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Delta Mu Delta Induction 2017

The Division of Business is proud to present the twenty-two students who were inducted into the international business administration honor society, Delta Mu Delta. Caldwell University instituted its Lambda Psi Chapter of Delta Mu Delta in 2009. In order to qualify for this prestigious society, students must have completed at least half of their coursework and maintain a GPA in the top 20% of their class.

2017 Inductees

Jawaher Fahad Almahbub
Taryn Kanani Auyong
Brandi-Lee Brochu
Rayshel Campaña
Melissa Marie Cook
Ean Francis Drew
Steven Eigenlaub Jr.
Kelly Marilly Gonzalez
Aidan R. Groll
Theresa Gail Henry
David Charles Jones
William R. Levier
Marina Cara Maret
Fritz Meister
Ryan L. Moran
John C. Motley
Minhtruc N. Nguyen
Coral Ismeyri Peguero
Rebecca Eileen Ryan
Shania Andrea Williams
Simone Maria Zaccardi
Maximilian Ziegler

Each year, Caldwell University selects honorary members, who exhibit excellence in business and maintain strong ties to Caldwell University’s Business programs, to be inducted into the honor society. The Division of Business was proud to induct two distinguised alumni, Anne Poltorak and Robert Melchionne.

In her 28 years at Tilcon, Anne Poltorak faced many challenges and has risen to the occasion each time. Anne began her career as a Personnel Assistant for Millington Affiliated, working her way up to Human Resources Administrator to her current position as Human Resource Manager, a position she has held proudly since 1999. Her role as HR Manager encompasses but is not limited to balancing the need of the employees managing, training, recruiting, mediation, union labor negotiations, policy developments, benefits, internships, and performance management. Additionally, Anne takes an active role outside of Tilcon, volunteering her time and talent at her local church, mentors an Eagle Scout, and being an active volunteer for Mane Stream’s “Adaptive Horsemanship Program” for riders with disabilities; there she can channel her equestrian talents into helping others to appreciate horses and riding. She is also a certified fitness instructor.

Robert Melchionne is a Vice President and commercial relationship manager for the Middle Market Lending Group of Provident Bank specializing in commercial & industrial loans to businesses in the manufacturing, fabrication, wholesale, transportation, and other professional industries. In a banking career of nearly 20 years, Robert has experience in providing commercial credit facilities to borrowers with needs such as short-term and long-term working capital, term debt financing for fixed asset expansion, business acquisition, commercial mortgages for real property, and international trade finance services for import and export companies. In addition to managing a portfolio of bank clients, Robert is responsible for actively seeking privately held, middle market companies, or those with annual revenues of $15MM to $200MM in central and northern New Jersey. His efforts help to grow Provident Bank’s existing portfolio with new commercial relationships. Prior to joining The Provident Bank, he was a commercial relationship manager for M&T Bank Sovereign Bank, and Spencer Savings Bank.

The purposes of Delta Mu Delta are to promote higher scholarship in training for business and to recognize and reward scholastic attainment in business subjects. Delta Mu Delta membership provides recognition for a lifetime. It is the highest national recognition a business student can earn.

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Political Science Students Selected for National Model United Nations Program


Caldwell, N.J., April 19, 2017 – Four Caldwell University political science students attended a program at the United Nations that brings students from colleges and universities all over the world together to discuss global issues.

Padriptee Lama, Patrick Rotondo, Daniele Roca and Katherine Llangari were selected for the National Model United Nations program in New York City. The program simulates a regular U.N. session. They were selected to represent the nation of Azerbaijan and attended two General Assembly sessions.

The students were expected to come to the program prepared to solve three pressing issues relevant to the 21 simulated U.N. committees. The National Collegiate Conference Association sponsors the National Model United Nations.

Lama is a senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations; Rotondo is a senior with history and political science majors and a minor in pre-law. Roca is a junior with a major in political science and minors in pre-law and business. Llangari is a junior majoring in political science with pre-law and Italian minors.

For students like Llangari who are considering careers in diplomacy, the program was a worthwhile practical experience. “NMUN taught me that no matter where you are raised, when you have to represent other people’s interests you have to sometimes put your beliefs aside and see what is best for them.” She found it gratifying that other students agreed that international cooperation is needed to affect global change. “This is good to hear because we, the future generation, know that in order to address 21st-century issues we have to collaborate with each other.”

It was also a rewarding experience to meet students from all over the world and to network with U.N. staff and volunteers. “Debating and acting very diplomatic was also an incredible feeling for those of us who are interested in pursuing a career in diplomacy,” said Llangari.

