NJ’s First Lieutenant Governor and Former Spokesman to Pres. Clinton Address More Than 1,200 Spring Graduates
President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. and Dr. James Yoh, chair of the Board of Trustees, award Kim Guadagno, New Jersey’s first Lieutenant Governor, a Distinguished Service Award.
Sunday, May 9, was a happy day for mothers across the country, but for the moms of Stockton College graduating seniors, Mother’s Day was extra special. President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., conferred degrees to 1,186 bachelor’s degree candidates and 92 advanced degree candidates during Stockton’s 39th commencement exercises.
Two separate ceremonies were held in the Sports Center to accommodate the graduates, their families and friends. Joe Lockhart, former spokesperson for President Bill Clinton, was the keynote speaker at the morning event. Lockhart used humor to illustrate practical advice for the freshly-minted graduates. “Before you interview for a job, you might want to hit the delete button on some of the photos on your Facebook page,” he said.
Lockhart emphasized that perseverance might be the number one attribute of the successful job-seeker. He explained, “The first job I was able to land in public service came about because I called someone’s office every single day. I got to know (the person’s) executive assistant very well. Finally I got a call back and I was offered the job.”
In the afternoon ceremony, the keynote speech was given by Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno. The first person ever to hold the position in New Jersey, Guadagno discussed the value of versatility in today’s world. “You may have to re-write your life plan, so be prepared for the time you will have to take out that eraser.”
Both Lockhart and Guadagno were presented with Distinguished Service Awards, and Kenneth Tompkins, Gregory Fink and Jonathan Griffiths were conferred emeritus status.
President Saatkamp presented diplomas individually to candidates in the eight schools of the College: Arts and Humanities, Business, Education, General Studies, Graduate and Continuing Studies, Health Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The master’s and doctoral degree candidates participated in their own Hooding Ceremony at the Performing Arts Center in addition and prior to the main college graduation.
Dr. James Yoh Provides Major Gift for Stockton Scholarships
From left, Dr. James Yoh and President Saatkamp
Dr. James Yoh, longtime trustee and current chair of the Board of Trustees, has pledged $500,000 to the Stockton College Foundation to establish the Yoh Foundation Scholarship Fund.
“We are extremely pleased and gratified by Dr. Yoh’s generosity,” said President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. “This gesture will help many students well into the future.”
Dr. Yoh, of Medford, is president and CEO of Galaxy Technology, headquartered in Egg Harbor Twp. The firm specializes in information technology, aviation technology, navigation systems and training systems. Its clients include the United States Departments of Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Commerce. He is also the founder and former President and CEO of Galaxy Scientific, parent company of Galaxy Technology.
An active supporter of the Stockton community, Dr. Yoh twice served as chair of the Stockton Scholarship Benefit Gala (2008 and 2010) and made donations of $25,000 and $50,000 to the galas.
Dr. Yoh has been a member of Stockton’s Board of Trustees for more than a decade. He served on numerous committees including the Academic Affairs and Planning committees. In 2009 he was vice chair and in 2010 became chair of the Board.
Dr. Yoh is a lead sponsor for the Technical Youth Program, which provides summer jobs for high school students from disadvantaged families. The Yoh family resides in Medford, NJ.
A New Stockton Publication to Debut in June
The College’s Office of External Affairs will release the first issue of Stockton’s electronic magazine, an E-Zine, at the end of next month. The inaugural issue of the E-zine, titled Stockton Now, will overflow with the freshest and greenest stories about our College.
A team of internal editors, writers and designers have been working together for the past few months to gather stories of Stockton students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends. Whether you work at the College now or have in the past, graduated 20 years ago or teach courses today, your interest will be captured by the motivating stories and vivid photography bursting off of each page.
To get plugged in to Stockton’s latest news, stay tuned for the first issue of Stockton Now, which will be distributed through e-mail.
President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., said, “The Stockton community coupled with the College’s countless outside connections result in innumerable relationships. We sometimes know each other only by name, face, title or a combination of those, but after reading our first issue of Stockton Now, you will stay plugged in to the world of Stockton.”
30th Annual Scholarship Gala a Huge Success
From left, Joe Piscopo, Mrs. Gayle Gross, president of the Stockton College Foundation Board, and her husband Dr. Howard Gross
Nearly 750 guests recently enjoyed an evening of fine gourmet dining, a silent auction and entertainment from Joe Piscopo at the 30th Annual Stockton College Scholarship Benefit Gala.
Piscopo, a New Jersey native and longtime civic booster of the Garden State, shared the stage with Stockton student and magician Chad Juros, and the Stockton Faculty Band for the event held at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City. The gala, which enters its fourth decade next year, raised $625,000 in support of student scholarships.
“The Scholarship Benefit has become one of the most eagerly anticipated social events in the region,” President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., said. “In the past, we have had an outpouring of community support for the Gala, and this year’s event was no exception.”
Auggie Cippolini, senior vice president of operations at Borgata, served as the Gala’s honorary chair, and Dr. James Yoh, chair of the Stockton Board of Trustees and president and CEO of Galaxy Technology, L.L.C., served as the Gala’s chair.
Day of Leadership Contributes to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Mrs. Elizabeth Scott joins children from Free To Be as they sell lemonade.
Ice cubes, cold water, fresh lemons and sugar packets—that’s all that was needed for one little girl to raise one million dollars and inspire a nation to follow in her footsteps. Just before her first birthday, Alexandra Scott, the name behind Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer. In her eight years of life, Alex battled cancer with optimism, set up an annual lemonade stand to raise money for her doctors and motivated her parents and young cancer patients to carry out her dream of helping doctors to find a cure for cancer.
Mrs. Elizabeth Scott, Alex’s mother and vice president of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, came to Stockton College on April 16 to speak to students, faculty and staff during the College’s Day of Leadership. This year’s theme was about having the passion to help others.
Mrs. Scott, who lost her daughter in 2004, shared Alex’s story and encouraged each person in the audience to follow one rule: “be happy for what you have, not unhappy for what you don’t have.” Mrs. Scott learned that lesson from Alex. Despite being told that she would never walk again, constant trips to and from hospitals and violent bloody noses after treatments, Alex was happy for all of the positives in her life.
From left to right, Keri Smith, Luis Lozano, Robert Krais, Mrs. Elizabeth Scott, Patti Sabla, and Dr. Leonard Farber, director of Student Development. The four students pictured, from Dr. Marchetti’s class, presented a check to Mrs. Scott on Day of Leadership.
Since 2006, children from Stockton’s Free To Be Child Care Center have held annual lemonade stands in honor of Alex’s cause. During Day of Leadership, Free To Be children and their teacher, Sharon Dempsey, set up a lemonade stand in lower A-Wing. At the end of the morning, they donated the money that they raised, nearly $400.00, to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Later in the day, Mrs. Scott visited the children at Free To Be and read to them a special story– The Amazing Lemonade Stand, her daughter’s book.
A group of students from Dr. Joseph Marchetti’s course “Leadership, Strategy and Change” also made a generous contribution to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation during Day of Leadership. Students from Dr. Marchetti’s class developed a community project involving an on-campus lemonade stand fundraiser. The students presented a check to Mrs. Scott after her keynote address.
Throughout her presentation, Mrs. Scott described her daughter as a “spunky little bundle of energy,” and she emphasized the fact that “it’s during life’s worst situations that one finds the most amazing gifts.” Alex never let her cancer stop her from being a kid. She managed to reach the world with her message because she had the passion to help others.
Blowing Bubbles for a Good Cause
Students take a break from the busy end-of-the-semester bustle to blow bubbles for a good cause.
Iridescent bubbles floated throughout K-Wing Circle on April 29. Stockton participated in a regional effort to break the Guinness World Record for the most individuals blowing bubbles simultaneously in multiple locations. However, the attempt to break a world record was secondary to the event’s main cause: to raise awareness for autism.
The weightless, shiny soap suds are fascinating to children with autism. One in every 110 children in the United States is born with autism, according to a 2006 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Isabelle Mosca, executive director of FACES Support Network of Ventnor, held the bubble blowing event titled “Blow Bubbles 4 Autism” to raise awareness for a disorder that affects children and their families worldwide.
To attract and maximize public interest, Mosca posted on her organization’s Facebook page that she would attempt to break a world record. Stockton College, along with approximately 100 other participating organizations, responded to Mosca’s call.
Robert J. Ross, Stockton’s assistant director of Counseling and Health Services, announced that more than 110 students, faculty and staff were able to participate. The $135.52 raised through donations and bubble sales has been sent to FACES Autism Support Network.
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Guess who? She graduated as valedictorian in May 2008 with her first bachelor’s degree in communication studies, and she graduated this May as salutatorian with a bachelor’s degree in education. After graduating with her first degree, she pursued a career in hospitality, which she discovered was not her passion. So, she came back to Stockton in the fall of 2008, completed a degree in literature and began taking education courses. After completing the 200-hour teacher education fieldwork and observation requirements and her 15-week student teaching semester, she has found her new passion–sharing her love of literature with students.
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