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Women’s Soccer Claims CACC Championship With 2-0 Win

Group Photo of women soccer players holding the CACC championship cup and flyer along with their coaches.

Salus, Grundhauser Goals, Bamford 7 Saves Secure Second Title In Past Three Years

WATERBURY, Conn.- Goals by senior Carlyn Salus (Pompton Lakes, N.J.) and junior Meghan Grundhauser (Easton, Pa.) and seven saves by freshman Jamie-Lee Bamford (Braintree, U.K.) propelled the Caldwell women’s soccer squad to its second CACC championship in three years, a 2-0 shutout of third-seeded Holy Family University.

Salus netted the first goal of the game for the fourth-seeded Cougars (12-6-1), and her ninthof the season, in the 18th minute on an assist by junior Amber Raines (Millville, N.J.). Grundhauser added an unassisted tally, her team-leading 14th of the season, in the 63rd minute, and Bamford made several key saves, including a big one off a corner kick in the 67th minute that kept the score at 2-0.

Grundhauser was also named MVP of the tournament. She netted the winning goal in Friday’s 2-1 semifinal victory over top-seeded Georgian Court to go along with her insurance marker today in the final. The Cougars were well represented on the All-Tournament team, with Bamford, Grundhauser, Salus, sophomore Hannah Marino(Pennington, N.J.) and sophomore Jordan Madrid (Cherry Hill, N.J.) selected.

Holy Family (13-5-1) kept up the pressure, outshooting Caldwell by an 18-6 count (7-4 on goal), but the Cougars defense was stout, earning head coach Nate Guagliardi his third CACC title and third trip to the NCAA Regionals in his 12 years at the Cougars helm.

Caldwell now awaits its NCAA Tournament seed and location. Fans can tune in to the NCAA Fall Championships Selection Show on NCAA.com here, Monday at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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Caldwell University to Host Saint John’s Bible, a Gift of Sacred Art

A year with the saint johns bible 2019-2020

Public invited to view Bible on campus

Caldwell, N.J., Nov. 13, 2018  – Visitors to Caldwell University will soon have the opportunity to experience a timeless gift of sacred art, the Saint John’s Bible, 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.

Beginning on Jan. 28, 2019, for one year, Caldwell will host the Heritage Edition of the Gospels and Acts volume of the Bible, a work of art that unites the ancient Benedictine tradition with today’s technology and vision.

The public is invited to a launch celebration 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, when Tim Ternes, the director of the Saint John’s Bible at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, will present. A reception will follow. Groups are also invited to book visits during the year at thesaintjohnsbible@caldwell.edu or by calling Julie Kajouras at 973-618-3922.

Throughout the year, Caldwell will present programs and lectures in theology, art, history, science, music and more as they relate to the Bible. “We are looking forward to sharing the Saint John’s Bible with the campus community and with the wider community,” said Dr. Nancy Blattner, Caldwell University’s president. “The Bible will provide many opportunities for study and discussions. We hope that it will promote dialogue, inspire hope and educate.”

Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota, along with Jackson and the team, produced the Bible to ignite the spiritual imagination of people throughout the world. Over a period of 15 years, Jackson and six calligraphers handwrote all 1,150 pages on approximately 300 sheets of calfskin vellum with more than 160 major illuminations. The work was done in a scriptorium in Wales. A Jewish scribe drew the Hebrew script. The translation of the Bible is the New Revised Standard Version.

The first volume released was presented to Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican in April 2008. He said, “This is a work of art … this is a great work of art … this is a work for eternity.”

The Heritage Edition is the only full-size limited signed and numbered fine art edition that will ever be produced. Each volume includes Jackson’s signature as its certificate of authenticity.

To RSVP for the January 28 lecture, go to Caldwell.edu/saintjohnsbible.

Other lectures during the year will include:

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 4:30 p.m. – Dr. Marie Mullaney, Caldwell University professor of history, will present on “A Woman’s Bible for the 21st Century.”

