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Caldwell University Athletics Grows to 16 Sports With Addition of Men’s Lacrosse in 2019-20

Men's Lacrosse Coming in 2019-20.CALDWELL, N.J.- Caldwell University Athletics has announced the addition of men’s lacrosse as an intercollegiate sport for the 2019-20 academic year, increasing its varsity sports opportunities to 16. The Cougars will compete in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference, which sponsored men’s lacrosse as a conference sport this past spring.    

“We are extremely excited to add men’s lacrosse to our sport sponsorship at Caldwell University,” said Assistant Vice President/Director of Athletics Mark A. Corino. “We are looking forward to joining our fellow CACC schools as the league sponsored the first men’s lacrosse championship this past spring. With the expansion to our 16th varsity program and seventh male sport, the athletics department is excited and enthusiastic about playing a major role in the continued growth of our institution.”

Caldwell will hire a full-time head coach in this summer and begin its first season on the field in the 2019-20 school year. Men’s lacrosse championship season is in the spring semester with the program competing in exhibition games and limited practices in the fall of 2019.

“The CACC enjoyed an outstanding debut season of men’s lacrosse in 2018,” said CACC Commissioner Dan Mara. “It is exciting for us to be adding another program to the sport in Caldwell University, which has a strong tradition of athletic success in the CACC.”

The Cougars will compete in the CACC, which added men’s lacrosse to its championship sponsorship in 2018. Fellow CACC members Felician University and Wilmington University completed their first men’s lacrosse season in 2018 as they joined Chestnut Hill College, Dominican College, Georgian Court University and Post University, who already had men’s lacrosse as a sponsored sport.

Caldwell Athletics is currently in a growth phase as the university has added six new programs since the start of the 2013-14 year. The university added women’s lacrosse for the 2013-14 academic year, followed by men’s cross country and track and field along with women’s bowling in 2014-15. Sprint football completed their inaugural season in 2017-18 with men’s lacrosse coming to campus in 2019-20.

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Communication, Contemplation and Beauty are Themes of High School/College Summer Institute  

Caldwell University student digging inside a rock during some activities on Treetop course.
Caldwell University student taking photo outside the Turtle Zoo during a Treetop course.
Caldwell University Students outside Rosary Hall taking a group photo.
Caldwell University Student enjoying her ice cream on scorching hot weather.

Caldwell, N.J,– Aug.7, 2018 – The treetop course at the Turtle Back Zoo was a highlight of Tameeah Browne’s week at the Spirituality and Leadership Institute on Caldwell’s campus. Beyond the fact that the course was fun, the physical challenges were a metaphor for the “leap of faith” that one should take in “approaching any obstacle,” said Browne.

A senior at Immaculate Conception High in Montclair, New Jersey, Browne was one of the students who took part in the weeklong institute aimed at teaching young people spiritual disciplines and leadership. Through a series of workshops and activities, the students were inspired to think about ways to engage in public justice, seek the common good and contemplate where God is leading them in their lives.

Meleny Gonzalez from Lacordaire Academy was pleased with the talk by Dr. Kyle Bennett on communication. “We are quick to judge” but do not always take the time to listen to others, said Gonzalez. Bennett, director of the institute and an associate professor of philosophy, spoke to the students about the importance of understanding how their communications—from listening and gesturing to engaging digitally and interpersonally— can affect others. Jillian Vorisek, a Paramus Catholic High student, said the talk made students think more about the ways they should speak to and treat others—“not just in person but also online.”

The students were introduced to the Catholic-Dominican tradition, which underpins Caldwell University. Dr. Christopher Cimorelli, assistant professor of theology, presented on “Contemplation, Identity, and Leadership” from a Christian perspective and how it can help people discover their identities in relationship to God and their work as servant leaders in the world.

Sister Gerardine Mueller, O.P., an artist and professor emerita, described the stained-glass windows with Dominican saints that she created in the chapel in St. Catherine’s Convent on Caldwell’s campus.

