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Caldwell, N.J., – Sept. 24, 2020 – Commencement is typically a time when graduates’ families travel from around the country and the world to Caldwell University to share in their loved ones’ memorable moments. Although this year’s pandemic prevented that, family members of Class of 2020 graduates or graduates themselves who could not travel to New Jersey, were thrilled to be able to view the ceremony via livestreaming.

Seven-hundred twenty-two unique viewers tuned in on Sunday, Sept. 20 from all over the United States and 22 other countries from as far away as Nigeria and Qatar.  Most viewers from outside the U.S. were Italy, Nepal, Jamaica, Ecuador, and Peru. 

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Anamika Sharma Paudel ‘20

Anamika Sharma Paudel ’20 was grateful that her family in Nepal could hear her name announced and watch her walk across the stage to receive her degree from  President Matthew Whelan.  Paudel’s parents had planned to travel to New Jersey but due to COVID restrictions could not. The stream was the next best thing.   “My whole family was up at night because of the time difference and [they] were extremely happy.”

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Anamika Sharma Paudel’s father and mother watching the livestream of graduation from Nepal and cheering on their daughter as she receives her undergraduate degree in healthcare administration, summa cum laude from President Whelan.

Her father told her, “We remember sending our little daughter, Anamika, at Nepal’s airport with heavy hearts. Watching you on stage as a confident woman completing your education with the highest honors in such a wonderful institution was one of the most beautiful moments of our lives. We weren’t there with you in person, but one hundred percent in spirit.”  

Paudel, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration, is currently on staff at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where she is a care coordinator for patients with cancer and COVID-19. She said the ceremony, which had been delayed four months due to the pandemic, was “the most sought-after event for a long time!”

Huong Nguyen ’20 receives her Marketing and Communication and Media Studies degree from President Whelan.

Huong Nguyen from Vietnam was on the phone with her mother and brother before and after the ceremony. They watched her walk via the livestream, recorded it on video, and shared it with friends and family. “My mom and my brother even went out for dinner and had some wine after the livestream to celebrate my graduation,” said Nguyen, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Communication and Media Studies. She currently works at Audigent in Manhattan.  “It was sad that my family could not be there with me at this meaningful moment but I feel very grateful that the school made it possible for my family and many other international students’ families to watch the graduation virtually.”   

Huong Nguyen’s mother and brother in Vietnam watched the graduation livestream and recorded the video and shared it with friends and family.


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Applied Behavior Analysis programs earn international recognition for excellence

The Association for Behavior Analysis International’s (ABAI) Accreditation Board has awarded re-accreditation to Caldwell University’s Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and first-time accreditation to its Ph.D. in ABA program.Caldwell now becomes one of only seven universities worldwide with ABAI accreditation for both its Master’s and doctoral programs.

According to ABAI, accreditation is awarded only to programs demonstrating high levels of comprehensiveness, rigor, and quality related to the science and practice of behavior analysis.The site visit evaluation report of Caldwell’s programs applauded the faculty’s “strong scholarly activity” and “student-centered approach to teaching.” The report also noted that the opportunities for training of students in the programs’ Center for Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis provide an “individualized practicum experience” that results in students becoming “high-quality ABA practitioners.”

We are very proud that the excellence of our ABA degree programs has been recognized by ABAI,” said Ken Reeve, professor of applied behavior analysis and graduate program co-coordinator at Caldwell. “Our students benefit from a rigorous scientist/practitioner model in our programs that prepares them for clinical, academic, and leadership positions in the field. This allows our graduates to effect real progress in the lives of others, particularly those diagnosed with developmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder.

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The Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis program was launched in 2005 and the Ph.D. program began in 2009 amid a growing demand for ABA practitioners in New Jersey and beyond. The Center for Autism and ABA opened in 2010 to provide training and research opportunities for graduate students and to serve individuals with autism and their families.

Founded in 1974, the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) has been the primary membership organization for those interested in the philosophy, science, application, and teaching of behavior analysis.

