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Coming soon: The Caldwell University Marching Band

Caldwell University is adding a marching band to support its new sprint football team. Come fall of 2017 Caldwell will be one of three universities in New Jersey with marching bands. Music faculty member Rebecca Vega will direct the band, and she is looking for non-music and music majors who would like to contribute their talents in brass, percussion, woodwind, or color guard. Marching band will be a one-credit course that will meet twice a week, and members will perform at all three home football games, open houses, Homecoming and other school events.


Music faculty member Rebecca Vega will direct the Caldwell University Marching Band being added for the new sprint football team.

Vega has experience with marching bands. She was in marching bands in high
school and college, oversaw the marching band when she taught high school for three years in California, and worked with the marching band when she was a graduate assistant in the Music Department at Eastern Michigan University. Now her son marches in the Verona High School Marching Band. “I’m super-excited to teach marching band again. I’m a marching band geek,” Vega said, noting she “drags her husband” to see marching bands at competitions even six hours before her son competes.

Vega says Caldwell will build its marching band over the next three to five years, starting with a small group and simple uniforms and then making it a larger ensemble with more instruments and more elaborate uniforms. Marching band scholarships will be available. For information, contact Professor Rebecca Vega at rvega@Caldwell.edu or 973-618-3446.

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Communications student Brandon Young is a guest on WNNJ’s s “Vets Rock”

Communications and Media Studies student Brandon Young served in the Marine Corp as a corporal and team leader.

Communications and Media Studies student Brandon Young served in the Marine Corp as a corporal and team leader.

Caldwell, N.J., November 9, 2016 – Communication and Media Studies senior Brandon Young was a guest on WNNJ’s “Vets Rock” program on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Young talks with host and Senior Vice President of Programming/Sussex Gary Cee about his experience in the Marine Corp as a corporal and team leader, including serving in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and doing two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He shares the importance of the bonds he made with his friends from the military.

“It was an amazing experience being a guest on their show.  I learned what it is like to be a host of a program for a few hours,” said Young.  They played several of Young’s favorite songs on the air.

Communications and Media Studies student Brandon Young is a guest on WNNJ’s s “Vets Rock”

Communications and Media Studies student Brandon Young is a guest on WNNJ’s s “Vets Rock”


Young, who is looking to pursue a career in broadcasting, was excited to “see how a real studio works” and that what he learned at Caldwell fit right in with the work at WNNJ. “My experience with the Communications and Media Studies Department made me feel very comfortable in the studio.  All of the terminology I learned in class I was able to apply.”

Listeners can hear the program on 103.7 NNJ FM, iheart radio or on the 103.7 website at wnnj.iheart.com.

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Women’s Soccer CACC Championship


Women’s Soccer Wins CACC Championship; Secure Auto bid to NCAA Division II Tournament

LAKEWOOD, N.J.- Caldwell University women’s soccer won their second Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Championship in four seasons as they defeated top seed Georgian Court University 1-0 on Sunday morning. The Cougars secure the CACC auto bid to the NCAA Division II Championship and were selected as the #6 seed. Caldwell faces #3 seed LIU Post on Friday, November 11 at 2 pm on the campus of #2 seed Adelphi University.

The Cougars improve to 12-7-2 on the season, while the Lions season ends at 14-5-1.

Caldwell got the lone goal of the contest midway through the opening half as sophomore Emily Valerian (Roseland, N.J.) took a feed from senior Jessica Garretson (Atco, N.J.) dribbled past the defense and blasted it to the opposite side of the goal for a 1-0 Cougars lead.

The Cougars played solid defense through the contest despite being outshot in the game 18-8. The Lions created some opportunities late in the contest but CACC Tournament MVP Kylie Whalen (Hazlet, N.J.) was up to the task, turning back shots to preserve the lead for Caldwell.

Following the game, the Cougars earned five spots on the all-tournament team with Garretson, Valerian, Whalen, sophomore Jessica LaConde (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and sophomore Gianna Klucker (Tamins, Switzerland) taking top honors for the Cougars. With three tournament victories that included two shutouts, Whalen was named the tournament Most Valuable Player. Whalen also made two crucial shootout saves in the semifinals shootout victory against Holy Family University that allowed Caldwell a shot at Sunday’s championship game. Whalen posted six saves in the championship victory which was her sixth shutout of the season.

