“What I like most about Dominican is the possibility for adventures here. The grounds are beautiful and lend themselves to calm and serenity"
“What I like most about Dominican is the possibility for adventures here. The grounds are beautiful and lend themselves to calm and serenity. The people are magical in that they give more of themselves than can be expected; perhaps there is a special Dominican quality that draws out of us that which contributes to the good of the campus community. I like the Dominican ideals of reflection, service, study, and community. Those ideals have helped shape my own ideals during the years I have been here. At Dominican there is wisdom in community.”
—John Kennedy, Dean of Students
"The people who work here are very student-centered."
“What I like about Dominican are the values in our mission. The people who work here are very student-centered. The campus is sublimely beautiful in all seasons. We are small enough, and interactive enough that our voices and our work can make a direct impact on the decisions that are made and the way that the university shapes its future.”
—Marianne Stickel, Registar
"It's clear that this is not "just a job" and the students aren't just an "ID number." They're individuals who have come to Dominican to fulfill their dreams of an education and everyone on this campus is committed to helping them succeed."
What I enjoy most about Dominican is the physical environment—the green space where students gather to study and play, walking from one historical building to the next to meet with colleagues, seeing deer snacking their way from Conlan to Heritage House, and the sense of peace, calm and warmth that is pervasive throughout the campus. Equally important for me are all of the people that I am fortunate enough to work with and their commitment to provide an environment for each student to thrive, learn, and succeed. It's clear that this is not "just a job" and the students aren't just an "ID number." They are individuals that have come to Dominican to fulfill their hopes and dreams of an education and everyone on this campus is committed to helping them succeed.
—Sue Stavn, Assistant Dean, School of Business and Leadership
"It is the heritage of the Dominican Sisters that has provided the foundation for this openness and inclusivity."
I find that our students are eager to learn and wanting to expand their horizons. I enjoy classes that span the generations, with traditional age students and older adult students. This mix of students provides a powerful learning environment. Opportunities to teach graduate students is icing on the cake. Faculty really take advantage of the academic freedom that abounds at Dominican.
—Harlan Stelmach, Professor and Chair, Humanities and Cultural Studies
"Dominican's people—the University's faculty, staff, and students—have always evidenced that they are more than simply the sum of their parts. I love Dominican because it is a place to live and accomplish rather than exist and follow!"
I like Dominican University of California because it is a diverse community wherein one can belong and celebrate one's individuality simultaneously. Dominican has always turned inward to face and respond to the adaptive challenges that modern higher education presents. Dominican has always been able to do more with its resources than any other organization that I have worked for. Dominican's people—the University's faculty, staff, and students—have always evidenced that they are more than simply the sum of their parts. I love Dominican because it is a place to live and accomplish rather than exist and follow!
—Suresh Appavoo, Associate Professor of Education
In the past, there was a saying around campus—"This place changes people," but my take is more, "People change this place."
People are what I like the most about Dominican. In my fourteen years at Dominican, I have worked with outstanding colleagues in every office and area on campus.
Dominican is a welcoming community where members of the staff and faculty are eager to help and serve. Office staff are knowledgeable —but more than that, are committed to assisting each person with needs that surface.
My faculty colleagues are truly a great group of people. Each has a intense passion for his or her discipline and a desire to impart that same passion to our students. Which leads me to say that our students are a delight. I have enjoyed teaching and learning with them. They have enriched my life greatly and I count it a true academic pleasure to make music and to grow intellectually with these women and men—some young and some not so young.
Everyone knows the real estate adage "location, location, location." While people are our greatest strength, our location and physical setting are assets which cannot be overestimated. When people come to our campus, they are struck by the beautiful grounds and our classic facilities.
Of course, Angelico is my favorite classic place on campus—full of music and dance made by people of all ages and abilities (there are even some old gas fixtures--not working of course). And with the freshly remodeled Magnolia House and Heritage House, added to the new construction of Conlan and the Science Building, the Dominican Campus is a delight.
—Craig Singleton, Chair Music Department