Gifts from alumni, donors, and friends help to fund critical components of the University’s strategic plan as outlined below:
Gifts to help underwrite capital and facilities renovations, our athletics facilities, and campus improvements, such as the new Chapel and the art therapy and studio art programs, are an investment in enhancing the student experience at Caldwell for generations to come.
The relocation of the Mother Joseph Chapel to a bright, inviting, highly visible space on the first floor of the Newman Center affirms our commitment to our Catholic Dominican roots by creating a dedicated place for prayer and reflection at the center of our campus. The creation of the new chapel, a heartfelt acknowledgment of gratitude to our founders and sponsors, the Sisters of Saint Dominic, serves as an enduring tribute to their vision for a university that places academic study hand-in-hand with spiritual development and practice.
Features of the new Chapel:
- Stained glass windows adorning the existing chapel have been moved to the new space, ensuring the continuation of the legacy of the artist, Sister Julia Marie Moore, OP.
- With ample seating the new chapel provides an intimate venue for worship and spiritual life.
- Individuals and groups are welcomed to this place of prayer, contemplation, and meditation, which offers a peaceful refuge from the rush of everyday campus life.
Over the last ten years, the university has seen a 25% increase in the demand for on-campus housing. There are nearly 600 students living in the residence halls, which are at 96% capacity.
Going Social: Creating new common space is critically important to increasing opportunities for team building through group project activities, the forming of social bonds, and for strengthening each student’s relationship with the university. By re-appropriating the unused chapel space in Mother Joseph Residence Hall, we will create a state-of-the-art student lounge, powered by technology, to accommodate campus events, group study, recreation, and relaxation.
Getting Results: Increased social integration and social satisfaction are important factors in retention and graduation rates, which is why the imperative of creating community will impact all areas of university life.
The New Lounge Will Include: Leading-edge media, audio, and video equipment for independent and group use Telepresence tools that help create “in person” meeting experiences using high definition imagery such as videoconferencing The new lounge will free up space in existing smaller floor lounges for use as residence hall rooms, expanding our capacity to meet the increasing demand for on-campus housing.
Leveraging the Power of Art to Inform, Inspire, Transform, and Heal Art provides us with new eyes, allowing us to see the unseen, embrace a sense of wonder, and experience a more profound connection with one another and with our world. Caldwell’s art therapy and studio art students are bringing their considerable skills and talents to a world in desperate need of beauty, affirmation, compassion, and understanding.
- Art Therapy
Art therapy is a mental health discipline that engages the spirit of creativity in promoting psychological healing and growth. Caldwell’s graduate program meets the academic requirements for a degree in counseling with art therapy specialization. As licensed professionals, graduates are qualified for wide-ranging opportunities in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, wellness centers, and psychiatric facilities, among other settings. In order to ensure the future of Caldwell’s artistic legacy, philanthropic support will provide funding for the following:
- The relocation and re-engineering of the art therapy program to encompass 1,540 square feet within the Visceglia building
- Creation of two state-of-the-art classrooms, attractive workspaces, and new storage units, as well as a modern suite of offices in which student-faculty mentorship will be the focus
- Renovation of two existing bathrooms for compliance with ADA standards
- STUDIO ART
Providing students with a comprehensive education in the arts that fosters individual creativity while enhancing critical and marketable career skills. Students progress from foundational classes in drawing, two- and three-dimensional design, and digital and social media, cultivating each student’s unique artistic sensibility within a framework of fine art fundamentals.In order to maintain this competitive edge, we must invest in our art programs and facilities, upgrading our supplies, equipment, and curricula to reflect all that our graduates will be expected to do in the working world. We can continue to provide modern art education to students who will enter a modern world by:
- Creating new, remodeled workspaces that combine timeless artistic expression with modern technology
- Re-purposing the existing digital suite into a gallery space with secure storage
- Investing in new furnishings, state-of-the-art printers, tablets, and software packages
Caldwell is raising funds to provide adequate resources for the growth of the athletics program. Support is needed for a field house, equipment, training, staff, and resources to support the program as it hits the gridiron.
