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Nursing Department Blessing of Hands recognizes sacredness of healing the sick and suffering

Nursing student Catherine Mulick with her mother and grandmother, a family of three generations of nurses.

Caldwell, N.J., February 24, 2017 – The Nursing Department held its annual Blessing of the Hands ceremony for juniors.

Director of Campus Ministry Colleen O’Brien opened the ceremony pointing to the importance of the blessing for the students who will use their hands to heal the sick and suffering and bring forth the mission of Caldwell University and the Sisters of St. Dominic.

Director of Nursing Dr. Theodora Sirota reflected on various scriptures references to healing.  “The prophet Ezekiel speaking in the name of the Lord says: ‘I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak’ and that is what we nurses do.  Jeremiah speaking in the name of the Lord says ‘Behold, I will bring to them health and healing, and I will heal them’ and that is what we nurses do,” said Sirota.

Dr. Barbara Chesler, vice president for academic affairs said it was a time to celebrate “our call and gifts and to remember how much we need one another.”  The blessing, she explained, “symbolizes our belief in the sacredness of our everyday lives and work.”

President Nancy Blattner reflected on the scripture verse from Isaiah 49 which references how the Lord holds us in the palm of his hand.  She reminded the students that God holds them in the palm of his hand and in turn, they have the important work of holding others in the palm of their hands as nurses.

The nursing students said they felt appreciated and proud to have the support from the university. Junior Daniel Aponte said the ceremony empowered him to move on in his clinic experience. Junior Andrea Felano said she is more motivated and understands the power of using her hands in nursing.  Yasmine Khalaifeh, a sophomore who was watching the ceremony, said it is important to remember that spirituality comes with being a nurse. “There is more to nursing than performing physical tasks.”

Faculty and administration did the readings and administered the blessing.

It was a special day for junior Catherine Mulick since she is going to be a 3rd generation nurse in her family, following in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother who attended the ceremony to celebrate with her.

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Alumnus performs with young adult honor’s choir at Carnegie Hall

Alumnus Nick Bushey performed with the young adult honor’s choir at Carnegie Hall.

Caldwell, N.J., Feb. 23, 2017 – Caldwell University Music Department alumnus Nick Bushey was selected to perform at the Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall on Feb. 5.  He was chosen from a competitive group of international and national applicants to be a part of the Young Adult Honor’s Choir conducted by Jeffery Redding.

Participants had to apply and send in audition recordings in October. Bushey, of Wayne, N.J.  was thrilled to meet and perform alongside the other choir members, who he said, “shared their unique stories about where they came from and why they loved to sing”.

The musicians received their music in advance of the performance and were expected to report three days prior with all selections memorized. The performance included works ranging from Haydn (“Awake the Harp” from  Creation) to Kim Andre Arneson’s “Even When He is Silent” and “Flight Song.”

After a few days of rehearsals together, all 80 of the choir members were eager to perform on the prestigious stage. “The excitement was contagious. We all fed off of each other’s energy,” Bushey said. “It was truly a life changing experience”.

The Honors Ensemble is open to select college-aged and young adult vocalists. The musicians had the opportunity to rehearse with Redding, an accomplished conductor and former music faculty member at West Virginia University.

Bushey is grateful to all his music professors, his voice teacher Dr. Greenwald, and his family and friends. He is pursuing a career in music education and hopes to motivate and inspire students through music.

Dr. Greenwald said she is proud of Bushey for being accepted into such a prestigious ensemble and was thrilled to see and hear him perform on the stage of Carnegie Hall.

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Caldwell Men’s Basketball Alum Matthew Stuart Inducted into CACC Hall of Fame on Super Saturday

CALDWELL, N.J.- Caldwell University men’s basketball standout Matthew Stuart ’94 was officially inducted into the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Hall of Fame in a special ceremony during Saturday’s basketball doubleheader as part of “Super Saturday” festivities. Stuart is the first Caldwell representative in the newly created CACC Hall of Fame and is the first CACC men’s basketball player inducted into the conference hall of fame.

Caldwell Athletics welcomed over 100 former student-athletes and their families back to campus this past Saturday. In addition, each athletic team and several departments on campus contributed a basket of items that were part of the silent auction with the proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The event was a success as Caldwell Athletics raised over $1,000 from the auction items. Make-A-Wish is the official charitable organization of the NCAA.

