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Catholic Dominican Presence is focus of “Caucus Up Close” TV segment

Director of Campus Ministry Colleen O’Brien and student Devin Lattu

Director of Campus Ministry Colleen O’Brien and student Devin Lattuga join Steve Adubato on “Caucus Up Close” to talk about the experiences the university provides to promote the Catholic Dominican heritage on campus.

Lattuga shares how being involved in campus ministry and community service helped him realize he wants to pursue a law career as an advocate for those in need. He talks about his work in planning Boxtown, a project in which students slept outside to raise awareness about homelessness. He was inspired after attending the Dominican Preaching Conference the year before.

O’Brien talks about the Caldwell Catholic Relief Services Club’s involvement in the Student Ambassadors Leaders Together summit in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., last July. O’Brien accompanied two students as they learned how to advocate policy change on international humanitarian issues such as global migration and hunger. O’Brien also discusses the successful on-campus Hunger Banquet, held last spring to raise awareness about hunger around the globe.

Broadcast schedule:

  • Saturday, Dec. 8
    8:30 a.m. on NJTV
    12:30 p.m. on THIRTEEN/WNET
  • Sunday, Dec. 9
    8:30 a.m. on NJTV
    11:30 a.m. on NJTV
  • Tuesday, Dec. 11
    5:30 a.m. on NJTV
    5:30 p.m. on WHYY

Watch the segment here

English News

Sigma Tau Delta Gathering and Award Ceremony

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Sigma Tau Delta
Chi Zeta Chapter

James G. Cardin Jr.
Savannah L. Heimall
Steven Hinkle
Megan Ann Ilievski
Annmarie May
Julia Lois Roach
Angeline Wedemeier
Cassandra E. Winnie

English Comprehensive Exam
“Distinction” Awards

Julia Lois Roach

Excellence in Writing Awards*
Sister Brigid Brady, O.P. Award:

Angeline Wedemeier

Sister Vivien Jennings, O.P. Award:

Cassandra  E. Winnie

Sister Elizabeth Michael Boyle, O.P. Award:

Ryan Tunison

Department Honors

Traditional Student: Cassandra E. Winnie
Adult Student: Faith Conklin

English News

Remembering Sister Vivien Jennings

By Colleen Brennan 

Sister Vivien Jennings, former president of Caldwell University, with other former faculty members.
Sister Vivien Jennings smiling.
Sister Vivien Jennings holing a certificate.
Sister Vivien Jennings with other faculty members.
Sister Vivien Jennings with other faculty members.
Caldwell University Faculty and students on tour with sister Vivien.
Sister Vivien.
Sister Vivien with President Dr. Blattner.

On May 5th, 2018, members of the Caldwell University community mourned the loss of Sister Vivien Jennings, O.P., who served as President of Caldwell College from 1984 to 1994. She was born in Jersey City to parents Eugene and Mary Alice, and had five sisters: Alice White, Eugenia Smith, Marion Sheridan, Marjorie Menz, and Harriet Jennings, all of whom she was predeceased by. On September 8th, 1952, she entered the Sisters of St. Dominic, received the Dominican habit on June 27th, 1953, made her first profession on June 28th, 1954, and made her final profession on June 28th, 1960.

Majoring in English, Sister Vivien earned her bachelor’s degree from Caldwell College, and went on to earn her master’s in English from Catholic University, her master’s degree in communications from Syracuse University, and a Ph.D. in English from Fordham. After receiving her Ph.D., Sister Vivien also attended Oxford University, the Harvard School of Education, as well as Colombia Teacher’s College and earned various degrees in education, English, and finance from these institutions. She faithfully served as a Dominican sister of Caldwell for sixty-six years.

Sister Vivien held various positions throughout her life, which include elementary school teacher at six schools across New Jersey, secondary school teacher at Lacordaire Academy in Upper Montclair, NJ, English professor at Caldwell College, and Sister Superior of the Caldwell Dominican Order from 1969 to 1979. She was the founder of the Link Educational Center in Newark, NJ and president of the Dominican Leadership Conference in 1978 and 1979. In addition to these titles, Sister Vivien served as the education director at Caldwell College from 1980 to 1982, telecommunications director at Barry University from 1982 to 1983, and public affairs director at Catholic Telecommunications Network in New York City from 1983 to 1984. She was an incredibly industrious woman, inspiring countless students and members of various communities to live with compassion, ever in the pursuit of education.

During her time as president of Caldwell College, several changes were made to the university that continue to positively impact our community. She was president when, in 1985, Caldwell College transformed from a strictly female institution to a co-educational college. She also aided in expanding intercollegiate athletics and introduced the Fanjeaux study-abroad program to the campus, which is still offered today and enables students to explore the Catholic-Dominican tradition on which the school is grounded.

In the last two years of her life, she worked with Caldwell University’s undergraduate English students, Abigail Wortman and Colleen Brennan  on a book-length study of the sociological problems currently impacting the globe. The completion and publishing of this final work with the title From Worry, to Mercy, to Hope has been undertaken by one of Sister Vivien’s nieces, who was also a Caldwell University graduate.

Sister Vivien will always be remembered fondly by the Caldwell University community as her works and accomplishments, and memories of her compassionate, driven spirit enable her memory to live on.

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Renowned Percussionist Dennis DeLucia to give drumline clinic

Percussionist Dennis DeluciaRenowned percussionist Dennis Delucia will teach master classes at Caldwell University’s Drumline Clinic, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Wednesday Feb. 21.

The free event will feature Delucia giving marching percussion technique instructions and demonstrations. A Yamaha performing artist, DeLucia
has been inducted into all three major percussion/marching arts Halls of Fame.

He has written four books on the art of drumming and in 1991, was the first percussionist to be inducted into the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame, alongside the late Fred Sandford.

The event will be held in the Caldwell University Student Center. The show date is Feb. 28.

Percussionists are required to bring their own marching instruments. Space is limited so register soon.

If interested in participating, individually or with an indoor drumline, contact Professor Rebecca Vega via phone or email at (973)-618-3446 and rvega@caldwell.edu.