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International Whitman Week (May 27th-June 1st, 2019)

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International Whitman Week (May 27th-June 1st, 2019)
The Transatlantic Walt Whitman Association

International Whitman Week is a week-long seminar and one-day symposium for students and scholars of Walt Whitman. It is free for participants and will be hosted in 2019 by New York University to coincide with the 200thanniversary of Whitman’s birth.

Whitman Week will include special guest lectures by Ed Folsom, Jerome Loving, and David Reynolds, walking tours of Whitman’s New York by Karen Karbiener and Greg Trupiano, tours of the major exhibition “Poet of the Body: New York’s Walt Whitman” (Grolier Club), a performance of Whitman settings by the renowned Dessoff Choirs, and a birthday party for Whitman featuring free wine (courtesy of Paumanok Vineyards) and birthday cake (thanks to the Whitman Birthplace).  For the first time, IWW will take place in several different locations throughout Whitman’s New York: Long Island, Brooklyn, and Manhattan.  Please take a moment to view the schedule and application:

http://transatlanticwhitman.org/upcoming-events/

Graduate and advanced undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for the seminar; independent scholars, collectors, and Whitman enthusiasts are also welcome to apply.  The deadline for seminar applications is December 15.

The final day of Whitman Week will include a symposium at the Grolier Club. We seek exciting new scholarship by promising scholars; please see the application for a list of topics under the general category of “Whitman and New York.”  The deadline for symposium applications is January 1.

 

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Beatriz Gomez-Klein ’73: How Scholarship Forged a New Future

Beatrice-Gomez-Klein headshot photo.

I was holding on to a post to keep from falling down,” Beatriz Gomez-Klein ’73 remembers. “My cousin, still a child herself, had her arms around me, trying to comfort me. There was a bucket at our feet. The smells and the rocking of the ship were making us so very sick.”

This is how Gomez-Klein recalls her journey from Cuba to the United States in 1962 in the aftermath of the infamous Bay of Pigs Invasion and Fidel Castro’s rise to power.

“My cousin and I traveled alone. My father and sister could not leave Cuba. They didn’t want to leave my 20-year-old brother, who was in prison there for his involvement with the underground resistance against Castro’s regime,” recalls Gomez-Klein.

This was not the first time she had experienced loss. At the tender age of seven, she lost her beloved mother. “She was my idol,” Gomez-Klein says, her sorrow still apparent so many years later.

At the time, Gomez-Klein was attending a school run by the Order of the Society of the Sacred Heart. She adored her school. When the grief-stricken child asked her father if she could board there, he agreed. The kindness and faith of the sisters provided the comfort Gomez-Klein so desperately needed.

This period of solace did not last long. When Castro confiscated all private property in the 1960s, the school was closed and the sisters were ushered out of the country. Her father hired tutors to teach his daughter at home. “He was afraid that I would be indoctrinated at the public schools.”

He feared for his daughter’s future as well and sent her in the Bay of Pigs cargo exchange ship. Gomez-Klein’s oldest brother was already in the United States. He met the girls in Miami.

“I stayed awhile there, but there were so many Cubans in Miami that I wasn’t making enough progress in learning English, and so I traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, to live with an aunt and uncle there.”

Gomez-Klein soon moved to New Jersey from Louisville to live with another maternal aunt. She enrolled in Newark’s Barringer High School. “I still don’t know how I got up the courage to tell the guidance counselor that I wanted to go to college. She must have thought I was insane! I had no money.”

The counselor looked at her thoughtfully and said she knew a priest in the area who might be able to help. The counselor made an appointment, and Gomez-Klein’s aunt accompanied her. He gave her an application for Caldwell College.

Caldwell offered her a full scholarship. “Without the scholarship, I could never have thought about going to college.”

Her new start was marked by more tragedy, however. Only a few weeks into her freshman year, her father passed away.

“At that point, I felt as though my loss was complete. By the age of 19, I had lost my mother, my school, my country, and then my father.” Far from her childhood home and new to college, Gomez-Klein doubted her ability to continue.

“I immersed myself in everything—becoming a Gamma Theta Lambda sister, joining the Spanish Club and serving as its treasurer, writing for the college’s Spanish newspaper.” The sense of sisterhood and community at Caldwell gave her hope. “We had so much fun. When we had free time, we would put on little plays and skits. Even the sisters would play along!”

