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Caldwell University Celebrates 74th Commencement

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Caldwell, N.J., May 15, 2016 – Caldwell University celebrated its 74th annual commencement Sunday, May 15.

Anabela Santos, of Newark, New Jersey, delivered the student address at the undergraduate commencement ceremony. “Caldwell University have shaped us into better thinkers and leaders, helped us discover our passions, and helped us realize potential that we may not have seen in ourselves on our own,” said Santos.

She quoted from the 1990s television sitcom “Boy Meets World” in which the history teacher, Mr. Feeney, advises his students to “believe in yourselves, dream, try, do good.” Santos said, “During this four-year journey, we have each met, in some way, our own version of Mr. Feeney who encouraged us to dream big, believe in ourselves, try our best, and taught us the importance of using our talents to do good. As we prepare to go out into the world, we should embrace and act upon Mr. Feeney’s advice.”

An honorary degree was presented to Dr. Ernani Sadural, director of Global Health for the RWJBarnabas Health System. A board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, Dr. Sadural is co-founder and chief medical officer of the Life is Great Global Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing medical and non-medical volunteers to underserved populations throughout the world. He and his wife, Dr. Sarah Timmapuri, were inspired to start the organization following the suffering and deaths caused by the earthquake in Haiti in 2010. Dr. Sadural has participated in or led over 50 medical missions across several countries including Haiti, Dominican Republic, India, Philippines, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Grenada, Peru, Nepal, and Honduras. He is a member of the Rotary Club of the Caldwells.

Dr. Sadural told the graduates,  “I applaud your hard work and academic achievements and I share your love of learning. But what I really admire about Caldwell University is your mission of service.” Each of us, he said, “has a role in creating a just and compassionate global community.” Quoting Einstein Dr. Sadural said, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”

Sarah Schiffelbein, of Villas, New Jersey, delivered the student address at the graduate commencement ceremony.  She said that Caldwell has supported the students throughout their journey in numerous ways.  “Any time we felt defeated and discouraged, Caldwell was there to support us.  When we saw our theses and dissertations slowly taking form and becoming the final product, Caldwell was there supporting us.  Now, today, as we are walking on this stage to accept our degrees, Caldwell is here to support us.”

The university awarded 435 students with undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. President Nancy Blattner presented doctoral students with their Ph.D.s and graduate students with their Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration or Master of Science degrees. She presented undergraduates with their Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees.

Dr. Blattner said it was a day of great pride and joy for all of the family members and friends who supported the students during years of study. “And it is a day of celebration for the faculty, staff and administration of Caldwell University as we send forth our 74th class of graduates to make a positive impact on our world.” She encouraged the students to carry the university’s core values of Respect, Integrity, Community and Excellence into their communities and work places.

The grand marshal of the graduate ceremony was Dr. Tom Keen, professor in the Business Division, and the grand marshall for the undergraduate ceremony was Dr. Sally Jo Weber, professor in the Department of Modern Languages. Honored alumni from the 50th anniversary class of 1966 were recognized at the undergraduate ceremony.

Click here to view the full Undergraduate Commencement photos

Click here to view the full Graduate Commencement photos

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Nursing students create pillbox for HIV/AIDS patients with university 3-D printer

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Graduating nursing students completed a clinical rotation with a sense of pride and gratitude as they gave HIV/AIDS patients brand-new pillboxes that they had created with the university’s 3-D printer.

The students in Professor Aneesha Jean’s community and public health nursing course spent the spring semester working with clients at Broadway House for Continuing Care in Newark, which provides medical, nursing, educational, psychological, recreational and other services for people with HIV/AIDS.

The students polled the residents and learned that one of their biggest stressors is medication adherence. They found that many patients take 25 to 30 pills per day and that for some, there is a stigma to carrying conventional medication bottles.

To make life a little easier, the students decided to create a container that did not look like a medication organizer and that differed from commercially available pillboxes.

Working with Ellen Johnston, interim director of Jennings Library, they came up with a model for a cylinder box that was portable, small, neutral and safe, said senior Charlotte Goyea. They chose white because it symbolizes peace, explained senior Jonaryis Reyna.

The students built relationships over the semester and said that any fears or stigmas they might have had at the beginning of the semester disappeared as they got to know the residents. “It opened my eyes … that everyone is human and no one should be judged,” said Goyea. Besides needing medication and treatment, many of the patients want to talk someone “to bring out the positivity in their life,” said Reyna.

