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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 with Caldwell Faculty

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.

Aileen R. Killen addressing an information session

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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

Gabriella Armaral presenting her research on 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

Ieuwerd 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

Aidan Groll presenting his research.

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?

Kathryn Reilly on her research about Cryptography

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

Randall Stafford and her research about 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

Inductees of Delta Mu Delta Honors Society 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 distinguished 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.

President Blattner with Special Guest at Induction Ceremony

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.

President Blattner with Special Guest at Induction Ceremony

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

Professor Bernie O’Rourke, Associate Dean and Chairman of the Business Division.

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.

Professor Bob Mann , Chairman Communication and Media Studies Department.

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 chairman 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

Jess Cusimano with Reporting Camera

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

Professor Bernard O’RourkeO’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.

Professor Bernard O’Rourke with his students

“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.”


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From Kathmandu to Wall Street

If it wasn’t for a free lunch at a five-star hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal, Samar Timilsina might never have known about Caldwell University and might never have interned at Bank of America on Wall Street.

“I was hanging around with my friends when I heard that Jan Marco Jiras (a recruiter from Caldwell University) and other international counselors were coming to the hotel,” said Timilsina. “I had never been to a five-star hotel, so I just went there basically for food.”

After attending the college fair (and getting his free lunch), Timilsina started googling Caldwell and watching the university’s YouTube videos. “I saw that there were all kinds of scholarships … and that there were already many Nepalese students.” Jiras connected him to Manish Puri, a senior from Nepal, who gave him advice on how to “apply for a visa, where to get all the immunizations and once I got to the U.S., how to settle in and what courses to take.” Also helpful was the fact that Puri was a computer information systems major, the academic major Timilsina planned to choose.

When he started at Caldwell he intended to focus exclusively on his major, but then he found himself in a political science course. “The political science professor came in and that class just blew my mind.” Since then Timilsina has taken every one of Dr. Domenic Maffei’s classes and has declared a minor in political science. In addition, all of his computer science professors have been “super helpful,” particularly Professor Arnold Toffler, who encouraged the students to take a graduate-level course in big data, which shaped where Timilsina wanted to pursue his career interests.

This past summer he landed an internship as a technology analyst at Bank of America on Wall Street. He applied online cold turkey with no networking connections and was called for a phone interview. Timilsina was prepared for questions related to computer science but was surprised when the interviewer asked him to explain something interesting that happened to him as a resident assistant in the dorms. The person happened to be an R.A. when she was in college. “It kind of clicked,” said Timilsina, and they started talking about work as an R.A. From there he was flown down to North Carolina to be interviewed at Bank of America headquarters. “It was very intimidating
at first,” since there were students from bigger schools like MIT, North Carolina State and Syracuse. “But I did what I could and it worked.”

Timilsina spent 10 weeks during the summer as a technology analyst at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch office. He worked with the team that provided archiving as a service to all the corporation’s internal clients, and he created a capacity management plan and a prototype cost recovery system.

Upon returning to campus to finish his last semester in the fall, he was thrilled to learn that he had been offered full-time employment at the bank starting in February.

Timilsina feels ready. “One thing I found about Caldwell’s computer science program is that it covers a variety of areas, so I had knowledge of many aspects,” and because of that he was easily trainable in other areas.

As he reflects on his academic career at Caldwell, Timilsina has advice for other international students—take advantage of the Tutoring Center for help with English and writing. For Nepalese students, who are well represented at the university, it is important to branch out and make as many friends as possible from the United States and other countries. “Get to know and interact with as many people as possible,” Timilsina recommends, and get involved with activities—because you never know if being a resident assistant will help you in an interview when you are trying to land a job at a multinational banking corporation.

Caldwell Alumni Samar Timilsina  Headshot

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Business Advisory Council Opens Doors for Student Internships

Students Shyam Sharma and Joseph DiCarlo with Caldwell Alumni Anne Poltorak

Students Shyam Sharma (L) and Joseph DiCarlo (R) are interns at Tilcon New York, Inc., a supplier of quality stone and asphalt products. They are pictured here with Anne Poltorak ’78, Tilcon Human Resources Manager and member of the Caldwell University Business Advisory Council.

When Shyam Sharma started looking for internships he did not know the aggregate materials industry existed. Now he is well versed in how crushed stone is important to the building of roads, highways, bridges, hospitals and schools.

Sharma began interning with Tilcon New York Inc., a supplier of quality stone and asphalt products, in the summer between his sophomore and junior years. He has continued interning with the company ever since while still attending classes. A business administration major with minors in management and political science, he spoke about the value of his internship at the Caldwell University Business Advisory Council meeting Sept. 20. He told business leaders, entrepreneurs, faculty and staff  how his work in the Human Resources Department at Tilcon involved contract negotiations, change management, and improvement of employee engagement. Sharma later transitioned his internship into Project Management where he was responsible for an IT server room rebuild, office relocation and demolition when the company moved its headquarters from the Mount Hope Quarry in Rockaway, New Jersey to a corporate setting in Parsippany, New Jersey.

He learned about the opportunity from Caldwell alumna Anne Poltorak ’78, Tilcon’s human resources manager, when he networked with her at a Business Advisory Council meeting during his sophomore year. Poltorak says her company has appreciated working with Caldwell students.  One of the outstanding aspects of Caldwell’s internship program is that the faculty and staff “come out and spend time” at Tilcon “and show they care,” she said.