Gomez-Klein remains in close touch with her Caldwell classmates, a group that includes the dear cousin.

While studying sociology, she considered entering the Dominican Order and took on religious studies as a second major. She graduated cum laude and with Delta Epsilon Sigma and Kappa Gamma Pi honors, even while shouldering the responsibilities of class president in her senior year.

Although Gomez-Klein ultimately chose secular life, her sense of vocation remained strong and she pursued a master’s degree at Seton Hall University in education with a focus on rehabilitation counseling. She earned a second master’s degree and an advanced certificate in clinical social work from Rutgers University and New York University, respectively.

Gomez-Klein’s professional experience includes serving as a rehabilitation counselor and later as a psychotherapist at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). In 1976, Governor Brendan Byrne appointed her to the board of trustees of the New Jersey Youth Correctional Institute. She served as a field instructor and supervisor for the baccalaureate social work program at Seton Hall University and on the UMDNJ Clinical Records Review Committee. In the 1990s, Gomez-Klein worked for the Visiting Nurse Association of Essex Valley as a case manager for elderly, disabled and AIDS individuals.

In 2001, Gomez-Klein opened her own practice in psychotherapy. She works with individuals and couples who want to learn to cope with depression, anxiety or interpersonal relationships. Her bilingual skills and her natural compassion allow her to reach a diverse community.

Gomez-Klein’s community service includes work with bereavement groups at Our Lady of the Holy Angels Church in Little Falls and as a behavioral health consultant for Notre Dame parishioners in North Caldwell.

She received the Visiting Nurse Association Achievement Award in 1996 and the University Health Care Excellence Award from UMDNJ in 1999. Caldwell University recognized her accomplishments with the prestigious Veritas Award. Today, she is supportive of her alma mater, serving on the Veritas Award Selection Committee. She has included the university in her legacy plans as well. “I want to give back to the institution that gave me so much.”

Among her many achievements, Gomez-Klein considers receiving the C-Pin in her freshman year at Caldwell the greatest honor she has ever received. “At that time, C-Pin recipients were chosen by their classmates. Earning it meant that you were considered to be the shining example of the Caldwellian woman.”

Anyone who has ever met Beatriz Gomez-Klein would be inclined to agree: she remains a shining example of a Caldwellian woman!

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I immersed myself in everything—becoming a Gamma Theta Lambda sister, joining the Spanish Club and serving as its treasurer, writing for the college’s Spanish newspaper.

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IN BOX:

Beatriz Gomez-Klein

Life’s greatest achievement? GRADUATING FROM CALDWELL COLLEGE

Most influential book? MAN’S SEARCH FOR MEANING BY VIKTOR E. FRANKL

Advice for today’s Caldwell student? PERSEVERE WHEN THINGS GET ROUGH.

 

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Andrei St. Felix: An Education In Passion

Andrei St. Felix with one of the EOF Student Yaya outside Caldwell University.

EOF Senior Yaskayra Gonzalez with the Director of EOF Andrei St. Felix.

Everywhere you turn in Andrei St. Felix’s office, you see pictures of students—smiling, confident groups of young people gathered at events and ceremonies, representing the many people who have passed through the Educational Opportunity Fund offices. But in the EOF program at Caldwell, you don’t just “pass through” the college experience. Not if Andrei St. Felix has anything to do with it.

The EOF at Caldwell University works to provide a full range of career, academic, financial and spiritual support to its students. It is no accident, then, that St. Felix is at the helm of the department. She is a living example to students of what you can achieve if you commit to school, set strong goals for yourself and put God at the center of everything you do.

St. Felix has a hunger for education that is contagious. After growing up in Haiti, she came to the United States with the goal of obtaining a college degree. When she saw a job at Caldwell College posted in the Newark Star-Ledger (she still has the clipping), she applied and was hired as the EOF secretary.

That was in 1992. St. Felix has stayed with the department, learning and advancing from secretary to counselor to assistant director and in 2009 to director. Thanks to strong mentorship from previous directors and a determination to grow and learn, she took a path that led to her college degree, solid work experience, the directorship and much more.

“I love learning,” St. Felix says, her face glowing as she describes her path to higher education.

After being hired at Caldwell, St. Felix began attending the college at night, first earning a degree in business administration and then a master’s in contemporary management and another master’s in pastoral ministry. She is pursuing her Ed.D. in the educational leadership program at Caldwell.

