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table of contents

2 A Passion for Teaching: Faculty Features

8 A Triple Crown in Teaching

10 Reviving the Ancient Tradition of

Contemplation Through the Arts and Wonder

17 Caldwell Bucking National Enrollment Trends

20 75th Anniversary Celebration Recap

24 Kristina Danella Returns Home to Coach

at Caldwell

26 Caldwell Athletics Raises Funds, Awareness

at Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Event

30 Introducing the New Chairman of the

President’s Society, Frank Salerno ’02



Dear Friends of Caldwell University,

Caldwell University is well into the yearlong celebration of its

75th anniversary. For those of you who participated in the campus

festivities on September 19, you witnessed Caldwell University

at one of its finest moments. The day focused on the visionary

spirit of our foundress, Mother Joseph Dunn, OP; on the ongoing

contributions of time, talent and treasure of the Sisters of St.

Dominic; and on our Catholic identity, Dominican heritage and

liberal arts foundation. This is a day that will long be remembered

by those who were present and in the memorabilia that will be left

in our archives when memories fail.

Special moments included the music at the anniversary Mass,

particularly the Dominican Magnificat, which was unbelievably

beautiful as sung by our gifted choir. The participation at Mass

and the Convocation by our students—several hundred in

commemorative red T-shirts—reminded us of why we continue the

mission of Caldwell University; they were joined by an overwhelming

majority of our faculty and staff. The attendance of alumni,

including two graduates of our first class of 1943, was particularly

touching. The Dominican blessing sung over the members of our

sponsoring congregation moved many to both applause and tears.

The preaching of Sister Honora Werner, OP, and the Convocation

talk given by Father Paul Murray, OP, an Irish scholar from the

Angelicum in Rome, were thought-provoking and uplifting.

For our anniversary celebration, the Sisters of St. Dominic gifted

Caldwell University with a magnificent bouquet of 75 red roses.

I gave one red rose to each of the two graduates from the Class

of 1943 during Convocation. After the Homecoming Mass

the following day, I invited all alums present to take one of the

roses. All of them were distributed to women and men who

had graduated from Caldwell, symbolically sending the mission

out with our alums. At the end of Mass, the congregation sang

Caldwell’s alma mater, ‘Beautiful Caldwell,’ that was revived by

former Student Government Association president, David Reeth,

prior to graduation last May. Several alums wept as they sang this

song for the first time in decades. Truly, this celebration marked a

time to reflect upon our past, as well as an opportunity to envision

our future.

In my office hangs a very special plaque that was presented to

Caldwell University from Ann Dassing, an alum and mayor of

Caldwell. During Homecoming ceremonies she presented the

university with a key to the city, only the second time that such

a key has been bestowed. Mayor Dassing reminded me that in

medieval times, towns were surrounded by gates that were locked

at night to keep residents safe and to keep marauders outside the

walls. Only the most trusted of citizens would be given a ‘key to the

city.’ In my acceptance remarks after receiving the key, I recounted

this story, stating that truly Caldwell had become a ‘university

town’ and that we are proud to partner with our borough in

many common initiatives. For me, this presentation signaled the

strengthening of a key relationship with our local officials and the

town in which we are located.

Before I close my letter, I’d like to touch at least briefly on the

Dominican pillar of contemplation and on the student-centered

focus of our faculty and staff, topics that are taken up in this

magazine. In this time of instant communication, hashtags and

Google glasses, we can still make time to reflect. Recently, a dear

friend gave me a copy of The Art of Pausing: Meditations for the

Overworked and Overwhelmed, a collection of haikus, photos and

meditations compiled by Judith Valente in collaboration with two

other authors. Judith spoke during one of our 75th anniversary

events about her own journey to self-awareness at a Benedictine

monastery. Many of us in the audience were touched by her talk

and discussed how we, too, can find daily moments for reflection

even if our lives do not allow for a more secluded setting for

contemplation. This issue also touches on the contributions of

Dr. Yang Cai, Dr. Thomson Ling, Professor John Yurko, and

Sister Kathleen Tuite, OP. As is evident when you read about their

lives and their contributions to Caldwell, the special relationship

these faculty and staff have with students makes our university

unique—a place where students are truly at the center of everything

we do and the reason for our existence and our success.

Finally, I hope to see many of you on the first international alumni

trip to Italy from May 25 through June 4. This journey, with its

Dominican focus, will take travelers to Rome, Florence, Siena

and Bologna, accompanied by a scholar who will provide rich

commentary about the art and architecture, the history and the

religious context of the sites that we visit. I am looking forward to

this Italian sojourn and hope you will join me.

Best regards,

Nancy H. Blattner, Ph.D., OPA







Yang Cai often begins her classes by

telling her students, “I’m not just your

professor. I’m also your colleague because

you are training to be a professional and

I am a professional.” The tone she sets

from the start allows the “equal footing”

conversations that she enjoys most in the

classroom as a professor of sociology. She

loves the discourse and encourages her

students to challenge her ideas. “I tell

them, please, given my experience, you

have the freedom to think; don’t take it for

granted … don’t give up your right to think.”

Cai grew up in poverty in the city of

Guangzhou in communist China where

there was “no college unless you had a

government connection,” she says. Her

father, a scientist, was sent to work in rural

areas for “re-education,” just as Cai had

to do as a young girl. By the time she was

college age, China had reformed its college

entrance exams, so Cai was able to attend

Zhongshan University in Guangzhou

where she earned a B.A. in English.

But China’s education system did not

allow students to think freely. Cai recalls

a politics course in which students read

books on “great leaders,” including Marx,

Lenin, Engels and Mao. “But of course we

were not allowed to criticize them,” she

says. “We memorized Mao’s quotes and

applied them to our daily study.”

After graduating from college Cai went to

work in international business in China.

She was with a firm for less than two years

when she left, unhappy with the “underthe-table

deal-making” that she says was

part of the fabric of business. She knew

she wanted to go to graduate school but

was not sure what she wanted to pursue.

Her college professor, who had studied

in the United States, encouraged her to

try sociology or anthropology since she

enjoyed learning about different cultures.

Cai received a good offer from the

University of Georgia and started studying

for her M.A. in sociology there. She was

excited about what she was learning,

absorbing everything she could learn about

American society. “I loved the (academic)

discipline, the map of the U.S., the age,

race, and gender distribution of the 50

states, learning how the U.S. is structured.”

In 1989, the student-led Tiananmen

Square demonstration and protest erupted

in China. After watching CNN reports

of the government crackdown on student

protesters, Cai and some 50 other Chinese

students “drove through the night” from

Athens, Georgia, to Washington, D.C.,

to protest outside the Chinese embassy

with thousands of others. “We felt for our

peers in China, who were in their 20s and

30s,” says Cai, speaking about the young

demonstrators, many of whom were killed

in the government crackdown in Beijing.

While at the University of Georgia, she

had a defining experience that “set her

free.” In a political economy course, she

was assigned to evaluate “Das Capital” by

Karl Marx. She summarized Marx’s ideas

and “glorified” his work, the way she was

taught to do in China. It was a crushing

blow to receive a C for the paper. Cai went

to her professor for help and he explained

what it meant to critique a work. “I wasn’t

trained to think like that,” she says. After

several rewrites with that “very patient

professor,” she got a B-plus. “It was like my

first baptism with that professor. Now he

had set me free. The second baptism was

later becoming a Catholic.”

After completing her master’s, Cai headed

off to the University of Illinois at Urbana-

Champaign where she received her Ph.D.

in sociology.

Her life experiences impel her to encourage

her students to understand they are “given

a right to think” and to use that right.

She encourages them to use “sociological









imagination” to connect personal problems with world issues so

they take initiative in life and solve problems. Cai encourages them

to learn to work in groups with students of different backgrounds

and cultures so that they are prepared for the workplace. She finds

it most gratifying to use the platform of teaching to share ideas

with students—for them to see that education is not just about the

grade but also about the process of thinking and learning. “I have

the most joy when I see students who are willing to take risks and

want to learn and learn to think.”

This past fall Cai was selected to attend the Student Global Village

Network Professional Development Seminar at Rider, which

encourages mediated international exchanges and dialogue directed

by students. The event was made possible through a partnership

between Santander Universities and the Independent Colleges

Fund of New Jersey.

She cherishes the opportunities she has been given for education. “I

thought I was stuck in a small village. My world was so little, but

look at the big world I have seen with education.”

Aspects of Chinese culture remain a part of her, and she encourages

her two children to live by them. “Treat everyone with respect,”

Cai says, explaining how respect is deeply ingrained in Chinese

culture. She tells them not to focus on the “things” they could

have but to “dream the dream you can dream because you have the

freedom to dream.” n

— Colette M. Liddy

If it’s ten o’clock on a Saturday morning, chances are you will

find Communication Arts Professor John Yurko at the movies in

New York City with some 150 students and educators from the

greater New York area. Yurko is director of the Media Educators

Association and the Saturday Morning Film Festival, a screening

discussion group that meets at the Bow Tie Chelsea 9 Theatre

at 23rd and Lexington. The MEA’s aim is to give students and

educators a better understanding of the power of films and media

in society today.

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Students in Yurko’s “Seminar on

Contemporary Cinema” course attend

the festival to see and critique major

Hollywood, independent and foreignlanguage

films and documentaries before

they are released to the public—before

there is even “a poster,” he says. The MEA

sometimes hosts big-name directors,

writers, filmmakers and actors. Students

have the chance to go one on one with

those professionals and to ask about

lighting, concepts and script writing.

Recent guests have included director Fred

Schepisi and actors Jeff Bridges and Alan

Cumming. The course combines the

theoretical and the practical, something

that Yurko says is critical to learning.

Whether he is teaching film criticism or

video editing, he makes sure his students

are exposed to the technology and the

theory behind it. “In video editing, I

can show a student how to do a dissolve

or digital effect in Final Cut Pro, but

understanding why he or she chooses

that effect is more important to me than

a ‘cool’ effect.” This is essential in an era

when technology changes almost daily.

“We’re not just teaching key strokes;

we are teaching concepts.” The goal, he

stresses, is to gain a full understanding of

what one wants to say and then to use the

technology properly and creatively to say it.

Yurko’s passion for technology and film

started at a young age. He graduated from

St. Joseph’s High School in Montvale,

where he was “the camera club geek and

photographer for the yearbook.” His

father, a World War II veteran raised

in Czechoslovakia, was a hardworking

tailor who “barely had an eighth-grade

education.” He was “adamant that my

sister and I were going to get the education

he never received,” Yurko says. Yurko went

on to earn a bachelor’s degree in English

from Seton Hall University. “I always liked

stories and I always liked technology, so

I said, ‘How about pursuing technology

where I can tell stories’” So off he went to

New York University where he received a

master’s in cinema studies.

Yurko spent several years in television and

film production, stacking up a number of

prestigious awards—including six Tellys—

for commercials, documentaries and

productions for Fortune 100 companies,

working as a director, cameraman and

writer. He notes that one highlight was

getting to direct the legendary broadcast

journalist Walter Cronkite for a live

teleconference to California. “It was a

high-stress job, and although Cronkite gave

a terrific reading, he made one small error,

so I had to go up to him and tell him we

needed another take. And, of course, there

was no one more professional.”

