Mens Basketball Team Wins CACC Championship

The mens basketball team celebrated winning the CACC Championship after the victory at Caldwell University.

The Dominican College mens basketball team won the 2018-2019 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship on March 10, 2019 after downing the top seed, Bloomfield College, 70-55, in a game played on Corino Court on the campus of Caldwell University.

With the win, Dominican (23-7) earned the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA East Regional Tournament. Making their third consecutive CACC Championship Final appearance, DC brings home the crown for the first time since joining the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II back in 2000.

Junior guard Daraja Rodwell (Baldwin, N.Y.) was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) and to the All-Tournament Team.  Teammates Jonathan Garcia (Springfield, Mass.) and Ian Gardener (Norwalk, Conn.) also joined Rodwell on the All-Tournament Team.

The Chargers opened the game with the first five points, but the Bears rallied to take an 11-9 edge with just under 11 minutes left in the first half.  Gardener tied the game with two free throws and began a 17-1 tear that saw DC jump in front 26-12.  BC would cut the lead to 26-21 in the final two and half minutes, but Rodwell recorded back-to-back trey’s and Tavon Ginyard (Brentwood, N.Y.) closed out the half with a layup to give the Chargers the 34-21 lead at the intermission.

Dominican would lead by as many as 20 points in the second half as Ginyard connected on a three-point bucket (68-48) with 3:31 left in regulation en route to the 70-55 win.

High School Students Invited to Attend Red Bandanna U ’19 at Dominican College This Summer

High school students interested in leadership, service, and character development are invited to attend Red Bandanna U ’19.  The week-long residential summer program at Dominican College will take place from Sunday, July 7, 2019 through Friday, July 12, 2019 for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Red Bandanna U ’19 is a project of the Welles Remy Crowther Foundation, in cooperation with the Rockland County YMCA and Dominican College. Welles Remy Crowther is the 9/11 hero credited with helping to rescue at least 10 people before he lost his own life.  He is known as the “man with the red bandanna” because those he saved identified him as wearing the signature bandanna he had carried since childhood.

Welles’ mother, Alison Crowther, educators and special guests will join the students for a week focused on leadership, caring, understanding, and forgiveness.  “In our world today, we need to remind each other that kindness, bravery and selflessness are to be treasured above all,” said Alison.  “As Welles’ mom, I can tell you that I am so proud to have had a son like him and so happy to share the values that Welles has come to represent.”

Students attending Red Bandanna U ’19 will participate in a number of team building activities, as well as:

  • Learn leadership skills and the lessons of Welles from noted faculty
  • Visit the National September 11 Memorial and Museum
  • Meet with a 9/11 First Responder and a retired member of the FDNY
  • See Come from Away, the hit Broadway show set in the days following 9/11, and talk to cast members
  • Climb an Adventure Ropes Course
  • Perform a read of the play “The Legacy of Welles Remy Crowther” taught by Bridgewater State College professor and playwright Lisa Rafferty
  • Watch a Lacrosse demonstration by All-American and Collegiate lacrosse players

Red Bandanna U ’19 costs $980, including all meals, lodging, and admissions fees.

For more information and to apply, visit or call 914-714-8877.


College Offers New Online Program for Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Communication

Dominican College will offer a new Master of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership and Communication starting in fall 2019.  The 33-credit online program can be completed in one year by taking two courses during each eight-week session. There are six sessions in the year.

Professor AnnMarie DiSiena, Ed.D., Coordinator of the Communication Studies Program,  said the program is designed for the working professional.  “Our Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Communication will help students advance their careers by learning leadership strategies and communication skills for success. Throughout the program, a faculty mentor will provide individualized attention to each student,” she said.

Dr. DiSiena said the program will help professionals in all fields, including those in business, healthcare, government, higher education, and law enforcement, as well as in non-profit organizations.   For more information about the new Master of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership and Communication, click here.

College Introduces Online RN to BSN Program

For the first time ever, Dominican College will be offering a new program for working nurses that allows them to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree online.

Barbara Polowczyk, FNP-BC, RN-BSN Coordinator said the new RN to BSN program will begin in fall 2019 and is 100 percent online.  “This will allow the working RN to do their courses at home and at their own pace to get their bachelor’s degree,” she said.

Polowczyk said the 18-month program will be taught by the same instructors who teach in the classroom.  The online students receive all the benefits of a real campus, including career counseling, tutoring, advisement, and access to the library.

In December 2017, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law commonly referred to as the “BSN in 10 Law.”  It requires new nurses to earn a bachelor’s degree within 10 years of initial licensure.

For more information about the new online RN to BSN program, visit

Former Women’s Basketball Coach Steve Baxter Enters CACC Hall of Fame

Former Women’s Basketball Head Coach Steve Baxter was posthumously inducted into the CACC Hall of Fame. He is shown here in Orlando, FL, during a trip with his team.

Dominican College’s former Women’s Basketball Head Coach Steve Baxter was posthumously inducted into the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Hall of Fame.  The induction ceremony took place before the start of the women’s basketball game on Saturday, February 16, 2019 on the Coach Baxter Court in the Hennessy Center. Baxter passed away in 2006.

“We are extremely proud that the Hall of Fame Committee selected Steve Baxter into this year’s class of inductees,” said Director of Athletics Joseph S. Clinton.  “Steve was one of my best friends for more than 30 years.  We called him ‘the legend’ because he had been a member of our DC family for so long.  He was a guy you could lean on at all times and he truly cared about the student-athletes.”

