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Double major prepares for fall semester at University of Oxford
The news last fall that Monica Barry ’20, a double major in English and History, had been selected to study at the University of Oxford brought tears to her eyes.
Students learn hands-on broadcasting skills in partnership with Pacifics
Dominican’s broadcasting partnership with the San Rafael Pacifics baseball team has been a big hit for students in the Department of Communications and Media Studies, providing valuable hands-on experiences for students preparing for careers as broadcasters.
High school students, parents invited to Summer Preview Days
High school students and parents, check out Dominican University of California this summer!
Occupational Therapy students return from Merida program in Mexico
Thirteen Dominican Occupational Therapy students spent this summer in Mexico participating in a four-week program that combined intensive Spanish language instruction with community fieldwork.
Communications student broadcasting for professional baseball team
As summer jobs go, Forrest Hunt ’20 feels like he has hit a home run.
Leadership roles motivate student to pursue higher ed career
Emanuel “Manny” Cifuentes-Machado ’19 has received so many leadership opportunities and positive experiences at Dominican that the business and communications double major has decided to give back.
Veritas Cup winner forms friendships as RA, BFA in Dance student
As the recipient of the Veritas Cup, Erin McKay ’18 is appreciated and acknowledged to be a great friend of the senior class.
John Lithgow, Dr. Mary Yeager deliver Commencement keynote address
Stressing the power of relationship building, award-winning actor John Lithgow and his spouse, economic historian Mary Yeager, delivered the keynote address as Dominican celebrated Commencement 2018 on May 12 by conferring degrees on 479 students, including 326 undergraduates and 153 graduates.
Rivals turned friends from Hawaii now heading to law school
When David Nguyen ‘18 and Josh Rosenberg ’18 competed against each other in soccer for rival high schools in Hawaii, they had no idea they would carry the Aloha spirit to Dominican and become friends with the same aspirations to attend law school.
Federal grant supports nursery plant research at Dominican
The National Ornamentals Research Site at Dominican University of California (NORS-DUC) has been awarded a $513,000 federal grant to continue studies focused on eliminating quarantined diseases of nursery plants in order to safeguard plant health and the environment.
Retiring principal recalls life-changing decision to seek teaching credential
Whenever Skip Kniesche ’91 receives an application and resume from a Dominican student, he automatically places it on the top of a stack of teaching candidates on his desk at A.E. Kent Middle School.
BFA in Dance student inspired by opportunities, open-mindedness
As the senior class in the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program prepared for its final performances April 27-28 in Angelico Concert Hall, Erin McKay ’18 was reflecting on her decision to attend Dominican University of California.
Students participate in opening of national civil rights memorial
Cheyenne Sykes ’20 and Mariah Ashby ’19 were in Montgomery, Alabama where they were invited to attend the two-day grand opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, and the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration on April 26-27.
Dominican women's soccer hosts North Bay Fire Relief benefit event
Dominican University of California Athletics and the Penguins women's soccer program hosted a North Bay Fire Relief benefit quintuple header featuring other Bay Area college teams on Sunday, April 22, at Kennelly Field in the John Allen Sports Complex on the Dominican campus.
Psychologist's research focuses on power of mentoring in education
Supportive relationships with relatives, community members, and educators can help to level the playing field for first-generation students, according to a new study by researchers from Dominican University of California and Johns Hopkins University.
Washington D.C. attorney returns for Reunion Weekend awards ceremony
For Reunion Weekend April 20-21, Jennifer Morrissey ’88 had a lot of catching up to do.
Department of Commerce service officers meeting with business students
Eight Foreign Service Officers of the U.S. Department of Commerce were guest speakers at the “ACCESS ASIA: Healthcare and Life Sciences” business forum on April 19, in the Garden Room at Edgehill Mansion on the Dominican campus.
