Students travel afar to NCUR, debate tournament, softball road trip

Dominican students were busy traveling across the state, region, and the nation last week to present research and represent Dominican in the debate hall as well as on the field.

A group of 41 students, led by faculty mentor, Dr. Afshin Gharib, a professor in the Department of Psychology, are among 4,000 students and faculty nationwide attending the 2017 National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Memphis on April 6-8. Some of the interesting research abstracts prepared by Dominican students included “Determining Chocolate Chip Cookie Preference in Young Adults” by Geneva Jump ’17 and Mia Lopez ‘20, “Advocacy Group Use of Social Media to Inform, Mobilize, and Change Policy” by Katie Koyfman ’17, and “College Students Judgments of Professors Personalities: Do Personality Judgments Change During a Class?” by Bryan Long ’18 and Kimberly Murrietta ’17.

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Dominican’s 15 strong debate team, led by political science professor Christian Dean, competed  in the Gary Gillespie Invitational Tournament at Northwest University in Kirkland, WA. April 8-9.

The Dominican team scored well competing against 20 teams in January at the Steeltown Invitational Tournament at Los Medanos College. Sayra Trejo ’18, a double major in Political Science and Communications and Media Studies, and Samantha Hunt ’18, a Political Science major, placed first in the Best Novice Team category.

Led by pitcher and Occupational Therapy major Katelyn Harden ’17 and shortstop and Biological Sciences major Catlyn Cavender ’17, Dominican’s softball team was  in Southern California for key Pacific West Conference doubleheaders with Azusa Pacific on April 7-8 and Concordia of Irvine on April 10. The Lady Penguins were tied with Concordia for third place in the standings.


April 4, 2017