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Christopher Lepore ‘20: A Family Legacy at Caldwell University

Christopher Lepore ’20 was interning in the treasury department at Newell Brands in Hoboken when his supervisor took him tochristopher meet the company’s chief financial officer who was the interim CEO. He credits the personable skills he learned at Caldwell University for that interaction. “When you bring that to the workforce people appreciate it. Not many adults have those skills,” says Lepore, who received his bachelor’s in communication and media studies on May 17. “You sort of have to be polite to go to Caldwell,” he says. The parents of prospective students to whom he gave tours were happy to hear that. “To succeed on Caldwell’s campus you need to be able to work with others and communicate your thoughts and actions while also understanding everyone’s perspective,” says Lepore, the third of three brothers to graduate from Caldwell.

His leadership skills have been noticed not only by faculty and staff but also by students. At honors convocation on May 7, he was awarded the senior class C-Pin, an award given to an individual in each class, nominated by his or her peers, who displays the qualities of an exemplary Caldwell University student.

When Lepore looks back at his four years at Caldwell, one of the high spots was his decision to minor in philosophy. It was his Intro to Philosophy course with Dr. Kyle Bennett during freshman year that motivated him to learn more about the discipline. Bennett was his mentor for independent studies, providing him and other students with the chance to meet professional philosophers at a conference at Bard College.  Lepore had a hunger to learn about the great thinkers and their mindsets during traumatic times in history. “My practices in my philosophy courses all have translated to my professional life whenever a task requires critical thinking and communication.”

Lepore appreciates the foundation he received in the Communication and Media Studies Department. “The entire department gave me the versatility to be able to write, perform, and produce as well as teach others the skills.” He particularly enjoyed Professor Bob Mann’s radio broadcasting and podcasting course.

He also earned a minor in business administration and interned as a news writer for the global technology company, Yardi Systems.  All three academic programs have equipped Lepore with a strong foundation for his immediate career goal, which is to run a social program for adults with special needs. He certainly has the experience. Since his freshman year of high school Lepore has been volunteering for HANDS of North Arlington, which meets weekly to provide free activities for adults with special needs. One night a week night during college, he drove to the nonprofit in North Arlington, taking five hours to do something that is in his heart and soul. “Volunteering with HANDS of North Arlington has been the most important aspect of my entire life. Every Tuesday, since I was 13, has been dedicated to charity, friendship, and love. ” He runs the organization’s finances and is an administrator and liaison for all of the high school volunteers. “I have made relationships with so many people and the group has shaped me into the person I am today.”

He is also grateful to the Caldwell University admissions staff members in particular Colleen DeTroia and Melissa Oszmianski. “Everyone in admissions, and specifically Colleen and Melissa, were the greatest support system I could have ever asked for, and I am so thankful to have them in my life.”

In this episode of the podcast, Caldwell University Conversations, Chris joins two other Class of 2020 grads to talk about what they have received from their Caldwell University educations, their advice for incoming students, and what they are learning through the pandemic.

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A Message from President Blattner: Racism is a social evil and conflicts with our university’s Catholic Dominican values

 June 1, 2020

Dear Members of the Caldwell University Community,

It is with a heavy heart that I write to you today.  In the course of the past few painful days and months, we have witnessed the horrific and senseless killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and countless other people of color who died because of what they look like. It is a tragic reality that the sin of racism, which began over 400 years ago in the United States, remains with us today and is an insidious systemic reality in our society.

Racism is a social evil and conflicts with our university’s Catholic Dominican values.  As the U.S. Catholic Bishops expressed in a statement issued on May 29, 2020: “People of good conscience must never turn a blind eye when citizens are being deprived of their human dignity and even their lives. Indifference is not an option.”  We painfully witnessed the indefensible death of George Floyd at the hands of an officer who swore to protect the public’s safety.  We cannot in good conscience remain indifferent to the abuses that people of color endure regularly in our country.

We acknowledge the cumulative pain and trauma that these experiences bring, especially to those members of our community who time and again disproportionately bear the weight of racism. We are united in our fundamental belief that all people possess dignity and deserve respect, and we will not remain silent when any member of our family is harmed.

Together, we will draw strength to face these larger societal challenges, informed by our Catholic and Dominican mission and identity and our value of inclusiveness. We regret that the pandemic does not allow us to gather in person as a community to connect, support, pray and educate each other. However, Caldwell University stands with and offers condolences to the Taylor, Arbery, and Floyd families and the individuals and communities impacted by their deaths.

