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Former Congressman Frank speaking at Dominican
Barney Frank, who served Massachusetts in the United States House of Representatives from 1981 to 2013, will speak at Dominican University of California on Tuesday, March 31, at the Institute for Leadership Studies’ Spring Author Series, presented in partnership with Book Passage.
Huffington Post cites Matthews' work on goal attainment
In a story published February 24 about ways to increase productivity, the Huffington Post cites a study by Dominican University of California psychology professor Dr. Gail Matthews.
Big History program presents "The Cosmic Story"
Dominican presented an evening with two scholars of philosophy and religion, February 25 in Angelico Hall. Dr. John Haught, distinguished Research Professor from Georgetown University, and Dr. Loyal D. Rue, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Luther College, explored the search for meaning and truth at the intersections of science, nature, and religion. The lecture was moderated by Dr. Laura Stivers, Dean of Dominican’s School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
Chronicle taps Poli Scientist for Clinton commentary
The San Francisco Chronicle reached out to Alison Howard, chair of the Department of Political Science and International Studies, for insight on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s recent appearance before a Silicon Valley women’s conference.
Dominican students planning "alternative" spring break
Dozens of Dominican students have volunteered to spend their spring break in March studying and learning in a variety of locales from Yakima to New Zealand.
Nursing student aspires to follow alumna's path
World traveling clinical nurse Ashley Ramirez ’06 met sophomore Megan Krage ’17 when Megan was 15 years and attending Camp Taylor, a summer camp supporting young people with congenital heart disease (CHD).
Dominican welcomes ACE fellow Larisa Genin
Dominican University of California President Mary B. Marcy welcomes Larisa Genin to Dominican for the spring semester. Genin is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Accreditation in the School of Economics and Business Administration at Saint Mary’s College of California. She is visiting Dominican as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow.
Dominican launches program with University of Oxford
A gift from Marin residents Thomas and Joanne Peterson is paving the way for Dominican University of California students to study at the University of Oxford.
Ansel Adams' first black student opens exhibit
In conjunction with Black History Month, David Johnson, the first African American student of legendary photographer Ansel Adams, has opened a photo exhibit in the science center gallery on the Dominican campus.
"Bald For A Change" event raises awareness, money
Accompanied by three Dominican students, Lianni Castro, assistant director of Campus Ministry, had her hair shaved by Dominican President Mary B. Marcy and others Wednesday as a show of commitment toward "Bald For A Change," a campaign to raise awareness and money in support of women's rights issues.
Sociologist Christine Carter speaks at Dominican
Sociologist Dr. Christine Carter spoke to a near capacity crowd at Dominican on February 25, as part of Dominican’s Spring Author Series in partnership with Book Passage.
Guest Concert Series welcomes "Trio of San Francisco"
The 14th season of the Guest Concert Series continued on February 22 with a performance of chamber music by the “Trio of San Francisco” in Angelico Hall on the Dominican campus.
Dominican hosts "Women, Money, and Spirit" symposium
More than 180 people, including Dominican students, participated in “Women, Money, and Spirit,” a one-day symposium reflecting on the spiritual meaning of money in women’s lives held in Guzman Lecture Hall on February 7.
Tropical disease research leads microbiologist to Peru
When Circe McDonald, '13 reflects on her time at Dominican, she credits the University’s service-learning program for making her “a more well-rounded and caring person.”
Diane Keaton, Barney Frank top Dominican Author Series
Former United States Representative Barney Frank, Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton, New York Times columnist David Brooks, and former General Electric CEO Jack Welch top a lineup of authors appearing this spring at Dominican.
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CBS, Washington Post cite research by political scientist
Dominican University of California political scientist Alison Howard and colleague Donna Hoffman, an associate professor of political science at the University of Northern Iowa, have released new data examining how many of the legislative requests President Obama made in his 2014 State of Union Address were adopted by Congress.
Dominican faculty collaborate on Teaching Big History
Faculty from Dominican University of California have collaborated on a new book designed to serve as comprehensive guide for teaching Big History, a new and growing academic discipline now taught in more than 50 colleges and 200 high schools in the U.S. and overseas.
S.F. Chamber Players perform in Guest Concert Series
The 14th season of the Guest Concert Series resumed on January 25 with the return of the San Francisco Chamber Players to Angelico Hall at Dominican University of California.
Dominican special ed program chair earns special honor
Dr. Billye Brown, Program Chair of the Special Education Department at Dominican, has been selected by the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce Education Committee as one of the recipients of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education Awards for 2014-2015.
