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Poet and National Book Award winner Mary Szybist to present at Caldwell University

Caldwell, N.J. DATE – Poet Mary Szybist will headline the launch for this year’s issue of Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thurs. April 19 at Caldwell University. Szybist’s collection “Incarnadine” won the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry. Szybist will read with her husband, poet Jerry Harp, whose book “Spirit Under Construction” appeared in fall 2017. The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Jennings Library on campus.

Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry is a venue for publication of new poetry written by authors whose work is informed by the Catholic faith. The editor is Mary Ann B. Miller, professor and chair of English at Caldwell University.

“We are very grateful to Szybist for agreeing to be interviewed in the second annual issue of Presence and to Harp for contributing two poems to the collection. We are happy to be able to provide a venue in which the community can hear more about their work and its connection to the work of the journal,” said Miller.

Szybist is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress. Her first book “Granted” was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches at Lewis & Clark College.
Harp’s books of poems include “Creature” (Salt Publishing, 2003) and “Spirit under Construction” (NeoPoiesis Press, 2017). He is also the author of “For Us, What Music? The Life and Poetry of Donald Justice” (U. of Iowa Press, 2010). His essays and reviews appear regularly in Pleiades. He also teaches at Lewis & Clark College.
Students in Miller’s undergraduate Journal Editing class read poems submitted for possible publication in the journal each fall in conjunction with the journal’s submission period. Miller is editor of “St. Peter’s B-list: Contemporary Poems Inspired by the Saints” (Ave Maria Press, 2014), a collection of over 100 poems, written by 70 poets from across the USA. She guest-edited the fall 2015 issue of the women’s literary journal, Adanna, which is a specially-themed issue devoted to Women and Spirituality.

Super Saturday – Doubleheader to air on ESPN3


The Caldwell University men’s and women’s basketball teams host Jefferson University on Saturday, February 17, in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference doubleheader that will be featured on ESPN3 and the ESPN Watch App.

The day will include a VIP alumni reception room and the induction of CACC Hall of Fame honoree and women’s basketball alumna Danielle Ciresi Murphy.

$10 payment includes complimentary ticket to both games, food & drinks, CACC Hall of Fame ceremony, alumni free throw contests and more!

To purchase alumni and guest tickets, click the link below.


‘Light & Color: The Artwork of Judith Croce’ Exhibition at Caldwell University

Sodus series 2009 oil on canvas by Judith Croce

The exhibition “Light & Color: The Artwork of Judith Croce” will run Feb. 9 through March 12, 2018, and will feature 30 works by Caldwell University Art Department faculty member Judith Croce, who died unexpectedly last summer. Croce was a member of the department from 1988 to 2017 and its chair from 1988 to 2000. In her career as a professional artist, she took a minimalist, nonobjective approach that celebrated subtle color shapes and simplified compositions.

In her studio process, Croce was an intrepid seeker, and this exhibition will present works in a variety of media including oils, gouache, encaustic (wax and pigment) and most recently, cut-paper wall installations. With an exquisite eye for color, space and light, she transmitted her vision into minimal geometric elements to create ephemeral harmonies using subtle tensions and perceptual ambiguity. Croce’s work was influenced by Matisse and Morandi and was later informed by Bauhaus color theorist Johannes Itten. Her work is held in numerous museums and corporate collections.

A reception will be held 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, with a snow date of March 1. Check the university website for updates.

Renowned Percussionist Dennis DeLucia to give drumline clinic at Caldwell University

Renowned percussionist Dennis Delucia will teach master classes at Caldwell University’s Drumline Clinic, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Wednesday Feb. 21.

The free event will feature Delucia giving marching percussion technique instructions and demonstrations. A Yamaha performing artist, DeLucia
has been inducted into all three major percussion/marching arts Halls of Fame.

He has written four books on the art of drumming and in 1991, was the first percussionist to be inducted into the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame, alongside the late Fred Sandford.