On their final visit to Broadway House there were plenty of tears from Caldwell students and residents—tears of joy and gratitude for developing meaningful relationships and for having an enriching learning experience.

The nursing students recounted the story of a woman resident they had befriended who had ended up in Broadway House after losing her apartment and belongings. Since the woman is getting a new apartment and owns next to nothing, the Caldwell students are putting together a drive to collect furniture and household items for her.

One of the many lessons for the nursing students was “patient empowerment … learning how to give patients the tools to help themselves,” said Jean. “It was a powerful experience for the students to be able to grow as nursing professionals.”

The other graduating seniors in the course were Valentina Centeno, Corrine Dudas, Mario Lardizabal, Erica Malacas, Shannon Scariff, Jessica Scarpelli and Jamie Tangredi. Dr. Janet Chance-Hetzler was the Caldwell clinical faculty member for Broadway House.

The experience was a reminder of what being a nurse means, said Tangredi. “You may not be able to cure a patient’s situation, but you can make his or her day better and contribute to helping them look to the future with hope.”
Johnston said this project was the first large partnership that they had done working with students on a class project. Johnston and Heather Cook, Learning Commons librarian, enjoy working with students and faculty on projects. “3D printing is a transformative technology, especially for the medical field. We look forward to continued collaboration with the Nursing Department and other departments in the university,” said Johnston.

Don O’Hagan, chief information officer for university, said that when they began reviewing 3D print options for campus, the one feature that intrigued him was how the machines were able to use additive technology to build objects from the ground up. “This is a great advantage of the technology, especially when you encourage creativeness at the level we do here at Caldwell University. This technology fuels limitless creativity where students get to see, hold, and test their ideas in real space.”

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Art Department’s Dr. Jennifer Noonan Selected To Participated In Special Seminar On Teaching European Art

Jennifer-Noonan-art-classCaldwell, N.J. – Caldwell University is pleased to announce that Art History Professor Jennifer Noonan is one of a select group of faculty members nationwide chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in a special week-long seminar on Teaching Pre-Modern European Art in Context. The seminar on “Sight and Sound in Renaissance and Baroque Europe [c. 1300–1700]” will be hosted by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, June 20–24, 2016. The seminar is designed for full-time faculty members who regularly teach art history at smaller colleges and universities and aims to strengthen the teaching of art history to undergraduates at these institutions.

CIC selected 21 faculty members to participate in the seminar, which is supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Two eminent scholars will lead the program: Gary Radke, professor emeritus of art history at Syracuse University, and Amanda Winkler, associate professor of music history and cultures at Syracuse.

“Strengthening the teaching of art history at colleges and universities—many of which have limited faculty resources in art history—is critical,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “The seminar will have significant value for the faculty members who participate, the colleagues with whom they will share their new knowledge, and the students who enroll in their courses.”

The seminar, based at the High Museum, will explore how viewers and listeners experienced art and music in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Special emphasis will be placed on developing period eyes and ears and on learning to listen to music and view art as people did in Europe c. 1300–1700. Participants will read and discuss scholarly articles and original texts from the period to prepare themselves for direct encounters with European art in the museum and with live and recorded performances of Early Music. The seminar also will explore commonalities and rivalries between the visual arts and music and their practitioners and patrons. Throughout the seminar, participating faculty members will have the opportunity to hone and share educational strategies for visual analysis, conversation, slow looking, and digital interpretation.

Dr. Barbara J. Chesler, vice president for academic affairs, says the university is very excited that Dr. Noonan was chosen to participate in the seminar. “As an art historian, this seminar will provide her the opportunity to understand the specifics of music and its connection to art. She is a strong student-centered educator and I know this will enhance her knowledge and hence the academic experiences of our students.”
For more information, visit the CIC website at www.cic.edu/ArtHistory.

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The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 765 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars, and other programs that help institutions improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility. CIC conducts the largest annual conference of college and university presidents and of chief academic officers. CIC also provides support to state fundraising associations that organize programs and generate contributions for private colleges and universities. The Council is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.

