Stockton News - June 2, 2023


Students working ETTC Gets $444,445 Grant to Promote K-12 Computer Science

Nearly 400 K-12 teachers across South Jersey have been introduced to computer science during the past school year through the establishment of a regional hub by the Educational Technology Training Center (ETTC) at Stockton.

The center will continue to train teachers this year thanks to a recent $444,445 grant from the state, said Patty Weeks, the director of the Southern Regional Institute and ETTC at Stockton.

“Teachers explore Unplugged Computer Science, Physical Computing, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and the new student learning standards for computer science in New Jersey,” Weeks said. “The teachers love it because they learn that it’s not just about coding. It’s about teaching their students to first consider a problem and then to find a solution. It isn’t always about writing a line of computer code.”

📰 In the News: New Jersey Stage

Rocket League TeamStockton Rocket League Team Eyes World Title

The Stockton Rocket League team has unfinished business this weekend — winning a world championship.

After finishing second at the 2022 World Championships, this year’s esports team, which features two of the three players from last year, is ready to win the Collegiate Rocket League 2023 World Championships from June 2-4 at the DreamHack festival in Dallas.

Senior Brian Busse, of Hazlet, and sophomore John Merendino, from Hauppauge, New York, lead the 2023 team along with first-year newcomer Anthony Cooper, of Forked River.

“I think we can take it all,” Merendino said. “We all believe that we can, and if we can trust each other, we can win it all.”

New BOT Student FellowsNew BOT Student Fellows Named for Spring

Six students were awarded the Board of Trustees Fellowship for Distinguished Students at the May board meeting.

The program supports student-initiated projects of undergraduate research and/or creative work in keeping with the educational philosophy and mission of Stockton. Fellowship awards up to $1,000 each are provided semi-annually. 

Ian Bouie, director of Academic Achievement Programs, believes that this year's cohort was more than deserving of their fellowship.

The spring cohort of BOT Student Fellows and their projects are Jessica Nash, Jordan Harvey, Kimberly Sanchez, Luke O’Connor, Olivia Lovett and Safah Panah.


Alumni HonoredAlumni Honored for Outstanding Achievements

The annual Alumni Achievement Awards & Volunteer Banquet brought together more than 100 alumni, faculty, staff and friends to celebrate the accomplishments of six distinguished Stockton graduates and recognized the valuable contributions of all alumni who volunteer their time at Stockton.

The event was held on May 18 in the Fannie Lou Hamer Event Room at Stockton's Atlantic City campus.

The awards selection process is organized by the Alumni Council on Engagement (ACE), a volunteer board of Stockton graduates dedicated to supporting the work of the Alumni Relations department and encouraging their fellow Ospreys to become engaged with the University.


President Kesselman Honored at Beth El SynagoguePresident Kesselman Honored at Beth El Synagogue

President Harvey Kesselman was recently honored at Beth El Synagogue in Margate. The celebration took place on May 31 and celebrated his service to Stockton and the Atlantic County community. 

📸 View a gallery of photos from the Press of Atlantic City. 




what's trending june 2, 2023Twitter: The #StocktonU Fish Hawks competed for the 3rd time in @NJAudubon's World Series of Birding. 

Instagram: If these cyanotype, Shibori dying and printmaking activities look fun, then you won’t want to miss the @artsgarageac’s activities happening during the @north2shore festival June 4-11.

Facebook: "The color of your skin doesn't dictate your bravery."


Kevin Novobilsky Novobilsky Receives All-Region Honors

Stockton freshman Kevin Novobilsky received all-region honors from a pair of organizations for his outstanding 2023 season. The infielder was chosen ABCA/Rawlings All-Region 4 Second Team by the American Baseball Coaches Association and selected Region 4 Co-Rookie of the Year and All-Region 4 Third Team by

Novobilsky, one of 14 freshmen on the young Stockton team, helped the Ospreys to 22 victories, one off the school record, plus the program's first NJAC Tournament berth since 2013. He added the all-region accolades to NJAC Rookie of the Year and NJAC First Team kudos plus four NJAC Rookie of the Week awards.