Monday, April 8, 2019, 4:30 p.m. – Stephanie Pietros, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, College of Mount St. Vincent, and Robert Miller, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy and religious studies, Mount St. Mary College, will present on “Oh Happy Fault, Errors in the Saint John’s Bible” as part of the Caldwell Department of Theology and Philosophy’s Sister Maura Campbell series.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, Noon– Dr. Anton M. Koekemoer, research astrophysicist with the Hubble Space Telescope at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, will speak at Caldwell’s third annual Research and Creative Arts Day.

More lectures will be added.

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‘I am first generation. I am Caldwell’ is theme of forum


Caldwell, N.J., Nov. 2, 2018 – “I am first generation. I am Caldwell” was the theme of a forum at Caldwell University on Oct. 30. Students, faculty, staff and administration shared their experiences of being the first members of their families to attend or graduate from college or the first to receive their undergraduate or graduate degrees in the United States.

The moderator of the panel was Elizabeth Elices, Caldwell’s compliance manager and Title IX coordinator. She also co-chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Committee with Dr. Bonnie French, assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice. Elices opened the forum by recounting how her family escaped the revolution in Cuba and came to the United States.She was the first in her family to go to graduate school; she went on to become a lawyer. “When I passed my bar exams, I didn’t get sworn at the big ceremony in Trenton. I took my oath as a new attorney at the Bergen County Courthouse—where years before, my father had taken his oath to become a new citizen in the United States.”

Elices guided the panelists in discussing topics such as how they responded to challenges as they navigated being a first, where they found support, what advice they have for others facing similar circumstances and how being a first has shaped them.

Jhoanna Oliva-Marquez’s parents were immigrants from Peru. As a result, she did not know how to navigate the college experience. “Sometimes you just don’t know who to go to,” she said. She worked through college to afford it. Balancing classes, homework, her job, family and friends was a challenge, but she graduated and went on to earn her master’s degree. Today as a senior academic advisor at Caldwell, Oliva-Marquez can relate to many first-generation students. She advises them not to be afraid to take opportunities, recalling how she accepted an internship with no pay or credits and it turned out to be a positive experience for the start of her professional life.

Christine Millien, a senior studying business administration, grew up the youngest of five children. Her parents were from Trinidad, and her other siblings were born there. Even though she was born in the United States, she said she went through culture shock as a child since she was from an immigrant family. When she graduates this December, a semester early, she will be the first person in her family to earn a college degree. “Don’t be afraid of differences. You are uniquely beautiful,” she told students in the audience. “Learn to love yourself first … don’t wait for someone else to tell you that you are doing good; you are your biggest cheerleader. You need to find your purpose and work for that.”

R. B. Alverna, a doctoral student in Caldwell’s educational leadership program, was the first in his family to earn a college degree. He came to the United States from his native Haiti as a child. Alverna recalled how growing up his father provided for the family financially but was not there for him emotionally. Therefore, it was a great joy to hear his father say he was proud of him when he earned his undergraduate degree. As a first-generation student, Alverna felt the pressure to succeed, so for a time during college, he would not return his mother’s phone calls because hearing her voice added to the pressure. Maturity showed him that was wrong. “Don’t ignore your parents. Speak to your parents in college … my mom is my best friend.” Today in his work as the coordinator of Project L.E.A.P. at Hudson Community College and as a husband and a father, he stresses the importance of honest communication and of admitting mistakes. He encourages other adults to “make sure you educate youth to make wise post-secondary decisions.”

Jenelle McLeod, a graduate student in Caldwell’s counseling program, was the first in her family to attend college. Being prepared, observant and on top of things was important to her. “Stay ahead of the game; talk to other students and professors and get involved.” Students need to be aware of the “golden ticket” they have with networking capabilities, she said. As a counseling student, she knows “self-care” is important and advises students to be mindful of that.

