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Alum and student featured in “Internship program draws next generation of workers”

Students Shyam Sharma (L) and Joseph DiCarlo (R) have been 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.

Students Shyam Sharma (L) and Joseph DiCarlo (R) have been 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.

Caldwell alumna Anne Poltorak ’78, human resources manager at Tilcon, and Caldwell business administration major Shyam Sharma are featured in a Pit & Quarry story on the growth of Tilcon New York’s internship program and the opportunities it provides for the younger workforce.

Tilcon New York , Inc. is a supplier of quality stone and asphalt products

Pit & Quarry magazine serves the aggregates mining industry.

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Music faculty, composer Rob Middleton is guest on WVIA’s “Art Scene”

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Rob Middleton, Music Department faculty, saxophonist/wind player and award-winning composer

Music Department faculty Rob Middleton was recently a guest on “Art Scene” hosted by Erika Funke on WVIA Public Media.  Middleton, a saxophonist/wind player and award-winning composer, talks about his recent suite “Giverny,” for alto sax and piano.

To hear the interview go to https://goo.gl/Xqis0W

Middleton works in a broad range of styles, from jazz and classical to commercial and ethnic music. He has performed around the U.S and abroad with many jazz greats, including Wynton Marsalis,  Branford Marsalis, Phil Woods, Harry Connick Jr., Lionel Hampton, The New York Voices, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Lovano, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Woody Shaw, Oliver Lake, David Liebman, Randy Brecker, Jane Ira Bloom, and Jim McNeely.  Rob’s recent recordings, both jazz and classical, include “Portraits and Places”  with the Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra, “Open Crossings”, music of Andy Teirstein, “Eleven” with the Birdland Big Band, “Composers in Collaboration”, new music by New Jersey women composers, and “Urban Soundscapes” with NewYorkestra, which he co-leads and writes for.  Rob also plays in and conducts the Birdland Big Band, which performs weekly at the famed Birdland Jazz Club in New York, and he is long-time member of the BMI/New York Jazz Orchestra, an ensemble dedicated to performing works created by the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop.  He is a former participant in that workshop and a winner of its composition prize.  His compositions and arrangements are performed regularly in the New York area and have appeared in a major motion picture, “The Thomas Crown Affair”.

 

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Women’s Basketball Ranks Nationally for Second Consecutive Week

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DURANGO, Colo.- The Caldwell University women’s basketball team moved up to #13 in this week’s Women’s Basketball Division II Media Poll. The Cougars are ranked for a second consecutive week after receiving their first-ever national ranking in last week’s poll at #20.

The Cougars are off to their best start since joining Division II with a 9-1 record. Caldwell is 5-0 in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference and is one of two teams in the CACC with no conference losses. Caldwell is currently ranked as the top team in the East Region in the poll as well. Bentley University (#19) and Queens College (#25) are the other teams from the East Region ranked in the top-25 in the nation.

Junior guard Kristen Drogsler (Middle Village, N.Y.) leads the Cougars this season with 21.4 points per game and a team-high 33 triples. She is contributing 3.9 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.9 steals per game, while shooting 50.8% from downtown. Drogsler leads the CACC in points per game and is tied for three-pointers. She is second in three-point percentage, eighth in steals per game and tied for fifth in assists. Drogsler currently sits in tenth place in Division II in points per game and three-pointers. She ranks 11th in the nation in three-point percentage. She is a two-time CACC Player of the Week this season and was recently named the CACC Student-Athlete of the Month for November.

Senior Antoinette Pilla (Scarsdale, N.Y.) is second on the team in scoring at 13.5 points per game and has connected on 23 three-pointers this season. She ranks fourth in the CACC in three-pointers made. Junior Sharell Sanders (Dorchester, Mass.) is chipping in 10.2 points, five rebounds, five assists and 2.3 steals per game. She ranks fifth in steals in the CACC.

The Cougars are back at home on Friday, December 16 as they host Malone University at the Newman Center at 6 pm.

