Stockton Students, Staff Spend Spring Break Helping Those Less Fortunate
Stockton students and staff helped build a new home with Habitat for Humanity during the Spring Break in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
Rather than relaxing or traveling to a warm beach town, students and staff members from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey worked through their spring break helping people in need.
Twenty students, along with several staff members, volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. They helped construct and rehabilitate housing for deserving families.
“This was our sixth year participating in this program,” said Jennifer Radwanski, Associate Director for Student Development at Stockton. “It is a wonderful experience for all of us. It is very satisfying to know we have made a real difference in the lives of those less fortunate.”
Radwanski said the program is a “win-win” in helping families reach the goal of home ownership. “The students are also making new friends and having fun. They work hard and they have the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company and get to know some of the folks they are helping.”
Radwanski added that the group had participated in fundraisers to cover the cost of the trip, and that enough money had been raised to present an additional donation to Habitat for Humanity.
The following students participated: Melissa Lyon of Sicklerville, Jenn Cultrara of Jackson, Allison Jayne of Middletown, Laura Fricke of Milltown, Stephanie Ronan of Eatontown, Quinn Whitesall of Salem, Samantha Mackintosh of Bayonne, Olivia Santa Maria of Barnegat, Beth Janansky of Egg Harbor Township, and Laura Sirak of Cookstown, Joshua McGilly of Branchburg, Edward Nowak of Woodbury Heights, David Egee of Bricktown, Megan Petersen of Manalapan, Michael Steele of Paterson, Kyle Parker of Lacey Township, Steven Heerema of West Milford and Mat Greer of Maple Shade.
Staff members taking part were Joe Lizza, Linda Kenny, George Roitzsch and Radwanski.
Atlantic City Showing Signs of Rebound, Levenson Institute Survey Shows
Atlantic City is making progress in re-inventing itself as a destination resort, according to a Stockton College Levenson Institute survey.
A changing tourism landscape means Atlantic City is making progress in its quest to become more of a destination resort, according to a survey released last week by the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism at Stockton.
The findings show casino gaming is still the top draw, but entertainment, shopping and the beach are contributing to a re-branding of Atlantic City. The survey of 3,000 randomly selected adults in 16 major markets within 400 miles shows changing perceptions, wider ranging reasons for visiting, and favorable visitor satisfaction compared to nearby competing states.
“It’s really not your grandfather’s Atlantic City anymore,” said Israel Posner, Levenson Institute Executive Director, who worked on the survey along with the lead investigator, Dr. Brian J. Tyrrell, a Stockton professor in the department of Hospitality and Tourism Management. “More and more visitors are coming to Atlantic City for concerts, the beach, special events and shopping at the Walk. Atlantic City has worked very hard in recent years at diversifying and adding to its attractions and now the efforts look as if they are beginning to pay off,” Tyrrell said.
Posner said the survey numbers, when projected to the population base of the tested area, totaled nearly 15 million people. “When you have that many people coming into a resort with this many changes in facilities and attractions, you are going to see a shift in public perceptions,” he said. Margin of error in the survey is 1.8 percent.
“The largest percentage rise in visitors since ’03 is in visitors whose primary purpose included shows, special events, concerts, shopping and the like,” Tyrrell said. “This is precisely the type of visitor Atlantic City is hoping to attract.” For visitors who had not been to Atlantic City since 2003, only 4 percent said their primary trip purpose was to attend a concert, show or special event. That number has more than doubled, with 9 percent of visitors who have come since 2003 for such purposes.
Perhaps most heartening for Atlantic City boosters is that approximately 10 percent of this region’s population have been to Atlantic City at least once in the past 12 months, or approximately five million unique visitors. The survey found that many of these individuals made multiple trips, translating to 28 million total trips or an average of six trips per year -- indicating strong customer satisfaction. Another 24 percent of the respondents, representing 12 million individuals, had visited Atlantic City prior to 2003.
Stockton Scholarship Gala Set for April 21
Stockton Faculty Band members Frank Cerreto (left) and Peter Hagen will be performing April 21 at the Stockton Scholarship Gala in Atlantic City.
One of the most eagerly anticipated social events in the region, the 2012 Gala promises another night of entertainment, fine dining and more, all for the benefit of scholarships for 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 www.stockton.edu/gala.
New Advanced Degree Program in American Studies Planned
The Schools of Arts and Humanities and Graduate and Continuing Studies of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey recently announced a new graduate program, Master of Arts in American Studies (MAAS) as well as a certificate program in American Studies.
The 30-credit master’s program consists of 15 credits of core courses and 15 credits of electives that are divided into three categories: Periods, Approaches and Applications, and Topics. A 15 credit certificate program will also consist of core courses (6 credits) and electives (9 credits).
MAAS’s international approach to American Studies will prepare graduates with skills to understand globalization and the relationship of the United States with different parts of the world. MAAS’s interdisciplinary, comparative, and multicultural 30 credit master’s degree and 15 credit certificate program will support the College’s liberal arts mission as well as its graduate education mission to offer accessible graduate education concerned with cultural and intellectual heritage in all its diversity.
Requirements for admissions (both for the certificate and master’s program) are 3.0 minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average from an accredited institution, GRE/MAT scores (required for international students and those who have lower than a 3.0 G.P.A), official transcripts from all schools attended, application essay and three letters of recommendation.
A special Meet and Greet event for prospective students will take place Wednesday, April 11, from 6 to 7 p.m., in Campus Center Meeting Room 5. The American Studies faculty will be on hand and further information will be available.
Additional information relating to application requirements and admissions will be found on www.stockton.edu/grad.
More than 800 donors made gifts of $100 or more to the College in the last fiscal year.
Stockton’s “You Make the Difference: Campaign for Stockton College” has already realized $18.3 million against the $20 million goal. Some exciting announcements are anticipated in the coming months as the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs works through the campaign’s scheduled end in June 2014.
Source: Office of Development and Alumni Affairs.