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Liberal Arts Foundation Supports Her Physical Therapy Studies

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Monique Pineros ’12 on a mission trip in Guatemala

 

Once Caldwell University alum Monique Pineros ’12 had the chance to shadow physical therapists there was no turning back in her career choice. A student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Quinnipiac University’s School of Health Sciences in North Haven, Connecticut, Pineros has set her sights on helping people rehabilitate through the science of physical therapy.

“I wanted to do something with my hands,” says Pineros, who has been playing piano since she was five years old. She did not simply want to write scripts, but instead hoped to provide a holistic approach to disease and injury.

Pineros is a graduate research assistant in the Diagnostic Imaging Department at Quinnipiac, helping the department chairman by researching information for strategic planning projects and providing Spanish translation for the uninsured at the Community Access Imaging Clinic in New Haven County.  She was the recipient of a 2014 Health Research and Educational Trust health career scholarship from the New Jersey Hospital Association.

In January she was selected to serve on a mission trip to Guatemala with 16 other therapists and students who are studying occupational therapy or physical therapy at Quinnipiac. “Ten days of life-changing experiences” is how she describes the adventure. She provided translation services during evaluations, treatment sessions and follow-up appointments between patients and their families and the therapist and student teams at Centro Pavarotti and the Instituto Neurologico de Gautemala and worked with patients with cancer at the Instituto de Cancerologia y Hospital. She assisted professionals and students in treating children and teens with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and malnourishment and growth issues, and adults who were untreated stroke victims. Team members implemented an exercise and dance program in the women’s cancer ward. Lacking resources, they became creative in making modified tools like back supports, weights and bolsters from items like empty water bottles, rice, cloth, therabands and more. “We take so much of the basics for granted,” like having bed sheets or walkers, says Pineros. Seeing how grateful the patients were, making them smile and brighten up, gave her joy and made her realize “how lucky we are.”

In May she returned to Guatemala for a week for a capstone project she is working on comparing healthcare system disparities between the US and Guatemala. She is also working with a team to compile essays and interviews from people in the country for a monograph geared at repairing relationships.

The liberal arts foundation Pineros gained at Caldwell University benefits her work in physical therapy. The “link never breaks … Caldwell gave me a solid foundation for this career.”

“The liberal arts made me aware of everyday humanities. I’m using that information in physical therapy,” because the work is “socially driven,” she says. Caldwell was the “best thing that ever happened to me.”  The family environment, excellent advisors, and good and understanding professors helped her at every point in pursuing her bachelor’s degree.

P.T. was not always on her radar. In fact, Pineros wanted to become a physician. From the time she was a student at Mother Seton Regional High School in Clark, New Jersey, every birthday, she’d make a wish to become a doctor. She worked hard as a Biology major at Caldwell and started medical school after graduation, only to learn quickly that this was not where she was supposed to be.  She wants to share those life lessons with other students. “Set a goal. Get as much experience outside that goal as possible; it could give you more options if the main objective does not work out. Be open to change.” And that’s where the liberal arts come in handy. “Give yourself permission to try something new,” she says.

Her new goal has been more rewarding than she could have imagined; Pineros plans to work in the outpatient setting, get her board certification as an orthopedic clinical specialist and start her own practice. Most gratifying of all is being a “bridge” for patients, helping them gain a better quality of life and establishing meaningful relationships with them. Seeing the joy on their faces and the physical and emotional changes is “akin to the butterfly’s metamorphosis,” she says. “The culture of physical therapy is just different.”

— Colette M. Liddy

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Alumna Shares Award-Winning Internship Program with Caldwell University Student

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Driving through Tilcon NY Inc.’s Mount Hope Quarry is a little like driving onto the moon. A vast landscape of rock face overlooking mounds of mined aggregate materials, continuously processed by giant, spider-like machinery, the 600-acre mining facility is like something out of a 1980s science fiction flick about lunar colonies. A far cry from Caldwell University’s pristine, wooded campus (though it’s only about 17 miles away), this is where Caldwell University student Shyam Sharma spent his summer break as Tilcon NY Inc.’s first human resources intern.

