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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.

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Christmas Spectacular Concert, Dec.7

Group of Caldwell University singing Choirs with candles on their hands.

Caldwell, N.J., Nov. 13, 2018 – Come out and enjoy the annual Music Department Christmas Spectacular! Concert at Caldwell University, 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7.

The concert will include performances by the University Chorale and the Wind Ensemble joined by the High School Honors Band.

Wind Ensemble selections will include: Dances from West Side Story, Christmas Festival by Leroy Anderson, and Ballade for solo alto saxophone and band by Alfred Reed, featuring senior Pedro Liriano.

The University Chorale will perform O Magnum Mysterium by Morton Lauridsen, Bernstein’s Gloria Tibi from “Mass” and This Blessed Christmas Night, along with other works.

General admission is $10. Caldwell University students can attend free of charge.

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Mind the Gap: An Interview with Mary Ladany

– by Colleen Brennan

Mind the gap, New York Theatre Workshop Flyer. (Photo Credit: https://deskgram.net/explore/tags/mindthegapnytw)

On November 1 st , 2018, I interviewed Professor Mary Ladany to learn more about her involvement in a program with the New York Theater Workshop [NYTW] known as Mind the Gap: Intergenerational Theatre Workshop. This 10-week program, located in Manhattan, is offered to seven students between the ages of fourteen and nineteen, and seven “elders,” over the age of sixty. Dr. Mary Lindroth, who possesses a great interest in and knowledge of the dramatic arts encouraged Professor Ladany to become involved in the workshop.

According to Ladany, the focus of the program is primarily on listening activities that encourage each writer to create original compositions based on the inspiration derived through conversation. This workshop was created by the NYTW in 2009 in order to “foster meaningful dialogue among artists and audiences of diverse backgrounds and generations” (“Mind the
Gap”). While students and “elders” study well-known plays and monologues, they also share their own personal experiences and memories, which are then integrated into short works created by members of the program.

Professor Mary Ladany describes the program as the “educational arm of the New York Theatre Workshop.” Through her involvement, she has developed a more intuitive understanding of the very intentional aspects of dramatic dialogue, such as stage directions and pacing, and how these elements are essential to the performance of the actors and their conveyance of the central themes of the pieces. At the five-week mark in the program, each ‘elder’ is paired up with one student, and these two spend several weeks in conversation,
growing to know one another more deeply in order to prepare a final assignment that professional actors will perform.

The date of final performances for the current “Mind the Gap” workshop is December 10 th , 2018 at 4:00 PM at the New York Theater Workshop, 79 East 4th Street, (between Bowery & 2nd Ave.) New York, NY 10003.

In our discussion about the program, Professor Ladany was kind enough to share with me a short work, referred to as an object monologue, written by a high school sophomore named Nora. After speaking with Mary about a journal of letters that she shared with her mother during the year of 2002, Nora composed a short letter addressed to Mary from the journal itself, urging her to cherish and add entries to the journal, although her mother has passed. Nora writes, “I want you to hold the letters close to your heart and let the words wash over you…Remember the poems…They were for her, but now they are for you.”

Inspired by the relevance of this precious memento, Nora effectively recalls the essence of Mary’s relationship with her mother through the act of writing. Ultimately, this object monologue created through the Mind the Gap workshop granted Mary yet another rare gift that strengthens her relationship to her mother and provides relevance to this memento. Since this revival of interest, she has decided to add entries to the journal in order to continue the conversation with her mother that was begun in 2002. The uniqueness of this assignment enabled the participants in the workshop to create highly imaginative pieces that truly emphasize the sacred in the material. The Mind the Gap: Intergenerational Theatre Workshop indubitably sustains its promise to participants that they will learn to “investigate, listen and empathize with someone of another generation, while using playwriting as a tool to
understand and represent their unique experience.”

For more information on the Mind the Gap: Intergenerational Theatre Workshop, visit https://www.nytw.org/education/mind-the-gap/.

“Mind the Gap.” New York Theatre Workshop, New York Theatre Workshop,


Ask the Archivist

Do you have a question about the University Archives, or the history of Caldwell University? Whether you are looking for old photographs or you’re interested in visiting the Archives, you can now submit a request using the new “Ask the Archivist” form! Our friendly archivist, Kim, will receive your request and respond to you with the results. You can find the form here on the University Archives LibGuide.

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Women’s Soccer Claims CACC Championship With 2-0 Win

Group Photo of women soccer players holding the CACC championship cup and flyer along with their coaches.

Salus, Grundhauser Goals, Bamford 7 Saves Secure Second Title In Past Three Years

WATERBURY, Conn.- Goals by senior Carlyn Salus (Pompton Lakes, N.J.) and junior Meghan Grundhauser (Easton, Pa.) and seven saves by freshman Jamie-Lee Bamford (Braintree, U.K.) propelled the Caldwell women’s soccer squad to its second CACC championship in three years, a 2-0 shutout of third-seeded Holy Family University.

Salus netted the first goal of the game for the fourth-seeded Cougars (12-6-1), and her ninthof the season, in the 18th minute on an assist by junior Amber Raines (Millville, N.J.). Grundhauser added an unassisted tally, her team-leading 14th of the season, in the 63rd minute, and Bamford made several key saves, including a big one off a corner kick in the 67th minute that kept the score at 2-0.

Grundhauser was also named MVP of the tournament. She netted the winning goal in Friday’s 2-1 semifinal victory over top-seeded Georgian Court to go along with her insurance marker today in the final. The Cougars were well represented on the All-Tournament team, with Bamford, Grundhauser, Salus, sophomore Hannah Marino(Pennington, N.J.) and sophomore Jordan Madrid (Cherry Hill, N.J.) selected.

