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Brunel Blaise is Security Officer of the Year

Glenn Gates, Caldwell University's director of campus safety, Michael Stanzilis, general manager of G4S Security, Brunel Blaise, campus safety officer, and Sheila O'Rourke, Caldwell University's vice president for institutional effectiveness group photo from left to right.

(Left to Right) Glenn Gates, Caldwell University’s director of campus safety, Michael Stanzilis, general manager of G4S Security, Brunel Blaise, campus safety officer, and Sheila O’Rourke, Caldwell University’s vice president for institutional effectiveness.

Caldwell, N.J. – Sept. 19, 2018 – Campus Safety Officer Brunel Blaise received the Security Officer of the Year award from the American Society for Industrial Security, Western NJ chapter 088.  

He was presented with the award by Michael Stanzilis, general manager of G4S Security and ASIS chapter chairman, at the organization’s Security Professionol Appreciation Day, Sept. 11 at the Wyndham Hamilton Park Hotel and Conference Center in Florham Park, New Jersey.    

Stanzilis said Blaise is “well respected by the community, students, staff, faculty, and outside visitors.”” He  pointed out that Blaise is known for his leadership skills and helps train new officers. Alumni who return to campus often remember the positive impact Blaise had on their lives.  “Security should not always be known for issuing tickets, writing discipline reports, or enforcing rules and policies. Security should be known as friendly, familiar faces who are approachable, professional, and compassionate. Blaise is this officer, and we are proud to have him a part of our security team,” said Stanzilis.

Also attending the luncheon with Blaise was his wife, Sheila Blaise,  Glenn Gates, director of campus safety, who nominated Blaise for the honor,  and Sheila O’Rourke, vice president for institutional effectiveness.

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Caldwell University Ranks Among Nation’s Best Colleges and Universities by U.S. News & World Report

Best Colleges Ranking - US News and World ReportCaldwell, N.J.  – Sept. 10, 2018 –   Caldwell University has been ranked the 25th  Best Value School for Regional Universities in the North by U.S. & World Report’s 2019 “Best College” rankings.

The university also moved up 28 spots in the category of Best Regional Universities in the North, going from number 102 in 2018 to 74th (tied) in 2019.

“This dramatic rise in the ranking is a testament to all Caldwell University provides its students,” said Joseph Posillico, Ed.D, senior vice president.  He attributed the increase to “the strong liberal arts education with outstanding academics and professors, small class sizes, and the appealing campus life with  many opportunities in athletics, career and professional development, clubs, and community service.”

Caldwell also ranks fifth  in the North for proportion of international undergraduate students.

“We credit our strong rankings to our commitment to students through rigorous academic programs, continuing to make Caldwell affordable and strong retention programs that lead to strong graduation rates,” said Posillico.

The university’s success has been recognized by students and families as Caldwell greeted its largest freshman class ever with nearly 500 students in the Class of 2022, an increase of over 30% from last year.

To view the rankings, go to : https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges

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Alumna Receives Doctoral Fellowship and Presents in Vienna, Austria

Ketty Fernandez receiving a certificate from Tofik Murshudlu of UNODC.

Ketty Fernandez ’14 presented in Vienna at the International Police Executive Symposium at the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime. She is pictured here receiving a certificate from Tofik Murshudlu of UNODC.

Alumna Ketty Fernandez14 has been awarded the Delores A. Auzenne Fellowship at the University of Central Florida where she is working on her Ph.D. in sociology. This fall she became the managing editor of the journal Homicide Studies.

This summer Fernandez presented research with her colleagues in Vienna, Austria at the International Police Executive Symposium at the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime. The symposium brings police researchers and practitioners together to facilitate cross-cultural, international and interdisciplinary exchanges for the enrichment of the policing profession.  Fernandez’s group presented its paper on collaborative work being done to combat human trafficking, particularly in central Florida.

No matter where she is, Caldwell University is always in her heart and mind. She has good memories of her time as an undergraduate student studying psychology. She comes back annually for the spring Educational Opportunity Fund banquet. “Caldwell is my foundation in every sense … EOF was and has been my support system since I started my journey in higher education.”

