Delegation from China Visits Dominican College

A delegation from the Medical School of Quzhou College of Technology in China attended a three-day healthcare seminar in the Badami Room during a visit to Dominican College.

A delegation of Chinese doctors, nurses, and professors from the Medical School of Quzbou College of Technology visited Dominican College October 3-6, 2017, to learn more about the education of health care professionals in the United States. The participants attended three full days of seminars taught by Dominican College faculty.

Yao Shuihong, Dean of the Medical School and head of the delegation, said the instruction was very helpful. “As the society is aging in China, there is a lack of qualified nursing personnel, so it is crucial that we solve the issues involved in nursing education,” he said. 

The delegation is looking for ways to improve China’s education of nursing students. As part of the trip to Dominican College, the delegation visited the infirmary at the Convent of the Sisters of St. Dominic. The trip concluded with a tour of Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern. 


New Members Inducted Into Athletic Hall of Fame

The new members of the Athletic Hall of Fame at the Induction Ceremony. Shown left to right, Jaclyn Spitaleri, Kyle Clancy, Jamar Snider, Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., and Michael Zani.

Five new inductees were welcomed into the Dominican College Athletic Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Friday, September 29, 2107,  in the Granito Center. The new inductees include: Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., ’64, Service; Jaclyn Spitaleri, ’07, Basketball; Michael Zani, ’07 Baseball; Kyle Clancy, ’06, Soccer; and Jamar Snider, ‘01, Basketball. 

Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., ’64, Service

John Burke, Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students, described Sr. Mary Eileen as a humble leader who holds athletics close to her heart. As President of the College for about 30 years, she has been at the helm, he pointed out, for about 60 percent of the College’s athletic history.  “Sr. Mary Eileen I think is on the short list of the most valuable people to the 50 years of athletics at the College.” 

Sr. Mary Eileen thanked those gathered for the honor. “It has been a privilege to serve with so many good people interested in very important and good things,” she said. “Go Chargers! We need your team spirit, your strong bodies, your keen minds, and determination to win.”

Jaclyn Spitaleri, ’07, Basketball

Basketball inductee Jacklyn Spitaleri was a strong, athletic. and smart basketball player, according to her former coach John Burke. “I think she was by far the most talented point guard we ever had here, “ he said.  Burke pointed out that she was the all-time leader in assists with 530 assists, held the single season record with 173 assists her senior year and scored more than 1100 points. 

Spitaleri told the crowd gathered that she couldn’t express how honored she was to be at the induction ceremony, “I took great pride in being a Dominican Charger and will hold onto those memories for the rest of my life,”  she said.

Michael Zani, ’07, Baseball

Baseball Coach Rick Gianetti said Michael Zani was a solid player, a great lead-off hitter, and made two of the greatest catches he has ever seen. Zani was a member of the 2006 team that won the CACC Tournament Championship and played in the NCAA East Regional Tournament .  He has the second most hits in College history at 214.  Zani thanked his family and friends and said at Dominican College he learned to be respectful and to value other people.  “Baseball was a big part of my life.  It impacted me on and off the field,”  he said. 

Kyle Clancy, ’06, Soccer

Kyle Clancy was a “dream find” for any coach, according to former Dominican College Soccer Coach Michael Swanwick, who came back to the College to speak about Clancy during the induction ceremony. “He scored 71 goals in his college career and the majority of them were game winning goals – games right down to the end – nail-biters,”  he said.  While Clancy was at Dominican College,  the soccer team won three conference championships.  Swanwick said in addition to having excellent soccer skills, Clancy was an excellent student, a great teammate, and a nice guy. 

Clancy pointed out that as a forward, he got to score the goals, but stressed that he had a great team behind him. “The real reason I’m able to receive this amazing honor tonight is my teammates,” he said. 

Jamar Snider, ’01, Basketball

Coach Joe Clinton said Jamar Snider was the reason the College won a Conference Championship two years in a row. He scored over 1,000 points in three years and grabbed over 500 rebounds.  Coach Clinton stressed that Snider also had tremendous loyalty to the program and the school and years later likes to give the basketball team pep talks when they are playing near his New Jersey home.  “I’m proud of him.  He’s well-deserving and again one of the best players to ever put on a Charger uniform – especially all-around players,” said Clinton.   

Snider talked about the relationship that he’s built to the school over the years and spoke to his teammates and Coach. “To that relationship I say thank you guys, I say I love you guys.  It’s been a wonderful ride and a great journey,” he said.  