Sharma, a junior at Caldwell, hails from Lodi, New Jersey. Recently elected president of the Caldwell University Student Government Association, Sharma learned of the internship opportunity through the Caldwell University Business Advisory Council through which he was introduced to Caldwell alumna, and Veritas Award winner, Anne Poltorak ’78. Poltorak,  human resources manager for Tilcon NY Inc., who has served on the council, helped to create the award-winning internship program to fill a gap in the talent pool.

“It was a struggle for us to attract qualified candidates to this area,” she noted, “especially when the bigger mining and engineering schools are out of state. In addition, it’s not a glamorous industry. You’re outside. It’s hot one day, cold the next, dirty and dusty.” Poltorak described many instances in which the company would hire qualified candidates for positions, only for those employees to leave within months thanks in large part to the high cost of living and the quickpaced lifestyle for which the tristate area is known. “Folks just didn’t want to stick around when they saw the housing prices and taxes.” The solution, the company found, was to look to local talent and introduce them to the industry. Now the companyworks with local schools with hard-hitting engineering programs like Rutgers University and NJIT.

The program offers students, ideally beginning the summer between their freshman and sophomore years, the opportunity for hands-on training at work sites. Between their sophomore and junior years, students get more technical training, and finally, between their junior and senior years, they learn about the back-office operations, like finance and accounting. The program thus provides students with a well-rounded introduction to mining operations, while giving the company an opportunity to decide if the interns would be a good fit as full-time employees upon graduation. Most of them are, and many of the supervisors on staff came up through those ranks.

When Tilcon NY Inc.’s New Jersey president Sean O’Sullivan, wanted to expand the program to include human resources, Poltorak jumped at the chance to look to Caldwell University for qualified candidates. “I know the values and the type of education Caldwell University instills in its students,” explained Poltorak, who holds a degree in business administration. “The liberal arts-based education I received at Caldwell helped open my eyes to so many different areas. I wasn’t just focused on one thing, and I could take the skills I learned with me. I know that education prepared me to take on everything I have had to do, even now. So when I told my president I was going to look at my alma mater first, he told me he would expect nothing less from me.”

Sharma feels strongly that he will benefit from his experiences with Tilcon NY Inc. Majoring in business  administration with minors in marketing, pre-law and political science, Sharma jumped at the chance to train in such a diverse climate with a successful alumna. “Everyone here has been great and I’m experiencing new things every day,” he said. From designing informational brochures to compiling data for labor negotiations, Sharma is gaining real-world, practical skills. He too credits his ability to move easily between various tasks to the type of education he is receiving at Caldwell University and refers to Caldwell graduates as “amazing products.” Sharma overlooking active mining operations at Tilcon NY Inc.’s Mount Hope Quarry. The quarry produces aggregate materials used in asphalt, electric wiring, toilets, gutters, nails, door knobs, sewer pipes, toothpaste, water glasses, pencils and baby powder. The materials mined from Mount Hope Quarry are all (quite literally) made in the USA. Sharma and Anne Poltorak ’78 at Tilcon NY Inc.’s New Jersey corporate office.

Indeed, Caldwell University continues to pride itself on its amazing products. “As alumni leaders continue to distinguish themselves through support to their alma mater, Caldwell University keeps growing stronger,” said Kevin Boyle, vice president for development and alumni affairs. “Bringing internship opportunities to our students is one way alumni can have a direct impact on the lives of our students. We know for a fact that Anne’s contribution to Shyam’s education will only bolster the likelihood of his success in the future. We are proud of such connections and look forward to the day students who are currently benefiting from these opportunities, like Shyam, return to Caldwell as alumni to give back in their own ways.”

In the meantime, Sharma, who is set to graduate in 2017, will work hard and continue to take advantage of the
opportunities before him while shooting for (or working from) the moon.