Yang Cai, professor of sociology, grew up in communist China. When entrance to graduate studies in the United States became more available, Cai’s family scraped together enough money for her to pursue her graduate studies in sociology. When she came to this country to study at the University of Georgia, she faced many obstacles, including financial and cultural barriers. One significant challenge for her was learning how to critique scholars’ work since she grew up in a culture that does not encourage students to challenge others, especially people in authority. Today she pushes her students to inquire and to question. “Critical thinking is a privilege,” said Cai. Her years of living without much money has also taught her—as she tells her children—that “we don’t need a lot of things to be happy.”

Monika Sywak, assistant professor of finance, came to the United States from Poland when she was 23 years old. She worked in a department store, but she knew she wanted to pursue higher education. When Sywak said she was leaving to attend college, she got some pushback from her employer, who asked why she wanted to go further. She went on to pursue her bachelor’s degree while working six or seven days a week—full-time at a bank and one day a week at the department store. She earned an MBA and her doctorate and had a career in corporate America.  When Sywak starts a semester with her business students she shares a quote she likes: “If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.” She encourages first-generation students to “dream big.”

The president of Caldwell University, Dr. Nancy Blattner, shared how she attended Southeast Missouri State University in her hometown of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, as the first in her family. Her parents did not go to high school yet they worked hard so their daughter could have a good education. Many of her aunts and uncles had only third- and fifth-grade educations since they were born in the early 20th century to rural farming families.

Blattner said that she grew up “on the wrong side of the tracks” and that her childhood life consisted mainly of going to “school, church, a part-time job and the library.” As a result, she became a voracious reader, which benefited her as she excelled in her studies. When it was time for college, she had several full-ride scholarships including one she wanted to take at Washington University farther away from her home. However, she turned it down. Her father—who believed in her and was proud of her—told her that if she lost that scholarship she would have to move back home and go to Southeast because he and her mother could not help her financially. “I thought about what he told me, and not trusting my untested capabilities, I enrolled at Southeast … I don’t regret the decision … still I have wondered how my life might have been different if I had felt more confidence in myself and tested my abilities by taking the scholarship to Wash U. ”

Blattner worked hard to perform well on CLEP exams so she could earn credits to reduce her expenses at Southeast. When she entered the university her family had never been on the campus to experience cultural or social offerings. “It simply wasn’t part of our lifestyle.” She went on to earn her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and has had many accomplishments including serving on state and national higher education boards. Blattner advises other first-generation students to remain strong as they confront obstacles and to stay connected with their loved ones no matter how much they achieve. “I love my family, and my parents gave me many gifts: a strong work ethic, a deep Catholic faith and a desire for the education that they were never able to obtain.”

The program was sponsored by the university’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

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Caldwell to name Newman Center Floor for Mark A. Corino

Flyer for ceremony honoring Mark Corino Saturday December 8, 2018.

CALDWELL, N.J.- Caldwell University will name the playing floor at the George R. Newman Center in honor of the assistant vice president/director of athletics and head men’s basketball coach, Mark A. Corino, who has led the men’s basketball program since its second season in 1988.

Mark A. Corino Court will be officially dedicated in a pre-game ceremony prior to Caldwell’s Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference game against Bloomfield College on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m.

“Mark Corino is truly deserving of having the basketball court at Caldwell University named in his honor,” said Caldwell President Nancy Blattner, Ph.D. “It has been a pleasure to partner with Mark as he has worked diligently to create and maintain an expectation of excellence for our student-athletes, our teams and our coaching staff.”

Corino, a Belleville native, received a bachelor’s from Kean University and a master’s in education from Caldwell.  He has coached basketball for 35 years at the collegiate level, five years at Bloomfield and 30 seasons at Caldwell.

“I am deeply grateful and truly humbled to have the Newman Center basketball court dedicated in my name,” said Corino “I would like to thank  the three university presidents that I have served under; Sister Vivien Jennings, Sister Patrice Werner, and Dr. Blattner, and all of those involved in supporting this great honor. I am looking forward to sharing this day with family, friends, and all of my former players and former athletes, all whom have contributed to the program’s success over my 31 years at Caldwell.”

