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Caldwell Offering Fully Online Master’s in Nursing in Population Health

Caldwell, N.J., April 26, 2019– Caldwell University’s School of Nursing and Public Health is offering a new fully online Master of Science in Nursing program in Population Health for fall 2019, the first of its kind in New Jersey.

“We are delighted to be able to offer this 36-credit innovative population health program,” said Dr. Donna Naturale, RN, APN-BC, CDE, assistant professor and coordinator of the program. “It will prepare nurses to meet the demands of health care today and tomorrow by promoting healthier communities and addressing needs associated with the social determinants of health, commonly attributed to the zip codes in which we live and work.” The social determinants of health include factors such as access to health care, finances and income, transportation, housing, social support, and level of education.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to serve as leaders in nursing and health care. They will be qualified to work in a number of positions within a variety of health care systems in positions that include care coordinator, project, case and nurse managers in outpatient facilities, hospitals, public health departments, and within insurance and quality improvement fields. Upon graduation, they will also be qualified to teach in undergraduate nursing programs.  Students will integrate technology utilizing healthcare data to identify trends and issues associated with the overall health of populations.


They will also learn to provide high-quality nursing care, promote health, and prevent diseases that may be linked to the social determinants of health.

The MSN in Population Health was planned and developed in response to the Institute of Medicine report “Primary Care and Public Health: Exploring Integration to Improve Population Health.”

It addresses needs which are identified in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation “Future of Nursing 2020-2030” report. “The academic program will aim to prepare nurses to identify health disparities and works towards reducing those disparities which are influenced by social determinants of health working towards improving overall health and well-being for populations as we plan to care for the next generation,” Naturale says.

The program ties in with the mission of Caldwell University, a Catholic Dominican institution. “As the Catholic Health Association states, there is a ‘moral imperative for making a commitment to the people of our community and that our focus on social determinants of health is not only because it is necessary but also because it is just,’” explains Naturale.

For information on the program, contact the Caldwell University Admissions Office at 973-618-3500 or admissions@caldwell.edu or go to https://www.caldwell.edu/graduate/academic-department/graduate-programs-in-nursing/master-of-science-in-nursing-in-population-health .

Prospective students can apply to the program at www.caldwell.edu/applynow.

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Caldwell University Remembers “The Life and Words of Sister Vivien Jennings, O.P.”



Caldwell, N.J. – April 10, 2019 – They gathered to remember their mentor, their friend, their colleague and their teacher. Caldwell University alumni, colleagues, faculty, staff and family celebrated the “Life and Legacy of Sister Vivien Jennings, O.P.” at a Mass and program Sunday, April 7.

In the packed Motherhouse Chapel, celebrant Father Bob Stagg, former chaplain of the college when Sister Vivien was president, remembered his colleague as a woman of great intellect and vision. He reflected on how, just as the readings for the Fifth Sunday in Lent told of God “making a new way,” Sister Vivien always focused on the making of a new way that would benefit others and encouraged her colleagues to join her in those endeavors. As opposed to breaking things apart, he said, Sister Vivien built, healed, affirmed and reinvented herself and every institution where she worked.

Following Mass, a program focused on “The Life and Words of Sister Vivien Jennings, O.P.” Communications and Media Studies Chair Bob Mann hosted a panel with History Professor Dr. Marie Mullaney, university president, Dr. Nancy Blattner, and former president of the university and Prioress of the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Caldwell, Sister Patrice Werner, O.P. Mann said Sister Vivien “gave me a break” to create a Communications department and major and he has always been appreciative for her vision and support.

The panelists reflected on Sister Vivien’s lasting legacies to Caldwell including the “monumentous decision,” said Mullaney, to go forward with making the college co-educational. Sister Patrice said Sister Vivien fostered the Dominican charism and mission throughout the campus including starting the Fanjeaux experience in France where students, staff and faculty can learn about Saint Dominic and the Order, the Dominican Colleges Colloquium and the Veritas Award recognizing alumni professional excellence. Dr. Blattner said that in addition to the special decisions Sister Vivien made for the campus, her lasting legacy is her publications. “Her written word is one of her great legacies,” said Dr. Blattner. Sister Patrice said Sister Vivien, “led by example” believing that one should be willing to do what he or she is asking others to do. Mullaney, who worked with Sister Vivien during the transition to the institution becoming co-educational, has always remembered how Sister would say, “In higher education to stand still is to fall back.” Dr. Blattner said it is incumbent upon all in the campus community today to keep Sister Vivien’s vision alive and to pass forward the mission and her words.

