50th Anniversary Memories

Celebrating 50 Years of Teaching

Share Your Own Stockton Memory

It can be something – or someone – you’ll never forget. A moment, an event, or an entire career.

Maybe you had a favorite professor who enhanced your education. Or perhaps you participated in service-learning that enriched your life. Did one of your students in class inspire you? What prompted you to give back to Stockton?

We’ll be posting some of your stories on social media and some will appear on this site. Although we won’t be able to publish every story that is shared, know that you are always a part of Stockton and your stories are important to us.

Arts and Sciences building
I remember no matter what building I was in, I could always slip away to study, read, draw . . .
Arts and Sciences building

I remember no matter what building I was in, I could always slip away to study, read, draw, anything I wanted to. Stockton gave me an amazing space to do what I wanted to and needed to. I remember the first time I went to the Arts and Sciences building. The building is evenly split between the visual arts and the earth sciences, with comfy couches and student and professional artwork throughout the building.

Carlos Silva '01
Carlos Silva '01
man under rock arch
Loved the Geology Club trips!
man under rock arch

Loved the Geology Club trips!

Ryan Houlahan '13
Ryan Houlahan '13
Sunset at Lake Fred
Sunsets at Lake Fred
Sunset at Lake Fred

Sunsets at Lake Fred.

Katy Houlahan '12
Katy Houlahan '12
Patricia Reid-Merritt
My Stockton experiences were phenomenal and these incredible professors were my "game-changers"
Patricia Reid-Merritt

My Stockton experiences were phenomenal and these incredible professors were my "game-changers."

I participated in the first outstanding and historical C-Wing Kwanzaa and Roots Production - My son La Quay followed, and my family still comes to Stockton Kwanzaa Celebrations- Thanks, Dr. Patricia Reid-Merritt. You are an exceptional academic leader.

Secondly is the exceptional Professor Will Jaynes, the historian and scholar. Each class was a critical think tank for learning.

Truly, I honor each of them for the exceptional education that they brought and taught at Stockton.

William Jaynes

Patricia Dansby '80
Patricia Dansby '80
50th-rosnick
I loved studying the ecology of the pine barrens up close
50th-rosnick

I loved studying the ecology of the pine barrens up close through my four years at Stockton. From 1974-1978 I met lifelong friends, appreciated environmental science, and embarked on an educational quest that would eventually lead me back to Stockton as an adjunct professor.

Karen Rosnick '78
Karen Rosnick '78
Exceptional intructors had an impact on my life

It's been almost 40 years since I graduated from Stockton. I still think about the exceptional instructors who taught my classes and the impact they had on my life. People like Dick Colby, Joe Walsh, Cindy Schur, Marty Needleman and Joel Sternfeld will never be forgotten.

Harrine Katz '82
Harrine Katz '82
University celebration
Will never forget Stockton's university status celebration
University celebration

Giving back has always been important to me. For a few semesters during my undergraduate career, I assisted Rabbi Geller in visiting residents at Seashore Gardens who were on hospice. Haphazardly, I rang in Stockton's university status with this amazing mensch as Rabbi Geller and I walked into the Campus Center to find the celebration happening. It was a day and moment that I will forever have an extremely vivid memory of.

Michael Janusz '15, '18
Michael Janusz '15, '18
Stockton gave me an intellectual/philosophical life that sent me out into the world

Now that I  am looking at sixty-five and watching my children finish University, I realize how fortunate I was to attend SSC 1975-1980. Stockton gave me an intellectual/philosophical life that sent me out into the world- Peace Corp, teaching and adventuring overseas- still traveling about the world.

It was two particular teachers/mentors- Professor Shelby Broughton, and Professor Bill Sensiba who shaped my beliefs and life. I doubt I would have made it without the guidance and compassion from these two grounded teachers/mentors/men. Without their guidance, I would have followed a different, I imagine, darker path. I quit college to travel, but I returned to finish.

Just feeling grateful enough to look back and know how blessed I was to have been at Stockton at that time/era... it was an education of my whole being. Gratitude & love to Shelby & Bill, wherever you are, here or behind the veil.

John Mahoney '81
John Mahoney '81
The Argo
My first cartoonist job was at The Argo 
The Argo

My first cartoonist job was at the Argo Student newspaper at Stockton University 48 years ago. My experience gave me the foundation and skills for my professional career in the arts, media and entertainment industry! I hope this memory will inspire others!

David Glenn '78
David Glenn '78
I was extremely honored to be part of the very first concert in "Big Blue"

I was extremely honored to be part of the very first concert in "Big Blue," (Tonic with The Tuckahoe River Band). Also honored to be part of our wonderful student veteran program ranked number 6th in the nation by Military Times. Our great students from the Board of Activities (BOA) and wonderful Student Veteran Organization (SVO) were the catalysts behind the success.

Tom O'Donnell
Tom O'Donnell
No parking on Lake Fred Island

Thursday night residency 5-year plans, D-Court mud wrestling, water gun fights, and no parking on Lake Fred Island (IYKYK)! Despite all of the shenanigans, learning enough to make a 35-year career with three Fortune 100 companies from a single resumé submission! Priceless!

Brian Mills  '87
Brian Mills  '87
Gery Abay
Stockton is a family affair
Gery Abay

My dad was one of the first graduates of Stockton State College, and my son is set to graduate in 2023. My dad, Gery Abay, Class of 1979, majored in Geology; and my son, Brian Alexander, is a Communication Studies major. 

Brian Alexander

Jamie Abay
Jamie Abay
My mathematics degree helped me fulfill my dreams 

I have such fond memories of great friends, classmates and amazing faculty. Dennis Wildfogel, Charlie Herlands and Marilyn Frankenstein were such wonderful professors.

It was such a wonderful experience and my degree in mathematics helped me fulfill my dreams. I got an amazing education at Stockton.

Valerie Vanderslice '77
Valerie Vanderslice '77
Alec Baldwin
The Tooth Fairy Project and Alec Baldwin in 1999
Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin in the A-Wing Lecture Hall (a.k.a. Alton Auditorium) visited Stockton in 1999 to give a lecture on Tooth Fairy Project he was involved in. The initiative was to solicit parents in New York and New Jersey to donate their children’s baby teeth (instead of the tooth fairy) to test the teeth for radiation levels. This was to determine if the food consumed by the pregnant mothers was in any way contaminated. Baldwin believed his mother, a cancer survivor, may have been exposed to higher rates of radioactive emissions in New York, which sparked this interest.

Alec Baldwin

Brian Jackson 
Brian Jackson 
man running
1983 Stockton Faculty/Staff Softball Game
man running

Pictured below are photos from the 1983 Faculty Softball Game.
Featured are Professors Jim Hollis and Ken Tompkins.

softball team

Brian Jackson
Brian Jackson
steve couras and student development
So many memories, amazing friends at Stockton
steve couras and student development

So many memories, so many amazing friends and people at Stockton. Some of my fondest memories come from the Student Development Office and Kappa Sigma. Good times!

 photo collage

Steven Couras '08
Steven Couras '08
Olivia and talon
Looking forward to visiting campus in the future to take the same walks I took in my undergrad journey
Olivia and talon

Stockton University has so many things to offer current students, faculty/staff, alumni and the surrounding community. I chose to attend Stockton to learn about my field of study. I was given so much more than just studying at a college or university. The campus itself features so many outdoor spaces for studying or simply walking around to explore nature. Anytime I was given the time in a day to walk around Lake Fred on the Galloway campus or walk down to the beach on the Atlantic City campus, I did. I will miss walks around campus now that I will soon be a Stockton alum. I look forward to visiting campus in the future to take the same walks I took in my undergrad journey. Stockton offers lots of clubs and organizations to join to get more involved on campus. So many faculty and staff members have a true caring for their students. Professor Mary Lou Galantino is one particular person who made an impact on my college career. She sent out a request to students in the Holistic Health Minor during the COVID-19 pandemic to see if anyone would like to revamp the Stockton Holistic Health Club. I was hesitant at first however, I said yes! This opportunity helped me grow as a student and a leader while encouraging others to learn more. I am so grateful I chose to attend Stockton University!

