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President Blattner is guest on Caucus: New Jersey to discuss women’s business delegation trip to India


President Nancy Blattner (far right) was a guest on “Caucus: New Jersey” with Steve Adubato to discuss the Friends of India business trip. Joining her on the panel were Linda Bowden, New Jersey regional president of PNC Bank (far left), and Daryl Harrison Rand, founder of Friends of India and president and CEO of Harrison Rand Advertising (2nd from left).

President Nancy Blattner was a guest on Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato to discuss the Friends of India business trip she attended in the fall of 2015. Joining her on the panel were: Daryl Harrison Rand, Founder of Friends of India and President and CEO of Harrison Rand Advertising, and Linda Bowden, New Jersey Regional President, PNC Bank.

Rand explained how she founded the organization and has led a number of delegations to India with American women business and educational leaders.

The guests talked about their experiences on the excursion including the valuable networking connections they made amongst each and with businesswomen in India. They expressed their desire to help make a difference by playing a role in the lives of young women from India who would not otherwise have opportunities due to the poverty in their nation.

Other issues they discussed included: women’s empowerment, the importance of education, creating jobs, global citizenship, and the exploration of short term educational immersion experiences in India for American students.

The broadcast schedule is as follows:

Sunday June 12 on NJTV – 8:30 a.m.

Tuesday June 14 on NJTV – 5:30 a.m.

Tuesday June 14 on WHYY – 5:30 p.m.



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Financial economics grad excelled in the classroom and on the court


Caldwell, N.J. – Brian Kenny, of Howell, New Jersey, was recently inducted into the New Jersey Collegiate Business Administration Association Honor Society, which recognizes students who rank in the top 1 percent in their business programs. He was honored at a ceremony in the State House in Trenton in April along with other top-ranking business students from the Garden State.

He graduated from Caldwell University May 15 with a bachelor’s degree in financial economics.

A four-year starter for the Caldwell University Cougars men’s basketball team, Kenny appreciates the many opportunities he had in athletics and in the Business Division.

He is grateful to the Business Division faculty for helping him grow professionally.

Professor Lori Harris Ransom “prepares you to think like you would in the real world,” Kenny says, and  Dr. Tom Keen “makes you prepare for future presentations.”  Dr. Anatoly Kandel helps with analytical thinking, “putting the pieces together and making sense of every little thing.” Kenny was accepted into the Caldwell Scholars Program, a nationally recognized program that provides intellectual enrichment and scholarships for top honor students. His final scholars project focused on the analytics of basketball.

When he thinks back over his four years, the highlights include “number one, Notre Dame,” which the Division II Caldwell basketball team visited to play one of the top-ranked Division I teams in an exhibition game, and “number two, San Francisco,” where the team played his sophomore year. “(It) became my favorite city,” he says. He is grateful to Coach Mark Corino and all the other coaches for giving him the opportunity and to President Nancy Blattner “for everything.”

As he prepares to start a new job in accounting at the Wakefern Corporation, he will take with him memories of Caldwell University, remembering it as “a tight-knit community, a family atmosphere,” where he found great joy in the simple things of university life like “being in the cafeteria, seeing sports events all the time.”


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From Camden to Caldwell: Grad says caring educators helped him earn degree, love Shakespeare


Chabwera Phillips is leaving the Caldwell University English Department with a passion for literature and a thirst for bringing that zeal to middle school and high school students. His advisor, Dr. Trish Verrone, showed him masterpieces of Western literature. Dr. Mary Lindroth made Shakespeare come alive. “Nothing can replace the experiences I had in class. Now I read Shakespeare for enjoyment,” he says.

During his college career, faculty in the Education Division also gave him support and guidance. “Dr. Chernobilsky, Dr. Moriarty, Dr. Jasmine, and Dr. Rosado have served as mentors for me. When I struggled and almost gave up, they helped me regain focus. They helped me remember that failure was not an option. Words cannot explain how much these people mean to me.”

Phillips knows the difference a good teacher can make in a student’s life. He grew up in New Jersey’s poorest city, Camden, but two teachers helped him believe in himself and created opportunities for him to grow. Danielle Montague, his fifth-grade teacher, and Josephine Parr, his high school English teacher, have always been there for him whether it was taking him to visit colleges or picking up the phone when he needed answers. On May 15 at Caldwell’s graduation, when he walked across the stage to receive his bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education from President Nancy Blattner, Montague and Parr were there to witness it. “I would not be graduating without them,” he says.

