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Business Forum Addresses Trends Defining the Future

Senior Vice Presidents at Capital Group Kathy Nalywajko and Greg Singer spoke to business leaders at a forum entitled, “Defining the Future: Trends Transforming the Way We Live.”

The world is quickly changing and business leaders heard about trends that are transforming the way we live during a Palisades Institute forum on October 3, 2019 in Rosary Hall.

Greg Singer, VP and Investment Director at Capital Group, said three major trends are the growth of cloud computing, advances in medical research, and the increase in global air travel.  “Everyone is very worried about volatility in the markets right now and the risk of an upcoming recession.  We see volatility likely to stay and a recession likely to happen in the next couple of years,” he said.  “But at the same time, there are multi-decade trends going on and companies that are going to get through the recession to the other side and that can create attractive investments. “

Singer advises business owners to make sure their businesses can get through the stress of a recession, noting that companies with volatility and debt are particularly at risk.  Singer was joined on the panel by Kathy Nalywajko, VP at Capital Group.

The aim of the Palisades Institute of Dominican College is to encourage leaders in business, government, and not-for-profit agencies to integrate the concepts of leadership, quality, and ethics to achieve long-term success.

 

New Food Pantry Opens On Campus

Virginia Reeves, sister of Sr. Catherine Howard, cuts the ribbon on the new Sr. Catherine Howard Food Pantry. College President Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien is on the right.

A new food pantry for students has opened on the Dominican College campus.  A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Sr. Catherine Howard Food Pantry took place on Friday, September 27, 2019.   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.

Melissa Leigh Grau, Director of Community Engagement & Leadership Development, said the goal is to help students so they are able to pursue an education with as few barriers as possible.  “Students who self-identify as needing food assistance, as well as students referred by faculty or staff, will have access to shelf-stable food staples, as well as on-the-go snacks like granola bars and peanut butter,” she said.

Social work students Jhanya Squires and Arabia Shearn (left to right) both worked to get the Sr. Catherine Howard Food Pantry up and running in the Sullivan Library.

 

Grau said her office is working with the Social Work Department and the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt on the project.  The Sisters have donated money from several fundraisers toward the pantry, which is staffed by a social work intern.  The pantry was named in honor of Sr. Catherine Howard, who served as president of The Sisters of St. Dominic of Blauvelt and as a College trustee.  The talented administrator and social worker died on November 9, 2018.  She is remembered for her dedication, kindness, and selflessness.

Winners of the 2019 Spirit of the Founders Award Announced

The 2019 Spirit of the Founders Award was presented to Bruno Garcia and Samantha Colon.

The Dominican College 2019 Spirit of the Founders Award was presented to senior Samantha Colon and junior Bruno Garcia during a ceremony at the Granito Center on Thursday, September 26, 2019.  The event was one of the highlights of the week- long celebration of Founders Week.

The Spirit of The Founder’s Award recognizes the contributions of student leaders who hold the promise of carrying the Dominican spirit into the future.  “It means that all the work we are doing in college has a purpose, not only for us, but also for the community that we live in,” said Garcia, who added that he was honored to receive the award.  Garcia is a member of the soccer team, a Resident Assistant, a student ambassador, a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and the junior class representative on the Student Government Association (SGA).  He has also been on the Dean’s List every semester.

Colon said she was pleased that her hard work was noticed and encouraged others to get involved.  “The more you get involved, the more people you know and the bigger impact you can make on the campus community and what we do outside of here,” she said.  Colon participated in the Alternative Spring Break, is a tutor at the Academic Success Center (ASC), speaks at open houses, is secretary of DC Strength, and volunteers at St. Dominic’s School.  She has also been on the Dean’s list for the last three years.

The winners of the Spirit of the Founders Award are selected by a vote of Dominican College administrators, faculty, staff, and students.  The runners-up for the award were Denzel Edwards, Isabelle Ossee, Jaylen Cruz and Savannah Donaldson.

 

College Celebrates Founders Week

Kevin Ahern, Ph.D. presented the keynote presentation, A Dialogue of Faith and Reason for a Better Future., during Founders Week.

Dominican College began its Founders Week celebration with a keynote presentation from Theological Ethicist Kevin Ahern, Ph.D. Ahern served as President of the International Movement of Catholic Students and in 2016 was elected President of the International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs.

Ahern told students that the legacy of St. Thomas Aquinas, who lived in the 13th century and was Dominican, was important to them today.  “I’d encourage you to think about how you can mix faith and reason, how you can strive for justice for the common good – especially in this moment when lots of human beings are treated as sub-human,”  he said.

He also encouraged the students to follow St. Thomas Aquinas’s lead by:

  • Thinking of something bigger than themselves, like God or humanity.
  • Having critical dialogue with people who have different opinions than they do.
  • Always having hope.

Ahern presented a clear, impassioned message to the students – describing St. Thomas Aquinas as a fascinating character who is still very relevant when it comes to fighting discrimination, racism, and poverty.

Founders Week is the annual celebration of Dominican College’s heritage and the Dominican Sisters who established it.  Activities include guest lectures, a preaching in action project, and the presentation of the Spirit of the Founders Award to two  students.

 

College Administrators Raise Money to Construct Well in El Salvador

Dorothy Filoramo and Ryan O’Gorman met with local officials and members of the community in El Salvador to make preparations for a new well to be constructed.

Three villages in El Salvador will finally have access to a clean, plentiful water supply thanks to the efforts of two College administrators.  Dorothy Filoramo, former VP for Institutional Advancement, and Ryan O’Gorman, Director of Retention and Student Success, are both members of the Rotary Club of Pearl River and were recently awarded a Rotary International grant of $27,000.  That money coupled with the $58,000 they had previously raised will be used to construct a new well for the communities of Sol Naciente, Once, and San Francisco.

“The residents’ quality of life will improve with access to clean water for cooking, bathing, and washing their clothes,” said Filoramo. ”They have been relying on meager supplies and buying water.  This will mean clean water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for three communities.”

O’Gorman added, “For us, we take clean water for granted because we turn on the faucet, there it is, and we drink it.  Whereas for them, they are appreciative and want to assist us in bringing them clean water.”

Filoramo and O’Gorman established partnerships with Rotary Clubs in San Miguel, El Salvador and Pune, India, as well as with Dominican College and Molloy College to assist with the project.  In addition, they have traveled to El Salvador several times to arrange for the purchase of land, for test drilling, and for a hydrological study.  Filoramo and O’Gorman plan to return to El Salvador in January to be there for the beginning of the well construction project, which is expected to take two months to complete.

Each year, students and administrators from Dominican College and Malloy College travel to Sol Naciente to volunteer at a children’s day camp that is run by a Dominican Sister, Sr. Flor Buruca, of Amityville, NY, who grew up in El Salvador.  It was during one of these service trips about four years ago that Filoramo and O’Gorman first discovered the need for clean water in the community and learned that the well used by residents was running dry.

College Secures Grants to Support TVI Program

A student in the TVI program at Dominican College is shown here looking through a light filter. This allows a student who is visually impaired to use best contrast when viewing their environment.

Dominican College’s graduate level program to educate teachers of students who are blind or visually impaired (TVI Program) is getting updated equipment thanks to an influx of grant money. The grant money will also be used to support technology, instruction, professional development, student assistance, marketing, and outreach for the TVI Program. The College has secured a total of $394,507 in grants since July 2018.

Dominican College has one of just two graduate level TVI programs in New York State. The College’s program combines both online and on-campus learning and aims to help meet the needs of a severely underserved population. Experts say 5,000 additional teachers of the blind are needed nationwide to serve more than 63,000 students who meet the definition of blindness or low vision.

“The money that we’ve received is very much appreciated and will help us get additional instructional materials, such as braille writers, embossers, and assistive technology devices that our students will utilize in the classroom,” said Yvette Blitzer, Dominican College Coordinator of the TVI Program.

Dominican College is also increasing marketing and outreach efforts for the TVI program in an attempt to educate more students to help meet the demand for teachers of the blind and visually impaired in New York State and across the nation.

Dominican College received grants from the Lavelle Fund for the Blind, the Hearst Foundation, the Sarah K. de Coizart Article TENTH Perpetual Charitable Trust, the Thomas & Agnes Carvel Foundation, and the Ralph M. Cestone Foundation.
The TVI program is a certificate program that also offers students the option of earning a Master of Science in Education.

