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President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. Recognized in NJ Biz as Mover and Shaker

President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr.

President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. was acknowledged by NJ Biz as a standout in their annual tribute to leaders and innovators in New Jersey’s communities.

NJ Biz has the distinction of being the sole weekly business journal covering the entire state of New Jersey.  According to NJ Biz, Dr. Saatkamp is a highly visible president who is well recognized for the academic support he brings to the planned Aviation Research and Technology Park near Atlantic City.

The advancement of the collaborative effort that is the Aviation Research and Technology Park is as the site for the development of the next generation of aviation and aerospace technology, a source of hundreds of potential new jobs in the region as well as unlimited educational and internship opportunities.

Dr. Saatkamp’s long-term commitment to philanthropy has driven his work in billion-dollar campaigns during his tenures at Indiana University, Texas A&M University, the University of Tampa, and most recently at Stockton.

Recognized for pioneering options in the adversity of the recession, Dr. Saatkamp was selected by NJ Biz together with twelve other luminaries including: Richard J. Brunelli, retail real estate broker; Jerry Carter, Chief Executive of Priority Pay Payroll; Campbell Soup Chief Executive Douglas R. Conant; Bruce Crain, CEO, Russ Berrie & Co. Inc.; President and Chief Executive Officer of NRG Energy, Inc. David Crane; John D. Fanburg, Managing Partner in the law firm Brach, Eichler L.L.C.; Marya Grier, President of New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners; Ronald E. Hermance, Jr., CEO of Hudson City Savings Bank; Mark Mauriello, acting commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Protection; Ed McBride, chief of staff to Gov. Jon S. Corzine; Matthew Boxer, the state comptroller; and Kim Samarelli Executive Director of the N.J. Amusement Association.

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.  He draws inspiration from this Spanish philosopher and poet, and has edited a dozen books on Santayana’s works.  According to Dr. Saatkamp, “The value of living is doing something worthwhile that matches your nature, doing what is dearest to you.”

Barbara J. Morvay Becomes Newest Member of Richard Stockton College Board of Trustees

Mr. Stanley Ellis, Vice Chair of the Stockton College Board of Trustees, administers the oath of office to the newest member of the Board, Ms. Barbara Morvay.

Barbara J. Morvay, an educator with more than three decades of experience, was sworn in last month to join the Board of Trustees of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

Ms. Morvay, a resident of Northfield, NJ, recently retired as Superintendent of the Atlantic County Special Services School District. She has a vast background as a teacher, speech therapist, principal and business administrator and various leadership positions in education.

“Stockton is indeed fortunate to have someone as qualified as Barbara Morvay to join our Board of Trustees,” said Stockton President Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. “She brings a wealth of relevant experience to complement the many talents already in place on our exceptional group of Trustees.”

Excluding ex-officio member Dr. Saatkamp and the student representative, Ms. Morvay becomes the tenth member of the Trustees, filling a newly created position. Several years ago, the Board voted to expand its membership to up to 15 Trustees. “The goal is to provide a wider variety of Trustees and to benefit from as many points of view as possible as the College moves forward,” Dr. Saatkamp said. “As we continue on such critical programs as strategic planning, ongoing campus expansion to address our need for greater capacity, and as we work to meet the challenges of today’s economy, Barbara Morvay is an excellent addition to Stockton’s leadership.”

Ms. Morvay holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Rowan University. She holds a wide array of professional certifications including School Administrator, Assistant Superintendent for Business, Principal, Teacher of the Handicapped and Speech Therapist. She is also certified as a School Administrator Mentor.

A former member of the adjunct faculty at Stockton, Ms. Morvay was Interim Business Administrator, Acting Superintendant, Supervisor of Auxiliary Services and Principal of the Absecon Campus at the Special Services School District prior to serving as Superintendant from 2002 until her retirement last year.

She also served the Longport Board of Education as a school business administrator, financial manager and in various teaching positions. She was a member and officer (Vice President and President) of the Northfield Board of Education during the 1980s.

Stockton College Again Ranks Among the Top Universities in U.S. News and World Report Annual Survey of Colleges

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey has again been ranked among the nation’s top public colleges and universities in the annual survey of America’s Best Colleges.

