Stockton News - March 12, 2021


Nursing Students Get a Shot to Make History at Megasite Nursing Students Get a Shot to Make History at Megasite

It’s not often that Stockton University nursing students can say they helped make history.

But 105 nursing students are participating in a piece of pandemic history as participants in the Atlantic County COVID-19 Vaccination Megasite the State of New Jersey, Atlantic County, AtlantiCare and the New Jersey National Guard are operating at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

“It’s a blessing,” said student Alexis Land of Clementon, as she and nine classmates prepared for a rotation through all of the different sections of the megasite, including actually giving vaccinations.

📰 The Press of Atlantic City covered the story.

Atlantic CityLIGHT Survey Shows Visitors Will Return to A.C.

Visitors to Atlantic City say they are ready and willing to return according to preliminary results of a survey by the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism (LIGHT) at Stockton University.

The survey, completed by 806 people who visited the Do AC website between the end of January and mid-February, found that more than 70 percent of respondents said they plan to visit Atlantic City within the next six months.

Among those who had already visited since July, when casinos reopened, 82 percent said they also planned to visit again within the next six months.

📰 Media coverage included The Press of Atlantic City, New Jersey Business, NJ 101.5 FM, Philadelphia Business Journal and NJ Spotlight News.

Film Celebrates Life, Legacy of Bill Hughes 

A film celebrating the life and legacy of the late Ambassador William J. Hughes debuted at a special Zoom showing on March 10, hosted by the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University, which produced the film.

In introducing the film, Stockton President Harvey Kesselman called Hughes “one of the most accomplished leaders ever in South Jersey,” noting his work as a Congressman, Ambassador to Panama, and educator at Stockton.

Music Industry Icon Says "Dream Big, but Plan" Screen shot of MC Lyte and Donnetrice Allison

Dream big, but make a plan, prepare, then put it into action, iconic hip hop artist, actor and producer MC Lyte told almost 175 participants at the virtual Hip Hop Summit, held virtually March 4 via Zoom at Stockton University.

“To prepare is the best thing you can do,” Lyte told the audience, as she shared her story of going from a kid in Brooklyn who loved the arts to a role model and legendary figure in the world of hip hop.
She also told viewers that words have power, and people need to be responsible for how they use them.

“We have been the victim of others words,” she said. “I’ve also been the victim of my own words."

The theme of this year’s summit was Women in Hip Hop.  Program coordinator and Professor of Communications and Africana Studies Donnetrice Allison, who hosted the event wearing her own “DJ Mello D” baseball hat, said she and hip hop were born at about the same time in the early 1970s.


Resources Available to Staff, Faculty 

There are many resources and best practices being made available to staff and faculty working remotely that can be found by visiting Information Technology’s website. This week's tip focuses on adding captions to Google Drive videos.

Choose WellnessSurveys indicate that as the pandemic drags on, student, faculty and staff stress levels have increased. Is this what you are noticing in yourself, in your students, in others? There are resources and events available to Stockton community members, including training, self-care tips and yoga. See how you can Choose Wellness.

🧠 In addition to assistance with the technology available from ITS, Stockton provides faculty and teaching staff with professional development, training, teaching ideas, resources and individual consultations via the Center for Teaching and Learning Design (CTLD). Visit the CTLD events page for a variety of workshops. 

🎥 A video of the March 8 presentation on COVID-19 vaccinations, presented by Lori Herndon ‘92, President & CEO of AtlantiCare, and Dr. Manish Trivedi, Infectious Disease Specialist, is available to view on the Campus Operations website.

🧪 Stockton is offering FREE COVID-19 testing to students and employees at the Lodge at Lakeside. Go to Stockton University Testing to select a date and time to be tested and register on the Visit-Health portal. 

👉 Visit the Spring 2021 Campus Operations website for up-to-date information on procedures and guidelines the University is implementing to continue to keep students, staff and faculty safe. 

