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

 

Mark A. Corino Court picture

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:

http://fios1news.com/news/caldwell-university-mens-basketball-coach-honored-for-his-achievements-at-school/?fbclid=IwAR0LjfX9iO9LtmKyERcvEmOY0gDDZ4Y_KJfLKobeDxKC46TlnbmwW-ra7sA

 

The Progress video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcUbYn7N1Cg&feature=share

 

The Progress Article, by Kathy Shwiff – Progress editor

https://www.newjerseyhills.com/the_progress/news/caldwell-university-coach-honored/article_12b4d19f-fc3f-59ee-808b-b18a8c4c1470.html

 

NJ.com Article by Barry Carter

https://www.nj.com/essex/2018/12/coach-built-colleges-basketball-program-568-victories-later-hes-one-of-the-winningest-in-nj.html

 

Suburban Essex

https://issuu.com/vicinity/docs/essex_1218se

 

Watch the Ceremony

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwTjktcYaMA

 

Photo Gallery from Saturday

https://caldwellathletics.com/galleries/

 

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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.

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Art History Professor to Present on Smithsonian American Art Museum Fellowship

Headshot of professor Noonan

Caldwell, N.J., Nov. 28, 2018 – The Caldwell University Chapter of the honor society of Phi Kappa Phl will present a lecture with Dr. Jennifer Noonan, The Alvin R. Calman Associate Professor of Art History , in the Department of Visual Art and Design, on “A Year in Residence: Life and Research as the Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.” The event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 3 p.m. in the Alumni Theatre.
The lecture is free and open to the public. For information contact phikappaphi@caldwell.edu or call Dr. Francine Del Vecchio at 973-618-3416.

 

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Compassionate Community Service is a Theme of 10th Annual Caldwell Day

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Caldwell University Students polishing and arranging the shoe during Community Service Day.
Caldwell University doing a video shoot Caldwell Service Day.
Caldwell University Students cleaning a front yard during Caldwell Service Day.
Caldwell Students preparing wonderful postcard for the sisters at Caldwell University during a Service day.
Group photo Caldwell University faculty and students outside the Caldwell Pollinator Garden during a service day.
Caldwell University faculty members and students group photo.
Caldwell University student Suman Thapa carrying pillow and sheets during Caldwell Service Day.
Shore Chapter Volunteers

Caldwell, N.J. – Oct. 1, 2018 – While volunteering at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, student Sagar Basaula decided to take 10 minutes out to walk around and look closely at what the other Caldwell students and faculty and staff members were doing on the warehouse floor. “Everyone was packing boxes with love and compassion because they genuinely wanted to,” he said.  Basaula’s group put together 506 boxes for 506 families as part of the university’s annual day of service, Caldwell Day.

Basaula was one of approximately 230 members of the Caldwell campus community who took part in the 10th annual event on Sept. 28 for which classes are canceled and participants volunteer at nonprofit organizations in Essex County and elsewhere in the state.

Nancee Roth, coordinator of tutoring services, and student Emmanuel Steplight visited the homebound through St. Aloysius parish in Caldwell. Roth said the people they visited appreciated any communication; they were happy to have someone listen to them and to receive a compliment. The takeaway for Roth was that a smile or a positive comment can mean a great deal even in a simple encounter like meeting someone in the store. She appreciated volunteering with Steplight, who is blind. “The spirit she brings, the kindness she shows inspires me. She indicated that through this experience she wants to continue visiting the homebound,” said Roth.

Quinn DeLaRosa and Bianca Ho served at FilmAcademy360 in Livingston, which teaches high school and college age students on the autism spectrum skills in filmmaking, video editing, game creation, and graphic arts. The two assisted the academy staff in producing a video by handling production duties such as running the teleprompter, operating the camera and coaching the learners in on-air skills. For Ho, who is planning to work in the art therapy field, the most important aspect was how she quickly felt a part of the learners’ community. “They helped us easily know their world.” DeLaRosa was moved by how the learners were comfortable being themselves. “To see how cheerful these people are shows how much we overcomplicate things.”

David DiIanni, director of the academy, said having the Caldwell volunteers was very good for his students because they learn to engage with people from the community.  It is beneficial for the learners to work with peer mentors, he said, and it is helpful to the academy to make connections to build their program.

Cathy Lundquist, an adjunct faculty member in education, volunteered at Our Lady Help of Christians in East Orange and met Sister Pat Hogan, O.P., the principal— “an amazing woman. I was grateful and honored to have worked with her.”

Many of the Caldwell volunteers were inspired by the care and commitment they saw from those who run the nonprofits. Student Deanne Murray served at the historic Kingsland Manor in Nutley and was impressed with the passion of staff members, who “enjoyed restoring, inviting everyone in, and know the history.” Madison Perry worked with the Caldwell Environmental Center, moving mulch, pulling up weeds, and cleaning.  “I saw a lot of passion from those who work at the pollinator garden.” As a biology major, she was happy to experience a variety of bugs, plants, and species.