As a film critic for United Features, Yurko

interviewed actors and filmmakers such as

Spike Lee and Paul Newman and several

members of the Monty Python comedy

group; he ran a local cable company

production studio and taught as an adjunct

… I can show a student how to do a dissolve

or digital effect in Final Cut Pro, but

understanding why he or she chooses that effect

is more important to me than a ‘cool’ effect.

for several years before coming onboard

full time at Caldwell. He wrote the book

“Video Basics,” published by Prentice Hall,

for middle school students. “I wrote that

on a typewriter, and I never want to go

back to a typewriter again,” Yurko says,

noting that he embraces today’s advances in

Professor Yurko has a standing

invitation to members of the

Caldwell University community

to attend the Saturday morning

movie screenings in Manhattan.

For an updated schedule and

more information, go to

technology. In the fall he took an advanced

digital editing course in New York City as

part of a faculty development grant and

will incorporate what he has learned when

he teaches his students in the spring.

Students in Yurko’s courses know his

enthusiasm and energy, and he feeds off

that. “I get excited when they get excited,

when they see something that they haven’t

seen before—when they get a fresh

perspective.” Knowledge must be given

away, he insists. There is joy in “throwing

yourself into the

mind of those

you are trying

to teach and

seeing if you can

find out what

motivates them,

and if you can

motivate them,

that motivates you as well. It is a real give

and take,” he says. And in the end, it is all

about sharing. “If you love what you do,

you certainly want to share what you love

with others.” n

— Colette M. Liddy







On any given day, Sister Kathleen’s Tuite’s

calendar is jam-packed with activities

ranging from training residence hall

assistants to attending a cabinet meeting

or a student club fundraiser to investigating

alleged conduct violations to watching

an athletics event and speaking at a new

employee orientation.

To her it is all a gift. “The gift of being

here at Caldwell,” she says, means that

“every day I get the opportunity to see God

revealed in so many different situations.”

She is vice president for student life, a job

that encompasses international student

services, student engagement, volunteer

outreach, counseling services, residence

life, campus ministry and health services—

almost all things non-academic. Sister

Kathleen feels “blessed to work with young

people at such a formative time of their

lives” and with “wonderful colleagues”

who want the best for Caldwell University

and the students. “I know I benefit from

the presence of the students and my

colleagues,” she says.

This year Sister Kathleen is celebrating

her silver jubilee, 25 years as a Sister of

St. Dominic of Caldwell, and she takes

nothing for granted. Every facet of her

ministry and work is an honor and a

privilege, perhaps more so today because a

health crisis she experienced two years ago

gave her an “epiphany, ”she says. “I just

relish the gift of life now.”

The “call” to become a sister came while

she was a young professional working in

the pharmaceutical industry. She met a

nun—not a Caldwell Dominican—who

asked her if she had ever considered

religious life. “I just sort of laughed at her,

but it never sort of went away, so that was

God’s call,” Sister Kathleen says.

Stepping out into the deep and answering

the call have taken her to ministries such

as working as the assistant to the vice

president for student

life at the university,

teaching theology to

high school students

at St. Dominic

Academy in Jersey

City and serving as the vocation minister

for the sisters. While a novice in the order,

she provided prison ministry in a mediumsecurity

facility in St. Louis. “That was eye

opening for me,” she says. Her experiences

have enabled her to see that the Dominican

charism is relevant for any time and place.

One of the order’s mottos is Veritas, which

means truth. “It is a forever message that

is rooted in the gospel of Jesus, so it can

never go away,” she says.

A Dominican

I’m not here for myself, and

motto, contemplata

et aliis tradere,

we’re here for each which means to

contemplate and


share the fruits of

your contemplation with others, is central

to her life. “I think we are all called to do

that,” Sister Kathleen says. “That’s a real

passion of mine. I’m not here for myself,

and we’re here for each other.”

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As she reflects on these past 25 years as a sister, she is grateful to

the other sisters in her community—“the women who have gone

before me, the women I journey with right now and those yet to

come, who inspire me and show me how to be faithful and give

me hope.”

Sister Kathleen is also a fan of Saint Catherine of Siena, who

said, “If you are who you are meant to be you will set the world

on fire.” And she hopes that Caldwell University is inspiring

students with that sentiment—that they “find the true gift and

beauty of themselves … their talents, abilities, skills … which in

turn allow them to go out and set the world on fire.”

In between her busy schedule, Sister Kathleen finds time for a

few passions—like watching her all-time favorite team, the Mets.

“My father was a huge Mets fan,” she says. She loves music,

including Katy Perry and country music, and plays the guitar.

And a little-known fact is that she has dreamed about getting

behind the wheel of a race car, but admits if she ever did try she

would “probably freeze.”

But all her outside interests point back to what she cherishes

most, the thing that gives her the most joy—“people … people

are my real passion … it really is a great passion to bring God’s

love to the world, to bring his presence to this world.” n

— Colette M. Liddy







Rock climbing is not for the faint of heart—not unlike teaching

at the university level. Thomson Ling knows that. Rock climbing,

like teaching, requires one to pay attention, focus , make critical

decisions, tenaciously face fear and trust others—all to get to the

next level and to keep moving forward.

Dr. Ling, a seasoned rock climber who is the New Jersey

coordinator for the national rock climbing organization Access

Fund, has found “lessons on the cliff” that are applicable to life—

“like knowing that you may encounter obstacles and challenges but

that you need to hang on to get to the next goal,” he says.

As an associate professor of counseling and psychology, he

certainly sets goals for himself and his students. His interests lie in

psychology research and crisis counseling and teaching students

how to excel in those fields. Dr. Ling chose teaching because it

was where he believed he could have the most impact—affecting

students who would train as counselors and then go out and “make

a difference … and be on the front lines.”





He did his psychology internship for his

doctorate at Virginia Tech in 2008, just

after the deadly 2007 rampage. As a fulltime

clinician, he found himself counseling

several students who needed help with

post-traumatic stress disorder after the

shooting. “I saw firsthand how

emergency and crisis counseling

works,” he says. That work

inspired him to create Caldwell

University’s mental health

hotline where graduate students

volunteer and get solid training

in crisis counseling. They started

the hotline in 2010 with about

six graduate student volunteers

and today there are 27. Nearly

every night graduate students take calls

for the campus, the hotline Contact We

Care and the National Suicide Prevention

Lifeline, averaging 14,000 calls a year.

Louisa Ansell ,who is studying for her

master’s in school counseling, says some

of the most meaningful calls for her have

been when she has able to respond to

adolescents who have been in distress.

“Every time I complete a shift I know that

I have assisted a caller in some way, big or

small,” she said. “I know the hours I have

spent volunteering at the Helpline are 100

percent worth it.”

Presenting at the APA convention was a

wonderful experience for our students. It helped

them solidify their interests, decide on research

areas and it motivated them to continue with

research and pursue graduate studies.


Dr. Ling’s passion for research was fueled

after briefly working in public policy in

Washington, D.C. He mainly focuses

his studies on “transitions, typically in

academia.” Each year he compiles a team

of strong undergraduate and psychology

students who are committed to a multiyear

research project. In choosing the topic,

Dr. Ling looks for projects that will “best

serve” the larger academic community.

Currently six students are part of the

“counseling research lab,” as they call

themselves, and they are analyzing the

experience of Nepalese students who are

studying in the United States. They wanted

to look at what Caldwell and institutions

in other states “do well” in serving the

Nepalese students. Another project,

entirely student authored, focuses on the

benefits of college hotlines. Dr. Ling makes

sure the students get visibility beyond

Caldwell, often working with a researcher/

academic from another institution,

presenting at conferences and publishing in

journals. This past summer the counseling

research lab of seven students presented at

the American Psychological Association

convention in Washington, D.C. These

types of opportunities give students a

clearer vision of what they would like to

pursue. “Presenting at the APA convention

was a wonderful experience for our

students,” Dr. Ling said. “It helped them

solidify their interests, decide on research

areas and it motivated them to continue

with research and pursue graduate studies.”

Persistence has been a driving word for him.

“There’s a joke in the Ph.D. realm that the

‘P’ stands for persistence,” he says. It is a

characteristic that he and his wife Jessica

share as she is a full-time opera singer.

“She brings a little of the arts to my world.”

As for students who someday

might want to pursue a

Ph.D. to work in higher

education, Dr. Ling says,

“Find something you are

passionate about. You want

to be interested in something

that makes you come alive.”

Good advice from a professor

who feels most alive when

he is teaching students how

to climb through mountains of data and

research or when he is exploring a remote

peak, crag, cliff or spire in the

great outdoors. n

— Colette M. Liddy




Caldwell has taken home a “triple crown”

this year with alumni and students who

have received regional and statewide awards

in teaching.

In our last issue we reported on Melissa

Brady ’14, who received a New Jersey

Distinguished Student Teacher Award

from the New Jersey Department of

Education and the New Jersey Association

of Colleges for Teacher Education. In

this issue we are happy to share two more

stories of outstanding talent in teaching—

Mark Mautone ’12, who holds a master’s

degree in applied behavior analysis, has

been chosen as New Jersey State Teacher

of the Year, and Kate Zimmerbaum ’14,

who has a master’s in curriculum and

instruction, has been recognized for her

work as teacher-as-researcher. Thus our

Triple Crown in teaching!





Caldwell University

was delighted to learn

that Mark Mautone

has been named

New Jersey State

Teacher of the Year.

Mautone is a special

education teacher from Hudson County.

He was honored by Acting Education

Commissioner David Hespe and the state

Board of Education at a special ceremony

in Trenton on Oct 1.

Kenneth Reeve, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Alvin

R. Calman professor of applied behavior

analysis, says the ABA department shares in

Mautone’s joy in receiving this wonderful

recognition. “Mark is a passionate advocate

for effective education for students with

special needs. He is a wonderful role model

for other professionals in the fields of

applied behavior analysis and education.”

Mautone teaches preschool children on the

autism spectrum at Wallace Elementary

School in Hoboken. He uses technology

like iPads to help them learn and speaks

nationally on the benefits of properly

A Triple



using technology to enhance education

for children on the spectrum. Mautone

serves on many committees statewide

and nationally, including the Autism

Task Force of the National Catholic

Partnership for Disability. He also serves as

a professional advisory board member with

the Archdiocese of Newark to help children

on the autism spectrum learn how to attend

Mass and participate in religious education.

In February he will present on special needs

and assistive technology at the Mid-Atlantic

Congress, which has the theme “Forming

Catholic Leaders for Faith-Filled Service.”

Mautone credited Caldwell with giving

him a strong foundation in applied

behavior analysis. “My advice to teachers

who have only had on-the-job training

in ABA is to enroll in a formal higher

education ABA program,” Mautone

said. “Caldwell’s comprehensive graduate

ABA program has taught me more

than any school district, workshop or

conference could offer in terms of training.

Caldwell has some of the most respected

professionals in the field.”






Kate Zimmerbaum

has been honored

for her work as

an educator and

a researcher. The

Pittstown, New Jersey, resident is the

recipient of the Northeastern Educational

Research Association Teacher-as-Researcher

Award for her school-based project titled

“Will the Introduction of a Critical

Questioning Technique and the Toulmin

Model Improve the Argumentative Essay

Writing Scores of Students in an Eighth-

Grade English Language Arts Class”

The research was her final project for the

master’s in curriculum and instruction that

she received in May 2014.

