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Alumnus’s Business Foundation at Work at Big 4 firm in Norway

Caldwell, N.J., August 5, 2019- Most people in Drammen, Norway, have never heard of Caldwell, New Jersey. And vice versa. But at the Ernst & Young offices in this port and river city in eastern Norway, a young professional carries with him the foundation he was given in the business classes at Caldwell University.Ole-Anders Wendelborg Alumnus Ole-Anders Wendelborg ’18 has been an auditor at the big four accounting firm for the past year.

Leveraging his undergraduate degree in business and his MBA, he has worked closely with partners at E&Y locations in Norway, helped managers with clients overseas and locally, provided translation and assisted co-workers with information on international laws and regulations. “I cannot thank the Business School at Caldwell enough. Being the only new employee with an international degree gave me certain advantages,” said Wendelborg. “I came into work well prepared, organized and excited to start.”

Wendelborg credits Caldwell Professor Alvin Neiman’s accounting classes for sparking his interest in accounting and auditing as a career path. In Professor Virginia Rich’s courses, he learned “business lingo” and “how to approach clients and co-workers in a professional manner.” Professor Bernie O’Rourke’s integrated strategic management seminar gave him hands-on experience to learn the ways businesses operate and develop during changing times and trends. The small classes, led by professors who “push you further academically,” said Wendelborg, encouraged and supported participation from students.

A native of Drammen, Wendelborg transferred to Caldwell in his sophomore year and played on the men’s soccer team for three years. He was happy that there were direct flights from Newark to Oslo, which is 40 minutes from Drammen. That made visits from family and friends doable, and he was able to get home a few times a year.

As an international student, Wendelborg felt welcomed by the campus community, and he cherishes the friends he made at Caldwell. “We’re all like a big family. I still stay in touch with several of my old teammates and roommates. We meet up regularly, and I’ve already planned several trips for the coming fall.” He would like his fellow Caldwell alums to experience Norway’s unique landscapes, cuisine, attractions and culture. “You can, in the span of 15 minutes, go from a fairly large modern city like Oslo to the wilderness. I enjoy skiing and we offer some of the best slopes around.”

Wendelborg plans to keep growing professionally in Ernst and Young, and perhaps “one day I’ll be able to work in the United States for some time,” he said.

As an alum, he knows that the journey he made halfway around the world for his education is already proving to be a foundation for professional success. “I have landed a great job, which has opened several doors for the future.”

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Business Student’s Apprenticeship Provides In-depth Human Resources Training

“All schools should be making this a priority. It should be across the board,” says Caldwell University business student Crystal Zamora of her human resources apprenticeship program.  Zamora is the first federally registered human resources apprentice in the U.S. thanks to a partnership with the Employers Association of New Jersey.

Crystal Zamora

Zamora, who is majoring in business administration and minoring in human resources, has worked in HR for the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey where among her duties she assisted with payroll and planned a wellness program, and she is currently working in HR at Mott MacDonald, a national engineering firm in Iselin, New Jersey. “The companies I have had the honor of working with have given me such invaluable experiences,” she said.   The networking has been one of the highlights of the apprenticeship.  “There are so many professionals who are willing to help me.”

Apprenticeships are different than internships since students have the opportunity to work for two to three years immersing themselves in the business experiences.   John Sarno, president of EANJ, says most of the students, like Zamora, are the first in their families to attend college and they are “totally committed to their career development, working and attending classes full-time, a long-term commitment that requires the utmost endurance.”

Zamora, who will graduate in December and continue in Caldwell’s MBA program, is applying  concepts she learned in the classroom to “real life experiences” as she is exposed to areas of HR like the Affordable Care Act and Occupational Safety and Health Administration reporting, bargaining agreements, recruitment and promotion, and harassment issues.  EANJ has given her the opportunity to attend classes on human resources administration and law and compensation.

The US Department of Labor is promoting apprenticeships following the 2017 executive order to expand the programs. According to the US Department of Labor, nationally registered apprenticeships are becoming increasing available with reportedly 585,000 in 2018 compared with 375,000 in 2013. Graduates who have had apprenticeships are attractive to employers because they have on the job experience.

