Caldwell University Empowers Men and Women with Vision Loss

Caldwell University graduate students are using creative ways to combine academics and service. Graduate art therapy students “helped empower men and women with vision loss in the art-making process at a day of service.” The University partnered with the Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey and led clients by making mandalas using a variety of materials and objects.

Students noted that “it was an incredible experience to see the art therapy process done almost solely by feel, by how the clients felt when they grabbed materials, or how the materials were described and communicated.” The experience spoke to the multi-sensory quality of art materials and art making. Students also noted that since “many of the clients had not participated in artwork for years and doubted their abilities, it was particularly empowering for them to realize what they could do.”

To read more about this program, visit Caldwell news.

Responding to Nepal

Following the tragic earthquake in Nepal, member colleges and universities are responding compassionately. The people of Nepal need prayers and financial support now in order to heal, but they will also need continuing resources in the future to rebuild. Here are a few examples of how some of our member colleges are reaching out to help:

  • Caldwell University held a candlelight walk and program to support its 33 students and many alumni from Nepal.  Speakers at the program included Hritesh Regmi, a student from Nepal, and Dr. Nancy Blattner, president of the University.  Caldwell students have set up a Facebook page, “Caldwell University Prays for Nepal“, raising over $10,000 for the America Nepal Medical Foundation.
  • The Office of International Enrollment and Affairs at Gannon University set up a prayer space with prayer flags, candles, and paper to write encouraging messages showing their support for the earthquake survivors.
  • CRS Universities such as University of Dayton and Marywood University are connecting their campuses with prayer resources, giving information, and links to the CRS donation page in order to contribute to short-term relief and long-term efforts in Nepal.
  • Villanova University CRS Campus Ambassadors held “Fuel Up for Nepal” during finals–giving away fair trade coffee and chocolate at the library while collecting donations for the relief effort in Nepal.
  • Jesuit universities across the country are holding prayer vigils, taking up collections, and offering masses for the people in Nepal.

Is your campus offering support to survivors of the Nepal earthquake? Contact us at and let us know how your college or university is involved.

Peace & Justice in ACCU’s Spring Newsletter

Last week, ACCU released the Spring 2015 issue of Update, its quarterly newsletter. You can read it in its entirety here, but be sure to pay special attention to the sections devoted to peace and justice. These highlights include:

  • Scranton Students Learn Homelessness Firsthand by spending a day and night on the streets confronting similar challenges as those which persons experiencing homelessness may face.
  • Carlow Fights Hunger with Pottery by asking their art students to create clay bowls which patrons at a fundraising dinner use and then take home to remind them of the importance of fighting hunger.
  • Caldwell Students Serve in Belize and gain perspectives on poverty, priorities, and happiness.
  • Undocumented Students Appeal to Congress members who are alumni of Catholic colleges and universities by asking them to support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
  • Mount Saint Vincent Students Engage the World by participating in international service learning.
  • ‘Compassionate Competitor’ leads Spalding University to log 1.6 million service hours and engage with their charism.
  • Manhattan Professor Teaches the Holocaust and Islam by portraying them both as stories of faith and catastrophe.

 To subscribe to Update, please email Paula Moore.