Stockton News - Jan. 12, 2024


Janice Merendino’Arts Garage Exhibit Focuses on History of A.C. Neighborhood

Janice Merendino’s new exhibit at the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University started with a simple question: Who’s now living in my grandmother’s house?

That question has led to the creationof “Ducktown: An Atlantic City Immigration Story” celebrating the neighborhood through the stories of past and present immigrants. The exhibit opened Jan. 10 and continues until March 31. An opening reception will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Arts Garage.

Merendino, one of the five founders of the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, was driving through Atlantic City about eight years ago when she decided to make an impromptu visit to one of the homes she grew up in in the 1950s and ’60s.

“I got out of the car and was just curious about the house and who lived there now,” said Merendino, who won the 2018 Moore College of Arts and Design Distinguished Alumni Award. “Neighbors came out to greet me. I was so warmly greeted that I just felt like I needed to come back.”

📰 In the News: The Press of Atlantic City, New Jersey Stage

MLK Day of ServiceMLK Day of Service Open to All

The 20th Annual MLK Day of Service will be held at 8:30 a.m. this Monday, Jan. 15, featuring projects both on campus, in the community, and through the Galloway, Atlantic City, Woodbine, and Hammonton sites. The event, which is entirely in-person this year, brings together over 500 students, community members, and community partners and often encompasses over 15 projects both on- and off-campus. 

The goals of Days of Service are to provide an intensive, community-wide experience for students and to introduce them to partners where they can serve long-term and develop an ongoing relationship. For more information, visit

Check next week’s edition for full coverage of the event. 


'Second Saturdays - The Science of Food Gels' Jan. 13

Second Saturdays in Atlantic City are a series of family-friendly events hosted by Stockton University Alumni Relations. They are held on the second Saturday of every month at Stockton Atlantic City.

Come learn about various ways food gels are made, with hands-on activities and tasty samples available to compare gel structures, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 13, in Classroom B119 of Kesselman Hall Residential Building. 

A light lunch will be provided following the activity. Register here.


John Froonjian, executive director of William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton, was namedthe 2023 Steadfast and Loyal Friend by Building One New Jersey. Froonjian received this award due to being an outstanding ally and supporter of the organization's work to train and develop leaders advancing social and racial justice in New Jersey. 

Froonjian joined the Hughes Center in October 2011, but before that was a newspaper reporter and editor at The Press of Atlantic City for 32 years. Being a voice and telling stories for those who may not be able to otherwise has been a thread woven throughout his evolving career path. 

"Few people are as lucky as I was in their professions. Being a journalist before the decline of newspapers was exciting, challenging, rewarding, and, most of all, fun. You met interesting people at all levels of life and got to write about them. It was creative work, and it never felt like a job. I was able to leave on top and was given the opportunity here to establish the Stockton Polling Institute before becoming director of the Hughes Center," Froonjian reflected.


Instagram: When he was in high school, Mark Neustadter ‘79 surfed the pier at New York Avenue in #AtlanticCity and his older friends who went to Stockton College would wave to him from the Mayflower Hotel on the Boardwalk.

X: Race into the New Year with the Women's Track & Field team!

Facebook: The ocean is about 46 degrees, but that isn't stopping the Ospreys from suiting up in their 5mm wetsuits and fins for survey swims. 


Stockton Balanced Scoring Downs Kean

The men’s basketball team usedbalanced scoring on Jan. 10 to defeat Kean University 85-80. EJ Matthews-Spratley led a quintet of Ospreys in double figures with 20 points, 14 in the second half, as Stockton extended their winning streak to four games.

The contest started with a high pace as both squads shot well from the floor for the first 20 minutes of play. Stockton squeezed out a 23-22 lead at the 10:18 mark, then sprinted off on a 12-6 run to stretch the lead to 35-26, forcing Kean into a time out with 6:24 left in the half.

Stockton will return home at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, to face New Jersey City.