The students are members of the Political Science Club.  They were selected because they are active members of the club and engaged in their political science classes at Caldwell. Dr. Domenic Maffei, chairman of the History and Political Science Department, and the students’ advisor, said Model UN is a great program that ties in with the department’s goal of vigorously promoting the application of theory to practice. “This program exposes our students to the institutional processes of the world’s leading diplomatic organization. The skills they learn during these sessions will benefit them greatly once they graduate.”

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Alumna, physical therapist encourages STEM exploration

Credits tuition aid grant program with giving her the stepping stone for her education

“Rewarding” does not begin to describe the feeling Caldwell University alumna Monique Pineros  has every day when she heads out the door to work as a physical therapist. “Bringing back a human body to its normal functions with one’s hands is truly an art,” she says.

Pineros remembers her days at Caldwell and how her exposure to the liberal arts and to the diversity of campus life helped prepare her for the dream of entering the medical field. After receiving her doctorate in physical therapy from Quinnipiac University in 2016, she began to practice physical therapy and teach as an adjunct in Caldwell’s Natural and Physical Sciences Department.

“It all would never have been possible without that first stepping-stone, which was Caldwell University, along with the help of TAG,” she says. TAG is a New Jersey  need based grant program that  helps lower income students achieve their dream of receiving a college education.

“When I stand behind the podium in the classroom or evaluate and treat my patients in the clinic, I am constantly reminded that everyone has the potential to become their very best. The trick lies in becoming the individual’s first pusher in order to tap into it.”

Having been “fortunate enough and blessed to be on that receiving side,” Pineros wants to give back. “I too want to be on the other side to help that individual, whether student or patient.

“Coming from a family with financial hardships, I realized I required all the help necessary in order to make my dreams of a college education a reality. TAG was able to provide me with the financial bridge I needed to fulfill my academic studies at Caldwell University.”

Caldwell exposed her to a liberal arts foundation and to a diverse student body. “As a practicing physical therapist, I am able to clearly see the connections from the classroom theory I was given at Caldwell as well as the wealth of knowledge I gained from the interactions with my former peers to that of my current patient population. Not only was I given the academic foundation to pursue graduate studies but also the foundation to interact with patients in the clinic from all ages and walks of life.”

Having the opportunity to interact one on one with her professors at Caldwell and to create trusting relationships made her comfortable with the exchange of ideas at the professional and personal levels. “This was and is quintessential to my everyday life, in and outside of clinical practice.”

Pineros wants to help others who have talents in the STEM fields to be forward-thinking and passionate. “Marrying my love of physical therapy and clinical practice to that of teaching is what I aspire towards because not only do I want to inspire the generations after me in the classroom, I want to ignite a fire and thirst for never-ending exploration for the sciences, health and our future innovations.”

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Library Citation Workshops

The library will be holding workshops on MLA and APA citations styles:

Monday 4/17 @ 6 pm APA Workshop

Wednesday 4/19 @ 12 pm MLA Workshop

Saturday 4/29 @ 3:30 pm APA Workshop

All workshops will be in the Library Instruction Lab.

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New Sports Media Course at Caldwell University

Sport Management is a new major for the Division of Business Administration. The new Sports Media course will be a requirement in the program. Professor Bernie O’Rourke is associate dean and chairman of the Business Division.

Caldwell, N.J., April 12, 2017 – Caldwell University is introducing a sports media course through the combined efforts of the Communication and Media Studies Department and the Business Division. The course will be offered as part of the communication and media studies major and in the Business Division for majors and minors in sport management.

Sport Management is a new major for the Division of Business Administration and joins the six other majors already offered by the division.  The sports media course will be a practical introduction to the world of sports media. It will teach practical and professional skills required to perform and produce radio and television sports broadcasts. The course will also address the business aspects of sports media, the role of new media in sports coverage, and the social and ethical aspects of this field.

Students taking this course will be involved in highlighting Caldwell’s new sprint football program. They will assist in broadcasting home games and will be involved in game-day play-by-play and color. They will produce, write, and work as on-air talent.

Caldwell University recently added sprint football to its sports program. The Cougars will compete in the Collegiate Sprint Football League, and their first season at Caldwell University will begin in the fall of 2017.

A sports media course is being offered through the combined efforts of the Communication and Media Studies Department and the Business Division. Professor Bob Mann is chair of the Communication and Media Studies Department.

Professor Bob Mann, chairman of the Department of Communication and Media Studies, said, “We have wanted to do this for years. It’s a wonderful complement to our broadcast journalism courses because media has expanded to satellite radio and digital communications, providing more opportunities to create sports media content.”

Professor Bernie O’Rourke, associate dean and chairman of the Business Division, said, “This course will be a requirement for our new sport management major. We are excited to round out the program offerings with the addition of this applied course in sport broadcasting. Already, before even its introductory year, the sport management major is shaping up to be a highly successful program for the Division. This course is an indication of our commitment to provide a comprehensive program covering all aspects of the business of sport.”