Honors student focuses on policy change for SCW Conference project
For her senior thesis Mujeres in Action, Samantha Hunt ’18 has applied the knowledge she gained from personal experiences in El Salvador; Tijuana; Washington, D.C.; and Uganda to research designed to bring awareness to female-led Civil Society Organizations and their plight to cause policy change.
Dr. Melba Beals address, awards highlight "Unity in Diversity Week"
As part of the Unity in Diversity spring schedule, civil rights leader Dr. Melba Beals, Chair Emeritus of Dominican's Department of Communications and Media Studies, delivered a keynote address on April 3 in Guzman Lecture Hall.
History major follows passion to land job in Walt Disney Family Museum
Sierra Najolia ’18 came to Dominican to study history and prepare for a career as a dentist. Half way through her freshman year she discovered that science was not her passion, so instead she followed her heart and pursued a career in the history field.
John Lithgow, Mary Yeager to deliver keynote address at Commencement
Dominican University of California is pleased to announce that the accomplished actor John Lithgow and his spouse, the eminent economic historian Mary Yeager will jointly deliver the keynote address at the University’s 2018 Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12 at 10 a.m.
Students spend spring break in Patagonia for global conservation
In a spring break trip to gain perspective of their role in protecting the environment on a global level, students in Professor Vania Coelho’s upper division BIO 3505 International Field Biology class recently visited the Patagonia region of Argentina.
Student Summit on School Safety featured Stoneman Douglas graduate
Dominican University and Congressman Jared Huffman hosted a Student Summit on School Safety and Gun Violence Prevention on March 18. Bradley Thornton, a 2015 graduate of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. participated in the event via Skype.
Biology major earns fellowship to conduct malaria research in Malawi
After spending last summer in the SSRP Amgen Scholars program at Stanford University studying coral reef organisms, Biology major Dimitrios Camacho ’19 will spend this summer as the first Dominican student in the UC Berkeley Minority Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) fellowship program to conduct malaria research in Malawi.
Business students relish their rewarding Oxford Scholars experience
For Jake Quast ’19 and Sophia Stetson ’19, studying at the University of Oxford led them to experiences, friends, and opportunities that have enhanced their already rich Dominican Experience.
Reimagining Citizenship program info session at Novato City Hall March 6
Dominican University of California and the City of Novato will host an information night for high school seniors and their parents for the new Reimagining Citizenship program on March 6 from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Novato City Hall.
Zero Discrimination Day film and panel discussion at Dominican
Dominican’s Global Public Health Department joined with Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance and The Spahr Center to co-host a Zero Discrimination Day film and panel discussion on March 1.
Alumna thrives in pursuit of doctorate degree in physical therapy
Kelsey Lardner’s experience as a Biological Sciences major and volleyball player at Dominican served her so well that she is in pursuit of her doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Dominican receives PacWest Academic Achievement Award again
Dominican’s student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom. Since the University’s 2009 transition to NCAA Division II athletics, Dominican has led the Pacific West Conference in academic performance for seven out of the last eight years.
Panetta Congressional intern has impactful experience in D.C.
For Sayra Trejo ’18, a double major in Political Science and Communication/Media Studies, the opportunity to serve as a Panetta Institute Congressional intern during the fall semester was an ideal time for her to be in Washington, D.C.
Denise Lucy joins Marin General Hospital Board of Directors
The Marin General Hospital Board of Directors has appointed Dr. Denise Lucy, Founder and Executive Director of Dominican University of California’s Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) and Professor of Business & Organizational Studies, as a new member of the hospital board.
Occupational Therapy professor presents autism research in Iran
Dr. Laura Greiss Hess, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, traveled to Iran in December to present her research and clinical experience focused on working with children diagnosed with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
MBA grad turns Capstone project into health care product company
The road to Rob Chase’s role as founder and president of NewGen Surgical traveled through Dominican in more ways than one.
Fletcher Jones Foundation Grant supports Digital Learning Lab
The Fletcher Jones Foundation has awarded Dominican University of California a $600,000 grant to establish the Fletcher Jones Foundation Digital Learning Lab in the Archbishop Alemany Library, President Mary B. Marcy announced today.
