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2009 Archive

This page includes summaries of the news articles that mentioned Dominican University of California in 2009. Links to the articles are included, but please note that some sites require registration or may have expired.

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Penguins men's basketball team impresses in loss at Santa Clara

  • In a December 12 game story in the Marin Independent Journal, Dominican pushes NCAA Division I Santa Clara to the brink by extending a first-half lead into the second half before bowing with a hard-fought effort.

Pathways program student applauds new 'Fast' format

  • In a December 9 story in the Novato Advance, 27-year-old Jesse Lehmann praises the merits of Dominican's new Pathways Fast format, which helps working adults complete their degrees sooner.

Image of Dominican GreenMBA director Barbaria appears globally

  • On December 8, a Getty Images photo of Lauralee Barbaria, director of Dominican's GreenMBA program, posing in front of an art installation while attending the climate talks in Copenhagen appears in several newspapers  including Newsday, the Dallas Morning News, the Orange County Register and India Times.

Freshman Wise helps high-scoring Dominican women's basketball team

  • In a December 8 season advance story in the Marin Independent Journal about the Penguins' women basketball team, Marin Catholic High grad Melissa Wise explains her decision to stay close to home to play for Dominican.

Dominican "Green" officials attend climate-change talks in Copenhagen

  • In December 6 articles in the Marin Independent Journal and Contra Costa Times, Lauralee Barbaria, director of Dominican's Green MBA program, and Sarah Diefendorf, chairwoman of the Greener Dominican Task Force and associate director of the Center for Sustainability, discuss their trip to the United Nations-sponsored event.

More profiles on past accomplishments, future goals of President Fink

Denver University transfer McNally lauds Dominican's 'support' system

  • In a November 28 college notebook lead in the Marin Independent Journal, former Branson School star Xander McNally explains why he left an NCAA Div. I program to play for the Penguins' NCAA Div. II men's basketball team.

Dominican nursing student competes for national reining horse title

  • In a November 23 article in the Marin Independent Journal, Kelsey Njus, a 21-year-old nursing student at Dominican, is contending for the National Reining Horse Association's Rookie of the Year award.

Dr. Joseph Fink praised for vision, leadership as Dominican's president

  • In a November 22 editorial in the Marin Independent Journal, Dr. Joseph R. Fink is commended for his efforts in leading Dominican though tough times to a much brighter future in his 22 years as president on campus.

Penguins put scare into USF Dons in NCAA Div. II basketball debut

  • In a November 17 game story in the Marin Independent Journal, Dominican's men's basketball team stuns its NCAA Division I opponent in the first half before losing the first game of its inaugural NCAA Div. II schedule.

Dominican president guides University into leadership transition

  • In November 17 stories in the Marin I.J. and Contra Costa Times, Dominican president Joseph Fink reflects on the University's successes as it embarks on strategic institutional plan through his announced retirement in 2011.

Penguins men's basketball team steps up to big time

  • Dominican's men's basketball team begins its first season in NCAA Division II with a difficult schedule that includes a game against the University of San Francisco as noted by the San Francisco Chronicle and Marin I.J.

Obama's campaign manager speaks at Dominican

  • In a November 12 story in the Marin I.J., David Plouffe, campaign manager for Barack Obama's historic presidential run, closes the curtain on Dominican's Institute for Leadership Studies' 2009 Fall Lecture Series.

Gore attracts sellout crowd to Dominican's Angelico Hall

  • Former United States Vice President Al Gore, now a Nobel Peace Prize and Academy Award-winning environmental activist, promotes his new book in front of a capacity crowd at Angelico Hall, an appearance that received media attention from the San Francisco Chronicle, Marin Independent Journal and

 First-of-its-kind national research site established at Dominican

  • In an October 21 story in the Marin I.J., a $1 million federal grant from the USDA is being used for the National Ornamentals Research Site at Dominican University of California (NORS-DUC) to study Sudden Oak Death.

Penguins rally for tie against PacWest Conference title contender

  • In an October 9 game story in the Marin I.J., the Dominican men's soccer team makes a strong showing against touted Hawaii Pacific in a thrilling NCAA Div. II contest that ends in a 1-1 tie in overtime.

Edgehill Mansion restoration project updated

  • In a September 30 article in the San Rafael News Pointer, the Edgehill Mansion renovation project is highlighted as part of Dominican's inaugural "Spirit Day" festivities.

Pandora founder packs Guzman Lecture Hall for speech

  • In a September 25 story in the Marin I.J.,  Tim Westergren, creator of Pandora online radio stations, addresses a crowd of about 200 at Dominican about his popular company that gives listeners the music they want.

Ziegler's journey to Dominican soccer was a long one

  • In a September 20 column in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Dominican junior Alec Ziegler explains how driven he was to become a better soccer player -- literally -- from Eureka to Santa Rosa to San Rafael.

Dominican shares in Alonzo King Lines Ballet Center anniversary

  • In a September 2 feature in the San Francisco Chronicle, Alonzo King Lines Ballet Dance Center celebrates its 20th year. It offers a bachelor's of fine arts program through Dominican, which graduates its first class this spring.

Dominican participates in Congressional Internship Program

  • In a September 14 story in the Monterey County Herald, students from Dominican were among 25 who were chosen to attend the 11th Annual Congressional Internship Program at Panetta Institute for Public Policy.

