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CU SPORT MANAGEMENT AND BUSINESS STUDY ABROAD 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 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 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

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!

 

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Managing Patient Safety in a New Health Care World: The Benefits and Challenges of Improving Safety in Health Care Institutions

Aileen R. Killen, Global Head of Healthcare, Liability Risk Consulting, and Client Risk Solutions at AIG, spoke to Caldwell University students, staff, and faculty about the strides and obstacles facing the development of safety procedures within the healthcare industry. The presentation included real cases that she has overseen in the last several years. All who attended learned a great deal about what goes into large-scale improvements in healthcare safety.

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Caldwell University’s Research and Creative Arts Day

On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, the Caldwell University highlighted undergraduate and graduate student research and promoting STEAM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The Business Division was proud to have five undergraduate students, either majoring or minoring in Business, represented at this event.

Gabriella Armaral, Comparative Statistical Analysis of the Endangerment of the Bald Eagle


The science of statistics extends its reach into varying areas of our lives, such as; agriculture, business, economics, medicine, pharmaceutics, environment, wildlife, and the government. Statistics is the science of planning, obtaining, summarizing, and interpreting data, then subsequently drawing well founded conclusions on said data.” Relatively few people study both the general mathematical approach to statistics as well as the business approach to statistics. The two methods of studying statistics can be analyzed by comparing and contrasting them and then applying them to a real world situation. This project will attempt to further conclusions about the base of knowledge in statistical applications to see whether one approach, the other, or a combination of the two is most efficient.

A real world situation that direly depends on statistics is the study of endangered species. This paper will focus on the endangerment of the bald eagle. Whenever statistical research is conducted for scientific application, typically the mathematical approach is used. This process can be longer, more tedious and involved, as well as more complex than the business approach. This paper will attempt to validate the overlying hypothesis that a combination of the two approaches is the most efficient and effective way to obtain the best possible statistical data. Using the principles and accuracy of the mathematical approach, in addition to the convenience, organization, straightforward and comprehensible visualizations of the business approach, will lead to the clearest possible results and conclusions. This is the ideal way to handle real world situations and in the case of the bald eagle, would most likely uncover underlying issues that are causing the fluctuation of their appearance on and off the endangered species list.

SIEUWERD Blankenstein, Financial Regression Analysis of the Performance of English Premier League Teams and Their Financial Expenditures

This paper examines the financial expenditures of European football, specifically, the English Premier League (EPL) teams during the 2014-2015 season, and their relationship with team performance measured in points during the same season. Points are accumulated as follows: 3 for a win, 1 for a tie, and 0 for a loss. European football is the most popular spectator sport played worldwide, and it is currently one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. European football should not be mistaken with the American equivalent, known as American football. Football in Europe is what soccer is in the United States, a sport played by two teams of eleven players, where each team attempts to put the ball in the opponent’s goal by using any body part except arms and hands. European football has become a commercial giant, with the most competitive league being the English Premier League. The EPL consists of twenty teams every season, although the teams can and do change, depending on their performance. Each year three teams are promoted and three teams are relegated based on performance. According to a Deloitte analysis, the projected annual revenue for the 2016-2017 season for the combined twenty Premier League teams is £4.32 Billion (Deloitte’s Annual Review of Football Finance 2016). This revenue number indicates the enormous impact of finances on the EPL. Additionally, the EPL is known for the clubs’ extreme spending on wages. For example, during the 2014-2015 season, the average wages/revenue ratio was 61 percent, but certain teams were far above the average with ratios of up to 85 percent (Deloitte’s Annual Review of Football Finance 2016).

Aidan Groll, Cost Benefit Analysis of Legalizing Marijuana in New Jersey

Marijuana is the most commonly-used illegal substance in the United States. The debate over whether marijuana should be legalized has long troubled many American citizens and our politicians. To better understand the roots of the debate, it is imperative to analyze the history and use of the drug, as well as the implications of its prospective legalization. This paper explores such topics and more specifically determines if the State of New Jersey should adopt legislation that legalizes the drug. Fortunately, the research on this topic is informed by the actions of citizens and politicians in the states of Washington and Colorado, which have passed legislation legalizing marijuana and have produced research on the impact it has had in their respective states. Utilizing this research and supplementary studies, a cost-benefit analysis will be constructed on the impact the legalization of marijuana could have on the state of New Jersey. The focus of the analysis will be economic, legal, and social. Based upon the findings, a recommendation will be made on what course of action New Jersey should take.