“We are so proud of Matt and what he has meant to our institution,” said Assistant Vice President/Director of Athletics Mark A. Corino, “He was a main reason for the early success of the men’s basketball program and we were pleased to have him and his family back to campus to celebrate his induction into the CACC Hall of Fame. The CACC has a long history of outstanding student-athletes and his induction as the first men’s basketball inductee into the hall of fame is an indication of what he has meant to the school and how people recognize his outstanding achievements on the court.”

Between the men’s and women’s contests, Caldwell University President Dr. Nancy Blattner welcomed Stuart and his family to campus and spoke of how exciting it was to have such a large group of alumni present to celebrate a great day for the university. CACC Commissioner Dan Mara followed and read off Stuart’s amazing accomplishments during his playing career. He also stated that great Caldwell men’s basketball players — both current and future — will always be judged by the incredible exploits of Stuart, who starred for the Cougars in the early 90s.

Mara officially inducted Stuart into the conference hall of fame, as he presented him with a framed portrait featuring photos of Stuart from his playing days. Finally, Stuart spoke to the crowd, thanking his former head coach Mark A. Corino, who not only coaches the men’s program, but is also Caldwell’s Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics. Stuart added how special it was to help build the program and the friendships he made. Stuart asked his family to join him at center court to take part in the ceremony, and they did with photos being taken afterwards.

When Stuart came to Caldwell from Haddon Heights, N.J., in the fall of 1989, the men’s basketball program was beginning its third season of existence. By the time he finished his career in 1994, Stuart had twice earned All-American honors, led the Cougars to their first CACC Tournament championship and helped the team qualify for its first national tournament.

A 6-foot-11 center, Stuart was named the CACC Player of the Year in both 1993 and 1994 while earning NAIA All-American Second Team honors as a junior and First Team as a senior. He did this following a serious knee injury that forced him to miss all but five games during the 1990-91 season. In 110 career games for the Cougars, Stuart scored a school-record 1,888 points. He is second all-time in blocks with 156 and fifth in rebounds with 843 in his career.

To watch the video from the event, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0tnKUH4ErM

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Ellina Chernobilsky: A Global Vision of Teaching

Even as a little girl growing up in the communist-ruled USSR, Ellina Chernobilsky knew she wanted to be in the classroom. “Teaching is a chance to see my own role in the world, an opportunity to understand how others view the world,” she says.

Chernobilsky, an associate professor in the education division, says her biggest reward is to learn “with and through” her students. As the director of graduate studies, overseeing 30 graduate programs, she works with faculty so students are happy and have “everything they need in order to be successful.”

She has seen that kind of caring in good teachers and administrators around the globe. Recently back from a trip during which she spoke with educators in Tomsk (in western Siberia) and in Moscow, she recognizes how committed teachers share the same foundations. “We may have different philosophies and pedagogies,” but the similarities are “good organization skills, good preparation and understanding and caring for the student.”

Chernobilsky is intrigued by how teachers in different cultures understand what it means to care for students—so much so that for the last several years she has been studying what it means to care as an educator. What started as research for the Teacher Education Accreditation Council accreditation process has developed into broader studies. She has worked with colleagues from China, South Korea, Russia and the United States to collect data and to understand different approaches to caring. She has hosted educators from Tomsk, Moscow and Holon, Israel, on Caldwell’s campus, working to form partnerships. In addition, she represented Caldwell while teaching English at Wuhan University in China for five weeks and led a short study initiative on Caldwell’s campus with students from South Korea.

In November at Tomsk Polytechnic University in western Siberia, Chernobilsky gave a keynote address at an international conference on how technology is used in higher education and “helps us evolve as educators.” She cited Caldwell as an example since the university has seen exponential growth in its use of technology for learning over the last few years. Audience members were so impressed they invited her to speak to department faculty and students at Tomsk State Pedagogical University and to middle and high school educators. In Moscow, she attended the multi-university 120th birthday celebration of the Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky, whom she says is the father of modern social constructivist philosophy in education and psychology. She spoke about technology with post-baccalaureate students at Moscow State University of Education and with students at the Higher School of Economics National Research University, also in Moscow. At the Education USA office in Moscow she met with prospective students.

She is collaborating with administrators from Moscow who visited Caldwell University last year on “what we can do together to get our students talking to each other.”

