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Caldwell University celebrates 76th annual commencement with record-breaking number of graduates

President of Caldwell University at 76th annual commencement.
President of Caldwell University at 76th annual commencement.
Students at Caldwell University's 76th Annual Commencement.
Students at Caldwell University's 76th Annual Commencement.
Students at Caldwell University's 76th Annual Commencement.
Caldwell University's 76th Annual Commencement.
Student at Caldwell University's 76th Annual Commencement.
Student at Caldwell University's 76th Annual Commencement.
Students at Caldwell University's 76th Annual Commencement.
Students at Caldwell University's 76th Annual Commencement.
Caldwell University's 76th Annual Commencement.
Students at Caldwell University's 76th Annual Commencement.
Students at Caldwell University's 76th Annual Commencement.
Students at Caldwell University's 76th Annual Commencement.

Students are encouraged to be “amazing”

Caldwell, N.J., May 20, 2018 – Caldwell University celebrated its 76th annual commencement May 20 with a record-breaking number of graduates. The university  awarded 502 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees.

Danielle Hamblin of White Township, New Jersey, delivered the student address at the graduate commencement ceremony encouraging her fellow graduates to “be amazing.” Drawing on the words of a motivational speaker she once heard, she gave the graduates three simple points they need to be successful in life’s journey and to be “the greatest husband, wife, mother, father, boss, employee ever.”

“Number one, wake up; number two, be amazing; number three, go to bed,”  she said. It is obvious how to fulfill numbers one and three, said Hamblin, but number two is personal. “It is up to each individual to define what being amazing is. Can you imagine if we all did?”

Hamblin received a doctoral degree in educational leadership with a special education concentration. Reflecting on her experience in the doctoral program with students in the cohort, she said, “Caldwell provided us with mental challenges but not without the support of collegial partnership. I felt amazing when I knew I had contributed in meaningful ways to helping others on this journey.” Hamblin teaches as an adjunct on the college level and is director of special services for the Sparta public schools.

Dennis Brady of West Orange, New Jersey delivered the student address at the undergraduate commencement ceremony. “The close-knit family that we have grown into over these four years was something that none of us could have anticipated. Those bonds we will cherish forever—the sporting events we attended, the community service trips we went on, it all happened here on 120 Bloomfield Avenue,” said Brady. “We are now sent out to find our way in this world with the knowledge, and more importantly, the values of Caldwell that are instilled in us from the day we walked onto the campus.” He encouraged the graduates never to stray too far away from their Caldwell family. “As a respected doctor and philosopher, Dr. Seuss, once said, ‘Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened,’” said Brady.  He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Media Studies with a minor in business administration.

President Nancy H. Blattner, Ph.D., presented doctoral students with their Ph.D.’s and Ed.D.’s, graduate students with their Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration or Master of Science degrees, and undergraduates with their Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees.

Blattner asked the students to stay connected to their alma mater. “Return to this campus that has been your home for the past few years, and carry with you our core values of respect, integrity, community and excellence into your communities and workplaces.”

Graduates wore 100% recycled caps, gowns and tassels. 

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Softball Secures #3 Seed in NCAA Division II Championship; Faces #6 Merrimack on Thursday at Molloy College

Knockout Stage Ficture for Division II Softball Tournament

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Caldwell University softball team earned the #3 seed in the NCAA Division II Championship and will be part of the East Region 2 hosted by Molloy College. The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Champions secured the conference’s automatic bid and will take on #6 Merrimack College in the opening round on Thursday, May 11 at 2:30 pm. The Cougars enter the tournament at 44-13 overall and will be making their tenth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Caldwell takes on the #6 seed Merrimack College in their opening game on Thursday at 2:30 pm. Host and #2 seed Molloy faces #7 seed NYIT at noon. The winners will advance in the winner’s bracket to Friday’s game at 11 am. The teams that lose on Thursday will play an elimination game on Friday at 1:30 pm. The full schedule with times is listed below.

