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Stockton Master Plan’s Second Phase Announced

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Campus

Stockton is planning additional campus expansion to meet the needs of the community and region.

To that end, the Board of Trustees recently passed a resolution to begin the implementation of the second phase of the College Facilities Master Plan.  Upon the recommendation of President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., Stockton has contracted with RMJM Hillier Architects of Princeton NJ, to provide professional consulting services and to expand and update the plan.  Hillier will work with Stockton’s administration and facilities personnel to move the plan forward.

Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr.

“Phase Two of our Master Plan provides a framework for the College to continue to grow in a responsible way and to meet the needs of our region and state,” Dr. Saatkamp said. “This is a significant new development as we strive to meet the College’s strategic mission and continue to attract the best and brightest students from a larger regional base.”

Pinelands Commission approval is currently pending for 300 additional acres on campus on which the College may build. “Being located in one of the most environmentally sensitive regions in the nation, the Pinelands National Preserve, we are acutely aware of our responsibility to grow in harmony with our environment,” Dr. Saatkamp said.  We have accomplished that within the limitations of our existing campus footprint, such as the recently completed F-Wing expansion and renovation, a new campus housing village and plans for a new Campus Center. Now we have the opportunity to further expand Stockton’s role as an educational and economic leader.”

Stockton was recently cited by the National Wildlife Federation as one of the most environmentally-responsible colleges in the United States.  Green-friendly technology has been built into the new construction with the use of the most efficient materials and the use of renewable solar energy.  Stockton has long been a pioneer in green building technologies such as the use of geothermal energy, the new Aquifer Thermal Energy System, and the state’s largest fuel cell.  Stockton is situated on the state’s largest campus with 1,600 acres.  The new master plan sets aside more than 1,000 acres that will remain preserved from future development.

Some of the highlights of the new master plan include:

  • A significant new housing village to build toward a goal of 3,000 residential housing opportunities on campus.
  • Upgraded athletic facilities including plumbing at the baseball, softball and field hockey fields on the Pomona Road side of the campus.
  • An academic village concept to enhance the quality of residential experience at Stockton with “Communities of Learning” near the central portion of campus, Lake Fred and Lake Pam.
  • Build on available land at the Barlow Site off Pomona Road.
  • An additional academic village including possible commercial development near the Jim Leeds Road Exit of the Garden State Parkway.

“This is a very exciting time to be at Stockton, and the future holds even greater promise for our College and our campus,” Dr. Saatkamp added. “The new phase of the Facilities Master Plan enables us to move in a direction of responsible growth and to serve the educational needs of the region and state.”

Teacher Training With a Mission Provides Tutoring, Computer Access to Homeless Families

Stockton Computer Service and Plant Personnel deliver and install computers at Atlantic City Rescue Mission.

Stockton faculty and students are making a difference at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission.  Ron Caro, Assistant Professor of Education, said Stockton has provided tutoring services to homeless children for the last year.  Approximately 20 Stockton students training for teaching careers are volunteering their time at the Mission.  Now, thanks to a grant written by Rev. John Quinn, Assistant Professor of Education, Stockton is helping to make computer access a reality for homeless families.

Through the use of $18,000 in funds secured by the grant, two fully loaded computers including flat screen monitors, up-to-date software and internet security carts were purchased and installed at the Family Center located within the Rescue Mission. Stockton’s Computer Services Department installed the equipment and helped with the technical end of the project, which is coordinated by Professors Caro, Quinn and Brad Porfilio.

“In today’s world, computer access is a must for students,” Professor Caro said.  “These families have it difficult enough without having to worry about how the children are going to find a computer to complete their homework, check assignments and make the best use of online student resources.”

In addition to regular tutoring services for the children, Stockton is providing basic computer training for adult residents of the Family Center.

“The students enjoy this work and more and more of them want to become involved,” Professor Caro said.  He added that donations of basic school supplies such as notebooks, pencils, crayons, etc. are welcome to further aid the project.

For more information on Teacher Training With a Mission, call Professor Caro at (609) 652-4635.

Focus on Alumni: Stockton Grads on “The Hill”

Alumni from Stockton's Washington Internship Program met with President Saatkamp last year in our nation's capital.

