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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.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

In this holiday message, Caldwell University President Nancy Blattner and students, faculty and staff share their gratitude and celebrate the joy and diversity of Caldwell University.

As you celebrate the miracle of Christmas, we wish you peace and joy. Thank you for your support of our Caldwell University students all year long!

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Campus Ministry Hosts Program on Sustainable Fair Trade Coffee

A latin women picking out coffee beans of the plant to make a coffee.

Most students who drink a cup of coffee in Caldwell’s dining hall do not know they are making a difference in the lives of farmers in Latin America.

Keith Lemnios, president of Sun Coffee Roasters, which supplies the coffee for Caldwell’s provider, Gourmet Dining, is on a mission to educate young people about the role they can play in helping micro-farmers and their families. In an event sponsored by Campus Ministry Dec. 3, he spoke to students about his company’s work in the sustainable fair trade coffee business.

Caldwell students, including those in Professor Helen McGowan’s MBA law and ethics class, learned how Lemnios and his employees make sure that the farmers earn living wages and that their children have an education through twelfth grade. Lemnios said this gives the children the choice after graduation to go home and to work on a higher sustainable crop or to make a living in a different field. “Keith is an inspiration for our aspiring business leaders. We learned so much about corporate social responsibility and business ethics in action,” said McGowan.

In 1990 Lemnios started working in the coffee business after having worked on Wall Street. He was focused on business, profits and “myself,” he said. However, he had “an awakening” in 2002 when his staff found invoices from the late 1940s. To his amazement, the prices were exactly the same then as they were in 2002. The invoices showed coffee from Peru, Colombia, Guatemala and Brazil.  Lemnios was purchasing from these same countries and regions in 2002. Farm families two generations later were making the same amount of money as in the 1940’s, he said.  “That was just wrong.”

The discovery was a life-changing event for him. He knew the company was “not doing the right thing,” and he wondered, “How can we help farmers and keep business?” He decided to get out of the business and to go to Harvard. Lemnios eventually came up with a business model to help farmers. Today Sun Coffee Roasters makes sure they earn living wages. “Most roasters are not doing it. No one in the coffee supply chain thinks about the farmer’s plight.”

MBA student Brandi-Lee Brochu said the talk was the best one she had attended on campus. “I found it refreshing to see a businessman give up a successful company for the sole purpose of wanting to do more for the people he works with.” Lemnios, she said, “is setting a good example for businesses and college students by keeping his company to one specific market and refusing to fall victim to money-hungry habits like some other companies.”

Senior Allison Johansen attended the talk and said she admired Lemnios’ commitment to educating the children of farmers. “We live in a consumerist culture,” said Johansen, but Lemnios places great value on human beings. He said supporting the farmers makes sense from an ethical perspective and from a practical business standpoint. Johansen, a residence life assistant in the Mother Joseph Rosary Hall dormitory, had university  students create Christmas cards for the children who attend one of the schools Sun Coffee Roasters supports. Lemnios appreciates such efforts. “We want to put the farmer’s face and story to your coffee. Purchasing decisions directly affect lives of coffee farmers and their families worldwide,” he said. “We also help educate the micro-farmers on how to grow a better more sustainable crop to get a premium price.”

Lemnios and his team have supported several K-5 schools in Central and South America, most recently in Peru, El Salvador and Nicaragua. They also fund a preschool in Jinotega, Nicaragua, allowing mothers and fathers to work the farms while their children are in the classroom.  Lemnios told of a fourth-grader who had to watch a two-year-old sibling but who can now go to school.

The Caldwell students agreed that Lemnios’ company is making a difference for young people in Latin America, and students like Brochu appreciate having the chance to help make change happen. “I respect Caldwell for partnering with Keith because I think his mission for going the extra mile reflects Caldwell’s mission perfectly,” Brochu said.


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Graduate students ‘Rising Stars’ honored by Executive Women of New Jersey

Group photo of Marie Tonini, Jenelle McLeod and Genaya Palmer honored at the “Celebrating Our Rising Stars” reception at Brach Eichler in Roseland, New Jersey.

Caldwell, N.J. – Three Caldwell University students received graduate merit awards from the Executive Women of New Jersey on Dec. 12. Marie Tonini, Jenelle McLeod and Genaya Palmer were honored at the “Celebrating Our Rising Stars” reception at Brach Eichler in Roseland, New Jersey. They students were thrilled to receive the awards, all agreeing that the scholarship support came at the right time for them.  Ellina Chernobilsky, associate vice president of academic affairs at Caldwell, attended the awards reception and said it was wonderful to celebrate Caldwell’s rising stars.

EWNJ’s mission is to ensure that women have equal opportunity and representation in senior corporate leadership. Through its mentor and Graduate Merit Award programs, the organization aims to establish a pipeline for future women leaders to excel and to flourish in corporate spaces.

