Stockton News - Nov. 17, 2023


Hughes Center HonorsSix Recognized for Public Service at Hughes Center Honors

The theme of the night was civility as the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton bestowed awardsin recognition of the late ambassador’s public service career.

The Hughes Center Honors is a biennial awards ceremony that acknowledges outstanding New Jerseyans for excellence in their field and for a commitment to public service, civility and bipartisanship. More than 150 people attended the Nov. 9 event in the Campus Center Event Room.

“The Hughes Center’s mission to encourage civil civic engagement is a natural extension of Stockton’s mission of developing students to be engaged and effective citizens and active participants in democracy,” said President Joe Bertolino. “Today, probably more than any other time, that engagement, that civil responsibility is important. The opportunity to sit and engage in dialogue and debate in a constructive and civil manner is important.”

Bill Hughes Jr. thanked the six honorees. “Thank you for what you have done, for what you will do, for the examples you have set, for living the ideals my father sought to achieve and thought to demonstrate every single day,” he said.

📰 In the News: New Jersey Stage, The Press of Atlantic City

career suiteNew Beginnings in Career Education & Development

Your future begins here.

That is the message students see as they walk along the hallway in the Campus Center toward the Office of Career Education and Development (CED) and the brand-new Career Success Studio.
Sofia Abreu, director of the office, and others gave short remarks before cutting the ribbon for the new space on Wednesday, Nov. 8. After expressing her gratitude to the CED team and Facilities Operations, she explained her vision for the studio to the crowd. 

“As we move forward, I eagerly anticipate collaborating with our campus partners to further expand career development opportunities across Stockton. Our vision for the Career Success Studio is to create an inviting, inclusive space that caters to students at all stages of their career development journey,” Abreu said.

The space is expected to be multipurpose – students can use it for meetings or interviews, find various job postings, or even attend workshops hosted by the CED. Ultimately, how the space will be used will be up to the campus community and their needs while they explore career paths.

📸 View more photos from the event on Flickr.


Patrick HossayPatrick Hossay, professor of Sustainability at Stockton, has been part of the University community for 25 years and initially taught Political Science for 13 of those years. He and his colleagues formed the Sustainability Program about 12 years ago – one of the first such degree programs in the nation. He has been the chair of the program ever since.

His immense knowledge and passion for sustainability was at the forefront of a luncheon hosted by Visit Atlantic City, which he was asked to present in Washington, D.C, recently.

Hossay’s participation at the event came about when a group from Visit Atlantic City came to campus as part of an Office of Continuing Studies & Adult Education program.

“I met and spoke with them in my lab, and I guess they were impressed, as they later invited me to speak at this luncheon,” Hossay said.

During his presentation, Hossay wanted to provide a short overview of sustainability by engaging some of the misconceptions and facile notions that often define “sustainability” in the public mind.


veterans ceremonyAnnual Veterans Day Ceremony Full of Gratitude, Honor

More than 100 years ago, following the tragedies and destruction of World War I, weapons were lowered in order to seek peace at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

We commemorate that crucial turning point in world history with celebrations like Nov. 10’s Veterans Day ceremonyin the Campus Center Grand Hall, which included the singing of the National Anthem by Lynda Larkin, speeches and a reception that featured the Faces of Stockton’s Military Community Photograph Project.

Guest speaker Col. Yvonne L. Mays, deputy adjutant general for the New Jersey National Guard, discussed her journey from an 18-year-old fresh out of basic training for the Air Force to a proud member of the military community who is dedicated to helping others find opportunities to join what she considers a “thriving environment.”

📸 View more photos from the ceremony on Flickr.


Instagram: ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT ⛹️‍♂️DJ Campbell, a senior on the @basketballstockton team, is excited to represent the University on the court this season.

X: On this day 45 years ago, 1.1 million acres of sandy soil, wetland ecosystems, pine and oak forests, and the unique environment that #StocktonU calls home became the nation's first national reserve.

