Dr. Michael Decker, Executive Director of Phi Alpha Theta, (left) with History Professor Christoper Libertini, at the Phi Alpha Theta New York-New Jersey Regional Undergraduate History Conference.
Dominican College hosted the Phi Alpha Theta New York-New Jersey Regional Undergraduate History Conference on Saturday, April 27, 2019 in the Prusmack Center. Phi Alpha Theta is a national history honor society.
The conference attracted students from eight area colleges and universities to present their papers. In addition to the three Dominican College presenters, there was also participation of students from Adelphi University, Georgian Court University, Marist College, Mercy College, SUNY-Albany, SUNY-New Paltz, SUNY-Plattsburgh, and West Point.
“An event like this is a great reminder that the liberal arts–and history in particular–are still very popular among students. It was truly gratifying to see so many students overflowing with passion to share their historical research and to listen to the research of other undergraduates,” said History Professor Christopher Libertini. “Dominican College proved to be an ideal venue to host such an event with its central location to so many area colleges and universities and its proximity to some of New York’s important historical sites dating back to colonial times.”
Students at the conference heard from keynote speaker Dr. Michael Decker, Executive Director of Phi Alpha Theta. Preceding the conference, there was a free walking tour of Old Tappan.
April 29, 2019
Alpha Chi Inductees received a white stole to wear around their necks and lit a candle from the Candle of Knowledge during the Induction Ceremony.
The top students at Dominican College were recognized during the annual Honors Convocation and Alpha Chi Induction on Monday, November 13, 2017, in the Hennessy Center.
The Alpha Chi Honor Society is a national honor society which recognizes academic excellence, leadership, and service. During the ceremony, the inductees lit candles from a Candle of Knowledge and were presented with a white stole around their necks.
The two co-presidents of Alpha Chi, Senior Nursing student Michelle Monaco and Senior English student Catherine O’Leary delivered the Honors Convocation Address. Monaco told the students that they are all role models. “Getting good grades is not based on luck. Luck did not get you all here tonight. Rather, you’re gathered here because of your motivation, sacrifice, determination, discipline. and passion. So remember this: You are not lucky. You are deserving,” she said.
O’Leary told the students, “As you mature and progress throughout your college experience and throughout your life, you will realize that the definition of success changes. However, the most important thing is to live your life with integrity and to never succumb to the negativity around you.”
In addition to the Alpha Chi induction, students were honored for being on the Dean’s List by maintaining a Grade Point Average of 3.5 or higher for two, four, or six consecutive semesters.
November 14, 2017
David Daniel, the President of the Dominican College Chapter of Alpha Chi, delivered the Honors Convocation Address.
Dominican College’s most accomplished students were recognized during the annual Honors Convocation and Alpha Chi Induction on Monday, November 14, 2016, in the Hennessy Center.
The Alpha Chi Honor Society is a national honor society which recognizes academic excellence, leadership, and service. Alpha Chi is open to juniors and seniors in all disciplines and is highly selective. During the ceremony, the inductees lit candles from a Candle of Knowledge and were presented with a white stole around their necks.
David Daniel, a senior nursing student and the President of the Dominican College Chapter of Alpha Chi gave an inspiring Honors Convocation Address. The theme throughout his speech was that there is greatness inside each and every student. He told a story of a young boy who was able to save his friend from drowning in an icy pond. When responders questioned how the small boy could possibly break a large branch to help save his friend, an older man replied, “There was no one to tell him that he can’t.”
Daniel then spoke to the students. “If you can move away from naysayers, If you can push away the idea that it’s not possible, you will be sitting here and the next thing you know, when you move to the next phase of your life, you’ll be amazed at what you can do, because there is greatness inside of you,” he said.
In addition to the Alpha Chi induction, students were honored for being on the Dean’s List for one to three years.
November 15, 2016
The National Council of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society has awarded an Alpha Award at the Silver level to the Dominican College chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta. The Alpha Award is national recognition from the freshmen honor society given to chapters that have initiated a notably high percentage of their invited students.
In the 2013-2014 academic year, Dominican College inducted 87% of the students who were qualified and invited to join Alpha Lambda Delta. The College understands the importance of recognizing academic excellence among first year students and continuing to honor achievement, both in academics and community service, as students continue in their college career.
According to a letter from Dr. Glenda Earwood, Executive Director of Alpha Lambda Delta, “The growth of this honor society demonstrates that more academically talented students are drawn to your campus and that the successful transition of these students from high school to college has been supported by the faculty and staff.”
Alpha Lambda Delta is an honor society for students who have succeeded in maintaining a 3.5 or higher GPA, and are in the top 20% of their class, in their first year of college. Its mission is to “encourage superior academic achievement… to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning, and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their unique roles in society.” Alpha Lambda Delta has initiated more than 1,000,000 gifted students on college campuses across the country for the past 90 years.
In her letter, Dr. Earwood closes by saying, “The National Council of Alpha Lambda Delta appreciates the hard work and diligence exemplified by your advisors who have provided leadership and created a positive environment for these students resulting in an outstanding chapter.”
September 5, 2014