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Caldwell University Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Inducts New Class

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Caldwell, N.J., April 3, 2017 – The Caldwell University chapter of the honor society Phi Kappa Phi inducted 34 new members at a ceremony on March 30. Students, administration, faculty, staff and alumni joined the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society.

William Velhagen, president of the Caldwell chapter, gave the introductions. “We are pleased and proud that each has chosen to become part of a century-old community of scholars and professionals that includes men and women who have distinguished themselves in positions of leadership and whose careers have been characterized by achievement.”

University president Nancy Blattner, Ph.D., who was pivotal in bringing the honor society to Caldwell and served on its national board for six years, congratulated the class on joining the community of scholars, which she said represented the “very best of all disciplines.”

Joseph Posillico, vice president for enrollment management and communications, was one of the inductees. “I was honored to be inducted along with my esteemed colleagues and so many deserving students. The motto of Phi Kappa Phi encompasses for many of us our passion: ‘Let the love of learning rule humanity.’”

Theresa Henry, a junior who was inducted, said the motto will stick with her forever. “I hope that I will strive to learn something new every day and share that knowledge with my peers.”

Shyam Sharma, senior and president of the Student Government Association, said it was an “incredible ceremony” for the new inductees. “Being inducted into an honor society with a rich history and mission like Phi Kappa Phi is truly a humbling experience. “

Phi Kappa Phi elects its membership from all academic fields within the university. The faculty, staff and alumni inductees were Dr. Agnes T. Berki, Dr. Ellina Chernobilsky, Maureen Kenney, Joseph Posillico and Sister Catherine C. Waters, O.P.

The student inductees were: Amanda Appleby, Stephanie Bendush, Jennifer Ashley Bitetto, Dennis Brady, Samantha Ann Bremer, Alexandra Campanaro, Melissa Marie Cook, Alyssa Marie DiNapoli, Caitlyn Doyle, Kathleen Drwiega, Steven Eigenlaub, Michelle Eng, Brittany Finneran, Erin Sullivan Goldstein, Kelly Marilly Gonzalez, Victoria Amanda Grzelak, Danielle Anne Hamblin, Theresa Gail Henry, Rikki L. Herman, Lindsey Horowitz, Sheri Beth Horowitz-Jay, David Jones, Silvia Lambiase, Chelsea Nicolle Maher, Michelle Mayrer, Kelly Neill, Daniella L. Preston, Kimberly A. Rothenberger, Jessica R. Shackil, Shyam Sharma, Tammy Underwood-Daniel, Kiana Valenzuela, Diana C. Velazquez and Cassandra E. Winnie.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of Marcus L. Urann, who wanted to create a different kind of honor society—one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the society has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States and the Philippines and inducts more than 30,000 new members each year. Membership is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students, along with faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

The society’s mission is “to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.” Since its founding, more than 1.25 million members have been initiated. Some of the organization’s more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist David Baldacci and YouTube cofounder Chad Hurley. The society has awarded approximately $15 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, more than $1 million is awarded each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, member and chapter awards and grants for local and national literacy initiatives. For more information about Phi Kappa Phi, visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org.

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Caldwell student, Governor’s STEM Scholar, presents at NJ State House

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Caldwell, N.J., March 31, 2017 – Pre-med post-baccalaureate student and alumna Jessica Binkiewicz was among the 2017 class of the Governor’s STEM Scholars honored by the legislature in Trenton on March 23, 2017.

Binkiewicz and the other STEM scholars spoke before the state legislature, gubernatorial staff, and policymakers. “It was a tremendous honor to have presented my research, be honored, and receive a joint legislative resolution on the floor of the Assembly at the State House,” she said.

The prestigious program brings together the high school and post-secondary student leaders who would like to pursue a STEM-related major and career in New Jersey’s STEM economy. Binkiewicz led a research team of three high school students–one was from Wayne Hills High School and two  from Paterson Charter High School for Science and Technology. They focused on determining the inhibitory effects of thieves’ and pulling oils on E. coli to evaluate their antibacterial properties in the hope of combating drug-resistant E. coli strains. They met on Saturday mornings in the university science labs.

