Athletic Training Alumni Inducted into Alumni Hall of Achievement 

Christine Friel, Frank Alexander, and Yen Pam were inducted into the Alumni Hall of Achievement.

In a tribute to the former Athletic Training Program at Dominican College, three athletic training alumni were inducted into the Alumni Hall of Achievement on November 14, 2021.  The new inductees are:  Christine Friel ’10, for Excellence; Frank Alexander ’10, for Leadership; and Yen Pham ’17, for Service.  The former head of the Athletic Training Program Jim Crawley, presided over the ceremony.  Crawley is now an Assistant Professor in the Health Sciences program.

Christine Friel ’10, for Excellence

Christine Friel is the Assistant Director of Sports Medicine at the College of Mt. St. Vincent.  Prior to that, she worked at Long Island University in Brooklyn as an Assistant Professor and Associate Head Athletic Trainer.  Friel helped oversee athletic training coverage for 26 athletic teams.

“The best advice that I have received was to pay it forward.  Having the opportunity to teach students and mentor graduate assistants that have crossed my path has been my favorite experience so far,” she said.

At Dominican College, Friel was a gifted student, a member of the Athletic Training Honor Society, and took part in clinical work at the United States Academy at West Point.  After graduation, she earned a Master of Science in Advanced Athletic Training and Sports Science from LIU and earned the Dean’s Award for Clinic Excellence in Athletic Training.

During the award ceremony, Friel credited her parents with teaching her to “work hard, always show up, and get the job done with the best effort possible.”

Frank Alexander ’10,  for Leadership

Frank Alexander remembers being a young boy meeting former Yankees pitcher David Cone.  When he told Cone he wanted to be a Yankee when he grew up, Cone suggested he have a back-up plan as well.

“So my fall-back plan was to be a New York Yankee and then figure out how I could stay around baseball.  Athletic Training really held the key to that door for me,” said Alexander.  Now he feels fortunate to do what he does every day. .

Alexander is the athletic trainer and physician extender for Dr. Christopher Ahmad of Columbia University Medical Center’s Orthopedic Department.  He works with Dr. Ahmad in his roles as team physician for the New York Yankees, New York Boulders, and the New York Football Club.

Alexander said earning a bachelor’s degree at Dominican College was an important stepping stone in his career.  He also earned a master’s degree in kinesiology from A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ.

Alexander co-authored a book several years ago with Dr. Ahmad called “Understanding Tommy John Surgery and How to Avoid It.”  The book is geared toward children in fifth grade and older.

Yen Pham ’17, for Service

Yen Pham was recently promoted to Head Athletic Trainer for the Westchester Knicks of the G League.  The G League is the National Basketball Association’s official minor league basketball organization.

At Dominican College, Pham was a talented and dedicated student who was focused on her studies and learning new skills.  Pham served as president of the Iota Tau Alpha Athletic Training Education Honor Society and graduated cum laude. Upon graduation, Pham was hired by the Westchester Knicks to serve as Assistant Athletic Trainer after having done clinical work with the organization.

Like the other speakers, Pham recognized the heartbreaking absence of Jenna Tacinelli-Hach at the ceremony.  Hach passed away after a lengthy battle with brain cancer in August 2021.  “I got the Service Award, when it really it really should be the Jenna Award,“ said Pham. “She gave everything she had to the program.  I wouldn’t be here without her and Jim.”

Pham has continued to give her time and talents to Dominican College, and has mentored more than ten students since graduating.

 A photo of the three inductees will hang in the lobby of the Prusmack Center along with other members of the Alumni Hall of Achievement. 

MBA Student Receives 2020 Student Veteran Leadership Award

Alumnus and MBA student Andrew Anderson received a 2020 Student Veteran Leadership Award from GI Jobs Magazine.

Alumnus and MBA student Andrew Anderson ’18 received a 2020 Student Veteran Leadership Award from GI Jobs Magazine and was honored in the August edition of the magazine.  Anderson served five years in the Army and two years ago started his own business OVROUT, which sells streetwear fashion.