St. Felix’s journey is painted with confidence, her goals checked off with fierce determination. That determination to stick to personal goals is central to the success of EOF students. As freshmen, they are asked to identify their long-term educational and career goals.

“The goal is to push them,” St. Felix says of students, “to remind them, ‘This is the goal.’ We remember what they told us.”

She recalls one student who came into the office and was shocked when St. Felix reminded her in detail of her life goals.

“How did you remember that?” the student asked.

“I remember because it meant something to you,” St. Felix answered.

Life journeys are intensely personal, and that means something to St. Felix. She takes time to listen to students, to hear about their struggles and victories, and to gently remind them of the goals that led them to college in the first place. Goals, goals and then, always, God. These guiding factors are never far from her when she is counseling students.

“That is what I like most about Caldwell University. I can talk about God. I can listen to students talking about their journey.”

Her faith background and her master’s in pastoral ministry help St. Felix advise students on how to be spiritually present as they go through life.

“Being spiritually strong helps you get stronger in other areas of your life.”

Knowing their goals and understanding their relationship with God are major components of a bigger picture that St. Felix encourages her students to see. These factors are a part of each person’s identity, and the concept of identity is second to none at the EOF.

St. Felix knows who she is, and she encourages her students to embrace their identities as well.

“I am a woman of faith. I am a woman who cares about other people. I am a woman who is liberated, free to do whatever I want to do. I am a woman who is not afraid to take risks.”

In an era when women more than ever are seeking a place at the table, St. Felix has found hers. Her responsibility to represent herself, black women and all women in places that lack diversity is not lost on her. It is woven into her identity.

“I am happy to represent. I have a responsibility,” she says with a smile.

St. Felix, a wife and a mother of two, has a passion for pursuing higher education. That is a core part of her identity, and she is passing it on to the next generation in her family.

Just as St. Felix’s strong sense of identity has been a key part of her success, it is a key for her students. In fact, the first workshop the EOF runs during its introductory summer program is called “Who Am I?”.

During the academic year, St. Felix and her staff promote cultural events on campus, including gospel night, praise dancing and Hispanic Heritage and Black History Month activities.

“If you do not know your roots, then something is missing,” St. Felix says. “That’s where you find your voice—when you know who you are.”

Armed with that knowledge, the alumni from her program have gone on to own businesses, serve as community leaders and work as doctors, teachers and lawyers. St. Felix is confident that with well-defined goals and hard work, many more will achieve their dreams. She will be there to help them along the way.

And so this woman, who has boldly woven together a tapestry of strong faith, fearless belief and a hunger for learning, is leading forward a group of students who are determined to succeed.

“I have found my purpose, my passion,” she says with confidence, “to educate young people.”

—Nicole M. Burrell ’08

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Brunel Blaise is Security Officer of the Year

Glenn Gates, Caldwell University's director of campus safety, Michael Stanzilis, general manager of G4S Security, Brunel Blaise, campus safety officer, and Sheila O'Rourke, Caldwell University's vice president for institutional effectiveness group photo from left to right.

(Left to Right) Glenn Gates, Caldwell University’s director of campus safety, Michael Stanzilis, general manager of G4S Security, Brunel Blaise, campus safety officer, and Sheila O’Rourke, Caldwell University’s vice president for institutional effectiveness.

Caldwell, N.J. – Sept. 19, 2018 – Campus Safety Officer Brunel Blaise received the Security Officer of the Year award from the American Society for Industrial Security, Western NJ chapter 088.  

He was presented with the award by Michael Stanzilis, general manager of G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Inc. and ASIS chapter chairman, at the organization’s Security Professional Appreciation Day, Sept. 11 at the Wyndham Hamilton Park Hotel and Conference Center in Florham Park, New Jersey.

Stanzilis said Blaise is “well respected by the community, students, staff, faculty, and outside visitors.”” He  pointed out that Blaise is known for his leadership skills and helps train new officers. Alumni who return to campus often remember the positive impact Blaise had on their lives.  “Security should not always be known for issuing tickets, writing discipline reports, or enforcing rules and policies. Security should be known as friendly, familiar faces who are approachable, professional, and compassionate. Blaise is this officer, and we are proud to have him a part of our security team,” said Stanzilis.

