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Stockton Divisions Become Schools With Increased Offerings

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Campus

Stockton’s academic offerings have expanded and diversified with the advent of schools to replace the former academic divisions.

The College Board of Trustees approved a resolution recently authorizing the change. According to President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., the change enables the College to increase degree programs and allows each new School to operate more independently.

“This initiative is in response to the planned growth of the College, and is consistent with our mission to meet the educational needs of the region.” President Saatkamp said.  Demand for such programs as Hospitality and Tourism Management Studies, the MBA and Education had prompted the resolution, he added.

Two new Schools of the College -- the School of Business and the School of Education were established.  Stockton’s former divisions are now formally designated as the School of Arts and Humanities, the School of General Studies, the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

President Saatkamp said Stockton’s master plan to increase enrollment by three percent annually had met the goals for the last three consecutive academic years.  As a result, the College is acting to better meet the demands of its students and the regional economy.  He said the move to schools also allows Stockton to offer innovations such as accelerated advanced degree programs.  These 4 + 1 programs enable students to achieve both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in their major discipline in five years rather than the traditional six.

Two such programs, the Master of Criminal Justice and the Master of Computational Sciences, are already in place.  The latter degree enables students to combine study of their scientific discipline with an introduction to the sophisticated computational and mathematical modeling tools that allow them to explore intractable scientific problems.  In addition, a third 4 + 1 program in Environmental Science is in the approval stage for implementation in September 2008.

The newest school, the School of Business, is an example of Stockton’s adjustment to the changing landscape and educational needs of Southern New Jersey. Business has long been Stockton’s largest major and its continued growth has kept pace with College enrollment. “As a School, we now have the independence and self-organization for our fully engaged faculty to respond directly to community needs,” said Dr. Janet Wagner, Dean of the new School of Business. “We are poised to work with employers to place interns and graduates with area businesses. In addition, collaboration is taking place with prominent local business people on community-based projects that focus on economic development of the area.”

Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr.

Likewise, the new School of Education is helping to train new teachers to address a growing teacher shortage and the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies is offering new training and professional development programs to assist employers and better prepare students for productive careers.  Students also benefit from the change by earning degrees that are more widely recognized by employers.

“It is a win-win-win for students, faculty and the regional economy,” Dr. Saatkamp said. “We are adding value into each and every degree we grant.”

Stockton Students Move Into New Residential Complex that Provides State-of-the-Art “Learning Communities”

One of Stockton's new learning communities.

The first residents of the Housing V “Learning Community” moved into the new complex this month. 

Two of the six planned buildings opened and two additional buildings will be completed by May of this year and two more for the Fall 2008 semester. Each building houses 64 students. Thus, a total of 128 students will be moving in to open the first phase of the project. When the remaining buildings open, a total of 384 students will reside in the complex.

“These new buildings go beyond the norm in student housing,“ Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. said.  “It’s not quite accurate to refer to them as dorms or residence halls.  They are ‘learning communities’ designed to bring students together and to encourage community engagement.”

Student Jessica Conrad moves into her new dorm room.

Each four-person residential suite includes four private bedrooms, a shared mini-kitchen, living and bathroom facilities.  Technology features include a cashless one-card system for security entry and purchases.  The buildings meet the LEED Green Building Rating System standard for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.  Each building has a rectangular footprint measuring 180 feet by 50 feet.

“I’m loving this,” new resident Jessica Conrad said, as she carried boxes filled with food, clothes and electronic equipment into the new quarters. “It’s neat to be moving into a place where everything is brand new and of course to have my own private room.”

Social lounges, Laundromat facilities with television and cable, flat screen TV and pool tables, study pods and quiet study areas are a few of the included features.  Student focus groups provided input for the project.

Hillier Architecture of Princeton, NJ served as the principal design team, Sambe Constructon Co. of Pennsauken is building the facility.

Sharon Schulman Heads the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy

Ms. Sharon Schulman

Ms. Sharon Schulman has been named as Director of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy.  A resident of Erial, Camden County, Ms. Schulman brings a wealth of experience and resources to the Center.  The Center was founded in 2007 as a catalyst for research, analysis and policy solutions to the complex issues facing New Jersey.

“Stockton is delighted to have distinguished alumna Sharon Schulman leading the William J. Hughes Center,” President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. said.  “Sharon provides leadership, credibility and understanding of a vast array of public policy issues.  Equally important is her knowledge and experience in policy implementation.  Sharon enables the Center to make an immediate positive impact in the region and statewide.”

The William J. Hughes Center was founded as part of Dr. Saatkamp’s vision for the College to expand its community outreach and service to the region. In addition to its role providing higher educational resources, Stockton’s President sees the College as an economic engine for Southern New Jersey and a conduit for serving the greater good. The Hughes Center is an important component of that mission. The Center was named in honor of William J. Hughes of Ocean City who was a longtime Southern New Jersey Congressman, Ambassador to Panama and Stockton Distinguished Professor. It serves as a forum for public discussion of policy issues to engage both citizens and policy makers and frames issues and policy matters in a way that encourages broader debate and strengthens the voice of Southern New Jersey.

“The formation of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy is a major step in helping southern New Jersey to increase its voice and presence with local, state and federal government.  We can be the catalyst for research and a disseminator of information to help people, business and institutions,” said Ms. Schulman.

According to President Saatkamp, Ms. Schulman’s depth and breadth of experience and knowledge of government, business and public policy areas instantly makes the Hughes Center a powerful asset to the college and all of New Jersey.