Head Coach Nate Guagliardi, in his tenth season with the Cougars, has taken three of his last four squads to the CACC Championship game. Guagliardi led the Cougars to their first CACC Championship and first-ever NCAA Division II Tournament bid in 2013. The Cougars fell in the championship game to Philadelphia University last season and took home the crown in 2016.

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Special Education Delegates from Russia Visit Caldwell University


Special education delegates from Russia visited the Caldwell University Center for Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis. Pictured (left to right) are Mariia Kuznetsova, Special Education Teacher, Olga Pimenkova, Guidance Counselor and Teaching Methodology Specialist, Dr. Jason Vladescu, Caldwell University associate professor of applied behavior analysis, Aleksandr Pichugin, Clinical Psychologist, Ekaterina Kirianova, Music Therapist, Olga Guliaeva, Special Education Teacher, Dr. Sharon Reeve, Caldwell University professor of applied behavior analysis.

Caldwell, N.J., Nov.4, 2016 – Special education delegates from Russia visited the Caldwell University Center for Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis on Nov. 2. The group traveled to the United States through the Open World Program. The delegation included a clinical psychologist from Cherepovets Children’s Hospital and special education teachers from the Rehabilitation Center for Children and Adolescents with Disabilities in Cherepovets, Russia.

During their visit they had lunch with Dr. Jason Vladescu, Ph.D., BCBA-D, NCSP, associate professor in the Caldwell University Department of Applied Behavior Analysis. Following lunch they toured the Center for Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis, observed services being provided, and had a question and answer session with Dr. Vladescu and Dr. Sharon Reeve, Ph.D., BCBA-D, professor in the Caldwell University Department of Applied Behavior Analysis.

The delegation noted the desire to build a collaborative relationship with the Caldwell University Department of Applied Behavior Analysis. They would like to receive direct training and possibly participate in distance-learning classes.

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Science Students Present at Biologists’ Conference


Caldwell, N.J. Nov. 1, 2016 –Five students and an alumna from the Department of Natural and Physical Sciences participated in the 49th Annual Metropolitan Association of College and University Biologists Conference Oct. 29 at State University of New York at Old Westbury, N.Y.  The theme of the conference was “The Dance of the Genes: From Cancer to Conversation.”

Two students from a current research class—Won Moses Choi and Daniel Otuo-Acheampong—and one interested freshman-Anika Sanjana participated to learn and observe the conference atmosphere.

Students Pamela Marte and Juan Garcia and recent graduate Christina Blonski-Cupo presented the work they completed as interns at the JH Bloomberg School of Public Health Diversity Summer Internship Program.

“They all have done a wonderful job of explaining their findings to their peers,”
said Dr. Agnes Berki. associate professor of biology. “The conference featured exceptional speakers including Dr. Jill Bargonetti (professor of biological sciences at Hunter College and cancer researcher) who made the audience dance a correct p53 “DNA dance” and a mutated p53 “DNA dance”. We had much fun participating.”

Marte received a second prize award in the category of Microbiology/Immunology for her poster titled: Evaluation of Cytokines in Autoimmune Retinopathy that she completed working with Dr. Barbara Detrick, a professor of pathology at the JH University School of Medicine.

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Political Science Club Hosts Student-run Mock Debate


Caldwell, N.J., Nov. 1, 2016 – The Political Science Club in conjunction with the Department of History and Political Science, hosted a student-run mock debate. Students researched the positions of presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on four crucial issues: immigration, gun laws, terrorism and the environment.

Dr. Domenic Maffei, chair of the history and political science department, said the students presented well informed and energetic analyses of the two candidates’ positions and responded to audience questions.

“The students on the panel represented the brightest that Caldwell University has to offer; it was good to see them engaging at that high a level,” said Maffei. “The students actually did a better job at articulating the candidates’ positions than the candidates themselves.”

