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August 2006
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Stockton Responds to State Budget Situation

New Jersey State Seal

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is responding to the unprecedented reductions in state financial assistance to state colleges and universities.

These cuts represent 18 percent of Stockton’s previous share of state funding and create a five million dollar shortfall.  Stockton’s Board of Trustees voted to approve an 8 percent increase in undergraduate in-state tuition and fees, staying within the tuition caps set forth by the state.

Stockton is taking careful steps to identify cost-saving measures while ensuring that tuition dollars are spent wisely.  Stockton is committed to maintaining its tradition as a nationally ranked liberal arts college, while keeping affordability and accessibility a top priority.

As an immediate step, the College will make an additional 15 percent available in scholarship funds to lessen the burden on Stockton students and their families.

“The Trustees and I have developed a budget that maintains faculty and staff positions while continuing to enhance academic programs,” President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. said.  “With the help of everyone in our Stockton community, we can maintain our position of excellence, access and affordability.”

To read the President’s complete message on this topic, click here.

Stockton Dedicates F-Wing Extension

President Saatkamp speaks at the F-wing dedication ceremony.

Earlier this month, members of the College’s Board of Trustees, Chairman Gerald Weinstein, and members of the College community joined President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., for a ceremony to dedicate the newly renovated F-Wing Extension. 

“This wonderful facility is destined to become a focal point of our campus,” said President Saatkamp.

The Philadelphia branch of the architectural firm Cubellis/GBQC designed the new F-Wing to blend seamlessly with existing facilities.  The project, completed on time and under budget, provides much-needed classrooms and faculty offices.  Included are a 79-seat lecture hall, two 40-seat computer labs, three “smart” classrooms, seminar rooms, a study room, and 31 new faculty offices.  In addition, the wing will house the College’s newly launched Honors Program, Teacher’s Institute, and the College’s first dedicated Faculty Lounge. 

Judge Gerald Weinstein reveals
F-Wing dedication plaque.

The renovation contains distinct features that build on the natural campus environment and student friendly community for which Stockton is known.  The first element, a central, sky-lit, two-story atrium encompasses an Internet Café.  This welcoming new entrance to the College Library is sure to become a central gathering place for students and faculty.  The second element, created by renowned artist Mac Adams, is an exterior tile mosaic known as “The Falls.”  This massive yet dignified 32 by 8 foot installation was completed with the assistance of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  “Considering the College’s commitment to environmental studies and its Pinelands location, I decided to use the waterfall as a metaphor for this commitment,” Adams said.

The College demonstrated its dedication to the environment by incorporating sustainable design features into the building.  Numerous green characteristics include solar shading to minimize heat gain, rooftop photovoltaic panels to generate approximately 10 percent of the building’s total energy demand, occupancy sensors to turn lights on only when rooms are in use, water conservation features in bathrooms, and 90 percent certified wood to conform to guidelines for sustainable forest management.

Student Senate President, Nick Sena, said the new space made enduring the construction phase worthwhile.  “This is a testament to being proud of where you are,” he said. 

President & Mrs. Saatkamp to be Honored by Jewish Federation

Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. and his wife, Dorothy.

Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. and his wife, Dorothy, will be honored by the Jewish Federation of Atlantic and Cape May Counties at a special event on August 10 in the Grand Ballroom of the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.

The event, featuring a talk by author, Jewish rights activist, and star of ABC’s The Practice, Camryn Manheim, will honor the Saatkamps for their contributions to the entire Southern New Jersey region.

Dr. Saatkamp has embarked on a comprehensive development strategy designed to take the College, currently ranked sixth in the nation among public liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report, to even greater heights.  The plan includes enhancing academic programs and student services, expanding facilities, developing new funding sources and increasing the role of Stockton within the region, state and nation.

“President and Mrs. Saatkamp have established strong positive relationships with local organizations and individuals, leveraging the College as a resource and establishing and maintaining mutually beneficial programs such as the Holocaust Resource Center,” said Gayle Gross, co-chair for the evening.

To participate in the gala event, contact the Jewish Federation at 609-822-4404 or visit their website,

Stockton Brings in Nearly $5 million in Grants and Awards for 2006

The Richard Stockton College of NJ

Stockton secured $4.8 million in outside funding sources through grants, awards and contracts during 2006.