Sheila O’Rourke, Caldwell’s vice president of institutional effectiveness and member of EANJ’s board, is happy that Caldwell is one of the first to embrace this way of giving students more in-depth work experiences. “Crystal worked in our Human Resources office at Caldwell University before she started her apprenticeship.  There, I had the pleasure of getting to know her, and to witness firsthand her eagerness to learn and her strong work ethic.  Crystal will be an asset to any HR office lucky enough to employ her.”

Zamora recommends apprenticeships to students in any majors for their personal and professional development. “I hope more of these apprenticeship programs come to life,” she said, because it gives students solid experience and “enhances the connection” between class instruction and the field work.

Virginia Rich, associate dean of the School of Business and Computer Science, says the program is a terrific opportunity for employers to groom a potential employee to meet their firm’s unique needs and is one of the best active learning experiences a student could have. “Through industry experience, the lessons we teach in the classroom are reinforced in a tremendously meaningful way. And the employers benefit from the valuable work apprentices provide.”

Zamora is grateful to Rich and business faculty member Helen McGowan for introducing her to the program. “They have guided me throughout the entire experience.” She knows it has put her on the right path. “I have realized this is something I would love to do and a career I could see myself happy in.”

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Recent Graduates are in Top One Percent of Business Undergraduates

Recent graduates Zulenny Reyes-Calderon and Aida Osmeni were recognized at the New Jersey Collegiate Business Administration Association honor society ceremony May 3. L to R: Caldwell Business Professor Bernard O’Rourke; adjunct at Caldwell and professor at Essex County College, Dr. Germaine Albuquerque; Reyes-Calderon and Aida Osmeni; Associate Dean of the School of Business and Computer Science Virginia Rich and Business Professor Monika Sywak

Recent graduates Zulenny Reyes-Calderon and Aida Osmeni were recognized at the New Jersey Collegiate Business Administration Association honor society ceremony May 3. L to R: Caldwell Business Professor Bernard O’Rourke; adjunct at Caldwell and professor at Essex County College, Dr. Germaine Albuquerque; Reyes-Calderon and Aida Osmeni; Associate Dean of the School of Business and Computer Science Prof. Virginia Rich and Business Professor Monika Sywak

Caldwell, N.J June 3, 2019 -Recent graduates Aida Osmeni and Zulenny Reyes-Calderon were recognized at the New Jersey Collegiate Business Administration Association honor society ceremony on Friday, May 3 at Middlesex County College. The top one percent of undergraduate students pursuing degrees in business are invited to join NJCBAA.

Osmeni received a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in financial economics and math and Reyes-Calderon received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration on May 19 at Caldwell’s commencement ceremony.

Dr. Virginia Rich, associate dean of the School of Business and Computer Science, says the School of Business is very proud of Osmeni and Reyes-Calderon. “We are delighted that our students’ hard work and dedication is recognized by the NJCBAA with this distinguished award.”

Osmeni is employed at Crum & Forster and Zulenny is working in her family’s business.

 

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Sport management students host event to support business professor’s nonprofit for education in India

Abhaneriv Classroom
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Caldwell, N.J., May 14, 2019 – Students in Business Professor Neil Malvone’s Sports Event Management class and in the Sport Management Club hosted a nightfall volleyball event to support Pawel’s Children which improves education in India. The non-profit organization was founded by Business Professor Monika Sywak in honor of her son.  

Malvone said the students were thrilled to create the event to help Pawel’s Children.  

Each semester, the event management students create an event from ideation to implementation as a way to learn the course material in an experiential fashion. They handle all aspects of the event including finding participants, sponsors, and bringing in spectators, as well as the event logistics,” said Malvone.  

Sywak is grateful to Malvone and the students for their support. The founding of the Pawel’s Children goes back to 2014 when Sywak says the organization “found her” and it was love at first sight. They support the Abhaneri School in an impoverished area of India that Sywak “stumbled on” during a sightseeing trip with her friends Shalini Madaras and Denise Walsh.     