Week 5 National Poll | Dec. 13, 2016

Rank School (First-Place Votes) W-L  Pts. Prev.
1 Ashland (12) 10-0 396 2
2 California (1) 10-0 376 3
3 Pittsburg State (2) 11-0 373 4
4 Angelo State (1) 7-0 347 5
5 Alaska Anchorage 7-1 320 7
6 Emporia State 9-1 308 1
7 Bellarmine 8-0 306 6
8 Seattle Pacific 8-0 275 9
9 Virginia Union 6-0 258 10
10 Colorado State-Pueblo 10-0 247 11
11 Nova Southeastern 7-2 233 16
12 Lincoln Memorial 9-0 220 RV
13 Caldwell  9-1 213 20
14 Cal Baptist 11-2 204 14
15 Florida Southern 6-2 149 23
16 Limestone 6-2 138 8
17 St. Mary’s 8-1 134 19
18 Drury 9-2 117 15
19 Bentley 9-2 99 RV
20 Clayton State 8-1 84 17
21 Western Washington 6-2 77 24
22 Union 5-2 73 13
23 Northern State 8-1 72 RV
24 Wheeling Jesuit 7-1 59 25
25 Queens, N.Y. 8-2 33 12

Dropped Out: Winona State, Newberry, Grand Valley State
Received Votes: Arkansas Tech (27), Regis (15), North Alabama (12), Newberry (7), Lewis (6), Fort Hays State (5), Simon Fraser (3), Grand Valley (1)

EAST REGION                                                       

EAST RECORD PTS PREV.
1 Caldwell (4) 9-1 58 2
2 Bentley (2) 9-2 54 3
3 Queens, N.Y. 8-2 47 1
4 Adelphi 8-2 42 t-5
5 USciences 9-2 36 t-5
6 Bridgeport 7-2 33 4
7 American Int’l. 8-3 21 10
8 Molloy 8-3 18 8
9 St. Thomas Aquinas 7-3 11 9
10 Assumption 6-3 6 NR
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Caldwell professor helps students with statistics

Caldwell University’s Bonnie French has helped create content for a revamped Statistics in Schools Program to help children from kindergarten to high school better understand the use of statistics both in and out of the classroom.

The program was launched on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

The project aims to offer free, classroom-ready geography, math, sociology, history and social studies activities that incorporate current and historical data to help students develop an understanding of the real-world applications of statistics.

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Caldwell University Club Collects Shoes For Haiti Hurricane Victims

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By DEREK ALLEN Staff Writer Nov 24, 2016

58333ad4268d6CALDWELL – Students in the Public Health Education Club at Caldwell University have banded together to help victims in Haiti affected by Hurricane Matthew with a new “Shoes for Haiti” program.

The program officially kicked off on Friday, Nov. 4.

“Haiti is a very poor country and the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew has left it ruins,” said Naissa Piverger, vice president of the Public Health Education Club. “We would like to serve the residents and those are who in need of assistance, which is a public health concern. When the shoes are collected, my mother and other family members who lives in Haiti will do the distribution.”

Piverger said there are a total of 12 donation boxes, seven on campus at Caldwell University and five off campus. The seven boxes on campus can be found in Werner Hall, Dominican Hall, Rosary Hall, Mother Joseph Hall, the Newman Center, the Jennings Library and the campus cafeteria.

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President Blattner signs statement in support of DACA qualified students

Caldwell University President Nancy Blattner joined presidents of over 100 Catholic colleges and universities in signing a statement in support of undocumented students who have met the criteria of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.

The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities released the statement Nov. 30. It is below.

