By Stephanie Sandoval
December 23, 2010
My name is Stephanie Sandoval and I am the President of the Student Government Association. I would like every Dowling student to know that it is never too late to get involved on campus. Dowling College has over 30 clubs; I am sure at least one of them will grab your interest! Take this opportunity to meet new people and make your college experience memorable. As a college senior, I say it all the time, “The years do go by really fast, so make sure you enjoy every minute of your college experience!”
Your other Executive board members are: Estela Jimenez (V.P of Administration), Noelle Weyent (V.P of Finance), and James Rhodes (V.P of Student Activities). We are here at your service, whenever you have any issues or concerns. Our office IS located at the Student Curtain Center, Room 116. I look forward to working with all of you. Enjoy your 2010–2011 year at Dowling College!
By Peter Rice
December 1, 2010
When Dowling College President Robert J. Gaffney announced his early retirement for personal reasons, the college’s Board of Trustees appointed Board Chairman Scott Rudolph as the Interim President. As the search for a permanent president continues, Interim President Rudolph passionately and actively works towards the betterment of the college. Scott Rudolph, a former student of Dowling College and successful Chairman and CEO of NBTY (a manufacturer, marketer, and distributor of nutritional supplements), has proven himself to be a dedicated and effective leader. Through a series of questions, the following interview was conducted.
Walking up the central staircase of Fortunoff Hall, I mentally reviewed for the forthcoming interview while taking in the beautiful architecture around me. Upon my arrival, I met Dr. David Ring, Vice President for Support and College Administration. He graciously waited with me and offered a few words of wisdom. When Interim President Scott Rudolph entered the office, there was a quick change in location; and the interview promptly began.
Sitting in a conference room, the Interim President and I exchanged a few cordial remarks before beginning. In a relaxed and comfortable environment, I started by asking, “Could you tell me something about yourself?”
Reflecting on the question’s possibilities, President Rudolph responded, “I was born and raised on Long Island in East Meadow. In 1975, I attended Dowling College as an undergraduate.” He also mentioned how he went on to attend C.W. Post and Hofstra University to continue his studies in marketing. Surprisingly, in 1976, while still a student, he started a company called U.S. Nutrition. Admittedly, President Rudolph acknowledged the difficulties of juggling both his academic and company responsibilities, but it would seem that he was all the better because of them. To sum himself up, he mentioned how he was a family man with two children and added, “I am a fan of Long Island.”
Trying to gauge the Interim President’s historical perspective on Dowling’s impact, I asked, “How would you, considering your past connections with Dowling, categorize the college’s historical place on Long Island?”
“It is a school which has small class sizes and is known for being a personal college because students receive direct attention from the faculty,” answered President Rudolph. He also believed that the college offered opportunities to the students, both undergraduate and graduate, to get involved. This is how it has always been at Dowling College for as long as he could remember.
I then asked, “Initially, what drove you to work at Dowling College?”
“To begin with,” started President Rudolph, “I felt attached to the school. I spent much of my early life here.” This attachment drove him to get involved with the college by joining its Board of Trustees. His desire was to give back to the Dowling community because it had given him so much. With the education that he received at Dowling College, and beyond, President Rudolph believes that he was enabled to move forward in his life, forever following his passions.
After asking President Rudolph about his motivations, he responded, “The success that the college brings to the students, to help them prosper in their lives, is the motivation that keeps me going.” Considering the things that have best prepared him in his current position as Interim President, Scott Rudolph believes that his over-seventeen years on the Board of Trustees at Dowling College, his education, and his experiences in business have certainly done him well.
From these experiences, he cultivated organizational and leadership skills that have unquestionably provided aid to his efforts in moving the college forward. As he concluded, “The objective is always to stay focused on the students.”
Looking over my questions, I then asked, “As the temporary president, what are your expectations for the college?”
Pausing for a moment, he responded, “To be progressive and to move forward in increasing the quality of education that is given to the students.” He also expressed a desire to see further improvements in the campus life. Continuing to enrich the college’s surrounding environment, so that the students can hear and see the various clubs, is just another goal that President Rudolph is feverishly working towards.
