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Cardinal Tobin Celebrates Advent Mass at Caldwell University

His Eminence Joseph William Cardinal Tobin, C.Ss.R., D.D., Archbishop of the Newark Archdiocese, taking a group picture with Caldwell University Students.
His Eminence Joseph William Cardinal Tobin, C.Ss.R., D.D., Archbishop of the Newark Archdiocese, blessing John DellaPenna, Director, Media/ITV Services of Caldwell University.
His Eminence Joseph William Cardinal Tobin, C.Ss.R., D.D., Archbishop of the Newark Archdiocese, performing some rituals.
His Eminence Joseph William Cardinal Tobin, C.Ss.R., D.D., Archbishop of the Newark Archdiocese, blessing Caldwell University Students.
Music Student of the Caldwell University performing some choirs in Student center Gym during the visit of his Eminence Joseph William Cardinal Tobin, C.Ss.R., D.D., Archbishop of the Newark Archdiocese.
His Eminence Joseph William Cardinal Tobin, C.Ss.R., D.D., Archbishop of the Newark Archdiocese, interacting with the Caldwell University Students.
His Eminence Joseph William Cardinal Tobin, C.Ss.R., D.D., Archbishop of the Newark Archdiocese, welcomed by the Caldwell University community.
Caldwell University excited Student during the visit of His Eminence Joseph William Cardinal Tobin, C.Ss.R., D.D., Archbishop of the Newark Archdiocese.

Caldwell, N.J., Dec. 7, 2017 – His Eminence Joseph William Cardinal Tobin, C.Ss.R., D.D., Archbishop of the Newark Archdiocese, visited Caldwell University Dec. 6 to celebrate an Advent Mass and meet students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the board of trustees.

In his homily, Cardinal Tobin spoke of the Gospel reading Matthew 15:29-37, which is the story of the multiplication of loaves and fishes and how it is “the most told miracle of Jesus,” and can be found in all four books of the Gospel.

If we want to see miracles today, said the Cardinal we “have to try to have the eyes of Jesus.” Just as the disciples only had seven loaves and a few fish to give, and Jesus was able to abundantly multiply that, Cardinal Tobin said,  “all we have to do is give what we have.”   If we give “our time, patience, a hug,” and it is given out of compassion, it will not only be enough, but it will be abundant,” said the Cardinal.     Noting that there were students making sandwiches for the homeless, he encouraged the Caldwell community to continue to care for the dignity of others – “Like Jesus you are moved with compassion.”

Brittany Gaule, a freshman, said the Cardinal’s sermon was a real good boost to help the students as they prepare for final exams. She loved the story he told about meeting St. Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa) in his native Detroit at the residence of the Missionaries  of Charity, the order Mother founded.  Irielis Garcia, a senior, said the homily came at an important time for her since she has an illness and has had to face treatments at the holiday season for the last two years. “He gave me the joy I needed.” Katherine Llangari, a senior who will be graduating in December, said the Cardinal’s words helped her as she prepares for graduation and is making plans to apply to law school. “The Lord gives us what we need at the moment we need it.”

President Nancy Blattner welcomed the Cardinal to campus sharing with him how over the 78 years since Caldwell opened its doors it “has embraced the needs of the times through consistent growth, providing excellence in education with dedicated faculty and staff, and an unwavering focus on its Catholic mission and Dominican heritage.”

The Mass was concelebrated by Rev. Msgr. Michael A. Andreano, vicar general and chancellor/secretary to the Archbishop, Father Al Berner, Caldwell’s former chaplain, and Father James Manos, pastor of St. Luke’s in Ho-ho-kus.

The music was provided by The Caldwell University Chorale under the direction of Dr. Laura Greenwald.

The Cardinal spent time talking with and having lunch with students, faculty, staff, alumni, board of trustees members and Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell.

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Paramedic Emergency Health Science Partnership between Caldwell University and Union County College

Caldwell, N.J., Nov. 30, 2017 – Union County College and Caldwell University have executed a memorandum of understanding that allows graduates of Union County College’s Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paramedic Emergency Health Science to seamlessly transfer into Caldwell University’s Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration degree program.

Caldwell University will accept Union County College’s 63-credit A.A.S. degree program’s courses in Paramedic Emergency Health Science to apply to Caldwell’s Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration 121-credit program, affording paramedic graduates an opportunity to enter Caldwell’s Bachelor of Science degree with junior standing.  This memorandum of understanding creates greater educational opportunities for paramedic graduates to better meet workforce needs and career advancement.

Caldwell’s Bachelor of Science Healthcare Administration degree prepares students for the dynamic and expanding healthcare industry in the United States.  Consistent with its mission, Caldwell University provides an education for students pursuing meaningful work in a health and healing industry.  Students obtaining the A.A.S. in Paramedic Emergency Health Science will meet the Caldwell University requirements for the liberal arts and science core curriculum, except for four mission-centric core courses.  Graduates can expect to provide essential business expertise in diverse settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, life-care residential facilities, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and medical practices.