Stockton Falls to Kean

The women’s basketball team could not overcome the balanced scoring of Kean University on Jan. 10, and dropped a 78-53 decision. Madison Dulude led the Ospreys with 15 points and seven rebounds, as Stockton allowed the most points in a game this season.

The Ospreys jumped out to an 8-4 lead after 5:13 gone in the first quarter but could not hold the margin. The home squad finished the frame on a 10-3 run to take a 14-11 lead after one period and would not trail again. Dulude and Imene Fathi topped the visitors with three points each.

Stockton will be back in action at 3  p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, when the Ospreys face New Jersey City at home. 


Time to Confirm Your Ospreys

Welcome back, faculty! As the fall semester is about to begin, it's almost time to Confirm your Ospreys!

New name, same process! Faculty are reminded to complete the Academic Engagement (formerly Roster Verification) process by confirming student attendance/academic activity beginning after the add/drop period on Tuesday, Jan. 23. The Academic Engagement process is to be completed by Tuesday, Jan. 30. The Office of Financial Aid will use this information to make adjustments to student financial aid disbursements based upon each student's confirmed number of credits.

Each instructor will be responsible for confirming student attendance or participation in an academic activity. For online courses, faculty are reminded to include an assignment or discussion activity during the add/drop period so that the student's attendance can be confirmed.

The link to complete the Academic Engagement process can be found under the faculty tab within the goStockton portal

For more information and a list of frequently asked questions, visit

'Soft Launch' of the 24-25 FAFSA

The FAFSA has changed! On Dec. 30, 2023, the U.S. Department of Education started a “soft launch” of the 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

During the “soft launch,” the 24-25 FAFSA will be available for students and contributors to complete for short periods of time each day.

 At this time, the Department of Education recommends that students and families do not rush to complete the 24-25 FAFSA immediately, especially since they will not send FAFSA data to schools and the State of N.J. until later in January/early February.

 If students do attempt to complete the FAFSA now, please note that they could experience technical issues or glitches with the form.

Students and families don’t need to file today, but be sure to file before you miss any deadlines! Stockton’s Priority Filing Deadline for programs with limited funding is March 1. Anyone who received TAG in the 23-24 academic year must file their 24-25 FAFSA by May 15 (extended)!

We’re in this together, and it’s our goal to make the financial aid process as stress-free as possible! We appreciate your support and assistance in reaching our students. Feel free to contact our office at with any questions you may have!

👉 Normal Academic Hours Next Week; Closed Monday

As a reminder, the University will follow normal academic hours next week and will be closed for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 15. All offices are open minimally from 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday.

Name Badge Ordering

For those wishing to order a custom Stockton name badge for your department, please visit this page, which is part of University Relations & Marketing’sbrand guide. There, you will find a step-by-step guide that explains exactly how to create and order the badge.

🍽️ Faculty and Staff Fridays at The Nest 

Faculty and staff receive a discounted rate of $7.19 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every other Friday at the Nest. The discounted dates are Jan. 12 (today, there’s still time!), Jan. 26, Feb. 9, Feb. 23, March 8, March 22, April 5, April 19 and May 3. View the menu here


Events for Alumni & Friends

Winter 2024 Professional Development Opportunities 

🎭 Winter Programming at the PAC   

Now-March 31:"Ducktown: An Atlantic City Immigration Story" 

Jan. 12-15: 🖋️ Murphy Writing Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway

Jan. 13: 🍁Stockton Maple Project Adopt a Tree Tapping Day

Jan. 15:MLK Day of Service

Jan. 16: 📚 Spring Semester begins 

Jan. 17: 🏀 Stockton v. Rowan Basketball Reception

Jan. 18:Addressing Antisemitism in the Wake of October 7th

Jan. 21: Bay Atlantic Symphony - Carnival Season Serenade 

Jan. 23-24: Get Involved Fair

Jan. 27: African American Cultural Heritage Short Course 

Feb. 2:Putty Dance Project- Glimpse

Feb. 4: CelloGayageum

Feb. 5:OspreyHub Training for Faculty/Staff (1-2 p.m.)