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March 2006
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Student Senate And Performing Arts Center Present An Evening With Kevin Smith


     
Kevin Smith

Actor/director Kevin Smith, who has directed such hits as Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Jersey Girl, will appear for a special Evening at Stockton, 7 p.m. on Monday April 10.

Smith, a New Jersey native who hails from Red Bank, also appears as the character Silent Bob in his films.

The event will take place 7 p.m. in the Sports Center.  Cost is $3 per ticket for the Stockton community with Stockton ID, $10 for the general public.  There is a limit of two tickets per person as seating is limited.

Tickets are currently on sale through the Stockton box office.  For more information or to order tickets, call The Stockton Performing Arts Center Box Office at (609) 652-9000.



Auction Items To Be Stars In Their Own Right At Annual Spring Benefit, April 8 At Taj Mahal

 
The Monster Racing NASCAR Experience will be one of the top prizes up for bid at the Stockton Spring Scholarship Benefit on April 8.

Guests at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s 26th Annual Spring Benefit might find themselves behind the wheel of a NASCAR race car, wearing a blue topaz, sapphire and diamond ring or taking an exciting Caribbean cruise, if they are the successful bidders on these or other spectacular auction items that will be up for bid.

The April 8 event, moving off campus for the first time in its 26-year history, will feature spectacular entertainment with Grammy Award-winning performer Roberta Flack taking the stage in the Grand Ballroom at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort. Stockton’s Spring Benefit is an evening of fine dining, live and silent auction items and spectacular entertainment.  All proceeds from the event benefit the scholarship fund at the College.

The Gala begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are priced at $200.  To purchase tickets or inquire about sponsorship, call the Stockton Spring Scholarship Office at (609) 652-4658.

“So much excitement has been generated about the Benefit moving to The Taj Mahal and about the wonderful Roberta Flack providing our entertainment,” said Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. “We need to emphasize that the auction items available this year are ‘stars’ in their own right. Some of our guests are going to be acquiring some fabulous items, trips and goods, all for the benefit of scholarships for deserving students.”

President Saatkamp said some of the top auction items included a Ladies Blue Topaz Sapphire and Diamond ring from Bernie Robbins Fine Jewelry, valued at $3,600; and a Norwegian Cruise Line vacation to the Caribbean, balcony cabin, six, seven or eight days, and a NASCAR Fantasy weekend that includes a day at the races at Dover Downs Raceway and overnight stay, private driving lesson and a chance to drive or ride in the number 84 car, representing Monster Racing.

Some of the other auction items are a Trump Properties Fantasy Getaway, a Margate Bridge Pass and spectacular Golf vacations.  There will be a chance to win a luxurious Nathan Levin Mink Coat, tailored and monogrammed to the winner, value $8,500.  Drawing for the prize is $20 per chance for the 50/50 raffle and the winner need not be present.

Sponsors for the event include the Press of Atlantic City, Commerce Bank, Borgata Heart and Soul Foundation, Wachovia Bank, AtlantiCare and Follet.



Stockton Faculty And Staff Respond In Spectacular Fashion To NJ Charitable Campaign

     
Arthur Davis, Jr.

Once again, the generosity of Stockton College faculty and staff members came through, even during difficult financial times during the recently concluded New Jersey Employee Charitable Campaign.

Stockton College President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. is statewide Co-chair of the campaign.

The College received the per capita Silver award for posting an 18.1 percent increase in its donations, which benefit numerous charities around the state. The total amount donated from Stockton was $49,619. It was the third consecutive year Stockton increased its donations.

“This outcome of this year’s Charitable campaign confirms what we already knew: Stockton’s community is a caring one,” President Saatkamp said. He praised the efforts of local Campaign Director Arthur Davis, Jr., and Coordinator Yubi Pena.



Service Learning Students Helping Hurricane Victims

     
Students, faculty staff, and administrators came out to show support for service learning at “A Taste of New Orleans.”


Students proudly serve the buffet food in the Service Learning Project “A Taste of New Orleans”-a charity dinner and auction that raised money for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Last September, with the horrible images of Hurricane Katrina fresh in their minds, Professor Michael Scales asked his students to come up with ideas for a Service Learning Project.

The idea was to hold a New Orleans-themed charity dinner and auction and to donate all proceeds to the victims of the disaster. The students, with Professor Scales' help, held an all-you-can-eat “Taste of New Orleans” feast, and they auctioned off prizes, including a golf club membership.

Area restaurants donated food, local businesses passed along items for the auction and faculty and staff members showed their support by turning out in large numbers.