Internship opportunities are available to students of all majors and in a limitless variety of fields. To learn more about how you can connect with qualified students to fill internship opportunities in you organization, contact the Career Planning and Development Office at 973-618-3290 orcareers@caldwell.edu.

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Caldwell University Grad Receives NJ Student Teacher Award

 

Sara Zambelli (3rd from left), a recent graduate of Caldwell University, received a New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award. Pictured with her left to right are:  Dr. Edith Ries, Professor in the Education Division, Caldwell University; Dr. Joan Moriarty, Associate Dean of Education, Caldwell University; Sara; and Sondra Mermelstein, Sara’s cooperating teacher at Redwood Elementary School in West Orange.

Sara Zambelli (3rd from left), a recent graduate of Caldwell University, received a New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award. Pictured with her left to right are: Dr. Edith Ries, Professor in the Education Division, Caldwell University; Dr. Joan Moriarty, Associate Dean of Education, Caldwell University; Sara; and Sondra Mermelstein, Sara’s cooperating teacher at Redwood Elementary School in West Orange. Photo by: Mike Schwartz

Two Other Outstanding Education Students Are Nominees

Caldwell, N.J., June 26, 2015– Caldwell University recent graduate Sara Zambelli is a recipient of a New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award from the New Jersey Department of Education and the New Jersey Association of Colleges for Teacher Preparation.

 

 

Sara Zambelli, a recent graduate of Caldwell University, received a New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award. She is pictured here with Mark Mautone, NJ State Teacher of the Year and analum of the Caldwell University graduate program in applied behavior analysis. Mautone spoke at the awards.

Sara Zambelli, a recent graduate of Caldwell University, received a New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award. She is pictured here with Mark Mautone, NJ State Teacher of the Year and analum of the Caldwell University graduate program in applied behavior analysis. Mautone spoke at the awards. Photo by: Mike Schwartz

 

Zambelli, a resident of West Milford, New Jersey, did her student teaching in the 4th grade at Redwood Elementary School in West Orange and was thrilled with the experience. “I believe teaching is the most important job in the world. It creates all other professions,” she said. Zambelli received her bachelor’s in Elementary Education and English from Caldwell in May.

Two other outstanding education students from Caldwell University— Karen Kucharski and Gianna Veniero —were nominated for the student teacher award and received certificates. All three students were honored at a NJ Department of Education ceremony on June 24.

Dr. Joan Moriarty, associate dean of education at Caldwell, says the Education Division applauds Sara’s hard work and efforts. The Education Division is honored that students from their program have received this award two years in a row. Melissa Brady ’14 received the honor last year. “What a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the faculty and students,” said Moriarty.

Zambelli said she is grateful to her cooperating teacher, Sondra Mermelstein at Redwood, and Redwood’s principal, Mrs. Kivlon, for their tremendous support throughout this year.

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Music Alumni and Students Connect to Sing Praises for Caldwell’s Music Program

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Caldwell, N.J., April 9, 2015 – Caldwell University alumni joined music faculty and current students for an evening of performance and networking in the Alumni Theatre on March 31.  Organized by Professor Rebecca Vega, the event provided an opportunity for current students to hear about alumni experiences after college in the professional fields of music, education, and business.  The event opened with a reception followed by a performance by Professor Nan Childress-Orchard and Conner Romanowsky ’09 of a piano four hands arrangement of Malagueña by Ernesto Lecuona  and En Bateau by Claude Debussy .

The alumni then participated in a panel discussion in which they were asked to tell students about themselves, what they are doing now, and what advice they would like to share with the students.

“Don’t be afraid to take advantage of the opportunities that come to you,” Brian Singer ’13 told the students.  “You never know when those opportunities are going to lead to your next job or give you a skill you’ll need down the road.”  Currently employed at Sam Ash Music, Brian uses what he learned at Caldwell to help him guide customers to appropriate purchases while he hones his skills fixing instruments.  While still seeking work as a music teacher, his current position has allowed him to make connections he is sure will lead him to a job in the future.

