Our CALDWELL UNIVERSITY CONVERSATIONS podcast features engaging guests who share news and information about Caldwell University students, faculty, staff and alumni.
Black Catholic Women of Faith: Courageously Facing a World Rocked by a Pandemic and Racial Inequalities
On this episode of the podcast “Caldwell University Conversations” our guests share their experiences as Black Catholic women of faith living during a time when the world is rocked with a pandemic, racism, economic challenges, and job losses. Andrei St. Felix, director of the Educational Opportunity Fund program, and Dr. Valerie Lewis-Mosley, an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Theology and Philosophy, talk about calling their beloved Catholic Church to live up to all it can and should be in the face of racial inequalities and about encouraging young people to pursue truth and contribute to a just society. They discuss their prayer lives during these challenging times, overcoming fear and how being Dominican Associates enriches their lives.
“When I wake up in the morning the first thing I do is I put my knees on the floor…” –Andrei St. Felix
“I love these kids. They are talented; they’re smart; they are very inquisitive. What I try to bring to them in this time of crisis is how much they are valued—to teach them to know who they are. “- Andrei St. Felix
“The most disappointing aspect of being a young person is finding out that the truth has not been given to you.” – Dr. Valerie Lewis-Mosley
“The Letter of St. James says faith without action is a dead faith. I would like to say that a church without action with its faith is a dead church.” – Dr. Valerie Lewis-Mosley
STUDENT TEACHING DURING THE PANDEMIC
When the coronavirus pandemic hit, K through 12 educators had to do gymnastics becoming ingenious in their teaching strategies to reach their students in a virtual world. For university students who were doing their field work as student teachers, the process became a great exercise in flexibility as they planned out their distance learning classroom experiences. In this episode of “Caldwell University Conversations” we look at student teaching remotely including what worked, what didn’t and what can be used in the future to promote excellence in education.
Our guests are Molly Heller, who recently completed her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and social studies at Caldwell University. She is pursuing her master’s in curriculum and instruction at Caldwell; Bryan Szabo, who recently completed his Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Certification Program and obtained a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing for grades K through 6 and Dr. Catherine Lundquist who teaches in the School of Education at Caldwell University. Dr. Lundquist is an award-winning elementary school teacherand she supervises university student teachers.
GRADUATES SAY CALDWELL ENCOURAGED THEM IN LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE
Students in the Class of 2020 will certainly have a story to tell future generations about their last semester and how they were resilient in making it to the finish line amidst the coronavirus pandemic. But COVID-19 will certainly not be the only aspect defining their university experiences. Our guests in this episode of “Caldwell University Conversations” certainly know that. Graduates Brooke McPherson, Christopher Lepore, and Pedro Liriano talk about what they have received from their Caldwell University educations, their advice for incoming students, and what they are learning through the pandemic. They share how they have grown in their leadership skills through all that Caldwell offered them, how they shared their gifts with others and how they are looking forward to using those gifts to make a difference in the world.
McPherson ‘20 received a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems and marketing with a minor in communication and media studies, Lepore ‘20 earned a bachelor’s in communication and media studies with minors in philosophy and business administration and Liriano, a December 2019 graduate, earned a bachelor’s in music education.
Doctoral program helps students explore best leadership practices
Great leaders help students succeed. That is why it is important that leaders in K through 12 schools and in higher education institutions are equipped with up to date theory and practice so they can help students achieve their fullest potential. Our guests talk about the doctoral program in Educational Leadership at Caldwell University and how students are prepared to strategically plan, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate circumstances with informed models of decision-making.
Dr. Joanne Jasmine, professor of education and co-coordinator of the doctoral program in educational leadership, Dr. Matthew Block, an alum of the doctoral program and superintendent of the Livingston Public Schools, and Susan Hayes, director of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment at Caldwell and a student in the doctoral program, are the guests. They also discuss how students explore the most current research with a blend of best leadership practices from across the United States, the tracks of study that are available, how the program accommodates those who may be working full-time as current school leaders and have families, and ways in which their particular dissertation projects have benefitted their professional work.
