Psychology professor's research aimed at health behavior, behavioral freedom
Assistant psychology professor Dr. Benjamin Rosenberg’s extensive expertise and knowledge on health behavior is catching on in the media.
Isabel Allende opens ILS 2020 Spring Lecture Series on February 3
Award-winning author and philanthropist Isabel Allende, best-selling author and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter John Carreyrou, and author and activist Glennon Doyle will appear at Dominican University of California in the Spring 2020 Leadership Lecture Series.
Professor's research features romantic comedies, interpersonal and health effects
Dr. Veronica Hefner has two teaching passions: researching romantic comedies and mentoring her students. She’d like to bring them together.
Conlan Center celebrating 20th anniversary with February 22 celebration
The Sister Samuel Conlan Recreation Center has been the catalyst for an exciting transformation on campus the past 20 years.
Dental school bound student graduating in three years at Dominican
Only three years after entering Dominican to pursue his dream of a career in medicine, Casey Bravo ’20 has been admitted into his first-choice dental school.
Internships, networking help business students get jobs at national home furnishings company
For business students Tianna Brown ’19, Emma Tobola ’19, and Brendan Adame ‘20, the opportunity to land full-time jobs at Restoration Hardware has been born out of networking and a relationship Dominican has developed with the upscale home-furnishings company based in Marin County.
MSPAS cohort class to meet growing demand for Physician Assistants
As demand continues to grow for physician assistants in the medical field, Dominican graduated its first cohort class of 23 from the competitive MS Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) program. More than half of the class have jobs lined up, with others landing interviews at medical centers and private practices throughout California and the West.
Alumna donates travel stipend for study abroad business students
Deanna Rayala ’16 works as a manager for the Global Partner Enablement team at Salesforce in San Francisco, but her passion for international business was inspired by a study abroad experience in Spain.
Nursing students provide home visits to West Marin seniors
A semester class in community health nursing offered to fourth year nursing students attending Dominican, under the direction of Professor Ellen Christiansen, is work she is proud of.
Inaugural Marin Teachers of Color Scholarship recipient named
Dominican University of California has received a $300,000 grant to fund a new scholarship program designed to address the shortage of teachers of color working in Marin County’s public school.
Dominican ranks high among U.S. colleges in long-term investment return on degree
Dominican University of California ranks among the top 7 percent of 4,500 public, private, and for-profit colleges in the United States in a new report that calculates a degree’s long-term return on investment.
New BSB professor focuses research on "Model Minority"
Working as a high school teacher in an underserved community in the San Francisco Bay Area sparked Dr. Sarah Lee’s interest in studying minority groups’ barriers to upward mobility in the United States.
International Education Week features Global Achievement Award
Rosemarie Michaels, Associate Professor of Education and Director of the Education Studies Program, was named recipient of this year’s Françoise Lepage Global Achievement Award at the Consular Corps and Global Achievement Honoree Reception on November 19 in Guzman Lecture Hall.
Dominican participates in Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
Campus Ministry, along with Siena Leadership Team, Student Honors Board, Resident Advisors, and the Psych Club, hosted Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week at Dominican starting November 18, with the Hunger Banquet in Creekside Room.
Dominican receives "Gold Seal" for student voting engagement
At the 2019 ALL IN Challenge Awards Ceremony held to recognize colleges and universities committed to increasing college student voting rates, Dominican University of California received a gold seal for achieving a student voting rate between 40% and 49%.
Dominican veteran students tie yellow ribbons around trees on campus
In honor of Veterans Day on Monday, November 11th, the Veteran Services Office and members of the new Dominican University Student Veterans Organization (DUSVO) have tied yellow ribbons around trees on campus to honor active duty military and veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Yellow Ribbons can be seen on trees lining Acacia and Magnolia Avenues, as well as trees throughout the interior campus.
Student-athlete's experience leads to career in Physical Therapy
Kelsey Lardner’s experience as a Biological Sciences major and volleyball player at Dominican served her so well that she went on to earn her doctorate in Physical Therapy and began her new job this week at a PT clinic in Nevada City.