Alemany Library hosts Forgiveness Project exhibit
The Forgiveness Project’s traveling “F Word: Images of Forgiveness” exhibit, a collection of 18 stories depicting images and personal bios of forgiveness, was on display through January 27 at Dominican in Alemany Library’s study area gallery.
KQED highlights new threat to California's wildlands
Researchers at the National Ornamentals Research Site at Dominican University of California are developing studies focused on controlling the spread of Phytophthora tentaculata, a newly discovered plant soil-born pathogen found infecting plants in native plant nurseries and restoration sites in California. KQED Science’s QUEST program recently visited the NORS-DUC site to learn more about work underway both at NORS-DUC and elsewhere in the state.
Study focuses on strategies for achieving goals, resolutions
Psychology professor Dr. Gail Matthews has advice for those who put ‘stop procrastinating’ on their list of New Year’s resolutions: Share your goals with a friend.
Community engagement lauded by Carnegie Foundation
Dominican University of California has been selected to receive the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in recognition of the University’s exemplary institutional focus on community engagement.
Dominican's commitment at White House event
Dominican University of California President Mary B. Marcy on December 4 joined President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden along with hundreds of college presidents and other higher education leaders to announce new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate from college.
Support system helps student-athlete become doctor
When Dr. Marcus Williams ’05 came to Dominican, he wanted to run fast and jump high on the basketball court, but he desired a more methodical, structured pace in the classroom.
Barowsky business student lands full-time LinkedIn job
While more than 300 million people worldwide have turned to LinkedIn to expand their professional network, the technology giant has become part of senior Jake Bernstein’s professional network.
GEO director selected for Fulbright award to India
Dr. Kathrina Bell, director of the Global Education Office (GEO), has been selected for a Fulbright award to travel to India in Spring 2015.
Dominican signs agreement with Chinese institution
Dominican University of California and China’s Hebei Institute of Foreign Languages (HIFL) announced plans December 10 to explore educational and research exchange opportunities between the institutions.
Dominican receives President's Community Service honor
Dominican University of California has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
L.A. Times reviews English professor's book of poems
Haiku, the distinctive form of poetry that originated in Japan centuries ago, enables writers to weave both images and details into three, 5-7-5 syllable count lines. This format makes haiku both succinct and surprisingly accessible to writers of all ages.
Internship inspires student to campaign for Roots of Peace
Like many business students, Brooks Gjelsteen has landed a valuable internship while at Dominican.
MBA program introduces 'The Beer Game' to curriculum
Dominican’s curriculum is permeated with teaching methods proven to be most effective for student learning. Experiential learning – or learning from experience – is one such method.
Capacity crowd hears Santana speak in ILS lecture series
In front of capacity crowd of more than 800, legendary musician Carlos Santana spoke at Dominican University of California’s Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) Fall Lecture Series in partnership with Book Passage on December 4.
Undergrads help fifth graders raise funds for hospital
Undergraduate students from the “Leadership Theory and Practice” in the Barowsky School of Business recently helped local schoolchildren in their efforts to raise funds for University of California at San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital.
Graduates return as panelists for DAFA club meeting
The Dominican Accounting and Finance Association (DAFA) club recently hosted a panel discussion in Guzman Lecture Hall featuring four alumni of the Barowsky School of Business lending advice to current students.
Barowsky School of Business grad giving back from Deloitte
As a manager for Deloitte Tax LLP, Salvatore Crivello ’07 has traveled from coast to coast and around the world, yet he still comes back to his accounting roots at Dominican.
Humanities student exploring multiple career paths
Lauren Guittard loves to cook and that may explain her recipe for success at Dominican.
GEO hosts International Education Week celebration
Dominican's Global Education Office (GEO) celebrated the 15th anniversary of International Education Week with a wide range of lunchtime activities November 17-21 on the Dominican campus.
"Grateful" veteran making a difference at Dominican
After serving seven years in the military, being deployed three times to Afghanistan as a U.S. Army ranger and being sent home wounded in combat, Nick Garcia is so delighted he landed at Dominican.
Alum credits Dominican for medical school success
As a student at Clear Lake High School in California’s Lake County, Matthew Stegman ’13 was determined to one day become a doctor. When it came time to select a college, Dominican’s emphasis on faculty mentored research persuaded him that this was a great place to start working toward that goal.
Students gather exit poll research on Election Day
Political science students spent election day participating in a research project focused on determining how informed voters felt before they voted, what issues resonated with voters, where they got their information, and what motivated them to vote.
