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Nursing faculty and student share journeys with cancer on “One-on-One” TV program

Caldwell Nursing faculty member Dr. Kathleen Kelley and nursing student Natalie Pedri are guests on “One-on-One with Steve Adubato.” With host Joanna Gagis filling in for Adubato, they share their personal journeys with cancer and how the Nursing Department faculty and students played a role in their recoveries.

Pedri explains that she was going into her senior year of college when she did a body self-assessment, something she learned to do in her nursing studies.  She found a mass in her abdomen and shortly after spoke to Kelley about it and learned the steps to take.  Pedri spent a year out of school undergoing treatment for a stage four Wilm’s tumor, a childhood cancer.  She came to more fully appreciate the value of nurses and understand what kind of nurse she wants to become.   Kelley, associate professor and assistant director of the School of Nursing and Public Health at Caldwell, explains how she went through breast cancer, a result of working as a nurse at the site of the World Trade Center attacks.  Throughout her treatments, Kelley continued to teach, sharing her experience with her nursing students so they could learn from it and become better professionals. Kelley and Pedri talk about the importance of nurses in helping patients with cancer.

To view the segment go to:

The broadcast schedule is:

Thursday, Nov, 30, 5:30 p.m. on WHYY

Thursday, Nov. 30, 7 p.m., NJTV

Friday, December 1, 1 a.m. on WNET

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Professor Bob Mann presents to law enforcement on “Police and the Media”

Caldwell, N.J., Nov. 20, 2017 – Caldwell University Communication and Media Studies Chair Bob Mann presented his perspective on “Police and the Media” at the AAA North Jersey’s 30th annual Traffic Safety Awards luncheon on Oct. 25. More than 250 police chiefs, traffic officers, town officials and other community members gathered at the Brownstone in Paterson for the event.

“I think it is important for law enforcement and the media to work closely together and trust one another. It was a great opportunity to share my thoughts on this with the police officers in the audience,” said Professor Mann.

Police departments were honored at the event for their contributions and efforts towards traffic and pedestrian safety.

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Caldwell-Jefferson Basketball Doubleheader Selected For DII Basketball Showcase on February 17

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- The NCAA on Thursday announced that the Caldwell University-Thomas Jefferson men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, will be part of the national association’s Division II Basketball Showcase package during the 2017-18 season, and as such, the doubleheader will be streamed worldwide through ESPN3 and the Watch ESPN app. The Cougars and Rams doubleheader hosted at Caldwell’s George R. Newman Center tip off with the women’s game at 1 pm and the men’s game follows at 3 pm.

ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multiscreen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually. It is accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and streaming devices through the ESPN App. The network currently is available nationwide at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. It is also available at no cost to U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.

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Educational Opportunity Fund Launches 50th Anniversary with Jazz and Civil Rights Movement Program

Flute performance during the EOF 50th Anniversary.
Board on Display during the 50th Anniversary of Education Opportunity Funding.
Speech delivered on Caldwell University during the 50th Anniversary of Education Opportunity Funding.
Caldwell University Students posing for the photo during the 50th Anniversary of Education Opportunity Funding.

Caldwell, N.J., Nov. 10, 2017 – The Educational Opportunity Fund of Caldwell University launched its yearlong 50th anniversary celebration Nov. 8 with jazz and a presentation on the civil rights movement by flutist Galen Abdur-Razzaq.

Razzaq, president of Flute Juice Productions, performed jazz pieces and gave a lively, interactive talk focusing on African-American history and music artists in the United States during the civil rights movement.

Andrei St. Felix, director of Caldwell’s EOF program, said the event was important to educate the community and students about the origin of the program and about the events that led to the 1967 Newark riots. “Out of that struggle and perilous time was born the opportunity to assist students of color who were financially and/or academically below the admissions criteria to attend colleges and universities in the state of New Jersey. Razzaq also shed light on the contributions of the many jazz musicians of that era who were also activists in their own way and used their talents to bring people together and expose the injustices that sparked the civil rights movement.”

EOF student Dominique Andrews said, “I thought that the event was really relaxing, and I enjoyed the speakers along with the music. I thought the message was very clear and important for members of the EOF community to know.”

Student Tanya Jean Louis said that EOF was a gift and that she was grateful for the many doors it had opened for her.

