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Undergraduate English Major Comprehensive Portfolio Assessment

Most university departments or disciplines have a process for measuring students’ knowledge and skill at the end of their work toward the major. In the past, undergraduate students have been required to complete EN 410 English Seminar prior to preparing and writing a comprehensive essay to demonstrate their understanding and application of literary analysis to a variety of works. However, beginning in the Fall of 2019, our department will now require students to demonstrate what they have learned by selecting essays from previous English courses and, with the help of their professors, revising those essays to make them even better. This collection or portfolio of writings is then submitted for a comprehensive grade. Since this “comps” or capstone experience builds off students’ earlier work, English majors (and students considering a major in English) should save all their writing from each English course taken and would be well advised to keep the literary works they have written about. Students will be required to complete EN 410 Senior Portfolio Projectwhere they will have the opportunity to revise their essays in a workshop-style class setting prior to final professor review.

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Sister Maura Campbell Spring Semester Lecture Series

The Department of Theology and Philosophy at Caldwell University has announced its speakers for spring semester for the Sister Maura Campbell lecture series.

All lectures take place in the Alumni Theater at 4:30 p.m.and are free and open to the public.

Thursday, January 31 – “Papal Policies on Clerical Sexual Abuse: God Weeps,” with Jo-Renee Formicola, Ph.D., professor of political science at Seton Hall University.

Monday, February 4 – “Educating Desire:  Augustine and Dante on the Weight of Love,” with Paul Camacho, Ph.D., Arthur J. Ennis Post-Doctoral Fellow, Augustine and Culture Seminar Program, Villanova University.

Thursday, March 21 – “Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) on the Eucharist,” Lauren Pristas, Ph.D.  emeritus professor, theology, Caldwell University.

Monday, April 8 – “Oh Happy Fault: The Human Element in the Creation of the St. John’s Bible,” with Robert Miller, Ph.D, associate professor of religious studies, Mount Saint Mary’s College, and Stephanie Pietros, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, Mount Saint Vincent’s College.

The lectures are being presented by the Department of Theology and Philosophy as part of its Sister Maura Campbell lecture series.  Sister Maura 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.

For further information, call 973-618-3931.

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 29 undergraduate and 30 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.

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Caldwell and Raritan Valley Community College Partner for Nursing Transfer Agreement

Natalie Pedri

Caldwell University and Raritan Valley Community College have entered into a new agreement that will enable RVCC Nursing graduates to complete their bachelor’s degree in only one year.

According to the agreement, students who receive an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Nursing/RN from RVCC may seamlessly transfer to Caldwell University’s online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program as long as they fulfill certain requirements. This includes maintaining a requisite grade point average and being certified with their RN license.

“The new agreement with Caldwell University is a wonderful opportunity for RVCC graduates to continue their higher education and complete their BSN in only one year, enhancing their career prospects. Many of these Nursing students are already working in healthcare, so they will greatly benefit from the online, flexible learning environment,” said RVCC President Michael J. McDonough.

Meghan Ryan, DNP, MSN, RN, FNP-C, CPN, Caldwell University’s coordinator of the RN to BSN program and assistant professor of nursing, said Caldwell is excited to have an established articulation agreement with Raritan Valley Community College. “This agreement will enable students to transfer into our program seamlessly. Student success is a primary concern of each faculty member at Caldwell University. We are sensitive to the needs of the adult learner and we help to foster success whether the student is a newly licensed RN or returning to school after many years. Students will feel a sense of community in this program. Students are supportive of each other in the program and they develop lasting connections with colleagues.”

RVCC graduates may transfer 60-65 credits from the AAS program to Caldwell University, as well as an additional 30 credits for their RN license. Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits at the University.

For additional information about the new agreement, contact Paul Michaud, RVCC’s director of Transfer & Career Services, at 908-526-1200, ext. 8333 or Meghan Ryan at Caldwell University at mryan@caldwell.edu or 973-618-3565.

Caldwell University’s RN to BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and is a member of the National League for Nursing. The innovative program builds on existing nurse knowledge, is guided by supportive faculty, offers rolling admission every seven weeks and courses are delivered either in a fully online or hybrid format. Students develop leadership skills and build cultural competency and evidence-based practice. Courses are offered every seven weeks and the program can be completed in as little as one year for full- time students.


