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April 2008
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Scholarship Benefit Gala at Caesars Draws 1,000, Raises More than $900,000

Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp Jr. greets scholarship recipients at Annual Gala.

The 28th Annual Stockton College Scholarship Benefit Gala, held recently at Caesars Atlantic City shattered all previous records associated with the event. The Gala was attended by nearly 1,000 people and raised more than $900,000. The Gala had exceeded its $750,000 goal in advance of the event. The Stockton College Foundation estimates this year’s proceeds will yield more than a 30% increase over last year in dollars to be dedicated to Stockton’s scholarship endowment.

“The Annual Scholarship Gala has become one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the region,” said Stockton President Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., “The spectacular success of this year’s gala is gratifying for the support of our community and for the opportunity it provides deserving students.”

Some of the region’s top civic business and community leaders joined Stockton students, administration, faculty and staff for an evening of cocktails, fine dining, silent and live auctions and a performance by television personality and comedian Howie Mandel.

The event proceeds support the Stockton College Foundation’s Scholarship Fund. As a result of the benefit and other fundraising efforts, the College is able to offer scholarships to talented student scholars.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Carlos Tolosa

Dr. Saatkamp also singled out Honorary Chairman for the event, J. Carlos Tolosa, President of the Eastern Division of Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., and the event’s major sponsors: Harrah’s Entertainment, Galaxy Technology, L.L.C., Avalon Carpet Tile & Flooring, Borgata Heart and Soul Foundation, Claire & Melvin Levine, The Press of Atlantic City, AtlantiCare, Commerce Bancorp, Inc., Trump Entertainment Resorts, WorkflowOne, AC Coin & Slot, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld, The Azeez Foundation, Chartwells, the Courier Post, Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown, Follett Higher Education Group, Friedmutter Group, Giovanetti- Shulman Associates, Horizon Eye Care, Interstate Outdoor Advertising, Kramer Beverage Company, Inc., NBC 40, The John F. Scarpa Foundation, TN Ward Company, Vertis Communications and WESTAR Architectural Group.

President Saatkamp lauded the Gala Committee, particularly Chairman Dr. James Yoh of Medford, President and CEO of Galaxy Technology and Vice Chair of The Richard Stockton College Board of Trustees. Dr. Yoh helped set the tone for the success of the 2008 Gala by making a personal contribution of $50,000.

“Every year we are challenged to reach new heights with the Gala,” Dr. Saatkamp said. “I am very pleased we did so in remarkable fashion, thanks to the leadership of our Foundation Board, event committee and volunteers, our chair and honorary chairman, and of course, the generosity of our community.”

Major Appointments Made in Stockton Academics, Administration

Dr. Harvey Kesselman

Mr. Matthew D. Altier

President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. has announced two major appointments in the academic and administrative areas of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

Dr. Harvey Kesselman of Mays Landing, Interim Vice President for Administration and Finance, will become Dean of Education at the College. Mr. Matthew D. Altier has been named Vice President for Administration and Finance.

Dr. Kesselman held a variety of positions across every division of the college over a span of more than three decades and will begin a new role as Dean of Education. A student in the College’s earliest days, Dr. Kesselman attended Stockton when it operated in a temporary campus at the Mayflower Hotel in Atlantic City. He began his career in 1979 as Director of Residential Life and has served as Director of the Educational Opportunity Fund Program and Vice President for Student Affairs and CEO of the Southern Regional Institute/Educational Technology Training Center (SRI/ETTC) among other key positions at the College.

Most recently Dr. Kesselman headed the Administration and Finance Divisions at Stockton on an interim basis while Dr. Saatkamp directed a national search that resulted in Altier’s appointment.

“Dr. Kesselman’s entrepreneurial talents have created new sources of revenue for Stockton at a time of reduced state funding,” President Saatkamp said. “As Dean of Education he will have the additional flexibility and freedom to create programs and opportunities for our students and faculty.”

Altier comes to Stockton from the 29,000-student California State University, Sacramento; where he was University Vice President for Planning, Real Property and New Business, and Chief Executive Officer of University Enterprises, Inc.

He was responsible for University Master Planning, management of property and real estate development, development of public-private partnerships, and many other areas of University operations. As CEO, he directed 400 full-time and 1,800 part-time employees including the Finance Officer and Director of Business Affairs. Mr. Altier worked at Cal State Sacramento since 2001 and was involved in the construction of a new bookstore, an academic information resource center, a major residence hall and several additional new buildings. He also spearheaded campus beautification and signage projects.

“Matt Altier is an innovative thinker whose talents are a great fit for Stockton’s future plans,” Dr. Saatkamp said.

In addition to his educational background in industrial technology and engineering, Altier served for ten years in the United States Air Force as an air traffic controller and chief of design and construction management. He resided in Fair Oaks, CA and will relocate to Linwood.