As a Caldwell family, we embrace the core value of ‘community’; I encourage you to reach out in support of our students, colleagues and neighbors of color who are, without a doubt, feeling the weight of these tragedies.  Please let them know they are not alone. Please do not be silent, but speak up for what is right.

For students who may find themselves struggling over these tragedies, please know that Caldwell University’s Counseling Services is available to you.  You can email a counselor at for free and confidential assistance. Tele-counseling services are available.

Similarly, staff and faculty can receive counseling by contacting Caldwell University’s EAP, Aetna Resources for Living; information can be found on the Benefits section of the Human Resources website page.

Let us stand together as a community to repudiate the racism that ravages the dignity of human life.  Let us live out the core values of Caldwell University.


Nancy Blattner, Ph.D., OPA



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Healthcare administration grad is ready to respond to COVID-19: Anamika Sharma Paudel ‘20

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Anamika Sharma Paudel ’20 is about to join the ranks of those responding to COVID-19. She’ll be working at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as a care coordinator. She comes to the position armed with a passion for service to others and a resume filled with her many contributions to the Caldwell University community.

Sharma, who received her Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration with a minor in Communication and Media Studies on May 17, recalls how when she arrived at Caldwell as a freshman, she wasn’t so sure of her path. In those early days, Sharma wondered who she would meet and how she would grow.  In a completely new environment, the future was filled with questions. The way she describes it, she felt like she was a seed being planted. It wasn’t long before she discovered that Caldwell is a nurturing place for a seed to grow.

Anamika Sharma Paudel PhotoSoon after arriving at Caldwell, she was surrounded by kind people, wonderful professors and cool things to do. She found that those kind people were willing to welcome her into their lives beyond the campus. “I still remember sitting in a long bio lab,” Sharma says, “and a girl came up to me and asked, ‘Do you want to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family?’” That student, Stef Konboz, would become one of Sharma’s dearest friends. She represented a larger community of people at Caldwell who nurtured Sharma during her time as an undergraduate student studying healthcare administration with a minor in communication and media studies. Dr. Barbara Chesler, Caldwell’s vice president for academic affairs, celebrated Sharma’s successes with her. Grace, a member of the cafe staff, took the time to learn her name and would speak to her every day. Sister Kathleen Tuite, O.P., vice president for student life, wrote her a note of appreciation for her work. President Nancy Blattner stopped to talk to her. Blattner took the time to get to know her and connect with her as she made her way through Caldwell. These people provided Sharma the fertile ground that allowed her to flourish.

One person who made a lasting impact was Dr. Agnes Berki, an associate professor of biology in the Natural and Physical Sciences Department. Not only did Berki provide comfort while Sharma navigated a change in her major, but she also helped her secure her dream job, working at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. While Sharma was an intern there, her supervisor often forgot she was not a full-time employee. Like so many other Caldwell students, she was told that her strong interpersonal skills made her look like a seasoned professional. It is no accident that so many undergraduates and graduates of the university hear something similar. Sharma credits her experiences at Caldwell with making relationship-building a natural part of her work life.

She was extremely involved with campus life, honing those strong interpersonal skills during her time at Caldwell.  She worked as a resident assistant, helping students and organizing self-development programs. Serving as an orientation leader, she guided freshmen as they navigated the same challenges of adjusting to a new atmosphere that she had experienced. She also served as president of the International Student Organization. In that role, she worked with other students to organize the first Global Thanksgiving Day, celebrating the 33 countries represented on campus, an event that is now held annually. Adding to her impressive resume, Sharma served as a member of the Student Government Association, as student representative to the Board of Trustees for Academic Affairs and as a founding member of the Nepalese Student Association. The NSA hosted the consulate general of Nepal at Caldwell University on the occasion of Tihar: Festival of Lights, strengthening the relationship between the Nepalese embassy in the United States and Caldwell University. During the pandemic, the NSA has reached out to Nepalese organizations that helped approximately 80 students with groceries and medical supplies.

At the virtual honors convocation on May 7, she received departmental honors for healthcare administration. She plans to bring everything she has learned at Caldwell to her job. After an experience that has allowedher to stretch herself and grow strong, she is ready to go into the world and flourish. “I am honored to join the front lines of health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. I have found my purpose, and I will be fulfilling it with my heart and soul.”

