Sister Gerardine Mueller, O.P., professor emerita and founder of the Caldwell University Art Department, is a guest on Life & Living with Joanna Gagis.
Sister talks about her work as an artist and educator and about her vocation and how she realized at young age that she wanted to enter religious life. Joanna and Sister Gerardine talk about the new Caldwell University Mueller Gallery, named for Sister, and how it will be a source of provide more opportunities for artists and students. Viewers of the program will have a chance to see Sister’s beautiful Christmas cards and her work in the studio. Sister explains the process she goes through each year in creating the Christmas cards.
Caldwell Nursing faculty member Dr. Kathleen Kelley and nursing student Natalie Pedri are guests on “One-on-One with Steve Adubato.” With host Joanna Gagis filling in for Adubato, they share their personal journeys with cancer and how the Nursing Department faculty and students played a role in their recoveries.
Pedri explains that she was going into her senior year of college when she did a body self-assessment, something she learned to do in her nursing studies. She found a mass in her abdomen and shortly after spoke to Kelley about it and learned the steps to take. Pedri spent a year out of school undergoing treatment for a stage four Wilm’s tumor, a childhood cancer. She came to more fully appreciate the value of nurses and understand what kind of nurse she wants to become. Kelley, associate professor and assistant director of the School of Nursing and Public Health at Caldwell, explains how she went through breast cancer, a result of working as a nurse at the site of the World Trade Center attacks. Throughout her treatments, Kelley continued to teach, sharing her experience with her nursing students so they could learn from it and become better professionals. Kelley and Pedri talk about the importance of nurses in helping patients with cancer.
Caldwell, N.J., Nov. 20, 2017 – Caldwell University Communication and Media Studies Chair Bob Mann presented his perspective on “Police and the Media” at the AAA North Jersey’s 30th annual Traffic Safety Awards luncheon on Oct. 25. More than 250 police chiefs, traffic officers, town officials and other community members gathered at the Brownstone in Paterson for the event.
“I think it is important for law enforcement and the media to work closely together and trust one another. It was a great opportunity to share my thoughts on this with the police officers in the audience,” said Professor Mann.
Police departments were honored at the event for their contributions and efforts towards traffic and pedestrian safety.
Caldwell University President Nancy Blattner joined other presidents of Catholic colleges and universities in signing a letter calling on President Trump and Congress to act on climate change. Click here to read the letter.
Caldwell, N.J., Nov. 10, 2017 – The Educational Opportunity Fund of Caldwell University launched its yearlong 50th anniversary celebration Nov. 8 with jazz and a presentation on the civil rights movement by flutist Galen Abdur-Razzaq.
Razzaq, president of Flute Juice Productions, performed jazz pieces and gave a lively, interactive talk focusing on African-American history and music artists in the United States during the civil rights movement.
Andrei St. Felix, director of Caldwell’s EOF program, said the event was important to educate the community and students about the origin of the program and about the events that led to the 1967 Newark riots. “Out of that struggle and perilous time was born the opportunity to assist students of color who were financially and/or academically below the admissions criteria to attend colleges and universities in the state of New Jersey. Razzaq also shed light on the contributions of the many jazz musicians of that era who were also activists in their own way and used their talents to bring people together and expose the injustices that sparked the civil rights movement.”
EOF student Dominique Andrews said, “I thought that the event was really relaxing, and I enjoyed the speakers along with the music. I thought the message was very clear and important for members of the EOF community to know.”
Student Tanya Jean Louis said that EOF was a gift and that she was grateful for the many doors it had opened for her.
EOF came on the heels of the 1967 Newark riots. New Jersey’s chancellor of higher education, Ralph A. Dungan, proposed the program for special assistance to students from financially and educationally disadvantaged areas. It stemmed from the Select Commission on Civil Disorders, known as the Lilly Commission, which made its report to the governor and state Legislature, recommending programs to address the conditions that underpinned the riots. The Educational Opportunity Fund was enacted in 1968; the legislation was sponsored by Thomas Kean, an assemblyman and future governor.Sister Vivien Jennings, O.P., was Caldwell’s first EOF director.
Caldwell’s EOF program will host another celebration in spring 2018 for the community and students.
Caldwell University’s Department of Theology/Philosophy will host a talk with Gregory Glazov, D.Phil. (Oxon.), professor of biblical studies in the School of Theology at Seton Hall University, on “The Problem of Pain in the Book of Job,” Monday Nov. 13 at 4:30 p.m. in the Alumni Theatre.
