Stocktonians Respond to Help Victims of Hurricane Katrina
The Stockton Community responded in characteristic fashion to the Hurricane Katrina disaster earlier this month. From impromptu food, clothing and water drives all over campus, to special measures put in place by the administration to aid displaced Gulf States students and faculty, Stockton people opened their hearts.
Josie Stalling with a few of the 500 cases of bottled water she and other Stockton community members contributed to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Members of the 177th Wing, Air National Guard load the water for shipment.
One story that stands out in particular is that of Josie Stalling, a custodial worker who watched the horrible images of the hurricane’s devastation on TV and thought about what she could do as an individual. “I knew that these people desperately needed water and I thought this is something I can provide,” she said.
On the Thursday following the storm, Stalling, a Galloway Township resident, began with $200 of her own money. She approached her neighborhood supermarket which agreed to sell her the water at a discount of $4.99 per case.
Next, she contacted the 177th Wing, Air National guard based in Pomona. An officer there agreed to transport the water directly to the victims. Word spread of Josie’s efforts and people began to contribute. President Herman J. Saatkamp got behind the effort, pledging personal funds and announcing the project at the Fall Faculty Conference and the Annual Administration and Staff Presidential Address. A campus-wide e-mail followed, and less than two days after Stalling’s idea, more than $2,000 had been raised and 500 cases of water had been airlifted to the victims.
“It makes me feel good to see this water get to the people who need it,” Stalling said. “I had no idea it would become such a large project, but I’m glad it did.”
The story doesn’t end there. Knowing the victims’ needs will be ongoing for months to come, Stalling said she will continue her efforts. Money still comes in to her and she has also donated food and clothing to a church attended by displaced family members of a Stockton employee.
If you would like to make a donation to Josie Stalling’s drive to aid the Gulf Coast victims, call (609) 652-4950 or e-mail email@example.com.
Meanwhile the Admissions Department put several emergency steps in place to aid displaced students from the Gulf Coast region who might be interested in attending Stockton.
Dean of Enrollment Management Sal Catalfamo said Stockton would waive the normal application deadlines and fees for the displaced students and that out-of-state students displaced by Hurricane Katrina would be charged in-state tuition. Additionally, he said if the students would normally qualify for scholarships under the existing criteria, the financial aid would be awarded from a special emergency fund authorized by the administration. Finally, he said the College would help secure appropriate housing for displaced students. As of this writing, two students from Tulane University in New Orleans were considering transferring to Stockton.
“Some of the measures we are taking are extraordinary,” Catalfamo said. “In times like these, we try to do everything possible to help."
Stockton Again Scores High in National College Rankings
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey stepped up in its overall national rankings in U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” issue and was named a “Best Buy in the East” by the prestigious Princeton Review. Each national recognition came within days of the other just prior to the start of classes this semester.
“The interesting feature of receiving these two acknowledgments almost at the same time is the fact that they highlight two key elements of our mission,” said President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. “U.S. News is once again recognizing our academic excellence, while Princeton Review is highlighting the value we bring to our students and their parents.”
Stockton, ranked among the Top Five public liberal arts colleges in the nation for two of the last three years, improved its overall ranking in the private school-dominated list from the fourth tier nationally to the third.
“It is a fine accomplishment to advance to a more elite plateau in the U.S. News rankings,” Saatkamp said, “particularly considering the vast majority of the institutions with which we compete are private, with established histories and considerable endowments.” Stockton, established by state legislation in 1969, is one of the youngest institutions of higher education in New Jersey.
This year, the only other public liberal arts colleges in the third tier are the University of Minnesota, Morris, and the University of North Carolina, Asheville. Stockton remains among only six public liberal arts colleges in the nation listed among the top three tiers.
New Academic Year Opens With New Plans, Academic Programs
President Saatkamp addresses Stockton administration and staff members at the start of the academic year.
||Alan Arcuri and Michael Frank were two of the faculty members in attendance at the Annual Fall Faculty Conference.
The College began the 2005-2006 academic year with reports on major new programs and initiatives recently as President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. updated faculty and staff.
At the Fall Faculty Conference and the Annual Administration and Staff Address, Dr. Saatkamp welcomed everyone back and discussed several important initiatives.