Seniors welcome freshmen at 90th annual Shield Day
When Arielle Abelon ’15 and Nicole Liston ’15 volunteered and put their heads together to create the freshmen class shield this year, they drew on their Dominican experience.
Students to curate "Art of Mount Tamalpais" exhibit
Students in Leslie Ross’ art class at Dominican will curate an exhibit “The Art of Mount Tamalpais” by Kett Zegart and Katie Horacek beginning November 12 in the Alemany Library Reading Room at Dominican.
Pianist Kevin Kenner performs in Guest Concert Series
Leading American pianist Kevin Kenner performed for the first time in the 2014-15 Guest Concert Series on November 9 at Dominican University of California in San Rafael.
Dominican welcomes celebrity chef Mario Batali
Celebrity chef, media personality and restaurateur Mario Batali spoke at Dominican University of California’s Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) Fall Lecture Series in partnership with Book Passage November 1.
Student participates in international conference
Magdalena Fitipaldi, an honors political science and international studies double major, represented Dominican as a delegate at the 2014 Millennium Campus Conference (MCC) in Boca Raton, Florida October 10-12, an event that attracted over 1,000 undergraduates from more than 200 universities and 50 countries worldwide.
Tri-Beta members present at Bay Area Science Festival
Six members of the Dominican’s Tri-Beta Honor Society presented at North Bay Science Discovery Day on November 1 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa.
Foad Satterfield solo exhibit at Dominican opens Nov. 9
Berkeley artist Foad Satterfield, professor of Art at Dominican for the past 34 years, will present a solo exhibition of previously unseen works “Heart of the Matter: The Art of Foad Satterfield” from November 9 through December 15 in the San Marco Gallery in Alemany Library.
Poet Ostriker gives public reading at Dominican
Poet and literary critic Alicia Ostriker read from her new book, "The Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog," on October 27 in Edgehill Mansion's Garden Room at Dominican.
Dominican graduate cooks for First Lady in White House
When Curtis Aikens Sr. graduated from Dominican in 2013 with his Masters degree in Educational Leadership he never imagined he would be using his leadership skills in the White House in Washington, D.C. a year later.
Dominican Panetta Institute Congressional interns reunite
Dominican alumni who participated in the Panetta Institute Congressional Internship Program as political science students reunited October 17 when Leon Panetta, former United States Secretary of Defense, spoke in the Institute for Leadership Studies’ fall lecture series.
OT students present research at state conference
Students and faculty from the Department of Occupational Therapy presented their original research at the 38th annual conference of the Occupational Therapy Association of California in Pasadena, October 16-19. Of the 30 poster presentations at the conference, 10 were from Dominican faculty and students.
Dominican welcomes Dr. Atul Gawande to ILS fall lecture series
Public health expert, researcher and author Dr. Atul Gawande spoke at Dominican University of California’s Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) Fall Lecture Series in partnership with Book Passage on October 22.
Students examine biodiversity, conservation in Bali
Jazmin Vaca, Brandi Tacdol and their fellow Dominican students in Dr. Vania Coelho’s International Field Biology class know what they saw and sensed during their trip to Bali earlier this year was not something they could have simply learned from a book.
Jean-Michel Fonteneau opens 2014-15 Guest Concert Series
Conservatory of Music Cellist Jean-Michel Fonteneau opened the 2014-15 Guest Concert Series on October 12 at Dominican University of California.
Dominican welcomes Leon Panetta to ILS fall lecture series
Former United States Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Panetta spoke at Dominican University of California’s Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) Fall Lecture Series in partnership with Book Passage on October 17.
Accounting students attend CalCPA Careers Panel
Led by senior Jana-Cassandra Visperas, a dozen Dominican accounting students attended the CalCPA Careers Panel September 30 at Autodesk in San Rafael. The event was sponsored by the Young Emerging Professionals (YEP) section of the CalCPA Society.
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand opens Fall Lecture Series
Kirsten Gillibrand, United States Senator from New York, openedDominican University of California’s Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) 2014 Fall Lecture Series in partnership with Book Passage on October 9.
President Marcy accepts "Business of the Year" award
Dominican President Mary B. Marcy accepted the “Business of the Year” award on behalf of the University at the 21st Annual “Spirit of Marin” ceremony on September 26. The award was presented by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Marin.
Foundation commits $1M, endows Barowsky Fellowship
The Andrew P. Barowsky Foundation, Inc. has committed $1 million to establish a fellowship benefiting students of Dominican University of California pursuing graduate degrees at the University of Rochester.
President Marcy joins panel examining future of higher ed
Dominican University of California President Mary B. Marcy has been named to a steering committee of college and university presidents that will assess the future of independent colleges.
