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Art Historian to Present “Illuminating Scripture: An Analysis of Imagery from The Saint John’s Bible”

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Luke Anthology, Donald Jackson with contributions from Aidan Hart and Sally Mae Joseph, Copyright 2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Thursday, Sept. 26, 4:30 p.m. – “Illuminating Scripture: An Analysis of Imagery from The Saint John’s Bible” will be the topic of a presentation given by Jennifer Noonan, Ph.D. the Alvin R. Calman professor of art history at Caldwell University. It will be held in the Alumni Theatre on campus.  The lecture is part of the Sister Maura Campbell series and is being presented by the Department of Theology and Philosophy. 

The Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten and illuminated Bible since the invention of the printing press in the 15th century. Caldwell is hosting the Heritage Edition of the Gospels and Acts volume, a work of art that unites the ancient Benedictine tradition with today’s technology and vision.

Noonan’s talk will address the production of The Saint John’s Bible and the collaborative acts that led to the manuscript’s creation and will analyze the images within the book. This visual analysis specifically considers how the illuminations in The Saint John’s Bible echo symbolic imagery found in medieval manuscripts and at the same time engage more contemporary images and, as a result, reflect broader artistic practices.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It is being presented as part of Caldwell University’s Year with The Saint John’s Bible and the Department of Theology and Philosophy’s Sister Maura Campbell lecture series. Sister Maura was a Sister of St. Dominic of Caldwell, a theologian, philosopher, professor, researcher and national leader in education whose scholarship and teaching spanned 50 years. For further information, call 973-618-3931.

Noonan teaches classes that cover the history of art and a course she developed on “The Art & Architecture in the Roman Catholic World.” Her research focuses on modern and contemporary art with a particular emphasis on printmaking. Her scholarship considers ways in which both the process and the object carry aesthetic and conceptual weight. Her research has entailed an examination of work by Vito Acconci, Bruce Conner David Hammons and Joyce Wieland.

Noonan’s current project looks at the 1970 Venice Biennale and considers how it fits into the International Art Program’s (a division of what is now known as the Smithsonian American Art Museum) larger practice of sending prints and print studios abroad. She has received support for this project from the Glady Krieble Delmas Foundation and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, where she was the Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in residence during the 2017-2018 academic year.

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“10 Lessons in Career Development” lecture with JP Morgan Chase Executive Alma DeMetropolis, Oct. 1

Caldwell, N.J., Aug. 26, 2019 – “10 Lessons in Career Development” will be the topic of a lecture given by JP Morgan Chase executive Alma DeMetropolis, CFA, CFP, 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1 at Caldwell University.   The presentation is free and open to the public and will be held in the Alumni Theatre on campus.

Alma Demetropolis HeadshotDemetropolis is New Jersey Market President for JPMorgan Chase & Co. and NJ Market Manager for J.P. Morgan Private Bank.  She provides executive leadership across the firm’s lines of business as well as community and employment engagement. She joined J.P. Morgan in 1992 and has been advising families, endowments and foundations on a broad range of wealth matters and managing investment portfolios for over 20 years. DeMetropolis worked for seven years on foreign assignments in Latin America and Europe.

She serves on boards for the Liberty Science Center, Community Food Bank of New Jersey, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, SciTech Scity and Nature Conservancy NJ Advisory Council. She previously served on the Cornell University Dean’s Advisory Council and the New Providence Education Foundation. She was recognized as a Top 100 Financial Adviser by the Financial Times in 2014 and by NJBIZ as one of the Best Fifty Women in Business for 2012.

DeMetropolis holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and is fluent in Spanish and Greek. She is a certified financial planner, a chartered financial analyst and a member of the CFA Institute and the New York Society of Security Analysts.

Demotropolis held a roundtable with Caldwell University business students at JP Morgan’s offices in Summit, New Jersey in 2018. She was honored at the Caldwell University 2018 Presidential Scholarship Gala.

Watch here the video of Alma Demtropolis with Caldwell University students.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HD9sD2JLzfE .

To RSVP for the lecture, contact Melissa Cook by Sept. 30 at mecook@caldwell.edu.

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Caldwell University Welcomes the Class of 2023

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Caldwell, N.J., Aug. 27, 2019 – Caldwell University welcomed the class of 2023 at its New Student Convocation on Monday, August 26, 2019.