During her master’s studies at UCF, Fernandez engaged in research projects and presented at a number of conferences on topics such as sexual abuse in the foster care system and differences in serial murder victims based on region. She received her master’s in applied sociology.

Fernandez has been an adjunct at Valencia College and is now a graduate teaching associate at UCF.

As a Hispanic woman, she wants to be a role model for other minority students.  “I think it is really important to keep in contact with the (EOF) program and the students so they know that if they put in their time, effort and hard work, it truly pays off.”

She has set her sights on higher education as a career.  “There are not a lot of ethnic minorities in higher education that students can look up to, and personally it’s something I wish I had more of to this day.” That is why she will always be grateful to the staff in Caldwell’s EOF program.   As she says, “It’s home.”


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“The State of American Politics and the 2018 Midterm Elections” with Correspondent Steve Kornacki

Mr. Steve Kornacki in his studio.

Correspondent Steve Kornacki will present at Caldwell on Sept. 20. Photo credit Anthony J Scutro

 Caldwell, N.J., Sept. 6, 2018 – “The State of American Politics and the 2018 Midterm Elections” with NBC News and MSNBC national political correspondent Steve Kornacki will be the topic of a forum 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Caldwell University.

The program will be presented by Caldwell University’s Faculty Commission on World Concerns in the Alumni Theatre on campus. It will be moderated by Domenic Maffei, Ph.D., professor of political science, and John Yurko, professor of communication and media studies.

Kornacki’s work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Roll Call, the New York Times and other news outlets. His book “The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism” will be available beginning Oct. 2.

Admission to the event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. For more information, contact Alison Self at aself@caldwell.edu.

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Nursing Students Encouraged to See their Profession as an Art as they Receive Clinical White Coats

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Nursing Student

One doesn’t usually associate Michelangelo’s “The Pieta” with nursing.  But veteran nurse Dr. Lorraine McEvoy sees a connection between the masterpiece and her profession. At Caldwell University’s annual white coat ceremony for junior nursing students on Sept. 6, McEvoy recalled the moving experience of seeing “The Pieta” at the World’s Fair in 1964 when she was a child. Later, when McEvoy decided to become a nurse, she learned that Florence Nightingale associated nursing with the fine arts.

McEvoy quoted Nightingale: “Nursing is an art; and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion and as hard preparation as any painter’s or sculptor’s work; for what is the having to do with canvas or marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God’s spirit?  Nursing is one of the fine arts.” Since Nightingale’s time, said McEvoy, the devotion, preparation and compassion of nursing have “underpinned its evolution to embody the highest and most important art form: care.” Becoming a nurse, said McEvoy, “is one of the most selfless acts a person can undertake.”

The nursing students proudly received their jackets and their Humanism in Medicine pins, a milestone as they begin their clinical work in hospitals and health care centers. The students were cloaked by the nursing faculty, who “personally delivered” the cloaks “as a gift of faith, confidence and compassion,” said Dr. Kathleen Kelly, associate professor and assistant director of the School of Nursing and Public Health. The ritual, she said, is “a reminder of the ideals that have always characterized professional nursing and the mission of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation,” which is the organization that originally made possible the ceremony through a grant and that provides the pins.  Those ideals, said Kelly are, “caring, compassion and humanism toward the people we serve.”

Dr. Brenda Petersen, associate dean of the School of Nursing and Public Health, told the students, parents and other guests that the ceremony was dedicated to Stephanie Faust, a student who passed away over the summer and was to start in the nursing program this fall. An empty seat with Faust’s photo was held as Petersen led the audience in a moment of silence.

Dr. Ellina Chernobilsky, Ph.D., associate vice president for academic affairs, said  the white coat represents the professional integrity of nursing, “a sign that you take your profession seriously.” She told the students that although they may face struggles, they will rise because nursing is “an ongoing journey of learning, honor, humility and a chance to make even the smallest difference in the lives of your patients.”

