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Caldwell University Named a College of Distinction

Graphical logo Colleges of Catholic 2018-2019 DistinctionStudent-centered guide for colleges endorses authentic learning strategies in professional education

Caldwell University has once again been honored as a College of Distinction for its personal approach to education, specifically in the academic areas of business, education and nursing. Today’s job market is growing more complex every day, requiring the modern worker not only to be knowledgeable but also apt at communication and vigilant in the face of new challenges. Caldwell University’s curriculum has worked to meet these needs, preparing students to take on the postgraduate world through an education that reaches far beyond the basics.

“Caldwell University continues to impress with its exceptional commitment to student success,” said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Its extensive liberal arts curriculum informs and enriches everything students do both in and out of the classroom. And with such an involved engagement of experiential high-impact practices, Caldwell University continues to go the extra mile in professional education.”

Colleges of Distinction has spent nearly two decades advocating for institutions that prioritize the overall undergraduate experience with a thorough, hands-on liberal arts education. Its unique selection process evaluates each school holistically, going beyond typical rankings lists to acknowledge the everyday opportunities for students to engage actively with their peers, professors and areas of study. As a trusted, one-of-a-kind resource, Colleges of Distinction is now awarding further accolades to help prospective students find the best-fit school for them.

Caldwell University’s Field of Study badges are marks of honor in the world of higher education, representing programs that invest in student engagement in fields that demand innovative, critical thinking. Colleges of Distinction has granted these awards after a comprehensive vetting process, selecting schools based on such qualities as accreditation, breadth of program and a track record for success.

Education – Caldwell University’s undergraduate education programs include:

B.A. in Elementary Education (K-6 Certificate)

B.A. in Secondary Education (K-12 Certificate)

Teacher of Preschool through Grade Three (PreK-3) Endorsement

Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement and Middle School Endorsement. The program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Nursing – The university offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, which provides an exceptional curriculum to prepare professional nurses for practice in today’s global environment. The program is structured to provide a strong liberal arts foundation that is further developed in nursing course work, which includes clinical and laboratory activities. Clinical experience is provided in a variety of health care agencies and community centers in the region. The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Caldwell University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Business: Caldwell offers a number of undergraduate business degrees including:

B.S. in Accounting

B.S. in Business Administration (online and on-campus)

Business Administration (without concentration)

Global Business

Human Resource Management

Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Sport Management

B.S. in Computer Information Systems

Business Systems

Information Technology

B.S. in Financial Economics

B.S. in Health Care Administration

B.S. in Marketing

B.S. in Sport Management

About Colleges of Distinction: Colleges of Distinction has recognized and honored schools throughout the United States for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education for over 15 years. The member schools within the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. For more information, visit CollegesofDistinction.com.


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Exploring Catholic History in Spain

Caldwell University Students during their visit at La Alhambra in Granada.
The group visited Spain's national museum of 20th-century art Reina Sofia in Madrid.
The Caldwell University group at  La Cueva de Santo Domingo where St. Dominic prayed during his stay in Segovia from 1218 to 1219.

Students immersed themselves in the Catholic history and culture of Spain while on a study-abroad course from May 30 to June 27. For the second year in a row, “Catholic Tradition in Spain” was taught and led by Dr. Rosa Sanchez, assistant professor in the Modern Languages Department.

Sanchez explained how the course focuses on key moments in Catholic history, such as its beginnings with the Roman Empire and later the Visigoths, the role of the Catholic queen and king, Isabella and Ferdinand, and Dominicans such as St. Dominic, who visited Segovia in 1218, and the friars Bartolomé de las Casas and Tomás de Torquemada. Students read poems by St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila and an auto sacramental, a one-act play traditionally performed during the feast of Corpus Christi.

They visited sites such as El Escorial, the Valley of the Fallen, La Cueva de Santo Domingo—where St. Dominic prayed during his stay in Segovia from 1218 to 1219—and St. John of the Cross’s tomb. They explored the cities of Madrid, Cordoba, Seville and Granada. As they read texts, admired artwork and walked through palaces and cathedrals, they explored the beautiful and dark moments of Spanish history.