Barbara Chesler, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs, opened the ceremony, saying it was the 80th year of Caldwell University, “a joyous time” to celebrate the rich history and look forward to the future with new students.

Over 500 incoming students including 450 freshmen, representing 13 states and 14 countries, are beginning their university careers at Caldwell this semester.  The university had a record-breaking number of applications at 4,801 and its highest number of acceptances at 3,326. Caldwell continues to enroll a diverse population of students with 67% of the incoming freshmen identifying as students of color.

At convocation, President Nancy H. Blattner recognized the students who had made the dean’s list for the fall and spring semesters of 2018-19 and were receiving special pins.  She urged the incoming students to see the dean’s list students as role models and to make it a goal to be where they are next year.

Blattner encouraged the new students to learn about Caldwell’s rich history and its commitment to the Dominican pillars of prayer, service, community and study.  Whether a resident or commuter student, “participate fully as a community member at Caldwell,” she said. “We care about you and are excited that you are becoming a part of the Caldwell University community.”   Pointing out that one of the pillars is service, Blattner said she was asking each student to participate in one service activity during their university careers. “I hope you do more,” she said explaining that the university offers many opportunities for volunteerism locally and internationally.  “Part of our mission is to graduate students who contribute to a just society,” she said.

Sister Kathleen Tuite, O.P., vice president for student life, described the Caldwell University seal on the pendant that was given to each new student.  The red symbolizes the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the gold, His kingship, said Sister.  Inscribed in the seal is the university’s motto, “Sapientia et Scientia,” which means wisdom and knowledge and is derived from the Litany of the Sacred Heart.  The golden sun represents St. Thomas Aquinas, the patron saint of Catholic Schools. This coat of arms, said Sister Kathleen, is a reminder to the students to be involved and to be leaders in today’s world.  “Wear your pendant proudly.”

Orges Rrapaj ’21, president of the Student Government Association, led the new students in a pledge affirming their support and commitment to the Catholic Dominican education of Caldwell University. “Today you are accepting an incredible opportunity to begin this new chapter at Caldwell University,” he said.   “Make this journey everything you want it to be; be willing to move out of your comfort zone and take whatever Caldwell has to offer.”

The class of 2023 prayer was led by Michael Angelos ’23.  Campus Ministry Director Colleen O’Brien gave the invocation and Sister Joanne Beirne, O.P., delivered the blessing.    The processional music was provided by the university’s drumline directed by university music faculty member Rebecca Vega and alumnus John Piopol.

Other Welcome Weekend activities included information sessions, a barbeque hosted at President Blattner’s home, a trip to Great Adventure and opportunities to learn about the Dominican mission and meet with the Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell.

Prior to the weekend, Campus Ministry offered its FIRST (Freshmen Immersion into Reflection Service and Tradition) program to incoming freshmen. Over the course of three days, 16 freshmen and five upper-class leaders had the chance to meet and have dinner with the Sisters of Saint Dominic and with President Blattner and to build community with each other before starting the semester. They did community service with First Friends of NJ/NY, the Caldwell Environmental Commission and the Op Shop at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Roseland, New Jersey.




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Mueller Gallery to Present Exhibitions on US-Mexico Border, Historical Crowns

"Panel 1 - Plazas and Parks" by Dionisio Cortes Ortega
 ‘1560’ by Mauricio Cortes

Caldwell, N.J., Aug. 16, 2019 – The Mueller Gallery at Caldwell University will open its 2019-20 season Sept. 4 with exhibitions on historical crowns and the U.S,-Mexico border.  “Mauricio Cortes Ortega: Scin-til-late” and “Dionisio Cortes Ortega: Blurred Boundarieswill be on view Sept. 4 to Oct. 8.  The public is invited to a talk with both artists from 5 to 6 p.m. followed by a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4.  The exhibitions are free and open to the public. 

“Scin-til-late” brings together recent work derived from research on historical crowns such as the Crown of the Andesa 17th century votive crown made in Colombia. The crown, purportedly made from melted down Inca objects and stolen emeralds from the last emperor, was sold to a Chicago jeweler in the 20th century and subsequently paraded at fairs, car shows and fancy dinners and finally acquired by the MET in 2015. Mauricio’s work reimagines history and corrupted splendor, complex and historical objects imbued with untold stories; alternative interpretations emerge from disfigured symbols and the redaction of the decorative.

