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Dominican Preaching Conference Opens Students’ Eyes to “Wide, yet Connected World”

Participants of the Dominican Preaching Conference
Participants of the Dominican Preaching Conference
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Participants of the Dominican Preaching Conference
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Caldwell Students Volunteers for the Conference
Participants of the Dominican Preaching Conference
Participants of the Dominican Preaching Conference
Participants of the Dominican Preaching Conference

Caldwell, N.J., June 5, 2019 – Isabelle Pioch came away from the annual Dominican Preaching Conference full of ideas that she would like to bring back to her campus and incorporate into her own life.   From a service day to possibly visiting detention centers to focusing more on contemplation, Pioch is looking forward to taking what she learned and putting it into action.  The Siena Heights University student joined 35 other students from Dominican colleges and universities at Caldwell University May 21-26 to explore how the Catholic Dominican tradition can be a part of their everyday lives.  “I am also going to continue expressing my faith through my artworks and projects,” said Pioch, a graphic design major.  Madison Perry, a biology student at Caldwell, was happy to discover that “preaching is not just standing behind a pulpit but can be expressed through art forms and service.”

Speakers presented on topics such as the Saints of the Order, The Dominican Family, Preaching the Signs of the Times, Preaching Through Service and Preaching Through Art.  In “Saints of the Order,”  “St. Dominic” portrayed by Patrick Spedale, campus minister at St. Pius X High School in Houston, spoke about “holy preaching” and encouraged the students to see that there is “a great need for great preachers of truth today.” Dominicans “love to study and study to love,” he said, and it is important to have “the Bible in one hand and the iPad in the other in order to read the signs of the times.” Dominic was “destined to do great things in life in the name of Jesus Christ,” said Spedale, and he encouraged the students to do the same in striving for the best in their lives.

A session on social justice included topics such as immigration, climate change, human trafficking, economic justice, and peace and security. The students were encouraged to look for solutions for famine, war, prejudice, racism, and sexism through advocacy, fundraising, and by asking systemic questions and look for answers.

Perry enjoyed meeting other students from across the United States.  “Despite not being Catholic, this conference has helped me grow closer to God and I was happy to have met such an accepting community of students, mentors, and staff.”    It was an empowering conference, said Pioch, “and really opened my eyes to the wide, yet connected world around me.”

Sister Gina Fleming, O.P., executive director of the Dominican Youth Movement USA, was in awe of the participants’ energy and interactions.  “The future of our communities, our country, and our world is in the hands of these young people.” It was a privilege for her to share the Dominican charism with the students. “I have tremendous hope that they will make a difference with their lives.”

Caldwell’s director of campus ministry, Colleen O’Brien said it was a gift to see the students engage in their faith in more active ways.  “Our Caldwell students learned quite a bit and hopefully they will be able to carry this experience with them into their future. We look forward to putting some more Dominican values into practice this next school year.”

Dana McStowe, the campus ministry program coordinator, assisted in running the program. Caldwell student Kassandra Pardo also attended.

The Caldwell students who helped with set-up and other logistics were Brooke McPherson, Maria Lesniewski, Julianna Verso, Brittany Gaule, and Anthony Pineros.

 

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Recent Graduates are in Top One Percent of Business Undergraduates

Recent graduates Zulenny Reyes-Calderon and Aida Osmeni were recognized at the New Jersey Collegiate Business Administration Association honor society ceremony May 3. L to R: Caldwell Business Professor Bernard O’Rourke; adjunct at Caldwell and professor at Essex County College, Dr. Germaine Albuquerque; Reyes-Calderon and Aida Osmeni; Associate Dean of the School of Business and Computer Science Virginia Rich and Business Professor Monika Sywak

Recent graduates Zulenny Reyes-Calderon and Aida Osmeni were recognized at the New Jersey Collegiate Business Administration Association honor society ceremony May 3. L to R: Caldwell Business Professor Bernard O’Rourke; adjunct at Caldwell and professor at Essex County College, Dr. Germaine Albuquerque; Reyes-Calderon and Aida Osmeni; Associate Dean of the School of Business and Computer Science Prof. Virginia Rich and Business Professor Monika Sywak

Caldwell, N.J June 3, 2019 -Recent graduates Aida Osmeni and Zulenny Reyes-Calderon were recognized at the New Jersey Collegiate Business Administration Association honor society ceremony on Friday, May 3 at Middlesex County College. The top one percent of undergraduate students pursuing degrees in business are invited to join NJCBAA.