Professor Bernard O’Rourke and Professor Virginia Rich said this type of networking between businesses and students is exactly what they want to happen through the council. The group was established to provide a bridge between the local business community and Caldwell University, especially its business program. “The Business Division strongly encourages all of its majors to take at least one internship before graduation. Internships provide that vital experience which can increase a student’s career prospects.  We are fortunate that our Business Advisory Council members are supportive in facilitating student internships,” said O’Rourke.

Other business and computer science students spoke at the meeting about their internships.

Joseph DiCarlo is also an intern at Tilcon. His internship began in the summer of 2016 and was extended through the fall semester. As a marketing major,  DiCarlo utilizes his strengths in the public relations department, taking photos, filming video, handling social media and watching, as he says, “the net result of good public relations.”

Samar Tilmilsina, a computer information systems major, interned as a technology analyst at Bank of America in New York City. He worked with the team that provided archiving as a service to all the corporation’s internal clients. He created a capacity management plan and a prototype cost recovery system.  Tilmilsina recently accepted an offer for full-time employment at the bank, and will begin working there after he completes his undergraduate degree in December.

Kate Reilly interned in the marketing department at Interactive Data in Manhattan. She has a double major in business administration and mathematics and a concentration in human resource management. Several of her Caldwell classes helped her prepare for the work. “The business communications class really tied in well,” she said. “I noticed just how well prepared I was to enter this job, which is mostly because of all of the support and training I have received from my professors here at school.”

Abigail Sobieski, a marketing major, spoke about her internship in the marketing department at Buyers Lab, a global document imaging company in Fairfield, New Jersey. Her duties include creating the monthly infographics for the products the company tests, making brochures and putting together email blasts for new tools.

Sobieski also helped out at Tilcon this past summer, creating artwork that Sharma envisioned for the company’s break room. She worked with Caldwell student Ilea Scrichfield on the project.

Geraldine Perret, director, and Christine Szeluga, coordinator of the Career Planning and Development Office, said they are grateful to the council members for providing them with leads about internship programs for students and hope their colleagues continue to expand opportunities for students.

About the Council

The Business Advisory Council has more than 50 members and consists of business owners and senior executives from small, medium and large businesses in a broad range of industries in the greater Essex County area. Members also include key people in the university community such as business faculty, senior administrators and student leaders.

The council meets at least six times during each academic year. It provides a platform for a wealth of activities such as discussion of best practices in business, mentorship and internships for students, and showcasing of faculty research and scholarship—in short, any endeavors that advance the involvement of local business leaders to the benefit of the community at the college and beyond.

Career Planning and Development Office

Internship opportunities are available to students of all majors and in a large variety of fields. To learn more about how you can connect with qualified students to fill internship opportunities in your organization, contact the Career Planning and Development Office at 973-618-3290 or

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Business Professor Ann Marie Callahan is honored as NJ Society of CPAs Woman of Note

Caldwell, N.J., June 17, 2016 – Caldwell University Professor of Business Ann Marie Callahan, CPA has been selected as a New Jersey Society of CPAs Woman of Note in recognition of her NJCPA participation, accounting profession involvement, and community service dedication.

Before joining higher education, Callahan worked as an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers and a Vice President of Management Reporting at Deutsche Bank.

Callahan, of Roseland, says one of the most fulfilling duties of her work at the university is being able to guide students in making their career decisions. “It is rewarding to share my knowledge and personal experience with students as they learn about careers in accounting.”

The recipients were announced on June 16 at the NJCPA Convention & Expo.

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Financial economics grad excelled in the classroom and on the court

Brian Kenny holding the Graduation Certificate

Caldwell, N.J. – Brian Kenny, of Howell, New Jersey, was recently inducted into the New Jersey Collegiate Business Administration Association Honor Society, which recognizes students who rank in the top 1 percent in their business programs. He was honored at a ceremony in the State House in Trenton in April along with other top-ranking business students from the Garden State.

He graduated from Caldwell University May 15 with a bachelor’s degree in financial economics.

A four-year starter for the Caldwell University Cougars men’s basketball team, Kenny appreciates the many opportunities he had in athletics and in the Business Division.

He is grateful to the Business Division faculty for helping him grow professionally.

Professor Lori Harris Ransom “prepares you to think like you would in the real world,” Kenny says, and  Dr. Tom Keen “makes you prepare for future presentations.”  Dr. Anatoly Kandel helps with analytical thinking, “putting the pieces together and making sense of every little thing.” Kenny was accepted into the Caldwell Scholars Program, a nationally recognized program that provides intellectual enrichment and scholarships for top honor students. His final scholars project focused on the analytics of basketball.

When he thinks back over his four years, the highlights include “number one, Notre Dame,” which the Division II Caldwell basketball team visited to play one of the top-ranked Division I teams in an exhibition game, and “number two, San Francisco,” where the team played his sophomore year. “(It) became my favorite city,” he says. He is grateful to Coach Mark Corino and all the other coaches for giving him the opportunity and to President Nancy Blattner “for everything.”

As he prepares to start a new job in accounting at the Wakefern Corporation, he will take with him memories of Caldwell University, remembering it as “a tight-knit community, a family atmosphere,” where he found great joy in the simple things of university life like “being in the cafeteria, seeing sports events all the time.”