“I am pleased to announce that Stockton again has moved up in the rankings and is now placed in the top ten public master’s colleges in the northeast.  Our rankings have improved significantly since 2003 when we ranked fifth among a small group of public liberal arts colleges.  In the same year, we were unranked (fourth tier) among master’s institutions.  In 2005 we moved to the third tier, and in 2007 we moved to the first tier for the first time.  In 2007 we were ranked 67th, in 2008 our rank was 52, and this year we are ranked 45th in the northeast along with being tied for 10th among public master’s colleges.  Presently, we are ranked only with the master’s institutions and have made significant progress,” Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. said.

In the listing released by U.S. News and World Report, Stockton College is placed among the Best Universities/Master’s in the North. Ranked in this category for the third consecutive year, Stockton’s appearance in the top tier marks a move upward of seven places in the overall ranking. Stockton is ranked with universities offering both undergraduate and master’s programs in the northern region of the U.S.

Stockton's academic programs provide opportunities for study in established fields such as Criminal Justice, Psychology, Environmental Science, Biology, Business, and Literature, as well as emerging fields such as Computational Science, Tourism and Hospitality Management and Homeland Security.

According to Dr. Saatkamp, “I am not sure if any other college/university in the U.S. has moved up in these rankings as rapidly.  Of course, there are questions about the validity of the criteria used in these rankings and about how colleges/universities use the rankings.  Even so, it is good to see ours going in the right direction.”

The College’s graduate programs and the doctorate in Physical Therapy are among the newer academic offerings responding to the needs of the growing Southern New Jersey region and the state. In addition to the doctorate in Physical Therapy, Stockton’s current graduate degree programs include:

  • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies
  • Master of Arts in Education
  • Master of Arts Instructional Technology
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Computational Science
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
  • Master of Social Work
  • Professional Science Master’s in Environmental Science

The College has a tradition of offering unique opportunities for students to connect with highly credentialed faculty in research and community service, as well as graduation and retention rates among the highest in New Jersey. The quality of Stockton's academic programs and caliber of its faculty have been recognized by such organizations as the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, the National Science Foundation, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Pulitzer Prize committee, the United States Air Force Academy and The New York Times.

“More importantly than rankings, I am convinced that the quality of education at Stockton is remarkably high and continues to improve through the many collaborative efforts of faculty, staff, and students.  As our assessment of student learning outcomes continues, this should provide additional corroboration of the quality of a Stockton education,” Dr. Saatkamp said.

Stockton Raises $1.8 Million for Year; Doubles Scholarship Support to Deserving Students

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey recently completed one of the most successful years of giving in its history. Despite the challenges of the nationwide recession, the College has reported gifts totaling in excess of $1.8 million for the 2009 fiscal year. Additionally, the College reported the doubling of support to student scholarships over the past year.

“It is gratifying to have completed such a successful ‘giving year’ in the face of challenging economic times,” College President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. said. “These numbers speak highly of the commitment to higher education by our generous community members. Our Stockton Foundation Board of Directors played a critical role as well. Such support is critical as we continue to maintain affordability and access to a quality Stockton education.”

Dr. Saatkamp said that in addition to direct scholarship gifts, the community continued to support its major fundraising events, the Stockton Golf Classic, which raised in excess of $100,000 and the Annual Scholarship Gala, which achieved its $750,000 goal.

Gifts to Stockton’s Annual Fund also increased, including a growth of nearly 12% in alumni donors from the previous year. The College’s Board of Trustees, the Foundation’s Board of Directors, and the College Cabinet set the example with 100% participation. The College’s dedicated faculty and staff also responded to the needs of our students with a 22% participation rate. Some additional highlights of the year include:

  • The Harrah’s Entertainment Endowed Scholarship was established with a $175,000 fund, and Lisette McFarland was selected as the first Harrah’s employee to receive this award for studies in the 2009-10 academic year.
  • $200,000 in gifts were made to establish the Adele and Joseph Dancyger Memorial Scholarship Endowment and support the Max Mincer Memorial Endowed Scholarship, and three additional newly endowed scholarships:
    • Antonio Palladino Endowed Scholarship ($10,000 gift),
    • John Bockelmann Memorial Endowed Scholarship to honor the father of faculty member Marion Hussong ($10,000 gift), and the
    • Friends of Encore Learning Endowed Scholarship ($25,000 pledge over five years). The Friends of Encore Learning is a group of dedicated senior community members who work with Stockton faculty to promote lifelong learning.
  • A total of four new term scholarships established with gifts/pledges of $10,000:
    • Achieve Physical Therapy and Fitness Scholarship,
    • Col. Kenneth Stow Scholarship,
    • Friends of Encore Learning of Stockton Scholarship, and the
    • Estate of Lucille Lupton.