The Cougars enter the NCAA Division II Championship with a 44-13 mark. Caldwell won the CACC Regular Season title with a 25-1 record and won their seventh CACC Tournament Championship this past weekend. CACC Player of the Year junior Marisa Monasseri (Monroe, N.J.) leads the Cougars with a .507 batting average with 11 homeruns, 11 doubles, 65 RBI and .808 slugging percentage. First Team All-CACC senior Lauren Frye (Jupiter, Fla.) is second on the team with average at .428 with a team-best 77 hits along with 12 doubles this season.

In the other half of the region, East Region 1 will be hosted by Adelphi University and features the top seed Adelphi along with #4 University of New Haven, #5 Mercy College and #8 Wilmington University.

Here’s the complete schedule for this week’s tournament.

2017 NCAA Division II East Region Softball Tournament

East 2 Regional Schedule (Double Elimination)
Host: Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY
Thursday, May 11
Game 1: #2 Molloy vs. #7 NYIT – 12:00 pm
Game 2: #3 Caldwell vs. #6 Merrimack – 2:30 pm
Friday, May 12
Game 3: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 – 11:00 am
Game 4: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 – 1:30 pm
Game 5: Winner Game 4 vs. Loser of Game 3 – 4:00 pm
Saturday, May 13
Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5 – 12:00 pm
Game 7: If Necessary – 2:30 pm

East 1 Regional Schedule (Double Elimination)
Host: Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
Thursday, May 11
Game 1: #1 Adelphi vs. #8 Wilmington Molloy – 12:00 pm
Game 2: #4 New Haven vs. #5 Mercy – 2:30 pm
Friday, May 12
Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs Winner Game 2 – 11:00 am
Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 – 1:30 pm
Game 5: Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3 – 4:00 pm
Saturday, May 13
Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5 – 12:00 pm
Game 7: If Necessary – 2:30 pm

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Alumna Tanya Freeman Honored as Family Lawyer of the Year

Caldwell University Alumna Tanya Freeman Headshot Caldwell, N.J., May 10, 2017– Caldwell University alumna Tanya Freeman, a partner at Weiner Law Group in Parsippany, New Jersey, was honored as Family Lawyer of the Year by the Hudson County Bar Association on April 18 at Liberty House.

Freeman, who has represented professional athletes, television personalities and other high-profile celebrities, fondly remembers her days studying political science at Caldwell. She returned to school as a mother with six children and as a full-time employee at Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. “I really invented myself in my late 30s, and it started at Caldwell. It was so good for my kids to see that Mommy went back.” She still proudly hangs in her office the plaque she received for earning the highest grade point average in the Political Science Department.

Before entering the legal world, Freeman led audit teams for over a decade. She was licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey in 2012 after graduating cum laude from Touro Law Center. In 2014, Gov. Chris Christie appointed Freeman to the board of directors of University Hospital in Newark, where she chairs the Governance, Ethics and Legal committee. The Thomson Reuters list of New Jersey Super Lawyers named her a “rising star” for two consecutive years. She was also elected to the board of trustees of the Hudson County Bar Association in 2016.

Freeman recalls how she was inspired to start studying at Caldwell. While working for Blue Cross Blue Shield, she was staffing a career fair booth in Caldwell’s cafeteria and decided to look into enrolling. She was 60 credits shy of her undergraduate degree. Soon she was attending classes and was on her way to gaining her bachelor’s degree. “I’m still friends with my Caldwell classmates,” she says.

As a divorce lawyer, she tells her clients her story so they know that that no matter what their age or state in life there is great hope and that they too can take the steps to reinvent themselves.

 

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Undergraduate and graduate projects highlighted at Research and Creative Arts Day

Students at the Research Day
Dr. Berki with the special guest of the Research Day Ceremony
Students gets honored for their Research Project
Student Presenting her Research
Veronica Guirguis showcased her project, “The Future of Cancer Care: Virtual Reality,”
Student presenting his research about Forensic Accounting
Students and Faculties at Student Gym for Research Day
Pre-Law Student Presenting his Research Project

Caldwell, N.J., May 1, 2017 – Caldwell University hosted Research and Creative Arts Day, featuring innovative projects by students, faculty and staff.

