Stockton News - Oct. 20, 2023


Yunkeum Chang, New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy and Stockton President Joe Bertolino Stockton Signs Student Exchange Agreements with South Korean University

President Joe Bertolino visited Sookmyung Women’s University — one of the world’s largest female educational institutes — and signed two academic agreements between the universities on Oct. 19.

The first establishes a joint study-abroad program and the second allows for the mutual exchange of students and materials between the universities. Bertolino and Yunkeum Chang, president of Sookmyung Women’s University, signed the agreements during Bertolino’s visit to East Asia as part of a Choose New Jersey governor-led economic mission this month.

The agreements provide students from both institutions with a path to study abroad and immerse themselves in a new culture, while learning about the hospitality industry from a global perspective.

“Time and again, studies have shown experiential learning to be a critical component in preparing students to succeed in the workforce,” Bertolino said. “Stockton University is excited to add a new opportunity to deliver on our mission of preparing students to succeed in a global society through the immersive learning made possible through this agreement. Our students will benefit by expanding their perspectives and experiencing the culture and life in South Korea, and we look forward to welcoming students from Sookmyung to our campuses in the Pinelands in Galloway and on the beach in Atlantic City.”

PHOTO: From left, Yunkeum Chang, president of Sookmyung Women’s University, New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy and Stockton President Joe Bertolino signed an agreement establishing student exchange opportunities between the two institutions. (Photo credit: Choose New Jersey)

students at Ospreys GiveUniversity Foundation Sets Record, Raises More Than $440,000 from 1,100 Donors

The Stockton University Foundation hosted its sixth annual 24-hour day of giving campaign, Ospreys Give, this month and exceeded its goal of 1,000 donors.

More than 1,100 individuals contributed over $440,000 toward scholarships and programs from 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4 through 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5. The theme of this year’s event was gratitude, encouraging supporters to express their appreciation for Stockton, its programs, and the support it provides to its students and the communities it serves.

Senior Tamara Farrow encouraged her fellow classmates to join her in making a gift.

“Joining in on Ospreys Give and donating for the first time felt great. I'm happy to give back to Stockton. This place has had a huge impact on who I've become,” said Farrow, a Business Studies major.

President Joe and Monique Richardson and Daniel KochaviScholarship to Benefit Holocaust Studies Students

Like many Jews, Judith Kochavi faced a dangerous life in 1940s France.

Germany had just invaded, and her husband, Israel, had been taken away with other men considered “enemy nationals” to an old fort outside of Paris.

Her son, Daniel, born in 1937, was only 2 when the German occupation began, but because Judith and Israel had lived in Palestine and had British identity papers, Kochavi family members were considered British subjects and were initially subject to fewer restrictions.

Unlike most Jews, they didn’t have to wear a yellow star. Judith used that special status to work with the resistance to help other Jews escape by hiding them in their apartment until smugglers could be contacted.

“Yes, I survived, but my mother was the lead survivor of the story,” said Daniel Kochavi, who now lives in Philadelphia. “Our parents lived under dangerous circumstances, but we survived due to Judith’s courage, bravery and resourcefulness. She decided to do what she could do to help other Jewish refugees and help them escape.”

Recently, it became important for Daniel and his sister, Monique Richardson, to memorialize their parents. That led them to donate money to the Stockton University Foundation to create the Judith and Israel Kochavi Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund.


Debates2nd District Senate and Assembly Debates Held Oct. 19

The William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy and The Press of Atlantic City sponsored in-person debates between District 2 State Senate and Assembly candidates on Oct. 19 in the Fannie Lou Hamer Room at the John F. Scarpa Academic Center.

Republican Sen. Vincent Polistina, an incumbent, debated Democratic challenger Caren Fitzpatrick, currently an Atlantic County commissioner. Then Republican incumbents Don Guardian and Claire Swift faced off against Democratic challengers Lisa Bender and Alphonso Harrell.

John Froonjian, director of the Hughes Center, moderated both debates. Questions were posed by Buzz Keough, executive editor for The Press, and Stockton student Liz Myers, editor of the student-run newspaper, The Argo.

A replay of the debates can be viewed on the Hughes Center website.


Tara CrowellTara L. Crowell, professor of Public Health, spent time this summer at Koblenz Landau University in Germany as a Fulbright Specialist. Crowell, entering her 24th year teaching at Stockton, shared some insights from her trip and why being selected into the Fulbright program is such a rewarding experience.


