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ABA doctoral students accept faculty position and post-doctoral fellowship

Antonia Giannakakos is pictured here participating in the Caldwell University Research and Creative Arts Day.

Caldwell, N. J., May 12,  2017 – Two students in Caldwell University’s doctoral program in applied behavior analysis prepare to take the next step in their career in the fall 2017.

Antonia Giannakakos, M.A., BCBA, a student in the Applied Behavior Analysis Ph.D. program at Caldwell University was offered and accepted a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Montreal. Giannakakos will serve as a fellow in the Laboratory of Applied Behavioural Research under the supervision of Marc Lanovaz, Ph.D. Ms. Giannakakos will begin her fellowship in October 2017.

Lauren Schnell is pictured here participating in the Caldwell University Research and Creative Arts Day.


Lauren Schnell, M.A., BCBA was offered and accepted a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Special Education at Hunter College in New York, NY. Mrs. Schnell will assume her role as an assistant professor in the applied behavior analysis program at Hunter beginning in the fall 2017.

Giannakakos and Schnell are completing their dissertation requirements under the mentorship of Dr. Jason Vladescu, Ph.D., BCBA-D, NCSP, associate professor in the Caldwell University Department of Applied Behavior Analysis.

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Campus Ministry holds Rite of Christian Initiation prayer service and blessing


Caldwell, N.J., May 11, 2017–The university’s Campus Ministry office held a prayer service and blessing May 2 for the students who received their sacraments during the Easter season after they had prepared through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program.

Karla Ventura and Allison Eglow were initiated in the Catholic Church, receiving Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation.  Brooke McPherson came into full communion in the Church, receiving her confirmation.

Ventura and McPherson were instructed this academic year by Theology professor Christopher Cimorelli, Ph.D., who coordinated the university’s RCIA program.  Dr. Cimorelli said that he was happy to be able to walk with the students in their journey, “fostering an engagement with the truths of the Catholic faith, as they grew in their own faith and personal relationship with God and the Church.”

Ventura was inspired to pursue initiation two years ago after the Director of the Educational Opportunity Fund program, Andrei St. Felix, told her about the program on campus. “I thought it was the perfect time in my life to start my journey for initiation.” Ventura is grateful for “the privilege” of having been able to work with Caldwell’s former Chaplain, Father Al Berner, and Dr. Cimorelli at the start of this wonderful journey in her life.

McPherson decided to pursue the RCIA program after hearing about it through a freshman retreat early on in the school year. “I had always toyed with the idea of returning to the Church to receive Confirmation, but it wasn’t until I came to Caldwell that I finally had the guidance and support I needed to go through with it.” The RCIA program was an enlightening and positive experience for her. “I am so blessed that I was given the opportunity to grow in my faith and relationship with God under the guidance of such a welcoming program.”

Eglow went through the RCIA process at Saint Philomena’s in Livingston with the guidance of Father Francisco Cordeiro Mendonca.  “When I first walked into the church November of 2015, I knew that becoming Catholic was definitely what I wanted. Having my sponsor, my godparents, and of course my mother with me through this journey has been amazing,” said Eglow.  She is grateful to Father Francisco from St. Phil’s and all the members of her RCIA class.

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Mission Trip to Belize Highlighted on Life & Living with Joanna Gagis

Caldwell University alumna Emma Clarke and senior Sean Puzzo are guests on Life & Living with Joanna Gagis. They shared their experiences on Caldwell’s mission trips during winter breaks to an impoverished village in Belize. Puzzo explained how their volunteer labor has varied each year from building dividers for classrooms, to helping to build a church and more recently, painting the outside walls of a school. Clarke spoke about how the trip inspired her and broadened her horizons. They shared how the excursions allowed them to learn about different cultures and how they left Belize with a broader understanding of community and what it means to be a part of the human family.

The program is scheduled to air on NJTV on:
Saturday, June 3, 2 p.m.
Sunday, June 4, 11 a.m.

