Stockton News - April 5, 2024


Africana Studies at Stockton Turns 40Africana Studies at Stockton Turns 40

The rich tradition of Africana Studies at Stockton encompasses four decades of educational opportunity for students to study and analyze the various disciplines from an African/African-American perspective.

The program itself went through many iterations, starting as a collection of General Studies courses offered by various faculty members. The courses were all centered on the Black experience and included topics such as music, entertainment and the law.  

It was the vision and dedication of the original group of faculty members, including Distinguished Professor of Social Work Pat Reid-Merritt, that led to the establishment of the Africana Studies program. In the spring of 1983, they proposed that the collection of courses be formalized into a new topic concentration originally called “Afro-American Studies,” offering interested students the opportunity to earn a certificate.

Womens History MonthStockton Celebrates Women’s History Month

Stockton commemorated Women’s History Month with various programs this year on campus, including International Women’s Day, a STEM Panel Discussion, The National Young Feminist Leadership Conference with Pride Alliance and more.

📷 🫶 View photosfrom International Women's Day on Flickr. 

april events  A lot happening in April

April is set to be a jam-packed month full of different celebrations and recognitions on campus, including Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Educational Opportunity Fund Month and National Volunteer Month.



AC Walking Tours Expand to Surrounding Communities

The popular AC Walking Tours are back and bigger than ever in 2024 with new tours and expansion into neighborhoods around Atlantic City.

The spring tours will take place from noon to 2 p.m. on consecutive Saturdays in May. Summer tours will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on consecutive Fridays in July. Fall tours will take place from noon to 2 p.m. on consecutive Saturdays in October. All are sponsored by Stockton University’s Office of Continuing Studies and Adult Education (OCSAE).

“These fun adventures across the greater Atlantic City area provide interactive experiences in a two-hour guided tour,” said OCSAE Assistant Director Diana Strelczyk. “Our tours are designed to highlight the beauty, history and humanity of Atlantic City. Each neighborhood features a rich history and a present-day vibe. Our goal is to showcase all the interesting people, places and events Atlantic City has held, currently features and hopes to achieve.”

Come Out for Cinema in the City

This spring semester, the entire Stockton community is invited to enjoy feature films, free food and drinks, as part of “AC Campus Movie Nights: Cinema in the City.” Next week’s feature is  “The Fast and the Furious- Tokyo Drift” on April 8 and 11.

Attendees are asked to bring their Stockton IDs. Movies will be shown at 8 p.m. in classrooms B119/120 of Kesselman Hall at Stockton Atlantic City. 


Africana Studies Students PresentAfricana Studies Students Present at National Conference

Pat Reid-Merritt

Students and faculty in the Africana Studies program recently attended the 48th annual National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) Conference in California, where they presented and were also honored. 

Two of the three top awards at the conference went to Stockton faculty.

Donnetrice Allison, professor of Communication Studies and Africana Studies at Stockton, received the Ida B. Wells & Cheikh Anta Diop Award. Surprised and honored to be recognized, Allison said, "It shows that my work to promote the field of Africana Studies is not just limited to Stockton, but it has a national reach."

Pat Reid-Merritt, Distinguished Professor of Social Work and Africana Studies, received the Paul Robeson & Zora Neale Hurston Celebrated Elder Award.


WoodStockton XIVWoodStockton XIV 🎶

The Stockton Music Union, Cash Cash and NLE Choppa brought down the Sports Center for Stockton’s annual spring concert on Tuesday, April 2. 

📷 Check out the album on Flickrand watch 🎬📽️ some live footage from the big night here





whats trending aprill 5, 2024LinkedIn: Stockton University Military and Veteran Services invited military dependents and spouses to a photoshoot for the Department of the Defense's Month of the Military Child. 

Instagram: ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT 🤳🏼 Emily Spencer ‘25, is in full swing this semester.

Facebook: Two lucky Ospreys savored every moment while having #LunchWithThePresident.


Track & Field TeamsTrack & Field Teams Grab Victories at Osprey Open

Both the men’s and women’s track & field teams took home victories March 29-30 at the Osprey Open at G. Larry James Stadium. The men won five events, and the women won nine.

