RESEARCH AND CREATIVE ARTS DAY
Nearly 140 projects across all academic disciplines were featured at Research and Creative Arts Day April 27. President Matthew Whelan, Ed.D., applauded the faculty, students and staff for their hard work and creativity. “There is probably no more powerful way … to use your education than to create new knowledge.” Recognizing the challenges in the world, he told the researchers that, through their work, they will be able to find solutions by looking for them “in different ways, in new ways, in ways that you are encouraged to find right here on our campus.” He encouraged participants to consider how their work can improve the lives of others “whether through art, innovation or invention.” Dr. Niamh O’Hara, CEO of Biotia Inc., gave the keynote address.
EOF SPIRIT DAY
EOF Spirit Day, a day of celebration and community awareness, was held April 28. “EOF serves as a doorway into the impossible for many of its students who would otherwise not have an opportunity to receive a college education,” said Andrei St. Felix, director of the EOF program. “On EOF Spirit Day, we celebrate and share stories of strength, teamwork, camaraderie and academic successes accomplished throughout the step-bystep process from freshmen to graduating seniors.”
Takiyah Drinkard, EOF counselor, said EOF Spirit Day is also about being thankful— “thankful for the doors that are opened through the program for students from first-generation and socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds and thankful for what is shared through academic and personal experiences—the chance to make a difference in the world through education and cultural exposure.”
PRESENCE 2022 LAUNCH
Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry, edited by English Professor Mary Ann B. Miller, Ph.D., launched its 2022 issue by hosting a virtual poetry reading with poet and novelist Julia Alvarez, who was introduced by and in conversation with Dana Gioia, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, May 7. Miller, the founder of the journal, teaches the journal editing class in which students read submissions to the annual publication and write reviews of some of the collections of poems being reviewed by professionals in that year’s issue.
SOCIAL JUSTICE SYMPOSIUM
The Caldwell University Social Justice Symposium was held April 8. The campus community and greater Caldwell community engaged in informative breakout sessions on social justice issues. The speakers encouraged attendees to incorporate social justice themes into educational and working environments, foster long-term engagement and action on issues related to social justice, identify ways to get involved in causes, become an advocate and servant leader on social justice issues, inspire change in their communities and more. Pictured are members of the symposium planning team, Helen Antoniou McGowan, assistant professor in the School of Business and Computer Science; Abdul Staten, director of student advocacy and prevention awareness; student Jaesha-Ann Davis; Stacey Murphy, adjunct lecturer in the School of Business and Computer Science; Tim Kessler-Cleary, assistant dean for student engagement and retention, and Katiana Defendre, office manager in the Center for Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis and purchasing agent in the Finance Department.
MEETING WITH YANKEES EXECS
Communication and sports management students had the chance to network with New York Yankees executives this past spring. The students were in Communication and Media Studies Professor Bob Mann’s sports media class. Mann received the invitation from his Yankees ticket rep, Henry Li. The students discussed internships and careers with team executives Mike Robbins, Ken Cleary and Nick Sinelli. Professor Virginia Rich, associate dean of the School of Business and Computer Science, and Nick Amabile, Communication and Media Studies Department production manager, joined Mann for the special event.