Forum Held on Doing Business in the Age of COVID-19

The four business leaders who shared advice at the forum “Defining the Future: The Shifting Business Landscape of the Lower Hudson Valley Region due to COVID-19” include Walter Goldman (top photo) Howard Hellman, Hal Roth, and Rob Mayer (left to right).

Four business leaders shared advice on how to survive and thrive during COVID-19 during a Palisades Institute Forum via Zoom on November 10, 2020.

Although businesses are dealing with health concerns and financial hardships, Walter Goldman of Goldkap Consulting Group in Suffern, NY, said there is a silver lining.  “From a business perspective, these are very exciting times,” he said.  “And I know when I say that, people are surprised by it, but the reality is that business entrepreneurs and business executives kind of thrive on disruption. They thrive on disruption.  They thrive on a changing marketing environment, which obviously there is.”

Goldman’s advice was to adapt to the new environment, innovate with bold initiatives and new services,  and look for efficiencies.  The others business leaders who took part in the discussion, “Defining the Future: The Shifting Business Landscape of the Lower Hudson Valley Region due to COVID-19”  included Howard Hellman of All Bright Electric in West Nyack, NY; Rob Mayer of Autopro in Spring Valley, NY; and Hal Roth of All Recycling, in Newburgh, NY.

Biology Students Get Career Advice From Regeneron Scientists

Screen shot of some scientists and students participating in Zoom meeting.

Regeneron scientists gave students career advice on Zoom as part of the Regeneron Day for Doing Good.

Scientists who work at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. shared their educational background and career paths with Dominican College biology students during a Zoom panel discussion on Monday, October 26, 2020.

The advice from Lyndon Mitnaul, Ph.D., Senior Director, Research Program Management at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., was to be exposed to a lot of different careers so the students could find where they would “fit” best.   Mitnaul told the students he had a “take-home lesson” for them.  “Make your future where you can make a difference.  I think that’s really the take-home,” he said.  “There’s a lot of opportunity where you can play a role if you are interested in drug discovery and development.  You just need to find out where you can make that difference.”

The panel discussions with students are part of Regeneron’s Day for Doing Good project where Regeneron employees volunteer in the local community.  Volunteer New York! and the Dominican College Career Development Center coordinated the event.


Most Spirited Faculty and Staff Members Awarded

Gregory DiDona was the winner of the Most Spirited Faculty Member Award. Kimberly Piard received Most Spirited Staff Member Award.

As part of Spirit Week activities, students voted for the faculty and staff members that exhibited the most spirit.

Assistant Director of the Academic Success Center and English instructor Gregory DiDona received the Most Spirited Faculty Award for the second time.  “I am honored to be recognized by my students,” he said.  “They help me to be the best version of myself by demanding challenging and creative engagement in and out of the classroom.”

The award for Most Spirited Staff Member went to Kimberly Piard, Head Coach of the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field teams. Piard said she found out she won when she received texts from her athletes telling her the news.  “I jumped out of my seat and did a happy dance,” she said.  “It feels good to know that I was nominated by so many people.  It lets me know that my purpose here at DC is appreciated.”

Spirit Week was held from October 12-16 and included special student events and giveaways.

Student Wins National Scholarship

Bruno Garcia ’21 is one of 20 students nationwide to be awarded the HACU Miller Lite National Scholarship.

Senior Bruno Garcia has been awarded the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Miller Lite National Scholarship.  Garcia is one of just 20 students nationwide to receive the award.

“The world has been significantly changing.  The unpredictable times challenge us to believe in a brighter future.  After four months of uncertainty, faith, and high expectations, I am thrilled to receive the National Miller Lite Scholarship,” Garcia said. “I would like thank HACU and MillerCoors Company for supporting Latin-American communities across more than 500 colleges and universities.”

HACU champions Hispanic success in higher education.  Garcia is an honors business major and a soccer player.  He has earned a 3.92 GPA, is Senior Class President, and the Founder and President of Dominican College’s International Students Association.


NYC Planner Headlines Palisades Institute Forum

Carolyn Grossman Meagher, NYC Director of Regional Planning, spoke at the Palisades Institute Zoom forum on October 6, 2020.

The Palisades Institute tackled the issue of regional planning at its latest Zoom forum on October 6, 2020.  Carolyn Grossman Meagher, NYC Director of Regional Planning, presented “One Region: Building a Stronger and Fairer Future” to local business leaders.  Meagher discussed the OneNYC campaign that encourages the city to reach out to its neighbors so that the whole region can thrive.

