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Stockton Board Chair Weinstein Passes Gavel to Dr. Clarence Hoover

The Honorable Gerald Weinstein   Dr. Clarence Hoover

Stockton’s Board of Trustees transitioned to a new era earlier this month when the Honorable Gerald Weinstein stepped down as Chairperson after seven years of dedicated service and passed the gavel to the current Vice Chairperson, Dr. Clarence Hoover.

“It’s with mixed feelings that we mark this transition,” Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. said.  “Judge Weinstein approached his duties on the Board with the same enthusiasm and dedication that served him so well as a New Jersey Superior Court Judge.  We’ll miss his involvement on the board.  At the same time we are quite pleased, too, given that Dr. Hoover, a man who has exceptional skills and experience in education, will make the succession of power a seamless one.”

Judge Weinstein served as chair of the Executive Committee of the Board and sat in on all board committees during his tenure, either as a formal member, as he was on the Finance Committee, or in his role as chair.

During his tenure, which began in 1999, the College made significant advancements in academics, enrollment and facilities.  He presided over the board at a time when the College was named among the top five public liberal arts colleges in the nation by U.S. News and World Report for two years and among the top six for another two years, including the current rankings.  Stockton’s West Quad Academic Building, F-Wing Expansion and Housing IV Apartments are among the building projects opened during his tenure.  He collaborated with President Saatkamp and the Board to adopt a Facilities Master Plan that will transform the campus by adding the College Center Building, the Unified Science Building, and a new 375-bed housing complex.

Although Judge Weinstein’s shoes would be difficult to fill for many, Dr. Clarence Hoover is equal to the task. A member of the Board since 2002, he served as Vice Chair in 2005, presiding in Judge Weinstein’s absence.  He also serves as Chair of the Academic Affairs and Planning Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee.

Dr. Hoover served as Superintendent of the Vineland Public School System for five years, beginning in 2001, and currently serves as Superintendent for the East Orange Public School District. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the NAACP Thurgood Marshall Award and the Philadelphia Liberty Bell Award.

“Dr. Hoover’s experience includes years of developing policies and shaping lives in a positive way,” Dr. Saatkamp said.  “We are fortunate to have such a talented and accomplished educator presiding over the board.”

Alumni Profile: Tim Lenahan

Tim Lenahan

Tim Lenahan, a member of the Class of 1983, is in his sixth season as head coach of the men’s soccer team at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, after successful coaching runs at Stockton and at Lafayette College in Easton, PA.

Lenahan’s Wildcats compete in the difficult Big 10 Conference and are currently ranked number 14 in the United States.  They have a 6-1 record, with their only loss at number 8 Santa Clara.

Last month Lenahan brought his team to New Jersey where they played an exhibition match against Rutgers, in what was the first South Jersey Soccer Classic.  The game was the climax to a set of matches that included  Ocean City vs. Shawnee High School, and a reunion game pitting Lenahan’s 1996 New Jersey Athletic Conference Champions against the Ospreys’ 2001 NCAA Champions.

The event brought more than 1,000 area soccer enthusiasts to Stockton and was the result of collaboration between Lenahan and  former assistant, now Stockton Head Coach Jeff Haines.

A former all-NJAC player at Stockton, Lenahan graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Human Services with a Concentration in Sports Administration at Rider University in 1992.

The South Jersey Soccer Classic represented the culmination of a longtime dream for the 47-year-old Lenahan. He always wanted Stockton to have a world-class soccer facility and for his team to play there. “It was 1990 when I first discussed the possibility of a lighted soccer stadium with Dr. (Harvey) Kesselman (then Director of Student Services and now CEO of Stockton’s Southern Regional Institute.) It happened a year after I left, but it was a thrill for us to play at what I consider to be one of the best Division III facilities in the nation.”

Tim Lenahan with a couple of his Northwestern University soccer players at the recent SJ Soccer Classic.