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Softball Secures #3 Seed in NCAA Division II Championship; Faces #6 Merrimack on Thursday at Molloy College

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Caldwell University softball team earned the #3 seed in the NCAA Division II Championship and will be part of the East Region 2 hosted by Molloy College. The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Champions secured the conference’s automatic bid and will take on #6 Merrimack College in the opening round on Thursday, May 11 at 2:30 pm. The Cougars enter the tournament at 44-13 overall and will be making their tenth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Caldwell takes on the #6 seed Merrimack College in their opening game on Thursday at 2:30 pm. Host and #2 seed Molloy faces #7 seed NYIT at noon. The winners will advance in the winner’s bracket to Friday’s game at 11 am. The teams that lose on Thursday will play an elimination game on Friday at 1:30 pm. The full schedule with times is listed below.

The Cougars enter the NCAA Division II Championship with a 44-13 mark. Caldwell won the CACC Regular Season title with a 25-1 record and won their seventh CACC Tournament Championship this past weekend. CACC Player of the Year junior Marisa Monasseri (Monroe, N.J.) leads the Cougars with a .507 batting average with 11 homeruns, 11 doubles, 65 RBI and .808 slugging percentage. First Team All-CACC senior Lauren Frye (Jupiter, Fla.) is second on the team with average at .428 with a team-best 77 hits along with 12 doubles this season.

In the other half of the region, East Region 1 will be hosted by Adelphi University and features the top seed Adelphi along with #4 University of New Haven, #5 Mercy College and #8 Wilmington University.

Here’s the complete schedule for this week’s tournament.

2017 NCAA Division II East Region Softball Tournament

East 2 Regional Schedule (Double Elimination)
Host: Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY
Thursday, May 11
Game 1: #2 Molloy vs. #7 NYIT – 12:00 pm
Game 2: #3 Caldwell vs. #6 Merrimack – 2:30 pm
Friday, May 12
Game 3: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 – 11:00 am
Game 4: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 – 1:30 pm
Game 5: Winner Game 4 vs. Loser of Game 3 – 4:00 pm
Saturday, May 13
Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5 – 12:00 pm
Game 7: If Necessary – 2:30 pm

East 1 Regional Schedule (Double Elimination)
Host: Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
Thursday, May 11
Game 1: #1 Adelphi vs. #8 Wilmington Molloy – 12:00 pm
Game 2: #4 New Haven vs. #5 Mercy – 2:30 pm
Friday, May 12
Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs Winner Game 2 – 11:00 am
Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 – 1:30 pm
Game 5: Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3 – 4:00 pm
Saturday, May 13
Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5 – 12:00 pm
Game 7: If Necessary – 2:30 pm

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Alumna Tanya Freeman Honored as Family Lawyer of the Year

Caldwell, N.J., May 10, 2017– Caldwell University alumna Tanya Freeman, a partner at Weiner Law Group in Parsippany, New Jersey, was honored as Family Lawyer of the Year by the Hudson County Bar Association on April 18 at Liberty House.

Freeman, who has represented professional athletes, television personalities and other high-profile celebrities, fondly remembers her days studying political science at Caldwell. She returned to school as a mother with six children and as a full-time employee at Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. “I really invented myself in my late 30s, and it started at Caldwell. It was so good for my kids to see that Mommy went back.” She still proudly hangs in her office the plaque she received for earning the highest grade point average in the Political Science Department.

Before entering the legal world, Freeman led audit teams for over a decade. She was licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey in 2012 after graduating cum laude from Touro Law Center. In 2014, Gov. Chris Christie appointed Freeman to the board of directors of University Hospital in Newark, where she chairs the Governance, Ethics and Legal committee. The Thomson Reuters list of New Jersey Super Lawyers named her a “rising star” for two consecutive years. She was also elected to the board of trustees of the Hudson County Bar Association in 2016.

Freeman recalls how she was inspired to start studying at Caldwell. While working for Blue Cross Blue Shield, she was staffing a career fair booth in Caldwell’s cafeteria and decided to look into enrolling. She was 60 credits shy of her undergraduate degree. Soon she was attending classes and was on her way to gaining her bachelor’s degree. “I’m still friends with my Caldwell classmates,” she says.

As a divorce lawyer, she tells her clients her story so they know that that no matter what their age or state in life there is great hope and that they too can take the steps to reinvent themselves.


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Finals Week @ the Library!

The Jennings Library has a lot of activities planned to help you survive the stress of finals. We’ll be open extended hours starting Wednesday May 10. Beginning Sunday May 14, hot drinks will be available after 7 p.m. Free massages will be in the Library Monday 5/15 and Tuesday Tuesday 5/16- 11 am-2 pm.