Cara Pernas ’10, a music teacher in Jersey City, told the students that Caldwell helped her find a passion for music.  “Without Caldwell and Dr. Greenwald, I wouldn’t have the strength I have as a musician and a teacher.”

Alumni also offered practical advice for students going into education.  “Get to know the administration in your district,” Pernas told them.  “There are many obstacles out there.”

Singer told students to keep all of their course materials.  “You’ll go back to it,” he said, with nods of agreement from other educators on the panel.

Vincent Peri ‘11, who attended Caldwell for a second bachelor’s degree after being laid off from a high level position, described how Caldwell helped him become an elementary music teacher, his true passion.  Following a “bittersweet” and lucrative career in the music industry, Peri returned to school to study music education.  “[The faculty] rebuilt me as a professional,” he said.  In terms of advice for students, he told them to “start building work experience now…. Humble yourself and take what you can get.  It’s competitive out there, so with any opportunity you have, always treat it like you might get a full time job there.  And music ed [sic] majors, practice your piano!”

Christopher Logan ’12, was a music and business major at Caldwell.  Now a wealth management specialist at Merrill Lynch, Logan told the students, “Music is my life, but it wasn’t meant to be my job.”  He then went on to explain how his degree in music helps him daily.  “I approach every presentation like a composition,” he says.  “I learned that from the faculty here, so take what they have to say and run with it.”

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Caldwell University Alumni Present President Blattner with Veritas Award

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Caldwell, N.J., April 9, 2015 – Caldwell University alumni presented President Nancy Blattner with its professional excellence Veritas Award on Friday March 27. Alumni, faculty, staff, students and local community leaders gathered on campus to celebrate with Dr. Blattner as she was honored with the award for Excellence in Leadership in Higher Education.

The award presenters were Dr. Blattner’s husband, J. Timothy Blattner, and Sister Kathleen Tuite, O.P., vice president and dean of student life. Mr. Blattner spoke of his wife’s career as an educator prior to coming to Caldwell University, her roles as a devoted mother to their children and in nurturing and mentoring other young people, and her service to those in need, notably through her work with Birthright, a pregnancy resource center.

Sister Kathleen recounted how Dr. Blattner assumed the presidency in 2009 as Caldwell’s first lay president. From the beginning “she understood the role she came to embrace,” said Sister Kathleen. The “Dominican spirit and tradition are in stellar hands”. Those who benefit most from her commitment are Caldwell University students. “Her compassion, inquiry into their lives and genuine desire to see them succeed in their educational goals and give expression to the mission of Caldwell University is palpable,” said Sister.

Dr. Blattner’s accomplishments include leading in record breaking enrollment and repurposing space for improved facilities and dorms, achieving university status , overseeing the implementation of new academic programs and providing “clear strategic direction and planning” as guides “to ensuring a future full of hope,” said Sister.

In accepting the award Dr. Blattner said it was particularly meaningful to her since it recognizes those professionals who carry the Dominican values into their families and communities. She recounted growing up in Cape Girardeau with aging parents who “had no formal education beyond the eighth grade,” and gave her the “three great gifts…the desire for an education, an unparalleled work ethic and the lived example of Catholic values.” She expressed her gratitude to the Sisters, alumni, faculty, staff, students and members of the Caldwell community who have “opened both their homes and their lives” to embrace Tim and her.

To the students she had a special message. “You are the reason why I get up every morning and come to work with a hope-filled heart.”

“I truly believe that each one of you—because of your holistic education at Caldwell—will make a difference in our world –whether it be in your careers, in your communities or in your families,” she said.

The annual award recognizes alumni excellence in all professions. Although Dr. Blattner is not an alumna, the Veritas Award committee chose to grace her with this distinction because of her ongoing commitment to ensuring that the legacy of the Sisters of St. Dominic is sustained through the work of the university.

Awardees are chosen by an independent committee of alumni based on their fulfillment of criteria that reflect the mission of the Sisters of St. Dominic who founded the university.