Seeing upgraded soccer facilities sprout up is nothing new for Lenahan, whose Lafayette team now plays in a new stadium and whose Northwestern squad will move into a new facility within the next few days.  His teams have shown outstanding development as well. At Stockton he inherited a team that was 2-15 the season prior to his arrival, but molded the Ospreys into a national power and led them to four appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament in eight years. Lenahan was named the New Jersey Athletic Conference's Coach of the Year in 1990, 1993 and 1996. At Lafayette he led the Leopards from a 4-12 season in 1997 before he arrived, to a 16-5 overall mark and took both the Patriot League regular-season and postseason tournament titles. The Leopards capped the third-best turnaround in NCAA history at the time with a berth into the NCAA Tournament where they faced No. 1 ranked Clemson. For his team's performance, Lenahan was voted by his peers as the Patriot League Coach of the Year and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year, and was a finalist for NSCAA National Coach of the Year.
While at Stockton, he was soccer coordinator for the national teams of Saudi Arabia, which conducted training camps here for the 1994 World Cup and 1996 Summer Olympics.  The camps included international exhibition games featuring Nigeria, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States. 

Even with his long list of accomplishments, Lenahan still ranks something that happened after he left Stockton as one of his greatest thrills in the sport.  “To this day, watching Coach Haines’ Stockton team lift that national championship trophy is one of my greatest experiences in soccer.”

Congressman LoBiondo Announces Additional Funding for Stockton Collaboration with Hughes FAA Tech Center on Aviation Research Park

Congressman Frank LoBiondo

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, in collaboration with U.S. Representative Frank LoBiondo, The Federal Aviation Administration William J. Hughes Technical Center and Atlantic County officials, recently announced new funding for the development of a new Aviation Research and Technology Park.

The Park, to be located on 55 acres controlled by the Tech Center in Egg Harbor Township, is expected to provide an environment in which advanced aviation concepts would be explored by engineers, computer scientists, professionals in the aviation industry and many other diverse segments of the workforce.

The newest funding, in the amount of $350,000, brings the total of grants for the project to over $1 million.  Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., Congressman LoBiondo and FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center Director Wilson Felder announced the grant at a joint press conference held at Stockton.  David Sparenberg, Chairman of the New Jersey Aviation Research and Technology Consortium, representing many of the future occupants of the Park, also made remarks.

In assuming a central role in the Park’s development, Stockton underscored its leadership as an economic driver for Atlantic County and all of Southern New Jersey.

President Saatkamp announcing Stockton’s involvement in the Aviation research Park to be built near the FAA Hughes Tech Center.

“The College is pleased to partner with our elected officials, the FAA and County to bring this Park to fruition,” Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. said.  “This project is a watershed moment in the region’s continued economic growth and prosperity.  The Aviation Research and Technology Park will provide the kinds of high-tech jobs that will be in demand for years to come and will diversify our workforce—among many other benefits.”

The Park is expected to create as many as 400 new high-tech jobs, serve as a small business-friendly support center, nurture collaborations between public and private sector aviation interests, and provides new educational opportunities for Stockton students and others around the region.

The announcement of new funding comes on the heels of a previous grant of $350,000 awarded in July 2005 from the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education, which enabled the College to initiate much of the support for a $250,000 feasibility study for the Park under the direction of the Atlantic County Improvement Authority.  The study, scheduled for completion soon, moves the project closer to the conclusion of the planning stage and toward groundbreaking.  Additional direct funds for the study are from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and the South Jersey Economic Improvement District.

In addition, the NJ CHE grant to Stockton provides $200,000 for a Smart Classroom at the Tech Center to be designed and managed by Tech Center and Stockton Information Technology personnel.

A second set of grants announced by Rep. LoBiondo last June, included $100,000 to Stockton and $250,000 to Atlantic County for design and site development of the Park based on an application submitted by the College.

President Saatkamp said the Park promised to be a magnet for new business, a source of internships and research opportunities for Stockton students and faculty, and a boon to the already dynamic growth of the county, region and state.

“I can envision a type of facility here that will attract the brightest lights in the aviation, high tech and research areas,” he said.  “Stockton is proud to be a partner in such an historic prospect for our community.”

The Aviation Research and Technology Park is part of a national effort to modernize and protect the United States airspace system and to increase airspace and airport capacity.  It is expected to provide the environment and support for small business incubation and the
expansion of existing businesses.  The Park will be home to public and private entities along with Stockton educational components.

“This project represents a true win-win for the College and the regional economy,” Dr. Saatkamp concluded.

Day of Service Draws More than 100 Volunteers

Student Christina Pascucci and Anden McCabe from Free To Be Child Care Center work on the garden by planting flowers at Stockton’s Annual Day of Service.

To help mark the beginning of the new school year, Stockton students, faculty and staff fanned out in the community on Thursday, August 31, 2006 for the Annual Day of Service.

