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


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

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

The Caldwell University Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 2010 to honor student-athletes, coaches and contributors who have played significant roles in the success of the intercollegiate athletic programs at Caldwell University. With this year’s class, there are now 40 members in the Hall of Fame and they plaques are in the Welcome Center located on the first floor of the George R. Newman Center.

To watch the video from the event, click here.


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


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


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


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

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Advisement Services Promotes Student Success

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

A question and answer forum will follow the film.

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

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

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


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Educational Opportunity Fund: Like Family, It Works

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

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

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

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

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

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Caldwell University Rocks at Annual Street Fair


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Political Science Student Interns with Washington Semester Program

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

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

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

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

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

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Alumna Mary Sellitto-Curcio Receives Alumni of the Year Award


Caldwell, N.J., Sept.  27, 2016 – Verona resident Mary Sellitto-Curcio received the Caldwell University Peggy Harris Alumni of the Year Award at the university’s homecoming celebration Sept. 24.

Timothy Nellegar, past president of the Caldwell University Alumni Association board, said the award has been given annually since 1964 to an alumna or alumnus for outstanding service to the Alumni Association or university. Sellitto-Curcio is a “tremendously deserving recipient who has and continues to work tirelessly for the advancement of the university,” said Nellegar.

Sellitto-Curcio is currently president of the Caldwell University Alumni Association board, previously served two terms as vice president, and has been active on the board since 2006.  She has been an alumni board representative to the university’s Strategic Planning Committee and is a member of the President’s Society and the Caldwell University Veritas Committee.   “Receiving this award is very meaningful as it is given for outstanding service and is voted on by our peers,” said Sellitto-Curcio.

After graduation from Caldwell University, Sellitto-Curcio became an accountant for the Montclair Public School District and then went on to hold the position of school business administrator, RSBA with the Essex Regional Educational Services Commission.  She was formerly president of the Essex County School Business Officials, legislative liaison for the Essex County Association of School Business Officials, and an executive board member for the Essex County School Business Officials.

A lifelong resident of Verona, she has been very involved in the community including coordinating the Verona High School Thomas J. Sellitto Memorial Scholarship in memory of her father, and serving on the Verona High School Alumni Board and Hall of Fame Committees. She is a Wish Volunteer for Make-A-Wish of  New Jersey and received the organization’s 2016 Dynamic Duo Award.  She is a member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Major Joseph Bloomfield Chapter.

Sellitto-Curcio holds an English and business degree from Caldwell and a master’s in educational leadership from Montclair State University, as well as a chief school administrator certificate from the State of New Jersey Department of Education.   She is a member of the national English honor society Sigma Tau Delta.

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Business Advisory Council Opens Doors for Student Internships


Students Shyam Sharma (L) and Joseph DiCarlo (R) are interns at Tilcon New York, Inc., a supplier of quality stone and asphalt products. They are pictured here with Anne Poltorak ’78, Tilcon Human Resources Manager and member of the Caldwell University Business Advisory Council.

When Shyam Sharma started looking for internships he did not know the aggregate materials industry existed. Now he is well versed in how crushed stone is important to the building of roads, highways, bridges, hospitals and schools.

Sharma began interning with Tilcon New York Inc., a supplier of quality stone and asphalt products, in the summer between his sophomore and junior years. He has continued interning with the company ever since while still attending classes. A business administration major with minors in management and political science, he spoke about the value of his internship at the Caldwell University Business Advisory Council meeting Sept. 20. He told business leaders, entrepreneurs, faculty and staff  how his work in the Human Resources Department at Tilcon involved contract negotiations, change management, and improvement of employee engagement. Sharma later transitioned his internship into Project Management where he was responsible for an IT server room rebuild, office relocation and demolition when the company moved its headquarters from the Mount Hope Quarry in Rockaway, New Jersey to a corporate setting in Parsippany, New Jersey.

He learned about the opportunity from Caldwell alumna Anne Poltorak ’78, Tilcon’s human resources manager, when he networked with her at a Business Advisory Council meeting during his sophomore year. Poltorak says her company has appreciated working with Caldwell students.  One of the outstanding aspects of Caldwell’s internship program is that the faculty and staff “come out and spend time” at Tilcon “and show they care,” she said.

Professor Bernard O’Rourke and Professor Virginia Rich said this type of networking between businesses and students is exactly what they want to happen through the council. The group was established to provide a bridge between the local business community and Caldwell University, especially its business program. “The Business Division strongly encourages all of its majors to take at least one internship before graduation. Internships provide that vital experience which can increase a student’s career prospects.  We are fortunate that our Business Advisory Council members are supportive in facilitating student internships,” said O’Rourke.

Other business and computer science students spoke at the meeting about their internships.

Joseph DiCarlo is also an intern at Tilcon. His internship began in the summer of 2016 and was extended through the fall semester. As a marketing major,  DiCarlo utilizes his strengths in the public relations department, taking photos, filming video, handling social media and watching, as he says, “the net result of good public relations.”

Samar Tilmilsina, a computer information systems major, interned as a technology analyst at Bank of America in New York City. He worked with the team that provided archiving as a service to all the corporation’s internal clients. He created a capacity management plan and a prototype cost recovery system.  Tilmilsina recently accepted an offer for full-time employment at the bank, and will begin working there after he completes his undergraduate degree in December.

Kate Reilly interned in the marketing department at Interactive Data in Manhattan. She has a double major in business administration and mathematics and a concentration in human resource management. Several of her Caldwell classes helped her prepare for the work. “The business communications class really tied in well,” she said. “I noticed just how well prepared I was to enter this job, which is mostly because of all of the support and training I have received from my professors here at school.”

Abigail Sobieski, a marketing major, spoke about her internship in the marketing department at Buyers Lab, a global document imaging company in Fairfield, New Jersey. Her duties include creating the monthly infographics for the products the company tests, making brochures and putting together email blasts for new tools.

Sobieski also helped out at Tilcon this past summer, creating artwork that Sharma envisioned for the company’s break room. She worked with Caldwell student Ilea Scrichfield on the project.

Geraldine Perret, director, and Christine Szeluga, coordinator of the Career Planning and Development Office, said they are grateful to the council members for providing them with leads about internship programs for students and hope their colleagues continue to expand opportunities for students.

About the Council

The Business Advisory Council has more than 50 members and consists of business owners and senior executives from small, medium and large businesses in a broad range of industries in the greater Essex County area. Members also include key people in the university community such as business faculty, senior administrators and student leaders.

The council meets at least six times during each academic year. It provides a platform for a wealth of activities such as discussion of best practices in business, mentorship and internships for students, and showcasing of faculty research and scholarship—in short, any endeavors that advance the involvement of local business leaders to the benefit of the community at the college and beyond.

Career Planning and Development Office

Internship opportunities are available to students of all majors and in a large variety of fields. To learn more about how you can connect with qualified students to fill internship opportunities in your organization, contact the Career Planning and Development Office at 973-618-3290 or careers@caldwell.edu

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Writing Tutors are available in the Learning Commons!

Writing ToolsNeed someone to read over your paper? Concerned about your grammar? Having trouble organizing your paper? Come see a writing tutor in the Learning Commons! The Learning Commons is located on the first floor of the library near the Information Desk.

From reaction papers, to research papers, to application essays the writing tutors are here to help. Drop by to see a writing tutor today.

Writing tutors are available in the Learning Commons Monday – Thursday 4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Please remember tutors are available during the day at the Academic Success Center in the Student Center.