The students were encouraged by what they heard at the ceremony.

Receiving a “simple coat, a simple pin means so much … especially since I’m following in my mom’s footsteps of becoming a nurse,” said  Jasmin Boukhadcha.

“It was an amazing feeling,” said Butool Usmani. “I hope to thrive, get a good job and help patients.” For Gabriel Angeles, who transferred to Caldwell this year for a second degree, it was “heartwarming” to see such a welcoming faculty.

“I’m very excited to begin the journey, to begin clinicals, to begin the process,” said Stephanie Almazan.

Dr. Nan Childress Orchard, chair of the Music Department, provided the processional and recessional music. Director of Campus Ministry Colleen O’Brien gave the benediction.


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Caldwell is Recipient of Justice Dept. Grant

Caldwell, N.J., Sept. 7, 2018  –  Caldwell University applied for and is the recipient of one of only 57 Justice Department grants to address sexual violence on college and university campuses.  The Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women announced that it has awarded these grants totaling over $18 million to help campuses respond to the crimes of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, and Caldwell University is one of the beneficiaries.

“This is an opportunity for Caldwell University to enhance the programs and services we provide to our students and the community in order to prevent sexual assault and violence, dating violence, and stalking. As a Catholic Dominican institution, our campus climate should reflect our core values of respect, integrity, community, and excellence,” said Sister Kathleen Tuite, Caldwell’s vice president for student life.

The grant will further training and education, strengthen partnerships, provide for additional staff and allow for a coordinated response to any potential incident, said Tuite.  “All should feel welcome and safe; all should feel comfortable coming forward should a report need to be made.”

Caldwell plans to implement a new program called ASAP – Awareness of Sexual Assault Prevention – which will take a comprehensive approach to dealing with sexual assault education, prevention and response. The university will partner with external organizations such as the Borough of Caldwell Police Department and Family Service League’s SAVE (Sexual Assault and Violence Education) program.

A statement from the Justice Department says, “OVW’s Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus Program support institutions of higher education in implementing comprehensive, coordinated responses to violent crimes on campus through partnerships with victim services providers and justice agencies. The recipients of these grants will work collaboratively with local law enforcement and prosecutors, campus athletic programs, Greek life organizations, and off-campus victim services, as each plays a critical role in making campuses safer and more just. The awards will make possible a range of services, including specialized training for campus law enforcement, healthcare providers, university personnel and others who are often first responders.”

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Mary Lindroth: Bringing Students From the Page to the Stage

Mary Lindroth, professor of English Department, teaching her students on a class.

Dr. Mary Lindroth is passionate about attending theater, dance and the movies. She is equally enthusiastic about bringing the performing arts into her courses. “Everything I know comes from what I’ve read, what I’ve seen on stage; that’s where I learn and I take that back into the classroom,” says Lindroth, professor of English. “In order to teach something, you have to be willing to do that something, so I’m a consummate audience member.”

Most weekends Lindroth hops the train to New York City to attend on- and off- Broadway plays, and ballet and modern dance performances. On her trip home, she often ponders how she can bring alive what she has just experienced to help her students develop their talents.

The English Department offers three performance classes: Great Drama and Performance, Shakespeare and Performance, and Modern Drama and Performance, and Lindroth has taught all of them. She has also taught just about every other English course from Freshman Writing and Shakespeare to Women’s Studies and Literature for English majors and non-majors.

Her style of teaching is focused on guiding students to learn about themselves, says alumna Eya Haddouche ’17, who received a Bachelor of Arts in English. “She would say, ‘I want it to come from you, not from me.’ That is a huge part of her ethic as a teacher.”

When Lindroth introduces performance to students who are initially shy or reticent, she works hard to help them feel comfortable on stage and to tap into their interests. “Instead of saying, ‘You don’t have these skills,’ I say, ‘You do have them. They are just buried. Let’s bring them to the fore so that if you need them, you can call on them,’” says Lindroth. When she asks students to take part in a performance exercise, she knows she has to model it first. “So if I’m willing to risk it and go out of my comfort zone, they should as well.” “I was that shy student,” said Haddouche. “She uses her experiences to get her students to come out of their shells.”