Also attending the luncheon with Blaise was his wife, Sheila Blaise,  Glenn Gates, director of campus safety, who nominated Blaise for the honor,  and Sheila O’Rourke, vice president for institutional effectiveness.

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Mary Lindroth: Bringing Students From the Page to the Stage

Mary Lindroth, professor of English Department, teaching her students on a class.

Dr. Mary Lindroth is passionate about attending theater, dance and the movies. She is equally enthusiastic about bringing the performing arts into her courses. “Everything I know comes from what I’ve read, what I’ve seen on stage; that’s where I learn and I take that back into the classroom,” says Lindroth, professor of English. “In order to teach something, you have to be willing to do that something, so I’m a consummate audience member.”

Most weekends Lindroth hops the train to New York City to attend on- and off- Broadway plays, and ballet and modern dance performances. On her trip home, she often ponders how she can bring alive what she has just experienced to help her students develop their talents.

The English Department offers three performance classes: Great Drama and Performance, Shakespeare and Performance, and Modern Drama and Performance, and Lindroth has taught all of them. She has also taught just about every other English course from Freshman Writing and Shakespeare to Women’s Studies and Literature for English majors and non-majors.

Her style of teaching is focused on guiding students to learn about themselves, says alumna Eya Haddouche ’17, who received a Bachelor of Arts in English. “She would say, ‘I want it to come from you, not from me.’ That is a huge part of her ethic as a teacher.”

When Lindroth introduces performance to students who are initially shy or reticent, she works hard to help them feel comfortable on stage and to tap into their interests. “Instead of saying, ‘You don’t have these skills,’ I say, ‘You do have them. They are just buried. Let’s bring them to the fore so that if you need them, you can call on them,’” says Lindroth. When she asks students to take part in a performance exercise, she knows she has to model it first. “So if I’m willing to risk it and go out of my comfort zone, they should as well.” “I was that shy student,” said Haddouche. “She uses her experiences to get her students to come out of their shells.”

Lindroth’s classroom is a place where students discover how the printed words from a play can come off the page into a performance. “For example, we will take Cinderella and look at the story and then look at the way the dancers perform it and what goes into it.”

Each time Lindroth teaches a drama course it becomes clearer to her how important performance experiences are for her students’ futures, no matter what they are majoring in. She is gratified to hear from alumni who tell her how beneficial an introduction to acting has been for them. She points to data showing employers are looking for people who can write, communicate, and present themselves.

Lindroth sees similarities between standing up in front of a class and being on stage. Even though she has been teaching for many years, like any good performer, she still “gets a little nervous” before she enters her stage, the classroom. That is when she draws on advice from her mother, Colette Lindroth, beloved professor emerita of English, who taught at Caldwell for over 50 years. “My mother always talks about it as a high-wire act. You cannot think about what you are doing before you go in. You just have to do it, and if you start looking down, you are going to lose your concentration, lose your focus and perhaps fall, but if you just go in and do it without thinking about it, then it becomes something else.”

And that ‘something else’ often means helping her students see how their classroom content relates to the world around them. “I say, ‘Here’s the conversation that is being had right now’… whether it is the #MeToo movement or the anti-gun-violence marches” or other issues, she connects the discipline of English to the culture.

When Lindroth was a child, her desire for knowledge was fostered by watching her mother and her father, Dr. James Lindroth, a longtime English professor at Seton Hall University. Her parents were constantly learning; they surrounded themselves with books, always attended the theater, “read all the newspapers and were going to all kinds of (news) outlets.” Hearing her parents’ conversations about books was a “mini-course,” and she gravitated toward that, always wanting to learn more. But teaching English was not Lindroth’s first career choice. “I went into history to forge a route of my own.”

After earning a bachelor’s degree in history from Caldwell, Lindroth worked in a law office, thought about law school and did fundraising for Carnegie Hall. But the pull toward English won out, and she earned her M.A. in that discipline from the University of Iowa. A doctorate followed, also in English, at the same institution. “I’m a humanities person through and through. None of these disciplines are discrete or separate. They are all interconnected.” Her dissertation focused on Shakespeare and the Renaissance because she wanted to study something she might not have read on her own. Pointing out that film is a part of the humanities, she appreciates “the wonderful opportunity” of attending the Saturday morning movie screenings in New York City hosted by Professor John Yurko for the Media Educators Association. “The films he gets and the directors he interviews enrich my life. “What makes me know that I’m alive is being part of theater, dance and film experiences.”