Olivia London '21
Olivia London '21
Loved managing the pub!

Great professors, artists-in-residency, and the president of the college were so helpful. Loved managing the Pub!

Bonnie Wagner Castagna '78
Bonnie Wagner Castagna '78
Lake Fred
Friend nights at Lake Fred 
Lake Fred

Skinny dipping at night with friends in Lake Fred.

Jim Stewart '81
Jim Stewart '81
Met my best friends at Stockton 

I met my very important best friends Alex and Sarah. Going to miss you, Al, and see you next semester Sar!!!!

Angela Strigler '25
Angela Strigler '25
Stockton makes dreams come true

If you have a dream, Stockton is guaranteed to make your dream(s) come true! I love it here!

Bianca W.
Bianca W.
I will always be grateful for my time at Stockton College

I will always be grateful for my time at Stockton College. I met lifelong friends and still feel at home and welcome when I step onto campus!

LeighAnne Petrangeli '10
LeighAnne Petrangeli '10
Stockton put me on the path of true self-discovery

I loved my time at Stockton (RSCNJ at the time!)- my classes, the environment, and the campus made me feel at home. Stockton helped me to find my voice: I joined clubs, forged lifetime friendships and was a founding sister of ZTA. Although my life took me in a different direction and I wound up transferring, I will always reflect fondly on my time at Stockton; it helped put me on the path of true self-discovery. :)

Melissa Alwin
Melissa Alwin
Jospeh Heim and niece
Coming full circle through fond memories on Stockton's stage
Jospeh Heim and niece

As a student heavily involved in the Theatre program, it was amazing meeting my 18-year-old niece for the first time after she watched me in a performance of Seussical in 2011. She had been adopted at birth, and I always wondered what she was up to. Knowing she was in the audience throughout the performance and I was about to meet her finally was mind-blowing.

This year I rejoined Stockton as the associate director of the Performing Arts Center. I hope to help bring similar fond memories through the Arts at Stockton for many years to come!

Joseph Heim
Joseph Heim
Kamil Ward
Coach Matthews taught me the game of basketball
Kamil Ward

My father used to teach at Stockton State College and also directed the EOF program in the mid-80s. As a young kid, I spent many summers around campus. Coach Matthews taught me the game of basketball at the Osprey Sports Camp. I knew the family very well and played all the time with his son. Sleepovers! Everything.

Kamil Ward 
Kamil Ward 
First student to sing national anthem at basketball games

It was an honor and a privilege to be the first Stockton student to sing the national anthem before all men's home basketball games in the 1980-81 seasons. 

James Drinkard '81
James Drinkard '81
Met my wife and launched a successful career

Graduated from Stockton in 1981. Met my future wife there. Still married after 36 years. Used my business degree to launch a long, successful career in finance. Many fond memories. Thank you.

Walter Cuje '81
Walter Cuje '81
1970s Argo staff
Little did I realize when I wrote for the Argo that it would lead to a 34-year career in journalism ...
1970s Argo staff

Little did I realize when I wrote for the Argo that it would lead to a 34-year career in journalism at the Press of Atlantic City, Los Angeles Daily News and Newark Star-Ledger. What is even more amazing is my first story in 1972 was about legislation creating a new state agency known as the Election Law Enforcement Commission. In 2009, I became deputy director of that agency, and I still work there. If you look at the picture of the Argo staff, that's me standing at the far left with the coat. I don't recall everyone. But Don Malvasi is leaning against the door. Right next to him is Lori Hoffman (I worked with her dad, the legendary sports editor Harry, at the AC Press). Lew Steiner, who created the entertainment newspaper known as Whoot, is kneeling on the right. He has the mustache. It was a ball working at the paper with such a great crew.

Joe Donohue '75
Joe Donohue '75
Lake Fred and canoe
The moment I stepped foot on Stockton's grass, I felt peace
Lake Fred and canoe

The moment I stepped foot on Stockton's grass, I felt peace. I was there to see my girlfriend off to her future, but I then joined her the following semester. Independence was something I'd felt before, but Stockton allowed that to happen. I was home because Stockton and her beauty gave me that feeling.

Paolo Camacho
Paolo Camacho
PAC stage
Found my love for performing arts on Stockton's stage 
PAC stage

I absolutely loved Stockton! It is where I connected to my love of the Performing Arts. The Performing Arts Theater was built and opened in 1976. What a beautiful experience performing for two years on that stage! My professors, directors and fellow students made my experience so much more richer: Pat Hecht (RIP), Paul O'Connell, Peter Smith (RIP), Dwight Baldwin and Leonard Klein (RIP). I still enjoy performing today! I recently did work for an up-and-coming Netflix movie with Adam Sandler!

Rhonda Robinson-Oliver '78
Rhonda Robinson-Oliver '78
sunrise
Rowing for the sunrise
sunrise

Rowing those very early mornings with Stockton Crew watching the sun rise in Brigantine.

Mary Jo Couts '86
Mary Jo Couts '86
Successful career in science thanks to Stockton 

Without Professor Edward Paul, Chemistry department, I do not think I would have graduated. He was GREAT! Eventually, I went on to earn a Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology from Cornell University. I have had a successful career in science, co-authored more than 50 scientific, peer-reviewed papers and chapters in books, and am the editor of "Mass Spectrometry in Food Safety." It started at Stockton. Thank you, Ed!

Jerry Zweigenbaum '75
Jerry Zweigenbaum '75
1970s camera
My Photography class with Joel Sternfeld was entertaining and enlightening
1970s camera

My photography class with Joel Sternfeld was one of the most entertaining and enlightening classes I have ever experienced. I think of it often and have always wanted to thank him for his passion for photography and for passing it on.

Angela Pratico Sturdivant '80
Angela Pratico Sturdivant '80
I have NEVER felt more intentional and purposeful as I do today

My very first life-changing experience with The Richard Stockton College took place Spring of 2013. 

I was preparing for my first college graduation as the first member of my family to graduate from college at Burlington County College, Pemberton, N.J.

Ms. Brina Seda recommended Stockton College. She was extremely adamant about my success in earning my undergraduate degree in Social Work. I have never felt so valued and appreciated as I did after my very first in-person visit to Stockton. Honestly, every single person I met, greeted and had any contact with was warm, inviting and encouraging.

I absolutely love the campus, the small classroom settings, and always felt the faculty had my best interest in mind. I was a full-time student commuting two hours one way, four nights a week, and working 40 + hours Monday thru Friday. I never wavered, remaining driven, and determined to earn my Social Work degree.

An unfortunate turn of events occurred when my job closed permanently after ten years of employment. I was introduced to a "hardship" and "adversity" life experience I have grown to appreciate. The job was under the Catholic Diocese, meaning unemployment benefits were not required. After several months of diligent searching for full-time employment, I had reached the breaking point, becoming disheartened, losing confidence with the entire situation.

My checking and savings accounts were both depleted.

I had sold all of my materialist valuables and accepted that within a few days, I would become homeless.

By the Grace of God, one of my relatives stopped by to check on me after discovering my utilities had been shut off, and I had no food in my home during the Winter of 2015.

I packed the remainder of my personal effects and relocated to Pemberton, N.J.

Fast forward six years to March 2021. I called Stockton University requesting the balance of my student loan. I learned my balance was $2,436.44. I have relocated back home in Coastal North Carolina after becoming more overwhelmed with adversity.

I was offered a position with the State of NC Child Support, Enforcement Agent full time and could resume making my student loan payments. I called the Stockton Bursar's Office to confirm receipt of my payments in May 2021.

The unforeseen blessing of one phenomenal professional bursar agent Ms. Mimi Milazzo kindly answered my call. Ms. Mimi had no idea how our brief but encouraging conversation not only changed my life, but saved my life. I felt like my dreams were disappearing more everyday. Ms. Mimi reminded me that it's never too late, no matter how long it takes us, we should never give up and keep striving to achieve our dreams. I thank and praise God every day for Ms. Mimi and her loving, kind, kindred spirit.

The sweet gift of life, I applied to Stockton University, and was accepted May 2021. I have NEVER felt more intentional and purposeful as I do today. I trust and believe my dreams will come true and my best is yet to come. I cannot thank you all enough for being so very gracious and supportive.

