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Stockton’s William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy Hosts Its First Event

An overflow audience packed Alton Auditorium for the Hughes Center’s inaugural event.

The William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy has launched activities at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. The think tank’s first event was a panel discussion on New Jersey’s priorities for the 2008 Presidential campaign, including the impact of our state’s change to an early primary election.

An overflow audience of students, staff faculty and community members turned out for the event at Alton Auditorium.

Held in conjunction with the Hall Institute of Public Policy, the panel was moderated by its Executive Director Michael P. Riccards. Participants included James Avery, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Stockton; Lucinda S. Jassel, Professor of Political Science and Interim Director of the Hughes Center; Keith Davis, Chairman of the Atlantic County Republican Party; and Ron Ruff, Chairman of the Atlantic County Democratic Party.

The discussion was one segment of a series of special programs announced by the Hall Institute. Programming includes a cable television feature on the election at Montclair State University, a Monmouth University voter poll and a “Presidential Blog” that is maintained by Riccards entitled “Riccards on New Jersey 2008.” This blog can be found at . Additional segments include a focus group of New Jersey voters and a special Hall Institute Web page on the topic at

Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. confers with participants prior to the panel discussion.

Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. said, “I can’t think of a more fitting way to launch the William J. Hughes Center than by taking part in this series of events conducted by the Hall Institute. One of the College’s important missions is to engage our students and our community.”

The William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy was initiated in February of this year as a catalyst for research, analysis and the generation of innovative policy solutions to the social, economic and cultural issues facing Southern New Jersey. The Center serves as a forum for discussion on policy issues designed to engage citizens and policy makers in strengthening the voice of Southern New Jersey in public debate. The Center is named for William J. Hughes of Ocean City, whose distinguished career includes service in the U.S. House of Representatives, working as Ambassador to Panama and teaching as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the College.

Spectacular Items to be Auctioned at Stockton College Scholarship Benefit Gala

In addition to a reception and a full-course dinner with fabulous desserts and entertainment by pop/rock icon Neil Sedaka, the Stockton College Scholarship Benefit Gala will feature a number of spectacular items available at the silent and live auction on April 21, 2007.

Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City

Among the highlights are a dazzling 2-carat diamond necklace set in 18KT white gold with a retail value of $5,000 from Serago Roberts Jewelers and deluxe accommodations for two for three nights and four days at the Las Vegas Hilton.

For the NASCAR fan, there is a one-night stay at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, Delaware with admission for two to the casino NASCAR race party and a track tour at Dover Downs on June 3rd 2007: Next morning enjoy two rides with a driver on the Monster Mile, plus two NASCAR Yearbooks.

Fabulous pave diamond and sapphire diagonal stripe earrings with a value of $4,200 were donated by Bernie Robbins Fine Jewelry. Other items include dinner for six at Ram’s Head Inn, featuring Joseph Heitz Wine, limo transportation for the entire party to and from the restaurant. Four prime Phillies tickets behind the dugout plus preferred parking, donated by Commerce Bank, is being offered.

Golfers will want to bid on the 150 sq. foot putting green or 150 sq. feet of synthetic lawn for backyard use, valued at over $2,000 from Southwest Greens.

There are also cruises, gift certificates, a Cadillac mountain bike from DeSimone Cadillac, sports and entertainment collectibles, lasik eye surgery by Dr. Howard Gross and many other items.

There is even the opportunity to be a guest of Congressman Frank LoBiondo in Washington for lunch and tour of House of Representatives.

All proceeds from the event benefit the scholarship fund at the College.

“We are grateful for the overwhelming community support that has made this event one of the most anticipated of the year,” President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. said. “Funds raised through the Stockton Scholarship Benefit Gala enable the College to attract the brightest and most deserving students. Over the years these scholarships have helped thousands of our students reach their goals.”

Tickets are priced at $200. To become a sponsor or reserve tickets for the Stockton Scholarship Benefit Gala, contact the Stockton College Office of Development and Alumni Affairs at (609) 652-4658 or visit .

