Acclaimed Christmas Concert to be Held on December 2

Each year, approximately 500 people attend the Dominican College Christmas Concert featuring the Rev. Alphonse Stephenson and the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea.

A beloved Dominican College tradition continues on Sunday, December 2, 2018, with the Annual Christmas Concert featuring the Reverend Alphonse Stephenson and the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea.  The concert will be held at 3 p.m. in the Hennessy Center on the Dominican College Campus at 495 Western Highway in Blauvelt, NY.

The concert features 40 classically-trained musicians, directed by Father Alphonse, who was the conductor and musical director of the 1980’s Broadway run of A Chorus Line.  The orchestra, which will be accompanied by three vocalists, is made up of some of the area’s finest musicians and performs concerts throughout the region.

Tickets for the concert are priced at $35 for General Admission, $30 for seniors and veterans, and $20 for students under age 22 with a school ID.  Concert tickets include a post-performance dessert reception.  In addition, a holiday buffet will be held in the Granito Center at 1 p.m. before the concert, at a cost of $20 per person.

To purchase tickets, visit, e-mail or call 845-848-7406.

International Scholar To Lecture on Bernard Shaw

International scholar and native Rocklander Dr. David Clare will be lecturing at Dominican College on Friday, November 16th at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The lecture will be followed by refreshments and Irish entertainment.

Dr. Clare is an Assistant Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick.  Since 2009, He has delivered more than 60 conference papers and public lectures in Ireland, Britain, Hungary, Canada, and the United States on important figures in Irish, British, and American Literature. His first monograph, Bernard Shaw’s Irish Outlook, was published in 2016 and his essays have appeared in numerous journals and edited collections.

Dominican College is developing a student exchange program with Mary Immaculate College where Dr. Clare teaches, and during his several day visit to the College Dr. Clare will be meeting with students to discuss the program.

Dr. Clare’s public lecture will focus on playwright Bernard Shaw’s formative years in Dublin and how his Irish experiences left a big imprint on his plays.  The lecture is entitled, “Bernard Shaw’s ‘Inextinguishable Pride in Being an Irishman.’”

The lecture takes place in the Lawrence Room of Rosary Hall.

College Hosts Forum on Cybersecurity

The presenters at the Palisades Institute Forum on cybersecurity were Mikhail Falkovich, Director of Information Security, Consolidated Edison Company (shown on the left) and Tony Cetera, Chief Information Security Officer, New York University Information Technology.

Two cybersecurity experts shared their advice with business leaders during a Palisades Institute forum called “Cybersecurity:  Protect Yourself and your Business.”  The presenters at the forum on October 10 were Tony Cetera, Chief Information Security Officer, New York University Information Technology, and Mikhail Falkovich, Director of Information Security, Consolidated Edison.

Companies were advised to follow five steps when devising their security plan – identify, protect, detect, respond, and recover.  Even with planning, there is a danger of an attack, said Cetera.  “People are the weakest link.  I think that’s probably an important message that I want to send,” he said.  “You can put lots of tools and technologies in place, but if someone makes a mistake or clicks on the wrong thing because they are not paying attention, that’s when the attacker gets in.”

The experts recommended phishing testing, using benign emails, to find out which employees might be susceptible to an attack.  Another recommendation was that companies consider having cyber insurance.


Annual Healthcare Symposium Focuses on Groundbreaking Cancer Treatment

Former trustee and cancer survivor Jon Prusmack, Dr. David S. Siegel, Chief of the Division of Multiple Meloma, Hackensack University Medical Center and Dr. Joel W. Beetsch,  Vice President, Global Patient Advocacy, Corporate Affairs, Celgene Corporation (shown left to right) were speakers at the 6th Annual Healthcare Symposium at Dominican College.

The 6th Annual Healthcare Symposium focused on CAR T-Cell Therapy – a groundbreaking new cancer treatment that has had promising results in clinical trials.  Former College Trustee and cancer survivor Jon Prusmack is one of just 20 people nationwide to take part in a clinical trial using CAR T-Cell Therapy to treat multiple myeloma.  One year later, Prusmack is cancer-free.

Prusmack opened the health symposium by telling his success story.  He started the clinical trial after his cancer mutated and chemotherapy, which he had been on for 15 years, was no longer effective.  “The end result is no chemotherapy.  You live a normal life.  Does it work forever? Nobody knows.  It’s still in clinical trials.  But for the one year, that I’ve been on it, it’s been terrific: live a normal life; work hard; no chemo; energy.  I just feel terrific,” he said.