Political Science majors Joseph Scolavino (Class of 2002) and Michael Martirone (Class of 2006) are two Stockton grads who have made the most of their Stockton degrees and their participation in the Washington Internship Program.

Scolavino is Legislative Assistant to Congressman John McHugh of New York, and Martirone is Legislative Correspondent to Congressman Christopher Carney of Pennsylvania.  Both men say Stockton played an integral part in their current roles, and that they are thrilled to have selected careers in public service.

“There is no such thing as a typical day,” Martirone says, “but one thing that reminds me of my hometown college every day is when I go on the Senate floor and pass the statue of Richard Stockton.  I would not have been hired without the experience and contacts I gained through the intern program.”

Martirone is responsible for coordinating responses to all of Congressman Martirone’s correspondents.  “I’m proud to say each and every person who calls, e-mails or writes a letter receives a timely response,” he says.  “I’m most gratified when we can resolve someone’s problem, such as getting a backlogged social security check, or helping to research and find information about a law.”

Scolavino said he “fell in love with the city” while doing his Washington internship after Professor Bill Daly’s political science course “got the ball rolling for me. Something clicked and I never looked back since.  I wouldn’t have a job if it weren’t for Stockton.”

Scolavino said his boss, Congressman McHugh, is “very policy-oriented and my job is to keep him informed on what is happening in the House.  I also craft initiatives and research.  I work long hours, but it is very fulfilling.”

And what advice do these young Stockton political operatives have for aspiring current students?  “Learn to work with many types of people who don’t necessarily share your views, practice to perfect your writing, keep the focus on your goals and have patience and persistence,” Martirone says.  “Get involved in local and state governments and get an internship at a local legislative office,” Scolavino advises.  “Get a sense of what is interesting to you and come to Washington D.C., where there is an amazing amount of opportunities.”

Stockton Community Members Partner With United Way to Build Playground in Absecon

Stockton community members were involved in helping to build a new playground in Absecon.

Members of the Stockton community recently partnered with local nonprofit organizations, community volunteers, as well as The Home Depot to help build a new playground for the children of Family Service Association’s Family Life Center in Absecon, NJ.  Area children designed the playground and local volunteers made the children’s ideas a reality.

United Way of Atlantic County donated $10,000 in matching funds for the project and recommended the Family Service Association of Galloway Township over five other competing agencies to coordinate the event.  The Home Depot donated funding, equipment and volunteers to assist the project.  Over 200 volunteers, including Stockton faculty, staff, students and alumni, participated in the construction of the playground.

Part of a larger community initiative known as “1,000 Playgrounds in 1,000 Days,” the project was undertaken as a national partnership between KaBOOM!, a nonprofit organization and The Home Depot.  The local playground was the 867th of 1,000 planned around the country.  Not only did local volunteers construct a new playground, but the space of the playground was enlarged by 33%.

This initiative was undertaken in response to a general trend of declining physical activity in children and a need for more play spaces.  Play spaces that are safe and within walking distance for children could help to combat childhood obesity and provide an opportunity for regular exercise and a good start to a healthy future lifestyle.

“The key to this amazing project is partnership,” said Brian Jackson, a Stockton administrator who is a member of the Board of Directors for the Family Service Association and the United Way of Atlantic County “The building of safe playgrounds, skate parks and playing fields for children can have a lasting impact on an entire community.  We look forward to the play space becoming a part of the community as well as enhancing the activities of the Family Life Center for many years to come."

Stockton Fun Fact:
What are Stockton’s youngest community members doing to fight childhood cancer?

(Click here to reveal the answer)

This summer, children from Free To Be Child Care Center worked with Sharon Dempsey, their teacher, to organize the second annual Alex’s Lemonade Stand.  These efforts were part of a unique initiative that evolved from a young cancer patient’s front yard lemonade stand into a nationwide fundraising movement for fighting childhood cancer.  The children made signs, advertised, mixed lemonade, collected donations and interacted with customers.  In addition to Free To Be families, other members of the Stockton community from the main campus came out in support of the day’s activities.  Lonnie Folks, Director of Athletic Operations, was the first customer.  Plant Management and Campus Police supported these efforts in addition to Dianne Hill, who also stopped by for a cold glass of lemonade and brought donations from her co-workers in the G-wing Student Center.  For more information about Alex’s Lemonade Stand go to:

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