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December 2006
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Stockton Conducts Fall Graduation

Dr. Edmund Keeley, Stedman Graham, Dr. Clarence Hoover and Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. take part in processional at Stockton's recent fall graduation ceremonies.

More than 800 bachelor and advanced degree candidates participated in Stocktonís commencement ceremonies on Sunday, Dec. 17, while a near-capacity crowd of family and friends looked on at the Sports Center.

President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. presented 751 diplomas to bachelor degree candidates in five divisions of the College and 74 advanced degrees in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Business Administration, Business Studies, Instructional Technology, Occupational Therapy, and Education.

Dr. Edmund Keeley, widely known for his translation of Modern Greek poetry, received an honorary degree and read "Ithaca" by Constantine Cavafy, one of the most famous poems he has translated.

Nicholas Sena, President of the Student Senate, delivered the student address; Mary Ann Trail, President of the Faculty Assembly delivered the faculty salutation; and Professor of Writing, Penelope Dugan served as Grand Marshal for the Processional.

Dr. Clarence Hoover, Stedman Graham, Dr. Edmund Keeley and Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. share a light moment after graduation.

Those in attendance heard an excellent keynote address from Stedman Graham, a nationally known writer and motivational speaker, whose niece, Mary Graham was graduating with a degree in Political Science. Mr. Graham is a native of Southern New Jersey (Whitesboro, Cape May County.)

During his talk, Mr. Graham encouraged the new graduates to be creative in their endeavors and to work through the roadblocks that will inevitably confront them.

"Do not let others define you," he urged. "Your true value is built on execution and how you see yourself. If you think of yourself as small, thatís how the world will see you. If you believe in yourself, thatís freedom. And you can go around the world with that."

Graham has dedicated his life to youth and to the community.  In 1985 he founded AAD Health Education and Sports, a nonprofit organization with a membership of 500 local and professional athletes and civic leaders who are committed to developing leadership in underserved youth.

Dean C. Pappas Installed as Newest Member of Board of Trustees

Dean C. Pappas was recently confirmed by the New Jersey legislature and installed as the newest Trustee for the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey on Wednesday, Dec. 13.

Mr. Pappas, a longtime supporter of higher education and member of the Stockton community and Stocktonís Friends of Hellenic Studies, was appointed to a five-year term until June 2012. He replaced Judge Gerald Weinstein who retired from the Board in September.

A resident of Mannington Township in Salem County, Mr. Pappas and his family endowed a named professorship in the Interdisciplinary Center for Hellenic Studies, the Clement and Helen Pappas Professorship. Through such programs as the Interdisciplinary Center for Hellenic Studies, the Examined Life Program and the College serving as host to and in support of numerous Hellenic community events, the College is one of the stateís leading supporters of Hellenic culture.

Mr. Pappas is Chairman and co-Chief Executive Officer of Clement, Pappas & Co., Inc. a family-owned company and industry leader in the food-processing field. The firm is one of the leading suppliers of private-label fruit juice beverages and cranberry sauce to food wholesalers and retailers throughout North America. He has been with the company for nearly 45 years.

A graduate of Blair Academy and Dickinson College, Mr. Pappas is prominent in educational, civic and charitable circles. He served on the Board of Trustees of the Blair Academy and is a member of the John Dickinson Society of his college alma mater. A member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Wilmington, DE, he served on the Executive Committee of the church and is active in the Salem County Historical Society.

Married to ZoŽ Sarbanes Pappas, the couple has two grown children who work in the family business.

Stockton to Offer "Summer Tech Academy" to Enable Training with New Teaching Technologies

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Stockton faculty members will have the opportunity to engage in new technologies for teaching and learning through a "Summer Tech Academy" to take place this coming summer.

The Academy will run for two weeks from June 18 to June 28, 2007. Faculty will work individually and in small teams on a multimedia or web project that addresses an instructional problem, enhances existing course or creates a new course. The Academy will be open to up to 20 faculty members who will receive a $2,000 stipend upon completion of the program.

Total operational costs of the program including the stipends, software fees to presenters and other expenses, is approximately $84,000. Funding is provided by President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr.ís Presidential Initiative Fund, moneys that were budgeted in advance for such projects. The Tech Academy does not affect the College operating budget or student tuitions or fees.

This program is a product of the collaborative effort among the President, the Educational Technology Training Center (ETTC), the Southern Regional Institute, the Institute for Faculty Development, and College Computer Services, and is intended to build synergy among existing College resources and to foster innovative instruction.