Occupational Therapy grant focused on helping older adults in community
As demand grows for health professionals prepared to meet the needs of the growing population of older adults, Dominican University of California has been awarded a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant. The grant will fund the development of resources and training opportunities for occupational therapists and other healthcare providers who serve older adults with dementia in healthcare facilities and the community.
Graduate Humanities Director launching new feature-length documentary film
When she wasn’t producing a PBS documentary, overseeing Dominican’s MA Humanities program, developing the MFA in Creative Writing program, or publishing books of poetry, Joan Baranow was slowly but surely nurturing a feature-length documentary about a brave young woman trying to live a normal life with terminal cancer.
Graduate students/teammates doing research at Buck Institute/Bio Marin
Drawn to Dominican by the opportunity to engage in bioscience research while competing on its NCAA Division II cross country team, graduate students Buay Deng ’19 and Jorden Tahquechi ’19 are on the right career path.
Internship leads MBA student to new career developing sustainability programs
An internship Mark Chhabria began as an MBA student in the Barowsky School of Business evolved into a new career focused on developing sustainability programs throughout Marin County.
Alumna continues research while seeking Masters of Science in Education degree
Sierra Carlson ’17 is a teacher at Novato High School who is still learning at Dominican.
Biology professor receives three-year grant from National Institutes of Health
Dr. Meredith Protas, assistant professor of biology, has received a three-year grant from the National Institutes of Health in support of research examining the genetics behind eye degeneration in cave-dwelling crustaceans. Her work could eventually provide important insight into eye degeneration in humans.
Family Weekend 2019 features two days filled with fun and academic/athletic events
Pepe Gonzalez ’98, principal of Laurel Dell Elementary School and past president of the Dominican Alumni Association board of directors, was keynote speaker for Convocation 2019 to kickoff Family Weekend October 11-12.
Dominican collaborating with community partners for "Everyone Counts: Census 2020"
Dominican is collaborating with community partners throughout Marin County on a unique, hands-on initiative that integrates projects related to Census 2020 into more than a dozen courses. The goal of the “Everyone Counts: Census 2020” university-wide community engagement theme is to support an accurate census count by reaching the county’s hard-to-count communities and populations.
National study reveals Dominican's increase in civic engagement leads to higher vote turnout
A national study shows that Dominican's recent efforts to increase civic engagement on campus has resulted in significantly higher turnout rates at the polls.
Vaping advertisements, messaging grabs attention of psychology professor
Dr. Ben Rosenberg, assistant professor of Psychology, is watching the e-cigarette/vaping controversy nationwide with an eye on research as to how interested parties will continue to debate through advertisements and messaging aimed at teenagers.
BFA in Dance alumna makes debut at The Met Opera in "Porgy and Bess"
On the verge of making her debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, Tatiana Barber ’16 felt like she is dancing on cloud nine.
2LOW performs in 2019-20 Guest Concert Series at Dominican
The 19th season of the Guest Concert Series at Dominican University of California continued on November 17 with a performance by 2LOW in Angelico Concert Hall.
ASDU fall events schedule features Giants game, Pop Up party
Associated Students of Dominican University (ASDU) has launched a new and exciting “First 6” fall events schedule filled with friendly fun and community engagement.
ILS lecture lineup features Colson Whitehead, Malcolm Gladwell, Pete Souza
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Colson Whitehead, five-time New York Times bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell, and photojournalist and former Chief White House Photographer Pete Souza will appear at Dominican University of California in the Fall 2019 Leadership Lecture Series
Dominican ranked again in top third of colleges nationwide in Wall Street Journal/THE survey
Dominican University of California has again ranked in the top third of 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.
Busy Political Science major aims to change environmental policies
In elementary school, Allison Kustic ’21 first learned to dream of having an impact on the environment. Dominican helped shape that dream.
eSports club tops Dominican Rec Sports' activity and events fall schedule
eSports is coming to Dominican!
Biology major from Novato inspired by Reimagining Citizenship program
Spending the past two summers working with the City of Novato’s Sustainability Department has taught biology major Scherina Chi ’22 important lessons in leadership, communication, strategy, and diplomacy. Along the way, she’s developed a passion for public service and a commitment to incorporate service into her career.
