THE RICHARD STOCKTON COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY

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Stockton Council of Black Faculty and Staff Announces Honorees

Awards Dinner and Dance will also raise funds for scholarships.

 

For Immediate Release

Friday, October 27, 2006

Contact:     Tim Kelly

                  Jessica Hudson

                  Stockton Public Relations

                  (609) 652-4950

 

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – The Richard Stockton College Council of Black Faculty and Staff has announced the honorees for their Annual Awards Dinner and Dance.  This event honors outstanding people who have made major contributions to Southern New Jersey and to the Stockton community.  The Annual Awards Dinner also raises funds for scholarships for students to increase access to higher education.  Dr. William B. Clayton and Mrs. Redinia Gilliam Mosee have won recognition as Life Time Achievement Award Recipients.  This year’s honorees for Distinguished Alumnae Achievement Award Recipients are Ms. Marjorie Barnes and Ms. Valerie Brown-Sanders.

 

Dr. William B. Clayton served as a police office in Atlantic City for many years.  With the assistance of Chief Joseph T. Allmond, Dr. Clayton established the Atlantic City Police Department’s Bicycle Patrol.  Today, this patrol is a very important and successful crime fighting squad in the Atlantic City Police Department’s war on crime.

 

Dr. Clayton is an NAACP Life Member and paid Golden Heritage Member.  Dr. Clayton was also the first and only African American who was elected Director of Public Safety in Atlantic City.  Dr. Clayton is affiliated with the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); an organization committed to the improvement of the criminal justice system, the elimination of racial inequities, and to forging bonds between law enforcement and the communities they serve.  Dr. Clayton’s work is also noteworthy in that he offered the proposal in Washington, DC, that led to the creation of NOBLE.  He has received approximately 50 awards, plaques and citations for his many and varied contributions to the community.

 

Ms. Redenia Gilliam-Mosee, also a Life Time Achievement Award Recipient, is a resident of Atlantic City, NJ and a graduate of Atlantic City High School.  Ms. Gilliam-Mosee was the first African American female Vice-President in Atlantic City’s casino industry, and was subsequently promoted to Senior Vice-President.  As Senior Vice-President of Governmental Relations and Planning, her responsibilities have included affirmative action and hotel training; coordination of emergency management and homeland security; casino regulatory documentation and testimony; retail management; charitable programs and the development of corporate community projects by utilizing the Company’s Casino Reinvestment Development Authority funds.

 

Ms. Gilliam-Mosee was the first woman elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce in its 80-year history.  When she was Chairman of the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, she created a coalition of business, community and labor leaders to petition the New Jersey Legislature to provide funding for a new convention center in Atlantic City; proposed the consolidation of several local Chambers of Commerce; and urged local governmental officials to allow an air show over the ocean.  More recently, Redenia was instrumental in leading efforts before the City Council to allow beach bars in Atlantic City.  As a result, the Atlantic City Hilton became the first casino hotel permitted to test this new tourist amenity.  She is a charter member of the Atlantic County Women’s Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Jitney Association’s Atlantic City Hall of Fame.  She was voted one of Glamour magazine’s Success Choices; and previously honored as Business Woman of the Year by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce.  She has received honors from many civic, religious and fraternal organizations.

 

One of this year’s honorees for Distinguished Alumnae Achievement Award Recipients, Ms. Marjorie Barnes is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Union County College where she has been teaching developmental writing and critical thinking for the past thirteen years.  In 1990, Marjorie received a B.A. in Literature from Richard Stockton College, and three years later, she received an M.A. in Linguistics from Temple University.   Marjorie’s career as a performance poet began as an undergraduate when she toured with Afro-One Dance, Drama and Drum Theatre, a south Jersey based dance troupe directed by Stockton College’s Dr. Patricia Reid-Merritt.  Currently, Marjorie is a poet for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation where she conducts poetry workshops for New Jersey teachers, and participates in poetry festivals in schools throughout New Jersey.

 

Ms. Barnes received grants from The Puffin Foundation and the Newark Arts Council to fund her poetry project with inmates at the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center in Newark.  The Puffin Foundation and the Newark Arts Council funded a poetry and painting project that she does on the street corners in Newark to deter drug activity.  Marjorie has also been accepted into Cave Canem, a poetry group committed to the discovery and cultivation of new African American poets.

 

The Council’s other Distinguished Alumnae Achievement Award Recipient, Ms. Valerie Brown-Sanders has worked her way up from an administrative assistant to the senior ranks at Black Entertainment Television Sports.  She began her career in sports production as an intern at BET in 1990.  It was then that she fell in love with the trade and learned the skills necessary to excel in television production.

 

In her current role as Senior Producer and Managing Editor for BET Sports, Valerie is involved in every aspect of preparing sports programming for the air, including working with sports teams to pitch new ideas for sports segments and producing shows.  She also oversees special programming at BET for sporting events such as the Super Bowl, NBA All-Star Game, NCAA Final 4, NBA Finals & other athletic events featuring professional athletes from various Caribbean Islands.  In addition, Valerie is also in charge of location production for the popular six-game Annual Black College Football Classic.

 

Valerie graduated from Stockton, where she was a star player for the women’s basketball program.  She was the first athlete in the history of Stockton College to have her sports jersey retired.  Her success at Stockton led Valerie to earn a Masters Degree in Sports Administration at Temple University.

 

The Richard Stockton College Council of Black Faculty and Staff is pleased to honor these individuals.

 

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