Growing up under communism in Uzbekistan

Chernobilsky’s parents—Bukharian, or Central Asian, Jews—made education a top priority when she was growing up in Soviet-ruled Tashkent, the capital of the Republic of Uzbekistan and one of the oldest towns in Central Asia. She went to a special school where she was exposed to the broader world and started learning English at eight years old. In 1979, her father asked for permission to leave and was denied. “The door was shut,” Chernobilsky says. Her mother, who was a pharmacist, and her father, who worked in several professions before becoming a civil engineer, pushed her to become an engineer. Once Chernobilsky convinced them to let her pursue teaching, she began studying at the Institute of Foreign Languages in Tashkent. She worked providing translation to individuals and businesses and was on track to become an English teacher. In 1991, just a few months shy of receiving her university diploma and about six months before the collapse of the Soviet Union, she and her family were able to leave their homeland. “I only told one or two people I was leaving,” says Chernobilsky.

Her extended family emigrated to New Jersey, and Chernobilsky’s ability to speak English proved to be of great value as she became the family’s sole translator. She enrolled at Upsala College, studying business administration and computer information systems and discovered a love for technology.

After graduating, Chernobilsky worked in a cotton business, buying and selling in Memphis, Tennessee. During this time, she married Mikhail Chernobilsky, who had found her online, something of a novelty at the time. She realized that business was not her calling and decided to go back to school for education. “I was really lucky. I met someone who believed in me and gave me a job teaching Russian as an adjunct at the University of Memphis.” The experience taught her how important it is for young professionals to have mentors and people who believe in them. “You need to be free to experiment and learn about yourself. If you make a mistake, it’s a chance to debrief, reflect, look another way and move on.” For those who succeed, the process is somewhat similar, she says. “One always has to reflect and define goals, and it dims your sense of fear.”

While studying and teaching at the University of Memphis, she started teaching Russian at Craigmont Middle and High School. Once she received her master’s, she knew a doctorate would be her next step.

When she and Mikhail moved back to New Jersey, Chernobilsky started studying for her Ph.D. in educational psychology at Rutgers and was able to combine her interests in education and technology. As she was finishing her dissertation and looking for employment, she found Caldwell, which reminded her of the small, caring atmosphere she had experienced years earlier at Upsala. She wanted to be a college professor who could work closely with students. “I wanted to be right in the middle. I wanted to know what the students are living and breathing.”

Chernobilsky is grateful that she has been given chances to grow as an educator and a professional and to be able to immerse herself in online education and in graduate studies. She is excited to be involved in supporting new graduate academic programs, expanding offerings in the classroom and online, with the freedom to pursue her interests in technology and international partnerships. “I think Caldwell is a great school that allows for many opportunities for everyone.”


“Teaching is a chance to see my own role in the world,
an opportunity to understand how others view the world.”

Things you might not know about Ellina Chernobilsky

Chernobilsky and her husband have three children—a 13-year-old son and 11-year-old twins, a boy and a girl.

While at Upsala College, she worked in production at WFMU 91.1 and was often on the air with Nachum Segal on his “JM in the AM” (Jewish Moments in the Morning) program. She also worked on the “Visionary of the Week” show.

“I love reading. I like to embroider when I have a little free time. I love car trips; we take road trips all the time.”

“I love cooking traditional Bukharian dishes for family and friends.”

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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.”

 

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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.

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Maulin Joshi: Encouraging International Student Success

Maulin Joshi, director of international student services, with several Caldwell University international students.

When Maulin Joshi walks into the Student Center he always looks up at the Hall of Flags, the spectacular, colorful tapestry of the many countries representing present and past Caldwell international students.

As director of international student services, Joshi is proud of the hall—a place where students coming from different nations can see that the campus community welcomes them. “My hope is that someday we will have a flag from every country hanging there,” he said.

Whenever a student arrives and his or her country is not represented, Joshi plans a flag raising ceremony. The program often features an educational presentation, the playing of the country’s national anthem, a talk by the student about his or her homeland, and the official raising of the flag with President Nancy Blattner. “I’m excited about these ceremonies. They get better and better every year. It shows the campus who these students really are,” said Joshi. Last fall the Bangladesh and Hong Kong flags were raised; five female students from Bangladesh performed a cultural dance, and Gourmet Dining provided foods from those nations.

