intramural sports and “open gym” time for the general student population. There are also new coaches’ offices, a new recruiting room/conference area and an athletic training area with two whirlpools.

Fundraising for the expansion continues and there are naming opportunities available for the new rooms. If you are interested in donating, or would like to learn more about the Hennessy Center project, please contact V.P. of Institutional Advancement Dorothy Filoramo at dorothy.filoramo@dc.edu.

To find out more about joining the fitness center, visit www.dc.edu/fitnesscenter/

 

 

 

Dominican College Adopts Test-Optional Policy

First-time freshmen applicants for the Fall 2018 semester will not be required to submit a standardized test score for admission to the College. Dominican College is the first college in Rockland County to adopt a test-optional policy, which is a growing trend nationwide.  According to FairTest, the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, more than 950 colleges and universities nationwide have announced test-optional policies.

 “We have found that a student’s overall high school academic record is the best indicator of a student’s success in college and the research backs that up,”  said College President Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., Ph.D.  “We’ve also been particularly concerned that studies indicate performance on standardized tests is closely linked to family income and education level, and may be biased against certain minority students.”

Sr. Mary Eileen added that this new policy aligns with the mission of Dominican College, which is focused on maintaining “a student-centered climate” that “serves a diverse community of students.” She said, “It’s hoped that this new policy will re-focus both students and parents on what really matters — day-to-day performance in the classroom and the personal characteristics of the student. “ 

 All test-optional applicants will be expected to complete a minimum of 16 units of college-preparatory coursework:

  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of mathematics (including Algebra and Geometry)
  • 2 units of a laboratory science
  • 2 units of social sciences
  • 5 additional units in any of the above subject areas (and/or in a foreign language).

Certain students will continue to be required to submit SAT or ACT scores, including those who have been homeschooled, have completed a General Education Diploma (G.E.D.), do not meet the above 16-unit requirement, and international students. In addition, international students whose native language is not English are required to submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (T.O.E.F.L.) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination scores.

Applicants must indicate on the Dominican College admission application or the Common Application whether they want the standardized test scores to be considered for admission.  If a student has previously sent scores to the College and later indicates on the application that the scores should not be considered, the scores will be deleted from the college admission system. Students who change their minds about whether test scores should be considered, after submitting an application, must send an email to admissions@dc.edu.

For more information about the new policy, please email admissions@dc.edu or call 845-848-7901.

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. 

 

Dominican College’s Online Program Named One of the Best in New York

Dominican College’s Online Program was ranked #19 in the State of New York by BestCollege’s.com, a leading provider of higher education information and resources.

“As online learning opportunities expand at a state level, it’s important to help guide prospective students towards programs that will assist them in meeting their future career goals,” says Stephanie Snider, General Manager at BestColleges.com. “Being ranked one of the Best Online Colleges in New York signifies Dominican College of Blauvelt has developed a strong academic online program that keeps affordability and accessibility in mind for prospective students across the state of New York.”

Dominican College offers several fully online courses and five fully online programs including: Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences; Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies; Bachelor of Science in Management; Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice; and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

According to BestColleges.com, online learning programs are expanding at a rapid pace because they provide opportunities for students who cannot pursue traditional on-campus degree programs. In fact, many students see online programs as the only option to get a college degree while balancing other commitments and challenges — including work, family, or disabilities.

 BestColleges.com bases its rankings on academic outcomes, affordability, and the breadth and depth of online learning opportunities.  For the full list of recognized programs and details on the ranking’s methodology, visit: http://www.bestcolleges.com/features/best-online-colleges-in-new-york/

 

 

Construction Begins on $5 Million Expansion of Hennessy Center

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Dominican College administrators and representatives from Holt Construction attended a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction on an expansion of the Hennessy Center.

Construction has begun on a $5 million expansion of the Hennessy Center. The Hennessy Center is Dominican College’s Athletic Center and is also home to community concerts and events. 

The Hennessy Center expansion will include a new, regulation-size NCAA gym on the same level as the current gym, with batting cages that can be lowered from the ceiling. A new lower level will have a fitness center, dance studio, weight room, and coaches’ offices. Plans call for the current exercise room to become an Athletic Training Lab for students in the Athletic Training academic program.  Construction is expected to be completed in less than a year. 

“With this expansion, Dominican College will meet the needs of a growing student population and be able to attract and train more student athletes.” said College President Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., Ph.D. ”The Hennessy Center will continue to serve the community by hosting summer camps, concerts, job fairs, programs for people with disabilities, and community events.  In addition, nearby residents will also be able to use the new fitness center for a reasonable membership fee.”

More than half of the money needed for the expansion has been raised. The College recently launched a new fundraising campaign to raise the remainder of the funds.  If you are interested in donating, or would like to learn more about the Hennessy Center project, please contact Dorothy Filoramo at dorothy.filoramo@dc.edu.

 

 

Dominican College Named a Top Workplace by The Journal News

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Shown here are some of our employees recognized in 2015 for their years of service to the College.

Dominican College has been selected as a Journal News Top Workplace in the Lower Hudson Valley for 2016. The honorees were chosen based upon the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement.

 “We are so pleased to have received this award, “ said College President Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., Ph.D.,  “Our mission stresses that we promote educational excellence, leadership, and service in an environment characterized by respect for the individual and concern for the community and its needs.  I believe that our respect for every employee is what makes Dominican College such a unique and rewarding place to work. Our employees often say that the Dominican College community is like family to them.  We help each other through difficult times and celebrate each other’s good news.  This is a particularly meaningful award to me, because it is based upon surveys completed by our employees.”

 Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics said, “The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits. But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together. Claffey adds, “Without this sense of connection, an organization doesn’t have a shot at being named a Top Workplace.”

According to a May 1, 2016, article in The Journal News, Dominican College employees surveyed said they were satisfied with their jobs because of great co-workers and managers, along with the ability to grow personally and professionally. 

WorkplaceDynamics is headquartered in Exton, PA.  This year alone, more than two million employees in over 6,000 organizations will participate in the Top Workplaces campaign — a program it conducts in partnership with more than 40 media partners across the United States.  Workplace Dynamics also provides consulting services to improve employee engagement and organizational health.

 

College Unveils Chemistry Lab With Equipment Donated from Pfizer, Inc.

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Dominican College President Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., Ph.D. with Pfizer Pearl River Site Leader Kerrin Mahaffey in the newly renovated chemistry laboratory in Forkel Hall.

Dominican College unveiled a newly-renovated chemistry laboratory in Forkel Hall on April 14, 2016.  The updated lab was made possible by the generous donation of about $500,000 worth of furniture and equipment from Pfizer, Inc. 

“We are delighted to be able to open this classroom and research laboratory for our students to begin using in fall,” said College President Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., Ph.D. “This additional lab shows our commitment to the sciences, which provide such an important foundation for many of the top fields of study at Dominican College – including nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and athletic training.”

The furniture and equipment donated by Pfizer, Inc. include a chemical fume hood, four lab work benches, two equipment benches, glassware, solvent cabinets, and instruments. These additions will enhance the use of the renovated room for instruction and lab work.

Pfizer Pearl River Site Leader Kerrin Mahaffey said, “The Pearl River site has been committed to the Rockland community for over 110 years. Not only with advancing medicine and global health but in supporting our neighbors, non-profits and schools.”

She added, “We are so glad that we were able to provide the equipment for the chemistry and biology research labs. It is our hope that this will make it possible for future scientists to continue in the tradition of Pfizer and the Pearl River colleagues.  We expect great things from them.”          

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Colleen Evans, is pleased that the chemistry lab is located next to the biology lab. “That’s the future of chemistry majors to be able to have multi or interdisciplinary work.  I’m going to be working with faculty to develop programs that we can use for both chemistry and biology,” she said. “I think the new lab is really a catalyst that will hopefully help us grow the program to attract students to the field of chemistry.”

In November 2014, Dominican College dedicated a biology lab in Forkel Hall that also contained equipment donated by Pfizer, Inc. In addition to the laboratories in Forkel Hall, Dominican College has three biology labs, a physics lab, and a chemistry lab in Prusmack Center.

 

 

 

New BEST Program Comes to Dominican College

 

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BOCES representatives briefed College Department heads on the new BEST program. Shown here (from left to right) are Director of the Health Center Lynda Chesterman, Director of Food Services Anthony Longobardo, as well as Maureen Danizig and Dawn Kitz of BOCES.

Dominican College is teaming up with Rockland BOCES to prepare high school students with disabilities for the world of work. The new program is called BEST (Business Expertise for Student Transition and Training) and it will kick off in September 2016 with eight students.

College Director of Special Services Margaret Giuliano said the high school juniors and seniors in the program will be entering the workforce or going to college after graduation. “Through the partnership, they will be spending 1 ½ hours  each day on our campus, experiencing real life job placement as interns and learning soft skills that are key to college and career success,”  she said. 

Rockland BOCES is providing a full-time teacher, teaching assistant and part-time coordinator to work with the students at the College and teach what are considered soft skills. “It could be interview skills, resume writing, social skills – how to dress on the job, how to speak to your co-workers, anything related to a job,”  said Dawn Kitz, Transition Coordinator at BOCES. 

During a recent Open House hosted by BOCES in the Badami Room, representatives of different College departments dropped by throughout the day to be briefed on the new program and to sign up to accept BEST students as interns in their departments.

New Scholarship Program Supports Biology Students

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The 2015 BLISS Scholarship Winners, with their mentors. Pictured back row, left to right: Dr. Thom Nowak Albert Martinez, Kelly Murphy, Darian Fernandez and Dr. Bernadette Connors. Front row: Amanda Saab, Stephanie Denis, and Natalia Perez-Cervantes.

Six freshmen at Dominican College have been awarded up to $10,000 a year for four years as part of the new BLISS (Biology for Low Income Student Scholars) program. This scholarship program was made possible by a $592,688 grant Dominican College was awarded from the National Science Foundation (NSF) .

In addition to financial aid, the program assists these academically-talented biology students  by providing internships, research experiences, and field trips. The scholarship winners work closely with each other, faculty, and administrators to ensure their success in a biology career.

Bernadette Connors, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, said, “This program will help to draw those students who may have financial need, but who are very passionate about learning biology and about gaining an education in all the sciences with a liberal arts background.”

The students accepted this year in the scholarship program are: Stephanie Denis, Darian Fernandez, Albert Martinez, Kelly Murphy, Natalia Perez-Cervantes, and Amanda Saab. Next year, eight scholarships will be awarded.

Interested applicants should contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@dc.edu.

 

News 12 Covers Move-In Day

Dominican College was in the spotlight when our Freshman Move-In was featured on a local newscast. If you missed it click on the image below:

News 12 spotlights Dominican College