Kathryn Reilly, Cryptography: Is This Ancient Practice Keeping Society Safe?

Society has come to rely on a series of technological formats to fit everyday needs. Each day people check pockets or purses for cell phones, car keys, and wallets that are filled with credit and debit cards, all coded to work and keep information from being hacked. Cell phones have finger print readers so that only the owner can access them. Debit cards now have security chips, making them harder to steal private information from. Businesses often operate using the internet which causes a need to encrypt confidential professional data to protect privacy.

The coding of technology stems from an ancient practice of cryptography, the art of writing and solving codes. Cryptography has existed for thousands of years. It can be traced to Ancient Egypt, the Roman Empire, and Elizabethan England. It was used during the American Revolution with the hanging lanterns to convey if the British were coming by land or by sea. The practice of encoding and decoding messages had a drastic defining moment during World War Two with the Enigma Code. That moment marked the integration of coding to protect secrets into modern technology.

Society is now facing an unexpected problem with the technology it created; 64% of Americans have experienced a major data breach. Almost every major company has an intranet and a share drive where all employee records and documents are kept from public eyes. Recently the act of cryptography has come under public scrutiny because of the United States Privacy Act. Consumers are conflicted in their view of government regulation: they simultaneously expect privacy while seeking government protection from data misuse. Yet, at the same time citizens expect the government’s assurance of safety by allowing the government to intrude on the privacy of others. The government needs to crack codes to gain access to information while protecting its own information from being hacked by others.

Randall Stafford, The Portrayal of Female Athletes in the Media

Female athletes have become great influencers to a new generation of young women in the United States. Thanks to the Title IX generation of athletes, young girls had an array of role models from whom they could learn that participating in sports was socially acceptable. Female athletes were able to enjoy the same benefits derived from sports that men have experienced throughout history. Benefits such as discipline, confidence, leadership skills, and independence.

Despite this progress in societal values, a stigma surrounding female athletes and their image still persists in the media and amongst athletic programs across the country. The representation of female athletes in mass media, or lack thereof, perpetuates the negative cultural view of women in sports. Minimal exposure of female athletes to viewers allows society to continue to believe that sports are made for men only. The sexualization of female athletes in the media allows society to maintain the traditional view of a female –that they are feminine and weak. Based on numerous studies on sport media companies’, such as Sports Illustrated and ESPN, the data has revealed that most coverage of female athletes represents their femininity and contains sexist language. Mass media’s impact on society’s culture plays a major role in creating the image of female athletes. Now, the media must take the lead in these changing times and cover women for their talents, achievements, and success, in other words, the same way they cover men. Only then can we see some real change and equality for women. Over the past 50 years society has made dramatic changes for women, more opportunities in the workforce, in education, and in politics. Now the time has come for the sports industry and the sports media to catch up and give female athletes the respect they deserve.

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Delta Mu Delta Induction 2017

The Division of Business is proud to present the twenty-two 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.

2017 Inductees

Jawaher Fahad Almahbub
Taryn Kanani Auyong
Brandi-Lee Brochu
Rayshel Campaña
Melissa Marie Cook
Ean Francis Drew
Steven Eigenlaub Jr.
Kelly Marilly Gonzalez
Aidan R. Groll
Theresa Gail Henry
David Charles Jones
William R. Levier
Marina Cara Maret
Fritz Meister
Ryan L. Moran
John C. Motley
Minhtruc N. Nguyen
Coral Ismeyri Peguero
Rebecca Eileen Ryan
Shania Andrea Williams
Simone Maria Zaccardi
Maximilian Ziegler

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 Division of Business was proud to induct two distinguised alumni, Anne Poltorak and Robert Melchionne.

