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Jennings Library Welcomes a New Librarian!

Kim Reamer, MLIS, recently joined the Jennings Library as the new Reference Services/Archives Librarian. In addition to maintaining the University Archives, she will also be the new liaison to History, Political Science, Music, Art, and Religion and Philosophy.

Kim received her MLIS from Rutgers University, and a BA in History and Visual Arts from SUNY New Paltz. She has worked in both archives and reference positions in academic libraries. Kim’s favorite part of being an archivist is being able to discover unique pieces of institutional history and share them with the public, while also preserving them for years to come.

Her hobbies include reading fantasy and mythology books, baking, and spending time with her dog Zelda.

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Discovering true joy in an impoverished Belize village

Marissa Haynes, associate director of student engagement, helping in building infrastructure.
Caldwell University Student playing with the school kids of Belize Village.
Belize Village student trying to see their pictures on the camera.
Caldwell University student playing with the kids from the Belize village.
The Lyndhurst, New Jersey, resident and six other Caldwell students on the annual volunteerism trip to the Central American country
Caldwell Student photographer showing photos to the school kids.
Caldwell University students on the annual volunteerism trip to the Central American country.
Marissa Haynes, associate director of student engagement helping in building the infrastructure.
Caldwell University student on the annual volunteerism trip to the Central American country

For senior Daniela Sirio, the most important thing about her recent mission trip to Belize is what she and the other students do with the experience now that they are back home. “In trying to talk to friends and family about it, I try to pick out specific pictures,” ones that tell the stories of the local people, the children, and the lifestyle in the impoverished communities where people have little materially but are rich in joy.

The Lyndhurst, New Jersey, resident and six other students, along with their chaperones, spent Jan. 7-15 on the annual volunteerism trip to the Central American country. They rebuilt a playground, painted a fence and played with the children in the village of Crique Sacro. “It made me appreciate more of what I have, the simple things, like family,” said Amber Raines, a sophomore from Millville, New Jersey.

When the Caldwell team finished the work on the playground, it was a gift to see the exuberance on the children’s faces as they whisked down the slide. “It was as if there was no greater joy in their lives at that moment,” said Colleen O’Brien, director of campus ministry at Caldwell, who led the group.

The members of the Caldwell group stayed at a guesthouse in Punta Gorda associated with the Jesuit-run St. Peter Claver parish, and each day they drove along bumpy dirt roads for two hours to get to their work locations. Many of the people they served in the village had never left their community. “They were very appreciative of the work we did and showed us a lot of kindness and compassion,” said Raines. Seeing the poverty and their way of life was “culture shock” for her. “People don’t understand until they are there.”

In the evenings the Caldwell group ate meals together and shared experiences. The students were mostly off the technology grid, “constantly talking to each other,” said Sirio. O’Brien led them in nightly reflections, something she had done on campus in the weeks prior to the trip. “It helped how Colleen led us through the whole experience,” said Sirio. She particularly liked the project O’Brien assigned of sending affirmation letters to their travel companions.

At the end of the week they were treated to a festive home-cooked meal made by the local parents.

They also made side trips, visiting  the Guatemala border, a national park and Mayan ruins and taking a boat to the cayes off the coast of Punta Gorda. Adding to the excitement was the “nail-biting” tsunami warning they received one night, said O’Brien. “We had to evacuate for a bit; thankfully it was just a warning.”

The other chaperones were Sister Marge Jaros, O.P.; Marissa Haynes, associate director of student engagement, and Marisa Juliano, a graduate student who attended for the second year in a row. The other undergraduates who attended were Kristal Cannici, Eva Kenfack, Shelagh Kerrisk, Theoniki Makras and Madison Perry.

The mission trip to Belize was started by Caldwell President Nancy Blattner and her husband, Tim. Dr. Blattner knew Jesuit Father Dick Perl who was stationed at St. Peter Claver in Punta Gorda, from her days at Fontbonne University where she and Tim ran a book drive for children in Belize. Through the help of a shipping company, they were able to have 30,000 books sent for distribution throughout 30 villages in Punta Gorda.  When she began her role as president of Caldwell, Blattner was determined to start a service trip to Belize, and she did. The first year of the mission trip, the Blattners traveled with the students and spent a week building a church; they reaped beautiful benefits including being able to attend Mass in that church at the end of the week.