Lindroth was chair of Caldwell’s English Department for nine years and worked on a number of committees including the Faculty Council and the Prioritization Committee when President Nancy Blattner arrived at the university. “For me, committee work is important, who is on the committee (is important) and having a chance to work with colleagues on something that will get implemented is worthwhile.”

Lindroth values having colleagues “chip in” and work as a team to help each other get work done, as when the English Department develops courses that respond to the increased interest in creative arts. “We work well together.”

She is proud of the department’s recent accomplishments including hosting an undergraduate literature conference that brought English majors from other universities and colleges to Caldwell in 2016.

In the spring, the department will introduce a new course that Lindroth created, Solo Performance, in which students will write and perform their own work. The course grew out of a sabbatical experience Lindroth had in the fall of 2017 when she attended a workshop in New York City with solo performer Tim Miller. There she and others crafted their work into solo performances that became one work performed on the stage in Manhattan.

When school is not in session Lindroth enjoys visiting her three “beloved nephews” in Colorado. When they come to New Jersey she has to impart her arts wisdom, taking them to the theater and the movies “whether they like it or not—I have that reputation,” she says with a laugh.

When the romantic drama “The Great Gatsby” came to the big screen, Lindroth took the boys and could not let the experience pass without analysis. “I say to them, ‘What was happening in the movie?’” With the print version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel in hand, she had them discuss the differences between the movie and the book. “I love spending time with them.”

Whether Lindroth is with her nephews or with a student, learning must be underpinned by humanity. “Teaching is always about focusing on the human person,” she says. “The teaching-student relationship is so important. It transcends the classroom. They are not customers or future CEOs.” Her students appreciate that Lindroth would take the time to meet one on one for rehearsal, says Haddouche. “Her criticism for papers was always focused on helping students strengthen what was already there.”

In the end, Lindroth wants her students to appreciate the ways the academic discipline of English can help them in just about every career and walk of life. “We want everyone to know what we know—that everyone should major in English.”

 

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Caldwell University Welcomes New Faculty

Caldwell, N.J., Sept. 4, 2018 – Caldwell University is welcoming a number of new faculty.

Dr. Jon Sigurjonsson joins the School of Psychology and Counseling to teach in the undergraduate psychology program. He holds a doctoral degree from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Sigurjonsson brings over 10 years of teaching experience and was most recently at the City University of New York. His research interests include the interaction of culture and personality on cognition, workplace productivity, and the epidemiology and early biomarkers of concussions.

Dr. Christina Clark joins the School of Psychology and Counseling in the graduate program where she will be the clinical coordinator for mental health counseling specialization. Clark holds a doctoral degree from Old Dominion University. She is a nationally certified counselor and was most recently at University of Pennsylvania. Clark has over a dozen publications and presentations and her research focuses on the expected adjustment of high-achieving students.

Dr. Meghan Deshais joins the Applied Behavior Analysis Department. She recently graduated from the University of Florida in 2018 with a Ph.D. in the experimental analysis of behavior. She has held clinical positions at a variety of programs for children with developmental disabilities including the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the New York Center for Autism Charter School. Her research interests include the evaluation of instructional procedures used in early intervention, the refinement of function-based assessment and treatment of problem behavior, and group contingencies. She has published research in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Education and Treatment of Children.

Dr. Lena Campagna joins the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from University of Massachusetts Boston with a concentration in communities and crime concentration. Before joining Caldwell she taught at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her research interest is in victimology.

Dr. Tara Harney-Mahajan joins the English Department. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Connecticut. She specializes in South Asian and Irish literature, with a focus on women writers. Her scholarship has been published in the journals Women’s Studies and New Hibernia Review. She also serves as co-editor of the literary studies journal LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory and most recently, co-edited a double special issue of LIT on Post-Celtic Tiger Ireland and contemporary women’s writing.

Suzanne Kammin Baron joined the faculty in the Department of Visual Art and Design and she is the new director of the Mueller Gallery. She received her BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. She studied painting at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

Heather Yaros-Ramos is a one year replacement assistant professor in the Department of Natural Sciences. She received her B.S. in chemical engineering from Northwestern University and her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. She has worked as an engineer, volunteered as a rape crisis counselor, and serves on the Glen Ridge Board of Education. Yaros-Ramos has taught chemistry courses in several colleges in California and New Jersey.