Atlantic Ambulance Corporation of Atlantic Health System has been a trusted partner of Union County College’s Paramedic Emergency Health Science Program and offers Atlantic Health System employees tuition reimbursement for those pursuing higher education.  Additionally, Atlantic Health System has an established partnership with Caldwell University offering a tuition discount for full- or part-time study.  Union County College will begin offering advanced placement in the fall of 2018 for currently certified New Jersey paramedics returning to complete their A.A.S. degree in Paramedic Emergency Health Science.

About Caldwell University

Caldwell University is a private, Catholic coed four-year university with a strong liberal arts core curriculum that enhances critical thinking and analytical reasoning. Caldwell offers 30 undergraduate and 30 graduate programs, including doctoral, master’s, certificate and certification programs, as well as online and distance learning options that prepare students for today’s global marketplace. The university has 14 NCAA division II intercollegiate sports programs and a football program that is a member of the Collegiate Sprint Football League.

Caldwell offers numerous clubs, fraternities, sororities and activities.   It is located on a beautiful 70-acre campus in suburban Caldwell, New Jersey. Caldwell was founded by the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Caldwell. Its core values of respect, integrity, community and excellence influence academic and campus life. For more information about Caldwell University, visit caldwell.edu

 About Union County College  

Union County College is a public comprehensive community college providing quality, affordable, accessible educational programs that serve the greater Union County region. It is the first of New Jersey’s 19 Associate Degree Colleges, serving both career-minded and transfer-oriented students since 1933. The College enrolls almost 30,000 credit, non-credit, and continuing education students and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Many programs lead to the Associate in Arts, Science, and Applied Science degrees. For more information, visit www.ucc.edu.


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Student attends World Youth Forum in Egypt

Caldwell University student Keith Kyewalabye, a biology major and music minor, was selected to participate in the World Youth Forum Model United Nations in Sharm El Sheikh, Eygpt. He took part in the international conference from Nov. 4-10 where the student delegates discussed issues such as combating terrorism, cyber warfare and immigration. The students heard from top policymakers and had the chance to meet them.  Kyewalabye, an international student from Uganda, was delighted to meet the Ugandan ambassador to Egypt.  He enjoyed interacting with young people from around the globe. The students held a simulation of a Security Council and passed their own resolution.    “We learned that as much as we have problems, young people are determined to make a difference,” said Kyewalabye.  He hopes to someday become a leader in his country.

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Sister Gerardine shares journey as artist, educator and Dominican sister on “Life and Living” TV program

Sister Gerardine Mueller, O.P., professor emerita and founder of the Caldwell University Art Department, is a guest on Life & Living with Joanna Gagis.

Sister talks about her work as an artist and educator and about her vocation and how she realized at young age that she wanted to enter religious life. Joanna and Sister Gerardine talk about the new Caldwell University Mueller Gallery, named for Sister, and how it will be a source of provide more opportunities for artists and students.   Viewers of the program will have a chance to see Sister’s beautiful Christmas cards and her work in the studio. Sister explains the process she goes through each year in creating the Christmas cards.

The broadcast schedule is:

Saturday, December 9, 2 p.m., NJTV

Sunday, December 10, 11 a.m., NJTV

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Nursing faculty and student share journeys with cancer on “One-on-One” TV program

Caldwell Nursing faculty member Dr. Kathleen Kelley and nursing student Natalie Pedri are guests on “One-on-One with Steve Adubato.” With host Joanna Gagis filling in for Adubato, they share their personal journeys with cancer and how the Nursing Department faculty and students played a role in their recoveries.

Pedri explains that she was going into her senior year of college when she did a body self-assessment, something she learned to do in her nursing studies.  She found a mass in her abdomen and shortly after spoke to Kelley about it and learned the steps to take.  Pedri spent a year out of school undergoing treatment for a stage four Wilm’s tumor, a childhood cancer.  She came to more fully appreciate the value of nurses and understand what kind of nurse she wants to become.   Kelley, associate professor and assistant director of the School of Nursing and Public Health at Caldwell, explains how she went through breast cancer, a result of working as a nurse at the site of the World Trade Center attacks.  Throughout her treatments, Kelley continued to teach, sharing her experience with her nursing students so they could learn from it and become better professionals. Kelley and Pedri talk about the importance of nurses in helping patients with cancer.

To view the segment go to:

The broadcast schedule is:

Thursday, Nov, 30, 5:30 p.m. on WHYY

Thursday, Nov. 30, 7 p.m., NJTV

Friday, December 1, 1 a.m. on WNET

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Professor Bob Mann presents to law enforcement on “Police and the Media”

Caldwell, N.J., Nov. 20, 2017 – Caldwell University Communication and Media Studies Chair Bob Mann presented his perspective on “Police and the Media” at the AAA North Jersey’s 30th annual Traffic Safety Awards luncheon on Oct. 25. More than 250 police chiefs, traffic officers, town officials and other community members gathered at the Brownstone in Paterson for the event.