The day was aimed at highlighting Caldwell undergraduate and graduate student research and promoting STEAM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math. “We had a great turnout and great intensity. It was a chance for our students to get feedback, hone their communications skills and learn how to field questions from different audiences,” said Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Agnes Berki, who chaired the taskforce that organized the event.

Biology student Veronica Guirguis showcased her project, “The Future of Cancer Care: Virtual Reality,” which demonstrated how virtual reality could help to educate patients about treatments, could be used as a therapy to lessen pain and suffering, and could give them a chance to visit the “most amazing parts of the world.” She appreciated being able to “raise awareness and the potential of using” virtual therapy.

Stephanie Silva, a senior nursing major, presented the project “Who you gonna call? Rapid response teams,” which compared staff-initiated versus family-initiated response during a decline in health. She was delighted that nurses from her clinical site, Morristown Medical Center, came to view the research. She appreciated the feedback from those who saw her poster. “They had really good questions and made me think differently about my research. It was a great experience.”

Naissa Piverger, Melaine Betancur and Nicholette Worgs, public health educator majors, presented their research, “Utilizing Telemedicine to impact the older adult population.” Thanks to a Verizon technology grant, they taught seniors at their internship site, Marian Manor, how to use mobile devices to monitor and track their health status.

Manoucheka Jean, a nursing student,  who displayed her project, “The importance of a comprehensive patient education program in patients diagnosed with heart failure”  said the conference was a good opportunity to practice public speaking.

Chelsie Deusa, a communications and media studies and political science major, presented her scholars project work, “Northern Ireland: Divided by Religion.” She felt “proud and accomplished” to showcase it since she had put so much time into the work.

The keynote presentation was given by Dr. Jill Bargonett, a leading molecular biologist, breast cancer researcher and professor of biological sciences at Hunter College. In a lively, interactive format, she spoke on “Choreographing Genomics and Cancer Biology into Understanding.” A former dancer, she showed biological processes through dance.

Bargonetti is widely published; she and her team have made significant advances in research that looks at protein diversity in cells with the kind of genetic mutations linked to “triple negative” breast cancer.

Cosmo Cirillo, a doctoral student in the educational leadership program, was a member of a team that studied “Korean students’ views on caring teachers”. He said it was a great experience to have visitors come up to the booth “and test you on your knowledge” of an interesting project.  Vanessa Cirillo, another doctoral student on the team, said, “You don’t know how much you know about your research until you have to answer questions.”

Statewide honors

Some of the projects displayed had received statewide recognition this year. Science students Deborah Balthazar and Amanda Surujnauth received the first-place Outstanding Poster Presentation award for their project “What Is on Your Toothbrush? Are You Brushing with Fecal Matter?” at the Independent College Fund of New Jersey’s Undergraduate Research Symposium in March.

Pre-med post-baccalaureate student and alumna Jessica Binkiewicz was among the 2017 class of the Governor’s STEM Scholars honored by the New Jersey Legislature in Trenton on March 23. Her research project was titled “Thieves’ and Pulling Essential Oils Are Effective Antibacterial Agents against the Bacterium Escherichia coli.” During the school yearBinkiewicz led a research team of three high school students on the project—one from Wayne Hills High School and two from Paterson Charter High School for Science and Technology.