Zimmerbaum, who teaches eighth-grade

English language arts at Clinton Township

Middle School in New Jersey, was thrilled

to learn the news. “I am fortunate to

work in a school district that encourages

its teachers to continually grow and

learn,” she said. “The administration was

enthusiastic about my research project and

shares my excitement about winning the

award from NERA.”

She embarked on the research because she

wanted to help students improve their

argumentative writing skills and because

she saw that there had been a shift in

the Common Core standards toward

argumentative writing. “I’d noticed a

reliance on emotion rather than reason

and on personal perception instead of

data .… I found students would ignore

counterarguments,” Zimmerbaum said.

Her research allowed her to combine an

inquiry-based approach for examination

of data with the conceptual framework

provided by the Toulmin model of

argument. This approach helped students

“both interpret text and formulate logical

arguments,” she said.

Zimmerbaum presented her research and

received her award at NERA’s annual

meeting on Oct. 24. “The research I did

was really a reward in itself because it

taught me so much about how to be a

more effective teacher of argumentative

writing in my classroom,” she said. “I am

so grateful to Dr. Edith Ries of Caldwell

University, not only for encouraging

me to submit my research to NERA for

consideration, but for her guidance and

support during the research process.” n



Archbishop Hebda

Celebrates Mass

of the Holy Spirit

for Caldwell’s

first academic

year as a


Archbishop Bernard Hebda, coadjutor of the archdiocese, and Caldwell University Chaplain Father Albert Berner processing

in to the Mass of the Holy Spirit on campus on Sept. 10.

Having the opportunity to

speak with the archbishop

after Mass about our

institution and the role of

our Dominican roots in

our campus community

was very rewarding.

Archbishop Bernard Hebda celebrated

the Mass of the Holy Spirit at Caldwell

on Sept. 10 to bless the institution’s first

academic year as a university. The Mass of

the Holy Spirit is traditionally held at the

beginning of each academic year.

Archbishop Hebda, who is coadjutor of

the archdiocese, said the Mass provides

an opportunity for the members of the

Caldwell community to ask the Holy

Spirit to help them discern and develop

their gifts and determine how God is

asking them to use those gifts. He told

those in attendance that from the time

they are born and baptized the Holy

Spirit has given them a gift “that the

church needs.”

“The potential in this room is

unbelievable. We have to allow the Holy

Spirit to use our gifts to move things

forward,” the archbishop said.

The Rev. Albert Berner, Caldwell’s

chaplain, concelebrated the Mass.

A special blessing was given to the fall

athletes, student government leaders,

resident assistants and choir members.

The music was provided by the

Caldwell University Chorale and

pianist Warren Helms.

Senior Kathleen Flynn, president of the

Student Government Association, had the

chance to meet the archbishop. “This is

a milestone year for Caldwell University,

and we were happy to share this historic

moment with him and the Dominican

sisters. Having the opportunity to speak

with the archbishop after Mass about our

institution and the role of our Dominican

roots in our campus community was very

rewarding,” she said. n



Contemplation automatically

benefits others…everything

exists in relationship,

” Dominicans

– Sister Elizabeth Michael Boyle, O.P.


are familiar with the term

contemplata et aliis tradere, which means

to contemplate and share the fruits of

your contemplation with others. For

centuries, contemplation has been integral

to the Dominican charism. From the

order’s beginnings, Dominican friars and

sisters “have engaged the reality of their

world and sought a deeper truth through

assiduous study and contemplation,” as

was recently noted in a document called

“The Dominican Charism in American

Higher Education: A Vision in Service

of Truth,” which was inspired by the

12th Biennial Colloquium of Dominican

Colleges and Universities and shared with

the campus community.

Contemplation is “sheer gift,” and

it is not something you possess, says

Sister Elizabeth Michael Boyle, O.P.,

an accomplished poet and Caldwell

University professor emerita. “You can

‘get’ a degree at a university, but you can’t

‘get’ contemplation; it possesses you, and

the more it does, the less you can talk

about it,” she explains.

Although contemplation is not an

intellectual pursuit, the creative arts, such

as poetry, music and visual art, can give

rise to contemplation.

Dr. Mary Ann Miller, editor of

the anthology “St. Peter’s B-list:

Contemporary Poems Inspired by the

Saints” and professor of English, says “any

true contemplation that happens to be

achieved by a student of the arts occurs

by the grace of God, by a divine gift, not

because a professor has assigned the study

of a particular work of art.”

“Lyric poetry, by virtue of its brevity can

help us live in the moment,” she says.

She explains that “unlike the temporal

element in a novel, which can span

decades, the time span of a lyric poem

is a single moment from which layers of



the Ancient Tradition of

contemplation through the arts and wonder

thought from many different times in the

speaker’s, and by extension the reader’s, life

can arise.” A poem’s condensed language

“forces us to slow down, contemplate its

meaning, read and reread, and allow the

spiritual significance of images from the

physical world to arise in us so that a kind

of revelation takes place,” Miller says.

Music instructor Joseph Orchard teaches

an enriched core course on music and

contemplation, and he says music can

enable listeners to “see” in ways they have

not before. “Music is time and requires

time … music reminds us of the necessity

of time and the importance of yielding to

its demands in order to benefit from it.”

This, says Orchard, is a “humility, and

humility is indispensable for us to

see, know and experience God,”

hence to contemplate God.

Joanne Ryan, Ph.D., adjunct

professor of art and former

academic dean, explains that

when one contemplates art or the

beauty of nature, one must be in

its presence and be fully present

to it with one’s entire being.

“When one has a moment of

oneness with the art object or nature—an

‘ah’ moment occurs, one that is called an

‘aesthetic experience’—one for which there

are no words.” Dr. Ryan points out that

similarly, when one contemplates God, one

must place oneself in the divine presence

and become fully present to it. “When

contemplation occurs, it is the ultimate

experience of the divine for which there

are no words. It is a divine gift of love that

Aquinas calls ‘a loving gaze’ and John of

the Cross describes as ‘a loving awareness of

God,’” Ryan says.


The 13th-century German Dominican

Meister Eckert knew that whatever a

person took in by means of contemplation,

he or she had to pour out in love to others.

“Contemplation automatically benefits

others … everything exists in relationship,”

says Sister Michael, who has led the poetry

writing work group the Tower Poets for

many years. St. Dominic and St. Francis

insisted that contemplation is not the end

in itself and that the overflow is the gift to

others, she explains.

Although contemplation has been central

to the Dominican experience for centuries,

Sister Michael says “the Dominicans don’t

have a corner on contemplation.” Dominic

believed contemplatives belonged in the

universities, and Francis believed they

belonged in the streets serving the poor,

she explains.

Music is time and requires time …

music reminds us of the necessity of time

and the importance of yielding to its

demands in order to benefit from it.

– Joseph Orchard, music instructor.

Sister Vivien Jennings, O.P., is author of

the book “November Noon: Reflections

for Life’s Journey,” which focuses on

deepening one’s spiritual life in the modern

world through poems, the psalms and

sacred Scripture. She gives practical advice

on how to be open to the experience of

contemplation, starting with the idea

of “wonder” and allowing oneself to be

“touched by beauty, even if it is only the

plant in your apartment.” If you tend to

that little garden, she explains, you’ll be

inclining yourself to tend to your own

spiritual garden. This is much different

than wisdom, which can be purely

academic. “Natural contemplation takes

the wisdom encountered in the pursuit of

secular truth to a deeper level,” she writes.

“You can know a lot about the Bible but

not be contemplative,” says Sister Vivien.

She recommends reading small chapters

of the Bible in sections and praying over

them. “Contemplation is letting ourselves

become as close to God as he wants us

to be. Eventually it has to move into a

gradual realization that God is calling one

to more.”

“We can’t study our way into contemplation

because, when we reach that point, it’s all

about divine love,” Sister Vivien explains.


A new meditation group began this fall on

Tuesday evenings and is being led by staff

member Mary Ladany, Chaplain Father

Al Berner and Sister Ann Marie Rimmer,

O.P. Students, faculty and staff meet to

have a brief reflection and to experience

the silence, something that most would

agree is hard to find in our technologically

saturated universe.



The challenge has always been how to

balance an active life with a contemplative

life. As Sister Vivien writes, “Thomas

Merton described this well when he wrote:

‘We are faced with two critical challenges:

to engage the world around us and to

embrace the contemplative within.’” The

pursuit of the fruits of contemplation

and that deeper relationship is perhaps a

lifelong journey. “We keep learning how

to do it right all our lives. Even though

the great thinkers and minds have given

us illumination on how to contemplate,

the search will always continue,” says

Sister Vivien.

To quote the Dominican friar and aesthetic

writer Louis of Granada, “No man …

can find without what he ought to seek

within himself.” n

— Colette M. Liddy

Left: Laura Cugini, a sophomore majoring in secondary education, enjoys the quiet

in Rosary Hall’s lobby.




contemplation in the age of twitter

PBS-TV journalist Judith Valente (L) with Mary Ann

Miller, Ph.D., professor of English. Valente presented on

“Contemplation in the Age of Twitter” on Oct. 8 as part

of the university’s 75th anniversary celebrations. Valente

has poems in Dr. Miller’s anthology “St. Peter’s B-list:

Contemporary Poems Inspired by the Saints” and read at

a campus poetry reading earlier in the day.

PBS-TV journalist Judith Valente used to

fear dying—perhaps, she says, because she

had parents who were middle-aged when

she was born and looked like her friends’

grandparents. Today, Valente concentrates

more on living and goes to bed at night with

“a greater sense of having lived the day.”

How did she make that leap of faith

and learn to live each day with greater

appreciation for life Not without deep

soul searching and several trips to a

monastery in Kansas. Speaking to a group

on Caldwell’s campus, Valente recalled

how she discovered the ancient tradition of

contemplation and learned to incorporate

contemplative living into her everyday life,

which is often busy as a correspondent

for the television show “Religion and

Ethics Newsweekly” and as the senior

correspondent at the National Public Radio

affiliate in central Illinois. Valente’s lecture

“Contemplation in the Age of Twitter”

took place Oct. 8 as part of the university’s

yearlong 75th anniversary celebrations.

For Valente “the way forward” was

found by “going back”—back to the rich

monastic tradition of contemplation.

She found that “way” in a Benedictine

monastery in Atchison, Kansas, where she

met religious sisters who “live mindfully”

and taught her that “our days are meant

for praise.” While at Mount St. Scholastica

Monastery to give a talk, Valente became

aware of the phrase conversatio morum,

which, as one sister explained, means

“conversion of life,” encompassing a slow,

steady process of prayer, contemplation

and silence.

Valente made several trips to the monastery

after that initial meeting, searching for

something more, as she writes in her book

“Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence,

a Spiritual Home, and a Living Faith,”

which was selected for the Catholic Press

Association’s Best Spirituality Book in

Paperback Award and as one of three

top spirituality books of the year by the

Religion Newswriters Association.

Some visits at the monastery lasted for

one and two weeks. Change occurred little

by little as she learned how to bring the

contemplative into her daily life. She also

learned how conversion of the heart could

help her with her struggles and bring the

spiritual healing she needed to adjust to

being married into a blended family.