Anderson said his company donates some of its profits to veteran organizations. He also hopes to set up an entrepreneur fund in the future. “We would take profits from the business and create this entrepreneur fund for people who are transitioning out of life in the military and want to start a business,” he said. “We would basically be the go-to source for advice and funding.”

GI Jobs Magazine bestows the Student Veteran Leadership Award to veterans who overcame challenges to excel as students, volunteers, and leaders.

U.S. Senate Confirms Dominican College Alumna as Federal Judge

Alumna and Trustee Emeritus Mary Kay Vyskocil has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a federal judge.

The U.S. Senate voted on December 19, 2019 to confirm alumna Mary Kay Vyskocil, ’80, as a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York.  Vyskoscil has served as a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge since 2016.

Prior to being appointed as a judge, Vyskocil was a partner in the New York Law firm of Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP.  During her 33-year career at Simpson Thacher, Vyskocil litigated some of the most significant insurance and reinsurance cases, representing major domestic and foreign insurers in complex coverage litigations, including numerous arbitrations, jury trials, and appellate arguments. She represented Swiss RE Ltd. In litigation arising from the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and has also represented JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the Travelers Cos. Inc.

Vyskocil graduated summa cum laude from Dominican College and attended St. John’s University Law School.  At Dominican College, she was the first recipient of the prestigious Badami Outstanding Alumna Award, was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Achievement, and was named an Alumni of Distinction.

After serving two 15-year terms on the Dominican College Board of Trustees, Vyskocil was named a Trustee Emeritus in 2018.

U.S. Senate Confirms Dominican College Alumna as Federal Judge

Alumna and Trustee Emeritus Mary Kay Vyskocil has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a federal judge.

The U.S. Senate voted on December 19, 2019 to confirm alumna Mary Kay Vyskocil, ’80, as a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York.  Vyskoscil has served as a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge since 2016.

Prior to being appointed as a judge, Vyskocil was a partner in the New York Law firm of Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP.  During her 33-year career at Simpson Thacher, Vyskocil litigated some of the most significant insurance and reinsurance cases, representing major domestic and foreign insurers in complex coverage litigations, including numerous arbitrations, jury trials, and appellate arguments. She represented Swiss RE Ltd. In litigation arising from the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and has also represented JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the Travelers Cos. Inc.

Vyskocil graduated summa cum laude from Dominican College and attended St. John’s University Law School.  At Dominican College, she was the first recipient of the prestigious Badami Outstanding Alumna Award, was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Achievement, and was named an Alumni of Distinction.

After serving two 15-year terms on the Dominican College Board of Trustees, Vyskocil was named a Trustee Emeritus in 2018.

Criminal Justice Graduates Inducted into the Alumni Hall of Achievement

The new inductees into the Alumni Hall of Achievement are (left to right):  Michelle Soto, ’11, for Leadership; Jeremy Arcaro, ’09, for Excellence; and Katie McLaughlin,’16, for Service.

The Dominican College Criminal Justice Program celebrated its 10-year anniversary on Sunday, April 7, 2019 with the induction of three criminal Justice graduates into the Alumni Hall of Achievement.  The new inductees are:  Jeremy Arcaro, ’09, for Excellence; Michelle Soto, ’11, for Leadership, and Katie McLaughlin,’16, for Service.  A photo of the three inductees will hang in the lobby of the Prusmack Center with the members of the Alumni Hall of Achievement.

Jeremy Arcaro, ’09, for Excellence

Jeremy Arcaro was a lacrosse star at Dominican College, playing all four years and scoring the 3rd highest career goals (83) in the program’s history – a record he still holds today.  He describes himself as a “troublesome” student at Dominican College, but credits the College with setting him on the right path.

“Honestly, what this experience has done for me at Dominican College was not only make me a leader on the [lacrosse] field…but also in my current profession today,” he said.

For the past three years, Arcaro has worked as a police officer in the New Windsor, NY Police Department.  He is an instructor at the Police Chief’s Association of Orange County Police Academy and a field-training officer for new police officers.  As a member of New Windsor’s Community Policing Unit, he created and delivered a number of anti-bullying presentations at elementary and middle schools.

