Stockton News - May 5, 2023


Stockton Opens New Residence HallStockton Opens New Residence Hall in Atlantic City, Dedicates Kesselman Hall

Another milestone of Stockton University’s expansion in Atlantic City arrived May 3 as President Harvey Kesselman officially opened a new student residence hall in the city’s University District.

“I want you to know how excited we are to finally step inside and tour this amazing new building,” he said. “Today represents another incredible milestone on this exciting journey.”

The 135,000-square-foot, six-story building is located at the corner of Atlantic and South Providence avenues in the Chelsea Heights section of the city. It’s just a short walk from the rest of the Stockton Atlantic City campus, which opened in 2018.

In a ceremony shortly before the ribbon-cutting of the new residential complex, Stockton’s residence hall on the Boardwalk was renamed Kesselman Hall. Kesselman is retiring as Stockton’s fifth president on June 30.

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The family of the late William DalyStockton Adds Four Board Members, Sets Tuition and Fees

Stockton welcomed four new members to its Board of Trustees at the May 3 board meeting, including Kristi Hanselmann, Amy Kennedy, Timothy J. Lowry and Stephanie Lutz-Koch.

The board also recognized outgoing trustees Andy Dolce, Leo Schoffer and Meg Worthington, and student trustee Liliana Morales.

“We are so grateful and thankful for their service,” said Raymond Ciccone, board chair.

Additionally, tuition and fees at Stockton will increase 2% for the 2023-24 academic year and summer 2024 session, subject to the approval of anticipated allocations in the state budget.

In-state, full-time undergraduate students will pay $7,766 per semester for up to 20 credits, a 2% or $172 increase, under the tuition and fee structure approved by the Board of Trustees.

The board also approved a resolution renaming the School of General Studies at Stockton the William T. Daly School of General Studies, in honor of the late founding faculty member who died in February.

Bill Daly was the personification of the founding vision of Stockton,” President Harvey Kesselman said. “He embodied Stockton’s purpose. Over 40 years he taught thousands of students in political science and general studies classes.”

PHOTO: The family of the late William Daly during the May 3 board meeting.

Archaeology classNew Class Gets Students’ Hands Dirty Digging into Archaeology

Mackenzie Kornbluth often feels “disgusting” after her Archaeological Field Methods class.But she’s still having the time of her life.

The first-year student from Cherry Hill is part of Teaching Specialist Bobbi Hornbeck’s class this spring that was given a unique undergraduate opportunity — to work on an archeological dig in Cape May County.

“I love it. Even though we are on the ground digging for five hours and it’s really tough working with all the dirt,” said the Anthropology major with a concentration in Archaeology after trying to remove a buildup of brown smudges by wiping her hands on her pants.

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Student doing virtual realityGraduate Students Participate in Research Symposium

The University celebrated the accomplishments of its graduate students on April 25 with the annual Graduate Research Symposium.

Robert Gregg, the dean of Graduate Education, said the symposium in the C-D Atrium and nearby classrooms was the largest yet, with about 100 students participating in about 60 presentations from 11 different majors.

The degree programs ranged from American Studies, Business Administration and Nursing to Coastal Zone Management, Criminal Justice and Social Work.

“Their projects signify their commitment to academic excellence, either through practitioner-based research or archival research,” Gregg said. “We celebrate the diversity and innovativeness of the research presented.”

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🚐 Summer Schedule for AC Shuttles Starts May 6

The Atlantic City shuttles will operate on a modified schedule starting Saturday, May 6. The Atlantic City shuttles will not operate on Memorial Day (May 29) or Independence Day (July 4). View the updated schedule here.

As a reminder, the Galloway shuttles do not operate in the summer, services will pause May 13-Sept. 1.

For more information on shuttle services, visit here


Jestina DrysdaleJestina Drysdale, assistant director of Student Conduct in the Dean of Students Office, recently presented at the 2023 Equity Summit located at the University of Pennsylvania, where she had the opportunity to connect with over 200 9th-12th grade students.

Her presentation centered around the Identity Iceberg model, which covered the many aspects of a person's identity, including the social identity groups to which they belong (race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, etc.)

"Many facets of identity are not readily apparent, while others are. When you first meet a person, you may think you can clearly see aspects of their identity, but in fact, many aspects of one's identity are not visible when you first see a person. An iceberg serves as a useful metaphor for examining identity. You can only see a small part of an iceberg (about 13%) that is above the waterline," Drysdale said. "Like an iceberg, only a few aspects of one's identity are immediately visible and apparent. We must go below the waterline to see people in their full complexity. Students were able to learn strategies on how to connect and foster relationships without relying on assumptions and the importance of being aware of our own biases so that we can be equity centered in our daily lives."


group at Student Involvement AwardsStockton Recognizes Student Leaders, Clubs for Service

With more than 250 student organizations leading 1,200 events this academic year, the Student Involvement Awards celebrated these student initiatives and leaders April 28.