An outpouring of support in memory of alumnus Stacy Moore Hagan, ’92, an accomplished marine biologist who died after a courageous battle with cancer brought $55,000 in gifts to the Stacy Hagan Memorial Endowed Scholarship bringing the fund to $75,000 in support of student internship in Marine Science.

In conjunction with the dedication of the Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center, a matching gift challenge made by loyal donor Jack Koopman of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, raised $100,000 for student scholarships and faculty research in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Mr. Koopman had pledged to match, dollar-for-dollar, all funds donated for this cause.

Two planned gifts of $100,000 secured with recognition through the Judge Gerald & Claire Weinstein Professorship in Jewish Studies and the Marsha Grossman Professorship in Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

While the results of the recently completed fiscal year are encouraging, Stockton does not plan to rest on its laurels.

“The results we have achieved this past year are remarkable, and the bar has been set for even greater things in our development effort,” Dr. Saatkamp concluded.

Stockton Opening Major Educational Center in Downtown Hammonton

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is expanding the availability of higher education in the region by establishing an educational center in downtown Hammonton, a busy transportation hub in the heart of Southern New Jersey. As a precursor to the opening of that center, Stockton announced plans to offer three courses in Hammonton beginning with the upcoming Fall 2009 Semester.

“We are pleased to be in Hammonton and to offer our first three courses here,” Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. said. “Hammonton holds unlimited potential as a satellite center for the College. Its thriving downtown is growing as a business and cultural arts center, and the College aims to make a strong contribution toward further development. Mayor John DiDonato, the Town Council and the entire community have been very supportive of the effort and we wanted to move forward as soon as possible to bring educational opportunities to Hammonton and the region.”

The first three classes will be offered at St. Joseph High School, located on Central Avenue in downtown Hammonton. The courses include: The Art of New Jersey, instructor Kate Ogden; The Computer as an Art Tool, instructor Dan Gambert; and Beginning Spanish I, instructor Joseph Strazzeri. They are full undergraduate credit-bearing courses taught by Stockton faculty members and are open to everyone from throughout the region. The shared goal is to offer these initial courses as a means of introducing the College to Hammonton.

In addition, a survey will also be initiated soon, which will seek input about what types of future courses the public would like to see offered in Hammonton as the program expands.

Mayor DiDonato said this is a great start to this project, “Stockton has once again shown its commitment to Hammonton by offering these courses this fall. We are working with them to make sure that their programs expand quickly here. This is just the beginning of many more great things to come.”

Dr. Harvey Kesselman, Dean of Stockton’s School of Education said these courses will be in addition to several professional development courses and programs that are currently in the planning stages for teachers. “Stockton has been working with the town for more than a year to make these course offerings a reality, and it is very exciting to see our plans come together for the benefit of the entire region,” he said.

Lynn Domenico, Principal of St. Joseph High School, said the high school community was looking forward to the partnership as well. “St. Joseph is proud to host Stockton this fall to help the College become established until Stockton’s satellite center is finalized. This initiative will open up opportunities for every resident of Hammonton and the surrounding areas, along with our students at the High School.”

In July, U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02), a member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, announced that he helped to secure $250,000 for the Stockton-Hammonton Project.

Stockton’s President, Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. is excited about the educational and artistic opportunities in Hammonton and noted, “Hammonton is a vibrant community with a dynamic downtown that is rapidly developing as a center for arts and culture. Stockton is looking forward to partnering with Hammonton to support that development, enhance educational opportunities, and to play a significant role in the region.”

For more information on these courses, please call Stockton’s office of Student Records at 609-652-4235.

Stockton Fun Fact:
What local organization recently formalized its support of the College?

(Click here to reveal the answer)

Cape Bank of Cape May Court House, NJ has offered The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey $25,000 in support of our students. The funds will go to the Stockton College Foundation. Stockton’s Foundation is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. It enables alumni, friends and the community to help financially support Stockton programs, student scholarships, and initiatives for growth.

Stockton alumnus and Foundation Board member Jeffrey Ropiecki of Cape Bank signs a large check (literally and figuratively) as Stockton President Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. looks on.

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