Osmeni received a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in financial economics and math and Reyes-Calderon received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration on May 19 at Caldwell’s commencement ceremony.

Dr. Virginia Rich, associate dean of the School of Business and Computer Science, says the School of Business is very proud of Osmeni and Reyes-Calderon. “We are delighted that our students’ hard work and dedication is recognized by the NJCBAA with this distinguished award.”

Osmeni is employed at Crum & Forster and Zulenny is working in her family’s business.

 

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Sport management students host event to support business professor’s nonprofit for education in India

Abhaneriv Classroom
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Caldwell, N.J., May 14, 2019 – Students in Business Professor Neil Malvone’s Sports Event Management class and in the Sport Management Club hosted a nightfall volleyball event to support Pawel’s Children which improves education in India. The non-profit organization was founded by Business Professor Monika Sywak in honor of her son.  

Malvone said the students were thrilled to create the event to help Pawel’s Children.  

Each semester, the event management students create an event from ideation to implementation as a way to learn the course material in an experiential fashion. They handle all aspects of the event including finding participants, sponsors, and bringing in spectators, as well as the event logistics,” said Malvone.  

Sywak is grateful to Malvone and the students for their support. The founding of the Pawel’s Children goes back to 2014 when Sywak says the organization “found her” and it was love at first sight. They support the Abhaneri School in an impoverished area of India that Sywak “stumbled on” during a sightseeing trip with her friends Shalini Madaras and Denise Walsh.     

They were distributing soccer balls in a rural area of Rajasthan when they stopped at the Abhaneri School. They saw that 300 children were learning in a structure with dirt floors, no running water, no bathrooms or electricity, and unstable walls. After leaving the kids that day, Sywak says, she could not stop thinking about them, “how special they were and how much they really wanted to learn.” Even with a language barrier and her friend’s translation, Sywak could feel how “sincere, humble and genuine” the people were and could see they “had a real  love for education.”

“They just needed a little help to take it further,” says Sywak, who teaches undergraduate and graduate finance and ethical business strategy courses. She and her friends decided to start with a small project, financing the construction of bathrooms. They suggested making the donations in memory of Sywak’s son, Pawel, who had died in 2012 at 20 years old. As they started spreading the word,  they could see there was support for the project. Soon after, they applied for the nonprofit status and Pawel’s Children was born.

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Professor Rosa Sanchez Chosen to Participate in Seminar on Ancient Greece

Caldwell, N.J., May 9, 2019 – Caldwell University is pleased to announce that Rosa Sanchez, associate professor of Spanish language, literature, and culture, Professor Rosa Sanchez Headshotis one of a select group of faculty members nationwide chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies to participate in an Ancient Greece in the Modern Classroom seminar, “The Ancient Greek Hero.”

CIC and the Center for Hellenic Studies recently selected 20 faculty members out of 42 highly competitive nominations to participate in the seminar, which will take place July 25–29, 2019, at Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies campus in Washington, DC. Gregory Nagy, Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and professor of comparative literature at Harvard University, and Kenneth Scott Morrell, associate professor of Greek and Roman studies at Rhodes College, will lead the seminar. The program is generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“Strengthening the teaching of the classics at colleges and universities is of critical importance. This seminar series addresses the challenge of keeping alive in undergraduate education classical texts that generations ago were read and understood by every college graduate,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “We believe that Dr. Rosa Sanchez will contribute to the seminar in meaningful ways and learn much that will energize teaching when she returns home.”