“With state assistance dropping, it is critical that we identify and secure outside sources of revenue,” President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. said.  “The work of our faculty and administration has resulted in a record amount of these types of funds this year.”

Stockton has received nearly $3 million for the development of an aviation research park near the William Hughes FAA Tech Center that will become one of the largest non-casino development initiatives in the region.  The research park will serve as an incubator for new business, as a campus for high-tech research, and will provide hundreds of jobs to the region’s economy.

Another prime example is the $468,464 federal earmark recently awarded to the College with the assistance of Congressman Frank LoBiondo for Stockton’s Coastal Research Center. The grant will support a statewide beach and dune assessment aimed at identifying weaknesses in the beach/dune system and targeting areas for replenishment.  The study results are integral to the state’s tourism industry and overall economy.

Stockton’s success in identifying and securing these funds speaks to the College’s innovative programs and high caliber faculty research.  The work accomplished as a result of these funds has a depth and breadth that provides positive impact from the local to the international level: from a $150,000 National Endowment for the Arts Grant to study abandoned Anatolian churches in Turkey, to nearly $620,000 in federal funding for Stockton’s continued role as lead institution training social workers in partnership with eight other colleges and universities.

“Night of Champions” Brings Division I Soccer to Stockton

The South Jersey Soccer Festival “Night of Champions” to be held Friday, August 18 at Stockton promises to be one of the most exciting sports events to hit South Jersey.

Big Ten Conference powerhouse Northwestern University coached by former Stockton mentor Tim Lenahan, will face Rutgers University from the Big East Conference at 8 p.m., under the lights at Stockton’s Athletics Complex. 

“Stockton is thrilled to be playing host to these two national-class programs,” said the Ospreys’ Head Men’s Soccer Coach Jeff Haines. “It’s a chance to showcase our beautiful campus and facilities to fans from all over the region and beyond.”

The Northwestern-Rutgers game will be the climax for an evening featuring two other great contests.  At 5:15 p.m., all-star teams representing Ocean City High School and Shawnee Regional High School (Burlington County) will square off.

The question of which Stockton soccer team is the greatest of all-time will be settled on the field at 6:30.  Stockton’s 1996 New Jersey Athletic Conference Champs and the 2001 NCAA National Champs will celebrate their respective ten- and five-year reunions by doing battle.

“This one should be worth the price of admission by itself,” Haines said, laughing. “You can bet the 1996 team will want the bragging rights of knocking off the national titlists.”

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children under 12 and seniors. For more information, contact Coach Haines at (609) 626-6005.

Articulation Agreement with Three Community Colleges to Ease Transfer Process

The Office of Education at Stockton College forged collaborative agreements with three area county colleges to make the transfer process to Stockton easier than ever for future teachers.

Dr. Peter Mora,
President of Atlantic Cape Community College
Dr. Raymond Yannuzzi, Acting President of Camden County College Dr. Kenneth Ender, President of Cumberland
Community College

“Nationwide, the number of teachers will be reduced by 40 percent in the next five years, due to retirements of baby boomers,” said President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr.  “We are addressing this need for teachers and easing the process for students who wish to enter the profession.” 

Atlantic Cape Community College, Camden County College and Cumberland Community College have joined forces with Stockton, sharing course requirements, assignments and prerequisites for programs. The partnership will ease the transition for transfer students as they move from their two-year institutions into education degree programs at Stockton.

The Presidents of the institutions, Dr. Peter Mora of ACCC, Dr. Kenneth Ender of Cumberland and Dr. Raymond Yannuzzi of Camden will sign an articulation agreement with Stockton’s President Saatkamp on August 3 in Room 205 of the Stockton Athletic Center.

“These agreements match courses that are requirements for teacher preparation and make it much simpler to transfer credits,” Dr. Saatkamp said. 

For more information on the education program at Stockton, call (609) 652-4688.

Stockton Fun Fact:
The College’s first two Athletic Directors won Olympic gold medals. Most Stockton community members know that G. Larry James won a gold and silver in the 400-meter relay and 400-meter individual races, respectively, in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.

Who is Stockton’s other Olympic gold medalist?
(Click here to reveal the answer)
Answer:  Don Bragg, Stockton’s first Athletic Director, won the pole vault event at the 1960 Rome Olympiad.

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