Stockton News - Friday, May 31, 2019
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT
Trustees Approve Plans for New Housing in A.C.
Stockton University will move forward with a plan for additional student housing in Atlantic City, but only if the university receives additional state funding to help cover operating costs at Stockton University Atlantic City.
At a special meeting on May 29, the university Board of Trustees authorized the administration to negotiate a public/private partnership with the Atlantic City Development Corp (ACDevco) for the development and financing plan for the Phase II housing project.
Moody's Raises Stockton's Outlook to 'Positive'
Moody’s Investor Service has revised Stockton University’s outlook from negative to positive citing the university leadership’s strong budgetary policies, financial monitoring and long-term planning approach.
In its report, Moody’s said the improved outlook reflects “the successful delivery of the Atlantic City expansion and attainment of revenue and enrollment projection during this period of substantial investment and growth.”
Stockton President Harvey Kesselman said he is gratified by the confidence shown in the university by Moody’s. He said the revised outlook is significant because Moody’s bypassed “stable” to move the university directly to “positive.”
Stockton Partners with High School ‘Great Stories Club’
Stockton University faculty participated this year in a special book club and discussion group at the Atlantic County Institute of Technology (ACIT) in Mays Landing that addressed the themes of empathy and what it means to be a hero.
ACIT’s Media Center was chosen by the American Library Association (ALA) to participate in the “Great Stories Club,” a nationwide reading and discussion program for underserved teens supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). ACIT’s Media Center is one of 70 libraries nationwide, and the sole New Jersey library to receive this grant.
STOCKTON UNIVERSITY ATLANTIC CITY
Stockton Hosts National Child Welfare Roundtable
Some 230 public child welfare employees and university partners from 31 states and three tribal nations shared best practices at Stockton University Atlantic City from May 21-23 at the annual National Title IV-E Roundtable on Child Welfare Education and Training.
Dawn Konrady, director of the Child Welfare Education Institute at Stockton, and chair of the conference, said it was the first time the conference was held on the East Coast and Stockton is proud to host it.
Parking at Stockton University Atlantic City
Parking is available this summer at Stockton University Atlantic City. For more information and rates, visit the parking website.
Hossay Drives a Discussion on Vehicle Sustainability May 8
Patrick Hossay, associate professor of Sustainability, presented “The Future of Driving,” on May 8 at Mercer County Community College. The talk, which had about 40 attendees, focused on what role the automobile might have in a sustainable future, specifically discussing changing automotive technologies, from new electric car models to the future of self-driving vehicles. Hossay Drives a Discussion on Vehicle Sustainability May 8
“We are nearing a ‘perfect storm’ of sorts in transportation. First, technological changes such as self-driving systems, electric vehicles, and connected cars have the potential to fundamentally reshape the automobile,” Hossay said. “At the same time, demographic changes are reshaping the social landscape toward greater urbanization. And simultaneous cultural changes are shifting the nature and social role of driving and the automobile. The result is likely to be a fundamental redefinition of the role and impact of the automobile.”
Hossay also discussed how these new technological changes also present the potential threat of increased environmental impacts and a hastening of our climate crisis.
“Over the past century, cars have played a central role in defining not just the American landscape, but the American culture, economy and polity. We are nearing the tipping point of another such revolution, as a technologically redefined automobile once again transforms the American landscape and society,” Hossay said. “But these changes should not be left to chance, potentially worsening our ecological crisis. Technology should not define us or our society; we should define it, in the ways that allow us to best achieve our collective welfare. We need to ensure that the future of the automobile, and the future of our planet, is sustainable.”
Hossay recently authored “Automotive Innovation: The Science and Engineering behind Cutting-Edge Automotive Technology” that will be released this summer.
Friends of Hellenic Studies Award Three Scholarships through Fundraiser Event
The Stockton University Friends of Hellenic Studies (FHS) presented a Hellenic Studies scholarship fundraiser on May 5 in the Campus Center Theatre and Event Room. The event explored the true Macedonia - birthplace of Alexander the Great; origins of Cleopatra and many other traditions.
“From the unique regional flavor profiles of their gastronomy to the distinctive dances, it showcased, once more, the diversity of Hellenic culture: the impact of ancient and recent historical events on a population that, through it all, has maintained a unified identity,” said Tula Christopoulos, assistant to the director of the Dean C. and Zoe S. Pappas Interdisciplinary Center for Hellenic Studies. “FHS members Mariea Kazantzis, Marina Koussoulis and Catherine Karathanasis put together first-rate presentations on Macedonia's history, culture and traditions. The Macedonian Dancers of Philadelphia were spectacular, and the food, uniquely Macedonian and delicious.”