Sanchez teaches Greek literature in her Spanish and Latin American literature courses. Dr. Barbara Chesler, Caldwell University’s vice president for academic affairs, is delighted for Sanchez and how the seminar will align with Sanchez’s research and teaching.  Chesler pointed out that in Sanchez’s Spanish and Latin American Literature class she teaches how Aristotle’s “Poetics” influenced the Spanish Enlightenment movement. “Through discussion, students discover the core issues of antiquity and how they are still the same in modern society.  This amazes the Generation Z student,” said Chesler.  “This seminar will assist Dr. Sanchez in pursuing the Greek “hero” and various Greek writers in-depth with other scholars and will provide the opportunity for her to further study the Greek hero in poetry, history, and philosophy.”

Designed primarily for non-specialists, the seminar will explore what it means to be human. The organizing principle will be the study of a model of humanity, the h?r?s (hero), as it can be reconstructed by way of textual evidence attesting to myths and rituals from throughout the ancient Greek-speaking world. Beginning with the Homeric poems, the seminar also will engage with works of Sappho, Herodotus, Hesiod, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Plato, providing participants who teach in a variety of disciplines with approaches to integrate the literature of ancient Greece into a wide range of courses.

For more than ten years, CIC has collaborated with the Center for Hellenic Studies to provide seminars on teaching the classics for small and mid-sized independent colleges that have a limited number of faculty members or courses in the classics. The seminar is ideal for faculty members who have been trained in other disciplines and who seek opportunities to explore major classical texts and learn new ways to teach these texts to undergraduates.

For more information, visit the CIC website at www.cic.edu/AncientGreece.  

Participants in 2019 CIC-Center for Hellenic Studies Seminar

Sarah Blackwell, Instructor of English, Thomas More University (KY)

Dan Clanton, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Doane University (NE)

Morgan Dancy, Instructor of English, Methodist University (NC)

Ellen Dugan-Barrette, Professor of English, Brescia University (KY)

Chris Flynn, Associate Professor of English, St. Edward’s University (TX)

Erich Freiberger, Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy, Jacksonville University (FL)

Guadalupe Garcia McCall, Assistant Professor of English, George Fox University (OR)

Jeffrey Glodzik, Associate Professor of History, D’Youville College (NY)

Brian Harries, Associate Professor of English, Concordia University Wisconsin (WI)

Pamela Johnston, Associate Professor of History, Fresno Pacific University (CA)

Sigrid King, Professor of English, Carlow University (PA)

Sean Lewis, Associate Professor of English, Mount St. Mary’s University (MD)

Paula Makris, Associate Professor of English, Wheeling Jesuit University (WV)

Gretchen McKay, Professor of Art History, McDaniel College (MD)

James Pollock, Professor of English, Loras College (IA)

Irina Rodimtseva, Assistant Professor of Literature and Writing,

Alderson Broaddus University (WV)

Rosa Mirna Sanchez, Associate Professor of Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture,

Caldwell University (NJ)

James Snyder, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Mercyhust University (PA)

Kerri Tom, Professor of English, Concordia University Irvine (CA)

Kristen Waha, Assistant Professor of English, Grove City College (PA)

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About Caldwell University

Caldwell University is a private, Catholic coed four-year university with a strong liberal arts core curriculum that enhances critical thinking and analytical reasoning. Caldwell offers 31 undergraduate and 31 graduate programs, including doctoral, master’s, certificate and certification programs, as well as online and distance learning options that prepare students for today’s global marketplace. The university has 15 NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports programs and a football program that is a member of the Collegiate Sprint Football League.

Caldwell offers numerous clubs, fraternities, sororities and activities. It is located on a beautiful 70-acre campus in suburban Caldwell, New Jersey. Caldwell was founded by the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Caldwell. Its core values of respect, integrity, community and excellence influence academic and campus life. For more information about Caldwell University, visit caldwell.edu.

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of 769 nonprofit independent colleges and universities, state-based councils of independent colleges, and other higher education affiliates, that works to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of independent higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on services to leaders of independent colleges and universities and state-based councils. CIC offers conferences, seminars, publications, and other programs and services that help institutions improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, student outcomes, and institutional visibility. CIC conducts the largest annual conferences of college and university presidents and of chief academic officers in the United States. Founded in 1956, CIC is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. For more information, visit www.cic.edu.

Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies, located in Washington, DC, was founded by means of an endowment made “exclusively for the establishment of an educational center in the field of Hellenic Studies designed to rediscover the humanism of the Hellenic Greeks.” This humanistic vision remains the driving force of the Center for Hellenic Studies. The Center brings together a variety of research and teaching interests centering on Hellenic civilization in the widest sense of the term “Hellenic.” This concept encompasses the evolution of the Greek language and its culture as a central point of contact for all the different civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean world. Interaction with foreign cultures, including the diffusion of Roman influence, is an integral part of this concept.

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Caldwell University Offering a Bachelor’s in eSports Management

Caldwell University student playing game in computer.Caldwell, N.J. – April 25, 2019 – Caldwell University is offering a new Bachelor of Science degree in eSports Management to prepare students for careers in the popular electronic sports gaming industry with opportunities for employment in finance, marketing, event planning, operations, and entertainment.

The program is one of the first of its kind in the nation and is being offered within Caldwell’s School of Business and Computer Science.  “This is an exciting undergraduate program that will focus on the world of esports from the business and sport side of the industry,” said Professor Virginia Rich, associate dean of the School of Business.  Courses will concentrate on digital marketing, esports management, entrepreneurial studies, event planning, operations, ethics, and the sociological impact of esports.  “This growing industry is in need of professionals with business acumen and we are happy that we will be able to provide students with an academic background focused on the esports marketplace,” said Rich.

Newzoo, a global provider of games and global analytics, estimates that the global eSports economy will reach $900 million in 2019, representing a 38% growth from 2018, with audience growth reaching 180 million in 2019.

The degree program is based in a Business School that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, ensuring rigorous academic curriculum and strong skills-based outcomes.

In fall 2019 Caldwell University is launching its first esports team.  In the spring 2019 semester, the university began offering an elective in esports within the Business School’s Sport Management major.

For information on the program, contact the Caldwell University Admissions Office at 973-618-3500 or admissions@caldwell.edu or go to 

https://www.caldwell.edu/academics/majors-minors/business/b-s-in-e-sports-management.

Prospective students can apply to the program at www.caldwell.edu/applynow.

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Research on a natural mosquito deterrent earns CU student Independent College Fund of New Jersey award

CU students Lamar receives Independent College Fund of New Jersey award

Student Lamar-Shea Chang was honored at the Independent College Fund of New Jersey Undergraduate Research Symposium . He is pictured here with Natural Sciences Department professors, Dr. Darryl Aucoin and Dr. Marjorie Squires.

Caldwell, N.J., April 10, 2019 – Premedical student Lamar-Shea Chang was honored March 18 at the Independent College Fund of New Jersey Undergraduate Research Symposium for his research titled “Convert every human into a natural mosquito deterrent.” Chang, who is also majoring in computer information systems with a concentration in business systems and minoring in chemistry, received honorable mention for his research, which focused on the growing problem of mosquitoes in many areas of the world and how humans are being exposed to some of the diseases the insects carry.

Chang pointed to scientific models such as the Coupled Global Climate Model and the Community Climate System Model that predict mosquitoes are progressively moving more north and more west in the United States and Canada. With the guidance of the faculty in the Natural Sciences Department, he tested plant oils to see how they could affect the general behavior of mosquitoes and if they could act as a deterrent. The oils he used were azadirachta indica (neem), andrographis paniculata (rice bitters) and aloe vera. His data revealed that when the mosquitoes were exposed to the oils extracted in the lab, they adjusted their behavioral patterns, no longer moving away from the area where the extracts were located.

He presented his findings at the Independent College Fund event at the Liberty Science Center; the event encourages students in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. It was a thrill for Chang when he learned of his recognition. “I said, ‘Did they really call my name?’” Then he looked at the faces of his professors, including Dr. Marjorie Squires, his advisor, and knew by their smiles that he was in fact receiving the award.

Chang, a junior from the island of Jamaica who started his college career with several AP classes, is grateful that the Caldwell Natural Sciences Department provides students the opportunity to do research as undergraduates. He says his professors walked him through every step of the process.

