Stockton News - Sept. 8, 2023


Research Documents Pandemic’s Effect on Mental HealthResearch Documents Pandemic’s Effect on Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic had wide-ranging impacts on New Jersey residents’ mental health, treatment and outcomes involving numerous mental health issues, according to research published today by the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton.

The project, led by Justin Ostrofsky, associate professor of Psychology, overseeing three student researchers, investigated how New Jersey residents with specific mental health issues fared during the pandemic and whether COVID-19 worsened those problems. The researchers, working over two college semesters, analyzed public datasets, published research and the results of an original Stockton University Poll.

They evaluated data from before and after the pandemic began within the context of national and global trends to determine if those changes could be attributed to the pandemic or not.

📰 In the News: The Press of Atlantic City, Insider NJ, New Jersey Business Magazine


News ospreys welcomedPicture Stockton . . .Welcoming New Ospreys with Open Wings

Ospreys, you are the author of your college journey, and you get to choose how you want to fill the pages with classes, clubs, friends, sports, internships and memories.

Chapter one began with Welcome Week. Strangers became friends, decorations transformed dorms into new homes and current students lead the way with smiles, advice and words of encouragement.

Spirit Day united new students and encouraged everyone to make the most of their Stockton experience. 

📸 View more photos on Flickr.


whats trending sept. 8 2023X (@OspreyPrez): Welcome back, Ospreys! Have a great first week of classes!

Facebook: Class is in session. We hope you have a great first day!

Instagram: It’s time to start making memories, Ospreys! 


field hockey teamStockton Blanks Haverford 2-0

The field hockey team made its home opener on Sept. 6 a success as the Ospreys shut out Haverford College 2-0. Stockton earned its first win of the season and dealt the Fords their first defeat. The game began a stretch of three out of four at home for the Ospreys.

Carlee Thompson and Kirsten Bailey each scored a goal in the first half to propel the Ospreys to victory. Stockton held a slim 10-8 advantage in shots and successfully defended all 13 Haverford penalty corners.

soccer playerStockton Ties #11 Washington & Lee 0-0

The men’s soccer team played a 0-0 tie in a neutral site game on Sept. 5 against Washington & Lee, which is ranked 11th in the United Soccer Coaches Division III poll. The teams met halfway and played the game at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

In his second college game, Stockton goalkeeper Brady Bartletta, a freshman, made six saves to record his first career shutout. Bartletta registered three stops in each half.

🗓️ View the full schedule of upcoming athletic events here. 


Joe Bertolino and Bev VaughnFall Faculty Conference Offers Time to Reconnect Before Semester Starts

The energy was palpable at Fall Faculty Conference Sept. 1 as several hundred Stockton faculty members gathered, bubbling with passion and excitement for the fall semester. Faculty had the opportunity to reconnect, hear updates from President Joe Bertolino and Interim Provost Marissa Levy, and attend school and program meetings.

“Executive Vice President Terricita Sass and I are grateful for your dedication and hard work, and we are looking forward to working and building on the great foundation that has been laid here,” President Joe said.

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Fall 2023 Compass Fund Applications Now Open

The Compass Fund abstract form is now open for the Fall 2023 cycle. The Compass Fund provides seed money for student and employee initiatives that support the six themes in the University's Strategic Plan 2025 - Choosing Our Path.

Now through 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 2, students, faculty and staff are invited to submit an electronic abstract outlining their project idea.

Projects can fall into three funding categories: a one-time activity; a one-year pilot project; or a two-year pilot project. The Compass Fund Review Board will then evaluate abstracts and project leaders whose abstracts are supported will be eligible to complete a full proposal, due by mid-November.

Visit the Compass Fund website for more information.

Roster Verification Reminder for Faculty

Welcome back, faculty! As the fall semester has begun, it's almost time to Verify your Ospreys!

Faculty are reminded to complete the Roster Verification process by confirming student attendance/academic activity beginning after the add/drop period on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The Roster Verification process is to be completed by Wednesday, Sept. 20. 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 verifying 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 Roster Verification can be found under the faculty tab within the goStockton portal.

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

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  

Now-Sept. 24:  The Souls Shot Portrait Project

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

Sept. 9: 🍓🧬 Second Saturdays: Strawberries and DNA!, New Student Day of Service 

Sept. 10: Mitzvah Zecher Avot Service

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

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

Sept. 15: Hispanic Heritage Month Flag-Raising Ceremony 

Sept. 17: 🪴Fall Container Gardening

Sept. 19-20: Get Involved Fair

Sept. 20: Board of Trustees meeting

Sept. 21: Third Thursday: Hispanic Heritage Month Coaster Craft

Sept. 26: 🏌️‍♀️⛳ Annual Golf Classic

Sept. 29: 🍂 President Joe's Autumn Jam

Oct. 1: 🦅 Discover Stockton Day

Oct. 2: Constitution Day 2023

Oct. 4-5: Ospreys Give 2023

Oct. 5-8: 🎉 University Weekend