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New Interlibrary Loan System

The library will be replacing ILLiad with a new system for interlibrary loan starting July 5, 2017 named Jennings ILL.

You should save any active interlibrary loan articles and your requested items history in ILLiad before July 20, 2017. As we transition to the new system, interlibrary loan requests will be temporarily suspended starting today, June 20, until July 4, 2017. Interlibrary loan services will resume on July 5, 2017 in Jennings ILL.

Beginning July 5, you can make a request for an interlibrary loan item from the Jennings ILL link on the library’s homepage. For more information see the guide below:

http://libguides.caldwell.edu/jenningsILL

Please contact the library with any urgent interlibrary loan requests or questions.

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Radio host alum interviews Bob Mann on morning drive show

Alum Joe Catenacci ’06 is host of the radio morning drive show The Big Talker 106.7 in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Communications and Media Studies Professor Bob Mann was the guest of his former student Joe Catenacci ‘06 host of the radio morning drive show The Big Talker 106.7 in Wilmington, North Carolina. As a Memorial Day program, they discussed a previous radio program Mann had hosted from the 9/11 Memorial in New York City.

“It’s been awesome to have him on,” says Catenacci.  The conversation may heat up next month when they begin a regular segment on media issues since the two do not regularly look at issues from the same political viewpoints. That is what makes it interesting, says Catenacci. “One of the great things about Professor Mann was and is the fact he always encourages you to have free thought….he welcomed different viewpoints with open arms to build the discussion.  For us, the debate and conversation hasn’t ended since I graduated from Caldwell”.

Catenacci,  who does  play-by-play sports broadcasting for Coastal Carolina University and UNC-Wilmington, says that when the conversation gets too animated or heated, Mann and he can always pivot back to what they both have a passion for, “baseball and the New York Yankees.”

A former Cougars baseball player, Catenacci appreciates the experiences he had at Caldwell. “I was trained with the proper tools through operations and direction as a person who had potential for on-air.”  Although he says it is the individual who has to go after the media career, he credits Professor Mann and his communications studies in helping him lay the foundation and set the building blocks for his future.

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Students Attend Dominican Preaching in Action Conference

Caldwell, N.J., June, 8, 2017 – Caldwell students attended the Dominican National Preaching in Action Conference, a program of the Dominican Youth Movement USA at Molloy College in Rockville Center, New York in May.

The program focused on Dominican spirituality and the life of Saint Dominic. The group learned about the Dominican pillars, the Dominican family and preaching through the signs of the times, service, arts and prayer.  “It was a great way for students to learn more about the roots of Caldwell and to bring this fire back to campus and share with their peers,” said Colleen O’Brien, Caldwell’s director of campus ministry. Thirteen Dominican colleges and universities were represented providing an opportunity for students to interact with those from other institutions.  Caldwell student Brooke McPherson said she made “lasting bonds” with many of guest preachers, mentors, and attendees.

The students took part in a day of service at different sites with children or immigrant women or on a sustainable farm.  McPherson volunteered at the Sisters of St. Dominic of Amityville’s  OPening Word ministry where immigrant women are taught English and computer skills. “I truly will remember these strong, compassionate women for the rest of my life,” said McPherson. She said they were able to find a way around the language barrier and spent a long time talking about the difficulties of learning a new language and what it is like “trying to make it in a world that doesn’t always want to see you succeed.”

The students were split up into “home groups” which they met with each night to share and reflect on the day’s events. At the end of the conference, students were charged with setting a group goal and a personal goal. The Caldwell group chose to facilitate a boxtown event in the 2017-18 academic year to raise awareness of homelessness in the Essex County area. They also look forward to increasing interaction with the Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell.

The others who attended are: students Maria Lesniewski and Devin Lattuga and recent graduate Olivia Lewis. In addition to O’Brien, Marissa Haynes, associate director of student engagement, was a Caldwell chaperone.

 

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Caldwell Phi Kappa Phi collects hundreds of books for children in need

Caldwell Phi Kappa Phi Vice Presidents Katherine Llangari (left) and Alyssa Mol (far right) and Bridge of Books Foundation Volunteer Theresa Jahns.

Caldwell, N.J. – Caldwell University’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi organized a drive for the Bridge of Books Foundation to provide books for children in need in New Jersey. The chapter collected 430 books during the spring drive.

“We think that helping fellow New Jersey residents develop and improve their literacy skills benefits society as a whole,” says Katherine Llangari, a political science student and one of the vice presidents for Caldwell’s chapter.

