Community service at the heart of alumna for Reunion Weekend

Named the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Recent Alumni Award for Reunion Weekend in April was as exciting to Maureen “Mo” de Nieva-Marsh ’07 as when she was named winner of Veritas Cup at Commencement ceremonies 10 years ago.

“I was floored,” she says. “I started screaming like I had been called to come on up on stage and win on The Price is Right.”

Mo vividly remembers the first day she set foot on campus at an admitted student open house and the moment in front of Guzman Hall she realized she had made the right decision to enroll at Dominican.

“There were leaves falling gracefully and the ivy won me over,” recalls Mo, who majored in Political Science in the School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences with minors in pre-law and music.

Mo, now Senior Program Coordinator for Health and Human Services for the County of Marin, was a student ambassador host at Dominican, joined Associated Students of Dominican University (ASDU), Phi Alpha Delta, Campus Ministry and participated in numerous extracurricular activities while adopting the Dominican ideals.

Out of the four pillars, the ideal of community was important to me.  That’s what I took from my Dominican education and have applied it to every facet of my life,” Mo says. “Your community is not a destination or a location. It’s who you are with.”

Mo has involved herself in everything Dominican. She has returned to campus with her husband, Donald, to sing in the alumni choir during Christmas mass and on Reunion Weekend. She has been keynote speaker for Shield Day. She is President and a charter member of the San Rafael Evening Rotary Club, which is the new sponsor of Dominican’s Rotaract Club. Mo also served two terms on the Dominican Alumni Board of Directors. As a fervent proponent of civic engagement among underrepresented groups and communities, she is an elected delegate with the California Democratic Party, former member of the Marin Women’s Commission, and attended the White House Briefing for Filipino-American Leaders in 2015.

Dominican helped inspire her to give – and give back.

“The University was there when I needed it to be. There were people, places and experiences on this campus that really shaped me,” Mo says. “Giving back to the University isn’t just about writing a check. It’s about the time, talent, and treasure you can give instead.”


April 19, 2017