Caldwell University Chorale, directed by Music Department Professor Laura Greenwald and accompanied by Warren Helms, sang “Inscription of Hope” by Z. Randall Stroope and “Dominican Magnificat” by Feargal King.

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Actress Beth Fowler Visits Her Alma Mater Caldwell University

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Caldwell, N.J., March 24, 2015 – Actress Beth Fowler is thrilled for Caldwell University students. “You are here now, inheriting what has been before. You can’t get rid of that thing. You are with good people,” she said before a packed house of students, alumni, faculty, staff and administration on Caldwell’s campus. Fowler knows about that “thing,” the fabric of Caldwell University. “I’m a great champion of a liberal arts education,” she says, recalling her experience as a music student at Caldwell College for Women. The sisters saw the talents she had, and it was a “warm, welcoming experience here … with a lot of mothers who were sisters.”

Fowler visited Caldwell on March 11 for the Veritas Lecture Series, a question-and-answer session moderated by Professor Bob Mann, chairman of the Communication Arts Department.

A performer on Broadway, in Hollywood and on television, Fowler stars as Sister Ingalls in the Netflix original series “Orange Is the New Black” for which she and her fellow cast members received the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

She is perhaps best known for her more than a dozen roles on Broadway, where she has been nominated twice for a Tony award—in “The Boy from Oz,” opposite Hugh Jackman, and as Mrs. Lovett in the 1989 revival of “Sweeney Todd.”  She originated the role of Mrs. Potts in “Beauty and the Beast” in New York and Los Angeles, where she won the Ovation Award.

But acting was not Fowler’s original goal. She came to Caldwell College intending to enter the convent, but life took a different direction and she taught grammar school after college.

Fowler recalled how she started with community theater and went to an open call two years later. “There were many, many, many small jobs where I had to leave home and do regional work,” she said of her acting career. She lived at home until age 35 when she married John Witham, also an actor. Fowler knew her college degree could help her in lean times. “I had skills. I used to say, ‘I could always go back to teaching.’”

“Every profession, if you want to succeed has its own difficulties,” she said. For those who want to pursue acting, “I would admonish you to be aware you have to do something else to fill in the blanks.”

Asked to name her role model, Fowler she has been very blessed to have a number of people who inspired her. “There are special people in this world.” One person who never let her down was Hugh Jackman, “a wonderful, good person, always genuine, never ‘on,’” she said.

“There are wonderful people in my business and there are terrible people in my business, but I don’t have anything to do with them,” Fowler said.

Since Caldwell University’s mission is Veritas and the pursuit of truth, “What is it that an actor can bring to the pursuit of truth?” asked Professor Mann. “An actor reflects humanity and lets the audiences see themselves,” responded Fowler.

She is proud to be a “Caldwell College slash University” alum, she said, and had seen how the liberal arts had benefited her life and her career. “Everyone’s life is informed by culture,” and the humanities have “got to be informing every technical class you take,” she told the students.

Fowler was also grateful for the influence of the sisters. Acknowledging Sister Doris Ann Bowles, her high school teacher at St. Mary’s High School in Rutherford, who was in the audience, Fowler said Sister was the only acting teacher she ever had. Sister knew Fowler was terrified of giving speeches, but also knew she was family-oriented. The sister told her, “Just remember every audience you will encounter is somebody’s daughter, son, mother, father, grandfather, etc.” Clearly, the encouragement paid off.

For Caldwell University students like Melanie Negron, a junior, it was inspiring to hear Fowler’s remarks. “All her stories were hilarious, and it was good to hear the backside of being an actor,” said Negron, who is in the choir and the band. She was “candid and honest,” said Naomi Touchstone, a freshman who is also in the choir.

Senior Angela Cirillo said Fowler’s remarks resonated with her since she is studying to be a teacher and is also a performer. “Even with a passion for kids, you can still be a performer. I like teaching and love singing and bringing the excitement for theater to the classroom…plus, she represents the Music Department (as an alum) very well,” she said.

