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May 2009
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Stockton College Spring Graduates Received Degrees at 37th Commencement Exercises, on Saturday, May 9

From left, President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., Mac Seelig, and Dr. Gary Loveman

“The classes may be over, but the learning is just beginning,” Dr. Gary Loveman told a portion of the 1,000 degree candidates at the 2009 Spring Commencement ceremonies of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey recently.  “The most important learning ahead of you is self-reflective, not based on books and disciplines. And self-reflective learning is essential to the sustenance of your most personal assets – personal integrity and responsibility.”

Dr. Loveman offered these words of wisdom following remarks from Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr.  Earlier in the ceremony Dr. Loveman was conferred an honorary doctoral degree.  He received a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa from Dr. Clarence C. Hoover, III, Past Chair of The Richard Stockton College Board of Trustees.

In addition to delivering the keynote address to the morning ceremony, Loveman, Chairman, CEO and President of Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., announced a $175,000 gift to the College, the Harrah’s Entertainment Endowed Scholarship. 

More than 2,500 people packed the Stockton Sports Center for the ceremony recognizing the schools of Graduate and Continuing Studies, Arts and Humanities, Business and Education.

Dr. Loveman is a former Alfred Sloan Doctoral Dissertation Fellow and associate professor at Harvard University’s School of Business Administration.  He earned a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  His bachelor’s degree in economics is from Wesleyan University.

In the afternoon festivities, an additional 2,500 individuals looked on as Dr. Joseph Marchetti spoke to graduates in the schools of General Studies, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Health Sciences, and Social and Behavioral Science. Additionally, there was a special Hooding Ceremony for graduates in Masters’ and Doctoral programs.

Dr. Joseph Marchetti

Dr. Marchetti has served in several key roles in his nearly 25 years at Stockton.  He currently serves as Vice President for Student Affairs, with responsibilities for programs and services related to enrollment management, student records and registration, student services, campus life, Community of Scholars Program and athletics and recreation.

“You enter our society at an unprecedented time in history,” Dr. Marchetti said.  “You have unique challenges and opportunities. We now live in an age where communications can take place instantly throughout the world.”

Mac and Kay Seelig, founders of A.C. Coin and Slot, received a Distinguished Service Award for their tireless work on behalf of Stockton and its Annual Scholarship Gala. The Seeligs’ three sons are Stockton Alumni.

Stockton Scholarship Gala Huge Success

Art Garfunkle performs.

The 29th Annual Stockton College Scholarship Benefit Gala, held Saturday April 25 at Caesars Atlantic City, reached its ambitious $750,000 goal in the face of the most challenging economic climate in event history. More than 800 people attended the Gala, enjoying a cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, silent auction and concert by legendary entertainer Art Garfunkel.

“To achieve such an ambitious goal is a remarkable accomplishment,” President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. said. “It is heartening to see the continued support for student scholarships by our many friends and partners.”

Many of the region’s top civic, business and community leaders were on hand to join with Stockton students, administration, faculty and staff to take part in what has become one of the more eagerly anticipated events on the area social calendar.

Proceeds of the event benefit student scholarships that award academic excellence and help to maintain College affordability. As a result of the benefit and other fundraising efforts of the Stockton College Foundation, the College has been able to raise student financial assistance to record levels for its talented student scholars.

Benefit committee members include from left, Juan Tolosa, Lloyd Levenson, Dr. Herman Saatkamp, Charles Kramer.

J. Carlos Tolosa, President of the Eastern Division for Harrah’s Entertainment, served as the Honorary Chairman of the Gala for the second year in a row. “We are proud to partner with Stockton College on this important event. Harrah’s is also pleased to announce that we have recently established a scholarship at Stockton, created specifically for Harrah’s Entertainment employees.” Lisette McFarland is the first Harrah’s Employee Scholarship recipient, which was announced on Saturday at the Gala.

The Gala Chairman, Lloyd D. Levenson, Esq., Chief Executive Officer of Cooper Levenson expressed his appreciation to the Gala sponsors by saying, “There is no single wiser or more secure investment to make with our money than the education of our next generation. Investing in our youth now will guarantee us all the dividends of a confident future.”

The top sponsors for the Stockton Gala included: Harrah’s Entertainment, Avalon Carpet Tile and Flooring, Borgata Heart & Soul Foundation, CapeBank Charitable Foundation, Claire & Melvin Levine, Cooper Levenson, IBEW Local 351 and The Press of Atlantic City. Additional sponsorships from AtlantiCare, the Azeez Foundation, Chartwells, Follett Higher Education Group, Horizon Eye Care, Interstate Outdoor Advertising, Kramer Beverage Company, NBC 40, TN Ward Company and York-Jersey Underwriters, Inc. added to the success of the Gala. Many other companies and individuals supported Stockton through sponsorships, attendance and auction bidding.