They were distributing soccer balls in a rural area of Rajasthan when they stopped at the Abhaneri School. They saw that 300 children were learning in a structure with dirt floors, no running water, no bathrooms or electricity, and unstable walls. After leaving the kids that day, Sywak says, she could not stop thinking about them, “how special they were and how much they really wanted to learn.” Even with a language barrier and her friend’s translation, Sywak could feel how “sincere, humble and genuine” the people were and could see they “had a real  love for education.”

“They just needed a little help to take it further,” says Sywak, who teaches undergraduate and graduate finance and ethical business strategy courses. She and her friends decided to start with a small project, financing the construction of bathrooms. They suggested making the donations in memory of Sywak’s son, Pawel, who had died in 2012 at 20 years old. As they started spreading the word,  they could see there was support for the project. Soon after, they applied for the nonprofit status and Pawel’s Children was born.

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Women Entrepreneurship Week 2018

Women Entrepreneurship Week 2018 Flyer

Caldwell University’s Accounting Club, Marketing Club, and Women’s Leadership Initiative are proud to highlight three alumna who have successfully navigated the challenges of starting their own businesses.

Denise Beck is a graduate of Caldwell College with a BS in Accounting and MBA. Denise is a Certified Public Accountant in both New York and New Jersey. She has excelled in both the private sector as a Controller for a technology corporation and a senior manager in various public accounting firms. Utilizing the solid foundation developed at Caldwell, Denise has developed into a top tier professional advisor to clients across a variety of industries including not for profit entities and closely held businesses. She has founded her own practice in Rutherford, NJ as a trusted advisor in both accounting and tax matters to clients across variety of industries, including professional services, real estate and not for profit industries.

Kathy Fraser is a graduate of Caldwell College with a BS in Accounting and MS in Accounting. Kathy is the founder and creative head of Milked LLC, an artisan bath and body company based in West Orange, New Jersey. Milked was born out of a love for all things creative, but also out of necessity as Kathy started her journey to transform her skincare to only natural and plant-based products. While managing Milked, Kathy also works as a Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Risk Assurance practice, serving Fortune 500 companies. Kathy has also taught Accounting Information Systems at Caldwell University as an adjunct professor.

Lisa Schroeder Klein is a graduate of Caldwell College with a BS in Accounting and MBA. Lisa is the CFO of Enforsys. She is responsible for all financial functions at Enforsys, as well as contract and human resource management. She has 25+ years of accounting and finance experience, 15+ of these within executive financial management. In addition to her position at Enforsys, Lisa founded and manages L.S. Klein, LLC, a financial services firm, for the past 23 years.

Event is open to the public.  Registration is not required.

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Delta Mu Delta Induction 2018

Delta Mu Delta Induction Group Shot

The School of Business & CIS is proud to present the fifteen students who were inducted into the international business administration honor society, Delta Mu Delta. Caldwell University instituted its Lambda Psi Chapter of Delta Mu Delta in 2009. In order to qualify for this prestigious society, students must have completed at least half of their coursework and maintain a GPA in the top 20% of their class.

2018 Inductees

Taylor Brier Alda
Giovanna E. Caceda
Lindsay D. Council
Martin Djikanovic
Gina Lynn Fasolo
Connor William Foor
Isabel Theresa Fourre
Kayla Jean George
Roshan Mallepati Shrestha
Aida Osmeni
Jenna Leigh Sanfilippo
Mehruz Shafana
Olha Shchur
Renee Szewc
Hanna Marie Weber

Each year, Caldwell University selects honorary members, who exhibit excellence in business and maintain strong ties to Caldwell University’s Business programs, to be inducted into the honor society. The School of Business & CIS was proud to induct two distinguished alumni, Rose Ann Labar and Miguel Walker.

