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December 2004
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President Saatkamp Completes Busy Year of “Friend-Raising”


     
Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. greets Holocaust survivor Hanna Goslar Pick at reception he hosted prior to Pick’s lecture at the College.
Community outreach has been a primary focus in President Herman J. Saatkamp’s first year on the job. It is a process the College chief describes as “friend-raising.” Dr. Saatkamp is generally on the road visiting community groups, or hosting them in his home near campus, virtually every day, including weekends.

“It is very important to put a human touch on the College’s outreach efforts and Dr. Saatkamp and his wife Dot are excellent at that,” College Provost David Carr said. “They are truly ambassadors for the College. I marvel at how they have immersed themselves in the community. They both have an infectious energy. Their presence in the community embodies the College’s commitment to serving the needs of Southern New Jersey.”

When the Saatkamps aren’t entertaining student leaders, lecturers or business and civic groups in their home, the President is attending to numerous memberships on prestigious boards and organizations.

In 2004, President Saatkamp joined the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey and was named to its Committee of State Affairs. He joined the Atlantic County Chamber of Commerce and the Encore Awards Honorary Committee of the South Jersey Cultural Alliance. He also became a member of the Atlantic City Rotary Club and was named to its Ambassadorial Scholarships Committee and its International Projects Committee, as well as the Task Force of the Cumberland, Cape and Atlantic County YMCA’s. He recently became a member of the Board of Trustees of the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City.

Dr. Saatkamp was named co-chair of the New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign, one of the major charities in the state of New Jersey, which distributes funds to worthy agencies statewide. He also serves on the Community Advisors Council of the Atlantic County branch of New Jersey United Way and on the New Jersey Campus Diversity Initiative for the Bildner Foundation.

Earlier in the year he received the Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association’s Education Appreciation Award for his work in the community.

Dr. Saatkamp has also been very active in statewide and national higher education boards such as the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities, which he serves as Vice Chair and a member of the Facilities Bond Committee and Audit and Budget Committee; the New Jersey Presidents’ Council, its Task Force on Higher Education in Southern New Jersey along with the Council’s statewide Advocacy Committee. He also serves on the Policies and Purposes Committee for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Dr. Saatkamp credits his wife with allowing him to entertain and serve at such a pace, and the community for embracing his efforts.



Stockton Soccer Teams Finish Championship Seasons

     
The Stockton Women’s Soccer team celebrates its ECAC Tournament championship.
Both the men’s and women’s soccer teams at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey recently completed championship seasons.

Coach Jeff Haines’ men’s squad fashioned an 18-4-3 overall record,
5-0-3 in the conference to take the New Jersey Athletic Conference title and the Ospreys made the round of eight in the NCAA tourney and were ranked 10th nationally in the final NCAA Division III poll.

Stockton’s men peaked at the right time, putting an eight-game winning streak together at the end of the season including thrilling 1-0 and 2-0 shutouts over Rutgers-Camden and Rowan respectively in the NJAC tournament semifinals and finals. Then they played in what might have been the most exciting sporting event to ever take place at Stockton: a come-from-behind 3-2 overtime win over North Carolina Wesleyan in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

NC Wesleyan held a 2-0 lead over the Ospreys going into the final two minutes of play, but Brian Klein, who had come off the bench a few moments earlier, scored his first goal of the season off a beautiful assist from Eric Lewis. Seconds later, Scott Adams tied the game with 1:10 on the clock and Adams also got the game-winner in overtime on Lewis’ assist.

The incredible run continued on November 20 when Stockton needed overtime again to defeat Stevens Tech, 2-1. Domenick Raimo scored the game-winner midway through the first overtime. The win advanced Stockton to face third-ranked and undefeated Salisbury on its home field, where the Ospreys sensational season finally came to an end, 4-2 in the sectional finals. Dan Morse and Eric Lewis scored for the Ospreys, but Bill Whittington scored all four goals for the Sea Gulls.

Stockton’s women finished with a 14-6-2 overall mark and played Montclair State to a scoreless tie in the NJAC tournament semifinals. Unfortunately for the Ospreys, they were eliminated on penalty kicks, 7-6. As a consolation, Stockton was invited to the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Metro post-season tournament and the Ospreys responded with wins over Kean and Drew on the latter squad’s home field to win the tournament and end the season on a championship note.

In the championship game, Drew scored first in the game’s 56th minute, but Kari Devine evened things when she drilled a shot from 12 yards out on the right side of the net. After regulation time ended in a tie, just 45 seconds into overtime, Rachel Friel notched the game-winner as her pass attempt from midfield took a bounce over the Drew keeper’s head and went into the net.



Holiday Concert to be Held in Atlantic City to Mark City’s 150th Anniversary

     
Dr. Beverly Vaughn

One of Stockton’s most beloved community events will have a new twist this year.

The Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah, which has taken place for many years on campus, will be held for the first time ever in Atlantic City as part of the City’s official celebration of its 150th Anniversary.

The holiday concert, featuring a choir of some 200 voices of all cultures and backgrounds, will be held at the beautiful St. Nicholas of Tolentine Roman Catholic Church, S. Tennessee and Pacific Avenues in Atlantic City.

“We have a beautiful mixture of choral groups from the college, local churches, and synagogues and community groups,” said Professor Beverly Vaughn, who is directing the event. “We will dedicate the performance to the memory of longtime public servant and gospel music lover Sondra Usry Hollingsworth. It was always Sondra’s dream to bring the Messiah to Atlantic City.”

The concert will be held 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 12. Tickets are $8 for the general public, $6 for senior citizens and students with ID in advance. If the event is not sold out in advance, $8 tickets will be available at the door on the evening of the performance. Tickets are available at the Stockton Performing Arts Center Box Office. Call (609) 652-4661.



Marvin Hamlisch Headlines 25th Silver Anniversary of Stockton Spring Scholarship Benefit

     
Marvin Hamlisch

Marvin Hamlisch, Oscar-winning composer and performer, will headline a spectacular evening of food, entertainment and auction on Saturday April 9, 2005 when The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Foundation presents the 25th Silver Anniversary Edition of its Spring Scholarship Benefit.

Hamlisch, who has won virtually every major music award: three Oscars, four Grammies, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globe Awards, will grace the Stockton Performing Arts Center stage for the benefit of scholarships to deserving students.

“We are thrilled to have world-class entertainer Marvin Hamlisch spotlight the Foundation’s 25th anniversary,” said Dr. Peter Caporilli, president of The Richard Stockton College Foundation. “It is fitting to have such a special performer highlight this landmark anniversary of our fundraiser.”


International Honors Continue for Stockton’s Larry James

     
G. Larry James

Fresh off his recent stint coordinating the men’s training camp for the USA Track and Field team at the 2004 Olympiad in Athens, Greece, G. Larry James, Dean of Athletics and Recreational Programs and Services, was recently named Head Manager for the USA Track and Field World Championships in Helskinki, Finland.

James is a member of the legendary 1968 team USA Mexico City squad, which shattered numerous world records and is considered to be the greatest track and field team of all time. At Mexico City, Larry won the silver medal in the 400 meters, bettering the existing world record but placing second behind teammate Lee Evans. They both were on the gold medal winning 4 x 400 meter relay team.

Dean James was head manager for Team USA at the 2003 World Championships in Paris, where the United States led the statistics with 18 medals, and he hopes next year’s squad will have similar results in Helsinki. He made a recent site visit to study Finland’s facilities for elite athletes and he estimates between 140 to 170 athletes will be making the trip.

“The visit was to ensure the conditions will be optimal for team USA to be as successful in Helsinki as before in previous championships,” Larry explains.

In addition to his experience on the international Olympic and Track and Field stage, Larry James has been involved in world-class training centers for elite athletes right here at Stockton. The World Cup soccer teams from the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Trinidad and Tobago have either trained or played exhibitions here as have the Olympic soccer teams of the USA, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria, the USA Womens’ Olympic Basketball Team, and the Harlem Globetrotters.


Articulation Agreements Inked with Rutgers, Community Colleges

     
Stockton President Herman Saatkamp (left at table) and Rutgers President Richard McCormick sign articulation agreement while Stockton and Rutgers administrators look on.

Stockton recently signed two new articulation agreements with Rutgers University’s Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, and Ocean County College.

Rutgers President Dr. Richard L. McCormick and Ocean County College President Dr. Jon Larson were both on hand for the formal signing ceremonies at a Stockton Board of Trustees meeting.

The Stockton-Rutgers agreement enables students to begin classes at RSC and then guarantees their transfer directly into the Rutgers pharmacy program. Requirements include a 1200 minimum SAT score and the student must be among the top 10 percent of his or her high school class. While at Stockton, the student must maintain a 3.0 GPA and have no grades lower than a B in math and science courses.

The OCC articulation agreement enables the county school’s Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science student to attend for two years and transfer directly into Stockton’s marine science and environmental studies programs.




Stockton Fun Fact:
The men’s Olympic soccer teams from Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, the World Cup teams from the United States, Saudi Arabia, Trinidad and Tobago, the national 18-and under soccer teams from the United States and Argentina, and the Olympic women’s basketball team, have all conducted training sessions or played in exhibition games at Stockton College. Which of these teams went on to win the championship of their international competition?
(Click here to reveal the answer)
Answer: Nigeria’s soccer team won the gold medal in men’s soccer at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, about a month after competing against Saudi Arabia in an exhibition match at Stockton College.

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