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Former Stockton Trustee Gerald Weinstein Pledges $100,000 to Establish Professorship in Jewish Studies


Hon. Gerald Weinstein

Judge Gerald Weinstein, former longtime Board of Trustee member and Board Chair of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey has pledged $100,000 to establish the Judge Gerald and Claire Weinstein Professorship in Jewish Studies.

The first Professor to hold this title is Dr. Yitzhak Sharon, who has been a Stockton faculty member for 36 years and an integral contributor to the College’s Jewish Studies program.  Dr. Sharon also helped to develop Stockton’s Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center – one of the first facilities of its kind at a public institution in the United States, and has served as the longtime faculty advisor of the Hillel/Jewish Student Union.

“The College is deeply grateful and honored that Judge Weinstein has made such a commitment to the future of the College and its Jewish Studies program,” Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. said.  “It is particularly fitting that Dr. Yitzhak Sharon, who embodies the program and service to our students, would be appointed to serve as the inaugural Weinstein Professor in Jewish Studies.”

The $100,000 gift will establish an endowed fund to support research and scholarship that will enable the professor to conduct important work in Jewish Studies.  The College matches funds each year that are made available through the endowment, increasing the funds available for the Jewish Studies program.

Judge Weinstein served on the Board of Trustees for seven years, beginning in 1999.  He was Board Chair in 2005 and 2006.  In addition to his service on Stockton’s governing body, Judge Weinstein was a longtime member of the Holocaust Resource Center Board.

“Judge Weinstein was a great trustee and continues to be a great friend of the College,” Dr. Saatkamp said.  “He always approached his duties with the same enthusiasm and dedication that served him so well as a New Jersey Superior Court Judge.”

During Judge Weinstein’s tenure, the College made significant advancements in academics, enrollment and facilities.  He presided over the board at a time when the College was named among the top five public liberal arts colleges in the nation by U.S. News and World Report for two years and among the top six for another two years. He and his wife reside in Margate, NJ.

Professor Sharon was born in Tel Aviv, Israel.  He graduated from Yeshiva University High School in New York City.  Professor Sharon received his A.B.degree from Columbia University and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University.  Before coming to Stockton in 1972, he taught at Northeastern University in Boston and at Temple University in Philadelphia.  Dr. Sharon has also been a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University and a Visiting Scholar at Rutgers University, where he collaborates in research in Nuclear Physics.  He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and of Sigma Xi.

Dr. Sharon has been a Professor of Physics at Stockton since 1975 and has published extensively in professional journals.  He has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the State of New Jersey, and the Center for Theology and Natural Science.  He received a 2005 Award from the New Jersey Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers for his Lifetime Contributions to Physics Education.  He resides in Kendall Park, NJ with wife Sandra and daughter Dina.



Former Governor James J. Florio at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey


Former Gov. Jim Florio (right) accepts a framed photo from (left to right) Provost David Carr, Hughes Center for Public Policy Director Sharon Schulman and Professor Linda Wharton.

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey hosted an event featuring former NJ Governor James J. Florio.  Gov. Florio spoke on voter access and campaign finance reform.  He also discussed the impact of the presidential election’s outcome on the composition of the Supreme Court and on public policy issues to include environmental policies.

Governor Florio’s distinguished political career includes two terms in the New Jersey General Assembly, fifteen years as a US Congressman representing New Jersey’s 1st district, and serving as New Jersey’s 49th Governor from 1990-1994.  Florio is best known for his work in authoring Superfund legislation in Congress to clean up the most polluted sites in the nation.

Florio’s visit to Stockton is featured among the highlights centered around Constitution Day.  These events underscore The Political Engagement Project at Stockton, which is part of a broad civic engagement initiative.  Constitution Day events are sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Division of Student Affairs.



Stockton College Lends its Support to “Nine Strong for a Stronger New Jersey” Campaign


Stockton College Provost David Carr, representing President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., joined with eight New Jersey public college and university presidents or their representatives in support of a major statewide campaign, “Nine Strong for a Stronger New Jersey,” an effort designed to underscore the collective value and critical role of public higher educational institutions in the state.  In ceremonies on Tuesday, September 16 at Thomas Edison State College, the presidents signed a pledge to the State of New Jersey, expanding their commitment to educating the next generation of the state’s students.

In addition to Stockton the other eight institutions include The College of New Jersey, Kean University, Montclair State University, New Jersey City University, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Rowan University, Thomas Edison State College, and William Paterson University – and represent nearly one-half of all students who attend a four-year college or university in New Jersey.  Together, these nine institutions have grown dramatically in strength and academic excellence over the past two decades and now produce more than 15,000 graduates a year in New Jersey.

