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“Aquinas, Liturgy, Prayer” Lecture to Celebrate 800th Anniversary of Order of Preachers


Father Innocent Smith, O.P. will present on “Aquinas, Liturgy, Prayer” on Feb. 1

Celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Order of Preachers, the Theology/Philosophy Department at Caldwell University will continue its Sister Maura Campbell, O.P., Lecture Series on Feb. 1 with a talk on St. Thomas Aquinas.

Father Innocent Smith, O.P., of St. Vincent Ferrer Priory in New York City will speak on “Aquinas, Liturgy, Prayer” 4 to 5 p.m. in the Alumni Theatre.

Father Smith, O.P., a Dominican friar of the Province of St. Joseph, serves as parochial vicar at the Parish of St. Vincent Ferrer and St. Catherine of Siena on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

He will speak about how St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the most influential theologians in the history of the Catholic Church, was deeply influenced by his life of communal prayer in the Dominican order. He will explore the connection between Thomas’s prayer life and his theological writing, drawing on the rich resources offered throughout the “Summa Theologiae” and the saint’s other writings. The talk will draw from Father Smith’s research for his licentiate of sacred theology thesis “In Collecta Dicitur: The Oration as a Theological Authority for Thomas Aquinas” for which he received the 2015 Circolo San Tommaso d’Aquino Veritas et Amor thesis prize.

Father Smith studied music and philosophy at the University of Notre Dame before entering the Order of Preachers in 2008. He studied theology at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., and was ordained to the priesthood in May 2015.

The lecture series will continue on Tuesday, April 12, when Sister Judith Miryam Boneski, O.P., will present on “Dominic’s First Daughters: In the Heart of the Holy Preaching.” Sister is director of advancement at the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in Summit, New Jersey, and is a Caldwell College alumna. The lecture will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Student Center Gym.

The lecture series is named after Sister Maura, who was a Sister of St. Dominic of Caldwell. She was a theologian, philosopher, professor, researcher and national leader in education whose scholarship and teaching spanned 50 years.

For further information, call 973-618-3931.

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Remembering Sister Brigid Brady, O.P.


Former English Professor Sister Brigid Brady, O.P. passed away on New Year’s day. Beloved by many students, faculty, and staff, Sister Brigid spent 43 years in the Caldwell University English Department.

A highly respected specialist in medieval literature and the history of the English language, Sister Brigid set high standards for student achievement, challenging them to use the communications technologies in their search for a wider learning.

Sister had recently completed sixty years as a Caldwell Dominican. During that time she exemplified the Dominican commitment to prayer, study, community and mission.

She grew up in Caldwell and entered the Caldwell Dominicans from St. Aloysius Parish. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Caldwell College and a master’s degree from the University of Scranton, both in English, and received her doctorate in English from Rutgers University. She taught at Sacred Heart School in Lyndhurst, St. Mary’s School in Wharton, and Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains.

She was not just a scholar; she was truly a Renaissance woman, embracing every opportunity to expand her own knowledge and skills and use them to enhance her service to others in the pursuit of truth or to add a touch of elegance to the plainer aspects of life. For example, the many students at Caldwell University who benefited from her teaching from l971 through 2014 may not have been aware of her gifts of music, art, sewing, and many other creative skills. She hand-made her own harp, mastered the art of macramé in order to create an elegant hanging for the chapel bell, and delighted in creating special patterns for Irish knit sweaters to give as gifts. Those who had the pleasure of knowing Sister Brigid will long remember her as deeply prayerful, quiet but witty, insightful of human nature and a loyal friend.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on January 6.

A memorial fund at the university has been established in her honor. Gifts to the fund can be made at www.caldwell.edu/giving.

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Caldwell University’s Visceglia Gallery presents exhibition “Haiti: 01-12-2010 We Remember”

Haitian-exhibitCaldwell University’s Visceglia Gallery is presenting “Haiti 01-12-2010 We Remember, an exhibition curated by AYITISTIK, a group of Haitian-born artists who have been deeply affected by the earthquake that devastated their homeland six years ago on Jan.12, 2010.  Their powerful artworks confront hardships and the unsettled aftermath of that event.  The devastation of their homeland cannot be forgotten.  Consisting of more than 30 works by established artists, including painting, mixed-media, collage and metal sculptures, the exhibition offers a compelling response to Haiti’s ongoing predicament.

The exhibition is on view now through Jan. 30, 2016. The opening reception will be held Sunday Jan. 10 from 3 to 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

“Haiti 01-12-2010 We Remember honors a country that was taken by surprise when an earthquake hit and is a reminder of what happened and of how much needs to be done to prevent such a disaster from occurring at such a magnitude in the future. “Hundreds of thousands of our brothers and sisters lost their lives not only because of the earthquake but due to a lack of Haiti’s preparedness, a solid infrastructure, and vision,” says artist, Jean Claude Dominique.

Dominique says some progress has been made within the past six years after the earthquake. “Tent City no longer exists. The people have been moved to various locations within the country. Some of the roads and housing have been reconstructed.”  Yet, he says, much more  needs to be done to bring the country back to where it was before the earthquake. “The infrastructure must be one of the main focuses. The economy and health of the people must come to the forefront. It cannot be business as usual.”

Artists featured in this exhibition include: Jerry M.C. Georges, Jean P. Blaise, Mona Coichy Haigler, Jean Richard Coachy, Francisco Gervais, Joseph Thony Moise, Jean Claude Dominique and guest artist Jean Dominique Volcy.

The Visceglia Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. For appointments call Jean Claude Dominique at (862) 250-4393 or email at: jdominique@jcdominiqueart.com.