Adding sprint football to Caldwell’s broad variety of varsity athletic programs will be a boon for school spirit by harnessing the culture of football to build community. Sprint Football is a full-contact intercollegiate varsity sport and has the same rules as regular college football with one exception: all players must weigh 177 pounds or less. The new program not only increases our male enrollment, but builds school spirit by adding CHEERLEADING, MARCHING BAND and COLOR GUARD while providing an exciting experience for fans.
A more favorable male-to-female student ratio is a critical element of the university’s overall achievement of its mission to educate a diverse and talented student body.
An innovative partnership with the local community and shared facilities for both practice and competitive play, makes sprint football an ideal platform for community outreach. The program has support from local businesses and elected officials, who anticipate benefits to the community through the large numbers of people the games will bring to the area.
WHY SUPPORT SCHOLARSHIPS?
In 1939, Caldwell Opened Its Doors with the Mission of Educating Underserved Students. At that time, those students were Catholic women. Today, Caldwell’s mission remains the same: To provide an outstanding education in the Catholic Dominican tradition to a talented and diverse group of students, including and especially those from underrepresented backgrounds.
DID YOU KNOW?
- 55% of students in the Class of 2019 are first-generation, which means that both parents (or single parent) have no college degree. First-generation students, like these young women and men at Caldwell, are often academically motivated and skilled, yet they are far more likely than their peers to face financial barriers to higher education. According to the Center for First-Generation Student Success, first-generation students may also have difficulty navigating the “hidden curriculum” of college procedures, policies, and expectations.
- With 21 states and 33 countries represented on campus by an undergraduate student body that is far more ethnically diverse than many of the university’s peers, Caldwell is an incubator in which the next generation of leaders can learn, exchange ideas, and develop the skills needed for future success.
- 79% of all full-time undergraduates were awarded need-based aid (from the government, university and/or other sources) during the 2018-19 academic year. Much of what makes Caldwell a place that welcomes diversity can be attributed to an unwavering commitment to sustaining a strong financial aid program. Because scholarships are a priority, we must grow our capacity to support our students, anticipating a future in which their financial aid needs will increase.
- 99% of first-time-full-time freshmen received grants and/or scholarships from the university during the 2018-19 academic year. Overall, in the same year, Caldwell University students received a total of $52,500,752 in financial aid and $28,878,456 in institutional grants and scholarships. This is an increase of $5,324,216 and $5,173,209, respectively, since the last fiscal year.
- Despite its substantial investment in supporting students financially, Caldwell University’s tuition remains low. More than half of New Jersey’s private colleges have higher sticker prices of tuition and fees, ranging from $30,000 to $52,000 a year. Caldwell is in the bottom half, with tuition and fees costing $34,715 for the 2018-19 year.
TYPES OF SCHOLARSHIPS
- Endowed Scholarships: Donors who wish to leave a lasting legacy in the form of supporting student scholarships at Caldwell University are encouraged to consider establishing an endowed scholarship. Endowed scholarships can be named in memory or honor of a loved one with a minimum gift of $25,000 which may be given in installments over a period of multiple years. The initial donation used to establish an endowed scholarship remains in perpetuity while a portion of the interest earned is awarded annually in the form of student scholarships.
- Annual Scholarships: Donors who wish to have an immediate impact and lessen the financial burden on our students may establish a named scholarship by making an annual gift of $2,500 or more. Annual scholarships are awarded to students during a donor’s lifetime.
Gifts to the Annual Fund provides critical and flexible resources for Caldwell University to fulfill its mission and meet the immediate needs of our campus and the community we serve.
Your generous support of The Caldwell University Annual Fund is present in all that we do to shape our students’ experience – from application to graduation. Starting with scholarships and financial aid, it also supports the academic, athletic, campus life, and service-learning opportunities that lead to success in the workplace, community, and beyond. Your gifts to the annual fund help the university move toward its promising future while staying connected to its proud past. Thank you for your support. Ways to Give Gifts to the Caldwell University Annual Fund can be made in cash (cash, checks, money orders), by credit card or online at www.caldwell.edu/giving. For gifts involving securities or stocks, please contact Stan Kula, Director of Leadership Annual Giving, at email@example.com or 973-618-3447. If you prefer to mail your gift to us, please send it to Caldwell University Office of Annual Giving120 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell, NJ 07006