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September 2009
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Stockton Dedicates Renovated Marine Science and Environmental Field Station at Nacote Creek

(From left) Dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Dennis Weiss; President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr.; and Associate Vice President for Administration and Finance, Donald Moore cut the ribbon to officially open the Nacote Creek Field Station expanded facility.

Stockton officially commemorated the renovation and expansion of its Nacote Creek Field Station on Sept. 18, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the facility.

Donald Moore, Associate Vice President for the Division of Administration and Finance discussed how the project was developed as well as the specific upgrades.  President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. and Dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Dennis Weiss spoke at the event, which included self-guided tours of the premises and boat rides on Nacote Creek.

“The Nacote Creek Marine Science and Environmental Field Station is one of our greatest educational and research facility resources at the College” Dr. Saatkamp said.  “Stockton’s proximity to both freshwater and saltwater ecosystems gives students the unique opportunity to study a much more diverse assortment of marine life.  We are pleased to help make this facility even better for our students.  This upgrade is part of a college-wide effort to improve and expand our academic facilities.”

The Nacote Creek Rehabilitation and Upgrade Project began in the winter of 2009 and continued through the spring semester.  An addition was built onto Building 501, the Teaching and Research Laboratory, nicknamed the ‘log cabin,’ to increase space for larger and multiple course offerings.  The computer lab was relocated and updated, an indoor seawater table was added for instructional use, the student lounge was improved, and a handicapped accessible restroom was added.

The ability to conduct boat trips for field research is an important feature of the Nacote Creek facility.

The Coastal Research Center, formerly located on the second floor of Building 504, was relocated to a new on-site building.  The equipment storage building was replaced, and maintenance upgrades to pre-existing buildings were undertaken.  In Building 504, the Management Office Building and Aquaculture Laboratory, the aging HVAC systems were replaced with new geothermal heating and cooling systems; a new potable well and septic system was installed; and pre-existing buildings were given new siding and new roofs.

According to Dr. Saatkamp, increased academic demand initiated the renovation.  Facility use is not limited to Marine Science faculty and students.  The field station’s use for students has expanded over the years and currently includes students in Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, and the newly established Professional Science Master’s in Environmental Science.

Beginning in the mid-1970s, Stockton’s field station was located on rented space in Brigantine.  However, in 1992, the current Marine Science and Environmental Field Station was purchased as residential property and converted into student laboratories. The Nacote Creek location, situated closer to the College, allowed for the growth of the field station and greater student involvement.  In 1997, the National Science Foundation funded a renovation that converted the residential buildings into true teaching laboratories.

For more information about the facility, please contact Steve Evert, Field Station Manager, at 609-652-4486 or

New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner at Hughes Center Event on Oct. 7

New Jersey Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Stuart Rabner

Stuart Rabner, New Jersey’s Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the son of Holocaust survivors, will interview local survivors at a unique program at Stockton College. “The Relevance of Remembrance,” the latest in the William J. Hughes Lecture Series, will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009 at Alton Auditorium (A-Wing) on the main Stockton campus in Galloway Township.

“Hearing the first-hand testimonies of Holocaust survivors is both an excellent learning experience for students and a critical means of preserving history,” said Jan Colijn, Dean of General Studies.  “These survivors leave us with two lessons: “Genocide is hell, yet their survival personifies the resilience of the human spirit in the most dire of circumstances.”

The event is sponsored by the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton in conjunction with the College’s Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center.

Justice Rabner was appointed to the NJ Supreme Court in 2007 after serving as Attorney General under Governor Jon Corzine.  He is a graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.  He is a cum laude graduate of Harvard University Law School.

There is limited space for this event, which is free and open to the public.  Please RSVP by calling 609-626-3542 or e-mailing

Stockton Golf Classic Set for Sept 30 at Seaview

The 7th Annual Stockton College Golf Classic will take place Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009 at the historic Seaview Resort and Spa in Galloway, Twp.  Proceeds of the Golf Classic benefit Stockton's brightest and most deserving students.  Last year’s event attracted a record number of golfers and raised over $100,000.

Seaview Golf Club, A Troon Golf managed facility, is a world-class bayside retreat situated on 670 acres of pristine pinelands in southern New Jersey.  Seaview offers 36 holes of championship golf on two of New Jersey’s oldest and most prestigious courses.  Operated since 1914 and the site of several major professional tour events, Seaview can accommodate 144 participants on the Bay Course.  Additional competitors will have the opportunity to play the challenging Pines Course.

The golf package includes greens fees for a round on one of the Seaview courses, lunch, cocktail hour and deluxe dinner buffet for $250 per person or $1,000 per foursome.  Foursomes may add a hole sponsorship for $200 ($250 if purchased separately).  The event also features a Silent Auction of golf-related packages and items.

