Stockton Receives Additional 168 State-funded Positions for A.C. Campus, Generous Pledge from Ullman Family for Holocaust Memorial Room

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Galloway, N.J. – Stockton’s Board of Trustees today learned the number of state-funded positions for FY18 for the university increased from 764 to 932. The funding will cover pension and health care benefit costs for the additional 168 positions, allowing the university to hire faculty, security personnel and operational staff essential for the future Atlantic City campus.

“This represents the largest increase in our central appropriation in Stockton’s history and equates to an additional $4 million to our FY18 operating budget,” said President Harvey Kesselman.

Kesselman acknowledged Senator Whelan and Assemblyman Mazzeo, the primary sponsors of the Budget Resolution, and Senators Connors, Van Drew, and Beach and Assemblypersons Brown, Gove, Rumpf, and Singleton who all strongly supported Stockton’s increase. Significantly, Stockton received bi-partisan support from both northern and southern New Jersey legislators throughout this very difficult budget process.

“I want to particularly thank Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Majority Leader Greenwald for their extraordinary support of Stockton. Last year, Governor Christie said he would begin to recognize Stockton’s enrollment growth and commitment to the revitalization of Atlantic City. He reiterated this at our groundbreaking just a few months ago. He has delivered, and we are grateful for the support,” said Kesselman.

Kesselman also pointed to Jon Hanson, Chairman of the Governor's Advisory Commission on New Jersey Gaming, Sports and Entertainment and called his leadership “instrumental in making the AC Gateway Project a reality.”

Stockton Receives Pledge for Ullman Family Holocaust Memorial Room 

The board of trustees also received a generous pledge from Katharine M. and Leo S. Ullman of Long Island, N.Y. to establish  a memorial room at the entrance to the university’s Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center that honors the rescuers of Leo and his family.

Leo Ullman was hidden as a 3-year-old in Amsterdam during World War II after members of the Resistance secured a place for him. His parents, Emily and Frank Ullman, were hidden in an attic in another location in Amsterdam and they were not told where each other were, to avoid the chance of revealing each other’s whereabouts if they were captured.

Now the Ullmans, previous owners of the former Shore Mall, “are donating a number of items, such as photographs, paintings, correspondence and other family heirlooms that document their family’s experiences during the Holocaust,” said Philip Ellmore, chief development officer and executive director of the Stockton University Foundation.

The donors’ gift was made in honor of Hendrik and Jannigje Schimmel, and Piet and Evertje Hoogenboom.

The Schimmels hid Leo Ullman for 796 days, and he called them his “war parents.” Hoogenboom was a police officer who risked his life to provide false identifications for Ullman’s family.

The Ullman Family Holocaust Memorial Room will display items including an original 4-foot x 3-foot painting titled, “796 Days”; a 63-inch x 37-inch cloth replica of a Daghestan prayer rug; original and/or photographic reproductions of documents, correspondence, videos, recordings and photos of items illustrated in the book, “796 Days: Hiding as a Child in Occupied Amsterdam During WWII,” which also chronicles their coming to America.  These items chronicle the life of the extended Ullman, Konijn, and Loeb families before, during and after WWII. The gift also includes a substantial number of Holocaust-related books, many written in Dutch.

“We are grateful to the Ullmans for their gift, which is a very moving reminder of the horrors of the past, and an example of the resilience of Holocaust survivors such as Leo, who give us hope for the future,” said President Harvey Kesselman. “This is an extraordinary addition to Stockton’s Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center, which is visited by thousands of students, educators and members of the community.” 

State Approvals Sought to Launch New Doctorate in Nursing Practice

The board also authorized the School of Health Sciences to move ahead with seeking various state approvals for a new doctorate in Nursing Practice, which would be the university’s third doctoral program.

The Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) is the degree designated for advanced practice nurses (APNs) seeking the highest degree in nursing clinical practice.  Currently, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, certified registered nurse anesthetists and clinical nurse specialists are prepared in master’s level programs.  These master’s level programs have been steadily increasing in required competencies and credit load to meet the complexities of the health care system and diverse populations. 

The “Future of Nursing,” a 2010 report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, calls for the nursing profession to double the number of nurses with doctorates by 2025. 

The DNP is now the level of practice recommended for nurse practitioners by the accreditor that currently accredits Stockton’s programs, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. 

The degree program, expected to get underway in 2018, first must be approved by the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education and the N.J. College and University Presidents Council. It would bring the university’s number of graduate degrees to 15, and join Physical Therapy and Organizational Leadership as doctoral degree programs.

Tuition and Fees Increases Held to 2.5 Percent 

In other action, the trustees held increases in tuition and fees for the 2017-18 academic year to 2.5 percent, including next summer; and approved new housing and meal plans.

The tuition for in-state undergraduates will rise $105.43 per flat rate, per semester, to $4,322.76.  Stockton’s flat-rate tuition program enables full-time students to take between 12 and 20 credits and pay the same rate. Students who take 20 credits can graduate sooner and potentially save thousands of dollars in the cost of classes and housing or commuting.

The educational and general fees for in-state undergraduates will be $1,889, up $46.07; the facilities fee will be $489.83, up $11.95. The higher out-of-state and graduate degree tuition and fee rates also will rise 2.5 percent.