Environmental chemistry class inspires recent alum to new career
When Victor David ’17 arrived at Dominican, he thought he would one day become a neurosurgeon. One class and one professor helped him change his mind – and follow his heart -- and sent Victor on his way to a new and exciting career.
Research by Dominican professor examines State of Union Address
Reporters from USA Today and the San Jose Mercury News talked with Dominican University political scientist Alison Howard about President Trump’s first State of the Union address. Howard and colleague Donna Hoffman, professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa, have spent more than a decade studying how presidents use the State of the Union address to communicate with the public and request legislation of Congress.
Dr. Ruth Ramsey named Dean of School of Health and Natural Sciences
Dr. Ruth Ramsey has been appointed Dean of the School of Health and Natural Sciences (HNS) at Dominican University of California.
President Marcy elected to Executive Committee of CIC Board of Directors
Dominican University President Mary B. Marcy has been elected to the Executive Committee of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Board of Directors. President Marcy will serve a two-year term from January 2018 to January 2020.
Student broadcasters getting hands-on real-world experience
They sat side by side at courtside to broadcast Dominican basketball games in the Conlan Center this past season, but classmates Brandon Cadiz ’20 and Forrest Hunt ’20 came to Dominican from different directions to achieve their goals.
Madeleine Albright final speaker in 2018 Spring Lecture Series
Longtime journalist Maria Shriver, former United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, activist Cecile Richards, award-winning novelist and short story writer George Saunders, and One Book One Marin honoree Arlie Russell Hochschild headlined the 2018 Spring Leadership Lecture Series at Dominican University of California.
Inspiring student immersion trip to El Salvador has farreaching impact
Three years ago, Lianni Castro ‘04, assistant director of Campus Ministry, volunteered to have her hair shaved to lead a “Bald for a Change” women’s rights fundraiser. She did so to benefit in part CoMadres, a committee of mothers and relatives of prisoners established in 1977 to discover the truth behind the disappeared and politically assassinated during El Salvador’s civil war.
Business of learning energized alum to return to Dominican for MBA
When it came time for Zach Norman ’11 to pursue his MBA, he had many options.
Dominican, City of Novato program focuses on reimagining citizenship
Dominican University of California and the City of Novato are creating a unique scholarship program in which students will receive a high quality college education while engaging with the community through local government. Students will gain both the intellectual capacity and the practical experience necessary to serve as informed, engaged citizens in their own community.
Students bring Shakespeare, social justice to San Quentin visits
English major Rebecca Van Horn ’18, Business major Nhan Pham ‘19, and Dance major Bri Wilson ’18 never imagined that their shared love of Shakespeare would lead them into San Quentin State Prison and captivate them with a revealing and rewarding connection to inmates.
Occupational Therapy alumni providing impact in community
The opportunity to earn two degrees from Dominican provided Sabrena McCarley ’04 and ’09 MBA with the education and foundation to be a confident leader, which she applies to her position now as Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC) Chair for the Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee.
Nursing/OT students collaborate on program to support senior citizens
Samantha Naguit ’18 has always known she wants to be a nurse. Caring for others is in her blood.
Student-athlete fast-breaking into valuable business internship
When Xavier Williams ’19 came to Dominican from Southern California to play basketball, he embraced the team effort that surrounded him on campus. In addition to scoring on the court, he has scored a big internship off the court.
New study at Dominican identifies intervention to reduce coral damage
As rising ocean temperatures threaten the health and long-term survival of coral reefs, a new study by researchers from Dominican University of California has identified interventions that can substantially reduce the damage to corals during periods of high water temperature.
Students present elephant seal research data at major conference
Sheridan Wilner ’19 and Luz Torres ’19 presented a research poster the weekend of November 18-19 in Pasadena at the annual meeting of the Western Society of Naturalists.