Dominican, BioMarin join forces in research program

  • In an August 31 story in the North Bay Business Journal, Dominican's partnership with BioMarin Pharmaceutical to offer hands-on research-based master's of science degrees is featured.

Tuatagaloa comes home to play women's volleyball for Penguins

  • In an August 28 feature in the Marin I.J., graduate student Tianna Tuatagaloa explains her desire to play for Dominican's women's volleyball team in her final year of academic eligibility.

Co-captains endorse new Penguins' men's soccer coach

  • In an August 26 story in the Marin I.J., new Dominican men's soccer coach Jon Delano is welcomed with open arms by team co-captains Ryan Vella and Alec Ziegler.

Dominican posts strong enrollment figures as school year begins

  • In an August 25 article in the Marin I.J., Dominican's enrollment figures for the Fall 2009 session are impressive given difficult economic times.

Folan, Penguins' women's soccer team ready for switch to NCAA Div. II

  • In an August 25 story in the Marin I.J., Bridget Folan talks about all the changes she and the Dominican women's soccer team are making this season as they transition into NCAA Div. II athletics.

Dominican dancer's career leads to scholarship

  • In an August 18 article in the Orange County Register, Dominican senior Katie Scherman is featured in a Q&A session after winning a Princess Grace Foundation scholarship.

Dominican adjunct named top teacher in Marin

  • In an August 20 story in the Marin I.J.,  Kate McDougall, an adjunct teacher in the Education Department at Dominican, is named Marin County Teacher of the Year.

Tumey leads the charge

  • In an August 16 sports cover story in the Marin I.J., Dominican athletic director Terry Tumey spells out the Penguins' goals for the university's transition into NCAA Div. II and the Pacific West Conference this fall.

Dr. Mary Crosby honored

  • In an August 4 story in the Marin I.J. Dr. Mary Crosby, professor and chair of Dominican's multiple-subject credential program and its director of  Elementary Teaching, is cited for winning the prestigious Beryl H. Buck Award for Achievement.

Forgiveness Day

  • In an August 3 article in the Marin I.J., a crowd of about 600 people, including Dominican trustee Willie Brown, attends the 13th Annual International Forgiveness Day at Angelico Hall.

Iraqi Student Project

  • In an August 3 story in the Public News Service, Dominican student Farah Mohsen is featured talking about the Iraqi Student Project in Chicago.

Boarding school

  • In an August 2 article in the San Francisco Chronicle, Dominican student Drew Bollman is included in a story about the Woodside Priory boarding school.

Dominican “Undercover"

  • In a July 22 article in the New York Times, 2009 Dominican grad Harasyn Sandell is noted in a master’s program in international art crime studies

College Academy

  • In a July 21 article in the Marin I.J., a new Dominican program that helps minority students transition from middle school to high school

Dominican's "Marine"

  • In a July 20 Marin Independent Journal article, 1976 Dominican grad Angie Salinas is one of only six females with the rank of general in the United States Marine Corps

Cal Grants

  • In a June 7 Marin Independent Journal op-ed article, Dominican President Joseph Fink tells the story of Dr. Rocky Chavez, a Cal Grant 'success story.'
  • In its lead editorial, the Bakersfield California remarks that Dr. Rocky Chavez would never made it through his first two undergrad years at Dominican without help from a series of Cal-Grants, supplemented by work-study and off-campus employment.

Commencement 2009

  • The Honorable Willie Brown, former speaker of the California State Assembly, told Dominican graduates "your fate and your opportunities are in your hands" during the undergraduate commencement ceremony, reports the Marin Independent Journal and the Contra Costa Times.

Dominican Moves to NCAA Division II

NFL Executive Named Dominican Director of Athletics

  • Terry Tumey's move from the San Francisco 49ers to Dominican University was covered by KNBR, KRON and the Marin Independent Journal.

Local Planner, Mayor Studies for MBA at Dominican

  • In a Contra Costa Times article, MBA student Jim Leland, 62, talks about juggling work as the principal planner for the county of Solano, school, and community service.

Dominican University/LINES Ballet BFA

  • The first on-campus performance by students in Dominican's three-year-old bachelor of fine arts program, offered in association with Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, was "a major turning point in the advancement of ballet and classical dance in Marin County," notes the Marin Independent Journal.


Green Jobs

  • GreenMBA program director John Stayton talks with Pennsylvania's Centre Daily Times about the growth in green jobs.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dominican University of California has received a $1 million endowment from the San Francisco-based Bernard Osher Foundation, reports the Marin Independent Journal.


35 Undergraduate Researchers to Present at National Conference

  • The influence of cosmetic chemicals on breast cancer and the potential algae has as a biofuel are among the research projects to be showcased by Dominican University students at a national conference this spring, notes the Marin Independent Journal.

Accounting Standards

  • Elizabeth Capener, director of the undergraduate business program at Dominican, talks with the North Bay Business Journal about the proposed change from the rules-based American Generally Accepted Accounting Principals to the principles-based International Financial Reporting Standards.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

  • The Osher program offers older students interesting classes at Dominican, notes the Marin Independent Journal. The program is the brainchild of Marin philanthropist Bernard Osher, whose foundation supports 122 institutes in 49 states. Dominican's program has more than 500 member students.



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