For the men’s team, Gavin Lum led the way with victories in the pole vault (3.85m) in a field of 10 and 110m hurdles (15.87 seconds) in a field of six. Freshman Chris Griffin won the javelin out of 16 and qualified for the AARTFC Championships (52.99m). 👟 Read entire coverage here.

Kayla Kass and Emma Petrolia led the way with victories in an individual event and a relay. Kass won out of 17 runners in the 800m (2:18.89) and joined Rachel Hayes, Jaelyn Barkley and Paige Baney to win the 4x800 relay (9:51.25). 👟 Read entire coverage here.

Stockton will go on the road for the first time in the outdoor season when they compete in the University of Delaware Invitational Saturday, April 6. 

womens rowing team

Stockton Hosts Battle at Brigantine

Women’s rowing hostedthe third annual Battle of Brigantine Regatta last weekend. Due to strong winds, the two-day event was shortened to two races on March 30 featuring Stockton, Jefferson, Washington College and Franklin & Marshall.

The Osprey varsity eight finished third in an extremely close race, with a time of 6:37.1, trailing Jefferson (6:36.2) and Washington College (6:36.78) by the slightest of margins. Stockton crossed the line well ahead of fourth-place Franklin & Marshall (7:11.02).

Stockton will head to upstate New York for the Skidmore Sprints at Fish Creek on April 6.

🦅 Read more coverage of spring sports here 🦅


Jessica Miri🥚Stockton News Egg Hunt Winner Announced 

Jessica Miri, Bursar’s Office, was the first to find the hidden egg in last week’s Stockton News edition. 

The egg was locatedin the aerial shot of Open House in the Frame-Worthy section of the News. Pictured, Miri shows off her Stockton swag which includes a pair of socks, stickers and sunglasses

Keep your eyes peeled for future Stockton News scavenger hunts.



Dean Marshall to Moderate Evening with Fran Lebowitz

Ian Marshall, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at Stockton, will moderate “An Evening with Fran Lebowitz” on Friday, April 12, at the Performing Arts Center. Marshall will interview Lebowitz for 30 minutes, and then she will hold a 60-minute Q&A with the audience and a book signing following. More event information can be found here

Fun Fact FridayFun Fact Friday: 🍕 Today is National Deep Dish Pizza Day! This is your sign to say yes to ordering that pizza you were debating about and enjoy every bite. You're welcome. 


Events for Alumni & Friends

Spring 2024 Professional Development Opportunities 

🎭 Spring Programming at the PAC   

🎨🖼️ Spring 2024 Art Gallery exhibits

April 7: 🎹 Piano Duet - Friendship on the Keys by Heera Ghorashi & Heawon Kim

April 8: Understanding Antisemitism Today 

April 9: J.C. Todd and Mary Ann Miller Lecture

April 10:Lyons Lecture Spring 2024- Dr. Greta LaFleur

April 12: 🎉Inauguration of Dr. Joe Bertolino🎉,  An Evening with Fran Lebowitz

April 13: 🐶 Mutts Gone Nuts, Second Saturdays 🍨 Make Your Own Ice Cream

April 16: Spring 2024 Networking Bootcamp, “Responses to the Mental Health Crisis in the Justice System” Online Panel, Africana Studies Gala

April 18:Community Conversation with President Joe, Criminal Justice Lecture Series- Criminal Justice Policy and Reform, 📚 Turning the Page: Celebrating the Library's Next Chapter

April 18-20: Emerging Choreographers Showcase 

April 20: 🎉🍾 Scholarship Benefit Gala, 🦅 Experience Stockton Day 

April 23The Sixties Concert & Peace and Love Museum

April 21-28: BFA Senior Visual Art Exhibition

April 22-26:  Scholarship, Teaching & Research Symposium (STARS)

April 26: Puebla - The Story of Cinco de Mayo by Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, 🥂 Grad Toast

April 27:Community Day and Party in the Park

May 2: Employee Recognition Breakfast 

May 7, 10: 🎓 Commencement 

May 8: 16th Annual New Jersey Shorecast