“Blurred Boundaries” is a photography and video installation that challenges the perceived differences between the United States and Mexico. The work consists of recent images taken in two sets of cities in the USA and Mexico: Chicago, Illinois-Saltilllo, Mexico and Brownsville, Texas-Matamoros, Mexico.  These visuals are juxtaposed and presented on custom-made stereoscopic devices with the intention of mixing and blurring the identity of each photograph. Still and moving imagery are paired by location and feature everyday scenes of life in places such as markets, schools, and parks among many others. Cortes Ortega says that his exhibition draws its foundation from the public discourse on immigration that has emphasized the differences on either side of the border, differences that were rooted at the dawn of colonization and have grown over time and with ongoing political agendas. “Blurred Boundaries” seeks to puzzle the viewer by showing indistinguishable images from either side of the divide. This exercise enables viewers to question how the assumed differences dissipate, exposing the porous nature of physical and metaphysical borders. 

For information on the exhibitions, go to www.caldwell.edu/gallery or call 973-618-3238


Mauricio Cortes Ortega is an artist and educator living and working in New York. His independent and collaborative projects reflect on histories of colonialism in the Americas that have reshaped everyday symbols, religious idols and craft production. Ortega is interested in making objects and images inspired by the dramatic history of colonial America. His paintings, drawings and sculptures depict shrouded objects like crowns, hoods and other bodily adornments. In his paintings and drawings, he uses bingo markers and glitter pens to achieve shimmering and vibrant effects. He often employs line patterns, a visual connection to his hometown’s historical production of the Mexican Saltillo sarape: intricate textiles that trace colonial history through changes in design, material, and function in society. For his sculptures, he glazes the ceramic pieces in a super high gloss black for a deep mirror finish; each sculpture stands as an individual object but when brought together represent a growing still-life collection. 

Dionisio Cortes Ortega holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from The Cooper Union in New York City.  In addition to the numerous life drawing classes, Ortega took film and photography in the art school, all of which influenced his artistic and professional practice. Recently his work has focused on tackling social and political issues including: the series of missing 43 Ayotzinapa students in Mexico; the upheavals along the border between Mexico and the United States; and the current state of the justice system in the United States. Ortega has worked with number of different media. Currently he is shooting photography and creating large scale sculptures. Dionisio is also a registered architect in the State of New York and has a studio in the Bronx.


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Caldwell Student Serves in Puerto Rico with Dominican Young Adults


Caldwell, N.J., Aug. 8, 2019 – Anamika Sharma Paudel knows what it is like when a country is hit by a natural disaster. The Caldwell University international student from Nepal experienced the devastating earthquake that pounded her nation in 2015. It changed her life and she emerged knowing she wanted to pay back the people who had reached out to help her beloved Nepal.

Paudel had the chance to “pay it forward” this summer when she joined other young adults and two Dominican Sisters for a 7-day mission to help the people of Puerto Rico, who are still reeling from category-four Hurricane Maria, which slammed the country in 2017.

Paudel, along with Sister Pat Stringer, O.P., a Sister of St. Dominic of Caldwell, and the other travelers, helped repair and rebuild homes and planted crops. They learned about farming and afforestation, the process of planting trees to create a forest. And they stood with the people of Puerto Rico during the protests against government corruption. Along the way, they met special people who opened their hearts and homes and shared their culture and their struggles. “We heard their stories, prayed together, ate together like a family,” said Paudel, a senior majoring in health care administration and minoring in communication and media studies.

Paudel recalled meeting a man who joyfully told of his love for the environment and his coffee farms and taught them how to plant coffee samplings. A silver lining from the hurricane was that the ground became more fertile and new plants have arisen where they had never grown before. “I saw such content on this man’s face that it was clear to me how one would feel when he found his purpose in life,” said Paudel.

They learned more about planting from a 16-year-old boy who had turned an abandoned school into an agricultural research center with funding from the United States. Paudel was impressed with his skills, purpose and humility. “At such a young age, he has done so much for his community.” His family hosted the group for lunch; “we sang together and blessed each other,” Paudel said. The encounter taught her “how beautiful a simple life is and that it had purpose.”

