Stockton News - June 9, 2023


canned goodsEngage NJ Announces Nine Students as Kesselman Fellows

Engage NJ selected the first Kesselman Student Fellows for the Advancement of Democracy, including a team of three Stockton students.

The fellowship program was established this spring and named in recognition of retiring Stockton President Harvey Kesselman, who has been a staunch advocate for the advancement of human rights in New Jersey.

The Kesselman Student Fellowships empower teams of students to work on local community projects that advance democracy by finding solutions to connect people across differences and by removing barriers to opportunity faced by individuals in local communities.

From Stockton, Olivia Lovett, of Somers Point, Lauren Whaley, of Port Republic, and Andrea Sandoval of Freehold, were selected for their project “Dignity and Access.” Their goal is to increase the resources of the Osprey Pantry, Stockton’s on-campus student pantry, to improve the overall health, well-being and dignity of the students it serves.

Sage Delvalle ’20, ’21, and Francisco Vizcaino ’20Recent Stockton Graduates Use Their Business to Give Back

At F&S Digital, philanthropy isn’t just encouraged. It’s expected.

Founded by alumni Sage Delvalle ’20, ’21, and Francisco Vizcaino ’20, the New Jersey-based technology company specializes in implementing custom technology solutions for clients. They’re also focused on being an active force for good in South Jersey.

“We love this place. We’re always trying to figure out what our community needs, trying to improve the area,” Vizcaino said. “We give everyone who works here days off to volunteer with whatever charity they want.”

From the start, DelValle and Vizcaino knew they wanted to devote resources toward improving the community where they work and live.

Stockton is a major force in that community, and when an opportunity arose to sponsor the Stockton esports team and provide shirts for the program, there was no hesitation.


ijght banner3rd Issue of Journal of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism released

The third issue of the International Journal of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism (IJGHT) was released June 6 by the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism at Stockton. The peer-reviewed, open-access journal was developed to share original research that bridges the gap between industry practitioners and academic researchers and educators.

The issue is a special edition that features articles from undergraduate and graduate students around the globe, said LIGHT Faculty Director and IJGHT Founding Editor Jane Bokunewicz.

Rainforest Revelations at 'Second Saturdays' June 10

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

Join Jenkinson's Aquarium to learn about the exotic animals of the rainforest from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, June 10, in the Fannie Lou Hamer Event Room. 

A light lunch will be provided following the activity. Register here.


Faculty Focus on DEI in Esports at ConferenceFaculty Focus on DEI in Esports at Conference

Five Stockton faculty members presented at the 60th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Academy of Management (EAM), the regional division of the Academy of Management, held May 16-19 in Philadelphia. The jubilee anniversary of EAM focused on "Towards Justice and Equity in an Unequal World."

The conference included tracks for conceptual, empirical papers, panels, symposia and posters that undergo a rigorous double-blind review process. This year, Stockton was strongly represented in various tracks and continues to pioneer in esports and program development. 

Noel Criscione-Naylor, chair of Esports Management, interim chair of Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management, and associate professor, presented "Building Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into Esports Curriculum and Communities" with colleagues Jennifer Aarons, teaching specialist of Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management, and Esports Management; Petar Dobrev, assistant professor of Business Studies-Finance; Monica Amadio, teaching specialist of Business Studies-Management; and Demetrios Roubos, Stockton's information security officer and esports program manager.


smoke on lake fred

💨Smoke on the Water 

Even Lake Fred was hazy with smoke remnants that were making their way through the state as Canada’s wildfires surged on.


what's trending - june 9, 2023Instagram: From defending their right to exist and organize as student groups to hosting celebratory flag-raisings and #LavenderGraduations, #StocktonU students have always been at the forefront of the fight for equality! 

Facebook: Summer break gives our Ospreys more time for community outreach. 

Twitter: 3 reasons to transfer to #StocktonU.


Rocket League TeamRocket League Team Eliminated from World Championships

The Stockton esports team was unable to bring home a world championship last weekend at the Collegiate Rocket League (CRL) 2023 World Championships.

But just being one of 16 teams to make it to the finals at the DreamHack festival in Dallas is still quite an accomplishment for the three-person team of senior Brian Busse, of Hazlet, sophomore John Merendino, from Hauppauge, New York, and first-year Anthony Cooper, of Forked River. It’s the second year in a row Stockton qualified for the finals. Busse and Merendino were part of the 2022 team that finished second.

📰 In the News: The Press of Atlantic City 

Kerstin AxeAxe Selected To Play In IWLCA Senior All-Star Game

Stockton senior Kerstin Axe has one more game to play. Axe, who graduated from Stockton on May 12, was selected by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association to play in the IWLCA Senior All-Star Game.

The game is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at the USA Lacrosse Headquarters in Sparks, Maryland. The IWLCA sponsors the games for all three NCAA divisions as a showcase for the nation's top seniors.


Megan Hart🌈 Stockton News Rainbow Chaser Announced 

Megan Hart, associate director of Alumni Engagement, was the first person to find the hidden rainbow in last week’s Stockton News edition. 

The rainbow was located in the “Alumni Honored for Outstanding Achievements” photo of the June 2 issue. Hart is pictured with her prizes, which included a Stockton knapsack, a blow-up mini beach ball and a phone wallet.

📢 Shoutouts to those who played- Loukaia Taylor, University Relations & Marketing; Annelise Natale, Erin O’Hanlon, Communication Studies; Kortney Butler, Alumni Relations; and Jessica Cruz-Irwin, SRI & ETTC. 

Facebook Live Event June 12 Highlights Leo Ullman’s Life Story

An event co-hosted by the Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will discuss the life story of Leo Ullman, a child Holocaust survivor who is featured in the Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center at Stockton. The Stockton film "There Were Good People... Doing Extraordinary Deeds: Leo Ullman's Story" will be featured during the event from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Monday, June 12, here. For more information, call 609-652-4699.

Normal Academic Hours Next Week; Closed Friday

⏰ As a reminder, you can sleep in next week! The University will follow normal academic hours next week and will be closed on Friday, June 16, in observance of Juneteenth. All offices are open minimally from 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m., Monday-Thursday. There will not be a compressed work week/flexible work schedule option. 

👉 Due to Friday being an observed holiday, Stockton News will take a short break and return to your inbox Friday, June 23. 


Events for Alumni & Friends

Summer Camps at Stockton

📚 Summer 2023 Professional Development Opportunities  

Now-June 11: North to Shore Festival

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