Friends, Sisters of Saint Dominic, students and grandnieces of Sister Vivien read selections from her three books, “The Valiant Woman: At the Heart of Reconciliation,” “November Noon: Reflections for Life’s Journey” and “The Essential Journey: From Worry to Mercy to Hope, the unfinished words,” which is not yet published and was not completed at the time of her death on May 5, 2018.

The guests then moved into the Jennings Library for the unveiling of a framed image and history panel. “As we stand here in the place named after Sister Vivien in 1994, we are surrounded by the things and people that she loved – literature and learning, family, friends, students and colleagues,” said Dr. Blattner. She unveiled a huge “breathtaking photo” of Sister Vivien that was taken by alumnus Pushparaj “Raj” Aitwal, who was “a true friend of Sister Vivien” and the wall display chronicling Sister Vivien’s life and accomplishments.

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Lecture “Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) on the Eucharist” with Dr. Pristas

Lecture “Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) on the Eucharist” with Dr. Pristas

Caldwell, N.J.–March 5, 2019- “Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) on the Eucharist” will be the topic of a presentation by Lauren Pristas, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of Theologyat Caldwell University, 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 21, in the Alumni Theater on campus.

In Lent of 1978 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, gave four talks at St. Michael’s Church in Munich in which he reflected on basic dogmatic and catechetical themes of Catholic Eucharistic faith.  Dr. Pristas’s talk will focus on essential questions that Cardinal Ratzinger addressed in 1978. Some of these are: What is the origin and source of the Eucharist/Mass? What did Jesus mean at the Last Supper when he said “Do this”? How did we get from the Last Supper to the Mass? How is the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist to be understood? When one receives the Eucharist, what exactly does one receive?

Dr. Pristas is the author of “The Collects of the Roman Missal” and numerous scholarly articles on liturgical subjects. She is a member of the Academyof Catholic Theology and a past member of the board of directors of the Society for Catholic Liturgy. She has served on the editorial boards of Antiphon: a Journal for Liturgical Renewalandof Usus Antiquior. In 2003 she held the Pope John Paul II Chair for the Study of Person and Community at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C., and in 2005 she received a St. Catherine of Siena Society research fellowship in liturgical theology. Dr. Pristas is an alumna of Caldwell.

The lecture is being presented by the Department of Theology and Philosophy as part of its Sister Maura Campbell lecture series. Sister Maura was a Sister of St. Dominic of Caldwell, 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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From the time Dr. William Velhagen was a child growing up in the Philippines, he thought of teaching as a way to make the world better. “For me it was a way to improve humanity, to ease suffering… I loved learning and was always curious. I wanted a career as a scientist.”

Today, as an associate professor and the chair of the Natural Sciences Department, Velhagen encourages his students to look at how science can benefit the lives of others and to be eager to learn. “In many ways, I’m an idealist. Excellence for its own sake matters. If you really love what you are learning, you will stay up late to learn more. You’ll read books and news articles,” he says.

As advisor for Caldwell’s pre-professional programs, Velhagen wants his students to appreciate what it means to work hard toward their goals. Koumudi Thirunagaru, a science alumna now in medical school at George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, benefited from being challenged in Velhagen’s classes. When she was a sophomore she took his physiology class and was instantly engaged by the way he taught. “He pushed our boundaries to think outside the box and challenge ourselves.”

In the classroom, Velhagen’s zeal for science inspires his students. Thirunagaru says his enthusiasm gave her a passion for a subject “as bland as histology” and trained her eye to look at pathology slides in medical schools. When it came time for her to apply to doctoral programs, she was grateful for his guidance. “He was extremely supportive and prompt with everything I needed and wanted so I could put my best foot forward.” After starting her studies at George Washington, she saw how her undergraduate background connected. “The clinical cases and clicker questions Dr. Velhagen did during his classes tied everything in and put it in perspective, making it easier for me to think about clinical cases as I began my journey in medical school.”

