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Visceglia Gallery presents: Belize: Beyond the Blue Skies and Clear Waters


A Reflection on Short-term Service Trips

Caldwell, N.J., Aug. 30, 2016 – The Visceglia Gallery at Caldwell University is presenting “Belize: Beyond the Blue Skies and Clear Waters”, a reflection of short-term service.

This exciting exhibition features photography and written reflections on short-term service trips by Caldwell University students and faculty members. The writing and photography attempt to capture and share the sense of discovery, place and community many may not have the chance to experience.

The exhibition runs from Sept. 15 through Sept. 27. On Saturday, Sept. 24 Senior Sean Puzzo, who has attended Belize service trips, will give a mini- lecture from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Gallery.

Since 2013 Caldwell University has taken small groups of students, faculty, and staff to Belize to serve in the poorest district of Belize, Toledo. The Caldwell group has stayed at St. Peter Claver Parish in Punta Gorda, a small coastal town in the Toledo District. Punta Gorda serves as the “base camp” each year from which the group travels from and to their service sites.

Short-term service experiences offer students the opportunity to experience a new location and community in a way that is different than study abroad. Optimally, students learn about history, culture, economy, the complexity of social issues, and a way of life through firsthand experiences, in either a domestic or international setting. Puzzo, an exhibition co-curator, points out that, “Engaging in short-term service learning trips promotes tolerance and the reduction of stereotypes by working with unfamiliar populations. It also nourishes personal development, self-efficacy, and leadership.” And when successful, the volunteers leave without seeing themselves as heroes, but with enduringly deep connections and an awareness of the need for long-term partnership with the community.

When students volunteer in these communities they forge relationships, learn valuable life lessons as well as practical ones. Prof. Kendall Baker, the Visceglia Gallery director and co-curator, noted, “In ‘Belize: Beyond the Blue Skies and Clear Waters’ the photographs, reflections and ongoing questions celebrate the personal connections, work completed and the ongoing effort to discover and contribute effectively to worlds beyond our personal and national boundaries.”

This exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Caldwell University Welcomes Largest Freshman Class Ever

Undergraduate Enrollments Reach All-Time High


Caldwell, N.J., Aug. 29, 2016 – Caldwell University welcomed its largest freshman class ever at the start of the 2016-17 academic year with 406 students. Undergraduate enrollment is also at an all-time high.

Incoming students took part in Welcome Weekend activities Aug. 27-29 including a barbecue with President Nancy Blattner, Music under the Stars on the lawn, a trip to a Mets game, Mass and the new-student convocation ceremony.

Blattner formally welcomed the Class of 2020 at the convocation, saying, “Today begins a momentous period in your life because you are beginning your college experience.” She encouraged the incoming students to learn about the rich Catholic Dominican history and heritage and to reflect on the university’s commitment to the four foundational pillars of prayer, study, community and mission or service.

Commenting on the Dominican pillar of mission or service, she said that one of the most exciting opportunities awaiting the students was to volunteer. “Whether you choose to participate on a Midnight Run into New York City to feed and clothe the homeless, sign up for a weeklong experience in Appalachia over spring or winter break or decide to accompany the group traveling to Central America to work in jungle villages, your life will forever be transformed by participating in service projects at Caldwell.”

Shyam Sharma’ 17, president of the Student Government Association, welcomed the new students to the Caldwell University community.  “Over the next few years, you’ll see yourself and your peers grow personally and professionally in ways you never thought possible.  The first step is to go through this journey with an open mind.  Use this opportunity to try new things, whether that comes in the form of a global service trip, trying a new class or even the fusion entrees in the dining hall.”

Melissa Brown, a freshman from Brick, New Jersey, majoring in education and history, was looking forward to her college career. She said that the orientation leaders were fantastic and that she appreciated “how diverse the community is.” She enjoyed the Welcome Weekend activities because “they kept everybody involved and busy the whole time.”

The four largest freshman classes in the history of the university, and of the college, have enrolled in four of the last five years. This year’s class is almost 30 percent higher than last year’s, which was the second-largest class in history and is now bumped down to third.

“We are not sacrificing quality; the average SAT score for our regular admits is exactly the same as the prior year, and we have many more of them this year,” said Vice President for Enrollment Management and Communications Joseph Posillico.

With such a large freshman class, undergraduate enrollment is approaching nearly 1,400 students this fall for the first time in school history. The school hit other first-time milestones, reaching 1,100 students in 2011, 1,200 students in 2013 and 1,400 students this fall. From 2009 to fall 2016 the university has experienced a 44 percent increase in traditional students, a tremendous accomplishment at a time when there are fewer high school graduates and many other colleges and universities are experiencing enrollment declines.