Facebook: Thank you to the 2,000+ prospective students and families for joining us this morning at our Open House!


womens basketball teamStockton Cruises Past Rosemont 78-30

The women’s basketball team scoredthe first 10 points of the game and stayed in front the rest of the way for a 78-30 victory over Rosemont College on Nov. 14. The Ospreys shot 58.3% from the field and four players reached double figures.

Lauren Winant scored a career-high 12 points, while Emma Morrone and Trina Deveney-Bethea also tallied 12 points apiece. Morrone shot a perfect 6-6 from the floor.

Palmer Chosen AVCA All-Region IV

Stockton freshman Nicole Palmer was chosenAVCA All-Region IV by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Palmer added the All-Region accolade to NJAC Player of the Year and NJAC First Team honors as well as three NJAC Rookie of the Week awards.

Palmer finished fifth in the NJAC in kills (3.18/set), sixth in points (3.52/set), ninth in hitting percentage (.248) and 11th in blocks (0.59/set). The right-side hitter led Stockton in kills (334), points (369.5) and hitting percentage and was third on the team in blocks (62).

🗓️ View the full schedule of all upcoming athletic events here. 


Stockton cares groupStockton Cares Brings New Vision to Students

Last month, students needing glasses and eye exams could get them free thanks to the Stockton Cares program and Health Outreach, Promotion & Education (H.O.P.E.). 

With support from the Compass Fund, Case Management Specialist Chrissy Easton secured a two-year project titled Osprey Essentials. Through her direct work with case management, she has seen a need to expand the offerings outside of the Osprey Pantries to provide linens, cold weather essentials, household items and opportunities for students to receive services often overlooked, including dental care and haircuts.

The Glasses2Classes event on Oct. 24 directly resulted from this initiative, and 51 students ranging from first-year to graduate students benefited from the experience.

“Expanding current offerings to meet student needs related to health, wellness and overall well-being will allow our team to focus on inclusive student success and promote support of the whole student,” Easton said.

🏆 ‘Evening of Excellence’ Wins 2023 Best of District II Award

Stockton's “Evening of Excellence” has been honored with the 2023 Best of District II Award by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District II in the Events category.

“We are honored to receive the 2023 Best of District II Award from CASE. This recognition is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our faculty, staff and alumni who made the inaugural ‘Evening of Excellence’ a truly exceptional event,” said Sara Faurot, director of Alumni Relations. 

CASE is the professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas. The awards will be acknowledged during the CASE District II annual conference in February 2024. 

The award recognizes in-person special events that occur on a single day, or a series of related activities that occur on the same day and have the same purpose. Judges looked for strategy, execution and outcomes.

REMINDER: Holiday Week Schedule

The University will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23, for Thanksgiving and Friday, Nov. 24; the University will compensate you at your regular rate of pay for seven hours if you are a 35-hour-per-week employee or eight hours if you are a 40-hour-per-week employee. In addition, the University’s administrative offices will close early at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Any classes scheduled on this date are to remain in session, with classes ending at 3:25 p.m.

As a result, for Monday and Tuesday next week, the University’s office hours will be 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., and Wednesday will be 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

For more details, refer back to the “Holiday Week Reminder”  email sent Nov. 14.

📰 Due to the holiday schedule, Stockton News will publish Wednesday, Nov. 22.  


Events for Alumni & Friends

Fall 2023 Professional Development Opportunities  

🎭 Fall Programming at the PAC   

Nov. 18: 🧜‍♂️ The Little Mermen

Nov. 29: 💰Understanding the New FAFSA 

Nov. 30 - Dec. 2: 🩰Fall Choreography Project

Dec. 4: Grad Research Symposium 

Dec. 8-9: 🍭 The Nutcracker

Dec. 9: 🧅🎄Second Saturdays: Ornament Decorating

Dec. 10:Holiday Memories - Bay Atlantic Symphony