Art class brings community awareness to food insecurity at Thanksgiving
For students in the Honors Community Engaged Arts class, the opportunity to contribute to a project that brings awareness to food insecurity around Thanksgiving was rewarding, revealing, and deeply personal.
Ethics class inspires senior to design Class of 2021 shield
Taylor Andreozzi ‘18 is a Communications major with a minor in Music, yet it was an ethics class that served as the inspiration for her designing the Class of 2021 shield for the 93rd Shield Day.
MBA Open House helps county employee to pursue dream job
Upon advice from fellow County of Marin employees and following an Open House on campus, 36-year-old Daniel Cruz Solis enrolled in Dominican’s MBA program eager to pursue an entrepreneurial dream.
Women's basketball player is a star on court and on stage
Natalie Diaz ’19 says she is living the Dominican dream.
Penguin Debate Tourney features teams from across nation
Dominican University of California hosted nine colleges and more than 115 participants from across the country in the Third Penguin Invitational Worlds Style Debate Tournament November 4-5 in Guzman Lecture Hall on 50 Acacia Avenue in San Rafael.
Research focuses on student perception of teacher support
When preparing her Dominican students for careers as high school teachers, Dr. Shadi Roshandel reminds them that even small gestures can have a big impact.
Student-athlete team wins inaugural Penguin Tank prize
An energetic and enthusiastic team of students representing the Penguin Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (PSACC) won $1,000 in prize money during Dominican’s inaugural Penguin Tank competition in support of their plan to bring the Team IMPACT program to Dominican.
Golf teammates spending fall semester studying at Oxford
When Jake Quast ’19 and Sophia Stetson ’19 arrived at Dominican, they became teammates and friends on the golf team. Now they are classmates at Oxford University in England.
LINES Ballet BFA in Dance alumna makes Broadway debut
Only weeks after dancing in the premier of an Alicia Keys music video, Anna Noble ’11 got the call she had been waiting for. In October of last year, she began rehearsals for the Broadway musical revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s "Carousel."
American Red Cross joins Dominican community relief efforts
On October 15, 2017 Dominican became an American Red Cross staff and volunteer staging center for a week, accommodating Red Cross personnel arriving in the Bay Area from throughout the United States to assist with relief efforts related to the North Bay Fires.
Chiara String Quartet opens Guest Concert Series at Dominican
Grammy Award-nominated Chiara String Quartet opened the 17th season of the Guest Concert Series at Dominican University of California on October 15, headlining a performance lineup that includes the Teicholz and Partington Guitar Duo and leading American pianist Kevin Kenner.
Students celebrate first National Physician Assistant Week
Students in Dominican’s new Physician Assistant program celebrated National Physician Assistant Week.
Zika Virus outbreak expert speaks at science seminar
Dr. Rebecca Christofferson, Assistant Professor at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, was guest speaker at “A Scientist's Response to the Zika Virus Outbreak” in Guzman Lecture Hall on October 12.
Liberal arts education supports alum's career as radio producer
An education grounded in the liberal arts triggered a series of events that led Jonathan Hirsch ’00 from Dominican onto a successful career producing documentaries for National Public Radio (NPR) and other media outlets nationwide.
USNS Comfort brings aid to Puerto Rico with Dominican alum
Ensign Justin Valdez ’15, who was aboard the U.S. Naval Hospital Ship Comfort serving hurricane relief victims in Puerto Rico earlier this year, continues to work at the “First and Finest” United States Navy hospital in the country, thanks to Dominican’s nursing program.
Nursing alum on disaster team ready to treat hurricane victims
The education and encouragement Mark Weston ’93 received as a military veteran in the Dominican nursing program is an attribute he applies to this day in his role as a member of a federal disaster medical team that treated victims of Hurricane Irma in Florida and was prepared to go to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Dominican ranked in top quarter of US colleges in WSJ/THE survey
For the second consecutive year, Dominican University of California has ranked in the top quarter of colleges and universities nationwide in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking 2018.
