Stockton News - Sept. 1, 2023


Ian LawrenceFour Students Bring Color to the Boardwalk in CRDA Project

Before taking a seat on one of the many colorful and vibrant Adirondack chairs on the Boardwalk outside of Kesselman Hall, Ospreys should take a moment to see if one of their peers is the artist behind the art.

Four students createdoriginal themes and hand-painted one of the chairs, which were installed along the Boardwalk in August.

The students – Caitlyn “Frenchy” Hroncich, ’23, Faeryn Meza, Ian Lawrence and Camryn Wilson – were tapped for the project, which is part of a public art installation spearheaded by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA). 

“This art project serves as another example of how we link Stockton University, our students and faculty, in collaboration with our AC community partners to better serve the public in this wonderful artistic beautification project,” Brian K. Jackson, chief operating officer for the Atlantic City campus, said.

painting Portraits, Fire & Pine Trees: New Fall Exhibitions in the Art Gallery

The Stockton Art Gallery is setto open with two new exhibitions that will run from Sept. 5 to Nov. 12.

The Lower Gallery will feature “A World Lit Only By Fire” by artists Lewis Colburn and Taylor Baldwin.

The exhibition “combines outstanding craftsmanship with extraordinary sensitivity to material, which creates work that unsettles expectations of value and meaning,” said Jed Morfit, the curator and professor of Art.

Baldwin’s “Head of An Elder” includes curated objects found amongst things that people threw away or littered the sidewalk, which results in an interesting and imagined portrait of someone made out of the world. Conversely, Colburn’s “There Are No Miracles Here (Laocoon/Flamethrower)” is a work that explores hatred, fear and the implications of such emotions in art.

The Upper Gallery will host an exhibition that celebrates the 45th anniversary of the founding of the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve.

Curated by Kate Ogden, professor of Art History, “A Pinelands Portrait: Art of the Pine Barrens” will include work from over 20 artists ranging from painters, photographers, printmakers and sculptors to video makers, fiber artists and botanical illustrators.

According to Ogden, the exhibition is meant to celebrate both the Pinelands and the diverse artists who engage with the Pinelands for their various projects.

New Series Offers Western Armenian Language Classes

Stockton is expanding its adult-learners language program this fall by addingan eight-week introductory series titled “Western Armenian Language Essentials.”

The online series will focus on basic comprehension skills, simple greetings and interactions, and short conversations, guiding participants to learn without the need for repetitive memorization. The adult learner model is ideal for participants 18 and older and features no formal homework, quizzes or tests.

The course has been developed to maintain and enhance the number of Armenian speakers across the world. It will be taught online via Zoom by leading Armenian scholar Dr. Talin Suciyan, an associate professor at Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich for over 14 years. Suciyan specializes in the Western Armenian language, the history of Turkey and the Ottoman Empire. She is the author of “The Armenians in Modern Turkey: Post-Genocide Society, Politics and History” and her new book “Outcasting Armenians: Tanzimat of the Provinces” was released this summer.


Stockton ACStockton to Host Atlantic City Innovation Summit

A panel of economic developers and community leaders will discuss ideas for transforming Atlantic City during a roundtable discussion and book talk on Sept. 7 from 3-7 p.m.

Rebecca A. Fannin, author of Silicon Heartland, journalist and founder of Silicon Dragon Ventures, will moderate the session at Stockton's Kesselman Hall, 3701 Boardwalk in Atlantic City. A reception at the Esports Innovation Center will follow.

Presented by Silicon Dragon Ventures, the discussion will explore the city’s revitalization as an innovative hub propelled by economic growth, new jobs, investment and entrepreneurship. 

'Second Saturdays' Returns to Stockton AC 

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

After a brief summer hiatus, the series returns on Sept. 9 with “Strawberries and DNA.” During this activity from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., learn how scientists extract DNA from plants. 

A light lunch will be provided. Register here.


mothsPicture Stockton...Sciences Up Close

When the lights go off, chemistry experiments glow. At nearly 30,000mm, a telescope brings the details on the surface of the moon into focus. Fossils, cast replicas, rock samples, taxidermy specimens and pinned insects fill shelves and drawers with a museum of natural history that goes on display for classroom and lab presentations.

This photo series brings viewers macro and telephoto views of the sciences at Stockton.

The Paleontology, Geology, Entomology and Ornithology collections share stories from centuries ago, offer students the chance to explore how animals evolved, offer clues from the fossil record and put specimens into students' hands for close-up observation. 


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Osprey Outlook: Field Hockey 

The field hockey team entersthe 2023 season with 13 returning letter winners, eight of whom played in at least 15 of the team's 17 games last year. The Ospreys, who were ranked fifth in the NJAC preseason coaches poll, feature six returnees who started at least 14 contests in 2022. The team skews on the younger side, with 15 first or second-year players.

Stockton should benefit from the addition of three transfers with collegiate playing experience. The trio is joined by six freshmen to give the Ospreys nine newcomers on the roster. Head coach Sarah Elleman goes into her eighth season at Stockton and 15th year as a college head coach, needing three victories to reach 150 wins for her career.