Montague and Parr knew what it took for Phillips to get there. At 17, he was kicked out of his house by his mother and had no male role model to show him how he could reach further in life. Despite many obstacles he achieved his dream of earning a college degree and received the Leadership in Ministry Award at Caldwell’s honors convocation.

Phillips worked all through college in off-campus and on-campus jobs. One of those positions was as a resident assistant in the community service wing of Rosary Hall where he led students in ministry projects including one that hit close to home. They collected school supplies for the fifth-grade class at Holy Name Catholic School in Camden. Unless you are from Camden you can’t understand how much that means, he explains.  “In Camden, everyone is struggling.” Giving back has always been a part of his life. Graduating from MetEast High School, a magnet school in Camden, he had “something like 150 community service hours … my grandma used to say, ‘No point in making it to the top if you’re alone.’”

As a resident assistant, Phillips says, he was able to help students through rough times. And the Caldwell community was there for him sophomore year when tragedy hit—he learned a lifelong friend from Camden had been shot and killed.  He was sitting at the desk at Dominican Hall when the call came in. “Many people came to support me and check on my well-being.”

The experience changed his views on life. Phillips started appreciating every day and every moment. “You can be pulled away from life any day … it taught me to take advantage of any opportunity,” he says.

And some of those opportunities begin this fall when he starts his teaching career at Essex County Technical School in West Caldwell and begins working toward his master’s in special education at Caldwell. He wants to work with inner-city middle school or high school students to show them that they can do great things—whether pursuing a career, falling in love with literature  or becoming a great writer. “We have to start caring about our neighbors. I made it out. I did not have a male role model … I want them to realize their true potential.”


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Graduate says ‘unmistakable magic’ of Caldwell University helped her receive a degree


When Mary Ann Albornoz of Fairfield, New Jersey received her diploma May 15 at Caldwell University’s commencement it meant much more to her than anyone could imagine. “Everything that diploma holds defines me,” she says. Born with cerebral palsy, Albornoz says she had always been told that she would “have to adapt and mold” and that she couldn’t be a productive member of society. “Caldwell didn’t tell me that … I found everything I was looking for here,” she says. “I knew in the deepest end of my soul I would find it here.”

Albornoz had overcome many obstacles by the time she earned her degree in psychology.

In 2011, after Hurricane Irene hit New Jersey, her family’s home in Fairfield was condemned, and she and her parents had to live in Central and South Jersey. The house’s foundation had cracked, and by the time her father had the home readapted for Albornoz’s needs, she had missed several months of school.

In 2013 her motorized wheelchair died. It took nine months of waiting for approvals, finding a way to pay and designing the chair before she received a new chair and could return to her college studies.

Albornoz aspires to use her experiences to become a life coach for others with disabilities and to show them “there’s a world to see, a life to live and we should be a part of it.” She wants people with disabilities to know that they can reach their goals. “It might take 20 years, but dreams do and can come true.”

She leaves college with gratitude for the friends she has made and to the faculty and staff, especially Dr. Stephen Maret in the Psychology Department, “the number-one person who greatly impacted my growth as a person,” she says.
The openness at Caldwell makes it a special place, she says. “They think with their hearts instead of our society’s values.”

Caldwell is a place where people think about what one can do instead of what one can’t do and they find a way to make those possibilities a reality. “That’s the unmistakable magic of Caldwell,” she says.

“If God gave me the opportunity to do this, it must be for a bigger reason. And I can’t wait to see what that reason is.”

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Caldwell University Celebrates 74th Commencement


Caldwell, N.J., May 15, 2016 – Caldwell University celebrated its 74th annual commencement Sunday, May 15.

Anabela Santos, of Newark, New Jersey, delivered the student address at the undergraduate commencement ceremony. “Caldwell University have shaped us into better thinkers and leaders, helped us discover our passions, and helped us realize potential that we may not have seen in ourselves on our own,” said Santos.

She quoted from the 1990s television sitcom “Boy Meets World” in which the history teacher, Mr. Feeney, advises his students to “believe in yourselves, dream, try, do good.” Santos said, “During this four-year journey, we have each met, in some way, our own version of Mr. Feeney who encouraged us to dream big, believe in ourselves, try our best, and taught us the importance of using our talents to do good. As we prepare to go out into the world, we should embrace and act upon Mr. Feeney’s advice.”

