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March 2010
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Noyes Museum Features Stockton Artists

Adjunct Professor Daniel Gambert’s 3D photography display and Assistant Professor of Art Margaret McCann’s paintings.

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and the Noyes Museum of Art recently joined forces to further blend the arts and education in southern New Jersey.  The partnership has been a natural fit.  Stockton’s Visual Arts program is continuously expanding, and development of a new bachelor of fine arts program enhances the collaboration with the area’s only fine arts museum. 

The Noyes Museum has two locations, one in Oceanville and one in Hammonton.  The Oceanville museum, located minutes away from the College, is nestled alongside the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and Lily Lake, while the Hammonton museum is situated in the heart of downtown Hammonton, where Stockton is developing an educational satellite center.

To celebrate the collaboration, the Oceanville Noyes featured the artwork of Stockton’s Visual Arts faculty in February.  Provost David Carr’s photography is currently on display at the Hammonton Noyes until April 10. 

A sampling of Dr. Carr's images currently on display at the Hammonton Noyes

The opening reception for Dr. David Carr’s photography exhibit titled “Images of Nature: Southern New Jersey and Beyond” was held at the Hammonton Noyes on March 5.  Dr. Carr explained that his images are an invitation to others to pause for a moment in the beauties of nature and to give wings to the artists within us.  President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. also noted that Dr. Carr’s largest photography exhibit is on display every day.  The two osprey images perched on Stockton’s Sports Center were taken by Dr. Carr. 

The partnership between Stockton and the Noyes will not only provide a venue for artwork, but also musical performances, yoga classes, beading and jewelry-making workshops, watercolor classes, and a long list of other potential opportunities.  For a schedule of events and directions, please visit the main Web site for the Noyes Museum of Art,

Stockton’s Faculty and Staff’s Got Talent

The grand finale of “Stockton’s Got Talent.”

Stockton’s Faculty Band had the best seats in the house.

Distinguished Professor Paul Lyons passed away in January of 2009, and in his honor, the College has established the Paul Lyons Memorial Lecture Series.  Each year, a leading scholar in American and/or historical studies, Paul’s areas of interdisciplinary work, will be invited to Stockton to speak to students, faculty members and staff.       

On March 2, exactly one year to-the-day after Paul Lyons’ memorial service in Alton Auditorium, Stockton’s faculty and staff gathered once again in the very same location to celebrate Paul’s passion for music.  The School of Arts and Humanities hosted “Stockton’s Got Talent,” a fundraising talent show, which featured Stockton’s faculty and staff.  All proceeds from “Stockton’s Got Talent,” a total of $1,228.00, will benefit the Paul Lyons Memorial Lecture Series.

Beverly Vaughn, professor of music, and Joe Molineaux, director of the Small Business Development Center, along with the Stockton Faculty Band, were the emcees of the fundraising talent show.  The night was filled with musical and vocal performances, comedies, and piano and harp solos.  There were moments of reminiscence and bouts of uncontrollable laughter from the audience, but one of the most memorable moments took place when Mary Hardwick, Paul's wife, climbed the stairs to the stage and light up the entire auditorium with her beaming smile and enthusiasm.  Another unforgettable moment was when Dean of Arts and Humanities Robert Gregg made a special appearance dressed from head to toe as Professor of Music Beverly Vaughn.   Dean Gregg bravely sported high heels, a purple gown and a large lace hat.  For a complete commentary of the talent show written by Dean Gregg and photos of each performance, visit the Arts and Humanities Website.         

The inaugural Paul Lyons memorial lecture was held on March 10.  Eric Foner, the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, presented his lecture titled “American Freedom Before and After 9/11.”  Click here for more details and photos.

Annual Scholarship Benefit Gala to Feature Joe Piscopo

Joe Piscopo

Joe Piscopo will be the featured entertainer on Saturday, April 24 for the 30th Annual Stockton College Scholarship Benefit Gala.

Joe, a New Jersey native and longtime civic booster of the Garden State, has entertained millions on stage, screen and television.  Perhaps best known for his long run on Saturday Night Live, Joe recently has performed to rave reviews with his tribute to fellow New Jerseyan Frank Sinatra. 

The event, beginning with a 6 p.m. cocktail reception, is being held for the first time at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City.  Please join the Stockton and southern New Jersey communities for an evening of fine dining, entertainment and engagement in support of student scholarships.

“We’re delighted to mark this event’s 30th anniversary with our partners at Borgata,” Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. said.

Honorary Chair of the event is Auggie Cipollini, senior vice president of operations at Borgata, and Gala Chairman is Dr. James Yoh, a Stockton trustee and president and CEO of Galaxy Technology, L.L.C.

For tickets and more information on becoming a sponsor, donating an auction item or advertising in the commemorative journal, please visit the Stockton Scholarship Benefit Gala Website.

