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Day of Service to Commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
“The College is officially closed in observance of Dr. King’s National Holiday, but we are hoping people will consider volunteering a few hours of their time to help those who are less fortunate,” said President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. Dr. Saatkamp initiated a very successful Day of Service for incoming freshman and transfer students at the College last September.
Some of the agencies that will benefit from our volunteers include the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Caring Inc., Seashore Gardens, the Atlantic County SPCA, Absecon Manor and Samaritan Hospice. In addition to the off-campus service activities, service options will be conducted on campus including letter-writing to members of the armed services and boxing books to be shipped to Africa for Books Without Borders.
The partnership of Stockton students, faculty and staff, Galloway school students and representatives and volunteers from the local community will gather at the Stockton Sports Center for 8:30 a.m. registration, followed by a 9:00 a.m. program and departure for service activities at 10:00 a.m.
If you would like to volunteer, email your name and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Jen Forman
Stockton Adopts Best Practices
Stockton’s tuition remains among the lowest in the state college sector and thousands of dollars lower than many of the schools it is ranked ahead of in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best College’s rankings (where Stockton is 5th in the United States among Public Liberal Arts Colleges.)
In this past year, under the leadership of President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., the College has continued to improve on this strong foundation with the implementation of best practices as found in other nationally ranked colleges and universities.
The Board approved the creation of a new Chief Financial Officer position to oversee all financial and business operations of the College. This new executive will work directly with the Board, President and his Cabinet and other key administrators to maximize financial efficiency.
An exhaustive nationwide search is currently underway to fill this position. The search committee is represented by independent community and business leaders, in addition to internal members of the Stockton Community. A successful candidate will be selected in the near future.
The College has instituted a new college-wide administrative computer system, “Banner”, that will greatly enhance Stockton’s accounting and its fund-raising efforts. Among many other features, Banner allows a smooth flow of funds from the time they are received to the time a scholarship is paid out to a worthy recipient. Each contributor will be tracked to allow timely acknowledgements, to enable quick checking of the financial status of each individual scholarship account, and to identify the personal preferences of each contributor.
The Richard Stockton College Foundation bylaws have been revised. These bylaws call for greater accountability in reporting status of individual scholarship accounts and a greater emphasis on endowments. Steps have been taken to improve the stewardship of existing funds and better communicate financial information to current donors. The Development Office is currently implementing the Banner Development software which will be fully operational this summer.
Annual Commencement Ceremonies Held
Approximately 790 bachelor degree and 49 advanced degree candidates qualified to participate in the annual Fall Commencement Ceremonies held in the Sports Center on December 19. It was the first such ceremony held on a weekend, and probably the best attended, with the building packed to its
President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. presented diplomas to candidates representing all five undergraduate divisions of the College and Masters degrees in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Business Administration, Instructional Technology, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy. The Masters candidates were also recognized separately at a special “hooding ceremony” to award the hoods for their academic regalia, signifying their advanced degrees.
Anne Fairchild Pomeroy, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion, delivered the keynote address. Pomeroy, whose first book, Marx and Whitehead: Process, Dialects, and the Critique of Capitalism, was published in 2004, rang an upbeat note for the graduates, urging them to take what they learned in college and pursue lofty goals. “Without hope, the world is not improved,” she said. “Shun realism and dream big.”
Sarah Collura, President of the Student Senate, delivered the student address.
Handel’s Messiah a Huge Success in Atlantic City
For the first time ever, Stockton’s holiday presentation of Handel’s Messiah took place in Atlantic City as part of the City’s official celebration of its 150th anniversary.
The concert, which attracted an overflow crowd to the historic St. Nicholas of Tolentine Roman Catholic Church, was directed by Professor of Music Dr. Beverly J. Vaughn and featured choral forces of more than 200 voices of all ages, cultures and backgrounds.
The event was dedicated to the memory of Sondra Usry Hollingsworth, longtime Atlantic City resident, public servant and gospel music singer who passed away last year.
The concert featured the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah and a medley of classic holiday songs.
“It was always Sondra’s dream to bring the Messiah to Atlantic City and I think she would have been proud of the way the event turned out,” Vaughn said.
Bashaw Sworn in as Newest Member of Stockton Board of Trustees
Curtis Bashaw was officially sworn in last month as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
Currently serving as Executive Director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA,) he co-founded Cape Advisors, Inc., a real estate development firm located in Cape May and New York City. His real estate projects focus on adaptive reuse and historic preservation. Among his better known projects are the renovations of Congress Hall and Virginia Hotels in Cape May, which he operates.
“Curtis brings a unique business savvy and youthful enthusiasm to the board,” said President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. “He also gives us a presence in Cape May County which is an important area for our many initiatives along the shore.”
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