Caldwell art education student and peer leader Allison Johansen encouraged the students to notice beauty in God’s creations. She challenged the students to see themselves as “everyday artists” who can contribute to beautifying creation in areas such as penmanship, setting the dinner table and taking photographs.

Browne was happy to take the strength and analysis test given by Gerri Perret, director of Caldwell University’s Career Development Office.

Carmen Aguirre, a junior at Mount St. Dominic Academy in Caldwell, said it was eye-opening to hear from a representative of First Friends, an organization that provides volunteer visitation, resettlement assistance and advocacy to detained immigrants and asylum seekers. It is important to “learn how to be a good neighbor to everyone,” said Aguirre.

Evenings featured activities such as mini-golf and other outdoor games, a Jackals baseball game and a trip to New York City.

Myles Crawley ’18,  a recent Caldwell University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, said he came away with insights on how to “look at life on a spiritual level—a different level—to help me become a better person and make environments better.”

Caldwell University student and peer leader Julianna Verso was assigned to come up with probing questions. “Everyone reacted with very intelligent answers,” she said.

The leaders and teachers learned from the experience too. Abby Cimorelli, a staff member in Caldwell’s campus ministry office, was inspired by the university and high school students and “how they made connections that I may not have thought of.”

Bennett was struck by the sensitivity of the students and how they were attuned to nuanced and subtle ways people can hurt and wound each other. “In a culture that is trying to desensitize us to this, I hope that awareness and sensitivity are never stifled—that we keep cultivating how to use our mouths, eyes and ears.”

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Student Says Summer Internship with the Elderly “Has Helped Me Find My Path”

Kimberly Valladare Caldwell University Student talking with one of the elderly person during her internship at Hillside.Caldwell, N.J. July 30, 2018 – Clients at Hillside Senior Citizens Center say Kimberly Valladares has a beautiful smile.  It is a compliment she appreciates hearing when she goes into her summer internship site at Hillside.  “They inspire me,” says Valladares, a student majoring in nursing and minoring in public health at Caldwell University.  “They are older and they have gone through many life situations…and despite their aches and pains, they still smile and laugh…it gives me perspective.” That perspective also comes from Valladares’ own share of life experiences —experiences that have given her wisdom beyond her age.

When Valladares was 20 years-old she experienced a stroke following brain surgery to repair an arterial venous malformation. She was in a coma for two days, had vision and hearing distortion, and had to learn to feed herself and walk again. After rehabilitation and going through many therapies, Valladares made a remarkable recovery and she is now a junior at Caldwell.

She is not wasting any of the pain, using it to help others and make life better for them. During her time at her internship, she met an elderly woman who told her that last year after being diagnosed with leukemia she felt helpless and alone. Once she started going to the Hillside Center her spirits were lifted.  It makes Valladares aware of the importance of her work in accompanying the elderly to help reduce their feelings of isolation.

In the spring semester, Valladares took an End of Life Matters course with Nursing Professor Kathleen Boreale, which she enjoyed. It has helped her in her communication skills with the seniors at Hillside.

Mary Dawkins, director of senior services at Hillside, is Valladares’ internship supervisor. She said the residents and participants at the Center get pleasure out of sitting with Valladares and sharing their challenges and accomplishments and hearing about her life. “Kim’s personal story of how she overcame her challenges is intriguing.”

Valladares’ internship was made possible through a grant the university received from the Council of Independent Colleges for its Intergenerational Connections: Students Serving Older Adults program, which sustains activities that enhance connections between undergraduate students and older adults in the community. It was started to establish best practices for engaging students in ensuring that older adults in the communities surrounding college campuses have nutritious food, affordable housing, a steady income, and strong and sustaining social bonds.

Dr. Brenda Petersen, associate dean, of the School of Nursing and Public Health said Valladares is an inspiration to everyone who meets her.  “Her story of recovery from a stroke and a coma touches all of us deeply at Caldwell University.  We are grateful for the work she has done to enrich the lives of older adults in our community through the CIC/AARP Intergenerational Connections Grant.”