Research and Creative Arts Day was organized by the Research Task Force created by Dr. Barbara Chesler, vice president for Academic Affairs.  The Research Task Force is comprised of faculty members Dr. Karla Batres, Dr. Ellina Chernobilsky, Dr. Thomson Ling, Dr. Jennifer Noonan, Dr. Kenneth Reeve, Dr. Meghan Ryan, Dr. Rosa Sanchez, Dr. Theodora Sirota, Dr. Marnie Sperling, Dr. Sara Tedrick Parikh, Dr. Rebecca Vega, Dr. Jason Vladescu and Berki. Also on the task force is Retention Specialist Maureen McNish and student Bipin Koirala, a senior math and art major. Student volunteers who ushered at the event included: Amelia Biswas, Anika Sanjana, Prithy Adhikary, Shreyoshi Hossain, Michelle Eng, Ngima Sherpa, Anamika Sharma, Usha Katuwal, and Romina Ghale. The judges were greeted and registered by staff volunteers Christine Szeluga, Diana Lee, Alison Self, and Elaine Maliszewski.

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Nursing Department becomes official member of international honor society

Caldwell University Department of Nursing Students displaying an official charter membership of the international honor society of nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, at a ceremony on March 11 at the Bethwood in Totowa, New Jersey.

Caldwell, N.J., March 29, 2017 – The Caldwell University Department of Nursing became an official charter member of the international honor society of nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, at a ceremony on March 11 at the Bethwood in Totowa, New Jersey. The mission of Sigma Theta Tau International is to advance world health and to celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership and service.

Dr. Aneesha Jean, nursing faculty member and advisor to Psi Mu, the Caldwell chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, said the milestone of chartering a chapter of STTI is an honor and an example of the university’s commitment to the nursing profession. “I am extremely proud of the leadership and persistence of the faculty and of the students’ continual pursuit of academic excellence.”

Caldwell University Department of Nursing Students displaying an official charter membership of the international honor society of nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, at a ceremony on March 11 at the Bethwood in Totowa, New Jersey.

Samantha Coghlan, a senior and president of the Caldwell University Student Nurses Association, said attending the induction made her proud to be a part of Caldwell’s nursing program and proved how hard the faculty works to help the students excel. “Sitting through the ceremony and listening to the different speeches I thought to myself, ‘I am sitting in this room for a reason and there’s a reason why I am being inducted into this honor society. It’s because my strong passion for nursing and everything I love about it has contributed to all of the long nights, hard work and sacrifices.’”

Coghlan is excited about her future and is considering pursuing work in the adult medical-surgical field and working as an Army Reserves nurse.  She also plans on going for a master’s in nursing, and down the road, pursuing a nurse practitioner license. She is excited that she and the other nursing students will have the opportunity—through Sigma Psi Mu—to network with professionals and that they will have the prestigious honor society on their résumés.

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Award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson to speak at launch for Catholic poetry journal

Poet Marilyn Nelson

Caldwell, N.J., March 3, 2017 – The Caldwell University English Department will celebrate national poetry month and the launching of Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry on April 6.   Award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson will speak at 6 p.m. in the Alumni Theatre.

The event is free and open to the public.

Nelson is a national book award finalist and recipient of the Frost Medal.  She is the author or translator of 17 poetry books and five chapbooks. In 2014, she published a memoir, named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2014, entitled How I Discovered Poetry—a series of 50 poems about growing up in the 1950’s in a military family.

English Department Chair Mary Ann B. Miller is editor of Presence, a national-level, independent journal affiliated with the English Department.  It is a print venue for poetry that is written by authors whose work is informed by the Catholic faith. The first issue of Presence is planned for this spring.

Students in Dr. Miller’s recently created Journal Editing course engage in reading poems submitted for possible publication and in writing micro-reviews of individual collections of poetry by a variety of contemporary poets.  Some students’ work will appear on the journal’s website:  www.catholicpoetryjournal.com.

The event is being hosted by the Elizabeth Michael Boyle Poetry Celebration Fund, named in honor of Sister Elizabeth Michael Boyle, O.P., emerita professor of English.

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Caldwell University will host Graduate Counseling Conference

Dr. Kara Ieva

Dr. Kara Ieva, associate professor in counseling at Rowan University, will give the keynote at Caldwell University’s Graduate Counseling Conference on April 22. .

