Author: sshrestha2

Featured News

Meet Our Students – Ana Gonzalez Martin

Class of 2022, Biology (Pre-Physical Therapy)

Hometown:  Toledo, Spain An image of Ana Gonzalez Martin

How did you find Caldwell University?

Through the basketball coach.

What has been most beneficial for you in being a student at Caldwell University?

Caldwell University offers me the opportunity of playing the sport I love, basketball, while studying biology. One of the best aspects of Caldwell is its people. The diversity of the student body–coming from all over the world–has allowed me to open my mind to different cultures and ways of thinking.

 What do you tell others about Caldwell University? 

Caldwell University is a small and friendly school full of opportunities for both personal growth and career aspirations. The faculty shows they care about the well-being and success of the students. The Sisters of Saint Dominic also engage with the students. They share the Catholic values with us and they demonstrate how much they care about us by coming to our basketball games!

Main activities you have been involved in at Caldwell

I am part of the basketball team and I have participated in community service activities.  I am a Spanish tutor in the Academic Success Center and a student worker for the Alumni Office and for campus security. I have helped in admissions events and I love to be involved in many events that the university organizes such as going to NBA games, trips to Washington D.C., and diverse activities organized by Student Life.

What life lessons have you learned or are you learning through the pandemic?

The pandemic has been eye-opening for many of us. I have learned to value the small things in life. Being locked down at home has shown us that anything that we have in life–the job, our house, even time, is not worth it if we cannot share it with others.

Plans after graduation? 

I’m going to physical therapy school.

Fact about your life in your home country 

In my city, every year we celebrate “Corpus Christi” (Body of Christ). It is a festival where the old historical streets are decorated and thousands of people come to see a procession that brings the  “custodia,”  a work of art that represents the Body of Christ made of gold. The custodia leaves the cathedral and makes a tour of the city, followed by orders, guilds, brotherhoods, and different authorities. It is a beautiful event that represents Spanish tradition, religion, and culture!




Featured News, News



Caldwell, N.J., Sept. 21, 2020 –  The Class of 2020 finally got their day in the sun. Caldwell University’s  78th annual commencement ceremonies took place Sunday, Sept. 20 on an athletics field in beautiful fall-like temperatures.    

Four months after the originally scheduled event (delayed by the worldwide pandemic) the now proud alumni walked across the stage and were cheered on by their loved ones whether in-person or remotely.  There were three separate ceremonies-two undergraduate and one graduate-to ensure social distancing. It had been a journey they never imagined and they were treasuring every minute of it. 

“We displayed resiliency and persevered through the pandemic…we stand here today in celebration, better, stronger and wiser for it,”  said Marisa Juliano, of Forked River, New Jersey, who gave the student commencement address at the graduate ceremony. 



Juliano, who earned a Master of Art in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with Art Therapy specialization degree, said during their last months as students this year’s class was forced to adapt to the ever-changing circumstances. Juliano, who has an undergraduate degree in art and psychology from Caldwell, said her life’s journey into young adulthood was shaped by her time on the Caldwell University campus.  “The experiences that I had here were a crucial part of my development.”   During the pandemic, Juliano served COVID-19 patients and high-risk seniors providing art therapy services at a senior citizen community. “The Caldwell mission of giving back, lives within each of us,” said Juliano. 


Dr. Matthew Whelan, who became Caldwell’s ninth president July 1, noted that if it were not for the pandemic, the graduates and he would not have crossed paths. 

When ‘out of the ordinary things’ like this happen, he said, “I like to ask myself ‘what is this teaching me?’” said Dr. Whelan.   He commended them for their hard work while juggling jobs, internships and other responsibilities. susan“You were met with unprecedented challenges.  Your world was upended.  And still, you made it.” Quoting Nelson Mandela, Dr. Whelan said, “‘It always seems impossible until it’s done.’  You sit here today, the very embodiment of that quote. You have taught me that when you carry the Caldwell University mission and the core values of respect, integrity, community and excellence…nothing is impossible. Class of 2020, you are an inspiration to us all.”  Dr. Whelan told the graduates that he looked forward to continue to meet them on their journeys as alumni.


