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Silent and Live Auctions Highlight Scholarship Benefit Gala April 12

Caesars Las Vegas

A wide assortment of spectacular items were up for bid at the 2007 Scholarship Gala.

A trip to Caesars Palace Las Vegas including airfare, tickets to see Bette Midler and round trip transportation to the airport heads the list of items guests will be bidding on at the 28th Annual Scholarship Benefit Gala, Saturday April 12, 2008 at Caesars Atlantic City.

The Stockton College Foundation has set a goal for the Gala, which benefits deserving students, of $750,000 for this year. 

“We are very close to reaching that goal in advance of the event, thanks to the support of our many partners in the community," President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. said.  "We are gratified the event has grown exponentially in recent years."

The Las Vegas trip, donated by Caesars parent company Harrah's Entertainment, will be part of the live auction.  Some of the other items up for bid include…the ultimate private fine dining and wine package from Steve and Cookie’s by the Bay, stunning jewelry from Serago Roberts Jewelers, advertising space from The Press of Atlantic City and a reception at the renowned Ram’s Head Inn. Comedian Howie Mandel, the comedian headlining the event, will kick-off the live auction as celebrity auctioneer.

"Guests at the Gala will bid on and win trips, jewelry and many other auction items, while providing support for student scholarships," said Marilyn DiGiacobbe, Stockton's Chief Development Officer.

There will be dozens of other services, goods, meals at fine restaurants, original art, sports and entertainment memorabilia available as part of the silent auction including Sunday Brunch for four at the Atlantic City Country Club, tickets to see entertainers Barry Manilow, Tom Jones and Julio Iglesias in Atlantic City, tickets to sporting events and concerts at a variety of venues, gift certificates to local restaurants and even a two-night stay at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida.

"Each year the auction portion of the Gala is one of the most eagerly anticipated aspects of the event," DiGiacobbe said. "We are grateful for the involvement of auction co-chairpersons Charlie Beirne, Jody Serago, Cookie Till '83 and the entire benefit committee in making this year's auction exceptional. We have redesigned the format to keep the events moving in a lively way."

To become a sponsor or purchase tickets and view the up-to-the-minute auction list visit For additional information, please call 609-652-4658.

Ralph Nader Coming to Stockton as Highlight of Annual Environmental Forum

Ralph Nader

The 7th Annual Environmental Forum at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey on April 5 will be highlighted by an appearance by activist and presidential candidate Ralph Nader. Nader’s talk will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the I-Wing Gymnasium of the Galloway Twp. campus as part of a full day’s schedule of events.

In addition to the lecture by Nader, the day-long forum, entitled “The Road to Change,” features the first-ever “EnviARTmental Art Show” breakfast and lunch and numerous workshops.

The event, co-hosted by student organizations Water Watch and Stockton Action Volunteers for the Environment (S.A.V.E.), will be April 5th from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at various locations on campus. Admission is $5 for Stockton students, $7 for all others. Pre-registrations are being taken at

Jillian DiMedio, campus organizer for Water Watch, said Nader was booked prior to his declaration as a candidate.

“When the decision was made to book our speaker, we were interested in Ralph Nader’s commitment to the environment and student activism rather than in his Presidential aspirations,” DiMedio said. “This is not a campaign appearance. He will be addressing environmental and activism issues.”

Some of the workshops available to attendees will be on “Local Solutions” to reducing our carbon footprint, student leadership, grassroots power, and alternative energy options, among many others.

In addition to the Forum itself, there will be a concert at Lakeside Center from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. sponsored by the Stockton Surf Club. Bands include Brontonycho, C'est Le Soleil, The Waffle Stompers, Classive Avenue, The Pedestrians, and Carlon. This event will be open to the public.

For more information on the forum, contact DiMedio at (609) 748-6097 or e-mail

Men’s Basketball: March Madness, Sadness, Gladness

Head coach Gerry Matthews and the Ospreys celebrate their New Jersey Athletic Conference championship

Even though the Stockton men’s basketball team ended its season with a heartbreaking loss to defending national champion Amherst in the NCAA sectionals, Osprey fans reveled in one of the greatest seasons in school history.