  • Nicole Burrell – ‘09

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Caldwell holds virtual honors convocation to celebrate student and employee excellence  

Honors Convocation

Caldwell, N.J., May 8, 2020  – Student and employee excellence at Caldwell University was celebrated at a virtual honors convocation ceremony on Thursday, May 7. 

Members of the Caldwell community and their families joined via their devices to cheer on graduating seniors, other students, and faculty and staff members who have displayed extraordinary accomplishments.

The celebration opened with a “virtual flyover” video spanning the university’s campus accompanied by music from the Caldwell Jazz Band under the direction of Music Department faculty member Rob Middleton.

Vice President of Academic Affairs, Barbara Chesler, Ph.D. kicked off the ceremony reading from “Dreams” by Langston Hughes and encouraged the students to hold fast to their dreams. “Hold fast to what you want your life to be.  You will make it through this and emerge smarter and wiser,” she said.  

The celebration was of special significance, said President Nancy Blattner, Ph.D. since everyone was “sheltering in place” due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. She asked those attending to join her in a moment of silence in praying for those who have passed and the members of the university community and their family members “who are ill, are frontline workers or who are stressed by the change in our living situations.”

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The Board of Trustee Recognition award was presented to Pedro Liriano who received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education.

Dr. Blattner said she hoped the accolades awarded would only be the beginning of many more accomplishments in the students’ lives.  “It is my hope that you will leave Caldwell University inspired to use your education to make a difference in your community and in our world.”

The prestigious Board of Trustee Recognition award was presented to Pedro Liriano who received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education in December.   Laurita Warner, chair of the Caldwell University Board of Trustees, said the award is given to a member of the senior class who has developed his or her giftedness in a singular way, who has shared those gifts generously on behalf of others and who gives evidence of the potential to communicate Caldwell’s mission and core values to others as the future unfolds.  Liriano was caught off guard while watching the convocation with his mother. “My eyes widened and I looked around confused for a second and then cheered for myself and so did my mother.” He was happy to know that family members in Virginia were watching and that they also heard the good news.  

Departmental honors and other awards were read by Communication and Media Studies Professor Bob Mann.  Director of Campus Ministry, Colleen O’Brien read the opening prayer.

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Brooke McPherson’20 was selected for the Excellence in Leadership and Leadership in Ministry awards. She also received the Faith Does Justice Award. McPherson is receiving a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and Marketing and a minor in Communication and Media Studies.

Other student awards included:

Brooke McPherson’20 was selected for the Excellence in Leadership, Leadership in Ministry, and Faith Does Justice Awards. She is receiving a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and Marketing and a minor in Communication and Media Studies; she was awarded departmental honors in marketing. Watching the ceremony with her parents was a thrill and she was grateful to the university for putting the ceremony together. “My dad said it was like watching our own personal Superbowl!”

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Jill Salerno ‘20 received the Faith Does Justice Award. She is receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

Jill Salerno ‘20 also received the Faith Does Justice Award. She is receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

The Golden Eagle Award – Vanessa Mantione

Nature Pavilion awards – Maria Lesniewski and Yaman Thapa

The Barbara Zimko Liedl ‘73 Chemistry award – Maria Lesniewski

Frederick W. Neumann II Awards – Keith Kyewalabye and Marina Schlaepfer

The Joseph A. Brady Award – Molly Heller

C-Pin Awards – The C- Pin is awarded to the individual in each class who displays the qualities of an exemplary Caldwell University student. This student is nominated by his or her peers. 

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Christopher Lepore’20 received a C-Pin for the senior class. The “C” Pin is awarded to the individual in each class who displays the qualities of an exemplary Caldwell University student. This student is nominated by his or her peers. He is receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies with minors in Philosophy and Business Administration.

Freshman – Reeya Callychurn

Sophomore – Carolynn Hidalgo

Junior – Madison Perry

Senior – Christopher Lepore’20.  Lepore is receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies with minors in Philosophy and Business Administration.  

