Senator Corzine, Dr. Shapiro A Hit At Spring 2005 Graduation
Keynote speakers, U.S. Senator Jon Corzine and Dr. Harold T. Shapriro, President Emeritus of Princeton University gave inspiring talks at the 33rd Spring Commencement Exercises on Monday, May 9.
Senator Corzine speaks with Stockton graduates.
Both speakers extolled the virtues of risk-taking in today’s world. Corzine praised Stockton students for taking a stand regarding the genocide in the Darfur region of the Sudan. “We must confront and not ignore the forces of evil in the world,” he told the graduates. At Stockton you are addressing man’s inhumanity to man with your Holocaust and Genocide Education programs and you have been willing to protest what is going on in Darfur. Many people could not find Darfur on a map.”
Dr. Shapiro urged the graduates to continue to display their leadership qualities in the future.
Dr. Harold T. Shapiro, President Emeritus and Professor at Princeton University spoke at the afternoon ceremonies.
“I hope you will exhibit the leadership you are capable of to your families, your community and your nation. The needs of the world demand that we do better than we are doing now.”
Senator Corzine spoke before the morning ceremonies honoring Masters degree candidates, Arts and Humanities, and Professional Studies. Dr. Shapiro spoke to afternoon candidates including General Studies, Natural Science and Mathematics and Social and Behavioral Science divisions.
A total of 959 undergraduate candidates qualified for the ceremonies and 44 graduate level candidates in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Instructional Technology, Business Administration, Nursing and Physical Therapy. Masters candidates also took part in a special hooding ceremony in the Performing Arts Center prior to the main Commencement.
Faculty Grand Marshall was R. Lance Olsen, Professor of Music. Morning Valedictorian was Andrew Beutel of Oradell, NJ, a history major. The Salutatorians were twin sisters Anne and Carolyn Thermann, business majors from Cranford, NJ. Afternoon Valedictorian was Nancy Price of Sicklerville, NJ, a biology/geology major, and Salutatorian was Adam Kaplowitz of Toms River, NJ, a psychology major.
Stockton Economic Impact Huge To Local, Statewide Economy
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s aggregate economic impact to the Southern New Jersey region and the state as a whole exceeds that of any Atlantic City casino property, according to a 2005 study recently released by the College.
What’s more, Stockton is one of Atlantic County’s top employers, producers of jobs and sources of spending in the region.
The findings were announced recently at a press conference attended by numerous media outlets from around the state.
“Stockton’s presence has always meant a great deal to the growth and vitality of the region, but we have never before taken such a detailed look at the extent of our impact,” said President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. “The report quantifies our thoughts and places our economic contributions in a context to the region, state and local areas in a very significant way.”
Stockton’s current students alone spend nearly $19 million annually within the region, the report stated, with its alumni generating $170 million in additional personal income beyond that earned by a comparable number of residents with high school degrees in Atlantic County.
Some of the other key economic findings include the following:
In addition to the economic findings, the study looked at student, alumni and constituent profiles throughout the region and nation and examined Stockton’s $108 capital budget, construction job impact, proposed Facilities Master Plan and long-range Capital Plan.
- Total college expenditures for the 2004 fiscal year were just under $100 million ($98,161,365)
- Estimated Atlantic County jobs created total 1,583
- Direct College economic impact throughout the state is estimated at more than $226 million
- 24,449 Stockton alumni living in New Jersey generate more than $604 million in additional personal income in the state
“We have long known that we were an economic driver of the region and not just an educational and cultural hub,” President Saatkamp said. “We think the Economic Impact Report makes a deep impression in that regard.”
Spring Benefit A Tremendous Success
Mrs. Dorothy and Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. enjoy the Silver Anniversary Spring Benefit with featured entertainer Marvin Hamlisch (center) and Assemblyman Louis Greenwald and his wife Cindy.
The Richard Stockton College Foundation’s 25th Silver Anniversary Spring Benefit held April 9 in the I-Wing Gymnasium was the most successful in the history of the event.
The Benefit netted in excess of $200,000 with $100,000 in true endowment provided by the College. All proceeds from the event benefit deserving students and the Foundation’s Scholarship Fund.
Attendees enjoyed a sumptuous dinner and dessert buffet by Chartwells and Wolfgang Puck Catering. There was an intimate show in the Stockton Performing Arts Center by Oscar, Tony, Emmy, and Grammy award-winning composer and performer Marvin Hamlisch. In addition, silent and live auctions for goods and services took place at the black tie gala. VIP attendees and sponsors were invited to President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr.’s reception.
“The evening was a spectacular success and a lot of fun,” said Peter Caporilli, President of the Richard Stockton College Foundation Board. “The main winners were our deserving students.”
For the first time in its history, the Benefit had major sponsorship in addition to ticket sales. Major sponsors included Commerce Bank, AtlantiCare, AC Coin and Slot/Globe Vending/Seelig Foundation, Gold Transportation, Jostens, Avalon Carpet, Tile and Flooring, Borgata Heart and Soul Foundation, Capaldi Reynolds and Pelosi, Chartwells, Follet Book Store, Horizon Eye Care and the Press of Atlantic City.
Scholarships And Grants Continue To Increase And Benefit Students
Stockton disbursed nearly $1.5 million in scholarship and grant aid to its undergraduate eligible students during the recently completed academic year, a 93 percent increase over the amount awarded just five years ago.
Stockton offers scholarships to freshman students who rank in the top 15 to 20 percent of their high school class and who have earned a combined score of 1150 or better on the SAT. These freshman scholarships range up to full tuition, fees and housing for up to four full academic years. There are also scholarships available for freshman, transfer and upper class students based on academic achievement and/or financial need. In the current fiscal year, grant awards from the college and the Stockton Foundation totaled $1,482,214, almost double that distributed in 1999.
“We encourage and reward academic excellence,” said Sal Catalfamo, Dean of Enrollment Management. “Given the increase in the quality of our entering freshmen, the College has expanded scholarships for these well-prepared students.”
Stockton students also benefit from state and federal financial aid, both scholarships and grants, as well as loan programs for students and their parents, and alternative loan sources. These amounts have also gone up during the five year period from 1999 to 2004. Stockton students received $392,775 in state scholarships during that time as compared to $284,505 in 1999, a 38 percent increase.
WLFR Back On The Air
Stockton’s longtime radio station WLFR-FM returned to the airwaves on April 7 on its familiar 91.7 dial position after being off the air for nearly a year.
“We’re really happy to be back in business as a radio station, but grateful the College enabled us to operate in the interim through Web-casting, which gave us a national following,” said faculty advisor Greg Adamo.
Construction forced the station’s tower to be dismantled, and the station could still be heard via the Internet until a temporary tower could be found. During its year of web-casting quality programming the station picked up a solid following and will continue its presence on the Internet at www.WLFR.fm.
Adamo, Associate Professor of Communications, may be contacted for more information on the station by calling
|Stockton Fun Fact:
Through a cooperative arrangement with the Atlantic City Surf, Stockton’s baseball team had the opportunity to play a portion of its home schedule for the second consecutive year at beautiful SandCastle Stadium in Atlantic City. Because New Jersey is so rich in minor league baseball and so many of the Ospreys’ rivals are located near great facilities, our squad again had the chance to sample professional ballparks throughout the Garden State.
What other minor league stadiums played host to NCAA Division III baseball games featuring the Stockton Ospreys this season?
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