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Caldwell University celebrated its annual Founder’s Day, Wednesday, March 22.

Students, faculty, staff and alumni gathered to remember the legacy of foundress Mother Joseph Dunn, O.P. and the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Caldwell. 

Stephen Meawad, Ph.D. assistant professor of theology, spoke on “Educating the Whole Person: Dominican Spirituality at Caldwell” including communicating the Dominican pillars of prayer, study, community and service to students in today’s world. 

Mass was celebrated by Father James Manos, an alumnus of Caldwell University.

Andrei St. Felix, director of the Educational Opportunity Fund program, gave a reflection. St. Felix said that the members of the campus community are standing on the strength and shoulders of foundress Mother Joseph Dunn and her faith.  “She believed and hoped against all hope that Caldwell University could  be a shining light.  In spite of the rejections, she persevered and she created what she believed God was instructing her to do.  When God gives you and I a dream He also instills in us the ingredients we need to achieve that dream.”   

Our connection to God, through the many forms of prayer, said St. Felix “enriches our faith and empowers us to access and bring forth our God-given talents to touch and transform people’s lives.  We need one another to accomplish God’s will on earth as it is in heaven.”   

Caldwell Chorale

The Caldwell University chorale, under the direction of Dr. Laura Greenwald, provided the music at Mass including “The Dominican Magnificat” and “Prayer for Ukraine”.

President Matthew Whelan, Ed.D. read blessings for students in the Honors Program and Greek life,  spring athletes, and international students.  

Employees were honored for their years of service working at Caldwell University.


Suzanne Baron Assistant ProfessorVisual Art and Design
Sherry BuchanonAccess Control MonitorCampus Safety and Security
Malik BurnsSystems TechnicianInformation Technology
Natashia Collins.75 InstructorSchool of Psychology and Counseling
Marc CrisafiAssistant Coach, FootballFootball
Joseph GiacchiAssistant Director, Athletics and Assistant Women’s Basketball CoachAthletics
Donna NaturaleAssociate DeanSchool of Nursing & Public Health
Kenneth TrimmerAssistant Coach, FootballFootball
Helen Antoniou McGowan Assistant ProfessorSchool of Business and CIS


Emma CavanaghAssociate ProfessorSchool of Psychology and Counseling
Elizabeth ElicesCompliance & Risk OfficerHR/Operations
Aneesha JeanAssistant ProfessorSchool of Nursing & Public Health
Kathleen KelleyAssociate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Nursing EducationSchool of Nursing & Public Health
Timothy Kessler-ClearyAssistant DeanStudent Engagement
Delcy SzczepanskiAdministrative AssistantSchool of Nursing & Public Health
Anthony YangAssistant Vice President and CIOInformation Technology


Nate GuagliardiAssistant Director/Head Women’s Soccer CoachAthletics
Elizabeth JohnsonCirculation Desk AssistantJennings Library
Michelle StaussAssistant Vice President, Human ResourcesHR/Operations
Paula VieiraSenior Access MonitorCampus Safety and Security


Arnold TofflerProfessorSchool of Business and CIS
Diana Schwers-LeeSenior Administrative AssistantAcademic Affairs


Walter Cmielewski Professor School of Education
Roseann Pennisi Circulation Manager/Systems Administrator Jennings Library
Nicholas Amabile Production Manager School of Business and CIS
Bernard O’Rourke Associate Professor School of Business and CIS


Linda DickinsonManager, NetworkInformation Technology
Mary LadanyWriting SpecialistAcademic Success Center
Stephen MaretProfessorSchool of Psychology and Counseling
Andrei St. FelixDirectorEOF
Cynthia StrianoExecutive DirectorHealth Services


Robert MannProfessorCommunication and Media Studies