The Kappa Gamma Pi, St. Catherine of Alexandria Medal – Jasmine Bejar

Kappa Delta Epsilon – Lauren Fecher 

Faculty and staff awards and recognitions

Excellence in Teaching – Anne Marie Callahan, Professor of Accounting and Coordinator of Graduate Business Programs  

The Graduate Faculty Mentorship Award was presented to Meghan Deshais, Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Behavior Analysis, Clinical Supervisor, Center for Autism and ABA.

The Mission in Action award was presented to Tom Duggan, director of dining services for Gourmet Dining, who has been providing meals to the students who are still living on campus and off campus students facing food insecurity. Duggan has been coordinating the distribution of food donations from the campus community’s food drive.  

Nursing faculty member Kathleen Boreale was recognized for earning her Ph.D. in nursing from Rutgers University.  

Susan Hayes, director of institutional research and assessment, was recognized for earning a Doctor of Philosophy degree in  Educational Leadership from Caldwell.

Megan Matesic, research analyst, in the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, was recognized for achieving a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Higher Education Leadership, Management and Policy from Seton Hall University. 

Nursing faculty member Phygenia Nimoh, Ph.D. was recognized for earning her doctorate in nursing from the University of Phoenix. 

Dr. Chesler made the announcement of the university surprising President Blattner with the Caldwell Cup, which is awarded to an employee who has made a unique contribution to the campus. The criteria also includes selecting someone who has exhibited a superior professional approach which goes beyond mere job description and which uniquely benefits Caldwell University, and whose positive personal influence demonstrably affects the university community. Dr. Blattner said the honor is something she will never forget. She has led Caldwell for the last 11 years and will be leaving the university at the end of the academic year to assume the presidency at Fontbonne University in Missouri. 


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Psychology professor, mom gives advice for parents on managing the day during the coronavirus

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Stephanie Sitnick, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Psychology and Counseling

The coronavirus has turned the tables upside down in terms of how parents are organizing their families’ daily lives.  Caldwell University School of Counseling and Psychology Professor Stephanie Sitnick, a developmentalist with a focus on children and parenting.  A mother of two boys, ages 3 and 8, Dr. Sitnick provides valuable advice to parents for navigating through the day during this health crisis.

What is there to think about from the child’s perspective?  

Dr. Sitnick: Consider the age of the child.  – Depending on the age of the child the degree of understanding about what is going on will vary. Older children might be anxious or scared.  Sometimes anxiety (and even depression) comes out in children as irritability (so your kiddos are not purposefully being difficult but struggling to figure out what is happening). Let your children know that they can ask questions and do not discourage them from doing so. School age children will likely want to know, “Will I get sick? What will happen if I do? What will happen if mommy and daddy get sick? How long will this last?” Answer them as best as you can.  This is difficult because as adults we do not have a lot of the answers, but do your best to be honest but reassuring with them.

Routines – All children do best with routine and this is a major disruption to their typical routine, so trying to set up a loose schedule can be helpful. It gives children a sense of control and structure if they know what to expect.

If your child is doing school work from home, try to break up the day with time for movement and snacks. Remember even if it if just walking through the halls of school, children get movement and social interaction while at school and they need something to supplement that now.

The little ones – For younger children it is difficult to understand the importance of why we are all stuck inside and why all the grownups keep yelling about hand washing more than normal.  This is helpful to frame in the context of telling them that there are germs out there that are making some people sick, that there are some people in particular we really don’t want to get sick (i.e. grandma, you can insert examples here of people in your life), so our job is to be the protectors of others right now. And you can be a protector by washing your hands a lot and staying inside for a little bit.

Get everyone moving – Physical movement is really important for everyone but especially for children.  We might not be able to use playground equipment right now but you can still play in the backyard, walk around, go to an athletic field, go to the woods and look for bugs, or kick a ball. This will help with mental and physical health, concentration and general boredom.

What’s your advice for parents?

Dr. Sitnick: Admit it is difficult. – Let’s just all take a minute to acknowledge that this is really, really difficult.  For parents working full time, it is overwhelming to try to take care of children, and oversee their schooling and still do your job.  You might keep seeing things on social media that make it look like your friends have got this all under control. They do not. No one is supposed to be good at pandemic-ing.  Do the best that you can.