Velhagen believes it is important to keep the bar high for future doctors. “I know what it is like out there… I know what it takes to get into medical school.” He recalls how he attended medical school for over two years in his native Philippines—“those were great times”—before realizing he was being drawn to a different field.

The seeds of academic excellence were planted by his parents while he grew up in a family of six boys. They lived in the capital region of Manila—that “wonderfully, crazy, chaotic, cosmopolitan city”—where he attended La Salle Green Hills grammar and high schools run by the Christian Brothers in which studies and community service were emphasized. “The school as a whole gave me a great education.” He was a voracious reader, constantly taking books out of the school library or from his parents’ library. “I always loved science for its own sake… I was always inquisitive.” While studying as an undergraduate student at the University of the Philippines, he was invited to become a member of the selective, all-discipline, century-old honor society Phi Kappa Phi. Two years ago, he was honored when he was asked to be a founding member and the first president of Caldwell’s Phi Kappa Phi program. “It is a great way to bring faculty and students from different disciplines together.”

Velhagen first came to the United States for graduate school at Duke University. For his thesis, he was drawn to an understudied area of research focusing on the intersection of evolution and development of reptiles. “I don’t like following the crowd; even as a scientist I wanted to do something that is a little different.” It was “pure intellectual curiosity,” not utility, that led him to research snakes. The project—funded by the National Science Foundation—led to a competition against other students who today are accomplished scientists; he received the prestigious Stoye Award for Best Student Presentation in Genetics, Development and Morphology.

Velhagen’s career took him to teaching positions in science departments at universities in the United States including James Madison, Longwood and New York University. After experiencing large and small institutions, he appreciates the size of Caldwell where he can teach students throughout their four years rather than in only one or two classes during their college careers. “I see them grow from their first year to their fourth years… so that is gratifying.”

Velhagen considers himself the luckiest department chair in the university. “My colleagues are among the most proactive and collegial at Caldwell.” Velhagen and his colleagues begin guiding students in their freshman year as they prepare for medical, dental, veterinary or other professional schools. They teach them how to present themselves to admission officers and potential employers, how to prepare for mock interviews, how to put together a CV and how to study for the MCATs and other tests. During the time Velhagen has been overseeing the pre-professional programs, the department has greatly increased the number of students who have realized their dreams of being accepted into graduate and medical schools. He cites several reasons: “the students we are bringing in, my colleagues, the groundwork laid by others.” Still, it is clear that the numbers have gone up while he has been at the helm.

In addition to encouraging preparation for the health professions, the Natural Sciences Department encourages student research; the department is working to interweave more throughout the curriculum for all four years. Many science students have displayed their projects at the university’s annual Research and Creative Arts Day, which is aimed at promoting STEAM—science, technology, engineering, arts 
and math.

For Velhagen, a busy father of two teenage girls, effective learning always comes back to that word “curiosity.” If educators want their students to be curious, he believes, they have to model it themselves. “A big problem with how we teach is that we make it appear that what is known is set in stone and final, but it is always growing,” he says. “There is so much we don’t know… being interested in something helps you go a long way.” He strives to stimulate a love of learning in his classroom by encouraging questions and breaking up his lectures with interesting tidbits. “Sometimes it’s medical” or sometimes it is “how an animal does a thing in a weird way,” he says. Other times he will have students take out their laptops and phones in class and answer questions via an app for their participation grade. “It helps keep them active. It gets them to work together,” explains Velhagen. This spring semester, Velhagen is teaching a new honors course, “Evolution’s Lessons,” for students in all academic programs. “It will be great to bring in perspective from the humanities and the social sciences,” he said. “Beyond the science of evolution, I have to think, ‘What is the historical context and what are the cultural implications?’”

