Spring 2023 Issue
Harvey and Lynne Kesselman laugh with a cardboard cutout of Harvey


Here are photo highlights from recent University activities, including the 2023 Foundation Scholarship Benefit Gala.

Five members of the field hockey team with trash bags and track pickers

Members of Stockton's field hockey team collected trash around Atlantic City as part of the second annual Community Clean Up Day and Party in the Park on April 22. This year, more than 700 people participated. The event connects faculty, staff, students and community members to beautify the city. Afterward, a celebration of the city culture takes place in O'Donnell Memorial Park.

The party featured over 56 different vendors and community organizations along with a DJ, a live jazz band, food trucks, outdoor games, face painting and an artist and crafters village.


Two women add paint to a large white canvas

Stockton University in Hammonton at Kramer Hall celebrated its 10th anniversary on April 20 with a block party along Front Street. After a few speeches, faculty, staff, students and community members browsed the art within the Noyes Museum's gallery in Kramer Hall, added their own touch to a large mural, and enjoyed food from local Hammonton vendors.


Anthony Sparacino wears a gray sweater while walking through the gymnasium

Anthony Sparacino was one of more than 500 students who connected with more than 130 employers at Stockton's biannual Career and Internship Fair on March 7. The record crowd had students networking and job hunting with local employers.

"I am ecstatic about how well the fair did with attendance because it highlights the work of Career Education & Development to engage students in career exploration and exposing them to a variety of industries and opportunities," said Ashlee Roberts, who served as acting director for Career Education & Development and organized the event. "The momentum we built this year returning to in-person fairs with support from faculty and staff leaves me hopeful for bigger fairs in the future and partnerships to best prepare attendees. I’d love to see the fairs attract more employers from Philadelphia and North Jersey to continue broadening our students’ ambitions and possibilities." 


A student wearing a snow hat stands in front of an easel with a painting of a lake while standing outside along a wooded path

Students in Associate Professor of Painting Jacob Feige's 'Painting from Observation' class ventured out to Lake Fred for class. The colors and textures of the natural campus beauty filled several canvases.

Lake Fred provides several areas for learning. Students in  Professor of Mathematics Chia Lin Wu's Calculus III class, and Associate Professor of Environmental Science Emma Witt's 'Exploring Lake Fred' class took advantage of the outdoor classroom.


A group of students pose under letter balloons that spell out Congrats

The Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) celebrated its 2023 graduating students with a reception and awards ceremony on April 18 in the Michael Jacobson Board of Trustees Room.

Brett Pulliam, the executive director for Educational Opportunity and Success programs, congratulated the graduates on completing their journey at Stockton University and encouraged them to take pride in this moment.

“In just a few short weeks, you all will be recognized at the commencement ceremony – with your EOF sash – and you’ll be part of the over 15,000 students over the last 50 years who have shown the state of New Jersey, the institution and the world that, no matter what obstacles were put in your place, you’re able to overcome it,” Pulliam said. “So, be proud of that fact and be proud of yourselves and everything that you accomplished.”


Christine Mayer in a blue button down shirt poses with her young daughter Mia Pepin in front of a black backdrop

April is the Month of the Military Child, designated by the Department of Defense, to recognize the sacrifices and the challenges that military families overcome. Stockton's Office of Military and Veteran Services invited military dependents and their parents from the Stockton community to share their stories by posing for a portrait.

Christine Mayer, a student in the Master of Social Work program and a U.S. Air Force veteran, let her daughter, Mia Peppin, wear her fatigue hat for their portrait together. 

Being a woman in the military means "proving to anyone who thought we only had a finite set of skills or fit in a specific societal box, that women are fully capable of working and thriving in male-dominated career fields," she said. 

Her daughter's favorite moments as a military child were "when mommy would come home and surprise me."


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