Be flexible. – Try to come up with a flexible schedule that allows you time to work if possible, but do not be rigid about the schedule.  We all see these colorful social media schedules going around, and they feel unattainable.  Do what works for your family and be willing to change it around a bit if need be.

You might have to relax the screen time “rules”.–  It is time to change our thoughts on screen time for a bit.  If you are a working parent, your children are probably about to be getting a bit more screen time than they typically do.  Whether this is television or video games it is OK.  Yes, there are physician recommendations on screen time limits. No, the doctors planning this were not thinking of a pandemic when they made those recommendations. Do not feel guilty about this. Just make sure that your children are doing SOMETHING else that doesn’t involve screens during the day and try to break it up if possible.  If you notice that your child is becoming more irritable or grumpy, it might be worth it to pull back the screen time a bit and see if that helps since some children do respond with irritability if they spend too much time with screens. These children might need more breaks throughout the day.

Be kind to yourself.  It is ok to take a break.  It is OK if your work is not up to its normal quality.  It is OK if your parenting is not up to its normal quality.  Just get through this.

You – No really, take a break and take care of yourself. This break might mean a break from reading or watching the news. It might just mean a quiet 10 minutes for your cup of coffee in the morning or going for a walk (you need exercise too).

Cherish the time with your children.

Take some time to just enjoy being with your children if you can. Even if it is just a few minutes where you can stop thinking about all that work that you still have to do or the deadline you have coming up.  Give them a block of time of your undivided attention.

Enough already. You don’t need to find the “perfect” resource for your kids. If you are anything like me you are being constantly told to check out some great (free) resource that is perfect for kids (and somehow always involves more screen time).  Just combing through all these resources feels like a full-time job in itself much less figuring out which one is right for your child and how is the best way to use it.  It can make you feel like you are not doing enough because you are not exposing your child to all of the amazing things that are out there.  Stop thinking this way.  Your children will feel just as overwhelmed with all of those choices.  It is great that those opportunities are there.  If you want, pick one of them to check out or even one every few days, but do not feel like you have to check them all out or use them all.

It is OK for children to be bored.  Research shows that boredom is good for creativity.

You are doing a great job.  Yes, you. The one whose house has yelling and tears and whining (sometimes from both the adults and children).  Do not compare yourself to other families. Ignore all of my advice if you want. You know what your family needs better than anyone. You are doing a great job.

Faculty members weigh in on making “double duty” work at home

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Ellina Chernobilsky, Ph.D., Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs

Ellina Chernobilsky, Ph.D., associate vice president for academic affairs, has been on the front lines in preparing Caldwell University faculty members to teach their classes remotely. A wife and mother of three teenagers she knows that even though kids in that age group can generally take care of themselves there is a natural inclination to be tempted to focus on “fun,” like YouTube videos and not their studies. Chernobilsky decided that the best way to help everyone in the home stay focused was to have them create schedules of what their day will look like. “I modeled that by creating my own schedule and shared it with the kids. Then, everyone, including my husband, created their lists.” To make it work she knew she would have to adhere to her own list to “shepherd” everyone to stay on task with theirs. Until it all settles into the routine, Chernobilsky says she will have to remind everyone to switch from task to task as their schedules indicate, even setting alarms. It was tough at the beginning “because I had meetings back to back from 10 a.m. until 5pm and I had to skip lunch,” said Chernobilsky. Is there a silver lining? Oh yes. They have one common time that everyone shares with their daily walk. “I have not done it with the kids in a really long time and the other day we had a blast walking together from 5 to 6 p.m. If nothing else, we can have some really nice quality time together.”

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Aneesha Jean, DNP, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing and Public Health

Nursing Professor Aneesha Jean, DNP has two boys—a 4th grader and a 6th grader—“First I want to commend the teachers,” says Jean of the quick transition to going online.   Once they found out the kids were going to be learning remotely, she sat down with her boys and they created a schedule for the day, together.  Both of her sons contributed to how the school day was going to unfold, “even scheduling lunch and recreation time based on what they do in school,” said Jean. The routine is important and the boys have “been doing it” and mom has able to participate and see the school work. “It has been rough but I have found the more involved they are, the more they are likely to be accountable for their assignments,” said Jean.