Stockton News - April 14, 2023


Four Professors Present Last LecturesFour Professors Present Last Lectures Before Retiring

Four Stockton professors had one final chance to impart some wisdom to the campus community on April 6 during the second annual Last Lecture.

Each professor had about a half hour to talk about anything they wanted, even if it sometimes had little to do with what they had taught during their time at Stockton.

“This is a great event to showcase the talent and the dedication that some of our faculty have and give them an opportunity for a presentation to the campus community before they retire,” said Leamor Kahanov, the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

The four professors who spoke were:

  • Janet Wagner, professor of Computer Information Systems. She came to Stockton in 2007 as the Founding Dean of the School of Business.
  • Karen York, professor of Biology. She arrived at Stockton in 1995 and has specialized in microbiology and molecular genetics.
  • David Lechner, a librarian in the Richard E. Bjork Library. He arrived in 2001 and has taught several undergraduate seminar classes. He’s a certified translator in German, Norwegian and other languages and is also a musician in the Faculty Band

Juan Tolosa, professor of Mathematics. He came to Stockton in 1986. He’s taught a wide range of classes, including Geometry, Calculus and Russian.

Meyers and Truax at the ColloquiumLiterature Students Present Feminist Research in Annual Colloquium

Three Stockton students were selected to present their research during the New Jersey Women & Gender Studies Consortium’s 19th Annual Undergraduate Colloquium on March 31 at Georgian Court University.

Elizabeth Myers, Victoria Orlowski and Allison Truax were asked to present the research that they did while in their courses "Senior Seminar in Literature" and "Native American Indian Literature."

All three students were nominated by Deborah Gussman, professor of Literature, and Betsy Erbaugh, coordinator for the Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

“Though the subjects of their papers were quite different, each of the students I nominated wrote a paper that demonstrated exemplary research skills — an essential aspect of work presented at the NJWGSC undergraduate research colloquium — and insightful literary analysis that incorporated an intersectional feminist lens,” Gussman said of the cohort.

Stuart and Rita Fassler Stromfeld, President KesselmanDaughters of Holocaust Survivors to Speak at Program

Atlantic Cape Community College and Stockton will present the 40th annual Holocaust Awareness Program on April 18 at Atlantic Cape in Mays Landing.

This year’s free event, which is designed to bring awareness to the Holocaust’s impact on the local community, will feature a dialogue with Linwood sisters Rita Stromfeld and Blanche Powell, whose parents were Holocaust survivors, about their book “My Mother’s Words.”

Stromfeld and Powell will be interviewed by Peter Murphy of Murphy Writing of Stockton University about the book, which is a loving memoir of their mother Helen Fassler. Fassler and her husband, Murray, were Holocaust survivors from Poland who emigrated to New York City after World War II. The book comprises a series of short anecdotal stories of lessons learned by surviving the Holocaust and coming to America.


Donnetrice Allison and Aaron MossStockton Professors Produce Original Television Pilot

Shayna Black arrives at her first teaching job at a predominantly white institution in the rural heartland of America, where she is quickly admired for her glowing skin instead of her Ph.D.

She is not taken seriously by her students, who she is just a few years older than. A new colleague tries to set her up with the basketball coach — one of the only other Black people on campus.

Could this really be happening, or is this a work of fiction?

Turns out, it’s both. While Shayna Black is the hip-hop loving millennial protagonist in Professor Donnetrice Allison’stelevision script, the uncomfortable situations, microaggressions and ignorance were all very real to Allison, who walked in Black’s shoes as a young university professor in the 1990s.

🎬 Catch the screening at 5 p.m. tonight, April 14, in the Fannie Lou Hamer Event Room at the John F. Scarpa Academic Center. 👀 Watch the trailer here.

📰 In the News: PhillyVoice, Breaking AC, Cat Country 107.3, Galloway Patch, The Press of Atlantic City,


student walking outsidestudents playing guitarSpring Has Sprung at Stockton

The campus community has thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful weather and foliage that has woken up after a long winter’s nap (or coma). Milder temperatures, sunny skies and the sounds of spring are music to our ears, and it's evident by the scenesaround Stockton recently.  



what's trending - april 14, 2023Twitter: Annie Boyko is smiling because she's a #StocktonU Osprey! 

Facebook: The Stockton History Club made it to Washington D.C. for the peak bloom of cherry blossoms. 

