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Stockton to Honor Legendary Dean Larry James

Larry James

G. Larry James, Dean of Athletics and Recreational Programs and Services, will be honored by the College at a special reception to be held on Saturday, December 1, 2007.

Mr. James will be recognized for his service and dedication to the College, his community and to humanity over the last 40 years.  The celebration will take place in “Big Blue” also known as the Stockton College Sports Center on Saturday, December 1, 2007 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public, but does require that you RSVP to gain admission.  RSVP’s for the event are requested as soon as possible.

Through sponsorships and in-kind gifts to the Stockton College Foundation, the December 1 event is being presented at no cost to attendees.  In association with the event, the Stockton College Foundation has established a fund to help honor Larry James, and his distinguished service.  Donations to the G. Larry James Legacy Fund will be reserved to support academic programming and scholarships that exemplify Larry’s many contributions to the College and our students.  For more information or to RSVP, please contact Ms. Regina Kinney at (609) 626-3604 or email  Online information may be obtained at Mr G. Larry James – Four Decades of Excellence.

Mr. James, 60, competed on what is generally regarded as the greatest track team ever assembled – the 1968 United States team at the Mexico City Olympiad, where he won a gold and a silver medal.  The event is expected to draw hundreds of friends, colleagues and former teammates from his undergraduate days at Villanova University as well as members from the 1968 Olympic team, United States Olympic committee members and area personalities.

James, a resident of Smithville NJ, shepherded the Ospreys’ athletic programs from a largely non-competitive and club sport model into a perennial national power.  The Stockton men’s soccer team won the NCAA Division III national championship in 2001, and men’s basketball, and men’s and women’s soccer reached the NCAA Final Four.  Virtually all Stockton sports programs have been champions and contenders in the New Jersey Athletic Conference and their other respective leagues.  Perhaps more importantly, Stockton athletes have accomplished these feats with graduation rates and grade point averages exceeding national averages by a wide margin.

“Larry James is an outstanding citizen of the Stockton community and the world community,” College President Herman J. Saatkamp said.  “His positive impact has truly been global in scope.  We’re proud he is one of us, and we’re very excited to have the opportunity to recognize his contributions.”

Council of Black Faculty and Staff Dinner Dance a Big Success

Mr. Ralph Hunter (left) Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr.

Mr. Brian Jackson, Executive Assistant to the President; Dr. Thomasa Gonzalez, Dean of Students; and Dr. Melaku Lakew, Professor of Economics were co-recipients of the Award of Merit at the recent Annual Dinner Dance of the Richard Stockton College Council of Black Faculty and Staff.

The 26th event was the largest in its history and sold out the Carriage House in Galloway Township as more than 350 people attended.  Among the evening’s highlights: Mr. Orkeem Davis, class of 1994, received the Distinguished Alumni honor; James L. Cooper, Esq., Richlyn F. Goddard, Ph.D., Mr. Ralph E. Hunter, Sr. and Mayor Ralph Peterson were all recipients of Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Mr. Brian Jackson, Merit Award Co-recipient (second from right, foreground).

Event proceeds benefited the Stockton College Foundation scholarship fund.

According to Council President Stephen Davis, “The response to this event has been overwhelming and has really taken off in recent years.  We have reached the point of becoming a major fundraiser for the College and providing opportunities for worthy scholarship recipients.”

The theme of “Honoring and Celebrating Diversity” framed the evening, which included a cocktail hour, gourmet meal and dancing.  Dr. Vera King Farris, President Emerita, was Honorary Chair for the event.

Dr. Peter Hagen Receives National Plaudits

Peter Hagen

Dr. Peter Hagen, Director of the Center for Academic Advising at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, recently received the Virginia N. Gordon Award for Excellence in the Field of Advising from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

Dr. Hagen, a resident of Mays Landing, NJ, was recognized as having made a significant contribution to his field.

“The advising function is critical to the success of our students, and Peter leads one of the best advising centers in the United States,” Provost David Carr said.  “His contributions to the field benefit students throughout higher education.  We are pleased he received this well-deserved honor.”

This prestigious honor is one of the highest tributes that can be bestowed upon an advising professional.  It is presented to a NACADA member who has made significant contributions to the field of academic advising, especially in the areas of research, publications, and leadership.  It is also awarded to a professional who demonstrates a commitment to the importance of academic advising at the international and national level.

Peter has indeed made many significant contributions to the field of advising, including serving as Guest Editor for the NACADA journal, and serving as Chair of the Theory and Philosophy of Academic Advising Commission.  His contributions to the field of academic advising have been manifold, and through his many publications and presentations at national, regional, and state conferences, he continues to raise the level of discourse about the nature of academic advising.

Dr. Hagen received the award last month at the NACADA Annual Meeting in Baltimore.

Three Stockton Faculty Members Selected as Political Engagement Scholars

Lisa Honaker

Marilyn Vito

Tait Chirenje

Three members of the Richard Stockton College of NJ faculty have been named Political Engagement Scholars for this and the next academic year by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Dr. Lisa Honaker of Freehold Twp., Associate Professor of British Literature; Professor Marilyn Vito of Egg Harbor Twp., Associate Professor of Accounting; and Dr. Tait Chirenje of Hammonton, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies; were nominated for the honor by Provost David Carr and selected for two-year terms by the Carnegie Foundation. The three were chosen in recognition of their leadership roles in Stockton’s Political Engagement Project.

“It is an honor for any faculty member to receive such national recognition,” Provost Carr said. “To have three Stockton faculty members so honored is extraordinary and reflects the quality of teachers we have here at the College.”

As Political Engagement Scholars, Honaker, Vito and Chirenje will expand on their work to assist faculty members in incorporating political awareness and engagement activities into the college-wide curriculum.  They will collaborate with their counterparts from seven other colleges nationwide who have also received this honor.  Their work on political engagement activities at Stockton will continue to serve as a model for similar programs at other participating colleges.

The work done by Stockton’s Political Engagement Scholars continues to generate a positive reaction from both faculty and students. Professors and instructors are encouraged to engage students in activities and discussions that focus on how the political process impacts the particular subject of the class.

In addition to work with the co-curricular and extra-curricular events such as Constitution Day Celebrations, the College’s Political Engagement Project is also involved in larger campus initiatives such as continued voter registration drives, involving faculty and students in community service projects and a bus trip to the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia every semester.

For more information on the Political Engagement Project, please visit their home page.

Stockton Fun Fact:
What is the nickname of Larry James, Stockton Dean of Athletics and Recreational Programs and Services that was first coined when he was a world-class sprinter at Villanova University and a member of the United States Olympic team?

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Larry James is known as “the Mighty Burner.”

Larry James (left)

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