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Campus Security Measures, Training Keeps Stockton Campus Among the Safest in the Nation
Stockton’s growing community of faculty, staff, and more than 7,000 students is situated on one of the safest campuses in the nation. Statistics available on the College Web site provide documentation of this fact, however since the tragic events at Virginia Tech earlier in the year, security of college and university campuses nationwide has become a much-discussed topic.
According to Stockton Chief of Police Glenn Miller, an appointed member of Governor Corzine’s Campus Security Task Force, all New Jersey colleges will soon be mandated to have a number of security measures in place, including an emergency operations plan. Stockton has a well-organized, “all hazards” plan that is tested on a regular basis to ensure community preparedness. Additionally, the campus will be enhancing its emergency notification capacity through the use of a mass communication system. Chief Miller said the College is already in compliance with nearly all of them, and a campus-wide notification system will soon be added to the list.
At present Stockton has the ability to notify community members through the Web site, individual e-mail, video kiosks, the on-campus and cable access TV stations, WLFR radio, an in-classroom video system that can be turned on remotely and used to distribute emergency information and through use of the electronic sign boards. The College is exploring one of several systems that will send text and voice messages to the cell phones of students and their family members. Each person in this particular system will be permitted to supply up to six different phone numbers to be contacted in the event of an emergency.
Chief Glenn Miller
“Individually, none of these methods is foolproof,” Chief Miller said. “Collectively, they are very effective at getting the word out to a large number of people in a very small amount of time.”
In addition to notification systems, the College is a statewide model in emergency management planning and training. Chief Miller said New Jersey institutions of higher education are required to implement an emergency management plan and conduct training sessions related to it on an annual basis. “We do this at least three times and sometimes four times per year,” Chief Miller said. Stockton’s plan is effective because it can be adapted to all types of scenarios. Natural disasters, evacuations, hostage situations and fires are just a few of the potential situations our plan can respond to.”
Stockton’s emergency management plan works in concert with all state, county and local plans as well. In fact, officials from the other entities take part in Stockton emergency training operations. A full-scale training event took place on campus recently, which simulated the evacuation of all Southern Ocean County schools in the event of an emergency in the Ocean County area, in which evacuees would be directed to the Stockton campus.
Virginia Tech has been a call to action for all colleges and universities to review and update their emergency policies and procedures,” Chief Miller said. “We are responsive to this need and will continue to strive for an even safer environment for all members of our community.”
Stockton Awarded $2 Million Grant to Improve Math and Science Test Scores for Local School Districts
Stockton College’s Southern Regional Institute/Educational Technology Training Center (SRI/ETTC), already a national model of collaboration with area schools on teacher training and the infusion of technology into the classroom, is about to expand its horizons.
Dr. Harvey Kesselman
The SRI/ETTC has received a New Jersey Department of Education grant totaling $2 million over the course of three years to help teachers improve the math and science standardized test scores of students who are currently struggling in those areas.
“This grant marks an entirely new direction for the SRI/ETTC, while it helps advance our core mission of improving educational opportunities throughout the region,” said Dr. Harvey Kesselman, Chief Executive Officer of the SRI/ETTC.
Stockton received a renewable New Jersey Department of Education Title II Math Science Partnership Grant for $675,000 for three years to launch the initiative. The formation of the South Jersey Coastal Consortium (SJCC) was established to provide a framework for partnerships with schools through activities such as summer institutes, workshops, in-class mentoring, and infusion of technology into the classroom to enhance instruction and learning.
“The model so successfully developed and implemented by SRI/ETTC Director Patty Weeks for technology and teacher training is to be applied to this initiative, which focuses on math and science curriculum in high-need school districts,” Kesselman said. The grant enables the SJCC to advance its partnerships with the Federal Aviation Administration’s William J. Hughes Technical Center, Salem Community College, the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor, and DuPont’s “Partners in Science” program based in Wilmington, Delaware.
“Collaboration has always been at the heart of what we do, and the grant enables us to forge and strengthen these efforts to effect positive change in the critical areas of math and science,” Dr. Kesselman said. “Strong math and science skills will always be in demand and the development of those skills provides hope and opportunities for previously marginalized students.”
According to Director Weeks, the three-year cycle of the grant will guide motivated teachers through training and coursework to enrich their knowledge and understanding of math and science educational content and enhance their teaching skills. “Ultimately, the project will lead to improved student achievement,” Weeks added.
Weeks also noted “It has been our experience that our model has helped to improve test scores in individual school districts. As a result, our consortium has grown from a small group a few years ago to include every public school district in Atlantic County, as well as most districts and private schools throughout the region.”
In addition to using its partnerships and collaborative abilities, the SJCC will draw from the professional development successes of the SRI as well as the vast expertise of Stockton faculty in Teacher Education and the Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
“We have developed highly successful customized training programs both for schools and business applications,” stated Dr. Kesselman. “The practices we will implement in support of this grant will address the needs of the U.S. Department of Education’s focus on student achievement in math and science, as well as the objectives within the New Jersey Department of Education’s Title II Programs.”
Salute to Stockton Speakers’ Series Marks 10th Anniversary
Temple Emeth Shalom in Margate will host the “Salute to Stockton” Annual Distinguished Scholars Guest Speakers Program for the 10th consecutive year. This popular program features faculty members from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
Rabbi Gordon Geller said that the "Salute to Stockton" talks are one of the highlights of the year at his congregation, and that this year holds particular significance.
"It’s difficult to believe that this will be the 10th Anniversary of this series,” Rabbi Geller said. “What started out as an idea to bring Stockton’s wealth of talented speakers into our community has evolved into a much-anticipated annual tradition. Stockton is home to many world-class scholars, a fine Religious Studies program and the region's only Holocaust Resource Center. This lecture series is just one more example of the College's partnership with and outreach to our community. We think the speakers this year live up to the special anniversary we are celebrating."
The series of talks will take place at the Temple in the sanctuary during Sabbath eve services starting at 8 p.m. The Temple is located at 8501 Ventnor Avenue in Margate (near the corner of Ventnor and Jerome Avenues.) These events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served after the service.
Following is the schedule of speakers and their topics:
Dr. Janice Joseph Elected Officer of National Criminal Justice Organization
Dr. Janice Joseph, Stockton Professor of Criminal Justice, was elected Second Vice President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), a national criminal justice organization with over 1,800 national and international members. As Second Vice President, Dr. Joseph will ascend in 2009 to the position of President of the organization.
She is the first person of African ancestry to be elected to this position in the organization’s forty-four year history. She will take office on March 13, 2007.
She is also the organization’s official ACJS NGO representative at national and international meetings of the United Nations..
She has also served ACJS as a certification reviewer for undergraduate and graduate level criminal justice programs throughout the U.S., a peer reviewer and program committee member and chair of the organization’s affirmative action and membership committees, among other positions.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be elected Vice President of this prestigious organization,” Dr. Joseph said.
In the last edition, it was incorrectly stated that Mady Deininger was the first Stockton alumnus to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees. Anne Ronne, a member of the Board from 1980-1986 and a member of the class of 1976, was actually the first to earn this distinction. We regret the error.
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