🔴 The New Jersey Civil Service Commission (CSC) has adopted a new, temporary rule which provides eligible State employees in the career, unclassified or Senior Executive Service with two new types of COVID-19 Paid Leave: COVID-19 Sick Leave and COVID-19 Family Leave. For more details and additional FAQs, visit here

💉 New Jersey has developed a website for residents to pre-register to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

If you have an appointment to be vaccinated during your normal work hours, you do not need to utilize personal sick time. When completing your timesheet you will record these hours under the "CV19SickSelf" code to cover that time. 

🔴 Pledge Reminder: Faculty, staff and students should complete the Stockton Health Pledge daily, even if you are not coming to campus. The pledge is emailed daily to your Stockton email and assists us in monitoring the health of our community. If you are feeling ill, do not come to campus, notify your manager, and see your doctor if necessary. 

Stockton is compiling notices of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in a dashboard on the Coronavirus home page. The dashboard is updated on regular work days. 


Amee Shah, professor of Health Sciences, published a book of poetry, “Becoming the Light: From Angst to Awakening,” during the Amee Shah pandemic to help provide healing and improve resilience during such stressful and uncertain times.

Shah used her work as a health sciences and communication science professor, clinician, communication coach, teacher and poet to bring her writing towards improving healing, resilience, health and wellness.

“I have been writing poetry my whole life as a form of self-expression and processing of thoughts. During the pandemic year, my writing intensified as a way of taking stock of all the uncertainties of our times and attempting to provide new perspectives and healing, mostly to myself, my students, my medical clients and my family,” Shah said.

“As I began sharing this work, I was surprised to see how much interest and resonance there was of my poems to a wide variety of audiences. As a result, I finally began the process of publishing this book and was able to release it in December 2020.”


Facebook: Happy #InternationalWomensDay, Ospreys. What's Trending - March 12, 2021

Twitter: Basketball is fun to film.

Instagram: #StocktonVoices: "Black excellence is turning oil drums into instruments, rotten fruit into pie, and scraps to soul food. Everything Black people do is excellent because it's practically superhuman to live in a world that systematically hates you yet profits from your existence," said Shedia Laguer, assistant director of @stocktonstudev.


Stockton Volleyball Remains Unbeaten with 3-0 Victory Girl playing volleyball

Stockton University (4-0, 4-0 NJAC) kept their record unblemished with a convincing 3-0 win over visiting Kean University (1-2, 1-2 NJAC) on March 11. The Ospreys took the three-set sweep by scores of 25-18, 25-11, 25-16, with Charlotte Leon leading all players with 12 kills.

Osprey Outline: Field Hockey Preview 

During this abbreviated Spring 2021 season, the Stockton field hockey team is seeking to continue a winning trend that has seen the Ospreys go 29-10 over the last two seasons. Head coach Sarah Elleman has a squad that is small in numbers but large in experience, featuring several players who have contributed during the team's recent run of success.

📰  The Press of Atlantic City featured the team.

⚽️ Stockton men's soccer glad to reunite as a 'family'  📰  The Press of Atlantic City feature

🏀 Livestream NJAC Playoffs 

Tune in tonight, Friday, March 12, at 8 p.m. to watch the men's basketball team take on The College of New Jersey in the second round of the NJAC tournament. 

🗓️ View the full schedule of upcoming athletic events here


Bulk Mailing Reminder

Please ensure to give the Mailroom two weeks' notice for all bulk mailings.

This is necessary for proper scheduling at the bulk mail center as well as to maintain the appropriate funds in the University account. The bulk mailing days will remain Tuesdays and Fridays.

For all bulk mailing requests, please complete a form via this link or by visiting the website.


State Aid Renewal Deadline April 15 

FAFSA renewal students (those students who have filed a FAFSA in years prior) need to file the 21-22 FAFSA before the April 15 state deadline to be considered for State Aid. Eligible students who miss this deadline could miss out on up to $7,500 in free money. 

Remember, the State Won’t Wait! Students can apply at



🌷 ⏰ Don’t forget to spring ahead: Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 14.


Upcoming Events Hosted by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations 

Women's History Month events

Feb. 15-May 9: City of Hope: The 1968 Poor People’s Campaign 

March 4-6: Spring Dance Concert [will be live-streamed on site]

March 6: Stockton Day at the Maple Grove

March 22-26: Open House Week

March 24: 11th Annual Paul Lyons Memorial Lecture