High School Students Invited to Interprofessional Health Care Day

High school students and current students are invited to learn more about health care professions and how they collaborate to coordinate patient care at Interprofessional Health Care Day on February 28, 2020.

High school students interested in careers in medicine, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, and social work are invited to Interprofessional Health Care Day at Dominican College on Friday, February 28, 2020.

Biology Professor AnnMarie DelliPizzi, Ph.D., said that the prospective students and current students will learn about health care careers and how different professionals collaborate to coordinate patient care.  “Interprofessional collaboration among health care providers is an essential part of improving the accessibility, quality, and value of health care in the United States,” she said. ”Interprofessional collaboration starts in interprofessional education.  When health care students receive training on how to work effectively as a team across disciplines, they are primed to collaborate this way in the workplace.”

The event takes place in the Holt Room of the Hennessy Center from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. To register, please visit  For additional information, contact Dr. DelliPizzi at 845-848-6009 or


College Unveils New Finish in 4 Program

Dominican College has unveiled a new Finish in 4 program that guarantees students will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in four years.  If a student follows the requirements of the program, but is not able to graduate in four years, the College will cover the cost of any remaining courses needed to complete a degree.

“The Finish in 4 Program reinforces Dominican College’s emphasis to provide a high standard of education with a focus on graduating on time,” said Joseph Ahlstrin, Director of Admissions. “Keeping students on track to pay for no more than four years of college will result in significant savings for the student and their family. Especially when the average student takes more than four years to complete their bachelor’s degree. The same individual attention students feel in the classroom will be reflected in this program through advisement.”

Incoming freshman will be eligible to join the program beginning in August 2020.  The program is voluntary and requires that students sign a Student Participation Agreement.  Students agree to actions and behaviors that will help them to graduate, and the College provides them with an academic advisor to keep students on track.  For additional information about Finish in 4, visit


Dominican College Earns Military Friendly® School Designation

Dominican College has earned the 2020-2021 Military Friendly® School designation.

“The College is proud to support veterans and active duty service members in their efforts to pursue their educational and career goals,” said Brian Fernandes, Vice President for Enrollment Management.  “In addition to veterans’ benefit programs, the College also participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program to further its commitment to veterans. Members of these groups enroll in our bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs.”

The Military Friendly® Schools list is created each year using public data, input from student veterans, and responses to the Military Friendly® Schools survey.

Military Friendly’s National Director Josh Rosen stated, “Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to colleges creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges to invest in programs to provide educational outcomes that are better for the military community as a whole.”

Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

For more information about Dominican College’s veterans programs, visit:  The 2020-­2021 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at


Sam Fratto Named Dominican College’s 2020 Person of the Year

Dominican College and its Board of Trustees have named Sam Fratto as Dominican College’s 2020 Person of the Year. Fratto will be honored at the 48th Annual Grand Reception on Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 1 p.m. at the Old Tappan Manor in Old Tappan, NJ.

“We are pleased to announce that Sam Fratto, the Business Manager of IBEW Local 363 has been selected the Dominican College Person of the Year,” said College President Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien. “Sam was chosen for his outstanding professional leadership, his community involvement, and his philanthropic works.”

In 2011, Fratto was appointed Business Manager of Local 363 by the Executive Board. He has since been elected by the membership three times.  His appointment as Business Manager of Local 363 came 33 years after first joining the electrical trade as an apprentice with IBEW Local 631. Fratto steadily advanced in his career, holding various foreman and shop steward positions.  In 1986, he was elected to the IBEW Local 631 Executive Board.

Fratto was appointed as Assistant Business Manager for the union in 1987 and in 1992 was elected Business Manager of IBEW Local 631. Two years later, the international office decided to merge all three locals into a bigger and stronger IBEW Local 363 that would cover the entire Hudson Valley. Fratto served as an Assistant Business Manager and Senior Assistant Business Manager at the newly merged Local 363 until beginning his current position.

Under Fratto’s leadership, Local 363 has supported many community organizations, included the Boy Scouts, United Way, United Hospice, Child Care Resources of Rockland, Helen Hayes Hospital, and Jawonio.  He has been recognized nationally by the IBEW for his work within his local union and the Hudson Valley.  In addition, he has been honored by the Rockland Business Association, Good Samaritan Hospital, and the Hudson Valley Labor Federation.

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

Alumnus and Author Thomas Sheridan Inspires Social Work Students

Alumnus and author Thomas Sheridan spoke to students on February 3, 2020 in the Palisades Room of Casey Hall.