Velhagen firmly believes that knowing about science is foundational to a good liberal arts education and to the betterment of society. “Altruism and science” go hand in hand. “It’s about making things better for the greater good, for society as a whole… It’s about giving students the ability to go to good schools, to acquire the skills and knowledge they need to get work.” Every educated citizen should know how science works, because it has the potential to create inventions to make new discoveries that will help the rest of humanity, he says. Education works, he stresses, when people can use their talents, when the economy is working because people have the skills they need. “Directly or indirectly, education helps us all.”  


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Black History Month African-American Read-In



Caldwell, N.J., Feb. 27, 2019 – Caldwell University’s English Department celebrated Black History Month with an African American Read-In Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the Cougar Den on campus.

The featured speaker was Dr. Valerie Lewis-Mosley, who teaches in the Caldwell University Theology and Philosophy Department. She spoke of the cost many fearless African- Americans paid in carrying forward their history through language, literature, readings and words. She stressed the importance of knowing and communicating the stories including the fact that many African-Americans could read and write before the Emancipation Proclamation but would not let others know for fear of punishment. “Books carry a legacy of a people,” she said.

Lewis-Mosley noted she is a great-granddaughter of South Carolina Gullah Geechees, descendants of enslaved Africans who were transported from Barbados to South Carolina; those ancestors of hers taught others to read and write. She spoke of the fortitude of many people of African descent who traveled to the United States and would hide bricks with writing on them underneath dirt, fearing others would discover they could read and write. Lewis-Mosley shared her favorite stories and writers including the autobiography of Frederick Douglass and Langston Hughes’s poem “I, Too,” which states, “I too, am America.”

Students, faculty and staff were invited to read their own favorite poems or short passages from African American writers or to share their own creating writing.

The National African American Read-In is the nation’s oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. It was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month.


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Workshop and Reading Series on Writing and Healing with Poets from CavanKerry Press

Writing has been found to reduce anxiety, organize traumatic experiences, move us to resolution and help heal wounds. Calyx, A Journal of Literature and Art is pleased to host a series of workshops and readings with poets from CavanKerry Press — Tina Kelley, Wanda Praisner, Joan Cusack Handler and Carole Stone — to explore the rich relationship between writing and healing.

3/18 @ 4:00 with Tina Kelley.

3/19 @ 3:00 with Wanda S. Praisner.

3/27 @ 3:00 with Joan Cusack Handler. the founder and publisher of CavanKerry Press.

3/28 @ 4:00 with Carole Stone.

The workshops are open to interested students, faculty and staff and will take place in Teaching and Learning Commons in the Jennings Library. Students preparing submissions to Calyx are invited to bring them for possible workshopping.

Please contact Mary Ladany, mladany@caldwell.edu or 973-618-3643 for any questions or concerns.

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Prof. Virginia Rich: Innovation and Improvement are Business as Usual.

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Faculty Feature:
Prof. Virginia Rich


There is an undercurrent of energy to everything Professor Virginia Rich does. As she talks about the direction of the School of Business and CIS, where she serves as associate dean, she exudes passion for her subject. It is no surprise, then, that her department is infused with a drive to innovate and grow.

The innovations at Caldwell University’s Business School are at times huge and groundbreaking, and at others, smaller and practical, aimed at teaching the foundations of good business practices. Both matter.

“We definitely are trying to be responsive to employer and industry needs,” Rich says. “To that end, what we’re trying to do is graduate students with the skills and abilities that are needed now. It’s a practical, skills-based approach to what’s in the marketplace.”

One step the Business School is taking to ensure confidence in its ability to graduate students with those skills is to be reaccredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. The organization follows the Baldridge criteria for excellence, “recognizing teaching excellence, determining student learning outcomes, and helping institutions implement continuous improvement models.” The intense process of maintaining ACBSP accreditation is worth it to Rich. “It holds us to a standard of excellence that makes us accountable for all of our business practices,” she says, “so students and their parents can be assured that we are following the best practices of the better business schools.”

That Rich can see the long-term payoff of the ACBSP accreditation is no surprise. She is a focused educator, a woman armed with a tenacity that prompts her to focus on what must be done, not on how much work is involved for her. She had that work ethic long before taking her current position.