Come join us!

If you can’t make it in, don’t forget that the Library’s databases and ebooks are available 24/7 (on and off-campus) through the links on the Library’s homepage. Reference Librarians are just a click away if you need research or citation help — simply click on the “Ask Us” button on the Library homepage and we’ll answer your questions by chat or e-mail as soon as we can.

A special thank you to the Office of Student Engagement for providing the free massages and hot beverages.

Extended Hours Finals Week::

WednesdayThursday (5/10-5/11)- 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Friday (5/12) 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday (5/13) – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday (5/14) – 1 p.m. to Midnight
Monday (5/15) to Wednesday (5/17) – 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Don’t forget to take our survey for cookies during finals: http://libguides.caldwell.edu/semestersurvey

Business News, News

Caldwell University’s Research and Creative Arts Day

On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, the Caldwell University highlighted undergraduate and graduate student research and promoting STEAM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The Business Division was proud to have five undergraduate students, either majoring or minoring in Business, represented at this event.

Gabriella Armaral, Comparative Statistical Analysis of the Endangerment of the Bald Eagle

The science of statistics extends its reach into varying areas of our lives, such as; agriculture, business, economics, medicine, pharmaceutics, environment, wildlife, and the government. Statistics is the science of planning, obtaining, summarizing, and interpreting data, then subsequently drawing well founded conclusions on said data.” Relatively few people study both the general mathematical approach to statistics as well as the business approach to statistics. The two methods of studying statistics can be analyzed by comparing and contrasting them and then applying them to a real world situation. This project will attempt to further conclusions about the base of knowledge in statistical applications to see whether one approach, the other, or a combination of the two is most efficient.

A real world situation that direly depends on statistics is the study of endangered species. This paper will focus on the endangerment of the bald eagle. Whenever statistical research is conducted for scientific application, typically the mathematical approach is used. This process can be longer, more tedious and involved, as well as more complex than the business approach. This paper will attempt to validate the overlying hypothesis that a combination of the two approaches is the most efficient and effective way to obtain the best possible statistical data. Using the principles and accuracy of the mathematical approach, in addition to the convenience, organization, straightforward and comprehensible visualizations of the business approach, will lead to the clearest possible results and conclusions. This is the ideal way to handle real world situations and in the case of the bald eagle, would most likely uncover underlying issues that are causing the fluctuation of their appearance on and off the endangered species list.

SIEUWERD Blankenstein, Financial Regression Analysis of the Performance of English Premier League Teams and Their Financial Expenditures

This paper examines the financial expenditures of European football, specifically, the English Premier League (EPL) teams during the 2014-2015 season, and their relationship with team performance measured in points during the same season. Points are accumulated as follows: 3 for a win, 1 for a tie, and 0 for a loss. European football is the most popular spectator sport played worldwide, and it is currently one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. European football should not be mistaken with the American equivalent, known as American football. Football in Europe is what soccer is in the United States, a sport played by two teams of eleven players, where each team attempts to put the ball in the opponent’s goal by using any body part except arms and hands. European football has become a commercial giant, with the most competitive league being the English Premier League. The EPL consists of twenty teams every season, although the teams can and do change, depending on their performance. Each year three teams are promoted and three teams are relegated based on performance. According to a Deloitte analysis, the projected annual revenue for the 2016-2017 season for the combined twenty Premier League teams is £4.32 Billion (Deloitte’s Annual Review of Football Finance 2016). This revenue number indicates the enormous impact of finances on the EPL. Additionally, the EPL is known for the clubs’ extreme spending on wages. For example, during the 2014-2015 season, the average wages/revenue ratio was 61 percent, but certain teams were far above the average with ratios of up to 85 percent (Deloitte’s Annual Review of Football Finance 2016).

Aidan Groll, Cost Benefit Analysis of Legalizing Marijuana in New Jersey

Marijuana is the most commonly-used illegal substance in the United States. The debate over whether marijuana should be legalized has long troubled many American citizens and our politicians. To better understand the roots of the debate, it is imperative to analyze the history and use of the drug, as well as the implications of its prospective legalization. This paper explores such topics and more specifically determines if the State of New Jersey should adopt legislation that legalizes the drug. Fortunately, the research on this topic is informed by the actions of citizens and politicians in the states of Washington and Colorado, which have passed legislation legalizing marijuana and have produced research on the impact it has had in their respective states. Utilizing this research and supplementary studies, a cost-benefit analysis will be constructed on the impact the legalization of marijuana could have on the state of New Jersey. The focus of the analysis will be economic, legal, and social. Based upon the findings, a recommendation will be made on what course of action New Jersey should take.

