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January 2012
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Largest-ever Stockton MLK Day of Service Draws Over 500

Provost Harvey Kesselman addresses the more than 500 people who attended Stockton’s Annual Martin Luther King Day of Service.

Continuing a long-standing tradition Stockton hosted the largest Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service event at the College on January 16.

The event originated with College President Herman J. Saatkamp, who initiated the Day of Service in his first year at the College.  He also started a Freshman and Transfer Students Day of Service, which takes place the day before the first day of classes each fall semester. This year’s MLK Day event was the 8th annual.

“It is gratifying to see how this event has grown over the years,” Dr. Saatkamp said. “From relatively humble origins, we have grown the event to over 500 attendees including volunteers for the service projects and for administering the events. Volunteers included a large number of Stockton students, faculty, staff, and community members. Following the conclusion of registration, dozens of people came out on the day of the event and were welcomed to join in.

The event partnered with the Galloway Township Public Schools and kicked off with a breakfast and program including remarks by Provost and Executive Vice President Harvey Kesselman and a keynote speech by Stockton grad Terry Dougherty, a 3rd grade teacher at Roland Rogers Elementary in Galloway.

There were also entertainment and musical selections.

In all, 21 agencies and organizations were involved in the program and there were 25 different service activities.


Feb. 1 Reception Marks Inaugural Exhibition of New Stockton Art Gallery 

   Denise McGarvey, Director of the new Stockton Art Gallery installs paintings by David Ahlsted for part of the inaugural exhibition at the facility.
  David Ahlsted paintings in the new Art Gallery.

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s new Art Gallery recently opened on campus. The College will celebrate the inaugural exhibitions with a reception on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The gallery is located in L-Wing, adjacent to the Performing Arts Center.

The inaugural exhibitions include works by Visual Arts faculty members, Marilyn Brent, Alfonso Corpus, Frank Kallop, Michael McGarvey, Jedediah Morfit, Hannah Ueno and Wendel White.

Another part of the exhibition is a collection of recent paintings by David Ahlsted, a retired Stockton faculty member. The event is free and open to all members of the Stockton community.

“This new facility is comparable to the very best galleries one would see in New York or San Francisco,” Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp said. “It is a superb venue in which to display the works of talented artists.”

The gallery has two levels. The lower gallery contains approximately 2,250 square feet with 183 feet of wall space.  The upper gallery features a floor cutout overlooking the lower gallery and also is approximately 2,250 square feet with 163 feet of wall space.

The lower gallery will show the visual arts faculty exhibition. In the upper gallery, Ahlsted’s solo exhibition features a selection of painted studies for his commissioned murals in the new Campus Center. Ahlsted’s four murals, New Jersey Pine Barrens: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, were permanently installed in the Campus Center Grand Hall last year and may be viewed there during regular Campus Center hours.

The inaugural exhibitions may also be viewed through February 22 during regular gallery hours: Monday-Saturday: 12 noon until 7:30 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m.

All Stockton Art Gallery events are sponsored by the Visual Arts Faculty, School of Arts and Humanities of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

For more information, please call 609-652-4214 or visit


Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson to Deliver Keynote Address at Energy Symposium Hosted by William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy

  Lisa Jackson.

Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), will be the keynote speaker for the Energy Symposium sponsored by the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton. The Energy Symposium, which runs from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., takes place Wednesday, February 22, 2012, at the Campus Center Event Room.
The Symposium's theme is "Energy 40/40,” which ties into the College's year-long celebration of 40 years of teaching. Speakers and panelists will reflect on the history of energy over the past four decades and look forward to things we might expect over the next 40 years.
Topics covered in the symposium will include infrastructure, energy portfolios, energy efficiency in building, large scale alternative energy and nuclear energy.
Individuals may register at with a cost of $40 per person and $10 for senior citizens. For assistance registering, please call the Hughes Center at 609-626-3542 or email



Milestone Victories for Matthews and Fussner

(Left) Gerry Matthews celebrated win number 500 at Stockton on January 3. (Right) Joe Fussner with members of the women’s team following his 300th victory.

Celebrations were in order for Stockton basketball coaching legends Gerry Matthews and Joe Fussner this month.

On January 3, the Osprey men’s team defeated North Carolina Wesleyan, 83-60, to give head coach Gerry Matthews his 500th career win at Stockton. 

Less than three weeks later, Joe Fussner, longtime women’s head coach, racked up win number 300 for the Ospreys with an 89-85 win over Hunter College. Both victories took place on Stockton’s home court at the Sports Center. Matthews, who is in his 26th season at Stockton, became just the 12th active coach and 30th all-time in NCAA Division III to achieve 500 wins. He is the second coach in New Jersey history to reach that lofty plateau and trails only Princeton University’s Pete Carrill (514) with the second most wins in state history.

Fussner has had three stints as Stockton's head coach (1982-85, 1987-89, 1997-present) that has spanned a total of 20 seasons. He has led the Ospreys to two NJAC championships (2000, 05) and 13 postseason appearances, including the program's only five NCAA Tournament berths (1984, 2000, 05, 06, 11) plus one ECAC title (2001).

Matthews’ career at Stockton also has included two NCAA Final Fours (1987, 2009), an appearance in the NCAA Final (2009), six NJAC championships and eight NJAC Coach of the Year awards.

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Attendance at Stockton Open House has been on the rise for three consecutive years. In 2007-2008, 5,000 people attended the Open House events.  That number rose to 5,130 in 2008-2009.  Last year, 6,700 people attended Stockton’s Open House events, representing an increase of 31 percent. 

Source: Stockton College Admissions

Stockton Fun Fact:
What sports distinction does Stockton Women’s Basketball Head Coach Joe Fussner hold in addition to his recent milestone 300th win at Stockton?

(Click here to reveal the answer)
Joe Fussner is a longtime youth baseball umpire who has been named to the umpire crew at the Little League World Series.

Stockton Basketball Coach Joe Fussner

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