Dr. Nancy Blattner, former university president, who could not attend due to travel restrictions, sent her remarks virtually from St. Louis, Missouri where she is now president of Fontbonne University.  

Dr. Blattner told the graduates that she was among many people “who are not able to be physically present but nonetheless are cheering for you and want you to know how proud they are of all you have accomplished during your time at Caldwell University.”  


In addition to their work force and  job readiness skills that they gained at Caldwell, Dr. Blattner said it is her hope that the graduates had been inspired to take with them special values to live a full life- “the desire to do good and be a source of goodness to others…nurture an adventuresome spirit…discover your passion…take time every day for the rest of your life to be grateful.”  Choose to do good, she said, “when you are not rewarded, when you are too tired or when people question why you take time to do so. That is when your goodness is needed most.”  Be attuned “to those things about which you feel passionate and look for ways to express that interest in your family, in your workplace and in your communities.” 


Lamar-Shea Chang gave the student commencement address at the undergraduate ceremonies.  Chang, who received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and Biology with a minor in Chemistry, said Caldwell gave the students “the perfect gift for a lifetime.” 

”We all received a great education which will have  ripple effects in all our individual communities. A great gift from Caldwell, a great take away.”  He pointed out that beyond the excellent academics, many other aspects of their university life formed that perfect gift.  The  opportunities to exercise personal passions, the chances to build communities within the dorms and lasting friendships, the inspiration for fundraisers and “the Catholic Dominican way,” which “in it’s essence means to act out of love,” said Chang. 

“We are leaving with arsenals of tools and a calibrated compass needed to have an impact on the lives of billions… for generations to come. It is true, a mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions,” said Chang who grew up on the island of Jamaica in Portmore, St. Catherine. 

It was “surreal” to be attending the ceremony, said Stefani Konboz, who received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and is now pursuing a master’s in occupational therapy.  “We finally get to see everyone again and celebrate our accomplishments.”

Curdel McFarlane-Pierce was “ecstatic” to reach the milestone of receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, something she had “wanted for a very long time.”  She was a licensed practical nurse for many years before joining Caldwell’s program.  The commencement ceremony was “the self-actualization…this did it,” she said.   


The Mistress of Ceremonies was Sister Kathleen Tuite, O.P., vice president for student life; the invocation was given by Colleen O’Brien, campus minister. Communication and Media Studies Professor Bob Mann presented the candidates and degrees. Dr. Whelan gave the benediction. 


The grand marshals were: 

Graduate ceremony-Joanne Jasmine,Professor of Education, Coordinator, M.A. Curriculum and Instruction, Co-Coordinator, Ed.D./Ph.D. Educational Leadership. 

Undergraduate Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Science in Nursing ceremony – 

Kathleen Kelley, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Nursing Education

School of Nursing and Public Health.

Undergraduate Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts Ceremony – Yang Cai, Professor of Sociology.


Watch the Graduate ceremony here.

Watch the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Science in Nursing ceremony here.

What the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts ceremony here.

Featured News, News

In-person or remote, CU students are happy to be back

Caldwell, N.J., Sept. 3, 2020 -Caldwell University students are excited to have begun the new semester, no matter which form of classes they have selected.


Whether they are taking classes in person or remotely, students say they are happy to be “back to school” and ready to get into a routine and connect with their friends and professors.    

Molly Heller was excited to be in her first class for the final year of her five-year combined bachelor’s and master’s education program.  “Even though it was virtual, it felt good to be back in class…I missed school.” 

Miley Trang Duong ‘21, a psychology major, was sitting at a table under one of the tents set up for dining and studying on the Newman Center plaza. “I’m happy to see people. It is great that school has opened.” 

