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Research Astrophysicist Dr. Anton Koekemoer to Speak at Caldwell University on The Saint John’s Bible

Head Shot photo of Anton Koekemoer.

Caldwell, N.J., March 7, 2019 – Dr. Anton M. Koekemoer, research astrophysicist at the Space Telescope Science Institute, will speak on “Science and Faith in Harmony: The Heavens Declare the Glory of God” at Caldwell University’s third annual Research and Creative Arts Day noon, Wednesday, April 24, in the Doris M. Byrne Performing Arts Center located in Rosary Hall/Administration Building.   It is free and open to the public.

The event will be part of the university’s “Year with The Saint John’s Bible.” The sacred art is the first handwritten, illuminated Bible of monumental scale in 500 years.

Dr. Koekemoer has carried out scientific research with the Hubble Space Telescope for over 20 years with a focus on distant galaxies and black holes.

Modern astronomical discoveries reveal ever more amazing views of the universe, including beautiful glowing gas clouds, majestic star clusters, countless galaxies and the most distant objects known, and Dr. Koekemoer will present a journey of exploration through the cosmos, highlighting exciting astronomical discoveries and images from the Hubble Space Telescope that inspired beautiful artwork in The Saint John’s Bible.

The sense of awe and wonder expressed by ancient writers of Scripture—for example the psalmist, who exclaims “The heavens declare the glory of God”—grows even more when viewing the universe with modern telescopes, explains Dr. Koekemoer. While science focuses on physical processes observed in the universe, deeper questions about the significance and meaning of existence, and other topics of faith, may be considered from the perspective of religion. In addition to presenting the latest astronomical discoveries, Dr. Koekemoer will share personal reflections, from his perspective as a research scientist who is also a Christian, on how scientific viewpoints can be reconciled with religion for anyone of faith for deeper spiritual growth.

Dr. Koekemoer holds a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the Australian National University, has held research positions at Leiden University, the Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and has led the imaging work for the Hubble Ultra Deep Field and other large cosmological projects. He participates in the dialogue between science and faith in numerous ways, including serving as an advisor to seminaries that are interested in integrating science more fully, and other efforts aimed at positive interactions between science and religion.

The Bible was commissioned by Benedictine Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and the creative director was Donald Jackson, senior scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office.

Jackson and six calligraphers hand wrote all 1,150 pages on approximately 300 sheets of calfskin vellum with more than 160 major illuminations. The work was done at a scriptorium in Wales. A Jewish scribe drew the Hebrew script. The translation of the Bible is the New Revised Standard Version.

Caldwell has the Heritage Edition of the Gospels and Acts for the calendar year 2019. It is the only full-size limited, signed and numbered fine art edition that will ever be produced. Each volume includes Jackson’s signature as its certificate of authenticity.

About Research and Creative Arts Day

The third annual Research and Creative Arts Day at Caldwell University provides undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, faculty and staff the opportunity to showcase their creative work, projects, papers, or research. This year’s theme is “Ut In Omnibus Glorificetur Dei,” –“That in all things God may be glorified (1 Peter 4:11).

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Night of Cougar Pride Honoring 2019 Hall of Fame Class Set for April 26

Hall of fame, 2019 helding on April 26 flyer.

CALDWELL, N.J.- The Caldwell University Athletics Department, in conjunction with Cougar Pride, will host “A Night of Cougar Pride” on Friday, April 26 at Mayfair Farms in West Orange, New Jersey. The Caldwell Athletics “Night of Cougar Pride” dinner, honoring the 2019 Hall of Fame inductees, will begin with a cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and induction ceremony at 7:30 p.m.

The Caldwell University Hall of Fame committee elected four honorees and a team for the 2019 class. Softball Head Coach Dean Johnson will be honored along with softball’s Danielle Guerra ’04, men’s basketball’s Shawn McCray ’89 and baseball’s Ryan McGee ’05. In addition to the four inductees, the 2004 softball team will be inducted for their outstanding success on the field.