The university is also welcoming its largest class of international students this fall with students from all over the world including Asia, South America, the Caribbean and Europe.


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Welcome back!

Time for the start of the Fall semester. The library wants to make sure you have all the tools you need to succeed. Check out the information below:

Not sure where to get started with your research? Check out our frequently used databases: http://libguides.caldwell.edu/subjectdatabases/frequentlyused

Citations getting you down? Take a look at this guide and keep an eye out for APA and MLA citation workshops this semester: http://libguides.caldwell.edu/citations

Need writing assistance? Writing tutors will be in the Library’s Learning Commons starting mid September.

Need some study time?
The Library is open:
Monday- Thursday 7:30 a.m. – Midnight
Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 9-5 p.m.
Sunday 1 – 9 p.m.

How about a break from all that hard work? Check out our social media pages (Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter), get a massage in the massage chair, sit down with the puzzle, or print something in 3D!

Still have a question? Stop by the library, give us a call (973-618-3337), text us (973- 947-6902), or chat with us!

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Accounting Student Receives Hispanic Business Scholarship


Caldwell, N.J., Aug. 11, 2016 – Caldwell University student Karla Barzola was awarded a scholarship from the National Hispanic Business Group at its annual gala on Wall Street in Manhattan July 21.

Barzola, a senior and an accounting major with a minor in finance and mathematics, says receiving the scholarship was amazing and attending the gala provided a wonderful opportunity to network with other professionals, given the many businesses that support the organization. “I’m very grateful to the NHBG for the scholarship which is helping me finance my education so I can graduate.” She enjoyed meeting the other students who received the scholarships. “We set up a group chat afterwards.”

Barzola, a senior and a native of Jersey City, is the first generation in her family (along with her sister) to attend college. She spent the summer interning with Concepts Office Furnishings Inc. in Saddle Brook, New Jersey. With an aptitude for math and working with numbers, she has particularly enjoyed seeing how the accounting department operates and wants to work with budgets in the future, perhaps as a budget analyst. “This is very valuable. You need to have experience when you are first applying for jobs. This is a good start for my career.”

Aida DeSoto, president of Concepts Office Furnishings, has been delighted to have Barzola on staff this summer. DeSoto was a co-founder of the National Hispanic Business Group, which is made up of prominent Hispanic entrepreneurs looking to develop opportunities for Hispanic businesses. In the early ’90s they decided to start a scholarship program to help high-achieving Hispanic students complete their college educations. DeSoto says they saw that students were dropping out after two years due to financial circumstances. Instead of finishing their educations they began to work. “We wanted to help them finish their studies with this scholarship.”

Barzola has had a positive experience studying in the Business Division and is grateful to the faculty and other Caldwell University staff for their support and direction. Professor Ann Marie Callahan is “an amazing advisor to consult with and talk to about the business world. She has helped me a lot in my major and the business world as well,” said Barzola. She is also thankful to Assistant to the President for Special Projects Dr. Nancy Becker and University Registrar and Director of Institutional Research Ian White for helping her with the scholarship process and to DeSoto for giving her the internship opportunity.

Most of all Barzola has found it rewarding to show her parents what she can achieve. “I’m glad that they are able to say they are proud of me.”

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Enhance your university learning experience at the Academic Success Center

Students share the benefits of a wide range of services at Caldwell University’s Academic Success Center.

The Center offers academic support services through which students of all abilities can address their long and short-term learning needs in a supportive and relaxed environment. Individual and group tutoring in most academic subjects is available on a scheduled basis. Many drop-in sessions are also offered. Skill-specific workshops are presented regularly to help students develop and improve their study habits and writing techniques.

The Writing Center, staffed by professional and peer tutors, has regular hours for drop-in assistance. Students may be referred to the Academic Success Center by their professors for skill reinforcement, or they may arrange for their own tutoring by completing the registration form available in the Academic Success Center. Students who excel in a particular course and who have been recommended by their professor, may be invited to work as Academic Success Center tutors.

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) is also located in the Academic Success Center. The mission of the ODS is to provide a full range of reasonable and appropriate accommodations and support services to students with disabilities in order to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990).

The Office of Disability Services seeks to foster independence and to develop the self-advocacy of students with disabilities. In addition, the ODS serves as a liaison and resource to members of the Caldwell University community.

Location: Student Center, First Floor
Contact: Nancee Roth, Coordinator of Tutoring Services
Coordinator of Disability Services
973 – 618-3645

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Jennings Library Faculty & Staff Coloring Contest!

Need a little relaxation this August? How about coloring your stress away?

coloring-1The Library is running a coloring contest for all faculty and staff. Packets with coloring pages will be sent to department offices. To enter, simply color a sheet from the packet and return the completed picture to the library by 8/23. All completed entries will be entered to win a prize! You may even see your work of art displayed in the library.

