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.  

College Hosts 75th Anniversary of Battle of Bataan Events

Edward Simons, a 100-year-old violinist, performed at the Bataan commemoration at Dominican College. Simons accompanied President Truman by ship on the way to the Potsdam Conference.

Dominican College hosted events on Saturday, April 8, 2017, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Bataan in the Philippines during World War II.  The College sits on what was once Camp Shanks, the World War II base that was the largest point of embarkation for soldiers headed to Europe. New City resident Jerome Kleiman organized the event, which included a symbolic march on Bataan Road.  “Bataan is not part of the typical narrative of WWII any longer.  I came to the realization that the 75th anniversary of the Death March would be the perfect point in time and Bataan Road the ‘only’ location to hold the commemoration so as to honor the heroic troops of Bataan and breathe fresh life into their saga,”  said Kleiman.

The event began with a symbolic march from Tappan Zee High School to Return Home Park on Bataan Road in Orangeburg. A ceremony and entertainment then took place on a stage in the Dominican College parking lot off Western Highway.  The performers included Edward Simons, a 100-year-old violinist who accompanied President Truman by ship on his way to the Potsdam Conference to meet with Stalin and Churchill at the close of WWII. 

Dominican College Adjunct History Instructor Dr. Scott White was among the presenters at the 3:30 p.m. symposium in the Lawrence Room of Rosary Hall. Dr. White spoke about the role of Native Americans during WWII. He has also organized student volunteers to assist during the event.  This event is a unique opportunity for DC students to witness how history is more than just a book, but something that is living and tangible,” he said.

During the Commemoration, WWII veterans in attendance were recognized  and a memorial plaque was unveiled at Return Home Park.






Dominican College’s Online Program Named One of the Best in New York

Dominican College’s Online Program was ranked #19 in the State of New York by BestCollege’, a leading provider of higher education information and resources.

“As online learning opportunities expand at a state level, it’s important to help guide prospective students towards programs that will assist them in meeting their future career goals,” says Stephanie Snider, General Manager at “Being ranked one of the Best Online Colleges in New York signifies Dominican College of Blauvelt has developed a strong academic online program that keeps affordability and accessibility in mind for prospective students across the state of New York.”

Dominican College offers several fully online courses and five fully online programs including: Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences; Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies; Bachelor of Science in Management; Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice; and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

According to, online learning programs are expanding at a rapid pace because they provide opportunities for students who cannot pursue traditional on-campus degree programs. In fact, many students see online programs as the only option to get a college degree while balancing other commitments and challenges — including work, family, or disabilities. bases its rankings on academic outcomes, affordability, and the breadth and depth of online learning opportunities.  For the full list of recognized programs and details on the ranking’s methodology, visit:



Dominican College Names 2017 Person of the Year

Stephen J. Reich, Business Manager of Laborers’ Local 754, will be honored at the College’s Grand Reception on May 5.

Dominican College and its Board of Trustees have named Stephen J. Reich, Business Manager of Laborers’ Local 754, as the 2017 Person of the Year. He will be honored at the College’s 45th Annual Grand Reception on Friday, May 5, 2017. 

The Grand Reception be held at the Old Tappan Manor in Old Tappan, New York, and begins at 7 p.m.

Mr. Reich was chosen as the 2017 Person of the Year based on his outstanding professional leadership, his community involvement, and his philanthropic works. As the Business Manager of Laborers Local 754 for the past eight years, he has handled the day-to-day operations of the local trade union, based in Chestnut Ridge, NY. During that time, he has also served as a Trustee, managing the Pension, Health and Welfare, and Annuity Fund.

Before he was Business Manager, Mr. Reich worked in the construction industry as a laborer, general foreman, and superintendent. In addition, he has generously donated his time and money to support many causes. 

Mr. Reich has served the community over the years through his involvement in the Sons of the American Legion and the Lions Club. He has also worked to raise money for Dominican College and was a Youth Basketball Coach and Lacrosse Club Volunteer. 

The tickets to the Grand Reception, honoring Mr. Reich, cost $350. All proceeds will support the expansion of the Hennessy Center, academic programs, and technological advancements at the College.  To purchase tickets and sponsorships:

For additional information,  please contact Director of Special Events Mary Lichtman at (845) 848-7406 or



Dominican College Presents Little Shop of Horrors

Students are busy rehearsing for the March 3 and March 4 performances of Little Shop of Horrors.

The musical comedy hit Little Shop of Horrors was presented by the Aquin Players of Dominican College on Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 8 p.m. in St. Dominic’s School. This theatrical sensation has devoured the hearts of audiences around the world  before coming to  to Rockland County

Little Shop of Horrors is a sci-fi-horror comedy-rock musical with an early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop style composed by Alan Menken and written by Howard Ashman. The musical takes place in New York City during the 1960s and is based around Seymour Krelborn, a clumsy and dejected orphan working at Mushnik’s Flower Shop in urban Skid Row. Seymour happens upon a strange plant which he names “Audrey II” in honor of his fellow coworker and longtime crush, Audrey. Much to Seymour’s surprise, the strange Venus fly trap transforms into a manipulative, foul-mouthed, R&B vocalist who has an appetite for human flesh and blood. Over time, however, Seymour discovers Audrey II desires more than just blood, what it really wants is world domination!

When Dominican College Junior John Ameen is asked what it was like to play the character Seymour, he laughs saying, “Seymour is funny, nerdy, and awkward, it’s a very different role for me but I’m enjoying it!”

Director James Filippelli, Musical Director James Quaranto, and Choreographer Melissa Lucido would like to recognize cast and crew members both onstage and backstage for their hard work and dedication. Even though practice and preparation for any musical can be stressful, Dominican College freshman Rebecca Birmingham, who played the character of Audrey, says “The cast is full of lighthearted people who make every practice enjoyable.”



Danielle Gulston                     Victoria Ficuciello                   Shaylene Cruz

Elizabeth Roach                      Elena Ivers                              Elise Karasik

Jillian Pianghi                          Dashelle Disha                        Rebecca Birmingham

Christine Ditzel                       Julius Fontanes                        Aaron Hassan

John Ameen                            Alex Yang                               Justin Genardi

Luis Bermudez                        Jason Magee                           


Students and Administrators Volunteer in El Salvador

A team of students and administrators traveled to El Salvador in January to volunteer at a day camp in the rural village of Sol Naciente.  The camp in Sol Naciente was founded by a Dominican Sister, Sr. Flor Buruca, O.P., of Amityville, NY, a native of El Salvador.  One of the four students on the trip was senior Adriannie Asencio, who is President of the Student Government Association.  Adriannie volunteered with the group of children who were between two and six years old.  “Saying goodbye to the kids was very hard, but it made me aware of how important keeping in touch is, “ she said.  “It made me sad to see that the children were also crying before we left.”

Thanks to two College administrators, plans are also underway to build a new well that will bring clean drinking water to three communities in El Salvador. Vice President of Institutional Advancement Dorothy Filoramo is the past president of the Pearl River Rotary. While the students were working in the day camp, she and Director of Residence Life  Ryan O’Gorman met with community leaders to cement plans to build a new, deeper well. 

Filoramo said it was during last year’s service mission that they discovered the communities needed more than the water filtration systems they handed out to residents. “The well is running dry. It services three communities and each gets water every third day, even though it’s dirty water.  So what we discovered was they needed a new well,” she said.  The Pearl River Rotary has raised $25,000 and plans to get a matching global grant from Rotary International to fund the project.  The new well is expected to be completed in the next two years. 

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