Cost is $125 per person with tables of 10 people available for $1,100. All proceeds will go to the Cougar Pride General Fund, which supports the degree completion program and enhancements for the 16 intercollegiate athletic programs. Tickets are available for the Caldwell Athletics “Night of Cougar Pride” ceremony by calling Caldwell University Athletics at (973) 618-3260. The online registration link for the event and journal ad items is at the top of the page.

Hotel rooms are available at the Marriott Courtyard in West Orange, New Jersey for $139 for the night of Friday, April 26 only. Hotel rooms must be booked by Friday, April 12 in order to secure the group rate and can be booked online by using the link at the top of the page. For additional nights or information, please call the hotel at 973-669-4725 and request pricing for the Caldwell University Hall of Fame.

The Caldwell University Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 2010 to honor student-athletes, coaches and contributors who have played significant roles in the success of the intercollegiate athletic programs at Caldwell University. With this year’s class, there are now 44 members in the Hall of Fame. The Caldwell Athletics Hall of Fame room is located on the first floor of the George R. Newman Center. The April 26 ceremony is the main fundraising event for Cougar Pride, the official booster club of Caldwell University Athletics.

Johnson has developed the Cougar softball team into one of the top programs in the region and in the nation. He had guided the Cougars to a 796-358-3 record in 24 seasons. Johnson has been selected as the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year nine times during his two decades at the helm of the Cougars. Since transitioning to the NCAA in the 2003 season, Johnson has guided Caldwell to 16 seasons with 30+ wins, including six 40+ win seasons. The Cougars have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 14 times during Johnson’s era and they won the NCAA Division II Northeast Region in 2004.

McGee played for the Caldwell baseball team from 2002-2005. He was a two-time CACC First Team All-Conference selection at second base. McGee ranks among the all-time leaders in program history in hits, runs scored and RBI. He was a key part of the team that won their first CACC Tournament Championship in 2004, batting .346 with 12 doubles that season. McGee was selected to the CACC All-Tournament Team as Caldwell earned the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament.

McCray was a standout player for the men’s basketball team and was part of the inaugural season of the program in 1987-88. In two seasons for the Cougars, McCray made an immediate impact on the program. He was the program’s first 1,000-point scorer as he finished with 1,059 in just two seasons. He scored 586 points in his 1987-88, the program’s first season, which is the second highest single season total in its history.

Guerra played for the Caldwell softball team from 2001-2004 and is one of the program’s top catchers in its history. She was a three-time CACC First Team All-Conference selection. Guerra was selected to the NFCA All-Region Second Team as a junior and earned first team honors as a senior. She was also a key member of 2004 CACC and Northeast Region championship team. Guerra ranks among the all-time leader in program history in doubles, RBI, hits and batting average.

The 2004 softball team ranks among the best in the program’s history. They hold the best record in softball history with a 45-7 mark. The Cougars won their first CACC regular season and tournament championship that season. Caldwell went 3-0 in the NCAA Division II Northeast Regional to claim the region title and advance to their first-ever DII Women’s College World Series Elite 8. The Cougars were ranked #7 in the final NFCA Top-25 poll, their highest final ranking in school history.

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Poems by Syria refugees never before translated to English to be read at “Presence 2019” poetry journal launch

Sharif S. Elmusa , co-editor of Grape Leaves: A Century of Arab-American Poetry, will read poems at the launch of Presence 2019: A Journal of Catholic Poetry headshot photo.

Sharif S. Elmusa , co-editor of Grape Leaves: A Century of Arab-American Poetry, will read poems at the launch of Presence 2019: A Journal of Catholic Poetry.

Caldwell, N.J., March 20, 2019-  The launch of  Presence 2019: A Journal of Catholic Poetry will feature a reading of poems written by Syria refugees and never before translated into English.

