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December 2007
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Stockton Pays Tribute to G. Larry James

Lee Evans takes the baton from Larry James in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.

More than 1,000 friends, colleagues, classmates and family members converged on Stockton’s Sports Center on December 1 to honor G. Larry James, longtime Dean of Athletics and Recreational Programs and Services.

Mr. James, who came to Stockton in 1972 as an Assistant Athletic Director, touched countless lives throughout his more than 35 years at the College.  This was Stockton’s way of saying “thank you.”

A gold and silver medalist at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, Mr. James is best known at Stockton for building the athletic programs up from a non-competitive club model, to a Division III powerhouse.  The Ospreys won an NCAA national title in men’s soccer in 2001, and reached the Final Four in Men’s basketball and men’s and women’s soccer.  The Stockton teams are always at or near the top of the highly competitive New Jersey Athletic Conference.

“To me, Larry James is Stockton,” head men’s basketball coach Gerry Matthews said. “Larry is the reason people know about Stockton.  He put the school on the map.”

Stockton President, Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., noted that Mr. James did so while emphasizing academics.

Mrs. Cynthia James joins (from left) Vince Matthews, Larry James, Ron Freeman and Lee Evans, teammates on the Gold Medal-winning, world record-breaking 1968 Olympic 4 x 400 meter relay team.

Larry James signs a poster commemorating the United States sweep in the 400-meter final at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. At left is Gold Medalist Lee Evans.

“Our sports teams really know how to compete, on the courts and the fields, but more importantly in the classroom,” Dr. Saatkamp said.  “Larry never lost perspective on what was important.  This is an institution where we truly have student-athletes.”

To commemorate the occasion, Stockton dedicated its track and field and stadium as the G. Larry James Stadium and installed a touchstone boulder for athletes to skim with their hands before entering the field of competition.

The College also announced the formation of the G.Larry James Legacy Fund to help provide scholarships for deserving students.

“I don’t like to be the center of this kind of attention,” Mr. James said.  “I really don’t like the spotlight.  However, this was a chance to help students years from now who I will never get the chance to meet.  That’s the part of it that really interested me.”

Admirers of Mr. James came from all over the United States and as far away as Europe to take part in the festivities.  They included a reception, food and nearly two dozen speakers.  Vince Matthews, Ron Freeman and Lee Evans, Mr. James’ teammates on the world record-breaking 4 x 400 meter gold medal winners were all in attendance.  It was the first time they had been reunited since the mid-1990s.  Also on hand was Olympic gold-medal-winning pole vaulter Don Bragg, Stockton’s first Athletic Director; and John Carlos, the Mexico City bronze medalist who raised black glove salute to Black Power is one of the most enduring images from the 1968 Olympics.

“Larry James taught me how to be a loyal husband and loving father,” Carlos said.  “He taught me how to be a man.”

Howie Mandel to Entertain at Stockton Scholarship Gala

Dr. James Yoh, Vice Chairman of The Richard Stockton College Board of Trustees, announces a $50,000 gift to kick off the Annual Scholarship Benefit. At right is Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr.

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey announced comedian Howie Mandel, star of the hit NBC show “Deal or No Deal” will be the featured entertainer for the 28th Scholarship Benefit Gala to take place Saturday, April 12, 2008 at Caesars Atlantic City.

The announcement was made at a festive kickoff reception at Caesars’ sister property, the spectacular Pool at Harrah’s.  Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., announced a goal of $750,000 to a room full of sponsors and supporters.  The Gala brings together business and civic leaders throughout the region for a spectacular evening of dining, entertainment and auctions.  Guests at the kickoff reception were escorted in by student scholarship recipients.  The students who attended the kickoff reception represented just some of the thousands of students supported by scholarships through the efforts of the Richard Stockton College Foundation.

“We are delighted to be back in Atlantic City for the Gala, and to have Harrah’s Entertainment as our partner,” Dr. Saatkamp said.  “We continue to reach new heights annually with this event, and with the leadership of our committee, chair and honorary chairman, we expect to have another memorable evening in April.”

Honorary Chairman for the event is J. Carlos Tolosa.  As President of the Eastern Division of Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., Harrah’s Operating Company, he is responsible for the company’s casino operations in states from the east coast, south and midwest and is a member of the company’s leadership team.  Carlos Tolosa reiterated that Harrah’s Entertainment is fully committed to higher education, as are all of the 15,000 employees in Harrah’s 4 Atlantic City properties.  Mr. Tolosa announced the 2008 Benefit will be held at the Caesars property in the Palladium Ballroom and the Circus Maximus Theater.

The Benefit Chairman is Dr. James Yoh of Medford, President of Galaxy Technology and Vice Chair of The Richard Stockton College Board of Trustees.  Dr. Yoh helped set the tone for the 2008 Gala by presenting Dr. Saatkamp with a personal contribution of $50,000.

Howie Mandel’s career has encompassed virtually all aspects of the entertainment spectrum, ranging from television, film and stage.  From his work on the Emmy-award-winning “St. Elsewhere” to the international and Emmy-award-winning “Bobby’s World,” Mandel has become a mainstay of the American comedy scene.  BRAVO network also aired “Hidden Howie”, a sitcom/reality series that seamlessly segued back and forth between Mandel’s family life and his hidden camera bits on unsuspecting people, and how each affected the other.

