Stockton News - Oct. 6, 2023


President Joe Bertolino and Atlantic Cape President Barbara GabaStockton, Atlantic Cape Sign 3+1 Pathway Partnership

Atlantic Cape Community College students will have a new pathway to earning a bachelor’s degree at Stockton that may save time and money.

President Joe Bertolino and Atlantic Cape President Barbara Gaba signed a 3+1 pathway partnership agreement between the two institutions Oct. 2.

Through this program, students are empowered to plan their full educational experience in a cost-effective way that will begin at Atlantic Cape and culminate in a baccalaureate degree from Stockton University. Students will complete their associate degree and their junior year of Stockton on Atlantic Cape’s campus at the community college tuition rate. The student’s senior year would be completed at Stockton and at the four-year university’s tuition rate.

Melissa MurrayNYU Professor Addresses Dobbs Decision at Constitution Day

Opponents of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade are in for a long battle, but it’s a battle that can be won, according to Melissa Murray, the keynote speaker at Stockton’s annual Constitution Day.

Murray, the Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law at New York University’s School of Law, spoke for about an hour on Oct. 2 about the impact of the court’s decision in Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which took away the federal right for a woman to have an abortion.

She said that the movement to overturn Roe took a lifetime, and she suspects the countermobilization against Dobbs is going to take a similar amount of time.

students at career fairAnnual Career Fair Full of New Additions and Familiar Faces

If there was an accurate hashtag for this year’s Fall Career & Internship Fair, it would be Alumni Relations’ favorite: #OspreysEverywhere.

In addition to having more than 700 preregistered students and over 100 recruiters on Thursday, Oct. 5, in the Sports Center, the Fair was full of graduated students ready to recruit their peers on the other side of the table.

Alumni from ACT Engineers, Renault Winery and TTI Environmental all said they met eager students ready to join the workforce, which only made it all the more fulfilling for them to come back to campus. 

“It’s been really interesting to be on this side and to see where I was just a few years ago. This is an amazing opportunity to have right in front of you as a student.” Rachel Thornton, ’21, said. Thornton graduated from the Environmental Science (ENVL) program and is now a staff environmental technician with ACT, which is currently looking for more students within the ENVL program.

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panelists at ShoreviewSummer Business OK Overall, Despite Bad Weather, Inflation

Bad weather, high gas prices and inflation definitely had a negative impact on the Jersey Shore summer economy in 2023, but labor shortages weren’t as bad as predicted, visitor numbers were up and the casino industry is continuing to grow.

Those were some of the key messages Oct. 5 at the fourth annual Jersey Shoreview, a panel discussion of regional business leaders sponsored by the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism (LIGHT) in Stockton’s School of Business.

LIGHT’s Faculty Director Jane Bokunewicz moderated the panel that featured Sandy Chu, financial and professional services sector lead, Strategic Sector Development for the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA); Sharon Franz, sales and marketing director of Steel Pier; Phyllis Lacca, president and owner of Masterpiece Advertising; and Diane Wieland, director of tourism for the Cape May County Department of Tourism.


LGBTQ+ Flag RaisingLGBTQ+ Flag Raising Reaffirms Commitment to Inclusivity

The annual flag raising for LGBTQ+ History Month on Oct. 3 was one full of emotion, joy and support for the LGBTQ+ individuals both part of and beyond the campus community.

President Joe Bertolino reminded attendees that their presence on campus is not only valued but mirrors his own experience as a gay undergraduate student.

“I started my career in higher education 33 years ago, and at that time, I was advised as a residence hall director that there was a gay glass ceiling: if you were out, then you could forget ever becoming a dean or a vice president, let alone a president,” Bertolino said. “To the naysayers in 1990: I want to share that this is actually my third presidency. My husband, Bil, is the vice chancellor of the Rutgers University system, and together, we smashed that ceiling."

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what's trending- oct 6, 2023Facebook: Discover Stockton Day. Thank you to the 2,000+ prospective students and families for joining us at our Open House!

Instagram: Let’s give it up 🎉 for the Ospreys 🦅! More than 1,000 donors have supported #StocktonU in the past 24 hours ⏰ during Ospreys Give.


volleyball playersStockton Sweeps Red Hawks 3-0

The volleyball team stayed perfect in conference play on Oct. 3 with a sweep of Montclair State University by scores of 25-18, 26-24, 25-22. Long-scoring runs in each set were keys to victory for the Ospreys.

Nicole Palmer smacked a match-high 12 kills, followed by Rileigh Wilson with 10 kills. Ashley Carkhuff registered nine kills and a .471 hitting percentage.

Regan Mendick dealt a team-high 19 assists and tallied eight digs, while Aubrey Rentzel contributed 16 assists and a match-high three aces. McKenna Ritchie scooped a match-high 16 digs and added six assists.

men's soccer playersStockton Knocks Off #12 Widener 2-0

The men’s soccer team scored a pair of early goals on Oct. 4 and dealt previously unbeaten Widener University its first loss of the season by a 2-0 score. The Ospreys capped a challenging stretch of four straight games against teams either ranked or receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches poll.

Widener entered the game rated No. 12 in Division III, but Stockton jumped out early by scoring twice in the first five minutes as the Ospreys connected on the first two of their four shots on goal in the game.

Just 2:20 into the match, freshman Ernst Louisius received a pass across the top of the box from Aiden Hoenisch and fired home his third goal of the season.

🗓️ View the full schedule of upcoming athletic events here. 


man taking photo of people hugging🍂 Autumn Jam Brings Campus Community Together

There was food, fun, music and more at President Joe’s Autumn Jam, but the turnout for the celebration was what truly made the day memorable. The Sept. 29 event was moved to the Campus Center after the threat of rain was issued, but that didn’t dampen spirits or impact attendance, as the room was full of people enjoying the festivities and each other’s company.

Check out 📷 photos and a 🎥 video from the day here.  

👉 Normal Academic Hours Next Week

Don’t forget: The University will follow normal academic hours next week in observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday, Oct. 9. All offices are open minimally from 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. to properly serve students and faculty. There will be no compressed or flexible work schedules. 


Events for Alumni & Friends

💻 Fall 2023 Professional Development Opportunities  

🎭 Fall Programming at the PAC  

🌈 October is LGBTQ+ History Month

ALL WEEKEND: 🎉 University Weekend

Now-Oct. 15: Hispanic Heritage Month 

Oct. 6-20: 👟 Atlantic City Walking Tours - Downbeach and Beyond

Oct. 6: Umfundalai X Legacy - Dance Company Residency, 🏆 Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner

Oct. 7: 🎨 Noyes Arts Garage Opening Reception

Oct. 10: 20th Annual Fannie Lou Hamer SymposiumFannie Lou Hamer Statue Dedication

Oct. 11: 📖 Stephen Dunn Reading Series - Jordan Calhoun

Oct. 12: President's State of the University Address 

Oct. 14: Freda Payne- A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

Oct. 15: 🪴 House Plants Workshop at the Noyes Arts Garage

Oct. 17: 🤡 Super Scientific CircusCelebrate Women Entrepreneurship Week

Oct. 18-19: Majors & Minors Fair 

Oct. 19: 🎙️ 2nd District Senate and Assembly Debates 

Oct. 26: Fall 2023 Convocation Lecture for First Year-Students- Douglas Rushkoff

Oct. 27: 👄 Rocky Horror Picture Show