Holy Family (13-5-1) kept up the pressure, outshooting Caldwell by an 18-6 count (7-4 on goal), but the Cougars defense was stout, earning head coach Nate Guagliardi his third CACC title and third trip to the NCAA Regionals in his 12 years at the Cougars helm.

Caldwell now awaits its NCAA Tournament seed and location. Fans can tune in to the NCAA Fall Championships Selection Show on NCAA.com here, Monday at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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Caldwell University to Host Saint John’s Bible, a Gift of Sacred Art

A year with the saint johns bible 2019-2020

Public invited to view Bible on campus

Caldwell, N.J., Nov. 15, 2018  – Visitors to Caldwell University will soon have the opportunity to experience a timeless gift of sacred art, the Saint John’s Bible, the first illuminated, handwritten Bible of monumental size to be created in more than 500 years.

It 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.

Beginning on Jan. 28, 2019, for one year, Caldwell will host the Heritage Edition of the Gospels and Acts volume of the Bible, a work of art that unites the ancient Benedictine tradition with today’s technology and vision.

The public is invited to a launch celebration 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, when Tim Ternes, the director of the Saint John’s Bible at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, will present. A reception will follow. To RSVP go to https://www.caldwell.edu/thesaintjohnsbible

Groups are also invited to book visits during the year at thesaintjohnsbible@caldwell.edu or by calling Julie Kajouras at 973-618-3922.

Throughout the year, Caldwell will present programs and lectures in theology, art, history, science, music and more as they relate to the Bible. “We are looking forward to sharing the Saint John’s Bible with the campus community and with the wider community,” said Dr. Nancy Blattner, Caldwell University’s president. “The Bible will provide many opportunities for study and discussions. We hope that it will promote dialogue, inspire hope and educate.”

Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota, along with Jackson and the team, produced the Bible to ignite the spiritual imagination of people throughout the world. Over a period of 15 years, Jackson and six calligraphers handwrote all 1,150 pages on approximately 300 sheets of calfskin vellum with more than 160 major illuminations. The work was done in a scriptorium in Wales. A Jewish scribe drew the Hebrew script. The translation of the Bible is the New Revised Standard Version.

The first volume released was presented to Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican in April 2008. He said, “This is a work of art … this is a great work of art … this is a work for eternity.”

The Heritage Edition 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.

Other lectures during the year will include:

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 4:30 p.m. – Dr. Marie Mullaney, Caldwell University professor of history, will present on “A Woman’s Bible for the 21st Century.”

Monday, April 8, 2019, 4:30 p.m. – Stephanie Pietros, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, College of Mount St. Vincent, and Robert Miller, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy and religious studies, Mount St. Mary College, will present on “Oh Happy Fault, Errors in the Saint John’s Bible” as part of the Caldwell Department of Theology and Philosophy’s Sister Maura Campbell series.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, Noon– Dr. Anton M. Koekemoer, research astrophysicist with the Hubble Space Telescope at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, will speak at Caldwell’s third annual Research and Creative Arts Day.

More lectures will be added.


New Books in the Library

Check out these new titles now available in the Library:

Asking for It : The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture–and What We Can Do About It by Kate Harding
Call Number: HV6556 .H37 2015

Harding explores how rape culture manifests itself via media narratives about sexual assault victims and perpetrators–and how those change, depending on the age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity and fame of both victim and offender.

Generation Z Goes to College by Corey Seemiller and Meghan Grace
Call Number: LB3605 .S3828 2016

Generation Z (those born 1995 through 2010) are rapidly replacing Millennials on college campuses. These students are driven by different motivations, learning styles, characteristics, skill sets, and social concerns than previous generations. If colleges and universities are to stay relevant, they must learn to adapt their courses, programs, processes, environments, and initiatives to meet the needs of this next cohort of students.

Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation by Derald Wing Sue
Call Number: BF575 .A3 S88 2010

A first-of-its kind guide on the subject of microaggressions. This book insightfully looks at the various kinds of microaggressions and their psychological effects on both perpetrators and their targets.

The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives And Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, And How You Vote First by Sharyl Attkisson
Call Number: PN4888 .C6 A85 2017

Investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson takes you behind the scenes of the modern smear machine, exploring how operatives from corporations and both sides of the political aisle have manipulated a complicit mainstream media to make disinformation, rumor, and dirty tricks defining traits of our democracy.


New Library Databases

This semester the library expanded its resources with 3 new databases in computer science, psychology and counseling and science. Check them out below:

ACM Digital Library -The ACM Digital Library is a research, discovery and networking platform containing ACM publications, including journals, conference proceedings, technical magazines, newsletters, books, and more!

Complete Counseling and Therapy Package – This provides a comprehensive, rich, and diverse collection of video and text for anyone studying or teaching in the area of mental health. Programs in counseling, social work, nursing, psychology and behavioral health will all benefit from the wide variety of content in this collection, which includes clinical mental health demonstrations, actual therapy sessions, compelling documentaries on the human condition, psychotherapy transcripts, as well client narratives and reference works.

JoVE – JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, is the world’s first peer reviewed scientific video journal. Established in 2006, JoVE is devoted to publishing scientific research in a visual format to help researchers overcome two of the biggest challenges facing the scientific research community today: poor reproducibility and the time and labor intensive nature of learning new experimental techniques.

JoVE Science Education: Basic Biology

JoVE Video Journals: Immunology & Infection

JoVE Video Journals: Neuroscience

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Library MLA and APA Citation Workshops 

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

MLA Citation Workshop

Wednesday 10/24/18 at 12 p.m.

APA Citation Workshops

Saturday 10/27/18 at 3 p.m.
Tuesday 11/6/18 at 6 p.m.

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

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

Head Shot photo of Walt Whitman.

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:


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.