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OT students present brain injury retraining study
In the October issue of Occupational Therapy in Health Care, a study authored by Dominican Assistant Professor Kitsum Li reveals significant improvement in memory and attention in adults with chronic acquired brain injury (ABI) using computer-based cognitive retraining (CBCR).
Leadership Lecture Series welcomes Billy Collins
Billy Collins, called the “most popular poet in America” by the New York Times, spoke to a near capacity crowd at the Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) Leadership Fall Lecture Series at Dominican University of California November 7.
LINES Ballet/BFA in Dance students present Fall Showcase
The annual fall showcase of Dominican’s LINES Ballet/BFA in Dance program, featuring 48 talented student dancers, was held November 15-16 at Angelico Concert Hall.
Shield Day ceremony honors incoming freshmen class
Shaina Stern, a Studio Art major, designed the class shield for Dominican’s Freshmen Class, which was unveiled November 6 at the 89th Annual Shield Day Gala in Angelico Hall.
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 awarded fellowship to Nicaragua
Dominican junior chemistry major Jessica Hernandez has been awarded a National Institutes of Health -- Minority Health International Research Trainee (MHIRT) fellowship to Nicaragua through UC Berkeley’s Global Public 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.
"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.
Faculty members stage 15th Annual Academic Showcase
The 15th Annual Academic Showcase at Dominican was held the week of April 7 as faculty members gave lunchtime presentations in the Creekside Room.
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 invited to AMS national conference
As a standout volleyball player and youth sports camp instructor at Dominican, Samantha Rains knows the value of teamwork.
Alumni to be honored on Reunion Weekend April 25-27
Sister Gervaise Valpey ’61 will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award and Lorraine Barry ’86 will be given the Sister Patricia Lyons Distinguished Alumni Service Award when Dominican hosts its annual Reunion Weekend with celebration and remembrance on April 25-27.
"One Book One Marin" winner speaking at lecture series
Journalist and urban farmer Novella Carpenter will speak at Dominican University of California on Wednesday, 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.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom to give Commencement address
Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker, actress, and advocate, will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree and deliver the keynote address at Dominican University of California’s 2014 commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17.

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