The High Museum of Art was founded in 1905 as the Atlanta Art Association and today is the leading art museum in the southeastern United States, with a membership base of over 50,000 that ranks it among the top ten art museums in the nation. Located in Atlanta’s midtown arts and business district, the High has nearly 12,000 works of art in its permanent collection, with holdings and curatorial positions in the following art disciplines: American, European, decorative arts and design, folk, modern and contemporary, and African. The European collection includes the Kress collection of Renaissance and Baroque paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts.

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Caldwell University to Celebrate 74th Commencement May 15

Caldwell, N.J., May 10, 2016 — Caldwell University’s 74th Annual Commencement will be held Sunday, May 15 in the George R. Newman Center. The graduate ceremony for the Master’s and Doctoral candidates will be held at 10 a.m. The undergraduate ceremony for bachelor’s candidates begins at 1 p.m.

Sarah Schiffelbein of Villas, N.J. will deliver the student address at the Graduate Commencement Ceremony. She is receiving her master’s in curriculum and instruction with a teacher of students with disabilities certification.

Anabela Santos of Newark, N.J. will deliver the student address at the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony. She is receiving her B.A. in psychology. She is in the combined bachelor’s in psychology/master’s in in applied behavior analysis program.

An honorary degree will be presented to Dr. Ernani Sadural, director of Global Health for the RWJBarnabas Health System. A board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, Dr. Sadural is co-founder and chief medical officer of the Life is Great Global Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing medical and non-medical volunteers to underserved populations throughout the world. He and his wife, Dr. Sarah Timmapuri, were inspired to start the organization following the suffering and deaths caused by the earthquake in Haiti in 2010. Dr. Sadural has participated in or led over 50 medical missions across several countries including Haiti, Dominican Republic, India, Philippines, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Grenada, Peru, Nepal, and Honduras. He is a member of the Rotary Club of the Caldwells.

Caldwell University will award undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. President Nancy H. Blattner, Ph.D. will present doctoral students with their PhDs, graduate students with their Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration, or Master of Science degrees, and undergraduates with their Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees.

The 50th Reunion Class will participate in the undergraduate ceremony.

Viewers can watch the ceremony live online via a link that will be found on the university website at 15 minutes prior to the start of each ceremony on Sunday May 15.

A commencement Mass will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday May 14 in the Student Center Gym.

Listen to our podcast Caldwell University Conversations with student commencement speakers Sarah Schiffelbein and Anabela Santos. They share their experiences in academics and activities at Caldwell, the support they have received from their professors, their career plans, and why they would advise prospective students to choose Caldwell.

Listen to podcast here – https://caldwell-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/SS-AS.mp3

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Caldwell University Holds Inaugural Phi Kappa Phi Induction Ceremony

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Caldwell, N.J., May 4, 2016 – Caldwell University held its inaugural Phi Kappa Phi induction ceremony on May 3.

Fifty students, faculty, staff and alumni were welcomed into the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society.

Caldwell University President Nancy Blattner said PKP’s motto of ‘“Let the Love of Learning Rule Humanity’ so beautifully complements” Caldwell University’s emphasis on lifelong learning and the pursuit of truth as graduates are called to contribute to a more just society.

The mission of PKP, with its emphasis on academic excellence in all fields and the encouragement of service to others, resonated with her. “Truly the values of PKP and Caldwell University are clearly well matched.”

The first class of initiates at Caldwell “holds a special place” in her heart, she said, recalling her history with PKP, first as a doctoral student, continuing as a charter member, and then as an administrator who started a chapter at her previous institution and now at Caldwell University.

Associate Professor of Biology William Velhagen Jr., Ph.D., president of Caldwell University’s chapter, told the initiates, “We are pleased and proud that each has chosen to become part of a century-old community of scholars and professionals that includes men and women who have distinguished themselves in positions of leadership, and whose careers have been characterized by achievement.”

The installation of the Caldwell chapter comes after a thorough chartering process and approval from the society’s board of directors. To be eligible, an institution must be a regionally accredited four-year college or university with an established reputation for excellence and an expressed commitment to upholding the values of the society.

The university was inducted as a chapter on April 13 at an event on campus attended by the Phi Kappa Phi Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd.

“Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to welcome Caldwell University to our growing community of scholars,” said Dr. Todd. “Caldwell’s commitment to excellence is evident in the transformative changes of the past few years and in its determined focus on collaborative learning and community partnerships.”