I am excited with a humbled heart for this next AMAZING chapter of my life.

Thank you, Stockton University professional family

Samala O. Smith
Samala O. Smith
Stockton University 50th logo
Inspire, Transpire, and Transform. Happy 50th Anniversary-Osprey Nation!
Stockton University 50th logo

As an Osprey Nation member, Class of 1985, I am proud of my time at and after my academic studies at Stockton University. My brother, John, attended and graduated from Stockton in the late 1970s. He went on to obtain advanced degrees and a long and successful career in education. In 1980, I attended Rotary Youth Leadership Conference at the Stockton campus. The weeklong leadership school incorporated sessions that helped provide training in leadership and life skills. The conference was led by Larry James, Stockton's Athletic Director.

My first experience seeing the campus and development sessions gave me an appreciation and respect for the staff, faculty, and the campus. I attended Stockton in 1982 and graduated in 1985. During my tenure, I was afforded the opportunity to conceive, develop, and support the first Academic Housing Unit (third floor of the G-Wing dorms). Members of the Academic Unit were an affinity group that created a dorm floor geared to creating a welcoming and supportive environment for academic pursuits.

The common area was morphed into a welcoming and open study area with furniture and decor that created a study and relaxing decor.
I developed deep connections and friendships that still are active today, 35 years later. I was appreciative of the support and assistance from the housing department and administration in seeing this vision come to reality. I took seven classes (28 credits) in coursework one semester (32 credits are needed for a year's study). Two of my professors were angry. But since they were paid for, I had an advantage. My professors and advisors supported me in my goal of Dean's List for that semester. Tall order, which created incredible pressure.

Afterward, I felt that I was capable of more things than I thought I limited myself to. I was a member of Student Senate for two years. As a senior, I was selected by Bob Moore (an accomplished Osprey alumnus) to be the Budget Chair for the Student Senate. It was a great responsibility (managing a six-figure budget). As a Student Senator, I was immersed in the various college activities and their influence on college life for the students, staff, faculty, community and administration. I felt that I was able to support activities that helped create positive activities for the Osprey Nation members.

My niece attended and graduated from the BSN program at Stockton in 2017 and went on to attend the one (some rate as the best) Nurse Practitioner program in the United States. She continues my Stockton lineage. She is another shining example when opportunity and capability meet efforts and drive results in achievement, success and growth. The theme in this narrative is that Stockton creates the opportunity to stretch your academic and intellectual capabilities. You are in control of what you can mold and influence. This could be physical entities (like the academic unit in my case) or the structure of organizations (like the Student Senate in my case), or your own ability to think and challenge your intellectual prowess (like taking 28 credits in one semester).

Stockton is the crucible where you go in as one person and come out with new skills on how to learn and live. You have the conduit and place to stretch your wings. Stockton is not just the building, land and living quarters. It is a whole environment of people, places, things and time where you transform into the next stage of your life of opportunity and engagement. Stockton University's engaging and inclusive learning environment taught me the hard and soft skills necessary to expand my academic, social, and intellectual horizons.

The connections I made while a student and after as an alum and speaker has impacted my professional and personal development in a positive and meaningful way. I look back and am proud of my Osprey roots. Helping the students and alumni guide their careers is a great moving factor that produces great pride. The faculty, staff and administration have impacted the students and community in their careers. I am happy to help augment their actions to expand their reach in touching the students' lives.
In fifty years, Stockton College (now University) has helped create positive impact and moments in tens of thousands of peoples' lives. In the next 50 years, may the influence and impact be even greater to more people!!! Inspire, Transpire, and Transform. Happy 50th Anniversary-Osprey Nation.

Henry Glickel '85
Henry Glickel '85
Harvey Kesselman
Conversations around the Kesselman dinner table offered food for thought and growth
Harvey Kesselman

President Kesselman was my mentor almost from the moment we met in June of 1983 until this very day.

The dictionary defines "mentor" as a "trusted counselor or guide." In the 38 years that we have known each other, it is his guidance above all others that continues to point the way toward greater peace, harmony and happiness in the world.

I was not convinced that college was for me until I encountered the EOF program that Dr. Kesselman led. When I saw that I could spend eight weeks in the summer before college preparing my mind, body and spirit with the best faculty the country had to offer, I was willing to fail in hopes that I would be prepared for my freshman year.

Over the subsequent four years, I observed Harvey and engaged in conversations with him virtually daily about ideas both practical and existential. We discussed every subject freely and openly that matters to humanity. Harvey made my opinion matter. As I learned ideas and skills in an academic context, Harvey was there to "sharpen my saw" for use in a practical context. As we sat around the dinner table with his extraordinary family, I came to understand the significance of ideas on society.

After I graduated and began to study public policy at Princeton and law at NYU, it was those lessons from the Kesselman dinner table that most prepared me to compete with my peers who had grown up in families where the American idea was thoroughly examined.

When I eventually turned my attention to the arts, receiving an MFA in acting from the University of Delaware, it was still the guidance from the Kesselman dinner table that allowed me to remain open to the possibility of personal growth.

As I prepare this evening to publish my fourth book and first book of poetry, it is still the lessons from the Kesselman dinner table that guide my sense of purpose. I know because of those conversations that it is worth it to continue to grow as a human not for my selfish gain or financial advantage, rather because each of us is vital to the human story.

Thirty-eight years ago, I planted myself in "a place where I can grow," and Dr. Kesselman is still tending that garden. Stockton is truly a rare University, and I intend to continue growing onward and upward. Thanks, Harvey.

Summer Hill Seven '87
Summer Hill Seven '87
Housing 3
Burnt popcorn and decapitated sprinklers
Housing 3

Everyone loved the constant burning of popcorn... which then set off the fire alarm... but who can remember the Lacrosse boys of C-300 that decapitated the sprinkler head in their hallway? Fire alarms and thousands of gallons of water in addition to three floors of residents being temporarily rehomed for weeks.

Let's not forget Housing 3 (J or K building, maybe) that put a reptile (in the tank covered with a heat lamp) into a drawer covered with clothing. Although, not as big of an ordeal as the Lacrosse boys.. still a SMH moment!

Kathy Ford (Hall) '07
Kathy Ford (Hall) '07
Lake Fred
I miss those days, but used them as a platform to an adventurous life
Lake Fred

Started in 1976, right after the certification of Stockton. I am the first student to graduate with two full degrees (B.S. Geology, B.S. Environmental Science.) Those three years were some of the best, and yet, they gave me the platform to continue making better days. Seven years as a staff geologist in Kansas. Thirty-four years of teaching high school science... 22 years as an adjunct professor. I have traveled to science destinations my whole life: rafted the Grand Canyon, mountain climbing, swimming in the exact middle of the Pacific Ocean, scuba diving, working as a volunteer in an aquarium, and animal husbandry... and now as I retire, I am working as an adjunct professor at Coastal Carolina University teaching in their marine science institute. I miss the quiet walk across Lake Fred in the morning for that 8 o'clock class... I can never quite find that peace.... I miss those days, and used those days as a platform to an adventurous life... thank you, Stockton.

Jeffrey Stewart '79
Jeffrey Stewart '79
Lake Fred Walkway
I met lifelong friends and made so many amazing memories
Lake Fred Walkway

I started my undergrad program at Stockton in the Fall of 2013. One of the best decisions I ever made! I met lifelong friends and made so many amazing memories.

Kaitlin Alusik '17 '22
Kaitlin Alusik '17 '22
Tom O'Donnell
Blessed by teaching so many wonderful students
Tom O'Donnell

Being blessed by teaching so many wonderful students who made an impact on life after they graduated from Stockton.

Tom O'Donnell
Tom O'Donnell
Lake Pam
Who can forget the Lake Pam scenery?
Lake Pam

Some of the best memories I have are from my years at Stockton. It was truly an experience that I will always cherish. Who can forget the Lake Pam scenery?