Over the last several years the Caldwell University community has built relationships with the people in Belize with students often expressing how they want to go back for another service trip and how they feel blessed to be actively living out the Catholic Dominican pillar of service.


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Basics of Library Research Workshop 2/3 @ 3:15 p.m.

Come join us for The Basics of Library Research Workshop on Saturday 2/3 at 3:15 p.m. The workshop will be held in the library’s instruction lab.

Whether you just need a refresher or don’t know where to start – this workshop can help. We will be reviewing how to search for a book, how to search in a library database, as well as, how to use interlibrary loan.

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Nursing Blessing of Hands Ceremony

Director of Campus Ministry Colleen O’Brien giving a speech to the Caldwell University junior nursing students.
Director of Campus Ministry Colleen O’Brien giving a speech to the Caldwell University junior nursing students.
Director of Campus Ministry Colleen O’Brien giving a speech to the Caldwell University junior nursing students.
Director of Campus Ministry Colleen O’Brien giving a speech to the Caldwell University junior nursing students.
Caldwell University Nursing student having an interactive talk with a professor.
Caldwell University Nursing student engaging themselves in some interactive program during the program.
Caldwell University Nursing student participating in Nursing Blessing of Hands Ceremony.
Caldwell University Nursing students participating in Nursing Blessing of Hands Ceremony.
Caldwell University Nursing students participating in Nursing Blessing of Hands Ceremony.

Caldwell, N.J., Jan.25, 2018 – Future nurses at Caldwell University reflected on the sacredness and importance of their hands at the Blessing of Hands Jan. 24.

The annual tradition was held in the Motherhouse on campus for junior nursing students who are beginning their second semester of clinicals when they will work in hospitals. Director of Campus Ministry Colleen O’Brien explained how the ceremony focuses on nursing students who will use their hands to heal the sick and suffering and “to bring forth the mission of Caldwell University and the Sisters of Saint Dominic in our world.”

In her opening remarks, Dr. Brenda Petersen, associate dean of the School of Nursing and Public Health, said it was important that the students always remember the healing nature of their hands. She said that “with each patient you encounter, as you wash your hands to prepare for the care you will render, may you always be blessed. As a nurse, your hands will heal others.”

Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Barbara Chesler shared how the university’s core values of respect, integrity, community and excellence will be with students as their hands interact with their patients, families and colleagues. “Your hands will bring healing to patients, for God’s hands work through your hands.”

The Nursing Department faculty members blessed the students’ hands.

Nursing Professor Dr. Kathleen Kelley offered the closing comments and prayer.  The blessing, she explained “celebrates the symbolism of hands as extensions of ourselves, appendages with which we can show love, and compassion, and [which we can] use to embrace those around us.”  She invited the nurses and nursing students to stand and look at their hands as she said:

“These are the hands of an advocate for the vulnerable, a soother of pain, a lifeline for the lonely or forgotten, a haven for the scared.  These are strong hands, empowered by the passion of our profession.  These are the hands that will cradle a newborn, steady the aged, calm the frightened and heal the troubled.And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrung out with exhaustion, wrinkled with age or frustrated from juggling too many tasks at once, will never be too preoccupied or too busy to reach out to our patients with unspoken tenderness that nurses can convey with just a touch.”

Junior Sarah Torres of Montville, New Jersey, appreciated how her teachers worked to make the ceremony exceptional for them. “It is a special connection to them and makes us feel closer to the nursing community and to God.”

The ceremony made junior Danielle Schiavone of Monroe Township, New Jersey, realize how fortunate she is to be able to help those in need the way a nurse does. “I’m now realizing how special it is that I have the capability of doing that.”

It was an empowering ceremony for the students as they take the next step in their fieldwork. ”It made me confident that I can go forward,” said Torres.

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Nursing faculty member elected to NJ State Nurses Association board

Mary Ellen Levine, adjunct faculty member in the School of Nursing & Public Health, has been elected as vice president of the board of directors for The New Jersey State Nurses Association.