Campus Construction Update: On Target and Under Budget

A rendering of the new Campus Center

Watching the new Campus Center take shape over the past few months has been exciting for Stockton students, faculty and staff.  The project is under budget, and expected to be substantially complete by the original target date, spring 2011. 

The new construction is timely, as enrollment continues to increase.  An estimated 93,000 square feet will become available as departments move into the new Campus Center.  Upon completion of the new construction, the decanted space (free space) will be renovated and turned into expanded academic, student, and administrative space that will include classrooms, seminar spaces, labs, and meeting rooms, as well as faculty offices and administrative spaces.

One of the most visible structures of the new construction is the intricate configuration of red beams and arches, which will eventually become the grand hall.  When complete, the grand hall will feature four 5-foot-by-22-foot murals by David Ahlsted, a former art professor at Stockton.  Ahlsted will focus on the fine details of nature and the unique characteristics of the Pinelands in his depiction of the four seasons.  Ahlstead’s paintings are practically life size, therefore each mural will be made up of two separate sections of canvas.  The mural project is one of three art installations planned for Stockton’s Campus Center as part of New Jersey’s Arts Inclusion Act.  The grand hall will also feature Stockton’s seal on the center of the floor and a fireplace.         

Other features to look forward to include a small, intimate theater, a main event room with a 1,000-person capacity, lounges and recreational spaces, food services, additional office space and meeting rooms.   

The Campus Center construction was split into two separate phases.  The first phase, which included the installation of gas, electric, sewer and storm water utilities, is complete.  The second phase, currently underway, encompasses the actual construction of the building.  Presently, the cast stone on the outside of the building is almost in place and the interior partitions are being installed to create the interior spaces.  The next visible step will be the installation of windows.  
For the best views of the construction, go to the balconies facing College Walk.

Stockton College Named a Service Members Opportunity College

Senior Charles Kern, president of Stockton’s Student Veteran Organization (SVO), receives a plaque for his service to the College from Pedro Santana, interim dean of students, Tom O’Donnell, assistant dean of students, and Patrick Shields, coordinator of veteran affairs.

The transition from combat to campus is not an easy one. For their efforts to support student-veterans, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey was recently named a Service Members Opportunity College.  Patrick Shields, Coordinator of Veteran Affairs, said, “Stockton’s President, Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., had the vision to see the need to provide direct services to veterans as they make the difficult transition from military duty to college life.”  

Service Members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) is a consortium of approximately 1,800 accredited colleges and universities nationwide that provide degrees to veterans and their adult, dependent family members. The consortium was founded in 1972 to provide educational opportunities to student-veterans who, because they frequently move from place to place, have trouble completing college degrees. Key features of the SOC consortium include reasonable transfer of credit, reduced academic residency and credit for nationally-recognized testing programs.   

Patrick Shields said, “With SOC membership, we can officially designate Stockton as a ‘military friendly’ college. We anticipate an increasingly higher number of military students with a high reputation of leadership, character and scholarly aptitude who will be attracted to Stockton.”

Stockton’s Office of Veteran Affairs worked closely with the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Office of the Dean of Students and Stockton’s Veteran Advisory Board.  Also, the Office of Distance Learning worked with faculty members to make distance education courses friendlier to military students.

The Office of Veteran Affairs has a busy agenda planned for the upcoming months.  This spring, a course focusing on veteran experiences will seek academic approvals, and this summer, an on-campus veteran certification program will be launched, which will consist of educational workshops to certify college officials who work with veterans.  In addition, Melissa Fantozzi, program coordinator of “Troops to Teachers” is working with the Office of Veteran Affairs to offer services to veterans who wish to pursue careers as K-12 teachers.  Stockton will soon become the first and only college in the state to offer a veterans’ lounge, and a Veterans Alumni Chapter is currently in the works.        

The inaugural Stockton/VFW Golf Tournament is scheduled for May 5th at the Seaview Golf Resort in Galloway.  Proceeds will go to scholarships for Stockton’s student veterans.  Veteran Affairs staff members are working closely with the Foundation Office and Dr. Jo Frances Stow to offer additional veteran scholarships.  Dr. Stow is a devoted and passionate supporter of the College, and she currently offers a scholarship in memory of her beloved husband Colonel Kenneth R. Stow, one of the pioneers of Stockton’s founding and a central figure in the construction of the main campus.

Stockton Fun Fact:
Here is the spot where one normally finds a trivia question about Stockton College. This month is no exception. However the accent this time is on trivia itself: What upcoming Stockton event celebrates the memory of the late Dean of Athletics and Recreation G. Larry James while raising scholarship money for deserving students and providing a fun night out?

(Click here to reveal the answer)

Stockton and O-Fans, the official fan group of the Ospreys, will host a Trivia Night at the Stockton Sports Center. The date will be announced soon. The special guest emcee will be popular radio talk show host Harry Hurley. Cost is $10 per person, $80 per team, with all proceeds benefitting the G. Larry James Legacy Fund.

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