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November 2005
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Construction Ahead of Schedule on F-Wing Overbuild Project

Progress continues at a rapid pace on Stockton’s F-Wing Overbuild project, now taking shape on campus.
Visitors to our campus will see the new F-Wing Overbuild project taking shape at a rapid pace. It is the latest major initiative in Stockton’s facilities master plan to transform the campus and address capacity and space issues.

The project, which began in April, will add 27,152 gross sq. ft. of much-needed space, as well as some very interesting new architectural features to the campus.

There will be 32 offices, a lecture hall, 11 high-tech classrooms, a room to house the Teachers Institute, and a Faculty Resource Center and Lounge. Additional bathrooms, custodial facilities, mechanical and engineering rooms and photovoltaic roof panels are among the less glamorous but equally important features of the project.  Principal Architect of the $13,995,000 project is Bill Dix.  

“One of the things I am most looking forward to is the 30-ft. mosaic sculpture of a waterfall that will decorate the outside of the project,” said President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. “Meet me at the ‘waterfall’ is destined to become an oft-repeated phrase as we establish a sense of place and a popular gathering spot here on the campus. The waterfall is destined to become the focal point of College Walk.”

Other special features will include a sky-lit atrium, attractive new entrances to the Library and Gallery.

As of this writing, the project was ahead of schedule.  You can view the progress of construction in real-time by checking the F-Wing Overbuild web-cam on the Richard Stockton College of NJ website.  There are actually two different views of the construction, including a time-lapse version to enable viewers to observe the progress being made.

Flag-raising Kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month Activities

The flag of Puerto Rico was raised as a highlight of Founder’s Day during Hispanic Heritage Month.
Salsa workshops,  a dominoes tournament, an open mic night at Café Latino and a Hispanic Heritage Information Fair are just a few of the events that took place over Hispanic Heritage Month at the College October 15 and recently completed.  A Flag-raising ceremony, featuring an address by Interim Dean of Students Dr. Thomasa Gonzalez, was another highlight of the month’s activities.

Formerly known as Puerto Rican Heritage Month, the event has been expanded to include all backgrounds of Hispanic Heritage.

In her speech, Dr. Gonzalez praised Los Latinos Unidos, the student organization for expanding the celebration to be more inclusive, while designating a day during the month as Founder’s Day.

“It is important to recognize those who came before you and helped make events like this a reality around the country,” Dr. Gonzalez said.  “Some take it for granted, but in the 70’s there were no African American studies or International Studies. Many of us had to fight for the programs that we enjoy today.”

Focus on Stockton: Alumnus Peter Caporilli Honored for Years of Service to Foundation Board

      Dr. David Carr (left) presents Dr. Peter Caporilli with a print of indigenous South Jersey white cedar, from which Dr. Caporilli crafts his designer garden furnishings. Looking on are daughters Paige and Lauren (right).
Dr. Peter Caporilli, Stockton 1985, was recently honored for his years of service and philanthropy to the College at a special dinner at the home of President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr.

Caporilli, CEO of Tidewater Workshop, the leading manufacturer and top-selling Internet marketer of cedar garden furnishings in the country, is stepping down from his role as President of the Richard Stockton College Foundation Board, which he served for the last four years. 

“The good news,” President Saatkamp said, “is that Peter will remain with the Foundation Board as a member and continue to provide his insights and make his unique contributions.”

Caporilli has served as a member of the Board for eight years, and has been an officer for the last six.

“It’s hard to leave a job that I love, but the decision was made easier by the fact that I am leaving it in the very capable hands of Lee Wasman,” Caporilli said.

Wasman, (Stockton 1985) is employed as Manager of Community Development and Planning for Atlantic City Electic Co. and has been a member of the Foundation Board since 2000.   

More than 100 of Dr. Caporilli’s friends, family members, associates and colleagues were on hand for the festivities at Dr. Saatkamp’s residence to pay tribute to him.  Among the many gifts and awards Dr. Caporilli received, Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson proclaimed it Dr. Peter Caporilli Day in the County.  Dr. David Carr, an acclaimed photographer, presented a framed photo of indigenous South Jersey white cedar, the same type of wood used in the manufacture of Dr. Caporilli’s garden furniture.

Caporilli, born in Somers Point and Valedictorian graduate of Holy Spirit High School, earned a Bachelor of Science at Stockton and honed his direct marketing skills at Spencer Gifts, W. Atlee Burpee & Co. of Warminster Pa. and Hanover Direct in New York City. While at Burpee, Caporilli was asked to design a cedar garden bench for the home of John Burpee.  Several company executives liked the chair and asked for one.  It proved to be such a hit that Caporilli took a risk and placed an ad in a Philadelphia newspaper for his designer-style but affordable white cedar English garden bench.