So get your colored pencils ready and ease into the fall semester with some coloring fun!

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Caldwell Athletics Hires Daryle Weiss to Lead New Sprint Football Program



CALDWELL, N.J.- Caldwell University Assistant Vice President/Director of Athletics Mark A. Corino has announced the hiring of Daryle Weiss to lead the new sprint football program in its inaugural season in the Collegiate Sprint Football League in Fall 2017. In addition to his coaching duties, Weiss will serve as an athletics administrator overseeing the department’s recruiting efforts. He will be the primary recruiting contact in the athletics department and assist with the overall organization and management of the athletic recruiting process.

“After an extensive hiring process, we are very pleased and excited to have hired Daryle Weiss as our first head coach to lead our sprint football program,” said Corino. “With his extensive recruiting background and outstanding collegiate coaching record, we believe we have found the proper educator and coach to lead this new and exciting initiative. I am looking forward to working closely with Daryle in developing the foundation for this program and establish a level of success in the coming years. Daryle will exhibit a work ethic and approach that will meet with our expected goals. We believe that we are fortunate to have Daryle on board our staff.”

Weiss brings over 20 years of teaching and coaching experience on the collegiate and high school levels. His experience ranges from Montclair Immaculate Conception as the freshman head coach to offensive/defensive line coordinator at Pope John XXIII. Weiss coached in his hometown at James Caldwell High School as the offensive and defensive line coach before taking the head football coach position at Rockland High School in Maine and Westbrook High School in 2007. Weiss moved to the college level with Bates College and most recently with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

“I want to thank President Blattner, Mr. Corino and the entire interview committee for giving me the opportunity to lead the Caldwell University Sprint Football Program,” said Weiss. “This is a dream come true for me and my family. To return home to build a football program at Caldwell University is amazing. I am humbled, honored and excited by the support everyone associated with CU has shown for our football program. I can’t wait to see our student-athletes represent our university in the classroom, community and on the field in 2017.”

The Caldwell native most recently worked at as the Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach for the football program at RPI for the past two seasons. In his first season, he transformed the offense to increase their offensive totals from the previous season. The Engineers were second in the Liberty League in scoring with 28.2 points per game. The rushing offense ranked third in the conference at 235.5 yards per game, while the total offense was second with 378.5 yards per game. This past season, Weiss’ scoring offense again ranked third in the conference while the Engineers’ total offense posted a league-leading 375.5 yards per contest. The rushing offense again ranked third, while the passing offense improved to second with 212 yards per game.

Prior to RPI, Weiss coached at Bates College for six seasons. He was the Offensive Line Coach, Recruiting Coordinator and Video Coordinator for three seasons. In 2010, Weiss was promoted to Offensive Coordinator, while retaining Offensive Line and Recruiting Coordinator duties.

During his time with the Bobcats, he coached numerous All-NESCAC (New England Small School Athletic Conference) student-athletes at a variety of positions, including tight end, offensive line, wide receiver and quarterback including the first signal caller in school history to be recognized. The team set 11 school records on offense in 2011, led the league in numerous offensive categories in 2012 and led the NCAA Division III in turnover margin in 2013 while setting the program record for rushing yards in a season.

Weiss began coaching high school football in his native New Jersey, where he was on the staffs at Montclair Immaculate Conception, Pope John XXIII and James Caldwell High School. He also coached track & field at Caldwell, as well as at Rockland. Additionally, he has experience coaching high school wrestling and as a strength & conditioning coach.

Weiss graduated from New Jersey City University with a degree in special education and served as a special education teacher from 1999 to 2008. He was a professional actor for five years, and trained at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in New York City as well as at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, where he was a theater major. Weiss has been married for 18 years to his wife Kelly and they have two children, Marshall and Abigail.

“We are excited to have Daryle on board, the hiring of a head coach brings sprint football one step closer to reality,” said Vice President for Enrollment Management and Communications Joe Posillico.

The Cougars will join as the ninth member of the CSFL that includes Army West Point, Chestnut Hill College, Cornell University, Franklin Pierce University, Mansfield University, the U.S. Naval Academy, Post University, and the University of Pennsylvania. Sprint football is a full-contact, intercollegiate, varsity sport and has the same rules as regular college football, except that all players must weigh 172 pounds or less. The league has existed since before World War II.

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High School Students Explore Spirituality and Leadership at Summer Seminar


Caldwell, N.J., July 27, 2016 – Seventeen high school students had the chance to look deeply at how their spirituality could underpin their leadership skills and help them make a difference in the world as they explored options for their college and career paths. The Spirituality and Society Summer Seminar was held July 16-23 on the Caldwell University campus.