The lecture is part of the university’s Sister Maura Campbell lecture series.
Dr. Glazov will explain why The Book of Job is the most famous biblical exploration on the so-called “problem of pain,” the problem of reconciling the experience of innocent suffering with faith in a righteous and wise Creator. The lecture aims to lead the reader into a deeper understanding of how the question is framed and dramatically explored by the book’s structure and characters, and to appreciate why the book ends with God admonishing Job’s friends for charging God with mismanaging the universe.
Dr. Glazov earned M.Phil. and D.Phil. degrees in Jewish Studies in the Graeco-Roman World from Oxford University. He specializes and has published books and articles in biblical representations of divine-human confrontations, biblical anthropology, Jewish-Christian relations, the biblical sources of Christian prayer and in the Jewish writings of the Russian philosopher Vladimir Solovyov.
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.
Aileen R. Killen, Global Head of Healthcare, Liability Risk Consulting, and Client Risk Solutions at AIG, spoke to Caldwell University students, staff, and faculty about the strides and obstacles facing the development of safety procedures within the healthcare industry. The presentation included real cases that she has overseen in the last several years. All who attended learned a great deal about what goes into large-scale improvements in healthcare safety.
Caldwell, N.J., Oct. 2, 2017 – When he walked down Roseland Avenue in Caldwell, Orges Rrapay was always curious about the inner workings of the Caldwell Volunteer Fire Department. The Caldwell University student got a chance to learn about the operation Sept. 29 when he and other students and faculty volunteered at the firehouse for Caldwell Day, the university’s annual day of community service.
They cleaned the fire trucks and were given a tour. For Rrapay, who is from Albania, it was gratifying to see the dedication of the fire department. He felt a sense of community that said, “We are here in good days and bad days, even when a fire occurs.” The firehouse was just one of several community groups and nonprofits where 243 Caldwell students, faculty and staff used their hands and hearts to put into action the university’s Catholic Dominican pillar of service.
A large group volunteered at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, organizing packages for people in Puerto Rico hit by Hurricane Maria. Omar Henegan, a supervisor at the FoodBank who managed the Caldwell group, was grateful for the volunteers, telling them, “We thank you so much for your time and opportunity to come help sort this food out with us.”
Elementary education and psychology major Erin Flohr volunteered at Academy Lower School in Verona, which serves children on the autism spectrum and with behavioral and related disabilities. As a future teacher, Flohr found it rewarding to teach a child how to say a word, and it was also a good experience to observe “how passionate and patient” the teachers were.
Science Department faculty member Dr. Marjorie Squires and some students volunteered at the ARC of Essex County Stepping Stones School, which provides services for children with Down syndrome from ages 3 to 10. Squires was impressed by the dedication of the teachers and by the children’s joy. “I’m uplifted. My soul is happy and light.” Oluwatosin Adebiyi, a nursing student, said she saw how “unique and special” each child was. Judy Bellina, a Caldwell University alumna who is coordinator of volunteer, community and parent outreach at Stepping Stones, was glad to welcome volunteers from her alma mater and to let others in the community see what the school provides.
Another group volunteered at St. Francis Xavier School in Newark, turning a storage room into a music room. At first the sight of the jam-packed room was overwhelming, but as student Brandi-Lee Brochu found, in the end it was a good feeling to know they had finished the job and had gotten the room ready for the music teacher, Erin Fitzpatrick, a recent Caldwell University alumna.
A group of alumni, along with Sharon Dwyer from the CU Development and Alumni Affairs Office, volunteered at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School in Asbury Park doing art projects and helping out in the classrooms.
Quin DeLaRosa and a group of students and faculty volunteered digging and turning over soil for the Caldwell Environmental Commission at the pollinator garden on Personnette Street. He summed up the day well for all the volunteers. Even if the work seemed mundane, he said, in the end it’s important to think “about the impact it has on people and our responsibility to the world around us.”
Groups also volunteered at:
Film Academy 360
Caring Closet in Madison
Caldwell Public Library
St. Aloysius Parish, Caldwell
Our Lady of Czestochowa School, Jersey City
Grover Cleveland Park Conservancy
Calvary Lutheran Church, Verona
Our Lady Help of Christians, East Orange
Caring Closet with Jersey Cares (Dress for Success)
Academy360 Upper School
And in campus clean-ups.