Dominican's 2014-15 Guest Concert Series begins Oct. 12
Leading American pianist Kevin Kenner, a collaborative performance featuring Eileen Moon from the New York Philharmonic, and the Farallon Quintet -- the only professional chamber music group focused exclusively on the clarinet quintet repertoire -- highlight the 2014-15 Guest Concert Series at Dominican University of California.
Academic, athletic events highlight Family Weekend 2014
A wide variety of academic, athletic and social activities greeted Dominican students, their parents, siblings, relatives and friends on campus for the annual Family Weekend October 10-12.
Dominican welcoming "100 Years of Poetry and Peace"
Dominican University of California’s School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, in partnership with Santa Sabina Center, is commemorating the beginning of World War I and the 100th birthday of American poet and pacifist William Stafford (1914-1993) with a series of special events titled “100 Years of Poetry and Peace.”
Convocation 2014 to honor academic excellence on Oct. 10
Each fall the Dominican community celebrates the outstanding academic achievements of its undergraduates at Convocation. Convocation is a time for students and their families to join with University administrators, faculty, staff and their peers to commemorate their academic success. This year Dominican will acknowledge more than 200 outstanding scholars on Friday, October 10, at Convocation 2014 at 4 p.m. in Angelico Concert Hall.
Nicola Pitchford named Vice President of Academic Affairs
Dominican University of California President Mary B. Marcy has appointed Nicola Pitchford as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty. Serving as the University’s chief academic officer, Pitchford will be responsible for supporting the academic programs and enhancing the student experience at Dominican. She also will serve as co-chair of University’s Budget & Priorities Committee.
Dominican praised as Marin ranks in top spot in California
Located in a historic San Rafael neighborhood 12 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge, Dominican was lauded as one of the reasons Marin County is ranked No. 1 by a website as the best county to live in California.
TurboVote provides fast connection for youth vote
For the second year in a row, Dominican University of California partnered with an innovative digital platform — TurboVote — designed to allow students, faculty, and staff quickly and efficiently register to vote and stay informed about upcoming local, state, and national elections.
`Disasterman' talks with CBS about response to earthquake
Dr. Matthew Davis, professor of psychology, talked with several media outlets, including KCBS Radio in San Francisco and the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, in the days following the August 24 Northern California earthquake. Davis is a disaster psychologist whose research focuses on how people respond to natural disaster, as well as attitudes toward disaster preparedness.
Santana tops Fall Lecture Series lineup at Dominican
Former United States Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Panetta and musician Carlos Santana top the lineup for the 11th season of the Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) Fall Lecture Series at Dominican University of California.
Panetta Institute student interning on Capitol Hill
Kelsea Vaughan (’15), political science and international studies double major, English literature minor, is spending the fall semester in Washington, DC as a Panetta Congressional Intern, working in the office of Congresswoman Doris Matsui's office (D-CA 6).
Bay Area Earthquake: A message from President Marcy
Dear Dominican Community,
Inaugural "MBA Boot Camp" greets 40 grad students
Forty students reported for duty in Guzman Hall August 22 for Dominican's new MBA Boot Camp. The boot camp was just one feature of the University's newly launched Master of Business Administration, offered through the Andrew P. Barowsky School of Business.
Dominican welcomes distinctive class of Penguins
Dominican welcomes more than 350 freshmen and transfer students to the Dominican community. The 2014-2015 academic year began August 25.
Hike, paddle, or dodge -- wide menu of recreational activities
A wide variety of sports and activities – ranging from dodgeball to paddleboarding to zumba – is offered to Dominican students this fall as Dominican Recreational Sports has greatly expanded its schedule.
Students participate in global learning course in Mexico
Fourteen Dominican nursing and occupational therapy students have returned from Mexico after participating in the Merida study abroad course, a four-week pilot program that combined intensive Spanish language immersion training instruction with community fieldwork.
Dominican hosts International Big History conference
More than 200 educators and scholars from around the world convened at Dominican August 7-9 for the International Big History Association (IBHA) Conference in Guzman Hall.
Dominican joins Coursera for Learning Hubs Project
Coursera, the open online course platform, has named Dominican University of California as one of eight new Global Learning Hubs. This is the first Coursera Learning Hub located in a U.S. university
Summer Odyssey concludes 16th year at Dominican
Dominican alumna Katy Bernheim knew when she was eight years old that she loved art. Now she is prepared to teach it at Dominican to children of the same age to make art a more memorable experience for them.