Paudel was thankful for the friendships she forged with the young adults from other Dominican institutions. “We all came from different walks of life; we were in different phases of our lives, but we shared the common values of community, service, integrity, compassion and friendship.”

Stringer, promoter of Dominican life and charism for the Caldwell Dominicans, was also grateful to be a part of this “special group of young people” on an adventure during which they received far more than what they gave. “I believe that each of us was changed for the better by this experience and came away appreciating all that we have been given.”

Paudel, vice president of the Student Government Association, says she  has come back “rejuvenated,” knowing “the value of true contentment found in service,” and she hopes other Caldwell students are inspired to take community service opportunities “which will change their lives for better, forever.”

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Alumnus’s Business Foundation at Work at Big 4 firm in Norway

Caldwell, N.J., August 5, 2019- Most people in Drammen, Norway, have never heard of Caldwell, New Jersey. And vice versa. But at the Ernst & Young offices in this port and river city in eastern Norway, a young professional carries with him the foundation he was given in the business classes at Caldwell University.Ole-Anders Wendelborg Alumnus Ole-Anders Wendelborg ’18 has been an auditor at the big four accounting firm for the past year.

Leveraging his undergraduate degree in business and his MBA, he has worked closely with partners at E&Y locations in Norway, helped managers with clients overseas and locally, provided translation and assisted co-workers with information on international laws and regulations. “I cannot thank the Business School at Caldwell enough. Being the only new employee with an international degree gave me certain advantages,” said Wendelborg. “I came into work well prepared, organized and excited to start.”

Wendelborg credits Caldwell Professor Alvin Neiman’s accounting classes for sparking his interest in accounting and auditing as a career path. In Professor Virginia Rich’s courses, he learned “business lingo” and “how to approach clients and co-workers in a professional manner.” Professor Bernie O’Rourke’s integrated strategic management seminar gave him hands-on experience to learn the ways businesses operate and develop during changing times and trends. The small classes, led by professors who “push you further academically,” said Wendelborg, encouraged and supported participation from students.

A native of Drammen, Wendelborg transferred to Caldwell in his sophomore year and played on the men’s soccer team for three years. He was happy that there were direct flights from Newark to Oslo, which is 40 minutes from Drammen. That made visits from family and friends doable, and he was able to get home a few times a year.

As an international student, Wendelborg felt welcomed by the campus community, and he cherishes the friends he made at Caldwell. “We’re all like a big family. I still stay in touch with several of my old teammates and roommates. We meet up regularly, and I’ve already planned several trips for the coming fall.” He would like his fellow Caldwell alums to experience Norway’s unique landscapes, cuisine, attractions and culture. “You can, in the span of 15 minutes, go from a fairly large modern city like Oslo to the wilderness. I enjoy skiing and we offer some of the best slopes around.”

Wendelborg plans to keep growing professionally in Ernst and Young, and perhaps “one day I’ll be able to work in the United States for some time,” he said.

As an alum, he knows that the journey he made halfway around the world for his education is already proving to be a foundation for professional success. “I have landed a great job, which has opened several doors for the future.”

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Summer Institute Encourages Students to Become Leaders in Promoting Public Justice and the Common Good

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Caldwell, N.J., July 30, 2019 – High school and university students attending the annual Spirituality and Leadership Institute (SLI) at Caldwell University explored some of the deeper questions of life, like how to become a leader or how to develop their talents and gifts to serve others.

“Building Up Communities” was the theme of the institute that was held July 14-19 and included speakers and discussions that focused on topics like digital citizenship, contemplation and servant leadership.

Director of SLI, Kyle Bennett, Ph.D. said the students discussed how to serve their neighbors in their daily activities of talking, thinking and even tweeting. This, he said, will “show others an alternative way of living that promotes public justice and seeks the common good.”

“At SLI, we believe that leaders are those who are deliberate about how they engage in these activities and to what end,” said Bennett who is chair of the Department of Theology and Philosophy at the university.

