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February 2010
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Stockton to Collaborate With Noyes Museum of Art


From left to right: Charles A. Bryant, Jr., President of the Noyes Museum Board of Directors; Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., President of Stockton College; Michael Hyett, Esq., President of the Mr. and Mrs. Fred Winslow Noyes Foundation’s Board of Trustees; and Michael Cagno, Executive Director of the Noyes Museum

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey has entered into collaboration with the Noyes Museum of Art that will benefit students and enthusiasts of the arts, as well as the College, Museum and the entire southern New Jersey region.

“I am delighted Stockton has entered into a mutually beneficial agreement with the Noyes Museum that will provide enjoyment for the southern New Jersey arts community, increase opportunities for our students and expand programming at the Noyes,” said Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr.

“The College has a history with the Noyes family going back to our earliest days. In 1975, honorary Stockton degrees were conferred upon Fred and Ethel Noyes. Over the years, the Noyes Museum has hosted numerous Stockton events, including our annual alumni holiday reception. This partnership is a natural fit.”

Stockton, which has a longstanding commitment to the arts and humanities, will partner with the Noyes Museum and will provide significant renovations and upgrades to support an expanded array of educational opportunities, events, exhibits and performances at the nearby off-campus facility. Stockton is also home to one of the area’s top performing arts centers and its own art gallery.


Noyes Museum

The College’s Visual Arts program is growing and a new Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is currently under development. Such areas as Communications Studies, Historical Studies, Language and Culture Studies, Literature and Philosophy are examples of how Stockton is serving the Arts and Humanities in southern New Jersey.

“A vibrant Noyes Museum is an asset to our community,” Dr. Saatkamp said. “Our ability to integrate the arts into our educational programming is adding value to our students’ education. This will be an extremely positive relationship, and we’re happy to have scheduled events as a preview for what our students and community can expect from the partnership.”

Michael Hyett, Esq., President of the Mr. and Mrs. Fred Winslow Noyes Foundation’s Board of Trustees said, “We view the partnership with great enthusiasm, and we’re confident that the future looks a lot brighter for our local cultural gem, the Noyes Museum of Art. Our entire region will benefit from the enhanced programs, exhibitions and educational opportunities that will soon unfold as a result of the collaboration. Our founders, Fred and Ethel Noyes, would be extremely proud of the way the seed that they planted some 25 years ago has flourished.”

In commemoration of the partnership, a weeklong celebration titled “Making Noyes at Stockton” has been planned, consisting of events, performances and gallery exhibits, February 24-27, all open and free to the public:

Color Lines: Three One-Act Plays by Richard Wright
Wednesday, February 24
4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Noyes Oceanville
The Stockton Theatre Club brings to the stage three previously unpublished and unperformed one-act plays written by renowned author of Native Son, Richard Wright. These intriguing pieces were recently discovered by the Stockton Text Center.

Stockton Masterclass with Philadanco!
Thursday, February 25
10:45 a.m. – 12 noon, Noyes Oceanville
Look on as Stockton dance majors study with The Philadelphia Dance Company, celebrated for its innovation and preservation of African-American traditions in dance. Philadanco performs the same evening at Stockton’s Performing Arts Center. To purchase tickets to this performance contact 609-652-9000. Orchestra $40, Mezzanine $25, Seniors take $5 off, Children $10 with adult ticket.

Make Some NOISE Arts Party
Friday, February 26
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Noyes Oceanville
Meet the faculty of Stockton’s visual arts program, view the galleries and enjoy the music of jazz artist Michael Pedicine. Refreshments served throughout the evening.

Open House
Saturday, February 27
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Noyes Oceanville and Hammonton
Come browse the galleries. Admission is free all day long.



Stockton Responds to Disaster in Haiti


Marshall Carter collecting donations in D-Wing by selling ribbons to students, faculty, and staff between classes

Students, alumni, faculty, and staff at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey are joining forces to provide much needed assistance to Haiti.

Volunteers sold ribbons to collect donations during regular school hours and at recent men’s and women’s basketball games. There was a candlelight vigil held for the victims and a “We are Family” program was held to provide an outlet for students to talk about the tragedy and to help the victims.

Len Farber, Stockton’s Director of Student Development, said, “Students have taken the initiative to provide help, and they recently met to brainstorm and gather ideas about how Stockton can aid those in need.”

Marie Jean-Charles, a Haitian student in her junior year at Stockton was born in Saint-Marc and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Marie explained, “I reached out to Len Farber for help, and together we have been reaching out to the students. So far, we have received a great deal of support from the multicultural organization, sororities, Student Senate, M.A.L.E.S., and many other student clubs and organizations. The support and prayers are much appreciated. I am so thankful that my sister, who lives in Haiti, is in a safe place.”

In addition to campus efforts, Michael and Kathryn Gollotto, both physicians and graduates of Stockton College, went to Haiti on January 22, and have been helping victims in Jacmel, a remote village without access to care at the time of their arrival.  The husband-and-wife team, who joined forces with the disaster support organization Partners in Health, successfully gathered disaster relief supplies and rapidly organized a nine-man crew of medical specialists, surgeons, a relief specialist, a translator, a pharmacist, and a psychologist. The nine-man crew, named Team Ange (Creole for Team Angel), convened in Atlanta, and traveled to Santo Domingo together. From there, the team traveled by bus and truck to Peternales, where they were then transported by the Dominican Republic Navy to their final destination in Haiti.

