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Education Doctoral Students Pilot STEM Project for Elementary and Middle School Students

doctoral-studentsCaldwell, N.J., Nov. 21, 2016 – Doctoral education students Marisa Castronova and Jessica Shackil have received a $10,000 Frederick L. Hipp grant from the New Jersey Education Association for a project they created to engage elementary and middle school students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Castronova teaches seventh-grade life science at Robert R. Lazar Middle School in Montville, New Jersey, and Shackil teaches fourth grade at Intervale Elementary School in Parsippany, New Jersey. They met in their Caldwell University educational leadership doctoral classes. They were recently honored at the NJEA convention along with the other grant recipients.

Seeing the demand in New Jersey and across the nation for students to be prepared to fill STEM jobs, Castronova and Shackil worked together to develop STEM PALS, a cross-district and cross-grade initiative to get students excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Fourth-grade students from Parsippany work alongside seventh-grade students from Montville on STEM challenges. The program emphasizes the value of discourse among students and also stresses the social practices prevalent in the scientific community.

Castronova and Shackil hope STEM PALS will generate excitement and interest at the elementary and secondary levels so that students can build upon these experiences as they continue their academic careers. “We want students to see the value of science and engineering for its ability to explain phenomena and create solutions to fulfill a human want and/or need,” said Castronova.

Some of the projects they have planned for this year are called the marshmallow challenge, the packing peanuts challenge, and the hydroponics challenge. There are also activities related to 3-D printing. Student classrooms work in real time each Thursday via webcams and communicate through a variety of Google tools, including Google docs and Google Hangout.  A field trip will also occur toward the end of the school year, allowing STEM PALS to meet face to face.

Castronova and Shackil say they are grateful to Caldwell University where faculty value their ideas and encourage them to develop. “As we continue through Caldwell’s program, we find ourselves taking on a more global perspective toward education. We feel empowered to take risks and create change beyond the four walls of our classroom. STEM PALS was one of those risks,” said Castronova.

Dr. Joan Moriarty, associate dean of the education division, and Dr. Joanne Jasmine, Ph.D., professor of education, say they are proud of Castronova and Shackil’s continued research efforts to make sure they on the cutting edge of student engagement. “This certainly is a hallmark of school leaders promoting teaching and learning,” said Moriarty.

The doctoral students are also thankful to Heather Cook and Ellen Johnston, staff members at the Jennings Library, who guided them in using the 3-D printer for flowerpot designs created by STEM PAL students, which they displayed at a community fundraising event.

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Caldwell Cougars Dunk for Hunger Food Drive

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Students in Caldwell University’s Sport Management Club have organized a food drive to run from Nov. 19 through Dec. 14, 2016 in hopes of assisting and filling the university’s Cougar Food Pantry. The “Cougars Can Dunk for Hunger” food drive will take place throughout the month with primary collection days before the Caldwell University Cougars home basketball games.

With the launch of the campus-based Cougar Food Pantry in March, the students wanted to use the beginning of the basketball season to increase awareness of the pantry while collecting food for those in need during the upcoming holiday season. “I am very proud of the selflessness of the Caldwell students who came to me and requested that we undertake this food drive,” said Club Advisor, Professor Neil Malvone.

The students will be collecting food before the Nov. 19 men’s basketball game and the men’s and women’s doubleheader on Nov. 22. Attendees that bring a food item will receive a one dollar discount off their admission to the games.

Club President Randi Stafford stated, “We wanted to incorporate the lessons we are learning in sport management with a charitable activity and felt a food drive during home basketball games was a perfect way to do this.” Students are asking for donations of any non-perishable foods. Donations of all canned goods, especially soup, ramen noodles, beef jerky, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, snack bars, and bags of rice, beans etc. are particularly needed, but all donations are appreciated with the hope of helping local families in need.

Donation boxes for the Cougar Food Pantry will be available at the Newman Center before the games and by room 248 in Visceglia Hall throughout the month.

For more information please email: cougarfoodpantry@caldwell.edu and nmalvone@caldwell.edu.

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Jump Start Your Career Planning

The Career Planning and Development Office provides students and alumni with the tools to:

  • Explore and choose academic majors and career options
  • Obtain career-related experience such as internships and shadowing opportunities
  • Pursue post-graduation career plans including employment and graduate school

To find out more, go to www.caldwell.edu/career

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Coming soon: The Caldwell University Marching Band

Caldwell University is adding a marching band to support its new sprint football team. Come fall of 2017 Caldwell will be one of three universities in New Jersey with marching bands. Music faculty member Rebecca Vega will direct the band, and she is looking for non-music and music majors who would like to contribute their talents in brass, percussion, woodwind, or color guard. Marching band will be a one-credit course that will meet twice a week, and members will perform at all three home football games, open houses, Homecoming and other school events.

