Caldwell, N.J. – July 31, 2014 – The Caldwell University Mental Health Counseling/Art Therapy graduate program has received accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, becoming the first CACREP-accredited art therapy program in the nation.
Marie Wilson, Ph.D., ATR-BC, ATCS, ACS, LPC, coordinator of the university’s art therapy programs and professor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling, said the university was thrilled to learn the news. “It was a very rigorous application, so receiving this ensures the quality of our program,” she said. Accreditation also gives graduates “portability to move to just about any state in the nation and work as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) as well as an art therapist.”
With the addition of this accreditation, all of the programs in the university’s Psychology and Counseling Department have received CACREP approval. The Master of Arts in School Counseling and the Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling had already received the accreditation.
CACREP is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. It is the official organization that accredits graduate programs that prepare counseling professionals—counselors, counseling supervisors and counselor educators. CACREP accreditation ensures that the program has met a rigorous set of institutional, administration, faculty and curriculum standards that will significantly enhance the opportunities for professional development for graduates by providing recognition by counseling licensing bodies on the national level.
Caldwell remains the first and only institution in New Jersey to offer graduate- level training in art therapy and one of the few programs in the region that prepare students to be dually credentialed as both a counselor and an art therapist. The program is approved by the American Art Therapy Association, meets educational requirements for registration and practice as an art therapist and is approved by the New Jersey Professional Counselor Examiners Committee.It also meets educational requirements to become a licensed professional counselor in New Jersey.
Graduates of the program work as mental health counselors/art therapists with all age groups in hospitals, psychiatric and rehabilitation facilities, wellness centers, forensic institutions, schools, crisis centers, senior communities, hospice care, private practice and other clinical and community settings.
Caldwell also offers a postgraduate master’s in art therapy and an undergraduate double major in psychology and art with an art therapy concentration.
Incoming and outgoing student leaders in Caldwell’s chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon at the sorority’s international convention in Florida. Left to Right: Danielle David ’14, Kristin Wagner ’14, Danielle Cristantiello ’14, Brittany Miller ’15, Jessica Heyzer ’14, Kerri Ann King ’15
Caldwell, N.J., August 1, 2014 – Incoming and outgoing student leaders in Delta Phi Epsilon at Caldwell are celebrating the news that their chapter has been accepted into the sorority’s prestigious 1917 Club. They learned of the recognition at the sorority’s international convention at Walt Disney World in July, said Kristin Wagner ’14, outgoing vice president of operations for Caldwell’s chapter. Joining Wagner at the event were seniors Ayesha Aly Ahmed, Kerri Ann King and Brittany Miller and recent alumnae Danielle David ’14, Danielle Cristantiello ’14 and Jessica Heyzer ’14.
The sorority was founded in 1917, and the 1917 Club recognizes chapters that have far exceeded expectations and put in place best practices. Kerri Ann King ’15, Caldwell’s Delta Phi Epsilon vice president of recruitment, said it was terrific to be able share the chapter’s experiences with so many other sisters from around the country. “Being able to celebrate the success and accomplishments of other chapters, as well as our own in being recognized for being a five-star chapter, was wonderful,” she said. “Seeing women who have been part of Delta Phi Epsilon for decades and are still so dedicated to the sisterhood was incredibly inspiring.”
Wagner said the 2013-14 Caldwell sorority’s leadership team, with past president Dana Pezzino ’14, “worked hard throughout the academic year to put together the requirements for the assessment to achieve this 1917 Club honor.”
At the convention, the students enjoyed attending workshops on marketing, leadership, mentoring, résumé-building and giving back. And then they had “some down time” to attend the Walt Disney World theme parks and “have some fun with our sisters,” said Wagner.
Incoming and outgoing student leaders in Caldwell’s chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon at the sorority’s international convention in Florida. Left to Right: Danielle David ’14, Kristin Wagner ’14, Danielle Cristantiello ’14, Brittany Miller ’15, Jessica Heyzer ’14, Kerri Ann King ’15
Caldwell, N.J. – July 29, 2014 – Caldwell University has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through its New Jersey Health Initiatives program as part of its New Paths to Professional Nursing cohort. With this grant, Caldwell will partner with St. Joseph’s Healthcare System to assist aspiring paraprofessional employees who work at St. Joseph’s to complete the first two years of their liberal arts and science studies before entering nursing clinical courses.