Arcaro has received three awards for saving a person’s life. The most recent incident took place on June 10, 2017 when he performed life-saving CPR and first aid on a person who was unresponsive and not breathing.

In addition to his police duties, Arcaro is the owner/operator of Laxology and owns the New York Reign Lacrosse Club.  Laxology runs lacrosse camps and hosts clinics for players in high school, as well as younger athletes.  The aim of the program is to boost a player’s lacrosse IQ and awareness in a friendly environment to allow the players to successfully compete at the highest levels of lacrosse.

Michelle Soto, ‘11, for Leadership

Michele Soto is a management consultant and has worked for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and the Department of Homeland Security.  Since graduating from Dominican College, she received a Master of Arts in Criminology, Law and Society from George Mason University.

Soto founded a nonprofit organization called Letters of Hope (letterofhope.org) which provides handwritten letters of encouragement to individuals experiencing hardships, including residents of homeless shelters, prisoners, and military families.  Soto says she has received wonderful feedback from the recipients of the letters.

The importance of giving to the community was a lesson Soto learned as a student at Dominican College.   “When I first visited Dominican College, it was like a hidden gem.  I knew as soon as I visited the College that I had to be part of this community that was so loving,” she said.

Soto was fully involved in campus life at Dominican College.  She was president of the Criminal Justice Club, president of the Debate Team, and president of the senior class.  She also volunteered to go on Alternative Spring Break trips to the Dominican Republican and to Gulfport, MS to help rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.

Soto said Dominican College will always remain dear to her heart.  She treasures her Dominican College education and says the criminal justice degree she received launched her career because she was able to secure a position as a background investigator as soon as she graduated.

Katie McLaughlin, ’16, for Service     

Katie McLaughlin is an enthusiastic ambassador for Dominican College, speaking at admissions events to prospective students about the opportunities she has had since graduation.  She often discusses the confidence she gained as a student, which allowed her to thrive in law school and her career.

“Dominican College definitely gave me the courage and the strength to get through law school, the academic ability to make it and really push through all the hard parts – especially the bar,” she said.

McLaughlin transferred to Dominican College and found the sense of community that had been missing at her previous school.  She co-chaired the Relay for Life event, was a member of the Criminal Justice Club, and a member of four honor societies – Alpha Chi, Pi Gamma Mu, Alpha Phi Sigma, and Psi Chi.   In addition, she served as an admissions student ambassador.

After graduation, McLaughlin attended Pace University Law School on a full scholarship.  At Pace, she was a senior associate with the Pace Law Review, a Pace Criminal Justice Society member and a member of the Women’s Association of Law Students.  McLaughlin received her Juris Doctor in May 2018.  She clerked for Essex County, NJ Judge James W. Donohue, after interning with the US Attorney’s Office, the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office, and the Hillsdale Police Department.  She recently started her dream job of working as a prosecutor.

Former Soccer Players Inducted into the Alumni Hall of Achievement

Chancellor Sr. Kathleen Sullivan and President Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien toasted the honorees before the ceremony.

Three former Dominican College soccer players were inducted into the Alumni Hall of Achievement on Sunday, April 29 during a ceremony in the Granito Center.  The new inductees are:  Donald Briggs Jr., ’83, for Excellence; Michael Hagopian, ’02, for Leadership; and Alice O’Hara, ’99, for Service. A photo of the three inductees will hang in the lobby of the Prusmack Center with other honorees.

Donald Briggs, Jr., ’83, for Excellence

Former soccer and basketball player Donald Briggs said the person he is today has a lot to do with Dominican College.  “The person who walked in the doors at Dominican College was not the same person who left four years later,” he said.  He credits the College with developing his business sense and teaching him to be an independent thinker.

Briggs has had a successful career in the credit union industry. He worked for more than 30 years with the NEA Federal Credit Union, which merged with Affinity FCU one year ago.  Briggs is a Vice President of Administration.

