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Men’s Soccer Wins NJAC Title, Heads to NCAA Tourney

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Stockton men's soccer team
The Men’s Soccer Team won the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday, November 6th, with a 2-0 defeat of arch-rival Rowan. The win also earned the Ospreys a berth in the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament.

Eric Lewis scored first on a penalty kick and Dowaine Green added the insurance goal to lead Stockton to its fifth NJAC championship in school history.

Horace Bryant Bust Unveiled as Crown Jewel of Carnegie Library Center

President Saatkamp addresses crowd
Local civil rights pioneer Horace J. Bryant was immortalized recently with a bust now on display in the entrance lobby of the Carnegie Library Center, Stockton’s satellite center in the heart of Atlantic City.

Bryant, a 44-year resident of the city, became the first African American Cabinet-level appointee in New Jersey in 1969 when then-Governor Richard J. Hughes named him head of the Department of Banking and Insurance. He was also a two-term Atlantic City Commissioner and founded the Atlantic City Municipal Utilities Authority.

Bryant is perhaps best known for starting the Northside Union League Federal Credit Union, the first African American financial institution in the city.

The bronze bust was created by sculptor Jennifer Frudakis, whose father sculpted the landmark John F. Kennedy bust at Kennedy Plaza on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, just outside Boardwalk Hall.

“It was a difficult decision to select the sculptor for this work, but seeing the final project, it’s clear the right choice was made,” said Bryant’s daughter Lillian. “This magnificent piece of art captures the twinkle of my father’s eye, his sense of humor and the depth of his character.”

 Osprey Volleyball Stars Soar on the Court and in Classroom

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Kate Hahn

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Whitney Verduin

Kate Hahn and Whitney Verduin are remarkable examples of Stockton student-athletes who excel in the classroom and on the court.

The young women, who led the Ospreys to the 20-win plateau the past two years, recently completed another outstanding campaign. Stockton finished 24-8, and made it to the New Jersey Athletic Conference Tournament final. The Ospreys beat Montclair State last week for their sixth straight win last week to advance to the title game against Rowan. The Ospreys dropped a hard-fought 3-2 decision Saturday on the Profs’ court.

Hahn, a junior setter, was named NJAC Player of the Week in October while leading the Ospreys to a 5-0 win streak with 169 assists, 60 digs, 18 kills and 11 service aces. She was named MVP of the Penny Fall Classic at Washington College (Md.) where the Ospreys won four straight matches to capture the tournament championship.

Junior outside hitter Verduin earned NJAC Player of the Week honors twice this season. Her first award came after the Gettysburg Battlefield Classic where Whitney was named to the All-Tournament team after leading the Ospreys to a 3-2 record in the 18-team field. She posted team highs in kills and attacks in all five of the matches. Her total of 81 kills and 56 digs at the tournament included a 20-kill, 19-dig performance in a five-game win over Salisbury. She later amassed 16 kills and 15 digs against Scranton in the Ospreys’ final match of the weekend. She picked up her second consecutive Player of the Week nod on September 20th after leading the Ospreys to a 4-0 mark with team highs of 18 kills and 10 digs in a sweep of Ramapo in the conference opener. She followed that up with an MVP effort in the Osprey Classic on her home court as Stockton won three matches and Verduin recorded 60 kills, 51 digs, and seven aces.

Impressive as their volleyball stats might seem, Hahn and Verduin have compiled some astounding academic numbers as well. Hahn, a Sewell, NJ resident and graduate of Washington Twp. High School, currently maintains a 3.94 GPA as a biochemistry and molecular biology major. Verduin, from Hawthorne, NJ and a graduate of Hawthorne High School, maintains a 3.75 GPA as a business studies major.

“Both Whitney and Kate are examples of the true spirit of Division III athletics, of both academics and athletics going hand-in-hand,” coach Eric Illjes said. “I can guarantee their future success after graduation.”

“Whitney is a dominant player but has no ego… she would drive the team bus 1,000 miles and be happy to do it, if asked,” Illjes said. “She still plays like a freshman fighting for a spot in the starting lineup. Kate is the same way. The setter is the quarterback of a volleyball team and Kate’s our best athlete and she’s ‘court smart.’ I wish there could be two Player of the Year awards in the NJAC because both of them deserve it.

Congressman Andrews Speaks on Hospitality and Tourism at Stockton

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Congressman Robert Andrews

U.S. Rep. Robert Andrews gave an address at Stockton with significant statewide interest on Oct. 25.

Andrews, a Democrat who represents New Jersey’s First Congressional District, spoke on the importance of hospitality and tourism in New Jersey before an audience of local business leaders, the Stockton Community and members of the public. He said the state’s gaming industry faces increasing competition soon from Philadelphia, where slot machine parlors were recently approved by the state legislature.

“Thirty percent of the visitors to Atlantic City come from Pennsylvania, a great deal of them from Philadelphia and its suburbs,” Andrews said. “That doesn’t mean we will lose that share of revenue. We can build on the success we have had and do even better – increase our share of the revenue. Philadelphia will have slot machines, but it won’t have world-class entertainment or amusement rides in Ocean City, or the beach or the ocean.”

Congressman Andrews being greeted by Ambassador William Hughes (left) and President Saatkamp

Andrews said one of the best ways to build the area hospitality industry’s market share was to increase traffic into Atlantic City International Airport. “Twelve percent of the people who fly into Philadelphia International Airport are South Jersey residents,” he said. “If we convince just a small percentage of those folks that parking is cheaper, lines going through security are shorter and it is generally more convenient to fly out of Atlantic City, we will create a demand.” He said the airport could support a 60 percent increase in air traffic with some infrastructure upgrades. That would in turn lead to increased hotel rooms and convention business for Atlantic City, Andrews added.

