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June 2006
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Alumni Gather in Washington D.C. to Honor Internship Program

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez speaks to gathering of Stockton Alumni at Washington D.C. reception.

Stockton Alumni came out more than 100 strong to our nation’s capital to honor Professor Charles (Chick) Yeager on the occasion of his retirement after 24 years heading the Washington Internship Program.  The event took place at the Hughes Room of the historic Willard InterContinental Washington Hotel, across from the White House.

Many of Dr. Yeager’s former interns have since advanced to prestigious careers in Washington. Scott Galupo, one of the event's speakers, graduated from Stockton College in 1998. He became another Stockton success story. The internship program has served many Stockton students well. Like other Stockton alumni, Mr. Galupo's experience and talent advanced him into a prestigious career. After commencement, Scott Galupo's career took off. He pursued a career at the Washington Times as an arts and entertainment writer.

President Saatkamp and Professor Chick Yeager.

“We started this program back in the 70’s with the idea of taking students out of the Pine Barrens and putting them right into the world’s seat of power,” Dr. Yeager said. “I think we succeeded.”

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez took time from his busy schedule to address the gathering. Other speakers included President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., Professor Yeager’s longtime colleague Professor Bill Daly, and Chief Development Officer Marilyn DiGiacobbe.

That evening, a number of alumni expressed an interest in forming a Washington D.C. Alumni Association Chapter. Joe Scolavino, Class of 2002, will chair an organizational meeting on July 13 at Clyde’s Restaurant in Georgetown.  To participate, contact Alumni Director Sara Faurot-Crowley at (609) 652-4974.

Presidential Reception Officially Welcomes Marilyn DiGiacobbe

Marilyn DiGiacobbe

President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. formally welcomed Marilyn DiGiacobbe, Stockton’s new Chief Development Officer on Saturday, May 20 at a reception held at his home.

“We’re very enthusiastic to have Marilyn leading our development efforts,” President Saatkamp said. This was an opportunity to welcome her to the community and to introduce Marilyn’s network of friends and colleagues to Stockton.”

Ms. DiGiacobbe joined Stockton in April following seven highly productive years at Seton Hall University where she had been Associate Dean of External Affairs for the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations.

Ms. DiGiacobbe led the effort to direct and grow a $3.1 million campaign and to name the school the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations, in honor of John C. Whitehead, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, co-chairman of Goldman-Sachs and chairman of the United Nations Association of the USA and the Business Council for the United Nations. In addition, she launched a Global Leadership Gala which raised approximately $500,000 annually.

“This is an exciting time at Stockton and I'm grateful for the warm welcome by Dr. Saatkamp ,” Ms. DiGiacobbe said. “I look forward to collaborating with the area's business and civic leaders, Foundation supporters and the now 30,000 alumni of Stockton College who are making significant contributions throughout our state and nation. With their involvement, Stockton College will become more integral to our community and will flourish in educating the future leaders of our growing region.”

More than 1,000 Students Graduate at Annual Stockton Spring Commencement

Stockton Spring Commencement

“Seek out the hardest road, because that is where the greatest rewards usually can be found.”

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez had those words of wisdom for the graduates at Spring Commencement Exercises at the College held on Sunday, May 7.

More than 1,000 candidates received undergraduate diplomas from Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. at the 34th annual exercises, held at the Athletic Center. The Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Instructional Technology, Business Administration, Education, Nursing and Physical Therapy Programs awarded 55 graduate degrees. The Masters candidates also took part in a special “Hooding ceremony” in the Performing Arts Center.

Senator Menendez, who spoke at the morning ceremony said, “As you take off on your journey, don’t just plant one foot in front of the other. Think about where you are planting it. Don’t accept the status quo if it’s not working.”

Miles Lerman, a Holocaust Survivor and founder of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree.

“I would like to accept this honor in the name and the memory of the million and a half children who were consumed by the fires of the Nazi inferno,” he said.

Stockton Graduates

Keynote speaker at the afternoon ceremony was Edward H. Salmon, a former Mayor of Millville, NJ and Founder and CEO of AUS, Inc., a worldwide market research and consulting company that works with utilities, industry, government and educational institutions.

“Goals, motivation, work, education, persistence, compassion and faith.  Each and every one of you can be a success by implementing those seven words,” Mr. Salmon told the graduates.

Mr. Salmon and Sen. Menendez also received honorary doctorates.

Valedictorians were Rebecca J. Bandomer of Marlton, for the afternoon ceremony and Melanie R. Gross of Margate for the morning commencement. Ms. Bandomer is a psychology major. Ms. Gross is an elementary education major who also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a specialization in graphics design.  Both students maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA .

10th International Conference on Thermal Energy Storage Comes to Stockton College

Imre Gyuk of the US Department of Energy and Stockton Professor Lynn Stiles

More than 150 of the world’s leading experts on environmental technology and the advancement of “green” energy sources converged on Stockton May 31-June 2 for the Tenth International Conference on Thermal Energy Storage.

“Stockton has always been viewed as a global leader in the implementation of green energy,” said Professor Lynn Stiles, one of the local conference organizers. “It was only natural that we should be a gathering point for some of the great minds in the world to contemplate solving problems such as global warming and dependence on fossil fuels.

Stockton is home to one of the nation’s first and largest geothermal energy systems, the state’s largest fuel cell, photovoltaic energy panels in several buildings, and many other “green-friendly” energy systems. 

Stockton is also home to the Governor’s School on the environment, which brings some of the best and brightest high school seniors-to-be onto the Stockton campus to study environmental issues.

The International Conference brought visitors from Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey, just to name a few of the diverse representative locations.

Stockton Fun Fact:
The College’s new F-Wing Expansion will include one of the more interesting architectural details on campus. Click here to reveal?
(Click here to reveal the answer)
Answer:  F-Wing Waterfall: Workmen install the final ceramic tiles in a mosaic Waterfall that is destined to be a conversation piece and central meeting place on campus. The Waterfall adorns the external wall of the new F-Wing extension and renovation, scheduled to open in September.

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