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Novemeber 2009
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Stockton Dedicates One of Nation's Largest Solar Carports

Aerial view of solar carport

Through the use of photovoltaic panels mounted on top of new solar carports, Stockton, New Jersey’s Green College, is harnessing energy radiating downward from 93 million miles away.  In the process, Stockton is reducing its carbon footprint and providing students the opportunity to park in the shade and out of the elements.

Stockton formally dedicated one of the nation’s largest solar carports on October 27.  Rather than cutting the traditional ribbon, President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., “flipped the switch” on a new era in energy savings and environmental stewardship. The carport, located in Parking Lot 7 next to student housing, has a solar generating capacity of 846 kilowatts, making it one of the largest structures of its kind in the United States. The carport provides protection for more than 500 cars. With additional implementation planned for 2010, Stockton will have the largest application in an institutional setting.

The dedication was attended by Nicholas Asselta, a Commissioner with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, a delegation from the Liberty Science Center, representatives of several utilities, representation of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), and numerous Stockton students, faculty and staff.

The project was funded in part by rebates issued to the College by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. The next phase of the solar initiative, to begin in the summer of 2010, will utilize $3.46 million in funding, the single largest grant for a construction project in Stockton’s history. The grant also represents Stockton’s first allocation of federal economic stimulus funding.

President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. flips the switch at the dedication of Stockton’s solar carport

Money invested in alternative energy is returned in energy savings. Energy from the sun is free, clean, noiseless, and abundant. Stockton’s complete photovoltaic initiative totals 1.2 megawatts, which includes panels mounted on the roofs of the Multipurpose Recreation Center (319.2kW); the F-Wing Overbuild (26kW); and the Arts and Sciences Building (12kW), in addition to 378kW on Parking Lot 7a and 468.2kW on Parking Lot 7b, all located on the Galloway Township campus.

President Saatkamp observed that during the project’s construction, students intentionally parked further away from the building to have shaded parking under the solar carports. However, more importantly, President Saatkamp said, “The funding will allow us to re-invest in sustainable technology for a greater return in energy efficiency. Projects such as this one demonstrate our commitment to the green movement and to the responsible use of tax and tuition dollars.”

Stockton also relies on other sources of renewable energy. Stockton is home to the nation’s first Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage (ATES) system as well as one of the world’s largest geothermal heating and cooling systems, and faculty and students are partnering with the Atlantic County Utilities Authority to determine potential wind turbine sites.

Relevance of Remembrance Packs Alton Auditorium

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner

Stuart Rabner, New Jersey’s Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the son of Holocaust survivors, interviewed three local Holocaust survivors before a rapt capacity audience recently at Stockton’s Alton Auditorium.

The survivors included Eta Levin-Hecht of Margate, who, as a small child spent most of World War II in hiding; Ernest Paul of Atlantic City, a former member of a Zionist underground movement in Hungary; and Rella Ehrlich Roth of Margate, a survivor of three different concentration camps. The remarkable event, “The Relevance of Remembrance” was co-sponsored by the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy and the Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center, at Stockton.

“I have felt strongly about preserving the survivors’ stories for as long as I can remember,” Justice Rabner said. “This is a unique opportunity to do so in a setting where students benefit.”  A large number of Stockton students were among the 250 in attendance, including numerous elected officials and business and civic leaders.  It was an unusual role for Justice Rabner, who deftly and compassionately brought out the horrific, inspiring stories of the survivors.   

Levin Hecht told of being smuggled in a potato sack and rolled up in bedding to avoid discovery by the Nazi soldiers.  “I felt like I would suffocate but did not dare make a sound, and I remember hearing the footsteps of the soldiers on the steps above me.”  Levin Hect said she hoped her story and those of the other survivors would inspire educators to add a fourth “R” to the traditional three: “Reading, (w)riting, (a)rithmatic and react to injustice,” she said. “Do not stand by and do nothing.”

Paul told of twice being captured and tortured while working in the underground. “Our captors were trying to get information out of us, but many of us held firm,” he said. “I did not and do not think of myself as a hero. I was simply doing the right thing.”

Roth spoke of her experiences in three different concentration camps including Auschwitz, where she last saw her parents and three brothers, and where she found herself face to face with the infamous Dr. Josef Mengle. “Mengle would call us out for roll calls in the early morning hours and select people to be taken off to their deaths.”

“As difficult as some of the stories were to hear, they inspired hope,” said Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. “Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it,” he said, quoting his favorite philosopher, George Santayana.

Double Honors for Lonnie Folks at Alma Mater

Stockton Athletic Director Lonnie Folks with the Maryville University award that bears his name.

Maryville University in St. Louis, MO recently bestowed two special honors to one of its notable alumni, Stockton Director of Athletics and Recreation Lonnie Folks.

Folks was inducted into the Maryville Athletics Hall of Fame, and had a major Athletics Department award, the Lonnie Folks Award, named in his honor. Folks, who holds both undergraduate and advanced degrees from Maryville, was involved in the University’s athletics programs for more than 20 years. He was a member of the soccer and baseball teams, was named soccer Freshman of the Year in 1978, and later coached the women’s soccer, basketball and softball teams. He was a two-time conference Coach of the Year in both women’s soccer and softball.

“Obviously it is quite humbling to be recognized by my alma mater in this way,” Folks said. “I accept the award on behalf of the many mentors, teammates, and fellow coaches with whom I had the opportunity to interact during my years at Maryville.”

The Lonnie Folks Award was announced during the recent Alumni Weekend activities, which honor former student-athletes, coaches or administrators who exemplify the spirit of Maryville Athletics.

“After Hours” Programs at Stockton Earn National Recognition

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s evening and weekend programming series Stockton After Hours (SAH), sponsored by the Office of the College Center, was honored at the 2009 National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) at the organization’s recent Mid Atlantic Regional Conference.

Stockton received the 2009 Outstanding Social Program award, competing among a large and diverse collection of colleges, universities, and member agencies in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C., and portions of Virginia and Canada.

NACA carefully reviews colleges and universities to recognize institutions where both creativity and innovation appeal to a diverse student body. If no college or university lives up to the high expectations and distinguishing criteria, NACA reserves the right to give no awards.

The Stockton After Hours program is coordinated by Joseph Lizza, Assistant Director of the Office of the College Center, who has served on the regional leadership team and conference committee for NACA’s Mid Atlantic Region for six years. Last year, Lizza was awarded NACA’s 2008 Outstanding New Professional award for the region to honor his efforts and organization of SAH.

“We are honored to receive this recognition, Lizza said.  “At the College Center, we have worked hard to provide quality events and varied opportunities to our students. Many of our programs tie in various learning outcomes and professional standards to produce strong student leaders and link the mission and vision of Student Affairs to that of our Academic Affairs colleagues. By providing enjoyable programming for students at little or no cost, we foster a sense of pride and excitement, which helps keep students engaged at Stockton.”

The College Center at Stockton offers off-campus events, a week of graduate send-off events, comedy nights, game nights, candy nights, ultimate karaoke, movies, bingo, trivia, crafts, and much more.

Stockton Fun Fact:
What Stockton institution recently observed its 25th anniversary?

(Click here to reveal the answer)

Answer to Stockton Fun Fact: WLFR Radio (91.7 FM) marked its 25th Anniversary with ceremonies at Lakeside Center. The station is part of the School of Arts and Humanities and is very involved in our local community by offering diverse programming, providing a platform for political debates and bringing Stockton Athletics and other events into the community.

A group of students display the 1987 WLFR programming guide in this photo found on the Internet

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