California Secretary for Education Richard J. Riordan is the 2005 commencement speaker at Dominican University of California. Honorary degrees will be awarded during the ceremony to Riordan and to Alonzo King, the founder and artistic director of Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet.
Undergraduate research is thriving at Dominican University of California. Thirty-five students from the University presented their research at the 19th annual meeting of the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in Virginia April 20-23. In addition, six Dominican students were invited to present research at the Western Psychological Association (WPA) meeting, April 14-17 in Portland, Oregon.
More than 80 community musicians and singers will join Dominican University of California students and faculty members to perform in the Dominican Winifred Baker Chorale and Orchestra’s spring concert on Friday, April 29 at 8 p.m. in Dominican’s Angelico Concert Hall and again on Monday, May 2 at 8 p.m. at Saint Vincent De Paul Church in Petaluma.
Professor Zemaryalai Tarzi, President of the Association for the Protection of Afghan Archaeology created and based in San Rafael since 2003, will be honored guest and speaker on Sunday, April 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Guzman Hall at Dominican University of California.
Dominican University of California biology major Faith Hall is one of 15 undergraduate students nationwide selected to receive the United Negro College Fund Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Award. The annual scholarship is awarded to African-American students pursuing studies and careers in the field of biomedical research. The $25,000 scholarship will cover Hall’s expenses for the 2005-2006 school year. As part of the award, Dominican’s Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is eligible to receive a grant of up to $10,000 to support research.
Dominican University of California has revised its 15-year-old Honors Program to offer an enriched curriculum that emphasizes interdisciplinary seminars, colloquia, and independent study. The new Honors Program — The Scholar in the World— embraces the four Dominican ideals of study, service, community, and reflection while offering undergraduate students opportunities for research under faculty mentors and the chance to enroll in graduate courses.
Father Robert Haberman, director of Dominican’s Campus Ministry Office, will lead his 30th La Bamba trip to Mexico from March 9-13. Every semester, a group of 12-15 students from Dominican work at the Casa de Los Pobres, which is located in the colonia near the Tijuana dump. The House of the Poor is administered by the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Peace and was co-founded by the late Father Alfred Boeddeker, founder of San Francisco’s St. Anthony Dining Hall. Students assist the Sisters by serving the more than 1,000 people who line up each day at the soup kitchen, distributing groceries and clothing, and fixing buildings. The students will also work at Mission San Rafael in nearby Colonia Esperanza, repairing houses and providing a carnival for the colonia’s children. Mission San Rafael is run by Sr. Gene McNalley, OP, a native of SanRafael and a member of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael.
Dominican University of California history instructor Gretchen Grufman and her writer/director son Cary Fukunaga are the duo behind the award-winning short feature film Victoria para Chino. The film was selected to show nine times at the Sundance Film Festival, receiving an honorable mention from the Grand Jury. Locally, the film is due to be shown at the Tiburon Film Festival, which is held March 11 to 17, and at the San Francisco International Film Festival, which is held April 21 to May 5.
A new device designed to reduce the spread of sudden oak death will soon make its debut at Bay Area trailheads. A joint project by researchers at Dominican University of California and the National Park Service, this made-in-Marin device is designed to help remove the pathogen that causes sudden oak death from the tires of another made-in-Marin invention, the mountain bike.
The same fungus-like organism that has infected thousands of trees with Sudden Oak Death is now threatening several species of popular plants throughout the United States, forcing nursery owners to take costly measures to ensure their stock remains disease free. Dominican University of California, in collaboration with the University of San Diego, the National Park Service, and Sunnyside Nursery, has started a yearlong project to determine how to control the spread of the deadly Phytophthora ramorum among camellia plants in nurseries.
Any parent who has tried to soothe an inconsolable infant, control the obstinate behavior of a loud toddler, or encourage a shy preschooler to interact with schoolmates has probably wondered at some point: Is this normal behavior? For those parents, Dominican University of California faculty member Jan Kristal has a comforting message: Yes, it’s all perfectly normal – for that child.
Enrollment at Dominican University of California is the highest it has ever been in the University’s 114-year history. Total enrollment for fall 2004 is 1,977, breaking last fall’s record of 1,766. The fall 2004 figure represents a182 percent increase in enrollment in the past 10 years. The University has seen a significant increase in the number of students from throughout California, especially Southern California. Further, the University notes an increase in the number of traditional, full-time students on campus.
Dominican University of California announces the first courses offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). The OLLI provides six-to eight-week non-credit courses to the adults in our community who are 50 years or older. These courses present the chance to pursue the intellectual challenge of academic programs without the stress of grades, tests or homework.