Lindroth’s classroom is a place where students discover how the printed words from a play can come off the page into a performance. “For example, we will take Cinderella and look at the story and then look at the way the dancers perform it and what goes into it.”

Each time Lindroth teaches a drama course it becomes clearer to her how important performance experiences are for her students’ futures, no matter what they are majoring in. She is gratified to hear from alumni who tell her how beneficial an introduction to acting has been for them. She points to data showing employers are looking for people who can write, communicate, and present themselves.

Lindroth sees similarities between standing up in front of a class and being on stage. Even though she has been teaching for many years, like any good performer, she still “gets a little nervous” before she enters her stage, the classroom. That is when she draws on advice from her mother, Colette Lindroth, beloved professor emerita of English, who taught at Caldwell for over 50 years. “My mother always talks about it as a high-wire act. You cannot think about what you are doing before you go in. You just have to do it, and if you start looking down, you are going to lose your concentration, lose your focus and perhaps fall, but if you just go in and do it without thinking about it, then it becomes something else.”

And that ‘something else’ often means helping her students see how their classroom content relates to the world around them. “I say, ‘Here’s the conversation that is being had right now’… whether it is the #MeToo movement or the anti-gun-violence marches” or other issues, she connects the discipline of English to the culture.

When Lindroth was a child, her desire for knowledge was fostered by watching her mother and her father, Dr. James Lindroth, a longtime English professor at Seton Hall University. Her parents were constantly learning; they surrounded themselves with books, always attended the theater, “read all the newspapers and were going to all kinds of (news) outlets.” Hearing her parents’ conversations about books was a “mini-course,” and she gravitated toward that, always wanting to learn more. But teaching English was not Lindroth’s first career choice. “I went into history to forge a route of my own.”

After earning a bachelor’s degree in history from Caldwell, Lindroth worked in a law office, thought about law school and did fundraising for Carnegie Hall. But the pull toward English won out, and she earned her M.A. in that discipline from the University of Iowa. A doctorate followed, also in English, at the same institution. “I’m a humanities person through and through. None of these disciplines are discrete or separate. They are all interconnected.” Her dissertation focused on Shakespeare and the Renaissance because she wanted to study something she might not have read on her own. Pointing out that film is a part of the humanities, she appreciates “the wonderful opportunity” of attending the Saturday morning movie screenings in New York City hosted by Professor John Yurko for the Media Educators Association. “The films he gets and the directors he interviews enrich my life. “What makes me know that I’m alive is being part of theater, dance and film experiences.”

Lindroth was chair of Caldwell’s English Department for nine years and worked on a number of committees including the Faculty Council and the Prioritization Committee when President Nancy Blattner arrived at the university. “For me, committee work is important, who is on the committee (is important) and having a chance to work with colleagues on something that will get implemented is worthwhile.”

Lindroth values having colleagues “chip in” and work as a team to help each other get work done, as when the English Department develops courses that respond to the increased interest in creative arts. “We work well together.”

She is proud of the department’s recent accomplishments including hosting an undergraduate literature conference that brought English majors from other universities and colleges to Caldwell in 2016.

In the spring, the department will introduce a new course that Lindroth created, Solo Performance, in which students will write and perform their own work. The course grew out of a sabbatical experience Lindroth had in the fall of 2017 when she attended a workshop in New York City with solo performer Tim Miller. There she and others crafted their work into solo performances that became one work performed on the stage in Manhattan.

When school is not in session Lindroth enjoys visiting her three “beloved nephews” in Colorado. When they come to New Jersey she has to impart her arts wisdom, taking them to the theater and the movies “whether they like it or not—I have that reputation,” she says with a laugh.

When the romantic drama “The Great Gatsby” came to the big screen, Lindroth took the boys and could not let the experience pass without analysis. “I say to them, ‘What was happening in the movie?’” With the print version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel in hand, she had them discuss the differences between the movie and the book. “I love spending time with them.”

