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Richard Stockton College Alumni Newsletter

May 2009
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Stockton College's 1st G. Larry James Legacy Bike Ride & Picnic 

If ever there were a time to get out and ride a bike ---any bike--- it would be on Sunday, June 7th.  Please mark that date on your calendar! On this very special day, we will ride to honor the rich, historical athletic legacy bestowed upon us by our very own Olympian, G. Larry James.  We will ride to promote physical fitness---through cycling--- as we commit and exert ourselves to raise money for the G. Larry James Legacy Fund.  The ride start is located in Lot 5 in front of Stockton’s Sports Center.

Coincidentally, on this same date, the city of Philadelphia celebrates the 25th anniversary of the premiere annual --one day-- pro bicycle race, the TD Bank International Cycling Championship. However, we will not ride 156 miles around the Manayunk Wall.  Instead, you can ride 15 miles, 31 miles, or complete the ultimate G. Larry James cycling challenge: the metric century --62 miles—to Chatsworth, NJ and back to the College.

From Stockton’s campus, you can choose to ride with family and friends, with a designated ride leader, or even form your very own pace line, as they do in professional cycling.   Whatever the case, you decide the pace, the distance and the company.  Together we will ride to celebrate this memorable occasion, which with your active support and participation, will become an annual, festive, scholarship fundraising event.   

We will thoroughly enjoy ourselves by cycling on mostly flat, pleasant roads with bike lanes, beginning on College Drive as we explore the wonderful scenery of the Pine Barrens via Clarks Landing Road.  After crossing the Lower Bank Bridge, you can either continue out as far as Chatsworth, or cut the ride short by just turning around on any of the routes’ designated rest stops.  For those who are not comfortable riding on the public roads, you can ride your bikes along the bike paths around Lake Fred on campus.  If there are mechanical difficulties, there will be repair stations, provided by some of the local bike shops, the Tuckahoe Bike Shop and Beacon.

Mile markers, rest stops with lots of treats, and SAG wagons and police escorts are all provided for your comfort and safety. This is a fully supported cycling event.  No one is “dropped” or left behind, because what awaits us once we return to the main campus is the Alumni Association’s picnic, a celebratory gathering with Stockton’s family and friends.

Every registered rider gets an official entry number, a beautifully designed t-shirt and water bottle.  To date, the Legacy Bike Ride Sponsors are Shore Cycle Club, Coca-Cola, Perfect Move, Marathon Foto, QPS and Eastern Energy Services. Carraba’s Italian Grill of Egg Harbor Township has donated awards and gift certificates to be won for fundraising efforts.  Photographers will be along the roads to take your pictures as you ride.

Rain or shine, we will ride.  Helmets required.  

Register immediately by clicking here.

Stockton College Scholarship Benefit Gala Huge Success Despite Challenging Economic Climate

The Stockton College Foundation Annual Benefit Raises $760,000

The 29th Annual Stockton College Scholarship Benefit Gala, held Saturday April 25 at Caesars Atlantic City, reached its ambitious $750,000 goal in the face of the most challenging economic climate in event history. More than 800 people attended the Gala, enjoying a cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, silent auction and concert by legendary entertainer Art Garfunkel.

"To achieve such an ambitious goal is a remarkable accomplishment," President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. said. "It is heartening to see the continued support for student scholarships by our many friends and partners."

Many of the region’s top civic, business and community leaders were on hand to join with Stockton students, administration, faculty and staff to take part in what has become one of the more eagerly anticipated events on the area social calendar.

Proceeds of the event benefit student scholarships that award academic excellence and help to maintain College affordability. As a result of the benefit and other fundraising efforts of the Stockton College Foundation, the College has been able to raise student financial assistance to record levels for its talented student scholars.

J. Carlos Tolosa, President of the Eastern Division for Harrah’s Entertainment, served as the Honorary Chairman of the Gala for the second year in a row. "We are proud to partner with Stockton College on this important event. Harrah’s is also pleased to announce that we have recently established a scholarship at Stockton, created specifically for Harrah’s Entertainment employees." Lisette McFarland is the first Harrah’s Employee Scholarship recipient, which was announced on Saturday at the Gala.

The Gala Chairman, Lloyd D. Levenson, Esq., Chief Executive Officer of Cooper Levenson expressed his appreciation to the Gala sponsors by saying, "There is no single wiser or more secure investment to make with our money than the education of our next generation. Investing in our youth now will guarantee us all the dividends of a confident future."