In the 1990s, Ms. Schulman served as Chief Executive Officer for the NJ Board of Public Utilities, where she developed policies and strategies, and implementation and government relations on behalf of the state’s utilities. Since then she was with Atlantic Electric as manager of the utility’s public and regulatory planning as well as manager of external affairs including corporate publications and advertising, government and community relations. She was President of Consumers New Hampshire Water Company and for 12 years was President of Aqua New Jersey, Inc., of Hamilton Twp. This public utility engaged in the treatment and distribution of potable water and the treatment of wastewater.

Prior to her career in utilities and government, Ms. Schulman founded and headed her own communications firm.  The firm, Spe-Schul Communications of Vineland, specialized in service industries as well as government and cultural agencies and political campaigns.  Before that she was Executive Director of the Bridgeton-Cumberland Tourist Association, which helped launch the tourism industry as a key aspect of the region’s economic development and coordinated a visit by the King and Queen of Sweden.

During her time working with New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities, Ms. Schulman was involved in the development of telecommunications and energy policy in the state.  Most recently she has been involved in the development of safe, affordable and available water supplies both regionally and nationwide.  As a former Executive Director of the First Legislative District’s office, Ms. Schulman was involved in the development of environmental laws to protect the ocean and beaches of the New Jersey shoreline.

Sharon Schulman earned her B.S. from Stockton (Biomedical Communications) in 1980 and a Master of Arts in Public Relations from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) in May of 1984.  She also holds an MBA in Marketing from the University of Phoenix.

“On a personal level,” Ms Schulman said,  this is an incredible opportunity to establish an on-going institute that will augment my alma mater, honor one of the most prestigious elected officials this region has ever had, and contribute something on-going to my native South Jersey.  I am proud to have been chosen to coordinate the development of this Center by President Saatkamp and the Stockton leadership.”

College’s New School of Graduate and Continuing Studies to Extend Training for Region’s Casino Workforce Through Training Grants Totaling Nearly $500,000

SIGMA trains casino workers and industry managers through a wide range of programs.

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development granted Stockton funding that totals nearly $500,000, two grant awards that extend funding for Stockton’s Consortium for Leadership and Service Superiority (CLASS) through the end of 2008. The growing Consortium, led by Stockton, consists of six very large Atlantic County employers and has thus far trained more than 10,000 employees in Atlantic City and the region.

One of the awards, approved in late October, provides support to teach English as a Second Language to 400 employees at Resorts Atlantic City and the Atlantic City Hilton Casino and Resort.  The second award will fund approximately 150 workshops in leadership, computer technology, business systems networking and security.

“These training programs are an example of the initiatives undertaken by Stockton to work cooperatively with employers in the region to continuously upgrade the skill set of the labor force. We are delighted to tap the human capital and talent of Stockton’s faculty and staff for casino employees who seek professional development,” said Dr. Deborah Figart, Dean of the College’s new School of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

“Since its inception approximately 18 months ago, the Stockton Institute for Gaming Management has trained thousands of casino workers in customer service skills and more than 100 industry managers in leadership and advanced management skills,” said President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr.

In less than two years of existence, Stockton’s Institute for Gaming Management, an alliance with Spectrum Gaming Group, L.L.C., has made an immediate impact by offering a wide range of training programs and educational opportunities for executives, managers and other employees in the gaming industry.  In addition to the Resorts and Hilton, The Stockton Institute for Gaming Management has provided training services for Trump Entertainment, the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, Harrah’s, Bally’s, Caesar’s and the Sands.

Dr. Israel Posner

Dr. Lewis Leitner, Director of the Gaming Management Institute said, “Together, the two Department of Labor awards will enhance the skills of thousands more employees in Atlantic City, helping to make this region a superior destination for its 36 million annual visitors.”

Dr. Israel Posner, Executive Director in the College’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies added, “We are extremely pleased that Stockton has become the “go-to” resource for professional development and continuing education in the region – not just for the gaming industry but for all individuals who seek lifelong learning opportunities.”

Howie Mandel to Headline Stockton's 28th Scholarship Benefit Gala at Caesars Atlantic City

Howie Mandel

Comedian Howie Mandel, star of the hit NBC show “Deal or No Deal” will be the featured entertainer for the 28th Scholarship Benefit Gala to take place on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at Caesars Atlantic City.

The Gala brings together business and civic leaders throughout the region for a spectacular evening of dining, entertainment and auctions.

Honorary Chairman for the event is J. Carlos Tolosa. As President of the Eastern Division of Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., he is responsible for the company’s casino operations in states from the East, the South and the Midwest and is a member of the company’s leadership team. Carlos Tolosa reiterated that Harrah’s Entertainment is fully committed to higher education, as are all of the 15,000 employees in Harrah’s four Atlantic City properties. Mr. Tolosa announced the 2008 Benefit will be held at the Caesars property in the Palladium Ballroom and the Circus Maximus Theater.

The Benefit Chairman is Dr. James Yoh of Medford, President of Galaxy Technology and Vice Chair of The Richard Stockton College Board of Trustees. Dr. Yoh helped set the tone for the 2008 Gala by presenting Dr. Saatkamp with a personal contribution of $50,000.

Howie Mandel’s career has encompassed virtually all aspects of the entertainment spectrum, ranging from television, film and stage. From his work on the Emmy-award-winning “St. Elsewhere” to the international and Emmy-award-winning “Bobby’s World,” Mandel has become a mainstay of the American comedy scene.

Stockton is seeking corporate and individual sponsorships and partners for the event. 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 by logging onto

Stockton Fun Fact:
How did more than 400 Stockton Community members honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King?

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Local agencies and individuals will benefit from the volunteer efforts of Stockton students faculty and staff at the 4th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. See the February President’s Newsletter for complete details.

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