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Caldwell University Awarded Accreditation of its Business Programs

Caldwell, N.J., Jan. 22, 2020 – Caldwell University is pleased to announce that the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners has reaccredited Caldwell University’s business programs.ACBSP Logo

Celebrating 32 years of excellence in global business program accreditation, ACBSP is the only organization offering specialized business accreditation for all degree levels, from associate to baccalaureate to doctoral degree programs. ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the business degrees and programs offered through the School of Business and Computer Science at Caldwell University meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP.

Based on the Baldridge Education Criteria for Performance Excellence, ACBSP accreditation evaluates aspects of leadership, strategic planning, relationships with stakeholders, quality of academic programs, faculty credentials, and educational support to determine whether the business programs offer a rigorous educational experience and demonstrate continuous quality improvement.

“Caldwell University has shown a commitment to teaching excellence and to the process of quality improvement by participating in the accreditation process,” said ACBSP Chief Accreditation Officer Dr. Steve Parscale, who will present the Certificate of Accreditation at the ACBSP Annual International Conference 2020 in Chicago, Illinois, on June 28. “This accreditation is evidence that Caldwell University is committed to providing the highest quality business education for their students.”

Virginia Rich, associate dean of the School of Business and Computer Science, stated: “This is great news for the School of Business and Computer Science. Reaccreditation is a comprehensive workout and requires the input and expertise of our faculty and administration.”  The School was originally accredited in 2008. Rich says they have pursued excellence in all their academic programs and have used the ACBSP Standards and process to grow and develop new programs. “Our student population has grown overall and our new programs in healthcare administration, sport management, and esports management now are under the umbrella of accreditation and subject to the ACBSP’s rigorous standards. We look forward to our continued partnership with ACBSP to help us as we continue to grow both undergraduate and graduate programs.”


ACBSP, www.acbsp.org, is a leading specialized accreditation body for business education. ACBSP’s mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize teaching excellence in the accreditation of business education programs throughout the world. Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in 2001 and again in 2011, ACBSP was the first to offer specialized business accreditation at all degree levels. ACBSP currently accredits business programs at nearly 1,200 campuses in 63 countries. FAQs / Accreditation FAQs

Virginia Rich
Associate Dean of the School of Business and Computer Science,
Caldwell University
973-618-3516 – vrich@caldwell.edu


Melinda Dorning
Director, Marketing and Communications, ACBSP
913-339-9356 – mdorning@acbsp.org


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Caldwell is a Phi Kappa Phi Circle of Excellence Silver Chapter

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The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines—recently recognized the Caldwell University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi as a Circle of Excellence Silver Chapter. The award is given to chapters that exceed expectations in chapter operations and who demonstrate sustainability and vitality as a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.

The Circle of Excellence program was introduced in 2018. The program recognized 108 chapters this year, including 39 with the Silver distinction. Phi Kappa Phi currently has chapters on more than 300 select campuses in the United States and the Philippines.

“The Circle of Honor program recognizes Phi Kappa Phi chapters that have gone above and beyond to promote academic excellence on their campuses,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd.Photo of President Blattner Phi Kappa Phi Circle of Excellence Silver Chapter

The Circle of Excellence Silver honor is given to chapters who scored a 90-94 out of 100 on a criteria scale that evaluates chapter health indicators. By receiving the Silver distinction, the Caldwell chapter is recognized as a thriving organization that holds annual initiations, upholds the Society Bylaws, regularly attends chapter training opportunities and submits a chapter-endorsed nominee to the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Program.

“We are extremely pleased to be one of this year’s recipients in the Circle of Excellence. As a relatively new chapter, this means a lot to us. We will continue to strive to make Phi Kappa Phi even more active on our campus,” said Lynne B. Alleger, associate faculty member and Caldwell’s Phi Kappa Phi chapter president.

Chapters achieving the Circle of Excellence Silver distinction receive:

  • a commendation letter from the Society sent to chapter officers and campus administration
  • special recognition on the Phi Kappa Phi website
  • specially-designed logo for use in chapter communications
  • choice of a $100 cash award or applicable event registration grant

To learn more about the Circle of Excellence program, please visit www.phikappaphi.org/2020Excellence.

About Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. Since its founding, more than 1.5 million members have been initiated. Some of the organization’s more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist John Grisham, and YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley. Each year, Phi Kappa Phi awards nearly $1 million to qualifying students and members through graduate and dissertation fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, and grants for local and national literacy initiatives. For more information, visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org.



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Nursing Program Named to the Top 10 in New Jersey

Caldwell, N.J., Dec. 20, 2019 — Caldwell University’s undergraduate nursing program has been named one of the top 10 nursing schools in New Jersey.  The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree was recognized by nurse.org as one of the leading programs in the state.

