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February 2009
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Profapalooza set for March 6, House of Blues, Atlantic City

One of the last projects in the rich and full life of Dr. Paul Lyons was also one of his most enjoyable.  Profapalooza, a concert featuring Paul’s beloved Stockton Faculty Band will be headlining at the House of Blues in Atlantic City, along with faculty bands representing Colgate and Susquehanna Universities.  He was looking forward to the March 6 event with the same enthusiasm as he had the World Series victory by his favorite baseball team, the Philadelphia Phillies, just a few months earlier.

Dr. Lyons, a longtime and distinguished Professor of Social Work, passed away unexpectedly on January 19 (see story below) leaving a grieving legion of family, friends and Stockton community members.  Among that group, none were closer than his Faculty Band-mates, who pledged to carry on with Profapalooza as a tribute to the man who came up with the idea.

“Of the many things Paul was involved in, he may have loved being in the Stockton Faculty Band most of all,” said Director of the Library David Pinto, a percussionist, mandolin player and vocalist with the group.  “We want to fill that room as a tribute to Paul. Now we are calling it ProfaPAULooza.”

Dr. Lyons played saxophone and clarinet and performed lead vocals on “Kansas City,” one of the band’s signature tunes.  He conceived of Profapalooza as a fundraiser to benefit the Stockton Federation of Teachers (SFT) Scholarship Fund.  The fund had already benefitted from thousands of dollars raised by band appearances and the sales of “Pop Quiz,” the Faculty Band’s debut CD.

“Paul was always looking to do more with the band to give back, and Profapalooza was a dream he was turning into reality,” Pinto added.

The event will take place beginning 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6 at the House of Blues, Atlantic City. Performing live with the Faculty Band will be Dangerboy from Colgate University and Faculty Lounge from Susquehanna University. After sets by each group, there will be a jam session featuring all three bands.

All proceeds from the event benefit the SFT Scholarship Fund. $5 general admission tickets are available for students, and $25 general admission tickets are available for faculty/staff. The reserved admission tickets, for $35, are already sold out on campus, but available directly from the House of Blues.



In memoriam:  Dr. Paul Lyons, Ofc. Maria C. Parziale

Dr. Paul Lyons

The Stockton community was saddened recently by the sudden and unexpected deaths of two of its longtime members.

Dr. Paul Lyons, Professor of Social Work and a faculty member since 1980, passed away on Monday, January 19. Officer Maria C. Parziale, a member of the Stockton Police for more than a decade, passed away on Saturday, January 24.

Both Dr. Lyons and Ofc. Parziale were much beloved by colleagues, students and staff for their dedication to our College.  A memorial service for Ofc. Parziale, well attended by fellow officers, faculty, staff and students, took place February 10.  Dr. Lyons’ memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, March 1 in the newly renovated Elizabeth Alton Auditorium (the former A-Wing Lecture Hall).  The event will feature speeches by Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., and other colleagues, videos of Dr. Lyons’ teaching and music by the Stockton Faculty Band, of which Dr. Lyons was a proud member.


Ofc. Maria C. Parziale

In addition to his teaching and pursuit of musical endeavors with the Faculty Band, Dr. Lyons, 66, was the author of five books, a social activist, community volunteer, athlete and friend to all.  His latest book, American Conservatism: Thinking It, Teaching It is due out next month.  Dr. Lyons was granted the distinction of Distinguished Professor posthumously by the College Board of Trustees earlier this month.

Maria C. Parziale, 43, was a graduate of Ocean City High School and held a degree in criminal justice from Atlantic Cape Community College.  In 2005, she participated in the rescue efforts in New Orleans for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.  The following year she served on the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., and her efforts helped to lead The Richard Stockton College Police Department into being the first campus police department in the state to receive New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police accreditation.  She was named Stockton’s Officer of the Year in 2006.



Garfunkel to Perform at Annual Scholarship Gala, April 25


Grammy Award-winning recording artist Art Garfunkel

The Stockton College Foundation and its Benefit Committee have announced that Grammy Award-winning recording artist Art Garfunkel will be the featured performer for the Stockton College Scholarship Benefit Gala set for April 25th, 2009 at Caesars Atlantic City.