“We do a Day of Service to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his national holiday, but today is something we do to help our neighbors and for new students to get to know one another,” said President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr.

Dr. Saatkamp organized similar Days of Service at two of his former institutions, and found them to be excellent vehicles for student bonding and collaboration between the College and its community.

Participants engaged in a variety of activities to help community agencies and individuals.  These services included cleanup efforts at the Forsythe Wildlife area and Patriot Lake in Galloway Twp.  There were human service efforts made at the ARC of Atlantic County and the Free-to-Be Child Care Center on campus. 

Students, staff and faculty also volunteered their services at the Community Foodbank of Atlantic County, PleasanTech Charter School, the Atlantic City Rescue Mission and Sister Jean’s Kitchen among many other agencies.

Stockton Homecoming Weekend Events Set

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Stockton’s alumni, family and friends are invited back to campus for the annual homecoming events from Oct. 3rd through the 8th.

The weekend’s theme of “Then and Now” celebrates Stockton’s proud history and its current standing among the elite public institutions in the nation.

“We have put together a schedule of activities with something for everyone,” Sara Faurot, Director of Alumni Relations said. “Students, faculty, alumni family and friends will all want to be a part of the fun.”

On Wednesday, Oct. 4, a drive-in movie, “Superman Returns” will be shown at 8 p.m. in Parking Lot 5 with free concessions. Also at 8 p.m. the Performing Arts Center’s Experimental Theatre presents “Crumbs from the Table of Joy” tickets available at the PAC Box Office for $6-$8. The show will also run Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the same time and location each night except Sunday, when a 3 p.m. matinee will be held.

Thursday’s highlight is the Fannie Lou Hamer Human and Civil Rights Symposium from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the PAC.

On Friday, the schedule swings into high gear.  The Annual Stockton College Scholarship Recognition Ceremony, during which more than 100 scholarship recipients and donors will be honored, takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Sports Center.

From 8 to 10 p.m. a Jazz Concert will be held in the PAC to benefit the “Pop” Lloyd Committee, whose work is dedicated toward the values espoused by one of Atlantic City’s pioneers of baseball’s Negro Leagues, John Henry “Pop” Lloyd.  From 8 p.m. to midnight, the Annual Semi-Formal Osprey Autumn Ball will take place in I-wing gym (tickets, $5 in advance and $10 at the door, are available at the PAC box office.)

On Saturday, Homecoming events and activities will be going on from 8 a.m. straight through the evening hours.  From 8 to 10:30 a.m. there will be an Open House Program in the Sports Center.  An Alumni Breakfast will be held at 10 a.m. in the Inglenook Room of N-wing, where the Annual Alumni Meeting will also take place from 10:30 to 12:30 p.m.

At 11 a.m., The Ospreys’ Men’s and Women’s Soccer Programs will have alumni games featuring some of the great players in Stockton’s proud soccer history.  At 1 p.m. the current Stockton men’s squad will kick off against Steven’s Institute, and the women will host Centenary at 3 p.m.

While all this soccer action is taking place, there will be a Carnival and Spirit Displays from 12 noon to 4 p.m. in Parking Lot 5.

From 3 to 5 p.m., an Alumni Mixer, with music provided by the Stockton Faculty Band, is slated for the Inglenook Room.

At 8 p.m., the popular show “Beatlemania Now”, a depiction and musical interpretation of the “Fab Four” will entertain at the Performing Arts Center.  Call the PAC Box Office (609) 652-9000 for ticket information.

On Sunday Oct. 8,  the Alumni Association’s 5K Run (Register 8 a.m. at the Sports Center for the 9 a.m. event. Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity, in conjunction with the Office of Student Development, will host the 3rd Annual Car Show in Parking Lot 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  At 12 noon and 1 p.m., respectively there will be a Women’s Alumni Softball Game and Barbecue and a Men’s Alumni Lacrosse Contest.  The Annual Hellenic Event, “Some Wine for Remembrance”  is scheduled from 2 to 7 p.m. in I-wing gym.

The Lakeside Center will host a special showing of the NFL football game pitting the Eagles against the Dallas Cowboys.  Prizes, a halftime food spread and many surprises are planned.

Stockton Fun Fact:
Stockton’s nickname for its sports teams, the Ospreys, is distinctive but not totally unique. What is the only other NCAA team to name its teams after this bird of prey?

(Click here to reveal the answer)
Answer:  The University of North Florida, in Jacksonville, calls its teams the Ospreys.

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