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April 2010
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Guests at the 30th Annual Stockton College Benefit Gala to See the Power of Magic

Chad Juros

Stockton student Chad Juros is a leukemia and brain surgery survivor, an international performer, founder of a non-profit pediatric cancer awareness organization and a Stockton scholarship recipient.  And to top it all off, Chad is a three-time White House entertainer and the youngest magician to ever perform at the White House. 

On Saturday, April 24, Chad will add another line to his resume: performer at the 30th Annual Stockton College Scholarship Benefit Gala. Chad’s full-stage magic routine will be featured as part of the evening’s festivities at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. 

Chad’s tricks have brought smiles and laughter to audiences across the world.  Those same tricks also gave Chad the courage and bravery to cope through struggles and unexpected tragedies in his life.  At age three, Chad was diagnosed with leukemia and four years later he relapsed.  For a 17-month period, he lived as an inpatient at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and at one point, Chad’s family was told he had less than a five percent chance of survival.  It was from a hospital bed that Chad learned to perform his magic tricks.  To keep his hopes high, Chad’s father taught his son a few simple magic tricks, which quickly developed into an entire repertoire.

After seven years of battling cancer, relearning to walk and talk, enduring multiple blood transfusions, and several surgeries, Chad was released from the hospital.  Chad’s father Don was soon after diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and sadly, passed away in 2000.  However, Chad’s magic, a gift from his father, lives on.  Chad performs regularly at schools, conventions, festivals, country clubs and fundraisers across the country and internationally. 

Just last month, Chad made Atlantic City Weekly’s 2010 “Top 40 Under 40” list, which includes the region’s most dynamic, young leaders.  In just 21 years, Chad has experienced more than most experience in a lifetime. 

Find Stockton on Facebook

Numerous departments at Stockton–Athletics, Admissions, Alumni, the Performing Arts Center, and others– have had a presence on Facebook for some time now, but in early January of this year, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey joined Facebook as an institution.

The official Facebook fan page for the College was created on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 during the afternoon, and by the next morning, the page’s fan base had grown to 664 fans.  By Saturday of the same week, the page boasted over 1,000 fans.  The page continues to grow, though not quite as rapidly as it did during the first few days, and as of April 15, the page had 3,817 fans. 

Stockton’s Facebook page is updated on a daily basis.  Events are created, photos are posted and news of recent student, faculty and staff recognitions are posted to the page’s wall.  There is also a tab on the left-hand-side of the page titled “Favorite Pages” that links fans to other pages representing Stockton organizations such as WLFR Lake Fred Radio, the Annual Fund, the Art Gallery, and various sports teams.

By becoming a fan of Stockton’s official Facebook page, fans will receive posts by the College in their personal Facebook news feed and they will have the ability to leave posts and write comments on the College’s page.  Faculty, staff, current and prospective students, and alumni can easily connect and communicate with one another through Facebook.  For example, students have asked questions about summer school, professors have posted event announcements and alumni have asked questions about the campus construction. 

If you have a personal Facebook profile, click here to become a fan of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

White Coat Ceremony Honors Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2011 and Dr. Bess Kathrins

Interim Dean of Graduate and Continuing Studies Dr. Lewis Leitner addresses the Doctor of Physical Therapy class of 2011

Each spring, a traditional ceremony is held for second-year students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Stockton.  Just one month from now, DPT students will embark upon their first of three clinical experiences well-equipped with the knowledge they have gathered from each of their professors.  The last step in the preparation for the 10-week, full-time, off-campus clinical is the formal Commitment to the Profession Ceremony, often referred to as the White Coat Ceremony. 

On April 7, the DPT class of 2011 traded their usual classroom setting to take their seats on the Alton Auditorium stage in front of a packed audience comprised of their biggest supporters–family, professors and friends.  Associate Professor of Physical Therapy Dr. Thomas Nolan welcomed guests and introduced the largest DPT class to-date.  The students received congratulatory remarks and words of advice from President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., Provost David L. Carr, Interim Dean of the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies Dr. Lewis Leitner, Dean of the School of Health Sciences Dr. Brenda Stevenson Marshall and from the Director of the Physical Therapy program Dr. Bess P. Kathrins. 

