At an all-campus liturgy on Founder’s Day, March 25, and again at the Veritas Awards Dinner on March 27, Caldwell’s founding President , Mother Joseph Dunn, was remembered as a deeply spiritual and persistent visionary whose dream of making a quality Catholic liberal arts education available to young women was finally realized in 1939. Now in its 75’th anniversary year Caldwell University boasts a combined graduate/undergraduate population of approximately 3000 coed students.
At the Founder’s Day liturgy, faculty and staff members were celebrated for years of service. Outstanding among the group was Dr. Colette Lindroth, Professor of English, who has taught at Caldwell for fifty years. Recognized for 35 years of service was Sister Michel Rogers, who shared in the Scriptural reflection. Since the liturgy occurred on the Feast of the Annunciation, Sister Michel offered thoughts on the generosity of Mary’s “yes” when she was invited to become the Mother of Jesus. Then, naming the leaders of Caldwell since its foundation, she noted the “yes” of all the Caldwell leaders whose “yes” has brought the university to its current moment. Finally, she challenged today’s students to offer their “yes” as they are invited to invest their energy and leadership in Caldwell’s future.
On Friday evening, led by alumnae of the Veritas Awards Committee, the Veritas Award for 2015 was presented to Caldwell’s current President, Dr. Nancy Blattner, who was honored for Excellence in Leadership in Higher Education. Dr. Blattner was introduced by her husband, Timothy Blattner, and by Sister Kathleen Tuite, OP, Vice President for Student Life. Among her accomplishment are the achievement of university status, the recognion by regional and national educational organizations