During the forum, Meagher stressed that local decisions in communities, businesses, and organizations really matter and affect the entire region.  “I think of the phrase, ‘think regionally, act locally,’” she said. “So much of what we  think about are how these systems play out, and how we protect our immigrant worker population, and how we train them for new jobs, how we attract new populations, and retain them and think about where they may live. All of this comes down to the very local granular decisions that are made in each municipality.”

Those local decisions include zoning, investments, and workforce development.  Planning is difficult, she admitted, with so much uncertainty brought on by the pandemic.

Also speaking at the forum were:  John O’Connor, Technology Infrastructure Operations Manager, Bloomberg, Orangeburg, NY; Greg Stanton, VP, IRG Realty Advisors & GM, NY Center for Innovation, Pearl River, NY; Jeremy Schulman, Director, Rockland County Economic Development & Tourism; and Chris D’Ambrese, Executive Director, Adult Education, Rockland BOCES.

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.


New York Medical College Partners with Dominican College

photo of New York Medical College campus.

New York Medical College in Vallhalla, NY has partnered with Dominican College to provide early acceptance to several master’s programs.

New York Medical College (NYMC) School of Health Sciences and Practice (SHSP) in Valhalla, NY  has partnered with Dominican College to provide early acceptance programs into the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), Master of Science (M.S.), and Graduate Certificate programs at NYMC’s SHSP.

Through the agreement, NYMC and Dominican College will work to identify undergraduate students with interest and aptitude for public health and provide guidance to the students during the application process. The partnership is effective for the fall 2020 semester and will begin accepting students for 2021 spring and summer programs. NYMC offers M.P.H. programs in Health Behavior and Community HealthEpidemiologyEnvironmental Health ScienceHealth Policy and Management, as well as an M.S. in Biostatics.

“As an institution, we are committed to preparing students to become tomorrow’s leaders in the field of public health by providing them with the right tools and resources to excel,” said Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president for government affairs. “This partnership with Dominican College allows us to welcome exceptional students, passionate about improving the health of individuals and communities, and further prepare them for a career in this field through our Master’s programs.”

To be considered for acceptance, undergraduate students must contact and work with Dominican College’s advisory committee or the NYMC SHSP Admissions Office. All applications will be submitted through and must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must have an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above, with no grades below C on their official transcript
  • A supportive recommendation from an advisor of Dominican College or on behalf of the Advisory Committee
  • A supportive recommendation from a Dominican College faculty member or work supervisor
  • For those seeking admission into the Epidemiology or Biostatistics program, applicants must have a strong quantitative background
  • Applicants must exhibit strong academic and professional readiness
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required

“Dominican College has built an impressive reputation in the health fields,” said Brian G. Fernandes, vice president for enrollment management at Dominican College. “This new partnership with New York Medical College is a wonderful opportunity for our students who want to further their education and prepare for a career in the field of public health at a well-respected institution of higher education.”

Student interested in the early acceptance program with Dominican College should contact director of recruitment Nick Sekkas, M.S., at or 914-594-4759 for further information.

About New York Medical College

Founded in 1860, New York Medical College (NYMC) is one of the oldest and largest health sciences colleges in the country, with nearly 1,500 students and 330 residents and clinical fellows, more than 2,600 faculty members and 23,500 living alumni. The College, which joined the Touro College and University System in 2011, is located in Westchester County, New York, and offers degrees from the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, the School of Health Sciences and Practice, the Touro College of Dental Medicine at NYMC and the Touro College School of Health Sciences’ nursing program at NYMC. NYMC provides a wide variety of clinical training opportunities for students, residents, and practitioners.

Students Package 10,000 Meals for the Hungry

Students with masks, hats, and gloves  in gymnasium at tables with food that they packaged for the hungry.

Students packaged 10,000 rice and beans meals to be distributed to families in need on September 4, 2020.

Dominican College students packaged 10,000 non-perishable rice and beans meals for the hungry on September 4, 2020, by partnering with The Outreach Program on a service project called “Feed Your Soul.”

Kathryn Strobel, Director of Community Engagement & Leadership Development, pointed out that the College’s first Day of Service took place during Hunger Action Month.  “Many Americans don’t have access to sufficient, nourishing food.  I believe this activity is popular among our students because it feels good to put time into helping others, and to see the tangible result of 10,000 meals – knowing that will have a positive impact on thousands of people. This activity is proof that, when we work together, small actions can make a big difference.”