Bill Nittinger '87
Bill Nittinger '87
Gianna Graw
Some of my favorite memories were being in Circle K
Gianna Graw

MLK Day of Service, I was crying and Brian Pluchino (who I didn't even know at the time) saw me and bought me a travel-size pack of tissues. He's the best ever, and some of my favorite memories were being in Circle K after that. And as a sister of Zeta Tau Alpha. ZLAM

Gianna Graw '18
Gianna Graw '18
Never too late to learn something new

I entered Stockton as an older student at the age of 45. I enjoyed my two years there. Learned much from the professors and the students. I remember professors Isreal Posner, David Lester and Will Jaynes among others who made learning such a good experience. I graduated with a high GPA and was accepted by Rutgers for graduate studies at age 47. Never too late to learn something new. Thanks for good memories.Congratulations on your 50th.

Loretta Van Dine '91
Loretta Van Dine '91
Found my dream major in Hospitality

Was able to find my dream major in Hospitality.

Colin Redmann '22
Colin Redmann '22
An "A" for getting us out of class early

I will always remember how in one of my first classes that was supposed to go from 6-8 p.m. we had one student that would always look up at the clock at 7:30 p.m. and would sigh. Then he would interrupt Professor Hurff and say, "It's gettin' late," trying to convince the professor to end the class. He did it every night for the whole term at the exact same time each class. When the end of the semester came he was telling us our grades for the class and the student was one point away from an "A." He pleaded with him to give him the "A" because back then our grades were "H," "S" and "N." With "H" being an "A" and "N" being an "F" and "S" was anything in between. The rest of the class joined in saying he did such a good job of getting us out early to give him the "A." He thought about it for around a minute and finally gave him the "A."

John McCann '78
John McCann '78
The Mayflower & AC will always be a part of me

Prior to moving onto the sixth floor of the glorious Mayflower Hotel in September 1971, we (my roommate and I) had a meeting with the hotel manager Mr. Heiden. We were advised of the importance of certain house rules & that noncompliance could jeopardize our stay in one of Atlantic City's gems of the Boardwalk. I will never forget him forcefully stating, "No dope, no booze, no chicks after 12." It soon became apparent that all three were unattainable goals. The Mayflower and AC will always be a part of me. Seeing the diving horse out my window and tipsy Shriners trying to run over pigeons with motor scooters during their convention week, hitchhiking to and from the Pomona Campus in Winter/Spring of 1972 to the disdain of a few Absecon Police officers. My, how Stockton has grown & I am proud to be an Osprey!

Joe Runyan '76
Joe Runyan '76
Painting by David Ahlsted
Professor Ahlsted challenged me 
Painting by David Ahlsted

It was so exciting being a Studies in the Arts student in those early years in the 1970s! We were forced out of our comfort zones as artists by the expansive curriculum requirements that made sure we took classes in all the arts, not just the area we identified with. I discovered that I wasn't simply a painter, but a dancer, photographer, sculptor, musician! Later in my career as an arts educator, I was able to share this wider vision of the arts with my students. One professor in particular, David Ahlsted, recognized my initial insecurities as an artist and challenged me to rise above them in a big way. At graduation time he stopped me for one final pep talk, saying intensely DON'T let me find you waitressing someplace and neglecting your art! A couple of years later I was working in a department store part-time and saw him walk in. I ducked behind the counter so he wouldn't see me working at a non-art job after his warning! He'd be pleased to know that was temporary and my art and art education career eventually became my full-time work. Stockton helped me find myself on so many levels.

Jennifer King Maggio '78
Jennifer King Maggio '78
Stockton class circa 1970
Progressive from the start
Stockton class circa 1970

I attended Stockton and graduated in 1976 with a Chemistry degree. There was an equal number of men and women in the chemistry class of '76. Stockton was so progressive right from the start. The Stockton professors were open, and encouraged all the students to explore their world. My fellow classmates made me feel welcome. They were all warm and friendly to me and I remember how happy I was to be there. At the time, I was married and had two children so time was limited for me. Going to Stockton opened up doors for me and gave me direction in my life.

Denise Hompe (Hauck) '76
Denise Hompe (Hauck) '76
Professor Bill Daily
Mother Stockton
Professor Bill Daily

I grew up in a working-class family with parents who didn't think college was worth it for girls. They insisted I take the secretarial course in high school; I left home at 18 and worked for five years before realizing that I hated my life. Stockton had recently opened; I applied and was accepted for the term starting March 1973. I had no idea what I was getting into, but I hoped for something different--and better--but I was really clueless. Registration was overwhelming. I could barely respond to the advisor's questions; he finally suggested Bill Daly's course, "The System and the Individual in American Politics," I suspect out of sheer desperation. In Bill's classroom, my mind came alive in ways I had never before imagined. Bill's brilliant teaching, profound respect for students, and genuine enthusiasm inspired and encouraged me then, not just in coursework but when I served as a student assistant on the Institutional Self Study for Accreditation, which he chaired.

Over three years at Stockton, I had many inspiring professors--Joe Walsh, Maria Falco, Alan Lacy among others--but Bill stands out as an exemplary educator, mentor and friend. The trajectory of my career after Stockton is largely owed to him. I earned graduate degrees in education from Harvard and political theory from Rutgers; I taught at Rutgers, Vassar and DePaul University in Chicago, from which I retired as Full Professor in 2019. As an undergraduate, I argued vociferously with Bill whenever he referred to "Mother Stockton"--which he did several times a day.

In my zeal as a newly minted feminist I felt it my responsibility to refute notions of a college or university as gendered. (I was probably pretty obnoxious.) Nearly five decades later, I have realized that Stockton did indeed "mother" me, providing much-needed nurturance, acceptance and inspiration, while setting me on a path so far removed from anything I could have imagined at that initial registration. So, Bill, belated apologies for all those annoying arguments! I will remain forever grateful for all that Stockton has given me--a whole life, a fulfilling career and more memories than could ever be recounted here.

Beth Kelly '76
Beth Kelly '76
Aerial of early Stockton
From Stockton employee to graduate
Aerial of early Stockton

It's hard for me to single out a memory from Stockton. I began my affiliation with Stockton in 1969 as the Secretary to the President, Richard E. Bjork. At that time, Stockton didn't even have a name or a site. It was called The College of South Jersey. We started out in a small strip mall on the Black Horse Pike across the street from Zaberera's Restaurant, which was demolished along with the strip mall. There was a small administrative staff and two secretaries (yes, we were called secretaries in those days). We moved around quite a bit until the Pomona site was firmed up, and we could work there in temporary housing while the college was being built. There were some lovely little cabins around Lake Fred that served as administrative offices.

Working at the Mayflower Hotel with the first graduating class was also quite an experience. I remember vividly a student named Harvey Kesselman, who visited the President's office quite frequently to make his voice heard. I believe he was one of Dick Bjork's favorite students! I knew that kid was going places! I was there when the first Deans and faculty were hired, the logo was designed, the Argo was founded, and the building opened to students. I resigned from my job when my son was born in May 1973.

I decided to return to Stockton as a student in 1976 and graduated with a Literature/Education degree in 1979. My experience as a student was a little different than most. I was married with a child. I took advantage of Stockton daycare at Free To Be, but I did not participate in many social activities. I felt very privileged to be on the ground floor at the beginning of Stockton. I was especially happy when Stockton became a University. Every memory of my time at Stockton is cherished, and I made some lifelong friends. Each time I visit one of our campuses, I truly feel like I belong.

Carol Brown '79
Carol Brown '79
cast from the musical Godspell rehearsing outdoors
If you had a dream, Stockton State made it come true
cast from the musical Godspell rehearsing outdoors

In 1979 I was awarded a grant to produce the musical "Godspell." I directed and choreographed the show. It was performed outside in the J K amphitheater, and we had six performances. We also performed the show on "high school day" at the college's request. It was very well received and a truly amazing experience. I had great support from faculty members: Tom Wetmore , Dwight Baldwin and Dick Ozerski. I can't imagine many colleges that would hand a kid a bunch of money and trust them to deliver the goods.That was the beauty of attending SSC (Stockton State College). If you had a dream, Stockton State would make it come true. Oh, and as a side note, the young man who was my technical director has been my husband for the past 38 years.