In the fall, Valladares will start with her first medical job at a hospital and she plans to stay on at Hillside. The internship has reinforced her dream of being a caregiver.  “It ties in with what I really am meant to do – to help the underprivileged.  This job has helped me find my path.”


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Students Attend Catholic Relief Services Summit and Advocate on Capitol Hill

Caldwell University Guale and Yaskayra Gonzalez taking a photo outside Washington Monuments.
Director of Campus Ministry Colleen O’Brien taking a photo outside a capitol Hill.
Caldwell University student Guale and Gonzalez along with Director of Campus Ministry Colleen O’Brien taking a photo with the Catholic Relief Services conference banner.

Caldwell, N.J., July 24, 2018 – “There is so much going on around the world that needs our attention,” said Brittany Guale after participating in the Student Ambassadors Leaders Together summit in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. in July.

Guale and student Yaskayra Gonzalez, who also attended the Catholic Relief Services conference, are energized to take what they learned and to advocate policy change on international humanitarian issues such as global migration and hunger. “We could get caught up in our own little worlds and forget that there are global issues we should be addressing to help our brothers and sisters in need,” said Guale.

Guale and Gonzalez along with Director of Campus Ministry Colleen O’Brien joined representatives of schools across the United States for three days to learn about leadership on behalf of the poor and how to take action on their campuses. They attended seminars at Loyola University of Maryland in Baltimore and the Catholic Relief Services headquarters office in Baltimore the first two days. On day three, July 18, they took part in Advocacy Wednesday, visiting lawmakers on Capitol Hill including New Jersey’s congressional leaders.  The students asked members of Congress to set aside 1 percent of the federal budget for international assistance so programs addressing poverty and hunger can continue.

“Actually going to Capitol Hill and advocating was a chance to get our message out there and let our voices be heard for those who do not have that voice to ask for change themselves,” said Guale.

For meals, they ate food made with some of the recipes from the Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl, a Lenten prayer and almsgiving initiative to benefit the poor.

O’Brien was interested in learning about an irrigation program that helped farmers in Malawi. “This is a more difficult form of farming in the beginning, but it has lasting benefits for people in areas of high drought, so for these farmers and their village, once the drought season came, there was water available for their plants that had been stored up through the irrigation farming,” said O’Brien. With irrigation farming, they had enough food to eat and some to sell. She explained that this allowed them to maintain their livelihoods so they would not be forced from their homes and become internally displaced persons.

The students are looking forward to bringing the energy from their experience to the Caldwell Catholic Relief Services Student Ambassador club during the new academic year.

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Poetry Daily Selects an Interview from Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry 2018 as its Prose Feature for the Week

Front page of the annual journal Presence, A Journal of Catholic Poetry.Caldwell, N.J., July 23, 2018 –  Presence is a professional, international, annual print journal published by Dr. Mary Ann B. Miller of the Dept. of English, Caldwell University.  Dr. Miller was delighted to learn that Poetry Daily has selected an interview from Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry 2018 as its prose feature for the week of July 23.

The selection, titled “Poetry, Place, and Prophesy: An Interview with John F. Deane,” was conducted by Michael P. Murphy, director of the Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition at Loyola University Chicago.  John F. Deane is founder of Poetry Ireland, Ireland’s national poetry society.

In the interview, Deane discusses how poetry must be “grounded” in a particular “place” so that our senses can become alert to the presence of the Spirit operating in the world.  Listening for this presence “active within yet working through suffering, loss” can be the “basis for optimism . . . even in eras of great troubles, man-made and natural.”

Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry is a venue for publication of poetry written by authors whose work is informed by the Catholic faith, as well as interviews, book reviews, and essays.

Dr. Miller teaches a Journal Editing class each fall at Caldwell where students are involved in the production of the journal.

To read the interview on Poetry Daily go to http://poems.com/special_features/prose/essay_deane_murphy.php

The next submission period for poems for Presence will be August 1 – October 1, 2018.

