FMA Chapter Established for Finance Students

Finance majors have new opportunities now that Dominican University has established a Financial Management Association International (FMA) chapter.  Ivan Rudolph-Shabinsky, Director, Division of Business, Leadership, & Innovation, said that FMA is a great resource to help students develop skills and navigate the different areas that offer finance careers. 

“There are many benefits. For instance, FMA students have access to Wall Street Prep, which provides practice case studies similar to those that investment banks require students to complete when interviewing for analyst positions.  Another benefit is the many conferences and networking events organized by the FMA,” said Rudolph-Shabinsky. 

The Dominican University FMA chapter will be open to anyone with an interest in pursuing a career in finance.  Weekly meetings will focus on practice case studies and guest speakers. In addition, students will raise money to fund trips.  Students interested in joining the chapter should contact the student president, Nicolas Arrieta at

PHIT Program Offers EMS and Healthcare Professionals Free Tuition for Winter 2024 

The first ten accepted applicants for for January 2024 PHIT program will have tuition waived for the first semester.

Dominican University New York has announced an exciting opportunity for EMS and healthcare professionals. The first ten accepted applicants for the January 2024 Public Health Informatics & Technology (PHIT) program will have tuition waived for the first semester.   

This offer aims to alleviate financial burdens and encourage more individuals to pursue additional education and training. Those who earn a Certificate in the Public Health Informatics & Technology program (PHIT) at Dominican will receive the education, support, and internship opportunities necessary to excel in their careers.  

The goal of the Health Informatics curriculum is to strengthen the ability of health care professionals to utilize data science to better react to health care emergencies, better collect and analyze public health records, leverage the opportunities provided by today’s technology, and elevate the diversity in the health care workforce, The program offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of EMS and healthcare professionals, empowering them to make a difference in the field. 

Dominican University is one of only ten colleges nationwide, and the only institution in the tri-state, to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to develop a PHIT program. The program is supported by consortium members including Bon Secours Charity Health System, CorEvitas, Cornerstone Family Healthcare, EmpiRx Health, Mount Sinai Health System, and the New York State Department of Health.  

The PHIT program is led by a team of faculty members who bring their real-world expertise to the classroom ensuring that students receive practical, up-to-date training that is directly applicable to their work in the field. Recognizing the demanding schedules of EMS and healthcare professionals, the program offers flexible learning options, including online classes and evening courses, allowing students to balance their education with their career responsibilities.  

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply for the January 2024 class as soon as possible to take advantage of this opportunity. For application details and program information, please click here. Prospective students interested in learning more about the PHIT program should email Assistant Professor Carrie Boericke at

This project is supported by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number 90PH0004/01 The Public Health Informatics & Technology Workforce Development Program for grant amount $2.2 million. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by ONC, HHS or the U.S. Government. 

President Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien Announces Retirement

President Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien has announced her retirement after 35 years of service.

Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., Ph.D., President, Dominican University New York, announced on Monday, October 2, 2023, that she will be retiring. “It has been a distinct privilege to serve as the president of this remarkable institution for 35 years,” she said, noting that she has not set a definite date for her departure to give the Board of Trustees adequate time to search for a new president and to ensure that there is a smooth transition to new leadership. 

In an email to students, faculty, and staff, Sr. Mary Eileen wrote, “Serving as president of Dominican University has never been a job for me; it has been a mission and a calling.  I will forever hold the University, its students, faculty, staff, and alumni in my heart.”    

Steven Sabatini, Chair of the Dominican University Board of Trustees, thanked Sr. Mary Eileen for her unparalleled service to the University, “Her leadership and vision transformed what was once a small college into a respected university. The campus has greatly expanded with new, modern buildings and academic programs, including those offering master’s and doctorate degrees,” he said. “I am proud to have worked with her for the last 21 years, including the past three as Chair of the Board of Trustees. Sister Mary Eileen will be missed, and we wish her only the best as she embarks on a new phase of her life.” Sabatini said that the Board will be establishing a committee to begin the search for a new president. 

