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December 2008
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Stockton College 29th Annual Scholarship Benefit Gala at Caesars Atlantic City

Caesars Atlantic City Hotel and Casino

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey announced the 29th Annual Scholarship Benefit Gala to take place on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at Caesars Atlantic City. Proceeds of the event benefit student scholarships that reward academic excellence and help to maintain College affordability.

The Stockton College Foundation hosts this premiere community event that brings together business and civic leaders throughout the region for a spectacular evening of dining, entertainment and auctions.  With the growing partnership of Stockton and the community, last year alone, $2.6 million in scholarships were award to deserving Stockton students.

“We are delighted to be in Atlantic City for the Gala, and to again have Harrah’s Entertainment as our partner,” said Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., President of Stockton College.  “We continue to reach new heights annually with this event, and with the leadership of our committee, Honorary Chairman and Gala 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., he is responsible for the company’s casino operations in states from the East and the 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 four Atlantic City properties.

The Gala Chairman is Lloyd D. Levenson, Esq.  He is Chief Executive Officer of Cooper Levenson.  Active in the community, he serves on the D.A.R.E. Board of Directors and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Southern New Jersey Development Council.  Lloyd Levenson received this year’s “Mainlander of the Year” award from the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce and has also been recognized by several other organizations for his philanthropy and community engagement.

Stockton is seeking corporate and individual sponsorships and partners for the event.  All are invited to receive updates on sponsorships, tickets and auction items by calling (609) 652-4527 or by logging onto

Stockton College, nestled in 1,600 acres of New Jersey’s Pinelands, is the largest college campus in the state.  The College offers many of the educational benefits found in private colleges, as well as the cultural benefits of a public university.  Nationally recognized for its undergraduate and graduate programs, Stockton also maintains one of the lowest tuition costs in the state.

The Stockton College Foundation, governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, enables alumni, friends and the community to help financially support Stockton programs, student scholarships, and initiatives for growth.

Stockton College Conferred Degrees at Annual Fall Commencement Ceremonies

President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. addresses graduation audience.

Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. presented diplomas at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s Annual Fall Commencement Ceremonies on Sunday, December 14, 2008 to approximately 782 degree candidates in the 8 schools of the College: Arts and Humanities, Business, Education, General Studies, Graduate Studies, Health Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The total included 600 Fall, and 182 Summer graduates. Included in that number are 82 advanced degree candidates: 2 Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies; 12 Master of Business Administration; 9 Master of Arts in Instructional Technology; 17 Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, 14 Master of Arts in Education, 3 Master of Arts in Criminal Justice and 25 Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Ashley Pero, resident of Old Bridge, NJ and President of the Student Senate, delivered the student address.  She will graduate in Fall 2009 with a degree in psychology and a minor in forensic psychology.  Pero plans to go to graduate school to pursue a career in counseling and hopes to work in a college setting as a psychologist.  An active student leader on campus, Ashley is not only president of the Student Senate, but she is also on the Stockton Residents’ Association, the Peer Education Club and a resident advisor for freshman students.

Masters in Instructional Technology graduates Daniel Barone, Daniel Gambert, and Vanya Kasakova at the hooding ceremony for advanced degrees.

Richard Maung, of Vineland, NJ, a candidate for a Doctor of Physical Therapy, delivered the student speech at the Hooding Ceremony.

Colonel Anthony M. La Sure spoke at the commencement ceremonies and was awarded an honorary degree from the College.  Col. La Sure, in response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, served in Operation Noble Eagle, flying a fighter plane to patrol and protect the cities of New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, as well as Camp David, for nine months.

The Tuskegee Airmen were also honored and were represented by Lt. Colonel Thomas Mayfield, Retired Tuskegee Airman.  The Tuskegee Airmen were dedicated, determined men who became America's first black military airmen.  They met or exceeded the standards for pilots and trained in operations, meteorology, intelligence, engineering, medicine or any of the other officer fields.  They were trained to be aircraft and engine mechanics, armament specialists, radio repairmen, parachute riggers, control tower operators, policemen, administrative clerks and all of the other skills necessary to fully function as an Army Air Corps flying squadron or ground support unit.

From 1941 through 1946, 994 pilots graduated from Tuskegee Army Air Field.  They fought two wars – one against military forces and the other against racism.  For more information on the work of these individuals, please go to

Stockton Cuts Undergraduate Tuition for Summer Sessions by 10 Percent

Dr. Jan Colijn

In response to what the government has acknowledged as a recession in the U.S. economy, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey has taken action to help keep the cost of a college education within reach of more students and their families.