The Governor’s STEM Scholars program aims to educate the best and brightest students about science, technology, engineering and math opportunities in New Jersey and to encourage the Garden State’s economic development.

Binkiewicz said the most rewarding part of her experience was being able to educate those in the state legislature and governor’s staff.  She explained that E. coli infections are life-threatening if untreated or if they do not respond to treatment and that there are highly drug-resistant E. coli strains that are present in the United States, including in New Jersey.  She pointed out how crucial her research findings are, which focused on how thieves’ and pulling essential oils are effective antibacterial agents against E. coli, in the treatment of drug-resistant E. coli strains. “What makes essential oils such a great alternative to allopathic treatments is not only are they cost-effective, easily accessible, and have very few side effects, but they also rarely induce microbial resistance unlike antibiotics,” she said. “It was amazing to see how excited, interested, and appreciative they all were to learn about my research project and findings and allow them to see first-hand the vital importance of research and STEM education.”

The year-long experience has given her the chance to network with other students and professionals in STEM fields. In addition to mentoring high school students, she had the chance to meet Nobel Prize winners and attend conferences. “I truly enjoyed every minute of it. I am sad for the program to come to an end, but I know all the knowledge and leadership skills that I have gained from this experience will always stay with me and be used each day in my future career as a physician.”

Her advisor has been Caldwell Science Chair Dr. William Velhagen.  Associate Professor Dr. Agnes Berki advised her on the research project.

Binkiewicz graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Caldwell in 2014.

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Students put Dominican pillar of service into action at spring break WorkFest

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Caldwell, N.J., March 31, 2017 – Pope Francis repeatedly urges us to reach out with compassion to those living on the margins. Caldwell University students and staff heeded that call when they spent their spring break on a mission trip in one of the poorest areas in Appalachia.

Students Garima Baral, Leanna Chen and Brooke McPhersen, Director of Campus Ministry Colleen O’Brien and Program Coordinator for Student Engagement Marissa Haynes did home rebuilding and repairs with the Christian Appalachian Project’s Workfest in eastern Kentucky.

Baral, a sophomore, had done no previous construction work but was pleasantly surprised to see what they were able to achieve. “I learned that no matter how frustrating and difficult the work gets, with proper guidance and determination, you can accomplish it.” She came away from the experience even more grateful for her life and thankful for what she has.

O’Brien said she was impressed that the students embraced the experience head-on and were willing to give of their time over spring break. “The moment you feel your heart well up inside because you see the homeowner get a new roof, which will prevent water from getting into their home, you cannot help but feel gratitude for the opportunity to give back in our own lives.”

CAP’s pillars are service, community and spirituality, so besides the service aspect of working on homes, the students shared in community with others through meals, activities and laughter, said O’Brien.  “We also had times for prayer and reflection and through the program were encouraged to encounter Christ in the work we were doing and the people we met.”

It is an experience that pushes students out of their comfort zones and one Baral urges other students to consider. “In the process of working at your work sites, you will be (come) attached with the homeowner, with your crew and also the group from your school, and that will be the best experience for you.”

Caldwell offers students these opportunities to put into action the Catholic Dominican mission, said O’Brien. “Some people have so little in this world, and some people were given an abundance. The least we can do is to respond to the call from God to care for those in need. I’m glad these students responded to the call.”

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Nursing Department becomes official member of international honor society

Caldwell, N.J., March 29, 2017 – The Caldwell University Department of Nursing became an official charter member of the international honor society of nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, at a ceremony on March 11 at the Bethwood in Totowa, New Jersey. The mission of Sigma Theta Tau International is to advance world health and to celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership and service.

Dr. Aneesha Jean, nursing faculty member and advisor to Psi Mu, the Caldwell chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, said the milestone of chartering a chapter of STTI is an honor and an example of the university’s commitment to the nursing profession. “I am extremely proud of the leadership and persistence of the faculty and of the students’ continual pursuit of academic excellence.”

Samantha Coghlan, a senior and president of the Caldwell University Student Nurses Association, said attending the induction made her proud to be a part of Caldwell’s nursing program and proved how hard the faculty works to help the students excel. “Sitting through the ceremony and listening to the different speeches I thought to myself, ‘I am sitting in this room for a reason and there’s a reason why I am being inducted into this honor society. It’s because my strong passion for nursing and everything I love about it has contributed to all of the long nights, hard work and sacrifices.’”

