Veterans Week

Galloway, N.J. - Stockton University's Office of Military & Veteran Services is hosting a week-long celebration of veterans both on campus and beyond in commemoration of Veterans Day on Nov. 11. 

In addition to the below events, F-Wing's main hallway will display this year's Faces of Stockton's Military Community Photograph Project with photos by University Relations & Marketing's Susan Allen, '09/'14, from Monday, Nov. 6 to Friday, Nov. 11 and special Veteran's Week tabling by OMVS on Nov. 6 & 7.

  • Military Gear Review and Layout - Monday, Nov. 6 and Tuesday, Nov. 7, in the F-Wing Lower Gallery Atrium. Check out some gear and equipment utilized by our military community. 
  • "Serve Like A Girl" Viewing and Discussion - Wednesday, Nov. 8 in the Campus Center Theatre. The movie will start at noon and be followed by a panel/group discussion. The guest speaker is Master Sgt. Danielle R. Todman, 177th Fighter Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard.
  • Ruck March/Walk Around Lake Fred - Thursday, Nov. 9, starting at 2:30 p.m. in Veteran's Park. Join us for a walk around Lake Fred in honor of Veterans Day with or without a bag on your back. In the event of rain, the March/Walk will be canceled. 
  • Veterans Day Recognition Ceremony - Friday, Nov. 10, starting at 11 a.m. in the Campus Center Grand Hall. Col. Yvonne L. Mays, 177th Fighter Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard, is the guest speaker. Reception afterward in F-Wing Lower Gallery Atrium. A Zoom link for the ceremony is also available. Call 609-652-3419 for more information.
  • Bay Atlantic Symphony Veterans Day Concert - Saturday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Stockton Performing Arts Center. Free tickets are available via the Performing Arts Center.

Portraits of students, staff and faculty who served in the military
Last month, 36 students and employees came to the Military and Veteran Success Center to have a portrait taken for the Faces of Stockton's Military Community Photograph Project. Photos by Susan Allen. 

Galloway, N.J. - William Cousins, a first-year student, brought an x-ray showing the bar of titanium in his hip. 

Karl Schute, a senior History major, brought a stack of century-old books and a Civil War-era Union Army dress hat adorned with a brass infantry bugle that he bought in Gettysburg. 

Kenia R. Euba-Ruiz, a Master of Arts in Counseling graduate student, brought her son, Arturo, her mother, Carmelita, and a pile of books on therapy, aging and counseling. 

Michael Barany, director of the Military and Veteran Success Center, asked that participants wear or bring something that defines who they are and shares a piece of their military experience. 

"There are stereotypes of what a veteran looks like. We don't all look alike. We are all different in our own way, and people might not even realize we are veterans," he said.  

— Story by Susan Allen

The Stockton University community came to celebrate veterans in the Campus Center Grand Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 9.
The Stockton University community came to celebrate veterans in the Campus Center Grand Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Photo by Susan Allen. 

Galloway, N.J.- For this year’s celebration of veterans and active-duty servicemembers, the Office of Military and Veteran Services (OMVS) hosted a week of events, including a ceremony Nov. 9 in the Campus Center Grand Hall. 

Following a rendition of the National Anthem by Lynda Larkin of Financial Aid, the ceremony included speeches from Health Sciences major Luke Lallo and Retired Brigadier General Douglas R. Satterfield.

Lallo, who served as a military police officer in the N.J. Army National Guard for five years, spoke about what it is like to be a soldier transitioning to civilian life and how Stockton has helped him through it. 

— Story by Loukaia Taylor

Photo of OMVS
Institutions earning the Military Friendly Schools Awards designation were evaluated using public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. More than 1,800 schools participated in the 2023-24 survey and only 250 schools were selected for “Gold” award status for their leading practices, outcomes and effective programs.

Galloway, N.J. — Stockton University recently earned top honors for its outreach to military veterans by receiving the Military Friendly School Gold designation.

It’s the second year in a row the school accepted a Military Friendly designation, but the first time it received the Gold award. The designation is for the 2023-24 year in the small public school category. Last year, the school was awarded Silver status. The designation comes from the Military Friendly Schools survey, which is the longest-running and most comprehensive review of college and university investments in serving military and veteran students.

“This designation proves Stockton’s continuing commitment to supporting military veterans seeking higher education and providing them with resources to be successful,” said Michael Barany, director of the Office of Military & Veteran Services at Stockton. “I’m especially thrilled that Stockton has been upgraded to Gold status for this very prestigious designation.”

— Story by Mark Melhorn 

Vet and his family getting resources during the resource fair
U.S. Coast Guard member Dallin Matthews, center, with his wife, Samantha, and their son, Raylan, talk with someone from Veterans Affairs during the Community and Veteran Wellness and Resource Fair on March 16. Photo by Susan Allen. 

Galloway, N.J. — Dallin Matthews must make some major life decisions soon.

The 30-year-old has spent about the last six years as a firefighter in the U.S. Coast Guard stationed in Cape May, but injuries from the job have forced him to “redesign” his life.

“Soon I will be getting out of the military, and I needed guidance for education and the future of my family,” said the Utah native while holding the hands of his 2-year-old son, Raylan, and his wife, Samantha.

Matthews said he’s feeling more optimistic since stopping at Stockton University’s new Community and Veteran Wellness and Resource Fair on March 16.

The inaugural event is a partnership with Stockton’s Office of Military & Veteran Services and the Wilmington Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Delaware to bring together 75 vendors in one place in the university’s Campus Center Event Room. 

— Story by Mark Melhorn