The Program aims to help students navigate and maximize the benefits of various academic
and student life resources available at Stockton and includes individualized mentoring
by Stockton faculty and staff and trained peer mentors.
When you join the program you will be assigned a personal mentor or a peer mentor
who will work with you. The Program requires at least one face-to-face meeting and
weekly updates via phone, texting, or email with your mentor.
Students must bring all relevant materials to their meeting including class syllabi
Your mentor can refer you to any appropriate services on campus that will help you
reach your objectives.
Please complete the application below to join as a program participant.
Work Experience: I teach both algebra-based and calculus-based introductory physics laboratories and
lecture courses, in addition to the general studies course "How Things Work.
Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with family, amateur video editing, do-it-yourself projects, home improvement
tasks, watching TV news.
Favorite things about Stockton: The campus community is friendly, and the atmosphere is safe and secure.
Why I joined Student Success Scholars Mentor Program: As a Student Success Scholars Mentor, I provide advising services that are aligned
with Stockton University's vision to support students in achieving their academic
and career goals. I guide students on their academic journey, with a particular focus
on helping them develop personalized academic plans, plan their schedules, and provide
guidance, resources, and support to ensure timely graduation.
Name/Position: Nathan Morell, Counselor, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Wellness Center
Education: Bachelors of Social Work from Stockton University and a Masters of Clinical Social
Work from Fordham University.
Work Experience: In-home crisis work with children and families 2012-23, AtalntiCare Hospice LSW 2006-2009,
Atlanticare Child and Adolescent Behavioral health 2009-2012, Stockton University
Interests/Hobbies: Surfing, skiing, hiking, cooking, and traveling basically any way I can have fun actively
engaging with nature and the world. I also am the lesser half if a therapy dog team
and I love spending time with Eva our Great Pyrenees, as well as my family and friends.
Favorite things about Stockton: The kindness I find here, also the low-key natural beauty of the campus and closeness
to the Forrest and the ocean.
Why I joined Student Success Scholars Program as a mentor: My favorite thing in the world is a great comeback story, and I hope that by the
time I die I will have been at least a small part of 1000’s of folks comeback stories!
Volunteer Work: I have volunteered with Clean Ocean Action to help with Brick Beach Cleanups in college.
I also did some reading to children and making crafts with seniors at the Brick Library.
Student Organizations:Environmental Club, Pathways to Healing
Career Goal:Either a job at a nature park or herbal medicine center
Favorite thing about Stockton:I love walking around the campus looking at the trees and listening to the birds.
The campus is very quiet and peaceful.
Why I joined the SSS program: College was continuing to become more difficult, and I was struggling with some of
the class materials for my science classes. The Student Success Scholars Program helped
me plan better communication with my professors about ways to improve my studying
for exams, and my mentor helped point me in the right direction when I was not sure
what to do about academic and financial resources. The workshops and talking with
my mentor helped me develop good study strategies to learn the material and helped
me build better communication skills with people so that I could talk about difficult
things in the class work that I had been struggling with.
Successful Experience: The Student Success Scholars Program has been an amazing experience that has helped
shape me into a better and more well-rounded student. As college reaches its end,
I am hoping to maybe work on mentoring other students and maybe work on some community
service learning and apply for internships.
Volunteer Work:I'm a tutor for Stockton's Homework Assistance Program at the Pleasantville Library
(and Zoom!), as well as a Peer-Mentor for the Honors Program and the Student Success
Student organizations:I'm the President and Founder of the Pre-Medical Club of Stockton University (@PMCSU
on Instagram!), a member of Stockton's Honors Program, and an Active Member of Delta
Post Graduate Interest or Career Goal:After graduating I plan to apply to medical school and pursue my dreams of becoming
a physician! My dream medical school is Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
in Camden and I'm still deciding on a specialty as I continue to learn more and more
Favorite thing about Stockton:My favorite thing about Stockton is the people. Everyone from my friends to the faculty
has had a large influence on helping me grow into the best version of myself. I couldn't
have asked for a more supportive environment. Not only has this helped me do well
but it's also what allows me to continue to help others reach their goals as well.
(Shoutout: Dr. Burleigh, Dr. Rajaraman, Dr. Colon, Dr. Brown, Dr. Pollock, Dr. Schroer,
and Mr. Itaas!)