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Library Easter Break Hours

The Library will be closing at 10 p.m. on Wednesday.

The Library will be closed Thursday April 13 – Sunday April 16 for Easter Break.

The Library will re-open Monday April 17 at 7:30 a.m.

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English Department Faculty Dr. Kornacki Selected as National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar

Caldwell, N.J., April 5, 2017 – Caldwell University English Department faculty Dr. Katie Kornacki has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 24 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions, so that faculty can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines.

Dr. Kornacki, a resident of Montclair, N.J., will participate in an institute entitled “Transcendentalism and Reform in the Age of Emerson, Thoreau, and Fuller.” The two-week program will be held in Concord, Massachusetts and will be directed by Dr. Sandy Petrulionis. The 25 teachers selected to participate in the program each receive a stipend of $2,100 cover their travel, study, and living expenses.

“I am looking forward to this exciting opportunity to enrich my own research and to develop materials to use in the classes that I teach at Caldwell,” said Dr. Kornacki.

Topics for the 24 seminars and institutes offered for college and university teachers this summer include Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia: The Voices of Women in Literature, Cinema, and Other Arts since Independence; American Material Culture: Nineteenth-Century New York; Beyond East and West: the Early Modern World, 1400-1800; Bridging National Borders in North America; City/Nature: Urban Environmental Humanities; Diverse Philosophical Approaches to Sexual Violence; Elizabeth Bishop and the Literary Archive; Emmanuel Levinas on Morality, Justice, and the Political; Exploring the 1977 International Women’s Year Conference in Houston; The Formation and Re-formation of the Book: 1450-1650; Islam in Asia: Traditions and Transformations; King Lear and Shakespeare Studies; Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in Twentieth-Century Chicago, 1893-1955; Migration and Empire: The Roman Experience From Marcus Aurelius to Muhammad; Mississippi in the National Civil Rights Narrative; On Native Grounds: Studies of Native American Histories and the Land; Recognizing an Imperfect Past: History, Memory and the American Public; Rethinking Area Studies Through the Modern Asia Novel; Space, Place, and the Humanities; Teaching the Religions of the World; Transcendentalism and Reform in the Age of Emerson, Thoreau, and Fuller; Will, Commandment, and Human Perfection in Medieval Jewish Philosophy; What Happened to the Civil Rights Movement?; What is Gained in Translation: Learning How to Read Translated Texts.

The approximately 537 NEH Summer Scholars who participate in these programs of study will teach over 93,975 American students the following year.

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Art Department faculty Dr. Jennifer Noonan to be a post-doctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.

Dr. Jennifer Noonan will be a post-doctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.

Caldwell, N.J., April 4, 2017 – Caldwell University Art Department faculty Dr. Jennifer Noonan will spend the 2017-18 academic year completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution’s Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Dr. Noonan, associate professor of art history and director of the Honors Program at Caldwell, will be the Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in American Art for a twelve-month period, 9/1/2017-8/31/2018. She will be working at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Archives of American Art to develop her research project, “The 1970 Venice Biennale: The Politics of Display, Politics on Display Abroad and At Home.” Her principal advisor on site will be Melissa Ho, and Crawford Alexander Mann III, the new Graphic Arts curator, will advise the project as well.  Dr. Noonan is thrilled that the Smithsonian and Terra Foundation selected her project. “This great honor will allow me the time to develop my research because the appointment will provide me with access to the Smithsonian collections and their archives, as well as the holdings in the Archives of American Art. I’m excited to get going and dig into the project.”

The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex, with 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park. On July 1, 1836, Congress accepted the legacy bequeathed to the nation by James Smithson and pledged the faith of the United States to the charitable trust. The total number of objects, works of art and specimens at the Smithsonian is estimated at nearly 138 million, including more than 127 million specimens and artifacts at the National Museum of Natural History.

If you would like more information about this Smithsonian Internships, Fellowships, and Research Associates, please contact the Office of Fellowships and Internships at 202-633-7070 or check out their website smithsonianofi.com.

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Distinguished High School Coach Ken Trimmer Joins Caldwell Sprint Football Coaching Staff

CALDWELL, N.J.- Caldwell University Head Sprint Football Coach Daryle Weiss has announced the hiring of renowned high school coach Ken Trimmer as an assistant coach for the inaugural season this fall. Trimmer is no stranger to the Caldwell area as he was the Head Football Coach at James Caldwell High School for over 20 years and worked for over 50 years in the district.

“I’m excited to join the Caldwell sprint football staff and provide a great opportunity for young men in the area to continue their football careers,” said Trimmer. “I am thrilled to join the staff at a great university that provides a quality education that will prepare our players for life. The excitement for the team’s home opening day, with the support of the surrounding community, is one of the reasons I chose to join Coach Weiss’ staff.”