Professor Mann ran the interview on the Sirius XM Satellite Radio show “Let’s Consider the Source,” that he hosts on SiriusXM Insight.

This event was made possible, in part, by the generosity of individual donors with special thanks to Kathleen Galop, Esq. ’68, whose donation helped launch this series in 2014 and will continue to support future lectures.

The Veritas Lecture Series was commissioned in 2014 as a way to provide the Caldwell University community with an opportunity to engage with Veritas Awardees, some of the university’s most distinguished alumni.  Fowler received a Veritas award in 1986.

The Veritas Awards, established in honor of the Dominican Sisters who founded and administered Caldwell College, celebrate the professional excellence of alumni.  Awardees are selected by an independent committee of alumni. Those who receive the award are chosen based on their fulfillment of the following criteria in their lives and careers:

To seek VERITAS – truth.

To develop and mature in the philosophy inscribed on the seal of Caldwell University and experienced on the Caldwell campus: SAPIENTIA ET SCIENTIA – WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE.

To achieve in a chosen profession: integrity, application, perseverance, accomplishment.

To give of self to family, friends and society.

To be identified as a leader by associates and community.

 

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Alumna and SAG Awardee Beth Fowler ‘62 Will Return to Caldwell University for the Veritas Lecture Series

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Caldwell University is delighted to welcome alumna and SAG Award winner Beth Fowler ‘62 back to campus to take part in the Veritas Lecture Series.  The event will take place on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in the John and Mary Westervelt Lecture Hall at 6 p.m.  Professor Robert Mann, chair of the Communication Arts Department, will moderate.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

Fowler stars as Sister Ingalls on the Netflix original series, Orange is the New Black, for which she and her follow cast members received the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.  She has previously appeared in the films “The Extra Man,” “Friends and Family,” “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” the “Sister Act” films, and “Mulan” in which she sang ‘Honor To Us All.’  She has recurred on “Gossip Girl” and also guested on “Ed,” the “Law & Order” series, and others.

She is perhaps best known for her more than a dozen roles on Broadway, where she has been nominated twice for a Tony award – in “The Boy from Oz,” opposite Hugh Jackman, and as Mrs. Lovett in the 1989 revival of “Sweeney Todd.”  She originated the role of Mrs. Potts in “Beauty and the Beast” in both New York and Los Angeles, where she won the Ovation Award.  Fowler appeared in the original cast of Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music” as well as the beautifully scored “Baby” by Maltby and Shire.

Fowler was born in Jersey City, New Jersey.  Described as “our gifted, golden-voiced Beth” and noted for her “captivating talent” in her college yearbook, she graduated from Caldwell College for Women in 1962 with a degree in Music Theory.  After college and prior to her career on stage and screen, Fowler worked as a teacher in Bergen County, where she still lives with her husband, John Witham.

The Veritas Lecture Series was commissioned in 2014 as a way to provide the Caldwell University community with an opportunity to engage with Veritas Awardees, which includes some of the university’s most distinguished alumni.  The Veritas Awards, established in honor of the Sisters of St. Dominic who founded and administer Caldwell, celebrate the professional excellence of alumni.  Awardees are selected by an independent committee of alumni.  For more information on the Veritas Award, please visit www.caldwell.edu/alumni.

This event is made possible, in part, by the generosity of individual donors. Special thanks to Kathleen Galop, Esq. ’68, whose donation helped launch this series in 2014 and will continue to support future lectures.

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Caldwell Alumna Shares Inspiring Message with EOF Students

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Cassandra Wilson Rodgers ’02 published her second book, “Victory Cometh for You: God’s Love Will Find a Way.” The book is available in paperback and Kindle format via amazon.com.

 

 Nov. 5, 2014 – Caldwell University alumna, Cassandra Wilson Rodgers ’02, returned to campus to speak to EOF students at an EOF community meeting. Rodgers, an author and publisher, recently published her second book, “Victory Cometh For You: God’s Love Will Find a Way” (Rodgers’ first book, “Does My Nakedness Offend You?” was published while she was a student English major at Caldwell College).