Katherine Llangari, president of the club, said it was great to see that students were not only willing to sign up and debate each candidate’s position on the issues, but also engaged in the discussion during the open floor sessions. “The club as a whole has been successful on increasing awareness of the upcoming elections and pushing students to go out and vote.”

If you would like more information about the Political Science Club contact the club president, Katherine Llanagari at kllangari@caldwell.edu or Dr. Maffei, department chair at DMaffei@caldwell.edu.

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Theology/Philosophy Presents Lecture: Shut Your Face: The Value of Silence in a Culture of Noise and Opinion

Dr. Kyle D. Bennett will present the Theology/Philosophy Department’s Sister Maura Campbell, O.P. lecture on Nov. 30.

Dr. Kyle D. Bennett will present the Theology/Philosophy Department’s Sister Maura Campbell, O.P. lecture on Nov. 30.

Caldwell, N.J., Oct. 31, 2016 – Dr. Kyle D. Bennett will present “Shut Your Face: The Value of Silence in a Culture of Noise and Opinion” for the Theology/Philosophy Department’s Sister Maura Campbell, O.P. lecture series on Wednesday Nov. 30 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Alumni theater.

Dr. Bennett is assistant professor of philosophy at Caldwell University in Caldwell, New Jersey, where he also directs the Spirituality and Leadership Institute, a think tank and training center that focuses on spiritual formation and citizenship in North American democratic society. He has taught at Azusa Pacific University, Providence Christian College, and The King’s College. His first book, Practices of Love: Spiritual Disciplines for the Life of the World (Brazos Press), is slated to release June 2017.

The series is named after Sister Maura who was a Sister of St. Dominic of Caldwell. She was a theologian, philosopher, professor, researcher and national leader in education whose scholarship and teaching spanned 50 years.

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Night of Cougar Pride inducts three new hall of famers and first-ever team


CALDWELL, N.J.- Caldwell University Athletics, in conjunction with Cougar Pride, hosted “A Night of Cougar Pride” on Friday, October 21 at Cedar Hill Country Club in Livingston, N.J. Caldwell Athletics welcomed three new hall of famer members, bringing the number in the hall of fame to 40. In addition, the first-ever team was also inducted as part of the ceremony.

The newest members of the Caldwell Athletics Hall of Fame include Assistant Vice President/Director of Athletics and Men’s Basketball Head Coach Mark A. Corino, men’s soccer standout Uke Dauti ’07 and women’s basketball star Gwendolyn Gunn ’00. In addition to the three inductees, Coach Corino’s first national tournament team in 1992-93 was recognized as the first-ever team to receive hall of fame honors.

The Caldwell University Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 2010 to honor student-athletes, coaches and contributors who have played significant roles in the success of the intercollegiate athletic programs at Caldwell University. With this year’s class, there are now 40 members in the Hall of Fame and they plaques are in the Welcome Center located on the first floor of the George R. Newman Center.

To watch the video from the event, click here.


(left to right): Andrew Fraser, Inductee Uke Dauti


(left to right): Nicole Campbell Russo, Inductee Gwendolyn Gunn


1992-93 Men’s Basketball Team (left to right): Assistant Coach John Michael Santuli, Father Bob Stagg, Assistant Coach Glenn Carroll, Head Coach Mark A. Corino, Derek Bailey, Ed Elam, Matt Stuart, Brian Gaccione, Damian Kennedy, Evan Swansey


(left to right): Inductee Mark A. Corino, Sister Michele Rodgers, Dean Johnson

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Advisement Services Promotes Student Success

At Caldwell University, we believe that academic advising is an integral part of a student’s success and connection to the University. The professional advisors are available to help our traditional and adult undergraduates select courses, declare a major, understand the core curriculum, and connect them with opportunities and resources to enhance their academic experience.

“Sometimes it takes a village.” The advisors work in concert with the faculty and other advisors in the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF), Career Planning and Development, Academic Success Center, and other campus partners such as Financial Aid, Registrar, Bursar, Disability Support Services and the Counseling Center. Together, we help connect students to the multitude of resources and services available at their fingertips.

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