Dr. Adriana Wise is a one year replacement assistant professor in the School of Business and CIS. She has a Ph.D. in the field of computer vision in computer science from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She holds a master’s in electrical engineering degree from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania. She comes to Caldwell with several years of college teaching experience, most recently at Hunter College, New York. She has graduate degrees in european studies from The European Institute in Nice, France and from The College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.

Barbara Chesler, Ph.D., vice president of academic affairs, says her goal is to build a strong, dedicated faculty who have outstanding credentials and are student focused. “At Caldwell we live our mission every day, hence when I interview prospective faculty I look for individuals who know their content, bring diverse backgrounds and life experiences, and have a passion for teaching and working with students. These new faculty meet these qualifications hands down.”

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Corino Re-Elected as President of the CACC Directors Council

Head shot photos of selected Directors Council Officers CACC.

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- With the 2018-19 athletic season officially underway, the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Athletics Directors Council will be led by its newly-elected Officers, who will serve in their respective capacities over the next two years. The trio includes Mark A. Corino (Caldwell University Assistant Vice President/Director of Athletics) as President, Sheila Wooten (Bloomfield College Director of Athletics) as First Vice President and Tom Shirley (Jefferson Assistant Vice President of Athletics) as Second Vice President. The officers will work with the various committees that aid in creating the policies and procedures for the conference. The voting for the officers was conducted by the 14 athletic directors in the league.

Corino was re-elected as President of the CACC Directors Council, as he served in that role the previous two years. Under his guidance, the CACC created the Spring Championship Festival, which will be held for the first time in the spring of 2019, at Georgian Court University.

“It’s a great honor to be re- elected by my peers to serve a second two-year term as the President of the CACC Directors Council,” said Corino. “I have the pleasure of working with a experienced group of officers in Ms. Wooten,Mr. Shirley and Ms. Liesman  We will  work in conjunction  with the conference office  to develop CACC initiatives and also moving forward with the CACC Spring Festival concept that is a exciting undertaking for our conference.”

Wooten, who has previously served as President of the group, will chair a variety of committees in her current position, including the Championships and Hall of Fame Committees. She recently worked with the Hall of Fame Committee, as the group selected the Class of 2018, which will be announced in early September.

Shirley brings an extensive amount of experience to the officers group, as the past two years he served as First Vice President and has also been the President. He worked closely with Corino on moving forward the idea of the Spring Championship Festival, as Shirley was the chair of Championships Committee during its formulative stages.

In addition to those three, Georgian Court Assistant Vice President/Director of Athletics, Laura Liesman, will serve in the officers group as the Past President.

All four athletic directors oversee some of the most competitive athletic departments in the CACC and the East Region. All four athletic departments have had multiple teams claim CACC championships over the last several years, and several squads have reached their respective NCAA Division II East Region Tournaments.

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New Cafe Opens in Werner Hall

Caldwell University talking outside a new cafe on Werner Hall about their summer.
Caldwell University sitting outside a cafe opened recently on a Werner Hall.
Group photo of international student of Caldwell University inside a Werner Hall.
Group photo of international student orientation leader of Caldwell University along with International Advisor Maulin Joshi inside a Werner Hall.
Caldwell University Gourmet Dining Staff serving coffee to student during her first day at college.

Caldwell, N.J., – Aug. 28, 2018 – Students arriving on campus for the fall semester were excited to see the new café’ in Werner Hall.  Café ’39 features indoor seating, outdoor tables, and expanded food and beverage selections.  Werner also has a renovated first floor lobby and stairwell.

“You can sit here and have coffee and talk with friends and professors,” said Shwesta Sapkota, a junior and orientation leader.  “So pretty,” she said of the renovations.  “I’m going to post photos all over Instagram.”

Sophomore Prasad Gyawali likes the ambience too. “It is a nice place for hanging out for commuters and residence hall students.”

The eatery was made possible by Gourmet Dining, the university’s food service provider.  Tom Duggan, director of dining services, said Werner Hall is a good location for the new café since it is situated between the residence halls and the cafeteria and classrooms. “It ties the community together. Our hope is that there will be vibrancy (there).”  Students, faculty, staff, and guests can also enjoy eating at new tables outside the building.