Rodgers spoke about her book, which chronicles her struggles recovering from the trauma of child abuse, and shared the message with the students that “whatever your struggles are, you can rise above it. There is always hope and there is always help.” Rodgers also explained that she self-published her book because it offered her a level of freedom she did not feel big publishing companies offer.

When asked by one of the students about her writing process, she said, “I’m old school. I write in a notebook. Some people can write on a laptop, but I’m not one of them. I always kept journals as a kid. For me, writing is comfort.”

She also discussed her experiences in the EOF program. “You are lucky to be part of this program,” she told the students, as she encouraged them to continue to attend the workshops and support sessions offered by EOF.

“Victory can come to each and every one of us,” she commented. “But you have to work for it.”

Rodgers’ book is available through amazon.com in paperback and on the Kindle.

For more information about EOF at Caldwell University, visit https://www.caldwell.edu/eof.

For more alumni news and information about alumni benefits or to share your story with us, please visit https://www.caldwell.edu/alumni.

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Fifth Caldwell University Athletics Hall of Fame Class to be Inducted Nov 7

CALDWELL, N.J. – Caldwell University Athletics, in conjunction with Cougar Pride, will induct its fifth class into the Caldwell University Athletics Hall of Fame, the Hall of Fame Committee announced. The 2014 Hall of Fame class consisting of six outstanding student-athletes will be inducted at the Hall of Fame Dinner on Friday, November 7 at Cedar Hill Country Club in Livingston, N.J.

The Caldwell University Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 2010 to honor student-athletes, coaches and contributors who have played significant roles in the success of the intercollegiate athletic programs at Caldwell University. There are now 32 members in the Hall of Fame, which is located on the first floor of the George R. Newman Center. The Hall of Fame Dinner is the main fundraising event for Cougar Pride, the official booster club of Caldwell University Athletics.

This year’s Hall of Fame class includes Carole Dwyer Collins ’57 (women’s basketball), Paul Tighe ’95 (men’s soccer), Kim Higgins DeJianne ’97 (softball), Ryan Tremblay ’99 (men’s basketball), Antrinette Barrino ’02 (women’s basketball) and Michael Kolesar ’05 (baseball).

Carole Dwyer Collins starred for Mount St. Dominic Academy prior to her days at Caldwell University. She and her sisters June and Ginny helped the Mount win four state championships while posting an incredible 80-game winning streak. The success continued at Caldwell, where Carole became the team’s leading scorer and eventual captain as a senior. That year she led Caldwell to an unbeaten season. Carole and her husband George have seven children, 25 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and live in Brewster, N.Y.

Paul Tighe came to Caldwell from Ireland in 1991 to play for the Cougars’ first men’s soccer program. He quickly emerged as the teams’ main offensive weapon, scoring 14 goals and four assists for 32 points as a freshman. A four-time all-conference selection, Tighe tallied 15 goals as a junior and was named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Player of the Year. That season the Cougars won the CACC regular-season title and advanced to the championship game of the conference tournament. Tighe is the program’s all-time leading scorer with 40 goals and 96 points in his stellar career.

Kim Higgins DeJianne joined the Cougar softball team before it was successful and helped to build the foundation of what has become a nationally-competitive program. She pitched the majority of the team’s games during her four seasons as the Cougars developed. As a senior, DeJianne helped Caldwell post an 18-14 record for the most wins in the program’s history to that point. She was 12-11 while pitching 146 1/3 innings that year. Over the final three years of her career, DeJianne won 25 games and struck out 192 batters to rank in Caldwell’s top 10 in both categories.

Ryan Tremblay’s name appears several times on Caldwell’s all-time men’s basketball lists after scoring 1,241 points in a standout career. But the number that is highlighted above all of his impressive statistics is three. That’s how many CACC championships Tremblay won in his four years at Caldwell. A sharp-shooting guard, he provided the perimeter scoring to complement the Cougars’ powerful inside game for the championship teams of 1996, 1998 and 1999. Tremblay buried a school-record 261 threes in his career while also delivering 424 assists to rank second at Caldwell.

