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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/

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Caldwell Alumni Veritas Award Dinner Features Connection with Soldier in Kuwait

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Caldwell, N.J., April 7, 2016 – Thanks to the modern technology of Skype, Caldwell University connected overseas with United States Army Colonel. Christopher Doneski ‘ 90 to recognize him with the Veritas Award for Excellence in Military Service.

The Veritas Award is the highest honor Caldwell bestows on graduates for professional excellence.

Colonel Doneski’s mother, Mary Louise Donnelly Doneski ’56, received the Veritas Award for Excellence in Leadership and Service and Eileen Curtis ’68 received the Veritas Award for Excellence in Cultural Programming. Family members and friends of the honorees, along with the Caldwell University community, gathered for a celebratory dinner on April 1 at Essex Fells Country Club.

Colonel Doneski’s brother, Colonel Terrence Doneski (USAF, retired) introduced his brother and his mother before they received their awards.

Colonel Christopher recalled his days at Caldwell, the people who made a difference in his life, and how he learned to be both a good follower and a leader during his college career. “Caldwell (university) will always feel like home,” he said. Mrs. Doneski and Colonel Doneski both remembered fondly their aunt, Sister Marita Donnelly, a Sister of St. Dominic of Caldwell, an inspirational woman, who had an impact on their lives.

Colonel Doneski has 25 years experience in the United States Army and has made a name for himself as a leader, expert observer, coach, and mentor. Currently he is part of the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR), which is responsible for running counter ISIL operations in Iraq and Syria. In 2015, he was selected to serve as the director of the Armored Warfighting Forum, which was established to enhance the professional and leadership development of the Army’s maneuver warfare community.

Mary Lou Donnelly Doneski ’56 has been a trailblazer for women in the military., She was the first woman to be commissioned as a Naval officer directly from a college or university in New Jersey. As a lieutenant, Mrs. Doneski was assigned to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. After that, she continued to serve her country as a military spouse, supporting her husband’s career in the Army. She raised five children through nine family moves and her husband’s two deployments to Vietnam and Korea. She mentored the spouses of junior officers.

Eileen Curtis ’68 was introduced by her husband Marshall Curtis who pointed out that Eileen has won just about every award for her broadcasting work including a Peabody.
She was previous music director at WGMS Radio in Washington D.C. where she enjoyed a career producing cultural documentaries that gained her the Peabody Award and a Silver Medal for the Arts from the Government of Austria. Among the many highlights of her career, she collaborated with pyrotechnic experts to create the music for the fireworks on the Washington Mall that accompanied the return of the Iranian hostages, for which she was thanked by President Ronald Reagan.

Music education student Nicholas Bushey appreciated meeting Curtis. “She took the time to talk to me about where I am in my career and she told stories about her experiences. She was very encouraging to me and her passion for everything that she does was inspiring.”

Sophomore Dennis Brady said it was an honor to be invited to the dinner and be in the presence of successful alums. “I thought it was great to connect with alumni and explain to them my experiences of Caldwell University today.”

Senior Shyam Sharma said the honorees are an inspiration to students. “It was amazing to see how, as an institution, we’ve grown so much over the years, yet the values and foundation of the university remain consistent with our beginnings.”

Marshall Curtis announced the establishment of a Caldwell University scholarship fund in honor of Eileen.

The Doneski family announced the establishment of The Mary Louise Donnelly Doneski Scholarship, which will be awarded annually to a student interested in military or other public service.

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The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi to Install Chapter 335 at Caldwell University

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Caldwell, N.J. – April 6, 2016 – The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will install 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.

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

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.

“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.”

Officers elected by the chartering group to serve the newly installed chapter include Associate Professor of Biology William Velhagen Jr., Ph.D. as president; associate faculty member Lynne Alleger as president-elect; Assistant to Vice President for Student Life Maria Miceli as treasurer; Assistant Professor Communication and Media Studies Rachel Carey as secretary, and Associate Professor in Education Francine Del Vecchio, Ed.D. as public relations officer.

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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Alternative Spring Break Experience Rebuilding in Appalachia

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Caldwell, N.J., April 4, 2016 – For Caldwell University student Cindy Pineros, a highlight of her workweek in Appalachia came when she witnessed a man named Anthony roll out of his house and down a ramp that she had helped to build. “He was so happy and thankful,” said Pineros. She explained that Anthony had not been able to leave his house without assistance since his home had no wheelchair ramp.

