Stockton News - Friday, May 10, 2019


Almost 300 Receive Degrees at Graduate Commencement; Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership Graduates First Class

graduates processing outside

The sun enveloped the Stockton campus in a warm, yellow glow for the Master’s and Doctoral Commencement Ceremony in the Sports Center on May 7, where nearly 300 students received graduate degrees.  

“Fight for yourself, fight for your dreams, fight for your communities, and fight for those who cannot fight for themselves,” President Harvey Kesselman said during the ceremony. “These are the qualities of a leader who embodies both strength and grace, and from one Osprey to another, I know you have it in you. Congratulations, Class of 2019! Now go out there and start living your best life!”

This year, the first cohort of 21 graduates (pictured below) of the doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership received their degrees.

On April 24, more than 80 graduates presented their research in the Spring Graduate Research Symposium, which filled the Campus Center Event Room. 

Check out the Press of Atlantic City's gallery of the Graduate Commencement and Stockton's Instagram story from the event. 

The first cohort of the Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership at Commencement.

Congratulations to the following Stockton employees who received degrees at the Master’s and Doctoral Commencement: Diana Allen, professional services specialist, Master of Business Administration; Anjanette Christy, director of Ticketing Services, Performing Arts Center, M.A. in Instructional Technology; Victoria Conover, liaison for Curriculum & Academic Support, M.A. in American Studies; Daniel Douglas, director of Strategic Communications, Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership; Stacy Forman, director, Retail Hospitality & Tourism Talent Network of Southern NJ, M.A. in Instructional Technology; John Froonjian, interim executive director, William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy, Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership; Karl Giulian, adjunct faculty, Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership; John Harned, staff accountant, Master of Business Administration; Robert Heinrich, chief enrollment management officer, Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership; Leah Henderson, graduate enrollment services specialist, M.A. in Instructional Technology; Darya Hrybava, professional services specialist, M.A. in Instructional Technology; Kate Juliani, education counselor & services specialist, Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership; Jessica Keen, adjunct, P.S.M. in Environmental Science; Dawn Konrady, director of the Child Welfare Education Institute, Master of Social Work; Melissa Laurino, animal care specialist, M.S. in Data Science & Strategic Analytics; Sandra Leone, professional services specialist, M.A. in Instructional Technology; Danielle Martin, professional services specialist, M.A. in Instructional Technology; Amanda Martinez, professional services specialist, M.A. in Instructional Technology; Warren Nelson, adjunct, Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership; Lorraine O’Flaherty, education program assistant, M.A. in American Studies; William Perkins, adjunct, Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership; Matthew Shaw, graduate enrollment technology specialist, M.A. in Criminal Justice; Adriane Sicknick, professional services specialist, M.A. in Instructional Technology; John Sokol, adjunct professor of Business, M.S. in Data Science & Strategic Analytics; Mathew Suran, computer resource manager & GIS assistant, M.S. in Data Science & Strategic Analytics; Ryan Terrell, assistant director of Admissions, M.A. in Instructional Technology; Daniel Fidalgo Tomé, director of Service-Learning, Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership; Jonathan Vega, chemistry lab professional services specialist, M.S. in Data Science & Strategic Analytics.      

Stockton Rallies to Win CSAC Championship

men's lacrosse team Stockton University rallied from a four-goal deficit in the second half and captured the Colonial State Athletic Conference championship with a 14-11 victory over Montclair State on May 4. The win gave Stockton its first conference title and NCAA Tournament berth in school history. On May 7, they went on to defeat Morrisville State 20-9 in the 1st Round contest at York College.  






Scholarship Gala Raises Over $450,000

More than 600 people supported Stockton University’s 39th Annual Scholarship Benefit Gala at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on May 4. Along with sponsorships and donations, the event raised over $450,000.

Didn’t make it? Check out the Office of Development and Alumni Relations' Instagram story to get the Gala experience.