Donna Naturale, DNP, MSN, RN, APN-BC, associate dean in Caldwell’s School of Nursing and Public Health, says the ranking recognizes the talent and hard work of the faculty and students.  “This ranking acknowledges how we strive to prepare our students to excel, to practice nursing in a global environment and to make a difference in their field when they graduate.”

Caldwell nursing graduates passed the state nursing licensure exam known as NCLEX at a 98% rate in 2018 which is higher than the national pass rate.  To date, 94% of Caldwell’s 2019 nursing program graduates have successfully passed the NCLEX exam.Ninety-five percent of Caldwell’s recent bachelor’s degree earners are working, enrolled in further education or serving in the military.

Caldwell’s undergraduate nursing program includes a mix of laboratory activities, including simulation, in the university’s state-of-the-art nursing lab, and clinical experiences with diverse populations of patients in a variety of healthcare agencies and community centers.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Caldwell University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Caldwell recently added a fully online Master’s of Science degree in Nursing in Population Health where graduates will be qualified to work as positions such as a care coordinator, project, case and nurse managers in outpatient facilities, hospitals, public health departments, and in insurance and quality improvement fields. They will also be prepared to teach in undergraduate college and university nursing programs.

To find out more about Caldwell’s University’s nursing programs and its School of Nursing and Public Health, go to: https://www.caldwell.edu/academ/academic-departments/nursing

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University Receives National Science Foundation Grant to Support Science and Math Majors

National Science Foundation LogoCaldwell, N.J., Dec. 20, 2019 –

Caldwell University was awarded a National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM) grant to support the retention and graduation of high-achieving, low-income students majoring in biology, chemistry, or mathematics.

The federal grant of $650,000 was provided to develop the project, “Increasing Enrollment, Retention, Graduation, and Job Placement by Supporting the Connections of Commuter STEM Undergraduates to Faculty, Peers, and Industry”.

Darryl Aucoin, Ph.D. assistant professor in the Department of Natural Sciences, says the grant will provide scholarships, academic student support and enhanced interactions between faculty and students.  “Learning we received this grant that will provide academic support for science and math majors and boost scholarships is a wonderful holiday gift.”

The five year award is under the direction of the project team of Aucoin and Department of Natural Science professors, Dr. Agnes Berki and Dr. Marjorie Squires, Associate faculty of the Mathematics Department Patricia Hayden and Education Department adjunct lecturer Dr. Marisa Castronova.

Science students in a labThe project team will study how well their plans help commuter students develop meaningful relationships with resident students and with faculty. They anticipate that the project will generate new knowledge about the impact of supplemental instruction on commuter students’ science identity, retention, degree attainment, and career choices.  They hope these findings can help other colleges and universities across the country better support the success of STEM students who commute to campus.

Partial support for this work was provided by the National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S STEM) program under Award No. 1930295. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.  

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World Premiere of “Illuminations: A Concert of Music Inspired by The Saint John’s Bible”

Flyer for birth of christ

Birth of Christ, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Music faculty member Nan Childress Orchard has commissioned two original works from New Jersey composers Caroline H. Newman and Rob Middleton to celebrate Caldwell University’s Year with The Saint John’s Bible. The works will be premiered in a concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26 in the Caldwell University Alumni Theatre. The snow date is Sunday, Feb. 2 at 3 p.m.

Performers include Childress Orchard, piano; Music Department faculty members Rebecca Vega, flute, and Rob Middleton, clarinet; and Jacqueline Stern, violoncello.

Eight illuminations from the Gospels and Acts volume have inspired the two composers. Each illumination will be projected on a screen during the performance of the music. A “Meet the Composer session” will follow the concert where audience members will be encouraged to ask questions.

Childress Orchard says the event will be a fabulous opportunity for audience members to experience this world premiere and have the opportunity to speak to the composers. “Patronage of the arts is vital to our culture. Caldwell University is promoting and supporting the humanities and in particular the performing arts through a dynamic event.”

The Saint John’s Bible is the first illuminated, handwritten Bible of monumental size to be created in more than 500 years. It was commissioned by Benedictine Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota and the creative director was Donald Jackson, senior scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office.

The Heritage Edition of the Gospels and Acts volume will be on display before and after the concert on the 26th. (It will not be there on the snow date.)

General admission is $15 and students are free. For more information contact Nan Childress Orchard at nchildress@caldwell.edu 973-618-3587.

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Alleviating Food Insecurity at the Holidays and All Year Long

Maureen McNish and Alison Self stock the shelves in the Cougar Food Pantry.

Staff members Maureen McNish and Alison Self stock the shelves in the Cougar Food Pantry.