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Music faculty member Rebecca Vega will direct the Caldwell University Marching Band being added for the new sprint football team.

Vega has experience with marching bands. She was in marching bands in high
school and college, oversaw the marching band when she taught high school for three years in California, and worked with the marching band when she was a graduate assistant in the Music Department at Eastern Michigan University. Now her son marches in the Verona High School Marching Band. “I’m super-excited to teach marching band again. I’m a marching band geek,” Vega said, noting she “drags her husband” to see marching bands at competitions even six hours before her son competes.

Vega says Caldwell will build its marching band over the next three to five years, starting with a small group and simple uniforms and then making it a larger ensemble with more instruments and more elaborate uniforms. Marching band scholarships will be available. For information, contact Professor Rebecca Vega at rvega@Caldwell.edu or 973-618-3446.

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Communications student Brandon Young is a guest on WNNJ’s s “Vets Rock”

Communications and Media Studies student Brandon Young served in the Marine Corp as a corporal and team leader.

Communications and Media Studies student Brandon Young served in the Marine Corp as a corporal and team leader.

Caldwell, N.J., November 9, 2016 – Communication and Media Studies senior Brandon Young was a guest on WNNJ’s “Vets Rock” program on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Young talks with host and Senior Vice President of Programming/Sussex Gary Cee about his experience in the Marine Corp as a corporal and team leader, including serving in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and doing two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He shares the importance of the bonds he made with his friends from the military.

“It was an amazing experience being a guest on their show.  I learned what it is like to be a host of a program for a few hours,” said Young.  They played several of Young’s favorite songs on the air.

Communications and Media Studies student Brandon Young is a guest on WNNJ’s s “Vets Rock”

Communications and Media Studies student Brandon Young is a guest on WNNJ’s s “Vets Rock”

 

Young, who is looking to pursue a career in broadcasting, was excited to “see how a real studio works” and that what he learned at Caldwell fit right in with the work at WNNJ. “My experience with the Communications and Media Studies Department made me feel very comfortable in the studio.  All of the terminology I learned in class I was able to apply.”

Listeners can hear the program on 103.7 NNJ FM, iheart radio or on the 103.7 website at wnnj.iheart.com.

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Women’s Soccer CACC Championship

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Women’s Soccer Wins CACC Championship; Secure Auto bid to NCAA Division II Tournament

LAKEWOOD, N.J.- Caldwell University women’s soccer won their second Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Championship in four seasons as they defeated top seed Georgian Court University 1-0 on Sunday morning. The Cougars secure the CACC auto bid to the NCAA Division II Championship and were selected as the #6 seed. Caldwell faces #3 seed LIU Post on Friday, November 11 at 2 pm on the campus of #2 seed Adelphi University.

The Cougars improve to 12-7-2 on the season, while the Lions season ends at 14-5-1.

Caldwell got the lone goal of the contest midway through the opening half as sophomore Emily Valerian (Roseland, N.J.) took a feed from senior Jessica Garretson (Atco, N.J.) dribbled past the defense and blasted it to the opposite side of the goal for a 1-0 Cougars lead.

The Cougars played solid defense through the contest despite being outshot in the game 18-8. The Lions created some opportunities late in the contest but CACC Tournament MVP Kylie Whalen (Hazlet, N.J.) was up to the task, turning back shots to preserve the lead for Caldwell.

Following the game, the Cougars earned five spots on the all-tournament team with Garretson, Valerian, Whalen, sophomore Jessica LaConde (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and sophomore Gianna Klucker (Tamins, Switzerland) taking top honors for the Cougars. With three tournament victories that included two shutouts, Whalen was named the tournament Most Valuable Player. Whalen also made two crucial shootout saves in the semifinals shootout victory against Holy Family University that allowed Caldwell a shot at Sunday’s championship game. Whalen posted six saves in the championship victory which was her sixth shutout of the season.

Head Coach Nate Guagliardi, in his tenth season with the Cougars, has taken three of his last four squads to the CACC Championship game. Guagliardi led the Cougars to their first CACC Championship and first-ever NCAA Division II Tournament bid in 2013. The Cougars fell in the championship game to Philadelphia University last season and took home the crown in 2016.

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Special Education Delegates from Russia Visit Caldwell University

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Special education delegates from Russia visited the Caldwell University Center for Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis. Pictured (left to right) are Mariia Kuznetsova, Special Education Teacher, Olga Pimenkova, Guidance Counselor and Teaching Methodology Specialist, Dr. Jason Vladescu, Caldwell University associate professor of applied behavior analysis, Aleksandr Pichugin, Clinical Psychologist, Ekaterina Kirianova, Music Therapist, Olga Guliaeva, Special Education Teacher, Dr. Sharon Reeve, Caldwell University professor of applied behavior analysis.