Thinking back to the news reports that I had heard about, I asked, “How would you describe the transition between President Gaffney and yourself?”
“Having the opportunity and time to take over as Interim President,” Scott Rudolph stated that the transitions occurred seamlessly. When considering the amount of time that he expects to be occupying this position, he simply stated that he would bear the responsibilities until a permanent president is announced. Currently, the process of naming a new college president is in its infancy. To explain this process, President Rudolph mentioned how the Storbeck/Pimentel Executive Search Consultants have been licensed to aid the college in finding a replacement president. As potential candidates emerge, a committee comprised of board members, faculty, and selected students will meet to outline the kind of leadership that is desired. As recommendations begin to emerge, interviews will flower until someone is finally selected.
Reflecting on the process, I wondered, “In your opinion, what characteristics must the next president of the college possess?”
Carefully thinking over the question, President Rudolph answered, “In my opinion, organizational skills, knowledge, and an educational background are important.” He elaborated by explaining that the person selected needs to have experience and to have been successful in his or her career.
Shifting the line of questioning, I then asked, “What is your greatest strength and weakness?”
President Rudolph was confident that his organizational skills to get things done and moving projects forward were his greatest strengths, while his tendency to be a busy person living by the second was one of his weaknesses; sometimes compromises have to be made in his dedicated time.
My next question was, “Currently, what are you working on?”
“I am working to improve campus life,” began President Rudolph. “I am working on the recruitment of students and the advertisement of the college. On top of this, I am working on the college’s educational programs and where the college needs to make investments.” After hearing my inquiry of his specific powers, the Interim President mentioned that he reports to the Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees, which oversee the decisions that are ultimately made. Listening to the next question about regrets and accomplishments, President Rudolph says that he would not have done anything differently; but it was rewarding to him to see new ideas bringing positive changes. In addition to this, getting the administration and faculty alike to work together as a team while listening to each other’s ideas has also been a rewarding endeavor of the President. A problem that President Rudolph has actively been addressing is teaching people computer skills and implementing new systems that rely on those skills to enable the college to move faster in the students’ interest. In this effort, he is pleased to say that progress is being made.
My next series of questions were to focus on student concerns. To begin, I asked, “Dowling College offers degrees in many fields. In your opinion, what do students need to have in order to be successful in their pursuits of a career?”
The President began by saying, “First, they need to have the education and the knowledge of how to do things. But then they also have to have the drive to succeed” and the passion to dream. Success comes through hard work and undeterred effort because having dreams that enter the world of reality is never an easy task. Listening to my question about the indicators of academic success, he promptly responded that having the ability to want and to know how to learn, while taking and retaining information for future applications, is, in his opinion, an indicator that a student is on the right path.
Reflecting on a common concern that I have heard on several occasions, I asked, “Dowling College turns out some exceptional students. If those students should want to stay at the college, what sort of measures are taken?”
Appreciating the question, the Interim President was candid in his answer. Considering the financial aid and advertisement that undergraduate students receive, President Rudolph could not discuss offhand the assistance and incentives allotted to prospective graduate students but assured that it was a matter that he would look into further.
Taking into account that there are many prospective students, my question asked the Interim President to provide a persuasive argument to them. His answer was clear and direct; they will have a wonderful time at Dowling College because they can get involved and be successful in their endeavors. To keep Dowling a successful and modern place, President Rudolph touted the college’s evaluation surveys that gather the voices of the people. Yet even more can be done because getting the word out to guidance counselors and beyond is an area where only improvements can be made.
Wondering about the future, I asked, “Can you describe what you think Dowling College will be like in twenty-five years? What sort of changes do you envision?”
Quickly, President Rudolph responded by saying, “I think that this college will most likely have university status; and through marketing efforts and our programs, I could imagine a much more recognizable college.”
Gearing up for the end, I asked, “What advice would you give incoming students?”
President Rudolph answered, “Get involved, use our resources, have fun and learn. Enjoy the college experience because that is something we are passionately trying to provide.”