To read more about Presence and submission guidelines go to: http://www.catholicpoetryjournal.com/



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Caldwell University Named a College of Distinction

Colleges of Catholic 2018-2019 Distinction BadgeStudent-centered guide for colleges endorses authentic learning strategies in professional education

Caldwell University has once again been honored as a College of Distinction for its personal approach to education, specifically in the academic areas of business, education and nursing. Today’s job market is growing more complex every day, requiring the modern worker not only to be knowledgeable but also apt at communication and vigilant in the face of new challenges. Caldwell University’s curriculum has worked to meet these needs, preparing students to take on the postgraduate world through an education that reaches far beyond the basics.

“Caldwell University continues to impress with its exceptional commitment to student success,” said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Its extensive liberal arts curriculum informs and enriches everything students do both in and out of the classroom. And with such an involved engagement of experiential high-impact practices, Caldwell University continues to go the extra mile in professional education.”

Colleges of Distinction has spent nearly two decades advocating for institutions that prioritize the overall undergraduate experience with a thorough, hands-on liberal arts education. Its unique selection process evaluates each school holistically, going beyond typical rankings lists to acknowledge the everyday opportunities for students to engage actively with their peers, professors and areas of study. As a trusted, one-of-a-kind resource, Colleges of Distinction is now awarding further accolades to help prospective students find the best-fit school for them.

Caldwell University’s Field of Study badges are marks of honor in the world of higher education, representing programs that invest in student engagement in fields that demand innovative, critical thinking. Colleges of Distinction has granted these awards after a comprehensive vetting process, selecting schools based on such qualities as accreditation, breadth of program and a track record for success.

Education – Caldwell University’s undergraduate education programs include:

B.A. in Elementary Education (K-6 Certificate)

B.A. in Secondary Education (K-12 Certificate)

Teacher of Preschool through Grade Three (PreK-3) Endorsement

Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement and Middle School Endorsement. The program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Nursing – The university offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, which provides an exceptional curriculum to prepare professional nurses for practice in today’s global environment. The program is structured to provide a strong liberal arts foundation that is further developed in nursing course work, which includes clinical and laboratory activities. Clinical experience is provided in a variety of health care agencies and community centers in the region. The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Caldwell University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Business: Caldwell offers a number of undergraduate business degrees including:

B.S. in Accounting

B.S. in Business Administration (online and on-campus)

Business Administration (without concentration)

Global Business

Human Resource Management

Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Sport Management

B.S. in Computer Information Systems

Business Systems

Information Technology

B.S. in Financial Economics

B.S. in Health Care Administration

B.S. in Marketing

B.S. in Sport Management

About Colleges of Distinction: Colleges of Distinction has recognized and honored schools throughout the United States for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education for over 15 years. The member schools within the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. For more information, visit CollegesofDistinction.com.


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Exploring Catholic History in Spain

Caldwell University Students during their visit at La Alhambra in Granada.
The group visited Spain's national museum of 20th-century art Reina Sofia in Madrid.
The Caldwell University group at  La Cueva de Santo Domingo where St. Dominic prayed during his stay in Segovia from 1218 to 1219.

Students immersed themselves in the Catholic history and culture of Spain while on a study-abroad course from May 30 to June 27. For the second year in a row, “Catholic Tradition in Spain” was taught and led by Dr. Rosa Sanchez, assistant professor in the Modern Languages Department.

Sanchez explained how the course focuses on key moments in Catholic history, such as its beginnings with the Roman Empire and later the Visigoths, the role of the Catholic queen and king, Isabella and Ferdinand, and Dominicans such as St. Dominic, who visited Segovia in 1218, and the friars Bartolomé de las Casas and Tomás de Torquemada. Students read poems by St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila and an auto sacramental, a one-act play traditionally performed during the feast of Corpus Christi.

They visited sites such as El Escorial, the Valley of the Fallen, La Cueva de Santo Domingo—where St. Dominic prayed during his stay in Segovia from 1218 to 1219—and St. John of the Cross’s tomb. They explored the cities of Madrid, Cordoba, Seville and Granada. As they read texts, admired artwork and walked through palaces and cathedrals, they explored the beautiful and dark moments of Spanish history.

