Stockton Institute for Lifelong Learning

SCOSA's Stockton Institute for Lifelong Learning (SILL) brings the best of Stockton's faculty to the community via short-courses (generally four 1-hour sessions) related to their teaching, scholarship, service, and interests. Space is limited, tuition is reasonable (free to Atlantic County residents who are 60 and older), and we hope to continually expand this programming that let you learn from and interact with Stockton’s accomplished faculty. For further information please contact or Assistant Director Christine.Ferri@stockton.eduor call 609-652-4311 and leave a message.

The tuition costs for all SILL courses is $45 for all four sessions (unless otherwise noted).

Free to residents 60 years old or older of Atlantic or Ocean Counties.                       

SILL Programs for January 2023:

SILL: American History: Getting Our Minds Around Great Events: World War II 
Instructor: Dr. Richard M. Meara
Wednesdays          1/4, 11, 18, & 25/2023
Stockton at Manahawkin, MIS-Room 1

The most glaring characteristic of World War II is the sheer vastness of the tallies; the numbers of people killed and wounded, the destruction of cities and whole states, the leaders assassinated and convicted, the amount of equipment first created, then destroyed in battle and ultimately abandoned as the war ended. The loss of it, all-entire generations wiped out, ethnic groups disappeared, cultures disseminated, families separated…starvation, industrialized murder, torture, indiscriminate violence and the infliction of pain. The size of the destruction is so great that it often causes us to ignore it. This course helps the student to organize the information, identify the major trends and ramifications which continue to influence and shape the way global politics and culture operates today.

Dr. Richard M. O’Meara is an adjunct professor at Stockton University and Rutgers University who teaches courses on history and international security studies. He is a retired trial attorney, a General Officer, U.S.A. (ret) and has taught rule of law and international security issues in such diverse locations as Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines, Peru, Moldova, Ukraine, Bosnia, Panama, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Chad, Rwanda, Israel, Iraq and Lebanon. He is the author of Going Home for Apples and Other Stories; The Times of Joy: A Diaspora Narrative; Stepping Out:Tales from the Trail, A Book of Oral Poetry; and Governing Military Technologies in the 21st Century.

Coming in February:

SILL: Telling Stories with Baseball Memorabilia
Instructor: Michael Cagno, Executive Director of The Noyes Museum of Art
Wednesdays           2/8, 15, & 22/2023   12:30-1:30pm
Noyes Arts Garage in Atlantic City 
This course will consider the history of baseball from the perspective of the Nolan Ryan collection of memorabilia donated to Stockton University. Students will learn about the development of the sport, the rise of notable athletes in addition to Ryan, and will also learn about the process of collecting memorabilia and creating exhibits. 

The class will focus on elements of exhibition management and introduce students to the process of planning and implementing exhibitions/collections. This includes the roles and responsibilities of staff and community members in exhibition planning, ways to evaluate exhibitions and measure success, exhibition concept development, interpretative planning, exhibition design concepts, and implementation logistics. 

Since August 2006, Michael Cagno has served as Executive Director of The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton University. Today the Noyes Museum operates facilities in Hammonton and Atlantic City. Michael currently serves on the Board of Trustees as Vice-President for the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museum, Cumberland County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Ducktown Neighborhood Association, Chairman of the National Building Museums Symposium and has served as board member for the New Jersey Association of Museums. Having a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art from Rowan University, Master's Degree in Museum in Management and a Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration from Seton Hall University has allowed Michael to follow his passion for the arts.

The tuition costs for the SILL courses is $30; and Free to residents 60 years old or older of Atlantic or Ocean Counties.   




Stockton is an Equal Opportunity Institution