The reading is free and open to the public and will be held at noon on Monday, April 15 in Werner Hall at Caldwell University.

The poems will be read by Sharif S. Elmusa and Gregory Orfalea, co-editors of Grape Leaves: A Century of Arab-American Poetry.

Elmusa is a Palestinian refugee who he grew up in a refugee camp near Jericho. He is author of  a book of poems, “Flawed Landscape”His poems and essays appeared in numerous print and online magazines, including most recently, “The Massachusetts Review,” “Mizna,” “The Indian  Quarterly” (India), Jadaliyya.com and Voxpopulisphere.com. Elmusa taught at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, for many years, and also at Georgetown, Qatar, and Yale. He is Palestinian by birth and American by citizenship.

Gregory Orfalea, co-editor of Grape Leaves: A Century of Arab-American Poetry, head shot photo.

Gregory Orfalea, co-editor of Grape Leaves: A Century of Arab-American Poetry, will read poems at the launch of Presence 2019: A Journal of Catholic Poetry.

Orfalea is the author of ten books, the most recent of which is “Journey to the Sun:  Junipero Serra’s Dream and the Founding of California” (Scribner, 2014)  A children’s version is “Junipero Serra and the California Missions.”    His “Angeleno Days” won the Arab American Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN USA Prize.  His collection of poetry, “The Capital of Solitude,” won the Ithaca House First Book Prize.  The long poem, “Arab and Jew in Alaska,” which originally was published by the Christian Science Monitor, was the first poem by an Arab American to appear in The Norton Introduction to Poetry.  Poet Lore has nominated “Poem for the Unspeakable” for the 2019 Pushcart Prize.   A number of his long essays have appeared in anthologies, including, Seeking Palestine, and Gaza Unsilenced. He has contributed opinion pieces to English-language newspapers in Egypt, including Al-Ahram Weekly and madamasr.com.; Jadaliyya.com; The Washington Post; and the New York Times.

For information about the event, contact Dr.  Mary Ann B. Miller, editor of Presence and chair of the Caldwell University English Department,  at 973-618-3454 or mmiller@caldwell.edu.



Library MLA and APA Citation Workshops 

Need a review of MLA or APA? Come to one of the library’s citation workshops:

APA Citation Workshops

Tuesday 3/5 at 7 p.m.
Register here: https://caldwell.libcal.com/event/5123239

Saturday 4/13 at 3 p.m.
Register here: https://caldwell.libcal.com/event/5123244

MLA Citation Workshops:

Monday 4/15 at 7 p.m.
Register here: https://caldwell.libcal.com/event/5123291

Wednesday 4/17 at 12 p.m.
Register here: https://caldwell.libcal.com/event/5123295

All workshops are located in the library’s instruction lab.

English News

Caldwell University English Department Colloquium


November 28th, 2018

Founded by Dr. Patricia Verrone in 2010, the annual fall Colloquium is a chance for the department to come together and share written works, and occasionally performances, from faculty-selected students with strong literary skills. During this event, students deliver a brief presentation of their essays by reading short excerpts of their writing, and summarizing the central arguments of their assignments. The annual Colloquium enables English majors and minors to articulate their thoughts and research in the presence of their fellow students and faculty members.

Kate Bielitz
Great Drama in Performance
Short Monologue from David Ives’ Adaptation of The Liar

John Sembrot
Modern Drama
“The Limits of Toleration: Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull  and Nilo Cruz’s Anna in the Tropics”

Colleen Brennan
American Novel
“American Literary Nationalism and Indian Extinction”

Kathryn Plummer
Masterpieces of Western Literature
“Hero or Human”

Bianca Caruso
English Literature
“Marlowe and Donne’s Take on Love”

Sabrina Micciche
Masterpieces of Western Literature
“The Willfulness of Medea in a Patriarchal Society: From Oppressive Betrayal to Reprehensible Justice”

Samantha Ashton
Contemporary Fiction
“Oppression in Never Let Me Go”

Lauren Facher
American Novel
“The Seduction Novel: Instructive or Subversive?”

