Steve Wood (Teaching/Research Lab Technician) led Vision Quest students on a field biology excursion. We began at Hawk Hill in San Rafael, CA, greeted by a local conservationist. We scoped for hawks and took in the beautiful scenery (11-14-14). Later we scoped for seals at the Point Bonita Lighthouse and ended at the Marine Mammal Center.
What will students do in the Vision Quest program?
You will be enrolled in HCS 1000 Vision Quest Seminar (1.0 unit) as led by First-Year Advisor Christina Mayes. This seminar focuses on major and career exploration.
You will be enrolled in RLGN 1178 The World's Religions (3.0 units) as instructed by Professor Scott Sinclair.
You will explore and identify personal values, interests, skills, and strengths.
You will meet faculty and students who will visit the Vision Quest Seminar to give you a glimpse of the richness of their programs.
You will engage in a community of other curious, exploratory students.
You will learn how to navigate your general education requirements and create your spring schedule of classes.
All students in the Vision Quest program work with the same academic advisor and faculty partner.
All students create a personal website to document their Dominican Experience as well as share their reflections on their informational interview(s) and other aspects of their exploration process.
As always, this program would not be as inspiring without the dedicated guest presenters and facilitators.
Vision Quest thanks the following for their support this fall 2014 (in order by appearance in program): Scott Sinclair, Lynn Sondag, Arthur Scott, Rev. Robert Haberman, Fr. Luke Palumbis, Lianni Castro, Maria Graciela Carranza, Judy Halebsky, Vanessa Ioannides, Giulia Welch, William Phillips, Steve Wood, Denise Lucy, Alice Cochran, Julia Van der Ryn, Martha Nelson, Ruth Ramsey, and Chase Clow.
In addition to these spirited faculty, staff, and Dominican friends, we would also like to thank the following students for their involvement: Victoria Grajeda, Chris DiCarlo, Brittany Mitzner, Daisy Solis Cortes, Susie Abarca, Payton Hagyard, Donovan Hernandez, Aaron Virgino, Nicole Liston, Mindy Chen, Jessica Hernandez-Bivian, Nicole Alvarez, and Salwa Yaser.
Arthur Scott (Assistant Professor, History/Social Cultural Studies) led the Vision Quest students in a Native American prayer in the heart of Muir Woods, CA. Students appreciated the natural beauty of mother earth and father sky (above, 9-9-14). The origins of the Vision Quest program come from the Native American tradition in which young people search for what they are to do in the world.
Each week, Dominican faculty or staff will lead in class interactive presentations. Here is Lynn Sondag (Chair, Assistant Professor, Department of Art, Art History, and Design) leading the Vision Quest students through an art exercise on how to stencil and create a flip book (bottom left, 9/2/14). Maria Graciela Carranza (Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry) led students in learning about pH levels during a in class lab presentation (bottom right, 9/23/14).
Scott Sinclair, the World's Religions instructor, introduced students to the history of the Greek Orthodox religion (9-9-14).
Students were given the time to walk around the Greek Orthodox church to look at the art more closely (Novato, CA, 9/9/14).
Christina Mayes, First-Year Advisor, and Scott Sinclair, The World's Religion Professor at Hawk Hill (11-14-14).
The group determined Edward's wingspan, which compared to that of a turkey vulture! (11/14/14)
Some students couldn't miss this photo opportunity by the Golden Gate Bridge (11/14/14).
The Fall 2013 Vision Quest (VQ) Seminar traveled across the Golden Gate Bridge on a voyage of discovery to the Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco. The students were joined by Dominican's faculty: Psychology Professor, William Phillips, Organic Chemist Professor, Ken Frost, and Graphic Art Professor, Steven Polacco. Four VQ Student Leaders and a number upperclassmen also collaborated. This learning group was led and organized by the First-Year Advisor, Christina Mayes. (photo taken by E. Mayes)
Students learn a great deal in and out of the classroom. The purpose of Vision Quest is to inform students of the many diverse academic programs. It also connects students to services and resources such as Study Abroad, Tutoring, and Career and Internship Services.
VQ Student Feedback 2013:
Faculty involved in the Vision Quest program give engaging and thoughtful presentations. Some would share their personal journey to becoming a Professor, while others gave real life application of their field of study.
Sample of the Fall 2013 Curriculum:
If you are interested in this Vision Quest program, contact your Admission Counselor today!
Once admitted and completing the placement testing process, select "yes" on the Pre-Registration Form for the Vision Quest Program.
You may also contact the first-year advisor directly, Christina Mayes, at (415) 458-3781 or at email@example.com