Inductees with Head of CIS Business School

Rose Ann Labar joined Caldwell in 1998 as an adult evening and weekend student while working full time. She graduated from Caldwell with a BS in 2002 and with her MBA in 2005. She has worked for American Cyanamid Company and held various positions including payroll, compensation, benefits and organizational development for the Latin America Division. She is currently employed by Avis Budget Group which is a leading global provider of mobility solutions, operating three of the most recognized brands through Avis, Budget and Zipcar. Avis Budget Group and it’s licensees operate the Avis and Budget brands in approximately 180 countries and employees approximately 29,000 employees. She currently serves on the Business Advisory Council for Caldwell University is an avid New Jersey Devils hockey fan and considers herself a Disney aficionado.

Miguel Walker is a Vice President in Barclays Financial Institutions Investment Banking Group, where he provides strategic advisory services to specialty finance companies on mergers and acquisitions and capital raising across the debt and equity capital markets. Prior to Barclays, Miguel worked as a portfolio analyst with ING Direct USA responsible for analyzing credit risk and driving the growth strategy on the Company’s $40 billion residential mortgage portfolio. Miguel received his MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University in 2012 and his BS, summa cum laude, from Caldwell University in 2007. While at Caldwell, Miguel was captain of the Men’s soccer team was active in student government and the International Student Organization, for which he served as president.

The purposes of Delta Mu Delta are to promote higher scholarship in training for business and to recognize and reward scholastic attainment in business subjects. Delta Mu Delta membership provides recognition for a lifetime. It is the highest national recognition a business student can earn.

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CU SPORT MANAGEMENT AND BUSINESS STUDY ABROAD TRIP TO ITALY

Students and Faculty Members of Buisness Division Sharing their Experience on Trip to Italy

Students in Caldwell University’s School of Business and Computer Information Systems had the opportunity to travel to Italy to explore the field of sport management for a short-term study abroad excursion in January 2018. The students, along with their associate dean, join us on “Caldwell University Conversations” to talk about the trip that took them to Rome, Milan and Bologna.  They share what they gained from hearing from professionals and visiting companies such as Nike, Ferrari Marketing, San Siro Stadium and Inter Milan. They also visited sites in Rome such as the Colosseum and St. Peter’s Basilica.  They talk about the benefits of learning how to navigate on their own, enjoying the culture and food, and forming friendships.

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J.P. Morgan exec tells business students to combine “science, art and heart” in their careers

J. P. Morgan executive Alma DeMetropolis hosted a roundtable for Caldwell undergraduate and graduate students

J. P. Morgan executive Alma DeMetropolis hosted a roundtable for Caldwell undergraduate and graduate students at her company’s Summit, New Jersey headquarters on Feb. 23. She is pictured here (front row, second from left) with Associate Dean of Caldwell’s School of Business and Computer Information Systems, Professor Bernie O’Rourke (front row, second from right) and the students.

Alma DeMetropolis to be honored at university’s scholarship gala

Caldwell, N.J., March 19, 2018-  You have to “laugh and smile and give off positivity, even if you have a bad day; that’s what attracts people,” said J.P. Morgan executive Alma DeMetropolis. At a roundtable at her company’s Summit, New Jersey, headquarters Feb. 23, Caldwell University undergraduate and graduate students received invaluable professional advice from DeMetropolis.

As New Jersey Market President for J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and New Jersey Market Manager for J.P. Morgan Private Bank, DeMetropolis provides executive leadership across the firm’s lines of business as well as community and employment engagement. She will be honored at Caldwell University’s Presidential Scholarship gala on April 20 at Mayfair Farms in West Orange.  DeMetropolis remembers well what it was like being a college student ready to embark on a career, so she is passionate about sharing her insights with young people.

“Communication is incredibly important. This is a people’s business,” she told the students. When interviewing, don’t underestimate what a thank-you note can do, said DeMetropolis, recalling that her company recently wanted to hire a candidate but that the person lost out on the job after failing to write a thank-you note.

DeMetropolis, who was the first in her family to go to college, said that as a little girl growing up in Brooklyn she lived in an orphanage for several years. She returned home, attended a public high school in Brooklyn and graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies with a minor in accounting. Her original plan was to go to medical school, but she was a bit of a “math geek” and soon found herself working at J.P. Morgan. She started during the first Persian Gulf War, and her first assignment was to analyze J.P. Morgan’s risk exposure to sovereign countries. She began working with the CEO and the CFO and received an assignment in London, dealing with the emerging euro. For the last 26 years, she has served the company in many capacities including international assignments in London, Zurich, Paris and Latin America.

