Stockton News - May 12, 2023


featured graduates🎓 Congratulations, Class of 2023! 

Tenacious. Entrepreneurial. Humanitarian. These are traits of Stockton's Class of 2023. Each of the more than 2,000 students graduating May 12 at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall has their own story of obstacles, hardship and adversity that led to the triumph of earning their Stockton degree.Here we spotlight 12 of these students and congratulate the Class of 2023! 

Watch Ceremony Live: 🎥 Catch the 2:30 p.m. ceremony on YouTube here. Fly high, Ospreys! 🦅 

Full commencement coverage will be included in next week’s edition of Stockton News.

Esports set upNew Undergraduate Esports Management Degree Available

Beginning in the fall of 2023, Stockton will become the first public institution in New Jersey and one of a handful of schools in the country to offer an undergraduate degree in esports.

The Bachelor of Science in Esports Management degree through the University’s School of Business will offer a distinctive program that includes business fundamentals, professional work experience, a hands-on internship requirement and educational work opportunities for those seeking to enter the esports industry.

“As Stockton University has grown, so have its offerings related to hospitality, tourism, event management and business studies,” said Warren Kleinsmith, the dean of the School of Business. “As a school, we strive to provide programming that is relevant and timely. This is one example of existing talent in our Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management programming seeing synergies between industries and building the necessary networks and curriculum to offer a highly competitive and academically rigorous degree.”

"But at Stockton, we do more than play games. Our Bachelor of Science in Esports Management builds the transferable skills necessary to fill the esports ecosystem talent pipeline.” 
 Noel Criscione-Naylor, interim esports program chair

📰 In the News: Esports Insider,, NJBIZ, The Press of Atlantic City

Celebrating AAPIHCelebrating AAPIH at Stockton

Stockton commemorated Asian-American and Pacific Islander heritage with several events in April and will continue the celebration this month with a Brown Town Street Fair May 19.

“While Asian-American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month is nationally celebrated in May, Stockton begins celebrating in April while students are still on campus and we continue celebrating through May,” said  Lauren Wilson, associate director for Student Development. “As one of the advisors working with our AAPIH Celebration Planning Team, it’s so exciting to watch about 15 student organizations and campus offices come together to collaborate & celebrate AAPI culture at Stockton.”


Jerseyshore Cast panelPanel Predicts Bright Summer for Shore Businesses

The 2023 summer season looks bright for the Jersey Shore, despite some continuing challenges presented by inflation, gas prices and ongoing labor shortages

That’s according to a panel of local experts who spoke at the 15th annual Jersey Shorecast on May 10, sponsored by the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism (LIGHT) at the Stockton University School of Business.

The discussion was held at the Stockton University Atlantic City John F. Scarpa Academic Center and streamed online.

📰 In the News: 6ABC, New Jersey 101.5, The Press of Atlantic City,, New Jersey Business Magazine


Riley Lorenz photosPicture Stockton ... Rooting for the Ospreys

You won’t find the Ospreys’ biggest fan in the stands. In fact, she’s never in one spot for long, but she doesn’t miss a beat of the gametime action.

Tucked behind a Sony LCD screen with an L.A. Dodgers ball cap blocking glare from the sun and stadium lights, Riley Lorenz, a Communication Studies major, uses her camera to tell the stories of our student-athletes.


what's trending - may 12, 2023Facebook: “As you may know, #StocktonU is the home of the #HEROCampaign, which is our program created in our son’s (John R. Elliott) honor and memory to prevent drunk and impaired driving...

Instagram: Hip-hop turned 5️⃣0️⃣ this year and is being celebrated around the world 🌎


16 Ospreys All-ConferenceKass Voted NJAC Rookie of the Year; 16 Ospreys All-Conference

Freshman Kayla Kass was voted NJAC Rookie of the Year to highlight a collection of 16 Ospreys who received New Jersey Athletic Conference honors in women's outdoor track & field. Stockton finished third at the NJAC Championships on May 6-7.