Alumnus and author Thomas F. Sheridan, ’82, returned to his alma mater on February 3, 2020 to talk about his new book and inspire social work students to become “catalysts for change.”  Sheridan is the author of Helping the Good Do Better: How a White Hat Lobbyist Advocates for Social Change.   The book is a first-hand account of Sheridan’s role as a key player in passing groundbreaking legislation, including the Ryan White CARE Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Sheridan encouraged students to vote, be engaged, and be committed to solving problems.   He stressed that they should never let anyone tell them they are too young to make a difference.  “It’s actually when you are too young that you have the greatest courage to engage boldly and to risk failure.  This courage to fail, to challenge, to insist, and persist is a vital ingredient for good to prevail.”

Sheridan has been the President of the Sheridan Group for the past 25 years. His book includes practical tips and advice he has learned throughout his Washington career on the front lines of many social issues.


Outlook on the Regional Economy Remains Positive

Jason Bram, Research Officer, Regional Analysis Function, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, spoke during the Outlook on the Regional Economy in the Fury Lecture Hall on January 23, 2020.

Overall, the regional economy is in good shape with unemployment rates at or near record lows.  That was the message from Jason Bram,  a Research Officer with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, during the 9th annual Outlook on the Regional Economy presentation on January 23, 2020  in the Prusmack Center.

There are some signs that the robust economy is slowing, however.  Bram pointed out that housing markets have softened,  job growth has slowed, and recent business surveys are less positive.  “The economy has slowed, but it hasn’t slowed dramatically,” said Bram.  “It’s hard to be negative when unemployment is so low and still declining.”

Bram research 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.


Dominican College Hosts MLK Day of Service

Students, staff, and community members volunteered on Saturday, January 18, 2020 as part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.  The event was sponsored by Volunteer New York! and took place in the Granito Center.

“MLK Day is a day millions across our country choose to come together as volunteers, inspired by a message of hope and equality, and enact positive change by addressing local needs,” says Volunteer New York! Executive Director, Alisa H. Keston. “We’re especially thankful to Dominican College for their partnership in bringing our 10th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service to Rockland in such a special way.”

Volunteers worked on a number of projects for children, seniors, and deployed service members.  In addition, some volunteers were trained in Hands-Only CPR.

Dominican College’s Online Program Ranked #5 in New York

Dominican College’s  undergraduate online program has been ranked #5 in New York State by Value Colleges.  According to Value Colleges, the best-ranked colleges are all regionally accredited, job-market proven, and have strong reputations for educational excellence.

“What makes Dominican College Online special is our small classes that are taught by professors, not teaching assistants,” said Mary McLean-Hely, Director of Online Education. “Our faculty has been trained in online teaching best practices and all the college resources, like the library, Career Development Center, and tutoring are also available online. Students receive both the attention from professors and an enriched online learning environment.”

Dominican College offers online programs in business management, psychology, criminal justice, communication studies, social sciences, computer information systems, and nursing. The College also has online graduate programs for Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy, Masters in Organizational Leadership and Communication, and Teachers for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

For more information about Dominican College Online, click here.  The complete Value Colleges ranking  for online colleges in New York can be viewed here.



U.S. Senate Confirms Dominican College Alumna as Federal Judge

Alumna and Trustee Emeritus Mary Kay Vyskocil has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a federal judge.

The U.S. Senate voted on December 19, 2019 to confirm alumna Mary Kay Vyskocil, ’80, as a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York.  Vyskoscil has served as a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge since 2016.

Prior to being appointed as a judge, Vyskocil was a partner in the New York Law firm of Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP.  During her 33-year career at Simpson Thacher, Vyskocil litigated some of the most significant insurance and reinsurance cases, representing major domestic and foreign insurers in complex coverage litigations, including numerous arbitrations, jury trials, and appellate arguments. She represented Swiss RE Ltd. In litigation arising from the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and has also represented JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the Travelers Cos. Inc.

Vyskocil graduated summa cum laude from Dominican College and attended St. John’s University Law School.  At Dominican College, she was the first recipient of the prestigious Badami Outstanding Alumna Award, was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Achievement, and was named an Alumni of Distinction.

After serving two 15-year terms on the Dominican College Board of Trustees, Vyskocil was named a Trustee Emeritus in 2018.



Food Pantry to Expand Services Thanks to Donation

The Dominican College food pantry is planning to expand its services, thanks to a $500 donation from the Rockland Community Foundation and Inserra Supermarkets.

Melissa Leigh Grau, Dominican College Director of Community Engagement and Leadership Development, said that the donation of the Shop Rite gift card will be used to better serve students. “Our plan is to split it into smaller gift cards for Shop Rite so that our students are able to get perishable items,” she said.

The pantry is located in the Sullivan Library and is open on Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The idea behind the pantry is to help students so they are able to pursue an education with as few barriers as possible.  Grau said each day the pantry is opened, between 14 and 27 students are served.

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