The students stayed in the homes of host families where they were immersed in the language and could appreciate the authentic food. The adventure forced Sara Bearden, a health sciences major with a minor in Spanish, to improve her language skills. “I was able to make a nice connection with my host family.”

She was awestruck by what she had learned in the classroom. “Topics such as the Romans or different art styles were more meaningful to me because I could physically see them to appreciate them.”

Genesis Rivas-Mendoza, a criminal justice and applied language major, also enjoyed learning about Spanish history and culture. “Who knew that taking an intensive course could be made into such a fun and challenging course?” She came to appreciate the lifestyle of the Spaniards. “They do not live as fast-paced as most of us New Yorkers do.”

Everyone agreed that seeing an image online, or reading about it, is not the same as experiencing it in person, said Sanchez. “There’s a sort of spirituality, a historical weight, that is simply not experienced through pictures; you just have to be there. I want to invite students to join us in the summer 2019 so they can see for themselves what I mean.”


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Art Therapy Students Study Trauma and Art in Germany and Czechia

Caldwell University Students getting ready for their lunch during their trip to to Germany and Czechia June 11 to 20.
Caldwell University students enjoying their lunch during a study abroad trip to to Germany and Czechia June 11 to 20.
Caldwell University students paying attention to the lecture on trauma and art during study aboard program trip to Germany and Czechia June 11 to 20.
Caldwell University student taking a note from the art piece during a study-abroad trip to Germany and Czechia June 11 to 20.
Caldwell University students group photo during a study abroad trip to to Germany and Czechia June 11 to 20.
Caldwell University students group photo during a study abroad trip to to Germany and Czechia June 11 to 20.

Caldwell, N.J., July 9, 2018  – Art therapy students learned about trauma and art on a study-abroad trip to Germany and Czechia June 11 to 20.

As part of the “Treatment of Trauma” course developed and taught by Dr. Marie Wilson, coordinator of art therapy programs and professor, the group visited sites such as the Prinzhorn Collection at the University of Heidelberg Psychiatric Clinic, which is named after art historian and psychiatrist Hans Prinzhorn, who was educated in medical science during World War I and sought to merge his two disciplines after the war. After joining the staff, Prinzhorn was tasked with expanding the arts program at the University of Heidelberg psychiatric clinic. Under his direction, a collection of artworks by patients who suffered from mental illness grew to over 6,000 pieces by more than 450 patients. The collection is the first of its kind in the world. Art therapy students at Caldwell study this collection in introductory graduate and undergraduate coursework. The visit to the museum, said Annette Vaccaro, coordinator of art therapy programs and assistant professor, “allowed students to experience the true power of art in transcending cultural boundaries.”

In Prague, Czechia, the group visited the Terezin concentration camp. Terezin features a museum that retains the only complete collection of Jewish child and adult artwork created in a concentration camp. As part of what was mostly a clandestine education program for children, the art classes at Terezin offered an avenue of communication and self-expression, reflecting the ideas of Jewish artist and art educator Friedl Dicker-Brandeis.

Cindy Concannon, an art therapy mental health counseling graduate student, said the experiences of witnessing the Prinzhorn Collection and the artwork of the people at Terezin allowed her to “witness the struggles of people more than a half century away in time.”

In addition, the group attended a music jam with students and faculty of the music therapy department at SRH University in Heidelberg and met with members of the Czech art therapy association in Prague.

Wilson said the travel-abroad course took over two years to design and implement and was a “one-of-a-kind” experience for art therapy students. “The travel portion of this course allowed students to visit and experience firsthand the artwork and sites that have historic significance to the art therapy profession.”

Vaccaro said nothing could compare with being immersed in a culture for learning. “Seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and feeling gave the students a chance to experience a new view of the world.”

Laura Munoz-Torres, also an art therapy student, savored this once-in-a-lifetime experience, which she said validated her belief in the art therapy field. She also appreciated “creating memories with future colleagues.”

The students bonded and appreciated experiencing the trip with like-minded friends and art therapists. “I developed a professional and personal connection with this wonderful group,” said Concannon. “Heidleberg and Prague offered plenty of opportunities to witness the full spectrum of life–its beauty and pain– as well as the opportunity to grow as a person and a counselor.”