Busy professionals, parents and others

can incorporate the monastic practices of

silence, listening, hospitality, simplicity,

prayer and praise into their daily lives, said

Valente. “We are all searching for a spiritual

home … and for many of us things run

together … because we are

all running daily at such a

fast pace,” she said.

Instead one can learn to

make the day itself a prayer.

She gives the example of

her 2½-hour drive from

her home in Illinois to the

station in Chicago. “The

entire drive is a meditation,” she said.

“Sooner or later we all need our souls to

catch up with the rest of our lives … and

we can learn to pause during the day and

still be productive.” During her workouts

she incorporates prayers of thanksgiving to

God. She recommends writing a three-line

poem, known as a haiku, each day. “It is my

way of pausing, a Liturgy of Hours for me.”

Senior Kaitlyn Clausman was inspired by

Valente. “Being a student, an employee and

an athlete, I know how difficult it is to find

time just to appreciate life … I found her

idea of appreciating life in daily tasks to be

very helpful.”

Conversatio also encompasses relationships

and how we treat others—our family, our

co-workers. “Where are all the pieces in

your life that need conversatio morum”

Valente asked the audience. She pointed

to cultivating “habits of the heart” and

said, “Before you speak, ask yourself three

questions. Is what I am about to say true

Is it kind Is it necessary”

Clausman was moved by that. “Given all

the social networks and being behind a

computer or phone screen when people

are conversing, it makes it a lot easier

to say things that are not true, kind and

necessary.” Embracing Valente’s ideas

“can have a great impact on the world,”

said Clausman.

Today, Valente carries a spirit of the

monastery with her daily and says others

can do that too by embracing a “monastery

of the heart.” Monasteries are not “hopeless

throwbacks to the past, a case of ‘Let the

last monk or sister turn out the lights,’” she

said. Instead she sees them as a window to

the future, “a future we desperately need in

our society—one that stresses community

over competition, consensus over conflict,

Sooner or later we all need our souls

to catch up with the rest of our lives…

and we can learn to pause during the

day and still be productive.

simplicity over consumption, service over

self-aggrandizement, and silence over the

constant chatter of the Internet, e-mail,

Facebook and Twitter.” n

— Colette M. Liddy




A new gazebo has been erected on campus in honor of student

community service efforts, thanks to the inspiration of alumnus

Patrick Lehosky ’14. This fall he stopped by campus to help

workers, students and staff put the finishing touches on the

construction of the gazebo and explained

how he came up with the idea.

On the drive home from an alternative

spring break in Appalachia last year,

Lehosky said, he starting thinking about

a way to “leave a legacy on campus and

highlight service trips.” He had such a

wonderful experience serving the poor in

Kentucky that he wanted to encourage

other students to take advantage of the

opportunities Caldwell University offers

for volunteerism. The gazebo, which sits

in front of Werner Hall, is a “tribute to

service,” he said. It will feature plaques

recognizing students’ work helping

nonprofits and community organizations

locally, nationally and internationally.

Rachel Levy, who served in Appalachia,

thinks the gazebo is a great idea. “Props

to Patrick,” she said.

In addition to what the gazebo symbolizes, it will be a nice place

to “sit, relax, have a cup of coffee and chat,” said Lehosky, but “the

ultimate goal is awareness” about community service, an integral

part of Caldwell’s fabric. n

Climate Change Convergence:

A Multi-Disciplinary Exposition

The Visceglia Gallery presented an exhibition this past fall titled “Climate Change Convergence: A Multi-Disciplinary Exposition.”

The interdepartmental event was spearheaded by Kendall Baker, director of the gallery. It featured contributions by students and faculty

that included artwork, stories, poetry, informed commentary, scientific data, media analysis and sustainability guidelines in a multidisciplinary

exhibit. Faculty, staff and students shared their diverse perspectives on the issue of climate change.








Caldwell University welcomed 19

members to the first cohort of the

Ph.D./Ed.D. programs in Educational

Leadership. The students completed their

first two classes this fall—Leadership

Development with Dr. Donald Noone

from the Business Division and Policy

Analysis and School Reform with Dr. Joan

Moriarty from the Education Division.

The feedback has been overwhelmingly

positive. As one student commented

about Dr. Noone’s class, “I am so grateful

that it was you to teach my first class

and that my first class was Leadership

Development. From the books to the

discussions, from the exercises to the

tools and techniques, I feel equipped to

complete this journey.”

In Dr. Moriarty’s course, the university

teamed up with the University of Leeds in

England to exchange student perspectives

and to share videos of guest speakers

from their classes. “It was a good global

experience for the students, exposing

them to policy analysis and school reform

in a different country,” said Dr. Moriarty.

Fully Online

MBA Program

Caldwell University is set to offer a fully

online master’s in business administration

program, beginning in the summer of 2015.

“Our students in the general MBA and

accounting concentrations will now have

the flexibility to study anytime, anywhere,

any place through the convenience of this

online program,” said Bernard O’Rourke,

J.D., associate dean of the business division.

The students receive all the benefits of the

traditional program including advisors

who walk them through every step of

the 39-credit program. The content of

the program and the requirements are

as rigorous as the MBA program offered

on campus. O’Rourke said the program

aims to integrate the latest trends in

business technology into a well-rounded

graduate business degree. “While the

program can be completed fully online,

students can also avail themselves of oncampus

orientations and an international

short-study trip which focuses on global

management,” he said.

The Caldwell MBA program was developed

to provide career-building skills for


enabling them

to meet the challenges

of the 21st-century business world. At

the same time, the MBA provides ample

flexibility and a personal approach to

accommodate the busy lives of graduate

students with careers, families and other

responsibilities. Applications are now being

accepted for the online MBA program.

This is the fourth fully online degree

program and seventh online program

offered by Caldwell University. Caldwell

currently offers fully online bachelor

degree programs in psychology and an

RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

program as well as an M.A. in

educational administration. Three

certification programs in education

are also offered online: principal

certification, supervisor certification

and superintendent certification. n

Caldwell University was listed

Among The Top Catholic

Colleges with Online Programs

by There were

several criteria for the list including

reported acceptance, enrollment,

retention and graduation rates.








Dr. Marie Wilson, coordinator of art therapy programs, with student Stephany Sanchez.




The Caldwell University Mental

Health Counseling/Art Therapy

graduate program has received

accreditation from the Council for

Accreditation of Counseling and

Related Educational Programs,

becoming the first program of its

type in the nation to receive that

prestigious certification.

Marie Wilson, Ph.D., ATR-BC, ATCS,

ACS, LPC, coordinator of the university’s

art therapy programs and professor in the

Department of Psychology and Counseling,

said the university was thrilled to learn

the news this past summer. “It was a very

rigorous application, so receiving this

ensures the quality of our program,”

she said. Accreditation also gives

graduates “portability to move to just

about any state in the nation and work

as a licensed professional counselor as

well as an art therapist.”

With the addition of this accreditation,

all of the programs in the university’s

Psychology and Counseling Department

have received CACREP approval. The

Master of Arts in School Counseling

and the Master of Arts in Mental

Health Counseling had already

received the accreditation.

CACREP is a specialized accrediting

body recognized by the Council for

Higher Education Accreditation. It is

the official organization that accredits

graduate programs that prepare counseling

professionals—counselors, counseling

supervisors and counselor educators.

CACREP accreditation ensures that

the program has met a rigorous set of

institutional, administrative, faculty and

curriculum standards that will significantly

enhance opportunities for professional

development for graduates by providing

national recognition from counseling

licensing bodies.

Caldwell remains the first and only

institution in New Jersey to offer graduatelevel

training in art therapy and one

of the few programs in the region that

prepare students to be dually credentialed

as counselors and art therapists. The

program is approved by the American Art

Therapy Association, meets educational

requirements for registration and practice

as an art therapist and is approved by

the New Jersey Professional Counselor

Examiners Committee. It also meets

educational requirements to become a

licensed professional counselor in

New Jersey.

Graduates of the program work as mental

health counselors/art therapists with all

age groups in hospitals, psychiatric and

rehabilitation facilities, wellness centers,

forensic institutions, schools, crisis

Caldwell University’s online graduate

program in Educational Administration

is one of the best. The program was

recently named to “The 25 Best

Online Master’s in Educational

Administration Degree Programs” list

put out by, which

provides in-depth rankings of degree

programs and colleges and universities.

Caldwell was the only New Jersey

college or university to make the list.

Caldwell’s M.A. in Educational

Administration is a program designed

for students who are seeking certification

as a school principal or supervisor, says

Dr. Joan Moriarty, education professor

and interim associate dean of the

Education Division. “Our online

program has the same courses, same

textbooks, same professors, same

requirements and same rigor as our

in-classroom program. This is solid

graduate experience and our students

love it because with the online

experience they have flexibility to make

it work with their professional, family

and other responsibilities,” she said.

Students who have already received their

master’s can pursue the superintendent

or principal certifications at Caldwell

through the department. The Education

Division has received accreditation from

the Council for the Accreditation of

Educator Preparation.

centers, senior communities, hospice

care, private practice and other clinical

and community settings.

Caldwell also offers a postgraduate master’s

in art therapy and an undergraduate

double major in psychology and art with

an art therapy concentration. n





Management Program

Sport management is the latest addition to

Caldwell University’s business programs.

(While its official title is sport management,

most people add an “s” and make it

“sports management.”) The program

got off to a successful start, with over 20

students enrolled in the first course offered

this past fall semester. Our students are

very enthusiastic; for example, Michael

Balkovic, a senior management major and

basketball team starter, told us, “Once I

heard that Caldwell would be offering sport

management, I wanted to take it right away.

Now that it’s here, I love the class! The sport

management program will definitely help

me in attaining my career goals.”

The program introduces students to the

fundamentals of sport as a business, and

they also take specialized courses in sport

marketing and communications and in

facilities management and operations.

With 14 major league professional

sports franchises located in the New

York/New Jersey metro area, Caldwell

is well positioned to offer students a

total package of sport business-related

academic and career opportunities. The

Business Division is very keen that students

integrate internships into their programs,

and for this purpose we are developing

affiliations with teams such as the New

Jersey Devils, the New York Mets, and the

New York Red Bulls. With a background

in sport management, our graduates will

have the opportunity to pursue careers

in sport marketing and sponsorship,

sport media, and sport operations on the

professional level. Beyond major league

sports, this growing area offers careers

in the administration of minor league,

collegiate, high school and recreational

sports programs. While athletes provide the

majority of students in sport management,

the non-athlete population has quickly

shown an interest as well.

According to Forbes Magazine, the sports

industry in the United States is projected

to grow to $145.3 billion by 2015. Careers

in the industry are growing faster than

15 percent annually. Sport management

education programs have come a long way

over the last 30 years. From 1980 to 2010,

the number of undergraduate programs in

sport management increased from three to

over 300.

Caldwell’s program has recruited

experienced adjunct professors

immersed in the business of sport

who run their own successful

sport management companies.

According to Neil Malvone,

adjunct professor of sport

management and founder

of Cutting Edge Sports

Management, “The new sport

management program has been

exceptionally well received by

the students here at Caldwell

University. They really enjoy the

opportunity to apply business concepts to

the sport industry. Indeed, I see my students

improving their understanding of core

business issues as they incorporate the lively

world of sport business into their classes.”

