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Visceglia Art Gallery Will Present “Fields of Vision 2017: Caldwell Art Department Faculty Exhibition”

Judith Croce, 2017
flashe and acrylic paint on paper

Caldwell, N.J., January 31, 2017 – The Visceglia Art Gallery at Caldwell University will present a faculty exhibition featuring a broad range of contemporary art practice and highlighting the diversity of the art faculty. The exhibition will be held from Feb. 9 to March 8 and is free and open to the public.

Almost every seven years, the gallery presents an exhibition of current work by the faculty of the Caldwell University Art Department who teach and actively pursue their own art and have shown their work nationally and internationally.

A reception honoring the seven artists will be held in the Gallery on Wednesday Feb. 22 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.  It is also free and open to the public. The snow date is Wednesday March 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Caldwell University’s Art Department strives to provide a compelling and rigorous environment for aesthetic and critical exploration. The department encourages innovation. Students in its multiple majors of Fine Art, Graphic Design, Art Education and Art Therapy are directed to utilize the academic resources of the university to inform and deepen their artistic goals. Whether in the school’s studios or pursuing their independent creative work, the art faculty is committed to the belief that creative development in the visual arts provides some of the most longstanding contributions to the immediate community and to the culture as a whole.

Larry Szycher, 2016
Pamet Grasses, Ebb Tide
Oil on canvas

The artwork of faculty members, Bonnie Berkowitz, Judith Croce, Emilee Lord, Maya Manvi, Heidi Sandecki, Larry Szycher and Kendall Baker (Gallery Director) will be on display. The Visceglia exhibition galleries, which are currently being upgraded with new lighting, will showcase paintings, drawings, works on paper, sculpture, photographs, puppetry, and video-based work.

“Puppetry Theater must involve all of the art forms, design, drawing, painting, sculpture, music, writing and movement,” states Bonnie Berkowitz, who teaches in the Art Therapy graduate program.   Photographs of her recent performances show how “core elements collide to create a stew of objects, costume, story, and experimental puppets in a kinetic choreography of color and texture.”

A new body of work by Judith Croce, who teaches painting, drawing, 2-d design and color theory, is titled, ‘Pinups’.  She explains that she uses ephemeral materials to form “a continuation of my language of formal geometric abstraction as they emerge out of their interactions with the temporary spaces and places they are attached to.”

Emilee Lord teaches drawing and uses graphic inventions to explore, as she states, “houses and details of architecture being containers for the memory of the self and journey of this self.”  Her work questions, “the mapping of the places we live in as extensions of identity—an identity we constantly work to construct and dismantle.”

Maya Manvi, who teaches sculpture and 3-dimensional design states that her multi-media work in sculpture and video is about survival and that doing so requires that we “modify the conditions of a system (the confines of language, the traditions of objects) to get at the messy generosity of things.”

Heidi Sandecki, who teaches graphic design, uses chance to identify and manipulate abstract plant-based forms and glyphs in a series of watercolor works that blur the figure-ground relationship and “present a different view for aesthetic contemplation of ordinary yet subliminal symbols.”

Larry Szycher, who teaches painting, drawing and digital art, explores the way his canvasses “reconcile the texture, spontaneity, substance and reality of the materials with their subjective connotations. They strive to remain as ‘paint’ as well as illusion, and use the material’s innate ability to effect the realization of my personal vision.”

Kendall Baker, who directs the Visceglia Gallery and teaches sculpture, 3d-design and photography, uses outdoor installations, ceramics and photography of natural forms to explore ‘mark-making’ as systems of measurement.  “Deeply imbedded markings are identifying signs that invite us to draw closer to natural elements because we recognize them as an extension of ourselves.”

The gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For directions visit: https://www.caldwell.edu/gallery/visceglia-gallery-directions-map

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Life Lessons Learned on a Mission Trip to Belize


 A group of Caldwell University students and faculty and staff spent a week in January volunteering in an impoverished village in Belize.

They helped repaint a school, spent time playing with the children and were treated to gracious hospitality and home-cooked meals.

Marisa Juliano, a senior, attended for the first time. “I saw things that broke my heart a little and things that were so beautiful.” Working with the schoolchildren made her heart “grow 10 times bigger … As soon as I met them I wanted to do 10 times more. I wanted to paint the whole town for them.”