In memoriam: Dr. Franklin Littell

Dr. Franklin Littell

The Stockton community was saddened recently by the passing of Dr. Franklin Littell.  Dr. Littell had a long and extremely distinguished career, both at Stockton and beyond.  He was largely responsible for establishing the field of Holocaust and Genocide Studies.  Prior to coming to Stockton, Dr. Littell established the first Doctoral program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Temple University in 1976.  In 1998, the first Masters Program in this field to be housed at a four-year college was founded at Stockton through his efforts.

Dr. Littell was a prolific scholar, publishing several hundred articles, numerous books, and the weekly column, “Lest We Forget,” which appeared in a number of newspapers from 1978 to 2002.  He also founded the annual Scholars’ Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches in 1970, which was hosted at Stockton before moving to St. Joseph’s University.  Dr. Littell was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the President’s Commission on the Holocaust, and he became a member of the International Council of Yad Vashem in Israel.  (Yad Vashem is Israel's official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust.)  At Stockton, he was the inaugural Ida E. King Distinguished Visiting Professor in 1990-1991, holding this position for a second period between 1996 and 1998, before becoming a Distinguished Professor in the MAHG program until his retirement in 2007.

Dr. Littell inspired a large number of students, many of whom have remained committed to teaching about the Holocaust in high schools and beyond.  He helped to build a strong foundation for the MAHG program and his contributions will be greatly missed and long remembered at Stockton.

Stockton’s profound sympathy goes out to Franklin’s wife (and Stockton colleague), Dr. Marcia Sachs Littell and to their entire family.

Stockton’s Sara & Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center Has Formally Opened Its Doors

Dignitaries prepare to cut the ribbon for dedication of Sara and Sam Scholffer Holocaust Resource Center.

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey formally commemorated the opening and naming of the Sara & Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Alton Auditorium, located in A-Wing on the Galloway Twp. Campus.

Tours of the Sara & Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center were made available after the ceremony.

In 2007, Leo Schoffer, developer, businessman and attorney specializing in environmental law with offices in Egg Harbor Twp., made a $500,000 donation– the largest single gift in the history of the College at that time. The gift named its Holocaust Resource Center, one of the first of its kind at a public college in the United States, in honor of Schoffer’s Holocaust survivor parents, Sara and Sam Schoffer.

Dr. Saatkamp and Sam Schoffer cut the ribbon at the Holocaust Resource Center as attendees look on.

Natives of Vilna, Poland, Sara and Sam Schoffer were married in a forest following their escape from a Jewish ghetto in their hometown. They immigrated to the United States in 1949 and raised their children, Lynda and Leo, on the memories of their experiences. As a result, involvement and support of the Jewish community became a central theme in the Schoffers’ lives.

At the time of the Schoffer donation, the College also announced it had received a $250,000 gift from The Azeez Family and Foundation of Egg Harbor Township, to name a room in the Holocaust Resource Center honoring the memory of Liviu Librescu. Professor Librescu, a Romanian Holocaust survivor and professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, sacrificed his life to save others during the April 16, 2007 campus massacre. Professor Librescu obstructed the door of his classroom as the shooter attempted to enter. He blocked the gunman enabling all but one of his students to escape through the windows. Professor Librescu was a resilient spirit and beacon of hope in the face of an unspeakable tragedy.

Jane B. Stark, who is Executive Director of the Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage, said “This man, who endured so much during the Holocaust, thought of his students’ safety before his own in a time of crisis,” “He deserves to be remembered for these heroic actions.”

Christian Fry of the New Jersey Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association said he was gratified to hear of the gift. “I think it is a wonderful thing that Stockton is doing,” he said. “I can’t think of a more fitting memorial.”

Also at the time of the Schoffer and Azeez Family and Foundation gifts, a third gift of $100,000 was donated by Mr. Jack Koopman of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, who has been a strong benefactor of the college’s program in Holocaust education. “For some time, Jack has been very excited about the fine work of the Center and its students,” said Jan Colijn, Dean of General Studies and a native of the Netherlands who has been Mr. Koopman’s friend since they were both children. Mr. Koopman already generously supports the College with an annual gift of $50,000 to the Koopman van de Kar fund for student scholarships in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. The fund is named in memory of his paternal and maternal grandparents who died in Sobibor death camp.

For more information on the Center, please contact Ms. Gail Rosenthal by phone at 609-652-4699 or by e-mail at

Stockton Fun Fact:
What visiting artist came to the College recently whose contributions make him or her the third generation of a Stockton family?

(Click here to reveal the answer)

Alexis Tolliver, daughter of Renee Tolliver and granddaughter of Vivian Tolliver recently volunteered her time and expertise to teach illustration and drawing principles at Stockton College’s Free to Be Child Care Center.

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