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.
Michael Montgomery was listed among Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 Dancers to Watch in 2013” and is considered a rising star in the LINES Ballet that performed in Israel and France late last year. Yet, only a few years ago, he was a student in Dominican’s BFA in Dance program at Angelico Hall.
Before she graduated with her MBA from Dominican, Maureen Sedonaen was a longtime supporter of Goodwill. She shopped there in her youth and later donated clothing and others items to Goodwill for more than 20 years.
For Dominican senior Carson Niello, politics is becoming a way of life. In high school in Sacramento, he volunteered to campaign for mayoral candidate Kevin Johnson and ultimately served an internship on the new mayor’s staff. Now Niello, after transferring from the University of Arizona to Dominican for his sophomore year, has progressed to a higher level of government – and aspiration. Last summer he served an internship for United States Senator Barbara Boxer’s office in Washington, D.C.
By definition an internship is any period of time during which a beginner acquires experience in an occupation, profession or pursuit. Ashley Fromm took full advantage of her internship at Dominican. Upon her graduation in 2007, Fromm went from company intern to a company co-owner in about one year. She is now one of the four founding partners of Root Pouch, an innovative, award-winning; eco-friendly business in Portland, Ore. that is the only manufacturer of degradable fabric planting containers sold through giant retail stores such as the Home Depot.
In 2011, Abdurahman Almaimani came to Dominican to earn an MBA in Strategic Leadership. Two years later, he graduated with not one but two master’s degrees, becoming the first student at Dominican to complete both an MBA in Strategic Leadership and an MBA in Global Management simultaneously.
As a child, Andrew Chino loved playing in the sandbox with Tonka trucks. Now, he’s drawn on his childhood love of construction equipment to create a mobile game that gained thousands of fans in more than 65 countries.
The courageous journey to Dominican for MBA student Maria Marciales has been long and challenging, yet rewarding, and above all, inspiring.
Maria left her home country of Venezuela to learn English in Boston before landing at Dominican. She has worked with faculty and students in South Africa, presented research with Professor Dr. Rajeev Sooreea in Japan and currently works as a financial analyst with the Marin Symphony, an internship that combines her love of classical music with her passion for finance.
Sharon McKenna, a single mother of 13-year-old twin boys, and Paul Tasner, a budding entrepreneur in his 60s, may appear to be unlikely duo yet they were a winning team in April at the annual Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) at UC-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
Rosemarie Michaels, assistant professor and coordinator of the Liberal Studies and Multiple Subject Programs in the School of Education And Counseling Psychology at Dominican, has found a better way to enhance the student teaching experience of her students and ultimately improve the quality of teaching.
Dominican students Jocelle Flores and Daniela Leyva have been selected to help launch a statewide program designed to support student leaders advancing service-learning and community engagement at California colleges and universities.
From her new job at the State Capitol Building in Sacramento, Darcel Sanders now jokes that she was first drawn to Dominican in 2005 by the prospect of playing volleyball and the sight of deer wandering on campus.
Dr. Laura Stivers, Associate Professor of Ethics believes homelessness is a preventable problem in the United States. The solution begins with education about the root causes of homelessness, but the political will to change social policies that create inequality and poverty also will be necessary.
There are about 300 samples of ocean coral in aquaria in the marine biology laboratory at Dominican. Dr. Vania Coelho, Associate Professor of Biology and marine ecologist, is working alongside her students to study each one of them in order to better understand how to halt the rapid decline of coral reef ecosystems worldwide. Time is of the essence.
Since 2002, Sandi Chin has been the Director of Community Exhibitions at Dominican as well an Art history teacher whose behind-the-scenes actions have provided bountiful opportunities for students and helped showcase Dominican’s programs and campus.
The magnitude of the moment and the magnificence of the public mural suddenly struck Kendra Woodglass and 13 other Dominican students in the summer of 2012 between West and Greenwich streets in New York City.
A project-based thesis by three Dominican Occupational Therapy graduate students is assisting Marin County agencies in breaking down cultural barriers in the Hispanic community to identify children on the autism spectrum and connect parents to support and services.
When Tammy Brawner graduated from Dominican University of California with her MBA in 2011, she had a dream of traveling the world and someday working for Google. She never dreamed of playing for the Harlem Globetrotters.
Surrounded by a capacity crowd of about 1,000 fans at renovated Albert Field in San Rafael at a baseball game this summer, Dominican communications and media studies students Brian Sanchez and Hunter Horenstein, along with Dominican adjunct faculty member Stuart Horne, could not believe their good fortune.
Jacob Noisat had offers in the summer of 2011 to play basketball from Reno to Riverside. From San Diego to New Orleans. From Texas to Connecticut. He chose Dominican for three simple reasons. Location. Location. Location.
When Dominican University of California soccer player Sara Pimentel stepped off a bus in Uganda during the summer of 2011, she never anticipated that she would receive a hero’s welcome. She never felt so much admiration or heard so many cheers for any goal she ever scored.
It would appear that Dennis Maric might have been in an uncomfortable situation.
He was the oldest (23 years old), tallest (6-foot-4) and the newest (transfer student) player on the 2011 Dominican University men’s soccer roster. Yet the stoic forward was strangely at ease because he’s been through much rougher patches of uncertainly in his life.
When 5-foot-1 Penguins junior basketball player Stephanie Carnes enrolled at Dominican for the fall of 2009, she had no intention whatsoever of playing basketball. She was committed to being a student, not a student-athlete. She was a biological sciences major with a goal of going to medical school. That was her singular focus.
Prior to November of 2011, the last time Dominican LINES Ballet/BFA in Dance student Jeffrey Van Sciver went to New York City with his mother, Iris, it was to enroll in The Juilliard School.
Due to injury, his studies at Juilliard were cut short. But, last November 1, he returned to Manhattan with his mom to mark another major significant step in his dance career: To collect a $10,000 grant from the Princess Grace Foundation.
Sydney Lewis was once a member of The Harry Potter Living Learning Community at Dominican yet, what she experienced as a Panetta Institute for Public Policy Congressional Intern in Washington, D.C. during the 2012 fall semester was beyond her wildest dreams.