For full-time post-baccalaureate, master’s and post-master’s candidates who live in-state, tuition will increase by $14.84 per credit hour, to $608.48. For in-state doctoral candidates, tuition will increase by $16.33 per credit hour to $669.33.      

Summer tuition for in-state undergraduates will be $244.30, a $5.96 increase; their educational and general fees will increase by $3.20, to $131.39 and the facilities fee will be up 83 cents, to $34.07.

Most housing rents are increasing, ranging from 1 percent for a double at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club, which will be $4,693; to 3.5 percent increases at external university housing on Chris Gaupp Road, which will be $4,136 for a double and $3,475 for a triple. Housing 2, 3, and 4 units will see 2 percent increases. A four-person private apartment at Housing 5 will increase 3 percent, to $5,422. There are no increases for triples and quads at Stockton Seaview.

Meal plan changes varied, with increases ranging from $20 more for the Ultimate 19 Plan, at $4,050, to a $367 decrease in the 150 Block Plan and several other plan increases in the $100-$200 range.

Fiscal Year 18 Operating and Capital Budgets Approved 

The trustees approved the university’s operating and capital budgets for fiscal year 2018.

The total operating budget of $236.4 million increased $8.7 million, or 3.8 percent, from the previous year.  The operating budget provides funding for the operational costs of the new science center and health sciences center being built in the Academic Quad in Galloway, enhanced information technology services throughout the campus, anticipated salary increases resulting from a successful completion of negotiations between the state and the AFT & CWA unions and provided for initial Atlantic City campus operating costs associated with marketing, information technology and safety.

The total capital budget of $12 million provides funding for improvements to the information technology infrastructure, new academic equipment, completion of the third floor of the new  Health Sciences Center and continued capital maintenance on the university’s main campus and Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club.  

Council of Black Faculty & Staff Presents over $15,000 to University Foundation 

Patricia W. Collins, community engagement liaison in the Stockton Center for Community Engagement and president of the Council of Black Faculty and Staff (CBFS), presented a check to the University Foundation for $15,106.94 for fiscal year 2017.

“We are extremely grateful for the continued support of the staff, faculty, and community, as the coun­cil’s mission is to provide financial assistance through our scholarship efforts, which makes the difference and in helping students continue their education at Stockton,” Collins said.

The council fosters communication among the Stockton community and the state concerning African-American personnel and students at Stockton. CBFS provides scholarships and supports the recruitment, hiring and well-being of African-American faculty, staff and other under-represented student groups.

Since 1981, the coun­cil has awarded over $300,000 in scholarships and will award $15,000 to undergraduate, graduate and doctoral recipients for fiscal year 2017-18, which includes a $7,500 matched contribution from the university to provide scholarships to deserving students.

Former Student Trustee Honored; MBA Student Named to SASI Board 

Former student trustee Cristian Moreno, who graduated in May, was honored for his service.

“Looking around the room, there are so many people – President Kesselman, faculty, staff – who have done so much to help me,” said Moreno. “Thank you for the opportunity to succeed and for the opportunity to fail and then for picking me back up. Everything that I am is thanks to my mom and to Stockton University.”

Moreno, of Ventnor, will be working at the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., reviewing proposed immigration laws at the state and federal levels.

MBA candidate Thomas Lloyd of Whiting, who earned his B.S. in Business-Marketing in May, was appointed to the board of Stockton Affiliated Services, Inc. The non-profit SASI provides many services for the university such as off-campus housing rentals for graduate students, faculty and staff; transportation and safety services; dining services and the campus bookstore.

Stockton Receives State Award and Grant Totaling over $2.1 Million 

The trustees also authorized the university to accept a state award and a state grant which together total over $2.1 million.

The Child Welfare Education Institute, which administers the Baccalaureate Child Welfare Education Program (BCWEP) and Masters Child Welfare Education Program (MCWEP) statewide consortia, will receive $2,002,675 to enhance New Jersey’s child welfare workforce at the entry and supervisory levels.

The programs aim to encourage the next generation of social workers to enter professional positions within the New Jersey Department of Children and Families Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P) and to provide an advanced education and degree to DCP&P supervisors.      

A math and science partnership grant of $184,402 from the state Department of Education also was accepted by the trustees, for the second half of a two-year program by the Stockton Science Collaborative.

Faculty and staff from the School of Education, including its Southern Regional Institute and Educational Technology Training Center (SRI&ETTC), and the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics form the Science Program and were joined this past year by the Stockton Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Collaborative.

Stockton is assisting K-8th grade teachers from Galloway, Hamilton and Mullica Townships, Port Republic and Egg Harbor City in implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into their classrooms, said Patty Weeks, SRI&ETTC director. The new science standards require changes in both the science content taught and in how teachers and students interact with the content, she explained.     

Stockton’s project guides teachers as they explore science through hands-on activities and experiences that support the development of their instructional strategies and curriculum, in turn enabling students to apply science learning in meaningful ways to the world around them.                

During public comments, Rodger Jackson, professor of Philosophy and current president of the Stockton Federation of Teachers, and Anne Pomeroy, professor of Philosophy and immediate past president of the union, announced that the Stockton Federation of Teachers / American Federation of Teachers has a tentative contract agreement with the State of New Jersey.

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