Osprey Outlook: Men's Soccer

The men's soccer team will lookvery different this year. Head coach Greg Ruttler enters his ninth season with a young roster that includes 14 freshmen and 10 sophomores. With just 11 returnees joined by 17 newcomers on the squad, Stockton will have to jell quickly.

The Ospreys have a trio of players who started at least 17 of the team's 19 games, plus four more who played in at least 18 matches last year. Plenty of playing time will be available for the youngsters, who are joined by just two juniors and two seniors. Stockton was ranked sixth in the NJAC preseason coaches poll.

Osprey Outlook: Women’s Soccer 

The women's soccer team begins the 2023 season with 17 returning letter winners, highlighted by a trio of 2022 NJAC all-conference players. The Ospreys, who were ranked fourth in the NJAC preseason coaches poll, feature seven returnees who played in at least 20 of the squad's 21 games a year ago.

Head coach Nick Juengert stands 36th among active NCAA Division III coaches with 264 wins in 20 seasons on the Stockton bench. Juengert has added 12 newcomers to the roster, including 10 freshmen. Overall, the Ospreys will be a relatively young team with 17 first or second-year players and just four seniors.

Osprey Outlook: Men’s Cross Country

The men's cross country team entersthe 2023 season with 14 returning letter winners from a squad that finished third at the NJAC Championships and eighth at the NCAA Metro Regionals last year. The Ospreys boast plenty of experience in the form of five seniors and three juniors.

Head coach Jayson Resch also will count on a large sophomore class of six runners plus three freshmen to contribute this season. Stockton will host three meets on the Galloway campus, the Stockton Season Opener on September 1, the Osprey Open on Sept. 16, and the NJAC Championships on Oct. 28.

Osprey Outlook: Volleyball

The volleyball team entersthe 2023 season with 11 returning letter winners, a group spearheaded by four 2022 NJAC all-conference honorees. Nine of the 11 returnees played in at least 28 of Stockton's 29 matches a year ago when the Ospreys went 20-9 overall and 7-1 in the NJAC.

In her 18th season, head coach Allison Walker has supplemented the roster in all areas by adding eight newcomers to a squad that lost just one key player. Stockton's depth should be one of the team's strengths, giving Walker plenty of options when constructing the lineup. The Ospreys were ranked second in the NJAC preseason coaches poll.


👉 Normal Academic Hours Next Week; Closed Monday

As a reminder, you can sleep in next week! The University will follow normal academic hours next week and will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 5. All offices are open minimally from 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday.

🚘 Last Chance to Renew Vehicle Parking Registration

Everyone is required to register their vehicle(s) for the 2023-24 academic year by Sept. 5. The online system may self-propagate the fields once your license plate has been entered. Please have your vehicle information for reference. For more information about parking, visit

Once you check out, your vehicle is registered to park in its designated lots. A permit will not be mailed to you; your license plate is your permit. 

Read the SCOSA September Newsletter

Read the Stockton Center on Successful Aging (SCOSA)'s September newsletter for interesting upcoming events and newly added programming.

fafsaChanges to the 2024-25 FAFSA 

The U.S. Department of Education is implementing a major overhaul of the processes and systems that offer federal student aid, starting with the 24-25 aid year.

As our faculty and staff work closely with our students, we want to make sure you’re aware of the updates being made to the FAFSA, not only to inform students but also because these updates could affect some of your processes.

📅 Join Financial Aid staff from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29, for a virtual presentation detailing the 24-25 FAFSA changes and how these changes may impact faculty and staff. During the presentation, questions faculty and staff may have after learning about the new changes to the FAFSA will be answered. All faculty and staff are invited to attend. For those unable to attend, the presentation will be recorded. Register for the event here.

Visit to view a list of many of the changes you can expect to see on the 24-25 FAFSA.

Please note that the 24-25 FAFSA will not be available by Oct.1, 2023, due to the updates being made. Students and families can expect that the 24-25 FAFSA will be available on or before Dec. 31, 2023. 


Events for Alumni & Friends

💻 Fall 2023 Professional Development Opportunities  

🎭 Fall Programming at the PAC  

Now-Sept. 24:  The Souls Shot Portrait Project

Now-Sept. 29: Fred Staloff: Origins of a Modernist 

Sept. 1-4: 🦅🎉 Welcome Week

Sept. 5: 📣 Fall Semester Begins

Sept. 9: 🍓🧬 Second Saturdays: Strawberries and DNA!

Sept. 12: 'Daniel’s Law: How New Jersey Protects Its Judicial System

Sept. 14: President Joe’s Bi-Annual Address to Staff

Sept. 17: 🪴Fall Container Gardening

Sept. 19-20:Get Involved Fair

Sept. 26: 🏌️‍♀️⛳ Annual Golf Classic

Sept. 29: 🍂 President Joe's Autumn Jam

Oct. 1: 🦅 Discover Stockton Day

Oct. 2: Constitution Day 2023