>Bridge of Books Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, organization with the mission of providing an ongoing source of books to underserved children in New Jersey to support the development of literacy skills and to encourage a love of reading.

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Fulbright Scholarship Takes Art Therapy Coordinator to Taiwan

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Receiving a Fulbright Scholarship to teach in another country fulfilled a lifelong professional goal. In spring 2017, I spent five weeks in Taiwan, Republic of China, where I provided lectures and workshops at three universities in Taipei City as well as public outreach to professionals in several communities that included travel to areas outside Taipei such as Tainan and Kaohsiung. Chinese Culture University provided a faculty office where I had the opportunity to interact regularly with the faculty and students in both the undergraduate and graduate counseling psychology programs. In addition, I taught in the departments of Educational Psychology and Counseling at Tsin-Hua University and the National Taiwan Normal University. I provided lectures to school counselors and teachers at National Nanke International Experimental High School and worked with the staff of a domestic violence shelter.

My lectures and workshops were on topics related to both art therapy and counseling, and included areas like assessment and treatment of drug and alcohol addiction, sexual addiction, sexual abuse and sexual disorders. Based on audience response and feedback, I believe that Taiwan is a number of years behind the U.S. in recognition of and treatment of addictive illness. Sexual addiction was a topic completely new to a majority of the students and professionals that I met.

While there is considerable interest in art therapy in Taiwan, currently there are no graduate training programs in the country. There is a Taiwan Art Therapy Association (TATA) formed by art therapists who graduated from programs in the U.S. or England. I provided several lectures and a supervision session to TATA and found how much we all have in common in our appreciation for art therapy. I was happy to raise awareness about the benefits of art therapy as a treatment modality for addiction and sexual abuse.

On a personal note, I interacted with a range of students, faculty and professionals from varying backgrounds and found all to be kind, generous and hardworking people, with a reverence for education and knowledge. I was impressed when over 60 graduate counseling students voluntarily attended my 6-hour lecture on a Sunday! At the end, they each stood in line to get their pictures taken with me; this became a common occurrence, as did the many gifts and food items they brought me or left in my office.

Taiwan is a beautiful country. I made many new friends for which I am most appreciative. I visited many interesting temples and other cultural sites and ate the most wonderful food. I am very grateful that I had the opportunity for such an enriching and special personal and professional experience.

By Marie Wilson, PhD, ATR-BC, ATCS, ACS, LPC
Professor, Department of Psychology & Counseling
Coordinator of Art Therapy Programs

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Nursing Convocation and Pinning Ceremony Celebrates Graduating Seniors

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Caldwell, N.J., May 30, 2017 –   – The Caldwell University Nursing Department held its annual convocation and professional pinning May 19. Graduating seniors received their pins showing that they graduated from Caldwell University and symbolizing pride and accomplishment that unites nurses all over the world.

Pinning ceremonies celebrate the achievement of meeting the high standards of the nursing curriculum. The nursing pin was designed by representatives from the first graduating class of Caldwell University in 2012. The centrally located Nightingale lamp is a symbol of care and comfort to the sick and suffering. The cross represents the institution’s Dominican commitment and Judeo-Christian tradition. Laurel leaves encircle the pin and symbolize success, peace and life.

At this year’s ceremony Professor and Director of Nursing Theodora Sirota PhD, APRN-BC, CNL said the faculty prepared the graduates with a strong educational foundation to meet the challenges ahead.  “You have been taught by gifted and passionate nurse educators who have constantly modelled excellence in all nursing activities.  The education you have received here will serve you well as you enter nursing practice in a climate of ever-expanding health care possibilities and novel roles for professional nurses.”

The keynote address was given by Dr. Wendy Silverstein, manager of clinical education and nursing research at Morristown Medical Center. She encouraged the students to engage in lifelong learning including considering getting an advanced degree and certifications, joining a professional organization and getting involved. “Be passionate about striving for the best possible outcomes,” and represent the profession proudly, she said.

Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Barbara Chesler explained that the pinning ceremony brings together the art and science of nursing.   “The pin represents the badge of courage nurses wear, for every day they are on the front lines of health care – birthing babies, fighting death, disease” and showing “the courage and commitment to the patient when everyone else might have given up hope and gone home.”

The valedictorian was Rebecca Susan Welsh.  Samantha Ann Coghlan, president of the CU Student Nurses Association, received the peer mentor award; Emma Marie Nicholas and Cassandra Nella Venditti received professional promise awards; Angel May Henry received the positivity and perseverance Award.