Sr. Kathleen Sullivan, O.P.,  Chancellor of External Affairs, said, “Don and his wife Sonja have contributed their time, their talent, and their treasure to serving the community and to serving Dominican College in countless ways”

In addition to having served on a number of professional boards, Briggs volunteers as treasurer of the Cornwall Girls Basketball Youth League and a board member of the Cornwall United Soccer Club.  Since 2008, he has been a member of the Dominican College President’s Advisory Council.

Briggs and his wife Sonja have three daughters.  Their eldest, Renee, graduated from Dominican College in May and his daughter Erin is a junior at the College.

Michael Hagopian, ’02, for Leadership

As a student at Dominican College, it was clear that Michael Hagopian was a leader.  He was president of the Student Government Association, captain of the men’s soccer team, a member of the Aquin Players, a student ambassador and a recipient of the Founders Award. After Dominican College, he earned two master’s degrees — in education and educational leadership.

Hagopian is now an Assistant Principal in the Oradell Public School District in New Jersey.   Dr. AnnMarie DiSiena, Coordinator of the Communication Studies Program, was Hagopian’s former professor and said he was always a role model to others. “He is making a difference today supporting students who struggle academically, socially, and emotionally by organizing interventions and being a support for the teachers, as well as the parents of the students,” she said.

Hagopian said he was humbled and honored to be inducted into the Hall of Achievement. “I share this award with all those who were my mentors, my supporters, my cheerleaders, my friends, and would like to recognize each of you today.”

Among his volunteer activities, Hagopian serves as a board member of Loeb House, a nonprofit organization that provides housing for those with special needs.  He is also on the executive board of the Dominican College Alumni Association and is a coach for the Orangetown Mighty Midgets Soccer Association.

Hagopian lives in Orangeburg, NY with his wife Amy and his young son. 

Alice Kivlehan O’Hara, ’99, for Service

At Dominican College, Alice Kivlehan O’Hara studied psychology and was competitive on the soccer field – earning the Most Valuable Player award her senior year. She came to Dominican College as a transfer student, but has a strong allegiance to the College.

“I would really like to thank all the teachers and staff who made Dominican College what it is today,” said O’Hara. “I received such a personal and individualized education at the College and that’s the reason why I am where I am today,” she said.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Dominican College, Alice earned a master’s degree in education technology and then began her teaching career.  For the past 18 years she has worked at the Bardonia Elementary School in New York.  Dr. Mike Kelly, her former professor and Director of the Graduate Programs in Education, said O’Hara has grown in her expertise in general and special education at Bardonia Elementary.  “She has touched the lives of hundreds of fifth grade students, who have had the privilege of experiencing her care for their academic, physical, social, and emotional needs as she prepares them for the next transition in their lives – middle school,” he said.

O’ Hara has spearheaded a program at her school to promote health and fitness.  On Move It Mondays students design a workout and give healthy-eating advice to younger students. The students also voluntarily agree to use recess to run laps and participate in workouts. O’Hara practices what she preaches.  She participates in numerous community triathlons and races for local charities and families in need.  She also volunteers with various local youth recreational leagues.

Alice lives in Tappan, NY, with her five children.  .

CEO of JAG Physical Therapy Named College’s 2018 Person of the Year

John Gallucci, Jr. is the first alumnus to be named as a Dominican College Person of the Year.

Dominican College and its Board of Trustees have named John Gallucci, Jr., MS, ATC, PT, DPT, President and CEO of JAG Physical Therapy, as Dominican College’s 2018 Person of the Year.  Gallucci will be honored at the 46th Annual Grand Reception on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 3 p.m. at the Palisadium in Cliffside Park, N.J.

“We are so proud to announce that for the first time ever we will be honoring an alumnus as the College’s Person of the Year,” said Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., Ph.D., President of the College. “John was chosen for his outstanding professional leadership, his community involvement, and his philanthropic works.”