The Council of Black Faculty and Staff Donate Proceeds to Scholarship Fund

President Stephen Davis, surrounded by members of The Stockton Council of Black Faculty and Staff, presents donation check to President Saatkamp.

Stephen Davis, President of the Council of Black Faculty and Staff, made a special presentation to the College at a recent public meeting of the Board of Trustees.

President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. accepted a check in the amount of $36,208, representing the proceeds from the Council’s annual Scholarship Dinner and Dance, held last November at the House of Blues in Atlantic City.

“As our annual event has grown we have had the opportunity to give back and benefit deserving students,” Davis said. “This was our most successful Dinner and Dance in its history, and we are aiming for even better results this year.”

In 2005, the Council established an endowment of over $100,000. This year’s annual Dinner and Dance will take place November 8, 2007 at the new Carriage House facility in Galloway Twp.

Stockton College Literature Program Entered Digital/Multi-Media Age with Podcast Premiere “A Deadly Season”

"Deadly Season" web blog.

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s Literature Program went “high tech” on March 26, with the podcast premiere of “A Deadly Season,” a student-authored detective thriller that had its origins in a detective fiction course taught by Associate Professor of British Literature Lisa Honaker. Originally written and published on a blog, the project was rewritten as a radio script through the efforts of Stockton student Scott Barnes. A group of about 10 students and professors used the facilities of the campus station, WLFR, to record the story for the podcast.

The finished product, a thriller based on a series of murders that take place in nearby Cape May, included a musical soundtrack and sound effects. The premiere was podcasted from room F-111 of the Galloway Township campus. It can be accessed on the web by visiting the "Deadly Season" web blog .

According to Scott Barnes, “It’s not unlike the old radio detective shows from the days before television, but taken to the digital age. To my knowledge we are the first college to have put together something like this. What is nice about this undertaking is that most of this project has been student-driven.”

Barnes noted the benefits of merging traditional aspects of literary study – the detective thriller – with non-traditional aspects of electronic media. The podcast exemplifies the sort of project envisioned by the Literature program when it created its New Media Studies track several semesters ago.

“It helps us to get some students involved who might not be as excited about the Literature aspect,” he said. “It enables us to infuse the latest technology into the curriculum in ways that support and enrich traditional approaches,” Barnes said.

Stockton College Offers “Discover Greece” Tour With Hellenic Studies Professors

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Friends of Hellenic Studies, in collaboration with College faculty scholars has scheduled a comprehensive tour of Greece from June 18 to June 30, 2007. The trip is open to the public.

This tour will provide travelers with the unique insights of Rev. Demetrios Constantelos, Distinguished Charles Townsend Professor Emeritus of History and Religious Studies, and Dr. Tom Papademetriou, Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Hellenic Studies.

The $3,450 cost of the trip (per person based on double occupancy) includes airfare, a guided tour with licensed English-speaking guides and accommodations at some of the finest hotels in Greece.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to tour Greece from a true insider’s perspective,” Papademetriou said. “Among our stops will be Spilia, a tiny agricultural village with ancient roots, and the birthplace of Dr. Constantelos.”

A noted Byzantine historian and theologian, Drs. Constantelos and Papademetriou will be leading a tour to many of the glorious sites throughout this nation, which inspired much of Western civilization. Travelers will walk on the stone paths of Mystra, a preserved medieval city on a Peloponnesian mountainside, as well as Athens and the Acropolis and the museums and modern attractions of Athens, which hosted the 2004 Olympics.

The tour includes Delphi, Mycenae, Mystra, Epidavros, Pylos and four nights on the island of Kefalonia. Superior hotels with views, breakfast and some other meals are included.

The trip is limited to 35 participants. For more information, please contact Barbara Christie Arbes at (973) 635-0893 or visit

Stockton Fun Fact:
Who is the only member of Stockton’s men’s basketball team to start all 26 games for the Ospreys?

(Click here to reveal the answer)

Mario Lancioni, a junior guard from Runnemede (Triton High School) started every game, averaged 13.7 points per contest and was named to the New Jersey Athletic Conference’s Second Team All Conference squad. He was also named NJAC Player of the Week on January 8.

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