Winners of the 2017 Spirit of the Founders Award Announced

Senior Hannah Ameen and junior Joshua Guzman were selected as the winners of the 2017 Spirit of the Founders Award.

The Dominican College 2017 Spirit of the Founders Award was presented to senior Hannah Ameen and junior Joshua Guzman during a ceremony at the Granito Center on Thursday, September 28, 2017.   The event was one of the highlights of the week-long celebration of Founders Week, the annual Dominican College tradition of celebrating our Dominican heritage. 

The Spirit of the Founders Award represents a respect for Dominican values and traditions that have endured for centuries. It also represents the promise that the honorees will carry this spirit into the future. The award is presented to students who have great potential as leaders when they leave Dominican College to make their mark in the world.

The winners of the award were selected by a vote of Dominican College administrators, faculty, staff, and students. The runners up for the award included seniors John Ameen and Aleksandra Pogon, junior Cliona Smith, and sophomore Rollens Florvil. 


College Celebrates Founders Week

Reverend Claudio Carvalhaes, Ph.D., wore wings and played a guitar during his Keynote Presentation in the Hennessy Center.

The annual celebration of Founders Week got underway on Monday, September 25, 2017,  with an impassioned, animated keynote address delivered by Rev. Claudio Carvalhaes, Ph.D., in the Hennessy Center.

This year, Founders Week focuses on the life and work of Antonio de Montesinos, O.P., a 16th century Dominican Preacher in Hispaniola who spoke out against the exploitation of the indigenous people under Spanish Conquest. Rev. Carvalhaes compared that struggle to the civil rights movement, Black Lives Matter, the fight against global warming, and the struggle to protect Native Americans’ land in the U.S.

Rev. Carvalhaes used props and videos as he shared the story of his childhood in Brazil in which his mother and the community gave him “wings” to fly. He even put on a pair of wings in the middle of his address and played the video of the song “Glory” from the movie Selma.  Rev.  Carvalhaes said that Montesinos had used his wings and sang a song of glory to help the indigenous people, and Martin Luther King had used his wings and song of glory during the Civil Rights movement.

Then Rev. Carvalhaes challenged the students, faculty and administrators in attendance, “Now it is to you and to me. Where are your wings?  What are our songs of glory? “  he asked. 

Rev. Carvalhaes is a theologian, liturgist, and artist, who is an Associate Professor and Union Theological Seminary in New York City. In 2017, he spoke at the 800th Jubilee of the Order of Preachers in Rome, Italy. 

For a complete list of Founders Week activities, please click here:


College Places Students in Record Number of Internships

Dominican College students were placed in more internships during the 2016-2017 school year than ever before. Evelyn Fiskaa, Director of Career Development, said students were placed in 103 paid and unpaid internships. 

Fiskaa said students benefit from internships in a number of ways. “It gives them an opportunity to try out a field to see if they really like that field or not.  It’s an opportunity for them to build some skills in their area of interest,” she said. “It’s a resume builder, an opportunity to have a mentor, and also to develop professional contacts and networking for the future.” 

In addition, Fiskaa said many large companies are looking to hire student interns full time after they graduate.

Dominican College students intern in a variety of locations throughout the tristate area. A number of new organizations were added to the list this past year, including the MSG Garden of Dreams Foundation, Columbia University, and the Hackensack University Medical Center.  

Fiskaa attributes the increase in internships to the addition of an internship coordinator/career counselor in her office who assists in meeting with students and doing classroom presentations. In addition, the College has cultivated more relationships with employers. She said there is an increased awareness among faculty about the benefits of internships as well.


College Welcomes Class of 2021

Freshmen moved into Hertel Residence Hall on Thursday, August 24.

The 2017-2018 school year has begun with the arrival of the Class of 2021.  Freshmen moved into Hertel Residence Hall on Thursday, August 24, 2017, with the help of Orientation Leaders and athletes. From Thursday evening through Saturday, all freshmen participate in Orientation activities which help them become familiar with the College and make new friends.   

“New Student Orientation is an exciting and important time.  Our Charger family grows and our student leaders show the best of Dominican College. As we welcome new students, we endeavor to teach them Dominican values and principles, and share the spirit of our founders, which will serve them in the pursuit of a fulfilling career and life, “  said Christine Dilts, Assistant Dean for Student Development.

The Fall Semester gets underway on Monday, August 28.  Most freshmen (35.6 percent) plan to study Nursing. Other popular majors include Athletic Training, Biology, and Criminal Justice. 


College Partners with Rockland Center for the Arts

Executive Director of RoCA Daly Flanagan in the outdoor Sculpture Park at RoCA in West Nyack.

