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Stockton Scholarship Gala Set for April 21

  The versatile singer Isabella will perform with Stockton's Faculty Band.

The 32nd Annual Stockton College Scholarship Benefit Gala is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City.

"The Gala is one of the most eagerly anticipated social events of the year in southern New Jersey," Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp said.  "We hope that as many of our friends as possible join us for what promises to be another great evening of fine dining, entertainment and community engagement…all for the benefit of scholarships to deserving students."

Tickets are $225 per person.  The evening's events include a cocktail reception and silent auction from 6:30 to 7:30; dinner, program and silent auction from 7:30 to 9; followed by entertainment and dancing until 11.

The entertainment for the event will be provided by singer Isabelle, who will perform with Stockton's own Faculty Band. Isabelle's versatile style bridges jazz, pop and rock, making her a natural fit for the wide ranging capabilities of the Faculty Band.

The Gala's Honorary Chair is Auggie Cippollini, Senior Vice President of Operations at the Borgata.  Gala Co-chairs this year are Mary Millar, Chairwoman, Avalon Carpet, Tile and Flooring; and Maryanne Adams, President and CEO, Avalon Carpet, Tile and Flooring.

Chair's Circle sponsors for the event include Avalon Carpet, Tile and Flooring, IBEW Local 351, Borgata Heart and Soul Foundation, and The Press of Atlantic City.  Magna Cum Laude Sponsors are AtlantiCare, Chartwells, Follett Higher Education Group, NBC 40, Seaview Resort and Dr. Jo Frances Stow.  Cum Laude sponsors include Atlantic County Utilities Authority, Calvi Electric, Capaldi, Reynolds and Pelosi, the Herbert and Lois Rothenberg Charitable Foundation, Parke Bank, Pennoni  Associates, Inc., SOSH Architects, Shore Medical Center, South Jersey Industries, Steve and Cookie's By the Bay, and U.A. Local Union 322.

Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information or to purchase tickets online, please visit


Stockton Signs Articulation Agreement with Philadelphia University for Combined Degree in Health Science and Physician Assistant Studies


The Board of Trustees of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey formalized an agreement recently with representatives of Philadelphia University and Reliance Medical Group that will make it possible for students to earn a combined Bachelor of Science in Health Science (BSHS) and a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

Highly qualified students successfully completing the program will earn a Baccalaureate degree from Stockton and a Master of Science in Physician Studies from Philadelphia University.  The Reliance Medical Group will provide clinical education and support for the two educational programs at Stockton and Philadelphia University.

The "three and two" program consists of three years of full-time undergraduate study in an accelerated major program at Stockton and two years of study in the Physician Assistant Program at a Philadelphia University satellite campus in Atlantic County.

"Stockton is delighted to enter into collaboration with our friends at Philadelphia University and Reliance Medical Group," said Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp. "This partnership enables some of the best and brightest students to attain a bachelor's and master's in a combined degree program for a profession that is currently in high demand."

Stockton Provost Harvey Kesselman said, " I want to commend the deans and faculty at both Stockton and Philadelphia University for their fine work on this endeavor.  Once approved, this will reduce the time and cost for our students to acquire these degrees."

The articulation agreement calls for the program to continue in force for five years, with the first students matriculating into Stockton's BSHS program in September 2012.  The program is renewed automatically on an annual basis unless terminated by one of the institutions.  An application for a license to operate as an academic institution was filed by Philadelphia University and is now pending with the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education.

Philadelphia University also agreed to collaborate with Reliance Medical Group to develop the MS in Physician Assistant Studies as an accelerated five year program. Reliance Medical Group will support the development of the program through the development and acquisition of clinical sites, assist Philadelphia University in recruiting staff for the program including a site coordinator, adjunct faculty and guest lecturers.


Stockton Alum Joins Board of Trustees

  Ray Ciccone (left) is sworn in to the Stockton College Board of Trustees by Board Chair Stan Ellis

Raymond R. Ciccone, a nationally noted expert in forensic accounting, has been appointed by Governor Chris Christie to The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey's Board of Trustees.

A 1979 honors graduate of Stockton with a BS degree in Accounting, Ciccone's term expires in June of 2015. A resident of Long Beach Island, Ocean County, Ciccone is a former member of the Stockton College Foundation Board.

"I am both proud and excited to serve on the Board of Trustees of my beloved alma mater," Ciccone said. "The educational and social experience I had at this institution prepared me well for my professional and personal life."

Ciccone is Managing Partner of Ciccone, Gotthold & Koseff Certified Public Accountants, P.C., and a partner of the Forensic Accounting Group, Inc., based in Ship Bottom, and New York City, respectively. Prior to founding his own business in 1988, Ciccone was senior audit manager with Arthur Andersen & Co. He is a certified public accountant, certified in financial forensics, and Diplomat of the American Board of Forensic Accountants.

"I am delighted that Ray Ciccone is joining our Board of Trustees," Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp said. "Ray brings a wealth of experience in many financial arenas that will be invaluable to Stockton. And of course, we take pride that Ray will be joining Mady Deininger as the second Stockton graduate on our Board."

In addition to his Stockton degree, Ciccone earned a Master of Science, Taxation degree from Seton Hall University's Stillman Business School. As an expert in forensic accounting and a wide range of taxation, financial planning and business issues, Ciccone is a sought-after speaker and has done extensive consulting work, given expert testimony in commercial litiugation and has been widely quoted in the national media.   

"Stockton provided me a nurturing learning environment taught by a prestigious faculty," Ciccone said. "Under Dr. Saatkamp's leadership, and that of the current Board of Trustees, Stockton's impressive list of accomplishments is being recognized throughout New Jersey and the nation. I look forward to utilizing the knowledge and skills I have developed since graduating from Stockton in fulfilling my responsibilities on the Board of Trustees."


Energy Symposium Features Presidential Cabinet Member Lisa Jackson

  Former Sen. Bill Gormley, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Associate Vice President Donald Moore, President Herman J. Saatkamp and Special Assistant to the President and Director of External Affairs Sharon Schulman at the recent 2012 Energy Symposium.

Nearly 300 people attended the 2012 Energy Symposium of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy.  The event took place recently at the Campus Center, with a mix of energy experts, students, faculty, staff and community members.

Keynote speaker for the event was Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, a member of President Obama's Cabinet.

In addition to the keynote talk, there were sessions on alternative energy sources, infrastructure, energy decisionmaking, energy considerations in building, the future of nuclear energy, fracking and other topics. There was also a poll conducted by Stockton Associate Professor of Sustainability Dr. Patrick Hossay, on a number of energy-related topics

The event was well-covered by the media, with four major news organizations reporting.

"The symposium not only brought a number of experts to Stockton, the event was illustrative of our priority to engage our students and community," President Herman J. Saatkamp said.

Stockton Statistic:

New Jersey's Distinctive Public College continues to have strong appeal to applicants.

In 2010, the total application pool of first-time freshmen, transfers and re-admits and graduate students was 7,164.  In 2011, the total application pool was 8,919.  This represents an increase of 24.5 percent.

Source Stockton Fall 2011 Enrollment Report Research

Stockton Fun Fact:
The New Jersey Athletic Conference championship game in men's basketball had what impressive distinction?

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More than 1,000 fans were on hand at the Sports Center February 25 as the Ospreys dropped a hard-fought 67-63 decision to William Peterson in the NJAC title game.  The crowd (1,008 to be exact) was the largest of the season.


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