Finals Week in the Library

Free coffee, tea, and hot chocolate will be available after 6 p.m. Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.

Free massages – Monday 12/10 and Thursday 12/13 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

A special thank you to the Office of Student Engagement for providing the free massages and hot beverages.


Pre-Finals activities in the Library!

Finals Week is almost here and Jennings Library has a lot of activities planned to help you survive the stress.

We’ll be open extended hours starting Wednesday December 5. See the Library’s homepage for more information.

Win a gift card in our Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest (open to students, faculty and staff): http://caldwell.libwizard.com/uglyxmas

If we get to 550 followers on the Library Instagram page we will bring in cookies during finals! https://www.instagram.com/caldwelluniversitylibrary/

Game Night- December 4th

#Adulting class: Meditation in the CMS – December 6th

Stay tuned for what we have in store for Finals Week!


Caldwell to Host Basketball Showcase

Caldwell to Host Basketball Showcase

Caldwell-Bloomfield Basketball Doubleheader Selected For DII Basketball Showcase on December 8

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- The NCAA announced on Friday that next Saturday’s basketball doubleheader between Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) rivals Caldwell University and Bloomfield College will be broadcast live through a variety of social media and online outlets as part of the Division II Showcase package. Next Saturday’s doubleheader will be held at the George R. Newman Center on the campus of Caldwell University in Caldwell, N.J. The DH begins with the women’s game at 1 p.m., followed by the men’s game at approximately 3:30 p.m., and will be broadcast through the various social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter & Periscope) and on caccnetwork.com.

The NCAA Division II Showcase is a series of game broadcasts (spanning several sports) that is produced annually by Niles Media Group and is broadcast world-wide on either ESPN3 or through various social media accounts (including Facebook, Twitter & Periscope). The high-definition broadcasts feature multiple camera angles, announcers, graphics, and pre-, halftime and post-game interviews with coaches, administrators and student-athletes. The series showcases fantastic teams, student-athletes and moments that comprise NCAA Division II on an annual basis.

Fans wishing to watch the broadcasts next Saturday can do so in a variety of ways to suit their viewing needs:

  • NCAA Division II Facebook Page (@NCAADivisionII)
  • NCAA Division II Twitter Page/Handle (@NCAADII)
  • Through the Periscope app (@NCAADII)
  • CACC Facebook Page (@CACC01)
  • Bloomfield College Athletics Facebook Page (@bcbearsathletics)
  • Caldwell University Athletics Facebook Page (@caldwelluniversityathletics)
  • CACC Network (caccnetwork.com)

Fans can watch the broadcasts on the CACC Network in a variety of ways, including online (caccnetwork.com), through various streaming devices on your television (Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV), and on mobile/tablet devices (Apple & Android). Fans wishing to watch the games through one of the various television streaming devices can do so by searching for and downloading the CACC Network app in the channel search menu. Fans who wish to watch on mobile devices can do so by searching for and downloading the CACC Network app in both the iTunes and Google Play stores. The app is free to download, whether through the television streaming or mobile devices.

The Bloomfield and Caldwell campuses are separated by approximately five miles and the two schools have been spirited rivals on the hardwood for decades. Saturday’s women’s game (1 p.m., broadcast start / 1:05 p.m., opening tip) will pit two teams that shared the CACC North Division title last year, as both the Bears and Cougars advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament. On the men’s side, Bloomfield advanced to the NCAA Division II East Region Championship Final last year, while Caldwell qualified for the CACC tournament. The two schools met in the CACC semifinals two seasons ago, as the Bears pulled out a close win on the way to winning the league title. Caldwell will serve as the host institution for the 2018-19 CACC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships this upcoming March.

In addition to the action on the court, Saturday will also feature Caldwell Head Men’s Coach and Assistant Vice President for Athletics, Mark A. Corino, having the court at the Newman Center named in his honor for more than 30 years of outstanding service to the institution. The Corino Court Dedication Ceremony will begin at approximately 3:00 pm following the conclusion of the women’s contest. After the ceremony, the men’s teams will be allotted a warm-up time prior to tip-off.

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‘I am first generation. I am Caldwell’ is theme of forum


Caldwell, N.J., Nov. 2, 2018 – “I am first generation. I am Caldwell” was the theme of a forum at Caldwell University on Oct. 30. Students, faculty, staff and administration shared their experiences of being the first members of their families to attend or graduate from college or the first to receive their undergraduate or graduate degrees in the United States.