The holidays are a time when people often reach out to their neighbors in need, but staff members Maureen McNish and Alison Self know that people in the community face issues of hunger all year long. As founders of Caldwell University’s food pantry, they have learned that food insecurity on a university campus can exist for different reasons. Sometimes people may be in dire straits. Other times they may be “falling short this week and not getting paid until the end of the month,” explained McNish, who works as a retention specialist at the university. Or they might not have realized they needed a deposit for a new apartment’s utilities or security and didn’t budget for food, said McNish. And there are times when a student’s family might be facing tough times due to disability or death. “We don’t ask financial questions,” McNish said. The Cougar Food Pantry is there to help students, faculty staff and facilities personnel —and their families—who are in need whether over the long term or simply through a tough patch.

Since the pantry opened in 2016, use has gone up exponentially, with 89 visits in the 2018-19 academic year. McNish and Self are happy about that; they want it to be used. Still, they know more people on campus could use the service, and they want to reach them.

The pantry carries nonperishable food, baby items like diapers and wipes, feminine products, grocery store gift cards and even some hats and gloves. The more students talk, the more the word spreads, and then they will bring friends, explained Self, administrative assistant in the Wellness Center. She has found that “Once they get past the first time and realize how easy it is,” they feel more comfortable using the pantry.

According to the College & University Food Bank Alliance, 30% of college students are food insecure, 56% of food-insecure students are working and 75% of food-insecure students receive financial aid.

Caldwell’s food pantry was the brainchild of McNish, who was told a few years ago by another staff member that her office sometimes gave food vouchers to students who commute so they could eat a meal during their long day. It hit McNish that some students might not have enough to eat. She told a co-worker, who said that when she was a college student she often could not afford food. That got McNish thinking about students who might be hungry and the ways the campus community could help.

McNish and Self often send out the word when donations are needed, and they are grateful for the support they have received from so many people living out the Catholic Dominican mission of service, ranging from President Nancy Blattner, who helped get the pantry up and running, to the people who regularly drop off items. University groups will often make the pantry the charity they support. The Psychology Club, the Board of Trustees and the Alumni Shore Chapter recently took up collections. “We can’t say enough about the Sisters,” said McNish, explaining that one year the Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell chose the pantry for their Lenten ministry and they have continued to help since then.

For McNish and Self, operating the pantry has been a learning experience, showing them that people’s needs are often hidden. They recalled one student who did not have a pot or pan in which to make soup. “It makes me relook at things, not take things for granted,” said McNish. “Just knowing you are helping in one small part of their lives, making it a little easier for them, enriches my life too,” said Self.

To set up an appointment to receive items at the food pantry, email cougarfoodpantry@caldwell.edu. All contact is private. The pantry is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is not open weekends or holidays.

Those wishing to see the list of suggested items to donate can go to https://www.caldwell.edu/cougar-food-pantry/shopping-list. Donations can be dropped off at CARES, the Wellness Center, the Academic Affairs suite, the Jennings Library, the Student Life Office and the Newman Welcome Center. To make large donations and to meet the staff at the pantry, email cougarfoodpantry@caldwell.edu.

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Men’s Basketball Defeats Division I Norfolk St at Fort Myers Tip-Off

Caldwell University Student dribbling ball during a basketball match.

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J.- The Caldwell University men’s basketball team defeated Division I Norfolk St University 64-54 at the Fort Myers Tip-Off hosted at Monmouth University.

The Cougars improve to 3-4 on the season, while the Spartans fall to 3-4.

Norfolk St. opened up a 12-6 lead over the first five minutes of the game. Caldwell trailed by single digits for most of the half as they battled back to pull even at 22 following a free throw by senior Ruud Lutterman (Dalem, Netherlands) at the 3:42 mark. The Spartans retook the lead and led 28-24 at halftime.

Caldwell opened the second half on a 13-4 run to pull ahead 37-32 at the 16:01 mark. Senior AJ Kittles (Glassboro, N.J.) drained a three-pointer, while senior Vaughn Covington (Sicklerville, N.J.) added a triple and two free throws in the run. Senior Eric Johnson-Alford (Clifton, N.J.) capped the run with a three-pointer to five the Cougars a five-point advantage.

The Cougars maintained a lead for most of the second half as Norfolk St. pulled even at 51 with 4:27 left in the game. Caldwell pulled away with a 10-1 run as Covington hit four free throws and added a bucket. Johnson-Alford converted a key three-point play with under minute to play as Caldwell’s defense limited the Spartans to three free throws and no field goals over the final four minutes.

Covington led the way with 20 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Johnson-Alford chipped in 15 points and nine boards, while Kittles added eight points and three rebounds.

The Cougars are back in action as they travel to Nyack College for a conference game on Wednesday, December 7 at 7:30 pm.

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Esports Management Program featured on One-on-One with Steve Adubato

Neil Malvone, assistant professor of sport management and esports management, joins Steve Adubato to talk about Caldwell University’s new bachelor’s program in esports management.