Rich obtained her Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University. She had a judicial clerkship in the United States District Court, serving the chief judge of the New Jersey District for two years before joining a Morristown law firm as an associate; she later became a partner. She then began a master’s in teaching program before teaching at Caldwell. That was in 1999, and since then, she has taken on varied roles, including serving as chair of the Faculty Development Committee for five years.

This impressive résumé serves Rich well as she assesses the needs of the Business School. Her personal drive spills over into a department that is driven to innovate and succeed. ACBSP accreditation is one way it will do that—even if that isn’t an easy path to take.

“It has been called a workout,” Rich says of the process. “And it is. It’s good. The basis of the process is continuous improvement. They challenge us: no matter how good you are, how can you get better? It’s necessary to have these opportunities for improvement.”

Members of the Business School faculty are passionate about improving. That is why they have added programs to meet the needs and interests of students. They have recently added a health care administration degree program, which teaches students to monitor and run businesses in the growing health care marketplace. Another new program grown from a popular minor is sport management, which prepares students for the multifaceted sports industry in both professional and amateur sports. And most recently, the Business School reinstated its computer science program to meet industry needs for web programming, cyber security and app development.

“These new programs were not only responsive to industry needs,” Rich explains, “but also to student interests. We try to listen to our students, what they need and what they want. We try to be innovative with all that we do.”

Innovation, coupled with improvement, drives Rich and her team forward. Another groundbreaking initiative they have undertaken is a human resources apprenticeship program. Caldwell University now offers the first such program in New Jersey that has been recognized by the United States Department of Labor. Run in partnership with the Employers Association of New Jersey, it allows business majors who minor in human resources to begin on-the-job training in human resources in their junior years. “You can think of it as an internship on steroids,” Rich says, “but even that doesn’t do it justice.” Students work for 1,800 hours over two years as paid apprentices with participating companies. While students continue classroom work, the workplace offers on-the-job experience and training. Students who complete their hours are certified as apprentices and graduate “workforce ready,” says Rich. “New Jersey industry leaders have recognized that they need graduates with specialized skills.”

The department’s primary goal is providing students with the skills needed to operate in the business world, and faculty members are constantly striving to ensure they are preparing students for life after graduation. And while they consider opportunities to expand the apprenticeship program beyond the human resources industry, they continue to teach practical skills that will pay long-term dividends for all students in the School of Business and CIS.

Professors regularly teach students interaction skills. This involves the art of introducing themselves, making small talk, and more. In a 100-level course, business students will leave their classroom to visit another class where they are invited to speak to students they may never have met and to hone their interpersonal skills.

“Some of the faculty have provided class time to help students practice introducing themselves. We’ll bring our students to another class and have the students ‘meet’ each other,” Rich explains with a smile. “We practice handshaking, eye contact, introductions and small talk. It’s a strategy that can be taught. The more we do it, the more comfortable we are.”

The practical side of business education doesn’t end there. Rich and Caldwell staff and faculty also host mock business dinners where students learn how to conduct themselves over meals. Since this is an essential part of doing business in the real world, the skills students learn are invaluable. At the dinners, sponsored by Caldwell’s Gourmet Dining, staff and faculty members share what Rich calls “tricks of the trade,” like where a person should sit, who sits down first, what to order, which fork to use, and more during a meal. The attention to practical skills pays off.

“We need to know how to present ourselves. We need to know the very fundamentals of introducing ourselves, of being comfortable,” Rich says, listing other important skills students are taught. “Being responsive to requests for information, to all kinds of communications, managing time and tasks. Those are fundamental.”

Fundamental. Many of the things Rich feels a student deserves to learn are unique to Caldwell University. In this innovative environment, faculty members are encouraged to constantly evolve and grow so they can educate students in the most complete way possible.

Rich, a parent of a recent college graduate, sees the potential in her students and strives to help them achieve their goals.

“As parents, we try to inspire our children to stretch and go beyond their comfort zone, and we try to do the same thing here with our students. We try to be aspirational and help them to go higher and be the best that they can be, to continue to develop and create a life worth living.”