Barowsky School of Business Class of 2019 graduates thriving
Dominican’s student advising, along with a location in one of the world’s most dynamic economies, is paying dividends for members of the Barowsky School of Business (BSB) class of 2019.
Business professor wins X-Culture international award for teaching
The recent recipient of an international award for teaching, Dominican’s Dr. Rajeev Sooreea is developing more opportunities to engage his business students through research. This fall he plans to involve his undergraduate and graduate students in studies focused on developing a national framework for innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa.
Alumna's Dominican experience leads to job at Facebook
Rachel Sadacca ’12 works at Facebook, but her journey to the largest social media company in the world didn’t start when she first created her profile in her dorm during freshman orientation. It began when she came to face-to-face with classmates, professors, and advisors at Dominican.
Dominican adding Social Justice major this fall aimed at civic engagement
In response to a growing number of students interested in careers focused on social justice and civic engagement, Dominican University of California is adding a new degree program in social justice this fall.
BFA in Dance alumna presents work at acclaimed summer dance festival
As an artist and educator in Jacob Pillow’s Curriculum in Motion and Medicine in Motion programs, BFA in Dance alumna Liv Schaffer ’13 was given a chance of a lifetime to present her work at the oldest internationally acclaimed summer dance festival in the country.
`Colleges of Distinction' recognizes Dominican as a top university nationally
Dominican University of California has received national recognition for its engaged students, outstanding teaching, and successful outcomes by being named a 2019-2020 College of Distinction by a popular college guide.
Communications students thrive in summer jobs as pro baseball broadcasters
Communication and Media Studies majors, Soren O’Connell ’20 and Forrest Hunt ’20 are thankful for what they see as a once-in-a-lifetime chance at their young age – the opportunity to jump from Penguin Radio to professional baseball.
Business school graduate creates own social media marketing company
Cady Marsh ’07 ’09 MBA has transformed from a business student to blossoming into a social butterfly to owning her own social media marketing company to becoming president elect of the Dominican Alumni Association board of directors.
Career Services adding two popular online platforms for job search
Thanks to a generous grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Dominican is adding valuable new tools this fall that will help students and alumni plan and expand their careers and broaden their job search.
Sisters exploring summer research/internship opportunities
When selecting a college, sisters Elina ’19 and Sevil ’20 Chelebieva were determined to stay close to home – and to each other. This summer, however, they are worlds apart thanks to some of the many opportunities they have received at Dominican.
Dr. Yung-Jae Lee named new dean of Barowsky School of Business
Dominican University of California President Mary B. Marcy has named Dr. Yung-Jae Lee as dean of the Barowsky School of Business. His appointment begins August 1, 2019.
Dominican To-Do List: Hike Gold Hill Grade
Business major Nhan Pham '19, who transferred to Dominican as a freshmen, is returning in the fall to pursue his MBA degree on campus where he was heavily involved in the Service-Learning program. When asked what he enjoyed most at Dominican on and off campus this is what he said:
Dominican To-Do List: Visit San Francisco
Emanuel “Manny” Cifuentes-Machado ’19 was the recipient of a Melba Beals Award for Excellence in Diversity this year. He seeking his master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs. When asked what he enjoyed most at Dominican on and off campus this is what he said:
Dominican To-Do List: Sightseeing in Sausalito
Biology major Briana Chavez '19 knew at age 10 she wanted a career in medicine. This summer she is working with Scribe America while deciding which med school or Master's program to enter to pursue her doctorate. When asked what she enjoyed most at Dominican on and off campus this is what she said:
Biology graduate praises mentors as he enters doctorate program at UC-Berkeley
The news that Dimitrios Camacho ’19 had been accepted into the Molecular and Cell Biology Ph.D. program at UC Berkeley brought tears to his eyes. For good reason.