Patty Keefer-Davis '79
Patty Keefer-Davis '79
Mayflower Hotel on the Atlantic City boardwalk
We formed a community in South Jersey
Mayflower Hotel on the Atlantic City boardwalk

I was one of the first Stockton students, attending college at the Mayflower Hotel at Tennessee Avenue and the Boardwalk for my first semester. Students who lived at the Mayflower would walk down a flight of stairs and attend morning classes in their pajamas! After that first semester, we moved to Jimmy Leeds Road in Pomona. While I have many enduring memories of good friends and great times, one in particular sticks with me: the sense of community. Everything about Stockton, other than its vision, was small and intimate. There were about 1,000 students. People got to know each other. "Large" classes had about 25 -30 students; others had far fewer. Students and professors were friendly and socialized on occasion. We formed a community in South Jersey. Through it, we shared ideas and hopes for a better tomorrow. I loved Stockton and gained the confidence to take a year off after my first year, before returning to finish my studies at Stockton.

George Kreuger '76
George Kreuger '76
Orientation Leader team group shot on the beach
Being an Orientation Leader developed my teamwork and leadership skills
Orientation Leader team group shot on the beach

It was an amazing and fulfilling experience to be a part of Jen Radwanski's Orientation Leader team. I was a part of many clubs and organizations, but being an OL helped me develop teamwork and leadership skills that I use every day in my current career. I am extremely grateful for her leadership and believing in me. Without being an OL, I don't think I would have had the skills and traits necessary to succeed in my post-Stockton professional life.

Emily Heerema-Smith '08
Emily Heerema-Smith '08
Mayflower Lobby
Mayflower graduate kicked off Soccer Club
Mayflower Lobby

In a few short weeks, it will be 50 years since I walked through the doors of the Mayflower Hotel on the famed Boardwalk of Atlantic City. Little did I know that I was embarking upon the adventure of a lifetime. We were promised an education like no other, and Stockton lived up to that promise as far as I am concerned. Where else would freshmen be on a first-name basis with the president, vice president and many of the professors at the college within the first month? Several classes had no books, where just about every session was in the field. Field trips out to the 200-fathom line to take bottom core samples or studying the coastline from Cape Cod to the Bay of Fundy were the norm. Before returning to campus from a field trip, we often stopped at Louie's for a quick sandwich and a beer. One of my extracurricular accomplishments was starting the soccer club on the beach in Atlantic City, watching it grow into an NCAA sport and be the only national championship team in Stockton's history. 

Dave "Sparky" Kolator '75
Dave "Sparky" Kolator '75
Pine Tree Food Co-Op sign
"Cooking, Art and Science"
Pine Tree Food Co-Op sign

The class that had the most impact on my life ever was "Cooking, Art and Science" taught by Shelby Broughton and Sandy Hartzog. The class would meet at a small grocery store somewhere in rural Galloway Township and buy the ingredients. The manager came up and asked us what we were doing the first time because the other customers were getting a little nervous about the 20 odd-looking strangers moving through the store pushing one cart and talking about food. Then we would go to Sandy's house and cook the meal. Sandy was a botanist and Shelby was a chemist. We learned the art and the science. That started me on a lifelong journey of cooking. One of the textbooks was "The Food Stamp Gourmet," which I still use to this day.

Robert Roach '75
Robert Roach '75
Louies Bar
Lutzie's, Louie's served up life-saving sustenance
Louies Bar

My Favorite Stockton off-campus hangout: After a long hard day of classes, many of us would go down to our favorite "dive" called Lutzie's or Louie's. It was on the corner of Great Creek and Jimmie Leeds Road. It was basically an old home (see pic) that had a pool table and a real old wooden bar. It was so unpretentious that you felt like you were breaking into someone's home. They made these huge fresh homemade turkey and ham sandwiches, whiskey sours with real lemons and Schmidts draft beer. The food was life-saving sustenance to starving students on a budget. The ambiance was your basic "beer and shot" place but we loved it. The owner "Louie" was always nice to his hungry, vivacious and broke Stockton students. I literally paid my tab sometimes with nickles, dimes and quarters from my change jar and no one seemed to mind. It was all part of the wonderful experience called Stockton.

Claude Diamond J.D. '74 
Claude Diamond J.D. '74 
A play at the Performing Arts Center
Macbeth and sweet-smelling tobacco
A play at the Performing Arts Center

I have two vivid memories during my time at SSC: As a LITT major was the tradition of Professor Ken Tompkins walking into his Shakespeare class in full Scottish dress (i.e. kilt, headdress etc.) when teaching Macbeth. We all heard about it, but, then in he booms as if nothing is out of the ordinary and delves right into Macbeth. Another memory was in C-Wing faculty offices: there was a Chemistry professor (original SSC staff, sorry can't remember his name, but he wore glasses and had a beard) who smoked his pipe in his office (yes, it was allowed!), but it was such a sweet-smelling tobacco. You could smell it as soon as you entered upper C-Wing. Thirty years later I can still remember that smell.

Paul Madden '90
Paul Madden '90
Stockton was life-changing and motivated my journey

The fondest memories of my Stockton years were of several POLYSCI courses taught by Bill Sensiba whose enthusiasm and erudition jolted me into a new realm of understanding; and an early course by Wes Tilley on Knowledge which prepared me for subsequent experiences. My short period of study at Stockton was life-changing and provided motivation and guidance for my journey thus far.

William Underland '76
William Underland '76
Map and Compass
"Orienteering: Art and Science," and the yellow medallion
Map and Compass

In the Fall of 1982, I was looking to register for a couple more credits. I noticed the course "Orienteering: Art and Science," and thought " wonder what that is?" It was two credits, so I felt, "how hard could this be?" Sounds like a good add-in to round out my semester load. Well, it turned out to be a very challenging, but also fun and rewarding class. We had to participate in three competitive meets, one of which was the National Championships in French Creek, Pennsylvania. It was a couple hour drive, and students were required to register for the most challenging of the courses, which was the "Blue" course. OK, so I thought I was registering for the Blue course, but mistakenly registered for the much less challenging "Yellow" course.

I did not discover my mistake until after the race started. I finished but was totally exhausted. Driving home to Trenton, I wondered what my instructor was going to say about this. I went to class, and lo and behold, my instructor had an announcement to make. He said that one of our classmates won a medal at the national championships. He walked over to me and handed me a yellow medallion with a ribbon attached. Unknowingly, I had placed second on the yellow course. I still received a "C" for the course final grade, but I was so pleased with my accomplishment that it didn't matter!.

Jim Sabol '82
Jim Sabol '82
Rock Concert at Stockton
The first Spring Bash
Rock Concert at Stockton

A memory that I will have forever is the first spring bash. The Veterans Organization and Housing Club (I think this was the name) joined forces and hosted the bash in front of the cabins on the housing side of the lake. We had 750 attendees with two bands, steamed clams and corn, three roasted pigs and many kegs of beer. We repeated the event the following year and 2,100 people showed up. It was a good time for everyone.

Rick Hurley '76
Rick Hurley '76
Lake Fred
Walking around the lakes, exploring ecosystems
Lake Fred

My favorite memories are walking around the lakes to and from the dorms, and exploring the forests and ecosystems surrounding them.

Andrea Beth Damsky '82
Andrea Beth Damsky '82
Career Fair at Stockton
Stockton taught me the importance of establishing a professional network
Career Fair at Stockton

I am a member of the Fall 2016 graduating class. Stockton taught me the importance of establishing a professional network. Stockton also gave me the framework for my investing education business that I run via my Finance Degree. I'm grateful for the amazing professors including, but not limited to Michael Busler and Ellen Kraft!

Dan Adams '16
Dan Adams '16
Stockton Dorms in the 1970's
Challenge of the Courts
Stockton Dorms in the 1970's

I have many fine memories of Stockton. One I am the most proud of is being one of the founders of Challenge of the Courts. I was President of the Tenant's Association at the time and we were trying to think of a different type of a weekend event, and we did. Jody Buckberg and Brian Tracey helped make this event become a reality. It started on Friday night and ended on Sunday with Tug of War and Court Dinners. There were many types of sports activities which were competitive but fun. Each court was a team and if anyone from off-campus wanted to participate, they would be assigned a court. This all happened in Spring of 1978. Your placement decided what type of keg your court received for their court dinner.