Before each semester Joshi and his colleagues conduct an orientation for incoming international students. At this past fall’s orientation the university welcomed the largest number of new international students in Caldwell’s history. “Once orientation was over, I kind of had this sense of amazement … so diverse a population, and I was just in awe of who they are and how they would be able to contribute to Caldwell University’s mission and vision.”

Joshi’s work in guiding international students starts before orientation. Working alongside the admissions team, including Jan Marco Jiras, director of undergraduate admissions and an international recruiter, he makes sure that the students’ inquiries are answered and that they are led through all the required steps to gain their student non-immigrant status, which includes adhering to immigration laws and dealing with compliance issues. Once students arrive on campus, they are oriented to all the services Caldwell provides including cultural and social adjustments and academic, tutoring, residential, and health and wellness supports.

Joshi advises the International Student Organization, which hosts activities like the Hindu spring festival Holi, which according to the Student Government Association is “one of the most popular events on campus year after year,” the international Thanksgiving dinner, and Tihar, the Festival of Lights, “celebrated by our Nepalese population.”

Trips and activities are planned throughout the year. Students have volunteered at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey and taken excursions to the United Nations, Washington, D.C., and more. “That sense of closeness was evident when tragedy hit Nepal in April of 2015 following a 7.8-magnitude earthquake. Rather than feeling powerless because they were so far away from their loved ones at home, 33 Nepalese students and alumni went to work fundraising for their Caldwell University Prays for Nepal project, raising over $16,000 for humanitarian efforts. “The campus and local community showed tremendous support to the Nepalese students in that time of tragedy,” said Joshi.

Many international students have taken leadership positions at Caldwell, holding offices in student government and affecting positive change, something Joshi credits to “their upbringing, their parents, their competitiveness” and often, strong academic credentials. “It is amazing what they can bring to the classroom setting and in promoting diversity on campus.”

The majority of international students are on scholarship for their outstanding academic or athletic achievement, and they take their education very seriously. “They have researched Caldwell in advance and know that our wonderful faculty and staff are here to support our students.”

Joshi encourages international students to assimilate and to see themselves as Caldwell University students, to learn about the Catholic Dominican mission and vision, to take part in community service or to travel to Fanjeux, France, with students from other Dominican universities to walk in the footsteps of St. Dominic.

Joshi was inspired to work with international students after he finished a master’s in education and was working on his MBA. He became an international advisor and immediately felt a connection to the students and “an appreciation of who they are and their upbringings.” He became the principal designated school official assigned to track matters related to international student immigration. When he started at Caldwell, he was thrilled to have more doors open for him and be able to help international students adjust to the United States and have positive experiences on campus. “I just appreciate who they are and I’m happy to help them in their journeys in improving their lives.”


Things you might not know about Maulin Joshi

Joshi brings his own global perspective to the job. He was born in India and is from the city of Gujarat. He came to the United States when he was five years old and was raised in Queens. “I’m a New Yorker. I love living in New York and working in New Jersey.” He speaks fluent Gujarati with his mother and English with his father.

“I’ve been lucky to travel to many places all over the world.” He has been to all the major countries in Europe, to India, South America, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

After receiving a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Binghamton University, he taught biology to high-need students in the Bronx and coached basketball.

He loves staying active, often taking his road bike to Central Park. And he enjoys watching sports. “I’m a Giants fan and a Yankees fan. Sorry, I know my boss (Sister Kathleen Tuite, vice president of student life) is a Mets fan. I try to show her some support every now and then, rooting for her.”

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Math student slated to present at conference

Math student Emily Romero ’17 will present her research at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America conference.

Feb. 6, 2017

Mathematics major, Emily Romero ‘17, has earned the distinction of being a presenter at a conference of global leaders in mental health. This unique opportunity will give Romero the opportunity to connect with professional clinicians and researchers.

Attendance at the conference is being made possible in part by a gift from Ann Larue ’69 and her husband John. Last year the Larues, who have established an endowed scholarship for eligible mathematics and science students, made a gift to establish the Ann and John Larue Research Fund. The fund provides grant support for student research in areas of scientific inquiry and underwrites travel for attendance at regional and national conferences.

In April, Romero, who is from North Bergen, will present her research at the annual Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) conference to be held in San Francisco. The event is expected to bring together 1,000 professionals from across the United States and around the world who want to improve treatments and find cures for anxiety, depression and related disorders.