Caldwell Students Launch Hurricane Relief Drive for the Bahamas
On this edition of Caldwell University Conversations, we talk with three students who have launched a campus hurricane relief drive in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. Paiton Knowles from the Bahamas, Lamar-Shea Chang from Jamaica and Anamika Sharma Paudel from Nepal talk about their desire to galvanize the campus community to support the Abaco Assistance Fund, which will benefit education and help families restore their lives. They described how they know firsthand what it is like to live through natural disasters and how important it is to keep reaching out to those in need even after the media stops covering the story. They explain how they are holding fundraisers and collecting items and have seen overwhelming support from various aspects of the campus community including the Athletics Department, Paiton’s cross country team, the Residence Life community and the faculty and staff. The university’s Dominican pillar of service has inspired them to want to take that spirit with them when they graduate and pursue careers in business, medicine or health care.
Young musicians learn from Broadway and internationally recognized drummers at summer camp
In this episode of “Caldwell University Conversations,” we talk about the Caldwell University Summer Intensive Percussion Camp, which gives students ages 13 and up a weeklong experience of the percussion world. Joining us are: Alexander Bocchino, director of the percussion camp and a faculty member in the Department of Music at Caldwell University; Dena Tauriello, a musician, Broadway and pop/rock drummer and educator; Nick Bergamini, a high school student who participates in the camp and is training to be a camp counselor and Ashley Zafarino, a Caldwell University music education major who did her summer internship while working on the camp. The guests talk about the various experiences of the camp, which provides ensembles, clinics, masterclasses, a trip to New York City to take in a performance by professional percussionists and a student concert at the end of the week for friends and family.
Career planning and development for students and experienced alumni
With graduation ceremonies approaching, many are looking for their first opportunity to work in a field that is interesting and fulfilling. Our guests Christine Szeluga, assistant director of career planning and development at Caldwell University, and Linda Luciano, career coach, higher education professional and Caldwell University alumna, provide professional advice and insights. They discuss how to make the most of your career planning and development whether you are a recent graduate or an experienced alum. They provide advice on networking and keeping contacts, preparing the resume, using LinkedIn, writing the thank-you note and much more.
Caldwell University Discovers the Art and History of Vienna during Spring Break
A group of Caldwell University students discovered Austrian art and history during their study abroad program in Vienna, Austria. Our guests, Caldwell University students, Liam Kearney and Aida Osmeni, and the professors who led the course and spring break trip, Dr. Jennifer Noonan, professor of art history, and Benjamin Lammers, professor of history, share the richness of their experience. They explored the wonders of Austria including the Albertina Museum, the Schonbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Chapel. Dr. Noonan and Dr. Lammers describe the structure of the interdisciplinary course that covered Austrian art and history from the 15th to 20th centuries with major themes being the rise of the Habsburg Empire and the Austrian Baroque. Kearney particularly appreciated the side trip to Salzburg where they saw the beauty of the Alps and some of the sites from the classic movie, The Sound of Music. Osmeni shares how the experience gave her a deeper appreciation for art. The students discuss the benefits of the course beyond the academics including learning how to navigate and travel in a different country.
Caldwell Nursing Students Educating the Campus Community about Healthy Choices with “Generation Public Health”
In this segment of Caldwell University Conversations, we talk with three senior nursing students who are planning programming on campus for “Generation Public Health,” an initiative of the American Public Health Association. Akiel Morris, Maritza Pellegrini and Sarah Rossettini explain that through their clinical work they are educating the campus about social and economic factors that are determinants for health and why they have joined this initiative to help create the healthiest nation in one generation. They discuss why they want to empower and educate students, faculty and staff about their abilities to make healthy choices. The students share their experiences in Caldwell’s Nursing program as they have prepared for their professional lives. The events they will host are: “De-stress with Mindful Art Making” on March 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Student Center Gym and “Take the Pledge for Generation Health” from noon until 1 p.m. on April 3 in the Hall of Flags in the Student Center.
