Stockton News - March 22, 2024


Dave ShollerPro Sports Executive, Alum Dave Sholler to Speak at Commencement

Professional sports executive and Stockton alumnus Dave Sholler ’06 will bethe keynote speaker at the 2024 Commencement Ceremonies on May 10 at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall.

Sholler, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies, will speak at both baccalaureate ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

“As a first-generation student, Dave is a testament to the power of a Stockton University degree, so it’s fitting that he will deliver the keynote for my first commencement as president,” President Joe Bertolino said. “It’s an honor for me to welcome him back to the Osprey family.”

Education Expo Education Expo Helps Address State Teacher Shortage

Karly Pratt had a “full-circle moment” as the Stockton senior walked around the Education Career Expo on March 20.

“My high school principal is here, and it was really strange walking in and seeing someone who I could potentially be interviewing with in the future,” said the Psychology major with a concentration in Elementary Education.

The Woodstown native was one of about 100 students who attended the second annual event that brought many of Stockton’s student-teacher partner schools to campus. The expo not only served as a way for students to meet a potential future employer, but it also allowed school districts to get an initial impression of future job candidates.

Washington Internship studentsProgram Promises Real-World Experience and Credit in D.C.

The Washington Internship Program has enabled over 1,000 Stockton students to earn real-world experience and college credit in Washington, D.C., which is one of the largest groups of alumni in the Washington Center.

“The Washington Internship Program significantly enhances a student's marketability through the para-professional experience, career development workshops, and a network of contacts that are part of the internship semester,” said Michael Rodriguez, professor of Political Science and coordinator of the Washington Internship Program for Stockton. “Many intern alums describe their semester in Washington as a transformative experience that opened up countless opportunities for professional and personal growth.”


Come Out for Cinema in the City

This spring semester, the entire Stockton community is invited to enjoy feature films, free food and drinks, as part of “AC Campus Movie Nights: Cinema in the City.” Next week’s feature is “Barbie” on March 25, 28.

Attendees are asked to bring their Stockton IDs. Movies will be shown at 8 p.m. in classrooms B119/120 of Kesselman Hall at Stockton Atlantic City. 


Demetrios Roubos,Demetrios Roubos, information security officer at Stockton, was recently named one of the “Top 10 Most Visionary Leaders Transforming Education in 2024” by CIO Look. 

Roubos noted this recognition is particularly significant as it underscores the importance of innovation in the evolving landscape of higher education. 

"Being named among the Top 10 Most Visionary Leaders Transforming Education in 2024 highlights the impact of pioneering at the intersection of cybersecurity and esports. It's a testament to the hard work and dedication that goes into pushing the boundaries of traditional education models," Roubos commented. 

His focus at Stockton has been on driving innovation and embracing new challenges. The development of the esports program, which gained global recognition, is a prime example.


petting zoo

Ducks, chickens and bunnies, oh my! 🐓🐇🦆

The Stockton Entertainment Team hosted a petting zoo event on Wednesday, March 20, at the TRLC Quad, where students got to spend time with all kinds of animals. The spring weather and fluffy and feathered friends offered the perfect opportunity to destress and take a break from classes.

📸 View more photos on Flickr.


Facebook: The Women's, Gender & Sexuality Center at Stockton University celebrated International Women's Day this month.

Instagram: The people we meet on our college journey can make a lasting impact on our lives.

X: Who else is smiling because it's officially spring?


Stockton Sweeps Neumann

The softball team extended its winning streak to five straight games on March 21 with a doubleheader sweep over Neumann University by scores of 10-2 and 9-1 in five innings in both games that ended in the run rule. Megan Sears led the offense with four hits, three runs, and six RBI, including a pair of home runs.

The Ospreys jumped out on the Knights in game one, plating six runs in the first two frames for a 6-0 lead. After Neumann closed to 6-2 in the fourth inning, Stockton scored two more runs on four hits for an 8-2 margin. Sears ended the game in the bottom of the fifth with a two-run, walk-off bomb for the 10-2 victory.

⚾️ Read more game coverage here.  

Stockton Falls to #16 Swarthmore

The men’s lacrosse team stayed close to 16th-ranked Swarthmore College into the third quarter before absorbing a 15-6 defeat on March 20. The game was Stockton's second of the season thus far against a ranked opponent.