Kass became the second Osprey to receive the NJAC Rookie of the Year award in women's outdoor track and field since the prize was created in 2009, joining 2015 winner Kaitlyn Dermen. The freshman also was named NJAC Rookie of the Year in cross country in the fall. Kass took the NJAC First Team spot in the 800m and joined five other teammates on the NJAC First Team.

Khristina Washington in the triple jump, Shahyan Abraham in the shot put, Michaela Pomatto in the discus, Kierstin Clem in the 10,000m and freshman Megan Campanile in the javelin were the other NJAC First Team members.

Bowman, Muir & Van Schalkwyk Named Academic All-DistrictBowman, Muir & Van Schalkwyk Named Academic All-District

Three women's tennis players were named College Sports Communicators Academic All-District for 2022-23. Senior Audrey van Schalkwyk received her second CSC Academic All-District honor.

Senior Brynn Bowman and junior Lily Muir were recognized with CSC Academic All-District accolades for the first time. Bowman, Muir and van Schalkwyk helped Stockton to a 12-5 record for the team's highest win total since 2012-13.


Organizational Leadership FacultyOrganizational Leadership Faculty Promote Program at Conference

In April, faculty members John Gray and Kevin Coopersmith, instructors of Organizational Leadership, along with guest Lauren Pavlis attended the AACC Conference in Colorado to promote Stockton's Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership.

The conference is one of the largest convenings of community college professionals that offers engaging speakers, relevant professional development and networking opportunities. AACC Annual creates opportunities to design and solve today's priority challenges and to identify opportunities and innovation to support the country's community college students.

"With the Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership now primarily online, it means that we can expand our footprint in recruiting beyond the region to attract a wider array of leaders than ever before," stated Coopersmith. "The AACC Conference was an exciting step in that direction, and it gave us a great opportunity to network and build contacts from across the nation as we continue to grow."

Roster VerificationRoster Verification Reminder for Faculty

Attention all faculty teaching this summer! As the semester is about to begin, it's almost time to Verify your Ospreys!

New this year, faculty are reminded to complete the Roster Verification process for summer courses by confirming student attendance/academic activity beginning Monday, May 15. The Roster Verification process should be completed by Sunday, May 21. The Office of Financial Aid will use this information to make adjustments to student financial aid disbursements based on each student's confirmed number of credits.

Please note: For faculty teaching a course that begins in Session III (June 26), please be sure to complete the Roster Verification Process by Saturday, July 1.

Each instructor will be responsible for verifying student attendance or participation in an academic activity. For online courses, faculty are reminded to include an assignment or discussion activity during the add/drop period so that the student's academic activity can be confirmed.

The link to complete Roster Verification can be found under the faculty tab within the goStockton portal.

For more information and a list of frequently asked questions, visit

Palatnik, Grad Student Publish Article on Accounting Profession

Barry Palatnik, associate professor of Accounting, along with graduate student Rachel Serebnick, co-wrote an article, "The Aging of the Accounting Profession," that is now published on the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA) website.

Palatinik noted that the AICPA and state chapter had been concerned with the declining trend in accounting graduates and CPAs over the last few years.  

"The accounting profession is seeing a significant decline in the pipeline. High school students are not choosing accounting, causing a decline in new CPAs. Currently, CPAs from the Baby Boomer generation are reaching the age of retirement and are leaving the profession," he said. "The AICPA has reported that 75% of today's public accounting CPAs will retire in the next 15 years. Baby Boomers include those born between 1946 and 1964, which means the earliest entrants are now 77 and last entrants are now 59."

Serebnick felt that one of her semester's highlights was doing and presenting this research. "This independent study was an educational and rewarding experience. It allowed me to explore the field of accounting in-depth and develop my writing and public speaking skills. The process of researching, writing, and collaborating on the article for publishing was challenging but rewarding."

Education, Outreach Services Offered Through Counseling Services

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) have made it easier for faculty and staff to request educational presentations about issues relevant to life on the college campus. In addition, these presentations can be customized to fit specific needs. 

To request a presentation, visit the CAPS website to complete the request form.


Events for Alumni & Friends

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

May 12: 🎓 Commencement

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

May 23: Successful Aging Festival

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

June 21: 🌞 Transfer Jam

June 23: 🌸🌲 Pinelands Summer Short Course