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Science Students Present at Biologists’ Conference


Caldwell, N.J. Nov. 1, 2016 –Five students and an alumna from the Department of Natural and Physical Sciences participated in the 49th Annual Metropolitan Association of College and University Biologists Conference Oct. 29 at State University of New York at Old Westbury, N.Y.  The theme of the conference was “The Dance of the Genes: From Cancer to Conversation.”

Two students from a current research class—Won Moses Choi and Daniel Otuo-Acheampong—and one interested freshman-Anika Sanjana participated to learn and observe the conference atmosphere.

Students Pamela Marte and Juan Garcia and recent graduate Christina Blonski-Cupo presented the work they completed as interns at the JH Bloomberg School of Public Health Diversity Summer Internship Program.

“They all have done a wonderful job of explaining their findings to their peers,”
said Dr. Agnes Berki. associate professor of biology. “The conference featured exceptional speakers including Dr. Jill Bargonetti (professor of biological sciences at Hunter College and cancer researcher) who made the audience dance a correct p53 “DNA dance” and a mutated p53 “DNA dance”. We had much fun participating.”

Marte received a second prize award in the category of Microbiology/Immunology for her poster titled: Evaluation of Cytokines in Autoimmune Retinopathy that she completed working with Dr. Barbara Detrick, a professor of pathology at the JH University School of Medicine.

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Political Science Club Hosts Student-run Mock Debate


Caldwell, N.J., Nov. 1, 2016 – The Political Science Club in conjunction with the Department of History and Political Science, hosted a student-run mock debate. Students researched the positions of presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on four crucial issues: immigration, gun laws, terrorism and the environment.

Dr. Domenic Maffei, chair of the history and political science department, said the students presented well informed and energetic analyses of the two candidates’ positions and responded to audience questions.

“The students on the panel represented the brightest that Caldwell University has to offer; it was good to see them engaging at that high a level,” said Maffei. “The students actually did a better job at articulating the candidates’ positions than the candidates themselves.”

Katherine Llangari, president of the club, said it was great to see that students were not only willing to sign up and debate each candidate’s position on the issues, but also engaged in the discussion during the open floor sessions. “The club as a whole has been successful on increasing awareness of the upcoming elections and pushing students to go out and vote.”

If you would like more information about the Political Science Club contact the club president, Katherine Llanagari at kllangari@caldwell.edu or Dr. Maffei, department chair at DMaffei@caldwell.edu.

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Theology/Philosophy Presents Lecture: Shut Your Face: The Value of Silence in a Culture of Noise and Opinion

Dr. Kyle D. Bennett will present the Theology/Philosophy Department’s Sister Maura Campbell, O.P. lecture on Nov. 30.

Dr. Kyle D. Bennett will present the Theology/Philosophy Department’s Sister Maura Campbell, O.P. lecture on Nov. 30.

Caldwell, N.J., Oct. 31, 2016 – Dr. Kyle D. Bennett will present “Shut Your Face: The Value of Silence in a Culture of Noise and Opinion” for the Theology/Philosophy Department’s Sister Maura Campbell, O.P. lecture series on Wednesday Nov. 30 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Alumni theater.

Dr. Bennett is assistant professor of philosophy at Caldwell University in Caldwell, New Jersey, where he also directs the Spirituality and Leadership Institute, a think tank and training center that focuses on spiritual formation and citizenship in North American democratic society. He has taught at Azusa Pacific University, Providence Christian College, and The King’s College. His first book, Practices of Love: Spiritual Disciplines for the Life of the World (Brazos Press), is slated to release June 2017.

The series is named after Sister Maura who was a Sister of St. Dominic of Caldwell. She was a theologian, philosopher, professor, researcher and national leader in education whose scholarship and teaching spanned 50 years.

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Night of Cougar Pride inducts three new hall of famers and first-ever team


CALDWELL, N.J.- Caldwell University Athletics, in conjunction with Cougar Pride, hosted “A Night of Cougar Pride” on Friday, October 21 at Cedar Hill Country Club in Livingston, N.J. Caldwell Athletics welcomed three new hall of famer members, bringing the number in the hall of fame to 40. In addition, the first-ever team was also inducted as part of the ceremony.

