Dominique Bocanegra Receives Founder’s Award

Student Profile

The Founder’s Award is annually presented to a student who has exhibited a commitment to Marianist values by his/her outstanding generosity, respect for others, and spirit of faith and who is an exemplary role-model for the Chaminade community. Chaminade University presented this year’s Founders’ Award to Dominique Bocanegra (Senior, Criminal Justice and Criminology with a minor in Business Administration).

My favorite inspirational saying is “don’t limit yourself.” Opportunities are endless, so don’t give up too easily, but also don’t be totally satisfied with what you have or what you’re doing because you can keep striving for more! –Dominique Bocanegra

Bocanegra has been an outstanding scholar as well as an athlete on the women’s soccer and softball teams, has served as the president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and has been a peer mentor and orientation leader since her sophomore year. Her faith values have been expressed in her participation in campus ministry activities, especially through the Los Angeles Immersion Program in January of 2012.

Bocanegra serves with a smile. A staff member wrote of her: “Dominique doesn’t belong to just one group of friends. She’s an athlete, staffer, student leader, orientation leader and immersion participant. Most of all, she’s friends with everyone. I think this is a unique and special skill to have.”

Interview, Domnique Bocanegra:

What is your career goal?

I want to work in the Corrections department, jails & prisons, to help those who want to change for the better and help them find a more promising life for after incarceration. I’d like to start/continue the programs that do this for inmates. In the end I just want to support those who need help getting back on their feet. If I could be able to intertwine the Criminal Justice field with the Business world somehow, I would be satisfied.

What inspires you to help people and make friends?

Diversity. Think about it. Every single person has their own family, interests, culture and stories just waiting to be told, and that is what inspires me to make friends. I want to experience and learn all about their lives so I keep an open mind to every person I come across. My inspiration to helping people just comes from the heart. Everyone deserves to be nothing but happy so if I can help do that I will. Happy people make for a happy world!

What is your favorite inspirational quote or thought?

My favorite inspiration quote is “don’t limit yourself.” Opportunities are endless, so don’t give up too easily, but also don’t be totally satisfied with what you have or what you’re doing because you can keep striving for more!

What makes you the happiest?

I like to be around happy people. Seeing and feeling the love in the air lets me know everything is okay and that it’s only appropriate to be happy with them.

What has been your high point at Chaminade so far?

Meeting and making life-long friendships. The culture here in Hawaii is so embracing that I am beyond blessed to have made some really strong relationships with people whom I call my ‘Ohana now.

Photo above: The Rev. George Cerniglia, S.M., Dominique Bocanegra, Brother Bernard Ploeger, S.M., Chaminade President.
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