Pineros, a nursing and biology student, and six other Caldwell students joined students from other universities March 19 to 25 for the Christian Appalachian Project’s Workfest Alternative spring break program. They helped rebuild homes for low-income families in eastern Kentucky.

Yashant Gywali, a sophomore majoring in computer information systems at Caldwell, helped build a porch for an elderly woman who lived alone. He was happy to be “introduced to new power tools … I was fixing windows, drilling, up on ladders.”

Catie Mulick, also a nursing student at Caldwell, did roofing and put paneling on a family’s house. She was struck most by the way the little girls were proud to show them around even though they had the bare minimum. “They were not embarrassed or ashamed at needing help from college students.”

It was a week of hard work, cold temperatures and a scramble to get a shower. “Waking up at 5:45 or 6, 40 to 50 girls using eight showers,” said Pineros.

The work groups were set up so that each Caldwell student was in a team with students from other colleges, which “forced you out of your comfort zone,” said Pineros. Gywali was happy to make friends from Caldwell and other schools. The pretty hills, mountains and lake reminded him of his beloved Nepal.

Getting used to being away from technology and their phones took a short adjustment, but after that they welcomed the freedom. “It was a nice cleanse … I was upset to get the service back,” said Mulick. “It was such a relief to detach,” said Pineros.

The other Caldwell students who attended were Kevin Fernandez, Charlotte Genthe, Dohee “Jenn” Han and Justice Baskin.

The chaperones were Mason Traino, an admissions counselor, and Patrick Lehosky, an alumnus who attended CAP as a student. The group stayed at Camp AJ in McKee, Kentucky.

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Post-graduate student receives New Jersey state teacher award

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John Taylor, a Caldwell University post-master’s degree student, has been named the New Jersey Charter Schools Association 2016 Teacher of the Year.

Caldwell, N.J., April 4, 2016 – John Taylor, a Caldwell University post-master’s degree student, has been named the New Jersey Charter Schools Association 2016 Teacher of the Year. Taylor is studying in the Education Division at Caldwell in the principal certification program. He expects to complete his internship this spring.

A physical education teacher at Beloved Community Charter School in Jersey City, Taylor says the faculty at Caldwell “are irreplaceable resources for future administrators.” He is grateful to his professors for mentoring him and for sharing their professional experiences during the practicum process. “Caldwell University has prepared me for an administrative position, and due to the guidance I received from my internship supervisor, Mr. Frank DiSessa, I am more confident in my abilities as a future principal.”

Taylor is passionate about physical activity and encouraging young people to live healthy lifestyles. He is the Beloved Community Charter School coordinator for physical activity and self-confidence initiatives, including the Reebok BOKS Kids morning activity program. He says teaching is much more than just being in the classroom. “It’s about teaching students to be passionate about what they are interested in and guiding them through the process of how to act on those passions.” He enjoys educating students about the importance of physical activity and healthy living outside of the school walls. “In what other profession would I get 180 days each year to teach people about ways to lead happier, healthier lives?” He previously starred in the reality show “Too Fat for 15: Fighting Back.” Taylor will be honored at the New Jersey Charter Schools Association conference in Atlantic City on May 26.

Caldwell University’s principal certification program is designed to meet New Jersey’s certification requirements for principal certification for applicants who have a master’s degree in educational administration, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction or a master’s degree in another recognized field of leadership or management.

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Congressman Frelinghuysen visits Intro to Public Administration Class

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Caldwell, N.J., March 31, 2016 – Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen visited Political Science Professor Domenic Maffei’s Introduction to Public Administration class on March 31 and provided students with insights on the legislative branch of government.

Rep. Frelinghuysen , of the 11th district, serves as New Jersey’s senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and on three key appropriations subcommittees: Energy and Water Development, Homeland Security and Defense, where he serves as Chairman.

Issues he discussed with the students included: the importance of literacy, the beauty of America’s diversity, the military, intelligence, genocide in the world today, paying for college, and the presidential race.

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Octaves: Celebrating the 8th Anniversary of the Caldwell University Poetry Service-Learning Project

The Caldwell University Department of English and the Caldwell Public Library will host the poetry reading Octaves: Celebrating the 8th Anniversary of the Caldwell University Poetry Service-Learning Project, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 14.  The event is free and open to the public and will be held at the Caldwell Public Library.

