Stockton News - Sept. 22, 2023


Stockton No. 84Stockton No. 84 on U.S. News Top Public Universities List

Stockton jumped to No. 84 among the Top 100 Public National Universities, according to the 2024 U.S. News & World Report College Rankings released Sept. 18.

Stockton ranked 84 out of 227 public colleges and universities in the nation and No. 159 of 436 on the Best National Universities list.

This is Stockton’s second year in a row in the national rankings. Previously, Stockton was included on the top 10 Best Regional Universities-North.

Stockton also vaulted 49 spots to No. 26 this year among the Top Performers on Social Mobility – National Universities. This category highlights schools that actively and effectively enroll and graduate large proportions of economically disadvantaged students awarded with Pell Grants.

📰 In the News: The Press of Atlantic City

Board of Trustees Elects New OfficersBoard of Trustees Elects New Officers

The Stockton University Board of Trustees elected new officers and approved the naming of the newest Atlantic City residence hall when it met Sept. 20.

The new slate of officers includes: Board Chair Nelida Valentin; Co Vice-Chair Nancy Davis; Co Vice-Chair Jose Lozano and Secretary Michelle Keates.

Valentin, ’86, of Trenton, was appointed to the board in 2016. She is vice president of Grants and Programs for the Princeton Area Community Foundation in Lawrenceville. She served as director of Cluster and Business Development at New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Innovation Institute and as executive director of the Newark Workforce Investment Board. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Studies from Stockton and a master’s in Political Science/Public Policy from Rutgers University.

Board of Trustees Elects New OfficersOutgoing chair Raymond R. Ciccone of Surf City, a 1979 graduate, was recognized for his service. Ciccone was appointed to the board in 2012 and has served as chair since 2020, helping guide the University through the pandemic and the construction of the Atlantic City Phase II expansion. His term expires in 2027.

Juan Diego Chaparro Villarreal, of West New York, was sworn in as the new Student Trustee Alternate. Former alternate Shalayby Parsons, of Salem, becomes the new Student Trustee.

📰 In the NewsThe Press of Atlantic City

Hispanic Heritage Month Flag RaisingLargest Crowd to Date at Hispanic Heritage Month Flag Raising

On Sept. 15 five years ago, Los Latinos Unidos (LLU) established a bold new tradition at Stockton University by raising a Pan-American flag in front of the Arts & Sciences Circle.

The goal was to honor and acknowledge the Hispanic/Latino population who help make our campus the multicultural mosaic that students need to fulfill their potential of becoming culturally competent and globally-minded leaders after graduating. This tradition endures and only becomes bigger and better every year, as evidenced by this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month Flag Raising.

This year’s flag-raising is special as it is the first event coming out of the Cultural Heritage Awareness Month Planning (CHAMP) Committee, spearheaded by Jovin Fernandez, director of the Multicultural Center.

📸 Check out more photos on Flickr


Students tablingGet Involved Fair Highlights Ways to Connect

Ospreys got to learn about the more than 200 ways to enrich their Stockton experience on Sept. 19-20 at the Get Involved Fair on the Galloway campus. A variety of clubs, organizations and Greek life opportunities were just some of the many options showcased at the fair.  

President Bertolino even stopped by to visit with different clubs and talk to students.


what's trending Sept. 22, 2023Instagram: 🍂 Mark your calendars for our first open house of the fall, on Sunday, Oct. 1.

Facebook: I had the opportunity to meet with a number of elected officials and business leaders at the Sound Off for New Jersey conference last week.

X: THROWBACK – Ten years ago today, we celebrated the ribbon-cutting of the Unified Science Center!


soccer players Men's, Women's Soccer Teams Remain Undefeated

The men's soccer team extended their unbeaten streak to six straight matches as the Ospreys defeated Haverford College by a slim 1-0 score on Sept. 20. Freshman Ernst Louisius scored the lone goal in the match. The Ospreys finally broke the scoreless game in the 54th minute. After a shot by Dawson Joseph was saved by Fords goalie Dylan Ioffreda, Louisius pounced on the rebound and fired in his second tally of the season for the 1-0 lead.

The women's soccer team also remained unbeaten through the first eight games of the season with a 1-0 victory on Sept. 20 over Moravian University at G. Larry James Stadium. The Ospreys also posted their fifth consecutive shutout. Logan Shaw scored the game-winner just 4:45 into the match, and the Stockton defense did the rest. Grace Tecce served a cross from the left side that found Shaw at the corner of the goalie box, and the sophomore knocked the ball home.

Field Hockey playerField Hockey Wins Sixth in a Row, 1-0

The field hockey team scored an early goal on Sept. 20 and made it stand up for a 1-0 victory over Moravian University, the sixth straight win for the Ospreys. Stockton also recorded its fourth shutout of the season.

Sophomore transfer Makayla Alessi scored her first career goal for the game-winner. Alessi's marker came on a penalty corner with 13:22 gone in the first quarter and was assisted by Ameera Bilgrami.

🗓️ View the full schedule of upcoming athletic events here. 


Eye on StocktonEye on Stockton: Monthly Video Series Launches

The first installment of President Joe Bertolino's Eye on Stockton, a monthly video series recapping some of the great things happening at the University, launched today.

Keep an eye out for future videos, and follow the President on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay up to date on what's happening on campus.

Read the SCOSA October Newsletter

Read the Stockton Center on Successful Aging (SCOSA)'s October newsletter for interesting upcoming events and newly added programming.

fafsaChanges to the 2024-25 FAFSA 

The U.S. Department of Education is implementing a major overhaul of the processes and systems that offer federal student aid, starting with the 24-25 aid year.

As our faculty and staff work closely with our students, we want to make sure you’re aware of the updates being made to the FAFSA, not only to inform students but also because these updates could affect some of your processes.

📅 Join Financial Aid staff from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29, for a virtual presentation detailing the 24-25 FAFSA changes and how these changes may impact faculty and staff. During the presentation, questions faculty and staff may have after learning about the new changes to the FAFSA will be answered. All faculty and staff are invited to attend. For those unable to attend, the presentation will be recorded. Register for the event here.

Visit to view a list of many of the changes you can expect to see on the 24-25 FAFSA.

Please note that the 24-25 FAFSA will not be available by Oct.1, 2023, due to the updates being made. Students and families can expect that the 24-25 FAFSA will be available on or before Dec. 31, 2023. 


Events for Alumni & Friends

💻 Fall 2023 Professional Development Opportunities  

🎭 Fall Programming at the PAC  

Now-Sept. 24:  The Souls Shot Portrait Project

Now-Sept. 29: Fred Staloff: Origins of a Modernist 

Now-Oct. 15: Hispanic Heritage Month 

Sept. 26: 🏌️‍♀️⛳ Annual Golf Classic

Sept. 27: Stephen Dunn Reading Series: Jane Wong

Sept. 29: 🍂 President Joe's Autumn Jam

Oct. 1: 🦅 Discover Stockton Day

Oct. 2: Constitution Day 2023

Oct. 4-5: Ospreys Give 2023

Oct. 5-8: 🎉 University Weekend

Oct. 5: Career & Internship Fair, Jersey Shoreview

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

Oct. 6: Umfundalai X Legacy - Dance Company Residency 

Oct. 7: 🎨 Noyes Arts Garage Opening Reception

Oct. 10: 20th Annual Fannie Lou Hamer Symposium

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 Circus

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