The statewide commitment will be centered around a new web portal: www.njascu.org/NineStrongforNJ, managed by the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities (NJASCU), of which the nine institutions are members.

The nine college presidents signed a pledge with the following six components:

  1. With renewed determination, find new state and private resources to extend our commitment to serve more New Jerseyans, keep more talented students here, extend and expand academic programs and services, distance learning, and graduate more students in fields important to the vitality to the state.
  2. Strengthen our commitment to provide residential housing to traditional age students to help stem net student out-migration and broaden service to adult students.
  3. Continue to ensure that our degree programs permit students to graduate in a timely manner, thereby moving graduates more rapidly into the workforce.
  4. Improve our collective rank, now number three nationally, in degree productivity for public and tuition dollars invested.
  5. Expand and develop new partnerships with businesses for economic and workforce development.
  6. Report on graduates' employment status one year following graduation, as an important measure of our institutions' alignment with workforce and economic development needs.

Also the Association launched the New Jersey College Promise Action Network.  The network will link people who care about the nine state colleges and universities with those in a position to make these institutions a higher priority -including the New Jersey Governor and Legislature.  Participation in the network is purely voluntary and is open to students, their family members, alumni, staff, trustees, educators, and other friends of the institutions.  To participate, please visit www.njcollegepromise.com.



The Richard Stockton College of NJ Among the Top Institutions in the Nation in Princeton Review’s “Best Northeastern Colleges” Survey


The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey was one of 212 top institutions of higher education to be featured in the current edition of “The Best Northeastern Colleges” survey of the Princeton Review.

“We are pleased to have been recognized in a positive light by Princeton Review’s ‘Best Northeastern Colleges,’” President Herman J. Saatkamp Jr. said.  “This comes on the heels of a fine ranking in the respected U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” issue in which we moved up 14 places within the region’s top tier.  While no single ranking or article can be definitive, these publications serve as a useful tool for students and parents planning for college.”

The Princeton Review surveys more than 50,000 students at the selected schools to obtain an “insider” look at each institution.  There are six unique ratings based on a combination of student opinion and institutionally reported data.  The following categories are explored: quality of campus facilities and student life, aspects of the student body, academics, admissions selectivity, financial aid, interesting professors and professors’ accessibility.

Students characterize the campus as having ethnic diversity with a student body that is “environmentally-conscious”.  With a campus right on the edge of New Jersey’s Pine Barrens, near the beach and with Atlantic City right around the corner, students cite the College’s location as among the benefits of selecting Stockton.

Erick Rodriguez-Jimenez, an International Business Major with an Economics minor was quoted as saying, “I found a college where beautiful pinelands, lakes and quality of education are blended together creating perfect harmony.”


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Stockton is known for the excellence and rigor of its academics as well.  According to Britne Bernard, a student majoring in Marine Biology, Stockton appeals to her because of its “outstanding Marine Biology program.  It is one of the best on the east coast.”

A few of Stockton’s well-known alumni were mentioned in the guide as well.  Among them, were novelist Marcus Major; Dr. Michael Westerveld, Professor of Neuropsychology at Yale; Billiana Miteva, Project Manager of National Geographic's World Atlas and Jason Nelson of the Opera Academy of the Royal Danish Theatre.

The guide praised Stockton, stating that it “…is a midsized, ‘extremely affordable,’ ‘transfer-friendly’ public school that ‘provides a very well-rounded liberal arts education.’ Classes are typically quite small and … the business programs here are excellent.  There are also outstanding programs in marine science.’”

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is a selective, medium-sized, highly-ranked, public liberal arts college.



Stockton Council of Black Faculty and Staff Will Raise Funds for Scholarships at Annual Awards Dinner and Dance


Council of Black Faculty and Staff officers include (from left) Arthur Davis, Yubi Pena, Pedro Santana, Trish Collins and Stephen Davis.

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Council of Black Faculty and Staff will host the 27th Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner and Dance, on Thursday, November 13, 2008 at The Carriage House in Galloway, NJ.  The reception will begin at 6:00 p.m.  Honorary Chairs for this year’s event are Dr. Vera King Farris and Ms. Sharon Schulman.