Sr. Mary Eileen said the fact that the institution attained prestigious university status, and constructed a long-awaited turf field and track for student athletes factored into her decision. “Having recently achieved both these long-term goals, I feel the time is right for me to announce my impending retirement,” she said.  The turf field was officially named the O’Brien Field on Saturday, September 30, 2023, in recognition of Sr. Mary Eileen’s years of visionary leadership and service.   

Sister Mary Eileen is a member of the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt and has dedicated herself to education, congregational excellence, and leadership for more than 50 years.  She began her educational career in the Bronx, where she was raised. She taught mathematics at St. Benedict’s School and St. Pius High School before becoming the principal of St. Luke’s School in the South Bronx.  In 1977, she was called upon to assist her mentor and former teacher, Sr. Natalie Casey, who was President of what was then Dominican College, Sr. Mary Eileen’s alma mater.  Sr. Mary Eileen later served as Acting College President for one year, was elected to serve as College President in 1979, and remained in that position until 1987 when she left to lead the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Blauvelt for six years. In 1997, she was chosen to serve again as President of the College and has remained in the position ever since. Dominican College was renamed Dominican University New York in May 2022, when the NYS Board of Regents approved the new University status, under Sr. Mary Eileen’s leadership.    

Sr. Mary Eileen earned a doctorate degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Fordham University, a master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education from Teachers College of Columbia University, and a master’s degree in Mathematics from Manhattan College. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Dominican College.  She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Journal News/Junior Achievement Business Person of the Year, Rockland Employment Network Lifetime Achievement Award, Helen Hayes MacArthur Award, Annual Award from Rockland Economic Development Corporation (REDC), Women Pioneers in Education Award, Dominican University Hall of Fame, and Our Lady of the Rosary Leadership Award from the New York Archdiocese.

In addition to her dedication to Dominican University and the Sisters of Saint Dominic, Sr. Mary Eileen is active in the local, regional, and national organizations. Some of her involvements include the Helen Hayes Advisory Board, Caldwell University Board of Trustees, Rockland Business Association Board of Directors, Council of Independent Colleges Board, The Commission of Independent Colleges and Universities Board, Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference President’s Council, Dominican Higher Education Council, and Lower Hudson Valley Catholic Colleges and Universities Consortium. She also participates in the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Sr. Mary Eileen is one of five individuals to serve as President of Dominican College/University, and the longest-serving President in its 70-year history.  Dominican University New York currently serves approximately 1,500 students offering undergraduate programs, master’s programs in teacher education, occupational therapy, nursing, business, and organizational leadership and communication,  as well as doctoral programs in physical therapy and nursing.

Ten Students Chosen to Participate in National Data Mine Network

Pictured above are eight of the ten students chosen to participate in the National Data Mine Network with Mathematics and Physics Instructor Jovan Zigic.

Ten Dominican University students have been chosen to participate in the competitive National Data Mine Network – out of just 122 awards across the U.S.  The Purdue University Program, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, gives selected students a $5,000 stipend and real-world data science experience working with corporations.  The goal is to provide students at minority-serving institutions access to cutting-edge courses, research opportunities, and industry partnerships. 

“The National Data Mine Network allows students at Dominican to become exposed to the intense research conducted at Purdue University, all while continuing to receive personal mentoring from the tight-knit relationships they’ve established with Dominican faculty,” said Jovan Zigic, Instructor of Mathematics and Physics.

This year, Dominican University students have been assigned to work with corporate partners in diverse industries such as aerospace, cosmetics, chemical manufacturing, and healthcare.  Data Science is an emerging interdisciplinary STEM field which leverages access to large amounts of data toward creating innovative business or scientific solutions. 

Redesigned IT Major Gets State Approval

Under the redesigned IT major at Dominican University, students will be able to take more specialized courses.