BFA in Dance alumna earns Fulbright Fellowship to Israel
Casey Lee Thorne was once told she was too tall to be a professional ballet dancer. Now, as a successful teacher, choreographer, and inaugural class graduate of Dominican's LINES Ballet BFA Program in 2010, she is soaring to new heights.
Dominican grad returns to Spain for worldwide PR agency
As summer jobs go, John Sansone’s was in an international destination for lifestyle and leisure and food and culture. The recent Dominican grad was doing business in Spain.
Dominican wins fifth PacWest Academic Achievement Award
Dominican University of California received the PacWest Academic Achievement Award for an unprecedented fifth-consecutive season, as announced by the league office on Thursday. The Penguins displayed their prowess in the classroom once again with the highest cumulative grade-point average in the PacWest of 3.41, the highest mark in conference history.
Men’s soccer team gains talent from across United States
Dominican University of California men's soccer Phil Billeci-Gard has announced the signing of 11 student-athletes. Players come from Pennsylvania, Illinois, Texas, California, and Hawaii.
Students, faculty collaborate on community research
Dominican’s service-learning program joined forces with local residents and non-profit organizations to support a community-driven research project designed to better understand the needs and interests of residents living in San Rafael’s Canal neighborhood and empower residents to take a proactive role in strengthening their community.
BFA in Dance students perform at Kennedy Center
Eleven juniors in the LINES Ballet BFA in Dance program at Dominican were among 31 dance troupes selected to perform June 5-7 at the National College Dance Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Dominican students return from Ugandan immersion trip
Since 2008, Dominican students and faculty have participated in an outreach trip to Kiganda, Uganda to help its people with its water purification system, its school lunch program, its educational needs and its health center.
Student broadcaster leads pro baseball telecasts
To 22-year-old Dominican Communications and Media Studies student Alex Swan, this was the big time.
Alumna engages in LeaderShape at Dominican
As a former LeaderShape participant, Dominican alumna Leighia Fleming returned to the University the week of June 2 as a way to give back to the influential program as a cluster facilitator in the LeaderShape Institute Bay Area Consortium at Dominican.
Dominican grad working at NBC Universal in New York
Less than two weeks after she walked on stage for Commencement to accept her BA degree in communications and media studies at Dominican, Mariah Chinchilla has stepped onto a bigger stage. She is working for NBC Universal in New York City as a marketing coordinator.
Leadership certificate program earns award recognition
The “Making of Leaders” certificate program in Dominican’s Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS), in partnership with County of Marin Department of Human Resources, has been named Honorable Mention in the second annual Innovation Recognition awards, also known as the INNY Awards, sponsored by the Marin County Board of Supervisors.
"Art of Dana King" exhibit at Dominican through August 26
An exhibit featuring the works of award-winning broadcast journalist and artist Dana King is on display through August 26 in the San Marco Gallery in Alemany Library on the Dominican campus.
Sports camp coach returns from NCAA Sports Forum
After a busy spring in which he played soccer at full speed and presented research in between, Dale Howard’s summer is even busier.
Dominican awards 576 degrees at Commencement 2014
Dominican President Mary B. Marcy awarded degrees to 576 students and Oscar-nominated filmmaker, actress and advocate Jennifer Siebel Newsom delivered the keynote address on May 17 during commencement ceremonies in front of hundreds of family, friends and guests at Forest Meadows Field.
President Marcy named Bay Area Influential Woman
Dominican University of California President Mary B. Marcy was named one of the “Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business” for 2014 by the San Francisco Business Times in the publication’s May 2 issue.
Seniors earn jobs with California's top U.S. senators
Even before they collected their diplomas on May 17, seniors Daniela Leyva and Carson Niello had landed jobs as in the offices of California’s two United States senators.
Identical twin sisters identify with Dominican ideals
Graduated seniors Alissa and Briana Gumbs are identical twins from San Diego who came to Dominican and immediately identified with its four ideals: Study, Reflection, Community and Service.
Elizabeth Warren speaks to sellout crowd at Dominican
Elizabeth Warren, Senior Senator from the state of Massachusetts, spoke to a sellout crowd May 10 at Dominican University of California’s Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) Spring Lecture Series in partnership with Book Passage.
Dominican partners with biotech firm for project
Dominican University of California has partnered with DesignMedix, a biotech startup with ties to Portland State University, for a three-year research project aimed at advancing a new type of anti-malarial drug.
BFA in Dance students perform for "Spring Showcase"
In some ways, the LINES Ballet BFA in Dance program’s annual season-ending “Spring Showcase” at Dominican April 25-26 represented a fresh start for Hayley Bowman.

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