Faculty member Natashia Collins was also a leader of the trip. The other students who attended were Masha Berenshteyn, Cindy Concannon, Genaya Palmer, Eileen Strungis, Brittany Barnstead, Alexis Perillo, Morgan DeGilio, Lydia Fulton and Nikki Drzewinski. Several art therapy professionals from the community also participated.


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Political Science Alumnae Attend Women’s Leadership Program

Katherine Llangari and Tiffany Polite-Hill at the Trenton State House while they were attending NEW Leadership™ New Jersey.

Katherine Llangari and Tiffany Polite-Hill at the Trenton State House while they were attending NEW Leadership™ New Jersey.

Caldwell, N.J., June 27, 2018 –   Recent alumnae Tiffany Polite-Hill and Katherine Llangari attended NEW Leadership™ New Jersey, a program of the Center for American Women and Politics, from June 7 to 12.

They were selected for the national nonpartisan program, which gives female college and university students the opportunity to meet successful women leaders, learn about women and politics, and participate in hands-on workshops to practice leadership skills.

Polite-Hill said it was “such an honor and privilege to be surrounded by powerful women.”  The women empowered each other with their words and their conversations, she said.

Llangari said that attending the program made her realize “it’s never too early or too late” for women to get involved in politics “because those women who came before us left the door open for us and we have to keep it that way for our future generations.”  It convinced her that the actions and interactions of women have an effect on policymaking in the U.S., “and for that reason, we have to be active within our communities,” said Llangari.

Among their activities, members of the group traveled to the state capital in Trenton and met former New Jersey State Senator Diane B. Allen.

Caldwell’s involvement in the program was arranged by Dr. Domenic Maffei, chair of the Department of History and Political Science.  Dr. Thomson Ling, associate dean of the School of Psychology and Counseling, attended the program’s networking event.

Polite-Hill and Llangari received their Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science at commencement May 20. In the fall, Llangari will begin her studies at the University of New Hampshire Law School and Polite-Hill will be attending graduate school for Public Administration at Kean University.


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Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Partners With Blue Frame Technology to Create All-New CACC Network

Graphical representation of Caldwell University and CACC Network logo.NEW HAVEN, Conn.-The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) on Tuesday announced the league office and all 14-member schools have partnered with Blue Frame Technology to create the all-new CACC Network, as announced by Commissioner Dan Mara. The partnership will enable all 14 schools to webstream their game broadcasts to one platform provided by Blue Frame, beginning with the 2018-19 athletic season. In addition, each of the conference’s 16 championship events will also be webstreamed to the platform, along with other original content.

The new partnership will allow fans to watch their favorite CACC schools and sports through multiple outlets. The conference and each school will have their own dedicated video portal/web page where fans can watch online as they have in the past. In addition to watching online, fans can also watch the action live on their televisions through Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and Roku streaming devices. Fans will also be able to watch the games on their phones through a mobile app as well.

“The CACC’s partnership with Blue Frame is an exciting new era for the conference,” Commissioner Mara said. “Fans throughout the CACC will now be able to watch our contests in a variety of ways whether online, at home, or on the go. The CACC Network provides more visibility for our conference, as the league continues to expand its brand and messaging in the digital age.”

More information about programming and links to each school’s video page will be supplied later this summer, as Blue Frame and the conference office are currently finalizing all the apps for fans to download and view for the start of the 2018-19 athletic season.

For the Amazon, Android, Apple and Roku apps, fans will be able to download them through the respective devices later this summer, as the CACC will keep fans up to date with the latest on those television devices. For more information on those streaming devices, please click on the links below:






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Education Students Honored with N.J. State Award for Student Teaching

Three Caldwell University School of Education students were honored by the state for their accomplishments as student teachers.

School of Education students Lisa Paradiso, Sierra Mitchell and Jessica Mitchell were honored as Clinical Interns of the Year at a N.J. state award ceremony June 13.