Business professor’s memories of son inspire her to improve education for children in India
Professor Monika Sywak, of the School of Business and CIS at Caldwell University, founded Pawel’s Children in memory of her son, Pawel. The non-profit organization provides support and makes education affordable for children at the Abhaneri School in Rajasthan, India. Sywak describes how the organization came into being after she and friends traveled to the impoverished area of India and happened to fall upon the school. Immediately Sywak felt a connection to the children and she was inspired to help improve education for the village so that the students could achieve their dreams. To date, she and the other volunteers have helped increase the number of bathrooms, classrooms, and buses. Other accomplishments have included establishing a high school, increasing the number of teachers and receiving accreditation. Sywak explains how this helps with the local economy and can have a ripple effect because students who become successful can come back to their village and give back. She shares how grateful she is to the other volunteers and what she believes can happen with the “power of one” person stepping out which then creates a team of volunteers.
Women and heart disease: prevention, risk factors, and symptoms
In the United States, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women. February is American Heart Health Month. In this episode of “Caldwell University Conversations,” our guest is Dr. Kathleen Kelley, associate professor and assistant director of Caldwell University’s School of Nursing and Public Health. She shares information about women and heart health, preventing heart disease, risk factors and signs and symptoms.
Dr. Naturale discusses prevention, symptoms and treatment for diabetes
On this segment of Caldwell University Conversations, we focus on National Diabetes Awareness month. Dr. Donna Naturale, assistant professor, in Caldwell University’s School of Nursing and Public Health, is an adult nurse practitioner and a certified diabetes educator. She talks about prevention, signs and symptoms, the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, screening, prevalence in the United States and New Jersey and managing and living with diabetes. She also discusses how she is training the next generation of nurses to help patients who live with the condition.
Healthy screen time for children and teens
With the explosion of the development of digital devices, screen time for children has become a concern for many parents who want to decide how much, if any, time their children should spend with media and digital devices. Dr. Stephanie Sitnick, assistant professor in the School of Counseling and Psychology at Caldwell University, joins us to provide her advice and insight on healthy digital and media usage for children and teens. She reacts to the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics “Children and Media – Tips for Parents.” Dr. Sitnick talks about age appropriate usage, the importance of watching with children, how parents model with their usage of devices, and the importance of play for a child’s development.
Tracing the steps of Saint Dominic de Guzman in France
Caldwell University is a Catholic Dominican institution founded by the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Caldwell and its roots date back to the time of St. Dominic de Guzman in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. Caldwell University President Nancy Blattner describes her experiences on a pilgrimage to France with presidents of other Dominican universities and colleges to trace Saints Dominic’s footsteps through historic places such as Fanjeaux and Prouille. She discusses St. Dominic’s life and what students and the campus community can learn from him today including how he respected the dignity of each and every person. Dr. Blattner shares her joy in studying the history, seeing the beauty and experiencing the Dominican charism with others from the Dominican family.
Science Students Intern with Professional Scientists
In this segment of Caldwell University Conversations, students Shreyoshi Hossain and Foujan Moghimi and Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Sciences, Dr. Agnes Berki talked about the value of summer internships with professional scientists. Hossain shared how she interned in the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Summer Undergraduate Research Program where she did research investigating the absorption of a compound that could be a cure for blindness, skin disorders, and seizures for newborns and people of different ages. Foujan Moghimi talked about her internship at the world-renowned teaching and biomedical hospital Johns Hopkins in Baltimore as part of the JH Bloomberg School of Public Health Diversity Summer Internship Program. She worked on a project titled “Evaluating Cytokines in an Acute Hepatitis E Infection”. They discussed how Caldwell prepared them for their internships and presentations and the plans in their department for the upcoming year.