Whether Lindroth is with her nephews or with a student, learning must be underpinned by humanity. “Teaching is always about focusing on the human person,” she says. “The teaching-student relationship is so important. It transcends the classroom. They are not customers or future CEOs.” Her students appreciate that Lindroth would take the time to meet one on one for rehearsal, says Haddouche. “Her criticism for papers was always focused on helping students strengthen what was already there.”

In the end, Lindroth wants her students to appreciate the ways the academic discipline of English can help them in just about every career and walk of life. “We want everyone to know what we know—that everyone should major in English.”


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Caldwell University Welcomes New Faculty

Caldwell, N.J., Sept. 4, 2018 – Caldwell University is welcoming a number of new faculty.

Dr. Jon Sigurjonsson joins the School of Psychology and Counseling to teach in the undergraduate psychology program. He holds a doctoral degree from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Sigurjonsson brings over 10 years of teaching experience and was most recently at the City University of New York. His research interests include the interaction of culture and personality on cognition, workplace productivity, and the epidemiology and early biomarkers of concussions.

Dr. Christina Clark joins the School of Psychology and Counseling in the graduate program where she will be the clinical coordinator for mental health counseling specialization. Clark holds a doctoral degree from Old Dominion University. She is a nationally certified counselor and was most recently at University of Pennsylvania. Clark has over a dozen publications and presentations and her research focuses on the expected adjustment of high-achieving students.

Dr. Meghan Deshais joins the Applied Behavior Analysis Department. She recently graduated from the University of Florida in 2018 with a Ph.D. in the experimental analysis of behavior. She has held clinical positions at a variety of programs for children with developmental disabilities including the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the New York Center for Autism Charter School. Her research interests include the evaluation of instructional procedures used in early intervention, the refinement of function-based assessment and treatment of problem behavior, and group contingencies. She has published research in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Education and Treatment of Children.

Dr. Lena Campagna joins the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from University of Massachusetts Boston with a concentration in communities and crime concentration. Before joining Caldwell she taught at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her research interest is in victimology.

Dr. Tara Harney-Mahajan joins the English Department. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Connecticut. She specializes in South Asian and Irish literature, with a focus on women writers. Her scholarship has been published in the journals Women’s Studies and New Hibernia Review. She also serves as co-editor of the literary studies journal LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory and most recently, co-edited a double special issue of LIT on Post-Celtic Tiger Ireland and contemporary women’s writing.

Suzanne Kammin Baron joined the faculty in the Department of Visual Art and Design and she is the new director of the Mueller Gallery. She received her BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. She studied painting at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

Heather Yaros-Ramos is a one year replacement assistant professor in the Department of Natural Sciences. She received her B.S. in chemical engineering from Northwestern University and her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. She has worked as an engineer, volunteered as a rape crisis counselor, and serves on the Glen Ridge Board of Education. Yaros-Ramos has taught chemistry courses in several colleges in California and New Jersey.

Dr. Adriana Wise is a one year replacement assistant professor in the School of Business and CIS. She has a Ph.D. in the field of computer vision in computer science from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She holds a master’s in electrical engineering degree from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania. She comes to Caldwell with several years of college teaching experience, most recently at Hunter College, New York. She has graduate degrees in european studies from The European Institute in Nice, France and from The College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.

Barbara Chesler, Ph.D., vice president of academic affairs, says her goal is to build a strong, dedicated faculty who have outstanding credentials and are student focused. “At Caldwell we live our mission every day, hence when I interview prospective faculty I look for individuals who know their content, bring diverse backgrounds and life experiences, and have a passion for teaching and working with students. These new faculty meet these qualifications hands down.”

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Corino Re-Elected as President of the CACC Directors Council

Head shot photos of selected Directors Council Officers CACC.

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- With the 2018-19 athletic season officially underway, the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Athletics Directors Council will be led by its newly-elected Officers, who will serve in their respective capacities over the next two years. The trio includes Mark A. Corino (Caldwell University Assistant Vice President/Director of Athletics) as President, Sheila Wooten (Bloomfield College Director of Athletics) as First Vice President and Tom Shirley (Jefferson Assistant Vice President of Athletics) as Second Vice President. The officers will work with the various committees that aid in creating the policies and procedures for the conference. The voting for the officers was conducted by the 14 athletic directors in the league.

