Stockton News - April 21, 2023


From left, Sarah Cipkins, second runner-up; Alexa Moore, 2023 Stockton HERO of the Year; and Molly SchickAlexa Moore selected as 2023 HERO of the Year

When Alexa Moore joined Sigma Delta Tau, she was surprised it was the only sorority on campus that relied on an external car service for social events transportation.

That was the first thing she changed once the junior from Toms River was elected this year to the sorority’s executive board as the risk management chair.

The designated driver program she established uses other members of Sigma Delta Tau as designated drivers and was a big reason why Moore was selected April 13 as the 2023 Stockton HERO of the Year by the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers®.

“I could not be more proud to be aligned with something like this,” Moore said, holding a large poster stating “Be Like Alexa. Be a Designated Driver.” “I’ve worked really hard in my life to make myself proud of what I’m doing, and I think this might be my proudest achievement so far.”

📰 In the News: The Press of Atlantic City,, The Trentonian

Some of the 112 graduating students 2023 EOF Graduating Class: A Masterclass in Resilience

The Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) celebrated its 2023 graduating students with a reception and awards ceremony on April 18 in the Michael Jacobson Board of Trustees Room.

Brett Pulliam, the executive director for Educational Opportunity and Success programs, congratulated the graduates on completing their journey at Stockton University and encouraged them to take pride in this moment.

“In just a few short weeks, you all will be recognized at the commencement ceremony – with your EOF sash – and you’ll be part of the over 15,000 students over the last 50 years who have shown the state of New Jersey, the institution and the world that, no matter what obstacles were put in your place, you’re able to overcome it,” Pulliam said. “So, be proud of that fact and be proud of yourselves and everything that you accomplished.”

The CEO interns surrounding Ana Edmondson, interim assistant vice president for Student Transition Access and RetentionInaugural Conference Demonstrates Strength of Student Leaders

The first cohort of the Cultural Engagement Ospreys (CEO) interns held the inaugural Inclusive Leadership Conference on April 14 in the Campus Center.

The conference included live music, free sessions on thrifting and headshots, an interactive fair about the art of origami, henna and gaming, and other educational sessions throughout the day. In addition, the conference included two keynote speakers who are also Educational Opportunity Fund alumni — Anyelis Cordero, CEO of Propel on Purpose Coaching, and Akeem Lloyd, CEO of A Leadership Journey.

Ana Edmondson, interim assistant vice president of Student Transition Access and Retention, supported the students in organizing the conference, which she said has prepared them for the world after graduation by developing their National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) career competencies.

Harvey KesselmanNaming of 'Dr. Harvey Kesselman Way' April 27

A portion of Albany Avenue will officially be designated as Dr. Harvey Kesselman Way at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 27.

The new street sign will be unveiled at a ceremony at the location, adjacent to the Stockton Atlantic City Residential Complex.

The Atlantic City Council unanimously approved an ordinance to rename the block at a meeting in December, in recognition of Kesselman’s service to Stockton University and Atlantic City. It commends the Stockton president’s commitment to the public-private partnership to build the Atlantic City campus, which opened in 2018.


AC Phase IIUnveiling of Kesselman Hall Planned for May 3

Stockton will dedicate the first Atlantic City residential complex as Kesselman Hall during a ceremony at 12 p.m., May 3, at 3701 Boardwalk. A ribbon-cutting at the Atlantic City Phase 2 residence hall will follow.The Board of Trustees approved naming the building in his honor at the February meeting “in recognition of Dr. Kesselman’s unwavering commitment to the University’s mission and tireless advancement of the University’s values.”

The building opened in September 2018 with Phase I and is home to more than 500 students each year.

🍾 Are You Ready for the Gala?

The Stockton University Foundation’s annual Scholarship Benefit Gala returns to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, April 22, and celebrates retiring President Harvey Kesselman.

There is still to grab your ticket and enjoy a cocktail reception including carving stations, a raw bar, pasta station, vegan station and decadent desserts. Once you’ve had your fill, prepare to pack the dance floor with special performances by the Stockton Music Union, Stockapella and headliner Center Stage.

Visit the Gala website for more information and to purchase tickets.  


Chris CatchingChris Catching, vice president for Student Affairs at Stockton, was recently named a Diamond Honoree by the American College Personnel Association - College Student Educators International (ACPA). He and fellow Diamond Honorees were honored at the March 2023 ACPA Annual Convention in New Orleans. Catching, who has been an Osprey for five years, sat down to discuss the award and its significance.