Dr. Kyle Bennett, director of the Spirituality and Leadership Institute at Caldwell and a philosophy faculty member, said the aim of the program is to introduce high school students to spirituality disciplines and leadership practices to help them grow as young citizens who promote public justice and seek the common good.

The students had a taste of college life, living in the dorms, taking workshops and socializing together.

Three key areas of study were spiritual formation, theological reflection and vocational discernment.

Speakers included Michael Oliver, a Caldwell University theology faculty member, on spirituality and the environment; Bennett on spirituality and consumption; cartoonist Drew Dernavich on spirituality and expression; actor Matt Lowe on spirituality and entertainment, and Alissa Wilkinson, a film critic and English and humanities professor at King’s College, on spirituality and the media. They also took part in a journaling workshop with author and adjunct professor in the Caldwell Business Division, Barbara Davey.

“We really wanted the students to begin reflecting on how their everyday activities have implications for the kind of person and professional they become,” said Bennett. “I think we succeeded.”

There was plenty of time for recreation, ranging from mini golf to kickball to volleyball and a nature walk.

The students were introduced to the Catholic-Dominican tradition and enjoyed time with the Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell at an ice cream social.
Liz Serviss, of Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, was moved by Wilkinson’s talk on spirituality and the media since she wants to pursue journalism. She was inspired to hear that communications professionals can be “really contributive to the world and still be living out their faith.”

Gary Striggles Jr., from St. Mary’s of the Assumption High School in Elizabeth, said the week was more than he expected, and he was especially enthused about Oliver’s talk on spirituality and the environment. Oliver encouraged the students to “dial down on some things” like air conditioning to conserve electricity, “only using the amount you need,” said Striggles.

Alizè Stevenson, also from St. Mary’s of the Assumption, said the best part was Bennett’s talk on food and spirituality and how he probed the students on several points. “I like to answer questions,” she said, and the talk made her think that “we do take for granted what we have.”

One of the best aspects of the week was group discussions. “The leaders made sure everyone was connecting,” said Stevenson. “We all came from different places, with different thoughts on different topics,” and through the discussions, students were able to peak into each other’s lives, she said. “It was a life-changing experience … everyone was different, but now our plates are full.”

Serviss said it was wonderful to be in a healthy environment with other people who want to live in the world while maintaining their faith in Jesus Christ.

Janiece Montas, a senior at Caldwell University, worked at the seminar, taking pictures throughout the week. Since she had been involved in programs in high school she could relate to the younger students. “I was in their shoes … growing with the group … making friendships, learning from each other.”

Striggles said he ended the week with more confidence and that he was grateful to all the leaders and staff especially Bennett.

The other students who attended are:

Anjelika Catral of Academy of Holy Angels in Demarest.

Samantha Docteur of Holy Spirit High School in Absecon.

Kassandra Pardo and Sophia Feijoo of St. Dominic Academy in Jersey City.

Sheydline Moise, Asia Brooks, Nasyr St. Fleur, Jakub Klimkowski, Anthony Maldonado, Richard Franklin, Oluwatoyin Ogunbiyi, Jennifer Lawson, and Sarei Mosquera of St. Mary of the Assumption High School in Elizabeth.

Corrin Mahoney of St. John Villa Academy in Staten Island.

For the rest of the year (and beyond), students will be placed in online cohorts to continue conversations and to maintain personal and professional friendships.

The institute was made possible by a grant the university received from the Lilly Endowment Inc. The program is part of the endowment’s High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative.

To find about more about the Institute visit, caldwell.edu/SLI, on Twitter follow @SpiritualityLI

and on Facebook at /www.facebook.com/spiritualityleadershipinstitute/.

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Library Hours for August

calendarStarting August 1 the Library hours will be:

MondayThursday8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday8 a.m. – Noon
Saturdays and Sundays- Closed

Exceptions: The Library will be closed Friday August 5.

Normal hours resume August 29.

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Caldwell University Music Department Holding Auditions for Children’s Choir Program

Caldwell, N.J., July 20, 2016 – The Caldwell University Music Department is announcing its sixth year of the Caldwell Children’s Choir Program. Auditions for this program are scheduled for Thursdays, August 4 and September 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Applicants should come prepared to sing one verse of either “America” (My Country ‘tis of Thee), “America the Beautiful” or “Happy Birthday”.

This educational program is open to children ages 8 through 14 in grades 3 through 8. The choir meets weekly beginning September 8 with scheduled concerts in December and April. Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of music through choral study and performance.

Audition appointments are required and can be scheduled by contacting Dr. Nan Childress Orchard atNChildress@caldwell.edu. For further information please visit www.caldwell.edu/academics/academic-departments/music and click on the Children’s Choir brochure link.