“Dr. Kesselman has left Stockton’s Administration and Finance areas in extraordinary condition as we move forward with our strategic and master plans,” President Saatkamp said. “I’m pleased we are able to turn these responsibilities over to a very able successor in Matthew Altier.”

Stockton Teams With Tourism Council

President Herman J. Saatkamp signs letter of agreement with Greater Atlantic City Region Tourism Council’s Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt (center) while Dr. Janet Wagner (left) Dean of the School of Business, looks on.

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and the Greater Atlantic City Region Tourism Council have announced the establishment of a newly formed partnership.

A signing ceremony formally announced the partnership on April 24, at 11:30 a.m., featuring a presentation by Stockton Trustee Curtis Bashaw, Co-Chief Executive and Principal of Cape Advisors, Inc. Under the terms of the partnership, the tourism council will be placed under the college umbrella and operate its division from Stockton’s Carnegie Library in Atlantic City.

The council is an all-volunteer organization, comprised of roughly 100 professional and business owners who have a specific interest in promoting tourism, hospitality and commerce in the greater Atlantic City region. The council meets regularly for membership functions featuring networking, speakers and the latest information from New Jersey’s Division of Travel and Tourism.

“We are thrilled to see this partnership come to fruition with Stockton College – the partnership enables the council to take a very positive step in providing our members with enhanced networking, informational and educational opportunities in the tourism industry,” said Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt, Council Board Chairperson.

The College is actively engaged in the tourism industry in southern New Jersey. As part of the School of Business, the College offers an undergraduate degree program in Hospitality and Tourism Management as well as MBA courses in this area. The School also houses The New Jersey Center for Hospitality and Tourism Research – which collects and disseminates statewide information on tourism and the hospitality industry and conducts applied research activities.

“Stockton continues to be a leader in tourism and hospitality. The partnership with the council marks another important milestone in advancing the college’s commitment to the industry’s and the region’s development and growth,” said Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr.

Larry James Named Honorary Official for 2008 Penn Relay Carnival

Stockton's Larry James (left) shares a smile with friend and mentor Bill Cosby at the 2008 Penn Relays.

G. Larry James, Dean of Athletic and Recreational Programs and Services at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, has been named Honorary Official for the 2008 edition of the Penn Relays Carnival.

James, a gold and silver medalist at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, is one of the greatest performers in the history of the Penn Relays, America’s oldest and largest track and field event.  He was recognized during ceremonies that took place during the Saturday events at Franklin Field on April 26. 

Already a 1995 inductee to the Penn Relays Wall of Fame, James said he was gratified to be honored once again at the scene of some of his greatest athletic triumphs.

“It is a great honor to be selected as Honorary Official at the Relays,” he said. “I’m certainly looking forward to seeing a lot of familiar faces and to be back at one of the world’s great track events.”

James, nicknamed “the Mighty Burner” for his blazing on-track exploits, was honored for four decades of excellence by Stockton last December. The College renamed its track and main outdoor athletic facility the G. Larry James Stadium at an event which drew over 1,000 attendees including James’ teammates on the world-record setting 4 x 400 meter relay: Vince Matthews, Ron Freeman, and Lee Evans.

Also in attendance were Olympic bronze medalist John Carlos and teammates and friends from his days at Villanova University, where James performed his Penn Relays heroics. Villanovans on hand included fellow gold medal-winning Olympian Don Bragg, Olympian Marty Liquori and Dave Patrick, the 1968 NCAA 1,500-meter champion.

Larry James (left) in action during the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.

As a collegian under legendary Hall of Fame Coach “Jumbo” Jim Elliot, Larry James won the NCAA 440 championship in 1970 and NCAA 440 indoor crowns in 1968, 1969 and 1970. He also won two gold medals at the World University games and numerous Penn Relays watches. The 1968 Villanova team, the first ever to win five Championship of America relays will have a 40th Anniversary reunion at the Relays this year. James was a member of that team, as well of the 1969 and 1970 squads which accomplished the same achievement.

What local track and field fans might remember most fondly was his 440 anchor leg at the 1968 Penn Relays. Overcoming a 15-yard deficit to Rice University, James ran his leg in 43.9 seconds, the fastest ever in the history of the Relays, powering the Wildcats to the 4 x 440 Championship of America title.

“Just thinking about that still gives me chills,” teammate Dave Patrick said. “It was probably the greatest performance I ever witnessed.”

James went on to set a world record in the 400 meters in the 1968 Olympic Trials and won a gold medal running the third leg of the 4 x 400 relay, setting the world record of 2:56.16, which stood for 34 years. He earned an individual silver medal in the 400 meters, bettering the world record in 43.97, but placing just behind Lee Evans’ gold-medal-winning 43.86.

Stockton Fun Fact:
What is the “home away from home” of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s baseball team?

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The Ospreys, who twice defeated the nationally-ranked College of New Jersey, played several of their home games at Bernie Robbins Stadium in Atlantic City, home of the Can-Am League’s Atlantic City Surf.

Bernie Robbins Stadium

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