EOF came on the heels of the 1967 Newark riots. New Jersey’s chancellor of higher education, Ralph A. Dungan, proposed the program for special assistance to students from financially and educationally disadvantaged areas. It stemmed from the Select Commission on Civil Disorders, known as the Lilly Commission, which made its report to the governor and state Legislature, recommending programs to address the conditions that underpinned the riots. The Educational Opportunity Fund was enacted in 1968; the legislation was sponsored by Thomas Kean, an assemblyman and future governor.Sister Vivien Jennings, O.P., was Caldwell’s first EOF director.

Caldwell’s EOF program will host another celebration in spring 2018 for the community and students.

To learn more about Caldwell University’s EOF program, go to https://www.caldwell.edu/eof

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Art therapy students volunteer at Essex County Hospital Center


Caldwell, N.J.  Oct. 24, 2017 – Caldwell graduate and undergraduate students  studying art therapy volunteered at the Essex County Hospital Center, the receiving hospital for all short-term psychiatric facilities in the county.

Annette Vaccaro, assistant professor and clinical coordinator at Caldwell, said it was a unique opportunity for the students, since due to confidentiality issues, it is not the norm for the work to be observed by others. “Community-based interventions allow even undergraduates to observe and become immersed in the counseling art therapy process as a facilitator.”

Graduate students Kaila Hawriluk and Andrea Morte are doing internships at the hospital for their studies in the mental health counseling with art therapy master’s degree program. They came up with the idea to have the students help patients plan for the hospital’s Halloween party by creating costumes around a theme of superheroes and villains.

They managed the entire project, which included assigning roles, gathering supplies, deciding on materials and publicizing the event to solicit graduate and undergraduate art therapy students and rehab therapy team staff at the hospital. They were guided by their internship supervisors, Caldwell alumna Ashley Gerolstein and art therapist Lisa Thomas, employees at the hospital.

Hawriluk found it rewarding to see the patients having fun while creating their superheroes. The patients’ choices helped the team learn a little more about their personalities and the characteristics of the superhero personalities they take pride in, said Hawriluk.

Morte liked seeing the patients, staff and students interact, and she was pleased that a number of patients engaged in the project. “We did not know which patients would come down, and it was surprising for me to see patients who I haven’t had in art groups come and create.”

Members of the Caldwell art therapy faculty are grateful to the Essex County Hospital patients and staff for collaborating with them on the project, said Vaccaro. The project, she said, also provided a networking opportunity “where more senior clinicians become mentors to those with less experience,” an arrangement that can continue throughout their careers.

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“The Problem of Pain in the Book of Job” lecture, Nov. 13

Caldwell University’s Department of Theology/Philosophy will host a talk with Gregory Glazov, D.Phil. (Oxon.), professor of biblical studies in the School of Theology at Seton Hall University, on “The Problem of Pain in the Book of Job,” Monday Nov. 13 at 4:30 p.m. in the Alumni Theatre.

The lecture is part of the university’s Sister Maura Campbell lecture series.

Dr. Glazov will explain why The Book of Job is the most famous biblical exploration on the so-called “problem of pain,” the problem of reconciling the experience of innocent suffering with faith in a righteous and wise Creator. The lecture aims to lead the reader into a deeper understanding of how the question is framed and dramatically explored by the book’s structure and characters, and to appreciate why the book ends with God admonishing Job’s friends for charging God with mismanaging the universe.

Dr. Glazov earned M.Phil. and D.Phil. degrees in Jewish Studies in the Graeco-Roman World from Oxford University. He specializes and has published books and articles in biblical representations of divine-human confrontations, biblical anthropology, Jewish-Christian relations, the biblical sources of Christian prayer and in the Jewish writings of the Russian philosopher Vladimir Solovyov.

The lecture series is named after Sister Maura Campbell, O.P., 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.

For further information, call 973-618-3931.

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President Blattner discusses “Graduating from College Debt” on Caucus: New Jersey

President Nancy Blattner, Ph.D. is a guest on Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato to discuss how students and parents can better manage college debt.

The other panelists are:  Kim Cole, community engagement manager at Navicore Solutions, Roger Michaud, senior vice president and director of college savings, Franklin Templeton Investments and Jennifer Rodriguez, a graduate student at Rutgers University.

The broadcast schedule is as follows:

Sat. 10/14 NJTV 12 noon
Sat. 10/14 Thirteen 12:30 p.m.
Sun. 10/15 NJTV 8:30 a.m.
Sun. 10/15 NJTV 11:30 a.m.
Tues. 10/17 NJTV 5:30 a.m.
Tues. 10/17 WHYY 5:30 p.m.