The event will be held in the Caldwell University Student Center. The snow date is Feb. 28.

Percussionists are required to bring their own marching instruments. Space is limited so register soon.

If interested in participating, individually or with an indoor drumline, contact Professor Rebecca Vega via phone or email at (973)-618-3446 and rvega@caldwell.edu.

Art Therapy Programs Gallery 2017 Jungian Mask Exhibition

The Caldwell University Art Therapy Programs Gallery is presenting its 2017 Annual Jungian Mask Exhibition now through Dec. 11, 2017.  The gallery is located on the third floor of Werner Hall on campus.

For more than a decade, art therapy students have been asked to create a mask based on Carl Jung’s Archetypes, a concept which refers to a generalized pattern of images that form the world of human representations in recurrent motifs, passing through the history of all cultures.  The exhibition shows 26 pieces created by all of the graduate art therapy students enrolled in the History and Development of Art Therapy class. While the base of every mask begins with burlap and carpenter glue, the viewer will discover that each student has explored and experimented with a wide range of style, media and technique. Each artist has researched and defined an interpretation of a particular archetype. As each archetype is neither fixed nor static, all tell their own story, revealing a highly personal depiction through a universal lens.

Health Professions Graduate and Professional Schools Fair

The Career Planning and Development Office along with the Department of Natural and Physical Sciences at Caldwell University is hosting a Health Professions Graduate and Professional School Fair on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 11 am to 2 pm.

This fair will feature representatives from graduate and professional programs in health and medical fields and is open to all area students interested in pursuing advanced degrees in the health field. Additionally, representatives from Caldwell University’s Departments of Nursing, Public Health Education and Healthcare Administration will be on hand to talk to participants about the programs in these respective areas.

This event is free and will take place in the Student Center Gym at Caldwell University. For additional information including a list of participating institutions, go to http://bit.ly/2toq7rb

Faculty Art Exhibition Featured in Art Therapy Gallery

The Caldwell University Art Therapy Programs Gallery is presenting the “2017 Fall Caldwell University Faculty Exhibition” on view now through Oct. 29. The exhibit is open to the public and is located on the third floor of Werner Hall at Caldwell University, 120 Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell, NJ.

The display features works by Caldwell University faculty member Annette Vaccaro and Artist/Photographer, Berendina Buist. Vaccaro is an associate professor of counseling with specialization in art therapy at Caldwell University and a trained psychoanalyst. Vaccaro’s artwork in the exhibit is reflective of her work as a psychoanalyst. “The viewer may find visual representation of the power of introspection and commitment to self-reflection through the therapy process in this work, “ said Vaccaro, who is also a professor at the Academy of Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis and the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis.

Buist, a resident of Princeton, N.J., is a widely shown artist with international and national exposure. She is a member of the Movis Art Collective. Her work ‘Still in Motion’ highlights the effects of exercise on individuals and showcases the dualities of stillness and movement, and the physical and psychological selves. The collection consists of a series of larger than life before and after portraits.

“The Church at Play: Leisure and Sport in the Catholic Tradition”

“The Church at Play: Leisure and Sport in the Catholic Tradition” will be the topic of a lecture hosted by the Department of Theology/Philosophy at Caldwell University on Oct. 19, 4:30 p.m.

Robert P. Miller, Ph.D., assistant professor, at Mount Saint Mary College, will speak on the topic as part of the Sister Maura Campbell Lecture Series.

Dr. Miller’s talk will focus on the importance of leisure and its roots in the Sabbath; the principle of sacramentality or the ability of the physical world to point to the spiritual world; as well as explain a brief history of the church’s relationship to sports, including the teachings of Augustine and Aquinas with regard to the body.

The event will be held in the Alumni Theatre.

The Sister Maura Campbell, O.P. lecture series is named after Sister Maura, who was a Sister of St. Dominic of Caldwell. She was a theologian, philosopher, professor, researcher, and national leader in education whose scholarship and teaching spanned 50 years.

For further information call 973-618-3931.