My last question was, “What advice would you give the college’s next president?”
Laughing, Interim President Rudolph said, “Get involved, work hard, and never stop creating a better college experience for our students.”
Having no more questions to ask, I thanked Interim President Scott Rudolph, before we parted ways, for taking the time to speak with me. After this interview, I can now truly appreciate the ornate iron gate which welcomes students every day and the sign affixed to it which reads: “Dowling College: Rudolph Campus.”
By Peter Rice
December 1, 2010
The 2010 New York State Council for Exceptional Children’s Annual Convention was held between October 8th and 9th at the relaxing Gideon Putnam Resort. Saratoga Springs was a great location for the convention. Once there, visitors discovered a quiet town with an active main street that is surrounded by cultural and historical attractions. As the fall winds blew, the beautiful fall foliage exploded with colors. People from all corners of New York State gathered together at this convention with one singular objective: to better the lives of individuals with disabilities.
At this conference, professionals and students alike came together in a grand discussion. Sitting in the rooms with you were talented and knowledgeable teachers, students, researchers, administrators, parents, and policy-makers. Together, they sat and listened to lectures that covered a wide variety of topics. If you were an elementary teacher, Dr. Paul Riccamini’s “Response to Invention for Mathematics” was an exciting and informative lecture. Students looking to learn more about secondary literacy could visit Dr. Dee Berlinghoff’s “Developments in Adolescent Literacy.” Researchers looking for new insights could have visited Dr. Patricia Hantzidiamantis as she discussed “Effective Inclusion Practices in a Co-Taught Classroom.” Administrators found lectures discussing motivational tactics, while parents and policy-makers could explore up-to-date information on an array of disabilities. With all the selections to chose from, anybody in attendance could have easily modified their experiences at the convention in a way that was personally satisfying to themselves.
The rich and diverse menu of conference presentations worked well to inform and inspire the participants while also laying the groundwork for the future of education. Even during the luncheon, the keynote speaker, Jerry Mills, entertained the audience through his music, anecdotes, and personal experiences that emphasized the daunting struggles that children sometimes face. Yet even in the darkest of days, Jerry Mills is always ready to remind the world of his simple message, “Don’t doubt the dream!”
Throughout the entire day, from breakfast to lunch to the reception and the student social, the entire weekend was filled with relaxing, informative, and revealing moments that will be slow to fade away.
To those of you who did not attend this conference, but wish you had, I have good news. Take out your agendas and highlight from Monday, April 25th, to Thursday, April 28th; during this week, the 2011 National Council for Exceptional Children’s Convention and Expo will take place in National Harbor, Maryland. It is sure to be a great time!
By Melissa Theodorakatos
December 1, 2010
The Dowling College Drama Club performed their very own production of Cliché, a comedic play written by a college alumnus, Raymond Marino, and directed by Professor Glenn Warmuth. After weeks of rehearsals, the Performing Arts Center came alive during the first weekend of November; the performers were able to express themselves through this form of art and put on an amazing show for all who attended.
The Drama Club raised $730 from ticket sales; the money was donated to Broadway Cares, an organization that specializes in AIDS awareness. The Dowling College community is proud of all its talented actors and actresses and greatly anticipates any performances from the Drama Club in the future.
By Melissa Theodorakatos
December 1, 2010
The Library Art Contest is a prestigious award granted to a student that possesses both artistic talent as well as an intuitive ability to grasp a given task and convey a message in a thoughtful and brilliant manner. The 2010 contest was created to allow students to follow the given theme of “On the Cutting Edge of the 21st Century.” This year, the award was granted to Visual Arts and Elementary Education major Cathleen Rosario. Her work not only masters the criteria of the contest; it also expands the artistic ability of her creative side into an intellectual and beautiful image. Cathleen’s work includes artistic elements of great extremes, ranging from perfected color choices and beautified movement to outstanding composition. Overall, her work interweaves multiple subject matters related to our current century and overlaps images within the canvas to exemplify the interaction between mediums, outlets, and tools of our time.
