Coach Clinton Earns 500th Win

Head Men’s Basketball Coach Joseph Clinton celebrates his 500th career coaching win with his team and assistant coaches.

Dominican University New York Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Joseph S. Clinton, earned his 500th career coaching win on January 7, 2023, as the Chargers rallied from a 12-point deficit to defeat the Wilmington University Wildcats, 73-67, in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) action on Coach Baxter Court in the 15th Annual James Clancy Memorial Game.

The victory gives Coach Clinton his 500th career coaching win with his overall record now standing at 500-409 overall and improves his CACC record to 333-201.

At the time of the victory, Dominican was ranked ranked 16th in the nation in both the D2SIDA National Media Poll and the NABC National Rankings, and 14-1 overall and 6-0 in the CACC.

A Wildcat dunk put Wilmington ahead, 31-19, with 3:45 remaining in the first half when the Chargers rallied with a 10-0 run to close out the half and cut the deficit to 31-29.

Wilmington led most of the second half until a Wahaad Johnson (Brooklyn, NY) layup with 5:04 left to play put the Chargers ahead, 58-57.  That began a 17-9 game-closing run by Dominican to lift them to a 73-67 victory.  Johnson had five points during the run, including a crucial three-point basket.

CACC Player and Rookie of the Week, Javel Cherry (Poughkeepsie, NY) led all scorers and three Chargers in double figures with 17 points.

Seth Sharif-Brown (Hackensack, NJ) recorded a new career high of 16 points and had the team’s only double-double with 11 rebounds.  Johnson finished with 15 points, while Justin Copman (Cumberland, MD) pulled down nine rebounds, three assists and seven points.

Dominican University New York Receives Nursing Education Award

Nursing Professor AnneMarie McDermott instructing students.

Dominican University New York has been honored for its commitment to improving nursing education.  The University received the Assessment and Impact Award for Nursing Education from Skyfactor Benchworks, a Macmillan Learning brand.  The award celebrates the innovative ways that nursing schools create positive education experiences within their programs.   

Dominican University was recognized for maintaining one-on-one connections with students during the pandemic and purchasing a simulation lab to provide instruction for students. 

“Nurses provide hands-on care, support, and treatment for people when they’re at their most vulnerable, and successful nursing education creates nurses who are ready for that incredible challenge. Our team is pleased to recognize Dominican University New York, King University and Thomas Jefferson University as being best-in-class in listening to the needs of nursing students and teaching them how to deliver safe, quality patient care,” said Steven Ray, Vice President of Enterprise Solutions, Macmillan Learning. 

The three winners were selected using a multi-step evaluation process that included an analysis of multi-year assessment data by the Benchworks Analytics and Research Team.  The programs selected had the best results or best increases in performance as determined by survey scores.  Skyfactor Benchworks assessments are the most widely used programs in nursing education and have been available for nearly 25 years.

Dominican University Student Awarded Prestigious Research Stipend

Marlon Valverde-Suazo has been awarded a $5,000 research stipend, funded by the National Science Foundation.

 A senior Information Technology (IT) student from Dominican University is one of just 100 students nationwide to receive a prestigious research stipend funded by the National Science Foundation.    Marlon Valverde-Suazo was awarded a $5,000 research stipend to participate in The National Data Mine Network.  The goal is to ensure that students at Minority Serving Institutions have access to cutting edge courses, research opportunities, and industry partnerships.  Purdue University established The Data Mine, to teach data science to undergraduates from all majors. 

Valverde-Suazo has access to data science training materials, materials, and high-performance computing from Purdue University.  In addition, there are corporate partners who enable the students to learn data science with hands-on work.  Valverde-Suazo has been working with Bayer.  He meets remotely with his partners and peers for several hours each week.  “They have lessons and programs in which you learn all the coding language you need for the project,” he said. 

Valverde-Suazo hopes that this all leads to even bigger things in his future.  “I plan on trying to work at NASA or an aerospace or astronomy facility and this is one of the biggest steps to head me toward my goal,” he said. Jovan Zigic, Instructor of Mathematics and Physics, suggested Valverde-Suazo apply for the stipend because of his talent and passion for programming and software development. 