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has approved a redesigned information technology (IT) major at Dominican University that will allow students to take more specialized technology courses. NYSED also approved a new cybersecurity concentration within the IT major. 

Ivan Rudolph-Shabinsky, Director of the Division of Business, Innovation, and Leadership, said that the revamped IT major is a stand-alone program, “We previously offered an IT major as part of our business program, which required a 9-course business core.   Students in the new program will still be able to take business courses, but their requirements will be focused on courses in information technology, allowing students to delve much deeper into the field and into the four concentrations we offer:  infrastructure, application development, cybersecurity, and public health informatics & technology “

The cybersecurity concentration will be offered through the Lower Cost Model Consortium (LCMC), which is a coalition of small and mid-sized colleges and universities that have committed to making college more accessible.  Under the program, students take almost all classes on campus and then take three to five classes online through the LCMC for a concentration in specialized, high demand fields.  Dominican University also offers concentrations in digital marketing, public health, and neuroscience through the LCMC.  

Professor Mike Kelly Receives Prestigious Golden Apple Award for 50+ Years of Outstanding Service to Education

The Mid-Hudson School Study Council has bestowed upon Professor Mike Kelly the esteemed Golden Apple Award, recognizing his remarkable dedication and unparalleled contributions to the field of education.

With over five decades of unwavering commitment, Dr. Kelly has consistently demonstrated exemplary leadership and expertise in shaping the landscape of education. As the Director of Graduate Programs in Education at Dominican University, Dr. Kelly has played a pivotal role in elevating the institution’s education program to new heights. His knowledge, innovative methodologies, and passion have inspired countless educators and transformed the lives of students across the region.

Dr. Kelly’s contributions to the field have had a profound impact on the educational landscape, ensuring the provision of top-notch education for countless students. His guidance has shaped the minds and hearts of educators, empowering them to make a lasting difference in the lives of their students.

About the M.S. in Education Programs:

Dominican University’s M.S. in Education programs have been designed in consultation with educators and they are delivered by expert faculty who actively practice in the field. The curriculum is crafted to provide comprehensive knowledge and practical skills necessary for success in the education profession.

To accommodate the busy schedules of working adults, classes are scheduled every other week on Saturdays and Sundays, allowing for convenient participation. The program offers flexibility, enabling students to complete their coursework within a minimum of 18 months or extend it up to three years. All programs adhere to the University’s quarter system, culminating in the Master of Science degree (M.S. in Ed.) and eligibility for New York State Certification.

For more information about our M.S. in Education programs and how to apply, please click here

A Top Federal Official Visits Dominican University to Discuss Health Information Technology

Lisa Lewis of the ONC speaks to attendees at a panel discussion on the role of information technology in public health on March 29, 2023, in the Holt Room of the Hennessy Center.

A top federal official from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) visited Dominican University March 28 – 29, 2023, to check on the progress of the University’s new Public Health Informatics & Technology (PHIT) Program. 

Lisa Lewis, Deputy National Coordinator and Chief Operating Officer at the ONC, explained that Dominican University was among just ten institutions nationwide to receive a grant aimed at increasing the diversity of students entering the growing PHIT field.  “We wanted to see what those universities could do, the students they could reach, the difference they could make, the communities they could touch,” she said.  “We also want to reach students that probably have never even thought about a career in public health or technology or informatics.  And so the PHIT program was born from that desire.” 

Lewis said she was excited that Dominican University, which received a $2.2 million ONC grant, was the only grantee looking at emergency services.  She applauded the University and the Rockland County community for tackling difficult subjects.  Two panel discussions were held in the Holt Room of the Hennessy Center during her visit.   One discussion explored the use of information technology in emergency services.  The other panel discussion addressed key public health issues facing Rockland County and how information technology can be part of the solution.   Lewis said the vision of the ONC is better health enabled by data. 