Caldwell, N.J., March 9, 2017 – Caldwell University will host a Graduate Programs in counseling conference on April 22. “Group Therapy: The Power of the Process” will focus on mental health counseling, school counseling, and art therapy and run from 1 to 7 p.m.

The keynote, Dr. Kara Ieva, associate professor in counseling at Rowan University, will speak on “Courageous Conversations through Group Work to Empower Change”.  Dr. Ieva’s areas of research include counseling children and adolescents of underserved populations regarding college and career readiness and group counseling and leadership. She has published over 10 referred journal articles and five book chapters. She was also the principal investigator and project director for the Rowan University Aim High Science and Technology Academies that provides first generation and low-income college students access and preparation for post-secondary education.

Afternoon breakout sessions will include: art therapy groups for inpatient settings, wellness recovery action planning (WRAP), ethical issues in art therapy, group therapy in the school counseling setting, and many more topics. Continuing Education certificates will be distributed , and dinner will be provided from 6-7 p.m. in the Cougar Den Student Center Dining Hall.

Students, professionals, and anyone interested in the fields of counseling, art therapy and school counseling is encouraged to attend.

Admissions is $70 for general admission, $50 for alumni and $20 for Caldwell University students.

For more information contact Annette Vaccaro at avaccaro@caldwell.edu.

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Caldwell University Recognizing Alumni Professional Excellence at Veritas Awards

Caldwell, N.J., March 8, 2017 – Caldwell University will recognize alumni professional excellence at the annual Veritas awards on Friday March 31.

The award is the highest honor the college bestows on its alumnae/alumni for their professional excellence in diverse fields.  The reception is at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. at Essex Fells Country Club.

Sister M. de Montfort Kinchellagh, O.P. ’68 will receive the Excellence in Social Justice Advocacy award, Elaine Bauer Zabriskie ’73 will receive the Excellence in Quality Technology award, and Carlos Pomares ’93 will receive the Excellence in Cultural Activism award.

Sister M. de Montfort Kinchellagh

Sister M. de Montfort Kinchellagh, O.P. ’68 will receive the Excellence in Social Justice Advocacy award.

Sister de Monfort is a tireless advocate on behalf of issues of peace and justice.  She has held several positions including councilor of ministry for the Leadership Council of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell and justice promoter for the Sisters.  She was pivotal in establishing the Commission on Global Issues for the Sisters and served as it’s chairperson for over 15 years. Sister de Monfort had a career in education holding a number of positions including teacher, principal, supervisor of schools, and assistant superintendent.

Sister holds a B.A. in English/Elementary Education from Caldwell College and New Jersey Teacher of Elementary Education N-8 and New Jersey Principal certifications. She has an M.A. in Supervision\Administration from Seton Hall University.

Elaine Bauer Zabriskie

Elaine Bauer Zabriskie ’73 will receive the Excellence in Quality Technology award.

Elaine Bauer Zabriskie ’73 has excelled in the field of telecommunications with employment at companies such as AT&T and Verizon. Among her many accomplishments is the design and implementation of a supplier report card program that identified thresholds of performance for customer requirements as well as the management of corrective actions. The program was awarded a U.S. Business Process Patent in November 2012 after a ten-year review process. She is a published author of several professional white papers on supplier performance and on a recognition program for telecommunications suppliers. Zabriskie holds a bachelor of arts in history and social studies from Caldwell College and a master’s of political science and an MBA in management from Montclair University. She is a lifetime certified purchasing manager and a certified software quality engineer.

Carlos Pomares

Carlos Pomares ’93 will receive the Excellence in Cultural Activism award.

Carlos M. Pomares ‘93 is executive director of the Cuban Artists Fund, a non- profit dedicated to supporting artists of Cuban ancestry.   He has overseen a variety of collaborative educational projects between the Cuban Artists Fund and organizations such as the Times Square Alliance, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Ford Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.  As councilman at-large in Bloomfield, New Jersey, he has successfully spearheaded historic restoration projects, public art installations, and environmental preservation efforts.