An honorary degree was presented to Dr. Ernani Sadural, director of Global Health for the RWJBarnabas Health System. A board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, Dr. Sadural is co-founder and chief medical officer of the Life is Great Global Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing medical and non-medical volunteers to underserved populations throughout the world. He and his wife, Dr. Sarah Timmapuri, were inspired to start the organization following the suffering and deaths caused by the earthquake in Haiti in 2010. Dr. Sadural has participated in or led over 50 medical missions across several countries including Haiti, Dominican Republic, India, Philippines, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Grenada, Peru, Nepal, and Honduras. He is a member of the Rotary Club of the Caldwells.

Dr. Sadural told the graduates,  “I applaud your hard work and academic achievements and I share your love of learning. But what I really admire about Caldwell University is your mission of service.” Each of us, he said, “has a role in creating a just and compassionate global community.” Quoting Einstein Dr. Sadural said, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”

Sarah Schiffelbein, of Villas, New Jersey, delivered the student address at the graduate commencement ceremony.  She said that Caldwell has supported the students throughout their journey in numerous ways.  “Any time we felt defeated and discouraged, Caldwell was there to support us.  When we saw our theses and dissertations slowly taking form and becoming the final product, Caldwell was there supporting us.  Now, today, as we are walking on this stage to accept our degrees, Caldwell is here to support us.”

The university awarded 435 students with undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. President Nancy Blattner presented doctoral students with their Ph.D.s and graduate students with their Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration or Master of Science degrees. She presented undergraduates with their Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees.

Dr. Blattner said it was a day of great pride and joy for all of the family members and friends who supported the students during years of study. “And it is a day of celebration for the faculty, staff and administration of Caldwell University as we send forth our 74th class of graduates to make a positive impact on our world.” She encouraged the students to carry the university’s core values of Respect, Integrity, Community and Excellence into their communities and work places.

The grand marshal of the graduate ceremony was Dr. Tom Keen, professor in the Business Division, and the grand marshall for the undergraduate ceremony was Dr. Sally Jo Weber, professor in the Department of Modern Languages. Honored alumni from the 50th anniversary class of 1966 were recognized at the undergraduate ceremony.

Click here to view the full Undergraduate Commencement photos

Click here to view the full Graduate Commencement photos

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Nursing students create pillbox for HIV/AIDS patients with university 3-D printer


Graduating nursing students completed a clinical rotation with a sense of pride and gratitude as they gave HIV/AIDS patients brand-new pillboxes that they had created with the university’s 3-D printer.

The students in Professor Aneesha Jean’s community and public health nursing course spent the spring semester working with clients at Broadway House for Continuing Care in Newark, which provides medical, nursing, educational, psychological, recreational and other services for people with HIV/AIDS.

The students polled the residents and learned that one of their biggest stressors is medication adherence. They found that many patients take 25 to 30 pills per day and that for some, there is a stigma to carrying conventional medication bottles.

To make life a little easier, the students decided to create a container that did not look like a medication organizer and that differed from commercially available pillboxes.

Working with Ellen Johnston, interim director of Jennings Library, they came up with a model for a cylinder box that was portable, small, neutral and safe, said senior Charlotte Goyea. They chose white because it symbolizes peace, explained senior Jonaryis Reyna.

The students built relationships over the semester and said that any fears or stigmas they might have had at the beginning of the semester disappeared as they got to know the residents. “It opened my eyes … that everyone is human and no one should be judged,” said Goyea. Besides needing medication and treatment, many of the patients want to talk someone “to bring out the positivity in their life,” said Reyna.

On their final visit to Broadway House there were plenty of tears from Caldwell students and residents—tears of joy and gratitude for developing meaningful relationships and for having an enriching learning experience.

The nursing students recounted the story of a woman resident they had befriended who had ended up in Broadway House after losing her apartment and belongings. Since the woman is getting a new apartment and owns next to nothing, the Caldwell students are putting together a drive to collect furniture and household items for her.

One of the many lessons for the nursing students was “patient empowerment … learning how to give patients the tools to help themselves,” said Jean. “It was a powerful experience for the students to be able to grow as nursing professionals.”

The other graduating seniors in the course were Valentina Centeno, Corrine Dudas, Mario Lardizabal, Erica Malacas, Shannon Scariff, Jessica Scarpelli and Jamie Tangredi. Dr. Janet Chance-Hetzler was the Caldwell clinical faculty member for Broadway House.