“The students raised $750 in one hour,” Professor Scales said. The funds were donated to the American Red Cross victim’s relief effort.

“The students succeeded in their goals of learning about the hospitality industry, organizing an event and giving back to the less fortunate,” said class member Jessica Meade.






Stockton Blood Drive Big Success

 
Volunteers give blood during Stockton's Red Cross Blood Drive.

During the recent Blood Drive at Stockton, 235 people responded to the call for urgently needed blood donations, and 190 pints of blood in all were donated by Stockton students, faculty and staff.

This is an impressive 38 percent increase, up 51 pints from last February’s drive. Through the leadership of Dr. Thomasa Gonzalez who spearheaded the drive and Martha McGinnis, who coordinated it, the campaign met and exceeded its goals.

According to Rosanne Marks, Manager of Corporate Accounts for the Penn Jersey Region of the American Red Cross, McGinnis “exemplified tremendous leadership, public relations, organization, motivation and persistence.”

Marks also singled out Luann Anton as a cornerstone of success of the drive due to her peer education group’s “dynamic leadership and enthusiasm.”

Since each pint of blood can help three people, the blood donated at Stockton helped save the lives of 570 hospital patients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  This is just one more example of the great citizenship and service of the Stockton community.



Alumni Mixing It Up

 
Some of the crowd at the Alumni Mixer in New York City.

On the heels of the wildly successful New York mixer last November, Stockton Alumni will again be mixing it up, this time in Washington D.C.

“We weren’t sure what to expect when we decided to get together in New York City,” Alumni Director Sara Faurot-Crowley said. “We gave a guarantee to the restaurant of 50 people.”

250 showed up!

The first event, at the Park Avenue Country Club, included a presentation of Stockton’s Master Plan by President Saatkamp, networking and lots of catching up by representatives of every decade from Stockton’s past.


President Saatkamp talks to alumni at the event.

“To say we were pleased with the outcome would be understating it,” Faurot-Crowley said. “Now we’d like to see how we can do in other cities.”  

The Washington D.C. event is a natural progression, she said, to honor the decades of service to the institution of longtime faculty member Chick Yeager who has ran the Washington Internship Program at Stockton for decades.
This is a great opportunity for many of Chick’s protégés in the D.C. area to come out and thank him for helping open the door onto their careers,” Faurot-Crowley said. “We hope that we can have another great turnout.”

For more information on the event, call her at (609) 652-4974.



160 Attend “Loan Forgiveness Day”

     
Dr. Lisa Cox

More than 140 students and 20 members of the general public came out to the Townsend Residential Life Center on March 3rd to learn about “Loan Forgiveness” procedures to help those who have incurred student loans.

The event, organized by Dr. Lisa E. Cox of the Social Work faculty featured a number of presenters, including Manuel Loerta, Assistant Director of New Jersey’s Department of Higher Education and Student Assistance Authority. Loerta shared information about the social services student loan redemption program.

The program, established by former Acting Governor Codey, appropriated funds to serve as an incentive to students to work in “helping professions,” recently expanded from just social workers.

Under the terms of the program, certain helping profession workers might be eligible for up to $5,000 redemption per year and up to a total of $20,000 in loan “forgiveness.”  The program was designed to help address the current and projected shortages of social services workers in the state.



Marilyn DiGiacobbe Named Stockton’s Chief Development Officer

     
Stockton’s new Chief Development Officer, Marilyn DiGiacobbe with Rep. Rob Andrews, when she was Associate Dean of external Affairs for the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University.

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Chief Development Officer, Marilyn DiGiacobbe.

“Marilyn comes to us from the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University where she brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this critical position,” said President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. “Prior to coming to Seton Hall, she served as Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Liaison and Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton.”

During her tenure at Seton Hall, Ms. DiGiacobbe directed the Whitehead School’s development, marketing and communications initiatives and worked closely with business and civic leaders to support and enhance the school’s growing academic programs. In just six years, she significantly grew the school’s community and alumni.

“We are delighted to have found a Chief Development Officer with Ms. DiGiacobbe’s credentials and abilities,” Dr. Saatkamp said. “We look forward to the valuable contributions she will be making to our development efforts.”


Stockton Fun Fact:
Most Stockton Alumni and staff know our own G. Larry James won Olympic Gold and Silver in the 1968 Mexico City Olympic games 400 meter relay and 400 meters, respectively. But James was Stockton’s second Olympic gold medalist. Who was the first and what was his event?
(Click here to reveal the answer)
Answer: Don Bragg, Stockton’s first Athletic Director, won the Pole Vault at the 1960 Rome Olympics with a vault of 15-5, then an Olympic record.

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