Caldwell Day is an annual tradition that the Caldwell community looks forward to. It was begun by President Nancy Blattner when she came to Caldwell in 2009.
Joy spilled out of the packed gallery into the hallway as Caldwell University unveiled the “Mueller Gallery” signage at the Homecoming festivities Saturday, Sept. 24. Alumni, students, faculty, staff and administration were honored and thrilled to be celebrating with Sister Gerardine Mueller, O.P., as the art gallery was named after her.
Caldwell University President Nancy Blattner, Ph.D., OPA, assisted Sister Gerardine with cutting the red ribbon to signal the official opening of the gallery.
Sister Gerardine, the foundress of the university’s Art Department, was grateful and surprised at the large turnout of former students and Homecoming attendees. “It was unexpected that they would respond to the gallery naming as they did. It was just beautiful,” she said.
A sister, a teacher, a mentor, an artist and a professor emerita, Mueller is an iconic presence on Caldwell’s campus and is remembered by her students for the lessons and inspiration she shared with them.
At 96 years old, she has a lifetime of artistic works encompassing different mediums including sculpture, stained glass, illuminated manuscripts, woodcarvings and clay.
Alumna Agnes Dembia ’69 was happy to attend the dedication and “see such a glorious acknowledgment of Sister Gerardine and her many contributions to Caldwell University”. Dembia recalled how when she was in the third or fourth grade she saw a color photo spread of Sister Gerardine’s illuminated manuscripts in The Daily News. “Immediately I knew that I wanted her to be my teacher one day and promised myself that it would happen! In my senior year at Caldwell, I took her class in calligraphy and illumination and loved it. I went on to earn a master’s degree in art education. To this day I still enjoy the practice of calligraphy”.
Alumna Elaine Weiss Yonke ’69 was proud to attend the dedication. “Her art is everywhere you look around the campus, yet she remains so humble. I know she is grateful for this special honor, and it was so good to be there and see her smile. She has always inspired me to do my best, to be open to new ideas and to keep going despite setbacks. She taught me to always be true to myself”.
The new gallery is located in the Student Center and will provide a beautiful space for displaying student works and holding special exhibitions.
Sister Gerardine said the gallery naming was recognition of the work done on behalf of the Sisters of St. Dominic congregation at the university. “The gallery leaves a physical, lasting mark of the sisters’ work—of the sisters’ presence—and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to have worked in that area of the university.”
Minhtruc Nguyen, a senior at Caldwell University, was a volunteer at the United Nations for the forum on “Moral and Innovative Leadership: Vision, Service and Entrepreneurship” run by the International Young Leaders Assembly.
Caldwell, N.J., Sept. 25, 2017 – Caldwell University students recently attended enrichment and leadership programs at the United Nations in New York City.
In August 19 students participated in “Moral and Innovative Leadership: Vision, Service and Entrepreneurship” run by the International Young Leaders Assembly. The assembly is a partnership-driven leadership development program aimed at empowering young leaders to positively affect their communities, nations and the world.
Minhtruc Nguyen, a senior at Caldwell who was attending for her third time, was enthused that the speakers encouraged the students to work to change the world. “Sometimes we get tired on the way to success,” she said, but the program encourages students to “do more.” A financial economics and accounting major who transferred to Caldwell two years ago, Nguyen was happy to be asked to be a volunteer for the forum. As a result, she was invited to take the IBM leadership training program at the summit for which she received a certificate.
She looks forward to attending the International Young Leaders Assembly next year and hopes she can encourage more students as well as staff and faculty from Caldwell to attend.
Romina Ghale attended two forums at the United Nations–“Moral and Innovative Leadership: Vision, Service and Entrepreneurship” run by the International Young Leaders Assembly and the “Ear and Hearing Health as a Vehicle for Peace and Sustainable Development.”
Maulin Joshi, director of international student services, was pleased that the students attended the summit since it “empowers our young leaders to positively impact their communities and gives them an opportunity to join an excellent global network.”
Romina Ghale joined Nyugen at the conference. Gale also attended a forum titled “Ear and Hearing Health as a Vehicle for Peace and Sustainable Development” at the U.N. on Sept. 14. Hosted by the International Federation for Peace and Sustainable Development and the permanent mission of Guatemala to the United Nations, the day included educational sessions to understand the global impact of hearing impairment and efforts to increase funding nationally and internationally. Ghale said she was honored to hear the speakers including former President Bill Clinton and William B. Austin, founder of the Starkey Hearing Foundation.