Calendar of Events

October – November 2013

Caldwell University Athletics Hall of Fame to Induct Class of 2013
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

HOF 2013CALDWELL, N.J. – Caldwell University Athletics, in conjunction with Cougar Pride, will induct five former student-athletes into its Hall of Fame this year, the Hall of Fame Committee announced. The 2013 Hall of Fame class will be inducted at the Hall of Fame Dinner on Saturday, October 26 at Cedar Hill Country Club in Livingston, N.J.

The Caldwell University Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 2010 to honor student-athletes, coaches and contributors who have played significant roles in the success of the intercollegiate athletic programs at Caldwell University. There are now 26 members in the Hall of Fame, which is located on the first floor of the George R. Newman Center. The Hall of Fame Dinner is the main fundraising event for Cougar Pride, the official booster club of Caldwell University Athletics.

“Now that the Hall of Fame is in its fourth year, the definition of what it takes to be a Hall of Famer has been established,” said Mark A. Corino, Executive Director of Athletics. “Our newest inductees all were outstanding student-athletes whose accomplishments are worthy of this honor, and we congratulate them and welcome them into this exclusive group.”

The 2013 class of the Caldwell University Athletics Hall of Fame includes Derek Bailey ’96 (men’s basketball), Joseph Chorba ’00 (baseball), Tom Tonkovich ’00 (men’s basketball), Theresa Davison ’02 (softball) and Cyndi Lambo ’03 (women’s soccer). Additionally, Cougar Pride will present Colleen DeTroia with a special award for her continued support of the Caldwell University Athletics Department and its student-athletes.

Derek Bailey was a key member of Caldwell’s first two Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men’s basketball championship squads. His physical presence inside helped the Cougars win conference titles in 1993 and 1996. As a senior in 1996, Bailey carried the Cougars past Dominican in the CACC championship game, racking up 19 points and 17 rebounds. A three-time all-CACC honoree and an honorable mention All-American as a junior and senior, Bailey currently ranks fourth all-time at Caldwell with 1,643 points in his career. A native of Voorhees, N.J., he is a supervisor for the Department of Child Protection.

Joseph Chorba was a freshman on Caldwell’s first baseball team in 1996, and established himself as the program’s first workhorse on the mound. His 206 career innings pitched stood as the school record for nine years. A member of the all-CACC team as a junior and senior, Chorba was 6-1 with an earned run average of 3.61 in his final season. That year, he helped lead the Cougars to the finals of the CACC Tournament. Over his career, he was 17-9 to rank fourth all-time in winning percentage and fifth in victories at Caldwell. Chorba grew up in West Milford, N.J. and attended DePaul Catholic High School. He currently lives in Livingston, N.J., and is a CPA at Wilkin and Guttenplan.

Tom Tonkovich joined his older brother, Brian at Caldwell in 1996, and now he becomes the second Tonkovich brother to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The program’s all-time leading rebounder with 1,049 rebounds, Tom Tonkovich also holds the school record for career field goal percentage (.665). He was an important part of the Cougars’ CACC championships in 1998 and 1999, earning All-American honorable mention in 1999 after leading the NAIA in field goal percentage. His 1,489 career points rank fifth on Caldwell’s all-time scoring list. A financial advisor at Wells Fargo, Tonkovich resides in his hometown of Point Pleasant, N.J.

Theresa Davison gave the Cougar softball team its first true power hitter. During her career, the outfielder set program records for home runs (26), runs batted in (159) and slugging percentage (.680). As a sophomore she belted nine home runs and recorded 53 RBI, both single-season records that stood for 10 years. In her career, Davison earned all-CACC honors four times and was named to the all-Tournament Team three times. She recorded 202 career hits, and was one of just six Cougars to reach 200 hits in a career. Davison is a police officer in Beverly City, N.J., near her hometown of Burlington City.

Cindy Lambo joined the women’s soccer team at Caldwell in its second year of existence and quickly established herself as the program’s first star. A four-time all-CACC forward, Lambo holds school records for career goals (75), assists (22) and points (172). She recorded three 20-goal seasons at Caldwell and is the only Cougar to deliver 10 assists in a season. As a senior in 2002, she tallied 21 goals and 10 assists for 52 points in 18 games, setting conference records for goals per game and points per game that still stand today. Originally from Basking Ridge, N.J., Lambo is an attorney in Somerville.

Colleen DeTroia has been an ardent supporter of Caldwell University Athletics since joining the admissions staff in 1995. Her presence at virtually every home game and Cougar Pride event is appreciated by the athletics department and its student-athletes. The North Caldwell resident also has been a friendly face on campus for the student-athletes, willing to offer her help whenever it is needed.

“The opportunity to be a small part of the student-athletes’ experiences at Caldwell University has given me more than I have ever given them,” DeTroia said. “I sincerely thank the athletic department for this award, and I look forward to many more successful seasons as a Cougar fan.”

The Hall of Fame Dinner will be held on Saturday, October 26 at Cedar Hill Country Club in Livingston, N.J. The cocktail hour begins at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner and the Hall of Fame ceremony at 7:00 p.m. Cost is $125 per person. Tickets for alumni, faculty and staff are $100. All proceeds will go to the Cougar Pride General Fund, which supports the degree completion program and enhancements for the 12 intercollegiate athletic programs. For reservations and more information, contact Caldwell University Athletics at (973) 618-3260.