Sharon Sullivan '80
Sharon Sullivan '80
Outdoor class at Stockton
Professors melted "book" learning together with their everyday experiences
Outdoor class at Stockton

Politely disagree with Bob Keane '75, the first graduating class was '73 of which I was a part of. My initial thoughts of the "college" were that this was going to be the beginning of a great future "University." Forty some years later, it happened. The professors were fantastic. They melted "book" learning together with their everyday experiences. Also, the trimester concept gave more opportunity for courses outside our major area of study. Here it is 50 years later, and my degree led me to a fantastic career. As I approach retirement, I am proud and thankful for all that Stockton "University" gave me.

Joseph Biegalsiki '73
Joseph Biegalsiki '73
Outdoor class in the 90's
Stockton classes and history together!
Outdoor class in the 90's

In the Spring of 1989, I had a class called, "20th Century Revolutions." It included a book called, "Why Lenin Why Stalin." By the end of the 1989 Fall Semester, the Berlin Wall came down. Six days after I graduated Dec. 25, 1991, The Hammer & Sickle was lowered from the Kremlin and never raised again! Stockton classes and history together!

Ronald Tubach '91
Ronald Tubach '91
Students at University Weekend
Graduate, staff member loves Stockton's events for family
Students at University Weekend

I have recently graduated from Stockton University with my MBA, and I am also a staff member. I love all of the events that Stockton has to offer for my family, including SIBS Sunday and Stockton Day. We try to make it to as many events as we can because we always have a great time!

Kara Lopes
Kara Lopes
One of my best memories at Stockton was meeting Jay-Z

One of my best memories at Stockton was meeting Jay-Z when he was up and coming as he opened up for Smith Wesson in 95 down in the pit.

Darren Porter
Darren Porter
President Kesselman was my EOF Counselor

Harvey Kesselman was my EOF Counselor

Nick White
Nick White
Founding the first fraternity on Stockton's Campus

The first fraternity on Stockton's Campus. In May 1976, 13 Brothers founded the Alpha Alpha Chapter of IOTA PHI THETA Stockton Iotas at Richard Stockton State College. On Sept. 19, 1963, at Morgan State College (now Morgan State University), 12 students founded what is now the nation's fifth-largest, predominately African American social service fraternity: The Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. 

David G. Brown
David G. Brown
The Berkeley of the East

More than 50 years ago, as a local kid I used to ice skate on Lake Fred. I went away to New York for college, but transferred to Stockton in January 1972. It was a small, culturally vibrant place- The Berkeley of the East. Wes Tilley, The Godfather of Stockton, became my mentor. Yitzak Sharon, who still teaches at Stockton, was one of my favorites. I took his "Extra-Terrestrial Life and Space Travel" class, and was never the same. The Lake Fred Folk Festival was one of my favorite extracurricular activities. I was in Jack Barense's logic class and his workshop on sexism, in which a session was held in the nude. The s**t hit the fan, and we marched on President Bjork's office! I sat on his desk! Those were the days I hold dear to my heart!

William Toland
William Toland
Professor Ted Von Bosse never steered me wrong

I was a non-traditional student at Stockton in the late 1970s, pursuing a degree in BSNS with an accounting/finance concentration. A group of students in an entry-level accounting class I was taking asked me to join them in a plea to the BSNS Dean to get us out of that class, because of the very apparent gender bias and arrogant dismissal of proper protocol from the instructor. Having been sorely disappointed in the lack of structure to the teaching and rude behavior of the instructor, I agreed. Unfortunately, the Dean was not receptive to the idea of moving more than half the class into another entry-level class as they were all filled to capacity.

Professor Ted Von Bosse solved our problem, volunteering to open a new section for those of us who brought the misdeeds of that instructor to the Dean's attention. He already had a full load but willingly took on the extra burden. Back then, smoking was allowed just about anywhere on campus, including in the classrooms. Von Bosse was a dedicated chain smoker, seldom seen without a lit cigarette hanging from his mouth or in an ashtray on his desk. However, he was also one of the best instructors of Accounting, and he made himself available to any student who needed a bit of extra help with the work. Because he had worked for one of the "Big Six" accounting firms and had stories to tell on every accounting function that made it all seem so relevant and real, his classes were always full. Adding our class to his schedule was no small sacrifice on his part. Yet, as a result of the incredible difference in the way the course was presented by Von Bosse, most of the students in the ad hoc class did very well and a few changed majors to BSNS as a result. Ted Von Bosse agreed to be my preceptor, and he never steered me wrong.

Just before graduation in 1980 I stopped by to see him and tell him how very grateful I was for his guidance and his teaching. He asked me about my plans, and I told him I wanted to teach accounting someday, after I had some real experiences to bring back to the classroom. I returned to Stockton as the keynote speaker for a Delta Mu Delta luncheon in 1992, after 12 years of successive jobs as a controller or CFO in three different financial/banking institutions. Afterward, the Dean approached me and asked if I might be willing to consider applying for a teaching position in Accounting/Finance that was just opened as the result of a retiring professor. It turned out that Ted Von Bosse was that retiring professor, and I was hired as a "visiting instructor" for one year to fill his place. The following year I was fortunate enough to be hired into a tenure track position and spent the next 24 years on the Stockton faculty. They are some of the best memories I have, and I know that none of it would have happened were it not for the generous act of Ted Von Bosse. Sadly, he passed away less than two years after he retired from Stockton, but I know that his goodness and his teaching lives on within the memories of many students who sat in his classrooms.

Marilyn Vito
Marilyn Vito
Remembering the crazy times being the first graduating class for Physical Therapy

Remembering the crazy times being the first graduating class for Physical Therapy and riding a bus to UPenn for cadaver labs. We soon discovered we had to share the heads with the dental students! Before you knew it, we were eating lunch in the lab. Turned out to be the best learning experience, and the stories that came out of it are still told today. Thankful for the people that chose to donate to science. The program has grown and the facilities are beautiful!

Lisa Sherman
Lisa Sherman
Stockton SOAR Student Photo
I was part of the first-ever SOAR program
Stockton SOAR Student Photo

I was part of the first-ever SOAR program at Stockton in 2005, where I served as a cabin leader. It was an amazing program that would quickly become one of the most beloved parts of orientation. We had such an amazing time and really developed some amazing new student leaders through that program while making memories that many would cherish for years to come.

Steven Couras
Steven Couras
student walking in the woods
My story started right at Stockton University
student walking in the woods

My story started right at Stockton University, a member of the Class of 2020. My experience at Stockton was great.  I'm the first college graduate of immigrant parents. It was a challenge, but it was possible to get my education and earn my degree in the social sciences. I liked coming to Stockton as a commuter in cold weather or hot weather for finals, etc. Overall, a great expierence.

Hilson Casco '20
Hilson Casco '20
Mayflower Hotel - Atlantic City
One of my memories was the protests in front of the Mayflower Hotel
Mayflower Hotel - Atlantic City

It was a fantastic experience—a new college in South Jersey with a growing landscape. One of my memories was the protests in front of the Mayflower Hotel by Dr. Macintyre and his supporters. He referred to the College as a HIPPIE COMI school. The school symbol was two what I call stick people holing up the environment. He claimed it was an upside-down PEACE SIGN. Also playing frisbee on the beach. First semester in AC then the second and third on the new campus that consisted of A, B, C, and D wings. Junior year 1971 and graduated June 1973. One of the greatest parts of my life.

Joseph Biegalski '73
Joseph Biegalski '73
Barcelona Spain
Traveling to Barcelona, Spain broadened my horizon
Barcelona Spain

I am a 2020 graduate of the Hospitality and Tourism Management program at Stockton University. My junior year, 2019, I went on the hospitality elective Study Tour in Barcelona, Spain. This experience of traveling abroad for 13 days with one of the hospitality professors and fellow students will always be one of my greatest memories during my time at Stockton! This opportunity was one that was centered around hospitality and tourism which allowed me to further my knowledge on the subject but also take what I learned in the classroom and observe hospitality and tourism in Spain. If you have the opportunity to travel, to study abroad, or go on a study tour... DO IT!