Caldwell University Marching Band looks forward to 2018-19
Caldwell University’s new marching band had its inaugural year in 2017-18. The band performs at the home sprint football games, open houses, and other school events. Professor Rebecca Vega, director of the band, and student band members Adamarie Santiago, Ashley Zafarino, and Keith Kyewalabye reflect on their experiences including how the band brought school spirit to events, the friendships that were formed, and the commitments of being a member. Professor Vega describes the process of putting a band together and that Marching band is a one-credit course. They talk about their hopes for next year including how they are looking forward to drill expansion and a variety of music selections.
Senior convocation honorees reflect on their journeys at Caldwell
Caldwell University senior students who received awards at Honors Convocation reflect on their experiences during their college careers. Olivia Barnes, Dennis Brady, Michelle Eng, Stephen Han, Katlyn Houtz and Averi Zarbetski share their journeys at Caldwell including how they gained leadership skills, went on mission trips, learned about research and hard work, and discovered more about themselves and their gifts and talents.
Studying the Foundations of the Dominican Tradition in Rome
The Caldwell University spring break study abroad course, “Studying the Foundations of the Dominican Tradition in Rome,” is the topic of this edition of “Caldwell University Conversations.” Students Grace Santangelo and Enis Asani and Caldwell University President Nancy Blattner join us to talk about their experiences visiting Dominican and other ancient sites to probe the riches of the Catholic faith and the Dominican tradition. The students shared how they grew academically and spiritually taking in the religious and ancient art of the eternal city and how they forged bonds of friendship with their fellow travelers. Dr. Blattner shares her joy from working on the course with Sister Kathleen Tuite, O.P., vice president for student life, as they traveled and studied with the students exploring the lives of Saints Dominic, Catherine, Peter, Paul and others.
CU Sport Management and Business Study Abroad Trip to Italy
Students in Caldwell University’s School of Business and Computer Information Systems had the opportunity to travel to Italy to explore the field of sport management for a short-term study abroad excursion in January 2018. The students, along with their associate dean, join us on “Caldwell University Conversations” to talk about the trip that took them to Rome, Milan and Bologna. They share what they gained from hearing from professionals and visiting companies such as Nike, Ferrari Marketing, San Siro Stadium and Inter Milan. They also visited sites in Rome such as the Colosseum and St. Peter’s Basilica. They talk about the benefits of learning how to navigate on their own, enjoying the culture and food, and forming friendships.
President Nancy Blattner on Catholic Higher Education in the Future
December 2017 – President Nancy Blattner joins us on Caldwell University Conversations to discuss the state of Catholic higher education today and the forum she attended with other Catholic college and university presidents hosted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Boston College Oct. 17-18.
Dr. Blattner explains how the meeting, “Bishops and Presidents in Dialogue: Sustaining Catholic Higher Education in the Future,” included discussion of topics such as collaborations between Catholic colleges and universities, the value and importance of bishops’ leadership, the state of K-12 Catholic education and its connection to Catholic higher education, and the foundation a student receives from attending a Catholic college or university.
Dr. Bennett shares new book “Practices of Love, Spiritual Disciplines for the Life of the World”
Dr. Kyle Bennett, assistant professor of philosophy at Caldwell University, has recently published a book “Practices of Love: Spiritual Disciplines for the Life of the World” by Brazos Press. Bennett shares how these spiritual disciplines — that were derived from ancient monks — probed him to look more closely at how our everyday activities like eating, resting, talking and loving affect others. He examines how spiritual disciplines should not only deepen our “vertical” relationship with God, but should also affect our “horizontal” relationships with our family, friends, neighbors and all of creation. He challenges readers to look at how their actions within their ordinary circumstances affect the common good. Dr. Bennett is also program director of The Spirituality and Leadership Institute, a summer program for high school students at Caldwell University, which is made possible by a Lilly grant.
Study abroad “The History of Catholicism in Spain”
This past June a group of Caldwell students had the opportunity to study abroad in Spain for a course on “The History of Catholicism in Spain”. The students lived with host families, immersed themselves in the culture and language, and studied the interaction of Catholics with Muslims and Jews. The tour and course was led by Dr. Rosa Sanchez, assistant professor of Spanish, language, literature and culture, at Caldwell University. Dr. Sanchez joins us on the podcast along with students Daniela Sirio and Timothy Barr to talk about their experiences on this trip.