Caldwell business administration majors

can obtain a concentration in sport

management by taking 12 additional

credits. Sport management is available as a

concentration for business administration

majors or as a minor for all other majors. n

— Bernard O’Rourke, J.D., is associate dean

of the Business Division.



Caldwell University

Bucking National Enrollment Trends

Caldwell University is bucking national

trends when it comes to both enrolling

students and generating tuition revenue.

The results of a new survey in the

Chronicle of Higher Education recently

reported that of small private colleges and

midsize state institutions participating,

38 percent of those colleges did not meet

both their freshman enrollment targets

and their net tuition revenue for the fall of

2014. Not so for Caldwell University. In

fact, Caldwell joins a small percentage of

private colleges and universities, another 38

percent, that actually did meet both their

enrollment and revenue goals.

The annual survey, now in its second year,

was conducted by The Chronicle, the

Council of Independent Colleges and the

American Association of State Colleges

and Universities. It showed that more

than 40 percent of private colleges did

not meet their goals for net tuition or

freshman enrollment. Again Caldwell is

not in that category.

This past fall semester, Caldwell greeted

its largest freshman class ever with 371

entering freshmen. This class was a 12

percent increase from the previous record

number of freshmen, which entered

just a year earlier in fall 2013. In the

past two years, freshman enrollment has

increased 27 percent. Increased numbers

of freshmen, increased retention rates and

high student satisfaction have pushed

Caldwell’s undergraduate enrollments to

nearly 1,300 students, from just under

1,000 a few years earlier. This has also

led to a booming residence population,

with approximately 600 students now

living on campus, another historical high

for Caldwell. Rosary Hall and Mother

Joseph Residence Hall underwent beautiful

renovations this past summer to make

room for the increase in resident students.

Joseph Posillico, vice president of enrollment

management and communications, says

Caldwell has clearly shot past the markers

it set. “We have increased our ‘wins’

in inquiries, applications, enrollment

numbers and tuition revenue. We have

a stellar enrollment group, including

our admissions, financial aid and

communications teams, working hard to

ensure the university’s success.” He says

it is a total effort on the part of the entire

community, faculty, staff and current









students. “Everyone works so well together

to show prospective students and families

the great spirit on our campus and the

wonderful Caldwell educational experience

they will receive.” n

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faculty & staff notes


President Nancy H. Blattner was

elected to chair the Presidents’ Council

of the Central Atlantic Collegiate

Conference, the athletic group to which

Caldwell belongs. She was also selected

to serve on the New Jersey Campus

Compact board of directors.

Yang Cai, Ph.D., professor of sociology,

was selected to attend the Student Global

Village ® Network: Mediating International

Dialogues Seminar at Rider University

this past fall. The network encourages

mediated exchanges between college

and university students from different

academic disciplines, using web-based


Ellina Chernobilsky, Ph.D., associate

professor of education, and former

graduate student Vincent Marchese

presented the paper “Relationships in

middle level education” at the 45th

Northeastern Education Research

Association in Trumbull, Connecticut,

in October 2014.

Daniel Cruz,

Ph.D., ABPP,


professor of

psychology, has

achieved board

certification status

in counseling


through the

American Board

of Professional Psychology.

Vanessa (Treus) Cirillo is one of five

recipients in the country of the 2014 CASE

Virginia Carter Smith Scholarship Award.

Diane Quiroga, ‘09 MA, LPC, ATR-BC,

alumna and adjunct in the art therapy

department, was recently named to the

“New Jersey’s 2014 Favorite Kids’ Docs”

list by New Jersey Family Magazine. She

is a licensed professional counselor, board

certified and registered art therapist, and

mental health consultant.

Robert Ingoglia, Ph.D., instructor in

the Department of History and Political

Science, had his op-ed piece “A Common

Phrase with Disturbing Ramifications”

published in the Trenton Times in August.

In addition, the October issue of the

American Library Association publication

Choice: Current Reviews for Academic

Libraries carried his review of Brian A.

Catlos’ recent book “Muslims of Medieval

Latin Christendom.”

Gary Lieberman, Ph.D., adjunct lecturer

of computer information systems, passed

all certification requirements and was

approved as a certified information systems

security professional.

Christopher Manente, Ph.D., BCBA,

assistant professor of education,

presented a workshop titled “Ethical Issues

in Functional Assessment and Treatment

Development” at the annual conference

of Autism New Jersey in Atlantic City in

October 2014.

Robert Middleton, director of the Jazz

Ensemble and instructor of music,

composed, premiered and recorded a

classical suite for alto saxophone and piano

called “Monet’s Garden.” He performed as

a guest artist with the Dave Stahl Big Band

in a program called “Tenor Saxophone

Panorama” at the Ephrata Performing Arts

Center in Ephrata, Pennsylvania; organized

and performed a program of music by

jazz pianist Herbie Hancock with the

Caldwell University Faculty Jazz Quintet,

and performed and wrote music for the

annual Peace Concert by Diane Moser’s

Composers Big Band.

Vilma Mueller, director of graduate

studies, was featured in the cover story of

the North Jersey Woman Magazine’s fall

2014 issue. The article was titled “One

Woman’s ‘American Dream’ Holds Lessons

for Us All.”

Bernard O’Rourke, J.D., associate dean

of the business division, was selected as

the St. Patrick’s Guard of Honor awardee

for 2014. He was honored at a luncheon

on Dec. 13 at Mayfair Farms. St. Patrick’s

Guard of Honor is an organization

dedicated to the preservation of Irish

heritage and culture.

Brenda Petersen,




assistant director

of the Nursing


had her article

“Diagnosis and


of functional

constipation: A common pediatric problem”

published in the journal the Nurse

Practitioner in fall 2014.

Virginia Rich, J.D., professor in the

Business Division, presented at the annual

Drexel University Business Professors

Teaching Summit on “Best Practices for

Creating and Managing Effective Teams”

for the experiential and collaborative

education section. She presented on an

international panel at the New Jersey State

Bar Association in November on analyzing

the ethics of privacy in the workplace. The

forum, titled “The French Connection:

Ethics & Privacy in New Jersey and Paris,”

compared the legal standards of U.S. law,

New Jersey law and French law.

Melissa Sirola,


MBA, adjunct

faculty member

in the Nursing


was a guest on

“Caucus: New

Jersey” with

Steve Adubato,


the impact of the Affordable Care Act

on nursing.

Ruth DeBar, Ph.D., BCBA-D, associate

professor of applied behavior analysis,

was a guest on

“The Busted

Halo with Father

Dave Dwyer” on

Sirius XM. She

joined Mary Beth

Walsh, Ph.D.,

former professor

of theology and

pastoral ministry,




Faculty members gave mini lectures to guests during Homecoming/Family Weekend for

the 75th anniversary celebrations. The presentations included “The Bible as Story” by

Sister Barbara Moore, O.P.; “The New Golden Age of Television” by Communication

Arts Professor Robert Mann; “The Morality Behind Whistle-Blowing on Your Work

Organization” by Philosophy Professor James Flynn; “Falling or Failing in Love

The Psychology Behind Making Your Relationship Last” by Psychology Professor

Thomson Ling; “New Jersey’s Lost Stories: When Paterson Was Red” by History

Professor Marie Mullaney; “Redeemed: Integrating the Sacred with the Professional

Life (The Tradition of Hymns Arranged for Solo Piano)” by Music Professor Nan

Childress-Orchard; “The Use of Simulation in Nursing and Healthcare Education” by

Nursing Professor Marnie Sperling, and “Understanding the Punch Line: Some Insights

on the Sociology of Humor” by Sociology Professor Rosann Bar.








to discuss preparing children on the autism

spectrum for first Communion. DeBar

co-authored the paper “Current trends

in social validity: How applied behavior

analysis is breaking our hearts” with her

doctoral student Kelly Carlile. The paper

was presented in October at the annual

conference of the Berkshire Association

for Behavior Analysis and Therapy, in

Amherst, Massachusetts. She presented the

paper “Preference assessments: A review of

methodologies and recent developments

reinforcement” at the second annual fall

conference of the Hudson Valley Regional

Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders.

April N. Kisamore, assistant professor

of applied behavior analysis, had her

dissertation study “Teaching advanced

intraverbals to children and adolescents

with autism spectrum disorders” accepted

for publication in the Journal of Applied

Behavior Analysis.

Sharon Reeve, Ph.D., BCBA-D,

professor of applied behavior analysis,

was the co-author of three papers presented

at the annual Conference of the Berkshire

Association for Behavior Analysis and

Therapy. The first was “Establishing a

generalized repertoire of initiating bids for

joint attention in children with autism”

with her doctoral student Sandra Gomes.

The second was “Comparing manual

guidance with a most-to-least fading

procedure to manual guidance delivered

contingent on an incorrect response to

teach individuals with autism homeliving

skills” with MA in ABA graduate

Paul Shreiber. The third was “Comparing

electronic and tangible token systems

to teach tacting to pre-adolescents with

autism” with MA in ABA graduate Bridget

Spanarkel and Tina M. Sidener, Ph.D.,

BCBA-D, associate professor of applied

behavior analysis.

Ken Reeve, Ph.D., BCBA-D, the

Alvin R. Calman professor of applied

behavior analysis, chaired a symposium

at the annual Conference of the Berkshire

Association for Behavior Analysis and

Therapy on the use of equivalence-based

instruction to teach academic content to

college students. Ken also co-authored

four papers presented at the conference

with his graduate students and with

ABA faculty members Sharon Reeve,

Tina Sidener and Ruth DeBar on using

equivalence-based instruction.

Jason Vladescu, Ph.D., BCBA-D,

assistant professor of applied behavior

analysis, published the research paper

“Incorporating additional targets into

learning trials for individuals with autism

spectrum disorders” with his graduate

student Casey Nottingham in the Journal

of Applied Behavior Analysis. Vladescu

was also named to the editorial board of the

research journal Analysis of Verbal Behavior.

President Nancy H. Blattner has been

selected to receive the prestigious 2015

Chief Executive Leadership Award

from the Council for Advancement and

Support of Education District II. CASE

is a leading international association of

educational institutions.

“We are very excited that Dr. Blattner

is receiving this much deserved honor,”

said Joseph Posillico, vice president

of enrollment management and

communications. “The fact that she is

being recognized at this level is not a

surprise to those of us who work closely

with her. Over the past five years, her

energy, commitment, and willingness

to take risks have greatly benefited our

students, staff, and faculty.”

The award recognizes a CASE District

II member institution leader. Nominees

for the award must demonstrate the

ability to create vision and inspire

others, establish a positive image of

their institution in the community and

encourage innovations and risk-taking

among employees. Nominees also must

be known as active and supportive

participants in significant advancement

efforts. The award will be presented

at the CASE District II conference in

Washington, D.C., on Feb. 2 during the

annual Achievement Awards Luncheon.



Caldwell University celebrated its 75th anniversary with

community and education leaders, alumni, friends, donors and

the campus community at a series of events Sept. 18-20, 2014.