In her 28 years at Tilcon, Anne Poltorak faced many challenges and has risen to the occasion each time. Anne began her career as a Personnel Assistant for Millington Affiliated, working her way up to Human Resources Administrator to her current position as Human Resource Manager, a position she has held proudly since 1999. Her role as HR Manager encompasses but is not limited to balancing the need of the employees managing, training, recruiting, mediation, union labor negotiations, policy developments, benefits, internships, and performance management. Additionally, Anne takes an active role outside of Tilcon, volunteering her time and talent at her local church, mentors an Eagle Scout, and being an active volunteer for Mane Stream’s “Adaptive Horsemanship Program” for riders with disabilities; there she can channel her equestrian talents into helping others to appreciate horses and riding. She is also a certified fitness instructor.

Robert Melchionne is a Vice President and commercial relationship manager for the Middle Market Lending Group of Provident Bank specializing in commercial & industrial loans to businesses in the manufacturing, fabrication, wholesale, transportation, and other professional industries. In a banking career of nearly 20 years, Robert has experience in providing commercial credit facilities to borrowers with needs such as short-term and long-term working capital, term debt financing for fixed asset expansion, business acquisition, commercial mortgages for real property, and international trade finance services for import and export companies. In addition to managing a portfolio of bank clients, Robert is responsible for actively seeking privately held, middle market companies, or those with annual revenues of $15MM to $200MM in central and northern New Jersey. His efforts help to grow Provident Bank’s existing portfolio with new commercial relationships. Prior to joining The Provident Bank, he was a commercial relationship manager for M&T Bank Sovereign Bank, and Spencer Savings Bank.

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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New Sports Media Course at Caldwell University

Sport Management is a new major for the Division of Business Administration. The new Sports Media course will be a requirement in the program. Professor Bernie O’Rourke is associate dean and chairman of the Business Division.

Caldwell, N.J., April 12, 2017 – Caldwell University is introducing a sports media course through the combined efforts of the Communication and Media Studies Department and the Business Division. The course will be offered as part of the communication and media studies major and in the Business Division for majors and minors in sport management.

Sport Management is a new major for the Division of Business Administration and joins the six other majors already offered by the division.  The sports media course will be a practical introduction to the world of sports media. It will teach practical and professional skills required to perform and produce radio and television sports broadcasts. The course will also address the business aspects of sports media, the role of new media in sports coverage, and the social and ethical aspects of this field.

Students taking this course will be involved in highlighting Caldwell’s new sprint football program. They will assist in broadcasting home games and will be involved in game-day play-by-play and color. They will produce, write, and work as on-air talent.

Caldwell University recently added sprint football to its sports program. The Cougars will compete in the Collegiate Sprint Football League, and their first season at Caldwell University will begin in the fall of 2017.

A sports media course is being offered through the combined efforts of the Communication and Media Studies Department and the Business Division. Professor Bob Mann is chair of the Communication and Media Studies Department.

Professor Bob Mann, chairman of the Department of Communication and Media Studies, said, “We have wanted to do this for years. It’s a wonderful complement to our broadcast journalism courses because media has expanded to satellite radio and digital communications, providing more opportunities to create sports media content.”

Professor Bernie O’Rourke, associate dean and chairman of the Business Division, said, “This course will be a requirement for our new sport management major. We are excited to round out the program offerings with the addition of this applied course in sport broadcasting. Already, before even its introductory year, the sport management major is shaping up to be a highly successful program for the Division. This course is an indication of our commitment to provide a comprehensive program covering all aspects of the business of sport.”

 

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Student Interns with International Youth Sports League

Every time Jessica Cusimano interviews a young athlete her face lights up. She knows what it is like to play youth sports, and she is thrilled to have the chance to work with the Babe Ruth League.  She is developing her reporting, producing and editing skills in bringing news of the international youth baseball and softball league to a wider audience.