The White Coat Ceremony is an especially noteworthy event to President Saatkamp, who previously served as department head in the College of Medicine at Texas A&M University and as an adjunct professor in the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Provost Dr. David Carr and Dr. Bess Kathrins with her leadership plaque

Matthew Holbrook, a 2002 graduate of Stockton’s Master of Physical Therapy program and a 2009 graduate of Stockton’s transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program delivered the keynote address and shared his experiences working in the field.  Some of the suggestions Holbrook offered to the class of 2011 were to always ask questions, keep well-informed on physical therapy legislation and to focus on reaching the most challenging 10 percent of patients.

The most symbolic part of the ceremony is the donning of the white lab coats.  One by one the students walked to the center of the stage to receive their white lab coats, handshakes and hugs from their professors. 

The White Coat Ceremony also honored Dr. Bess Kathrins, a professor of physical therapy and director of the physical therapy programs at Stockton.  Dr. Kathrins was presented with the inaugural School of Health Sciences Leadership Award in recognition of her outstanding vision, dedication and commitment to excellence in higher education.  Dr. Kathrins, who came to Stockton in 1984, established the first doctoral program in the College’s history, the Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Stockton College Will Soon Be the First College in the State to Offer a Lounge for Student-Veterans

Active duty service members and student-veterans at Stockton’s Arts and Sciences Circle on Veterans Day

Flower pots filled with vibrant red and white begonias will be the finishing touch inside the new Veterans Lounge at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.   Just after being named a Service Members Opportunity College, Stockton will now be the first college in New Jersey to offer a lounge for student-veterans.

On Tuesday, April 27, 2010 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., an official ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at the new Veterans Lounge in Upper G-Wing room G-224. The Office of Veteran Affairs anticipates that 50 or more students, faculty, staff and community members will attend this exciting ceremony in honor of student-veterans.

Stockton’s President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., said, “Stockton’s Office of Veteran Affairs and Operation College Promise– a consortium dedicated to helping service members reach their higher education goals– collaborated to make this lounge possible. The Veterans Lounge further illustrates Stockton’s dedication to supporting its growing population of student-veterans.”

The Veterans Lounge will overlook Veterans Park, the site of Stockton’s war memorial, which is located adjacent to the G-Wing patio. The newly furnished lounge will serve as a space for studying and for recreation. A computer, television, DVD player, microwave and a refrigerator will be available to student-veterans to utilize during their breaks between classes.

There are more than 120 student-veterans enrolled at Stockton receiving educational benefits. In the spring 2010 semester alone, 19 veterans became new students at Stockton. Patrick Shields, coordinator of veteran affairs, said, “The new lounge will serve as a comfortable and welcoming setting where our student-veterans can go to meet and socialize with other student-veterans. We have always encouraged our student-veterans to come to us to learn about all of the educational benefits available, but now we have an official spot to go to for information and guidance.”

Assemblyman Jay Webber and William Castner, Former Chief Counsel to Governor Corzine, Spoke to Students About Entering into Public Service During a Hughes Center Event

From left, Brian K. Jackson, Stockton’s chief of staff, William Castner, former chief counsel to Governor Corzine and Assemblyman Jay Webber

What do you want the world to look like?” That is the question Assemblyman Jay Webber posed to students at the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy lecture titled “Why Would Anyone Want to Enter Into Public Service” at the end of last month.

Assemblyman Jay Webber and William J. Castner, Jr., former chief counsel to Governor Jon S. Corzine, spoke to an audience of students, faculty, staff and community members about the advantages, disadvantages, sacrifices and rewards of public service.  “If you’re young, give it thought. It’s a big sacrifice. There’s a laundry list of negatives and the current atmosphere is a direct threat,” said Castner. He went on to explain that public service can be rewarding and personally fulfilling.