To view the program, go to:

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“The Church at Play: Leisure and Sport in the Catholic Tradition”, Oct. 19

Caldwell, N.J. – Oct. 11, 2017 –    “The Church at Play: Leisure and Sport in the Catholic Tradition” will be the topic of a lecture hosted by the Department of Theology/Philosophy at Caldwell University on Oct. 19, 4:30 p.m.

Robert P. Miller, Ph.D., assistant professor, at Mount Saint Mary College, will speak on the topic as part of the Sister Maura Campbell Lecture Series.

Dr. Miller’s talk will focus on the importance of leisure and its roots in the Sabbath; the principle of sacramentality or the ability of the physical world to point to the spiritual world; as well as explain a brief history of the church’s relationship to sports, including the teachings of Augustine and Aquinas with regard to the body.

The event will be held in the Alumni Theatre.

The Sister Maura Campbell, O.P. lecture 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.

For further information call 973-618-3931.

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Dominican pillar of service put into action on Caldwell Day


Caldwell, N.J., Oct. 2, 2017 – When he walked down Roseland Avenue in Caldwell, Orges Rrapay was always curious about the inner workings of the Caldwell Volunteer Fire Department. The Caldwell University student got a chance to learn about the operation Sept. 29 when he and other students and faculty volunteered at the firehouse for Caldwell Day, the university’s annual day of community service.

They cleaned the fire trucks and were given a tour. For Rrapay, who is from Albania, it was gratifying to see the dedication of the fire department. He felt a sense of community that said, “We are here in good days and bad days, even when a fire occurs.” The firehouse was just one of several community groups and nonprofits where 243 Caldwell students, faculty and staff used their hands and hearts to put into action the university’s Catholic Dominican pillar of service.

A large group volunteered at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, organizing packages for people in Puerto Rico hit by Hurricane Maria. Omar Henegan, a supervisor at the FoodBank who managed the Caldwell group, was grateful for the volunteers, telling them, “We thank you so much for your time and opportunity to come help sort this food out with us.”

Elementary education and psychology major Erin Flohr volunteered at Academy Lower School in Verona, which serves children on the autism spectrum and with behavioral and related disabilities. As a future teacher, Flohr found it rewarding to teach a child how to say a word, and it was also a good experience to observe “how passionate and patient” the teachers were.

Science Department faculty member Dr. Marjorie Squires and some students volunteered at the ARC of Essex County Stepping Stones School, which provides services for children with Down syndrome from ages 3 to 10. Squires was impressed by the dedication of the teachers and by the children’s joy. “I’m uplifted. My soul is happy and light.” Oluwatosin Adebiyi, a nursing student, said she saw how “unique and special” each child was. Judy Bellina, a Caldwell University alumna who is coordinator of volunteer, community and parent outreach at Stepping Stones, was glad to welcome volunteers from her alma mater and to let others in the community see what the school provides.

Another group volunteered at St. Francis Xavier School in Newark, turning a storage room into a music room. At first the sight of the jam-packed room was overwhelming, but as student Brandi-Lee Brochu found, in the end it was a good feeling to know they had finished the job and had gotten the room ready for the music teacher, Erin Fitzpatrick, a recent Caldwell University alumna.

A group of alumni, along with Sharon Dwyer from the CU Development and Alumni Affairs Office, volunteered at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School in Asbury Park doing art projects and helping out in the classrooms.

Quin DeLaRosa and a group of students and faculty volunteered digging and turning over soil for the Caldwell Environmental Commission at the pollinator garden on Personnette Street.  He summed up the day well for all the volunteers. Even if the work seemed mundane, he said, in the end it’s important to think “about the impact it has on people and our responsibility to the world around us.”

Groups also volunteered at:

  • Film Academy 360
  • Caring Closet in Madison
  • Caldwell Public Library
  • St. Aloysius Parish, Caldwell
  • Our Lady of Czestochowa School, Jersey City
  • Grover Cleveland Park Conservancy
  • Calvary Lutheran Church, Verona
  • Kingsland Manor
  • Our Lady Help of Christians, East Orange
  • Caring Closet with Jersey Cares (Dress for Success)
  • Spectrum360
  • Academy360 Upper School
  • And in campus clean-ups.

Caldwell Day is an annual tradition that the Caldwell community looks forward to. It was begun by President Nancy Blattner when she came to Caldwell in 2009.