“And a well-trained workforce is something we will need as well,” he said, acknowledging the many students in the audience.

Andrews, 45, a graduate of Bucknell University, has a law degree from Cornell University. He is a resident of Haddon Heights.

Hannah Goslar Pick Imparts Words of Courage, Hope

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Hannah Goslar Pick at reception before her speech and signing books for students and friends

Holocaust Survivor Hanna Goslar Pick, a childhood friend of Anne Frank, made a stirring presentation in October at the Performing Arts Center.

The presentation, made before a nearly packed PAC, was sponsored by the Holocaust Resource Center in conjunction with the Jewish Federation of Atlantic and Cape May Counties. It was the third time Pick has visited Stockton and spoken to our community.

Pick described her early childhood and happy memories of Anne Frank as an outgoing child who always wanted attention. Pick’s world changed one day in 1942 when she came to Anne’s house to play and was told the family had fled to Switzerland. It wasn’t until after the conclusion of World War II that Pick learned Anne and her family had been hiding in a secret annex in the house for much of the war, had been betrayed and sent to Auschwitz, where Anne became sick and perished.

Pick told of hardships the girls endured before Anne went into hiding, such as being taken out of their regular school and sent to a school for Jews, having many of their possessions stolen by the Nazis, being branded with the letter “J” on their clothing and being denied access to public facilities.

Pick herself was eventually shipped to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. She was placed on a train bound for another camp when it was eventually liberated by Russian soldiers. Her father had not survived and her mother died in childbirth. But she reunited with Frank’s father who told her of Anne’s sad fate.

Pick said she hoped today’s students could learn about tolerance and harmony by hearing her story. “The six million victims of the Holocaust died because they were Jewish,” she said. “If someone is different…a different race, color or religion we should try to understand each other’s differences and to live in peace.”

“Learning from Local Leaders” at Carnegie Library Center

The Office of Professional Development and Continuing Education presented a dynamic and diverse panel of area civic and business leaders for a training program held recently at the Carnegie Library Center.

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George Lynn,
President and CEO, AtlantiCare

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Al Guttierez,
President and CEO, Shore Memorial Hospital

The Panel included Senior Vice President Redenia Gilliam-Moore, Senior Vice President, Governmental Relations/Planning, Caesars Entertainment; George Lynn, President and CEO, AtlantiCare; Kay Seelig, Owner/President, Globe Vending Co.; Al Guttierez, President and CEO, Shore Memorial Hospital; and, Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., President, Stockton College.

Gilliam-Mosee said there were three types of leaders: those who were natural or “born” leaders, those who are developed, who are exposed to a culture and cultivated, and those who are “called” by themselves or the community. “These are credible people who others want involved with their organizations,” she said.

Guttierez said a leader must have multiple perspectives from several different settings and that two skills were crucial to effective leadership: “factual understanding of the area you are leading, both academic and experience, and ‘emotional intelligence,’ the ability to turn followers into inspired followers.”

According to Lynn, a leader needs integrity, values, purpose, faith, and good communication.

“Be the change in the world you wish to see,” Lynn advised, quoting Gandhi.

Seelig advised women in the audience to eliminate their gender in business matters. “Insist you are the best person for the job, not the best woman for the job,” she said.

Dr. Saatkamp said that before one might lead, one must find an area that interests, excites and inspires. He pointed out the importance of focusing on vital issues and not becoming distracted over matters that are not an immediate priority.

“One of the most important things a strong leader does is to set a tone for the organization and to chose a direction,” he said.

Visiting Writers Series Continues; Fundraiser Set Nov. 8

Stockton’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities is once again presenting an outstanding series of world class visiting writers for readings open to the public. Last month, Pulitzer Prize winner Jeffrey Eugenides read from his acclaimed book, Middlesex, in a free event at the Lakeside Center. In addition to the Pulitzer, which Eugenides won in 2003, and the Great Lakes Book Award, Middlesex was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

An upcoming reading will take place 7 p.m. Monday November 8, 2004 in the Elizabeth Alton Auditorium when poet Sharon Olds will read from her collection of poetry.

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Sharon Olds

Sharon Olds is the author of The Unswept Room, Blood, Tin, Straw, The Wellspring, The Father, The Gold Cell and The Dead and the Living which was chosen as the Lamont Poetry Selection by the Academy of American Poets and received the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Olds’ reading is open to the public and is the Annual Fundraiser to support this wonderful series. Your generosity at varying levels: Haiku ($3 for students with ID;) Limerick (seniors 62 and up with ID;) Sonnet ($10 General Admission;) Villanelle ($25;) Sestina ($50;) Ode ($100;) or Epic ($500 plus) helps keep the series going.

The Visiting Writers Series is one of the unique treasures, not just of Stockton, but the entire South Jersey cultural community. It is a critical element of our “Stockton on the Shore” philosophy of reaching out to make a difference. We hope you will take advantage of this wonderful series and continue your generous support.

Stockton Fun Fact:
IThe College’s namesake Richard Stockton was one of five New Jersey signers of the Declaration of Independence. Who were the others?
(Click here to reveal the answer)
Answer: New Jersey residents Abraham Clark, John Hart, Francis Hopkinson and John Witherspoon signed the Declaration of Independence along with Richard Stockton.

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