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July 2008
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Brendan Byrne, Author Nick Acocella at Hughes Lecture Series in Atlantic City

Brendan Byrne

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy hosted a talk by former Governor Brendan Byrne and author and political analyst Nick Acocella in a special event yesterday evening. The pair discussed “Atlantic City and Humor in Government” on Thursday, June 12, 2008 at the Carnegie Library Center of Stockton’s Atlantic City satellite campus.

Governor Byrne, New Jersey’s 47th governor, served from 1974 to 1982 and presided over Atlantic City’s transition to the nation’s second legalized gaming location and the first one on the East coast.

Mr. Acocella is an author and political pundit who recently broke the news that former new Jersey Senator Bill Bradley was being considered as a running mate to presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama. The two men regaled an intimate audience of fewer than 100 guests with their insiders’ perspectives on New Jersey and national politics.

The evening, which included a reception and informal chats among guests with the featured speakers was the first William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy Lecture Series event. Another lecture is planned for August 20, with the speaker to be announced.

Stockton Dedicated Holocaust Center: The Facility Will Double in Size and Will be Named in Honor of Sara and Sam Schoffer

Mr. Leo Schoffer speaks at Dedication of Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center.

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey dedicated a major expansion of the Holocaust Resource Center and celebrated the naming of the facility as the Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center in ceremonies that took place on May 27. The Holocaust Resource Center, one of the first of its kind at a public college in the United States, is a joint project of the College and the Jewish Federation of Atlantic and Cape May Counties.

The event which took place in the F-Wing Atrium of the Galloway Twp. Campus commemorated the start of construction of the expanded Center and celebrated three recent significant gifts that total $850,000 in support of the Holocaust Resource Center.

Last year, the College received a $500,000 gift from Leo B. Schoffer to name the Center in honor of his parents, Holocaust survivors Sara and Sam Schoffer. It was the largest single gift in the history of Stockton College. The College also received a $250,000 gift from The Azeez Foundation of Egg Harbor Township, to name a room in the Holocaust Resource Center in honor of the memory of Liviu Librescu, a former professor at Virginia Tech.

A portion of the overflow crowd attending the dedication

Professor Librescu, a Holocaust survivor, performed heroic actions during the shooting rampage at the Blacksburg campus last spring. Professor Librescu blocked the door of his classroom as the shooter attempted to enter. He held off the gunman as his students escaped through the windows. Librescu, who was a professor of engineering, was shot to death, “but all the students lived – because of him,” said Virginia Tech student Asael Arad.

A third gift of $100,000 was also donated by Mr. Jack Koopman of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, who has been a strong benefactor of the College’s program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. “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 for student scholarships in Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

The gifts support the previously planned expansion project at the Center and increase programs that are provided to the students and community. The gifts enhance the Center’s ability to educate Stockton students about the Holocaust and other genocides, serve as a resource for K-12 education, and train teachers in Holocaust education, among other activities.

Some of the planned improvements include:

  • Enhanced areas for study and research
  • “Smart classroom” technology
  • New entrance memorializing historical figure

Stockton Partners to Conduct 30th Anniversary Study on the Impact of Casino Gambling in Atlantic City

Atlantic City

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, in conjunction with its William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy, will be the lead institution in a comprehensive study to be undertaken on the impact of casino gaming in Atlantic City.

“A 30th anniversary is always reason to reflect on the past – and take a look at the future,” stated Stockton College President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. “This year is the 30th anniversary of casino gaming in New Jersey and reflecting on the past and the future shows us an amazing landscape of change that has occurred and opportunity for the future.”

In an effort to document the past and delineate the opportunities for the future, Stockton announced a partnership with Spectrum Gaming Group and the Rutgers Center for Urban Policy Research at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy to produce an historic look at the evolution, impact challenges and opportunities for the casino industry in the state. “This study will serve as resource going forward for not only the Atlantic City region but the entire state of New Jersey,” Dr. Saatkamp said.

Initial results from the study are expected to be released before the end of 2008.

Former Governor Brendan Byrne said of this effort: “Having authorized casino gambling in Atlantic City I am anxious to see where we are today. And Stockton’s proposed study should let me know. It will be professionally done and I intend to keep on it.”

Stockton has a long history of work that focuses on the regional economic impacts of gaming and tourism beginning with Stockton’s contributions to the 1998 Governor’s Advisory Commission for Gaming through the recent and continuing work of Stockton’s Institute for Gaming Management (SIGMA) and its New Jersey Center for Hospitality and Tourism Research. Stockton is proud of its regional connections, its understanding of the local context and culture, and the work it does within the Atlantic City and state-wide political environment.

The impact study will take a qualitative and quantitative approach to provide:

  • an analysis of lessons learned over the last 30 years
  • a strategic competitive analysis that includes economic impact, tax consequences, transportation and infrastructure issues
  • societal and social service issues
  • opportunities and challenges going forward.

When the study is completed, Stockton will continue to serve as a repository for data and information in this field and enlarge its role as a resource for the future.

For further information, please contact Dr. Israel Posner at (609) 347-2168 or e-mail him at

Stockton’s President Saatkamp Wins 2008 Ernest N. Day Good Scout Award

Dr. and Mrs. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., as Dr. Saatkamp Received the Ernest Day Good Scout Award.

Born and raised in Knoxville Tennessee, Dr. Saatkamp’s formative years were spent as a scout.  He achieved his Eagle Scout rank in the Great Smokey Mountain Council - Troop 15.

The reception in which President Saatkamp was honored by the Jersey Shore Council, Boy Scouts of America took place on Thursday, June 19, 2008 at the Linwood Country Club.

Gwendolyn Meusburger, Executive Director of the AtlantiCare Foundation, Stockton alumna class of 1988, and a strong advocate for health and wellness in the community was also honored at the reception with the 2008 Howard Green Community Award.

The recognition earned by Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. was named after Ernest N. Day, an Eagle Scout who was known for his work ethic and who found time to put together a Boy Scout troop and achieve Eagle Scout rank by the age of 17.  In preparation for a Boy Scout rally, he and his fellow scouts built a working fire engine, an achievement which got them into trouble when they extinguished a number of grass fires before the local fire department arrived.

At age 23, Ernie Day established a company known as NJ Fire Equipment that sold fire engines in 18 states.  Since its establishment, Mr. Day’s company expanded to sell a variety of supplies to aid in the extinguishing of fires, equipment which saved innumerable lives.

Ernest Day became well-known for his good work and was a major contributor to the Rotary Foundation, the Salvation Army, Deborah Heart and Lung Center, Ranch Hope for Boys and to the Boy Scout of America.

Dr. Saatkamp is also Professor of Philosophy and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Environmental & Community Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey).  His published works address bioethics, molecular genetics, philosophy and education. Considered one of the foremost experts on the writings of philosopher, George Santayana, Dr. Saatkamp is Senior and Founding Editor of The Works of George Santayana, Co-Editor of Overheard in Seville, and on the Editorial Board of Basic Bioethics.  Dr. Saatkamp has served as a consultant in electronic publishing, technology use in the humanities, physician counseling, genetic testing, and informed consent.

An active member of the local and global community, Dr. Saatkamp chairs the Board of the Aviation Research and Technology Park, serves as Presidents’ Chair of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities, and as a member of the New Jersey State Board of Examiners.  He also serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey, is a member of the Atlantic City Regional Chamber of Commerce, a trustee for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Atlantic City, is a member on the New Jersey United Way Community Advisors Council of Atlantic County, and serves as Chair of the United Way of Atlantic County’s Public Service Committee for the 2007-08 and 2008-09 Campaigns.

Dr. Saatkamp was a panelist and reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a reviewer for Guggenheim Fellowship proposals.  Throughout his extensive travels, he has established research and exchange programs in twelve countries and currently serves as an advisor and member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Dewey Studies at Fudan University, Shanghai, China.  Dr. Saatkamp earned his B.A. from Carson-Newman College, M.Div. from Southern Theological Seminary, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.

Stockton Fun Fact:
How many Stockton student-athletes were named to the New Jersey Athletic Conference’s All Academic teams?

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A total of 53 Richard Stockton student-athletes were named to the 2007-08 New Jersey Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.  Sophomore Megan Burak (Carteret/Carteret) of the Stockton women’s track & field team and sophomore baseball player John O’Hara (Clayton/Gloucester Catholic) led the Stockton contingent as NJAC All-Academic First Team honorees.

Junior softball player Melissa Baumgartner (Mt. Ephraim/ Audubon) and sophomore baseball player Matt Hunt (Marlton/St. Joseph) were selected to the NJAC All-Academic Second Team.  Burak and Baumgartner are Stockton’s top female student-athletes while teammates O’Hara and Hunt are at the head of the class for male student-athletes.  An additional 49 Stockton student-athletes garnered NJAC All-Academic Honorable Mention status.

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