Coghlan is excited about her future and is considering pursuing work in the adult medical-surgical field and working as an Army Reserves nurse.  She also plans on going for a master’s in nursing, and down the road, pursuing a nurse practitioner license. She is excited that she and the other nursing students will have the opportunity—through Sigma Psi Mu—to network with professionals and that they will have the prestigious honor society on their résumés.

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3v3 Basketbrawl to benefit Center for Applied Behavior Analysis

On April 7th, the Facility Operations and Event Management class at Caldwell University will be hosting the Caldwell 3v3 Basketbrawl, a fundraising event for the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Center on the university’s campus.

Come out and enjoy an afternoon of friendly competition with your peers as we compete to raise awareness and donations for the ABA students. Refreshments and a beer garden will be open to the spectators as they cheer their favorite trio on to victory.

The event will take place from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the Newman Center Gym. Our basketball event will consist of Caldwell students and basketball team members to decide who will be crowned the three on three Basketbrawl champions.

All donations will go directly to the ABA Center to help with funding. With April being Autism Awareness month, our goals are to help educate our campus’ community about autism and find ways to help raise funding for research. The students and staff at Caldwell have worked with students at the ABA center previously including crafting and delivering hand-written cards.  We are excited to take that relationship further through this event.

The Business Division at Caldwell University is happy to host the Caldwell 3v3 Basketbrawl fundraiser with the help of the Sports Management Club and the Office of Student Life. Under the supervision of Professor Neil Malvone, this event will allow Caldwell to continue to take the classroom concepts and apply them to real world experiences while upholding the mission of Caldwell University of having a positive impact on the community. We hope to see you all there as we work to make a difference and enjoy an afternoon of fun!

Jimmy John’s will provide the food for the event.

Forte’s will raffle off three gift cards.

For additional information

Please contact Professor Neil Malvone

908-510-0087

NMalvone@caldwell.edu

 

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Award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson to speak at launch for Catholic poetry journal

Caldwell, N.J., March 3, 2017 – The Caldwell University English Department will celebrate national poetry month and the launching of Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry on April 6.   Award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson will speak at 6 p.m. in the Alumni Theatre.

The event is free and open to the public.

Nelson is a national book award finalist and recipient of the Frost Medal.  She is the author or translator of 17 poetry books and five chapbooks. In 2014, she published a memoir, named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2014, entitled How I Discovered Poetry—a series of 50 poems about growing up in the 1950’s in a military family.

English Department Chair Mary Ann B. Miller is editor of Presence, a national-level, independent journal affiliated with the English Department.  It is a print venue for poetry that is written by authors whose work is informed by the Catholic faith. The first issue of Presence is planned for this spring.

Students in Dr. Miller’s recently created Journal Editing course engage in reading poems submitted for possible publication and in writing micro-reviews of individual collections of poetry by a variety of contemporary poets.  Some students’ work will appear on the journal’s website:  www.catholicpoetryjournal.com.

The event is being hosted by the Elizabeth Michael Boyle Poetry Celebration Fund, named in honor of Sister Elizabeth Michael Boyle, O.P., emerita professor of English.

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Caldwell University will host Graduate Counseling Conference

Dr. Kara Ieva

Dr. Kara Ieva, associate professor in counseling at Rowan University, will give the keynote at Caldwell University’s Graduate Counseling Conference on April 22. .

Caldwell, N.J., March 9, 2017 – Caldwell University will host a Graduate Programs in counseling conference on April 22. “Group Therapy: The Power of the Process” will focus on mental health counseling, school counseling, and art therapy and run from 1 to 7 p.m.

The keynote, Dr. Kara Ieva, associate professor in counseling at Rowan University, will speak on “Courageous Conversations through Group Work to Empower Change”.  Dr. Ieva’s areas of research include counseling children and adolescents of underserved populations regarding college and career readiness and group counseling and leadership. She has published over 10 referred journal articles and five book chapters. She was also the principal investigator and project director for the Rowan University Aim High Science and Technology Academies that provides first generation and low-income college students access and preparation for post-secondary education.