Among the highlights:
- 14 new faculty positions have been added and searches are underway for 12 additional positions in the 2007 fiscal year, an addition of more than ten percent to Stockton’s faculty and a substantial move toward reducing teacher-student ratio.
- The Board of Trustees has given approval to the new College Center and the new Science Building, key components in the Facilities Master Plan.
- The College has initiated a First Year Experience program for incoming freshman as well as a new Honors Program. The First Year Experience will enable Freshmen to sample area culture, take field trips, get to know one another through special events and provide special housing opportunities and options. The Honors Program is designed to help Stockton compete for the best and brightest new students. It provides a distinctive, integrated educational experience involving all curricular elements, designed specifically for Honors Student candidates.
- Plans are progressing on the F-Wing “overbuild” on schedule and many administrative offices have moved to the newly acquired Parkway Building, freeing J-Wing for much-needed office and classroom space.
Corrinne Wright Named “Circle of Honor” Inductee at University of Georgia
Corrinne Wright, who recently joined Stockton as Associate Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, has been named an inductee to the Circle of Honor at her Alma Mater, the University of Georgia.
Wright, who came to Stockton after four years as Assistant Commissioner of the 11-member Northeast Conference, has a variety of duties at Stockton, including helping the College and Athletes in all matters relating to NCAA compliance.
“We’re pleased to add Corrinne to our staff, and we’re thrilled she is being honored for her athletic achievements while at Georgia. She is in good company with the likes of (former pro football great) Herschel Walker and longtime football coach Vince Dooley,” said G. Larry James, Dean of Athletics, Recreation Programming and Services.
Wright graduated from Georgia in 1991 with a degree in Social Work. She added a Juris Doctorate from the New York Law School in 1996.
While at Georgia, she was a nine-time All-American in gymnastics who won NCAA championships in all-around and floor exercise in 1989. She helped lead the Bulldogs to two national gymnastics championships. She was also a member of the U.S. National team.
Live Governor’s Candidates Forum Webcast on September 19
The New Jersey Presidents’ Council is sponsoring a gubernatorial candidates’ forum to help New Jersey voters learn what views gubernatorial candidates U.S. Senator Jon S. Corzine and Douglas R. Forrester have on higher education and bring the issues related to higher education in New Jersey into the political discourse.
The forum is scheduled for Monday, September 19 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, N.J. The forum will be moderated by Kent Manahan, senior anchor of NJN News.
Corzine and Forrester are scheduled to each make a presentation regarding their vision for New Jersey higher education, its priority in their administration, and how they envision building a strong partnership with higher education to assist in addressing New Jersey’s future. Each candidate will then answer questions submitted by college presidents, trustees and students following their presentation. The candidates are scheduled to appear sequentially; the event will not be a debate.
The forum will be webcast and a live stream will be available to college and university campuses throughout the state from the following two websites:
Focus on Stockton: Anne Glapion’s Art Featured at Ocean City Arts Center Gallery
Anne Glapion with one of her still life paintings.
Anne Taylor Glapion, Administrative Assistant in the Office of Administration and Finance, is known for her professionalism, warm smile and cheery whistle to her friends at Stockton.
However, most people don’t realize that she is also known in another life as artist A.T. Glapion, and her work is being featured this month at the Ocean City Arts Center, 1735 Simpson Avenue in Ocean City.
Glapion, a long time Egg Harbor Township resident, has always had a passion for sketching and painting, but she began to take it more seriously around 1997. She has produced still lifes, figural works, even a diptych – two paintings that go together to form one long view.
“Since my paintings have received a favorable response, it has opened up new possibilities for me, such as the possibility of a new career,” she said. Previous to her current exhibit in Ocean City, she participated in student-sponsored shows at Stockton in 2001 and 2002, and in the Senior Project Exhibition in 2004. She also received an honorable mention for “Picture in Picture” in the Hammonton Art Center’s Women in the Arts exhibit. That painting is included in the exhibition at the Ocean City Arts Center.
Anne graduated Magna Cum Laude from Stockton with Program Distinction in December, 2004, earning a BA in Studies in the Arts. Her show runs through the end of the month.
|Stockton Fun Fact:
Women’s basketball coach Joe Fussner has the Ospreys in the running for an NCAA Tournament berth virtually every season. In what other national sports arena has Fussner been a participant?
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