Senior Sean Puzzo was on the mission trip for a third time. The villagers are not rich in material things, he said, but they are certainly rich in “community, spirit and respect.”

Many of the people have no electricity, wash their clothing in the river, live in homes with dirt floors, sleep on hammocks and grow their own food. Jobs and education are scarce.

Sophomore Zachary Weinberg found his first mission trip a rewarding experience.   The villagers “don’t have half of what we have, but they have joy in their simple life,” he said.

In the evenings the group was treated to Belizean meals  prepared by Miss Olive, a woman Caldwell students have gotten to know over the years. “She taught us how to cook some of the traditional items, and it was really nice to have that interaction,” said Crista Cattano. “We call her our Belizean mom. She takes such good care of us.”

The students stayed at a retreat house in Punta Gorda, run by the Jesuits, and were off the grid from technology, eating dinner at night and sharing the day’s activities for hours. “I love being disconnected for the week,” said Cattano. “They have a simple way of living. You become very present to the environment you are in and why you are there.”

Cattano was thrilled to see Domitilla, a woman whom she had met in previous years and had promised to visit again. “She welcomed us into her home and cooked for us.” On their way out of the village that evening the students saw a beautiful rainbow, an affirmation for them.

Henrietta Genfi, Caldwell’s director of advisement, was one of the chaperones.  She said the students were grateful for the opportunity to help others and learned that happiness lay in human connections and not in material things. “Service helps us all realize that no matter how far apart in distance we are from each other, we are all one community.”

The other students who volunteered on the mission trip were Katlyn Houtz, John McLaughlin and Kenneth Duffy. Staff and faculty included Genfi, Psychology Professor Thomson Ling and Caldwell Dominican Sister Lena Picillo, O.P.

Other activities included visiting Mayan ruins and a waterfall and enjoying a Mayan cultural dance assembly featuring the children.

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Men’s Basketball Alumnus Matt Stuart ’94 to be honored at “Super Saturday” and Alumni Day on February 4

The Caldwell University Athletics Department invites its alumni back to campus for “Super Saturday” on Saturday, February 4 as the Caldwell men’s and women’s basketball teams host conference rival Georgian Court University in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference doubleheader. Men’s basketball alumnus Matt Stuart ’94 will be honored between games as the first Caldwell inductee into the CACC Hall of Fame.

The day begins at noon with the Make-A-Wish Foundation silent auction in the Newman Center which will run throughout the afternoon.  Each of the Caldwell Athletics teams along with several departments and organizations on campus will have a basket of auction items that anyone can place bids on throughout the afternoon.

The alumni reception begins at 12:30 in the Quigley Board Room on the second floor of the George R. Newman Center. Alumni can register for the event online for $10, which includes a complimentary ticket to both games along with food and drinks.

The men’s game will tip-off against Georgian Court at 1 pm. Following the conclusion of the men’s game, Stuart will be honored in a ceremony by the CACC and inducted as the first Caldwell representative in their hall of fame. CACC Commissioner Dan Mara will present Stuart with a ceremonial plaque and formally induct Stuart into their hall of fame.

The women’s basketball game against Georgian Court will commence following the ceremony. At halftime of the women’s game, Director of Alumni Affairs Meghan Moran along with Assistant Vice President/Director of Athletics Mark A. Corino will welcome the alumni back for their contribution to Caldwell.

To register for Super Saturday, go to https://custore.caldwell.edu/product/super-saturday-registration/

Saturday February 4, 2017 Timeline

12:00 pm: Make-A-Wish Foundation Silent Auction begins in the Newman Center
1:00 pm: Men’s basketball game against Georgian Court
12:30-5:00 pm  Athletics Alumni reception in the Quigley Board Room in Newman Center

Immediately following the conclusion of the men’s game: CACC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for

Matt Stuart ‘94

3:00 pm (approximately): Women’s basketball game against Georgian Court

Halftime of the Women’s game: Caldwell Athletics “Welcome Back to Campus” Ceremony with Director of Alumni Affairs Meghan Moran and Assistant Vice President/Director of Athletics Mark A. Corino

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Student’s essay accepted for Arthur Miller Journal

Caldwell, N.J., January 24, 2017 – Senior Eya Haddouche has learned that a paper she wrote on the play “A View from the Bridge” has been accepted for publication in the Arthur Miller Journal. “It is so exciting and something you don’t expect,” said Haddouche, an English major from Woodland Park, New Jersey.