Caldwell’s Director of Nursing Dr. Marycarol Rossignol said the university is delighted to partner with St. Joseph’s. “Working together, we can meet the needs of the students to strengthen their academic success and progression in Caldwell University’s bachelor of science in nursing program and contribute to fostering a diverse and educated nursing workforce,” she said. The grant program, Rossignol explained, will enhance and advance baccalaureate learning for a select cohort of St. Joseph’s paraprofessional employees who would otherwise lack the means and resources to enroll in a private institution of higher learning. “This New Paths to Professional Nursing program will provide targeted academic, financial and social support to increase readiness and remove barriers so that the students can pursue their nursing degree,” she said.
Bob Atkins, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, director of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Jersey Health Initiatives, said they are “delighted to have Caldwell University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare System as part of this cohort of grantees serving as the foundation for us to begin a statewide conversation on the need for a nursing workforce that is both baccalaureate-prepared and representative of the diverse communities they serve.” He explained that “health outcomes improve when nurses have this higher level of education and are culturally diverse, and Caldwell’s partnership with St. Joseph’s Healthcare System demonstrates the commitment and resources to support frontline health care workers who aspire to be nurses.”
Rose Nagle-Girgenti, RN, MA, director of clinical education at the Inter-Professional Education Department at St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, said St. Joseph’s partnership with Caldwell University is an exciting and unique opportunity for St. Joseph’s paraprofessionals interested in pursuing a four-year nursing degree. “An important aspect of the grant is the selection of RNs from our existing staff to act as mentors to the chosen students, thereby giving support and assistance in the workplace in addition to the university,” she said. “A place to study and have access to online learning will also be provided. We have a strong commitment to these employees and will do all we can to ensure their success.” St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, which includes St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, has received Magnet Recognition® for Nursing Excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for the fourth consecutive time since 1999.
Students in the BSN program study in the university’s new 4,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility, which features technologically enhanced learning spaces that include laboratories for nursing skills, health assessment and simulation and a large classroom. The new learning environments are arranged to encourage interaction, collaboration and active engagement.
About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
For more than 40 years, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve the health and health care of all Americans. RWJF strives to build a national culture of health that will enable all Americans to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook atwww.rwjf.org/facebook.
About St. Joseph’s Healthcare System
Nationally recognized St. Joseph’s Healthcare System is a major academic, not-for-profit, comprehensive health care organization located in Northern New Jersey. Sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, St. Joseph’s prides itself on providing sophisticated, compassionate health care with a ‘patients first’ approach to service excellence. To learn more, visit www.StJosephsHealth.org or call 877-757-SJHS (7547).
About Caldwell University
Caldwell University is a private, Catholic coed four-year university with a strong liberal arts core curriculum that enhances critical thinking and analytical reasoning. Caldwell offers 25 undergraduate and 30 graduate programs, including doctoral, master’s, certificate and certification programs, as well as online and distance learning options that prepare students for today’s global marketplace. The university has 15 NCAA Division II athletic teams and numerous clubs, fraternities, sororities and activities on a beautiful 70-acre campus located in the suburbs of Caldwell, New Jersey. Caldwell was founded by the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Caldwell. Its core values of respect, integrity, community and excellence influence academic and campus life. For more information about Caldwell University, visit caldwell.edu. Follow the university on Twitter @CaldwellUniv, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caldwelluniversity, on Instagram at www.instagram.com/caldwelluniversity and on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/caldwell-college.
Jessica Lopez(R) and Michelle Mione(L) took part in the Fanjeaux, France summer experience.
Caldwell University Community Travels to Fanjeaux, France to Explore Culture and the Catholic Dominican Tradition
By: Marina Maret
Caldwell, NJ – July 22, 2014 – Members of the Caldwell University community joined other Dominican colleges and universities in the U.S. for the Summer Fanjeaux, France experience. The 19th annual trip gave attendees the chance to immerse themselves in the culture of the country and the history of the Catholic Dominican tradition. This year’s Caldwell University representatives were Andrei St. Felix, director of the Educational Opportunity Fund Office, Thomson Ling, Ph.D. associate professor of psychology and counseling, Barrie A. Scanlan, adjunct in the nursing department, and students Michelle Mione and Jessica Lopez.
The 15-day adventure featured 11 days in Fanjeaux and four days in Paris. The group learned about the Dominican tradition and the art, philosophy and history of Southern France on excursions and during class time. “Our course was entitled ‘France in the Middle Ages’,” Lopez, a senior, said. They learned about religion, courtly love, and homage to the king during that time period.
“Because the class was focused on the Dominican tradition, we visited many churches and chapels, such as the Church of the Jacobins, the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Cecilia and the Basilica of Saint Nazaire,” said Mione, a junior. After learning about Saint Dominic and his mission, Mione said she came to appreciate the uniqueness of the Dominican tradition.