Corino has made a lasting impact on the university and the Athletics Department in his three decades at Caldwell. He was awarded the Caldwell Cup in 1999 and received the Caldwell President’s Award in 2006. Corino was selected as the NAIA Region X in 1992 and 2000, CACC Administrator of the Year in 2000, the ECAC Administrator of the Year in 2010 and the CACC Athletic Director of the Year in 2017-18. He is president of the CACC Director’s Council, having been re-elected in 2018 for a two-year term, a position he has held four times. Most recently, he was honored with the Garden State Award by the Collegiate Athletic Administrators of New Jersey.

“This is a fitting honor for Mark Corino to commemorate his dedication to not only Caldwell Athletics but to the entire Caldwell Community,” said CACC Commissioner Dan Mara.  “I have known Mark for over 20 years and he is certainly one of the most dedicated coaches and athletic administrators in the country. Mark has been a leader on the conference, regional, and national levels and has helped to shape the CACC into the model conference it is today. I sincerely hope the students of Caldwell University will continue to benefit from his efforts for many years.”

Corino spearheaded the growth of the Athletic Department from three programs in 1988 to what will be 16 programs by 2019-20 with the addition of men’s lacrosse. From 2011 through 2020, Caldwell will have added seven new sports under Corino’s leadership (women’s track and field, women’s lacrosse, men’s cross country, men’s track and field, women’s bowling, sprint football and men’s lacrosse). Originally a NAIA member school, Caldwell began the transition to NCAA Division II in 1998 and finished in 2002 under Corino’s guidance. Also in 2002, the George R. Newman Center, Caldwell’s state-of-the-art indoor athletics facility, was completed following years of planning and fundraising.

In 2010, Caldwell University, West Caldwell and Essex County came together to fund the renovation of the Kiwanis Oval, an artificial turf facility used by multiple municipalities and Caldwell University. Corino has contracted agreements to lease the Essex Valley Field to host the women’s lacrosse team home contests; he has directed an agreement to lease a space for locker rooms, trainer rooms and office and meeting space at Provost Square, adjacent to the Kiwanis Oval, for the baseball and sprint football teams.

Corino began his college coaching career as the men’s basketball coach at Bloomfield College where he posted a 95-48 record from 1982-1987. He moved to Caldwell in the summer of 1987 as the athletics director and took over coaching the men’s basketball program in its second season. Corino guided the Cougars to eight CACC Championships during his 30 seasons, five NAIA tournament appearances and one NCAA Division II Tournament in 2007. He was named the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Coach of the Year in 1998. Corino was selected as the CACC Coach of the Year four times and was inducted into the Caldwell Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016.

“I’ve known Mark for over 30 years and have seen his growth as a coach and administrator at Caldwell,” said Bloomfield College Athletic Director Sheila Wooten. “I am extremely proud of him and his accomplishments. His success as a coach and athletics director has been tremendous and he is deserving of this prestigious honor to have the court dedicated in his name.”

Corino is among three college men’s basketball head coaches in New Jersey with over 500 wins and ranks second in the state with 563 wins (468 at Caldwell). Last season, he joined an elite club coaching in his 1,000th game as a college head coach. He is the second active coach in the Division II East Region to reach 1,000 games coached and is among 28 active coaches in all divisions of NCAA men’s basketball to have coached 1,000 games.

Library, Faculty

Library MLA and APA Citation Workshops 

Need a review of MLA or APA? Come to one of the library’s citation workshops:

MLA Citation Workshop

Wednesday 10/24/18 at 12 p.m.

APA Citation Workshops

Saturday 10/27/18 at 3 p.m.
Tuesday 11/6/18 at 6 p.m.

All workshops are located in the library’s instruction lab.

English News, Faculty

International Whitman Week (May 27th-June 1st, 2019)

Head Shot photo of Walt Whitman.

International Whitman Week (May 27th-June 1st, 2019)
The Transatlantic Walt Whitman Association

International Whitman Week is a week-long seminar and one-day symposium for students and scholars of Walt Whitman. It is free for participants and will be hosted in 2019 by New York University to coincide with the 200thanniversary of Whitman’s birth.