Next semester Chang will be analyzing the economy of Jamaica for his CIS business systems concentration. He has set his sights on pursuing medical school, perhaps becoming a cardiothoracic surgeon. As he says, “More to come.”

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Musical Theatre Workshop Presents Classic Play Godspell

Caldwell Students Performing in Musical Theatre Workshop

Caldwell, N.J., April 16, 2019 – The Caldwell University Musical Theatre Workshop presented the classic play Godspell on Friday, April 12. Produced by Music Faculty, Dr. Laura Greenwald, the Caldwell cast and crew brought to life the production that is based on the Gospel of Matthew and had worldwide popularity in the 1970s.

Warren Helms was musical director and on piano; Dan Yates, was stage director; Tim Metz was on bass and John Piepoli was a percussionist.  The cast featured Caldwell students Lisette Guiracocha, Andrea Gutierrez, David Iarkowski, Keith Kyewalabye, Jessica Lopez, Lauren Mann, Jennifer Montejo, Maria Tavarez and Osayewere “Rae” Uyinmwen. Billy Yates played Jesus.

Uyinmwen said it was a tremendous joy to be part of Godspell’s cast. “There is something so rewarding about being able to help share this show’s beautiful message.”

Mann said that in the days leading up to the performance she could “not bottle up her excitement.” She was thrilled to be a part of the cast as they showcased the culmination of their hard work.

Audience members in the Alumni Theatre were joyfully clapping and singing, some dancing in their seats as they recalled the music and lyrics that were created by Stephen Schwartz in 1971.

Greenwald said Godspell is a transformative musical with a positive message. “It has been a blessing to work and sing with these dedicated, talented students and my brilliant colleagues, Warren Helms and Dan Yates.”

The original cast album won two Grammys.

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Caldwell Welcomes New Phi Kappa Phi Members

Phi Kappa Phi Inductees
Phi Kappa Phi Inductees
Phi Kappa Phi Inductees
Phi Kappa Phi Inductees
Phi Kappa Phi Inductees

Caldwell, N.J., April 10, 2019 – The Caldwell University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi held its 2019 induction ceremony on April 3. Lynne Alleger, Caldwell chapter 335 president, explained how PKP is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society with the motto “Let the love of learning rule humanity.” The society’s mission is to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.

Vice president for Caldwell’s chapter, Professor Agnes Berki, from the Natural Sciences Department, introduced the new inductees.

The students who were inducted are:

Lucas Andrada
Brittany Ann Barnstead
Sagar Raj Basaula
Shawn Blaise
Robert J. Brandt Jr.
Brandi-Lee Brochu
Marisa A. Castronova
Quin DeLaRosa
Nicholas A. Diaz
Lorraine E. Donnelly
Erin M. Flohr
Molly Heller
Laura Holland
Ashley R. Kemmerer
Stefanie Sabrina Konboz
Maria Lesniewski
Amanda Lee Luzniak
Brooke McPherson
Sabrina Micciche
Sister Rita Opara
Kristin Reale
Carlos A. Rivera
Alondra Sanchez Solano
Jenna L. Sanfilippo
Anika Sanjana
Kerri A. Thiede
Stephen Van Cauwenberge
Catherine Wilcox-Avalos

The faculty and staff who were inducted are:

Dr. Joanne Jasmine, Professor of Education, Coordinator, M.A. Curriculum & Instruction
and Co-Coordinator, Ed.D./Ph.D. in Educational Leadership
Timothy Kessler-Cleary, Assistant Dean, Student Engagement and Retention
Henrietta Genfi, Assistant Dean, Advisement and Retention
Crystal L. Lopez, Assistant Dean, Residence Life and Conduct
Sheila O’Rourke, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Rebecca Vega, faculty member in the Department of Music

Alleger thanked Dr. William Velhagen, chair of the Natural Sciences Department, for his role as president the last two years and for his service to the university. Velhagen, she said, exemplifies the PKP motto.

In addition, the Caldwell chapter of PKP is collecting books for the Learning Center for Exceptional Children during April for Autism Awareness Month. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our Phi Kappa Phi student vice presidents to make the honor society more visible on campus and to provide a service to the community,” Alleger said.