Stockton Represented in Working Groups for New Jersey's Plan for Higher Education

The Office of the Secretary of Higher Education announced this week the members of the five working groups established by the Gov. Phil Murphy to implement the Strategic Plan for Higher Education. Several Stockton faculty, staff and administrators were selected to serve through a formal application process. The list includes: Robert Gregg, dean of the School of General Studies (Creating On-ramps to College); Alisa Hogan, associate director of Admissions Recruitment and Outreach (Creating On-ramps to College); Tim Haresign, associate professor of Biology (Making College Affordable); Michael Klein, research associate for the Office of Academic Affairs (Making College Affordable); Maralyn Mason, executive director of Educational Opportunity and Success Programs, (Making College Affordable); Jeanette Quinn, student, (Making College Affordable); President Harvey Kesselman (co-chair, Student Success); Melissa Sandoval, graduate student, (Student Success); Rosa Perez-Maldonado, assistant dean of the School of Arts & Humanities, (Safe and Inclusive Learning Environments); Donnetrice Allison, professor of Africana Studies and Communication Studies, (Research, Innovation, and Talent); and Terri Carr, director of Career Education and Development, (Research, Innovation, and Talent).


Hospitality and Tourism Program Thanks Internship Partners

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Internships are a crucial part of Stockton University’s Hospitality and Tourism Management Studies program, providing students with on-the-job training and an introduction to future careers.

The faculty and staff of the program acknowledged companies that have provided internships during a breakfast at the Stockton Atlantic City Academic Center at which they also introduced plans for the next academic year.




Summer Shuttle Schedule 

The Atlantic City shuttles are operating on a reduced schedule this summer. The weekday and weekend shuttle departure times for both Galloway and Atlantic City will be as follows: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m., 8:45 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:15 p.m., and 5:45 p.m.; and Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. In addition, the shuttles will not operate on Memorial Day (Monday, May 27) or Independence Day (Thursday, July 4).


Student Shilo Previti Receives Staller Award

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Shilo Previti is more than just head tutor at the Stockton Writing Center. 

“She not only is an excellent tutor,” said Pam Cross, coordinator of the Writing Center, “but she goes above and beyond for her students; helping them figure out financial aid and taxes, and even driving them to the doctor when they’re in need.” 

Her dedication to her students earned Previti the Paul D. Staller ’97 Writing Center Endowed Fund Award this year. Staller’s parents, Billie and Alan, and his sister, Laurie, visited the Galloway campus to honor and meet Previti at the center. 


Stockton Twin Sisters Receive Citizenship at Naturalization Ceremony

freshman twin sisters Marina and Mariam Eskander with their mother, Manar EskanderTwo current Stockton students, freshman twin sisters Marina and Mariam Eskander from Egg Harbor Township, received citizenship at the third Naturalization Ceremony hosted by the Stockton Center for Community Engagement on Wednesday, May 8, along with their mother, Manar Eskander. They were two of 28 from 20 different countries who also received citizenship at the ceremony. 

“I am happy to have the privilege of witnessing freedom in action,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Lori Vermeulen during her opening remarks. “All of you are welcome here, and you are now members of the Stockton family. We are pleased to have you as part of our team. Congratulations.”

Check out the Press of Atlantic City's gallery from the ceremony.


Stockton Students Discuss Speech, Language and Literacy with Pleasantville Parents

From left, Gabriella Carmen, Daniella Rengifo, Allison Carini, Kaleigh Haar, Ashlee Moran, Jennifer Nolan, Phillip Hernandez, Kendra Lee and Kylie Sarnese.Stockton University Speech-Language Pathology students in the SLP in the Schools course and Master of Science in Communication Disorders-Hispanic Emphasis Specialization (HES) students along with Phillip Hernández, assistant professor of Communication Disorders, presented a workshop, “What Families Need to Know about Speech and Language Development,” on April 19 at the Pleasantville Early Childhood Program in Pleasantville.

The workshop was for parents and focused on speech and language developmental milestones; speech and language “red flags;” bilingualism; Spanish speech sound and language development; and emphasized the importance of parent and teacher collaboration. Literacy (reading) developmental milestones and activities were also provided to parents, as well as hands-on activities, demonstrations and speech-language information handouts (English/Spanish).

At the end of the workshop, the families were given books donated by the students to take home to practice the speech, language and literacy activities that were demonstrated.

“The feedback provided by the parents and administrators was overwhelmingly positive,” Hernández said. 