Caldwell, N.J., Jan. 10, 2018 – Mary Ellen Levine, an adjunct faculty member in the School of Nursing & Public Health, has been elected as vice president of the board of directors for The New Jersey State Nurses Association.

Levine teaches Fundamentals Lab and the Community Health Nursing Clinical for Caldwell.

Brenda Petersen, Ph.D., associate dean and assistant professor in the School of Nursing & Public Health, congratulated Levine on “this well-deserved” elected role.  Peterson says they are grateful for Levine’s many contributions to the students and academics.   “Professor Levine is a shining example of nurse leadership and professionalism.”

Levine says she is blessed and honored to represent all nurses in New Jersey including the nurses at Caldwell University. “I appreciate the support and interest in my endeavors with NJSNA that I receive from the faculty, staff and administration at the university.”

She says it is her goal to promote NJSNA organization membership and professional involvement with regards to the direction of nursing practice and health care policy. “I look forward to serving during this exciting time and having an impact on all New Jersey nurses, the practice of nursing and patient care.”

Levine also serves as a hospice nurse at Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice in Sparta.

“We are looking forward to having our new officers with their fresh ideas and passion for nursing and the practice of nursing join the NJSNA Board,” said Benjamin Evans, DD, DNP, APN, president of New Jersey State Nurses Association.  

 To learn more about the New Jersey State Nurses Association, please visit njsna.org.

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Renowned Percussionist Dennis DeLucia to give drumline clinic

Renowned percussionist Dennis Delucia will teach master classes at Caldwell University’s Drumline Clinic, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Wednesday Feb. 21.

The free event will feature Delucia giving marching percussion technique instructions and demonstrations. A Yamaha performing artist, DeLucia
has been inducted into all three major percussion/marching arts Halls of Fame.

He has written four books on the art of drumming and in 1991, was the first percussionist to be inducted into the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame, alongside the late Fred Sandford.

The event will be held in the Caldwell University Student Center. The show date is Feb. 28.

Percussionists are required to bring their own marching instruments. Space is limited so register soon.

If interested in participating, individually or with an indoor drumline, contact Professor Rebecca Vega via phone or email at (973)-618-3446 and rvega@caldwell.edu.

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‘Light & Color: The Artwork of Judith Croce’ Exhibition at Caldwell University

The exhibition “Light & Color: The Artwork of Judith Croce” will run Feb. 21 through Feb. 28, 2018, and will feature 30 works by Caldwell University Art Department faculty member Judith Croce, who died unexpectedly last summer. Croce was a member of the department from 1988 to 2017 and its chair from 1988 to 2000.  In her career as a professional artist, she took a minimalist, nonobjective approach that celebrated subtle color shapes and simplified compositions.

In her studio process, Croce was an intrepid seeker, and this exhibition will present works in a variety of media including oils, gouache, encaustic (wax and pigment) and most recently, cut-paper wall installations. With an exquisite eye for color, space and light, she transmitted her vision into minimal geometric elements to create ephemeral harmonies using subtle tensions and perceptual ambiguity.  Croce’s work was influenced by Matisse and Morandi and was later informed by Bauhaus color theorist Johannes . Her work is held in numerous museums and corporate collections.

The exhibit will be presented in the new Mueller Art Gallery in the Student Center on campus. A reception will be held 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, with a snow date of March 1.  Check the university website for updates.

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Merry Christmas and thank you from President Blattner

In a thank you video message, President Nancy Blattner highlights the events of the pack-filled fall semester including the launch of the sprint football team, Homecoming and Family Weekend, the opening of the new Mueller Art Gallery, the annual community service day–Caldwell Day—and the Advent Mass with Cardinal Tobin.  She sends Christmas greetings and gratitude to all for their support, gifts, time and prayers.

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Caldwell University Athletics Promotes Jenna Dingler to Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach/Director of Recreation

CALDWELL, N.J.- Caldwell University Assistant Vice President/Director of Athletics Mark A. Corino has announced the promotion of Jenna Dingler as the Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach and Director of Recreation effective immediately. Dingler joined the Cougars last season as an assistant coach for the women’s lacrosse program.