Jessica Minard '20
Jessica Minard '20
Tree in a hand
My B.S. in Environmental Science prepared me for a great career
Tree in a hand

I graduated in 1975 with a B.S. in Environmental Science, majoring in air pollution studies. I interned at the National Aviation Experimental Center in Pomona and completed several independent studies related to air pollution. My career started as an environmental consultant in Florida. Then I was employed for 20 years as a physical scientist in a private industry working for two large public utilities in Pennsylvania focused on implementation of the Clean Air Act and the various amendments. Finally, I retired from federal service in December 2010. I had been with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD) National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL) for 10 years. In addition to being the quality assurance manager for the division, I spent considerable time working with others outside of the agency as associate management coordinator of the North American Research Strategy for Tropospheric Ozone (NARSTO) organization.

NARSTO was a public/private partnership whose membership spans government, the utilities, industry, and academia throughout Canada, the United States, and Mexico. It was established on Feb. 13, 1995, when public and private representatives of Canada, the United States, and Mexico signed the NARSTO Charter in a ceremony at the White House. NARSTO's primary mission was to coordinate and enhance policy-relevant scientific research and assessment of tropospheric pollution behavior. Its activities provided input for science-based decision-making and determination of workable, efficient and effective strategies for local, regional, and international air pollution management. NARSTO has become a word mark signifying this tri-national, public-private partnership for dealing with multiple features of tropospheric air pollution. My 20 years working in private industry and 10 years of federal experience doing air quality-related work has provided me with knowledge and insights to how politics and science need to interact. I was instrumental in pursuing public and private cooperation to provide sound science for the development of reasonable environmental management policy throughout North America.

My experience ranges from the practical permitting and licensing of major sources, managing large air pollution field monitoring programs, quality-assuring environmental monitoring programs, to the research coordination and information dissemination with NARSTO. My B.S. in Environmental Science (Stockton University) and graduate studies in environmental engineering (Clemson University) prepared me for a great career.

Jeffrey West '75
Jeffrey West '75
I was so fortunate to have multiple classes with Professor Bruce DeLussa

I graduated from Stockton in 1994 with a B.S. in Public Health Administration. I was so fortunate to have multiple classes with Professor Bruce DeLussa. His humor, storytelling and compassion for his students made him one of my favorite teachers in all of my education. He taught me about many essential topics in public health, but most importantly, he taught me how to create a complete, well written, evidence-based grant proposal, a skill that earned me my first job in public health after college, and a skill which I now teach to my undergrad students at Temple University! Thank you, Bruce, for providing me with a thorough foundation in public health principles and for making my college classes so enjoyable.

Michelle Scarpulla
Michelle Scarpulla
When asked about my Stockton story one name comes to mind, Toby Rosenthal

When asked about my Stockton story, one name comes to mind- Toby Rosenthal. She helped me get into the Disney College program my first time in 2020 and again when it reopened in 2021. She was the first to let me know that it came back. I remember all the time in class with her as well as her being a preceptor.

Evan Johnson
Evan Johnson
Stockton Athletics Track
I can't recall any other time in my life when my heart was pounding more ferociously!
Stockton Athletics Track

Throughout all four of my years at Stockton, some of the best moments and memories came from being an Osprey on the track and field team. To be part of a collegiate team is to be part of a large group of brothers and sisters who share your passion, encourage your success and bolster your spirit - through triumph and failure alike.

I remember competing in a particularly windy 400-meter intermediate hurdles race during my junior year. Even though I was solidly in last place, as I turned the final corner I could hear my teammates excitedly shouting to me. One person shouted the loudest, "We still love you!"

I can't recall any other time in my life when my heart was pounding more ferociously! I remember running in the rain as the puddles would soak my shoes. I remember sprinting in the snow as the flakes would sting my eyes. I remember hurdling in the heat of countless midday suns. I remember the warm-up laps in mid-February. I remember the laughter and a few of the jokes. I remember singing along with the team on the bus rides back to Stockton and a few of the songs. I remember the disappointment and a few of the reasons why.

A part of my spirit is still there right now and will remain at Stockton hurdling forever. (I think my spirit likes lane six the best!)

Bryan Walsh
Bryan Walsh
Meeting Nancy Burke and John Rokita while I worked as a student lab assistant over 40 years ago began a precious friendship

Meeting Nancy Burke and John Rokita while I worked as a student lab assistant over 40 years ago began a precious friendship. Nancy tended to the Green House and John still tends to the resident lab creatures. This friendship has brought me back to campus over the years and I am amazed at how much Stockton has developed!

Kathy Lauckner
Kathy Lauckner
Patricia Reid-Merritt is an amazing educator and an amazing woman

While attending Stockton University during my undergrad, I had the opportunity to meet a lot of wonderful people, but one person in particular made an impact on my life. Patricia Reid-Merritt was my professor for two classes and my academic advisor. The lessons she taught go beyond textbooks. I will never forget showing up late to my first academic advising and Patricia Reid-Merritt informing me on the importance of being on time and respecting other people's time. It was something about her being honest and stern that made me fond of her. Having her as my professor gave me a different outlook on life and I am forever grateful to have been her student. She is an amazing educator and an amazing woman. I wanted to take the time to share her impact on my life.

Kia Pratt
Kia Pratt
Stockton Geology Trip
Stockton provided the base education and experiences that allowed me to follow my dreams
Stockton Geology Trip

I have so many fond memories of my time at Stockton State College as it was known as during my time. I enrolled because I wanted to be a marine scientist and Stockton provided a degree program for MARS. I had Stu Farrell as my preceptor and he guided me through all the right classes. Somewhere along the way I took a coastal and littoral geology course and fell in love with geology and fieldwork. I continued with marine science courses but mostly followed the geology track. I graduated with a B.S. from MARS and went to work as a geologist for a major corporation spending 37 years conducting subsurface exploration all over the world. Stockton provided the base education and experiences that allowed me to follow my dreams. I salute the professors in the NAMS program that fueled my passion for geology. 

Russ Berkoben '76
Russ Berkoben '76
EOF Summer 1981: I met my forever people

EOF Summer 1981: I met my forever people. Forty years later, we are still the same bunch with a few more added for good measure.

Marie Di Blasio-Parks
Marie Di Blasio-Parks
Turtles
While all was quiet, one would suddenly hear a large clunking sound ...
Turtles

When I was at Stockton (1973-1976), when not doing lab work, I always enjoyed visiting our then, open lab. One thing that I always remember was working in the open lab late at night. While all was quiet, one would suddenly hear a large clunking sound. Of course, if you were concentrating on whatever, this would startle you. That is, until you realized that the noise was made by the jaws of the Caiman, or snapping turtles. The noise occurred when they missed their dinner of live white mice. I was always of the belief that these were provided by the Psychology Department. The other lab creature who was very popular at the time was Samantha, our Boa Constrictor.

Nick Gaglio
Nick Gaglio
"Untraditional" was definitely what Stockton was

"Untraditional" was definitely what Stockton was. I loved the fact we were able to design and follow courses that best suited our goals. A great staff that sometimes were your friends, even today some are still communicating with me. There was always something to do and always someplace you could be alone to reflect and of course, study. I graduated in 1979 with two B.S. science degrees. That has set me on a path of working in science, teaching in science... and now retired, I am still an adjunct professor. I miss my friends, I miss the fun times, late-night studies and parties. I miss the field trips Stockton will always have a spot in my heart... always an osprey.

