Business student busy giving to all things Dominican

Jessy Marshall '16 was in a giving mood all the time with her free time.

The senior Business Administration major in the Barowsky School of Business, who was named the Most Outstanding Student at Commencement ceremonies in May of 2016, was intertwined with everything Dominican on campus and off. She took advantage of opportunities and challenges to engage faculty and staff, as well as classmates and teammates. She has passed on her passion for helping and leading to leave her mark in many ways in the spirit of giving.

“It definitely grew here at Dominican,” says Jessy, now a producer at Mahalo Digital. “I wanted to make a difference in others’ lives and give and give and give.”

Recruited to play basketball at Dominican, Jessy, who also minored in leadership, developed into a leader on and off the court while being selected multiple times to the Pacific West Conference All-Academic Team and helping the Penguins win the Pac West Academic Achievement Award for the sixth consecutive year. She was a member of the Penguin Student Athlete Advisory Committee (PSACC) for four years and attended conferences from Florida to Hawaii. During her sophomore year, Jessy represented the PacWest Conference at the NCAA Division II Identity Workshop in West Palm Beach. As a junior, she was selected as social media director for the PacWest Conference Student Athlete Advisory Committee and in 2015 was voted its president. Jessy,  a captain on the Penguins women’s basketball team her senior year, was one of 257 student-athletes nationwide to be nominated for the Allstate Good Works Team, an award recognizing a select group committed to making a difference in their communities.

A profile of her appeared on Page 67 of the NCAA Division II 2015 Annual Yearbook.

However, Jessy’s impact on Dominican transcended sports. Since her freshmen year, she was a leadership host/ambassador for the Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) in the Barowsky School. In 2014, Jessy participated in the ILS’ summer LeaderShape Institute on campus and in 2015, as ILS’ student social media director, she helped start a peer mentor program.

Jessy also worked for the English Language Services (ELS) program at Dominican, leading tours for new foreign students and tutoring them in English. In addition, she worked as a marketing assistant in the marketing department at Dominican, as a retail clerk at the campus bookstore and, for the second year in a row, she was a Resident Assistant in Dominican’s dormitories.

Jessy embraced and embodied the Dominican values of Study, Community, Reflection and Service.

“Everything I have done at Dominican has been for a reason, whether it was for a financial benefit or something that is going to make me a better leader and prepare me for my future,” she said in 2015.

Jessy’s goal was to pursue a career in organizational development in all four sectors: corporate, nonprofit, government, and education. Her activities and interactions at Dominican prepped her to transition from a student leader on campus to a transitional leader after graduation.

“Everyone I have met has made this experience rewarding for me. Everyone I have met has impacted me so positively. Everyone’s such a bright light,” Jessy says. “There are so many unique people who come to Dominican.”


December 21, 2015