Pomares holds a B.A. in History from Caldwell College and received a certificate in Communications.  He also holds an M.A. in Museum Professions from Seton Hall University.

Tickets are $95.00.   RSVP by March 15. For further information, contact Alumni Director Meghan Moran at 973-618-3411 or mmoran@Caldwell.edu

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Student Interns with International Youth Sports League

Jess Cusimano with Reporting Camera

Every time Jessica Cusimano interviews a young athlete her face lights up. She knows what it is like to play youth sports, and she is thrilled to have the chance to work with the Babe Ruth League.  She is developing her reporting, producing and editing skills in bringing news of the international youth baseball and softball league to a wider audience.

“The young girls I meet at the Babe Ruth World Series truly inspire me and remind me of when I was young and in love with the game,” says Cusimano, who recently described  her internship to business and education professionals at the university’s Business Advisory Council meeting.

Cusimano travels to events in New Jersey and in the Southern U.S.  where she meets top-notch athletes who have been recruited for strong athletic programs. She even helped create the Babe Ruth Network, which covers the Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken World Series and regular-season games.

The Babe Ruth World Series annually draws some 5,000 people from across the country when it is played at the end of July/beginning of August.  In 2017 a team from China will participate, bringing even more global interest in the league.

Because she played softball as a child and teen , Cusimano knows the  challenges young athletes face. “I went through three injuries with surgeries, and every time I got knocked down it taught me how to make myself stronger.”

She also has an internship in media relations with Faster2First, an organization that provides recruitment and development opportunities for aspiring college football, basketball and softball players.

Cusimano is majoring in communication and media studies with a minor in sport management. She appreciates the career guidance she has received from her professors. “They have gone above and beyond to help me achieve my dream.”

She would like to pursue on-air sports for a network like ESPN or Fox Sports. Caldwell has helped her make connections. “In the industry I am in, networking is key.” The “kind and dedicated” people at Caldwell have helped her spread her wings. “I can only imagine where my career will take me.”

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Public health education student field work experiences serve community

Caldwell Student Arsha Chacko with Peggy Cowan

Arsha Chacko, a student in the bachelor’s in public health education program, interned with the New Jersey Physicians Advisory Group. She is pictured here with Peggy Cowan, president and founder of NJPAG.

Caldwell, N.J., March 7, 2017 – Caldwell University students in the bachelor’s in public health education program are receiving exciting hands-on internships and employment in the field of community health.

Arsha Chacko, the program’s first graduate, interned with  the New Jersey Physicians Advisory Group in the fall, assisting the nonprofit in its work of educating young people about sexual health. Senior Janae Bailey completed an internship with ADAPT of Essex County, which focuses on alcohol and drug use/abuse prevention among the young. She will be starting a job as a medical scribe with ScribeAmerica. Melanie Betancur, also a senior, has been hired by TeleNurse Network, which offers telemedicine. As part of her field work, she provided seniors at Marian Manor with health education on issues such as medication management and telemedicine. She also did health coaching at St.Joseph’s Regional Medical Center on the heart failure floor.

The university recently opened its Department of Public Health Education to train students to work in public and community health, explained Dr. Brenda Petersen, director of the department.  “We as a nation are being crushed by billions of dollars in treating diseases. We are excited that this department will be graduating health care workers who can make a difference in educating people about disease prevention and how to better manage chronic conditions,” she said.  Caldwell is one of the few programs of this type being offered on the undergraduate level.

Internships are an important part of the program, allowing students to gain valuable experience at nonprofit and community health organizations.

Chacko helped to prepare for conferences and to disseminate information about an NJPAG study that examined outcomes of “The Yes You Can” curriculum designed to encourage fifth- through twelfth-graders to live a strong and focused lifestyle and to postpone sexual involvement. “I really enjoyed this internship because it showed me a different experience than that of the hospital setting,” said Chacko.