Stockton to Hold Naming Ceremonies for Eight New Boats for Rowing Teams

Posted on September 23, 2019 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (8)

Galloway, N.J.  - Stockton University will hold naming ceremonies for eight new boats for its rowing teams on Wednesday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Atlantic City boathouse, 3405 Fairmount Ave.

A boat named for local rowing legend Stan Bergman will be dedicated at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25.  The boat was purchased through a generous donation from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield.  A second boat will also be named as a surprise to a local rowing supporter.

On Saturday, Sept. 28, several boats will be officially named during the Atlantic City Stakes boat races in Atlantic City.

At 9:45 a.m. boats will be named for coach Bob Kerstetter, Ray D’Amico ’81, Stockton trustee Madeline Deininger ’80 and Stockton First Lady Lynne Kesselman ’82.  

At 11:15 a.m. boats named for Elizabeth B. Alton and R. John Alton will be dedicated. The Alton boats were made possible through a donation by Elizabeth Endicott and the Alton family.

The Alton Student Lounge on the second floor of the new Stockton University Academic Center, 3711 Atlantic Ave., will also be dedicated at 2 p.m. Saturday following the boat races. Elizabeth Alton was a founding member of Stockton’s board of trustees and a tireless advocate for locating a state college in South Jersey.

Stockton New-Student Enrollment Increases 2% for Fall 2019

Posted on September 23, 2019 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Galloway – Enrollment of new students at Stockton University increased 2% for fall 2019, putting the university on target to exceed its goal of 10,000 students by 2020.

More than 9,900 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled for the fall, including nearly 8,900 undergraduates and over 1,000 graduate students. Stockton achieved a 2% increase in new students, which includes more than 1,500 freshmen, 1,100 transfer students and 400 graduate students.

Chief Enrollment Management Officer Robert Heinrich said Stockton received more than 6,900 freshman applications for fall 2019, a 14% increase over 2018.

Stockton became more selective in its admissions this year to maintain a freshman class size of 1,537, Heinrich said. The academic quality of the incoming class remained strong, specifically in terms of high school grade point average and average SAT scores, although Stockton is test optional and does not require students to submit standardized test scores for general admission.

Almost 100 students have indicated they would be enrolling in Stockton’s new Transfer Pathways program, which allows students who were not admitted directly to Stockton to enroll in a dual-admissions program with a local partner community college, then transfer later to Stockton to complete their bachelor’s degree. Fifty of those students are attending Atlantic Cape Community College, and the others are attending Brookdale Community College, Camden County College, Ocean County College, and Rowan College of South Jersey.

More students are also applying for federal and state financial aid, with more than 6,400 new freshmen and transfer students submitting the federal FAFSA form for financial aid, a 9% increase.

More than 3,000 students were granted merit- or need-based awards from Stockton.

By making great strides this recruitment cycle in enhancing the overall diversity of the student population, Stockton increased minority representation among the new students by 2%. More than 900 new undergraduates identify as a minority or mixed race.

Stockton also reported increased enrollment for summer 2019, with more than 2,536 students taking summer classes, a 4% increase from summer 2018.

Enrollment in courses offered at Stockton University Atlantic City has also grown by almost 30 percent since the new residential campus opened in fall 2018. This fall 1,682 students are taking at least one course at the Atlantic City Academic Center, up from 1,300 in fall 2018. More than 530 students live in the Residential Complex on the Boardwalk.....


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First Leadership Doctoral Class Includes Husband and Wife, 177 th Fighter Wing Superintendent

Posted on May 10, 2019 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Galloway, N.J. - In marriage, a couple vows to work together. Mays Landing couple

Jerry and Nicole Nelson took their vows a little further ... to doctoral degrees in

Organizational Leadership from Stockton University.

Nicole Nelson is a Hamilton Township police officer, and Jerry Nelson works in

technology. Both had been seeking an interdisciplinary, face-to-face doctoral program

they could complete together.

In 2016, Stockton launched a brand new doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership.

The first cohort of 21 graduates received their degrees at the Graduate Commencement

on May 7.