In addition to his work at JAG Physical Therapy, Gallucci sits as the Chair of the New Jersey Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and is the medical consultant for Major League Soccer (MLS).   Prior to opening JAG Physical Therapy in 2005, Gallucci served as the Program Director of Barnabas Health’s Sports Medicine Institute. He is the former Head Athletic Trainer of the New York Red Bulls MLS team and is a sports medicine consultant for professional athletes in the NHL, NFL, NBA, and MLB. He has also worked in the athletic departments of Columbia University, New York University and Long Island University, and has been a clinical instructor at Dominican College, Columbia University, Seton Hall University, and Rutgers University.

As a popular motivational speaker and business coach, Gallucci has presented for a wide variety of companies and media outlets, including ESPN, Fox 5, PIX11, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and UPS.

Always looking to give back to the local community, Gallucci has been active in a number of philanthropic endeavors. He has taken on a leading role in fundraisers for the Valerie Fund, the Arthritis Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In addition, he supports more than 100 high schools, college programs and athletic clubs throughout the Tri-State Area.

Gallucci was a 2017 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Regional Award Winner and has been featured as one of the “20 People to Watch in Health” by 201 Magazine. He released his first book, “Soccer Injury Prevention and Treatment in May 2014. His second book, “Play Ball: Don’t Let Injuries Sideline You This Season” is set to release on May 1, 2018.

Gallucci received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of Staten Island and a master’s degree in athletic training from Long Island University. He completed his education at Dominican College by earning a master’s degree in physical therapy in 2004 and a doctorate in physical therapy in 2007.

Tickets to the Grand Reception honoring Gallucci can be purchased  here.   For additional information, please contact Mary Lichtman at 845-848-7406 or mary.lichtman@duny.edu.

 

New Members Inducted Into Athletic Hall of Fame

The new members of the Athletic Hall of Fame at the Induction Ceremony. Shown left to right, Jaclyn Spitaleri, Kyle Clancy, Jamar Snider, Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., and Michael Zani.

Five new inductees were welcomed into the Dominican College Athletic Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Friday, September 29, 2107,  in the Granito Center. The new inductees include: Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., ’64, Service; Jaclyn Spitaleri, ’07, Basketball; Michael Zani, ’07 Baseball; Kyle Clancy, ’06, Soccer; and Jamar Snider, ‘01, Basketball. 

Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., ’64, Service

John Burke, Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students, described Sr. Mary Eileen as a humble leader who holds athletics close to her heart. As President of the College for about 30 years, she has been at the helm, he pointed out, for about 60 percent of the College’s athletic history.  “Sr. Mary Eileen I think is on the short list of the most valuable people to the 50 years of athletics at the College.” 

Sr. Mary Eileen thanked those gathered for the honor. “It has been a privilege to serve with so many good people interested in very important and good things,” she said. “Go Chargers! We need your team spirit, your strong bodies, your keen minds, and determination to win.”

Jaclyn Spitaleri, ’07, Basketball

Basketball inductee Jacklyn Spitaleri was a strong, athletic. and smart basketball player, according to her former coach John Burke. “I think she was by far the most talented point guard we ever had here, “ he said.  Burke pointed out that she was the all-time leader in assists with 530 assists, held the single season record with 173 assists her senior year and scored more than 1100 points. 

Spitaleri told the crowd gathered that she couldn’t express how honored she was to be at the induction ceremony, “I took great pride in being a Dominican Charger and will hold onto those memories for the rest of my life,”  she said.

Michael Zani, ’07, Baseball

Baseball Coach Rick Gianetti said Michael Zani was a solid player, a great lead-off hitter, and made two of the greatest catches he has ever seen. Zani was a member of the 2006 team that won the CACC Tournament Championship and played in the NCAA East Regional Tournament .  He has the second most hits in College history at 214.  Zani thanked his family and friends and said at Dominican College he learned to be respectful and to value other people.  “Baseball was a big part of my life.  It impacted me on and off the field,”  he said. 