Kathryn Reilly, Cryptography: Is This Ancient Practice Keeping Society Safe?

Society has come to rely on a series of technological formats to fit everyday needs. Each day people check pockets or purses for cell phones, car keys, and wallets that are filled with credit and debit cards, all coded to work and keep information from being hacked. Cell phones have finger print readers so that only the owner can access them. Debit cards now have security chips, making them harder to steal private information from. Businesses often operate using the internet which causes a need to encrypt confidential professional data to protect privacy.

The coding of technology stems from an ancient practice of cryptography, the art of writing and solving codes. Cryptography has existed for thousands of years. It can be traced to Ancient Egypt, the Roman Empire, and Elizabethan England. It was used during the American Revolution with the hanging lanterns to convey if the British were coming by land or by sea. The practice of encoding and decoding messages had a drastic defining moment during World War Two with the Enigma Code. That moment marked the integration of coding to protect secrets into modern technology.

Society is now facing an unexpected problem with the technology it created; 64% of Americans have experienced a major data breach. Almost every major company has an intranet and a share drive where all employee records and documents are kept from public eyes. Recently the act of cryptography has come under public scrutiny because of the United States Privacy Act. Consumers are conflicted in their view of government regulation: they simultaneously expect privacy while seeking government protection from data misuse. Yet, at the same time citizens expect the government’s assurance of safety by allowing the government to intrude on the privacy of others. The government needs to crack codes to gain access to information while protecting its own information from being hacked by others.

Randall Stafford, The Portrayal of Female Athletes in the Media

Female athletes have become great influencers to a new generation of young women in the United States. Thanks to the Title IX generation of athletes, young girls had an array of role models from whom they could learn that participating in sports was socially acceptable. Female athletes were able to enjoy the same benefits derived from sports that men have experienced throughout history. Benefits such as discipline, confidence, leadership skills, and independence.

Despite this progress in societal values, a stigma surrounding female athletes and their image still persists in the media and amongst athletic programs across the country. The representation of female athletes in mass media, or lack thereof, perpetuates the negative cultural view of women in sports. Minimal exposure of female athletes to viewers allows society to continue to believe that sports are made for men only. The sexualization of female athletes in the media allows society to maintain the traditional view of a female –that they are feminine and weak. Based on numerous studies on sport media companies’, such as Sports Illustrated and ESPN, the data has revealed that most coverage of female athletes represents their femininity and contains sexist language. Mass media’s impact on society’s culture plays a major role in creating the image of female athletes. Now, the media must take the lead in these changing times and cover women for their talents, achievements, and success, in other words, the same way they cover men. Only then can we see some real change and equality for women. Over the past 50 years society has made dramatic changes for women, more opportunities in the workforce, in education, and in politics. Now the time has come for the sports industry and the sports media to catch up and give female athletes the respect they deserve.

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Caldwell 3v3 Basketbrawl

On April 7, the Facility Operations and Event Management class at Caldwell University hosted the Caldwell 3v3 Basketbrawl, a fundraising event to benefit the  Center for Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis on the university’s campus.

The university’s students, as well as staff, came out and enjoyed an afternoon of friendly competition with their peers. Competing to raise awareness and donations for the Center, students broke into teams of ten for a round robin schedule. Sponsored by Jimmy John’s, Forte and Calandra’s, the attendees were served a plethora of dining options while watching the game.

With April being Autism Awareness month, our goals were to help educate our community about autism and interact with our neighbors on campus. After hosting this event, we hope that we will work with the ABA Center in the near future.

The Business Division at Caldwell University was happy to host the Caldwell 3v3 Basketbrawl fundraiser with the help of the Sports Management Club and the Office of Student Life. This event allowed Caldwell’s students to apply the concepts that we have learned and pull off an event that met the mission of the university and the course. The Sports Management Club and the Facility Operations and Event Management class would like to extend a thank you to the entire campus, our sponsors, and the Caldwell community.