 Anton Mejia ‘22, a business sports management major, is taking all his classes remotely. It is good “to interact and see faces” and if “you knew them previously” that’s a plus–”you can text on the side.” 


Yaman Thapa ’22 says being back on campus has ignited the scholar in her.

“Being back on campus has ignited the scholar inside me,” said Yaman Thapa ‘22, a biology and chemistry major.  “I am so excited to learn new things. For me, in-person classes provide a space that allows for active discussions and collaboration.” She feels “more alert, motivated and eager” to pursue her academic goals. “Being around people provides a sense of social security despite the social distancing. I am thrilled to be back in school.”


Ryan Rutano ‘22 is taking nursing classes in the Student Center gym which has been transformed to a COVID ready lecture hall.

Ryan Rutano ‘22, a nursing major and resident life assistant, is glad to see his friends again and is “more focused than ever.” He is taking nursing classes in the Student Center gym which has been transformed to a newly-designed learning space and lecture hall.  Crews had worked 12 hour plus days setting up desks to be socially distant, mounting brand-new large screens, drilling through two feet of concrete block and adding 30 feet of new electric and network lines. Donna Naturale, DNP, associate dean of the School of Nursing and Public Health, says they were thrilled with the reconfigured space where they are welcoming junior year nursing students for face-to-face lectures and labs and or via technology for remote learning.  

Andrea Guietterz ‘22, a Spanish applied language major with a public policy concentration, liked her first virtual “Communications Skills” class with Professor Steve Cameron because he was vibrant and energetic and  motivated the class to feel more engaged. That kept her “wanting to interact more” in the class and it made the course material easier to comprehend.  She said it showed the care her professor has in making sure students are learning and engaged enough to want to learn more. 


Junior year nursing students in class with Dr. Kathleen Kelley in the newly configured Student Center lecture hall with socially distanced desks for safe in-person classes and new technology to connect with students choosing to attend synchronously by an online remote option. This allows Dr. Kelley to engage with both groups of students during class at the same time.

President Matthew Whelan says it is energizing to see students on campus and it gives meaning to the university slogan “Cougars Come Together.” “Even seeing them wearing masks and washing their hands and remaining socially distant is exciting as it reminds me that our students have the respect, integrity, and sense of community to show the world the excellence of Caldwell,” said Dr. Whelan referring to the university’s core values.  He pointed out that there are only 90 days from the start of the semester to the end of in-person classes at Thanksgiving break. “I know we’ll get there by working together to keep everyone safe while they are here.”  

Throughout the spring and summer, the Return to Campus Task Force and numerous other employees took on the herculean tasks of making the university COVID-ready.  Now signage across  the 70-acre campus reminds members of the community to stay six feet apart, wear masks, wash their hands, walk in and out of buildings in the proper directions and be considerate of others.   Students, faculty and staff have been asked to commit to a community pledge to share responsibility and to recognize the special and vital role everyone plays in sustaining the health and well-being of themselves, others and the community.  The dining hall has been arranged for socially-distant seating. The chapel in the Newman Center has been set-up in a socially distant manner for prayer and worship. Masses will resume on Sunday evenings starting Sept. 6  at 7 p.m.   

The academic calendar has been restructured so that in-person classes are completed before Thanksgiving, followed by a last week of remote classes and another week of remote final exams.  

Staff members are making sure that students receive the services they need in a safe manner.  Robin Davenport, executive director of the Counseling Office, says they are implementing “Walk and Talk” therapy services. “Counselors will be offering students the option to meet outside to walk and talk in more secluded areas of campus for their therapy sessions,” Davenport says.  The counselors have ordered portable camping chairs that can be placed in quieter locations on campus in a socially-distanced manner for those students who prefer to sit.  There is an added bonus to being outdoors, “nature–a healing experience in its own right,” Davenport says. Counseling services are still being offered virtually as they have been throughout the pandemic. 