A Statement from Leaders in Catholic Higher Education

Catholic education has been part of the fabric of American life for more than two centuries. Our colleges and universities share a long history of educating students from a diverse array of socioeconomic, geographical, and ethnic backgrounds, often welcoming those on society’s margins, especially immigrants and underprivileged populations. Today, Catholic institutions of higher education continue this mission and legacy. Our college and university communities are home to students from around the world who seek to contribute to American society, to the life and mission of the Church, and to their own formation and growth by pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. Many of us count among our students young men and women who are undocumented, their families having fled violence and instability. These students have met the criteria of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, issued in 2012. We, the undersigned presidents of Catholic colleges and universities, express hope that the students in our communities who have qualified for DACA are able to continue their studies without interruption and that many more students in their situation will be welcome to contribute their talents to our campuses. Undocumented students need assistance in confronting legal and financial uncertainty and in managing the accompanying anxieties. We pledge to support these students – through our campus counseling and ministry support, through legal resources from those campuses with law schools and legal clinics, and through whatever other services we may have at our disposal. When Pope Francis visited the United States last year he had this to say to the World Meeting of Families gathered in Philadelphia: “Among us today are members of America’s large Hispanic population, as well as representatives of recent immigrants to the United States. Many of you have emigrated (I greet you warmly!) to this country at great personal cost, in the hope of building a new life. Do not be discouraged by whatever hardships you face. I ask you not to forget that, like those who came here before you, you bring many gifts to this nation.” We are committed to educating these young people, brought to the United States by their parents, who come to our universities to build for themselves and us a brighter future

To read more, go to http://www.accunet.org/files/Press_Media/Statement-on-DACA-11-30-16.pdf

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Caldwell University’s Annual Christmas Spectacular, December 9

christmas-spectacularCelebrate the holiday season when the Caldwell University Music Department presents its annual Christmas Spectacular concert 8 p.m., Friday December 9 in the Student Center Auditorium.

The University Chorale, directed by Laura Greenwald, will perform a Baroque Magnificat accompanied by strings, Bogoroditse Djevo by Estonian composer Arvo Part, O Magnum Mysterium by Ivo Antognini and several carols, accompanied by Warren Helms, that play tribute to Mary.

The wind ensemble, conducted by Rebecca Vega, will feature 55 high school honor band students. They will perform Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, DelBorgo’s Christmas Variants, Holst’s In the Bleak Midwinter, Saucedo’s Dashing Through the Snow, O’Loughlin’s Imani (A Kwanzaa Celebration), Hanson’s Albanian Dance and a lovely arrangement of First Noel.

High school students in the honor band come from a number of area high schools: Verona, Nutley, West Essex, Waldwick, Summit, Morris Knolls, Wayne Hills, James Caldwell, Columbia, Cedar Grove, West Orange and Passaic County Technical.

General Admission is $10. Tickets will be available at the door. Student admission is free.

For information contact: 973-618-3520 or lgreen@caldwell.edu

 

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Art therapy grad students volunteer with military veterans

Eve Cannon, a student in the graduate counseling with art therapy concentration program, volunteered at The Art Therapy Project in NYC.
Leanne Waller was one of the art therapy graduate students who volunteered  to work with military veterans at the non-profit organization The Art Therapy Project in New York City on Nov. 5.

Caldwell, N.J., Nov. 28, 2016 – Art therapy graduate students volunteered to work with military veterans at the non-profit organization The Art Therapy Project in New York City on Nov. 5.

Samantha Commarato, Caldwell University fine arts alumna, is clinical director at the Project. She says the non-profit works on an outreach basis with survivors of trauma. The Caldwell art therapy students “were really prepared…the clients felt comfortable with them and appreciated them being there.”

The veterans were invited to create a piece representing a safe space using Altoid tins. They could decorate the inside and outside and place objects in the tin that represented their experiences, thoughts, and feelings.   The idea was to create something that was pocket-sized that the clients could easily carry around as a comfort object or as a reminder of a positive experience.

Caldwell art therapy master’s student Melanie Peters said volunteering with the veterans was a powerful opportunity.  “Working with the veterans was a rewarding experience because I was able to give back to those who have given so much for myself, my family, and our country.”

Eve Cannon, also a Caldwell art therapy graduate student, said it was wonderful to put into practice what they have been studying by doing something meaningful for the veterans.  “It was also a special time to connect with our peers in a different environment and do some art making together.”

The day showed how art can bring people together and that art therapy is a vital tool in helping people express themselves in a healthy manner, said Peters.

Commarato said it was it was wonderful to collaborate with the Caldwell students and faculty and give them a chance to experience what they do at The Art Therapy project.  “We hope to continue to work together.”

Art therapy faculty Annette Vaccaro led the day of service.