Kyle Clancy, ’06, Soccer

Kyle Clancy was a “dream find” for any coach, according to former Dominican College Soccer Coach Michael Swanwick, who came back to the College to speak about Clancy during the induction ceremony. “He scored 71 goals in his college career and the majority of them were game winning goals – games right down to the end – nail-biters,”  he said.  While Clancy was at Dominican College,  the soccer team won three conference championships.  Swanwick said in addition to having excellent soccer skills, Clancy was an excellent student, a great teammate, and a nice guy. 

Clancy pointed out that as a forward, he got to score the goals, but stressed that he had a great team behind him. “The real reason I’m able to receive this amazing honor tonight is my teammates,” he said. 

Jamar Snider, ’01, Basketball

Coach Joe Clinton said Jamar Snider was the reason the College won a Conference Championship two years in a row. He scored over 1,000 points in three years and grabbed over 500 rebounds.  Coach Clinton stressed that Snider also had tremendous loyalty to the program and the school and years later likes to give the basketball team pep talks when they are playing near his New Jersey home.  “I’m proud of him.  He’s well-deserving and again one of the best players to ever put on a Charger uniform – especially all-around players,” said Clinton.   

Snider talked about the relationship that he’s built to the school over the years and spoke to his teammates and Coach. “To that relationship I say thank you guys, I say I love you guys.  It’s been a wonderful ride and a great journey,” he said.  

 

 

 

 

 

Hennessy Center Expansion Completed

The new Hennessy Center Fitness Room include 30 pieces of cardio equipment.

There’s a major addition to the Dominican College Campus. Construction of the $5 million expansion of the Hennessy Center has been completed. The expansion includes a new lower level with a state-of-the-art fitness center. The general public can sign up to use the fitness center, and alumni can join for a deeply discounted rate. The annual fee for alumni to join is $150.  The annual fee for the general public is $300.

The new fitness center is about four times larger than the former fitness room and has 30 pieces of cardio equipment as compared to six in the old room. There is also an aerobics room with bikes for spin classes. 

V.P. of Student Development John Burke said, “I think our teams are going to be fitter and in better shape. For coaches who are recruiting, the new fitness center is a huge advantage.”

The expansion includes a new, regulation-size NCAA gym on the same level as the current gym, which will allow for more intramural sports and “open gym” time for the general student population. There are also new coaches’ offices, a new recruiting room/conference area and an athletic training area with two whirlpools.

Fundraising for the expansion continues and there are naming opportunities available for the new rooms. If you are interested in donating, or would like to learn more about the Hennessy Center project, please contact V.P. of Institutional Advancement Dorothy Filoramo at dorothy.filoramo@duny.edu.

To find out more about joining the fitness center, visit www.duny.edu/fitnesscenter/

 

 

 

Nursing Program Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

Division of Nursing administrators and faculty toasted each other to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Program.

The Dominican College Nursing Program celebrated its 40th Anniversary on Thursday, June 8, with a gathering of alumni, students, Nursing faculty, and College administrators at the Granito Center.  During the reception, everyone raised their champagne glasses as Dr. Nancy DiDona, Director of the Division of Nursing, gave the toast.  In part, she said, “May we continue to nurture, heal, and enlighten the mind, body, and spirit of those we meet.  As nurses, may we keep in mind that it does not matter that no one remembers our names or our faces, but that they remember how we made them feel.”

The Honorary Speaker at the reception was Sr. Kathleen Sullivan, O.P., Chancellor of External Affairs. Sr. Kathleen spoke about how the nursing program was developed by visionary and creative women in response to local needs.  “It is my great pleasure at this significant moment in the history of the program and in the history of the College to acknowledge their magnificent, generous, and inspirational work – work that has helped to define the Dominican Difference not only for our nursing students, but for the community that we serve,”  she said. 

Sr. Kathleen continued, “The graduates of the Dominican College Nursing Program have attained a reputation of excellence within their profession and within the institutions in which they serve and have brought the stature of the College as a responsive institution achieving its commitment to Excellence, Leadership, and Service, to new levels of recognition in our community and among our peers. “

The Celebration Reception was hosted by the Department of Alumni Relations.