Justice O'Connor's presentation was recently held in the Sports Center on the Galloway campus of Stockton University. Over 3,000 students, faculty, staff and community members were in atttendance at this remarkable event.
ABOUT...The Dean and Zoe Pappas Visiting Scholar Series
As an undergraduate college student at Dickinson College in 1961, Stockton University Trustee Dean C. Pappas underwent “a transformational experience” when he heard the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speak to the student body. “Until that point I was sort of drifting my way through college, but Dr. King’s message was very impressive. It made me start to think more seriously about my future. Basically, his message was to act responsibly. It was a moment that changed my life.”
Mr. Pappas, a member of the Stockton University Board of Trustees since 2006, wanted students at the University to have similar access to outstanding visiting scholars. To that end, Mr. Pappas and his wife, Zoe S. Pappas, have donated $1 million to establish the Dean C. and Zoe S. Pappas Visiting Scholar Endowment Fund. The Pappas Visiting Scholar Fund will be used to bring noted scholars and thought leaders to the University for classes, workshops and public events.
The scholar or thought leader may come to the campus for several days and participate in classes, hold lectures, workshops and symposiums and be available for interaction with students and the community. In some cases, the funding might be used for a single event such as a performance or lecture, and in certain instances an occasional year may be skipped to allow for increased funding the following year.
“What will be constant,” Mr. Pappas said, “is that in all instances there will be a lecture or signature event that is open to the community and all who wish to attend.” Mr. Pappas re-emphasized his wish that current and future Stockton students benefit from the endowment in much the same way he did when he heard the dynamic talk by Dr. King at Dickinson College, more than 50 years ago. Mr. Pappas, who grew up in Bridgeton, said he became involved in the family business as a result. “The business was facing some challenges at the time, and Dr. King’s words resonated within me. I became more serious about school and realized that I could utilize my knowledge in a positive way.”