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Student attends Student Conference on U.S. Affairs at West Point

Caldwell University student Bilan Biju attended the Student Conference on U.S. Affairs at West Point where she heard keynote speaker Dr. Richard N. Hass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Caldwell University student Bilan Biju attended the Student Conference on U.S. Affairs at West Point where she heard keynote speaker Dr. Richard N. Hass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Caldwell, N.J., Nov. 22, 2016 – Caldwell University sophomore Bilan Biju was selected to attend the prestigious Student Conference on U.S. Affairs under the theme of Democracy & Democratization: Challenges & Opportunities” at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York from Nov. 9 to 12.

The aim of the annual conference is to foster interaction and discussion between civilian student delegates and cadets for a better understanding of the challenges the United States faces.

Sophomore Bilan Biju (2nd from right, first tow) sat at the Technology table at the Student Conference on U.S. Affairs.

Sophomore Bilan Biju (2nd from right, first row) sat at the Technology table at the Student Conference on U.S. Affairs.

Students shared their views on world affairs and heard from foreign affairs professionals and international delegates.  Topics included: Economic Development, Technology, Security, Political Radicalism, Ethno-Religious Conflict, Democracy Promotion and Democracy: Not the Only Game in Town.

Biju sat at the table that focused on technology and its role in democracy and democratization.  Her table consisted of eleven delegates including U.S. students, international students, cadets and the two co-chairs, who  are university professors.  They worked on a policy paper and presented it as a skit.

bilan-technology-sign-1Biju, who was born in India and raised in Qatar, said the conference was a “lifetime experience” and that she “enjoyed every single aspect” of it. A highlight was hearing the keynote speaker Dr. Richard N. Hass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations.  She said she appreciated how he encouraged her generation of students to work with others for peace.

The students toured the U.S. Military Academy and met some cadets. “It was nice to hear from the cadets about what they need to go through to graduate,” said Biju.

bilan-at-desk-1Biju has a double major of communications and media studies and business administration with a concentration in global business.   She is interested in exploring work in media relations or public relations for a national agency.  “I think my motto is ‘try to learn something new every day.’”

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English Department Holds Undergraduate Literature Conference

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Caldwell, N.J., Nov. 21 – Students from 14 colleges and universities in the tristate area gathered on Caldwell’s campus for the English Department’s “Literary Losers and Anti-Heroes” conference Nov. 18.

Trish Verrone, Ph.D., professor of English at Caldwell, said the department wanted to give English majors the valuable experience of presenting a paper at a literature conference with undergraduates from different colleges and universities. “Presenting at a conference requires students to utilize sophisticated communication and analytical skills and gives them the opportunity to exchange literary perspectives with English majors from other institutions.”

The keynote speaker was Dr. Stephen Marino from St. Francis College in Brooklyn. Marino, editor of The Arthur Miller Journal, detailed how the work of the playwright Miller has affected the literary, dramatic, political, and cultural landscape for decades.

Many of the undergraduate students like Caldwell’s Cassandra Winnie were excited to have the opportunity to present at their first conference. A psychology and English major, she said it was enriching to listen to others who appreciate English as she does. “Dr. Verrone kind of pushed me to do this … I’m so happy I listen to her all time.”

Catherine Stansfield, another Caldwell English major, was delighted to share ideas and to analyze the anti-heroes in literature with students and faculty. “I was inspired by so many writers to see literature from a different perspective and enjoyed listening and participating in discussions.” The students were able to show their “pride for literature” and in closely analyzing texts to get the full experience that reading offers, she said.

Andrew Haas, a writing and English major at Columbia University, was also a presenter. “It was a really good first experience.”

Victoria Hofstad, an English major at Lehman College CUNY, was happy to have the chance to speak. “Undergraduates don’t typically get the opportunity to present … I was impressed with the caliber of the other students.”

Emma Volk, an English major at Columbia, found it was “great to interact with schools from all over the area and see the work of other students.”

Megan Ilievski, also a presenter, is majoring in English and communications and media studies with an art minor at Caldwell. She said the conference was a success and hoped it would become an annual event.

Earlier in the semester students were invited to submit proposals for papers on literary works written in English or available in English translation from any historical period or national culture.