The students stayed in the homes of host families where they were immersed in the language and could appreciate the authentic food. The adventure forced Sara Bearden, a health sciences major with a minor in Spanish, to improve her language skills. “I was able to make a nice connection with my host family.”

She was awestruck by what she had learned in the classroom. “Topics such as the Romans or different art styles were more meaningful to me because I could physically see them to appreciate them.”

Genesis Rivas-Mendoza, a criminal justice and applied language major, also enjoyed learning about Spanish history and culture. “Who knew that taking an intensive course could be made into such a fun and challenging course?” She came to appreciate the lifestyle of the Spaniards. “They do not live as fast-paced as most of us New Yorkers do.”

Everyone agreed that seeing an image online, or reading about it, is not the same as experiencing it in person, said Sanchez. “There’s a sort of spirituality, a historical weight, that is simply not experienced through pictures; you just have to be there. I want to invite students to join us in the summer 2019 so they can see for themselves what I mean.”


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Art Therapy Students Study Trauma and Art in Germany and Czechia

Caldwell University Students getting ready for their lunch during their trip to to Germany and Czechia June 11 to 20.
Caldwell University students enjoying their lunch during a study abroad trip to to Germany and Czechia June 11 to 20.
Caldwell University students paying attention to the lecture on trauma and art during study aboard program trip to Germany and Czechia June 11 to 20.
Caldwell University student taking a note from the art piece during a study-abroad trip to Germany and Czechia June 11 to 20.
Caldwell University students group photo during a study abroad trip to to Germany and Czechia June 11 to 20.
Caldwell University students group photo during a study abroad trip to to Germany and Czechia June 11 to 20.

Caldwell, N.J., July 9, 2018  – Art therapy students learned about trauma and art on a study-abroad trip to Germany and Czechia June 11 to 20.

As part of the “Treatment of Trauma” course developed and taught by Dr. Marie Wilson, coordinator of art therapy programs and professor, the group visited sites such as the Prinzhorn Collection at the University of Heidelberg Psychiatric Clinic, which is named after art historian and psychiatrist Hans Prinzhorn, who was educated in medical science during World War I and sought to merge his two disciplines after the war. After joining the staff, Prinzhorn was tasked with expanding the arts program at the University of Heidelberg psychiatric clinic. Under his direction, a collection of artworks by patients who suffered from mental illness grew to over 6,000 pieces by more than 450 patients. The collection is the first of its kind in the world. Art therapy students at Caldwell study this collection in introductory graduate and undergraduate coursework. The visit to the museum, said Annette Vaccaro, coordinator of art therapy programs and assistant professor, “allowed students to experience the true power of art in transcending cultural boundaries.”

In Prague, Czechia, the group visited the Terezin concentration camp. Terezin features a museum that retains the only complete collection of Jewish child and adult artwork created in a concentration camp. As part of what was mostly a clandestine education program for children, the art classes at Terezin offered an avenue of communication and self-expression, reflecting the ideas of Jewish artist and art educator Friedl Dicker-Brandeis.

Cindy Concannon, an art therapy mental health counseling graduate student, said the experiences of witnessing the Prinzhorn Collection and the artwork of the people at Terezin allowed her to “witness the struggles of people more than a half century away in time.”

In addition, the group attended a music jam with students and faculty of the music therapy department at SRH University in Heidelberg and met with members of the Czech art therapy association in Prague.

Wilson said the travel-abroad course took over two years to design and implement and was a “one-of-a-kind” experience for art therapy students. “The travel portion of this course allowed students to visit and experience firsthand the artwork and sites that have historic significance to the art therapy profession.”

Vaccaro said nothing could compare with being immersed in a culture for learning. “Seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and feeling gave the students a chance to experience a new view of the world.”