In her role with the Cougars, Dingler will oversee the recreation and intramural program for Caldwell in addition to being the head women’s lacrosse coach. She will be responsible for coordinating the recreation and intramural program for students, staff and faculty. Dingler will lead the Caldwell Women’s Lacrosse team in the spring as third head coach in the history of the program.

“I want to thank Assistant Vice President/Director of Athletics Mark Corino for this amazing opportunity to be the women’s lacrosse head coach at Caldwell,” said Dingler. “I could not be more excited to begin my collegiate coaching career at Caldwell. It has been my dream to become a head coach, and I am ready to take on this incredible opportunity.”

Dingler was a four-year lacrosse player at Lock Haven University. She totaled 102 points in four seasons with 89 goals. Dingler had a stellar junior season as she was named to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference First Team. She earned Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association First Team All-Region honors and was a IWLCA First Team All-American selection. Dingler was part of two PSAC Championship teams in 2014 and 2015 with both teams advancing to the NCAA Division II Championship game. Dingler was named to the NCAA DII National Championship All-Tournament Team in 2015.

Dingler graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Lock Haven in 2016 in Recreation Management with a concentration in Fitness Management. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Sports Administration and Coaching at Montclair State University and will be graduating in May 2018.


Caldwell University – Names Jenna Dingler as Women’s Lacrosse Head

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Caldwell University Athletics Director Mark Corino Named 2017-18 CACC AD of the Year; Moves On for NACDA National Consideration

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- Caldwell University Assistant Vice President/Director of Athletics Mark A. Corino was selected as the 2017-18 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Athletics Director of the Year as announced by CACC Commissioner Dan Mara.

The award was voted on by the league’s 14 athletic directors during the fall season, as Corino will now move on for consideration for the 2017-18 NCAA Division II Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year award, which is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). NACDA will announce the national award winner in the spring, and the honoree will be recognized at the association’s national convention in late June. The NACDA Convention will be held June 28-July 1 at Gaylord National in Washington, D.C.

“I am honored to be selected by my CACC colleagues for this prestigious award,” said Corino. “I want to thank my coaches and staff for all their efforts that made this possible and I share this award with them.”

Corino had a sensational 2016-17 season in guiding the Caldwell University Department of Athletics. Under his guidance, the Cougars placed second in the CACC Alfred R. Restaino, Sr. Cup Standings for women’s all-sports performance. Factored into that second-place finish was both the women’s soccer and softball teams claiming their respective CACC Championships, while both volleyball and women’s basketball advanced to their own conference finals. During this past fall season, Caldwell won the 2017 CACC Volleyball Championship, while also going through the inaugural season of sprint football at the school.

“It’s an honor to name Mark Corino as the CACC Athletics Director of the Year,” Commissioner Mara said. “He has had a legendary career as both an administrator and coach at Caldwell University, and has devoted countless hours to bettering the CACC as a whole. He is very deserving of this honor.”

At the conference level, Corino serves as the Chair of the conference’s Directors Council and represents the group at the league’s Presidents Council meetings. He has assisted in the strategic planning process for the conference and has helped spearhead new efforts that will help enhance the championship experience for the conference’s student-athletes. Corino also represents the conference on the D2ADA, which is comprised of athletic directors throughout the country who work with the NCAA on various administrative issues.

Corino has also served in various roles on a region and national level. He is a current member of the NCAA Compliance Think Tank National Committee since 2016. Corino is a former member of the NCAA All Divisions Men’s Basketball Rules Committee from 2012-16 and was a member of the NCAA DII Men’s Basketball Regional Advisory Committee from 2003-06 and 2008-12. Corino was part of the ECAC Board of Directors from 2007-14, while serving as the ECAC Third Vice-President from 2010-12 and the Second Vice President from 2012-14.

In addition to his lengthy list of administrative duties at Caldwell and the CACC, Corino also doubles as the school’s men’s basketball coach and is one of the all-time winningest college basketball coaches in the state of New Jersey history. He has won 550 games during his prestigious career.

Last season, Corino also did an outstanding job of leading the Cougars men’s basketball program, as the team advanced to the semifinals of the CACC Championship and finished with 17 wins. The school also did a terrific job of hosting the semifinals and finals of both the CACC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships.