County Executives Answer Business Leaders’ Questions at College Forum

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus and Rockland County Executive Ed Day participated in the County Executive’s Forum at Rosary Hall. Palisades Institute Executive Director Stan Jacoby moderated the event.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus were at Dominican College on Wednesday, June 7, to take part in the annual County Executives Forum sponsored by the Palisades Institute.The County leaders spoke about economic development, the fiscal health of their counties, and a host of other topics.  

During a question and answer period, both leaders said they were opposed to an increase in the tolls on the Tappan Zee Bridge. County Executive Day said he fears an increased toll would discourage shoppers coming to the Palisades Center Mall from Westchester.  In addition, he said, truck toll increases could trickle down to higher prices for consumers. “Please resist the urge to compare the tolls to the GW or to the Whitestone Bridge.  There’s no comparison.  Compare it to the Bear Mountain or any bridge north in the Hudson Valley region,” said Day. 

County Executive Neuhaus discussed the transformational effect that flights from Norwegian Airlines coming into Stewart Airport will have on the region. “I am going to be bringing in 7,000 people a week to that airport.  It’s going to double the amount of flights and double the amount of people coming in there,”  said Neuhaus.

Both Day and Neuhaus are Republican County Executives who began their four-year terms in 2014.

The Palisades Institute was created in 1990 as part of Dominican College to serve business, government, and not-for-profit organizations in Rockland and nearby counties. The Institute encourages professionals to integrate the concepts of leadership, quality, and ethics to achieve long-term success.



College Holds 63rd Annual Commencement

Raymond J. McGuire, J.D, Citi’s Global Head of Corporate and Investment Banking, delivered the Commencement Address at Dominican College’s Graduation Ceremony on May 21, 2017.

More than 530 Dominican College students received their diplomas on Sunday, May 21, 2017, during the 63rd Annual Commencement Exercises at the Westchester County Center in White Plains. The Class of 2017 included the first seven students to earn the newly-offered Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.

Raymond J. McGuire, J.D., Citi’s Global Head of Corporate and Investment Banking, delivered the Commencement Address. The graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Law School worked his way up to the top of the Investment Banking field from modest beginnings in inner city Dayton, Ohio, where he was raised by his mother, a social worker. McGuire has advised on numerous transactions valued at well over $600 billion, including advising Time Warner on its $108 billion transaction with AT&T, the fifth largest merger and acquisition transaction of all time.

During his address, McGuire gave the students advice on how to live their lives. “Gain respect through how well you perform and admiration through the deeds that you do.  Trust is the most hallowed bond in any relationship.  Treat it as you would the most heartfelt prayer,” he said.  “Be slow.  Be slow to give your word.  Never, ever compromise it.  Ignore the odds.  Neither you nor I would be here if we had listened to them.” He concluded by urging the students to become leaders, to make a difference, and stressed that their moral compass is non-negotiable. 

At the Commencement, McGuire was presented with an honorary degree, Doctor of Humanities. Mary P. Leahy, M.D., CEO, Bon Secours Charity Health System received the honorary degree of Doctor of Science. Other honorees included Jill A. Warner, LCSW, Executive Director/CEO, Jawonio, who received the Veritas Medal, and Amy Pitiger Noelle, ’96, who received the Badami Outstanding Alumna Award. 

The Class of 2017 included 370 students who earned undergraduate degrees and 167 students who earned advanced degrees.

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Criminal Justice Coordinator Receives Faculty Award

Academic Dean Dr. Thomas Nowak presented Dr. Tara Parrello, Coordinator of the Criminal Justice Program, with the Academic Dean’s Award for Faculty Service on May 17, 2017.

The Academic Dean’s Award for Faculty Service was presented to Dr. Tara Parrello, Coordinator of the Criminal Justice Program,  during the College Service Awards Ceremony on May 17, 2017.

Before handing Professor Parrello her plaque, Academic Dean Dr. Thomas Nowak listed her many accomplishments and activities at the College and described her as one of the most visible faculty members at campus events.  

“Tara’s dedication to all students and to the College as a whole is evident in everything she does. She unselfishly spends innumerable hours seeing to the needs of our students, her colleagues, and Dominican College as a whole,” said Dr. Nowak. 

Professor Parrello’s accomplishments include recruiting professionals to teach part-time, instituting new courses, making courses available online, and placing students in internships. She serves as advisor to the Criminal Justice Club and moderator of the Criminal Justice Honor Society. In addition, Professor Parrello organizes a variety on and off-campus events. 

Criminal Justice is the College’s second most popular major, behind Nursing.


Dominican College Wins 2017 CACC Baseball Championship

Dominican College won the 2017 CACC Baseball Championship on May 13, 2017, in Waterbury, Conn.

Dominican College shook off a 4-3, 11-inning loss to Chestnut Hill College, on Saturday, May 13, 2017, and rallied with a thorough 12-1 victory over the Griffins to claim the 2017 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Baseball Championship at Municipal Stadium in Waterbury, Conn.

With the championship secured, Dominican (21-27) also locked up the CACC’s automatic bid to next week’s NCAA Division II East Region Championship at a site to be determined.

Game One:  The Griffins, the fourth-seed in the tournament, scored runs in the first, fourth and seventh innings to jump ahead 3-0.

Dominican rallied with three runs on three hits and one error in the top of the ninth to send the contest into extra innings.  Second basemen Justin Decker (Rotterdam, N.Y.) brought home Anthony Bartolomei (Oakhurst, N.J.) on a single to right field.  Two batters later, catcher Tyler Malia (Delran, N.J.) hit a RBI single to center field.  The game tying run came when senior Jayson Gray (New Rochelle, N.Y.) was hit by-a-pitch with the bases loaded.

CHC forced the if necessary game as they scored the game-winner on a wild pitch in the bottom of the eleventh inning.

Nathanial Popiel (Mechanicville, N.Y.) suffered the loss (3-4), despite pitching 10.1 innings.  He allowed four runs (three earned) on 10 hits and nine strikeouts.

Senior Max Franzone (Nanuet, N.Y.) had three hits, while Decker had to hits.

Game Two:  The Chargers plated three runs in the second, followed with four more in the fifth and then tacked on five more in the sixth to put the game out of reach and bring home the 12-1 win.

Decker knocked in four runs to lead the Charger offense in game two, while Gray went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored.  Malia was 3-for-4 at the dish with three RBI, while Jordan Bernacet (Schenectday, N.Y.) drove in a run and scored twice.

John-Michael Broderick (Spring Lake Heights, N.J.) got the start on the mound for Dominican and turned in seven superb innings by yielding just one run on six hits to earn the win and improve to 5-2 on the season.

Nicholas Galese (Totowa, N.J.) pitched the final two frames, scattering a hit and collecting three strikeouts.

Junior Kraigen Rasalla (Scranton, Pa.) earned the tournament’s Most Valuable Player Award for his two shut out pitching performances in the tournament.  He was also named to the CACC All-Tournament Team.

Joining him on the All-Tournament Team, were Brett Schneider (Coral Springs, Fla.), Franzone, Arbely Soto (Bronx, N.Y.) and Bartolomei.

Men’s Golf Team Wins NCAA Regional Championship

The Dominican College men’s golf team won the school’s first-ever NCAA Regional Championship.

The Dominican College men’s golf team became the first program in school history to win a NCAA Division II Regional Championship as they took home the team title on May 10, 2017,  at the NCAA Division II Atlantic/East Regional.  The Chargers bested the second place team, St. Thomas Aquinas College, by one stroke to win the Championship held at The Resort at Glade Springs.

The team comprised of freshmen and sophomores, under third-year head coach, Keith Prokop (’14), will travel to the NCAA National Golf Championships, which will be held May 22-26, at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, Florida.

“This is actually our first-ever team regional tournament,  so to be able to wind up winning and in our first go-around is unbelievable,” said Prokop.

Following day one action, the Chargers were in second place with a score of 300.  They followed in day two action with a 298 team score (598 total) to remain in second place among 20 teams competing from the Atlantic and East Regions.

Dominican had a team score of 301 (+13) on the last day to finish with a three-day total of 899 (+35) to win the regional championship and a berth in the NCAA National Championship.

St. Thomas Aquinas College finished in second place (900), followed by the University of Charleston (903) and Le Moyne College (904) to round out the top four teams.

At a minimum, the top three teams and the top two student-athletes not with a team from each regional (regardless of region) will advance to the finals May 22-26, at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, Florida. The remaining eight team berths will be allocated based on the regions represented in the prior year’s medal-match portion of the championships, with the maximum number of teams from a given region capped at seven. The finals will be hosted by the Sunshine State Conference and Central Florida Sports Commission.

Citi’s Raymond McGuire to Deliver Commencement Address

Raymond McGuire, Citi’s Global Head of Corporate and Investment Banking, will be the Commencement Speaker at Dominican College’s Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 21.

Raymond J. McGuire, Citi’s Global Head of Corporate and Investment Banking, will deliver the Commencement Address at the Dominican College Graduation Ceremony at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY.

During his career, McGuire has advised on numerous transactions valued at well over $600 billion, including advising Time Warner on its $108 billion transaction with AT&T, the fifth largest merger and acquisition transaction of all time.

The graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School worked his way up to the top of the Investment Banking field from modest beginnings in inner city Dayton, Ohio, where he was raised by his mother, a social worker. He credits his family with providing him with an upbringing full of love, honor, respect, integrity – and most importantly faith.

McGuire mentors and motivates African-Americans in the financial sector, and is a passionate supporter of education and the arts. He serves on several boards including  De La Salle Academy, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the New York Public Library, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Whitney Museum of American Art, the Citi Foundation, the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies, the Alex Hillman Family Foundation, the International Center of Photography and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. 

During the Dominican College Commencement Exercises, McGuire will be presented with an honorary degree, Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa. The Commencement Exercises will be held on Sunday, May 21, at 2 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


Three New Inductees Enter Alumni Hall of Achievement

John Damiao, Dr. Edward Mihelcic, and Dr. Alison Hales, (shown left to right) were inducted into the Alumni Hall of Achievement on Saturday, April 29.

The Occupational Therapy Program celebrated its 30-year anniversary on Saturday, April 29, 2017 with the induction of three OT alumni into the Alumni Hall of Achievement. The new inductees are: John Damiao, MS, OTR/L, ATP/SMS, ’09, for Leadership; Dr. Edward Mihelcic, Ph.D., OTR/L, ’89, for Excellence; and Dr. Alison, M. Hales, OTD, OTR/L, ’04, for Service.

John Damiao works at the Center for Discovery in Harris, New York, where he is the Director of Power Mobility Assessment. He is also an adjunct professor at Dominican College. Professor Damiao specializes in evaluating and treating individuals with autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, and various genetic disorders.  He worked with a team at the Center for Discovery to develop the IndiGo device, which affordably turns a manual wheelchair into a powered wheelchair.  Google has awarded the Center for Discovery a grant of $125 million to improve the device and get it on the market. 

Dr. Edward Mihelcic is the Occupational Therapy Program Chair at St. Francis University in Pennsylvania, where he also teaches. In addition, he maintains a clinical practice with the Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Indiana, PA and the DiSepio Institute at St. Francis University. Dr. Mihelcic has presented at numerous conferences and workshops.  He is currently a Grant Reviewer for The National Institute of Health and serves on the Pennsylvania State Licensure Board for Occupational Therapy. 

Dr. Alison Hales works in the Warren Township Public Schools and is co-owner of the company, Hands First for Learning. She co-developed and co-authored the Hands First Fine Motor Skills Curriculum, which is a four-month fine motor program, designed to promote confidence and competence in preschoolers and kindergarteners.  Over the past 10 years, Dr. Alison Hales has been an active and involved supporter of the Occupational Therapy Program, mentoring numerous OT students. 

The photos of the new inductees will be placed on the wall in the lobby of the Prumack Center, along with other members of the Alumni Hall of Achievement.


Students Participate in March for Science

A contingent from Dominican College marched in New York City on Earth Day, as part of the March for Science.

Dominican College students participated in the first-ever March for Science in New York City on Saturday, April 22. It was one of about 600 rallies held in the U.S. and around the world on Earth Day to call for public policy decisions to be based on data.  

Dr. Kathleen Conlon Hinge, Science Department Coordinator, organized Dominican College’s participation in the event. “Our nation faces policy decisions – like decisions on climate change, food safety, research, and science funding – that need to be informed by science,” she said. “We marched to advocate for evidence-based decision making. In an era where ‘alternative facts’ are pushed as credible, people need to appreciate better the lessons and value of scientific thinking “ 

The Dominican College contingent marched from 72nd and Central Park West, down Broadway to Times Square. Dr. Hinge said the students who took part in the march were affirmed in their roles as scientists.  

Participation in the March for Science was one of several ways that Dominican College celebrated Earth Week. There was also participation in a conference on debris in waterways, campus and community cleanups, a photography exhibit,  and a tree-planting ceremony.


College Celebrates Earth Week

Dr. Bernadette Connors received the 2017 Friends of the Earth Award during a tree planting ceremony to kick off Earth Week at the College.

Dominican College kicked off its celebration of Earth Week on Tuesday, April 18,  by planting a magnolia tree at a ceremony honoring Biology Professor Dr. Bernadette Connors, who was given the 2017 Friend of the Earth Award. 

Chancellor Sr. Kathleen Sullivan, O.P. said Dr. Connors is a wonderful asset to the College and pointed to her work with students in cleaning up tributaries to the Hudson River. “She has given her life to the earth and its care and to the students who are learning how the earth is impacting our lives,” she said. 

Some of the other Earth Week activities are a campus cleanup on Thursday, April 20, a pond cleanup on Friday, April 21, and participation in the United Way Spring Day of Caring on Friday, April 21.  There is also a  photography exhibit in the Sullivan Library on the 2014 People’s Climate March in New York City.  For a complete listing of Earth Week events, check the calendar of events.  

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