Nan Childress Orchard, DMA, chair and professor of music, provided music by  Jeremiah Clarke, Johann Sebastian Bach and Felix Mendelssohn for the ceremony.

The graduating seniors were:

Christen Marie Ardito

Ame Ariana Arriaza

Michael Cahn

Michaela Ciriak

Samantha Ann Coghlan

Ines Coppola

Meagan Curcio

Michael Andrew D’Antico

Karissa Marie DeGennaro

Lovena Frazil

Angel May Henry

Manoucheka Jean

Karen Jeri

Hava Kraja

Alexa Lubrano

Ruthzar Mercier

Emma Marie Nicholas

In Ju Oh

Christina Ann Orleanski

Jaimie A. Peter

Brielle E. Reighn

Gabriella Marie Rosko

Amanda Paige Schuren

Stephanie Lynn Silva

Amber Laye Smith

Lindsay Francine Truan

Casandra Nella Venditti

Rebecca Susan Welch

Tamara Anna-Kay Wong

Magdalene Woznicki

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Sean Puzzo –Dominican charism can inform one’s professional life

For Sean Puzzo it is the relationships he has formed at Caldwell University that will stay with him. His advisor, Art Professor Larry Szycher, stands out for “unending support—from checking up on my studies to sending me links to internships,” says Puzzo, who received his bachelor’s in graphic design at graduation on May 21.

Puzzo has formed other lasting relationships with students, faculty and staff by being immersed in campus life. He has volunteered with campus ministry, made mission trips to Belize and Appalachia, attended the Dominican Preaching Conference, served on the Strategic Planning Committee, and worked in the Admissions Office and the Student Life Office, where he used his art skills to create wall visuals.

In his senior year, he took part in the national oral history project SisterStory focusing on women religious.  He was paired with Sister Honora Werner, O.P. and created a video and blog about her life as a Sister of St. Dominic of Caldwell.

At the honors convocation his efforts earned him the Leadership in Ministry Award given for outstanding service and witness to campus ministry at the university and to someone who exemplifies the qualities and values the university hopes to promote in furthering the role of the laity in the church.

That zeal for community service and appreciation for how the Dominican charism can inform professional life have opened the door for his post-graduation plans. Beginning in August, Puzzo will give a year of service to the Dominican Youth Movement USA. He is excited to explore innovative ways of bringing the tradition of preaching to high school and college students and young adults.

Puzzo sees the connection between his passion for helping to make the world a better place and his art talents. “Good design helps good happen.” His parents are in the design business—“it is in my blood”—and he has done two internships with professional graphic design firms. The industry, he believes, has power and can be a force for good. “Change in this world can come from graphic design. Graphic design is at the forefront of communication these days.” If nonprofits and churches do not see the value of investing in marketing materials and design, their message “falls flat,” he says.

He looks back at his four years at Caldwell with fondness and has advice for incoming students. “Number-one step, get out of your comfort zone. Take a leap. Sign up for a class you might not otherwise take. Get involved in community service.”

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Greaves Named CACC Track Rookie of the Year; Women’s Team Receives Team Sportsmanship Award

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- Caldwell University women’s track and field freshman Alexandra Greaves (Huntington, N.Y.) was named Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Female Track Rookie of the Year as voted on by the conference coaches. The women’s team was also honored with the CACC Team Sportsmanship Award.

Greaves turned in a tremendous freshman season for the Cougars. She was named the CACC Track Rookie of the Week four times and was selected as the CACC Track Athlete of the Week following the Roadrunner Invitational. Greaves was a five-time Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) D2 Track Rookie of the Week this season.

Greaves shined at the CACC Championships as she won both the 100-meter and 200-meter dash events. In the 100, she posted a time of 12.82, while finishing with a time of 26.84 in the 200. Greaves also set the school record in the long jump with a distance of 5.12 meters, finishing in second place at the conference championships. She also won the 100-meter dash at the Roadrunner Invitational on April 1.

The women’s team also received the CACC Team Sportsmanship Award for demonstrating outstanding character and class throughout the entire season and at the CACC Championship meet.

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Monasseri, Ponto Earn CoSIDA Academic All-American Honors

AUSTIN, Texas- Caldwell University softball junior Marisa Monasseri (Monroe, N.J.) along with senior Sydney Ponto (West Deptford, N.J) received College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-American honors as announced by the organization on Wednesday. Monasseri was selected to the Academic All-American Second Team, while Ponto was an Academic All-American Third Team honoree.