Safety was a top priority during the service project. The food packaging was done in shifts with a maximum of 25 students in the gym at one time.  Students were required to wear masks and gloves.  In addition, surfaces were frequently disinfected.

The meals will be distributed to families in need by The Outreach Program and People to People.  Some of the meals will also be kept in the College’s food pantry for food insecure students.  The Outreach Program is a nonprofit organization focused on providing safe water, food, medical care, and education to children and those in need at home and abroad.



Students Welcomed Back to Campus

A student has their temperature taken.

All students had their temperature taken before moving into their residence halls. They are required to take their temperature and fill out an online screening form daily.

Dominican College welcomed students back to campus at the end of August following the COVID-19 outbreak and a move to remote learning in spring. The move came after a comprehensive, 32-page College Reopening Plan called “Dominican College – Moving Forward” was submitted to New York State, outlining plans to reopen the College safely. The plan was the culmination of months of work by the Reopening Coordinating Committee, led by Chair Sr. Kathleen Sullivan, Chancellor for External Affairs, in conjunction with the President’s Cabinet.

The committee was guided by the following principles:

  • Dominican College will fulfill our mission and meet our standard of excellence.
  • The health and safety of our college community are both paramount. Protecting our students, faculty, and staff is the starting point for each decision.
  • We will be flexible and innovative in the face of evolving circumstances.
  • We will heed our responsibility to ensure the College’s financial strength and stability.

The plan sets forth requirements for students, faculty and staff to wear face masks and to complete an online screening questionnaire, including a temperature check, each day they plan to be on campus.  Additional protective measures include the presence of hand sanitizer at all entrances/exits and in high traffic areas, and frequent cleaning and disinfection of campus buildings.

Classrooms, the dining hall and offices throughout campus have been reconfigured and/or modified to allow for social distancing. In addition to face-to-face classes, students are able to take courses remotely with the hyflex and hybrid models of teaching. Furthermore, capacity in residence halls was reduced to ensure the health and safety of the College community.

Included in the plan is a Dominican Cares Pledge for students to commit to taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  The pledge begins by stating, “Dominican College is a community of caring.  Now more than ever, it is imperative that we all share in the responsibility for keeping our community safe.  The conditions of the COVID-19 global pandemic require every one of us to commit to responsible actions and to being an accountable member of both the Charger and Dominican College community. “

Complete details of the reopening plan are available here.

MBA Student Receives 2020 Student Veteran Leadership Award

Alumnus and MBA student Andrew Anderson received a 2020 Student Veteran Leadership Award from GI Jobs Magazine.

Alumnus and MBA student Andrew Anderson ’18 received a 2020 Student Veteran Leadership Award from GI Jobs Magazine and was honored in the August edition of the magazine.  Anderson served five years in the Army and two years ago started his own business OVROUT, which sells streetwear fashion.

Anderson said his company donates some of its profits to veteran organizations. He also hopes to set up an entrepreneur fund in the future. “We would take profits from the business and create this entrepreneur fund for people who are transitioning out of life in the military and want to start a business,” he said. “We would basically be the go-to source for advice and funding.”

GI Jobs Magazine bestows the Student Veteran Leadership Award to veterans who overcame challenges to excel as students, volunteers, and leaders.

College Introduces New Marketing Major

Dominican College will be offering a new marketing major beginning in fall 2020.  The new undergraduate major will fall under the Business Administration Division, and will lead to a Bachelor of Science in Marketing.

“Like all our business majors, our new marketing major promotes our motto of ‘Doing Business Right’ – by which we mean that at Dominican College business students are taught how to be successful while also making the world a better place, “  said Ivan Rudolph-Shabinsky, Director of the Business Administration Division. “When it comes to marketing, we believe an ethical approach is especially critical today when new technologies collect so much personal data on consumers. Avoiding unethical practices, however, is just the start. Effective marketing can also be a powerful tool to promote causes ranging from sustainability to justice. We teach our students to be creative and to use marketing as a positive force in business and in our society.”

Some of the marketing courses offered include Digital Media, Social Media Marketing, Global Marketing, Sales, Sports Media and Promotion, Innovation and Product Development, and The Fashion Business.  Three Hospitality courses also focus on restaurants, resorts and hotels, and spas and fitness centers.

For more information about the marketing major, contact the Admissions Department at



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