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Yearlong Web Redesign Project Goes Live

Screenshot of the new Web site

At the beginning of this month, anyone who visited noticed quite a change.  Stockton’s Office of External Affairs and Office of Computer Services launched the College’s newly redesigned Website on Thursday, July 1. 

The new changes went live at 9:30 a.m. and were immediately received with enthusiasm.  Threads of feedback began–overwhelmingly positive– just moments after the launch, which was announced by various College departments on Facebook and Twitter and reported in area media.

Joseph Podlesnik, an adjunct professor in the School of Arts and Humanities, commented on Facebook, “Wonderful!  Incorporating campus environs into sweeping panoramic banners looks great.” 

Professor Podlesnik is referring to the three homepage header photos that feature the following signature campus locations and characteristics: the Oasis student beach, the “Light Path” that runs alongside Lake Fred and an “art photo” showing off the geometry of Stockton’s unique campus architecture. 

Just below the main homepage header photo, another colorful strip showcases six “story containers” that currently host three slideshows, two videos and one story.  The latest news and events are featured in separate columns, and a “view all” option is available for expansion of both categories. 

Seven newly redesigned internal pages were initiated to help external visitors easily navigate their way to sought out information.  These “landing pages” include About Stockton; Academics; Admissions, Scholarship & Aid; Campus Life; Athletics & Recreation; Arts & Leisure; and Support Stockton.

Over the past year, the project evolved from an idea to a mockup to a completed project.  The main challenge of the redesign was to capture the essence of Stockton at first glance of the main page.  The new homepage illustrates an academic mission, a history of higher education in southern New Jersey, a unique location, a commitment to environmental sustainability, and a community of learners. 

“Colorful,”  “fantastic” and “upbeat” were just a few of the adjectives used by Facebook followers to describe the site.  The new Stockton’s Website is the “Internet face” of our College, and it speaks to a vast audience, including current and prospective students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members and friends of the College.

President Saatkamp and Hammonton Mayor Sign Agreement to Move Forward with Satellite Center

From left, Hammonton’s Mayor Stephen DiDonato and President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr.

President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., Vice President for Administration and Finance, Matt Altier, and Hammonton’s Mayor, Stephen DiDonato, have formalized the agreement to develop a satellite center in downtown Hammonton. 

“Stockton is looking forward to a long and mutually rewarding relationship with America’s next great college town–Hammonton,” Dr. Saatkamp said. 

Four courses will be offered at St. Joseph High School, located on Central Avenue in downtown Hammonton, for the fall 2010 semester.  Course offerings are planned to be expanded as soon as the Front Street Property in the downtown area is renovated. 

Mayor DiDonato said, “Our town is perfectly positioned geographically for Stockton’s new downtown satellite center.  We are excited about both the educational and economic development opportunities this will offer Hammonton and its neighboring communities.”

Mayor DiDonato pointed out that Hammonton is a hub of South Jersey and that many roads in southern New Jersey lead through Hammonton.  He explained that the satellite center “will allow us to draw from the western end of the state…and will help our local businesses and the entire community.”

Stockton Designates First Ever HERO of the Year

Chelsea Gallagher, a senior Criminal Justice major, named Stockton HERO of the Year

Chelsea Gallagher, a senior Criminal Justice major at Stockton and a resident of Brick, Ocean County, was named the first ever Stockton College Designated HERO of the Year by the College and the HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers.

The HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers, which was launched by the Elliott family in August of 2000 in memory of their son John Elliot’s tragic death by a drunken driver, promotes the use of sober designated drivers to prevent drunken driving tragedies throughout the country.  The organization collaborated with Stockton to spread the campaign’s message across our campus and to recognize one individual who demonstrates the qualities of a hero through his or her dedication to safe drinking practices.     

Gallagher, a student in the dual BA/MA degree program in Criminal Justice, was nominated by Jamie Sofia, a Tri Sigma sorority sister and president of Stockton’s Greek Council. Sofia wrote in her nomination essay, “I was asked, by the HERO Campaign, to write about someone who exemplifies a hero in my eyes. I have many [sorority] sisters who are there [for me]; however, Chelsea Gallagher stands out from them all.”

Chelsea Gallagher received a phone call one day from Stephen B. Davis, Stockton’s Associate Dean of Students, who read through a number of Stockton HERO nomination essays. Gallagher said, “I was very surprised when I received the phone call telling me I had won.”

A photo of Chelsea, wearing her HERO Campaign t-shirt, will be displayed on a billboard to help promote safe and responsible drinking.

“Chelsea puts her sisters’ safety and well being before anything else,” Jamie wrote in her essay. “I believe that Chelsea is truly a hero.” Sofia also explained that aside from being a devoted sorority sister, a dedicated RA (resident assistant) at Stockton, and a well-rounded student, both academic and extracurricular, Gallagher is also a great sister at home to her two siblings who have been diagnosed with autism.

Second and third place heroes were also announced.

  • Second Place: Christina Tuozzolo of Freehold
  • Third Place: Carlee Caucino of Toms River

In April of this year, Stockton’s Greek Council hosted a HERO Day on Stockton’s campus. Sororities and fraternities participated in competitions and helped to spread the HERO Campaign’s message. It was during HERO Day that students were asked to nominate a hero in their lives.

Like Chelsea Gallagher says, drunk driving is “completely preventable” because “all it takes is a phone call,” and just “one designated driver can save lives.”