Dominican To-Do List: Hiking Mt. Tam With Friends
Samantha Easley '19 was named the winner of the Veritas Cup at Commencement in May. She is seeking her Master of Education degree in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs at the University of Southern California. When asked what she enjoyed most at Dominican on and off campus this is what she said:
Dominican To-Do List: Watch sunrise above Golden Gate Bridge
Jake Quast ’19 was named Outstanding Student at Commencement in May. He is now working full-time in Houston with alliantgroup, the nation’s premier provider of specialty tax services. When asked what he enjoyed most about Dominican on and off campus, this is what he said:
315 undergraduates, 142 graduate students confer degrees at Commencement 2019
Touching on her life as an immigrant and how she adapted to challenges to launch her remarkable career, Joanna Hoffman delivered the keynote address as Dominican celebrated Commencement 2019 on May 18 by conferring degrees on 457 students, including 315 undergraduates and 142 graduates.
Adult Degree Completion program grad overcomes obstacles
When Robert Daley enrolled in Dominican’s Adult Degree Completion program, he knew that balancing school, a full-time job overseeing shelter operations for Catholic Charities, and a twice weekly commute from Santa Rosa would be a challenge.
San Quentin visit prepared students for "Shakespeare After Prison" event
Seventeen students from Perry Guevara’s Advanced Writing & Research and Science Writing courses visited San Quentin on April 28 to participate in theater exercises with inmates as part of Dominican’s partnership with the Marin Shakespeare Company.
Joanna Hoffman to deliver keynote address at Commencement 2019
Joanna Hoffman, one of the original members of both the Apple Computer Macintosh team and the NeXT team, will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree and deliver the keynote address at Dominican University of California’s 2019 commencement ceremony on May 18, 2019.
ADC graduate to present at Bay Area Undergraduate Art History Research Symposium
Robert Daley ’19, who recently earned his BA in Humanities and Cultural Studies, represented Dominican as a presenter at the 10th Annual Bay Area Undergraduate Art History Research Symposium. The event was held April 27 at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.
Biology student thriving in Pre-Med Mentor Program with Kaiser
While conducting and presenting research focused on ocean acidification is giving Kate Romano ’20 a strong foundation in the sciences, it is her work in the Dominican/Kaiser Permanente Pre-Med Mentor Program that has solidified her decision to become a pediatrician.
Fun-filled Reunion Weekend to honor Class of 1969, service award winners
About 150 proud Dominican University of California alumni will return to campus for the annual Alumni Reunion Weekend Friday and Saturday, April 26-27
BFA in Dance alumna makes television debut in FX series Fosse/Verdon
After finishing a six-month run on Broadway in the musical revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, Anna Noble '11 is now dancing from stage to the small screen.
Dominican Scholar research by alumna having worldwide impact
Isabel Paner ’18 was surprised when she heard that the research paper she presented last year at Dominican’s Scholarly and Creative Works Conference (SCW) has been downloaded by people in the United Kingdom, Spain, Argentina, South Korea, Finland, Thailand, Australia and Canada.
Alumna inspired by civil rights hero to pursue career as news reporter
Civil rights hero Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals, Chair Emeritus of the Department of Communications and Media Studies, inspired and encouraged Amanda Aguilar ’13 to follow her dreams and become a reporter.
Kapamilya Club hosts Filipino Cultural Night with "Liwanag"
With its active student membership growing to 150, the popular Kapamilya Club at Dominican is preparing for its eighth annual Pilipino Cultural Night with "Liwanag" on Sunday, April 14, in Angelico Concert Hall, starting at 2 p.m.
Psychology professor delivering mentoring research in keynote address
Mentoring relationships between students and adults may be a more practical avenue for educational success than formal programs designed to support first-generation college goers, according to researchers from Dominican University of California and Johns Hopkins University.
Golfers score well on course and in classroom with multiple opportunities
When Jake Quast ‘19, Brandon Brame ’19, and Nick Rivera ’19 arrived as freshmen, they knew little about each other apart from sharing an interest in business and a talent for golf.
Barowsky business students gain full-time jobs prior to graduation
With graduation two months away, a growing number of business students at Dominican already have secured notable full-time positions before graduation in May.
Students to present at Scholarly and Creative Works Conference April 17
More than 160 research presentations--ranging from the link between parental involvement and academic self-efficacy in college students, the developmental effects of e-cigarette use by teens, to the acute health effects of Northern California wildfires—will be presented at Dominican University of California’s fifth annual Scholarly and Creative Works Conference, April 17.