It is unlikely Rich would single herself out as a major reason the department she leads is thriving. She is constantly shifting the focus to the other faculty and administration members who contribute. She points to the joys of working for a liberal arts institution where students are given a broad education that allows adaptability in the workplace and the ability to lead a balanced life. She mentions President Nancy Blattner, who encourages the faculty to think outside the box. Rich celebrates the faculty and staff in her department, who she says are “integral to our success.”

But her personal mark is unmistakable. Her drive, her energy and her passion for her students are evident in every decision she makes to move the School of Business and CIS forward. Rich’s attention to practical details and her enthusiasm for major innovation ensure her department will continue to offer programs that graduate students who are prepared for careers in the business world. That is always Rich’s priority.

“Keep in mind at all times what it is that we are doing, educating students,” she says. “Educating students to be ready and able for the workplace. To help them out with sustainable skills that will allow them to adapt to the changing marketplace and what is needed out there. That’s the key.”  n

—Nicole M. Burrell ’09

Professor Rich comments on the School of Business and CIS in the #METOO Era:

“Ethical behavior starts with sincerity. And transparency. And respect. I think that everything about the #MeToo movement and all that’s associated with equal pay for equal work and equal treatment on the job, all of those things at their fundamental core are about respect. It’s respect for the other person as a human and respect for their abilities. I think that is what everyone is crying out for. People want to be respected for what they’re doing on the job. They don’t want to be objectified, and they don’t like to be treated in a way that is disrespectful. And that is even before we get to something as horrific as sexual assault. But even on a fundamental level, if we come to every interaction with the idea of respecting the dignity of the person that we’re meeting, and finding out what we can about them, I think that many of those issues—if we could all just do that—would melt away.”

on the ethics of Caldwell University students:

“When I think about some of the feedback that we’ve gotten over the years, consistently, one thing comes out again and again. Our students have not only a work ethic, but they have ethics. Our students work hard, they’re well prepared, and they make good decisions. Good ethical decisions. We can just look to the liberal arts base and what we are as an institution and know that we certainly try to instill that in students. That when you go out there, you are the face of Caldwell on the job. You need to be aware of that and live up to that. Because that is something to live up to.”

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Blessing ceremony celebrates the healing work of nursing students’ hands


Caldwell, N.J., Feb. 7, 2019 –

For nursing student Evelyn Eugene the Blessing of the Hands ceremony was a special way to connect her faith with her work as a future nurse.   Eugene and the other third year Caldwell University nursing students gathered on Feb. 6 at the Motherhouse for the blessing, that a milestone for those embarking on their clinical work in hospitals and health care facilities. “It was the best way to go into practicing in my field,” said Eugene of the ceremony where students were reminded how nurses are God’s instruments and that their hands are sacred in the work of serving the sick and the dying.

Dr. Brenda Petersen, assistant professor and associate dean of the School of Nursing and Public Health, gave the opening remarks to the students, family members, faculty, staff and administration.

Sister Kathleen Tuite, O.P., vice president of student life, said it was a time to celebrate the work of healers and bless the healing work of their hands.“Each of us brings unique gifts and a unique self to our various tasks. Today we come to celebrate our call and gifts and to remember how much we need one another. No one person has all the gifts. We rely on one another and work together in this community to bring healing to people who come to us.”

The university president, Dr. Nancy Blattner, quoted Isaiah 49:16 saying, “I can never forget you. I have written your name on the palm of my hand.”  The scripture verse, she said, “calls to mind how close each of us is to our Creator because he fashioned us in his image and remembers us by name.  She continued,” Dear nursing students, you are known and remembered by God. You are created in His divine image and carry His Divine Spark.”   She asked them to remember that even when they may encounter patients who are in pain, frustrated, or angry, that the patients are also created in God’s divine image. “Then you will see God in each one of them as you minister to their needs, and you will be bringing the care and healing that is more than physical but also reaches to each person’s inner being.”

Scripture and prayers were read by nursing faculty members, Dr. Donna Naturale, Professor Phygenia Nimoh, Dr. Aneesha Jean, and ProfessorAngelica Delacruz.

Student Michelle Citron, who went up to receive her blessing with her 16-month- old son, said it was special for the students to receive the blessings from their professors. “They are the ones we look up to.”