"The most rewarding aspect of being a college student educator is that I have the privilege of potentially transforming the lives of individuals, families and communities by facilitating students’ access to a college education and their successful graduation."
— Chris Catching



military dependents Picture Stockton ... Honoring its Military Families 

Sarah Wyatt, a Health Science major, came to the Military and Veteran Success Center in F-105 with her commencement cap and a framed portrait of her father, Mark Wyatt, pictured as a young man smiling in his brown leather aviator jacket and U.S. Navy service hat.

Wyatt's late father won't get to see her graduate, but she proudly wore her cap and held his photo as she sat down for a portrait session honoring both her father's service and her own sacrifices as a child of a military service member. 

April is the Month of the Military Child, designated by the Department of Defense, to recognize the sacrifices and the challenges that military families overcome. Stockton's Office of Military and Veteran Services invited military dependents and their parents from the Stockton community to share their stories by posing for a portrait. 


whats trending april 21, 2023Instagram: Top 3 Reasons to Have Class Outside (to share with your professor!)

Twitter: The Stockton Action Volunteers for the Environment and the Great Outdoors Club collected ~300 pounds of trash during a kayak cleanup this past weekend. Don't miss Ecofest on the #StocktonU campus this Friday.

Facebook: The last thing Michaela Macalalag expected on her way to class was to get in a sword fight. 


Stockton Varsity EightStockton Varsity Eight Wins Gold 🏆 at Knecht Cup

It's been an exciting week for the women's rowing team! They continued their strong start to the spring season on April 16 by winning gold in the varsity eight at the Knecht Cup for the first time since 1999.

The Ospreys posted a time of 7:30.85 on the Cooper River and crossed the finish line first in the Women's Varsity Eight-DIII by a dominant 21 seconds in the field of six teams.

As a result of their performance, the varsity eight was named MARC Crew of the Week by the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference.

Lorelei Hendricks was the coxswain for the varsity eight. The rowers were Emily Latshaw, Amber Hartzell, Megan Baldwin, Madelynn Schina, Marissa Martinelli, Ashley Timm, Gabriella Bates and Izabelle DelRoss.

Additionally, the NCAA ranked the team second in the Mid-Atlantic Region in rankings released on April 19.

📰 In the News: The Press of Atlantic City

Stockton Holds Off Montclair State for 16-15 Win

The men’s lacrosse team wrapped up its inaugural season of Coastal Lacrosse Conference play with a 16-15 victory over Montclair State on April 19. The Ospreys built a seven-goal lead and held off a late rally by the Red Hawks.

Reegan Capozzoli led Stockton with four goals and one assist to tie for game-high scoring honors with five points. Brendan McHale equaled his career high with three goals.


25 Integrative Health Minor Graduates25 Integrative Health Minor Graduates Celebrated
The School of Health Sciences held a ceremony in the Campus Center Theatre to celebrate 25 students graduating with their minor in Integrative Health, a concentration that provides a foundation to explore various holistic therapies and integrative medicine.
Speakers at the event were Mary Lou Galantino, distinguished professor of Physical Therapy and program coordinator; Lee Bryant, assistant dean of the School of Health Sciences; and students Jennifer Dorval and Madison Colombo
Members of the Class of 2023 who graduated with an Integrative Health Minor are:
Cassandra Bodner, Rosibel Bonilla, Akirea Cabrera, Hailey Carson, Rebekah Chapman, Alexis Chow, Madison Colombo, Hayleigh Colucci, Jennifer Coulman, Edwin Cruz-Gonzalez, Jennifer Dorval, Laurel Flockhart, Tarun Harshe, Cierra Johnson, Vanessa Krug, Jewel Kunnumpuram, Emily Kurilla, Shani Odhiambo, Gabriella Petris, Jeannie Pincus, Hannah Robinson, Christina Romano, Vanessa Saint Germain, Jodi Schwartz and Jillian Vierra. 

 Donnetrice Allison, professor of Communication Studies and Africana Studies, and Aaron Moss, assistant professor of Theater/Directing and President Kesselman

President's Office Hosts Private Screening

The President’s Office was happy to host a private showing of the pilot of “Teaching While Black,” created by Donnetrice Allison, professor of Communication Studies and Africana Studies, and Aaron Moss, assistant professor of Theater/Directing. Here, they are pictured with President Kesselman after the screening.


👉 ICYMI: Learn more about the pilot and how it came to be here.  



Events for Alumni & Friends

🗓️ Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage (AAPIH) Celebration during April, May

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

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

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 25: OEOIC Open House, 📝 Graduate Research Symposium

April 26: The Tri-Choir Concert, 🌸 Origami Showcase 2023

April 28: NEWSical: the MusicalPsi Chi Conference of 2023, 🥇 Student Involvement Awards Ceremony

May 4: ✨🌠 Employee Recognition Day

May 6: Print Day in May

May 10: 15th Annual Jersey Shorecast

May 12: 🎓 Commencement