The moderator of the panel was Elizabeth Elices, Caldwell’s compliance manager and Title IX coordinator. She also co-chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Committee with Dr. Bonnie French, assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice. Elices opened the forum by recounting how her family escaped the revolution in Cuba and came to the United States.She was the first in her family to go to graduate school; she went on to become a lawyer. “When I passed my bar exams, I didn’t get sworn at the big ceremony in Trenton. I took my oath as a new attorney at the Bergen County Courthouse—where years before, my father had taken his oath to become a new citizen in the United States.”

Elices guided the panelists in discussing topics such as how they responded to challenges as they navigated being a first, where they found support, what advice they have for others facing similar circumstances and how being a first has shaped them.

Jhoanna Oliva-Marquez’s parents were immigrants from Peru. As a result, she did not know how to navigate the college experience. “Sometimes you just don’t know who to go to,” she said. She worked through college to afford it. Balancing classes, homework, her job, family and friends was a challenge, but she graduated and went on to earn her master’s degree. Today as a senior academic advisor at Caldwell, Oliva-Marquez can relate to many first-generation students. She advises them not to be afraid to take opportunities, recalling how she accepted an internship with no pay or credits and it turned out to be a positive experience for the start of her professional life.

Christine Millien, a senior studying business administration, grew up the youngest of five children. Her parents were from Trinidad, and her other siblings were born there. Even though she was born in the United States, she said she went through culture shock as a child since she was from an immigrant family. When she graduates this December, a semester early, she will be the first person in her family to earn a college degree. “Don’t be afraid of differences. You are uniquely beautiful,” she told students in the audience. “Learn to love yourself first … don’t wait for someone else to tell you that you are doing good; you are your biggest cheerleader. You need to find your purpose and work for that.”

R. B. Alverna, a doctoral student in Caldwell’s educational leadership program, was the first in his family to earn a college degree. He came to the United States from his native Haiti as a child. Alverna recalled how growing up his father provided for the family financially but was not there for him emotionally. Therefore, it was a great joy to hear his father say he was proud of him when he earned his undergraduate degree. As a first-generation student, Alverna felt the pressure to succeed, so for a time during college, he would not return his mother’s phone calls because hearing her voice added to the pressure. Maturity showed him that was wrong. “Don’t ignore your parents. Speak to your parents in college … my mom is my best friend.” Today in his work as the coordinator of Project L.E.A.P. at Hudson Community College and as a husband and a father, he stresses the importance of honest communication and of admitting mistakes. He encourages other adults to “make sure you educate youth to make wise post-secondary decisions.”

Jenelle McLeod, a graduate student in Caldwell’s counseling program, was the first in her family to attend college. Being prepared, observant and on top of things was important to her. “Stay ahead of the game; talk to other students and professors and get involved.” Students need to be aware of the “golden ticket” they have with networking capabilities, she said. As a counseling student, she knows “self-care” is important and advises students to be mindful of that.

Yang Cai, professor of sociology, grew up in communist China. When entrance to graduate studies in the United States became more available, Cai’s family scraped together enough money for her to pursue her graduate studies in sociology. When she came to this country to study at the University of Georgia, she faced many obstacles, including financial and cultural barriers. One significant challenge for her was learning how to critique scholars’ work since she grew up in a culture that does not encourage students to challenge others, especially people in authority. Today she pushes her students to inquire and to question. “Critical thinking is a privilege,” said Cai. Her years of living without much money has also taught her—as she tells her children—that “we don’t need a lot of things to be happy.”

Monika Sywak, assistant professor of finance, came to the United States from Poland when she was 23 years old. She worked in a department store, but she knew she wanted to pursue higher education. When Sywak said she was leaving to attend college, she got some pushback from her employer, who asked why she wanted to go further. She went on to pursue her bachelor’s degree while working six or seven days a week—full-time at a bank and one day a week at the department store. She earned an MBA and her doctorate and had a career in corporate America.  When Sywak starts a semester with her business students she shares a quote she likes: “If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.” She encourages first-generation students to “dream big.”

The president of Caldwell University, Dr. Nancy Blattner, shared how she attended Southeast Missouri State University in her hometown of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, as the first in her family. Her parents did not go to high school yet they worked hard so their daughter could have a good education. Many of her aunts and uncles had only third- and fifth-grade educations since they were born in the early 20th century to rural farming families.