For further information, go to the newly developed Caldwell Phi Kappa Phi webpage at https://www.caldwell.edu/academics/honor-societies/phi-kappa-phi.

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Borough Council Meeting at University to Celebrate NJ Local Government Week, April 8

 

Caldwell, N.J., April 4, 2019 – To celebrate NJ Local Government Week, the Borough of Caldwell will hold its council meeting at Caldwell University on Monday, April 8.  Borough Mayor John Kelley and the council members will be in attendance.

University administrators and faculty members believe this will be a good educational experience for students.  “This is a very good opportunity for our students to learn about the workings of local government and how individual actions can serve the greater community,” said Dr. Domenic Maffei, chair of the Political Science and History Department at Caldwell University.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with the opportunity for questions and answers and a student forum from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.  Refreshments will be provided following the forum.

The Borough and the university will stream the meeting live on their Facebook pages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Students Offer ‘Radical Hospitality’ on Spring Break Mission Trip

Caldwell University students and staff at Broad St. Ministries
Caldwell University students and staff cleaning up in Germantown with a group from Marymount University in Arlington, VA.
Student Volunteers Kevin and Lizzie with Retired Vincentian Priest
Caldwell University students and staff at Miraculous Medal Shrine

The Campus Ministry Office sponsored a spring break mission trip to the St. Vincent de Paul Young Adult Center in the Germantown section of Philadelphia March 10 to 15. The group learned about the spirituality of St. Vincent de Paul, who had a heart for working with the poor and connecting the wealthy with those in need. The program focused on service, reflection and education.

Among their activities, the students volunteered with community groups such as Broad Street Ministry, which offers “radical hospitality” to those in need; PAR-Recycle Works, which provides transitional employment for those who have been incarcerated, and Face to Face, a human services organization. They also worked at a children’s aftercare program and at the SHARE Food Program, cleaned up a neighborhood and visited retired Vincentian priests.

Jill Salerno, a junior majoring in psychology, said what made this volunteerism project special for students was being able to live in the neighborhood where they worked. “While any service is great, getting to stay in the city and see the community we were helping out really added so much impact to the experience.”

The students appreciated the people they met at the service sites. “Whether it was others running these nonprofit organizations, people experiencing homelessness or just people in the city, everyone was so inspiring and wonderful to talk to,” said Salerno.

Leanna Chen found that as a public health major the experience helped her gain a greater understanding of community needs so she can better serve people. Participating in a service trip immersion, she said, helps to break down social barriers that one may not be aware exist. “It helps to focus us upon our similarities and the “differences” can then disappear and melt into the background.”

The project was led by Director of Campus Ministry Colleen O’Brien. At the university’s Founders Day Mass and celebration March 22, she too reflected on the many people the students met and the gifts they received from those encounters.

“If I dig a little deeper into the reality of the lives of the people I met last week,” she said, “I’m reminded that life is hard and sometimes the exchange leaves us with feelings of sadness, challenge or even a call to our own growth. Our first morning of service was spent at Broad Street Ministries, a place of radical hospitality as they call it, where they serve anyone living with scarcity in their lives. Towards the end of the meal a woman came in to get some hot food with her son … after my initial thought of sadness I was moved to think more deeply about the challenge this mother may face every day … wondering where she is going to get her son his next meal, where they will lay their head at night, or how she will teach him to be a kindhearted and strong man when he grows up. And for this I cannot help but think about her strength … the strength that it takes to get out of bed in the morning, to put one foot in front of the other and step out into the unknown. Although our interaction was short and no words were exchanged, I believe I will carry her value of true strength with me as I move forward from last week.”

The experience inspired several of the students to want to do more to reach out to those in need. “Getting to serve and work with people of the community was such an amazing experience and just further ensured that I want to have a career involving service to others,” said Salerno.

Dana McStowe, campus ministry staff member, also attended. The other students who took part were Prabhat Gurung, Brooke McPherson, Natasha Fontenez, Kevin Munoz, Oluwatosin Adebiyi and Elizabeth Rebeiro.

Watch video on the Spring Break Mission trip to Philadelphia.