Tonini, an alum of Caldwell’s bachelor in psychology program, is studying in the school counseling graduate program. A mother of five children, most of them grown, she has been working a full-time job and a part-time job while going to school. She hopes to pursue a career in high school career counseling and to help young people find “their direction, their niche.” Tonini is grateful to the Caldwell faculty, especially adjunct faculty member Professor Jill Hall.

McLeod, a graduate student in the master’s in counseling program, said the EWNJ award was important to her “because as women we need to be able to recognize other women and their achievements and help propel them to the next level … it makes us greater,” she said. The award “allows us to reflect woman to woman on how great we are, how much power we possess in progressing our families, our places of work, places of worship, where we go to school.” She looks forward to building connections with the women who are involved in EWNJ.

McLeod has been interning at MacAfee Elementary School in Somerset in pre-K through fifth grade. She would like to use her love for children and her interest in mind behavior and human interaction and to gear her studies toward the needs of African-American boys in the school system. “It is important as a parent and an African-American woman—something that drives me every day in the field.” McLeod has her sights on becoming a school counselor and running a nonprofit to help women and children, especially the economically disadvantaged. She appreciates her professors, who have helped her hone her craft. “It’s like a tight-knit family at Caldwell; I know I am never left alone.” She is also grateful she was able to join the cohort that traveled to Italy during spring break to explore the foundations of the Dominican tradition in Rome.

Palmer is pursuing her master’s in the mental health counseling/art therapy specialization program. She appreciates the curriculum since she can combine her passion for learning how the mind functions, her “innate interest in being able to create,” and helping people. Palmer, who works part time in disability services in Passaic County and has attended Catholic schools all her life, looks forward to being of service in Paterson, the community where she grew up. She is also happy the art therapy program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs.

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Women’s Soccer Grundhauser, Darling Earn ECAC All-Star Honors; Coach Guagliardi Named ECAC Coach of the Year

Photos of coach and two football players, first team all stars.

DANBURY, Conn.- Caldwell University women’s soccer junior Meghan Grundhauser (Easton, Pa.) and sophomore Teaghan Darling (Forked River, N.J.) were selected as Eastern College Athletic Conference First Team All-Stars. Head Coach Nate Guagliardi was selected as the ECAC Coach of the Year.

Grundhauser earned Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference First Team honors as well as Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association East Region Second Team. She led the Cougars with 32 points on 14 goals and four assists along with six game-winning goals this season. Grundhauser finished the season tied for sixth in the CACC in points, third for third in goals and second in game-winning goals. She earned CACC Tournament MVP honors after tallying two goals and one assist in three postseason contests, including netting the game-winner in Caldwell’s semifinal victory over top seed Georgian Court University.

Darling was named to the CACC All-Conference Second Team as she earned all-conference honors for a second straight season. She totaled eight points on two goals and four assists this season. Darling registered an assist in Caldwell’s CACC quarterfinal win over Jefferson.

Guagliardi guided the Cougars to a 12-7-1 record this season and their third CACC Championship in the last six seasons. He helped lead Caldwell to an 8-3-1 record in the CACC this season, which landed the Cougars in fourth place in the regular season. Caldwell defeated #5 Jefferson 2-0 in the quarterfinals and top seed Georgian Court University 2-1 in the semifinals. The Cougars took home the title with a 2-0 win over Holy Family University to earn their second title in the last three seasons. Caldwell earned the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Championship for the third time in program history.

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CIS Student Takes “Best Paper” Award for Hashing Passwords Research

IEEE Awards Certificate
Jonathan Herrera
Jonathan Herrera Best Paper

Caldwell, N.J., Dec. 4, 2018 – CIS senior Jonathan Herrera received a “Best Paper” award for his paper “Concerns and Security for Hashing Passwords,” which he presented at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ 2018 Ubiquitous Computing Electronics & Mobile Communications Conference at Columbia University in New York. The annual conference, which was held this year from Nov. 8 to 10, brings together researchers, educators and students to focus on ongoing research in information technology, electronics and mobile communication. The paper, which Herrera co-authored with former CIS professor Dr. Md Ali, was recognized by the conference as Best Paper in the track. It has also been accepted for publishing in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

The paper, which is “very practical, even though it is technical,” said Herrera, presents research showing the need for increasing security for password storage. He also proposes a system for adding security to passwords in connection with their hashes. It focuses, not on the user login screen, but on how passwords are stored on a server and other devices that store passwords. It aims at making password storage stronger by proposing a “new element of security as a part of the big puzzle,” he said.

Herrera enjoyed the conference, especially having the opportunity to share ideas with professionals and students who have similar interests. He is grateful to Ali who had encouraged him and the other students to “write a paper that can be published” and most especially he is grateful to God who he says should get all the glory for the project.

Dr. Virginia Rich, of the School of Business and CIS, said the work is a wonderful achievement and a fitting recognition of the significant research conducted in collaboration between a dedicated faculty member and a hardworking undergraduate. “We are pleased that their efforts are recognized by such a well-respected institution in the field and believe that the research makes an important contribution to the field of knowledge.”

Underwriting provided by the Ann and John Larue Research Fund allowed Herrera the opportunity to present his research at the conference.