Katherine Panagakos, assistant professor of Classics, said there were three scholarship recipients this year: Robert Mazur, Languages and Culture Studies major, who will attend the Attiko School of Ancient Greek Drama, Eleusis; Frank Porcellini, Historical Studies major, who will attend a study tour in Thessaloniki and Haifa; and Michael Martelli, Historical Studies major, who will attend the Paideia Program on Rhodes to study Modern Greek.
“Thank you all who are helping to perpetuate the legacy of Hellenism and that of the late Rev. Dr. Demetrios J. Constantelos who began this program. Next year, we will highlight yet another region or island of Greece,” Christopoulos said.
PHOTO: The Macedonian Dancers of Philadelphia perform on the Campus Center Theatre stage.
One hundred girls from six area high schools spent the day learning about careers in science, technology, engineering and math by doing hands-on activities during the AAUW Teentech at Stockton on May 29.
The event is held every other year at Stockton and is co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women of New Jersey and Stockton’s School of Education, coordinated by Dean Claudine Keenan. Other participating Stockton faculty were Shelly Meyers, Kelsey Hoban and Caroline Smith, Christine Thompson, Joe Trout, Michelle Wendt and Jessica Fleck.
The six participating schools this year were Absegami, Atlantic County Institute of Technology, Egg Harbor Township, Lower Cape May Regional, Ocean City and Rumson-Fair Haven.
WHAT’S TRENDING #STOCKTONU
Facebook: #TransformationTuesday: During the Holocaust, Leo Ullman lived with the Schimmel-Manshoit family, his “war family” who risked their lives to protect the young Jewish boy from the Nazis, while his parents lived in silence in an apartment attic with no electricity and false identification papers. “796 Days” is Ullman’s memoir that recounts his story of survival, which will soon become an interactive exhibit in Stockton University’s Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center. A remembrance room honoring the families who protected the Ullman family during the Holocaust is currently under construction above the Library and will house artifacts and digital media preserving the past...
Lodge, Qadiri Selected to Academic All-District 2 Teams
Stockton University senior Abby Lodge was voted to the Google Cloud Academic All-District 2 Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Team and junior Qudratullah Qadiri was selected to the Google Cloud Academic All-District 2 Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Team. The Academic All-District teams were chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Cosenzo, Schieda Chosen All-ECAC Honorable Mention
Stockton University junior Alexandra Cosenzo and senior Casey Schieda were chosen All-ECAC Honorable Mention by the Eastern College Athletic Conference. Cosenzo and Schieda are the first Stockton softball players to receive ECAC recognition since Dominique Dorris in 2015.
Swedlund Voted ECAC Offensive Player of the Year; Three All-ECAC
Stockton University sophomore Luc Swedlund, junior Erik Anderson and senior Colin Whartonadded more postseason accolades to their resume as they were selected for ECAC postseason honors for 2019
Julie Bowen (pictured center), supervisor of Graphics, is retiring after 29.5 years of service, effective May 31. When asked about future plans, Bowen replied, "Hmmmm – don’t really have any other than NOT having a plan! HA!"
Patricia Donahue, assistant director of the Career Center, is retiring after 13 years of service, effective May 31. Her future plans include adjuncting at Stockton, gardening, volunteering and caring for dogs and children.
Strategic Planning Summer Learning Sessions Announced
Dates and times for the Strategic Planning Summer Learning Sessions have been announced- This is Me: Diversity & Inclusion, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Thursday, June 6, in the Campus Center Board of Trustees Room; Rock ‘Enroll’ is Here to Stay: Strategic Enrollment Management, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 19, in the TRLC; What a Wonderful World: Teaching and Learning, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Thursday, June 20, in the Campus Center Event Room; Hall of Fame: Inclusive Student Success, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Thursday, June 27, in Room 101 of the Unified Science Center 2. Sign up for these sessions here.
A new Strategic Plan draft is available for review and can be accessed by logging into your GoStockton portal.
Choose Summer at Stockton
Stockton's summer sessions are open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in degree programs, non-matriculated students, and students currently enrolled at other institutions who wish to study during their summer break and transfer Stockton credits.
Saturday, June 1:2019 GLJ Legacy Ride
Tuesday, June 4: Transfer Open House
Thursday, July 18: Pinelands Summer Short Course
Tuesday, July 23: Transfer Open House