"Stockton enjoys some of the best technology tools for teaching and learning," Dr. Saatkamp said. "The Summer Tech Academy will open up the possibilities of this technology to additional faculty. We have long been associated with teaching and learning technology through our Masters Degree program in Instructional Technology, our Southern Regional Institute and the ETTC. Stockton has trained thousands of K-12 teachers and students in these technologies. The Summer Tech Academy enhances these opportunities for our faculty and our students."

Some of the technologies that will be explored in the Academy will include, but not be limited to:

  • Creating class blogs and podcasts of lectures and discussions.
  • Incorporating personal response "clickers" into classes for instant feedback
  • Strengthening between-class discussions and enrichment with web-based tools
  • Designing original rich-media resources such as animations, 3-D renderings and full-motion video with audio. Scientific demonstrations, field experience and artistic applications are some of the examples of the types of projects that would utilize these technologies.

The Tech Academy will use a combination of the latest in teaching and instructional technology innovations that incorporate computer labs, mobile laptop computing, a Mac multimedia lab, digital cameras, video, scanners, microphones and printers. The Academy will tie together the cutting edge of educational technology with the latest in instructional techniques to supplement time-tested lessons that are designed to prepare todayís leading educators.

Another Successful Alumni Event Held at Noyes Museum

Mr. and Mrs. David Harrison were among the Alumni in attendance at the recent event at the Noyes Museum of Art.

More than 100 Alumni, friends and guests were on hand for the recent Alumni Holiday Reception at the Noyes Museum of Art in Oceanville, near the Stockton campus.

Those in attendance enjoyed drinks, a catered buffet, music by the Faculty Band, all in the wonderful setting of the Noyes Museumís exhibits featuring artists of Southern New Jersey.

"We were pleased with the turnout and the opportunity to see old friends and meet new ones," Director of Alumni Relations Sara Faurot-Crowley said. "The Holiday Reception was a nice way to cap off a very successful year in Alumni Relations."

During 2007, the Stockton Alumni Association was a strong presence at campus events and hosted well-attended receptions for Alumni in New York City; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; and Hoboken, NJ

For more information on the Alumni Association or to join, call (609) 652-4974 or go to and insert the keywords "Alumni Association" in the search box.

Stockton Adopts HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers

Bill Elliott of the HERO Campaign presents an award to Egg Harbor Township's Lindsay Warren for her work in the fight against drunken driving. Stockton officially adopted the HERO Campaign in recent ceremonies at the College.

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey became the first college or university in the state to officially adopt the HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers in ceremonies held on Wednesday, Dec. 6 on campus.

The HERO Campaign was founded by the family of the late Ensign John Elliott, who was killed in a tragic accident involving a DUI suspect in 2000. Campaign efforts include lobbying for tougher laws to prevent drunk drivers from again taking the wheel while under the influence following their arrest, working with tavern owners to promote designated driving by providing free nonalcoholic drinks for designated drivers and spreading awareness of the dangers of drunken driving.

As a result of the HERO Campaign, "Johnís Law" which passed in New Jersey and Boston, now requires police to impound the cars of suspected drunk drivers for up to 12 hours. A federal version providing incentives for states that adopt car impoundment is currently pending in Congress.

On Monday, Dec. 18, Governor Jon Corzine designated New Jersey as a HERO Campaign state, with official recognition at a press conference in Trenton. Plans were announced for billboards to support the campaign along highways throughout New Jersey including one at the New York City Entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel.

During the ceremonies at Stockton, Bill Elliott, father of Ensign John Elliott, presented certificates to Stockton for its support of the program and to Egg Harbor Township resident Lindsay Warren for her role in helping to establish anti-drunk driving programs at The College of New Jersey as president of that schoolís chapter of Students Against Drunk Driving.

Stockton student Sheryl Lynn DeJesus, a senior accounting major who was injured by a drunk driver and who is organizing a series of anti-drunk driving activities was also honored by the HERO Campaign.

"This is a great day for the HERO Campaign," Bill Elliott said. "Stocktonís support of our programs will serve as a model for other institutions statewide and nationally."

Stockton Fun Fact:
Who played Santa at the Collegeís annual Holiday Party?

(Click here to reveal the answer)

Nick Nigro of Plant Management, shown here with Ernie Bruce of Human Resources, was a real St. Nick.

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