Caldwell, N.J., Nov.4, 2016 – Special education delegates from Russia visited the Caldwell University Center for Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis on Nov. 2. The group traveled to the United States through the Open World Program. The delegation included a clinical psychologist from Cherepovets Children’s Hospital and special education teachers from the Rehabilitation Center for Children and Adolescents with Disabilities in Cherepovets, Russia.

During their visit they had lunch with Dr. Jason Vladescu, Ph.D., BCBA-D, NCSP, associate professor in the Caldwell University Department of Applied Behavior Analysis. Following lunch they toured the Center for Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis, observed services being provided, and had a question and answer session with Dr. Vladescu and Dr. Sharon Reeve, Ph.D., BCBA-D, professor in the Caldwell University Department of Applied Behavior Analysis.

The delegation noted the desire to build a collaborative relationship with the Caldwell University Department of Applied Behavior Analysis. They would like to receive direct training and possibly participate in distance-learning classes.

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Science Students Present at Biologists’ Conference

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Caldwell, N.J. Nov. 1, 2016 –Five students and an alumna from the Department of Natural and Physical Sciences participated in the 49th Annual Metropolitan Association of College and University Biologists Conference Oct. 29 at State University of New York at Old Westbury, N.Y.  The theme of the conference was “The Dance of the Genes: From Cancer to Conversation.”

Two students from a current research class—Won Moses Choi and Daniel Otuo-Acheampong—and one interested freshman-Anika Sanjana participated to learn and observe the conference atmosphere.

Students Pamela Marte and Juan Garcia and recent graduate Christina Blonski-Cupo presented the work they completed as interns at the JH Bloomberg School of Public Health Diversity Summer Internship Program.

“They all have done a wonderful job of explaining their findings to their peers,”
said Dr. Agnes Berki. associate professor of biology. “The conference featured exceptional speakers including Dr. Jill Bargonetti (professor of biological sciences at Hunter College and cancer researcher) who made the audience dance a correct p53 “DNA dance” and a mutated p53 “DNA dance”. We had much fun participating.”

Marte received a second prize award in the category of Microbiology/Immunology for her poster titled: Evaluation of Cytokines in Autoimmune Retinopathy that she completed working with Dr. Barbara Detrick, a professor of pathology at the JH University School of Medicine.

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Political Science Club Hosts Student-run Mock Debate

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Caldwell, N.J., Nov. 1, 2016 – The Political Science Club in conjunction with the Department of History and Political Science, hosted a student-run mock debate. Students researched the positions of presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on four crucial issues: immigration, gun laws, terrorism and the environment.

Dr. Domenic Maffei, chair of the history and political science department, said the students presented well informed and energetic analyses of the two candidates’ positions and responded to audience questions.

“The students on the panel represented the brightest that Caldwell University has to offer; it was good to see them engaging at that high a level,” said Maffei. “The students actually did a better job at articulating the candidates’ positions than the candidates themselves.”

Katherine Llangari, president of the club, said it was great to see that students were not only willing to sign up and debate each candidate’s position on the issues, but also engaged in the discussion during the open floor sessions. “The club as a whole has been successful on increasing awareness of the upcoming elections and pushing students to go out and vote.”

If you would like more information about the Political Science Club contact the club president, Katherine Llanagari at kllangari@caldwell.edu or Dr. Maffei, department chair at DMaffei@caldwell.edu.

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Theology/Philosophy Presents Lecture: Shut Your Face: The Value of Silence in a Culture of Noise and Opinion

Dr. Kyle D. Bennett will present the Theology/Philosophy Department’s Sister Maura Campbell, O.P. lecture on Nov. 30.

Dr. Kyle D. Bennett will present the Theology/Philosophy Department’s Sister Maura Campbell, O.P. lecture on Nov. 30.

Caldwell, N.J., Oct. 31, 2016 – Dr. Kyle D. Bennett will present “Shut Your Face: The Value of Silence in a Culture of Noise and Opinion” for the Theology/Philosophy Department’s Sister Maura Campbell, O.P. lecture series on Wednesday Nov. 30 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Alumni theater.

Dr. Bennett is assistant professor of philosophy at Caldwell University in Caldwell, New Jersey, where he also directs the Spirituality and Leadership Institute, a think tank and training center that focuses on spiritual formation and citizenship in North American democratic society. He has taught at Azusa Pacific University, Providence Christian College, and The King’s College. His first book, Practices of Love: Spiritual Disciplines for the Life of the World (Brazos Press), is slated to release June 2017.

The series is named after Sister Maura who was a Sister of St. Dominic of Caldwell. She was a theologian, philosopher, professor, researcher and national leader in education whose scholarship and teaching spanned 50 years.