Afternoon breakout sessions will include: art therapy groups for inpatient settings, wellness recovery action planning (WRAP), ethical issues in art therapy, group therapy in the school counseling setting, and many more topics. Continuing Education certificates will be distributed , and dinner will be provided from 6-7 p.m. in the Cougar Den Student Center Dining Hall.

Students, professionals, and anyone interested in the fields of counseling, art therapy and school counseling is encouraged to attend.

Admissions is $70 for general admission, $50 for alumni and $20 for Caldwell University students.

For more information contact Annette Vaccaro at avaccaro@caldwell.edu.

Download the pdf brochure for more information. 

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“The Theology of Healing of Mind, Body, Spirit: The Riddle of My Existence” is theme of lecture at Caldwell University

Dr. Valerie D. Lewis-Mosley will present on “The Theology of Healing of Mind, Body, Spirit: The Riddle of My Existence” March 27 at Caldwell University

Caldwell, N.J., March 17, 2017- “The Theology of Mind, Body, Spirit: The Riddle of My Existence” will be the topic of a lecture presented by Theology adjunct faculty member Dr. Valerie D. Lewis-Mosley at Caldwell University, 4:30 p.m, Monday March 27.

The forum is being hosted by the Theology/Philosophy Department as part of its Sister Maura Campbell lecture series. It is free and open to the public and will be held in the Alumni Theatre.

With her perspective and experience as a pastoral theologian and social justice advocate, Dr. Lewis-Mosley will focus on character development, ethics and ongoing growth in a spiritual relationship with God.

She will examine redemptive healing and the building of  the mind, body, spirit continuum as a method of faith seeking reason. She will talk about how to use the moments of life’s grandeur and misery to examine the meaning in one’s life.

Lewis-Mosley is Director of Religious Education at Christ the King Church in Jersey City, an Associate of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell, and an advisory board member of the Newark Archdiocesan Apostolate for Black Catholic Ministry. She is a member of the Lady’s Auxiliary of the Knights of St. Peter Claver, the Black Catholic Theological Symposium and the Boston College African Hispanic Asian Native Alumni Advisory Council  (AHANA).

The lecture series is named after Sister Maura Campbell, 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.

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Reaching Out Around the Globe

Admissions recruiter applies his own experiences as an international student

When Jan Marco Jiras came to Caldwell 13 years ago from his native Peru, he was provided with an opportunity to play soccer and tennis in the United States. Following his playing career, he remained in the Caldwell community as part of the university staff. Today, Jiras travels the globe recruiting from a prospective international student population as the director of undergraduate admissions.

As a young college student Jiras chose to attend Caldwell despite not having visited the campus. He received an athletic scholarship to play soccer and tennis, joining the Cougars in the fall of 2004. He came to Caldwell on the recommendation of a hometown friend, Jorge Ibarcena, who was a freshman on the soccer team in 2003. The soccer team become his second family as he played in one of the most successful eras in the program’s history. During his four years, Caldwell boasted a record of 47-25-8 and was one of the top teams in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference. The Cougars advanced to the CACC tournament semifinals all four years that Jiras played, and they were the runner-up in his sophomore season.

Following his undergraduate days, Jiras chose to stay at Caldwell to continue his studies in the graduate program. He became a residential life assistant and pursued his master’s in business administration degree. He joined the admissions office in 2010 as a travel recruiter and later moved into his current role as the lone international student recruiter, a job that has taken him to places such as Vietnam, Nepal, China, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Ecuador, Chile and Peru.

Jiras believes what attracted him to Caldwell was the close community atmosphere and the proximity to New York City. In the classroom, he received personalized attention in the small classes Caldwell offers. His connection to his professors is one of his fondest memories as a student.

“For me, Caldwell University has been my home for many years. Recruiting international students to Caldwell University is personal to me as someone who took a chance and came to the United States from Peru. I believe that the international students that I help bring to Caldwell make it a diverse campus community. This contributes to better discussions and new ideas that these students will bring to their classrooms and their fellow students.”

When Jiras embarks on a recruiting trip, he promotes Caldwell and mentions his personal experiences to prospective students. International recruiting is a challenge but Jiras’s background as an international recruit has enabled him to reap success in his efforts.