Brian K. Jackson, Stockton’s chief of staff, served as the moderator at the event. Jackson asked the experts, “Has the decline in civility in government translated into a lack of interest?”

Assemblyman Webber answered, “In the 18th century, Jefferson and Adams savaged each other. There’s been a long history of negativity in politics. However, Lincoln never had to check Facebook, so there is a new element in today’s politics. Politicians need to disagree without being disagreeable.”

Someone thinking about entering into government service needs to check off passion, vision, experience and depth from their checklist, but Castner and Webber offered additional inside advice. Castner explained to students, “Internships are a great training ground, but don’t sit back and be the water taker. Go out of your way, attend meetings and offer your assistance, but don’t be annoying.”

Webber agreed with Castner, and explained that he participated in at least five internships throughout his academic career. He said, “Young professionals need to observe other professionals in action. Internships give you a flavor.”

The panelists also touched upon the role of the media, which affects both public servants and their families and has a major impact on government service. Internet blogs, YouTube, Facebook and other forms of social media have become challenges because of their invasive nature. Webber explained that information has become infotainment. “Good public servants are thoughtful about what they say,” said Webber.

Webber and Castner stressed that individuals entering into public service need a direction, a purpose and the passion to accomplish something. They also emphasized the importance of mastering the basics before leaving college. Students can go far with a combination of good writing skills, promptness and professionalism.

For more information on this month’s upcoming Hughes Center events, please visit their Web site

Assistant Professor of Psychology Sara Martino Publishes Her New Book

Dr. Sara Martino’s new book titled Scars: Creative Approaches to Understanding and Coping With Self-Mutilation

Ever since she was a young girl, Dr. Sara Martino, assistant professor of psychology at Stockton, knew that she wanted to help others.  In fifth grade, she decided to pursue a career as a guidance counselor, where she would be able to help students, but Dr. Martino believed that she could make a difference beyond the school setting.  After receiving a master’s degree, she decided to focus on women’s issues.  She has worked with women in domestic violence situations and women diagnosed with cancer, but recently, Dr. Martino has been helping a very specific group of young women.    

Dr. Martino helps a group of individuals who self-mutilate.  According to recent statistics, 1–2% of the population in the United States engages in self-mutilation– deliberate actions to harm one’s body without the intent of suicide.  Being female, Caucasian, having a history of sexual abuse and having poor impulse control are risk factors for self-mutilation. 

Dr. Martino was first introduced to self-mutilation after being approached by a colleague struggling to find ways to help a group of adolescents in a school who were purposely cutting their bodies.  Narrative intervention– a technique Dr. Martino previously used with cancer patients and undergraduate students– immediately came to mind as a way to potentially reach self-mutilators.  After working closely with small groups of self-mutilators in regular intervention sessions, Dr. Martino has compiled case studies and statistic, and she has developed many coping strategies. 

Scars: Creative Approaches to Understanding and Coping with Self-Mutilation was written by Dr. Martino to educate readers about the self-mutilation disorder, who it affects and why, and to summarize the various methods of therapy.              
Dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences Dr. Cheryl R. Kaus, said, “It takes a rare combination of clinical experience, academic acumen and commitment to women’s development to address, so thoroughly, the phenomenon of self-mutilation.”  

Art, music, photography and autobiography writing have each proven themselves as successful techniques for healing in different self-mutilation cases.  Throughout her book, Dr. Martino describes how to carry out healing sessions.  Dr. Martino said, “What I hope that those who read this book will find is another perspective, another strategy and another way of understanding self-mutilation.”

Stockton Fun Fact:
On April Fools’ Day, who celebrated their 400th victory?

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Stockton’s head softball coach Val Julien won her 400th career game against Baruch.  Sisters Kaitlyn Corica and Heather Corica pitched identical 3-0 shutouts to give Julien this milestone in her 24th season.  Julien is the 32nd active Division III coach to reach the 400-win plateau.
Coach Val Julien

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