Several students were moved by the presentation by Edwin from First Friends of NJ/NY, a nonprofit that works on behalf of detained immigrants and asylum seekers. Jeniffer Llivicota of Saint Vincent Academy in Newark said it opened her eyes to the needs of others. Llivicota and Riley Sikorski, a student from DePaul Catholic High School in Wayne, New Jersey, liked Edwin’s suggestion of becoming a pen pal for someone who is being held in a facility or is detained.  “It is easy to make a change. It is not hard to write a letter,” said Sikorski.

Monica Sullivan, a student at Dominican Academy in New York City, appreciated the presentation by artist Brother Mickey McGrath of the Oblates of St. Frances de Sales who spoke about art, imagination and social justice in creating hope.  “A simple drawing can change a world view,” she said.

Dr. Chris Cimorelli, assistant professor of theology and philosophy presented on contemplation and silence; Colleen O’Brien, director of campus ministry, spoke about leadership; and Bennett led a conversation on the importance of responsible digital citizenship.

“I’m confident that the next time they open their mouths or open Instagram on their phone they will think twice about what they’re doing,” said Bennett.

Brooke McPherson, a senior in the fall at Caldwell, worked on the institute as an undergraduate mentor for her second year in a row.  She was enthused that they were able to have deeper conversations about spiritual and social justice issues—a unique opportunity to have true dialogue with peers about important topics.

The group engaged in community service at Restore Native Plants in Oakland, New Jersey and took part in fun activities like taking in a movie, attending a Yankees game and going to a barbeque.

“Making new friends from different areas,” was one of the best parts for Kelly Raftery, also of DePaul Catholic High School.  “I hope the friendships last a lifetime,” said Llivicota. Ruth Amouh of Lacordaire Academy in Montclair also attended.

Caldwell University students Julianna Verso, Kassandra Pardo and Gary Striggles Jr. were also mentors.  Staff members who worked on the program were: Julie Kajouras, Dana McStowe and Allison Johansen.

The conference is made possible by a grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc.

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Studying culture and Catholicism in summer programs overseas

Students near St. Dominic statue

The Caldwell University group near a statue of St. Dominic at the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba.

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Dr. Rosa Sanchez (2nd from left) and students in Segovia, Spain.

Campus Minister Colleen O’Brien overlooking the "seignadou,”

Campus Minister Colleen O’Brien overlooking the “seignadou,” which means sign of God, where St. Dominic saw the globe of fire from the sky over the church of Prouilhe, which would become the place where he would start the Dominican order.

Colleen O’Brien outside the St. Dominic house

Colleen O’Brien outside the house where St. Dominic lived between 1206-1215.

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The cross marking the spot from which Dominic received the seignadou.

Laura Ziegert in Carcassonne, France.

Laura Ziegert in Carcassonne, France.

Members of the Caldwell University community spent time in Spain and France this summer on study-abroad experiences to learn about culture, language and Catholic history.

Anne Ilardi was one of the students who traveled to Segovia for “The Catholic Tradition in Spain,” a monthlong excursion led by Dr. Rosa Sanchez of the Modern Languages Department. One of the most enjoyable parts for Illardi was living with her host family. They shared their food and dance and “showed [me] that their family dynamic is similar to the American family dynamic,” said Ilardi.

The students took two classes and visited sites in Madrid, Seville, Granada, Cordoba and Malaga in June. “The courses are designed to help them appreciate what they will see on the excursions, so they learned about architecture, history, religion and literature in addition to language,” explained Sanchez, who teaches one of the courses. “They visited nearby palaces and cathedrals, strolled through the Jewish quarter and learned how to cook paella and croquetasfrom a local chef.”

Illardi said she progressed in her Spanish language skills and brought home Spanish recipes, a yearning to travel and “a respect for people who move or immigrate to a new place and have to learn the customs and languages of that area.”

Summer Study in Fanjeaux and Paris

The annual trip to the medieval village of Fanjeaux, France, to trace the roots of the Catholic Dominican tradition took place May 28 to June 13. It was “life-changing” to learn about the Dominican heritage along with faculty, staff and students from other Dominican institutions, said Laura Ziegert, a graduate admissions counselorand Dominican associate with the Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell.

Members of the group would start their days with “warm croissants and coffee,” said Ziegert, and then they would take classes to learn about art, medieval history and the spirituality of St. Dominic. She found it soul-stirring to visit the ancient churches, walk along the country path St. Dominic traversed in the 1200s and attend the evening vespers prayer service with the Dominican Sisters in Prouille, France. They also spent four days in Paris.