Among the things that the ONC is looking to change is that right now a person’s zip code is the greatest indicator of their health outcomes.  “The fact that regardless of all the progress we’ve made, where I live will tell you more about my life expectancy, the quality of my health, the quality of my life, than anything else.  And that’s where Public Health comes in.  And that’s where the data and the informatics and the systems come in,” said Lewis.

Dominican University offers a PHIT concentration in the Health Sciences major and Information Technology major, as well as a PHIT minor and a PHIT certificate program. For more information on the program, contact Assistant Professor Carrie Boericke at   

Dominican University Secures $1.98 Million Federal Grant for Enhanced Technology

Russell Diaz, Chief Information Officer, works with student intern Romauld Alexander in the IT skills lab.

Dominican University New York has been awarded a $1.98 million federal grant to provide the campus community with enhanced technology, increased broadband access, and additional IT training and support.  The grant is part of the Biden Administration’s Internet for All initiative and comes from the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

The NTIA announced that 61 minority-serving colleges and universities across the country received grants through the Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program.  Dominican University New York was the only institution of higher education in New York State to receive a grant.    

“We are so grateful to have secured this grant which will enable us to fund technological improvements on campus and will greatly enhance the educational experience of our students,” said Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., Ph.D., President, Dominican University New York.    

The project entitled “DU Connections: Building Broadband and IT Capacity” has a number of components. 

  • Wireless access on the Dominican University campus will be improved with the addition of wireless access points.  
  • The University will purchase hotspot access equipment, Wi-Fi extenders, and headphones to be lent to students for long-term use.
  • Additional IT staff members will be hired to offer technological training and support to students, faculty, and staff on internal systems such as Jenzabar, Blackboard, the DUNY app, and other software packages that support the educational mission.
  • Video cameras and podcasting equipment will be purchased to facilitate experiential learning with technology on campus and enhance remote learning. 
  • Additional student interns will be hired in the IT office to offer additional assistance to the DU community and to strengthen their skills. 

These activities will be developed and administered by a project leadership team that will be led by Russell Diaz, Chief Information Officer.   

Dominican University Recognized as a Lactation Friendly Worksite

Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, President, tours the new Mothers’ Lactation Room in the Prusmack Center with Lisa Kayal, Director of Human Resources.

Dominican University was one of three Rockland County businesses and organizations recognized in January for being a lactation friendly worksite by Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert.

The announcement came after Dominican University opened a newly renovated Mother’s Lactation Room in the Prusmack Center where employees or students can pump breast milk for their babies. The equipment in the room was funded through a New York State Creating Friendly Communities (CBFC) Grant. 

“Dominican University is so pleased to announce the opening of our new Mothers’ Lactation Room and we thank the Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH)  for all of their support in this very important initiative. This comfortable, convenient, and private location provides nursing moms with the supplies needed to pump and refrigerate milk for their babies.  We are committed to supporting all of our nursing moms who are balancing the demands of their personal life with work or education,” said Lisa Kayal, Director of Human Resources. 

Recognized worksites implement several steps to achieve Lactation Friendly Worksite recognition, including creating a written lactation-friendly office policy, implementing environmental changes such as designating lactation spaces and training staff, and supporting individuals while they continue to breastfeed and return to work.


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 Partners with SAGE Scholars to offer FastTrak Pre-Admission

Dominican University New York has partnered with SAGE Scholars to offer FastTrak, an innovative nationwide admissions program where colleges offer high school seniors a preliminary admissions decision before the student applies.

Emma Fortunato, Director of Admissions, said Dominican University was among a select number of colleges chosen by SAGE Scholars to participate in the inaugural year of FastTrak, which is a big benefit for students. “It takes away the stress of having to go through the application process and find out if you are going to be admitted,” she said.

Fortunato explained that FastTrak is only available to students whose parents work for companies that offer SAGE Scholars tuition rewards as an employee benefit. 

Dr. James B. Johnston, president of SAGE Scholars and creator of the FastTrak program said, “There is an emerging trend in higher education to simplify, streamline and make the college admissions processing time and cost efficient and less frustrating for students, families and the colleges.”

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.