First Student to Graduate With New Theater Minor

The first student with a Theater minor will graduate the end of this month.  Jamilya Williams said she has always loved the theater and has been backstage working on costumes at Dominican College’s Spring Musicals since she was a freshman.

“I thought the Theater minor would be a good idea because I plan to be an elementary school teacher and I’d like to do plays with the kids,” she said.

Jamilya will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Theater  minor.  She plans to attend graduate school before working as a teacher.



Parents of “The Man with the Red Bandanna” Speak with Education Students

Professor Diane DiSpagna presented Alison and Jefferson Crowther with a study guide for a biography about their son. The study guide was written by students in DiSpagna’s Literacy class.

Education students who read about the 9-11 hero known as “the man with the red bandanna” met for more than two hours with his parents to discuss Welles Remy Crowther’s incredible life.  Welles is credited with rescuing 18 people from the World Trade Center on 9-11, while wearing his signature red bandanna.  His parents, Jefferson and Alison, have traveled all over the country sharing his story.  Alison said she enjoyed the discussion on December 14, 2107, with students in Professor Diane DiSpagna’s Literacy Class.  The students had read a biography about Welles called “The Red Bandanna” by Tom Rinaldi.

“To me, it’s the most wonderful thing to see these young people inspired by Welles, embraced and excited by his story and them wanting to share it,“ said Alison.  “And these are future teachers who developed from what I see is a beautiful study guide.”

The students presented the Crowthers with a study guide they wrote for the “The Red Bandana” for grades 4 through 12.  The guide includes suggested classroom activities and comprehension questions for teachers to use when assigning this book.

Acclaimed Dominican College Christmas Concert to be Held Sunday, December 3

Three vocalists will accompany the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea during the Dominican College Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 3.

A beloved Dominican College tradition continues on Sunday, December 3, 2017, with the Annual Christmas Concert featuring the Reverend Alphonse Stephenson and the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea. The concert will be held at 3 p.m. in the Hennessy Center on the Dominican College Campus at 495 Western Highway in Blauvelt, NY.

The concert features 40 classically-trained musicians, directed by Father Alphonse, who was the conductor and musical director of the 1980’s Broadway run of A Chorus Line. The orchestra, which will be accompanied by three vocalists, is made up of some of the area’s finest musicians and performs concerts throughout the region.

Tickets for the concert are priced at $30 for General Admission, $25 for seniors and veterans and $20 for students with a school ID. Concert tickets include a post-performance dessert reception.  In addition, a Holiday Buffet will be held in the Granito Center at 1 p.m. before the concert, at a cost of $20 per person. 

To purchase tickets, visit , e-mail or call 845-848-7406.



College Places Students in Record Number of Internships

Dominican College students were placed in more internships during the 2016-2017 school year than ever before. Evelyn Fiskaa, Director of Career Development, said students were placed in 103 paid and unpaid internships. 

Fiskaa said students benefit from internships in a number of ways. “It gives them an opportunity to try out a field to see if they really like that field or not.  It’s an opportunity for them to build some skills in their area of interest,” she said. “It’s a resume builder, an opportunity to have a mentor, and also to develop professional contacts and networking for the future.” 

In addition, Fiskaa said many large companies are looking to hire student interns full time after they graduate.

Dominican College students intern in a variety of locations throughout the tristate area. A number of new organizations were added to the list this past year, including the MSG Garden of Dreams Foundation, Columbia University, and the Hackensack University Medical Center.  

Fiskaa attributes the increase in internships to the addition of an internship coordinator/career counselor in her office who assists in meeting with students and doing classroom presentations. In addition, the College has cultivated more relationships with employers. She said there is an increased awareness among faculty about the benefits of internships as well.


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. 


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.



Men’s Golf Team Wins NCAA Regional Championship

The Dominican College men’s golf team won the school’s first-ever NCAA Regional Championship.

The Dominican College men’s golf team became the first program in school history to win a NCAA Division II Regional Championship as they took home the team title on May 10, 2017,  at the NCAA Division II Atlantic/East Regional.  The Chargers bested the second place team, St. Thomas Aquinas College, by one stroke to win the Championship held at The Resort at Glade Springs.

The team comprised of freshmen and sophomores, under third-year head coach, Keith Prokop (’14), will travel to the NCAA National Golf Championships, which will be held May 22-26, at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, Florida.

“This is actually our first-ever team regional tournament,  so to be able to wind up winning and in our first go-around is unbelievable,” said Prokop.

Following day one action, the Chargers were in second place with a score of 300.  They followed in day two action with a 298 team score (598 total) to remain in second place among 20 teams competing from the Atlantic and East Regions.

Dominican had a team score of 301 (+13) on the last day to finish with a three-day total of 899 (+35) to win the regional championship and a berth in the NCAA National Championship.

St. Thomas Aquinas College finished in second place (900), followed by the University of Charleston (903) and Le Moyne College (904) to round out the top four teams.

At a minimum, the top three teams and the top two student-athletes not with a team from each regional (regardless of region) will advance to the finals May 22-26, at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, Florida. The remaining eight team berths will be allocated based on the regions represented in the prior year’s medal-match portion of the championships, with the maximum number of teams from a given region capped at seven. The finals will be hosted by the Sunshine State Conference and Central Florida Sports Commission.

Students Participate in March for Science

A contingent from Dominican College marched in New York City on Earth Day, as part of the March for Science.

Dominican College students participated in the first-ever March for Science in New York City on Saturday, April 22. It was one of about 600 rallies held in the U.S. and around the world on Earth Day to call for public policy decisions to be based on data.  

Dr. Kathleen Conlon Hinge, Science Department Coordinator, organized Dominican College’s participation in the event. “Our nation faces policy decisions – like decisions on climate change, food safety, research, and science funding – that need to be informed by science,” she said. “We marched to advocate for evidence-based decision making. In an era where ‘alternative facts’ are pushed as credible, people need to appreciate better the lessons and value of scientific thinking “ 

The Dominican College contingent marched from 72nd and Central Park West, down Broadway to Times Square. Dr. Hinge said the students who took part in the march were affirmed in their roles as scientists.  

Participation in the March for Science was one of several ways that Dominican College celebrated Earth Week. There was also participation in a conference on debris in waterways, campus and community cleanups, a photography exhibit,  and a tree-planting ceremony.


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.”