The newest members of the Caldwell Athletics Hall of Fame include Assistant Vice President/Director of Athletics and Men’s Basketball Head Coach Mark A. Corino, men’s soccer standout Uke Dauti ’07 and women’s basketball star Gwendolyn Gunn ’00. In addition to the three inductees, Coach Corino’s first national tournament team in 1992-93 was recognized as the first-ever team to receive hall of fame honors.

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. With this year’s class, there are now 40 members in the Hall of Fame and they plaques are in the Welcome Center located on the first floor of the George R. Newman Center.

To watch the video from the event, click here.


(left to right): Andrew Fraser, Inductee Uke Dauti


(left to right): Nicole Campbell Russo, Inductee Gwendolyn Gunn


1992-93 Men’s Basketball Team (left to right): Assistant Coach John Michael Santuli, Father Bob Stagg, Assistant Coach Glenn Carroll, Head Coach Mark A. Corino, Derek Bailey, Ed Elam, Matt Stuart, Brian Gaccione, Damian Kennedy, Evan Swansey


(left to right): Inductee Mark A. Corino, Sister Michele Rodgers, Dean Johnson

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Advisement Services Promotes Student Success

At Caldwell University, we believe that academic advising is an integral part of a student’s success and connection to the University. The professional advisors are available to help our traditional and adult undergraduates select courses, declare a major, understand the core curriculum, and connect them with opportunities and resources to enhance their academic experience.

“Sometimes it takes a village.” The advisors work in concert with the faculty and other advisors in the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF), Career Planning and Development, Academic Success Center, and other campus partners such as Financial Aid, Registrar, Bursar, Disability Support Services and the Counseling Center. Together, we help connect students to the multitude of resources and services available at their fingertips.

To find out more, go to

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Theology/Philosophy Department to Host Screening of Documentary “The Rule” on St. Benedict’s Preparatory High School


Caldwell, N.J., Oct. 12, 2016 – The documentary “The Rule,” which shows how the 1500 year old precepts of St. Benedict are applied to St. Benedict’s Preparatory High School in Newark, will be shown at Caldwell University, 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday Oct. 26.

Brother Thomas Aquinas Hall, O.S.B., an alumnus of Caldwell University and St. Benedict’s Prep, will give the welcome and introduction when the university shows the documentary "The Rule" on St. Benedict's Oct. 26.

Brother Thomas Aquinas Hall, O.S.B., an alumnus of Caldwell University and St. Benedict’s Prep, will give the welcome and introduction when the university shows the documentary “The Rule” on St. Benedict’s Oct. 26.

The event is being presented by the Caldwell Department of Theology/Philosophy as part of its Sister Maura Campbell, O.P. lecture series.  It is free and open to the public and will be held in the Alumni Theater.

The introduction will be given by Brother Thomas Aquinas Hall, O.S.B., an alumnus of Caldwell University and St. Benedict’s Prep.

A question and answer forum will follow the film.

The documentary was created by Emmy-nominated, award-winning, husband and wife filmmakers and longtime Newark residents, Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno and is a production of Bongiorno Productions Inc., in association with KTWU.

St. Benedict’s Prep is committed to preparing boys in and around Newark to fulfill their potential as emotionally mature, morally responsible and well-educated young men.

Founded in 1868, it is run by Benedictine monks who have achieved a near 100-percent college acceptance rate.


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Educational Opportunity Fund: Like Family, It Works

The Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program, in partnership with Caldwell University, provides financial and educational assistance to eligible New Jersey students who meet the academic and economic requirements.

EOF students at Caldwell University receive supportive services such as academic and career advisement, tutoring, and academic skills workshops. The EOF program is guided by caring and professional staff members who stand ready to assist in making the path to a college degree an enriching educational experience.

The EOF program has proudly graduated students year after year. Students go onto graduate school or reach their goals and dreams of becoming successful in the career of their choice.

