Adjunct Instructor Receives NYS Assembly Women of Distinction Award

NYS Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (left) presented Hilda Kogut with a 2019 Women of Distinction Award on April 8, 2019 in Albany, NY.

Hilda Kogut, a Dominican College adjunct instructor in criminal justice, was honored with the 2019 New York State Assembly Women of Distinction Award on April 8, 2019.   The award honors women who are making a difference in New York State, their communities, and in the lives of others.  Kogut was one of 10 Women of Distinction to be honored this year by New York State Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee.

Assemblywoman Jaffee said, “It is my distinct pleasure to recognize these 10 remarkable Rockland County women.  The 2019 Women of Distinction Awards are an important opportunity to pay tribute to these women whose strength, vision, hard work, and compassion are lifting up others, strengthening our communities, our economy, and improving our quality of life.”

Kogut is a former FBI Agent with 25 years of experience in law enforcement, who loves teaching criminal justice classes at Dominican College.  As Chair of Citizens United to Protect our Neighborhoods (CUPON) in Chestnut Ridge, she has fought against illegal housing and overdevelopment,  and advocated for proper land use and zoning laws.

The 2019 Women of Distinction were recognized in the Assembly Chambers at the New York State Capitol.

College Offers Additional Career Fair for Healthcare Students

The College held its first Healthcare Career Fair on April 3, 2019 in the Granito Center.

Students met with company recruiters, applied for jobs and internships, and polished their networking skills at two Career Fairs in April.  For the first time, the College held a Healthcare Career Fair to cater to the College’s many healthcare students.  The annual Career Fair, which is open to the public, took place on April 2, 2019. The Healthcare Career Fair, which better accommodated students who had clinicals, was held a day later.

“Our first Healthcare Career Fair was a huge success,”  said Internship Coordinator/Career Counselor Rose Macom, MSEd.  “Students took advantage of the opportunity to meet and network with healthcare employers.  The two hours went by very quickly.  Employers gave us excellent feedback and we learned about new externship opportunities for our students.”

The annual Career Fair also was successful with a 20 percent increase in the number of students who attended.  Macom said that recruiters at both events were impressed with how well prepared the students were,  based on their resumes and knowledge of the companies.


Director of the Bronx Zoo Speaks at the College

The Director of the Bronx Zoo, Jim Breheny, spoke at Dominican College about the Zoo’s efforts to nurture the regrowth of endangered species and their habitats.

The Director of the Bronx Zoo, Jim Breheny, spoke at Dominican College as part of the 2019 Honor’s Lyceum and Science Seminar Series on March 27, 2019.  Breheny also serves as Executive Vice President of the Wildlife Conservation Society and is featured in Animal Planet’s hit docuseries “The Zoo.”

Assistant Professor of Biology Emma C. Sarro, PhD, said Breheny’s presentation focused on the work that the Bronx Zoo and its collaborators have done to nurture the regrowth of endangered species and their habitats.  “Jim provided several heart-warming examples of how some of our most precious animals are getting another chance to flourish in their own habitat, due to the research and work by the staff at the Zoo,” said Dr. Sarro. “Our students left the seminar with a greater appreciation for the mission of the Zoo and many students stayed after the talk to meet Jim and continue the conversation.”

Breheny explained that helping endangered species is done partly through the education and awareness that the Zoo brings to its visitors. He said a lot of work is done out in the field and behind the scenes as well.  Breheny’s presentation took place in the Lawrence Room of Casey Hall.

Students Explore Careers on Criminal Justice Day

FBI Recruiter FX Flaherty spoke at Criminal Justice Day about the FBI application and hiring process.

Students studying criminal justice learned about possible career paths during the Seventh Annual Criminal Justice Day on March 21, 2019.  The three presenters were Chief of Rockland County Sheriff’s Patrol William Barbera, FBI recruiters FX Flaherty and Sahara Juarbe, and Department of Homeland Security Deputy Regional Director Jason S. Martinez.

Coordinator of the Criminal Justice Program Tara Parrello, Ph.D., said every year students gain useful information from the presentations. “The students feel very fortunate that they get to ask questions and to hear about these careers that maybe some of them didn’t know existed,” she said.

A few exceptional students are invited to have lunch with the speakers after the presentations to allow them to ask even more questions.  Criminal Justice Day takes place in the Fury Lecture Hall of the Prusmack Center.


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.

New Online Master’s Program 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.

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