Stockton News - October 16, 2020


Ground Broken for New A.C. Residence Hall 

Ground Broken for New A.C. Residence Hall

A dozen people spoke at the groundbreaking for the Phase II Residence Hall at Stockton University Atlantic City on Wednesday, Oct. 14, and each represented a crucial element in making the project a reality.

“I can’t wait to see this take shape,” Gov. Phil Murphy told the more than 200 guests at the outdoor ceremony held in O’Donnell Park, across from the Stockton Atlantic City campus. “It will create good jobs today, help prepare the next generation, and diversify the economy of Atlantic City.”

📰 The Press of Atlantic City, American School & University, NJBIZ, reported on the groundbreaking.

'Ospreys Give' 2020 Raises $94,000 'Ospreys Give' 2020 Raises $94,000

The Stockton University Foundation’s third Ospreys Give campaign raised just over $94,000 from more than 650 gifts to support Stockton students, programs and initiatives.

During the event on Oct. 7 and 8, Stockton President Harvey Kesselman and his wife, Lynne, also pledged a gift of $25,000 to create a new endowed scholarship to assist students at the University who are first in their families to attend college.

Both Harvey and Lynne were first-generation college students at Stockton. They said they want other such students to know Stockton supports them.



Revolutionary War History Now Anchored at Marine Field StationRevolutionary War History Now Anchored at Marine Field Station

To some, the Bead Wreck anchor would have looked like 500 pounds of rust and years of work to make about 240 years of deterioration from brackish water disappear, but Stephen Nagiewicz saw something much different.

Nagiewicz, an avid diver and an adjunct instructor who teaches Marine Science at Stockton University, looked through the crumbling wrought iron and saw an artifact that could help the public remember local Revolutionary War history and an opportunity for his students to learn and share history with a hands-on restoration project.

Ospreys Choose Themed Living Communities

At some point, a transfer student navigates a campus with no familiar faces, a freshman feels lonely after hugging their family goodbye on move-in day, a first-generation college student feels lost without directions and a commuter student feels like there just isn't enough time to make friends between classes. An Osprey never has to fly solo at Stockton University because they can be a part of a community larger than themselves. 

Themed Living Communities (TLC) connect students with similar interests to help them create a network of support, a sense of belonging and a welcoming space to thrive together. The TLCs, created by the Office of Residential Life, are open to both residential students and commuters. 


Resources Available to Staff, Faculty 

There are many resources and best practices being made available to staff and faculty working remotely that can be found by visiting Information Technology’s website

In addition to assistance with technology available from ITS, Stockton provides faculty and teaching staff with professional development, training, teaching ideas, resources and individual consultations via the Center for Learning Design

💉 As part of the University’s continuing efforts to promote campus health and safety, AtlantiCare will offer two flu shot clinics on campus for Stockton employees from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, and Monday, Oct. 26, in the Art Gallery located in lower L-Wing of the Galloway campus. Click here to schedule your appointment for either date.

🔴 Effective immediately, no food or drink will be allowed in the Campus Center meeting rooms or lounge spaces. Food and drink are only permitted in the food court and at dining tables in the coffeehouse.

🧪 Stockton has updated information on its agreement with AtlantiCare to assist employees seeking COVID-19 testing. Details are on the Office of Human Resources website.

Stockton is compiling notices of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in a dashboard on the Coronavirus home page. The dashboard is updated daily.

The Student Assistance Resources page has information for students whose academic progress may be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


two people canoeing

University Weekend Brings the Fun

University Weekend To Go, held Oct. 8-11, brought the community together with a myriad of virtual events including poetry readings, origami workshops, a comedy show, yoga, a theatrical performance and more.

There was also the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of campus outdoors with games, live music, canoeing and kayaking at Fred Fest on Oct. 11 (pictured). 

Ospreys got into the spirit by showing where they brought their #TakeawayTalon, too! 

See more photos from University Weekend on flickr. 




What's Trending Oct. 162, 2020

Instagram: Just a few reasons Osprey fall 🍂 in love with the #StocktonU campus.

Facebook: "Sunset at the beach is a mood ❤️" 📷: Abhishek Panwala '23 🌅





President Kesselman shared the following message Monday, Oct. 12: 

“It is with great sorrow that I share the news of the passing last week of David Taylor, one of the founding members of Stockton’s Board David Taylorof Trustees, at the age of 93.

David served on the Citizens Committee for Higher Education in New Jersey, which in 1965 recommended the addition of more public colleges in the state. The legislature complied, and David, serving on the then Trenton State College Board of Trustees was asked to transfer and become a trustee for a brand-new college in South Jersey.

At the time, this college had neither a name nor a location. David served as the first chair of the board from 1969-71 and led the effort to hire the first president, Richard Bjork, and create what became Richard Stockton State College on 1,600 acres in what rural Galloway Township. He continued to serve on the board until 1980.

It was David and other members of the inaugural board who also supported the philosophical tone for Stockton that endures today, a multidisciplinary liberal arts education rooted in the idea of Students First that encouraged students to take an active role in their community and their education.

A resident of Medford, David was a graduate of Princeton University and a civil engineer who was also active in the community. In a 2019 interview for Stockton’s ezine, he recalled: “Of all my civic duties, Stockton hands down was my favorite. I felt it was more important and creative than almost any other board. This mattered.”

In that interview he said he was amazed at the growth of the university. The university may have changed, but David’s impact remains. We send our condolences to his family and will share funeral information when it becomes available.”


File FAFSA Starting Oct. 1 File FAFSA Starting Oct. 1 

The time is coming, Ospreys! Get your FAFSA done, starting Oct. 1!  Encourage students to file their FAFSA applications as soon as possible to avoid missing out on any aid they may be eligible for. Direct them to



Upcoming Events Hosted by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations 

Oct. 22: Jersey ShoreviewRed Summer: Racial Violence in the American Landscape, 1917-1923

🎓 Oct. 23: Spring 2020 Commencement Formal Ceremony

 Oct. 29: Poetry Reading with Reginald Dwayne Betts

Nov. 12: Virtual Open House