The result was over $30,000 in sales the first year. After founding Tidewater Workshop by enlisting his father, mother and sister to help fill orders and reviving his grandfather’s Modern Boat Works company in the process, the company grew exponentially.

Today, Tidewater Workshop has emerged as the premier manufacturer and direct marketer of classically styled, affordably priced garden furnishings.  His line of offerings has been expanded to include outdoor dining suites, swings, planters, Adirondack chairs, chaise lounges and market umbrellas.

In recent years the firm ahs been recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal as the sixth fastest growing corporation in New Jersey, by Inc. Magazine as one of the top 500 fastest growing companies in the United States and by Industry Week and Casual Living magazines for being in the top 20 in their respective industries.

Stockton Announces Plans With FAA, County to Build Research Park at Airport

President Saatkamp discusses the location of the new Research Park to be located near William Hughes Tech Center and Atlantic City International Airport at recent press conference.
Officials from the William J. Hughes Technical Center, Atlantic County and the Federal Aviation Administration, gathered at a news conference at Stockton on Oct. 28 to announce an exciting new phase in the region’s development.

The group, together with College President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., outlined plans for a new Aviation and Research and Technology Park to be built on 50 acres of federally-owned land at the Tech Center site.

“This is a very exciting project because it will be a central focus for employment and development of this entire area,” President Saatkamp said.

David Sparenberg, Chairman of the New Jersey Aviation Research and Technology Corporation, one of the partners in the project, envisioned a Southern New Jersey high tech incubator similar to that of North Carolina’s so-called “Research Triangle” which has brought thousands of jobs to that region and helped spur a booming economy in the area. “We are talking about that kind of potential impact, perhaps even more,” he said.

The research park would resemble a college campus, with high-tech labs, conference centers and educational facilities.  "Stockton is initially installing a smart classroom and could provide instructional offerings for employees as well as students", Sparenberg said.

Anne Harlan, Director of the Tech Center, said there was a need for the park because of increased air traffic in the United States. The Atlantic City International Airport also hopes to gain some of the overflow air traffic from Philadelphia International Airport, she said.

“This is not your father’s air travel,” she told the assembled media and guests. We are not talking about the Star Trek model, but it’s not far off from that.”

County Executive Dennis Levinson said the project was important for Atlantic County as the region diversifies its employment base.

President Saatkamp praised the efforts of Dennis Weiss, Dean of Natural Science and Mathematics, who served as a key College contact in the process of working with the various partners to help make the park a reality.

Council of Black Faculty and Staff Have Most Successful Dinner Dance Ever

Distinguished Alumni Award winners Nicholas White (left) and Robin L. Moore (Center) share a moment with Award of Merit winner Melvin L. Gregory at the 24th Annual Council of Black Faculty and Staff Dinner-Dance.
The 24th Awards Dinner of The Council of Black Faculty and Staff of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey proved to be the most successful ever on Nov. 3 at “TSOP,” The Sound of Philadelphia in the Quarter at Tropicana Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City.

Over 300 attended, a complete sellout, as Mr. Melvin Gregory, Assistant Director of Admissions received the Council’s coveted Merit Award. Ms. Robin L. Moore and Mr. Nicholas A. White received the Distinguished Alumni awards.

“In addition to honoring such as popular individual as Mel Gregory, this event was spectacularly successful because we changed it around from our traditional event,” Council President Stephen Davis said. “Normally we hold this dinner on a weekend evening and this was the first time we took it to a venue other than the traditional hotel or casino hotel ballroom. By all accounts everyone was pleased with the change.”

Proceeds from the event totaled over $20,000 to be added to the Council’s scholarship fund for deserving students. At a recent Board of Trustees meeting, Davis presented the College with a $4,700 check to add to the Council’s $104,000 endowment.

“The annual Dinner Dance has become one of the most eagerly anticipated social events of the year,” Davis said. “It is important for us not to lose sight that the event is all about providing educational opportunities for young people.”

Davis thanked the Executive Staff of the Council who worked so hard to make the event so successful: First Vice President Pedro Santana, Second Vice President Brian Jackson, Recording Secretary Vivian Tolliver, Corresponding Secretary Yubi Pena, Treasurer Patricia W. Collins and Parliamentarian G. Larry James.

Stockton Fun Fact:
What was one of “Focus on Stockton” subject Peter Caporilli’s first jobs at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey when he was a student here during the 1980’s?
(Click here to reveal the answer)
Answer: In 1982, while an undergraduate, Peter Caporilli was a tutor in the Education Opportunity Fund (EOF) Program at the then-Stockton State College.

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