Caldwell, N.J., June 20, 2018 – Three Caldwell University School of Education students were honored by the state for their accomplishments as student teachers.  Sierra Mitchell, Jessica Mitchell, and Lisa Paradiso were recognized as Clinical Interns of the Year at an award ceremony June 13 sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Education, the New Jersey Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the New Jersey Field Directors Forum.  Dr. Lamont  Repollet, the New Jersey Commissioner of Education, was a speaker at the ceremony.

The students were nominated by their cooperating teachers and university supervisors and were recognized for their academic performance and clinical practice. They were required to submit essays on how they overcame the challenges they faced while teaching and the impact those experiences will have on their career.

Joan Moriarty, Ed.D, associate dean of the School of Education said, “Caldwell University is proud of each of our nominees  who have gone above and beyond in their clinical internship experience, each who has signed a full time tenure track contract.”

Pardiso received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and psychology with certificates in Pre-school to grade 3, Elementary kindergarten – grade 6 and Teacher of Students with Disabilities. She did her student teaching in the East Hanover School District and accepted a teaching position in Denville, N.J.

Jessica Mitchell received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and psychology and certifications in Preschool – grade 3, Elementary kindergarten-grade 6, and Teacher of Students with Disabilities. She did her student teaching in the Glen Ridge School District and has accepted a teaching position in Draper, Utah.

Sierra Mitchell was a post-baccalaureate student who received certifications in Elementary kindergarten – grade 6, and as a Teacher of Spanish.  She completed her student teaching in the Long Valley School District and has accepted a position in Sparta, New Jersey.

The students’ professors and cooperating teachers had high praise for the Caldwell students.

Elizabeth Skinner, adjunct faculty member at Caldwell for Jessica Mitchell,stated,“Ms. Mitchell presented herself from the first day of the semester as an enthusiastic, conscientious student who was passionate about the prospect of teaching and the field of education. She expressed excitement with being close to realizing her life-long dream of becoming a teacher and was looking forward to the day when she would have her own classroom.”

Francine DelVecchio, Ed.D. professor for Lisa Paradiso, commented that “Lisa has an affable, caring nature that will certainly endear her to students and colleagues. She can relate well to young children and adolescents, and she is well-liked by her classmates for being supportive and collegial.”

Kevin Barnes, Ed.D. professor for Sierra Mitchell, stated  “Sierra has immersed herself in her academic endeavors, and her teacher preparation efforts, as she strives to improve the lives of her students.”

This annual award publicly recognizes approximately 65 top graduates of educator preparation programs in New Jersey’s colleges and universities.  An independent panel of esteemed New Jersey educators evaluates these dossiers to select 15 recipients to be awarded “with distinction”.


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President Blattner: Opinion: Independent Schools, Students, Worthy of Investment

Caldwell Univesity President Dr. Nancy Blattner.

Caldwell University President Nancy Blattner is Board Chair of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in New Jersey. She provides this Op-Ed piece for NorthJersey.com and The Record on the importance of increasing state aid for New Jersey’s independent colleges and universities, which are exceptionally valuable in preparing students for the jobs of today and tomorrow, benefitting New Jersey’s economy.

To read the piece, go to: https://www.northjersey.com/story/opinion/contributors/2018/06/07/opinion-independent-schools-students-worthy-investment/678867002/

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Strike Up the Band! How One Caldwell Alum Reached for the Stars

Caldwell Alumni Dot Cacchio

It don’t mean a thing (if it ain’t got that swing)!

There’s nothing like a big band classic to get your toes tapping. For Dot Cacchio ’61, however, that swing sound was more than music to the ears. It was an invitation to follow your heart.

Dot’s angel took the form of her piano teacher in Mendham, whose husband taught physics at Caldwell, Dot recalls. “He told me to go see Sister Joanna, which I did. To this day, I don’t remember ever actually applying to attend the college, but before I knew it I was signed up for my first semester!”

Dot fell in love with Caldwell. “Coming from Morristown High School, which was quite large, I really appreciated the small community feel of Caldwell. I have wonderful memories from those years and many close friendships to this day.”

Some of those memories include playing semi-professional softball for the MacGregor Marauders. It was another dream come true for Dot, who is an avid Yankees fan, as the team played on fields just outside Yankee Stadium.