The primary goal of the program is to help leaders improve so that they, in turn, will help

their respective organizations improve. It is interdisciplinary, specifically designed for

working professionals in different fields, with classes held online, in the evening, and on

Saturdays at the new Stockton University Atlantic City Academic Center.

For the Nelsons, Stockton’s degree was a perfect fit.

“(Jerry and I) both have different strengths and weaknesses, and knew that we would

need each other to effectively get through a program at this level,” said Nicole Nelson.

“The interdisciplinary aspect of (Stockton's) program gave us that opportunity, and it’s

exciting to think that even though we work in two completely different fields, we were

able to work in the same doctorate program.”

Teaching individuals from different professions how to work together was the exact

intent of the program.

“This degree took six years to put together,” said George Sharp, a coordinating faculty

member from the School of Education. “The goal was to create an educational

leadership doctoral degree that was different, unique, and stuck with Stockton’s mantra

of ‘distinctive’ education. We wanted to create a degree that put leaders of all types –

government, health care, faith-based, and so on – in a room together in communicative

situations to emphasize the importance of having strong leadership and communication


The Nelsons said the program helped their careers, and their marriage.

“We seem to be discussing the leadership aspects of our organizations much more with

each other,” Nicole said. “I have also found that we seem to be more open to discussing

our communication with regards to our parenting styles. I have noticed that while our

personalities haven’t changed, our ability to communicate effectively with each other

has certainly increased.”

Jerry Nelson agreed.

“Throughout the program, we each had our ups and downs, but together, we balanced

each other out,” he said. “We would always compete on who would get the better grade

or turn in their project first, but in the end, the only way I was able to complete this was

with her help.  She pushed me the last mile, motivating me to make the milestones and

propped me up at the finish line.”  

William Perkins, the Superintendent of the 177th Fighter Wing Headquarters Staff in the

New Jersey Air National Guard was the very first applicant and interviewee to gain


“The program had been dubbed by its designers and developers as ‘a development

program within a doctoral program,' and I believe that to be very accurate,” he said. “I

didn't just broaden my leadership competencies via learning, as I would have with any

other educational programs. This program cultivated a mindset of vertical development,

meaning it enhanced my habits, mindsets, and capacities to optimize those


Karl Guilian, a professor at Atlantic Cape Community College, said he gained

friendships as well as organizational skills.

“The program help me to enhance my way of thinking about people, as well as about

my various organizations,” he said. “The classwork, competencies and dissertation have

taught me to better understand myself so that I can be better prepared to be a leader. I

now feel much more confident and motivated to be a change agent, as I now have the

knowledge and credential to be successful. As a member of Cohort One, I have met a

group of people [to which] I truly feel a deep and emotional connection. I will forever

have their friendships, which is a reward in itself.”

Sharp said he, too, made long-lasting friendships with his students.

“I would really like to thank them for taking the risk of deciding to accept admission into

this very new, different type of program. Our purpose was to improve one leader at a

time, and this cohort now consists of many strong leaders.”

Members of Cohort One highly recommend the Organizational Leadership program,

especially the Nelsons.

“The faculty was outstanding,” said Nicole Nelson. “They became a second family.

They were always open, honest, and gave so much of their time and effort to help us

achieve our goals. They exemplify the meaning of true leadership, and I know that I

have made not only mentors, but friends for life.”

Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership graduates are: Tina Bridda, Daniel

Douglas, John Froonjian Jr., Karl Giulian, Robert Heinrich, Paul Herron, Jeannine

Ingenito, Kate Juliani, Walter Kappeler, Brian McBride, Kathleen McDonald, Nicole

Nelson, Warren Nelson, Dana Palma, William Perkins, Charlotte Phillip-Clarke, Charles

Powell V, Sharon Remeter, Kathryn Suk, Daniel Tomé, and Kristina War.