Baxter served for 29 years at Dominican College in a variety of roles, including 24 years as the women’s basketball head coach. A three-time CACC Coach of the Year, Baxter led the Chargers to 16 CACC Tournament appearances and two trips to the NAIA Division II National Tournament. He compiled a career record of 361-328, and was among the top 15 in career wins among NAIA coaches when he retired in 2001.

Coach Baxter Court serves as the home venue for the men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball teams.  The court was dedicated in the legendary coach’s memory on October 14, 2006.

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

Jason Bram from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York spoke to business leaders, students, and college administrators on the “Outlook on the Economy.”

An economist from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York delivered his annual “Outlook on the Economy” presentation on Thursday, January 24, 2019 in Dominican College’s Fury Lecture Hall. Jason Bram, Research Officer, Regional Analysis Function, spoke about the latest economic indicators.

Bram spoke during week five of the government shutdown. He said it was too early to gauge the effect of the shutdown on the economy, although he was concerned about the government workers who were not getting paid. “But in terms of its effects on the economy, it’s something to be vigilant about,” he said. “It doesn’t seem to have had an effect yet, but that doesn’t mean it won’t.”

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

  • The labor market remains strong and wage growth has picked up.
  • Manufacturing and housing have shown signs of slowing.
  • New York City’s economy has continued to boom, while other local economies across the tri-state metropolitan region have grown modestly.
  • New York City’s finance sector has remained sluggish, but its tech sector has grown briskly.

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.

Volunteers Take Part in MLK, Jr. Day of Service

During the MLK, Jr. Day of Service at Dominican College some volunteers made birthday bags with cake mix, icing, candles, a birthday banner, birthday cards, and gifts for needy children.

Community members from throughout Rockland County volunteered at a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service event sponsored by Volunteer New York at Dominican College on Saturday, January, 19, 2019.

Nicole Lowrance of Volunteer New York said the Day of Service is a wonderful way for families to honor the legacy of Dr. King.  “There’s not a better way to honor him than coming together, being of service to others, and making goods that are going to non-profit partners in this community and Westchester as well.”

Volunteers worked on a number of projects during the Day of Service held in the Granito Center including birthday bags for children at the Nyack Center, gifts for the troops and veterans, and dog pull toys for sheltered dogs. Volunteers also had the opportunity to learn CPR.

College Hosts Multigenerational Workforce Forum

Nicole Leon of Con Edison (left) and Maureen Mack of Mercer Consulting Services were panelists at the Multigenerational Workplace Forum

Local business leaders learned about Harnessing the Power of a Multigenerational Workforce at a Palisades Institute Forum held on January 17, 2019 in the Lawrence Room of Rosary Hall.

The panelists discussed how employees from different generations have different expectations and priorities. Panelist Maureen Mack, a Partner with Mercer Consulting Services, said she hoped those attending the forum walked away with a better understanding of workers in different generations.  “There’s no right or wrong way to approach anything,” she said. “We all bring our own perspective and can work together.”

Panelist Nicole Leon, Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Con-Edison, Inc. said businesses need to tap into workers’ talents and strengths and help them develop their weaker skills.  “We have regular training programs that help people with presentation skills, communications skills, leadership, managing, and time management,” she said.  “At the same time, I think it’s imperative that businesses not only work internally with their employees, but also mentor.”

The panelists stressed that there are many different work cultures and employees should be open to new ideas and improving the way things are done.

New Men’s and Women’s Tennis Teams to Start Up in Fall

Beginning in fall 2019, Dominican College’s intercollegiate athletic programs will include men’s and women’s tennis, for a total of 17 NCAA Division II Sports.

“We are excited about the addition of the men’s and women’s tennis programs,” said Director of Athletics Joseph Clinton. “We have been looking for ways to increase opportunities for student-athletes and with both sports already being conference championship sports, it will allow both programs to have immediate post-season opportunities as part of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.”

Clinton named Joseph Gravagna as the head coach of both programs. Gravagna was most recently the head coach of Rockland Community College’s men’s and women’s tennis programs.  At RCC, he coached three All-American players and took his men’s team to back-to-back National Championships after winning Regional and Conference Championships. In addition, Gravagna’s women’s team finished as high as seventh in the nation.  He also coached a women’s player to the NJCAA D3 National Championship. Prior to coaching at RCC, Gravagna served as an assistant coach at Fordham University, Queens College, and Manhattan College.

The men’s and women’s tennis programs will compete in the fall and spring athletic seasons.  The women’s CACC Championship Tournament is held in the fall, while the men’s CACC Championship Tournament is held in the spring. To learn more about men’s and women’s tennis, visit .

Students Who Deliver Meals Named Volunteers of the Week by Local Newspaper

For the past five years, Dominican College student volunteers have been loading up food prepared by Meals on Wheels into a van and then delivering the meals to the elderly and homebound.

A local newspaper, the Rockland County Times, named Dominican College students who volunteer with Meals on Wheels, the “Volunteers of the Week” in their December 6, 2018 edition.  Every Friday, the students deliver meals to the elderly and homebound along a designated route.

In the Rockland County Times article, Meals on Wheels Volunteer Coordinator Dianna Diffley said that Dominican College students have great enthusiasm. “Some have returned after graduation and taken their own route.  Connecting the aging population to the youth has proven to be wonderful,“ she said.

Melissa Leigh Grau, Dominican College Director of Community Engagement and Leadership Development, was also quoted in the article. “The human connection is a language of love when we help each other.  Students volunteers get a chance to say hello to an elderly homebound person, who may not be able to leave home or have a visit from someone else that day,” she said.

Dominican College students have been delivering nutritious meals for Meals on Wheels for the past five years.

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