This year’s Honorees include:

  • Rev. Collins A. Days, Sr. - Life-Time Achievement Recipient
  • Mrs. Patricia W. Collins (Trish) – Merit Award Recipient
  • Mr. Edward H. Marshall, III and Mr. Jose T. Lozano – Distinguished Alumni

Reverend Collins A. Days, Sr. of Hartsville, SC is one of nine children born to Mordrell and Catherine Days.  He graduated from Butler High School in Hartsville, and then entered South Carolina State College in 1978 to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.  In 1982 while still in college, he joined the ministry.  It was also during this time that he married Constance Wilson.

Rev. Days has served as President of the Fellowship of Churches of Atlantic City and Vicinity; he has also initiated, implemented, or promoted a number of community development projects.  Rev. Day’s commitment is evident through his work with the agency of the United Brethren in Action (UBIA), which supports mission partnerships in Kenya in which a children’s orphanage that provides housing and education for more than 200 children was established, a Solar Cooker Project, and drinking water well in the dry eastern portion of the country.

Soon after his arrival at Second Baptist Church, Reverend Days established a Community Development Corporation known as Vision 2000, on which he serves as president.  Vision 2000 has accomplished a great deal in the Atlantic City area including the development of home ownership programs, building senior citizen apartments and establishing minority owned businesses.

Patricia W. Collins (Trish) was born in Fairfax, Virginia and is the daughter of the late Freddie L. Winston, Sr. and Estelle Winston Anderson of Bowie, Maryland.  She is the stepdaughter of Willie Anderson, and the daughter-in-law of LeVinso and Helen Collins of Jackson, Mississippi.

Trish has been a part of the President’s Office at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey since August 2000 and Treasurer for the Council of Black Faculty and Staff for the last seven years.  She has also served as the Director of Operations for F&L Construction, Inc., since 2004.  Prior to joining the College, Trish was a Staff Accountant for the Claridge Casino & Hotel.  She has an extensive financial background, business management expertise, and over 20 years of experience in the area of payroll operations, and supervisory skills.  Together with her husband, she was the Owner/Operator of a McDonald’s Franchise (C&C Enterprises) in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area (1983-1990).

Trish is a member of the Pleasantville NAACP, a member of the Treetops Homeowners Association, a registered poll worker, Life member of the Outstanding Young Women of America, and served for six years as the Career Awareness Coordinator for the 8th Grade Class of the Egg Harbor Township Middle School.  She is also the recipient of numerous awards for Outstanding Leadership and Community Services from McDonald’s Corporation.

In addition to her accomplishments, she is a full-time student at The University of Phoenix where she is pursuing her Bachelors in Administration, with a minor in Criminal Justice.  Trish has been married to her husband, Michael for 20 years.  They currently reside in Egg Harbor Township, NJ with their two children, Jasmine (18) and Brandon (16).  Jasmine is a college sophomore at Tougaloo College, majoring in chemistry (with a focus on pre-med).  Brandon is a high school junior at Holy Spirit.

Edward H. Marshall III received his BA in Biology from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, and a Masters in Biology from The University of Maryland, College Park.  He currently serves as Coordinator of Recruitment and Special Programs for Biomedical Graduate Studies, at The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine.  In his present position, Edward focuses on initiatives to increase the number of PhD’s among under-represented populations in the biomedical sciences via internships, as well as specialized recruitment and retention initiatives.  In his spare time, Ed is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, practitioner of Aikido and a budding Jazz enthusiast.

Jose Lozano has served as Director of Operations to the Governor since 2007 following his tenure as Special Assistant to the Governor’s Chief of Staff.  As Director he manages all aspects of the Governor’s day-to-day operations. Additionally, he serves as a member of the Governor’s Senior Staff and assists in the development and implementation of the Governor’s agenda.

Prior to serving in the Governor’s Office, he served as a policy advisor to then-Senator Corzine and continued onto his gubernatorial campaign and transition team.

Lozano is a New Jersey native who graduated from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 2003, and is subsequently pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Maryland, College Park.  During his time at Stockton, he served as a Student Trustee on the College’s Board of Trustees, as Senate President, an Ambassador and a Community Advisor.

Lozano currently resides in Jackson with his wife, Amanda, who also graduated from Stockton in 2003.

The Annual Awards Dinner also raises funds for scholarships for students.  Tickets and/or ads can purchased through the Council Web site.   For questions and additional information, please call Yubi at (609) 652-4382 or Trish at (609) 652-4523.




Stockton Fun Fact:
What Pulitzer-prize winning journalist headlined the Freshman Convocation this year?

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Answer: 

On Thursday, September 18, 2008, Charlie Savage, winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, spoke about executive power and the presidency of George W. Bush. He has received the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award and the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency. For additional information about Charlie Savage, please visit his Web site at http://www.charliesavage.com/


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