Eight years ago, Gourmet provided for the renovations in the main cafeteria in the Student Center, which is largely used by resident students. “We saw a need to start making more options available to the growing number of commuter students,” said Duggan.

Cafe “39, named for the year Caldwell University was founded, offers Starbucks branded coffee beverages, Pepsi branded cold beverages, hot and cold sandwiches, snacks, cookies, and other convenience foods. Resident students can use their Cougar cash meal points there.

Duggan is proud that they used local contractors and workers for the expansion. The new shop has energy-saving lighting with the ability to dim according to sun levels, fully programmable lights that turn off and on remotely, and star-rated energy equipment.  Duggan is also pleased that Starbucks is committed to reducing waste like using strawless coffee cups.

Operating hours for Café 39 will be Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. with limited hours on Fridays. It will be open on some Saturdays for special events like Homecoming and open houses.

A campus community kick-off party in Café ’39 is planned for Thursday Sept. 6 at 4 p.m.

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Welcoming the Class of 2022, the Largest Freshman Class Ever 

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Caldwell, N.J., Aug. 27, 2018 – Caldwell University greeted its largest freshman class ever with nearly 500 students on Aug. 27.

At honors convocation, President Nancy Blattner welcomed the class of 2022.  “Today begins a momentous period in your life because you are beginning your college experience.”   She spoke of the four foundational pillars of Caldwell’s  Catholic Dominican tradition — prayer, study, community and mission or service—and how each of those will come to have different meanings for students over the course of their time on campus.    In encouraging students to engage in volunteerism she said, “Part of our institutional mission is to graduate students who will contribute to a just society.  Giving back to others—particularly those less fortunate than yourselves—is one way to do so. “

Incoming students received a pendant with the Caldwell University shield.  Sister Kathleen Tuite, vice president for student life, explained the meaning behind the various aspects the coat of arms on the pendant reflecting the university’s Catholic Dominican history.  The motto “Sapientia et Scientia”, she explained, means “wisdom and knowledge” and is derived from the invocation of the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  The new students endorsed the Mission and Core Values statement of Caldwell.

Dr. Barbara Chesler, vice president for academic affairs, recognized the dean’s list scholars from both semesters of  2017-18 who were sitting in the front and she encouraged the new students to make being in that spot next year their goal.

Student Government President Rose Ann Dragonetti ’19 welcomed the new class and Bryan Canales ’22 led the Class of 2022 prayer. The Dominican Blessing was led by Sister Joanne Beirne, O.P.

Music was provided by the university drumline director by music faculty Professor Rebecca Vega and John Piopol.

Welcome Weekend featured a number of activities including a President’s barbeque, a trip to Six Flags Great Adventure, and  Music Under the Stars on the Mother Joseph Residence Hall Lawn. Students, parents, family and friends gathered for a new student liturgy on Saturday, which was celebrated by Father Andrew Njoku.

The Office of International Students greeted the incoming international students  and hosted a number of events including a visit to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty and a forum on “Why Mission Matters”.  Campus Ministry hosted  the Freshmen FIRST Program which stands for “Freshmen Immersion into Reflection, Service, and Tradition and is offered to incoming freshmen who are interested in engaging in their faith on campus and getting a jump start in learning about the Dominican heritage. They volunteered at the organization “First Friends”, which assists detained immigrants and asylum seekers, St. John’s soup kitchen in Newark, and Our Lady Help of Christians in East Orange.

Library

Welcome back! 

Time for the start of the Fall semester. The library wants to make sure you have all the tools you need to succeed. Check out the information below:

Not sure where to get started with your research? Check out our frequently used databases: http://libguides.caldwell.edu/subjectdatabases/frequentlyused

Citations getting you down? Take a look at this guide and keep an eye out for APA and MLA citation workshops this semester: http://libguides.caldwell.edu/citations

Need some study time?
The Library is open:
Monday- Thursday 7:30 a.m. – Midnight
Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 9-5 p.m.
Sunday 1 – 9 p.m.

How about a break from all that hard work? Check out our social media pages (Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter), get a massage in the massage chair, sit down with the puzzle, print something in 3D or borrow one of our board games!

Have a question? Stop by the library, give us a call (973-618-3337), text us (973- 947-6902), or chat with us!