The event begins with registration and lunch at 11:30 a.m., a 1 p.m. shotgun start followed by cocktail hour, dinner and awards starting at 6 p.m.

Additional sponsorship opportunities range from $500 to $10,000 for the presenting sponsor.  For details on sponsorship opportunities or to register for the classic online, please visit and click on the Golf Classic icon.

For more information and directions to the historic Seaview Resort and Spa, please visit:

Stockton Establishes Veterans Advisory Board

Tom O’Donnell & Patrick Shields

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey has established a Veterans Advisory Board to work in conjunction with the newly established Office of Veterans Affairs.  The panel is comprised of prominent leaders in education, business, workforce development and veteran and military affairs.

“Community partnerships are crucial to Stockton’s mission,” President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. said.  “The formation of the Veterans Advisory Board will help us to better meet the needs of serving student veterans and active service members, and in establishing vital resources that will boost workforce and economic development in South Jersey.”

The panel’s formation comes on the heels of Stockton’s significant increase in its outreach efforts to student veterans and active military students.  The College’s Office of Veterans Affairs, newly formed under the auspices of the Office of the Dean of Students in the Division of Student Affairs, is designed to assist student veterans and active service members with their unique academic needs.

The new Board includes key members of the Stockton community and prominent members and leaders in government, chambers of commerce, veteran and military affairs. The members of the Board include: Matthew Altier, Stockton Vice President for Administration and Finance; Lieutenant Colonel Mark Anarumo, Chair of Homeland Security and Terrorism Studies at Stockton College; Michelle Andrews, Atlantic Cape Community College’s Certifying Veterans Officer; Ronald Caro, Stockton Assistant Professor in the School of Education; Senior Vice Commander Robert Ford, VFW Memorial Post; Atlantic County Director of Veterans Affairs Robert Frolow; Senior Veterans Supervisor Howard Garabedian, NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development; Stockton’s Assistant Director of Admissions Melvin Gregory; Dr. Thomas Grites, Stockton’s Assistant to the Provost; Alison Henry, Stockton’s Associate Dean of Admissions; Joseph Kelly, President of the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce; Charles Kern, President of the Student Veterans Organization at Stockton; Dr. Harvey Kesselman, Stockton’s Dean of Education; Director of Programs and Policy Analysis Wendy Lang, New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities; Workforce Development Manager 1 Michael Lazarchick, NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development; Stockton’s Director of Financial Aid Jeanne Lewis; Stockton’s Assistant Dean of Students and Co-Chair of the Veterans Advisory Board Thomas J. O’ Donnell; Stockton Student Veteran Becky Patterson; US Army Staff Sergeant Christopher Shannon; and Stockton’s Coordinator of the Office of Veterans Affairs and Co-Chair of the Veterans Advisory Board Patrick Shields.

Stockton has a long history of assisting its student veterans, including a large population of students who returned from the Vietnam War in the early 1970s, noted Jeanne Lewis, Director of Financial Aid. “Stockton’s Vietnam-veteran students connected socially after encounters with each other in the Financial Aid Office. Shortly after, a very active student-veterans club was born.”

The goals of the Board are to assist in the provision of guidance, advice and consultation in:
Building and strengthening the educational and professional opportunities that Stockton provides to veteran and military personnel.

  • The inclusion of the local community in participation and support of Stockton’s veterans programs.
  • Outreach to the local and state-wide military organizations to participate and support Stockton’s veterans programs.
  • Overall, to create a supportive campus atmosphere and provide comprehensive services so that veterans can have a successful academic experience in college life at Stockton.

Patrick Shields, Coordinator of the Office of Veterans Affairs stated, “The Board represents a rich array of members who represent many facets of veteran support services and community development that will assist veterans to attain their educational aspirations.”  Students who are veterans or active service members may contact him in G-201 or by calling 609-652-4987.

Stockton Fun Fact:
During what year did The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s admit the largest incoming freshman class?

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The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s 2009 incoming freshman class is its largest and most academically credentialed in the school’s history. “Some of the brightest students in the state are applying to Stockton,” Dr. Saatkamp noted. “We offer some unique advantages such as valuable degree programs, stellar faculty, one of the largest and most environmentally conscious campuses in the region, a diverse community, and an attractive student-faculty ratio of 18.4 students to each faculty member.” According to Dr. Saatkamp, the College has become more selective than ever. The total freshmen applicant pool grew to 4550 which peaked competition for the available spots and produced a freshmen class of just over 870.

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