Lopez found being able to trace Saint Dominic’s steps throughout Fanjeaux to be a life-changing experience, “Tradition, communication and family are at the root of his mission,” she said. Walking into St. Dominic’s house and where he said Mass made her feel closer than ever to the Dominican tradition.
The immersion experience gave St. Felix a deeper understanding of what the Dominican mission means on a personal level. “It gave me the tools to live and carry out its mission in my day to day life.” Beyond the study, she learned from being with the people. “Interacting with the locals in Fanjeaux taught me about the simplicity of life and how to appreciate every gift and moment granted to us by God.”
Caldwell University attendees visited various cities, including Albi, Toulouse, Mirepoix and Niaux, and they explored prehistoric caves, saw a falconry exhibit, swam in the Mediterranean Sea and toured the Palace of Versailles. “We climbed a mountain to see Montségur, which is a fortified Cathar castle,” Mione said. Lopez described climbing the mountain as one of the biggest challenges of her life. “After finally getting up there it was such an accomplishment. It was invigorating.”
The final evening the group went to see the Eiffel Tower light up at midnight, which Lopez said was a perfect ending to the adventure. “The trip was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I am so lucky to have gone.”
Caldwell Holds Annual Tradition of Freshman Service Day for Orientation
Caldwell, N.J., July 15, 2014 – Incoming students at Caldwell University took part in the annual tradition of doing community service as part of their orientation experience. They volunteered at a number of nonprofits and schools during orientation in June and July.
Groups split up and had varied responsibilities, from packing boxes at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey in Hillside and assisting the staff at the Caldwell Public Library to sorting donations at Goodwill Rescue in Newark and prepping for visitors and organizing art supplies at the Essex County Environmental Center. Other students cleared classrooms or helped out at the day camp at Our Lady Help of Christians School in East Orange. Some volunteers cleaned the animals’ living spaces at Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter; still others held a food collection for the Caldwell Kiwanis to benefit area people in need or helped with the garden at Roseland Methodist Church.
Dennis Brady, an incoming freshman from West Orange, New Jersey, volunteered with a group of nine students at Kingsland Manor, a historical site in Nutley. There they did weeding, planted flowers and put down mulch. Engaging in community service with future classmates was a great experience for him. “It gave us an idea of what to look forward to as we come to be a part of the family of Caldwell University,” he said.
Welcoming the new students, President Nancy Blattner told them that engaging in the service projects is “not only a way to feel good about yourself, but also a way to give back to someone else. That’s part of what we do here at Caldwell University.” Service is one of the four pillars at the Catholic Dominican university, and Dr. Blattner urged the students to take advantage of the community service projects offered through the Office of Campus Ministry and the Office of Student Engagement.
The Caldwell University Education Division is introducing a doctoral program in Educational Leadership. The program, which was recently approved by the New Jersey Office of Higher Education, is designed to meet the needs of practicing school leaders, current teachers, or those in organizational leadership. The initial cohort will begin in the fall 2014.
The doctoral students will choose from one of the following concentrations for an Ed.D. or Ph.D.: K-12 Leadership, Special Education Leadership, or Higher Education Leadership.
Joan Moriarty, Ph.D. interim associate dean in the education division, says the unique program is designed to develop cohort members into leaders by giving them the most current research and exposure to best leadership practices in the United States.
“Our vision is to prepare candidates with the tools to strategically plan, analyze, synthesize and evaluate circumstances with informed models of decision making,” said Dr. Moriarty. “The program has outstanding faculty who have experience as practicing professionals, school leaders and scholars in academia. The small family atmosphere in the cohort design gives us the ability to provide students with strong support and mentoring.”
The Business Division is collaborating with the Education Division to share their expertise. The program is designed as a three year accelerated executive program to meet the learning needs of the busy professional. Each course will be offered in eight week segments that meet every third weekend on Saturdays and Sundays. Students will focus on two classes per semester. There may be an occasional Friday-Saturday format for a few classes.
The Ed.D. can be completed with as little as 54 credits and the Ph.D. with as little as 66 credits with 36 credits transferred from an appropriate master’s program.
Interested candidates can attend an Information Session 7 p.m. on Wednesday May 21 p.m. in the Alumni Theater. For further information or to RSVP, contact the Graduate Office at 973–618–3408. For more information on the program contact Dr. Moriarty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is Caldwell’s second doctoral program. In 2009, it introduced a Ph.D. in applied behavior analysis, the only such program in New Jersey.
In December Caldwell University received the official word that the college’s proposal to change its name and status to university had been approved by the Secretary of Higher Education in New Jersey. The college will begin operating as Caldwell University July 1, 2014.