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Caldwell Student Climbs Mount Kilimanjaro

Caldwell University student Jessica Arebalo at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania over her winter break.

Caldwell, N. J., Jan. 22, 2019 – For Caldwell University student Jessica Arebalo it was a “true lifetime achievement and once in a lifetime experience” when she reached the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania over her winter break.

“It is a complete joy to say I have summited Mount Kilimanjaro at 19,341 feet…it is the closest I’ll ever be to being on the top of the world,” said Arebalo,  a senior majoring in social studies and minoring in criminal justice.  “After seven days and putting my body through extreme exhaustion, pushing myself past the mental and physical breaking point, I was able to stand above the clouds.”  Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the seven highest summits in the world, 9,688 feet shy of the tallest, Mount Everest.

While maintaining A’s in her grades for the past year, Arebalo, of Hoboken, New Jersey, knew she needed time to reset during the winter break. “Now I am ready to take the last six classes I need to graduate while working full time as an EMT and a 911 operator overnights.”

“As promised, a moment that’s literally frozen in time,” she said of the photo in which she proudly stands at the top of the mountain with a Caldwell University pennant. She hopes her feat inspires other students “to dream and achieve” and mostly to know that they can manage it all—“travel, school, work and family.”

Watch News 12 New Jersey’s story
“Balancing it all: First responder, mom, college student finds time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro”

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Grad and Student Combating Human Trafficking

Christine Millien and Avilasha Joshi intern of New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking showing their certificate.

Christine Millien and Avilasha Joshi interned with the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking.

Recent Caldwell University graduate Christine Millien  and current student Avilasha Joshi presented at the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking program “Breaking Free: Students Against Trafficking” Friday, Jan. 11 as part of their internships with the coalition.

Millien, of Montclair, N.J., who received her bachelor’s in business administration, and Joshi, who is in the bachelor’s in sociology program, were chosen for the very selective winter internship program.

They handled a number of duties including creating content, contacting speakers, designing the set and promoting and presenting at the conference.

Joshi, an international student from Nepal, was happy to be a part of “a noble cause,” to meet inspiring personalities, and to experience the diverse group dynamics. “This internship is surely a start to something much bigger,” she said.

Millien said joining the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking was the “single greatest decision” she has ever made.  Having the opportunity to motivate others through the media and the live conference showed her that “when united, the doors of possibilities are unlimited.”

Millien will be remaining with the coalition to speak at events and she plans to attend an advocacy day in Trenton. “I am here to change the world, starting by ending modern day slavery.”

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Caldwell Receives Grant to Become Smoke and Tobacco Free Campus

Caldwell, N.J., – Jan. 14, 2019  Caldwell University will become a smoke and tobacco free campus in 2020 thanks to a grant from the State of New Jersey.

Cindy Striano, Caldwell University’s executive director of health services, said the university is delighted to receive the grant to promote a healthier environment for students, faculty, and staff to learn, work and live. “We want to ensure clean air for all while encouraging healthier nonsmoking and tobacco-free lifestyle choices.” According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 500,000 people die annually from the negative effects of smoking which includes heart disease, stroke, lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Striano says the monies from the grant will be used for education and awareness as well as smoking cessation programs.

Michelle Stauss, director of human resources, will work to provide education and initiatives to employees. “This initiative aligns perfectly with our CALDWELLNESS@WORK PROGRAM which encourages employees to explore healthy lifestyle options available on campus and through our benefit service providers. On February 6 we will be partnering with our employee assistance program to host a lunch and learn in an effort to educate employees on a variety of wellness topics including smoking cessation.”

In the fall of 2018, Striano conducted focus groups with students, faculty and staff to allow them the opportunity to voice their concerns and provide them with education.

Caldwell joins nearly 2,100 schools in the country that are smoke and tobacco free.