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March 2009
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Stockton Men Reach National Championship Game

The Stockton Osprey Basketball Team

March Madness took Stockton by storm this month as the Osprey men’s basketball team completed its most successful season in history.  Stockton hosted the first and second round NCAA tournament games March 6-7 as well as the Regional “Sweet 16” round March 13 and 14. Four games and four wins later, the Ospreys had clinched their first berth in the Division III Final Four since 1987. Stockton then defeated Franklin & Marshall in the national semi-final game to earn a spot in the title contest. The Ospreys lost a hard-fought game to the defending champions, Washington University of Missouri in the final.

Stockton had much to be proud of this season. With their final record of 30-3, the Ospreys set a school record for wins.  They successfully defended their New Jersey Athletic conference championship and were the first Stockton team to win five tournament games.  They had an 18-game winning streak going into the final game and were undefeated on their home court, the Sports Center.

Coach Gerry Matthews, in his 23rd season guiding the Ospreys, was named NJAC Coach of the Year for the eighth time in his distinguished career.  Matthews, one of the winningest coaches in the nation, has 457 victories in his career. Point guard Santini Lancioni, a Runnemede resident and Paul VI grad, was named Conference Player of the Year, and Kai Massaquoi, a Haddon Heights High product from Lawnside, was named Defensive Player of the year.

Lancioni scored 23 points and had a game-high five assists as Stockton rolled past Farmingdale State, 103-60, to earn the trip to Salem, Virginia for the Final Four. It was the 17th straight win overall for Stockton, which hosted the first round games in the tournament as well as the Regionals for the first time in school history.

Hundreds of students and fans followed the Ospreys to the Salem Civic Center, comprising arguably the largest cheering section of any of the schools.  The fans had much to cheer about as Stockton’s Michael Farrow’s basket with 49 seconds to play put Stockton ahead to stay.  Omar Smith’s three foul shots down the stretch sealed the 62-58 victory. Smith shared game-high scoring honors with 20 points and Farrow chipped in with 11.

In the final, Lancioni had 19 points and four assists, while Farrow, who was named to the All-Tournament team, had nine points and seven rebounds.  It wasn’t enough as Washington became only the fourth team in NCAA Division III history to win consecutive national championships.   The Bears, behind Tyler Nading’s (game-high 20 points) scoring, built a 16-point lead, its largest of the game, with under 12:23 left.  Stockton mounted a comeback effort with Lancioni and Farrow hitting a pair of 3-pointers and two free-throws by Massaquoi cutting the lead to eight.  Stockton cut the lead down to eight once more with 1:30 left but Washington maintained its composure and was able to close out the eventual 62-51 victory.

Stockton will honor the Ospreys on Thursday, March 26 with a reception in the I-Wing gymnasium at 4 p.m. the event is open to all.

Stockton Establishes Office of Veteran Affairs To Aid In Outreach To Student Veterans and Active Military Students

Congressman Frank LoBiondo speaks to student veterans at reception sponsored by Stockton’s Office of Veterans Affairs.

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey announced that it is significantly increasing its outreach efforts to student veterans and active military students. The newly established Office of Veteran Affairs, under the auspices of the Office of the Dean of Students in the Division of Student Affairs, is designed to assist student veterans and active service members with their unique academic needs.

“A primary mission of the office is to guide Stockton veterans and active service members to a variety of services that may benefit them and help them to connect with one another,” explained Dr. Joseph J. Marchetti, Vice President for Student Affairs. The College offers assistance with educational benefits through the Office of Financial Aid as well as counseling services in its Wellness Center. A dedicated listserv is planned as well as a Web-based “meeting space” in the College’s goStockton portal.

“We are reaching out to our veterans and active service members to start a Stockton Student Club,” said Dr. Thomasa Gonzalez, Dean of Students. “We will have receptions and guest speakers and will incorporate community assistance from local VFW and American Legion posts.”

Stockton has a long history of assisting its student veterans, including a large population of students who returned from the Vietnam War in the early 1970s, noted Jeanne Lewis, Director of Financial Aid. “These students connected socially. Our Vietnam-veteran students found each other in the Financial Aid Office. From those meetings, came a very active student-veterans club.”

Students who are veterans or active service members may contact Patrick Shields, Coordinator of the Office of Veteran Affairs in G-223 or by calling 609-652-4987.

Former Stockton Dean of Students Dr. Thomasa Gonzalez Will Take on New Role as Interim Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Thomasa Gonzalez

Dr. Thomasa Gonzalez has been named the Interim Vice President for Student Affairs at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey effective July 1, 2009.

As Interim Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Gonzalez will have direct oversight and overall supervision of educational support and student services areas of the College, which include: Admissions and Enrollment Management, Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs, Institutional Research for Student Affairs, Student Affairs Communications, Federal and State student compliance programs, Event Services and College Scheduling. In addition, she will be responsible for the Dean of Students Office, Athletics and Recreation, Campus Judicial System, Career Center, College Centers, Counseling and Health Services, Educational Opportunity Fund Program, Residential Life, Learning Access Program, Orientation, and Student Development Programs.