Nursing Professor Kathleen Kelley with nursing students Sandra Guevara and Lesly Polynice in new nursing skills laboratory.
It was nearly a year after Superstorm Sandy, and Don O’Hagan, Caldwell’s chief information officer, was standing in the lobby of Dominican Hall on a Friday afternoon. Like most folks in the tristate area, he was aware of the heartache the natural disaster had brought to the eastern seaboard less than 12 months earlier. But this October day was different—it was a day to celebrate the campus’s new technologies and how far the college had come in one short year. O’Hagan, along with students and staff, was marking the quadrupling of the college’s Wi-Fi footprint and a 30 percent increase in accessibility with a Wi-Fi Day celebration held in Dominican Hall.
“The change is here,” says O’Hagan of the dramatic improvement in connectivity. To commemorate the occasion, he organized the event, handed out long-stemmed roses to students and made sure all attending had plenty of coffee and doughnuts. “A lot of the work we do in technology is behind the scenes and only gets noticed when things break,” says O’Hagan. “Events like Wi-Fi Day help make the improvements we’re proactively putting in place more visible by building awareness and personalizing them.”
Meraki wireless access points added in Dominican Hall are just the beginning. When the project is completed, over 200 access points across six sites will accommodate faculty and students using multiple digital devices.
No one was celebrating when the hurricane hit, leaving wreckage and hard lessons in its wake. The silver lining, says Sheila O’Rourke, vice president for institutional effectiveness, was that improvements made after a surprise early snow the year before allowed the college to survive Sandy and accelerated the transformation of its information technology infrastructure.
O’Hagan’s arrival and the passage of a state bond referendum have propelled the rest of the strategy forward. From the moment Sandy hit, the IT department has worked to improve network security and access while guarding infrastructure vulnerabilities. O’Rourke, who with President Nancy Blattner led Caldwell’s crisis team during Sandy, says the college is now better prepared to weather disasters thanks to a new, leading-edge data communications center. Housed in a secure location on campus, the center provides increased safety, bandwidth, and performance stability along with monitored climate control.
Sandy also pushed the college into cloud computing. The new messaging system, called CougarMail, and several business and education functions now operate in the cloud. This arrangement improves technology resilience and operational uptime and leaves Caldwell better prepared should storms like Sandy strike again.
Other technology upgrades are making life easier for students. New charging stations installed all over campus allow students to power their mobile devices.
Multipurpose interactive digital display boards are replacing traditional blackboards, whiteboards, projectors and flip charts and improving the education and business experience on campus. The college plans to furnish every classroom with this technology, which creates an engaging, collaborative learning environment. O’Hagan says implementing the digital boards has been an exciting project because “it impacts everyone on campus.”
Sophomore Kristin Kelley says the boards “are really helpful for group projects, group studying, anything where a group is involved, because you don’t have to crowd around one little screen. One big board allows people to interact through touch screen, individual iPads and other personal devices.” Business Division Professor Virginia Rich sees the boards as “transformative to teaching because they allow for real interaction and truly interactive lessons. Active learning can’t occur when students just sit.” She says students using the boards visit their own websites on their own devices and discuss and create documents accessible to all. “We can save and share this information. It makes an active learning experience truly part of the lesson plan and provides a valuable takeaway.”
The digital displays are part of an extensive renovation bringing a new learning environment to the science building. Construction is nearly complete on a 1,200-square-foot nursing skills laboratory, which includes a state-of-the-art simulation laboratory and a technology-enhanced lecture classroom. The new learning environment was made possible through the bond initiative passed in 2012. The lab is outfitted with high-fidelity manikins and a control room with tinted one-way glass and the capability to record video simulations. The 960-square-foot lecture classroom includes interactive digital boards that will be used for collaborative nursing activities and versatile learning experiences.
“This classroom is fully equipped with interactive digital boards, satellite monitors and mobile furniture. Making these structural improvements will remove barriers to collaborative communication and enhance discussion and group activities,” said Marycarol Rossingnol, Ph.D., R.N., CNL, director of the Nursing Department.
Rich sees the advances in technology reaching beyond Caldwell. “Besides adding to the learning community on this campus, this is something that will allow students from all over New Jersey visiting Caldwell University to see that we are really on the cutting edge of new technologies and active learning strategies.”
CALDWELL, N.J. – Caldwell University will be adding the intercollegiate sport of bowling, Executive Director of Athletics Mark A. Corino announced. The NCAA program will begin play during the 2014-15 academic year, bringing the number of intercollegiate athletics programs offered by Caldwell University to 13.