Applications for the next cohort of the Organizational Leadership doctoral program

applications are due May 17. More information about the Ed.D. in Organizational

Leadership is online at

_ Reported by Kat Wentzell

More than 1,800 Graduates Show Their Fighting Osprey Spirit at Boardwalk Hall

Posted on May 10, 2019 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Atlantic City _ They may face failures, but they are strong enough to keep fighting for their dreams, speakers told more than 1,800 graduates at the Stockton University Commencement at Boardwalk Hall on May 10.

Keynote speaker Congressman Jeff Van Drew said failure is a part of life, but the graduates’ ability to rise up and keep going is what got them to graduation and will lead to their success.

“You have overcome odds, tried, failed and tried again until you met your goals,” Van Drew said during Commencement at Boardwalk Hall. “Remember those failures, and remember what it is that drove you forward.”

For graduate Luana Cordeiro of Galloway Township, those words have special significance.

In 2009 Cordeiro was preparing for her final semester as a dean’s list student at Kean University when prescribed pain medication led to an addiction to cocaine and heroin. She struggled for years with the addiction until finally entering rehab. She recovered, but thought college was a lost dream until the Atlantic County Recovery Court and Stockton offered her the opportunity to return to get her degree in criminal justice.

“My mother and my family are so proud,” said Cordeiro, who now works at Enlightened Solutions and plans to get her master’s degree in social work. Recovery Court Judge Mark Sandson and Assignment Judge Julio Mendez are so proud they attended her graduation.

“What Luana did is very, very hard,” Sandson said. “And now she is helping others.”

President Harvey Kesselman’s speech focused on famous fighters like Muhammad Ali and Ruth Bader Ginsburg and some not so famous (at least yet) fighters – every student in the graduating class.

“You have proven yourself to be Osprey Strong or else you wouldn’t be sitting here right now,” he said.

He said challenges can sometimes feel like traps, but he urged the graduates to instead see them as opportunities, chances to test their mettle and rise about their circumstances.

“You have a choice,” he said. “You can either throw in the towel or use it to wipe the sweat off your brown and keep it moving.”

Kesselman and Stockton Board of Trustees Chairman Leo Schoffer also presented Van Drew with an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree.

Faculty Senate President Donnetrice Allison said while faculty may have lectured students on everything from whales to using cell phones in class, their goal was to see them succeed.

“And you have,” she said. “So celebrate today. Celebrate your accomplishment and get ready to soar.”

Student speaker Christina Denney received her BA in Criminal Justice in December and is already working toward her master’s degree. She also emphasized the persistence need to reach goals.

“The time has now come to show the world what we have to offer,” she said. “It is time to spread the seeds of the knowledge and experiences we gained here at Stockton University and blossom into our future endeavors.”

One graduate who has already shown what she can offer is Veletta Mister of Pleasantville, who while old enough to collect Social Security, chose college over retirement after losing her job when the Trump Taj Mahal closed.

Mister got an associate degree in marketing from Passaic County Community in 1975 while married with three children. She said grants became available and she had always wanted to go to college.

“My great grandmother raised me and my mother never finished high school,” she said. “But I knew the importance of education. Without it you don’t grow.”

She wanted to continue, but instead worked in banks, then moved to the shore where she got a job in surveillance at Taj Mahal in 1989, working there until they closed. She couldn’t find work, but took advantage of the opportunity to finish her degree.

“I figured I might never get this opportunity again,” she said. “I did four classes a semester and it was hard, but all my professors were supportive and I was able to accomplish something I wanted to accomplish and make my dream come true.”

She said family members have told her she is a role mode and inspiration, which makes her proud. She now has a part-time job in another casino and has no plans to retire.

“Education enhances your mind,” she said. “You just have to stay with it. Don’t give up.” 

Graduating student Christian Jimenez sang the national anthem. 

The graduating class incudes some 2,000 students who earned their degrees in summer of 2018, fall 2018 and spring 2019.

The event also recognized five professors for reaching Emeritus status: Professor of Psychology Michael Frank, Professor of Computer Science and Information Systems Michael Olan, Associate Professor of Biochemistry Brian Rogerson, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Rupendra Simlot, and Professor of Environmental Studies George Zimmerman.