Like Jiras did in 2004, prospective students hear about Caldwell from friends who also took a chance on an American education. In the international student world, word of mouth is a key component to growing Caldwell’s reputation and sharing all the positive aspects that it has to offer, he says.

His efforts have been fruitful as Caldwell has become a top destination for international students in the North. With 9 percent of its student population coming from other countries in 2015-16, Caldwell ranked eighth in the North in international student population in a report released by U.S. News & World Report.

Jiras has found that international students are intrigued at the opportunity to make the trip to the United States. Many come to Caldwell with an interest in computer information systems, which has become the most popular major among international students. Having a degree from a prominent university like Caldwell that is close to New York City also gives these students advantages in obtaining top internships and having successful careers, he says.

Jiras continues to find international recruiting to be a rewarding experience. The lifelong friendships he developed as part of the Caldwell soccer family are what he hopes the international students will experience at Caldwell.

—JT  (John Tagliaferri is Director of Athletic Media Relations for Caldwell University.)

Jan Marco Jiras in his playing days on the soccer field.

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Caldwell University Recognizing Alumni Professional Excellence at Veritas Awards

Caldwell, N.J., March 8, 2017 – Caldwell University will recognize alumni professional excellence at the annual Veritas awards on Friday March 31.

The award is the highest honor the college bestows on its alumnae/alumni for their professional excellence in diverse fields.  The reception is at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. at Essex Fells Country Club.

Sister M. de Montfort Kinchellagh, O.P. ’68 will receive the Excellence in Social Justice Advocacy award, Elaine Bauer Zabriskie ’73 will receive the Excellence in Quality Technology award, and Carlos Pomares ’93 will receive the Excellence in Cultural Activism award.

Sister M. de Montfort Kinchellagh, O.P. ’68

Sister M. de Montfort Kinchellagh, O.P. ’68 will receive the Excellence in Social Justice Advocacy award.

Sister de Monfort is a tireless advocate on behalf of issues of peace and justice.  She has held several positions including councilor of ministry for the Leadership Council of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell and justice promoter for the Sisters.  She was pivotal in establishing the Commission on Global Issues for the Sisters and served as it’s chairperson for over 15 years. Sister de Monfort had a career in education holding a number of positions including teacher, principal, supervisor of schools, and assistant superintendent.

Sister holds a B.A. in English/Elementary Education from Caldwell College and New Jersey Teacher of Elementary Education N-8 and New Jersey Principal certifications. She has an M.A. in Supervision\Administration from Seton Hall University.

Elaine Bauer Zabriskie ’73

Elaine Bauer Zabriskie ’73 will receive the Excellence in Quality Technology award.

Elaine Bauer Zabriskie ’73 has excelled in the field of telecommunications with employment at companies such as AT&T and Verizon. Among her many accomplishments is the design and implementation of a supplier report card program that identified thresholds of performance for customer requirements as well as the management of corrective actions. The program was awarded a U.S. Business Process Patent in November 2012 after a ten-year review process. She is a published author of several professional white papers on supplier performance and on a recognition program for telecommunications suppliers. Zabriskie holds a bachelor of arts in history and social studies from Caldwell College and a master’s of political science and an MBA in management from Montclair University. She is a lifetime certified purchasing manager and a certified software quality engineer.

Carlos Pomares ’93

Carlos Pomares ’93 will receive the Excellence in Cultural Activism award.

Carlos M. Pomares ‘93 is executive director of the Cuban Artists Fund, a non- profit dedicated to supporting artists of Cuban ancestry.   He has overseen a variety of collaborative educational projects between the Cuban Artists Fund and organizations such as the Times Square Alliance, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Ford Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.  As councilman at-large in Bloomfield, New Jersey, he has successfully spearheaded historic restoration projects, public art installations, and environmental preservation efforts.

Pomares holds a B.A. in History from Caldwell College and received a certificate in Communications.  He also holds an M.A. in Museum Professions from Seton Hall University.

Tickets are $95.00.   RSVP by March 15. For further information, contact Alumni Director Meghan Moran at 973-618-3411 or mmoran@Caldwell.edu