President Blattner focused on Caldwell’s Catholic identity and

Dominican heritage in her remarks at the academic convocation

marking the official anniversary on Sept. 19. She pledged to

continue the legacy of the Sisters of Saint Dominic in the years

and decades to come.

Rochelle Hendricks, New Jersey

secretary of higher education, was

a guest speaker at the convocation

and referred to Caldwell University

as “a place where values matter and

preparation for leadership and service

to the community, nation, world is

as important as career preparation.”

Secretary Hendricks said she was

delighted to share in the “truly

momentous and moving occasion.”

The keynote address was given by

Father Paul Murray,

O.P., an Irish

Dominican priest and

poet who is professor

of spiritual theology

at the Pontifical

University of St.

Thomas Aquinas,

the Angelicum, in

Rome. He spoke

of the “adventure

of education” and

encouraged those in

attendance to “be

open to knowledge

and wisdom in all

its forms.”

Betty Glenn Matuszak (left) and Rosemary Gelshenen represent

the class of 1943, Caldwell’s first graduating class, at the 75th

Anniversary Convocation.

Sister Patrice Werner, O.P., and Sister Anne

John O’Loughlin, O.P., both former Caldwell

presidents, join Dr. Blattner at the 75th

Anniversary Convocation.

Father Paul Murray officiates at the 75th anniversary Mass.

75 th



Students spoke of the “warm,

emotional” feeling that resonated

through the campus that day and of

the “powerful, phenomenal campus

spirit.” One student even remarked

that he looks forward to returning as

an alumnus to celebrate the university’s

100th anniversary

in 25 years.

Dr. Blattner (center) poses with New

Jersey Secretary of Higher Education

Rochelle Hendricks and J.B. Wilson,

president of the Independent College

Fund of New Jersey, at the 75th

Anniversary Convocation.



Art Department alumni from 1994-2014 joined together for a “Celebration of Alumni Art” during Homecoming weekend. The

exhibition in the Visceglia Gallery celebrated the creativity, innovation and dedication of our alumni over the last two decades.

On Saturday, the university community

celebrated Homecoming and Family

Weekend with a variety of family

friendly activities including a carnival

and barbecue on the plaza, soccer games,

faculty favorites concert, an alumni art

exhibition and Mass celebrated by the

Most Rev. John W. Flesey, S.T.D., D.D.,

regional bishop for Bergen County.

New this year was the Veritas Lecture

featuring the Sisters of Saint Dominic.


The Bestys family received the Family Legacy Award at

Homecoming for generations of support to the university. Ann

(Bestys) Dassing ’79, center, is the mayor of Caldwell.



Carol Toolan ’64 receives the Alumnus of the Year award

from past award recipient Tim Nellegar ’00.

Dr. Blattner accepts a gift of $30,000 from the Caldwell

University Alumni Association that will contribute to the

Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.

Campus Chaplain Father Al Berner

concelebrated Homecoming Mass

with Bishop John Flesey and Father

Bob Stagg, former campus chaplain.

Professor Bob Mann, Communication Arts Department,

moderates the panel at the inaugural Veritas Lecture Series:

A Conversation with the Sisters of Saint Dominic—Veritas

in the World Today. Pictured to Mann’s left: Sister Patrice

Werner, O.P. and Sister Gerardine Mueller, O.P., Sister

Elizabeth Michael Boyle, O.P. and Sister Patricia Stringer,

O.P. were also panelists.



Bowling, Men’s Cross Country Are

Underway for the First Time at Caldwell

This fall, two new athletics programs

competed for the first time as the men’s

cross country and women’s bowling teams

began their inaugural seasons. The two

new programs, along with the addition

of men’s track and field in the spring,

bring Caldwell’s number of intercollegiate

athletics teams to 15.

The men’s cross country team had the

benefit of following in the footsteps of the

women’s team, which was established in

2003. Patrick Sullivan, who has coached

the women’s team for the past four years, is

in charge of building both the men’s cross

country and track programs.

“We had the advantage of following

what the women’s program has done

as far as structuring the workouts and

understanding what it takes to prepare

for a meet,” Sullivan said. “Our returning

runners on the women’s team were great

resources for the men’s team.”

The inaugural Cougar men’s cross country team: (front row, left to right) Nicholas Calixto, Aldai Toussaint and

Rafael Ruiz; (back row, left to right) Dustin MacKenzie, Christian Gilles, Kevin Villalta, Tyler Childs-Parfait and

Christopher Gilles.

The Cougars were competitive all

season, taking second place in two meets.

Freshman Nicholas Calixto (West New

York, New Jersey) was Caldwell’s top

runner in all five meets in which he

ran, including a third-place finish at the

Post University Invitational on Oct. 22.

Unfortunately, Calixto was unable to

run in the Central Atlantic Collegiate

Conference championships due to an

illness, resulting in a 12th-place finish

for the team.

“Overall I was very pleased with how well

the men’s team competed this season,”

Sullivan said. “We were in the mix in every

meet, and the guys improved each time they

raced. After such a good start, I’m excited to

see what we can do in the future.”

The first Cougar bowling team: (front row, left to right) Daniele Roca, Deborah Andrews and Kellie Ehrmann; (back

row, left to right) Amanda Shea, Brigitte Murgado, Natalie Pedri and Vanessa Mantione.

The bowling team did not have the

luxury of following a similar program on

campus before beginning its first season

of competition. Everything surrounding

the team is new, including the conference.

Since the CACC does not sponsor

bowling, assistant vice president and

director of athletics Mark A. Corino

signed an agreement to join the Northeast

Conference as an associate member.





The new program is in good hands with

first-year head coach Ken Yokobosky

on board. Yokobosky, a 1991 Caldwell

graduate, served as an assistant coach for

Team USA from 2001 to 2010, working

with both the men’s and women’s teams

under legendary coach Fred Borden. He

also is an accomplished bowler, having

participated on the PBA Tour from 1996

to 1999.

“So far I am very pleased with the team’s

progress,” Yokobosky said. “The players

are dedicated, often requesting more

than just the scheduled practices. Most

importantly, we enjoy our time together.

It is a cohesive unit. It is amazing how

quickly they have come together and have

each other’s backs. Mainly, we have fun in

the midst of serious training.”

Wins have been hard to come by, as the

Northeast Conference is one of the most

competitive leagues in the country. Six

of the eight members were ranked in the

national top 20 preseason poll. At their

first competition, the Cougars faced

No. 1 Sam Houston State and other

nationally ranked programs at the FDU

Jamboree. But Caldwell did win twice

in the consolation round, defeating New

Jersey City University and Pitt-Bradford.

Despite the early struggles, the program

is being well received by prospective

student-athletes. “Caldwell University

bowling has people taking notice,”

Yokobosky said. “Based on the amount

of inquiries I am receiving, our program

is being considered by bowling prospects

as a serious destination for their collegiate

career. The future definitely looks bright.”

The bowling season resumes in February

and ends in late March. n

— Matt McLagan is the director of athletic

media relations.

For the first time in the 28-year history of the men’s basketball program at Caldwell

University, the Cougars defeated an NCAA Division I opponent when they beat

Binghamton University, 63-52, on Dec. 8 in Binghamton, New York. Caldwell, which

competes at the NCAA Division II level, was 0-11 against Division I schools prior to the

historic victory.

“The message we try to present to our players is that we get very few opportunities

like these,” said head coach Mark A. Corino, who is also assistant vice president and

director of athletics. “The idea is to prepare so that you can take advantage when the

opportunity presents itself. I’m proud of our guys. We provided a plan and they did their

best to execute it.”

Caldwell started the game hot, scoring the first nine points of the game en route to a

19-9 lead with 8:36 left in the first half. The lead grew to as many as 13, 25-12, before

the Cougars took a 28-16 advantage into halftime. Caldwell limited Binghamton to just

six field goals in 21 attempts in the first half while shooting 42.9 percent. Senior forward

Michael Balkovic (Neptune, New Jersey) scored nine points in the half to lead all players.

The Cougars maintained a 12-point lead into the second half until a three from Willie

Rodriguez and a layup by Dusan Perovic made the score 34-27 Caldwell with 15:49 left

in the game. But the Cougars responded by pushing the lead up to 17, 49-32, with nine

straight points following a three from junior guard Salvatore Vitello (Bridgewater, New

Jersey) and a jumper by junior forward Billy McDonald (North Haven, Connecticut) at

the 5:12 mark. The Bearcats came within eight points twice during the final two minutes

of the game, but Caldwell made its free throws down the stretch to ice the game.

“I heard from a lot of former players, many of whom I haven’t heard from in a while,

who were very proud that we won that game,” Corino said. “The response was

overwhelming. Although they weren’t able to get a win like this when they were playing,

they still felt like they were a part of it.”

It was a special night for senior guard Kevin Walker (Bayonne, New Jersey), who not

only led the Cougars to one of their most memorable victories with 16 points and six

rebounds but also scored the 1,000th point of his career in the win. Walker is the 16th

player in the program’s history to reach the 1,000-point milestone.

“It’s a good feeling to know I’ll be remembered as one of a small group of players to score

1,000 points at Caldwell,” Walker said. “To do it in a win like this just makes it even better.”

— Matt McLagan



Kristina Danella Returns

Home to Coach at Caldwell

This past spring, Assistant Vice President

and Director of Athletics Mark A. Corino

and the athletics department had a key

position to fill. Linda Cimino, Caldwell

University’s winningest women’s basketball

coach, left to be the head coach at

Binghamton University after eight years

and 128 victories at Caldwell. In his search

for a replacement, Corino looked for some

of the same qualities Cimino displayed,

such as youthful enthusiasm, a strong work

ethic and a genuine love for the game.

He found Kristina Danella, a native of

Manalapan, New Jersey, who spent last

season as the head coach at Division II

Urbana University in Ohio. Danella led

the Blue Knights to their most victories

since 1998, compiling an 18-10 record

and finishing fourth in the Mountain East

Conference with a 14-8 mark in league

play. Urbana also achieved two firsts for

the program with Danella in charge when

the Blue Knights appeared in the Atlantic

Region rankings and senior guard DeVonyea

Johnson was named to the all-Atlantic

Region first team at the end of the season.

The experience gained in that one year

was invaluable. She learned how to run a

competitive program, she was exposed to

the inner workings of a Division II athletics

department and she began to define her

coaching style. More important, at least

from Caldwell’s perspective, is that she

found out how badly she wanted to coach

closer to home, in New Jersey.

“I’m from here and all my family is here, so

it was a no-brainer for me to come back,”

Danella said. “I’m familiar with the Shore

Conference and the talent they have there

as well as in other areas of the state. Being

away was a great experience, but it made

me realize that I really want to be in New

Jersey. I’m a Jersey girl. What can I say”

Danella starred at Red Bank Catholic High

School, leaving as the school’s all-time

leading scorer and rebounder with 1,773

points and 1,156 rebounds. A three-time

all-state first team honoree, she was a twotime

Shore Conference Player of the Year

and the 2007 Asbury Park Press Player of

the Year. After high school, Danella went

Caldwell women’s basketball coach Kristina Danella (second from left) with her assistants: Victoria Ault, Tim Nellegar ’00

and Cheslea Loscalzo ’13.

to the University of Massachusetts and

was named to the Atlantic 10 Conference’s

all-Rookie Team as a freshman. She spent

two years at UMass before transferring to

Marist College, where she helped the Red

Foxes win two MAAC regular-season and

tournament crowns while playing in two

NCAA tournaments.