Dominican, City of Novato program focuses on "Reimagining Citizenship"
Novato City Council has approved the Reimagining Citizenship program for an additional four years.
Supportive learning environment leads alumna to veterinary school
Currently in her second year in Veterinary School at The Ohio State University, Amanda Gaytan ’15 recalls how much she 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 with a Dominican MBA alum solidified her decision to pursue a career in veterinary medicine
Alumna follows path through Dominican to TV reporting position
When Frankie Katafias ’15, now working for KIVI/KNIN TV’s “Good Morning Idaho,” was growing up in Orange County, she often dreamed about what life would be like if she worked in television.
Annual Day of Giving
A record number of gifts from the Dominican University of California community helped raise $106,761 from 590 donors during the third annual day of giving, All In for Dominican, on March 19.
David Brooks Challenge inspires student essays in coursework
An upcoming campus lecture by author and New York Times columnist David Brooks has inspired a campus-wide writing “challenge” issued by Dominican’s Institute for Leadership Studies and the Department of Political Science and International Studies.
Peace Corps opportunity beckons biology major, CASC minor
Inspired by his community engagement efforts from San Rafael to Cincinnati, and with support from faculty, staff, and classmates, Biology major and Community Action and Social Change minor Dylan Martins ’19 successfully applied to the Peace Corps.
Students seek alternative spring break options to learn, serve community
From studying ecology in Thailand to understanding the principles of sustainability in Arizona, more than 30 Dominican students spent their spring break immersed in a wide range of hands-on learning activities outside the classroom.
Nursing student's plight representative of Day of Giving spirit
Nursing is the perfect career for Sebastian Shigeyoshi ’20. He’s compassionate, thoughtful, engaging, and feels a strong sense of commitment to helping others.
Historic season for women's basketball team ends at NCAA Div. II West Regional
The historic journey of the Dominican University of California women’s basketball team ran out of gas in San Diego on March 15.
Panetta Institute intern inspired by four fields of study
Panetta Institute intern Delainey Boyd ’19 came to Dominican from Colorado with a plan: to become a special education teacher and, ultimately, an advocate for special needs children
Alum progressing toward family medicine doctorate degree
As he closes in on his doctorate degree at UC Davis, Jordan Rode ’14 looks back at Dominican and the advantages and opportunities it afforded.
Dr. Leeds among finalists for national faculty mentor award
As the Faculty Athletics Representative at Dominican, Dr. Christopher Leeds makes his Penguin student-athletes his business. But his interest and support doesn’t end when their games are over.
Basketball star leads Dominican to first ever NCAA Div. II tournament berth
Natalie Diaz '19 says she is living the Dominican dream and now she is the University's all-time career scoring leader in women's basketball in leading the Penguins to their first ever appearance in the NCAA Division II West Region tournament in San Diego March 15-17.
Student-athlete connects with LinkedIn Business Leadership Program
Competing in NCAA Division II athletics, studying at the University of Oxford, and landing a job with the LinkedIn Business Leadership Program (BLP) in Chicago have fulfilled the Dominican experience for business major Sophia Stetson ‘19.
Graduate Open House April 6 features MBA in Healthcare Leadership program
After 16 years working as a cardiothoracic operating room nurse for Sutter Healthcare in San Francisco, Heidi Gigliotti ’02 picked the perfect time to return to Dominican to advance her career.
Tilden Trio closes curtain on 2018-19 Guest Concert Series
The popular Tilden Trio from Marin County returned to Angelico Concert Hall on March 3 to close the 18th season of the Guest Concert Series at Dominican University of California in San Rafael.
Alum's passion for research leads to graduate program with Buck Institute
After earning his undergraduate degree in molecular and cell biology from UC Berkeley, Kenneth Wilson M.S. ’14 searched for a hands-on graduate program that would take him out of the lecture hall and into the lab.
Global Public Health student's research inspired by Costa Rica trip
A research trip to Costa Rica last summer inspired Keira Dagy ’19 to combine her interest in global health with a long-time goal to pursue a career in environmental science.