Biology students selected for Premedical Urban Leaders Program
Caldwell University biology students Shanice Edwards and Roksana Korbi join us on “Caldwell University Conversations” to discuss their experiences at the Premedical Urban Leaders Summer Enrichment Program at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. They explain how the experience focused on urban health and provided academic, clinical, research and service learning opportunities. Korbi and Edwards discuss how PULSE has helped them with the steps they need to take to apply to and plan for medical school.
Science Students Engaging in Research
In this edition of Caldwell University Conversations, we look at the research opportunities Caldwell provides for students in the Natural and Physical Sciences Department. The guests are Dr. Agnes Berki, an associate professor in the Science Department, Jessica Binkiewicz, a post-baccalaureate student and alumna who has been a New Jersey Governor’s Stem scholar, and Stephen Han, a biology student. They discuss the recent Research and Creative Arts day at Caldwell highlighting student, faculty and staff projects. Binkiewicz shares her experiences as a STEM scholar including leading high school students in research and visiting the New Jersey Statehouse. Hann discusses his research on microorganisms on smart phones and his experiences presenting at symposiums.
2017 Undergraduate Ceremony Commencement Speaker Shyam Sharma
Graduating senior Shyam Sharma is our guest on Caldwell University Conversations. He has been selected as the commencement speaker for the 2017 undergraduate ceremony. He talks about his experiences in the Business Division and the doors that have been opened for him including having the opportunity to intern at Tilcon NY. Sharma talks about how his professors and courses prepared him for the work world, his experiences as president of the student government association and how to get involved as a commuter.
Graduate ceremony commencement speaker — Matthew Block
Matthew J. Block, director of human resources for Summit Public Schools, has been selected to give the graduate ceremony commencement speech at Caldwell University’s 75th annual commencement on May 21st. Block will receive his doctorate in educational leadership. He joins us to talk about his experiences in Caldwell’s educational leadership doctoral program and his dissertation focusing on teacher mentoring.
Mainstream applications of applied behavior analysis: teaching car seat installation and safety skills
Caldwell University is a leader in training in applied behavior analysis, a highly effective scientific approach to teaching children on the autism spectrum. Associate Professor of Applied Behavior Analysis Jason Vladescu, Ph.D. and ABA doctoral student Antonia Giannakakos join us on Caldwell University Conversations. They discuss mainstream applications of applied behavior analysis such as how it can be used to train people in installing child car seats and in teaching kids safety skills.
Community service mission trip to Belize
Students Marisa Juliano and Sean Puzzo and Director of Advisement Henrietta Genfi are guests on Caldwell University Conversations to share their experience serving on a mission trip to an impoverished area of Belize during winter break. They talked about their practical work in repainting a school, how they forged friendships and came away from the experience with important life lessons including a greater realization that happiness lies in human connections not in material things.
College Planning Advice for Families
On this episode of Caldwell University Conversations, our guests explain the college planning process including the search, financial aid, loans, deadlines and visits to campus. Planning for college is an exciting time–that is why knowing the right steps to take makes the process that much smoother for parents and prospective students. Joseph Posillico, vice president for enrollment and communications at Caldwell, and Stephen Quinn, assistant vice president for admissions, provide information on how to navigate through the process and the resources the Caldwell University staff provides to help families during this important period.
New media and technology engaging prospective and current students.
On this episode of Caldwell University Conversations our guests discuss how Caldwell is using innovative media tools and technology for student engagement and recruitment. Joseph Posillico, vice president for enrollment and communications, Anthony Yang, executive director of IT operations and digital communications, and Steve Quinn, assistant vice president for admissions talk about the role new digital media is playing in increasing enrollment, in marketing, in enhancing campus life and introducing students around the globe to Caldwell University.