“The young girls I meet at the Babe Ruth World Series truly inspire me and remind me of when I was young and in love with the game,” says Cusimano, who recently described  her internship to business and education professionals at the university’s Business Advisory Council meeting.

Cusimano travels to events in New Jersey and in the Southern U.S.  where she meets top-notch athletes who have been recruited for strong athletic programs. She even helped create the Babe Ruth Network, which covers the Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken World Series and regular-season games.

The Babe Ruth World Series annually draws some 5,000 people from across the country when it is played at the end of July/beginning of August.  In 2017 a team from China will participate, bringing even more global interest in the league.

Because she played softball as a child and teen , Cusimano knows the  challenges young athletes face. “I went through three injuries with surgeries, and every time I got knocked down it taught me how to make myself stronger.”

She also has an internship in media relations with Faster2First, an organization that provides recruitment and development opportunities for aspiring college football, basketball and softball players.

Cusimano is majoring in communication and media studies with a minor in sport management. She appreciates the career guidance she has received from her professors. “They have gone above and beyond to help me achieve my dream.”

She would like to pursue on-air sports for a network like ESPN or Fox Sports. Caldwell has helped her make connections. “In the industry I am in, networking is key.” The “kind and dedicated” people at Caldwell have helped her spread her wings. “I can only imagine where my career will take me.”

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Bernie O’Rourke: An Irishman’s Passion for Business

When Professor Bernard O’Rourke plans the itinerary for a Business Division study-abroad experience, he takes a good hard look at the nation his students will visit. “Every country has a story,” he says. “I determine the essence of the country’s business to get its business zeitgeist.” He frames each trip so students can learn through an immersion in a nation’s economic and business life.

Since 2001, O’Rourke, associate dean of the Business Division, has led short-term trips to Belgium, Holland, Ireland, France, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Austria, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Panama. In setting the agenda, he reaches out to government agencies, which are often eager to help with appointments that showcase a country’s economic profile and direction, and networks with business contacts.

In Costa Rica students toured a coffee plantation and a free-trade zone. In Panama they explored the iconic Panama Canal. In Austria they visited the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. In the Czech Republic they saw the workings of the Skoda auto plant, which was regenerated when the country reverted to a free-market economy after overturning the communist regime. In the Dominican Republic they walked the floor of the Baldom food manufacturing company.

O’Rourke’s taste for international business and travel began when he was a young man in Ireland in the 1970s. He was eager to help his homeland. “What spurred me was the intent to move Ireland forward, to move it out of poverty,” he says. “Growing up in an impoverished region of Ireland, with little beyond farm and retail work available for most school leavers, I instinctively knew that Ireland needed to move forward with the times and somehow begin a new investment revolution to provide jobs for those who did not wish to emigrate to the U.K. or the U.S. as generations before had done.”

The vision for a new Ireland was provided by an aggressive investment promotion program in which Ireland scoured the world for state-of-the-art industries that could generate good-paying, export-focused jobs for the rising generation of well-educated Irish men and women. O’Rourke knew he had to be a part of the movement to regenerate Ireland and help create opportunities so the country might become prosperous and self-sustaining and not just a source of talented immigrants for the rest of the world. “It grabbed me and a lot of young people at the time,” he says.

He had received an undergraduate degree in economics with a political science minor from the biggest university in Ireland, University College Dublin, and then a law degree from King’s Inns, Ireland’s oldest school of law, qualifying him to go as far as pleading a case in the Irish courts. But practicing law was not his interest; he had a drive to work in international business to raise Ireland’s profile in the global marketplace.

Early life

O’Rourke grew up in Inniskeen, a small village in County Monaghan just beside the border with Northern Ireland. The town was a farming community in the “traditional Irish countryside.” He and his seven younger brothers and sisters—one of whom drowned at the age of two—were raised by their Catholic parents, who encouraged education. O’Rourke and his siblings attended grammar school in a two-room schoolhouse with 60 students. His father, a miller, sold cornmeal products for farm animals, and O’Rourke learned on the family’s small farm how to gather potatoes and cut hay, barley, oats and wheat.

