Stockton News - Friday, Jan. 4, 2019



 19 Reason to Celebrate Stockton in 2019

19 reasons to celebrate StocktonThere are many reasons to celebrate Stockton in 2019, including living and learning at Stockton Atlantic City, the University’s first African American Cultural Heritage Short Course being offered and over 250 clubs and organizations to join.





Stockton and Ocean County College Sign Transfer Agreement

Stockton President Harvey Kesselman and Ocean County College President Jon Larson with members of the Stockton and OCC staff.On Jan. 3, the presidents of Stockton University in Galloway Township and Ocean County College in Toms River announced a new dual admission and transfer partnership that will help students make a smooth transition from the two-year college to Stockton’s bachelor’s degree programs. The Asbury Park Press and the Press of Atlantic City both featured the signing.



Learn by the Numbers in Data Science Masters Program

 Professor J. Russel Manson and student Keiana Dunn at the Open House for the Master of Science in Data Science and Strategic Analytics program at Kramer Hall in HammontonEvery Tuesday, Keiana Dunn makes the drive from Union in North Jersey to Hammonton as part of a cohort of students in Stockton’s new Master of Science in Data Science and Strategic Analytics (DSSA) program.

“I shadowed other schools and this one just felt right,” she said as she prepared to make a presentation about her research at the program’s recent Open House. “There is camaraderie and a willingness to share and the professors are encouraging and available. I like actually coming in person.”


New Year’s Writing Retreat to be held at Stockton Atlantic City

Murphy Writing of Stockton University will present a New Year’s Writing Retreat at Stockton Atlantic City, 3711 Atlantic Ave., on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 12-13. The Press of Atlantic City featured the retreat.


Stockton Venues in Atlantic City Highlighted by AAA World

Get artsy in Atlantic City by visiting Dante Hall Theater of Stockton University and the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University, which is home to the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey. Check out the AAA World article for more exciting things to do in the city.


NPR Interviews Stockton Professor on New Orthodox Church in Ukraine

Edward Siecienski, associate professor of Religion, was recently interviewed by NPR for the piece, “Religious Rift Grows between Ukraine and Russia.” The interview focused on Ukraine taking another step toward separating itself from Russian domination by establishing its own Orthodox church.

“I was approached by NPR’s Moscow correspondent for some background on the recent events in Ukraine, where a new Orthodox Church, independent of Moscow, was created by the Patriarch of Constantinople. He was familiar with my work and was looking for an unbiased opinion of what was going on. I didn’t even realize the story had aired until friends started contacting me the next day to tell me they heard the story on their commute to work,” Siecienski said.


Itaas Helps Migrant Mariners Celebrate Holiday Season

group of men and women standing in church

In collaboration with the Seamen’s Church Institute of Philadelphia and South Jersey (SCI) and Rev. Efren Esmilla of Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church of Philadelphia, Tom Itaas, associate director of Student Affairs Retention Initiative, led a group of medical professionals and volunteers from Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden and from Olde St. Augustine Church of Philadelphia in hosting international mariners.

A Christmas worship and celebration was held for the visiting mariners from India, Sri Lanka, China and the Philippines. SCI is an international agency serving an average of 30,000 local and international mariners each year from 35 nations in the Port of Philadelphia and South Jersey.

According to Itaas,” it’s a privilege to be given the opportunity to share the joy and blessings of the holiday season to people, especially international migrant mariners visiting our ports.”


NJECC Sweepstakes Winner: Simon Quint

Congratulations to Simon Quint, associate professor of Mathematics, for winning the final Stockton New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign (NJECC) sweepstakes. Quint “mamake a wave graphic de a wave” and was rewarded a pair of tickets to this year’s Scholarship Benefit Gala on May 4, 2019. 

If you haven’t had a chance to donate, you still can! The statewide campaign has been extended two weeks and will run through Jan. 14. Register and donate through the NJECC online giving portal or fill out a paper pledge form. If you plan to make a one-time donation, please fill out a paper pledge form. Email or stop by Human Resources (J115) to request a paper pledge form.



Picture Stockton…from the viewpoint of Apple Pie Hill Fire Tower

man talking to students on path outside

What happens in the pines stays in the pines from a geographer's viewpoint.

As recently as 11,700 years ago, the New Jersey Pinelands was often a cold, dry and wind-blown landscape. All that remains are clues in the region's geologic record.

Mark Demitroff, an adjunct instructor for the Environmental Studies and Geology programs, and students in his general studies course Pinelands Physical and Cultural Geography took a trip through the heart of the pines to see the clues hiding in plain sight, like Ice Age sand dunes now concealed by lush vegetation and the marks of cold-climate, non-glacial erosion that helped to shape our modern landscapes and wore stones into wind-faceted pebbles.  

Check out the Instagram story that highlights the trip. 


osprey flyingTwitter:#WildlifeWednesday: Where do New Jersey's Ospreys spend their winters? They're enjoying warmer weather in Central and South America. They'll be back in March to build nests and raise their young





rooms in process of being renovatedFacebook:  Construction has begun at The Sara & Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center on the new Schimmel and Hoogenboom Righteous Remembrance Room. The room is made possible by a generous donation from Katharine and Leo Ullman that honors Piet and Evertje Hoogenboom-van Maanen and Hendrik and Jannigje Schimmel-Mansholt who assisted Ullman's family during the Holocaust. Piet Hoogenboom provided false identification papers for family members and the Schimmel-Mansholts hid Ullman in their house for 796 days.







Take the Stockton University ADA Campus Survey

The Stockton ADA-Rehabilitation Act Steering Committee is conducting a survey to gauge campus understanding of the services and practices that help to make our physical and online campus a welcoming environment for all. The University community is invited to take the survey.


Basketball Team Lends a Hand for Special Olympics

group of basketball players smiling

Head Basketball Coach Scott Bittner shared a tweet of the team helping to set up for Special Olympics.












In December, Stockton approved the Stockton Center on Successful Aging’s (SCOSA) first permanent staffing position by promoting Gina Maguire from a temporary employment specialist to professional services specialist 3, a 60% position. This new position will be a benefit by allowing SCOSA to be staffed year-round. 

Maguire will be coordinating SCOSA’s Atlantic and Ocean County Older Adult Education and Socialization/Recreation programs, in addition to SCOSA’s Continuing Professional Education offerings.  

 Terri Carr began her position as director of Career Education and Development on Dec. 10 at Stockton.

Most recently, Carr served as associate director of Career Education at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa.

Carr’s experience in career and employment services, combined with her background working with veterans, first-generation, and underrepresented students, will allow her to make significant contributions to the Career Center, the Division of Student Affairs, and the University as a whole.

She holds a B.A. from the U Texas, El Paso; a Master of Education from the University of Louisville; and she is now pursuing a Doctor of Education, Higher Education Management (ABD) from the University of Pittsburgh.


Monday, Jan. 14  Spring classes begin.

 Monday, Jan. 21 – Join us to make a difference at the 15th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service