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September 2007
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More than 300 New Students SOAR Into Stockton

President Saatkamp talks to students.

Now in its third year, the Stockton Orientation Adventure Retreat (SOAR) provided a jumpstart to the academic year for more than 180 incoming freshmen. The students met off campus with staff and faculty members and engaged in a number of activities designed to make friends with other new students, to help foster teamwork, and to sharpen leadership skills.

“It’s a great way to ease the transition from high school to college,” Director of Student Development Lamott Moore said. “We had more than 30 student mentors and 10 professional staff taking part – more than 225 participants in all.”

SOAR took place Aug. 25-27 at Camp Ockanickon, about 50 miles off campus. Participants stayed in cabins and participated in academic and social skill workshops and fun activities such as a wall climb, swimming and various sports and recreational events.

“The event has really taken hold and gained popularity among our incoming freshmen,” said Moore. “We doubled our participation from last year’s event.”

The College is reaping the rewards from SOAR in the form of increased participation in academic, social and recreational activities on campus and increased school and community spirit.

Alumni Focus: Come Back to Stockton Oct. 6-7

The Office of Development and Alumni Affairs has announced an action-packed Homecoming Weekend at Stockton on Saturday and Sunday October 6-7, 2007. Stockton alumni, family and friends are invited to all events “Under the Big Top” at the Sports Center and throughout the campus. “We’re very excited to announce our Homecoming plans and look forward to seeing many old faces and greeting new ones,” said Sara Faurot Crowley, Director of Alumni Affairs. Selected event highlights include:

Saturday, October 6:

  • 11 a.m. Alumni Soccer Game, Fields 3 & 4.
  • 12 noon to 5 p.m., “Under the Big Top,” Sports Center. Join us for face-painting, the moon bounce, a fortune teller, circus clowns, Stockton Spirit displays and much more.  Meet current Stockton students, reunite with classmates, staff and faculty “Under the Big Top.”
  • 2 to 3 p.m., Annual Meeting of the Alumni Association, Townsend Residential Life Center. Join the Alumni Association, meet the Alumni Board and Class Representatives.
  • 1 p.m and 3 p.m. Women’s Soccer: Ospreys vs. William Paterson/Men’s Soccer: Ospreys vs. Manhattanville, Main Soccer Field. Cheer Stockton on to victory in both exciting games.
  • 5 p.m. Dean’s Receptions, Upper F-Wing Gallery. Meet and mingle with alumni, faculty and students from different divisions of the college and numerous fields of study.
  • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Alumni and Faculty Reunite, Lower F-Wing Gallery. Join Stockton’s President, Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., alumni and faculty for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while enjoying the sounds of the Faculty Band.
  • 7:30 p.m. “Life, Liberty and Other Pursuits,” Performing Arts Center. A lively original musical review showcasing Stockton’s most talented students and alumni; Tickets, $8.
  • 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sugarcult in Concert, Sports Center. Event sponsored by the Student Entertainment Team

Sunday, October 7:

  • 8:30 Registration for Alumni Association 5K Run, Sports Center. Register at the Sports Center; race begins at 9.

To RSVP for special events or to browse a schedule of all Homecoming events, call Tara Septynski, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations at (609) 626-3565 or log on to for further information.

Stockton Again Scores High Marks in US News Annual Rankings

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey has been ranked among the nation’s top public colleges and universities in the annual survey of America’s Best Colleges. 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 first time, Stockton appears in the top tier and is among the top 20 public institutions.

“We have consistently progressed to the point where this year, Stockton is in the top tier of the new rankings,” said Herman J. Saatkamp Jr., President. Over the years, Stockton has maintained and improved its impressive rankings in the U.S. News survey. In its previous category, Stockton has been ranked consistently among the top public liberal arts colleges in the nation.

“The unwavering preservation of our liberal arts focus, our traditional strength in the sciences, and our professional studies programs makes Stockton an attractive choice for students,” President Saatkamp said. 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. The College’s graduate programs at the master’s level and our new doctorate in Physical Therapy are responding to the needs of our growing region.”

Annual Stockton Golf Classic Tees Off October 2nd

The Fifth Annual Stockton College Golf Classic is set to take place Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007 at Hidden Creek Golf Club in Egg Harbor Twp., one of Golfweek magazine’s “Top 100 Modern Golf Courses in the United States” designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.

The Golf Classic raised in excess of $80,000 last year.  Proceeds benefit the Stockton College Foundation Scholarship Fund.

Events begin with an 11:30 lunch and 12:30 p.m. tee time followed by cocktail reception and award ceremony.

The First Annual Corona Cup will be awarded with additional prizes for low gross, and top low net foursomes in the scramble/shotgun start format event.  There will also be individual contest prizes for men and women including closest to the pin, longest drive and a putting contest.

Cost is $275 per person, $1,000 per foursome.  Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.

Presenting sponsor for the event is The Azeez Foundation.  Sponsors include Kramer Beverage, Ole Hanson & Sons, Inc., Press of Atlantic City, allRisk Restoration, Commerce Bank, Gibson Tarquini Group, Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling, KSS Architects, Chartwells, AtlantiCare, and the Burlington County Times.

For more information, please call the Stockton College Office of Development and Alumni Affairs at (609) 652-4830.

Stockton Fun Fact:
What Stockton professor had a role in the 2006 hit film “Invincible” and took part in a recent discussion of the movie with its subject, Philadelphia Eagles’ legend Vince Papale?

(Click here to reveal the answer)

Professor Franklin Ojeda Smith played “Les”, the Eagles’ feisty trainer in the film starring Mark Wahlberg as Vince Papale. Stockton recently hosted an “Invincible Evening” with Papale and Dr. Smith. A screening of the film was shown after a discussion, and Vince signed photos and Eagles gear for those in attendance.

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