Library, News

New Digital Exhibit: “There’s No Place Like Home”


For more than 80 years, the campus of Caldwell University has felt like home to students and staff alike. Now that we are faced with a global pandemic and have been adjusting to life away from campus, it seems fitting to take a look back through the history of the place that so many have called “home.” The images in the exhibit are from the late 1920s to the present, and come from our archival photograph collections, the Carillon yearbook, and the Kettle student newspaper.

The exhibit can be viewed at Stay tuned for more digital exhibits in the future!

Please contact Kim Lynch, Reference Services & Archives Librarian ( with any questions or comments.

Library, News

Library Takeout / Contactless Pickup

Have you missed being able to leisurely read a good old fashioned book? Or have you been waiting to check out a library book to continue your research? Jennings Library at Caldwell University is pleased to be offering Library Takeout / Contactless Pickup of books.

The service will be offered on Thursdays in July and August from 11:00am – 3:00pm beginning July 23.

Fill out the Library Takeout Form to book a time and request your books. You will get a confirmation email with further instructions. Come to campus at your scheduled booking time. Your book(s) will be in a bag on a table outside the Alumni Theatre entrance of the library.
Important details: Please request items at least 24 hours in advance. You MUST wear a mask in accordance with CDC guidelines and practice social distancing. Patrons will NOT be allowed inside the library under any circumstances. Return books to the dropbox outside of Jennings Library.
To schedule a library takeout, click this link
For more information, email or chat with a librarian today.

Alumni News, Featured News

Caldwell gave me the perfect gift–Lamar-Shea Chang ‘20


LamarShea Chang ‘20 knows hes equipped to make a difference in the world, and he credits the mentorship he received at Caldwell University for that conviction. Professors, staff, faculty, alumni, and health care and business leaders helped him get on “the right trajectory” to believe that the sky is the limit. He certainly did his part in taking advantage of the opportunities presented to him.

Chang received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and Biology with a minor in Chemistry on May 17, and he plans to work a year or two before pursuing a career in medicine.

Chang has been selected to deliver the Class of LamarPhoto2020 undergraduate commencement address at a ceremony in the fall, delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. He plans to tell his classmates that graduating from Caldwell University has given them the “arsenal of tools and calibrated compasses” to impact the lives of “billions” of people for generations to come. “It is true,” he said. “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”

Although it was difficult to have his senior year interrupted by the pandemic, after the initial shock, he realized “the world had changed, and I had, as well. New opportunities look bright as some companies begin to reevaluate their business models.Most of all, he is grateful that his family and friends have been okay and that, as one of the very few students who has lived on campus through the pandemic, he had “a place to stay and food to eat while I finished up my studies.

It helped to draw on what he believes at his deepest core—“that God is in control of my daily events…I quickly accept a given reality…and see the potential in every decision” while moving forward and keeping focused on his goals.

The pandemic cannot diminish his accomplishments at Caldwell like learning about and experiencing the Dominican tradition, which “is all about love, he said.

The virus cannot detract from his impressive honors like being recognized at the Independent College Fund of New Jersey’s symposium at Liberty Science Center for his research on the growing problem of mosquitoes in many areas of the world.

A native of Portmore, Jamaica, in the Caribbean, Chang is proud that he joined other student leaders who stepped up in the fall of 2019 to spearhead the Bahamas Strong Relief Drive for those slammed by Hurricane Dorian.

He appreciates the internships and work experiences including being mentored by an executive in global drug development at Novartis and working with the Borough of Caldwell learning about municipal government while providing his input on how to create relationships between smallbusiness owners and consumers.

As a resident life assistant in the dorms, Chang is proud to have hosted community development programs to help students form relationships. “One of my favorite things was to mentor other students,” he said.

Caldwell University, he said, gave him the “perfect gift,a package filled with qualities to carry one through a lifetime—“a sense of pride, community, a great education, lifelong relationships and a desire to make the world a better place for those inhabit it.” And that is a gift no virus can ever touch.