“Make a Difference Rockland” Will Showcase County’s Non-Profits

Dominican College will be hosting “Make A Difference Rockland” on Thursday, April 12, 2018, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Hennessy Center at 495 Western Highway, Blauvelt, NY.  At the event, about 50 non-profit organizations in the county will showcase what they do and how attendees can get involved.  The event is open to the public.

Melissa Grau, Dominican College Director of Community Engagement and Leadership Development, said the event is aimed at residents of many ages – from middle school students through retirees.  “This is an opportunity for them to find a non-profit in Rockland County, which they may not have known existed, whether they are looking to earn volunteer hours, learn about donor opportunities, get involved in social justice issues, or become aware of what’s available in terms of cultural experiences,” she said.

“Make a Difference Rockland” had been held at different locations in the County in past years and is being revived after a 5-year hiatus.  Grau said the event will now be held annually at Dominican College.  For more information, call 845-848-4122.

CEO of JAG Physical Therapy Named College’s 2018 Person of the Year

John Gallucci, Jr. is the first alumnus to be named as a Dominican College Person of the Year.

Dominican College and its Board of Trustees have named John Gallucci, Jr., MS, ATC, PT, DPT, President and CEO of JAG Physical Therapy, as Dominican College’s 2018 Person of the Year.  Gallucci will be honored at the 46th Annual Grand Reception on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 3 p.m. at the Palisadium in Cliffside Park, N.J.

“We are so proud to announce that for the first time ever we will be honoring an alumnus as the College’s Person of the Year,” said Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., Ph.D., President of the College. “John was chosen for his outstanding professional leadership, his community involvement, and his philanthropic works.”

In addition to his work at JAG Physical Therapy, Gallucci sits as the Chair of the New Jersey Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and is the medical consultant for Major League Soccer (MLS).   Prior to opening JAG Physical Therapy in 2005, Gallucci served as the Program Director of Barnabas Health’s Sports Medicine Institute. He is the former Head Athletic Trainer of the New York Red Bulls MLS team and is a sports medicine consultant for professional athletes in the NHL, NFL, NBA, and MLB. He has also worked in the athletic departments of Columbia University, New York University and Long Island University, and has been a clinical instructor at Dominican College, Columbia University, Seton Hall University, and Rutgers University.

As a popular motivational speaker and business coach, Gallucci has presented for a wide variety of companies and media outlets, including ESPN, Fox 5, PIX11, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and UPS.

Always looking to give back to the local community, Gallucci has been active in a number of philanthropic endeavors. He has taken on a leading role in fundraisers for the Valerie Fund, the Arthritis Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In addition, he supports more than 100 high schools, college programs and athletic clubs throughout the Tri-State Area.

Gallucci was a 2017 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Regional Award Winner and has been featured as one of the “20 People to Watch in Health” by 201 Magazine. He released his first book, “Soccer Injury Prevention and Treatment in May 2014. His second book, “Play Ball: Don’t Let Injuries Sideline You This Season” is set to release on May 1, 2018.

Gallucci received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of Staten Island and a master’s degree in athletic training from Long Island University. He completed his education at Dominican College by earning a master’s degree in physical therapy in 2004 and a doctorate in physical therapy in 2007.

Tickets to the Grand Reception honoring Gallucci can be purchased  here.   For additional information, please contact Mary Lichtman at 845-848-7406 or

Annual Career Fair is Open to the Public

About 40 businesses and organizations will be represented at the Dominican College Career Fair on April 11, 2018.

About 40 businesses and organizations interested in hiring will be at Dominican College on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 for the annual Dominican College Career Fair. The event is open to the public.  Don’t miss this opportunity to meet company recruiters, apply for jobs and internships, and polish your networking skills.  Attendees will also be able to have their photo taken to use on their LinkedIn profile.  The event will take place in the Hennessy Center, 495 Western Highway, Blauvelt, NY from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Businesses participating in the Career Fair include Liberty Coca-Cola, New York Life, Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc., and Crystal Run Healthcare.  Insurance agencies, health agencies, not-for-profit organizations, law enforcement, government agencies, and the military will all be represented at the event.  Visit:  to view a listing of companies that will be in attendance.  Businesses interested in recruiting at the event can also register at that site.  For additional information, please call 845-848-4032/4033.

Visiting Fellow Urges Students to Speak Out About Climate Change

Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Dr. Robert K. Musil delivered a lecture entitled “Last Chance for the Environment? Why Scientists and Citizens Must Act” on March, 19, 2018 in the Fury Lecture Hall.

Environmental leader and author Dr. Robert K. Musil, head of the Rachel Carson Council and former CEO of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Physicians for Social Responsibility, urged students to speak out about climate change during a March 19, 2018 speech in the Fury Lecture Hall.

During his lecture entitled, “Last Chance for the Environment? Why Scientists and Citizens Must Act,” Dr. Musil said the science behind climate change is undeniable and the students should speak up, march, lobby, and finally, un-elect those who will not pay attention.

”Unless you all make it part of what you do – when you wake up, when you go to bed, and in 2018 – things aren’t going to change in your lifetime, and they will get very bad,” he said.  “There will be more Superstorm Sandys.  There will be more forest fires.  There will be more destruction of coastal lands. It will be bad.”

Dr. Musil is visiting Dominican College for several days and speaking with a variety of classes as part of the Council of Independent Colleges Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program. This program brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders, and other nonacademic professionals to campuses across the United States for substantive dialogue with students and faculty members.



English Professor Voted Most Spirited Faculty Member

English Professor Dr. Ellen Dolgin was named Most Spirited Faculty Member during Spirit Week.

Dr. Ellen Dolgin, Professor of English, was voted Most Spirited Faculty Member during Spirit Week at the College.  The Spirit Awards were announced at a March 15th  Pep Rally in the Hennessy Center.