Romero’s research findings were acquired during her summer 2016 internship at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Working as part of a team, she studied biostatistics and examined post-traumatic stress disorder in coronary care patients. The project compared the reactions of patients covered by health insurance, versus patients in the same population who lacked health insurance, upon admittance to an emergency room. Romero, who spent eight weeks in residence on Columbia’s iconic Manhattan campus, said she was thrilled to work with the “brightest minds in the field,” and that biostatistics is a field in which “you are truly using your skills to try to save the world.” While at Columbia, she completed courses in biostatistics and statistical analysis. “I owe everything to my teachers at Caldwell,” said Romero, who is now looking at graduate schools.

Dr. Patricia Garruto, Caldwell’s mathematics chair and Romero’s advisor, visited her at the internship site at Columbia.  “What a great opportunity it was for her, working with such talented researchers,” said Garruto. Another outcome of Romero’s experience at Columbia is that she is paving the way for other Caldwell students.   Garruto said Columbia has contacted her about additional prospective students who would qualify for internships.

Caldwell is deeply grateful to Ann and John Larue for their support for and commitment to the study of mathematics and science.

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Caldwell University Students Serve on Medical Mission in Nicaragua

Caldwell, N.J., Feb. 3, 2017 – Caldwell nursing student Channel Jorge cried tears of joy when she saw the happiness of a woman in Nicaragua who received the eyeglasses she desperately needed. Jorge was on a Global Brigades medical mission with Caldwell nursing and health science students for a week in January. They served in a mountainous area near Esteli about 150 miles north of Managua.

Four hundred people waited in line as the college students did vision tests with an autorefractor and helped children and adults pick out eyeglasses and cases.

The students volunteered in units including public health, water, medical and dental. In medical, they triaged patients, took their vital signs and passed them on to doctors. “The doctors were very interactive with us,” said Pamela Marte, a Caldwell health sciences student. In the water unit they dug trenches since there is no running water and the river is a two-hour walk away. “The people in the community came and worked with us. They were very grateful,” said Jorge.

The students also dispensed medicine in the pharmacy and provided health education including giving children information on basic hygiene such as the importance of brushing their teeth and washing their hands. They distributed needed items like shampoo and conditioner, combs and mouthwash.

Global Brigades is an international nonprofit that empowers communities to meet their health and economic goals through university volunteers and local teams.  Students have the chance to shadow local and foreign health care professionals.

Caldwell’s  team worked alongside students from Kutztown University, and during the week, the group saw 1,000 people. The students were moved by the gratitude of the people in the community. “It was so humbling; we take so much for granted,” said Jorge.

The other Caldwell students on the mission were Briana Hientjes, Erin Casner, Kelly Mondey, Lovena Frazil and Jade Kellenberger.

Throughout the academic year the students fundraised to finance the trip and to help pay for the medicines Global Brigades provides, said Marte, president of Caldwell’s Global Brigades club.

The mission confirmed Marte and Jorge’s desire to pursue careers in the medical field. They were happy to see the strong foundation their courses had given them. “I was able to apply my knowledge in medicine and diseases with confidence,” said Jorge.

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“The United States of Narcissism:  Reading the Signs of the Times in the Light of Christian Spirituality” Is Theme of Caldwell University Lecture

Dr. Christopher Cimorelli is the speaker for a Theology/Philosophy Department Sister Maura Campbell lecture Feb. 22.

Caldwell, N.J., Feb. 2, 2017 – “The United States of Narcissism:  Reading the Signs of the Times in the Light of Christian Spirituality” will be the theme of a lecture presented by Dr. Christopher Cimorelli, assistant professor of theology, at Caldwell University. The lecture will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the Alumni Theatre on Caldwell’s campus.

The forum is being hosted by the Theology/Philosophy Department as part of its Sister Maura Campbell lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Recent research suggests a dramatic increase in the prevalence of traits associated with narcissism in the United States. A host of factors, including celebrity worship and the ways in which social media construct views of the self and others, are at play in this increase, which undermines authentic relationships and possibilities for collaboration, says Cimorelli. “Given the dire challenges facing society today, this rise in narcissism represents an underlying obstacle to the common good.”

Cimorelli will argue that narcissism is a spiritual crisis and that resources from the Christian spiritual tradition can illuminate the situation and indicate an alternative, a more sustainable path.

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