Laura Munoz-Torres, also an art therapy student, savored this once-in-a-lifetime experience, which she said validated her belief in the art therapy field. She also appreciated “creating memories with future colleagues.”

The students bonded and appreciated experiencing the trip with like-minded friends and art therapists. “I developed a professional and personal connection with this wonderful group,” said Concannon. “Heidleberg and Prague offered plenty of opportunities to witness the full spectrum of life–its beauty and pain– as well as the opportunity to grow as a person and a counselor.”

Faculty member Natashia Collins was also a leader of the trip. The other students who attended were Masha Berenshteyn, Cindy Concannon, Genaya Palmer, Eileen Strungis, Brittany Barnstead, Alexis Perillo, Morgan DeGilio, Lydia Fulton and Nikki Drzewinski. Several art therapy professionals from the community also participated.


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Political Science Alumnae Attend Women’s Leadership Program

Katherine Llangari and Tiffany Polite-Hill at the Trenton State House while they were attending NEW Leadership™ New Jersey.

Katherine Llangari and Tiffany Polite-Hill at the Trenton State House while they were attending NEW Leadership™ New Jersey.

Caldwell, N.J., June 27, 2018 –   Recent alumnae Tiffany Polite-Hill and Katherine Llangari attended NEW Leadership™ New Jersey, a program of the Center for American Women and Politics, from June 7 to 12.

They were selected for the national nonpartisan program, which gives female college and university students the opportunity to meet successful women leaders, learn about women and politics, and participate in hands-on workshops to practice leadership skills.

Polite-Hill said it was “such an honor and privilege to be surrounded by powerful women.”  The women empowered each other with their words and their conversations, she said.

Llangari said that attending the program made her realize “it’s never too early or too late” for women to get involved in politics “because those women who came before us left the door open for us and we have to keep it that way for our future generations.”  It convinced her that the actions and interactions of women have an effect on policymaking in the U.S., “and for that reason, we have to be active within our communities,” said Llangari.

Among their activities, members of the group traveled to the state capital in Trenton and met former New Jersey State Senator Diane B. Allen.

Caldwell’s involvement in the program was arranged by Dr. Domenic Maffei, chair of the Department of History and Political Science.  Dr. Thomson Ling, associate dean of the School of Psychology and Counseling, attended the program’s networking event.

Polite-Hill and Llangari received their Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science at commencement May 20. In the fall, Llangari will begin her studies at the University of New Hampshire Law School and Polite-Hill will be attending graduate school for Public Administration at Kean University.


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Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Partners With Blue Frame Technology to Create All-New CACC Network

Graphical representation of Caldwell University and CACC Network logo.NEW HAVEN, Conn.-The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) on Tuesday announced the league office and all 14-member schools have partnered with Blue Frame Technology to create the all-new CACC Network, as announced by Commissioner Dan Mara. The partnership will enable all 14 schools to webstream their game broadcasts to one platform provided by Blue Frame, beginning with the 2018-19 athletic season. In addition, each of the conference’s 16 championship events will also be webstreamed to the platform, along with other original content.

The new partnership will allow fans to watch their favorite CACC schools and sports through multiple outlets. The conference and each school will have their own dedicated video portal/web page where fans can watch online as they have in the past. In addition to watching online, fans can also watch the action live on their televisions through Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and Roku streaming devices. Fans will also be able to watch the games on their phones through a mobile app as well.

“The CACC’s partnership with Blue Frame is an exciting new era for the conference,” Commissioner Mara said. “Fans throughout the CACC will now be able to watch our contests in a variety of ways whether online, at home, or on the go. The CACC Network provides more visibility for our conference, as the league continues to expand its brand and messaging in the digital age.”

More information about programming and links to each school’s video page will be supplied later this summer, as Blue Frame and the conference office are currently finalizing all the apps for fans to download and view for the start of the 2018-19 athletic season.

For the Amazon, Android, Apple and Roku apps, fans will be able to download them through the respective devices later this summer, as the CACC will keep fans up to date with the latest on those television devices. For more information on those streaming devices, please click on the links below: