Economist with Federal Reserve Bank of NY Presents “Outlook on the Economy”

Jason Bram, Research Officer with the Federal Reserve Bank of NY, spoke at Dominican College on January 25.

The “Outlook on the Economy” was positive from an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York,  who delivered his annual presentation on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at Dominican College’s Fury Lecture Hall. Jason Bram, Research Officer, Regional Analysis Function, spoke about the latest economic indicators.

While the securities industry has long been the most important driving sector of the New York City economy, Bram said that something unexpected has happened since the recession. “That is that the city would have its strongest economic boom – really in recent history – with no help from Wall Street,” he said.   While the securities industry is still a bigger industry in the city, technology is quickly gaining on it, said Bram.  Since 2010, the number of technology jobs has doubled.

Bram also told the audience of business leaders and college administrators that:

  • The US economy and labor market have gained some momentum.
  • Manufacturing and housing have shown increased strength.
  • The regional economy has fared well, with NYC continuing to lead.
  • Home prices have picked up across much of the region.

Bram produces the regional Beige Book reports, and uses monthly business surveys to monitor and analyze current and emerging economic trends and issues of concern.




Non-Profit Board Members Get Tips on How to Become More Effective

Michael G. Daigneault, CEO of Quantum Governance, presented information to non-profit board members on how to become more effective during a January 11, 2018 Palisades Institute Forum.

During a Palisades Institute Forum called “Good Governance,” non-profit board members learned how to become more effective and more strategic in their planning. Presenter Michael G. Daigneault, CEO of Quantum Governance, discussed how to rejuvenate non-profit boards and how to attract millennials during the January 11, 2018 forum in the Lawrence Room of Rosary Hall.

Board members today, he said, need to think in a new way and consider three different perspectives – fiduciary, strategic, and generative.  Daigneault explained what he meant by generative thinking. “That is asking the really hard, underlying value questions surrounding your organization. Why do we exist? What are we here for?  Who are we really trying to serve?  Are we really serving them capably and well?”

The aim of the Palisades Institute of Dominican College is to encourage leaders in business, government, and not-for-profit agencies to integrate the concepts of leadership, quality, and ethics to achieve long-term success.

First Student to Graduate With New Theater Minor

The first student with a Theater minor will graduate the end of January.  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.

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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.

History Club Steps Back in Time for Debate

Shown above is the winning Loyalist team preparing before the debate at the ’76 House in Tappan.

Students in the Dominican College History Club  stepped back in time to debate whether the colonies should seek independence from Britain at the ‘76 House in Tappan on November 16, 2017. Christopher Libertini, Assistant Professor of History, said the Loyalists won the debate over the Patriots.

“This was an idea generated from the curator of the Orangetown Historical Museum and Archives as they look for ways to deepen a collaboration between the museum and the History Club,” he said.

The collaboration has allowed students to creatively learn about history in the area and has opened up opportunities for internships at the Orangetown Historical Museum and Archives. Professor Libertini said it will also be helpful as Dominican College prepares to host the 2018 Phi Alpha Theta New York-New Jersey Regional Conference in April.  Phi Alpha Theta is the National Honor Society for History.



College Accreditation Reaffirmed by Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) has reaffirmed accreditation for Dominican College. MSCHE accreditation is an expression of confidence in an institution’s mission and goals, its performance, and its resources.

Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., Ph.D., President, announced the accreditation to administrators, faculty, and staff on Monday, November 20. “This decision validates our commitment to continuous assessment and improvement of our institution.  I take the opportunity of this positive news to thank all in the College community for participating in and contributing to the Self-Study Report.  This is a proud moment for the College,” she said.

The two year re-accreditation process included the preparation of a report by the College’s Self-Study Steering Committee, led by Dr. Thomas Nowak, VP for Academic Affairs, Brian Fernandes, VP for Enrollment Management, and Dr. Kathleen Conlon Hinge, Assistant Professor of Physics and Mathematics. The Self-Study Report was submitted in March 2017.  Then in April, a Visiting Team made up of representatives of similar institutions, visited the Dominican College campus for three days as part of the MSCHE re-accreditation process.

MSCHE is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as the accrediting body overseeing all regionally accredited colleges and universities in the Mid-Atlantic states, as well as those in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and in several foreign countries.




Healthcare Symposium Focuses on the Opioid Epidemic

Rockland District Attorney Thomas Zugibe was the keynote speaker at the Fifth Annual Healthcare Symposium, “The Opium Epidemic: What you need to know.”

Dominican College’s Fifth Annual Healthcare Symposium, “The Opioid Epidemic: What you need to know” drew a crowd of interested health care professionals, educators, concerned parents, and students to the Fury Lecture Hall in the Prusmack Center on Wednesday, November 15. 

Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe was the keynote speaker at the evening symposium and said in 2016, more than 64,000 people across the U.S. died from overdoses, and 75% of the overdoses were from opioid-based drugs. “I can’t think of anything that’s more topical and more important.  We are in a crisis.  We are in an epidemic here in Rockland County and well beyond,” he said.

Zugibe stressed that the opioid crisis was unique to the U.S. because although the U.S. has  5 % of the world’s population, Americans use 90% of opioid painkillers. He blamed pharmaceutical companies for creating the problem with an aggressive marketing campaign to convince doctors that the opioid drugs were safe for long-term use and non-addictive. However, most people addicted to heroin begin by taking opioid prescription drugs.  

There is no easy solution, said Zugibe, but officials are tackling the problem from a number of fronts, including aggressive law enforcement and treatment programs like the Rockland County Drug Court. He said the biggest focus going forward must be on prevention. “We have to get much better at educating and stopping these individuals from starting with it in the first place and that’s really where the focus is,” he said. “One of the key areas we’ve decided to focus on is doctors – educating doctors to change their prescribing methods.”

A panel of experts discussed services available in Rockland County and answered questions from the audience. The symposium was moderated by Joan Facelle, M.D., M.P.H., Former Commissioner of Health for Rockland County. 


Annual Honors Convocation and Alpha Chi Induction Held

Alpha Chi Inductees received a white stole to wear around their necks and lit a candle from the Candle of Knowledge during the Induction Ceremony.

The top students at Dominican College were recognized during the annual Honors Convocation and Alpha Chi Induction on Monday, November 13, 2017, in the Hennessy Center.

The Alpha Chi Honor Society is a national honor society which recognizes academic excellence, leadership, and service. During the ceremony, the inductees lit candles from a Candle of Knowledge and were presented with a white stole around their necks.

The two co-presidents of Alpha Chi, Senior Nursing student Michelle Monaco and Senior English student Catherine O’Leary delivered the Honors Convocation Address. Monaco told the students that they are all role models.  “Getting good grades is not based on luck.  Luck did not get you all here tonight.  Rather, you’re gathered here because of your motivation, sacrifice, determination, discipline.  and passion.  So remember this:  You are not lucky.  You are deserving,” she said.

O’Leary told the students,   “As you mature and progress throughout your college experience and throughout your life, you will realize that the definition of success changes.  However, the most important thing is to live your life with integrity and to never succumb to the negativity around you.”

In addition to the Alpha Chi induction, students were honored for being on the Dean’s List by maintaining a Grade Point Average of 3.5 or higher for two, four, or six consecutive semesters.


Scholarship Recognition Dinner Honors Students and Donors

Junior Nursing student Amanda Carby delivered the Student Address at the Scholarship Recognition Dinner.

At the Annual Scholarship Recognition Dinner on November 9, 2017, attendees dined on a Thanksgiving feast after the scholarship recipients received certificates of recognition. During the evening, the College gives thanks for the accomplishments of the students, for the guidance of parents and faculty, and for the generosity of donors. 

Junior Nursing student Amanda Carby, delivered the student address. “We have all been told plenty of times that education and knowledge are the keys to success, but to obtain that success we need to have dreams, goals and aspirations,” she said.  

Amanda received the Riversville Foundation Scholarship – one of five new scholarships. At the first Scholarship Recognition Dinner in 1995, just six scholarships were awarded to 14 recipients. This year, 45 scholarships were awarded to 98 students. 




CEO of Holt Construction Shares His Business Advice

Jack Holt, CEO of Holt Construction, was the guest speaker at a CEO Forum sponsored by the Palisades Institute.

Jack Holt, CEO of Holt Construction, stressed that customer service should be the first priority of any business during a CEO Forum at Dominican College on November 8, 2017, which was sponsored by the Palisades Institute.   

Holt Construction was founded in 1919, by Jack Holt’s grandfather and remains headquartered in Pearl River in his grandfather’s home. The company is now ranked one of the top 300 contractors in the U.S. and has offices in Manhattan, Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, Dallas, Goshen, and Newark.  He explained how the company grew from its first corporate project of building 500 mouse cages for Lederle Laboratories to constructing baseball stadiums, airport terminals, hotels, and many other large projects.  “It’s all about the client.  We remain steadfast in our commitment to our clients – offering quality work while keeping their projects on time and on budget,“  he said. 

In addition to client satisfaction, Holt told the business leaders in attendance that site safety, a strong commitment to ethics, and embracing modern technology were also keys to his company’s success. He added that even as the company has grown and changed structurally, Holt Construction has continued to maintain family business values. Holt’s son and grandson also work at the company.   

The aim of the Palisades Institute of Dominican College is to encourage leaders in business, government, and not-for-profit agencies to integrate the concepts of leadership, quality, and ethics to achieve long-term success.



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