Corino was re-elected as President of the CACC Directors Council, as he served in that role the previous two years. Under his guidance, the CACC created the Spring Championship Festival, which will be held for the first time in the spring of 2019, at Georgian Court University.

“It’s a great honor to be re- elected by my peers to serve a second two-year term as the President of the CACC Directors Council,” said Corino. “I have the pleasure of working with a experienced group of officers in Ms. Wooten,Mr. Shirley and Ms. Liesman  We will  work in conjunction  with the conference office  to develop CACC initiatives and also moving forward with the CACC Spring Festival concept that is a exciting undertaking for our conference.”

Wooten, who has previously served as President of the group, will chair a variety of committees in her current position, including the Championships and Hall of Fame Committees. She recently worked with the Hall of Fame Committee, as the group selected the Class of 2018, which will be announced in early September.

Shirley brings an extensive amount of experience to the officers group, as the past two years he served as First Vice President and has also been the President. He worked closely with Corino on moving forward the idea of the Spring Championship Festival, as Shirley was the chair of Championships Committee during its formulative stages.

In addition to those three, Georgian Court Assistant Vice President/Director of Athletics, Laura Liesman, will serve in the officers group as the Past President.

All four athletic directors oversee some of the most competitive athletic departments in the CACC and the East Region. All four athletic departments have had multiple teams claim CACC championships over the last several years, and several squads have reached their respective NCAA Division II East Region Tournaments.

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New Cafe Opens in Werner Hall

Caldwell University talking outside a new cafe on Werner Hall about their summer.
Caldwell University sitting outside a cafe opened recently on a Werner Hall.
Group photo of international student of Caldwell University inside a Werner Hall.
Group photo of international student orientation leader of Caldwell University along with International Advisor Maulin Joshi inside a Werner Hall.
Caldwell University Gourmet Dining Staff serving coffee to student during her first day at college.

Caldwell, N.J., – Aug. 28, 2018 – Students arriving on campus for the fall semester were excited to see the new café’ in Werner Hall.  Café ’39 features indoor seating, outdoor tables, and expanded food and beverage selections.  Werner also has a renovated first floor lobby and stairwell.

“You can sit here and have coffee and talk with friends and professors,” said Shwesta Sapkota, a junior and orientation leader.  “So pretty,” she said of the renovations.  “I’m going to post photos all over Instagram.”

Sophomore Prasad Gyawali likes the ambience too. “It is a nice place for hanging out for commuters and residence hall students.”

The eatery was made possible by Gourmet Dining, the university’s food service provider.  Tom Duggan, director of dining services, said Werner Hall is a good location for the new café since it is situated between the residence halls and the cafeteria and classrooms. “It ties the community together. Our hope is that there will be vibrancy (there).”  Students, faculty, staff, and guests can also enjoy eating at new tables outside the building.

Eight years ago, Gourmet provided for the renovations in the main cafeteria in the Student Center, which is largely used by resident students. “We saw a need to start making more options available to the growing number of commuter students,” said Duggan.

Cafe “39, named for the year Caldwell University was founded, offers Starbucks branded coffee beverages, Pepsi branded cold beverages, hot and cold sandwiches, snacks, cookies, and other convenience foods. Resident students can use their Cougar cash meal points there.

Duggan is proud that they used local contractors and workers for the expansion. The new shop has energy-saving lighting with the ability to dim according to sun levels, fully programmable lights that turn off and on remotely, and star-rated energy equipment.  Duggan is also pleased that Starbucks is committed to reducing waste like using strawless coffee cups.

Operating hours for Café 39 will be Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. with limited hours on Fridays. It will be open on some Saturdays for special events like Homecoming and open houses.

A campus community kick-off party in Café ’39 is planned for Thursday Sept. 6 at 4 p.m.