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January 2007
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Annual MLK Day of Service Draws 300 Volunteers, Touches Thousands of Lives


Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. discusses the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service as student leader/ volunteer Jillian Callinan looks on.

More than 300 volunteers - including students, staff and faculty as well as community members – participated in Stockton’s Third Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

Stockton’s Day of Service is an event that President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. originated on the College campus. In 1994, Congress passed legislation encouraging Americans to celebrate this holiday as a day of service reflecting the life and teachings of Dr. King. President Saatkamp led the day’s activities, which included volunteer activities both on and off campus.

“This event provides an opportunity to partner with local nonprofit organizations and service agencies in ways that are both helpful and memorable,” Dr. Saatkamp said. “This event has been growing every year.”


Volunteers make quilts for “Project Linus.”

Some of the agencies at which volunteers served include the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey, the ARC of Atlantic County and Seashore Gardens Living Center. In all, 19 community partners were assisted by the work of the volunteers.

Many other people participated by donating canned food and other non-perishables to the Atlantic County Food Bank.

The on-campus activities included letter-writing to the servicemen and servicewomen in the locally-based 177th Fighter Wing, quilt-making for “Project Linus,” a service that aids abused and neglected children, sorting and shipping donated books for “Books Without Borders” and making Valentines for clients of Samaritan Hospice.

“This is an event that makes me feel good for helping and hopefully makes the people whose lives we touch feel a little better, too” said one volunteer who asked that her name not be used “because the volunteers aren’t looking for credit.”



Stockton Police Department Becomes First in State to Receive Prestigious Accreditation

Stockton’s Police Department recently became one of just 20 in the state and the only campus police department in New Jersey to achieve State Accreditation under a program established by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP).

To receive this prestigious accreditation, Stockton complied with 146 international standards for the operation of police organizations, and passed an on-site assessment by an experienced team of independent law enforcement assessors. The team examined all aspects of the Stockton Police Department’s procedures, policies, management practices, operations and support services.

The Department is required to send annual reports to NJSACOP attesting to continued compliance with the standards, followed by a new assessment in three years.

“We are pleased to have been awarded this accreditation,” said Glenn Miller, Stockton’s Chief of Police. “Departments receiving this designation have achieved a very high level of professionalism and are recognized for their commitment to the community.”

Chief Miller said the department sets goals, which are public and that the accreditation process also includes a public hearing.

Stockton operates a department with 21 sworn officers and a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week dispatch staff.
The other New Jersey police departments that received the NJSACOP accreditation at the same time as Stockton’s police department are the departments of Middle Township, Cape May City, Summit, Cranford, Saddle Brook, Manalapan, and North Plainfield.



Save the Date: Spring Scholarship Benefit


Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City

In the wake of its most successful Spring Scholarship Benefit in the 26-year history of the event, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey will again stage the gala at the spectacular Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City. The gala will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2007.

“We are delighted our partnership with Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc. will be continuing this year,” said Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. “We expect even better results as we enter our second year of taking this event off campus and into our Atlantic City community.”

The 2006 edition of the Benefit was by far the most successful one ever, raising more than $500,000 to benefit scholarships for deserving students. A sellout audience enjoyed an evening of fine dining, fabulous auctions and a performance by Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Roberta Flack.

An announcement concerning the entertainment for this year’s Benefit is eagerly anticipated in the very near future.

Mark Juliano, Chief Operating Officer of Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc., will again serve as Honorary Chair. Juliano is a dynamic marketing leader whose expertise has served to benefit the gaming industry. He is a recognized leader in the community. He has also demonstrated a dedication to civic and philanthropic organizations.
Through the leadership of Event Chairpersons Kay and Mac Seelig, the expertise of the Trump Entertainment Resorts Team and the beautiful facilities of the Trump Taj Mahal, the Spring Benefit Gala has reached new heights of success.

“The Seeligs have been crucial in our efforts to continue to build partnerships with the region’s business and civic communities,” President Saatkamp said, “These efforts go hand in hand with our Hospitality Management Program, Master of Business Administration Program and numerous internship opportunities that we are growing together with local businesses. We are proud to have Trump Entertainment Resorts, the Taj Mahal, Mark Juliano and the Seeligs on our team as we move ahead with plans for another exciting Spring Scholarship Benefit.”

Organizers of the Spring Benefit announced a goal of $750,000 for this year’s Spring Benefit Gala. All are invited to receive updates on sponsorships, tickets, auction items and to place ads in the Tribute Journal, a professionally produced keepsake for the event by calling (609) 652-4658 or logging onto www.stockton.edu/springbenefit.



Annual Holiday Concert Draws over 1,000 to Atlantic City

More than 1,000 community members crowded into the historic St. Nicholas Tolentine Roman Catholic Church last month for a performance of Handel’s “Messiah.”

A variety of featured solos added to the event’s success. Selected soloists included Ernie Bruce of the College’s Human Resources Office and eight-year-old Sarah Jo Ballman of Cape May.

Windsor Leveille, a senior psychology major from Asbury Park, served as stage manager for the production.

“It was a little stressful getting everything squared away in time for the show, but the awesome acoustics of the building and the enjoyment of the audience made all the hard work worthwhile,” Leveille said.

  
Dr. Beverly J. Vaughn

Professor of Music Dr. Beverly J. Vaughn directed a choral force of more than 200 voices, including the Stockton Oratorio Society, Stockton Chorale and several community choirs from throughout Southern New Jersey, as well as a choral group from Pleasantville High School.

According to Dr. Vaughn “We have enjoyed some successful concerts in the past, but this one may have topped them all. The church provided a spectacular setting. We had people who could not find seats who stood for the entire three hours. Such community support is gratifying to say the very least.”



Stockton Fun Fact:
Which iconic Stockton figure reached a major milestone recently?
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Answer: 
Stockton Men’s Basketball Coach Jerry Matthews has reached an impressive tally of nearly 400 wins in his career coaching the Ospreys.

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