“We learned to be strong women at Caldwell,” Dot notes. “There were only 115 women in my freshman class. It was up to us to make things happen on campus. And we had so many wonderful role models on the faculty and among the sisters.”

After earning a bachelor of arts in music at Caldwell, the talented musician—Dot plays clarinet, alto sax, soprano sax, flute and piccolo in addition to piano—went on to graduate study in music at what was then Trenton State College. Her years at Caldwell prepared her for the rigors of academia. “After meeting the high standards of my professors at Caldwell, graduate school was easy by comparison!”

She never strayed too far from Caldwell, though, returning in the 1970s to teach. “I loved spending time with the other professors there, talking about ideas, making big plans.”

Dot did more than plan. She established a musical theater program that taught students all aspects of the musical theater business. She also initiated a children’s musical theater troupe and another troupe for adults, called the North Jersey Repertory Theatre. She directed a 25-voice choir and 54-voice chorus as well. She performed in musical theater orchestras throughout New Jersey and in Pennsylvania as well, in productions ranging from Cabaret to Anything Goes.

She never strayed too far from her dream to lead her own band, either, and in 1980 she formed the Silver Starlight Orchestra. The 20-piece band, which features two vocalists, has performed with headliners such as Bob Hope, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Ray Noble, Lionel Hampton and many others.

Dot’s accomplishments don’t stop there. She also found time for a 17-year career as a junior high school teacher and to write a memoir, A Fresh Tree Every Christmas: A Love Story.

It is only fitting, then, that Dot was selected to receive the Veritas Award in 2001, in recognition of her achievements.

Dot still visits the campus often, and is in close touch with her college friends. They get together regularly for a book club, where the talk often turns to reminiscing about Caldwell. “We are all grateful for what the sisters did for us. They taught us to think, to share, to lead, and to care. You could go to them any time with a problem, or to just talk.”

Her love for Caldwell now extends to her legacy plans and she has left a bequest in her will to establish a scholarship fund for women students in their junior year, who face financial challenges that would otherwise prevent them from graduating.

When asked about her decision to give generously, she states, simply, “Caldwell has been such a blessing to me.”

Most vivid Caldwell memory? Listening to Sister Alicia play piano—she could play ragtime like nobody’s business!

Greatest achievements?Succeeding in what was then a “man’s world.”

Most influential book? “Your Erroneous Zones,” by Wayne Dyer

Best adventure? I haven’t had it yet!

Advice for today’s Caldwell students? Follow your heart and take your brain with you.

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Caldwell University Hosts Dominican Young Adult Preaching in Action Conference

Different participants from all over the United States attending the 16th annual Preaching in Action Conference held from May 22 to 27 at Caldwell University.
Caldwell University Students having some fun while attending the 16th annual Preaching in Action Conference held from May 22 to 27 at Caldwell University.
Different participants from all over the United States attending the 16th annual Preaching in Action Conference held from May 22 to 27 at Caldwell University.
Caldwell University Students having some fun while attending the 16th annual Preaching in Action Conference held from May 22 to 27 at Caldwell University.

The 16th annual Preaching in Action Conference was held from May 22 to 27 at Caldwell University. Students from Dominican colleges/universities or college campuses with a Dominican presence throughout the United States participated. The event gives students the chance to become immersed in the Dominican tradition of preaching through presentations, workshops and peer-to-peer sharing. Speakers focused on topics such as the Dominican saints, preaching in a global culture, and the interfaith mission of the Dominican order.

Rochelle Chezick, from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan, was delighted to meet other students who were “on fire with the Holy Spirit” like she is. Among the speakers, Danielle Corea, relationship manager for Catholic Relief Services, presented on CRS student ambassador programs, which allow students to to raise awareness of issues such as global poverty, injustice, migration, fair trade and more. She spoke about the importance of being aware of the realities of those who live without material goods and of understanding the world as a global community.

“Signs of the Times” workshops focused on the United Nations, migration, “Homelessness: A Day in the Life of an Ordinary New Yorker,” and women’s issues, which was presented by Sean Puzzo, coordinator of charism for the Dominican Youth Movement USA and a Caldwell University alum.