The speakers at the October 5, 2018 event were Prusmack’s physician, Dr. David S. Siegel, Chief of the Division of Multiple Myeloma, Hackensack University Medical Center, and Dr. Joel W. Beetsch, Vice President, Global Patient Advocacy, Corporate Affairs, Celgene Corporation.  Celgene has worked on developing this new therapy.

Dr. Siegel said CAR T-cell Therapy is an enormous step forward for all oncology.  So far, the therapy has been tested only on blood cancers, however, clinical trials are beginning for treating solid tumors.  The therapy involves removing T-cells from the body and modifying the cells in a lab to be able to identify cancer cells. The modified T- cells are grown and expanded and then injected back into the patient.  The CAR T-cells bind to cancer cells and kill them.

The Health Symposium was held in the Fury Lecture Hall in the science center bearing Prusmack’s name.

Chargers Win CACC Golf Championship

In September, the Chargers won their third CACC Golf Championship in program history.

The Dominican College golf team won the 2018 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Golf Championship held September 29-30, 2018 at the Deerfield Golf Course in Newark, DE. The Chargers compiled team scores of 298 both days to finish the tournament with a final score of 596 (+36) to win their third CACC Tournament in program history, after winning back-to-back championships in 2001 and 2002.

Post University finished in second place with a team score of 603 (+43) and Wilmington University (+48) rounded out the top three with a final score of 608.

Senior Daniel Parker (Ocean City, Md.) took second place overall after shooting a 73 (+3) on the final day to finish with a two-day total of 143 (+3) with round of 70 and 73.  In today’s round, Parker was even after two holes and birdied the par four third hole.  He also had a birdie on hole seven and completed the front nine two shots above par.  He began the back nine with his third birdie on the par five hole and delivered his last birdie on hole 15 to finish the tournament one stroke behind the leader, Matthieu Sicard of Post University.  For his play, he was named to the CACC All-Tournament Team.

Teammate Hunter Wescott (Portland, Ore.) finished in a tie for seventh place overall with a combined 150 (+10) score.  After a day one round of 77, Wescott completed the front nine with one birdie on the par four fifth hole and birdied two out of the first three holes on the back nine to finish the day with a 73 (+3).

Junior Bryce Tickner (Victoria, British Columbia) improved one stroke from day one’s 76 score, shooting a 75 (+5) today.  Tickner shot four pars and getting a birdie on the second hole on the front nine and followed with seven pars and two bogeys on the back nine for a combined 151 (+11) total score.

Josh Farmer (Hollis, N.H.) followed yesterday’s 75 (+5) round with a 77 (+7) today for a combined 152 (+12) total score to tie for 12th place.  He opened the front nine with back-to-back pars and a birdie on hole three to be one shot under par.  He finished the front nine with three pars and three bogeys.  On the back nine Farmer had five pars and a birdie on the 15th hole.

Junior Carlos Armas Stenner (Durango, Mexico) was shot a 79 this afternoon, besting his first round score by four strokes to tie for 31st place overall with a 162 (+22) score.  On the day, Stenner produced two birdies (holes three and 13), five pars on the front nine and three pars on the back nine.

Up next for the Chargers will be the College of Saint Rose Fall Shootout at the Pinehaven Country Club in Guilderland, N.Y.


College Celebrates Founders Week

Father Brian Walker, O.P., sang a gospel hymn during his keynote presentation for Founders Week.

Dominican Friar and Itinerant Preacher Father Brian Walker, O.P., kicked off the celebration of Founders Week 2018 on September 24 with his keynote presentation, which addressed racism.  Fr. Walker talked about the life of St. Martin de Porres, who was of mixed race and is the patron saint of racial harmony.  Although he faced many injustices, St. Martin dedicated his life to helping others.  St. Martin had unique healing powers and founded a residence in Lima for orphans and abandoned children.

“When we have our doubts about whether or not we are being treated right,” said Fr. Walker, “let us take a lesson from him and ask the question, ‘Are we treating others right?’”

Fr. Walker surprised the audience by belting out a beautiful gospel hymn during the speech.  “If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living shall not be in vain,” he sang.

Founders Week celebrates the spirit of the Dominican Order.  Other highlights of the week–long celebration include:

  • Walking in the Footsteps of Dominic — Students Jeantil Beltre and Sierra Sheridan spoke about their mission trip to Fanjeaux, France.
  • Living the Legacy – Wendy St. Felix, DNP, ’17 and 2018 Badami Award recipient talked to students about the effect a Dominican College education had on her life.
  • Spirit of the Founders Recognition Luncheon – Sr. Barbara McEneany and her sister Sr. Carmel McEneany, who passed away in February,  received the Spirit of the Founders award.
  • Preaching in Action – Dominican College volunteers prepared 10,000 meals to be distributed through local food banks and charities.

Founders Week concluded on Saturday, September 29 with the 68th Annual Dominican Sisters Festival, which featured games, food, and pony rides.

OT Students’ Invention Moves Ahead in Statewide Competition

Recent graduate Amanda Fortuna is shown here building a prototype of a battery-powered reacher. The invention was selected as a semi-finalist in a statewide competition.

An invention of Dominican College Occupational Therapy (OT) students has been chosen as one of 25 projects to move ahead in a New York State Department of Health (DOH) competition.   The DOH Aging Innovation Challenge encourages New York students to develop innovations to assist aging New Yorkers and their caregivers in completing activities of daily living.

Recent OT graduate Amanda Fortuna took the lead in submitting the idea for a battery-powered reacher, which was conceived with some of her classmates during an Advanced Practice OT course.  “Typically in field work or clinical scenarios that we’ve been in, we’ve seen that people are given reachers, but they don’t have the grip strength to maintain a grasp to pick up an item,” she said.

In order to become a semi-finalist, Fortuna had to submit a written proposal. For the next phase of the competition, Fortuna and former classmate Samantha Kromer are developing a prototype.  They must submit a video demonstrating the use of the battery-powered reacher for bathing, dressing, and meal preparation by November 1.  Five finalists will be awarded $5,000 and the developers of the top innovation will be awarded $25,000.


College Welcomes Class of 2022

Our Welcome Team of upperclassmen helped new students move into Hertel Hall on Freshman Move-In Day

The Class of 2022 has arrived on the Dominican College campus.  The new students moved into Hertel Hall and Rosary Hall during Freshman Move-In Day on Thursday, August 23.  They then attended a two-day orientation with many activities, including sessions on leadership and academic success, a game show, and a barbecue.

Melissa Grau, Director of Community Engagement and Leadership Development, said the Freshman Orientation is all about connections. “It’s about connecting with new people. It’s about connecting with this campus and it’s about connecting with themselves so that they are really able to find their place and succeed here academically, socially, and in every way,” she said.

There are 294 registered students in the Class of 2022.  The most popular major among freshmen is nursing, followed by biology, teacher education, management, and criminal justice.


High School Students Attend STEM Camp at College

Dominican College junior Tahinah Lamour (left) is shown here mentoring Spring Valley High School students to help them extract DNA from water samples collected in local ponds.

Twelve Rockland high school students are attending a 3-week science camp at the College this summer.  The experience is called RISE (Research Immersion in Science and Ecology) and is being held on campus from July 22 through August 10.  The program is free and was funded through a generous grant from Orange and Rockland Utilities.

“The program is important because it’s exposing high school students to the sciences and they are doing hands-on projects that they may not have the opportunity to do somewhere else,” said Biology Professor Regina Alvarez.

The students are taking samples of the Sparkill Creek and local ponds and using microbiology and chemistry to analyze the samples in the College laboratories.  The students are also studying the biodiversity of the area with botanical and ecological surveys. In addition to the three College professors working with the students, five Dominican College students are working as mentors with the high school students.  On Friday, August 10, the high school students will present their findings during a ceremony in the Lawrence Room in Rosary Hall at 7 p.m.  Family and friends are invited to attend.

College Offers New Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Degree

Dominican College will begin offering a new undergraduate degree this fall – a Bachelor of Science in the Health Sciences.  The College recently received approval to begin offering the new degree from the New York State Education Department.   This degree furthers Dominican College’s long tradition of providing top-notch educational programs, particularly in the fields of healthcare.

Students who study Health Sciences can pursue degrees in a number of Allied Health professions, such as Physical Therapy (PT), Occupational Therapy (OT), Athletic Training, Speech-Language Pathology, or Physician Assistant.

Director of the Allied Health Division Pamela Story, OTD, OTR/L, said there are three tracks offered within the new Health Sciences Program.  “We have two tracks specifically designated as pre-professional tracks – one for OT and one for PT,” said Story.  “There is a third general track that has a lot of flexibility in it and a lot of space for electives.” The students in the third track can use the electives to take pre-requisites for graduate studies in other fields such as speech-language pathology or athletic training.

Dominican College offers a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.  Most students in those advanced programs earned their undergraduate degrees at other institutions.  Students earning the new B.S. in Health Sciences degree at Dominican College may now decide to apply for the OT and PT graduate programs at Dominican College as well.

For more information about the new Health Sciences Program, please contact our office of Admissions at or 1-866-4DC-INFO.

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