A group of alumni from the Shore Chapter, along with Sharon Dwyer from the university’s Development and Alumni Affairs Office, volunteered at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School in Asbury Park, NJ doing art projects and helping out in the classrooms.

Colleen O’Brien, director of campus ministry, said the university engages in volunteerism as part of its Catholic Dominican mission of service. St. Dominic stressed “the importance of bringing light to a world in darkness,” she said, and the university encourages members of its community to do that in whatever way they are called whether in service or in other walks of life.

The other nonprofits they served were:

The Caldwell Fire Department

Jefferson Elementary School

Grover Cleveland Park Conservancy

Caldwell Public Library

Academy 360 Lower School

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Essex Fells, NJ

Volunteers also took part in campus cleanup and preparation for the Midnight Run in New York City. Caldwell University President Nancy Blattner began Caldwell Day her first year at Caldwell in 2009 as part of the mission of the Catholic Dominican university.  One of the four Dominican pillars is service.

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Faith with Benefits: Hooking Up, Hanging Out and Finding Relationships on Catholic Campuses

Faith with Benefits by Jason King picture

Caldwell, N.J., – Oct. 12, 2018 – “Faith with Benefits:  Hooking Up, Hanging Out, and Finding Relationships on Catholic Campuses” will be the theme of a talk at Caldwell University 4:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5, in the Alumni Theatre. Jason King, professor of theology at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, will share how he investigates the effects of Catholic identity on the hookup culture.

Dr. King has authored the book “Faith with Benefits:  Hookup Culture on Catholic Campuses” (Oxford University Press, 2017), is editor of the Journal of Moral Theology, and writes for the blog CatholicMoralTheology.com. He is working on an edited collection of essays titled “Love, Sex, and Families: Catholic Perspectives” (Liturgical Press) and a book project about the environment, children and Mr. Rogers.

The Caldwell University Department of Theology/Philosophy will present the talk as part of the Sister Maura Campbell lecture series. It is free and open to the public.

The lecture series is named after Sister Maura Campbell, O.P., 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.

About Caldwell University

Caldwell University is a private, Catholic coed four-year university with a strong liberal arts core curriculum that enhances critical thinking and analytical reasoning. Caldwell offers 29 undergraduate and 30 graduate programs, including doctoral, master’s, certificate and certification programs, as well as online and distance learning options that prepare students for today’s global marketplace. The university has 15 NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports programs and a football program that is a member of the Collegiate Sprint Football League.

Caldwell offers numerous clubs, fraternities, sororities and activities. It is located on a beautiful 70-acre campus in suburban Caldwell, New Jersey. Caldwell was founded by the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Caldwell. Its core values of respect, integrity, community and excellence influence academic and campus life. For more information about Caldwell University, visit caldwell.edu

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Journalist, poet Judith Valente to present “Who Is This Dude Called Benedict?” on St. Benedict at Caldwell University

Journalist, poet Judith Valente headshot photo Why are people in the age of Snapchat still reading a slender text written by a monk who lived at the end of the Roman Empire? Perhaps because that time isn’t so different from our own, contends poet, journalist and author Judith Valente, who will speak in the Alumni Theater at Caldwell University at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4. “The ‘Rule of St. Benedict,’ originally written for people in monasteries, is still one of the best guides for discovering what truly matters in life,” said Valente.

Her talk, “Who Is This Dude Called Benedict?,” is part of the Sister Maura Campbell, O.P., lecture series presented by the university’s Theology/Philosophy Department. Valente will tell how “The Rule,” with its emphasis on listening “with the ear of the heart,” simplicity, community, balance, prayer and praise, changed her from a hard-charging workaholic into an “everyday contemplative” and how the timeless wisdom of St. Benedict offers a way forward from the divisions sweeping our country.

Valente is an award-winning print and broadcast journalist who has been a regular contributor to the national PBS-TV news program “Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.” Her work has appeared on PBS-TV’s “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.” She is a commentator for National Public Radio and Chicago Public Radio for which she covers religion, interviews poets and authors, and is a guest essayist.

She has authored a number of books; her most recent is “How to Live: What the Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning and Community,” which explores Benedictine spirituality.

The lecture series is named after Sister Maura Campbell, O.P., 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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“The State of American Politics and the 2018 Midterm Elections” with Correspondent Steve Kornacki

Mr. Steve Kornacki in his studio.

Correspondent Steve Kornacki will present at Caldwell on Sept. 20. Photo credit Anthony J Scutro

 Caldwell, N.J., Sept. 6, 2018 – “The State of American Politics and the 2018 Midterm Elections” with NBC News and MSNBC national political correspondent Steve Kornacki will be the topic of a forum 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Caldwell University.

The program will be presented by Caldwell University’s Faculty Commission on World Concerns in the Alumni Theatre on campus. It will be moderated by Domenic Maffei, Ph.D., professor of political science, and John Yurko, professor of communication and media studies.

Kornacki’s work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Roll Call, the New York Times and other news outlets. His book “The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism” will be available beginning Oct. 2.

Admission to the event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. For more information, contact Alison Self at aself@caldwell.edu.