Dominican named a 2018 "Hidden Gem" by College Raptor
College planning website College Raptor has featured Dominican University of California as a 2018 Hidden U.S. Gem.
Nursing students engage in global healthcare in Uganda
Katherina Xu ’18 and Haley Anderson ’18 were among 11 undergraduates who participated in a Global Nursing and Healthcare course in Uganda this summer. The course afforded students and faculty mentors a rare opportunity to explore and observe healthcare services in a limited resource environment.
Students invited to enter the "Penguin Tank"
The Women, Leadership and Philanthropy Council of Dominican University of California (WLPC) is offering student teams the chance to win up to $1,000 in support of their club or group by entering the “Penguin Tank.”
Dominican ranked as a Top College by U.S. News & World
The U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2018 guidebook has once again ranked Dominican University of California as one of the top regional universities in the West. The U.S. News ranking is among a growing list of accolades earned by Dominican in the past year.
Alumna's project featured in "Visions of Warriors"
While pursuing her master’s degree in Humanities at Dominican in 2013, Susan Quaglietti discovered she could pair her creative writing skills with photography classes to create a powerful narrative. It inspired her to eventually create the Veteran Photo Recovery Project.
Volleyball player digs science, student-athlete experience
The opportunity to combine a love of volleyball with a passion for science led Colorado native Aimee Steinwand ’18 to Dominican.
Graduate Open House at Dominican set for Sept. 16
Dominican University of California, Marin County’s only four-year university, is hosting an open house on Saturday, September 16, to highlight the university’s graduate programs. The open house is from 10 a.m. until noon in Guzman Lecture Hall, 50 Acacia Avenue, San Rafael.
Dominican greets inaugural Physician Assistant class
Dominican is meeting the growing demand for students prepared to work in the healthcare sector with its new Master of Science Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS). The inaugural class of 24 students arrived on campus this week.
SBDC links Dominican with small business community
A new partnership with the Marin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will extend Dominican’s reach into Marin’s business community and expand opportunities for business students to gain hands-on experiences that will connect their classroom learning with real world business challenges.
Alum utilizes psyche degree in successful business career
As a published author, a startup business consultant, and now a senior vice president at a San Francisco-based software company, Scott Leese ’99 has applied his know-how from his psychology degree to build a successful career in business
Soccer standout joins Wake Forest's athletics department
The journey of Casey Gibson ’13 has taken him from Dominican to Northeastern University to Harvard and now to Wake Forest University where in Agust he began his new job in the athletics department as Development Assistant for Major Gifts
Grad school inspires alum to launch food recovery program
After earning undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Computer Science at UC Berkeley and Stanford, and working in high tech, Marv Zauderer MS ’02 came to Dominican to learn how to give back.
Student's summer travels take her to Japan, Uganda, D.C.
During her college search, Sayra Trejo ’18 knew she wanted to stay close to home and family. She also knew she wanted a student-focused University, a place where she could work alongside faculty scholars rather than be just another face in a huge lecture hall.
State Capitol fellowship provides insight into government, politics
Before she steps into the role of Dominican’s 2017-2018 student body president, Hallie Balch ‘18 is gaining hands-on political experience in the state Capitol through the USF McCarthy Fellows Summer Internship program.
Peer mentors eager to greet incoming students on campus this fall
Kate Shaffer ’19 is keen to pay it forward
Exciting Orientation 2017 program greets Class of 2021
The Dominican community will help its newest Penguins kick off their collegiate career during the New Student Orientation, three days of events designed to help the class of 2021 meet new friends, connect with campus resources, learn their way around, and have a great time.
Occupational Therapy graduate interning at Children's Hospital
The goal for Noelani Brisbane '16 and '17 MSOT of working in a Children’s Hospital has come to fruition.