During the fall she attended the English Department’s first-ever undergraduate literature conference, “Literary Losers and Anti-Heroes,” where she heard Dr. Stephen Marino, keynote speaker and editor of the Journal, speak about how Miller’s work has affected the literary, dramatic, political and cultural landscape for decades.  Miller told the students that the Journal accepts student submissions.

The previous year Haddouche had written an essay for English Professor Mary Lindroth’s modern drama class. The students in Lindroth’s class had attended the Broadway production of “A View from the Bridge” as part of a yearly drama trip to New York City sponsored by the English department. They were given an assignment to compare and contrast the written play with the performance. Hearing about the Journal, Haddouche thought, “Why not give it a shot?” and she submitted her paper for consideration.

Learning of the acceptance has been a milestone for her, “very motivating,” she said, and will push her to write in the future. “I want to experiment with all types of writing.”

She credits Caldwell’s English Department professors for encouraging her. “They are such a loving group, so caring to their students. They work so hard … and lift our spirits.”

Haddouche’s work will be published in the fall 2017 edition of the Journal.

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Nationally-Known Percussion Clinician Thom Hannum to Give Drumline Clinic at Caldwell University

Thom-HannumCaldwell, N.J., Dec. 15, 2016 – – Thom Hannum, one of the nation’s foremost percussion clinicians, will give a drumline clinic at Caldwell University, 4 to 9 p.m., Thursday Feb. 9.

The free event will include master classes for indoor drumlines, marching percussion technique break-out sessions, and group performances, as well as a demonstrations by Hannum. It will be held in the Student Center and a free dinner is included.

Hannum is associate director of the Minuteman Marching Band at University of Massachusetts Amherst and is well known in the percussion world for his work with The Cadets and Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps. He was a member of the design team for the Tony Award-winning shows Blast! and CyberJam. In 2001 he was inducted into the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame.

If interested in participating individually or with your indoor drumline, please contact Music Department Professor Rebecca Vega at rvega@caldwell.edu or 973-618-3446.

Percussionists will need to bring their marching instruments. Space is limited so register soon.


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ABA faculty, Jason Vladescu, Participates in International Medical Mission

Associate professor of applied behavior analysis Jason Vladescu (R) participated in an international medical mission. He is pictured here with Dr. Ernani Sadural, co-founder and chief medical offer LIG Global Foundation and director of Global Health at RWJBarnabas Health System.

Caldwell, N.J., January 19, 2017 – Dr. Jason Vladescu, Ph.D., BCBA-D, NCSP, associate professor in the Caldwell University Department of Applied Behavior Analysis participated in an international medical mission in Iloilo, Philippines in January. Approximately 90 people took part in the eight-day mission trip.

During the mission, participants provided cervical cancer screening, education, prevention, treatment, and a range of surgeries for women. They implemented a blindness prevention program, which included corneal transplants and conducted numerous presentations, on topics such as breast care, CPR skills, and basic self-defense. They implemented a midwife training curriculum and provided medical and behavioral health services to children with disabilities.

Dr. Vladescu provided behavioral health consultation for approximately 70 children attending school in the Oton Municipality in the province of Iloilo.

The annual medical mission is coordinated by the Marian Rose World Mission and LIG Global Foundation. Dr. Vladescu was invited to participate in the mission by LIG Global Foundation co-founder and chief medical offer, Dr. Ernani Sadural, an obstetrician and gynecologist, and director of Global Health at RWJBarnabas Health System. Sadural and Vladescu become aquatinted through their involvement as members of the Rotary Club of the Caldwells.

Vladescu said he places high value on service and this mission provided him with “an incredibly opportunity” to fulfill that value. He is grateful to Dr. Sadural for opening the door for him to be involved and he is looking forward to future missions in Iloilo where he can help increase access to quality behavioral health services for those with disabilities.

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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”

Rob Middleton

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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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.

Read full article here.

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Caldwell University Club Collects Shoes For Haiti Hurricane Victims

The Progress

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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