Nearly 100 students gathered at the annual event to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of their fellow leaders and respective organizations.

“It has been a very active year on campus and so many of the students have done great things. We are only able to give a few awards to some of the standout programs and leaders, but this only scratches the surface of all the great things that the students did this year,” said Jeff Wakeman, director of Student Development. 

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Varsity EightVarsity Eight Wins Gold At MARC Championships; O'Brien Voted MARC Coach of the Year

Bolstered by the program's first-ever gold medal in the varsity eight at the MARC regatta, the women’s rowing team finished as the runner-up in the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference Championships on April 30. 

Chris O'Brien 

The performance equaled Stockton's best ever at the MARC Championships, which came in 2021.

The Ospreys narrowly missed out on their first MARC title and NCAA Championship berth as they registered a team score of 35, which was just a single point behind conference champion Washington College (Md.), who earned an automatic bid to the NCAA regatta.

Additionally, head rowing coach Chris O'Brien was voted MARC Coach of the Year and seven Ospreys received postseason honors from the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference for the 2023 season.

baseball players Novobilsky Gets NJAC Rookie Award; Two Ospreys All-Conference

Two freshmen baseball players were selected for postseason honors from the New Jersey Athletic Conference for the 2023 baseball season. Kevin Novobilsky was voted NJAC Rookie of the Year and NJAC First Team.

Fellow rookie Antonio Gatti was selected NJAC Second Team. Novobilsky, the first Osprey to be NJAC Rookie of the Year since Travis Marra in 2011, was the only freshman in the league to be chosen NJAC First Team and Gatti was one of two freshmen to be tabbed NJAC Second Team.


🎉Employees Recognized During Celebration May 4

A Breakfast and Employee Awards Ceremony was held to celebrate Employee Recognition Day on May 4, recognizing nearly 200 employees and more than 35 retirees being honored for their service to the University. The celebration returned to the Sports Center for the second year and featured a Star Wars theme in honor of 'May the 4th Be With You.'

Whether they have been a part of our community for five years or 50 years, every individual highlighted plays an integral role in the success of the University and the students we serve.

In case you missed it, view a list of the honorees here

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students working with seniors Therapeutic Arts with Older Adults, Students & The Lives Well Lived Project 

Last year, Sky Bergman's film "Lives Well Lived" aired on PBS. Her project began with an interview with her grandmother and culminated in interviews with "40 older adults with 3,000 years of collective life experience" in a one-hour film. After conversations and emails with Bergman and SCOSA's purchase of the rights to show the film in an educational setting, the Lives Well Lived with Therapeutic Arts with Older Adults intergenerational project was born. 

In early Spring 2023, older adults were invited to apply as community elders to be paired with students in SCOSA staffer Gina Maguire's Therapeutic Arts with Older Adults course (GERO 2620). Throughout the semester, the student and elder pairs met four times. 

"During the first meeting, we met as a large group and watched the wonderfully touching film Lives Well Lived," Maguire shared. “The students were then tasked with meeting with their chosen/assigned community elder three times to get to know each other, ask questions about life, and perhaps discuss an ethical will, too. They then engaged in a creative endeavor of the elder's choice. The project culminated in a final meeting on Wednesday, April 26, at which the students surprised their partners with a printed anthology of their advice, a 29-minute video sharing what was learned, and breakfast (all thanks to SCOSA funding). 21 Elders. 1,969 years of collective experience.”

microwaveMicrowaves Added to Campus Through Hunger Free Grant

Monica Viani, assistant supervisor, Student Engagement and Community Development, shared the following update:

With only two microwaves on campus for students to access and limited time between classes, a common concern expressed by those enrolled in the food assistance program was the lack of ways to eat nutritious meals that required heating during the day.

As part of the Hunger Free Grant, the Food Assistance Program secured funding for microwaves. As a result, there are now eight microwaves located in various common areas of the campus for students to use.

We are hoping by removing this barrier, more students can use products found in the pantries to prepare their meals instead of possibly going without eating.

💻 New Stockton Homepage Look Launched

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Events for Alumni & Friends

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

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

May 6: Print Day in May

May 10: 15th Annual Jersey Shorecast

May 12: 🎓 Commencement

May 13: 🌱 Second Saturdays – Build-a-Terrarium

May 23: Successful Aging Festival

June 6: 🚲15th Annual G. Larry James Legacy Ride