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March 2005
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Stockton’s Latest “Green” Technology Saves Operating Expenses, Energy

Many of the buildings on Stockton’s campus will be air conditioned beginning in 2006 with a new environmentally-friendly system.
Stockton is developing yet another cutting edge “green” technology that saves precious energy, operating expenses and reduces pollution.

At its last meeting, the Board of Trustees voted to authorize the design and construction management contract for what is believed to be the first aquifer thermal energy storage project (ATES) in the United States.

This technology, which is common in Europe, utilizes the cold groundwater found in the soil on our campus during the winter months to help cool the College buildings during the summer months. The cold water is pumped through a cooling tower to further reduce its temperature and then returned to the aquifer at a different location for storage. During the summer it will be used to cool many of Stockton’s buildings, reducing the need for conventional “chillers” which consume large amounts of electricity.

“This type of system is estimated to be 15 to 30 times more energy efficient than conventional air conditioning,” said Professor Lynn Stiles, who heads the project. “These types of systems are fairly common in the Netherlands, which shares the same seasonal and geographic similarities with this part of New Jersey,” he said. “We have the same type of soft sandy soil and very cool winters.”

Following the design and construction management phase, actual construction may begin. The College expects to deduct at least $100,000 of the $544,000 construction cost from a New Jersey Clean Energy Program rebate. The system should be operational by the summer of 2006, and Stiles expects it to pay for itself within nine years in operating cost savings alone.

Osprey Hoop Squads Soar

Women’s basketball coach Joe Fussner (center) notched his 200th career win with the Ospreys earlier in the season.
The men’s and women’s basketball teams at Stockton recently completed highly successful seasons.

Coach Joe Fussner’s women took the New Jersey Athletic Conference title en route to an 18-10 final record and an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. Fussner also achieved a career milestone on February 12 when he notched career win number 200 with a 47-42 triumph at Montclair State.

Senior forward Takisha Pride of Palmyra and freshman forward Jessica Rainey of Hillsborough were both selected to the All – Conference squad in the NJAC. Pride led the team in scoring and blocked shots, averaging 9.0 and 1.52 respectively. She is also the Ospreys’ all-time leader in rebounding and blocked shots.

Rainey leads the team in steals and was a two-time NJAC Rookie of the week.

Senior forward Brian Hiltner was an All-conference selection for the Ospreys men’s squad.

Stockton defeated arch-rival Rowan three times during the season, including a 67-57 win in the NJAC Tournament Finals to earn a trip to Springfield, Massachusetts. There, the Ospreys lost a tight contest to Springfield, 64-60 in the NCAA Tournament’s opening round.

Coach Gerry Matthews’ men finished with a 19-11 record and made the ECAC Metro Tournament championship game before falling to Kean, 66-57. Brian Hiltner, a senior forward from Margate and Kris Polk, a sophomore guard from Camden, were both named to the New Jersey Athletic Conference All-Conference team.

Polk infused a new energy into the team when he joined the squad as a transfer in mid-season. The Ospreys went 8-2, including an eight-game winning streak after Matthews inserted Polk in the lineup.

Both the men and women provided many thrills for basketball fans this season, and though Hiltner and Pride will be missed, the future looks bright for Osprey hoop fans with Rainey and Polk returning for several more seasons.

Marvin Hamlisch Excited About Return To Stockton For Benefit

Marvin Hamlisch

Oscar-winning composer and performer Marvin Hamlisch’s return to the Richard Stockton College Performing Arts Center stage will be an exciting event, as the writer of “The Sting” and “The Way We Were” always connects with his audiences in such an intimate setting. Hamlisch also sees the bigger picture – an opportunity to help students in need.

“To be part of a stellar evening which supports scholarships for students means a great deal to me,” said Hamlisch. “I am absolutely delighted to be returning to Stockton as the guest artist for the 25th Annual Spring Benefit.”

Hamlisch has won virtually every major music award including three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globe awards. He will perform all his familiar tunes from a resumé of more than 40 motion pictures and numerous Broadway productions. He is also the Principal Pops Conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C.

“Stockton College is a remarkable place,” said Hamlisch, who first graced the PAC stage in 1988. “Since its founding little more than 30 years ago this relatively young institution has risen to the very top academically. I am proud to support the college’s efforts to make scholarships available to its students.”

As exciting as Hamlisch’s presence at the benefit will be, it is just part of the evening’s festivities. In addition to the Marvin Hamlisch performance there will be a sumptuous dinner and dessert buffet by Wolfgang Puck Catering and live and silent auctions of spectacular goods and services such as vacation packages, sports memorabilia and fine art.

All proceeds from the $175 per person event benefit deserving students and the Scholarship Fund.

Information about sponsorships and tickets may be obtained by calling the Stockton Scholarship Benefit Office,

Diversity Celebration Day A Big Success

Neptune Pringle performed for the attendees at the recent Diversity Celebration Day.

The All-Star Dancers entertained.

Stockton hosted its Annual Diversity Celebration Day on February 24. The event, designed to attract prospective students of varied backgrounds to Stockton, drew more than 150 attendees to I-wing gymnasium.

The day featured a welcome from President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. and other Stockton officials, presentations by student groups such as the Unified Black Student Society, Asian Student Association, the Stockton Chapter of the NAACP, Los Latinos Unidos and the Muslim Students Association, among others.

There was also a lunch, exhibits and tables with representatives from Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Senate, Housing and Residential Life. Prominent alumni such as Marty Small, an Atlantic City Councilman, and Nick White of the ARC of Atlantic County spoke, and entertainer Neptune Pringle performed.

“Diversity Day was another remarkable example of the inclusion and welcoming atmosphere we all share at Stockton,” President Saatkamp said. “I hope the prospective students came away with some of the same feelings we share here in the celebration of many different cultures.”

After the program, prospective students were given tours of the campus.

The event sponsors included Wachovia Bank, RICOMM Systems, Inc. of Marlton, NJ, The Stockton College Alumni Association, and the Unified Black Student Society.

Stockton Employees Respond With Generosity To NJ Charitable Campaign

New Jersey Charitable Campaign Director for Stockton, Arthur J. Davis, Jr. looks over results of the successful drive with coordinator Yubi Pena.

Employees of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey once again showed their remarkable generosity during the recently concluded NJ Employees Charitable Campaign.

According to Arthur J. Davis, Campaign Chair, 730 Stockton employees made contributions totaling $41,998.

“This was a remarkable level of participation and reflects the spirit of giving demonstrated by our Stockton employees and their willingness to help those less fortunate,” said President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., who is the statewide Co-chair for the drive.

Although the total amount collected this year represents a slight decrease from last year’s record total of $43,698, President Saatkamp was gratified with the overall response of Stockton’s workers.

“This is a great result during difficult economic times, and we were able to achieve this amount of participation during a year in which we resumed another major initiative, our Annual Campaign, ” President Saatkamp said. “The effort that went into this campaign was truly remarkable.”

Stockton Fun Fact:
In honor of the NCAA Basketball Tournament and “March Madness”: What current Atlantic City Councilman holds Stockton’s alltime record for most rebounds?
(Click here to reveal the answer)
Answer: Marty Small, Class of 1997, who starred on the NJAC championship team of 1996, is Stockton College’s alltime leading rebounder with a total 799. Small, 31, is the youngest City Councilman ever elected in Atlantic City.

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