The Board of Trustees approved a resolution Wednesday, Dec. 10 that would cut tuition by 10 percent for all undergraduate courses during the upcoming Summer Sessions.  The measure would reduce the per-credit cost of $214.40 by $21.40.  For a typical four-credit course, the cost savings is $85.60.

“In these difficult times for the nation’s economy, we want to help families deal with the costs of higher education,” Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. said.

According to Dr. Jan Colijn, Dean of General Studies and Director of the Summer Sessions, Stockton students have long recognized the financial benefits of continuing with their studies during the summer months.

“Before the tuition reductions, our students were very aware they could graduate in less time, potentially saving thousands of dollars over the course of their undergraduate years,” he said.  “With this latest reduction, summer classes make a lot of financial sense for many of our students.”

Among institutions its size (five-thousand to ten-thousand students), Stockton is the first public institution in New Jersey to take this step.

Saatkamp said that in addition to the tuition cut, Stockton would keep its 20 percent reduction on housing plans for its residential summer students.

“A significant feature of Stockton’s institutional mission is to keep a college education accessible and affordable,” Dr. Saatkamp said.  “We hope the measures we have taken will enable more people to take advantage of Stockton’s high quality courses and the residential experience.”

Council of Black Faculty and Staff Dinner Dance a Night to Remember

Award of Merit honoree Patricia Collins with Lonnie Folks (left) and Brian K. Jackson at last month's Annual Council of Black Faculty and Staff Dinner and Dance.

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Council of Black Faculty and Staff hosted the 27th Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner and Dance, on Thursday, November 13, 2008 at The Carriage House in Galloway, NJ.  This year’s event hosted over 225 attendees.

The Honorary Chairs were Dr. Vera King Farris and Ms. Sharon Schulman.  Surrounding the evening was the premise of “Honoring and Celebrating Diversity”.

Rev. Collins A. Days, Sr. received the Life-Time Achievement Award.  Mrs. Patricia W. Collins (Trish) was the Merit Award Recipient and Mr. Edward H. Marshall, III and Mr. Jose T. Lozano were co-recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Event proceeds benefited the Stockton College Foundation scholarship fund.

According to Council President Stephen Davis, “This very elegant and successful event paid special recognition to longtime member, G. Larry James, who was a pillar of the Council and a founding member.  The outstanding contributions of Council members and several College offices made the event a night to remember.  It was a pleasure to honor our awardees.  They have performed Herculean efforts for the betterment of our surrounding communities in a manner of distinction.”

Patricia W. (Trish) Collins, this year’s 2008 Merit Award Recipient, felt honored to be acknowledged, “I was very humbled and touched by the recognition of my colleagues, my Stockton family and the community.”

A member of the President’s Office at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey since August 2000 and Treasurer for the Council of Black Faculty and Staff for the last seven years, Mrs. Collins volunteers her time as a registered poll worker, has been recognized as a Life member of the Outstanding Young Women of America, has been an active  member of the Pleasantville National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and has offered her support to our youth for the past six years as the Career Awareness Coordinator for the 8th Grade Class of the Egg Harbor Township Middle School.

Two days after the Council event, Egg Harbor Township Mayor James J. McCullough proclaimed November 15, 2008 to be Patricia ‘Trish’ Collins Day.

In being recognized for giving back to the community, she said, “It was especially overwhelming and heartwarming to have my family celebrate this joyous event. I look forward to continuing this work as I serve the Council of Black Faculty and Staff.”

Stockton Fun Fact:
Where did the Alumni Association host its Annual Holiday Party this year?

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Earlier this month, the Alumni Association Holiday Party was hosted at the Noyes Museum in Oceanville. A large group of alumni, faculty and staff turned out for the event, which featured food catered by Costello’s of Smithville, music by Stockton’s own Faculty Band and holiday cheer.

For each of the below pictures from left to right:

Nick Valinote Class of ’92, Dawn Kanaan, Tara Septynski, Sara Faurot Crowley, and Ahmed Khan Class of ’89 Dr. Pamela Cooper Class of ’73 and her husband Fred Cooper Randi Posner, Dot Saatkamp and Dr. Israel Posner

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