Not only did Gerry Matthews’ charges finish with an outstanding 22-7 record, they won the New Jersey Athletic Conference Tournament Championship on their home court before a large and raucous crowd.  They extended their season by winning their first two NCAA tournament games to make the coveted “Sweet 16” round.  Three team members, Jerome Hubbard, Jon Greene and Mario Lancioni were named to the All NJAC Conference team.

Adding to the excitement, Stockton was selected as a host site for the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Just as they did for the Conference championship, Stockton fans turned out in large numbers to watch two more thrilling wins at the Sports Center.

On February 13, following a loss to Rutgers-Camden, Stockton had a 15-6 record and did not appear poised for such an impressive late-season run. However, the Ospreys reeled off seven straight victories, including a 67-66 triumph over William Paterson in the NJAC Tournament championship game. With the win, Stockton secured an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.  Greene, a 6-5 senior forward from Wildwood High School sank two free throws with 13 seconds remaining to secure the victory.

Jon Greene

The opening round game in the NCAA’s proved to be just as exciting as the Conference championship. Stockton needed overtime to defeat Immaculata (Pa.) 84-75.  The Ospreys were trailing, 70-67 with less than a minute to play when Santini Lancioni, a freshman guard from Paul VI High School and brother of Mario, swished a three-point shot to tie the game. It was all Stockton in the overtime, as Greene, who paced all scorers with 29 points, scored two critical field goals to lead the Ospreys.

In the second round game, Hubbard, a 6-2 senior forward from Neptune scored a game-high 24 points to lead Stockton to a 78-70 win over Rhode Island College.  Hubbard and Mario Lancioni (senior guard from Triton High School, Runnemede) sparked a 16-4 Stockton run in the first half that built up a 10-point lead. Hubbard scored the final four points of the half for a 36-23 lead and the Ospreys controlled the game from that point on.  Stockton’s defense was superb in the game, limiting Rhode Island to 29.6 percent shooting from the field.

Stockton Selected as Member Institution in Homeland Security Consortium

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is one of 104 institutions nationwide to become a member of the Homeland Security and Defense Education Consortium (HSDEC).

A network of teaching and research institutions offering education, research and cooperation relating to the homeland security and national defense mission, the HSDEC institutions promote the sharing and advancement of knowledge.
The Homeland Security and Defense Education Consortium, or HSDEC, is a network of teaching and research institutions focused on promoting education, research, and cooperation related to and supporting the homeland security/defense mission.  The consortium is committed to building and maintaining a community of higher education institutions supporting this mission and the overall homeland security effort through the sharing and advancement of knowledge.
Established by the North American Aerospace Defense Command and US Northern Command, the Consortium’s tenets include:

  • Ensuring the Department of Defense role and perspective on homeland security is accurately reflected in educational programs
  • Promoting development of homeland security-related educational programs
  • Focusing and facilitating research and development of homeland security measures
  • Encouraging cooperation among member institutions

In 2006, Stockton established one of the first homeland security programs in the nation directly linked to a criminal justice graduate-level curriculum.

Major Mark Anarumo, Ph.D. of the United States Air Force Security Forces joined Stockton’s faculty in Fall 2007 to assist in program development and to serve as a course instructor.

Major Anarumo’s experience includes leading a squadron whose task is to provide security for the 43rd Airlift Wing, the 23rd Fighter Group, the 18th Air Support Operations Group and 11 tenant units’ assets and weapons systems that includes more than $1.4 billion in aircraft and $784 million in infrastructure.  His expertise includes the training and equipping of a dozen different types of deployable air base defense teams.  He has achieved recognition as the Top Gun Award winner and the Honor Graduate and Leadership Award winner in a Ground Combat Skills Level IV course.

Stockton Fun Fact:
What subject of a blockbuster movie was the latest participant of the Student Senate Distinguished Speaker Series?

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Erin Brockovich (left) appeared at Stockton March 25 and paused for a photo with Harry Maurice of Student Development, Student Senate President Jennifer Anzuena, a junior Political Science Major with a minor in Business, from Mullica Hill, and Mrs. Dorothy Saatkamp.

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