Stockton is seeking corporate and individual sponsorships and partners for the event.  All are invited to receive updates on sponsorships, tickets, auction items and to place ads in the Tribute Journal, a professionally produced keepsake for the event by calling (609) 652-4658 or by logging onto

Professor Merydawilda Colon to Deliver Keynote Address at Annual Fall Commencement

Merydawilda Colon

Annual Fall Commencement Ceremonies will take place at Stockton on Sunday December 16.

There will be two separate ceremonies.  A special Hooding Ceremony for Masters degree candidates will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Stockton Performing Arts Center (M-Wing on the Galloway Township Campus.)  The degree conferral ceremony for Bachelor degree candidates will be held at 1 p.m. in the Sports Center.

Merydawilda Colon, Associate Professor of Social Work, will deliver the Commencement Address.

Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. will present diplomas to approximately 766 bachelor degree candidates in the six schools of the College: Arts and Humanities, Business, General Studies, Natural Science and Mathematics, Professional Studies, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. At the time of this newsletter’s completion, the number included 597 Fall, and 169 Summer graduates. Additionally there will be 55 advanced degrees conferred: eight Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies; 11 Master of Business Administration; 12 Master of Arts in Instructional Technology; 18 Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and four Master of Arts in Education.

Merydawilda Colon, a resident of Egg Harbor Twp., was born in Puerto Rico.  She is Associate Professor of Social Work at Stockton and Coordinator of the College’s nationally recognized Social Work Program.

Dr. Colon graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary Education from the Universidad de Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras.  She began her professional career as a high school teacher in Puerto Rico in 1988.  After relocating to New Jersey, she worked for the Spanish Community Center in Atlantic City.  Dr. Colon’s concern for the Spanish-speaking population infected with the HIV virus and a lack of bilingual case managers led her to a position as an Atlantic City Medical Center case worker and to pursue a Master’s Degree in Social Work.  In 1995 the Graduate School of Social Work at Rutgers University in Camden recognized her achievements and contributions to the program with the Christine Memorial Fund Award.  Upon graduation, she became Coordinator for the HIV/AIDS Early Intervention Program at the Atlantic City Medical Center and a hospice social worker.

Her teaching career at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey began in 2001.  She has taught introductory and junior level courses in social work, Spanish for the Human Services Field and Death and Dying.  While teaching at Stockton, she earned a Master of Philosophy in Social Welfare in 2006 and a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Welfare from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York in 2007.

Dr. Colon’s community service includes work with hospice and with the Alcove Center for Grieving Children and Families, where she contributes to the training of volunteers.  She has been published in journals such as the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care.

Stockton Awards First Certificates in Gaming Management

Redenia Gilliam-Moseé, Frank Fitzpatrick and Jennie Ayres (from left) receive their Certificates in Basic Gaming Management from President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr.

Jennie C. Ayres, Redenia Gilliam-Moseé and Frank Fitzpatrick were recognized recently as the first three individuals to complete Stockton’s Certificate Program in Basic Gaming Management.

The three were presented with their certificates and took part in a special reception at the Carnegie Library Center, the College’s Atlantic City satellite campus.

Gilliam-Moseé of Atlantic City is a retired Vice President of Government Relations at Bally’s Casino.  Fitzpatrick, of Ocean City, is Director of Security at the Trump Plaza Casino.  Ayres resides in Mays Landing and serves as Training Manager at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa.  They are the first individuals to complete the basic gaming management coursework developed by the Stockton Institute for Gaming Management in alliance with Spectrum Gaming Group, LLC.

In a separate ceremony at the reception, Mark Juliano, CEO of Trump Entertainment Resorts, received the first annual Excellence in Gaming Industry Leadership Award from the College and from Spectrum Gaming Group.

Juliano has been a longtime supporter of Stockton’s gaming management education and training programs and was Honorary Chair of the Stockton College Annual Spring Scholarship Gala, held at Trump Taj Mahal in 2006 and 2007.

“Today’s event represents another milestone in our partnership with Atlantic City and the
tourism, hospitality and gaming industries,” said College President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr.  “It is symbolic of the commitment we have to meeting the region’s educational and training needs.  The fact that we will be awarding these certificates to Redenia Gilliam-Moseé and Jennie Ayres and Frank Fitzpatrick, outstanding representatives of the field, makes Tuesday’s event particularly special.”

The Basic Gaming Management Certificate is designed for those who currently work or who are seeking to work in the gaming industry.  The courses have also attracted individuals from firms that are associated with the industry.

“As the industry matures and becomes more sophisticated, education can play an important role in helping Atlantic City distinguish itself from the competition as a place with an indigenous and well-trained workforce,” Saatkamp said.

Since its inception approximately 18 months ago, the Stockton Institute for Gaming Management has trained thousands of casino workers in customer service skills and more than 100 industry managers in leadership and advanced management skills.

Stockton Fun Fact:
Which Stockton student organization helped the Office of Development begin holiday festivities?

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Members of Circle K donned a variety of holiday-themed costumes as they toured the campus recently.
Here they pose with members of the Development and Alumni office staffs.

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