Michael and Kathryn Gollotto explained, “We were prepared with all staff, supplies, machines, generators, etc. to set up a MASH unit and get to work right away. We can’t thank everyone enough for rallying together. Our garage is starting to turn into a disaster relief storage center. The overwhelming support is deeply appreciated.”



Save the Date: Stockton Scholarship Gala April 24


Borgata, Atlantic City

The 30th Annual Stockton Scholarship Benefit Gala will be hosted by the Stockton College Foundation on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 6 p.m.

For the first time ever, the event will take place at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City.
 
“Stockton is excited to be marking our 30th Anniversary of what has become an eagerly anticipated event for the benefit of scholarships to deserving students,” said Stockton College President Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. “We are equally excited about the new partnership with the Borgata.”

Proceeds from the event will benefit deserving students. Last year’s gala raised $760,000, exceeding the goal of $750,000.

“We are consistently delighted at the success of the gala each year, and we hope to reach new heights at this year’s event. Through the generous partnership of the Borgata, we have every expectation to do just that,” Dr. Saatkamp said.

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 http://www.stockton.edu/benefitgala.

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’s Men’s Basketball Gears up for Another Title Drive


Santini Lancioni

The Stockton College men’s basketball team, the defending New Jersey Athletic Conference champions and NCAA national finalists, are in position for another run at the Final Four.

The Ospreys defeated archrival Rowan University 82-55 on Saturday, February 13 to take over sole possession of first place in the NJAC South Division. Santini Lancioni, the reigning NJAC Player of the Year, poured in a career-high 27 points including seven 3-point field goals to lead the Ospreys.  Kai Massaquoi scored 14 and Omar Smith added 10 points as Stockton handed Rowan (15-7 overall) its fifth conference loss.

Stockton led by seven points at halftime and went on a 29-10 run during a 10-minute span of the second half to take control of the game. 

On Monday, February 15, Stockton defeated Rutgers-Camden 85-74 to clinch a first-round bye in the upcoming NJAC tournament. Massaquoi and Smith paced the Ospreys with 20 points each. 

Stockton concluded the regular season with an NJAC home game win (99-85) against College of New Jersey on Wednesday, February 17.  Stockton improved its record to 19-6 overall and 9-4 in the conference.  Lancioni hit a three-pointer with 4:19 left in the first half to become the 26th Stockton men’s basketball player to score 1,000 career points.

After a first-round bye, Stockton will begin its quest for a third consecutive NJAC championship by hosting an NJAC tournament semifinal game Wednesday, February 24 at 7 p.m.



Stockton Offers New Computational Science Master’s Program


The Master of Science in Computational Science (MSCP) program debuted this semester with two core courses offered on Monday and Wednesday evenings.   A combination of working professionals, Stockton staff members, and recent computer science, applied mathematics, and science majors are enrolled in the new graduate degree program.  Stockton’s Computational Science 4+1 program began in fall 2007, and now, just three years later, a new master’s program is offered.

Computational science utilizes mathematical models and computer simulation to predict the behavior of complex systems.  For example, a computational scientist can design and manage the next generation of air traffic control systems or predict the effects of human disturbances on an estuarine ecosystem.  Program Director Dr. Russell Manson said, “Computational science is a unique field that is quickly becoming the wave of the future with applications in consulting, industry, and teaching.  The program has already proved itself to be very attractive to FAA Technical Center employees who want to broaden their horizons and research new problems.” 

Computational science faculty members and students are currently working with special software to interconnect multiple computers to create a supercomputer.  The resulting supercomputer will have the ability to harness the power of many machines, significantly speeding up the mathematical computation process. 

At the end of last semester, students and faculty from Stockton’s 4+1 Computational Science program were invited to Supercomputing ’09 (SC ‘09), an international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis held in Portland, Oregon.  Two students, Michael Laielli and Richard Page, and three faculty members, Monir Sharobeam, Bob Olsen, and Russell Manson, formed a team to represent Stockton College. 

Bob Olsen said, “Computational science faculty members have been participating in the conference’s Education Program for the past few years and we have always found the workshops to be invigorating. We are pleased that our program now has majors far enough along in their studies to be included as part of the Stockton SC team.”

In addition to participating in workshops, discussions, and a contest, the students and faculty presented their research during the education program.  The Stockton team also participated in planning discussions to help organize the SC ’10 education program.

Click here for more information on the MSCP.




Stockton Fun Fact:
What annual event at Stockton has grown in participation and effectiveness for six consecutive years and has benefitted dozens of local organizations and thousands of people?

(Click here to reveal the answer)

Answer: 
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service drew more than 350 volunteers to the campus recently, the largest number in its history. Among the local agencies and organizations benefitting from the event were: The Alcove Center for Grieving Children and Families; Alzheimer’s Association; African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey; The Arc of Atlantic County; AtlantiCare Kids; Books without Borders; Boxes of Love; Caring Adult Medical Day Care; Covenant House; Family Service Association; Generations Adult Day Health Care; Samaritan Hospice; Seashore Gardens; Shores at Wesley Manor; and South Shore Ministries.


A record turnout for the 6th Annual Martin Luther King Day of Service


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