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Graduate Profiles

Lauren Emenaker
Coming from a close-knit Colorado skiing town near Aspen, Lauren Emenaker felt right at home with Dominican’s gorgeous neighborhood campus and low student-faculty ratio. She was taken by the University’s personalized attention from her first visit to campus.
Casey Gibson
The thing Casey Gibson is going to miss most about Dominican is the special bond that existed between his classmates. “There is great camaraderie at Dominican between the students,” says Casey. “There’s that sense of community and family where, 95 percent of the time, I would walk down a path on Dominican’s campus and see someone I know.”
Jack Nixon
At age 80, Jack Nixon prefers to live a busy life. After earning an undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri, serving as the gunnery officer on the Navy destroyer U.S.S. Jenkins, and completing an MBA from Harvard Business School, Nixon moved to Marin County in 1963 to open his own insurance business. Through the years, he has remained active in business and the community, serving for four years on the Marin County Planning Commission and eight on the San Rafael City Council.
Circe McDonald
When Circe McDonald presented research focused on developmental neurotoxins at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research last spring, she received a standing ovation. This was not the first time she has earned audience acclaim.
Sandivel Torres
Sandivel Torres was a 15 year-old high school sophomore when she first visited Dominican and fell in love with the campus. “It’s where I saw myself,” she recalls.
Cory Tiller
Before hearing about Dominican, Cory Tiller originally planned to attend the University of Oregon, an hour’s drive away from his hometown yet a huge jump in terms of student enrollment, from about 240 in Scio High School to about 24,000 in Eugene.
LaShelle Rullan
Looking back four years ago at her freshman semester at Dominican, LaShelle Rullan remembers how comfortable she felt on campus and how fortunate she felt to be here. “The academic rigor, the independence from being away from home, it just seemed like it was a smooth transition to Dominican,” she says. “I had looked at bigger schools, but I felt I should be here because it was smaller and safe. I felt at home. I felt better at Dominican than anywhere else.”
Heather Drew
Heather Drew has spent the past two years working in the lab alongside scientists at BioMarin, a rapidly growing international company that develops and commercializes innovative biopharmaceuticals for serious disease and medical conditions.
Nora Nicholl-Lewandowski
As a Student Ambassador in the Admissions Department, Nora Nicholl-Lewandowski is one of the first contacts prospective students have with Dominican. Leading tours of campus and guiding high school students through the college application process, she delights in providing insight into campus life and all that Dominican has to offer
Curtis G. Aikens
When Curtis G. Aikens Sr. received his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership on May 18, he admired it, and then he read it. Reading was something he was not able to do when he started his college journey 28 years ago. Aikens, a nationally-known celebrity chef and an educational advocate, didn’t learn to read or write until he was 26 years old.
Elizabeth Castellanos
It was a postcard with a picture of Meadowlands Hall that led Elizabeth Castellanos to Dominican. The postcard arrived toward the end of Elizabeth’s junior year at an all-girls’ high school just outside Los Angeles. That little card made a big impact.

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