The announcement was given at the Exclusive Preview Reception on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at the Atlantic City Country Club.  Sponsors of the Gala were shown a video of Garfunkel expressing his enthusiasm for the Gala and the importance of raising funds for scholarships.

A performance by Art Garfunkel will culminate a spectacular evening of dining and live and silent auctions at the Caesars Atlantic City.  This is the fourth year the event will be held in Atlantic City; with this year’s fundraising goal set at $750,000.

“This event is one of the most anticipated of the year, and it is because of the remarkable level of community support,” Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. said. “We expect to attain our goal of $750,000 despite challenging economic conditions.  Funds raised through the Stockton College Scholarship Benefit Gala enable the College to attract the brightest and most deserving students.  Over the years these scholarships have helped thousands of our students reach their goals.”

This year’s Gala Chairman is Lloyd D. Levenson, Esq., the Chief Executive Officer for Cooper Levenson. He is joined by Harrah’s Entertainment Eastern Division President J. Carlos Tolosa as Honorary Chairman of the Benefit Gala.

The announcement of Art Garfunkel continues a 29-year tradition of hosting an accomplished entertainer for the College’s major annual fundraiser.  Past performers have included Harry Connick, Jr., Howie Mandel, Marvin Hamlisch, Judy Collins, Ben Vereen, and Roberta Flack.

Originally Garfunkel was revered for his chart-topping songs and albums with partner Paul Simon.  Their greatest hits collection, which includes “Mrs. Robinson,” “Scarborough Fair,” “The Sound Of Silence,” “The Boxer” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” among others, is the biggest selling album ever by a duo.

After parting ways with Simon in 1970, Garfunkel acted in several major films including “Carnal Knowledge” (opposite Jack Nicholson) and “Catch 22.”  He also released several solo albums, the debut of which, “Angel Clare,” featured the top-10 hit, “All I Know.”  Other solo albums included “Breakaway,” “Fate for Breakfast,” “Songs from a Parent to a Child” and most recently “Some Enchanted Evening,” which was released in 2007.

“Taking on the fear and vulnerability of a live show keeps you vital,” says Garfunkel, who enjoys the chance to perform new and classic material for fans.  “I’m a singer trying to get away with a lucky job.  I try to soothe, to lift...That’s my life.”

Proceeds from the event support the Stockton College Foundation, which helps Stockton to offer student scholarships each year.  To become a sponsor or reserve tickets for the Stockton Scholarship Benefit Gala, contact the Stockton College Office of Development and Alumni Affairs at 609-652-4830 or visit www.stockton.edu/benefitgala.



Holocaust Resource Center Announces the Publication of New Holocaust Memoir


Authentic tracks from the Bialystok area in Poland suspended over the entrance to Stockton’s Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center

The Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is proud to announce the publication of a new Holocaust memoir.  “In the Birches of Belarus: A Partisan’s Revenge” written by Sidney Simon and a project of Stockton’s Holocaust Resource Center, has recently been published by ComteQ Communications in Margate.  The book design is credited to Gary Schenck of Stockton’s Graphic Production department.

 “In the Birch Woods of Belarus: A Partisan’s Revenge” will give readers a new understanding of the partisans and their contributions.  This memoir will captivate students and adults alike, showing the courage and love of a young man for his family and his religion.  Sidney Simon is considered a role model not only for his bravery but also for his resilience.

In his memoir Sidney Simon not only tells readers about his life in Belarus before World War II, but also recounts his life as a partisan, avenging the murder of his brother.  He also writes about fighting Germans while he was in the Soviet army.

Mr. Simon’s memoir is especially timely because the film “Defiance” which is about Jewish partisans and stars Daniel Craig, is presently in theatres.

For more information about the book, please contact Stockton’s Holocaust Resource Center at 609-652-4699 or e-mail maryann.mcloughlin@stockton.edu.




Stockton Fun Fact:
What is one of Stockton’s latest efforts to reduce green house gas emissions and to decrease its carbon footprint in support of the American College & University President’s Climate Commitment?

(Click here to reveal the answer)

Answer: 
The Department of Facilities and Plant Operations will have the infrastructure to directly power electrical vehicles with the installation of a solar canopy in lot seven. By transitioning to these smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles, the College continues to work toward a more sustainable tomorrow.


The College’s electrically powered, smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles are one of many College efforts to reduce the institution’s carbon footprint.


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