Beginning this fall, undergraduate students also have the option of earning a master’s degree in the TVI program in five years as part of the Senior Year Overlap Program or SYROP. In this program, highly motivated students are able to earn graduate credits during their senior year, while simultaneously completing requirements in the undergraduate Teacher Education Program.

For more information about the Teachers of Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired Program, contact 845-848-7910 or visit dc.edu.

Student Accepted into Selective Princeton University Program

Junior Stephanie Moncayo has been accepted into Princeton University’s Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Scholars Program.

Junior Stefanie Moncayo has been accepted into Princeton University’s Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) Scholars Program.  The highly competitive and selective program provides talented potential graduate students with a preview of the opportunities at Princeton University during four days in October.  Moncayo said she will be staying with a graduate host to experience life on the Princeton campus.

“I will also be presenting research that I’m working on at Dominican College,” said Moncayo. “The graduate students will present their work as well, and I will have the opportunity to meet professors in the program. “

Moncayo has a double major in biology and math with a minor in chemistry.  She said she is thankful that Dominican College professors in the science and math departments prepared her to be accepted into such a prestigious program.

 

Dominican College Welcomes Class of 2023

The Class of 2023 posed for a class photo following the Freshman Convocation on Saturday, August 24, 2019.

The Class of 2023 has arrived on campus.  Freshman Move-In Day took place on Friday, August 23, 2019 with upperclassmen helping students get settled into Hertel Hall and Rosary Hall.  Freshmen then took part in Orientation activities and Freshman Convocation.

There are more than 280 freshmen registered for the fall semester at Dominican College.  The students are from 17 states and seven countries outside of the U.S.  The most popular major among incoming freshmen is nursing, followed by business management, biology, teacher education, criminal justice and psychology.

The fall semester started on Monday, August 26th with a week full of student activities for freshmen and returning students,  including the Charger Block Party and Club Fair.  New programs for the 2019-2020 school year include a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Communication, a reduced credit MBA program, and an online RN to BSN program.  In athletics news, the College now has a men’s and women’s tennis team for a total of 17 sports.

High School Students Participate in Summer Science Program

Students in the RISE program are shown here removing invasive plants that are suffocating native and ornamental species.

Dominican College hosted a three-week summer research experience for high school students in July.  The free program is called RISE (Research Immersion in Science and Ecology) and was generously funded by Orange and Rockland Utilities.

Biology Professor Regina Alvarez said the 15 high school participants in the program were mature, intelligent, and highly motivated to learn.  “Our aim was to expose the students to different STEM and environmental science fields and to nurture and promote their interest in science,” she said.

During the first week of the RISE program, students were introduced to a range of STEM fields and careers through various workshops. Students then worked with undergraduate mentors and a scientist, to complete a project during the second week.  The projects focused on the Sparkill Creek and included chemical descriptions, microbiological and viral genomics, and botanical and ecological surveys. The program concluded with students learning how to analyze data and prepare a poster presentation.  On July 26, 2019 the students presented their work at Dominican College to their families, friends, and teachers.

 

Walking in the Footsteps of St. Dominic

Philosophy Professor Kevin Hermberg, and students Liz Polanco and Paula Beltran (left to right) took part in the pilgrimage to Fanjeaux, France to learn about the life of St. Dominic.

Every spring, two Dominican College students and a faculty or staff member travel to the medieval hilltop town in France where St. Dominic lived.  While in Fanjeax, they join with students, faculty, and staff from nine other Dominican colleges and universities to learn about the life of St. Dominic and walk in his footsteps.

Junior Liz Polanco took part in the 17-day pilgrimage from May 27  to June 13, 2019.  “I now know the roots of the Dominican Order and the legacy that St. Dominic left behind,” she said.  “The most enjoyable part of the trip was the friendships that I made with people from other Dominican institutions.”

St. Dominic’s vision of an order devoted to seeking and sharing the truth took shape from 1206 to 1216 in Fanjeaux.  The pilgrims from Dominican colleges across the U.S. study each morning. In the afternoons, they visit historic sites in southern France, with a focus on places significant in the early history of the Order of Preachers.  The program concludes with three days in Paris.

Interested participants submit applications to be accepted into the program.  Dominican College underwrites the cost of the  participation for one faculty or staff member and partially funds participation for two students, who are eligible to earn three credits.

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