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Caldwell University Music Department Holding Auditions for Children’s Choir Program

Caldwell, N.J., December 23, 2015 – The Caldwell University Music Department is announcing its spring semester of the Caldwell Children’s Choir Program.
This educational program is open to children ages 8 through 14 in grades 3 through 8.  Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of music through choral study and performance.
The audition date is Thursday, January 7, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.   Children should come prepared to sing one verse of either “America” (My Country ‘tis of Thee), “America the Beautiful” or “Happy Birthday”.
The snow audition date is January 14.
Audition appointments are required and can be scheduled by contacting Dr. Nan Childress-Orchard at 973-618-3587 or on e-mail at NChildress@caldwell.edu.   For further information please visit www.caldwell.edu/academics/academic-departments/music and click on the on the Children’s Choir brochure link.

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Caldwell University Unveils a Series of 360 Videos

This is 360 video! To look around click and drag within the video or on a mobile device just start moving your phone.

CALDWELL, N.J., December 22, 2015 – These are not your grandfather’s home movies.

Caldwell University has produced a series of innovative, engaging 360 videos of campus life, becoming one of the first schools to wholeheartedly embrace the new media for student engagement.

“What makes 360 video unique is that the viewer is not limited to an editor’s selection of the pictures or shots,” says Anthony Yang, social media and web director for Caldwell. “The viewer can see the entire room or outdoor surroundings—sky, ground, all of it with a panorama feel.

This is 360 video! To look around click and drag within the video or on a mobile device just start moving your phone.

In the recent batch of videos, Caldwell University students and staff as on-air talent take viewers into dorm rooms and essential offices on campus. “All the viewer has to do is click, drag or hover and he or she has a full-scope experience,” says Yang, who uses a special camera with multiple lenses to film the videos. “The camera sees more than I do. That’s for sure.” He points out that Caldwell is on the cutting edge with the production of these videos, since they were just rolled out on YouTube early in 2015 and supported on Facebook in the fall.

Joseph Posillico, vice president for enrollment management and communications, says Caldwell has been engaging new media tools to give potential students a closer look at campus life. “It is safe to say we are one of the first institutions of higher education to create 360 videos, especially in this volume.”

“We live in a global society and these technologies allow us to quickly share our campus life and connect with those in other parts of the country or world,” says Posillico. “Potential students or those who are simply interested in viewing our beautiful campus and what we are doing can see our celebrations, our events, even our weather—it’s very exciting for us and the viewers.” Incoming students can get a little more familiar with the offices and the lay of the land before they start classes, he adds.

Producing the 360 videos has also been a good learning experience for students, “adding to our interactive campus atmosphere,” Posillico explains. As virtual reality technology matures and becomes more user-friendly, students will be using these skills in the marketplace when they graduate, he says. “We are happy to be able to give them this exposure at the starting gate.”

This is 360 video! To look around click and drag within the video or on a mobile device just start moving your phone.

Within the first few days of producing the videos, there was definitely a “buzz” with more engagement on social media, says Yang.

Check out the videos on Caldwell’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.


Health Professions Club Halloween for Hunger Drive Benefits Community FoodBank of New Jersey


Pictured left to right: Caldwell University Health Professions Club members Dohee (Jennifer) Han, Favour Garuba, Cristabel Osei-du, Stephany Oblites, Krina Patel, Koumudi Thirunagaru display the food they collected for the club’s annual Halloween For Hunger drive, which benefitted the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.


The Caldwell University Health Professions club held its third annual Halloween for Hunger drive.  The club members asked staff, faculty and alumni to donate nonperishable goods. They also went door to door in the borough of Caldwell seeking donations.  “Our club is very focused on service and food is very much needed,” said Koumudi Thirunagaru, president of the club.  A biology major, Thirunagaru works in an urban hospital and she says sees the realities of those who can’t afford the basics in life.   The club members were grateful for all the contributions. “It is easy for everyone to pitch in (and help),” said Thirunagaru.  The food was donated to the Community Foodbank of New Jersey.

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Caldwell University Annual Christmas Spectacular Dec. 11



Caldwell, N.J., Nov. 10, 2015 – Caldwell University will present its annual Christmas Spectacular 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, in the Student Center auditorium. The Caldwell University Chorale will sing songs on the theme “The Season of Light,” including Eric Whitacre’s “Lux Aurumque,” “Nativity” by Steve Sametz and “Chanukah Fantasia” by Coreen Duffy. The Caldwell Wind Ensemble and High School Honor Band will perform “Africa: Ceremony, Song and Ritual,” “Celtic Carol,” “Rush,” “Sleigh Ride” and more with over 90 musicians onstage. And audience members will enjoy the annual sing-along.

“The Christmas Spectacular is a wonderful community event. We look forward every year to celebrating the holiday season with the university and local community, families and friends,” says Dr. Laura Greenwald.

Tickets are $10 and are available online, through mail order and at the door. For more information, contact Greenwald at 973-618-3520.

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Students Learn about Global Peace at United Nations


The Department of History and Political Science in conjunction with Office of Student Engagement and the Office of International Student Services sponsored a trip to the United Nations on Nov. 20.  Dr. Domenic Maffei, professor of political science, said students were able to tour all four chambers which is unusual because often the Trusteeship Council and Security Council chambers are closed due to meetings.  They learned firsthand how the UN works for global peace and security.  “Students on the trip hailed from over a half dozen countries, a testament to Caldwell’s commitment to cultural diversity,” explained Dr. Maffei.  They were also impressed with the international atmosphere. Though based in New York City, the UN is legally international territory with its own security and post office.  “This was evident by the array of languages and clothing styles heard and seen in the halls and lobby,” said Dr. Maffei. “Students came away with a clear understanding of the efforts that thousands of UN employees make to help forge a better world,” he said.