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Garden State Opera Performs IL Campanello (Donizetti) and the Premiere of Tamar Da Timna (Santelli)
Oct 27 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Garden State Opera, assisted by the Caldwell University Choir and Kennedy Dancers will perform Donizetti’s one-act comedy Il Campanello di Notte and the premiere of Tamar da Timna. Sung in Italian with English super-titles, the performance will be accompanied by full orchestra and conducted by GSO founder and artistic director, Francesco Santelli. For more information go to

 This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.

Before Title IX, There Was Girls’ High School Basketball
Oct 29 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Sister Michel Rodgers, O.P. pictured with a St.Mary’s High School, Rutherford girls’ basketball team in the late 1960s. Sister Michel will be one of the panelists at the Caldwell University event “Before Title IX, There was Girls’ High School Basketball” on Tuesday Oct. 29.


Caldwell University will host the panel discussion “Before Title IX, There Was Girls’ High School Basketball” on Tuesday, Oct. 29.  The event, made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, will begin with a reception and photo display at 7 p.m., followed by the program at 7:45 in the Alumni Theatre on campus.

The evening will provide a chance to celebrate girls’ high school basketball and the life lessons young women learned through the sport in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.

The program will be moderated by Linda Cimino, Caldwell University’s associate director of athletics/senior woman administrator and women’s head basketball coach.   Panelists are Dr. Thomas McCabe, history professor at Rutgers Newark; Sister Elizabeth Michael Boyle, Ph.D., retired faculty member at Caldwell and a student athlete advocate; Sister Michel Rodgers, O.P., basketball coach, St. Mary’s Rutherford in the 1960’s; Louise Pastore, nee Melleno, member of Caldwell Athletics Hall of Fame, and former player who scored over 1600 points for St. Dominic Academy in Jersey City in the late 1960s. Panelists will discuss the importance of girls basketball during those decades and what the sport did for future generations.   Speakers and audience members will have the chance to share the lessons and joys the sport gave and continues to give young women including the importance of friendship, teamwork, following dreams, and perseverance.

Prior to the event, anyone who played girls’ high school basketball during that eras is invited to take part in a Facebook photo contest.  The owner of the photo that receives the most likes on Facebook will be eligible to win a prize. 

To submit a photo of your high school basketball playing days to be placed on the Caldwell University Facebook page  go to or mail a nonreturnable photo to Office of Alumni Affairs, Attn: Before Title IX Event, Caldwell University, 120 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell, N.J. 07006.

For more information, you can also go to

The event is being held to celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month and “Sports in American Culture and Communities”.

Caldwell University is a private, Catholic, coed four-year college with a strong liberal arts core curriculum that enhances critical thinking and analytical reasoning. Its 25 undergraduate programs, 27 graduate program

Alumni Memorial Mass
Nov 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

At the time of All Souls and All Saints Days, the Roman Catholic community remembers family and classmates who have gone before us in faith. We invite alumni and their families to attend this Mass of Remembrance at the Motherhouse Chapel.

 If you are unable to attend, feel free to send in the names of your loved ones to be entered in our book of remembrances.

 To RSVP or to submit names for the book of remembrances, contact Kathleen Buse at or 973-618-3411.

Caldwell University Digital Badge Program!
Nov 6 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm


Your goal is to graduate but along the way why not enrich your academic journey with a digital badge? Caldwell University will launch four digital badges as part of the Emerging Leaders Badge Program on November 6. To learn more and sign-up, join us between noon and 2:00PM in the Cougar Den for free pizza, t-shirts and music! Don’t miss your chance to be one of the very first Caldwell students to earn a digital badge!

Cougar Campus Day & Instant Decision Day
Nov 7 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

See what a typical Caldwell University day is like as you will sit in on a class, meet current students, faculty, and staff, and get the true Caldwell Experience. Also if you wish, you can also bring in your transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, essay, and letters of recommendation and receive an admissions and scholarship decision before you leave. This event begins at 10:00am

Sky Band
Nov 10 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

sky bandSky Band is a Haitian band that plays Kompa Direk, music that reflects the spirit of Haiti and its people living in New York City. The music is vibrant, cultural, and spiritual with strong beats and melodic rhythms. It tells of the desire to continue the Haitian Culture while learning and loving a new language and culture. Special ticket price of $10.

Caldwell University to Host Its Fifth Annual Veterans Ceremony
Nov 11 @ 12:15 pm – 12:35 pm


Caldwell University will host its fifth annual Veterans Ceremony on Monday, Nov. 11 from 12:15 p.m. to 12:35 p.m. on the college’s Newman Courtyard. Members of the James Caldwell American Legion Post 185 will actively participate in the ceremony joining Caldwell University faculty, staff, and students in honoring our nation’s veterans. A complimentary lunch will be offered to veterans and their family members immediately following the ceremony.

If there is inclement weather, the ceremony will take place in the Student Center Gym.

For more information please contact Tom Disch at or 973-618-3216.


Solo & Chamber Concert
Nov 13 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Adult Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions Information Session
Nov 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm




Adult Undergraduates – Bring your transcripts for immediate consideration and admissions. There will be an informal presentation followed by individual meetings with advisors.

Since 1969, Caldwell University has successfully served the Adult Undergraduate community. Our Adult Undergraduate programs offer flexible schedules, personalized advising, financial aid and distance learning options – all to meet your lifestyle!

Graduate Students – Join us at an Information Session! Learn more about Caldwell University Graduate Admission and Program Requirements. Meet and discuss your program of choice with a Program Coordinator in an informal atmosphere. Application Fee waived for attendees.

Get more information about Caldwell University graduate programs.

RSVP for this online session now!