Student Jasmine Bejar said the blessing was empowering and gave her more confidence as she goes to her clinical site, reaffirming why it is she wants to be a nurse.

Dr. Kathleen Kelley, associate professor and assistant director of the School of Nursing and Public Health, told the audience that the blessings of hands is something done at weddings as well as in nursing, because it “ celebrates the symbolism of hands as extensions of our love and passion to embrace our patients, their families and our community.”

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George R. Newman Center Basketball Court Dedicated to Head Coach Mark A. Corino


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CALDWELL, N.J- Caldwell University officially dedicated the basketball court at the George R. Newman Center in honor of long-time assistant vice president/director of athletics and head men’s basketball coach Mark A. CorinoDec. 8 prior to the men’s game against Bloomfield College.


The ceremony began with a tribute video to Coach Corino that included photos from his 31 years as head coach and athletics director at Caldwell.


CACC Commissioner Dan Mara and Corino’s long-time conference colleague Sheila Wooten, director of athletics of Bloomfield College, honored the Caldwell coach.


Caldwell Mayor Ann Dassing and West Caldwell Mayor Joe Tempesta Jr. presented Coach Corino with proclamations from their respective towns, declaring December 8, 2018 as Mark A. Corino Day.


Caldwell University President Dr. Nancy Blattner thanked Corino for his commitment to Caldwell and on behalf of the Caldwell University Board of Trustees officially dedicated Mark A. Corino Court.


Corino took over as the Director of Athletics and added head coaching duties shortly into his tenure at then-Caldwell College in 1988 after coaching for five seasons at Bloomfield. Corino guided the Cougars to six CACC Championships during his 30 seasons, five NAIA Tournament Appearances and one NCAA Division II Tournament in 2007. He was selected as the CACC Coach of the Year four times and was inducted into the Caldwell Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016.


Corino is among three college men’s basketball head coach with over 500 wins in the state of NJ and ranks second in the state with 563 (468 at Caldwell). Last season, he joined an elite club as he coached in his 1,000th game as a college head coach. He is the second active coach in the Division II East Region with 1,000 games coached and is among 28 active coaches in all divisions of the NCAA men’s basketball to have coached 1,000 games.


Corino has made a lasting impact on the university and the athletics department in his three decades at Caldwell. He was awarded the Caldwell Cup in 1999 and received the Caldwell President’s Award in 2006. Corino was selected as the NAIA Region X and CACC Administrator of the Year in 2000, the ECAC Administrator of the Year in 2010, and the CACC Athletic Director of the Year in 2017-18. He is currently president of the CACC Director’s Council, having been re-elected in 2018 for a two-year term, a position he has held four times.


Corino has spearheaded the growth of the athletic department from three programs in 1988 to 16 programs by 2019-20 with the addition of men’s lacrosse. From 2011 and culminating in 2020, Caldwell will have added seven new sports under Corino’s leadership (women’s track and field, women’s lacrosse, men’s cross country and track and field, women’s bowling, sprint football and men’s lacrosse). Originally a NAIA member school, Caldwell made the transition to NCAA Division II beginning in 1998 and was completed in 2002, under Corino’s guidance. Also in 2002, the George R. Newman Center, Caldwell’s state-of-the-art indoor athletics facility, was completed following years of planning and fundraising.


Saturday’s dedication ceremony was covered by various local media outlets and the game was televised on FiOS 1.


FiOS 1 News Sports Clip:



The Progress video



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NJ.com Article by Barry Carter



Suburban Essex



Watch the Ceremony



Photo Gallery from Saturday



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Caldwell to name Newman Center Floor for Mark A. Corino

Flyer for ceremony honoring Mark Corino Saturday December 8, 2018.

CALDWELL, N.J.- Caldwell University will name the playing floor at the George R. Newman Center in honor of the assistant vice president/director of athletics and head men’s basketball coach, Mark A. Corino, who has led the men’s basketball program since its second season in 1988.

Mark A. Corino Court will be officially dedicated in a pre-game ceremony prior to Caldwell’s Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference game against Bloomfield College on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m.