Why I joined the Student Success Scholars Program (3S) as Peer Mentor:I joined the Student Succes Scholars Program as a Peer-Mentor to reach and help more
of my peers succeed. Efficiently prioritizing your tasks and creating a framework
for your goals is essential to one's overall academic success, as well as creating
a memorable college experience. I would help many of my friends and classmates overcome
gaps in their learning by showing them the methods that worked for me in order to
help them perform the best they possibly could. I have always believed in the idea
of sharing knowledge and information that can help someone. I felt that I can reach
more of my peers and help more students succeed with the help of the Student Success
Major: Doctor of Physical Therapy; BS in Health Science
Minor: Holistic Health
Volunteer Work: I have volunteered at the Pleasantville Public Library Homework Completion Program
to assist elementary to middle school students with their homework and create a fun
learning environment. I have also volunteered in the Ditty Bag Community Service Project
for Seafarers, donating bags filled with necessities. Additionally, I volunteered
for The Food Brigade program to deliver groceries to those who suffer from food security.
Lastly, I have volunteered in the 2022 Atlantic City Marathon as a Student PT to serve
the competitors with manual therapy techniques to reduce pain and enhance recovery.
Student Organizations: Graduate PT Club, Intramural Basketball/Volleyball, PASAS Filipino Club
Career Goal: To become the best physical therapist I can possibly be and rehabilitate those in
Favorite thing about Stockton: Sunsets at Lake Fred and the nature around Stockton. Also, the big windows all around
campus for natural light to enter.
Why I joined the SSS Program: I joined the Student Success Scholars Program during graduate school as I was struggling
to maintain proper grades. From undergraduate to graduate school, there was a large
increase in difficulty in the curriculum and expected outcomes that I was not prepared
for. The SSS program gave me the opportunity to learn new study strategies, test taking
tips, mental health coping strategies, leadership skills, and more through a mentorship
program and workshops. Having a mentor provided an accessible resource for advice,
knowledge, and assistance when needed about school, financial resources, or simply
a person to talk to.
Successful Experience: The Student Success Scholars Program had a large contribution to my success throughout
my doctoral program. I will be a graduate for the class of 2023, and the SSS program
guided me to make my dreams become a reality. Being part of the SSS program allowed
me to grow and become a better student, but most importantly a better version of myself than when I started.
Name/Position: Guia Calicdan-Apostle, Associate Professor of Social Work
Education: Doctorate in Social Work (Clinical Social Work), School of Social Policy and Practice,
University of Pennsylvania (2011); Master of Science in Social Work, Asian Social
Work Experience: Before coming to Stockton, I was a school social worker in the poorest county of
New Jersey. I also worked in a refugee camp, state prison, facilities for the disabled,
aging, and mental health. I ran a program on American Stop Smoking Study for the Prevention
of Cancer (ASSIST), an NIH-funded program in the 1990s.
Interest/hobbies: I play guitar and banduria, cook international food esp. vegan recipes, forest walk,
and if more time is available, travel to places where tourists do not often go.
Favorite albums: What's Going On by Marvin Gaye; Amor a La Mexicana by Thalia
Favorite things about Stockton: The pedagogy on liberal arts education, the strong faculty and staff, and their commitment
to service to the university and the community. Stockton is strategically located
in the pinelands and near the ocean.
Why I joined the Student Success Scholars Program as a mentor: When I was in college, it took one faculty to tell me that I could do it. That statement
strengthened my belief that I could change my life out of poverty through education.
It just makes sense to keep the ball rolling by becoming a mentor to someone who needs
encouragement. In the words of a Persian educator, "little by little, day by day."
That little encouragement that I received when I was 19 years old has been a part
of my story of completing the highest formal education in social work.
Name/Position: Laurie A. Griscom, Executive Director of Event Services & Campus Engagement.
Education: Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Student Personnel
Services, Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education/ Spanish Coordinate Major.
Work Experience: Dr. Griscom served in a variety of roles within the Division of Student Affairs since
her 1998 arrival to Stockton University. Her doctoral dissertation research project
was titled, "Parental Perspectives on Student Preparedness to Self-Manage Food Allergy
at College: A Quantitative Study."
Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with family, listening to classical music, and playing pool; also a
Favorite things about Stockton: Being able to say, "Now is a really exciting time to be at Stockton," continually
over the past 20+ years as Stockton has grown.
Why I joined Student Success Scholars Program as a mentor: To help students feel supported and to help connect them with the many programs, services,
and resources that Stockton has to offer.