It was the 1950s, and he recalls how a few families in Inniskeen still rode horse-drawn carts to church on Sunday. Television became available when he was about 9 years old, but people had to “go 25 miles to the other side of the mountain” to pick up the hazy signals for British programs. “It was still amazing,” says O’Rourke. In his early teens Ireland’s Troubles were still years away, so he would ride his bicycle across the border into Northern Ireland “where we could get better and richer candies” and cheaper dairy products like butter. He was exposed to the “big city” of Dublin since the family frequently visited his grandparents there. After sixth grade he went to Castleknock College, a boarding prep school outside Dublin run by Vincentian priests.

From international business to higher education

After receiving his undergraduate and law degrees, O’Rourke worked for his father in Ireland for a short period, but it was “evident that times were changing in farming.” He took a legal position at the Irish Development Agency, hoping to bring foreign investors to the Emerald Isle to create jobs. The position gave him a “nice taste of travel,” he says, including a trip to Helsinki. Eventually he was offered a post in Manhattan. “I was given territory in New England and had to find any companies interested in manufacturing in Ireland, and the government agency would give them grants and tax benefits.” Then he began “chasing textile companies in the South.”

His professional journey next took him to managing Belleek china for the Waterford Crystal company where he gained legal, marketing and operational experience, learning to deal with computer software and to keep the books. He picked up his MBA along the way at Fordham and developed investments and marketing plans for Irish companies in America. After many years in business, O’Rourke started teaching international business at Fairleigh Dickinson University and found he enjoyed it. Doors opened for teaching at Caldwell, and he eventually made his way into higher education full time, sharing his multifaceted business experience with students.

O’Rourke has been a leader in advancing Caldwell’s Business Division, overseeing the department when it added programs including undergraduate degrees in financial economics, health care administration and sport management and master’s in accounting and in business administration.

He is excited about the significant increase in enrollment in the undergraduate programs and about the new programs, including the bachelor’s in health care administration, “a good fit because of our other health-related programs,” the bachelor’s in sport management and the new online MBA program. O’Rourke hopes that the division can take the impact of technology “to the next level” with enhanced programs in IT and that it can pursue more international students for the MBA program.

His experience in international business makes him value the contributions of the division’s Business Advisory Council, which provides a bridge between the business community and the university and is made up of senior executives and business owners.

The council provides networking opportunities for students and professors and forums for showcasing faculty and student research and best practices in business and mentorship. “We are fortunate that our Business Advisory Council members are supportive in facilitating student internships,” says O’Rourke.

Most rewarding for him is seeing students develop—“the progress they make over the semester and how they grow in understanding and relating to the world”—and then watching them receive their diplomas “when they are ready to go out into the world of business.”

O’Rourke is convinced Caldwell has something bigger schools don’t, citing as an example a student who was eager to leave for a big-time university but who transferred back to Caldwell after two months. “There will always be a need for the Caldwell ethos.”


“Every country has a story. I determine the essence of the country’s business
to get its business zeitgeist.”

Things you might not know about Professor Bernie O’Rourke

As a young man working in Manhattan, he joined the New York Athletic Club rugby team—“a quick way to be integrated into a good group of people,” even playing in a tournament in the Cayman Islands.

He and his wife Sheila, Caldwell’s vice president for institutional effectiveness, have two grown daughters, one grandson, Ronan, and another grandchild on the way.

He served as president of the West Essex and Essex Fells school boards combined for nearly 16 years. “I ran three weeks after becoming a citizen. It helped me understand the school system.” He testified before Congress on behalf of the New Jersey School Boards Association.

Why we should visit his Ireland: “As my wife says, ‘It will always live up to your expectations.’ There are 40 shades of green. People really are fun to deal with and enjoy. The scenery is fantastic.

“It was almost a third world country when I was growing up. In the last 30 years, based on the economic development, it has become one of the richest countries in Europe. That’s not to say it doesn’t have its problems; it has many problems; it certainly suffered in the last recession.

“The party time and fun time—that exists as an authentic Irish experience.

“Everybody deserves to go at least once.”