The International Student Experience at CU
In this episode of Caldwell University Conversations our guests discuss the international student experience at Caldwell University. Maulin Joshi, director of international student services, Jan Marco Jiras, director of undergraduate admissions and an international recruiter and Katherine Llangari, a Caldwell University student from Ecuador talk about the ways international students enrich Caldwell University’s campus life. They describe the supports and processes that are in place to help prospective and current international students, the different cultural celebrations held on campus and student-initiated humanitarian relief efforts to help those affected by earthquakes in Ecuador and Nepal.
Excitement builds as university plans for fall 2017 sprint football launch
Caldwell University is adding sprint football to its roster of Sports. The Cougars football team takes to the field in the fall of 2017. In this episode of Caldwell University Conversations Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics Mark Corino, Sprint Football Head Coach Daryle Weiss, and Chief Information Officer Don O’Hagan talk about the Athletics department’s preparation and planning for the addition of this exciting full-contact, intercollegiate varsity sport and what it will mean for the university and the surrounding communities.
CALDWELL OFFERS A NEW BACHELOR OF ARTS IN APPLIED LANGUAGE
Caldwell University is offering a new Bachelor of Arts in Applied Language. Professor Domenic Maffei, chair of the Modern Languages Department and the History and Political Science Department, joins us on Caldwell University Conversations to explain the Applied Language program and how it will prepare students for work in a number of areas including government, education, information and library services, nonprofits, business, public relations, international business, travel and tourism, communications, advocacy, and social services.
The Impact of Catholic Sisters on the History of the United States
Dr. Marie Mullaney, historian and professor of history at Caldwell University, shares her research on the numerous contributions religious sisters have made to the growth of the United States. She discusses how Catholic sisters were pioneers even before the founding of the U.S. living out the mission of service to help the sick and those most in need. She shares the work they have done in starting hospitals, women’s colleges, and schools and the need to document that history. Mullaney talks about the national oral history project SisterStory, which Caldwell University students took part in this past year with the Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell.
Caldwell University Science Students Engage in Research
Caldwell University biology student Eva Suchar and Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Agnes Berki discuss the benefits of research for science students. Suchar explains how she worked with Dr. Berki, her advisor, on research on the “Optimization of Fluoridation using Streptococcus sanguinis and Streptococcus salivarius for Better Oral Hygiene”. A highlight was being able to present the project at the Independent College Fund of New Jersey’s Undergraduate Research Symposium at the Liberty Science Center in the spring. Dr. Berki talks about the department’s plans for research for students in 2016-17.
Graduate and undergraduate commencement speakers reflect on their Caldwell experiences
The student commencement speakers for 2016, Sarah Schiffelbein and Anabela Santos, share their experiences in academics and activities at Caldwell, the support they have received from their professors, their career plans, and why they would advise prospective students to choose Caldwell.
Science Students Benefit from Partnership with Johns Hopkins University
During the summer of 2015 Science student Deborah Balthazar had the opportunity to intern at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She joins us to talk about her experience in the JH Bloomberg School of Public
Health Diversity Summer internship program. Also joining us is Pamela Marte, a science student, who has been accepted into the program for summer 2016. They discussed how the program gives students the chance to learn different aspects of public health and medicine and meet other students from around the country. Deborah shares how she was assigned to the Johns Hopkins Center for Livable Future where she researched food recovery and food waste. She talks about having the wonderful opportunity to meet with alumna Dr. Barbara Detrick, a professor of pathology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, who set up the partnership between Caldwell and Johns Hopkins.
SisterStory Oral History Project
The stories of Catholic sisters are an integral part of the history of the United States. Caldwell University is taking part in the national SisterStory campaign aimed at raising awareness about Catholic sisters. Caldwell was founded by the Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell.
Dr. Nancy Becker, assistant to the president for special projects, is leading Caldwell’s SisterStory Oral history project. Sophomore Averi Zarbetski has been taking part in the SisterStory project for her academic studies. Dr. Becker and Zarbetski talk about the benefits of the project for students and sisters and the importance of the endeavor especially during a year when the worldwide Order of Preachers is celebrating its 800th anniversary.