Stockton News - April 12, 2024


SummitRegional Summit an Anchor for Local, State Arts Organizations

As an Anchor Institution in the resort, Stockton has had a positive impact on the community and the local economy.

But President Joe Bertolino believes the University’s impact should go beyond that, including serving as a catalyst for artistic and cultural expression in southern New Jersey. That’s why he introduced a Regional Arts and Culture Summit on April 8, just four days before his inauguration as Stockton’s sixth president, happening today, April 12.

“As an Anchor Institution in Atlantic City, Stockton University is dedicated to community engagement and recognizes the opportunities that supporting the arts brings,” he said before a group of about 150 local and state arts representatives at the John. F. Scarpa Academic Center in Atlantic City. “We know the arts and cultural expression have the potential to bridge real and imagined divides in our neighborhoods and around the world.”

Greta LaFleurAnnual Talk Explores Gender, Race in Colonial America

There are niche topics within colonial American studies and gender & sexuality studies. However, few are quite as shocking as the subject of this year’s Paul Lyons Memorial Lecture.

Greta LaFleur, an associate professor and director of Graduate Studies for the American Studies program at Yale University, analyzed how castration was used as both gender affirmation and capital punishment as part of the Wednesday, April 12 lecture in the Campus Center Theatre.

They began the conversation by providing context for their research, specifically exploring the history of gender, sexuality, race and science.

Leadership ConferenceOn-Campus Conference Expands, Full of Opportunities

“You see, the reality is that for as long as I can remember, I believed and thought that I was born to lose.”

As the keynote speaker for the April 5 Inclusive Leadership Conference walked across the stage, students in the Campus Center Theatre gazed at the man and the photo of his family projected on the screen behind him. The man – Ismail Amir – talked about how he was orphaned at age 11 and how the tragedies he experienced made him take life as it came and strive only for the family behind him.

However, Amir knew that his purpose included more, and he founded iAM Legend, LLC, where he conducts workshops and trainings that encourage students to take life by the reins and become active participants in their life journeys. According to Amir, taking control of his life meant first taking control of his mind.

📸 View more photos on Flickr.

It’s Joe Time🎉 It’s Joe Time! 

The big day has arrived! See you TODAY at President Joe Bertolino's Inauguration at the Campus Center.

The Osprey Parade and Investiture Ceremony is at 1 p.m.,  and Prez Fest kicks off at 2:45 p.m. Don't forget to wear your Stockton gear! 

🎥 If you're unable to make the festivities, you can stream it on YouTubeor Zoom, although we hope to see you there.


art exhibitWorks of Student, Professor Highlight Arts Garage Exhibits

Three unique exhibits — including one by a Stockton student recovering from a traumatic brain injury and another by a self-taught, Philadelphia-area artist known for creating large-scale sculptures — debutedthis week at the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University.

The exhibits by Maryn Olson and Kambel Smith are paired with a photography exhibit by Stockton Visual Arts Adjunct Professor Joseph Podlesnik titled “The Pain, Boredom and Euphoria of Looking.” An opening reception for all three exhibits will be held at the Arts Garage from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. Olson’s exhibit will run until April 28, while the displays by Smith and Podlesnik will be at the Arts Garage until June 23.

'Second Saturdays - Make Your Own Ice Cream' on April 13

Second Saturdays in Atlantic City are a series of family-friendly events hosted by Stockton University Alumni Relations. They are held on the second Saturday of every month at Stockton Atlantic City.

Joseph Trout, associate professor of Physics, will make you want to say goodbye to Breyer’s and hello to homemade treats at this Second Saturdays session from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, April 13, in the Fannie Lou Hamer Event Room at Stockton Atlantic City. 

Enjoy a beverage and snack following the activity. Register here.


Claudine KeenanWhen Claudine Keenan, current interim vice provost at Stockton, was a 13-year-old tween, she recalled seeing Sandra Day O’Connor being named a Supreme Court Justice and thought, “Look at what we can do.” This defining moment helped motivate her to be the first person in her family to attend college. 

On April 6, 2024, Keenan was formally namedan American Association of University Women (AAUW) 2024 Woman of Distinction, a recognition that reflects her drive to succeed and give back, which was born at such a young age. 

Here, Keenan shares a glimpse into the trajectory that led her to this significant experience and award, as well as a pretty special full-circle moment.

PHOTO: Atlantic County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Maureen Kern presenting their certificate of recognition for the AAUW Woman of Distinction honor to Keenan.


ospreys view eclipse

Starry-eyed Ospreys View Eclipse

Students, faculty and staff came out to watch the April 8 eclipse in the Academic Quad of the Galloway campus… and it was totality awesome. An inflatable planetarium on site allowed for an interactive learning experience for everyone. 

📸 View more photos on Flickr.


whats trending - april 12, 2024Facebook: If you had fun at Wellness Day, then you won't want to miss the @stocktonwellnesscenter's Spring Market on April 17.

Instagram: 🌘🔭 POV: Watching the #solareclipse with your besties on campus.

X: 30 days until our University Commencement, #Classof2024!


Ospreys Host Stockton Invitational

Stockton hostedArcadia University and Cabrini University in the Stockton Invitational on April 10 at Linwood Country Club. The Ospreys posted a team score of 420 for third place while Arcadia came in at a winning 390 and Cabrini posted a 399.

Two Stockton golfers finished in the top four spots of the 13-player field, led by Elenora Byrne who tied her career best with an 86 for second place. Byrne made two birdies and four pars on the day. After starting with a 45, she fired a 41 on the back nine.

Women’s Tennis Tops Neumann 5-4

On April 9, the women’s tennis team wonall five matches that were contested for a 5-4 victory over Neumann University. The shorthanded Ospreys forfeited three matches and dropped one by retirement.

Carlee Cristella and Jamie Theophall shut out their opponents 8-0 in doubles. Sophia Pasquale and Kierstyn Fenimore posted an easy 8-1 win.

🦅 Read more coverage of spring sports here 🦅


Community Conversation with President Joe April 18

As a follow up to the Spring Town Hall, President Joe Bertolino will continue answering questions and receiving feedback during a Community Conversation from 4:30-5:45 p.m., Thursday, April 18 in the Alton Auditorium. This open forum is for faculty and staff.

In-person attendance is encouraged, but a Zoom link will be provided closer to the event. 

REMINDER: Annual Tuition Hearing Set for April 17 

Prior to determining tuition and fees for the upcoming year, Stockton is required by New Jersey statute to hold a public hearing. This year the Finance and Professional Services Committee of the Board of Trustees will host the University’s Annual Tuition Hearing on Wednesday, April 17 at 2 p.m. in the Michael Jacobson BOT Room in the Campus Center. This is an opportunity for the views of the Stockton community to be shared with members of the Board of Trustees. 

University leadership has prepared several tuition and fee increase scenarios for your consideration. You can view these scenarios in the Portal. You will have the opportunity to comment on the proposed FY 2025 tuition and fee increases during the April 17 meeting.  If you would like to make a public comment in-person, or would like your comment to be read, pleaseregisterin advance of the meeting to ensure time is allotted for your comment. Registration to attend the meeting is not required. The hearing will also be available via a Zoom webinar.

Fun Fact FridayFun Fact Friday: 🍕🥪 Today is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day!  A perfect way to end the week, with a gooey, cheesy sandwich of deliciousness.


Events for Alumni & Friends

Spring 2024 Professional Development Opportunities 

🎭 Spring Programming at the PAC   

🎨🖼️ Spring 2024 Art Gallery exhibits 

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 19: Student Involvement Awards Ceremony

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