“We are ecstatic to

see that Kristina

is going home to

New Jersey to be

the head coach at

Caldwell College,”

said Marist head

coach Brian

Giorgis, who has

a 304-87 record

in 12 seasons

at Marist. “She

has risen up the

coaching ladder in

a very short period

of time and will

make an immediate

impact for the

Cougars this


Danella, who

also coordinates

the Student-

Athlete Advisory




Fifth Annual Hall of Fame Dinner

Committee along with other administrative

duties within the athletics department,

is off to a good start at Caldwell. The

Cougars won their first three Central

Atlantic Collegiate Conference games,

including a 77-70 overtime victory at

rival Bloomfield College on Dec. 3 in a

rematch of last year’s CACC Tournament

championship game, won by Bloomfield.

“The players came in ready and are

working very hard this year,” Danella

said. “All the seniors can think about is

the fact that they made it to the finals

of the conference tournament the past

two years without winning it. They have

us all focused on winning one game at a

time, with our ultimate goal of winning a

conference championship.”

Corino is pleased with his new hire.

“Kristina has done a very good job over

these first few months,” he said. “She

entered into a good situation with a

successful team returning, which brings

expectations, and she’s handled it very

well. Any time there is change there is

an adjustment period, and Kristina has

provided the players with an opportunity

to adjust properly.

“As a new member of our administrative

staff, she fits in with us well and realizes

she has other responsibilities outside of

basketball that are extremely important.

Her willingness to learn will make her

successful in this area as well.”

Danella also feels comfortable in her new


“I love this place,” Danella said of Caldwell

University. “Everyone has been welcoming

and helpful in my transition back to New

Jersey. The campus is beautiful, I work

with great people and the students are the

best. When I’m on campus it feels like I’m

not at work. I really enjoy being here.”

To view the remainder of the basketball

schedules, visit,

Home of the Cougars. n

— Matt McLagan

The Caldwell Athletics Hall of Fame inducted the Class of 2014 on Nov. 7. The new Hall of Famers are, from left:

Ryan Tremblay ’99, Kim Higgins DeJianne ’97, Paul Tighe ’95, Carole Dwyer Collins ’57, Michael Kolesar ’05 and

Antrinette Barrino ’02.

Cougar Pride hosted the fifth annual

Caldwell University Athletics Hall of Fame

Dinner on Nov. 7, 2014, honoring the

2014 Hall of Fame class. The event was

held at the Cedar Hill Country Club in

Livingston, New Jersey. The class includes

Carole Dwyer Collins ’57 (women’s

basketball), Paul Tighe ’95 (men’s soccer),

Kim Higgins DeJianne ’97 (softball), Ryan

Tremblay ’99 (men’s basketball), Antrinette

Barrino ’02 (women’s basketball) and

Michael Kolesar ’05 (baseball).

The evening consisted of a cocktail

reception and a dinner, with Caldwell

University President Nancy H. Blattner

and Assistant Vice President and Director

of Athletics Mark A. Corino welcoming

the guests and inductees. Each inductee

was introduced by a member of the Hall

of Fame Committee before receiving a

Hall of Fame award and delivering an

acceptance speech.

The members of the Caldwell University

Athletics Hall of Fame are selected by

the Hall of Fame committee, consisting

of student-athlete alumni, Cougar Pride

board members, athletics administrators

and staff. Nominations from the public

are considered. To nominate a candidate

and view the requirements, visit the

Caldwell University Athletics website


The Hall of Fame has been established as a

part of Cougar Pride. All proceeds from the

dinner go to the Cougar Pride general fund,

which supports the degree completion

program and enhancements for Caldwell’s

15 intercollegiate athletic programs. n

— Matt McLagan




Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Event

Nearly 100 male Caldwell University

student-athletes and staff members donned

women’s high-heeled shoes on Oct. 15 and

walked around campus as a part of Walk

a Mile in Her Shoes, a national event that

raises awareness to prevent violence against

women. The event raised over $1,400,

which was donated to the New Jersey

Battered Women’s Shelter.

Accompanied by grinning and giggling

female student-athletes and other students,

the men hobbled their way along campus

roads and through the Student Center and

cafeteria, collecting donations from curious

yet supportive onlookers. The spectacle

attracted media attention, as cameras from

local and regional news stations were on

hand to capture the event on film.

“My feet were killing me the whole way.

I definitely gained a lot of respect for my

mom and sister and all women who wear

high heels,” senior men’s soccer player

Steve Petrosino (Toms River, New Jersey/

Toms River South) said. “But it was worth

it to be uncomfortable for a while to bring

awareness to a difficult and important


Each year more and more men and women

are joining the award-winning Walk a Mile

in Her Shoes: The International Men’s

March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and

Gender Violence. The event is a playful

opportunity for men to raise awareness in

their community about the serious causes,

effects and potential response to men’s

sexualized violence against women.

Sister Deborah Lynch from Caldwell

University’s Counseling Center came up

with the idea of bringing the event to

campus and worked with the studentathlete

mentors and their coordinator Amy

Rizzo to organize and promote the event.

“I was thrilled to see the turnout and the

amount of money that was collected for

the New Jersey Battered Women’s Shelter,”

Rizzo said. “We are glad that all the

athletes were supportive and enthusiastic

about such a great event and cause.”

To view photos from the Walk a

Mile in Her Shoes event, go to n

— Matt McLagan


fall RECAP


Senior defender Lauren Iuliucci was named Academic All-American.

Lauren Iuliucci Named an Academic


Caldwell University senior defender

Lauren Iuliucci (Franklinville, New Jersey)

was included on the Capital One Academic

All-America third team for women’s soccer.

Iuliucci is the seventh Academic All-

American at Caldwell and the first women’s

soccer player in the 17-year history of the

program to receive this prestigious honor.

A mathematics major at Caldwell,

Iuliucci is a two-time member of the

Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference

All-Academic Team, which requires a

3.50 cumulative grade-point average.

She also has received the Division II

Athletic Directors Association Academic

Achievement Award twice. On the field,

Iuliucci was named to the all-CACC

first team for the second straight year

after recording two goals and an assist as

a central defender for the Cougars. Last

year she received Daktronics All-American

honorable mention after helping Caldwell

win the CACC Tournament and advance

to the NCAA Division II Tournament for

the first time in the program’s history.

Also a first-team all-CACC and all-East

Region honoree in 2013, Iuilucci was

named the most valuable player of the

CACC Tournament.

“I am excited for Lauren and happy that

she is being recognized for all of her hard

work on and off the field,” said Nate

Guagliardi, head women’s soccer coach.

“She is an All-American both academically

and athletically in her career and has been

an asset to our program over the past

four years.”

Caldwell’s other Academic All-Americans

are Claire Sacuk, women’s basketball

(1983); Patricia Gasparini, women’s

basketball (1984); Timothy Nellegar,

men’s tennis (2000); Nicholas Harriott,

men’s soccer (2007); Kyrie Timbrook,

softball (2010), and Alyssa Calderon,

softball (2014).

Student-athletes must have a cumulative

grade-point average of at least 3.30 and

be a starter or a significant reserve to be

nominated. The Capital One Academic

All-America teams are chosen by the

members of the College Sports Information

Directors of America.

Iuliucci and the Cougars were 9-7-2 this

past season and advanced to the CACC

Tournament for the eighth consecutive year.

In other fall sports at Caldwell, the

volleyball team won a share of the CACC

North Division for the sixth time in the

last seven years and advanced to the finals

of the CACC Tournament. The Cougars

fell to Post University in the championship

match, held at Georgian Court University.

Senior libero Jaclyn Del Cid (Bogota,

New Jersey) and freshman middle blocker

Narae Wadsworth (Reno, Nevada) made

the all-CACC first and second teams,

respectively. Del Cid also was chosen the

CACC Defensive Player of the Year and

received all-East Region honors.

The men’s soccer team had one of its

best seasons, tying the school record for

victories with 13 en route to a fourthplace

finish in the CACC. The Cougars

defeated Chestnut Hill in the quarterfinals

of the CACC Tournament before losing

to eventual-champion Philadelphia in the

semifinals. Junior goalkeeper Michael

Hartmann (Medford, New Jersey) was

named to the all-CACC first team.

For the first time, Caldwell fielded a

men’s cross country team this fall. The

Cougars finished in 12th place at the

CACC Championships, while the women’s

team placed eighth. Freshman Victoria

Thaler (Millville, New Jersey) led the

women’s team with a 22nd-place finish at

the conference meet, the highest CACC

finish for a Caldwell runner in the 12-year

history of the program.

First-year women’s tennis coach David

Erdos led the Cougars to a 4-7 record, the

most wins for Caldwell since 2011. Senior

Gwynne Alden (Spring Lake Heights,

New Jersey) and junior Emily Slater

(Cliffwood Beach, New Jersey) each

won a team-best five singles matches

this season. n

— Matt McLagan



Caldwell University’s 75th Anniversary Alumni Tour of Italy

May 25 – June 4, 2015

Join President Nancy Blattner and fellow Caldwell University alumni

and friends for the culminating event of the university’s yearlong

celebration of the 75th anniversary – a special tour of Italy. This

10-day tour celebrates the university’s Catholic Dominican heritage

and includes time in Rome, Siena, Bologna and Florence. A limited

number of seats are available for this once-in-a-lifetime trip.


• Roundtrip airfare to/from Rome from Newark, NJ

• Transportation to/from the airport in Rome

• Hotels in each city, including continental breakfast


• Guided tour program including daily coach transportation

• Free time to explore the cities on your own

• Small tour group size to ensure a high-quality, personal experience


• Including Flights: Single Occupancy ($4,600),

Double Occupancy $3,950

• Excluding Flights: Single Occupancy ($3,150),

Double Occupancy $2,500

To reserve your spot now or for further information,

please contact Beth Kornstein, 973-618-3226 or


30th Veritas

Awards Dinner


Nancy H. Blattner, Ph.D., O.P.A.

President, Caldwell University

Excellence in Leadership in

Higher Education

Friday, March 27, 2015

For tickets, contact or

973-618-3352 by 3/13.




Join us as we celebrate the

university’s founders and 75

years of excellence in education.






PIAZZA, “If Nuns Ruled

the World: 10 Sisters on a

Mission,” a story about ten

extraordinary nuns and the

causes to which they have

dedicated their lives.



Beth Kornstein or









Terry Wiltrakis Hyland ’53

has been an active member

of the Caldwell community

for over 60 years. She

served for seven years on

the Caldwell alumni board

and volunteered at many

of its events. For the 50th

anniversary of her class,

Terry created a book of life

stories she collected from

classmates that was given out Terry Wiltrakis Hyland ’53 and her husband Gerard.

at Homecoming to their delight. As longtime President’s Society members,

Terry and husband, Gerard, attended and supported numerous functions on

and off campus.

Terry graduated from Caldwell with a B.A. in biology, earned an M.Ed. in

counseling from Penn State and worked as a guidance counselor in the Chatham,

New Jersey, school district. When Terry and Gerard retired, they toured the

country to find a place where they wanted to permanently settle and chose Lake

Oswego, Oregon. Lake Oswego lies just south of Portland and is much like

Chatham in that the school district is highly rated and the town has a strong

community spirit. The Hylands recently purchased a motor home and are avidly

exploring the Northwest, especially along the Pacific coastline.