The top sponsors for the Stockton Gala included: Harrah’s Entertainment, Avalon Carpet Tile and Flooring, Borgata Heart & Soul Foundation, CapeBank Charitable Foundation, Claire & Melvin Levine, Cooper Levenson, IBEW Local 351 and The Press of Atlantic City. Additional sponsorships from AtlantiCare, the Azeez Foundation, Chartwells, Follett Higher Education Group, Horizon Eye Care, Interstate Outdoor Advertising, Kramer Beverage Company, NBC 40, TN Ward Company and York-Jersey Underwriters, Inc. added to the success of the Gala. Many other companies and individuals supported Stockton through sponsorships, attendance and auction bidding.

"On behalf of the Stockton College Foundation, I would like to express our sincere appreciation to our partners at Harrah’s Entertainment and the many businesses, friends and alumni throughout southern New Jersey who responded to our call to help Stockton’s students in a particularly challenging year," said Marilyn DiGiacobbe, the College’s Chief Development Officer and Executive Director of the Stockton College Foundation. "The Gala’s success is a testament to this community, the value it places on higher education and on the young people educated here, who excel and serve our region."

Photo by Donna Connor Photography, Stockton College students and scholarship recipients



Christine M. Norbut-Mozes, LSW, ’91
Director of the Division of Youth and Family Services

Tara Septynski, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, sat down with Christine to discuss her position at the Division of Youth and Family Services and her experience during her time as a student at Stockton College.

1. What is your current profession?

I’m a licensed social worker and child welfare administrator. I am currently the Director of the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) within the NJ Department of Children and Families. DYFS is NJ’s child protection agency that is responsible for investigating reports of child abuse and neglect, providing families under its supervision with needed services, the training and licensing of foster and adoptive families and achieving permanency for children who become legally free for adoption.

2. What are your responsibilities?

I’m responsible for the overall administration of the statewide operations of the Division including all policy and practice decisions, the supervision of the 12 Area Directors who oversee the 47 local offices and leading the child welfare reform effort, which includes the implementation of a new practice model.

3. Describe an “average day.”

As you might imagine, there is no “average day” at DYFS. What’s most constant is that my workweek generally consists of about 75% meetings with both internal and external stakeholders. Beyond that, I spend my time reviewing data reports, responding to e-mail and trying to be responsive to my staff and clients.

4. What do you like most and least about your job?

What I like most about my job is that no two days are ever the same. What I like least about my job is that no two days are ever the same. Inherent in that is the unpredictable nature of child welfare. For all of its volatility I can’t imagine doing anything else.

5. What skills do you need for your profession?

In order to work in child protective services in NJ you need to have a bachelor’s degree, preferably in social work or a related human service field. In addition to a formal education, you need to be caring, compassionate and interested in promoting healthy families.

6. What was a major success you had during your professional career?

I have to say my biggest success was being named DYFS Director in March 2008. At least it’s the one of which I’m most proud. Having the opportunity to lead a team of dedicated and compassionate professionals committed to the safety, permanency and well being of children is an awesome experience. I’m not sure what will top this.

7. What are your plans for the future?

Quite honestly, I haven’t thought much about my next position or what the future holds. I do however see myself continuing in the field of child welfare, but in what capacity, remains to be seen.

8. How has attending Stockton College influenced your life?

Stockton has been a great influence on me and I think about my time at Stockton quite often and always with a smile. It influenced me both professionally and personally. Stockton taught me to be responsible, accountable and to always challenge myself. It also taught me about love and friendship. Some of my best friendships today are those I made at Stockton.

9. What advice do you have for current Stockton College students?

My best advice is to set a goal for yourself and to keep focused on it. Actually stating the goal helps it to become real and attainable. Regardless of what others think or say, if you believe it you can achieve it. Finally, take advantage of all opportunities that present themselves at Stockton and beyond. You never know where they will lead you.

10. On a personal note, what is your favorite thing to do on your days off?

A hold over from my days at Stockton, sleeping late, but once I’m up it’s all about spending time with my two children, Riley age 8 and Joseph (JT), 2 1/2.


Your First Home, Buying By The Book Workshop
Stockton College, Room B-001
Monday, May 18 • 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
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here for more information

NYC Alumni Networking Reception
Zanzibar, 45th & 9th Ave.
Wednesday, May 27 • 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Please call Tara Septynski to RSVP, 609.626.3565

William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy Lecture Series Present the Jersey Shorecast, Will Shoobies, Vacationers, and Gamblers Keep Us Out of the Doldrums?
N-Wing College Center – 1st floor cafeteria
Richard Stockton College of NJ
Thursday, May 28 • 8:30 a.m.
For more information, please visit the event's website

1st Annual Legacy Bike Ride
Stockton College Sports Center
Sunday, June 7, 2009
8:00 a.m.
All proceeds benefit the G. Larry James Legacy Fund
Please click here for registration information

Performing Arts Center Events
Alumni Special: $10 discount per ticket!
Please click here to see all events presented by the Stockton Performing Arts Center


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