Dr. Gonzalez’s successful career at the college began in 1986 when she joined the Stockton family as the Assistant Director of Counseling Services. Since that time, she has held several positions including, Director of Counseling and Health Services and Associate Dean of Students. She currently serves as Dean of Students.

Stockton’s Community Initiatives

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is committed to being a good neighbor. The College Trustees, President, faculty and administration believe that the College should serve as a resource to its community, perhaps even more so during these difficult economic times. As a relatively stable segment of the local economy, Stockton has an obligation to aid those who are less fortunate.

Among the College’s ongoing community initiatives are:

  • Re-employment conferences: Conferences designed for community members to re-train and re-invent themselves to compete in the current economic environment were sold-out events and were covered by national and statewide media. Additional conferences are planned by our Division of Continuing Studies.
  • Stockton is partnering with the Federal Aviation Administration, Atlantic County government, other colleges and universities and private industry to build an Aviation Research and Technology Park close to campus. When completed, the facility will add diversification to the workforce, serve as an economic driver within the economy of New Jersey, particularly in the aviation industry, and provide as many as 2,000 high-tech jobs.
  • Stockton’s Career Center is offering free job-placement assistance to members of the community in addition to our current students and alumni.
  • The College was recognized recently as having the best record in the state of New Jersey for awarding vendor contracts to minority and women-owned businesses.
  • Stockton adopted a new flat-rate tuition policy enabling undergraduate students to graduate earlier and save thousands of dollars over the course of most baccalaureate degree programs.
  • Stockton’s Small Business Development Center helps local businesses associated with the casino industry to thrive, assists start-up businesses and provides new direction for laid-off workers or those individuals who are seeking to change careers for entrepreneurial enterprises.
  • The Southern Regional Institute-Education Technology Training Center offers technology-proficiency programs for businesses and individuals in addition to its services in area schools.
  • New Jersey’s Green CollegeStockton is New Jersey’s Green College. Since its founding, Stockton has been committed to a minimal carbon footprint. Today, the College offers one of the first and most comprehensive assessments of its environmental impact of any school in the United States. Learn more about our green-friendly geothermal heating and cooling systems, Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage system (ATES), solar panels projects and more at our GREEN COLLEGE Web site. 
  • A new self-supporting nonprofit corporation, Stockton Affiliated Services, Inc., was established to improve operations and the financial standing of the College.
  • Stockton’s Performing Arts Center serves as a cultural hub for southern New Jersey, offering a wide range of performances and programs as well as offering the use of its facilities to outside groups.
  • The new Campus Center, currently under construction, is the largest building project in College history, built in keeping with the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold Standard in sustainable design. When completed, it will provide 153,000 square feet of space for many campus services and will open space in existing buildings for additional classrooms.
  • The Stockton Institute for Gaming Management (SIGMA) partnership with Spectrum Gaming offers training and re-training initiatives for casino workers.
  • The William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy serves as an independent voice to advocate for the policy needs of the southern New Jersey region.
  • Stockton recently received a major Environmental Stewardship award from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for reduction of water use and use of renewable energy.

Art Garfunkel, Silent Auction Highlight Scholarship Benefit Gala April 25

Grammy Award-winning recording artist Art Garfunkel

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Foundation is actively pursuing corporate and individual event sponsorships and auction item donations for its 29th Annual Scholarship Benefit Gala on Saturday, April 25. The event will take place at Caesars Atlantic City and features entertainment by Art Garfunkel, 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 and event tickets. “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. 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 Entertainment, Inc., and Gala Chairman Lloyd D. Levenson, Esq., Chief Executive Officer of Cooper Levenson. All proceeds from the event will benefit student scholarships at Stockton.

To become a sponsor or to donate items for the auction, call (609) 652-4830 or log onto

Stockton Student Attends President Obama’s Inauguration

Jessica Pikolycky

It’s been a whirlwind academic year for Jessica Pikolycky, of Woodbine, a senior literature major in the teacher education program.

In addition to student teaching and holding down three jobs, Jessica, the daughter of Woodbine Mayor William Pikolycky, was selected to attend President Barack Obama’s Inauguration as a member of the International Scholar Laureate program.

“It was probably one of the most exciting experiences of my life,” Jessica said. “It was a privilege to be in Washington and to be a witness to history.”

Jessica saw the 44th President’s swearing-in from a vantage point not far from the Capitol steps and attended a concert featuring Beyoncé and Garth Brooks. Her group was visited by Colin Powell and she had the opportunity to meet political pundit James Carville. The group also attended an Inaugural Ball at the Smithsonian Museum.

Jessica is looking forward to a career as a teacher and said Professor Anne Pomeroy helped spark an interest in philosophy and that Professor Lisa Honaker had been helpful during her years at Stockton both as a professor and as a preceptor.

“The whole reason I transferred to Stockton was I didn’t feel challenged enough at my old school. “Stockton met and exceeded my expectations.”

Stockton Fun Fact:
What significant milestone did the College mark last month in the advancement and implementation of the Facilities Master Plan?

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The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey marked the completion of the renovation of the Elizabeth B. Alton Auditorium in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 on the Galloway Twp. Campus. Formerly known as the A-Wing Lecture Hall, the Alton Auditorium was a 4,800 square foot facility that was transformed into a state-of-the-art learning environment.

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