The experience was a reminder of what being a nurse means, said Tangredi. “You may not be able to cure a patient’s situation, but you can make his or her day better and contribute to helping them look to the future with hope.”
Johnston said this project was the first large partnership that they had done working with students on a class project. Johnston and Heather Cook, Learning Commons librarian, enjoy working with students and faculty on projects. “3D printing is a transformative technology, especially for the medical field. We look forward to continued collaboration with the Nursing Department and other departments in the university,” said Johnston.

Don O’Hagan, chief information officer for university, said that when they began reviewing 3D print options for campus, the one feature that intrigued him was how the machines were able to use additive technology to build objects from the ground up. “This is a great advantage of the technology, especially when you encourage creativeness at the level we do here at Caldwell University. This technology fuels limitless creativity where students get to see, hold, and test their ideas in real space.”

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Art Department’s Dr. Jennifer Noonan Selected To Participated In Special Seminar On Teaching European Art

Jennifer-Noonan-art-classCaldwell, N.J. – Caldwell University is pleased to announce that Art History Professor Jennifer Noonan is one of a select group of faculty members nationwide chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in a special week-long seminar on Teaching Pre-Modern European Art in Context. The seminar on “Sight and Sound in Renaissance and Baroque Europe [c. 1300–1700]” will be hosted by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, June 20–24, 2016. The seminar is designed for full-time faculty members who regularly teach art history at smaller colleges and universities and aims to strengthen the teaching of art history to undergraduates at these institutions.

CIC selected 21 faculty members to participate in the seminar, which is supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Two eminent scholars will lead the program: Gary Radke, professor emeritus of art history at Syracuse University, and Amanda Winkler, associate professor of music history and cultures at Syracuse.

“Strengthening the teaching of art history at colleges and universities—many of which have limited faculty resources in art history—is critical,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “The seminar will have significant value for the faculty members who participate, the colleagues with whom they will share their new knowledge, and the students who enroll in their courses.”

The seminar, based at the High Museum, will explore how viewers and listeners experienced art and music in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Special emphasis will be placed on developing period eyes and ears and on learning to listen to music and view art as people did in Europe c. 1300–1700. Participants will read and discuss scholarly articles and original texts from the period to prepare themselves for direct encounters with European art in the museum and with live and recorded performances of Early Music. The seminar also will explore commonalities and rivalries between the visual arts and music and their practitioners and patrons. Throughout the seminar, participating faculty members will have the opportunity to hone and share educational strategies for visual analysis, conversation, slow looking, and digital interpretation.

Dr. Barbara J. Chesler, vice president for academic affairs, says the university is very excited that Dr. Noonan was chosen to participate in the seminar. “As an art historian, this seminar will provide her the opportunity to understand the specifics of music and its connection to art. She is a strong student-centered educator and I know this will enhance her knowledge and hence the academic experiences of our students.”
For more information, visit the CIC website at www.cic.edu/ArtHistory.

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The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 765 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars, and other programs that help institutions improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility. CIC conducts the largest annual conference of college and university presidents and of chief academic officers. CIC also provides support to state fundraising associations that organize programs and generate contributions for private colleges and universities. The Council is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.

The High Museum of Art was founded in 1905 as the Atlanta Art Association and today is the leading art museum in the southeastern United States, with a membership base of over 50,000 that ranks it among the top ten art museums in the nation. Located in Atlanta’s midtown arts and business district, the High has nearly 12,000 works of art in its permanent collection, with holdings and curatorial positions in the following art disciplines: American, European, decorative arts and design, folk, modern and contemporary, and African. The European collection includes the Kress collection of Renaissance and Baroque paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts.

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Caldwell University to Celebrate 74th Commencement May 15

Caldwell, N.J., May 10, 2016 — Caldwell University’s 74th Annual Commencement will be held Sunday, May 15 in the George R. Newman Center. The graduate ceremony for the Master’s and Doctoral candidates will be held at 10 a.m. The undergraduate ceremony for bachelor’s candidates begins at 1 p.m.

Sarah Schiffelbein of Villas, N.J. will deliver the student address at the Graduate Commencement Ceremony. She is receiving her master’s in curriculum and instruction with a teacher of students with disabilities certification.

Anabela Santos of Newark, N.J. will deliver the student address at the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony. She is receiving her B.A. in psychology. She is in the combined bachelor’s in psychology/master’s in in applied behavior analysis program.