Ziegert was grateful for the opportunity to have learned more about St. Dominic’s vision and explore how she can carry that forward in her life and on campus. “I brought back St. Dominic’s love for teaching and education, and I hope to incorporate it in my work as a graduate admission counselor.”   She encouraged others at the university to explore the Dominican foundation, which can be done “right here,” she said, by visiting the Motherhouse or the Sisters in the infirmary or by getting involved. “There is so much to learn.”

Attending with Ziegert were Caldwell School of Psychology and Counseling instructor Linda Farina and students Caroline Colmary and Adriana Floridian.

Lands of Dominic Pilgrimage

Colleen O’Brien, director of campus ministry, made the “Lands of Dominic” pilgrimage to Fanjeaux from June 26 to July 4. She traveled with Dominican religious and lay associates and lay staff members at Dominican institutions as they went from Toulouse to Carcassonne to Prouille learning how Dominic preached the gospel and lived in relationship with others.

O’Brien was in awe of St. Dominic’s courage and the depth of his belief, especially since he was a Spaniard living in France. “His commitment to his faith was so deep that he solely trusted in God to make the impossible possible,” said O’Brien. “It was his faith and his humility that led him to aid in the conversion and change of hearts for many people in southern France in the early 1200s.”


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Caldwell University Named a College of Distinction

College of Distinction 2019-2020

Caldwell University has been named a 2019-2020 College of Distinction.The university has been recognized for its successful delivery of four distinctions—engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes.

The university was also acknowledged with 2019-20 awards as Business College of Distinction,Education College of Distinction, Nursing College of Distinction and Catholic College of Distinction.

Stephen Quinn, acting vice president for enrollment management and communications, says the awards reaffirm areas of strength at Caldwell. “We are delighted to be acknowledged in areas where we are exemplary in serving our students and preparing them for the global marketplace.”

The university is offering a new Bachelor of Science degree in esports management and a new fully online Master of Science degree in nursing in population health; it is relaunching its Bachelor of Science degree in computer science.

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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Health Sciences Grad Receives Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship for Medical School


Favour Garuba recipient of Phi Kappa Phi fellowship

Favour Garuba ’19 is the recipient of a Phi Kappa Phi fellowship. She will be attending Washington University School of Medicine in the fall on a full scholarship.

Recent graduate Favour Garuba is the recipient of a fellowship from the prestigious honor society Phi Kappa Phi.  PKP awards the grants to members who are starting their first year of graduate or professional study.  Garuba, who received her bachelor’s in health sciences May 19, will be entering Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in the fall on a full scholarship.

Garuba was active in community service during her undergraduate years including spearheading the Phi Kappa Phi book drive for Autism Awareness month in April where students collected over 300 books for The Learning Center for Exceptional Children in Clifton, New Jersey.

She was thrilled when she found out that she was selected for fellowship. “Once I read the email, I felt grateful, honored, and humbled,” and she felt like a load was lifted off her shoulders, “All I could really say was ‘thank God.’”

Lynne Alleger, associate faculty member in the Academic Success Center and president of Caldwell’s chapter of PKP, worked closely with Garuba on the project.  “Even with mid-terms looming and graduation quickly approaching, Favour was always ready and willing to meet, make suggestions, and coordinate with our book drive recipient.”

Alleger is also proud of the other student leaders, Chennelle Lawrence, Roksana Korbi and Anwar Khalil for “their diligence in getting the book drive off the ground in a very short period of time and securing a very grateful recipient…all of the young women were more than motivated to meet with me and get the ball rolling on our agendas.”

Garuba, an international student from Nigeria, is grateful to the Phi Kappa Phi Chapter at Caldwell for nominating her, to the professors in the Natural  Sciences Department who wrote recommendation letters and to “the countless other individuals” at Caldwell who helped her achieve her goals.   She is looking forward to starting her medical studies so she can use her gifts to help those in need. “I would like to dedicate my services as a physician and researcher to improve health in a way that reaches every community, including those in disadvantaged areas.”

Watch News 12 New Jersey’s feature with Favour as Viewer of the Day. Watch it here.