Since spring 2008, students in Dr. Mary Ann B. Miller’s Introduction to Poetry course have been working with local published poets to host public poetry readings at the Caldwell Public Library.  To date, 25 poets from the NJ/NY area have participated in the project.  This semester, current students will host 16 of these poets in a reading to honor them for their generosity in working with CU students over the past eight years.   These poets are as follows:  Laura Boss, Laurie Byro, Jessica G. de Koninck, Sandra Duguid, Laura Freedgood, Marcia Ivans, Gerry LaFemina, Marion Goldstein, Joel Lewis, Susan L. Miller, Rick Mullin, Priscilla Orr, Christine Redman-Waldeyer, Susanna Rich, Carole Stone, and David Vincenti.

Caldwell University students who will be participating are:  Pravin Adhikari, Christina Campos, Tyler Childs-Parfait, Romina Ghale, Kevin Goldman, Samantha Gomez, Vincent Gray, Yashant Gyawali, Hatim Hakami, Haley Kopf, Sophia Lavell, William Levier, Yadira Lopez, Emily Menendez, Brigitte Murgado, Mohit Nepal, Alysse Palestina, Srija Pant, Tiffany Polite, and Leah Seidman.  Each student will introduce one of the poets and read a poem by that poet.  Each poet will, in turn, read a poem prepared for the event that engages creatively with the number eight.

Light refreshments will be served.  Students will conduct a sale of books by these poets.  The event is sponsored by the Caldwell Public Library and the Caldwell University Department of English.

For information contact Dr. Mary Ann B. Miller at Caldwell University at  973-618-3454 or Fran Larkey at the Caldwell Public Library at 973-226-2837.

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Caldwell University Women’s Soccer Welcomes Newest Teammate Through Team IMPACT

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CALDWELL, N.J.- On Wednesday, March 9, the Caldwell University women’s soccer team welcomed their newest teammate, seven-year old Payton, through Team IMPACT. The draft day was held in the George R. Newman Center with her family in attendance as well as member of the soccer team and coaching staff.

Payton signed her National Letter of Intent to join the Cougars on the sidelines this fall. She and the team were connected through Team IMPACT, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses by establishing and expanding vibrant team-based support networks.

“We are honored to have Payton and her family join our team,” said Head Coach Nate Guagliardi. “She embodies all that we stand for here at Caldwell, and we are proud of her and the way she has fought and continues to fight.”

Payton developed kidney dysplasia which is where her kidneys were not able to function properly. She has undergone several surgeries over the years battling this disease. Now, Payton is doing well. She takes medication and has regular doctor visits as she continues her recovery.

She was greeted by members of the Caldwell University women’s soccer team and presented with Caldwell women’s soccer gear by Coach Guagliardi. The team advocates include Mary Kanzler, Shelagh Kerrisk, Kayla Troisi and Kylie Whalen. Payton will join the team on the sidelines this fall attending practices and games to support the Cougars women’s soccer team.

Payton’s parents were in attendance for her signing day along with her two brothers Travis and Ryan. According to Payton, her favorite color is pink and her favorite number is seven. Her favorite song is Sledgehammer by Fifth Harmony and her favorite singer is Taylor Swift! She loves gymnastics and cheering, her favorite game is Gaga and she loves to draw. Payton’s favorite movie is The Good Dinosaur, her favorite show is The Thundermans and her favorite food is pasta with butter!

ABOUT TEAM IMPACT:

Team IMPACT is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team. Team IMPACT children are drafted on to college athletic teams, local to where they live and, in effect, become official members of the team from Draft Day through to Graduation. At Team IMPACT, they envision a future where the lives of children facing the hardships associated with adverse issues and events will have access to collegiate team -based support in order to significantly enhance their quality of life in a number of ways, including; socially, psychologically, physically and academically. Team IMPACT also strives to provide collegiate teams with increased levels of awareness, sympathy and support for the medial and disease communities. Established in 2011, Team IMPACT has already matched over 700 children with collegiate teams at over 300 institutions in 42 states, improving the quality of life of hundreds of courageous children and touching the lives of over 21,000 student athletes. For more information, please visit: www.goteamimpact.org.