An honorary degree will be presented to Dr. Ernani Sadural, director of Global Health for the RWJBarnabas Health System. A board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, Dr. Sadural is co-founder and chief medical officer of the Life is Great Global Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing medical and non-medical volunteers to underserved populations throughout the world. He and his wife, Dr. Sarah Timmapuri, were inspired to start the organization following the suffering and deaths caused by the earthquake in Haiti in 2010. Dr. Sadural has participated in or led over 50 medical missions across several countries including Haiti, Dominican Republic, India, Philippines, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Grenada, Peru, Nepal, and Honduras. He is a member of the Rotary Club of the Caldwells.

Caldwell University will award undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. President Nancy H. Blattner, Ph.D. will present doctoral students with their PhDs, graduate students with their Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration, or Master of Science degrees, and undergraduates with their Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees.

The 50th Reunion Class will participate in the undergraduate ceremony.

Viewers can watch the ceremony live online via a link that will be found on the university website at 15 minutes prior to the start of each ceremony on Sunday May 15.

A commencement Mass will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday May 14 in the Student Center Gym.

Listen to our podcast Caldwell University Conversations with student commencement speakers Sarah Schiffelbein and Anabela Santos. They share their experiences in academics and activities at Caldwell, the support they have received from their professors, their career plans, and why they would advise prospective students to choose Caldwell.

Listen to podcast here – https://caldwell-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/SS-AS.mp3

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Caldwell University Holds Inaugural Phi Kappa Phi Induction Ceremony


Caldwell, N.J., May 4, 2016 – Caldwell University held its inaugural Phi Kappa Phi induction ceremony on May 3.

Fifty students, faculty, staff and alumni were welcomed into the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society.

Caldwell University President Nancy Blattner said PKP’s motto of ‘“Let the Love of Learning Rule Humanity’ so beautifully complements” Caldwell University’s emphasis on lifelong learning and the pursuit of truth as graduates are called to contribute to a more just society.

The mission of PKP, with its emphasis on academic excellence in all fields and the encouragement of service to others, resonated with her. “Truly the values of PKP and Caldwell University are clearly well matched.”

The first class of initiates at Caldwell “holds a special place” in her heart, she said, recalling her history with PKP, first as a doctoral student, continuing as a charter member, and then as an administrator who started a chapter at her previous institution and now at Caldwell University.

Associate Professor of Biology William Velhagen Jr., Ph.D., president of Caldwell University’s chapter, told the initiates, “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.”

The installation of the Caldwell chapter comes after a thorough chartering process and approval from the society’s board of directors. To be eligible, an institution must be a regionally accredited four-year college or university with an established reputation for excellence and an expressed commitment to upholding the values of the society.

The university was inducted as a chapter on April 13 at an event on campus attended by the Phi Kappa Phi Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd.

“Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to welcome Caldwell University to our growing community of scholars,” said Dr. Todd. “Caldwell’s commitment to excellence is evident in the transformative changes of the past few years and in its determined focus on collaborative learning and community partnerships.”

On April 26, the National Executive Board of Phi Kappa Phi awarded Dr. Blattner Distinguished Membership status in recognition of her extensive service to and unwavering support of the honor society. The university celebrated that honor at the May 3rd ceremony.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of Marcus L. Urann, who had a desire 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.

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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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SisterStory Oral History Project Celebration, May 4, at Caldwell University


Caldwell, N.J., April 26, 2016 – Caldwell University will celebrate its SisterStory Oral History Project at noon Wednesday, May 4, in the reference room in the Jennings Library on campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The Caldwell University SisterStory Oral History Project is part of the national SisterStory campaign aimed at raising awareness about Catholic sisters. Caldwell was founded by the Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell.

The event will celebrate six sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell who are participating in the project and showcase the work they and their student partners have done on the Oral History Project. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear about the student and sister experiences and to see poster presentations, the oral history website and blogs, and the creative student projects.

Caldwell faculty Dr. Marie Mullaney and Professor Rachel Carey and Assistant to the President for Special Projects Dr. Nancy J. Becker have been leading the project and working with the students.

“The stories of Catholic sisters are an integral part of the history of the United States, and the contributions of Caldwell Dominicans are an important part of that legacy,” said Becker. Through the Oral History Project, participating students have gained insight into the lives “of six remarkable women and created an archival record that will help document the impact sisters have had on society,” she said.

To find out more about the project, go to https://www.sisterstory.org/.

To listen to the Caldwell University Conversations podcast on Caldwell’s Sister Story project, go to https://www.caldwell.edu/media-relations/caldwell-university-conversations/sisterstory-oral-history-project