Neil Malvone, assistant professor of sport management and esports management,(r) joins Steve Adubato to talk about Caldwell University’s new bachelor’s program in esports management.

Neil Malvone, assistant professor of sport management and esports management, is a guest on One-on-One with Steve Adubato to talk about Caldwell University’s new bachelor’s program in esports management which is preparing students for careers in the booming electronic sports gaming industry.  He explains how the coursework focuses on opportunities for employment in finance, marketing, event planning, operations, entertainment and more.

The program is one of the first of its kind in the nation and is being offered within Caldwell’s School of Business and Computer Science.

Malvone also shared that the university has launched its inaugural season for its Cougars esports team which plays in a beautiful new state-of-the-art esports arena.   The gaming area features two rooms and was made possible by LG Electronics, which donated 12 240Hz gaming monitors and six large-screen 4K displays, and by Cisco, which donated a network switch and two cloud security cameras.

Watch the segment here.

Malvone was also recently interviewed for University Business for its article “How higher ed is shaping the business of esports”.

The university has launched a Twitch channel on which spectators can see matches and cheer on the Cougars.

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Advent and Christmas Events at Caldwell

Birth of Christ, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Birth of Christ, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Come and join Caldwell University in celebrating the joy and the hope of the Advent and Christmas seasons.

Friday, December 6 

The annual  Christmas Spectacular! Concert will be held, 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6 in the Student Center Gym. The university’s chorale will perform Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” with harp. The wind ensemble and honor band will perform an excerpt of Gustave Holst’s “Suite in F”. Seasonal music and the Christmas sing-along will complete the concert. Tickets are $10.  Admission for Caldwell University students is free. 

Sunday, December 8

“Lessons and Carols,” with an Advent scripture meditation inspired by The Saint John’s Bible, will be held at 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8 in the Sister Mary Dominic Tweedus Chapel in the Newman Center on campus.  It will feature prayer, music and illuminations from the Bible, which is the first illuminated, handwritten Bible of monumental size to be created in more than 500 years. It was commissioned by Benedictine Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota and the creative director was Donald Jackson, senior scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office. Caldwell is hosting a Heritage Edition of the Gospels and Acts.

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Esports Team Playing First Season in its State-of-the-art Arena

Caldwell, N.J., Nov. 14, 2019 – The university’s esports team launched its inaugural season in a beautiful, new state-of-the-art esports arena this fall.   The Cougar program features two Overwatch teams who have been competing against other colleges and universities and two League of Legends teams that have has been playing scrimmages.

The gaming area features two rooms and was made possible by LG Electronics which donated 12  240Hz gaming monitors and six large-screen 4K displays, and by Cisco, which donated a network switch and two cloud security cameras. 

ToniAnn Convertino ‘19, who received her bachelor’s in sport management from Caldwell and is currently in the MBA program, has been delighted to not only be the first esports advisor and coach at Caldwell but also to be the first female esports coach since there are more male leaders in the professional gaming industry.  She is proud that the  Overwatch teams are off to a good start with a record of 4-1. “We might be in the playoffs.”

A former student-athlete who threw javelin and discus for Caldwell’s track and field team, Convertino is applying her teamwork skills to esports as a coach. She understands the challenges players have of time management with practices, matches and school work.  “I am trying to teach the team members how to balance everything out.” She wants them to know they can talk to her just like any athletic coach would want for his or her players. “Communication is a big key when it comes to being a student-athlete.” ESports Team

Simen Johansen, a member of the men’s soccer team,  is captain of League of Legends. He too is encouraging his players to work as a team where all members “pull their own weight”.

The team members are excited about the possibilities especially with a new arena that features two separate rooms. “We could invite schools in for competitions,” said Convertino.

eSports Coach ToniAnn Convertino

ToniAnn Convertino ’19,  the esports advisor and coach

Convertino and Johansen see these coaching opportunities as a beneficial experience for their career paths. Johansen will receive a business administration bachelor’s degree and a sports management minor.  In the spring of 2019, he took an esports management course and it peaked his interest in the field.  Last summer he worked as a bank teller in his native Norway and he learned how the bank was the main sponsor for the Norwegian esports league.  Convertino is interested in events management for the esports industry.  In addition to her position for the Cougars, she works as a teller at Columbia Bank and in marketing and operations for the New York  Red Bull professional soccer club.

The university has launched a Twitch channel where spectators can see matches and cheer on the Cougars at https://www.twitch.tv/caldwelluniversity

In response to the booming global esports businesses and economy, Caldwell’s School of Business and Computer Science began offering a new Bachelor of Science degree this fall in esports management to prepare students for careers in the popular electronic sports gaming industry with opportunities for employment in finance, marketing, event planning, operations, and entertainment.