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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.
Novella Carpenter speaks at leadership lecture series
Journalist and urban farmer Novella Carpenter spoke at Dominican University of California on April 30, as part of the University’s 2014 Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) Spring Leadership Lecture Series. The series is offered in partnership with Bay Area independent bookstore Book Passage.
Dominican welcomes alumni for Reunion Weekend 2014
Sister Gervaise Valpey ’61 received the Distinguished Alumni Award and Lorraine Barry ’86 was given the Sister Patricia Lyons Distinguished Alumni Service Award when Dominican hosted its annual Reunion Weekend with celebration and remembrance on April 25-27.
Business major attends AMS national conference
As a standout volleyball player and youth sports camp instructor at Dominican, Samantha Rains knows the value of teamwork.
Alumna presents at Art History Research Symposium
Alumna Laryn Hoytt, who graduated in December with a BA in humanities and cultural studies, represented Dominican as a presenter at the Fifth Annual Bay Area Undergraduate Art History Research Symposium on April 12 in the Koret Auditorium at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.
Ninth Annual Passover Seder at Dominican observed
All Dominican students, faculty and staff were invited to attend Dominican’s Ninth Annual First Night Passover Seder on April 14 at the Bel Marin Keys Yacht Club, 4 Montego Key, in Novato.
Dominican students present in 15th Annual Academic Showcase
The 15th Annual Academic Showcase at Dominican resumed the week of April 28 as students gave lunchtime oral presentations in the Creekside Room through May 1.
Dominican honors Melba Beals, celebrates diversity
Dominican University of California students, faculty, staff, and community members celebrated “Unity in Diversity 2014” March 31.
Record gift leads major transformation at Dominican
As higher education evolves to respond to needs of students and demands of employers, Dominican University of California has announced a major gift to transform the university through a series of initiatives focused on best practices in higher education.
Dominican unveils Andrew P. Barowsky School of Business
Dominican University of California President Mary B. Marcy announced the University’s School of Business and Leadership will be renamed the Andrew P. Barowsky School of Business in recognition of Andrew P. Barowsky, Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees.
SF Conservatory musicians close curtain on 2013-14 Guest Concert Series
Renowned San Francisco Conservatory of Music musicians Jean-Michel Fonteneau and Wei He joined Dominican faculty member June Choi Oh on stage April 13 for the final performance of the 2013-14 Guest Concert Series season in Angelico Hall at Dominican University of California.
Sellout crowd welcomes Jane Goodall to Dominican
Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, United Nations Messenger of Peace and one of the world’s foremost experts on primate research, addressed a sellout crowd at Dominican University of California’s Angelico Hall April 4 as part of the Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) Spring Lecture Series in partnership with Book Passage.
Former Panetta intern keeps passion for politics
Dominican alumna Juleah Cordi ’10 has a message for her generation when it comes to politics. Get involved no matter what.
Alternative spring break service trips inspire students
Like hundreds of Dominican students, Rebecca Morgenstern was super excited about spring break, yet she did not seek sunshine, a sandy beach, and hours of leisure time. She chose to take an alternative spring break.
Study Abroad program reaching new horizons
Dominican Study Abroad is designed to support and foster an appreciation of cultural diversity and global interdependence through spending time living, learning and working in a foreign country.
BFA in Dance students prepare for Senior Showcase
For LINES Ballet/BFA in Dance students Taylor Collier and Mary Kate O’Sullivan, Senior Projects at Dominican is the culmination of their college experience.
Bio science major headed to dental school in Boston
Daniel Mabaet is wearing a big smile on the Dominican campus these days and there is a simple explanation for it.
OT students partner with first responders for research study
A master’s thesis research study by three Dominican occupational therapy students in partnership with first responders could potentially reduce falls and fall risks in older adults and has led to development of a community program with the Novato Fire Department to enhance fall prevention services for older adults living in the community.
Students bring back powerful memories from El Salvador
For 10 days in January, eight students from Dominican visited El Salvador for an Engaged Immersion Experience.
Cypress String Quartet returns to Dominican
The Cypress String Quartet, one of the most vibrant of the San Francisco Bay Area’s string ensembles, returned to the Guest Concert Series at Dominican University of California on March 2.
Dominican welcomes Kelly Corrigan to lecture series
New York Times bestselling author and NBC Today Show contributor Kelly Corrigan spoke at the Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) Spring Lecture Series at Dominican University of California March 5.
"Congress to Campus" hosts former U.S. Representatives
Increased levels of partisanship in national politics, a polarized Congress, and a growing trend of civic disengagement among young people have led to an urgent need to re-engage youth in the political process, say the organizers of Dominican University of California’s Congress to Campus program.
Woodglass receives first Building Bridges Series award
Kendra Woodglass, a double-major of Psychology and Humanities and Cultural Studies at Dominican, has been named the first recipient of the Building Bridges Award.
Chemistry major begins fellowship to Nicaragua
Dominican junior chemistry major Jessica Hernandez, awarded a National Institutes of Health -- Minority Health International Research Trainee (MHIRT) fellowship through UC Berkeley’s Global Public Program, has arrived in Nicaragua.
Faculty merges technology into teaching program
With so many teachers nowadays struggling with technological tools and advancements to keep up or stay ahead of the learning curve, Dominican is taking the lead nationally to address teachers’ needs.

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