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Stockton Honors Memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. With Largest Day of Service to Date
Student Senator Nick Sena (right) was one of the individuals honored recently by Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. at the Day of Service honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
More than 400 volunteers took part in Stockton’s Fourth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Service events took place on campus and throughout the community on Jan. 21.
“The Day of Service is a tangible way to honor Dr. King’s legacy of helping others,” said Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. “It is gratifying to see how our students, faculty, staff and community have responded to the event.”
Dr. Saatkamp initiated similar Days of Service at his previous institutions in Indiana, Texas and Florida. In addition to the MLK Day event, he inaugurated a Day of Service for Freshmen and Transfer Students before the start of classes each Fall Semester. The first MLK Day Event at Stockton drew approximately 50 volunteers and has grown steadily on an annual basis ascending to this year’s record number of more than 400 individuals. The event was held in partnership for the first time with Galloway Township and the Galloway Township Public Schools.
“We’re particularly excited about this year’s Day of Service not only to give back to our community, but also to celebrate the Township’s 20 years of celebrating Dr. King’s legacy,” said Brian K. Jackson, co-chair of the event. “This event provides an opportunity for Stockton students, faculty and staff to partner with local non-profit agencies in ways that are helpful and memorable.”
Volunteers create quilts to be donated to hospitalized children as part of "Project Linus" at the annual MLK Day of Service.
Volunteers from the college community provided a variety of services to the over 25 participating community organizations and agencies, including local food banks, assisted living centers and other nonprofit organizations throughout the area such as the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, PleasanTech Charter School, Family Service Association, Baby Blue Foundation, the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey, and the ARC of Atlantic County.
Numerous service activities were available on campus. These included letter-writing to servicemen and servicewomen in the 177th Fighter Wing and also to military personnel deployed from McGuire Air Force Base; quilt making for “Project Linus,” an endeavor that serves children who are seriously ill or who have been traumatized; sorting donated books for Books Without Borders and projects for Samaritan Hospice. The House of Blues Heart and Soul Foundation also participated for the first time this year.
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey donated a record amount of food to the Atlantic County Food Bank this year for a total of 785 pounds of food, which is double the amount of last year and the highest amount that the College has ever donated.
Stockton College Takes Careful Measure of its “Carbon Footprint”
Stockton College has begun an extensive college-wide inventory of its impact on the world climate.
The College, long a leader in green technology and initiatives, is committed to moving toward a “carbon neutral” campus, according to Dr. Patrick Hossay, Associate Professor of Political Science.
“This is part of our ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship,” Hossay said. “The release of greenhouse gasses, most commonly carbon dioxide, is recognized as the leading contributor to climate change. Achieving ‘carbon neutrality’ would mean shifting energy use, transportation and operations toward practices that would make no net contribution. This inventory is a very important first step.”
Faculty and student research teams will be carefully measuring and analyzing the amount and source of energy used by the college over the next year. Using everything from cutting-edge equipment and sophisticated computer analysis, to simple surveys of faculty and students, these teams will be measuring every aspect of college life. Of course, the heating, cooling, and lighting of academic buildings and student housing will be carefully examined.
Hossay, the lead researcher on the project, makes its scope clear: “This will be the most extensive inventory of a campus I’ve ever seen. From lawnmowers to the research trips of our faculty, we’ll be measuring it all.”
Jennifer McGinn, a lead student researcher on the project, expressed her clear enthusiasm, “It’s exciting to be a part of this project, and to know that the work we do will help Stockton to set a model for environmental responsibility.”
Such innovative environmental initiatives are nothing new to Stockton. The college’s previous efforts at reducing its environmental impact have included solar panels on its academic buildings, a new expansion of its academic facilities certified by the US Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) construction, and perhaps most notably, one of the largest geothermal systems in the world. A new aquifer thermal energy storage project (ATES), one of the first in the United States, began operation two weeks ago. This technology of the ATES system reduces the amount of energy used to cool Stockton’s buildings by storing cold temperature water in underground aquifers in the winter and drawing it back out in the summer to help cool campus buildings.
