Experience ‘Second Saturdays’ at Stockton Atlantic City

Magician Chad Juros shows Kevin Nugent a magic trick while other alumni and their families practice during the Nov. 10, 2018 “Second Saturdays in Atlantic City.”

Magician Chad Juros shows Kevin Nugent a magic trick while other alumni and their families practice during the Nov. 10, 2018 “Second Saturdays in Atlantic City.”

Do your children love magic? Are you interested in learning how to take awesome photos with your smartphone? Are you a Stockton University graduate eager to explore your alma mater’s new residential campus on the Atlantic City Boardwalk?

 Ivette Santiago helps Yarianid Vasquez, 7, work on creating a birdhouse.“Second Saturdays in Atlantic City” offer family-friendly alumni events that are free, showcase the talent of our alumni, faculty and staff and provide an opportunity for alumni and their families to be engaged with the University. The workshops, sponsored by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, offers alumni to reconnect while having fun or learning something new on the second Saturday of the month at Stockton University Atlantic City

“We are thrilled with the opportunity to provide family-friendly alumni events while showcasing and providing access to Stockton Atlantic City. In addition to featuring the talents of our alumni and providing a great experience for alumni families, we’ve received terrific feedback about the series and we now see many familiar faces every month,” said Sara Faurot Crowley, director of Alumni Relations at Stockton.

Last weekend, award winning entertainer, Chad Juros ’11 led a magic workshop where he taught children simple tricks that were tons of fun. Not only did they have a blast, but they also learned tricks to improve skills and develop their self-confidence.

Magician Chad Juros '11 teaches magic tricks to children. “Stockton’s Second Saturday events are something my family looks forward to,” said Anthony Miconi ’04, after attending several Second Saturday events, including last weekend’s magic workshop.“It is amazing to get familiar with the new AC Campus while connecting with local alumni from so many different graduating classes. Thank you to the Alumni Association for making Stockton University a top choice for my children’s future collegiate experience.”  

Previous workshops have included yoga demonstrations by Mary McMonagle ’16, birdhouse making with Russell Konrady, crew supervisor of the Stockton Carpenter Shop, and smartphone photography by Nick Valinote ’92.

Manuel Vasquez-Peralta ’16, who received a bachelor’s degree in Business Studies and is a Stockton employee, brought his seven-year-old daughter Yarianid Vasquez to the January birdhouse-making workshop.

“I definitely can tell you that it was a very entertaining experience. I enjoyed seeing my daughter engaging with other kids and getting to know Stockton’s new facilities. I loved that it gave me the opportunity to expose my daughter to the campus environment and I was even able to talk to her about the idea of a college education,” Vasquez-Peralta said. “This is a great way to give back to the community and at the same time keep our young children interested in or at least familiarized with higher education!”

Join in on the fun and register for an upcoming workshop of “Second Saturdays in Atlantic City.”

Reported by Mandee McCullough


Nick Valinote assists alumni and their families with smartphone photo editing techniques during the Feb. 9 “Second Saturdays in Atlantic City.”