The GOLD Award recognizes an outstanding Graduate of the Last Decade who has shown leadership in a career or occupation and in volunteer service. It will be awarded Aug. 16, 2019 at the GOLD Reunion Celebration.

To nominate an alumna/us for the GOLD Award, click the following Nomination form and select “GOLD Award” in the drop-down menu.

Supplemental materials that cannot be uploaded may be mailed to Office of Alumnae/i Relations, Dominican University, 7900 W. Division Street, River Forest, IL 60305. You can also fax supplemental materials to (708) 366-4197.

Please email the Office of Alumnae/i Relations at alumni@dom.edu (link sends e-mail) or call (708) 524-6286 with any questions regarding award nominations.

2018 GOLD Award Recipient: Romney Cirillo ’08

Romney Cirillo ’08 graduated from Dominican with a major in business administration and a minor in corporate communications. His studies at Dominican ignited his passion as an entrepreneur, and he did not wait until after graduation to begin his career. Romney launched his company, Something Fishy, Inc., from his dorm room in the spring semester of his senior year.

Today, Something Fishy, Inc. is an aquatic systems company specializing in the installation, design, and service of aquariums, ponds, and water features. Recently, Romney has turned the company’s primary focus towards high-end design work and educational and therapeutic applications. The company is particularly focused on products for children’s hospitals and pediatric healthcare settings.

Romney has been an engaged alumnus. Soon after the start of his business, he set up a saltwater aquarium in Dominican’s Rose K. Goedert Center for Early Childhood Education, located on the Priory Campus, which preschoolers, staff, and families continue to enjoy. More recently, he has participated in programs of the Brennan School of Business, networking with students and graduates and assisting in mock interview sessions. Romney also volunteers his time speaking on the importance of coral and aquatic life for environmental sustainability. He gains tremendous enjoyment and satisfaction using aquatic systems to teach topics in biology, chemistry, environmental science, and physics to schoolchildren of all ages.

Previous Recipients of the GOLD Award

2017: Michael E. Meranda ’07, MBA ’10
2016: Tracy Samantha Schmidt ’06
2014: Jessica Cochran ’05
2012: Abby Zupancic ’07 
2010: Xochitl Espinosa '00 
2008: Gina Marotta ’98 
2007: Steven E. Lize ’97, Brother Edmund Siderewicz, FSC, MAEA ’97 
2006: Manny Flores ’96 
2005: Evelyn Benitez ’00 
2004: Aracely Barragan Lawrence ’94 
2002: Ignacio Gamboa, Jr. ’92 
2001: Marilyn Anderson-Rhames ’96 
2000: Keith Izban, M.D., ’90 
1999: Ramiro J. Atristain ’89 
1998: Erick Baumann ’93 
1997: Laura Nozicka ’92 
1996: Joan Sedivy Sylvester ’86, MBA ’92, Kevin O’Mara ’91 
1995: Kevin Austin ’90, MBA ’92 
1993: John V. Paris II ’87