Whitman Week will include special guest lectures by Ed Folsom, Jerome Loving, and David Reynolds, walking tours of Whitman’s New York by Karen Karbiener and Greg Trupiano, tours of the major exhibition “Poet of the Body: New York’s Walt Whitman” (Grolier Club), a performance of Whitman settings by the renowned Dessoff Choirs, and a birthday party for Whitman featuring free wine (courtesy of Paumanok Vineyards) and birthday cake (thanks to the Whitman Birthplace).  For the first time, IWW will take place in several different locations throughout Whitman’s New York: Long Island, Brooklyn, and Manhattan.  Please take a moment to view the schedule and application:


Graduate and advanced undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for the seminar; independent scholars, collectors, and Whitman enthusiasts are also welcome to apply.  The deadline for seminar applications is December 15.

The final day of Whitman Week will include a symposium at the Grolier Club. We seek exciting new scholarship by promising scholars; please see the application for a list of topics under the general category of “Whitman and New York.”  The deadline for symposium applications is January 1.


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Caldwell Athletics CAANJ Awards

Caldwell Athletics CAANJ Awards

Corino Receives Prestigious Garden State Award; Janssen Earns CAANJ DII Female Student Athlete of the Year; Caldwell Athletics Receives DII Cup

CALDWELL, N.J.- Caldwell University volleyball’s Katrina Janssen (Seville, Australia) was selected as the Collegiate Athletic Administrators of New Jersey (CAANJ) Division II Female Student-Athlete of the Year. The Caldwell University Athletics Department earned the DII Cup for their outstanding athletic accomplishments during the 2017-18 year. In addition, Assistant Vice President/Director of Athletics Mark A. Corino received the prestigious Garden State Award from the organization.

Caldwell Athletics as a department has another outstanding year on the field and in the classroom in 2017-18. The Cougars won two conference championships in women’s volleyball and softball, which both won their respective regular season titles as well. Caldwell three major award winners with Janssen earning CACC Player of the Year, while her teammate Jessica Mitchell (Plainfield, Ill.) was selected as the CACC Defensive Player of the Year for a second straight season. Women’s basketball Sharell Sanders (Dorchester, Mass.) also earned CACC Defensive Player of the Year honors. The department featured five all-region players and two honorable mention All-Americans. Women’s volleyball, women’s basketball and softball earned berths in the NCAA Division II Championship, while women’s lacrosse reached the CACC Final Four for the first time in program history. Caldwell earned 19 CACC All-League honorees, including eight on the first team.

Janssen ended her collegiate career in 2017 with an outstanding senior season. She was selected as the CACC Player of the Year and was a CACC First Team All-Conference selection. Janssen helped lead the Cougars to their third CACC Tournament Championship as she earned the CACC Tournament MVP honors for her standout play in the tournament. She was selected to the AVCA and D2CCA All-East Region First Team and was named the D2CCA East Region Player of the Year. Janssen also earned AVCA Honorable Mention All-American honors, the first All-American in the program’s history.

Corino enters his 31st year as the Director of Athletic and Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Caldwell. As a longtime administrator at Caldwell, Corino has spearheaded the growth of the athletic department from three programs in 1988 to 16 programs by 2019-20 with the addition of men’s lacrosse. From 2011-2020, Caldwell will have added seven new sports under Corino’s leadership (Women’s track and field, women’s lacrosse, men’s cross country and track and field, women’s bowling, sprint football and men’s lacrosse). Originally a NAIA member school, Caldwell made the transition to NCAA Division II beginning in 1998 and was completed in 2002, under Corino’s guidance. Also in 2002, the George R. Newman Center, Caldwell’s state-of-the-art indoor athletics facility, was completed following years of planning and fundraising. Corino was selected as the CACC and NAIA Region X Administrator of the Year in 2000 as well as the 2010 ECAC Administrator of the Year.