Antrinette Barrino was a dominant player for the Cougar women’s basketball team who excelled as a scorer and rebounder. A four-time all-CACC performer, she earned All-American and CACC Player of the Year honors twice after leading Caldwell to the national tournament in 2000 and 2002. As a senior in 2002, Barrino averaged 17.4 points and 14.2 rebounds to propel the Cougars to a 21-9 record and a spot in the NAIA Tournament. She is one of just three players in the program’s history to record 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, with 1,578 points and 1,192 rebounds in her career.

Michael Kolesar was a dual threat on some of Caldwell’s most successful baseball teams, helping the Cougars win 87 games during his four seasons. He ranks second in program history in pitching victories with 18, first in stolen bases with 88 and ninth in hits with 141. His versatility was most apparent in his junior year, when he led the CACC with a 9-1 record on the mound while stealing a league-best 45 bases. Kolesar also batted .374 with four home runs that season to lead Caldwell to its first CACC Tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA regional for the first time.

The fifth annual Hall of Fame Dinner will be held on Friday, November 7 at Cedar Hill Country Club in Livingston, N.J. The cocktail hour begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the Hall of Fame ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $125 per person. Tickets for alumni, faculty and staff are $100. All proceeds will go to the Cougar Pride General Fund, which supports the degree completion program and enhancements for the 15 intercollegiate athletic programs. For reservations and more information, contact Caldwell University Athletics at (973) 618-3260.

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Carol O’Connor Toolan’64 Presented with Peggy Harris Alumna of the Year Award

Members of the Caldwell University Alumni Association with 2014 Peggy Harris Alumna of the Year Awardee, Carol O’Connor Toolan ’64 (L to R: Katie Doster ’07 MA ‘14, Lynn Giachetti Machtemes ’98, Laurita Warner ‘70, Rosemary Hilbert ’96, Carol O’Connor Toolan ’64, Mary Sellitto-Curcio ’83, Rosann Rovento Bar ‘82, Geraldine Lopez ‘08, Camille Cronin-Reinhold ’81)

Members of the Caldwell University Alumni Association with 2014 Peggy Harris Alumna of the Year Awardee, Carol O’Connor Toolan ’64 (L to R: Katie Doster ’07 MA ‘14, Lynn Giachetti Machtemes ’98, Laurita Warner ‘70, Rosemary Hilbert ’96, Carol O’Connor Toolan ’64, Mary Sellitto-Curcio ’83, Rosann Rovento Bar ‘82, Geraldine Lopez ‘08, Camille Cronin-Reinhold ’81)

Alumna Carol O’Connor Toolan ’64 was presented with the Peggy Harris Alumna of the Year Award at Caldwell University’s Homecoming and Family Day on Saturday, October 20 for her dedication to the university as a volunteer and philanthropist.

Toolan served as the alumnae representative to the Board of Trustees under Sister Vivien Jennings and Sister Patrice from 1993 to 1999.  She has been a member of the President’s Society for two decades. Carol funded the Heritage Wall, located in Werner Hall, which was designed by Sister Vivien as a tribute to the many significant figures in the university’s history. She is a member of the Shore Chapter of the Alumni Association.  Toolan also took on a lead role in bringing her classmates together for their 50th reunion at Homecoming this year.

Within her community, Carol is a member of the American Association of University Women, past member of the Junior League, and an active supporter of many Monmouth County charitable organizations.  She is a seasoned parishioner at Holy Cross Church in Rumson where she has served as a lector, CCD teacher and Eucharistic minister.  Her love of art and art history has been deepened by travels abroad with the Metropolitan Museum and Georgetown University.

The Peggy Harris Alumna of the Year Award is presented annually to alumni who given outstanding service to the university. 

 

For more information about Caldwell University alumni awards, benefits, and more, visit www.caldwell.edu/alumni.