Although distant in miles, Terry has still found ways to maintain her ties and

support of Caldwell University. In honor of Caldwell’s 75th anniversary, she

hosted a gathering of alumni in the Portland area and personally contacted

alumni in the greater Portland and Seattle areas to inform them about the exciting

events happening to their alma mater this year. Terry has included Caldwell

University in her estate plan, and future generations of Caldwell students will

benefit from scholarships she has provided. Because of the continuing loyalty and

support of alumni like Terry Hyland, Caldwell University is growing, thriving

and able to offer students the assistance they need to receive a quality Catholic,

Dominican education.

— Kathleen Buse ’72





The Caldwell University shore chapter lost

a good friend this spring when alumna

Carol Dedrick ’65 lost her long battle with

cancer. Carol was a driving force within the

shore chapter, raising funds for scholarships

and organizing alumni events. She was

presented with the Peggy Harris Alumna

of the Year Award in 2006 in recognition

of her commitment to the university.

Carol’s spirit lives on at Caldwell in a

variety of ways. Through her estate,

Carol has left a bequest for an endowed

scholarship that will bear her name and

assist future generations of students. In

addition, as an enduring tribute to Carol,

her classmates and fellow shore chapter

members dedicated a bench in her memory

on Nov. 7 in front of Mother Joseph

Residence Hall. It was a wonderful way

to remember Carol and her incredible

spirit of giving.

— Beth Gorab

Class of ’65 alumnae Barbara Murphy and Ginny Grezner

(standing left to right) Gloria Masueli and Judy O’Connor

(sitting left to right) helped to organize the memorial bench

dedication ceremony and continue Carol’s legacy as active

members in the Shore Chapter of the Alumni Association.


If you would like to follow in Terry and Carol’s footsteps and help students receive a

Caldwell University education, consider making a planned gift through your estate.

There are many ways to give, and many gifts can benefit you as well. Contact

Kathleen Buse at 973-618-3411 or to learn more.

A close-up of the plaque that is affixed to the Carol Dedrick

memorial bench.





Frank Salerno and his wife, Adrienne, at the 2014 Caldwell University Presidential Scholarship Gala.

COPYRIGHT: Watershed Visuals


This accounting major is on his

way to new philanthropic heights—

and others are following his lead.

Michael E. Bressman, director

of Caldwell University’s annual

fund, recently sat down with

Frank Salerno, a partner in the

tax advisory firm True Partners

Consulting, to talk about his

involvement with the university’s

alumni board and the President’s

Society, an elite association of

Caldwell’s most generous donors.




Frank Salerno: I wanted a small college

that offered a big education. Staying in

northern New Jersey was also important.

And, of course, I was looking for a school

with great teachers. I was also fortunate

to receive a scholarship for the charity

and ministry work that I had done while

in high school. The fact that Caldwell

recognized and rewarded me for helping

others showed me that my priorities and

the university’s priorities were in alignment.



FS: Yes she does. My wife, Adrienne, is a

physician, and she spent time as a medical

resident making rounds at St. Catherine’s

Convent. We now have two children: a

two-year-old boy and a four-month-old

daughter, both of whom are properly

outfitted with Caldwell apparel!







FS: I’m incredibly proud of Caldwell. And

one reason I’ve stayed so involved through

the years is to make Caldwell proud of me.

Part of my motivation for supporting the

university is to show the professors who

did so much for me that their efforts have

paid off. In addition, it’s invigorating to

be around other graduates who share my

passion for the university and want to see it

grow to new heights.





FS: I believe in Caldwell and what it aims

to achieve. So when I saw a Facebook post

seeking candidates for the alumni board,

I used it as an opportunity to restore my

connection with the university. It’s been

great working with the other alumni on

the board, advancing initiatives that are

important to alumni and the university. I

was asked to helm the President’s Society in

2014, and I truly see this as an honor. This

distinguished group of incredibly generous

people recognizes that even though

the overall goals of the university are

sometimes broad and are often evolving,

they are always built upon the university’s

core values. President’s Society members

make the university a priority in their

annual giving plans, and I’m proud to be

part of it.

For more information about the

President’s Society and how you can

become a member, contact Michael E.

Bressman at 973-618-3447 or e-mail n

The Caldwell University

President’s Report

Now available online at

Caldwell University is grateful for the

support of our alumni, friends and other

benefactors. The President’s Report offers

Dr. Blattner the opportunity to thank

those who helped transform the lives of

our students through gifts to academic

programming, scholarships and other

areas of pressing need. We hope that you

will continue to make a difference in the

lives of our students in the year ahead.




Eileen Clericuzio ’58, Deitra Hall ’05, and Jeanne Ward Shepherd ’58 enjoy lunch at Klein’s Waterside Café at the 2014

annual Shore Chapter Social, which was attended by more than 65 alumni. Proceeds from the event supported the Jane


Haveron Shore Chapter Scholarship.



President Nancy Blattner visited with New

England area alumni in October. Brunch with

the president was hosted by Jeanne Gibbons

Meehan ’66 and her husband, Art, at the Brae

Burn Country Club in Newton, Massachusetts.

Similar events have already taken place this

year in the Baltimore area (hosted by Elaine

Kacmarik ’60) and New York City (hosted by

Charlene Hamrah ’69). In the spring, former

Caldwell trustee Dr. Alex Giaquinto will host

an event for alumni and friends in Naples,

Florida, and Therese Shehan ’70 will host

an event in Delray Beach, Florida. If you are

interested in hosting or helping to organize

a regional event, contact Jenny Mundell,

director of alumni affairs, at 973-618-3352 or (L to R: Kevin Boyle, vice

president for development and alumni affairs;

Nancy Borriello DeGregory ’64; Mary Jo

Mullin Kealty ’69; Kathleen Griffin McGuinness

’70; Nancy Blattner, president, Caldwell

University; Jeanne Gibbons Meehan ’66; Art

Meehan; Barbara Kelly Mayer ’64; Nancy

Watson Diamonti ’66; Michael Diamonti)



Denise Baumann ’02, MBA ’05 of Shanholt, Glassman, Klein,

Kramer, and Troy DeSantis ’07 of Bristol-Myers Squibb converse

with current accounting majors at the Accounting Alumni and

Student Speed Networking Event in November. The event, which

more than 15 alumni and over 60 students attended, involved

the Office of Alumni Affairs, the Division of Business and the

Office of Career Planning and Development. Within 24 hours of

the event, students had lined up interviews with the companies

where alumni who attended are employed.



alumni president



Dear Fellow Alumni,

There are many reasons to be proud of

Caldwell University.

As a Caldwell alumna, I am honored to be

part of a university that can boast about so

many recent achievements. In the last year

alone, we have received new and prestigious

accreditations, enrolled a record number of

students and celebrated the milestone 75th

anniversary and achievement of university

status with a beautiful convocation ceremony

and the largest Homecoming commemoration

the institution has ever seen.

The Alumni Association demonstrates its pride in our university in many ways, from

hundreds of hours of volunteer leadership to a shared gift of $30,000, presented to

President Blattner at this year’s Homecoming celebration. Through these gifts of time

and tender, pride in our school translates to an immediate and positive impact on the

lives of Caldwell University students.

As president of the Alumni Association, I have seen firsthand how students benefit from

donations that support scholarships and Caldwell University’s infrastructure. That is

what has inspired me to encourage others to join me and the Alumni Association to

continue to give back to our alma mater.

It is with great pride that I represent the more than 10,000 members of the

Caldwell University Alumni Association. I am truly excited about the road ahead as

I know that through our collective efforts we will build an even brighter future at

Caldwell University.


Mary Sellitto-Curcio ’83

President, Caldwell University Alumni Association

in memory of…

Please remember these

deceased alumni and family

members in your prayers.

Mary Ann Kelly ’50

Ellen Caroline McCabe ’51

Mary Patricia Treanor ’55

Phyllis Terlizzi Bavosa ’58

Pamela Elvington ’64

Helen Lorraine McDevitt ’65

Joanne Longo ’68

Geraldyne M. Hagan

Mother of Barbara Hagan Brennan ’69

Karin Forsythe O’Neal

Daughter of Barbara Kruczynski Forsythe ’69

Jacqueline Beusse ’75

Sister Frances Helen Delaney, S.F.P. ’76

Margaret L. “Lois” Giacalone ’91

Carol Lee Murray, M.A. ’06




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BFA ’82 Anna Marie Gacina

Borzelli was recognized by the

mayor of Bayonne for her work with

the Bayonne Public Library and

Cultural Center book collection.

Carol O’Connor Toolan received

the Caldwell University Peggy

Harris Alumna of the Year Award.

Ann Bestys Dassing was re-elected

for a second term as mayor of

Caldwell, New Jersey, this past


Christopher Doneski was promoted

to colonel in the United States Army.

Roger Monel is the associate

school business administrator for

Irvington public schools. He has

completed an MBA and is working

toward obtaining his doctorate

degree. Monel (far left) with

other members of the Irvington

Superintendent’s Cabinet.

MA Dr. Michele Pillari is the

new superintendent for Woodland

Park schools.

Donna Reinhardt-Davis

Cherkezian was named Teacher

of the Year at J. P. Case Middle

School in Flemington, New

Jersey. A seventh-grade middle

school teacher of language arts

and literacy, working with Title





I students, Cherkezian was also

recognized at Hunterdon County

Polytech’s Teacher Academy as Most

Inspirational Teacher.

MA ’14 Kathryn Doster Barra

married Frank Barra on May 3,

2014, at the Park Avenue Club in

Florham Park, New Jersey, followed

by a honeymoon in Ireland.

MBA ’11 Danielle O’Connell

MacRae married Jimmy MacRae

on Oct. 4, 2014. In lieu of wedding

favors, the couple made a special

gift in honor of their guests to

Caldwell University. Danielle noted,

“I would never be where I am today

without Caldwell.”

Nick Harriott was

featured on the

NCAA’s “After the

Game” website this

past November for

his post-graduation


Pushparaj “Raj” Aitwal is

a featured artist at the “Mill

Street Salon: Beyond the Image”

exhibition at the Karl and Helen

Burger Gallery at Kean University

through Feb. 12, 2015.




Vanessa Treus Cirillo married

Cosmo Cirillo on June 21, 2014.

The ceremony took place at the

Seton Hall University Chapel

and was presided over by Father

Al Berner, chaplain at Caldwell

University. The reception was

held at the Crystal Plaza in

Livingston, New Jersey. Many

Caldwell University alumni, staff

and faculty attended the wedding.

Four alumnae, Erica Brown ’12,

Arielle Treus ’12, Kendra Kane ’11,

Danielle Petrucelli ’11, and two

current students, Angela Cirillo

’15 and John D’Amico ’15, were

members of the bridal party.

Mark Mautone was named the

2014-15 New Jersey State Teacher

of the Year. Mautone is a special

education teacher in Hudson


He teaches


children on

the autism


at Wallace



in Hoboken.

Kate Zimmerbaum was the

recipient of the Northeastern








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