As Caldwell’s EOF guiding motto says, “Like family, it works”.

To find out more, go to https://www.caldwell.edu/eof

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Caldwell University Rocks at Annual Street Fair


The 2016 Rotary/Kiwanis Caldwell Street Fair was rocking Sunday Oct. 2 as the Caldwell University Jazz faculty trio (with faculty Rob Middleton and Josh Rubin and member Bud Ayers) performed in between the raindrops. Nursing students took blood pressure screenings.  Student athletes and Coop the Mascot greeted fans who were happy to pose for many photos. The Caldwell University Admissions team answered questions and introduced majors to enquirers. Two smart watches were raffled off and everyone who entered the raffle received a free Caldwell University t-shirt.

It was a great day to meet and greet the community!

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University’s Caldwell Day puts Dominican pillar of service into action


Caldwell, N.J., Oct. 4, 2016 – Over 200 students, faculty and staff took part in Caldwell University’s annual day of community service, Caldwell Day, on Sept. 30.

They packaged up food at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, visited homebound St. Aloysius parishioners, played games and spent time with the elderly at Marian Manor, organized clothing for the homeless in New York City, helped with gardening and clean-up at Pollinator Plant Garden and Grover Cleveland Park in Caldwell, cleaned and organized supplies at schools in Essex County and much more.

Amanda Surujnauth, a senior, was with a team that packaged 3,600 bags of pasta for 1,800 families at the FoodBank. “While doing it was a lot of hard work…you come to this realization that you’re helping feed so many people….I am really glad to be a part of this.”

Jordann Perez, a junior, collected donations at Foodtown for the Caldwell Food Pantry through the Kiwanis Club of Caldwell-West Caldwell. “It’s a good experience to get out there and get the community to help out each other.”   Bilan Biju, a sophomore, collected at ShopRite in West Caldwell. “I am so glad that we all have made a difference today by putting a smile on the faces of those in need.”

Tulaja Shrestha, a senior, volunteered at the Caldwell Public Library organizing and helping seniors on the computer. “It was very interesting to see them so keen to learn something new…we got to learn more about their lives and shared experiences, which felt wonderful.”

President Nancy Blattner brought the idea of Caldwell Day to campus when she began at Caldwell in 2009. Each year classes are cancelled and the campus community is encouraged to volunteer, which ties in with the Catholic Dominican university’s pillar of service.

“The Caldwell University family put words into action by giving expression of its Catholic Dominican mission to educate the whole being through intellectual, spiritual and aesthetic growth opportunities rooted in Gospel teachings,” said Sister Kathleen Tuite, O.P., vice president of student life. “Through the selfless service of the students, staff, and faculty God’s creation was reverenced, and the lives of countless individuals, many of whom will never be known, were touched.”

Other volunteer sites included The Caldwell Fire Department, Our Lady Help of Christians in East Orange, The Community Church of Cedar Grove, Academy 360 Lower School in Verona, the Borough of Essex Fells, Our Lady of Czestochowa School in Jersey City, Calvary Lutheran Church in Verona, and Good Shepherd Academy in Nutley.

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Political Science Student Interns with Washington Semester Program

nicole-noceraPolitical Science student Nicole Nocera is taking part in the Washington Semester Program at American University which provides academic and experiential learning with an internship at one of D.C.’s most influential institutions.

“I landed an internship with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals as a government relations intern and have been working on Capitol Hill every day,” said Nocera, a political science major with a minor in pre-law. She does legal research to support helping animals.

This semester Nocera and the other interns have visited the Supreme Court, walked on the floor of the House and attended a congressional hearing. They have met with lawmakers including Reps. Alcee Hastings and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina. Nocera is taking a seminar in the justice and law program.

She has been thrilled with the program. “It’s definitely a great opportunity for anyone in the political science field or anyone who wants to go to law school.”

Caldwell University students interested in learning more about the Washington Semester Program, the political science major or the pre-law minor should contact Dr. Domenic Maffei at dmaffei@caldwell.edu.