“I thoroughly enjoyed this experience. I appreciate being able to be a part of the community and share awareness to parents. I look forward to more experiences like this one,” student Kaleigh Haar said.

“It was amazing to see how much the parents enjoyed our presentation and it was evident they were going to utilize the information they learned at home,” student Ashlee Moran said. “Overall, this was an amazing experience and I believe that every graduate student should take the opportunity to take part in a parent workshop while in graduate school.” 

Both Haar and Moran are first-year second semester graduate students in the M.S. Communication Disorders Program.

“It is the goal of the MSCD program to continue to build a working relationship with the parents, teachers and administrators at the Pleasantville Early Childhood Program,” Hernández concluded.

PHOTO: From left, Gabriella Carmen, Daniella Rengifo, Allison Carini, Kaleigh Haar, Ashlee Moran, Jennifer Nolan, Phillip Hernandez, Kendra Lee and Kylie Sarnese.


Stockton Faculty Collaboration Examines the Body Through Many Narratives

Christina Jackson Christina Jackson (pictured), assistant professor of Sociology at Stockton University, recently co-authored “Embodied Difference: Divergent Bodies in Public Discourse” with Jamie Thomas of Swarthmore College. The volume was published by Lexington Inc. in March and examines marginalization and normalization with a focus on the body across public arenas.




Nicole Ertle and Jaclynne Polcino

Students Showcase Science, Math Research at Symposium

More than 50 students shared their research projects at the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NAMS) Symposium on April 23 in the C-D Atrium.

“The symposium showcases the many opportunities students at Stockton have to do undergraduate research with faculty,” NAMS Dean Peter Straub said. “It also gives them the opportunity share that work with their peers.”
He said the work was done both at Stockton and at internship sites and gave students a capstone project they can use if they apply to graduate school.

Pictured are Nicole Ertle and Jaclynne Polcino who won third-place for their research on tidal variability of estuarine circulation in Little Egg Inlet.

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Christina Denney Facebook: #CountdownToCommencement- Meet Christina Denney (pictured), the student speaker at the 2019 Baccalaureate Commencement Ceremony.

Twitter: The master’s and doctoral candidates graduating are inspiring! #Classof2019




11 Ospreys Earn NJAC All-Conference Honors

Eleven Stockton University student-athletes earned NJAC All-Conference recognition in women's track & field for their performances at the NJAC Championships, which were held at Stockton University last weekend. The Ospreys finished third at the conference meet with 108 points.


Strategic Planning Summer Learning Sessions Announced 

Dates and times for the Strategic Planning Summer Learning Sessions have been announced- Hall of Fame: Inclusive Student Success, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, in the Campus Center Board of Trustees Room; Let's Work Together: People, Communication and Shared Governance, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday, May 20, at Lakeside Lodge; Money, Money, Money: Financial Sustainability, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday, May 28, in the Campus Center Board of Trustees Room; This is Me: Diversity & Inclusion, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Thursday, June 6, in the Campus Center Board of Trustees Room; Rock ‘Enroll’ is Here to Stay: Strategic Enrollment Management, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 19, in the TRLC; and What a Wonderful World: Teaching and Learning, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Thursday, June 20, in the Campus Center Event Room. Sign up for these sessions here

new Strategic Plan draft is available for review and can be accessed by logging into your GoStockton portal.  


Summer Hours Begin May 13

The summer work schedule will begin the week of Monday, May 13, through the week of Monday, Aug.12. The University will remain open on Fridays, but employees do have the option of a four-day workweek. Hours of operation for the University during this time will be 8 a.m.-5:15 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The University will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 27 and follow a normal academic year work schedule for that week, open May 28, 29, 30 and 31, and not have a flex schedule option. Additionally, the University will be closed on Thursday, July 4, in observance of the holiday. That week will also operate under a normal academic work year schedule, open July 1, 2, 3 and 5, and not have a flex schedule option.   


Choose Summer at Stockton

Stockton's summer sessions are open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in degree programs, non-matriculated students, and students currently enrolled at other institutions who wish to study during their summer break and transfer Stockton credits.


Saturday, May 11:Second Saturdays - Yoga at the Beach, Stockton University Atlantic City

Thursday, May 16: Successful Aging Seminar, Campus Center