He ranks second in the state of New Jersey

Corino, Janssen and the department were honored at the CAANJ luncheon on Thursday,

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President Blattner on Caucus Up Close on Reverse Transfer Articulation Agreements

Caldwell University President Nancy Blattner, Ph.D.  is a guest on Caucus Up Close with Steve Adubato to discuss collaborative partnerships and reverse transfer articulations between two and four year higher education institutions. She describes the reverse transfer articulation process and the benefits for students and the two-year and the four-year institutions.

Business News, Faculty

Women Entrepreneurship Week 2018

Women Entrepreneurship Week 2018 Flyer

Caldwell University’s Accounting Club, Marketing Club, and Women’s Leadership Initiative are proud to highlight three alumna who have successfully navigated the challenges of starting their own businesses.

Denise Beck is a graduate of Caldwell College with a BS in Accounting and MBA. Denise is a Certified Public Accountant in both New York and New Jersey. She has excelled in both the private sector as a Controller for a technology corporation and a senior manager in various public accounting firms. Utilizing the solid foundation developed at Caldwell, Denise has developed into a top tier professional advisor to clients across a variety of industries including not for profit entities and closely held businesses. She has founded her own practice in Rutherford, NJ as a trusted advisor in both accounting and tax matters to clients across variety of industries, including professional services, real estate and not for profit industries.

Kathy Fraser is a graduate of Caldwell College with a BS in Accounting and MS in Accounting. Kathy is the founder and creative head of Milked LLC, an artisan bath and body company based in West Orange, New Jersey. Milked was born out of a love for all things creative, but also out of necessity as Kathy started her journey to transform her skincare to only natural and plant-based products. While managing Milked, Kathy also works as a Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Risk Assurance practice, serving Fortune 500 companies. Kathy has also taught Accounting Information Systems at Caldwell University as an adjunct professor.

Lisa Schroeder Klein is a graduate of Caldwell College with a BS in Accounting and MBA. Lisa is the CFO of Enforsys. She is responsible for all financial functions at Enforsys, as well as contract and human resource management. She has 25+ years of accounting and finance experience, 15+ of these within executive financial management. In addition to her position at Enforsys, Lisa founded and manages L.S. Klein, LLC, a financial services firm, for the past 23 years.

Event is open to the public.  Registration is not required.

Featured News, Faculty, Nursing News

Caldwell University Reaches New Highs with Nursing Board Pass Rates

Natalie Pedri working in the hospital.

Caldwell, N.J. – Oct. 5, 2018 – Caldwell University Nursing faculty members were thrilled to learn that all of their 2018 traditional students passed their boards, paving the way for their next step as nurses. Brenda Peterson, Ph.D., associate dean of the School of Nursing and Public Health, said they are very proud of this 100% pass rate of their May 2018 bachelor of science nursing graduates.  The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN™) is a national examination for the licensing of nurses in the United States and Canada.  In addition to the traditional students, those students who came in for nursing as a second degree, passed at a 94.7 percent rate.  When combined, Caldwell boasts an impressive overall pass rate of approximately 98 percent for May 2018 graduates.

The School’s clinical partners are reporting great interest in Caldwell University BSN graduates and many of the May 2018 graduates had exciting jobs awaiting them before they even earned their license.  “Our graduates are now employed in positions across New Jersey and the mid-Atlantic including a residency with Georgetown University Surgical Intensive Care Unit, as well as roles in acute care settings that include the emergency room, behavioral health, labor and delivery, and cardiac step-down telemetry unit, just to mention a few,” said Petersen.

Matthew Amling’18 is the Caldwell graduate currently at Georgetown. “Without the education that I received from Caldwell’s Nursing program, I would never have been able to take on this amazing opportunity.” The “realistic simulations and mock emergent situations in the nursing lab at Caldwell,” he said, prepared him for his work with patients.

Caldwell’s Nursing program, said Petersen, prepares future nurses “with the core values of our university—respect, integrity, community and excellence–that become embedded within their practices.”