Instagram: And just like that, it feels like summer.


lacrosse playerStockton Uses Massive Rally to Defeat Kean

The men’s lacrosse team, after being held scoreless in the first half, exploded for all their goals in the final 30 minutes to take a 14-12 victory over Kean University on April 12. Dante Poli led the way with four goals and one assist for five points on the night.

With the victory, Kevin Zulauf earned his 150th career win as head coach at Stockton.

Stockton Runs by Rutgers-Camden 6-1

The men's baseball team got back in the win column with a 6-1 victory over Rutgers-Camden on April 13. Antonio Gatti led the 12-hit attack with three hits and two runs scored on the day.

Stockton scored all the runs they would need in the second inning with two outs. Gatti singled and scored on the first of two triples for Nick Avagnano. Robbie Ford scored Avagnano for the 2-0 lead.

golferStockton Fourth in Arcadia Knights Invitational

The women’s golf team finished fourth out of six scoring teams with a total of 441 in the Arcadia Knights Invitational on April 13 at Makefield Highlands Golf Club. The Ospreys finished ahead of Ursinus and Eastern University, each of whom finished at 475.

Two Ospreys shot under 100, led by Ella van Schalkwyk, who tied for ninth out of 29 golfers in the tournament with a 94. The sophomore made seven pars, including five of the first seven holes on the way to a 43 on the front nine.

🗓️ View the full schedule of upcoming athletic events here.


Candace Mitchell, 🙌 Stockton News Egg Hunt Winner Announced 

Candace Mitchell, coordinator of Student Transition Programs, was the first to find the hidden egg in last week’s Stockton News edition. 

The egg was located in the photo of Ella van Schalkwyk golfing in the April 7 issue. Candace stopped by to pick up her prizes, which included a Stockton color-changing cup, sunglasses, an air freshener and a charger cable keychain.

Thanks to everyone who played! Stay tuned for the next Stockton News Scavenger Hunt. 

🎮💸Stockton Esports 24-hour Livestream Fundraiser April 14-15

Join Stockton Esports for the inaugural 24-hour live-streaming fundraiser on Twitch, happening from 1 p.m., Friday, April 14, through 1 p.m., April 15, to celebrate the recent accomplishments of the varsity Rocket League team, which has secured a spot in the Collegiate Rocket League (CRL) World Championships following an extraordinary performance in the North American Last Chance Qualifier. 

Throughout the event, you can engage with the team through Twitch chat, utilize the donation portalto support the cause, check them out on Twitter, and stay informed about upcoming and past events using their Osprey Hub page.

Contributions during this 24-hour extravaganza will directly benefit Stockton Esports by covering expenses for attending in-person tournaments, supplying team jerseys and facilitating community-centered activities.

For every donation of $25 or more, supporters can opt to receive a pair of exclusive Stockton socks.

Tune into the April episode of Stockton Now at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 15, on 101.3 FM, 101.9 FM or 1310 AM. The episode will also air on WLFR 91.7 FM on Monday afternoon. This month's episode includes conversations with Warren Kleinsmith, dean of the School of Business; Adjunct Professor Stephen Nagiewicz about his work, which was featured in a recent episode of the National Geographic TV show "Drain the Oceans"; Chris O'Brien, Stockton's new head women's rowing coach and associate director of athletics; and Lauren Wilson speaks to students Annie Imran and Ashley Dalisay about Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month events on campus. If you missed previous episodes, you can listen online at the Stockton Now archive page.


Events for Alumni & Friends

Spring Professional Development Opportunities  

🎭 Spring Programming at the PAC  

Now-May 25: 💰 ‘Essential and Intermediate Financial Literacy’ courses

Now-May 31: “The Armenian Genocide, One Family’s Story” exhibit 

April 14: Teaching While Black screening

April 15: 🦅Experience Stockton DaySecond Saturdays - Beach Cleanup

April 18: Yom HaShoah Memorial Service

April 19:Slanted Eyes: The Asian-American Experience

April 20: 📽️ Disability Studies Minor Film Screening

April 21: 📯 The Brubeck Brothers

April 20-22: 🩰 Emerging Choreographers Showcase

April 22: Community Day Clean Up & Party in the Park, 🍾 Scholarship Benefit Gala

April 26: The Tri-Choir Concert

April 28: NEWSical: the Musical

May 12: 🎓 Commencement