Students Learn Life Lessons from Former NBA Executive at Basketball Tip-Off Dinner

The Dominican University men’s and women’s basketball team’s with Tip-Off Dinner speaker Kevin Carr and Trustees Michael McLaughlin and Joe Charles

A former NBA executive was the special guest speaker at the 2022-2023 Dominican University NY Basketball Tip-off Dinner.  Kevin Carr, a former NBA Vice President and the Founder and CEO of PRO2CEO LLC, shared the lessons he has learned throughout his life with the men’s and women’s basketball teams.  He was an engaging speaker who held the student’s attention by often yelling out questions to the students and making them repeat the answers. 

Carr explained that he grew up in the projects and his parents had a total of 10 marriages among them. His mom dreamed of a better life and moved the children to Florida so that she could work at Disney.  She successfully built a career for herself there and insisted that Carr read and studied.  Carr’s brother became a college football player, but unfortunately did not have a back-up plan when he was injured, so he dropped out of school.  Carr regrets that his brother didn’t get the help that he needed. 

“What am I saying to you as young student-athletes? Ask for help if you are struggling,” said Carr.  “Talk to your parents, talk to the counselors, talk to the support office, wherever it is, if you have a problem while you are in school.”

Carr encouraged the students not to go to school to play ball, but to go to school to graduate, and stressed that talent is not enough.  By staying focused, and keeping out of trouble, Carr eventually became a successful NBA executive.  However, he later decided to create a new company PRO2CEO so that he could work out of his home and have more time for his family.  PRO2CEO is a is a career transition and business development consulting firm. 

The message to the student-athletes was that there are many ways to be successful in life. “It’s amazing to be an NBA player, but it’s also amazing to be an awesome Dad and awesome son, to be an awesome best friend,” said Carr.   

The Tip-Off Dinner was held at the Pearl River Saloon on November 3, 2022 and is an annual tradition to celebrate the beginning of the basketball season.

Dominican University New York Steps Up Commitment to Esports Program

The above photo depicts the anticipated design of Dominican University New York’s new Esports Arena.

Dominican University New York is stepping up its commitment to competitive gaming on campus with the construction of a new, state-of-the-art Esports Lounge and Gaming Center.  The Esports Center will be equipped with more than 24 PC stations, a streaming room, digital media stations, and a broadcasting suite. 

The University first entered the world of competitive gaming in spring of 2022, through a partnership with TeamMETA, a full–service esports management and development company. “As a TeamMETA–represented school, we not only teach and inspire, but we give schools access to play against some of the most well-known teams in the country,” said Christopher Leonard, owner of TeamMETA. “We are excited to help build something really special at Dominican.”   

The Esports Center will also include a practice area, as shown in the rendering above.

Dominican University Senior and Esports President DeAntae McFarlane said that the first season of esports at DU was a big success, “We have teams currently competing in Smash, Call of Duty, and Rocket League with more games to be added soon. It was so exciting to have key wins in our first season against D1 Baylor University and Florida Atlantic.” 

The esports program uses a team of coaches to provide the esports athletes with a rigorous training schedule and help them become better players. Each week, students learn a new skill based on their games of choice and skill levels.  Non-competitive gamers who just want to play for fun are also welcome to join the esports program. 

Construction of the new Esports Center is expected to start in spring of 2023 and be completed by next fall. 

Prospective students interested in learning more about the program should fill out this questionnaire.

Grand Reception Honorees Selected for Leadership & Community Involvement

The Grand Reception honorees were on campus to meet with students and to look over plans for the future of the university with President Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien.

Dominican University New York will honor Alan Seidman, Executive Director, Construction Contractors Association (CCA) of the Hudson Valley, and the Beckerle Family of Beckerle Lumber Supply Co. at the 49th Annual Grand Reception.  The event takes place on Sunday, October 30, 2022, at 12:30 p.m. at the Old Tappan Manor in Tappan, NJ. 

The honorees were chosen for their outstanding professional leadership, community involvement, and philanthropic works. 

Seidman is Executive Director of the CCA of the Hudson Valley, as well as the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Association of Southeastern NY.  As a lifelong Hudson Valley resident, he has been involved in many community activities. He is a past Chair of the Orange County Legislature and Past President of Temple Beth Jacob in Newburgh.  He was also officer of the Cornwall Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Highland Engine Co #1, and a first responder with American Red Cross on 9-11.    

The Beckerle Family operates four branches of Beckerle Lumber Supply Co. – in Spring Valley, Congers, Orangeburg, and Haverstraw – more than any other building materials supplier in Rockland County.  Over the past 80 years, the family has built a successful business by providing quality products, knowledgeable advice, and attentive services.  Through three generations of Beckerle leadership, the family has been involved in the community with a legacy of service and philanthropy. As just one example, company owners and employees have volunteered for Meals on Wheels for more than 20 years.

