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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:

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

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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

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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.

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Lecture “Action to Encourage Interfaith & Environmental Dialogue: How Do Pipelines Affect Our Water”

Writer and activist Anny MartinezCaldwell, N.J., Feb. 27, 2017 – Writer and activist Anny Martinez will present on “Action to Encourage Interfaith & Environmental Dialogue: How Do Pipelines Affect Our Water”, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.  Monday, March 6 in the Alumni Theatre on Caldwell University’s campus.

The forum is being hosted by the Theology/Philosophy Department as part of its Sister Maura Campbell lecture series. It is free and open to the public.

Martinez has extensive background in community building and non-profit social work. She is founder/organizer of Spoken Word Events which showcases local poets and pivotal causes. She authored the book Black Start, which tells the story of the hope and fear that transpires during a power outage.  Martinez is a member of Coalition Against the Pilgrim Pipeline and Food & Water Watch.

The series is named after Sister Maura Campbell, who 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.

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Math student slated to present at conference

Math student Emily Romero '17

Math student Emily Romero ’17 will present her research at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America conference.

Feb. 6, 2017

Mathematics major, Emily Romero ‘17, has earned the distinction of being a presenter at a conference of global leaders in mental health. This unique opportunity will give Romero the opportunity to connect with professional clinicians and researchers.

Attendance at the conference is being made possible in part by a gift from Ann Larue ’69 and her husband John. Last year the Larues, who have established an endowed scholarship for eligible mathematics and science students, made a gift to establish the Ann and John Larue Research Fund. The fund provides grant support for student research in areas of scientific inquiry and underwrites travel for attendance at regional and national conferences.

In April, Romero, who is from North Bergen, will present her research at the annual Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) conference to be held in San Francisco. The event is expected to bring together 1,000 professionals from across the United States and around the world who want to improve treatments and find cures for anxiety, depression and related disorders.

Romero’s research findings were acquired during her summer 2016 internship at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Working as part of a team, she studied biostatistics and examined post-traumatic stress disorder in coronary care patients. The project compared the reactions of patients covered by health insurance, versus patients in the same population who lacked health insurance, upon admittance to an emergency room. Romero, who spent eight weeks in residence on Columbia’s iconic Manhattan campus, said she was thrilled to work with the “brightest minds in the field,” and that biostatistics is a field in which “you are truly using your skills to try to save the world.” While at Columbia, she completed courses in biostatistics and statistical analysis. “I owe everything to my teachers at Caldwell,” said Romero, who is now looking at graduate schools.

Dr. Patricia Garruto, Caldwell’s mathematics chair and Romero’s advisor, visited her at the internship site at Columbia.  “What a great opportunity it was for her, working with such talented researchers,” said Garruto. Another outcome of Romero’s experience at Columbia is that she is paving the way for other Caldwell students.   Garruto said Columbia has contacted her about additional prospective students who would qualify for internships.

Caldwell is deeply grateful to Ann and John Larue for their support for and commitment to the study of mathematics and science.

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Caldwell University Students Serve on Medical Mission in Nicaragua

Caldwell Nursing Students during their volunteering trip to Nicaragua

Caldwell, N.J., Feb. 3, 2017 – Caldwell nursing student Channel Jorge cried tears of joy when she saw the happiness of a woman in Nicaragua who received the eyeglasses she desperately needed. Jorge was on a Global Brigades medical mission with Caldwell nursing and health science students for a week in January. They served in a mountainous area near Esteli about 150 miles north of Managua.

Four hundred people waited in line as the college students did vision tests with an autorefractor and helped children and adults pick out eyeglasses and cases.

The students volunteered in units including public health, water, medical and dental. In medical, they triaged patients, took their vital signs and passed them on to doctors. “The doctors were very interactive with us,” said Pamela Marte, a Caldwell health sciences student. In the water unit they dug trenches since there is no running water and the river is a two-hour walk away. “The people in the community came and worked with us. They were very grateful,” said Jorge.

The students also dispensed medicine in the pharmacy and provided health education including giving children information on basic hygiene such as the importance of brushing their teeth and washing their hands. They distributed needed items like shampoo and conditioner, combs and mouthwash.

Global Brigades is an international nonprofit that empowers communities to meet their health and economic goals through university volunteers and local teams.  Students have the chance to shadow local and foreign health care professionals.

Caldwell’s  team worked alongside students from Kutztown University, and during the week, the group saw 1,000 people. The students were moved by the gratitude of the people in the community. “It was so humbling; we take so much for granted,” said Jorge.

The other Caldwell students on the mission were Briana Hientjes, Erin Casner, Kelly Mondey, Lovena Frazil and Jade Kellenberger.

Throughout the academic year the students fundraised to finance the trip and to help pay for the medicines Global Brigades provides, said Marte, president of Caldwell’s Global Brigades club.

The mission confirmed Marte and Jorge’s desire to pursue careers in the medical field. They were happy to see the strong foundation their courses had given them. “I was able to apply my knowledge in medicine and diseases with confidence,” said Jorge.

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“The United States of Narcissism:  Reading the Signs of the Times in the Light of Christian Spirituality” Is Theme of Caldwell University Lecture

Dr. Christopher Cimorelli

Dr. Christopher Cimorelli is the speaker for a Theology/Philosophy Department Sister Maura Campbell lecture Feb. 22.

Caldwell, N.J., Feb. 2, 2017 – “The United States of Narcissism:  Reading the Signs of the Times in the Light of Christian Spirituality” will be the theme of a lecture presented by Dr. Christopher Cimorelli, assistant professor of theology, at Caldwell University. The lecture will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the Alumni Theatre on Caldwell’s campus.

The forum is being hosted by the Theology/Philosophy Department as part of its Sister Maura Campbell lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Recent research suggests a dramatic increase in the prevalence of traits associated with narcissism in the United States. A host of factors, including celebrity worship and the ways in which social media construct views of the self and others, are at play in this increase, which undermines authentic relationships and possibilities for collaboration, says Cimorelli. “Given the dire challenges facing society today, this rise in narcissism represents an underlying obstacle to the common good.”

Cimorelli will argue that narcissism is a spiritual crisis and that resources from the Christian spiritual tradition can illuminate the situation and indicate an alternative, a more sustainable path.

The series is named after Sister Maura, who 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.