Student Christine Ditzel ’19 said Dr. Dolgin is kind, caring, and incredibly passionate about her work.  “Dr. Dolgin deserves the honor of being named Most Spirited Faculty Member because her Charger Pride shines through in all she does for Dominican College students,” Ditzel said. “She truly embodies the mission and four pillars of the College by challenging our minds and celebrating our spirits.”

Dr. Dolgin’s literature courses frequently feature the arts of the eras surrounding the readings, and she encourages her students to incorporate this multi-disciplinary vision into their oral presentations and written assignments.  Her areas of research and conference presentations include modern drama, with particular emphasis on the early 20th century, and contemporary multicultural women writers across genres.

For more information about the English program at Dominican College, visit:



Free Biology Workshop Offered to Local High School Students

High School students who attend the workshop will work in the laboratory while learning about the biodiversity of our local environment.

Dominican College is offering a free biology workshop to high school students this spring called “Antibiotic and Phage Discovery Workshop.” The aim of the workshop is to educate participants on the biodiversity of the local watershed.

The workshop will be held on three Saturdays — April 28, May 5, and May 12 — from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided.  Any high school freshman through senior, who can make the commitment to attend all three days, is welcome to attend.  There are 12 slots available.

“By offering this workshop to high school students, we are providing them with an opportunity to gain technical skills, and more importantly, contribute to the understanding of the biodiversity in their local environment,” said Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Bernadette Connors.  “Students will be working on two projects, namely antibiotic discovery and viral diversity.  It will be mentored by past participants of the workshop series, in addition to myself.”

Interested participants should email Professor Connors at  for more details.



College to Celebrate 50th Years of Athletics

Joseph Gartner ’78 will be honored at the Athletics 50 Anniversary event on April 7, 2018, for his 42 years of service to the College.

Dominican College is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its athletic program on April 7, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Hennessy Center.  Alumni, coaches, and friends of the College are invited to join in the celebration.  At the event, Joseph Gartner, ’78, will be honored for more than 40 years of service to the College as a statistician with the athletics department.  In addition, the following six teams will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame:

  • 1983 Men’s Soccer Team
  • 1988 Baseball Team
  • 1995-96 Men’s Basketball Team
  • 1997-1998 Men’s Golf Team
  • 2007-08 Women’s Basketball Team
  • 2010 Softball

There will also be a Special Recognition for the 2003 Inaugural Men’s Lacrosse Team.

The event will be a wonderful opportunity for alumni to tour the newly expanded Hennessy Center, including the state-of-the art fitness room, and a new recruiting/ conference room.  To register, visit:  The cost of the event is $50 per person.  All proceeds will go toward a new turf field for the soccer and lacrosse teams.


Local Business Leaders Learn About New Federal Tax Bill

Scott Thompsett, Tax Managing Director, was one of the presenters from Grant Thornton at the Palisades Institute Forum on the new Federal Tax Bill.

Leaders of local businesses and not-for-profits were briefed on the new Federal Tax Bill during a Palisades Institute forum on March 6, 2018.   A panel of accounting experts from Grant Thornton led the discussion.

The presenters stressed that the tax bill is open to interpretation so businesses need to reach out to their tax advisors.  “Until regulations are written to give us guidance on the law, we have many unanswered questions,” said Jill Grossman, Grant Thornton Managing Director, Tax Reporting and Advisory,

One of the unintended consequences of the new tax law may be a decrease in charitable giving.  Scott Thompsett, Grant Thornton Tax Managing Director, said that’s because many more individuals are expected to take a standard deduction, rather than itemizing deductions. “The Tax Policy Center came out with a projection that they anticipate there will be $14 billion to $16 billion less in charitable giving each year because of these changes in the tax law,” said Thompsett.  He added that some people believe higher net individuals, corporations, and foundations will be more generous to charities under the new bill.

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.


Students Build Homes During Alternative Spring Break

Dominican College students and administrators built homes with Habitat for Humanity as part of the Alternative Spring Break Program.

For more than 10 years, a group of Dominican College students have passed up on the traditional Spring Break and instead volunteered to work with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for families in need of decent, affordable housing.

This year, 31 students and four administrators traveled to the Florida communities of Flagler Beach and Bunnell to participate in the week-long Alternative Spring Break Program.  Melissa Leigh Grau, Director of Community Engagement and Leadership Development,  said the group worked on four different homes – all in different stages of construction.

“The houses they are building are going to members in the community who are trying to break out of the cycle of poverty, “ Grau said.  “We actually get to meet the people who will be living in the houses we are working on.”  That’s because the homeowners are required to put in “sweat equity” by working alongside others on the home.  In addition, they must pay a zero percent mortgage on the property.

Grau said freshman through seniors participate in the trip, and many have returned year after year.  The students traveled by train this year, leaving for Florida on Saturday, February 24 and returning Sunday, March 4.




Students Investigate Mock Crime Scene

Students collected evidence at a mock crime scene outside of the Granito Center on February 21, 2018 as part of a Criminal Investigations Class.

Students taking a Criminal Investigations course were busy on February 20, 2018 investigating a mock crime scene outside the Granito Center. The mock crime scene included a car with two gunshot victims and a missing driver.   Adjunct Professor William Barbara, who also serves as Chief of Patrol of the Rockland Sheriff’s Department, said the students were all acting as investigators.

“The students will photograph the scene, sketch the scene, gather the evidence, collect the evidence, lift the fingerprints and do the interviews of all the witnesses,” he said.

Chief Barbera said that he teaches the students interview and interrogation techniques as part of his course.  After processing the crime scene, the students interview a suspect and try to get a confession.

For more information about Dominican College’s Criminal Justice Program, please click here:

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