Alex DeLierre led the Ospreys with two goals and an assist while four additional Stockton players scored one goal apiece.

After Stockton surrendered the first three goals of the game, consecutive markers by Ethan Fought and Connor Albrecht got the Ospreys within 3-2.

🥍Read more game coverage here

🦅 Read more coverage of spring sports here 🦅


Jessica Cruz-Irwin🍀 Pot of Gold Found, Prize Claimed

Jessica Cruz-Irwin, data and finance coordinator of the SRI & ETTC, was the first person to find the pot of gold in last week’s Stockton News scavenger hunt. It was hidden in the “New Casino Advancement Program Graduates First Class” photo in the Stockton University Atlantic City section of the News.

Cruz-Irwin is pictured with her prizes of Stockton swag, including sunglasses, socks and stickers.

📢 Shoutouts to those who played - Jordan Knapp, School of Arts and Humanities; Annelise Natale, Art Department; and Megan Fielding, Environment/Health & Safety.


State Deadline for Students to Apply for Aid is May 15!

It’s FAFSA time!  Please encourage your students to complete their 24-25 FAFSA by May 15!
Anyone who received the State of NJ Tuition Aid Grant (TAG) and/or the Stockton Promise in the 23-24 academic year must complete their 24-25 FAFSA by May 15 in order to be considered for any type of state funding and for the Stockton Promise in 24-25. This deadline was extended from April 15 for this year only.

No FAFSA by May 15 = no state aid or Stockton Promise consideration
Students can file at by logging in with their FSA ID.  The Office of Financial Aid is hosting FAFSA Filing Assistance sessions throughout March and April. Students can sign up for a one-on-one session by visiting

For more information on the updates to the 2024-2025 FAFSA as well as helpful tips and tricks, visit

Please note: NJ Dreamers will not file the FAFSA. They will file the NJ Alternative Financial Aid Application by May 15 to be considered for state aid as well as the Stockton Promise at

🏆 Shine a Light on Excellence

It’s time to celebrate the brilliance within our ranks. Do you have colleagues who go above and beyond? Now is your chance to recognize and applaud their outstanding contributions.

The OSPREY Awards recognize outstanding faculty and staff for achievements on and off the Stockton campuses. They focus on areas such as scholarship, research, University service and community impact. The inaugural OSPREY Awards will be presented at the Employee Recognition Day Ceremony on Thursday, May 2.

Submit your nomination here; the deadline to enter is April 15.

Holiday Week Reminder

Due to next Friday, March 29 (Good Friday), being a State Holiday, the University’s office hours will be 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday. There will not be any compressed workweek, but preapproved WFH schedules are available on the non-holiday days this week. Classes scheduled on March 29 will remain in session.   

Refer to the email sent on March 19 from Michael Angulo for more details. 


💟 March is Women’s History Month

Events for Alumni & Friends

Spring 2024 Professional Development Opportunities 

🎭 Spring Programming at the PAC   

March 23: 🦅 Discover Stockton Day 

March 24: Building Your Family Tree - A Genealogy Lunch-and-Learn

March 26:Preceptor Day

March 28: 🧖‍♀️ Wellness Day 2024, School of Business Distinguished Guest Speaker

April 3:Preceptor Day

April 5: The Sixties Concert & Peace and Love Museum

April 8: Understanding Antisemitism Today 

April 10:Lyons Lecture Spring 2024- Dr. Greta LaFleur

April 12: 🎉Inauguration of Dr. Joe Bertolino🎉,  An Evening with Fran Lebowitz

April 13: 🐶 Mutts Gone Nuts, Second Saturdays 🍨 Make Your Own Ice Cream

April 16: Spring 2024 Networking Bootcamp, “Responses to the Mental Health Crisis in the Justice System” Online Panel 

April 18: Criminal Justice Lecture Series- Criminal Justice Policy and Reform

April 18-20: Emerging Choreographers Showcase 

April 20: 🎉🍾 Scholarship Benefit Gala, 🦅 Experience Stockton Day 

April 22-26:  Scholarship, Teaching & Research Symposium (STARS)

April 26: Puebla - The Story of Cinco de Mayo by Calpulli Mexican Dance Company 

April 27:Community Day and Party in the Park