Japanese basketball star has shot at playing in 2020 Summer Olympics
Ryo Tawatari’s ’17 dream job upon leaving Dominican includes the 2020 Olympics
CBS Evening News icon Dan Rather caps 2017 Fall Lecture Series
CBS anchor Dan Rather, first daughters Barbara and Jenna Bush, CNN commentator Van Jones, author and TV host Reza Aslan, Gold Star father Khizr Khan, and New York Times bestselling novelist Amy Tan headlined the 2017 Fall Leadership Lecture Series.
Alum introduced to new coaching role with NBA World Champion Warriors
Dominican alum Chris DeMarco ’09 and ’11 MBA had a new role with the reigning NBA World Champion Golden State Warriors this past summer.
Dominican ranked nationally in Wall Street Journal college survey
Dominican University of California ranks in the top quarter of U.S. colleges and universities nationally in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education college survey focused on a university’s ability to deliver valuable outcomes and quality education for its students.
Passion for sports leads alum to career in medicine from Boston to L.A.
A love of sports led Dr. Anthony DeGiacomo ’04 to Dominican, and now a love of sports has led him to fellowship in sports medicine at the famed Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic.
Support extends beyond classroom as Bio grad heads to veterinary school
Amanda Gaytan ’15 thrived in Dominican’s supportive environment. Hands-on research with faculty mentors developed her passion for science, a field biology course in New Zealand deepened her sense of community with both faculty and peers, and on-the-job training solidified her decision to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.
Basketball star inspired by LeaderShape consortium at Dominican
As a team captain and on the verge of becoming one of Dominican’s all-time leading scorers in the women’s basketball program, Sandra Ikeora '18 had a big goal in 2017 in the Institute by LeaderShape (TM) Bay Area Consortium.
Student-athlete succeeded with support of mentor, business internships
The opportunity to play NCAA Division II basketball led Carly Holboke '17 to Dominican. However, the Vancouver, Washington native said it was Dr. Christopher Leeds, her faculty mentor, whose support and encouragement helped her realize and fully develop her athletic, academic, and personal strengths.
Public invited to Dominican MFA in Creative Writing discussions, readings
The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing program at Dominican University of California is inviting the public to attend select afternoon discussions and evening readings presented by guest lecturers and members of Dominican’s faculty from January 6 through January 12, 2018 in the Garden Room in Edgehill Mansion, 75 Magnolia Avenue in San Rafael.
MBA student's Haiti fundraiser certifies sense of community
The inspiration for Rudouard Chery’s pursuit of his MBA developed as the son of immigrants from Haïti where he spent his childhood.
Passion for teaching endures for All-American volleyball alumna
Amy Rahne’s affinity for Dominican has come full circle.
Outstanding Student of the Year seized opportunities at Dominican
The opportunity to connect with a supportive campus community and invest in her many diverse interests allowed Melissa Stoakley to prosper at Dominican as both a scholar and an athlete.
ILS Director Dr. Denise Lucy receives Excellence in Education Award
The San Rafael Chamber of Commerce has selected Dr. Denise Lucy, professor of Business and Organizational Studies and founder and executive director of the Institute of Leadership Studies at Dominican University of California, as one of the recipients of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education Awards for 2016-2017.
Student address highlights Commencement 2017 ceremonies
Dominican celebrated Commencement 2017 on Saturday, May 13, conferring degrees on more than 500 students, including 378 undergraduates and 139 graduates.
Dominican receives $250,000 grant to streamline teacher preparation
Dominican University of California has received a $250,000 grant from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to develop a program that will reduce the amount of time it takes to prepare students for careers as teachers.
Dominican adds Master of Science Physician Assistant Studies program
Dominican is meeting the growing demand for students prepared to work in the healthcare sector with the introduction of a Master of Science Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS). The program will enroll its first cohort of students Fall 2017.
Barowsky School of Business students bolster graduating success rate
Real-world experiences gained in internships, combined with knowledge and insight developed through the Barowsky School of Business (BSB) led to full-time jobs for students even before their graduation day.