Blattner said that she grew up “on the wrong side of the tracks” and that her childhood life consisted mainly of going to “school, church, a part-time job and the library.” As a result, she became a voracious reader, which benefited her as she excelled in her studies. When it was time for college, she had several full-ride scholarships including one she wanted to take at Washington University farther away from her home. However, she turned it down. Her father—who believed in her and was proud of her—told her that if she lost that scholarship she would have to move back home and go to Southeast because he and her mother could not help her financially. “I thought about what he told me, and not trusting my untested capabilities, I enrolled at Southeast … I don’t regret the decision … still I have wondered how my life might have been different if I had felt more confidence in myself and tested my abilities by taking the scholarship to Wash U. ”

Blattner worked hard to perform well on CLEP exams so she could earn credits to reduce her expenses at Southeast. When she entered the university her family had never been on the campus to experience cultural or social offerings. “It simply wasn’t part of our lifestyle.” She went on to earn her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and has had many accomplishments including serving on state and national higher education boards. Blattner advises other first-generation students to remain strong as they confront obstacles and to stay connected with their loved ones no matter how much they achieve. “I love my family, and my parents gave me many gifts: a strong work ethic, a deep Catholic faith and a desire for the education that they were never able to obtain.”

The program was sponsored by the university’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

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Caldwell Athletics CAANJ Awards

Caldwell Athletics CAANJ Awards

Corino Receives Prestigious Garden State Award; Janssen Earns CAANJ DII Female Student Athlete of the Year; Caldwell Athletics Receives DII Cup

CALDWELL, N.J.- Caldwell University volleyball’s Katrina Janssen (Seville, Australia) was selected as the Collegiate Athletic Administrators of New Jersey (CAANJ) Division II Female Student-Athlete of the Year. The Caldwell University Athletics Department earned the DII Cup for their outstanding athletic accomplishments during the 2017-18 year. In addition, Assistant Vice President/Director of Athletics Mark A. Corino received the prestigious Garden State Award from the organization.

Caldwell Athletics as a department has another outstanding year on the field and in the classroom in 2017-18. The Cougars won two conference championships in women’s volleyball and softball, which both won their respective regular season titles as well. Caldwell three major award winners with Janssen earning CACC Player of the Year, while her teammate Jessica Mitchell (Plainfield, Ill.) was selected as the CACC Defensive Player of the Year for a second straight season. Women’s basketball Sharell Sanders (Dorchester, Mass.) also earned CACC Defensive Player of the Year honors. The department featured five all-region players and two honorable mention All-Americans. Women’s volleyball, women’s basketball and softball earned berths in the NCAA Division II Championship, while women’s lacrosse reached the CACC Final Four for the first time in program history. Caldwell earned 19 CACC All-League honorees, including eight on the first team.

Janssen ended her collegiate career in 2017 with an outstanding senior season. She was selected as the CACC Player of the Year and was a CACC First Team All-Conference selection. Janssen helped lead the Cougars to their third CACC Tournament Championship as she earned the CACC Tournament MVP honors for her standout play in the tournament. She was selected to the AVCA and D2CCA All-East Region First Team and was named the D2CCA East Region Player of the Year. Janssen also earned AVCA Honorable Mention All-American honors, the first All-American in the program’s history.

Corino enters his 31st year as the Director of Athletic and Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Caldwell. As a longtime administrator at Caldwell, Corino has spearheaded the growth of the athletic department from three programs in 1988 to 16 programs by 2019-20 with the addition of men’s lacrosse. From 2011-2020, Caldwell will have added seven new sports under Corino’s leadership (Women’s track and field, women’s lacrosse, men’s cross country and track and field, women’s bowling, sprint football and men’s lacrosse). Originally a NAIA member school, Caldwell made the transition to NCAA Division II beginning in 1998 and was completed in 2002, under Corino’s guidance. Also in 2002, the George R. Newman Center, Caldwell’s state-of-the-art indoor athletics facility, was completed following years of planning and fundraising. Corino was selected as the CACC and NAIA Region X Administrator of the Year in 2000 as well as the 2010 ECAC Administrator of the Year.

He ranks second in the state of New Jersey

Corino, Janssen and the department were honored at the CAANJ luncheon on Thursday,