Jeff Stewart '79
Jeff Stewart '79
Apartments in the 70's
From bagpipes to Wall Street
Apartments in the 70's

Hello, a very big congrats to Stockton University on the celebration of 50 years of life-altering support to tens of thousands of alums worldwide. My road to Stockton began in the Fall of 1976 with a half dozen or so fellow students & friends enrolled at Middlesex County College in Edison, N.J. Although we all had met at the game room where our friendships developed, we were all students searching for the school that would lead us to our undergraduate degrees. We decided as a group that we were in this together and that we would go where we all were accepted. Here we come Stockton State in the Fall of '77 to "B" Court. For me personally it was a life-changing event as the first time that I was now fully responsible for my actions and decisions. This was an equally fingers-crossed moment for my parents from a distance as I was now on the clock for how I was raised. I still to this day remember the excitement, nervousness and confusion that the first weeks offered, but by mid-semester we were all off and running (literally) as we had formed the nucleus of an intramural sports team formally known as the "Unknowns." I went back to North Jersey on many weekends to work in order to pay my way at Stockton State, but always came back with giant care packages of frozen food for all and best of all, clean underwear! I cooked everything at 550 degrees in the oven to get it on the table sooner obviously so that I would have more time to study and prepare for the next day's class.

We were a true band of brothers and I will never forget any of the guys from B Court even though life takes us all on many winding roads and out of touch and sight for long periods. As for my education at Stockton, I remember a good mix of intense accounting, law and economics classes mixed in with some interesting and fun electives such as a class on dinosaurs. As seniors, this same group of guys shifted to off-campus living on the beach in Brigantine. I must admit that this choice had pluses and minuses as we now had to commute and the draw of the beach called us late or absent for a few classes that year. One might say some poor choices; however it was definitely part of a learning experience. I was three weeks from graduation in 1978 about to get a B.S. in business, heading for the world of accounting. At that moment in time I did not have a job lined up however God stepped in as he so often does and the rest is history! I was then an accomplished bagpiper and got called to do a job in Madison Square Garden for a Wall Street charity event.

I did it, was offered an interview with an NYSE trading firm which I jumped on. Got the job which led to a truly remarkable 29-year career on the NYSE trading floor. I was a partner in my firm there for over 20 years and made some of the closest friendships any human could hope to have in their lives. I retired at the age of 49 with the sale of our firm having accomplished much of what I had set out to do personally. I immediately jumped into some intense charity work that helped guide the spiritual side of my life, which is still in force today. To sum things up for now, I look back at my time at Stockton State College as a truly wonderful time in my life. Although two of my sons graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennassee,and the other from Yale University, there is nothing that I would change about my time at county college and at Stockton State. They combined to make me the person that I am today, slightly flawed and aging yet humble and hungry for the opportunities that lie ahead. Many thanks to all at SSC that helped guide me to a very fulfilling life. I will never forget!

Kevin Feeley '78
Kevin Feeley '78
My time spent with Dr. and Mrs. Littell was an amazing journey

So many stories from the Holocaust Master's Program to share. My time spent with Dr. and Mrs. Littell was an amazing journey. A journey of stories, accounts, life-changing experiences. Our classes were always interesting and captivating! Dr. Littell's story concerning his time in Germany before the war started when he was invited to hear an amazing speaker. At that time, he had no idea that the speaker was Hitler. He said that he went to the rally and without spending any significant time there, he knew he had to leave due to the rhetoric that Hitler was selling. He confirmed that Hitler was an amazing speaker able to captivate those in attendance. He said you could hear a pin drop while Hitler was speaking. God Bless Dr. Franklin Littell!

Josephine Orlando-Spinelli
Josephine Orlando-Spinelli
Every single professor I ever had was amazing

What stays with me the most about my time at Stockton was that every single professor I ever had was amazing. Each and every one of them was knowledgeable and were able to teach in a way that was accessible to their students. This is especially the case with the POLS department. Professors Wharton, Arcuri and Hossay were the best professors anyone could ask for. It is because of their instruction and mentorship that I have had the professional success I have had.

Keith Platt
Keith Platt
Hooked on Professor Joe Walsh

I attended Stockton in the early 1980s, getting my degree in Political Science in 1987. Upon matriculating to Stockton, I was immediately impressed with the quality of the faculty. As a Political Science major, I had the opportunity to learn from some really great "POLS" professors including Alan Arcuri, Bill Sensiba, Bill Daley, and many others. However, no one had a bigger impact on my life than Professor Joseph Walsh. I took his course called, "American Political Philosophy" and I was hooked. Professor Walsh taught with so much passion and energy. His lectures captivated the class and he gave his students a whole different perspective on American history and politics. I was "hooked on Joe," and I think I took another 7 or 8 of his courses. I wanted to take every course he taught. That meant taking Professor Walsh's Philosophy courses which taught me to think like never before. So, although I have many fond memories of Stockton, my primary memory would be the great faculty led by Professor Joseph Walsh.

Michael Gill
Michael Gill
Washington DC
My Washington D.C. experience changed my life
Washington DC

Stockton was a wonderful, enlightening time in my life. The professors at the time were very open and encouraged critical thought, among many other quality of life teachings. My most memorable time was with the internship program in Washington D.C., which was required at the time for graduation of Poly Sci. There was a dorm situation and a paid internship as a strategy analyst at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. While there, we attended evening classes twice a week and we were invited to many functions at the Capital and even attended the peace signing at the White House. Since I had never been away from home on my own, It was the time of my life. Stockton gave me so many things but quality-of-life, proper decision-making, and a career in Law was the best experience in my life. Thank you, Stockton University.

Barbara Connolly-Daley
Barbara Connolly-Daley
Stockton Art Gallery
Being an art student at Stockton University changed my life
Stockton Art Gallery

Being an art student at Stockton University changed my life. Originally, I was worried about studying art due to the stigma that there are little job aspects after graduating, but that was my passion, so I went for it. The professors in the art department changed my mind on everything. Breaking down those student/teacher relations and getting to know the professors for more than just a teacher made me more open to learning and listening. And learn I did. The professors in the art department are so passionate about their craft and they ooze that passion to their students. They show you the possibilities that you think are beyond your capabilities and help show you that you can achieve them. They pushed you and expected a lot of you, but at the same time, they were there for you and behind you to help and encourage. So many of the professors helped me break out of the small mold I made for myself, being dainty and careful in my work, not wanting to make mistakes, and not liking my work if it didn't come out how I expected. They showed me that, while some pieces didn't come out the way I wanted them to, there was nothing wrong with them and they still showed a skillset and they were still worthy of feeling achievement over it.

I was given so many experiences and opportunities through my time in the art department that I will never forget and that's thanks to the amazing professors. Whether that be frolicking around New York visiting galleries and art museums, or meeting artists in Stockton's own gallery and getting to see the professional side of the field. When COVID-19 first hit and I had to finish my last semester online, the art professors did everything they could to make sure we could do our projects at home without the environment of the studios and classrooms and all the tools and resources we were used to. One professor, Jed Morfit, had even taken a picture of our studio to put up on Zoom while we worked because "[he] wanted to make us feel more at home." They are dedicated to their students. They made me passionate about areas in art that I didn't think I would enjoy. They made me excited to go to class. They made the art department feel like a little community of our own. That's the best you can ask from a professor.

Carley Bamundo
Carley Bamundo
We learned about love and loss, moments of sheer joy and moments that changed our lives

Penny Dugan had a class called, "The Personal Essay." I was a Physics and Education major, so her class wasn't exactly in line with the rest of my courses, but I cannot tell you how much I loved that class. Her compassionate nature and welcoming personality encouraged true sharing. We learned about love and loss, moments of sheer joy and moments that changed our lives. We learned to walk a mile in someone else's shoes. We truly left as friends, better writers and more compassionate human beings. I don't know any other class where I learned by learning about others. It was so appreciated.

Dawn Celona
Dawn Celona
Yitzhak Sharon
Yitzhak got the basketball back
Yitzhak Sharon

I am a member of the very first graduating class in 1975. My best memory was an event that happened in a Physics class taught by Yitzhak Sharon. We were studying inertia. Yitzhak was always big on doing live demonstrations. He had a basketball and rolled it on the classroom floor out into the hall. He was demonstrating the theory that an object will just continue traveling in the same direction as long as no other forces impede its motion.

As the ball rolled into the hallway, three guys picked it up and started passing it to each other and dribbling it down the hallway. Yitzhak immediately ran out of the classroom yelling to the guys that it was his basketball. When he got back into the classroom, everyone started laughing.

Yitzhak said, "I got it back." He seemed so proud of himself.

Bob Keane '75
Bob Keane '75