From Chicago to the BFA in Dance program stage for Senior Projects
As Pauline Mosley ’19 and Aidan O’Leary ‘19, both from Chicago, prepare for their Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA in Dance performances in the Senior Projects this month, the inspiration for their choreographed works is drawn from their Dominican experience and summer internships
Del Sol String Quartet performs in Guest Concert Series
The Del Sol String Quartet returned to Dominican University of California in San Rafael to perform in the Guest Concert Series in Angelico Concert Hall on February 10.
Alum mentors students interning at his start-up business
At Dominican, Rob Chase MBA ’00 gained the tools to develop and build a successful healthcare business. Now he’s paying it forward, creating internships for Dominican students and serving as a mentor as they embark on their own careers.
English class inspires student-athlete to University of Oxford semester abroad
Although she is a Communication and Media Studies major, it was an English class her freshman year that helped inspire and steer Lily Dubuc ’19 in another direction. Next stop: the University of Oxford.
MS Bio Science international students pursue doctorate degrees
After gaining extensive hands-on experiences in Dominican’s MS in Biological Sciences program and publishing alongside faculty mentors in a prestigious peer-reviewed journal, international graduate students Maryam Fallatah MS ’16 and Hongye Zou MS '16 are furthering their studies as PhD students at UC Irvine and UC Davis respectively.
MFA student/poet returns to graduate program for creative writing
A workshop hosted by Dr. Joan Baranow, Director of Graduate Humanities, was the re-launching point for poet and MFA student Catharine Clark-Sayles ’19. Catharine, who grew up with a passion for literature and writing, put writing on hold when she enrolled in medical school on an army scholarship.
Soccer star Abby Wambach added to 2019 ILS Spring Lecture Series lineup
Two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA World Cup soccer star Abby Wambach has been added to the 2019 Spring Leadership Lecture Series at Dominican University of California on Wednesday, April 17.
Nursing program alum completes humanitarian missions aboard U.S. Navy ship
Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG) Justin Valdez ’15, who has served humanitarian missions aboard the U.S. Naval Hospital Ship Comfort, has been working at the “First and Finest” United States Navy hospital in the country, an experience aided by the training and education he received in Dominican’s nursing program.
Political scientist's research focuses on State of the Union Address
When President Trump delivers his rescheduled State of the Union Address on February 5, Dominican University of California political scientist Alison Howard will be watching to see how he uses the Address to both communicate with the public and make specific requests of Congress.
Former Iranian prisoner Jason Rezaian opens ILS Spring Lecture Series
Marin County native Jason Rezaian, former Tehran bureau chief for the Washington Post, opened the 2019 Spring Lecture Leadership Series at Dominican University of California in San Rafael on Monday before an appreciative crowd of more than 600 in Angelico Concert Hall.
MBA Boot Camp offers students hands-on experience
More than a dozen students began their life-changing MBA journey January 18-20 in the Barowsky School of Business MBA Bootcamp.
Students think outside the lab in marine mammal research
While tourists visiting San Francisco are entertained by the barking sea lions at PIER 39, students in Doreen Gurrola’s Research Methodology course look at these marine mammals much differently -- with binoculars.
2019 Spring Leadership Lecture Series lineup announced
Philanthropist and businesswoman Melinda Gates, New York Times columnist and political commentator David Brooks, former Barack Obama senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, and Jason Rezaian, former Tehran bureau chief for the Washington Post will appear at Dominican University of California in the Spring 2019 Leadership Lecture Series.
Service-Learning Symposium showcases students' experiences in community
Students in the Service-Learning program shared their personal experiences of community involvement at the biannual S-L Symposium on Tuesday, December 11, from noon to 1:30 p.m. before a standing room only crowd in Creekside Room.
Public History students present immigration research in "Angel Island Experience"
For Andriana Stenros ’19, Lexi Schumacher ’18 and 15 other students in Dr. Jordan Lieser’s Public History course this semester, the opportunity to extensively research and ostensibly re-create the Angel Island immigration process was more valuable than they could have imagined.