On April 26, the National Executive Board of Phi Kappa Phi awarded Dr. Blattner Distinguished Membership status in recognition of her extensive service to and unwavering support of the honor society. The university celebrated that honor at the May 3rd ceremony.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of Marcus L. Urann, who had a desire to create a different kind of honor society—one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States and the Philippines and inducts more than 30,000 new members each year. Membership is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students along with faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

More about Phi Kappa Phi

The Society’s mission is “to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.” Since its founding, more than 1.25 million members have been initiated. Some of the organization’s more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist David Baldacci and YouTube cofounder Chad Hurley. The society has awarded approximately $15 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, more than $1 million is awarded each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study- abroad grants, member and chapter awards and grants for local and national literacy initiatives. For more information about Phi Kappa Phi, visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org.

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SisterStory Oral History Project Celebration, May 4, at Caldwell University

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Caldwell, N.J., April 26, 2016 – Caldwell University will celebrate its SisterStory Oral History Project at noon Wednesday, May 4, in the reference room in the Jennings Library on campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The Caldwell University SisterStory Oral History Project is part of the national SisterStory campaign aimed at raising awareness about Catholic sisters. Caldwell was founded by the Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell.

The event will celebrate six sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell who are participating in the project and showcase the work they and their student partners have done on the Oral History Project. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear about the student and sister experiences and to see poster presentations, the oral history website and blogs, and the creative student projects.

Caldwell faculty Dr. Marie Mullaney and Professor Rachel Carey and Assistant to the President for Special Projects Dr. Nancy J. Becker have been leading the project and working with the students.

“The stories of Catholic sisters are an integral part of the history of the United States, and the contributions of Caldwell Dominicans are an important part of that legacy,” said Becker. Through the Oral History Project, participating students have gained insight into the lives “of six remarkable women and created an archival record that will help document the impact sisters have had on society,” she said.

To find out more about the project, go to https://www.sisterstory.org/.

To listen to the Caldwell University Conversations podcast on Caldwell’s Sister Story project, go to https://www.caldwell.edu/media-relations/caldwell-university-conversations/sisterstory-oral-history-project

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Honors Convocation Recognizes Exemplary Students, Faculty and Staff

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Caldwell, N.J., April 21, 2016 – Caldwell University held its honors convocation ceremony April 20 recognizing students, faculty and staff for their exemplary academics or commitment to the university.

Among the honors:

The 2016 Trustee Recognition Award was presented to senior Anabela Real Santos.

The Excellence in Leadership Award was given to senior Michael Francis Hartmann.

The Leadership in Ministry Award went to senior Chabwera Arkil Phillips.

The “C” Pin awards were presented to freshman Bilan Biju, sophomore Dennis Brady, junior Marisa Juliano and senior Erin Fitzpatrick. The awards are given to the individual in each class who exemplifies the qualities of an exemplary Caldwell University student.

The Frederick W. Neumann II Award for outstanding students who have demonstrated meritorious work in the biological sciences was presented to junior Tulaja Shrestha and Koumudi Thirunagaru.

Outstanding achievement awards for biological sciences research were presented to senior Christina Marie Blonski-Cupo and alumna Marlie F. Pimenta.

The Joseph A. Brady History Award was presented to senior John Peter Bramley Jr. The award was arranged by the Right Rev. Monsignor Joseph A. Brady in memory of his father, the late Joseph A. Brady, a faithful friend of the Sisters of Saint Dominic. It is presented for the best research paper submitted in a departmental outcomes assessment course during this academic year.

The Golden Eagle Award for Excellence in American History was presented to senior John Peter Bramley Jr. and B.A./M.A. student Sarah Katherine Schiffelbein. The award was established by Denise Doychak, class of 1962, in memory of her parents, Andrew and Elsie Doychak.

Nancy Cummings, university bursar, received the Caldwell Cup. Created in 1987, the cup is awarded to the employee who has made a unique contribution to the campus, who has exhibited a superior professional approach that goes beyond mere job description and that uniquely benefits Caldwell, and whose positive influence demonstrably affects the university community.

Dr. Thomas Keen, professor of business, received the Excellence in Teaching Award. Each year the university presents the award to a faculty member who best exhibits excellence in teaching, passion and enthusiasm for learning, and concern for students’ academic and personal growth.

Maureen McNish, retention specialist, was presented with the Mission in Action Award, which recognizes the extraordinary contributions and quality service of staff and acknowledges their integral role in advancing the university’s mission.

