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Caldwell University will celebrate the  Inauguration and Installation Ceremony of its ninth president, Matthew Whelan, Ed.D. with events  including lectures, community service, the arts and student activities.   President Whelan, a native of Denville, New Jersey and an accomplished higher education professional, came on board at Caldwell University on July 1, 2020.  

“To celebrate the spirit of community, honor Caldwell University’s history, and commemorate this special occasion, we are looking forward to holding a number of events for inauguration,” said Kevin Boyle, vice president of development and alumni affairs. “We hope the community, our alumni, students, faculty and staff join us either in-person or via livestream for what will surely be a joyous time.” 

The Inauguration and Installation Ceremony will be held at 1 p.m.,  Friday, Oct. 22 in the George R. Newman Center on campus.  It will be livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook. Preceding the installation, Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m.  in the Newman Center and will also be livestreamed. 

A lecture on “The History and Evolution of Catholic Women’s Colleges in the U.S. will be presented, 3 p.m,. Tuesday, Oct. 19.  Marie Mullaney, Ph.D., professor of  history at Caldwell and a specialist in women’s history, will present the talk, which will detail the historical reasons why Catholic women’s colleges were first founded in the late nineteenth century.  Highlighting the role played by women religious in opening the doors of higher education to decades of young women, Mullaney will outline the challenges these colleges faced over the decades,  celebrate what they have contributed to American life, and look at the legacy of the institutions that  have survived, grown, and emerged from these earlier traditions. Attendees can attend in person or virtually.

“The Future of Catholic Universities and the Role of Liberal Arts in Higher Education Today, will be the topic of a panel moderated by James Flynn, Ph.D., chair of the Caldwell University Theology and Philosophy Department, 3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 21. Attendees can attend in-person or virtually.     The panel will feature David A. Armstrong, J.D., President of St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Florida, Lauren Pristas, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of Theology, Caldwell University, and Msgr. Richard M. Liddy, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Religion and founder of the Center for Catholic Studies, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey. 

The exhibit “Open Spaces: Recent work of Anne Goffin Smith” opens  Oct. 14 and runs through Nov. 28 in the Mueller Gallery on campus. As the gallery curators explain, “Open Spaces” features a collection of work that may have otherwise not been created without the unforeseen events of the last eighteen months. The difficult circumstances that faced the world were leveled against the mundane safety of the indoors. This confinement resulted in major change for society as well as the individual.  Smith’s work addresses emotions that arose from isolation and introspection.   Through the mediums of paint, resin, photography, and collage, Smith devoted herself to expressing the simplicity of a lifestyle brought about by these times.

An Admissions Open House will be held on campus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. For information contact:  

The Sprint football team will face Alderson Broaddus University, 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16 at Bonnel Field, West Caldwell, NJ.

A “Faculty Concert” with students and alumni will be presented,  4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 17 in the Alumni Theatre. 

Weekly campus Mass will be celebrated in the Sister Mary Dominic Tweedus Chapel, 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 17. 

“Reunion 2021” with the Classes of ‘60, ‘61, ‘65, ‘66, ‘70, and ‘71 will be celebrated, Sunday, Oct. 23. The day will feature a “Welcome and State of the University Address With President Whelan” at 11:30 a.m., a reunion lunch at noon, campus tours at 1:30 p.m., a 50th reunion toast at 3 p.m., the Reunion Liturgy at 4:30 p.m. and a cocktail hour and buffet dinner at 5 p.m. 

Throughout the week there will be a number of student activities including community service, a cultural showcase and a campfire. 

To see the full schedule of events go to

For more information contact Jill Sheldon in the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs at or 973.618.3242.  Event times and locations are subject to change.   

Masks are required indoors. Caldwell University is adhering to guidelines from the CDC and the State of New Jersey regarding COVID-19. Check the University website, for information.