Campus Police Department Names Christopher Graham Officer of the Year

From left, President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., Officer of the Year Christopher Graham and Chief of Police and Director of Campus Security Glenn M. Miller.

President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., and Chief of Police and Director of Campus Security, Glenn Miller presented Officer Christopher Graham with the Department’s Officer of the Year award at the July 7th Board of Trustees meeting. 

Officer Graham was nominated by a Stockton police sergeant and then selected by a committee comprised of Stockton community members.  Chief Miller said, “Officer Graham’s commitment to the security of the community has helped to instill a culture of community oriented policing.”

Stockton’s Campus Police Department works to maintain safety on campus and its officers offer many safety lectures and programs open to the community on topics such as rape aggression defense, identity theft prevention, internet safety, and drug and alcohol awareness.   

Officer Graham has been a member of Stockton’s Campus Police Department since August of 2006.  Just two years prior to Officer Graham’s arrival, the department commissioned its 100th police officer. 

Graham, a 2005 graduate of the Ocean County Police Academy, is also a graduate of Stockton, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice.   

Officer Graham is one of Stockton’s firearms instructors, and he has been assigned to the Atlantic County Emergency Response Team (SWAT), where he is one of two certified snipers for the team. 

Stockton’s Campus Police Department is the only New Jersey Campus Police Department accredited by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police.   Officer Graham was instrumental in Stockton’s campus Police Department’s accreditation and reaccreditation. 

The plaque that was awarded to Officer Graham states, “His willingness to share his knowledge and training with other members of the department ensures that all the officers are ready to provide the best campus policing services in the state.”

New Synthetic Turf Field to Host Field Hockey, Lacrosse and Intramural Sports

Director of Athletics and Recreation Lonnie Folks, left, and President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., along with members of the College’s Board of Trustees, cut the ribbon to officially dedicate the new synthetic turf field.

Stockton College Trustees, administrators,  faculty, staff  and community members gathered at the Pomona Road Sports Complex on July 7th to formally dedicate the newly constructed Multipurpose Athletic Field.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony symbolized the crossing of the finish line to the completion of an athletic complex in tune with its natural surroundings–the New Jersey Pinelands.  The landscaping incorporates native vegetation, blending the facility with its environs. 

A new synthetic turf field, which will host women’s field hockey, men’s lacrosse and intramural sports, looks and feels like live turf, but doesn’t require the same attention.  Joseph P. Darby, Jr., the Project Manager for Stockton’s Office of Facilities Planning, explained, “The synthetic turf requires no irrigation, pesticides, fertilizers, lime or other harmful chemicals.  Therefore, the specially designed underground drainage system will gather uncontaminated rainfall and runoff, which will percolate from a detention basin into the Cohansey Aquifer.” 

Just like a grassy playing field, dirt particles fly up into the air after a tackle or sweeping stoke of a hockey stick.  However, on the synthetic field, those flying particles that look like dirt are really pieces of ground car tires.  According to Joseph P. Darby, Jr., “Approximately 32,000 recycled car tires, which would have otherwise ended up in a landfill, were utilized in the construction of the field.”  

New synthetic turf field at the Pomona Road Sports Complex. 

The Pomona Road Sports Complex encompasses nearly eight acres, and its accessible design is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  New grandstand seating accommodates 250 spectators and has ADA ramp accessibility, as well as designated ADA seating.   New lighting fixtures allow for day and evening games.  Other new features include a designated press section, a wireless public address system and the latest scoreboard technology. 

After President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. and Lonnie Folks, Director of Athletics and Recreation, closed the scissors upon the ribbon, two field hockey players, Nikki Moore and Stefanie Short, put the new turf to the test and gave it high marks.  

Dr. Saatkamp said, “Our students and the surrounding community can look forward to many home games at the Pomona Road Sports Complex.” 

Dr. Cynthia Sosnowski Appointed to Associate Dean

Associate Dean of the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies Dr. Cynthia Sosnowski

Cynthia Sosnowski has been appointed Associate Dean of the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies.  Sosnowski, who was previously Executive Director of Continuing Studies for Health Sciences and Human Services at Stockton, brings over 20 years of experience in continuing and adult education. She joined Stockton College in 2003 as Assistant to the Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences after teaching at the community college level for 10 years and managing Prevention and Psychotherapy Consultants, a clinical and community education consulting and training firm she founded in 1991.

Sosnowski earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Queens College, City University of New York, a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Southern CT State University, and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education from Nova Southeastern University, receiving the Fischler School of Education and Human Services Dr. Charles E. Faires Dissertation of Distinction award for her dissertation focusing on determining contact hours for online non-credit continuing education coursework.

Stockton Fun Fact:
A “Summer Soiree” celebration took place earlier this month to celebrate and formally commemorate a partnership between Stockton College and this local facility.

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The Noyes Museum of Art.  As a result of the collaboration, the museum is now called the Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College.  The museum’s Oceanville location is located minutes from Stockton’s Pomona campus, and a second museum location is situated in the hub of downtown Hammonton, where Stockton is developing a satellite center. 

From left Stockton Hospitality intern, Kristin Pagnani, Special Assistant for Project Coordination at Stockton, Eileen P. Conran-Folks, Executive Director of the Noyes, Michael Cagno, and Assistant to the Director of Operations at the Noyes, Leah Morgan. .

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