The following interview will explain Cathleen’s thought process and physical labor surrounding her work and also offer some interesting insight into her own creative mind and artistic methods.
Q: What is your college status and what is your major and minor?
A: I am a junior with a dual major in Visual Arts and Elementary Education.
Q: What class/professor did you complete the chosen work of art in/for?
A: This chosen work of art had to be completed in my 2-Dimensional Design class taught by Dr. Lamia.
Q: What would you define as your motivation for the work of art you created?
A: With this recent work, I wanted to change my medium from my norm of drawing and realism to a piece that searched deeply into the relationship between the real and the abstract. I created a visual conversation between collage, animation, and color. With the use of acrylic paint, I created a picture to fit the theme: On the Cutting Edge of the 21st Century.
Q: What medium and media did you use to complete your work of art?
A: Acrylic paint on canvas: 20×16
Q: What would you define as the subject matter for your work of art?
A: Knowledge was the subject matter for my artwork.
Q: Are there any hidden or exposed meanings within your work? If so, what are they?
A: My painting reveals that one can attain anything; all they have to do is make that effort to look for it. With the use of acrylic paint, I painted sources and tools used to gain and express knowledge. The hand pierces through the surface, opening up in order to symbolize the acceptance of new knowledge. The motion of extending past that barrier describes how we all should be more open to more than we think we can. The background color, purple, symbolizes enlightenment. You are enlightened by new knowledge.
Q: What message did you hope to convey with your work? (Based on the criteria of the contest and your personal insight)
A: There are so many topics at hand to describe the theme (On the Cutting Edge of the 21st Century), but I decided to use knowledge as the base. One can never learn too much; therefore, knowledge would describe “the cutting edge of the 21st century.” Human beings will continue to evolve and create new technology, so there is always something new to learn. Down below, the purple and green books contain the history that we must learn from in order to move forward. The explosion from the new book opening is our future. It is a representation of humankind stepping on and past the cutting edge of the 21st century. All of my work shows a sense of positive energy; and when viewing this piece of work, I want the audience to see how much of an impact knowledge can have on an individual.
Q: Do you plan on using art in your future career? If so, what career do you hope to pursue?
A: Yes, I do plan on using art in my future. I would hopefully like to be an Art educator.
Q: Are there any other comments you would like to add about your achievement?
A: Yes, I would like to say that I was very ecstatic when I found out I won the Library Art Contest for the year 2010. I was very proud that all my hard work paid off. Special thanks to Dr. Abell and Dr. Lamia for seeing my potential in the field of art!
By Laura Pope Robbins
December 1, 2010
It’s almost December, and it’s coming down to the wire when your research projects are due. The library is here to help you in many different ways that you may not know about.
Did you know the library lets you reserve our conference room for work on group projects? It has a computer, large screen monitor, podium, whiteboard, and more for your group to practice and perfect your presentation. Look for the words “Group Study” on the library’s home page to reserve it online.
Request a Research Tutorial
Sign up online (http://www.dowling.edu/library/services/restutorial.html) to have a librarian personally assist you with researching your paper.
Ask a Librarian
Did you know that you could chat with a librarian from almost any page on the library’s site? You can even chat with us from within some databases. So, if you’re running into trouble choosing a database, finding the right search terms, etc., just start chatting with us using the embedded chat boxes. Or, contact us directly; we’re dowlinglibrarian on Meebo, AIM, and Yahoo.
The library is now also offering text messaging. If you’ve got a quick question and need a quick answer, give us a try. Text us at (631) 609–6129. You can also sign up to receive text messages that let you know when a book you have out is almost due or when a book that’s on hold is ready. Sign up for that using “My Account.”
Maybe you’re on your way to campus and need to look up something quickly on your phone. Try the library’s new mobile website (http://www.dowling.edu/library/m/). It links to the catalog, mobile versions of databases, our hours, etc. Finally, maybe you just need a study break. The library will be hosting “Late Nights at the Library” on December 7, 8, and 9 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Come in for coffee and cookies on us at both locations.