Colette Lindroth, Ph.D., professor of English, was named professor emerita, a title conferred upon faculty members or former faculty members who have distinguished themselves as outstanding teachers, researchers, administrators or professional leaders.

A graduate award has been named in honor of Sister Brigid Brady, O.P., Ph.D. The Sister Brigid Brady, O.P., Delta Epsilon Sigma Graduate Student Awards will be given to graduate student members of DES who have shown a strong commitment to graduate study and who maintain the society’s ideal of service to others. Sister Brigid was a national executive board member, vice president and past president of the society. She spent 60 years as a Sister of St. Dominic of Caldwell, 43 teaching at Caldwell University.

Music was provided by the Caldwell University Jazz Band directed by music faculty Rob Middleton.

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Jennings Library and the University Archives invite you to participate in Preservation Week by preserving your legacy at Caldwell!

Part of preserving Caldwell’s recent history involves adding materials to the archives for the future Caldwell community to enjoy. We are asking that you share your photos of campus events that have happened during your time at Caldwell.

Send your photos to archives@caldwell.edu or text photos on your phone to (862) 345-7805.

If you have any questions, contact Rebecca Driscoll (rdriscoll@caldwell.edu).

We appreciate your help in preserving your experiences at Caldwell!

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The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Installs Chapter 335 at Caldwell University

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Caldwell, N.J. – April 15, 2016 – It was a joyful celebration as The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi installed its 335th chapter at Caldwell University on Wednesday, April 13.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to bring Phi Kappa Phi to Caldwell,” said the university President Nancy Blattner who had set her sights on achieving this goal since she came to Caldwell in 2009. Phi Kappa Phi is a distinctive honor society and for members being inducted it should be “a pinnacle of their higher education experience” whether they are undergraduates, master’s or doctoral students, she said.

Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd conducted the installation of the chapter and the chapter officers. “Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to welcome Caldwell University to our growing community of scholars,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. “Caldwell’s commitment to excellence is evident in the transformative changes of the past few years and in its determined focus on collaborative learning and community partnerships.”

Faculty and staff who were elected officers by the chartering group to serve the newly installed chapter, include Dr. William Velhagen Jr., Ph.D. as president; Lynne Alleger as president-elect; Maria Miceli as treasurer; Professor Rachel Carey as secretary, and Dr. Francine Del Vecchio, Ed.D. as public relations officer.

The faculty and staff members who were installed as charter members in addition to the officers are: Nancy Becker, Ed.D, Megan Bratkovich, Robin Davenport, Rebecca Driscoll, Samuel Miller and Benjamin Lammers, Ph.D.

Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Barbara Chesler and Board Member Dr. Linda Luciano were inducted into the inaugural class.

Velhagen said they were proud that each person has chosen to become part of “a century-old community of scholars and professionals that includes individuals who have distinguished themselves in positions of leadership and whose careers have been characterized by achievement.”

The Society’s motto is “ Let the love of learning rule humanity.” Micelli explained the symbolism of the motto and the organization’s badge.

The installation of the Caldwell chapter comes after a thorough chartering process and approval from the Society’s board of directors. To be eligible, an institution must be a regionally accredited four-year college or university with an established reputation of excellence and an expressed commitment to upholding the values of the Society.

Faculty, staff and students will be inducted at the first initiation ceremony on Tuesday May 3.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of Marcus L. Urann who had a desire to create a different kind of honor society—one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States and the Philippines and inducts more than 30,000 new members each year. Membership is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students, along with faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

More about Phi Kappa Phi
The Society’s mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.” Since its founding, more than 1.25 million members have been initiated. Some of the organization’s more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist David Baldacci and YouTube cofounder Chad Hurley. The Society has awarded approximately $15 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, more than $1 million is awarded each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, member and chapter awards and grants for local and national literacy initiatives. For more information about Phi Kappa Phi, visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org.

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It’s National Library Week!

April 10- 16 is National Library Week. Every April since 1958, the contributions of public, academic, school, and special libraries are celebrated.

What can you do to celebrate? Use a library!

Stop by the library this week to take advantage of all the services available- study spaces, iPads, Chromebooks, librarians and much more!

Share your love for libraries on our white board in the library lobby.

Come in to learn how you can get access to our local public libraries with your student ID card.

For more information see the websites below:

Libraries Transform – http://www.ilovelibraries.org/librariestransform/