Dominican University New York invites all community members to join the University in celebrating the honorees and thanking them for their service.  Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased at www.duny.edu/grandreception2022  For more information, contact specialevents@duny.edu or call 845-848-7406. 

University Celebrates Its 70th Anniversary

President Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien and Chancellor Sr. Kathleen Sullivan at Dominican University New York’s 70th Anniversary celebration.

Just months after being elevated to the status of a university, Dominican University New York reached another important milestone – its 70th anniversary.  Administrators, faculty, staff, and friends of the university gathered in the Lawrence Room of Rosary Hall on October 1, 2022, for an event “Celebrating Our First 70 Years of Excellence.”

One of the highlights of the event was a video presentation that reviewed the last 70 years of the University’s history beginning with the founding of the institution by the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt in 1952 as a two-year college for religious women to become educators.  Over the years, the campus expanded to accommodate a growing enrollment and to welcome resident students. 

Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien O.P., Ph.D., President, Dominican University New York, said, “The first 70 years have been most productive.  We look forward to the next 70 and beyond.” 

Among the guests at the anniversary celebration was New York State Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick, who presented Sr. Mary Eileen with a proclamation honoring the University on 70 years of outstanding educational services in the community. “To see a county, a state, and really a world full of people that have gone through this special place – who have gotten their educational foundation, their religious foundation, and set them up for a life of success,” he said.

New Fundraising Campaign Launched

Steven Sabatini, Chair, Dominican University New York Board of Trustees, said the University had a lot to be proud of, having educated more than 15,000 alumni and encouraged education, leadership, respect for the individual, and service to the community.

During the event, Sabatini announced the launch of a new fundraising campaign.  “’Charging Forward With U’ is our current initiative focused on raising support from our alumni and friends so that we can ensure that both the current and future generations of Chargers are supported with the resources they need in order to prepare for success.”  He said any donation – large or small – makes a difference and moves the University closer to this year’s fundraising goal of $1.35 million.  Sabatini announced that he and his wife are kicking off the contributions with a $25,000 commitment on top of a previous gift to the turf field and a provision in his will to Dominican University. 

Because of the urgency and importance of the fundraising effort, Sabatini said he hoped others would support the campaign, “Together we can continue to make a difference in the lives of the thousands of individuals who have and will be impacted by Dominican University.” Those wishing to contribute to the campaign can donate here.

University’s Four Stages of Development

Sr. Mary Eileen told attendees that she has often thought of the University’s history in four stages of development.  During the first 15 years, the institution transitioned from a Junior College for the Dominican Sisters to a four-year independent liberal arts college for both men and women.  The second phase, which lasted 20 years, saw the broadening of undergraduate offerings, especially in business, health-related programs, and social work.  The institution began outreach to non-traditional students with the establishment of the Weekend College.  A partnership with the South Orangetown Central School District allowed for the use of Cooke Hall and Casey Hall for classrooms and administrative offices. 

Between 1987 and 2007, or the third phase, the campus expanded with the construction of new buildings and evolved from a commuter college to a campus for residents and commuters.  In 1994, a new athletic facility, the Hennessy Center, was opened.  The next priority was to provide on-campus housing and to construct a dining hall and student center for the new residents.  In 1996, Hertel Hall, a 290-bed residence hall, and Granito Center, a student center and dining hall opened. 

In 2005, the Prusmack Center for Health and Science Education was completed, offering updated classrooms, laboratories, and a lecture hall.  Enrollment continued to grow throughout this period and in 2007 Guzman Hall, a 200-bed student residence, was constructed. Sullivan Library also opened in its new location in Rosary Hall in 2007.  The third phase also is when Dominican established graduate programs in Teacher Education, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and an MBA. 

Sr. Mary Eileen said that we are now 15 years into the development of a fourth phase of development in which technology has grown, the lease/purchase of an additional 17 acres of land from the Sisters of Blauvelt was completed, and a Master Plan for the use of this property was developed.  During this most recent phase, there has been a focus on career development and fostering internships.  Faculty are developing new general education curriculum and the University is exploring alternative sources of income.  The crowning achievement during the current phase, has been the name change from Dominican College to Dominican University, New York. 