“I think it is important for law enforcement and the media to work closely together and trust one another. It was a great opportunity to share my thoughts on this with the police officers in the audience,” said Professor Mann.

Police departments were honored at the event for their contributions and efforts towards traffic and pedestrian safety.

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Caldwell-Jefferson Basketball Doubleheader Selected For DII Basketball Showcase on February 17

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- The NCAA on Thursday announced that the Caldwell University-Thomas Jefferson men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, will be part of the national association’s Division II Basketball Showcase package during the 2017-18 season, and as such, the doubleheader will be streamed worldwide through ESPN3 and the Watch ESPN app. The Cougars and Rams doubleheader hosted at Caldwell’s George R. Newman Center tip off with the women’s game at 1 pm and the men’s game follows at 3 pm.

ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multiscreen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually. It is accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and streaming devices through the ESPN App. The network currently is available nationwide at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. It is also available at no cost to U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.

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Educational Opportunity Fund Launches 50th Anniversary with Jazz and Civil Rights Movement Program

Flute performance during the EOF 50th Anniversary.
Board on Display during the 50th Anniversary of Education Opportunity Funding.
Speech delivered on Caldwell University during the 50th Anniversary of Education Opportunity Funding.
Caldwell University Students posing for the photo during the 50th Anniversary of Education Opportunity Funding.

Caldwell, N.J., Nov. 10, 2017 – The Educational Opportunity Fund of Caldwell University launched its yearlong 50th anniversary celebration Nov. 8 with jazz and a presentation on the civil rights movement by flutist Galen Abdur-Razzaq.

Razzaq, president of Flute Juice Productions, performed jazz pieces and gave a lively, interactive talk focusing on African-American history and music artists in the United States during the civil rights movement.

Andrei St. Felix, director of Caldwell’s EOF program, said the event was important to educate the community and students about the origin of the program and about the events that led to the 1967 Newark riots. “Out of that struggle and perilous time was born the opportunity to assist students of color who were financially and/or academically below the admissions criteria to attend colleges and universities in the state of New Jersey. Razzaq also shed light on the contributions of the many jazz musicians of that era who were also activists in their own way and used their talents to bring people together and expose the injustices that sparked the civil rights movement.”

EOF student Dominique Andrews said, “I thought that the event was really relaxing, and I enjoyed the speakers along with the music. I thought the message was very clear and important for members of the EOF community to know.”

Student Tanya Jean Louis said that EOF was a gift and that she was grateful for the many doors it had opened for her.

EOF came on the heels of the 1967 Newark riots. New Jersey’s chancellor of higher education, Ralph A. Dungan, proposed the program for special assistance to students from financially and educationally disadvantaged areas. It stemmed from the Select Commission on Civil Disorders, known as the Lilly Commission, which made its report to the governor and state Legislature, recommending programs to address the conditions that underpinned the riots. The Educational Opportunity Fund was enacted in 1968; the legislation was sponsored by Thomas Kean, an assemblyman and future governor.Sister Vivien Jennings, O.P., was Caldwell’s first EOF director.

Caldwell’s EOF program will host another celebration in spring 2018 for the community and students.

To learn more about Caldwell University’s EOF program, go to https://www.caldwell.edu/eof

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Art therapy students volunteer at Essex County Hospital Center


Caldwell, N.J.  Oct. 24, 2017 – Caldwell graduate and undergraduate students  studying art therapy volunteered at the Essex County Hospital Center, the receiving hospital for all short-term psychiatric facilities in the county.

Annette Vaccaro, assistant professor and clinical coordinator at Caldwell, said it was a unique opportunity for the students, since due to confidentiality issues, it is not the norm for the work to be observed by others. “Community-based interventions allow even undergraduates to observe and become immersed in the counseling art therapy process as a facilitator.”

Graduate students Kaila Hawriluk and Andrea Morte are doing internships at the hospital for their studies in the mental health counseling with art therapy master’s degree program. They came up with the idea to have the students help patients plan for the hospital’s Halloween party by creating costumes around a theme of superheroes and villains.

They managed the entire project, which included assigning roles, gathering supplies, deciding on materials and publicizing the event to solicit graduate and undergraduate art therapy students and rehab therapy team staff at the hospital. They were guided by their internship supervisors, Caldwell alumna Ashley Gerolstein and art therapist Lisa Thomas, employees at the hospital.

Hawriluk found it rewarding to see the patients having fun while creating their superheroes. The patients’ choices helped the team learn a little more about their personalities and the characteristics of the superhero personalities they take pride in, said Hawriluk.

Morte liked seeing the patients, staff and students interact, and she was pleased that a number of patients engaged in the project. “We did not know which patients would come down, and it was surprising for me to see patients who I haven’t had in art groups come and create.”

Members of the Caldwell art therapy faculty are grateful to the Essex County Hospital patients and staff for collaborating with them on the project, said Vaccaro. The project, she said, also provided a networking opportunity “where more senior clinicians become mentors to those with less experience,” an arrangement that can continue throughout their careers.