Dominican College and the Rockland Center for the Arts (RoCA) have teamed up to offer art courses this fall at the center in West Nyack.  RoCA Executive Director Daly Flanagan stressed that students who take classes at RoCA will be exposed to the art exhibits on display at the center. 

“It’s like full immersion,” she said. “You are not just going to a classroom in your college, but you will be passing artists and art every time that you come here. “

Flanagan said students will also get free studio time, which will allow them to develop as an artist independently. Dominican College will offer two classes at RoCA in fall, Introduction to Art and Ceramics. 




Hennessy Center Expansion Completed

The new Hennessy Center Fitness Room include 30 pieces of cardio equipment.

There’s a major addition to the Dominican College Campus. Construction of the $5 million expansion of the Hennessy Center has been completed. The expansion includes a new lower level with a state-of-the-art fitness center. The general public can sign up to use the fitness center, and alumni can join for a deeply discounted rate. The annual fee for alumni to join is $150.  The annual fee for the general public is $300.

The new fitness center is about four times larger than the former fitness room and has 30 pieces of cardio equipment as compared to six in the old room. There is also an aerobics room with bikes for spin classes. 

V.P. of Student Development John Burke said, “I think our teams are going to be fitter and in better shape. For coaches who are recruiting, the new fitness center is a huge advantage.”

The expansion includes a new, regulation-size NCAA gym on the same level as the current gym, which will allow for more intramural sports and “open gym” time for the general student population. There are also new coaches’ offices, a new recruiting room/conference area and an athletic training area with two whirlpools.

Fundraising for the expansion continues and there are naming opportunities available for the new rooms. If you are interested in donating, or would like to learn more about the Hennessy Center project, please contact V.P. of Institutional Advancement Dorothy Filoramo at

To find out more about joining the fitness center, visit




Dominican College Adopts Test-Optional Policy

First-time freshmen applicants for the Fall 2018 semester will not be required to submit a standardized test score for admission to the College. Dominican College is the first college in Rockland County to adopt a test-optional policy, which is a growing trend nationwide.  According to FairTest, the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, more than 950 colleges and universities nationwide have announced test-optional policies.

 “We have found that a student’s overall high school academic record is the best indicator of a student’s success in college and the research backs that up,”  said College President Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., Ph.D.  “We’ve also been particularly concerned that studies indicate performance on standardized tests is closely linked to family income and education level, and may be biased against certain minority students.”

Sr. Mary Eileen added that this new policy aligns with the mission of Dominican College, which is focused on maintaining “a student-centered climate” that “serves a diverse community of students.” She said, “It’s hoped that this new policy will re-focus both students and parents on what really matters — day-to-day performance in the classroom and the personal characteristics of the student. “ 

 All test-optional applicants will be expected to complete a minimum of 16 units of college-preparatory coursework:

  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of mathematics (including Algebra and Geometry)
  • 2 units of a laboratory science
  • 2 units of social sciences
  • 5 additional units in any of the above subject areas (and/or in a foreign language).

Certain students will continue to be required to submit SAT or ACT scores, including those who have been homeschooled, have completed a General Education Diploma (G.E.D.), do not meet the above 16-unit requirement, and international students. In addition, international students whose native language is not English are required to submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (T.O.E.F.L.) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination scores.

Applicants must indicate on the Dominican College admission application or the Common Application whether they want the standardized test scores to be considered for admission.  If a student has previously sent scores to the College and later indicates on the application that the scores should not be considered, the scores will be deleted from the college admission system. Students who change their minds about whether test scores should be considered, after submitting an application, must send an email to

For more information about the new policy, please email or call 845-848-7901.

Professor Teaches Summer Engineering Course in Rome

Dr. Kathleen Hinge is standing in front of the Pantheon, her favorite structure in Rome, Italy.

Assistant Professor of Physics and Mathematics Kathleen Conlon Hinge, Ph.D. ,  is teaching an engineering course at John Cabot University in Rome this summer.

Dr. Hinge said the experience is deeply gratifying.  “To be in a city that has seen so much history is overwhelming.  My favorite is the Pantheon because of the engineering behind it.  It’s just a marvel of architecture and engineering, as well as history, “ she said. 

This is Dr. Hinge’s second summer teaching at John Cabot University.  She and her husband are embracing the Italian culture and taking Italian classes this year. 

In addition to teaching Physics and Mathematics at Dominican College, Dr. Hinge is the Science Department Coordinator.



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