Lake FredLake Fred Reflections on Fall 🍂✨

And just like that, hues of burnt orange and deep burgundy are starting to adorn the trees and foliage around Lake Fred. If you haven't made it out there, this is your gentle reminder to take a break, grab a lap and take in the fall colors canvassing the campus. (It goes fast!)





what's trending - oct. 20, 2023Instagram: Walking into another new week 🚶‍♂️🌿 What is your favorite spot to hang out on campus?

Facebook: On Sunday, about 300 people joined the Elliott family for the HERO Walk and One-Mile Fun Run on the Ocean City Boardwalk to memorialize drunk-driving victims and raise awareness for the use of designated drivers, the central aim of the HERO Campaign.

X: Through the Dual Degree BS/MBA program, @priyaparikh_ 23', has been leading the way in the classroom, on campus, and in the community.


volleyballStockton Cruises to Fifth Straight Win

The volleyball team cruised past Rutgers-Newark 3-0 on Oct. 19 for its fifth straight win. The Ospreys remained undefeated in conference play with the sweep. Stockton posted a .390 hitting percentage and served 12 aces.

Camille De La Torre led the way with a match-high 10 kills and a .471 hitting percentage. Ashley Carkhuff spiked eight kills followed by Rileigh Wilson with seven kills and .455 hitting percentage.

women's golf team members at Albright Lions Fall InvitationalByrne Wins Albright Lions Fall Invitational

The women's golf team completed the fall portion of its season on a high note Oct. 19 by posting a team score of 423 at the Albright Lions Fall Invitational, which was played at Olde Homestead Golf Club. The Ospreys were the lone squad in the tournament with the requisite four golfers required for a team score.

Elenora Byrne became the first Osprey in the program's five years to win a tournament. Byrne tied her career high with an 86 to finish atop the field of eight golfers.

soccer playersStockton Uses Early Goals to Down Rutgers-Camden 2-1

The men’s soccer team scored two early goals and held off host Rutgers-Camden Oct. 18 for a key conference win by a 2-1 count. The victory boosted the Ospreys' unbeaten streak to six and moved them into fourth place with two league games remaining.

Joseph Carbone and Aiden Hoenisch each scored in the first 29 minutes for the Ospreys. Carbone netted his fifth goal of the season with an assist by Antonio Matos just 6:15 into the game for an early 1-0 lead.

Devin Jefferson🎀 Breast Cancer Awareness Month a Significant Time for Jefferson

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is recognized in the month of October and has become a time to educate women about early detection and access to timely quality care. For Stockton head women's basketball coach Devin Jefferson, early detection was pivotal in her learning of her diagnosis.

"I went to my routine mammogram appointment in March 2022. I was not initially concerned. I don't think I really gave it much thought. It was just one of those annual health appointments you have to take care of. Breast cancer is not in my family history," Jefferson said. 

The guidelines for screening vary, and in some cases health insurance recommends that screening begin at age 50. "In September 2019, I got a call that my college teammate Simona "Monie" Burgess passed away after battling with breast cancer for a couple of years. She was only 38 years old when she passed. She was so young and so full of life," said Jefferson. 

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, and Black women die from the disease at a much higher rate. A common misconception is that most people think of it as an inherited disease, however most people who are diagnosed have no known family history.


🗓️ View the full schedule of upcoming athletic events here. 


Events for Alumni & Friends

💻 Fall 2023 Professional Development Opportunities  

🎭 Fall Programming at the PAC  

🌈 October is LGBTQ+ History Month 

Oct. 24: Fifth Anniversary of Stockton Atlantic City

Oct. 25: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Conversation with Stockton Faculty

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

Oct. 27: 👄 Rocky Horror Picture Show

Oct. 30: President's State of the University Address  

Nov. 2: Council of Black Faculty and Staff’s 39th Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner and Dance

Nov. 2-5: 🎭 Stockton Theatre Company Residency

Nov. 3: Sons of Serendip, 🃏🎙️ Just Row With It! Comedy Night

Nov. 6-10: Veteran’s Week

Nov. 9: Hughes Center Honors 2023

Nov. 10: The Odyssey

Nov. 12: Discover Stockton Day 

Nov. 16: Annual Student, Faculty, & Staff Dinner

Nov. 18: 🧜‍♂️ The Little Mermen