Monasseri has a 3.49 GPA as a business administration major and earns her first CoSIDA Academic All-American honor. She completed another outstanding season for the Cougars as she was named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Player of the Year and was a First Team All-Conference selection for the second straight season. Monasseri was a D2 Conference Commissioner’s Association and National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Region First Team selection at catcher. She was also named as an Eastern College Athletic Conference First Team All-Star. Monasseri was also named as a NFCA Division II Player of the Year Top-10 Finalist. She finished the season with a .503 this season with 11 homeruns, 11 doubles, 78 hits, with an on base percentage of .624. Monasseri posted a .787 slugging percentage and led the team with 67 RBI. She led the CACC in on base percentage, slugging, average, homeruns, RBI and walks. Monasseri was tied for second in the conference in hits, fifth in runs scored and tied for 11th in doubles. In the nation, she led Division II in walks and was ranked third in average, sixth in RBI, 20th in slugging and sixth in walks.

Ponto posted a 3.73 GPA as a Spanish/Education major and this is her first CoSIDA Academic All-American selection. She completed a historic season for the Cougars as she was named the CACC Pitcher of the Year and was a CACC First Team All-Conference selection. Ponto also earned D2CCA East Region Pitcher of the Year as well as ECAC D2 Pitcher of the Year honors. She also selected to the D2CCA and NFCA East Region First Team and was a ECAC First Team All-Star. Ponto set the program single season record with 30 wins in the circle this season. She led the conference in wins, strikeouts (269), complete games (23) and innings pitched (226.0). Ponto went 4-0 in the CACC Championship Tournament, earning Tournament MVP honors. She ended her career second all-time in school history with 75 wins.

The Cougars finished their season with a 45-15 mark, tying the single season program record for wins (2004, 2013, 2014). Caldwell won the CACC regular season title with a 25-1 mark and went 4-0 in the CACC Tournament for their seventh conference championship. The Cougars were selected as the #3 seed in the NCAA Division II Championship, earning a postseason bid for the tenth consecutive season.

 

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Monasseri, Ponto Named to D2CCA and NFCA All-American Teams

ROLLA, Mo.- Caldwell University softball junior Marisa Monasseri (Monroe, N.J.) and senior Sydney Ponto (West Deptford, N.J) were selected to the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association (D2CCA) and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American Teams as released by both organizations. Monasseri earned First Team Honors, while Ponto garnered Third Team honors. Monasseri was also selected by the NFCA as the Diamond Catcher of the Year.

Monasseri earns her second All-American honors as she was a Second Team All-American selection by both organizations in 2016. She was recently named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-American Second Team. Monasseri completed another outstanding season for the Cougars as she was named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Player of the Year and was a First Team All-Conference selection for the second straight season. She was a D2CCA and NFCA All-Region First Team selection at catcher. Monasseri was also named as an Eastern College Athletic Conference First Team All-Star. She was named as a NFCA Division II Player of the Year Top-10 Finalist earlier this month. Monasseri finished the season with a .503 this season with 11 homeruns, 11 doubles, 78 hits, with an on base percentage of .624. She posted a .787 slugging percentage and led the team with 67 RBI. Monasseri led the CACC in on base percentage, slugging, average, homeruns, RBI and walks. She was tied for second in the conference in hits, fifth in runs scored and tied for 11th in doubles. In the nation, she led Division II in walks and was ranked third in average, sixth in RBI, 20th in slugging and sixth in walks.

Ponto earns her first All-American honors with her Third Team selection by both the D2CCA and NFCA She was recently named to the CoSIDA Academic All-American Third after completing a record setting year in her final collegiate season with the Cougars. Ponto was named the CACC Pitcher of the Year and was a CACC First Team All-Conference selection. She also earned D2CCA East Region Pitcher of the Year as well as ECAC D2 Pitcher of the Year honors. Ponto was also selected to the D2CCA and NFCA East Region First Team and was an ECAC First Team All-Star. She set the program single season record with 30 wins in the circle this season. Ponto led the conference in wins, strikeouts (269), complete games (23) and innings pitched (226.0). She went 4-0 in the CACC Championship Tournament, earning Tournament MVP honors. Ponto ended her career second all-time in school history with 75 wins.

The Cougars finished their season with a 45-15 mark, tying the single season program record for wins (2004, 2013, 2014). Caldwell won the CACC regular season title with a 25-1 mark and went 4-0 in the CACC Tournament for their seventh conference championship. The Cougars were selected as the #3 seed in the NCAA Division II Championship, earning a postseason bid for the tenth consecutive season.