50th Anniversary Memories

Celebrating 50 Years of Teaching

I am a member of the very first graduating class in 1975. My best memory was an event that happened in Physics class taught by Yitzak Sharon. We were studying inertia. Yitzak was always big on doing live demonstrations. He had a basketball and rolled it on the classroom floor out into the hall. He was demonstrating the theory that an object will just continue traveling in the same direction as long as no other forces impeded its motion.

As the ball rolled into the hallway, three guys picked it up and started passing it to each other and dribbling it down the hallway. Yitzak immediately ran out of the classroom yelling to the guys that it was his basketball. When he got back into the classroom everyone started laughing.

Yitzak said, "I got it back." He seemed so proud of himself.
Bob Keane '75
Bob Keane '75
Penny Dugan had a class called "The Personal Essay." I was a Physics and Education major, so her class wasn't exactly in line with the rest of my courses, but I cannot tell you how much I loved that class. Her compassionate nature and welcoming personality encouraged true sharing. We learned about love and loss, moments of sheer joy and moments that changed our lives. We learned to walk a mile in someone else's shoes. We truly left as friends; better writers and more compassionate human beings. I don't know any other class where I learned by learning about others. It was so appreciated.
Dawn Celona
Dawn Celona

Throughout all four of my years at Stockton, some of the best moments and memories came from being an Osprey as part of the track and field team. To be part of a collegiate team is to be part of a large group of brothers and sisters who share your passion, encourage your success and bolster your spirit - through triumph and failure alike.
 
I remember competing in a particularly windy 400-meter intermediate hurdles race during my junior year. Even though I was solidly in last place, as I turned the final corner I could hear my teammates excitedly shouting to me. One person shouted the loudest, "We still love you!"

I can't recall any other time in my life when my heart was pounding more ferociously! I remember running in the rain as the puddles would soak my shoes. I remember sprinting in the snow as the flakes would sting my eyes. I remember hurdling in the heat of countless midday suns. I remember the warm-up laps in mid-February. I remember the laughter and a few of the jokes. I remember singing along with the team on the bus rides back to Stockton and a few of the songs. I remember the disappointment and a few of the reasons why.

A part of my spirit is still there right now and will remain at Stockton hurdling forever. (I think my spirit likes lane six the best!)
Bryan Walsh
Bryan Walsh
2009
Stockton was a wonderful enlightening time in my life. The professors were very open and encouraged critical thought. My most memorable time was with the internship program in Washington D.C., required at the time for graduation in Political Science. There was a dorm and a paid internship as a strategy analyst at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. While there, we attended evening classes twice a week and we were invited to many functions at the Capitol and even attended a  signing event at the White House.

Since I had never been away from home on my own, it was the time of my life. Stockton gave me so many things, quality of life, proper decision-making, and a career in law. It was the best experience in my life. 
Barbara Connolly-Daley '80
Barbara Connolly-Daley '80

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I attended Stockton in the early 1980's, getting my degree in Political Science in 1987. Upon matriculating to Stockton, I was immediately impressed with the quality of the faculty. As a Political Science major I had the opportunity to learn from some really great "POLS" Professors including Alan Arcuri, Bill Sensiba, Bill Daly, and many others.

However, no one had a bigger impact on my life than Professor Joseph Walsh. I took his course entitled "American Political Philosophy" and I was hooked. Professor Walsh taught with so much passion and energy. His lectures captivated the class and he gave his students a whole different perspective on American history and politics. I was "hooked on Joe" and I think I took another 7 or 8 of his courses. I wanted to take every course he taught. That meant taking Professor Walsh''s Philosophy courses, which taught me to think like never before. So, although I have many fond memories of Stockton, my primary memory would be the great faculty led by Professor Joseph Walsh.
Michael Gill
Michael Gill
Being an art student at Stockton University changed my life. Originally, I was worried about studying art due to the stigma that there are little job aspects after graduating, but that was my passion so I went for it. The professors in the art department changed my mind on everything. Breaking down those student/teacher relations and getting to know the professors as more than just a teacher made me more open to learning and listening. And learn I did.

The professors in the art department are so passionate about their own craft and they ooze that passion to their students. They show you the possibilities that you think are beyond your capabilities and help you achieve them.  

I was given so many experiences and opportunities through my time in the art department that I will never forget whether it be frolicking around New York visiting galleries and art museums, or meeting artists in Stockton's  gallery and getting to see the professional side of the field.

When Covid-19 first hit and I had to finish my last semester online, the art professors did everything they could to make sure we could do our projects at home.  One professor, Jed Morfit, took a picture of our studio to put up on Zoom while we worked because "[he] wanted to make us feel more at home." They are dedicated to their students. They made me passionate about areas in art that I didn't think I would enjoy. They made me excited to go to class. They made the art department feel like a little community of our own. 
Carley Bamundo
Carley Bamundo