Trimmer recently retired from James Caldwell following a 23-year run as their head football coach. He was the assistant coach for over 20 years and brings 53 years of coaching experience to the Cougars. Trimmer has been part of five NJ State Championship teams with two (1997 and 2008) coming while he was the head coach of the Chiefs. As head coach, he guided his teams to the postseason in 21 of his 23 seasons. While at James Caldwell, Trimmer also served as a physical education, health and drivers education instructor for 46 years. Weiss and Trimmer worked together for two seasons as Weiss served as one of the assistant coaches on Coach Trimmer’s staff.

Trimmer’s experience in the NJ football world is extensive. He has been involved with the Phil Simms New Jersey North-South All-Star Football Classic for over 25 years. Trimmer was the general manager for six years and has been the game director for the past 15 years. He has recruited former National Football League superstars to lend their support to the annual showcase of the best high school seniors in the state. The game is named for legendary NY Giants quarterback Phil Simms. The North Offensive MVP award is named for Dave Szott, who played for the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets and the Washington Redskins. The North Defensive MVP Award is named for two-time Super Bowl Champion Jim Burt, former New York Giant and San Francisco 49er. The South Offensive MVP Award is named for NFL Hall of Famer Joe Theismann, former quarterback for the Redskins. The South Defensive MVP Award is named for Jim Jeffcoat, a two-time Super Bowl champion. Theismann (South River H.S.), Jeffcoat (Matawan H.S.) and Szott (Clifton H.S.) also played football in NJ and remain heavily involved in the North-South Game due to Trimmer’s influence. This past year, Neil O’Donnell (North) and Scott Brunner (South) served as honorary coaches.

Trimmer is also involved in the Robison East-West All-Star Classic where he serves as the treasurer. The game features the top high school seniors from Hudson and Essex Counties against the seniors from Passaic and Morris Counties. In his 24 years with the Robison Classic, Trimmer was involved in garnering sponsorships to provide the participants an opportunity to showcase their talents for the next level.

The Cougars are part of the nine member Collegiate Sprint Football League that includes Army West Point, Chestnut Hill College, Cornell University, Franklin Pierce University, Mansfield University, the U.S. Naval Academy, Post University, and the University of Pennsylvania. Sprint football is a full-contact, intercollegiate, varsity sport and has the same rules as regular college football, except that all players must weigh 178 pounds or less. The league has existed since before World War II.

About Caldwell Athletics: The Caldwell Athletics Department sponsors 16 varsity sports with the addition of sprint football in the 2017-18 academic year. Caldwell University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division II (NCAA DII). The Cougars compete in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) and the Eastern College Athletic Association (ECAC). Sprint football will participate in the Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL), while women’s bowling competes in the Northeast Conference (NEC). For more information about Caldwell Athletics, visit caldwellathletics.com.

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Communication and Media Studies students inducted into national communications honor society

The Communication and Media Studies Department inducted students into the Alpha Gamma Delta chapter of the national Communications honor society Lambda Pi Eta. Top row, left to right: Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies and honor society advisor Rachel Carey,  inductees Casey Abramson, Eric Dieterele and Dennis Brady and President of the Caldwell chapter of Lambda Pi Eta Matthew Lepore.
Bottom row, left to right: inductees Nicholas Hayduk, Julia Cummings, Heba You Karroum and Kate Hogan. Not pictured: Jessica Cusimano and Andrew Cotto.

Caldwell, NJ, April 3, 2017 – The Communication and Media Studies Department inducted a group of students into its Alpha Gamma Delta chapter of the national Communications honor society Lambda Pi Eta.

Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) is the honor society of the National Communication Association for four-year institutions of higher education. The aim is to promote outstanding academic achievement in the Communication discipline.

The students who were inducted are: Casey Abramson, Eric Dieterele, Dennis Brady, Julia Cummings, Heba You Karroum, Nichola Hayduk, Kate Hogan, Jessica  Cusimano and Andrew Cotto.

Bob Mann, chair of the communication and media studies department, said he is very happy that the students are being recognized.  “The efforts to establish this chapter came from our students. They really care about the Communication field.”

Caldwell’s chapter is advised by Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies Rachel Carey.

To be eligible for admission, undergraduate students must meet the following criteria: complete 60 semester credit-hours (90 quarter credit-hours), have a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0, complete the equivalent of 12 semester credit-hours (18 quarter credit-hours) in Communication Studies, have a minimum GPA of 3.25 for all Communication Studies courses, and currently be enrolled as a student in good standing, as determined by the institution’s policies and rank within the highest 35 percent of one’s class in general scholarship.*