Stockton’s green commitment is evident in its courses as well. This is the first term that Stockton is offering an innovative curriculum in sustainability and environmental policy, and students have responded to these options with enthusiasm. As a collaboration between the political science and environmental science programs, this new curriculum brings courses in the natural sciences and social and political studies together to help prepare students for careers in environmental policy, environmental management, law, advocacy and education. This course of study is the first of its kind in New Jersey.
College Seeking Sponsors, Auction Items for Scholarship Benefit Gala on April 12
The College Foundation of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is actively pursuing corporate and individual event sponsorships and auction item donations for its 28th Annual Scholarship Benefit Gala on Saturday, April 12. The event will take place at Caesars Atlantic City and features entertainment by celebrity comedian Howie Mandel, a cocktail reception and a gourmet dinner. Sponsors and donors of auction items will help provide educational opportunities for deserving students.
Last year’s auction items included an array of fine jewelry, art, dinners, hotel accommodations, sports memorabilia, golf outings, gift baskets, gift certificates, event tickets, even LASIK eye surgery. “Donations for the benefit are limited only by the donor’s imagination,” said Marilyn DiGiacobbe, Chief Development Officer of the College and Executive Director of the Foundation. “One of the items will be auctioned off by none other than Howie Mandel himself.” In addition to helping a fine cause, businesses, restaurants and individuals have the opportunity to showcase products and services to an upscale audience.
This year’s Benefit Gala is hosted by Honorary Chairman J. Carlos Tolosa, Eastern Division President of Harrah’s Operating Company, Inc., and Chairperson for the event, Dr. James Yoh, President and CEO of Galaxy Technology LLC. All proceeds from the event will benefit student scholarships at Stockton.
To become a sponsor or to donate items for the auction, call (609) 652-4658 for more information or log onto www.stockton.edu/benefitgala.
Stockton Establishes Advisory Panel To Augment New School of Business
Stockton College has established a Business Advisory Board to work in conjunction with its new School of Business. The panel is comprised of prominent leaders in education and the local business community.
“Community partnerships are crucial to Stockton’s mission,” President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. said. “The formation of the Business Advisory Board will help us to be responsive and better meet the needs of our business community.”
Dr. Janet Wagner
The panel’s formation comes on the heels of the recent announcement that Stockton had converted its former Divisions to Schools – a move designed to increase academic offerings as well as to meet the needs of a growing enrollment and campus. Along with the change came a new School of Business headed by a new Dean, Dr. Janet “Jenny” Wagner.
The new Board includes fifteen prominent members of the community and key faculty members. Five of the members are Stockton alumnae: Maureen Adams (’91), CFO, Harrah’s Atlantic City; Joan Gravitz (‘79), Treasurer, World Class Flowers; John Hughes (‘78), President, Quantum Capital Management; Jeffrey Seelig (’90), CFO, AC Coin and Slot; and Ronald Stablini (’73), Senior VP and CFO, Atlantic City Linen.
The other members of the Board include: James Blake, CFO, Morey Organization; Joanne Carrocino, CEO & President, Cape Regional Medical Center; Philip DiBerardino, VP, Commerce Bank; Lois Fried, Partner, Capaldi Reynolds & Pelosi; Signe Huff, VP of Human Relations, Borgata Hotel Casino; Teddie O’Keefe, President, Smith-O’Keefe Associates; Mike Picucci, Manager of the Business Systems Group, Atlantic Electric; Audrey Sherrick, Partner, Tracey, Heun, Brennan & Co.; Nancy Smith, CEO, Masterminds Advertising; Charles Wray, an Editor at the Press of Atlantic City and the Honorable James Whelan, NJ Assembly, 2nd District.
Board members have begun to meet regularly and will continue to provide valuable input regarding the initiatives, plans, and environment of our region. Frank Thomas, Professor of Accounting and Finance and Chair of the Advisory Board stated, “The Board is a two-way street. We provide information and we receive essential feedback.”
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