“We are certainly excited to be adding another program to our growing athletics department,” Corino said. “We are in the process of applying for associate membership into the Northeast Conference, which is one of the top conferences in the country for bowling. With the support of our administration, I am confident that our bowling program will become an asset to our department as well as the institution, and we look forward to competing next winter.”
Caldwell’s 12 current intercollegiate programs compete at the NCAA Division II level in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference. Bowling, which is a women’s sport, has one division, classified as a “National Collegiate” sport, with 64 programs nationally. The Northeast Conference for bowling includes four institutions from New Jersey: Fairleigh Dickinson (Teaneck), Monmouth, New Jersey City University and St. Peter’s. Adelphi, Kutztown, LIU Brooklyn, St. Francis Brooklyn, St. Francis (PA) and Sacred Heart are the other current members of the Northeast Conference.
According to the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, 212 high schools in New Jersey offer girls’ bowling.
“Caldwell is excited to continue its commitment to athletic program expansion and especially in the area of women’s athletics,” said Joseph J. Posillico, Vice President for Enrollment. “Bowling is a great opportunity for young women, and we believe we can be competitive. We are moving quickly to start by September 2014 and we’re looking forward to reaching out to high schools with bowling programs in hopes of securing their best and brightest student-athletes.”
Caldwell will hire a part-time head coach and an additional athletics administrator to assist with the additional responsibilities a new program brings.
CALDWELL, N.J. – Caldwell University Athletics continues its expansion with the addition of men’s cross country and outdoor track and field, Executive Director of Athletics Mark A. Corino announced. Both programs will be added for the 2014-15 academic year, giving Caldwell 15 intercollegiate programs.
Caldwell currently offers 12 intercollegiate programs that compete at the NCAA Division II level in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference. The CACC sponsors men’s cross country, and the addition of Caldwell will allow the conference to sponsor men’s track and field in the spring of 2015. Chestnut Hill College, Georgian Court University, Holy Family University, Philadelphia University and Post University currently compete in men’s track and field.
“We look forward to adding these two programs, as they complement our women’s track and cross country programs and provide equal balance,” Corino said. “We also are pleased to help the CACC grow to six men’s track and field programs and thus qualify as a championship sport. It takes time to build a program, but we are confident that in a few years we will be competitive at the NCAA Division II level.”
Caldwell has women’s cross country and outdoor track and field teams, and a full-time coach will be hired to coach all four programs and oversee a staff of assistant coaches once the men’s teams are added next year. Earlier this week, Caldwell announced that bowling will be added as an intercollegiate sport for the 2014-15 academic year.
“Caldwell is looking to increase its male student population, and adding two men’s athletic programs will certainly help us in that area,” said Joseph J. Posillico, Vice President for Enrollment. “Nearly every high school has track and cross country, and we are excited to provide an opportunity for those athletes to continue their careers at Caldwell University.”
Caldwell, N.J., December 11, 2013 – Caldwell College is becoming Caldwell University. Caldwell President Nancy Blattner, Ph.D. received official notification from the Secretary of Higher Education in the State of New Jersey on Dec. 9 that the college’s petition to change its official name to Caldwell University had been approved. The public announcement from the Office of Higher Education is expected to occur in January.
“As the culmination of almost a two-year process, changing our designation and name from Caldwell College to Caldwell University is the fulfillment of a vision that many on the campus have shared for the past few years. Our new name signals the academic excellence for which Caldwell has become recognized. This new designation will be officially celebrated in 2014 during the institution’s 75th anniversary,” said Dr. Blattner.
Marilyn Bastardi, president of the college’s board of trustees, was thrilled with the announcement. “This is a proud moment for all of us who know and love Caldwell. This designation supports the tremendous growth we have seen over the last several years under Dr. Blattner’s leadership.”
Becoming a university was part of President Blattner’s vision from the moment she arrived at Caldwell in 2009.
The university designation will better reflect what Caldwell has become with its doctoral program in applied behavior analysis, its strong master’s programs in multiple disciplines and its growth and diversity. Vice President for Enrollment and Communications Joseph Posillico said that “there are many benefits to becoming a university including increased opportunities for fundraising, greater ability to recruit and retain faculty and more leverage in recruiting students. The designation of ‘university’ will more accurately describe the breadth and depth of Caldwell to the public and in particular to international students.”
The news gave students a high note on which to end their fall semester.
“The shift to university status will give Caldwell College the recognition it deserves,” said David Reeth, a senior and president of the Student Government Association.
“It’s really exciting that Caldwell is becoming a university and that I get to be a part of it,” said freshman Sean Puzzo.
Caldwell will continue to operate as a college until the end of the academic year, June 30, 2014 and will operate as a university effective July 1, 2014. At that time a new Caldwell University brand will be unveiled.