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Leadership Lecture Series welcomes Giada De Laurentiis
Emmy Award-winning personality, Food Network host, and frequent "Today Show" guest, Giada De Laurentiis spoke to a capacity crowd at the Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) Leadership Fall Lecture Series at Dominican University of California on November 16.
Student-athlete selected by Teach For America program
When David Mendez came to Dominican as a freshman, his goal was to score goals. He was the prized recruit for the Penguins’ soccer team and he was set to lead by example. Now, as a senior, Mendez’s goal has taken on a different perspective. The student-athlete wants to connect cultural diversity and educational disparity. He wants to lead by teaching.
Dominican Filipino club stages disaster relief fundraisers
Kapamilya, the Filipino-American student organization at Dominican, organized a pair of disaster relief effort fundraisers in November to aid victims of the catastrophic typhoon in the Philippines.
Debate teams impress at UC Davis Invitational event
The Dominican University Debate Club sent three teams to the Third Annual UC Davis Invitational Debate Tournament on November 9-10, competing against 32 teams including UC Berkeley, University of Southern California, Loyola Marymount, Portland State, Claremont, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Laverne, Humboldt State and host UC Davis.
Accounting team presents in Deloitte case competition
A team of five Dominican accounting students presented in the Deloitte FanTAXic national case competition in November, one of 71 teams from 49 colleges and universities across the country to receive the honor of being invited to participate.
Dominican, high school students focus on hunger
Dominican has partnered with students in San Rafael High School’s Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program to learn together about hunger in the United States.
Growing OLLI program hosts free Winter Open House
The flourishing Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Dominican University of California held its annual Winter Open House on December 4 at Angelico Concert Hall.
`Info-graphic' students eye educational equity
Students from a variety of degree majors at Dominican are working with local high school students on a group art advocacy project that combines visual and textual research aimed at addressing issues of educational equity that the local youth face as children of Latino immigrants.
MS grad students contribute to research study in PNAS
Four Dominican master’s science students have participated in an Alzheimer’s disease-based research study that has been published in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
Leadership program leads alum to pursue book, Harvard
Dominican’s “The Making of Leaders” Leadership Certificate Program has made a big impression with Barbara Otis.
Dr. Melba Beals to Retire in 2014
Dr. Melba Beals will retire from Dominican University of California as Chair Emeritus of the Department of Communications and Media Studies in January 2014. Dr. Beals joined Dominican in 1999 after a successful career as a print and broadcast journalist.
Dominican students host speed interview workshop
Students gained valuable experience with the interview process at a special dinner event last month at Dominican, but they only got 10 minutes to make a great first impression.
Art Club impacting students, community and alumni
Annabelle Maginnis is one of many students in the Dominican Art Club who has discovered the value of an internship goes far beyond being paid to teach an after-school class to underserved middle school students in the community.
Lacrosse player scores with his artistic side
Austin Franks looks at life differently now. When Franks, a senior graphics art major, came to Dominican from Seattle he was looking for wins as a lacrosse player. Now he is focusing on welders with an eye on his future. He is in the midst of a challenging transformation that is taking him from being an all-league lacrosse team captain and member of the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society to a photographer with immense potential putting together a unique senior thesis.
World premiere composition in Guest Concert Series
San Francisco Symphony musicians David Neuman and Wayne Roden joined Dominican University of California faculty members June Choi Oh and Craig Singleton in a unique chamber concert on February 9 as part of the 2013-14 Guest Concert Series at Angelico Hall.
Jane Goodall tops 2014 ILS spring lecture series lineup
Jane Goodall, United Nations Messenger of Peace and the world’s foremost expert on primate research, tops the lineup for the Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) Spring Lecture Series at Dominican University of California.
Artist Talks open two exhibits in Alemany Library
Two artists with Dominican connections hosted Artists Talks on February 4 to open a pair of new exhibits in Alemany Library.
MIT Professor Alex Pentland opens spring lecture series
Alex “Sandy” Pentland, named by Forbes magazine in 2012 as one of the seven most powerful data scientists in the world, opened the Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) Spring Lecture Series at Dominican University of California on February 5.
State of Union research attracts national coverage
Dominican University of California political scientist Alison Howard and colleague Donna Hoffman, associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa, have spent the past decade studying how presidents use the State of the Union Address to communicate with the public and request legislation of Congress.
Isabel Allende returns to leadership lecture series
Isabel Allende, internationally acclaimed author and Marin County resident, returned to the Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) Spring Lecture Series at Dominican University of California on February 6.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 honors Melba Beals, celebrates diversity
Dominican University of California students, faculty, staff, and community members celebrated “Unity in Diversity 2014” March 31.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
Student broadcaster leads pro baseball telecasts
To 22-year-old Dominican Communications and Media Studies student Alex Swan, this was the big time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bay Area Earthquake: A message from President Marcy
Dear Dominican Community,
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).
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.
`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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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