Eight Ospreys Receive CSC Academic All-District Recognition

Eight Stockton University student-athletes earned College Sports Communicators Academic All-District Track & Field/Cross Country honors for 2022-23. All eight registered cumulative grade point averages of 3.65 or higher.

Shahyan Abraham, Kierstin Clem, Olivia Harris, Jessie Klenk and Lauren Maldonado were Stockton's CSC Academic All-District Women's Track & Field/Cross Country selections.

Mike Carfagno, Max Klenk and Cooper Knorr were CSC Academic All-District Men's Track & Field/Cross Country honorees for Stockton.


University Archives Accepting Materials

As you prepare for the summer and any office moves or retirements, think of the University Archives as you tidy or pack up. Part of their mission is to collect, organize and preserve materials of enduring intellectual and institutional value. A list of some of these materials can be found here. Items to consider should be important to Stockton’s institutional history, unique to your program/office, you use them once or less each year and should be publicly accessible. Confidential or closed records are not accepted. As a rough guideline, if you haven't referred to the file in more than two years, you may want to send it to the University Archives, located on the lower level of the Richard E. Bjork Library. Digital files are also accepted and can be emailed to

University Archives is also interested in receiving (either as a donation or loan) old technology hardware (does not have to work) for an upcoming exhibit (i.e. old Commodore 64, film projector, a 5 1/4" floppy disc, or 8-track player.)

📜 🎓 Faculty, Staff Receive Degrees at Commencement 

Congratulations to all Stockton employees who received degrees at this year's Commencement Ceremony, including Robert Brandhorst, Information Technology Services, M.A. in Instructional Technology; Anthony Dissen, School of Health Sciences, Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership; Jessica Ehlers, Bursar’s Office, Master of Business Administration; Daniel Hickson, Information Technology Services, M.A. in Instructional Technology; Wayne Laffitte, School of General Studies, M.A. in Instructional Technology; Shedia Laguer, Student Development, Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership; Esther Lawrence, School of Business, Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership; Yesenia Pacheco, Student Affairs Office, Master of Social Work; Roxana Perez Nieves, Enrollment Management, M.A. in Counseling; Luz Pestritto, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, M.A. in Instructional Technology; Christy Santiago, Fiscal Affairs,  Master of Business Administration; Haashim Smith-Johnson, Enrollment Management, Master of Business Administration; Alex Summaria, Information Technology Services, B.S. in Business Studies; and Sunnie Yousaf, Enrollment Management, M.A. in Instructional Technology.

Read the SCOSA June Newsletter

Read the Stockton Center on Successful Aging (SCOSA)'s June newsletter for interesting upcoming events and newly added programming.

Chase the Rainbow 🌈: Who doesn’t love a scavenger hunt? In celebration of June being Pride Month, there is a rainbow (NO, not the one in the news header, nice try 😝) hidden somewhere in this edition of Stockton News! First person to email with its whereabouts wins a prize! Happy 🕵️‍♀️ hunting!


Events for Alumni & Friends

Summer Camps at Stockton

📚 Summer 2023 Professional Development Opportunities  

June 3: 🚲 15th Annual G. Larry James Legacy Ride

June 4-11: North to Shore Festival

June 10: 🦜🌳🦥 Second Saturdays: Rainforest Revelation

June 13: 🍻 School of Education Alumni Teacher Appreciation Happy Hour

June 15: Pre-Juneteenth Celebration of Black Music

June 21: 🌞 Transfer Jam

June 23: 🌸🌲 Pinelands Summer Short Course 

June 24: 🦅 First to Fly Leadership Symposium

June 29: ARHU Meet the Dean with Ian Marshall

July 12-19: Children’s Summer Playhouse 

July 16-22: SEBA Summer Entrepreneurship and Business Academy