The students were given quiet reflection time to consider what they learned and how they could put their faith into action in their lives and on their campuses. Chezick thought a lot more about contemplative prayer and “being with God and clearing my mind.”

Tara Suchland, who works in university ministry at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, was attending the preaching conference for the first time, along with two students from her institution. She found Caldwell to be beautiful and the staff running the conference to be “super hospitable.”

Caldwell University student Anthony Pineros appreciated learning about the rich Dominican history.   He  was grateful for the chance for the students to “be together as a family” and have the opportunity to volunteer at different service sites  learning how their actions are a form of preaching. They  assisted at non-profits including Toni’s Soup Kitchen in Montclair, Our Lady Help of Christians School in East Orange, First Friends for immigration and asylum seekers, and St. Catherine’s Convent, a home for the elderly located on Caldwell’s grounds.

Caldwell Dominican Sister Honora Werner, O.P., offered theological reflections.

Caldwell University student Julianna Verso was fascinated to learn from speakers how preaching is sometimes done through art, song, and dance and the importance  of  “letting God guide you through the process.”

Caldwell University alumna Kaitlyn Tasjian, a teacher at Lacordaire Academy, encouraged the students to live authentically and to look for the random, teachable moments in their lives to preach the Word of God to others. “We don’t even need a pulpit. If we live an unforced, natural life in the Spirit, we are answering God’s call to preach by using our existence as an example.”

The conference culminated with a Mass celebrated by Father Paul Colloton, OSFS.

In planning the conference, Sister Gina Flemming, O.P., executive director of the Dominican Youth Movement USA, and Puzzo worked with Colleen O’Brien, Caldwell’s director of campus ministry.

The students were challenged with the creation of an action plan for the 2018-19 academic year.  Caldwell students Brittany Gaule, Anthony Pineros and Julianna Verso came up with a plan to put in place a Dominican Week to focus on the Dominican pillars during the last week of September, ending with Caldwell Day to live out the pillar of service.

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Steven Han: The Dream of Medical School Becomes a Reality

Steven Han Caldwell University Graduate receiving his degree on Bachelor's of Arts in Biology from the president of Caldwell University Dr. Nancy Blattner.

Steven Han’s first exposure to medicine was when he fainted in kindergarten.  There were other sign markers pointing the way towards a career in healthcare.   His grandfather was a doctor; he excelled in science and math in high school and he had an interest in biology. “A culmination of experiences led me to believe that a career in medicine was the only job fit for me,” said Han, who received  a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Caldwell University on May 20.

This summer Han takes a big step in that journey towards becoming a doctor when he begins attending Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University.  Being accepted validated his undergraduate efforts and he is happy that his medical school will be close to Caldwell.

During his undergraduate years, he learned the value of research and presented at the Independent College Fund of New Jersey and at Caldwell’s Creative and Research Day.  He is grateful to Dr. Agnes Berki, associate professor of biology, mentoring him on his independent research  for topics such as “Investigation of Microorganisms on Smartphones,” (basically the gross stuff on your phone) and “The Use of Fecal Microbiota Transplant in Treating Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.” The professors at Caldwell are what made his experience incredibly special.

“My mentors here not only taught me how to excel in my studies but went far and well beyond their role as just teachers and guided me to develop professionally,  said Han who is from Reisterstown, Maryland.

He appreciated Caldwell’s Catholic Dominican foundation which gave him the ability to thrive in an environment dedicated to helping him see the value of service. He participated in Midnight runs to reach out to the homeless in New York City, which he says was “a unique, humbling experience,” and he was grateful for Caldwell’s commitment to embracing diversity. “I was able to expose myself to a number of cultures which will undoubtedly help me in the real world after graduation.”

Han was involved in community service as a member of the campus Circle K club and served on the Student Government Association Academic Affairs Committee.   At honors convocation he  received the C-Pin award for the senior class. The award goes to an exemplary student who was nominated by his or her peers.

Through his many experiences and his studies, his interests and passion for medicine were reaffirmed.   Caldwell helped him  reflect on his purpose as a student and his place in the world.  He looks forward to determining his medical specialty and “eventually settling down to start a family.” Most of all he is grateful to his peers, professors and faculty. “It has been the best four years of my life.”