J. P. Morgan executive Alma DeMetropolis provided professional advice to Caldwell undergraduate and graduate students

J. P. Morgan executive Alma DeMetropolis provided professional advice to Caldwell undergraduate and graduate students at her company’s Summit, New Jersey headquarters on Feb. 23. She is pictured here at the end of the table with Associate Dean of Caldwell’s School of Business and Computer Information Systems Professor Bernie O’Rourke and the students.

“Be proactive,” work hard and deliver, and bring humility to the job, said DeMetropolis. She encouraged the students to reinvest in themselves and their education as they pursue their careers and to keep current. “There’s an art to who you are.” IQ, EQ (emotional intelligence) and LQ, “the love portion,” are all important characteristics to bring to the table, and employees should work on all of those fundamentals.   “If you marry the science, the art and the heart of what you are doing,” people will want to work with you and will trust you, she said.

Mehruz Shafana, an accounting and financial economics major from Bangladesh, said the roundtable was one of the most interactive sessions she had attended. “She was a big inspiration,” said Shafana. The information DeMetropolis provided, such as the advice to pay attention to details and to send thank-you notes, was particularly helpful, said Shafana, especially since she is an international student and is still learning about U.S. business protocols.

Will Levier, business administration major,   had interned at Morgan Stanley in New York City in the summer and was glad to learn there are opportunities in the suburbs that would make the commute into the city unnecessary. He was interested in hearing about  DeMetropolis’s international business experiences. “I just think from a global perspective in the industry there are a lot of opportunities to be had for employees and entry-level students.”

Brandi-Lee Brochu,  a financial economics major, appreciated the discussion about financial health and the importance of young professionals starting to save early for the long term. “Hearing her speak about it and taking what we learned in the classroom and bringing it all together really shows you that we are preparing for life outside of Caldwell.”

Hritesh Regmi, a master’s in business administration candidate, was enthused to learn about DeMetropolis’s work in the community and about J.P. Morgan’s commitment to philanthropy. “It was so refreshing to hear about it,” he said.

DeMetropolis has been involved on the boards or councils of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, the Liberty Science Center, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and the Nature Conservancy in New Jersey. J.P. Morgan’s philanthropy commitments are in areas such as economic empowerment, workforce readiness training, affordable housing and Rising Tide Capital, which provides financial backing and coaching to small businesses.

Professor Bernie O’Rourke, associate dean of the School of Business and Computer Information Systems, was pleased to bring the diverse group to the meeting. The cohort group included sophomores, juniors and seniors, master’s candidates, international students and students with a variety of majors including financial economics, accounting and marketing. “She had a point of view for all those different perspectives,” said O’Rourke. “She offered good advice on interviewing, skills and analytics and the importance of working together in teams.”

The Caldwell University Presidential Scholarship Gala will be held Friday, April 20 at Mayfair Farms in West Orange. The reception begins at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow.  For information contact Lori Funicello at lfunicello@caldwell.edu or 973-3226 or go to  https://www.caldwell.edu/gala2018

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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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Women’s Entrepreneurship Week: Coffee & Conversation with Stacey Murphy

Stacey Murphy

The Women’s Leadership Initiative, the Accounting Club, and the Marketing Club recently collaborated to host a “Coffee and Conversation” event featuring Professor Stacey Murphy, MBA in celebration of Women’s Entrepreneurship Week, which took place from October 16th through the 20th. Professor Murphy is an entrepreneur and Global Executive Coach who helps leaders in major organizations develop their leadership capabilities. She is also adjunct faculty here at Caldwell University in the School of Business, teaching Creativity, Innovation and Competitive Edge, along with other business courses. The event drew both male and female students across all majors, as well as many professors, all of whom engaged in a fascinating and informative dialogue about the challenges and rewards of starting a small business. We look forward to celebrating Women’s Entrepreneurship Week again next year!

Caldwell Buisness and Accounting Club Members and Professors