“Mark Corino is truly deserving of having the basketball court at Caldwell University named in his honor,” said Caldwell President Nancy Blattner, Ph.D. “It has been a pleasure to partner with Mark as he has worked diligently to create and maintain an expectation of excellence for our student-athletes, our teams and our coaching staff.”

Corino, a Belleville native, received a bachelor’s from Kean University and a master’s in education from Caldwell.  He has coached basketball for 35 years at the collegiate level, five years at Bloomfield and 30 seasons at Caldwell.

“I am deeply grateful and truly humbled to have the Newman Center basketball court dedicated in my name,” said Corino “I would like to thank  the three university presidents that I have served under; Sister Vivien Jennings, Sister Patrice Werner, and Dr. Blattner, and all of those involved in supporting this great honor. I am looking forward to sharing this day with family, friends, and all of my former players and former athletes, all whom have contributed to the program’s success over my 31 years at Caldwell.”

Corino has made a lasting impact on the university and the Athletics Department in his three decades at Caldwell. He was awarded the Caldwell Cup in 1999 and received the Caldwell President’s Award in 2006. Corino was selected as the NAIA Region X in 1992 and 2000, CACC Administrator of the Year in 2000, the ECAC Administrator of the Year in 2010 and the CACC Athletic Director of the Year in 2017-18. He is president of the CACC Director’s Council, having been re-elected in 2018 for a two-year term, a position he has held four times. Most recently, he was honored with the Garden State Award by the Collegiate Athletic Administrators of New Jersey.

“This is a fitting honor for Mark Corino to commemorate his dedication to not only Caldwell Athletics but to the entire Caldwell Community,” said CACC Commissioner Dan Mara.  “I have known Mark for over 20 years and he is certainly one of the most dedicated coaches and athletic administrators in the country. Mark has been a leader on the conference, regional, and national levels and has helped to shape the CACC into the model conference it is today. I sincerely hope the students of Caldwell University will continue to benefit from his efforts for many years.”

Corino spearheaded the growth of the Athletic Department from three programs in 1988 to what will be 16 programs by 2019-20 with the addition of men’s lacrosse. From 2011 through 2020, Caldwell will have added seven new sports under Corino’s leadership (women’s track and field, women’s lacrosse, men’s cross country, men’s track and field, women’s bowling, sprint football and men’s lacrosse). Originally a NAIA member school, Caldwell began the transition to NCAA Division II in 1998 and finished in 2002 under Corino’s guidance. Also in 2002, the George R. Newman Center, Caldwell’s state-of-the-art indoor athletics facility, was completed following years of planning and fundraising.

In 2010, Caldwell University, West Caldwell and Essex County came together to fund the renovation of the Kiwanis Oval, an artificial turf facility used by multiple municipalities and Caldwell University. Corino has contracted agreements to lease the Essex Valley Field to host the women’s lacrosse team home contests; he has directed an agreement to lease a space for locker rooms, trainer rooms and office and meeting space at Provost Square, adjacent to the Kiwanis Oval, for the baseball and sprint football teams.

Corino began his college coaching career as the men’s basketball coach at Bloomfield College where he posted a 95-48 record from 1982-1987. He moved to Caldwell in the summer of 1987 as the athletics director and took over coaching the men’s basketball program in its second season. Corino guided the Cougars to eight CACC Championships during his 30 seasons, five NAIA tournament appearances and one NCAA Division II Tournament in 2007. He was named the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Coach of the Year in 1998. Corino was selected as the CACC Coach of the Year four times and was inducted into the Caldwell Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016.

“I’ve known Mark for over 30 years and have seen his growth as a coach and administrator at Caldwell,” said Bloomfield College Athletic Director Sheila Wooten. “I am extremely proud of him and his accomplishments. His success as a coach and athletics director has been tremendous and he is deserving of this prestigious honor to have the court dedicated in his name.”

Corino is among three college men’s basketball head coaches in New Jersey with over 500 wins and ranks second in the state with 563 wins (468 at Caldwell). Last season, he joined an elite club coaching in his 1,000th game as a college head coach. He is the second active coach in the Division II East Region to reach 1,000 games coached and is among 28 active coaches in all divisions of NCAA men’s basketball to have coached 1,000 games.