DU Offers Early Admission Pathway to Saint Elizabeth University PA Program

Physician assistant students working in the Saint Elizabeth University Simulation Lab.

Dominican University New York and Saint Elizabeth University (SEU), in Morristown, N.J., today announced an agreement to offer a new pathway to becoming a physician assistant. Under the agreement, up to three eligible Dominican University students will be interviewed during their junior year for early admission decision into SEU’s M.S. in Physician Assistant program.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students who wish to become physician assistants to receive early admission into a well-respected master’s program,” said Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., Ph.D., president, Dominican University New York. “Dominican University has built an impressive reputation in the health fields and this new program will provide additional professional opportunities for our students.”

“We are very excited to work with Dominican University as SEU’s mission of providing a high-quality education to students of diverse ages, backgrounds, and cultures is an excellent fit with that of Dominican University,” said Anne Clark Bartlett, Ph.D., provost and vice president for the Division of Academic Affairs and Student Life at SEU. “We look forward to welcoming our first Dominican University students to the program.”

Students planning to apply for acceptance into the 28-month-long SEU physician assistant program will receive advisement throughout their undergraduate study at Dominican University to ensure that they complete the prerequisite courses and meet the qualifications to enter the program. In order to be interviewed for the program in their junior year, students must have a cumulative prerequisite GPA of 3.4 and a cumulative GPA of 3.2, and be on track to complete all of the required prerequisite courses with a B or better. Candidates also must meet the following requirements by March of their senior year:

  • Complete a minimum of 300 direct patient care hours
  • Complete a minimum of 16 physician assistant shadow hours
  • Complete a minimum of 50 community service hours
  • Complete a Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistant (CASPA) application
  • Submit scores for the Physician Assistant College Admissions Test (PA-CAT).
  • Submit three recommendations including one from a professor and one from a physician or physician assistant.  

Under the new agreement, the first Dominican University students will be interviewed for conditional admission to the SEU Physician Assistant program in February 2023. Visit SEU’s M.S. in Physician Assistant page for more information on the program.

DU Community Packages 10,000 Meals for Hungry

Students worked on assembly lines on September 23, 2022, to package 10,000 meals for the hungry.

Students, faculty, and staff from Dominican University New York volunteered to package meals for the hungry during the Preaching in Action service project as part of Founders Week.  About 100 volunteers worked with the Outreach Program to package tasty, nutritious meals of rice and beans and apple-cinnamon oatmeal. The meals will be distributed locally to families in need. 

Ted Swartwood, The Outreach Program Regional Manager in NY in NJ, said the nonprofit was unable to use large gatherings of volunteers during COVID. “We can’t catch up with the demand,” said Swartwood.  “I told these kids they should all be proud of themselves for making the effort to come here.  They are making a difference.”

The volunteers packaged the meals on assembly lines set up in the Lawrence Room of Rosary Hall on September 23, 2002.  The mission of the Outreach Program is to provide safe water, food, medical care, and education to those in need, at home and abroad. 

Winners of the 2022 Spirit of the Founders Award Announced

The 2022 Spirit of the Founders Award was presented to students Gee Salim and Elena Vilanvoa.

The 2022 Spirit of the Founders Award was presented to students Gee Salim and Elena Vilanova during a ceremony in the Lawrence Room on Tuesday, September 20, 2022.  The event was one of the highlights of the weeklong celebration of Founders Week. 

The Spirit of the Founders Award recognizes the contributions of student leaders who hold the promise of carrying the Dominican spirit into the future.  Salim said he was honored to receive the award and admitted that it can be difficult to juggle school and activities when you are an involved student. “It’s good to see that what we do matters.  We want to do what is best for Dominican University,” he said. Salim is from Brazil and has served as President of the International Students Association for two years.  He is also a member of the men’s tennis team, a Resident Assistant, and the Senior Class Representative for the Student Government Association.

Vilanova said being involved in student activities has been an incredible experience.  “I’m so proud to be able to be involved on campus and have the opportunity to take on such great leadership roles,” she said.  “I wouldn’t change it for the world.” Vilanova has served as President of the Student Government Association for two years and President of Alpha Lamba Delta, the Freshman Honor Society.  She also was a Peer Mentor. 

Both honorees thanked President Sr. Mary Eileen, O.P, Ph.D., and Chancellor Sr. Kathleen Sullivan, O.P., for all they do for the university.