Stockton News - Aug. 20, 2021


High Schoolers Reap Benefits of STEM ResearchHigh Schoolers Reap Benefits of STEM Research

Three area high school students spent their summer with Stockton faculty members studying the function of proteins and the fluorescent properties of a known organic molecule, as part of the Research and Engineering Apprenticeship (REAP) at Stockton.

The students presented their findings at the Research and Engineering Apprenticeship Symposium on Aug. 6.

REAP gives rising high school seniors and juniors from underrepresented populations the opportunity to work directly with professors on a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) project in a safe, supportive and inclusive environment. At the end of their 200 hours of research, students discuss their findings and answer questions from the audience during the symposium.

2021 Hughes Center HonorsHughes Center Honors to Recognize Steven P. Perskie

Former Senator, N.J. Casino Control Commission Chair and retired Superior Court Judge the Honorable Steven P. Perskie will receive the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to New Jersey public life at the Hughes Center Honors on Nov. 10, 2021.

Other honorees include Richard S. Dovey, president of the Atlantic County Utilities Authority; Danielle Combs, a recent Stockton University graduate; and four South Jersey hospitals being recognized for their efforts in battling the coronavirus pandemic.


Area Students Set GOALS, GEAR UP for CollegeArea Students Set GOALS, GEAR UP for College

Students in the Stockton University GOALS GEAR UP Summer Enrichment Program did not just learn new skills, they also earned to learn and received a stipend to support their academic progress.

The more than 50 students in grades 7-12 programmed robots, examined a very realistic simulated patient at the Stockton Health Sciences Center, and developed business plans as budding entrepreneurs. They even created a GOALS GEAR UP rap, performed at the closing ceremony by Jeremiah Williams and Rasa Arline-Bethea.


Larider Ruffin

Larider Ruffin, assistant professor of Nursing, has been selected for induction as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. He is one of 225 distinguished nurse leaders in the world to be recognized this year for their contributions to health and health care.

“This is an elite group, and it is a well-deserved and impressive honor,” said Sheila A. Quinn, associate dean for Nursing and chief nurse administrator.

Ruffin earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Rutgers University, Master of Science in Nursing and Tobacco Treatment Specialization from the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Wilmington University.

💭 Read Q&A with Ruffin here.


What's trending-Aug. 20, 2021

Twitter: #WildlifeWednesday: Need a lift? It's not every day that you see a red-winged blackbird catching a ride from an Osprey while chasing the raptor away from its nest.

Facebook: We sat down with Laura Zucconi, professor of History, to talk about the history of global pandemics and why she chose to get the vaccine. 



Resources Available to Staff, Faculty 

Mask requirement: The University has reinstated mask requirements for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. Beginning Sept. 1, unvaccinated students and employees will be required to complete ongoing temperature and symptom checks and routine COVID-19 testing. 

📱 The N.J. Department of Health offers the Docket app where residents can download their vaccination records for easy access.

💉 Faculty, staff and students can check with their local providers and schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. 

💉 Free walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics are scheduled on campus for the following dates: Galloway: West Quad 103: Aug. 23 and 30; and Sept. 1 and 2 from 2-5 p.m. Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available.

COVID-19 testing information can be found at the NJ COVID-19 Information Hub


50th Anniversary50th Anniversary Branding Available for Use

University Relations and Marketing created branding for the campus community to use in celebration of Stockton’s 50th Anniversary. Here you can find 50th logos and PowerPoint templates for download, and email signatures can be found here.


Stockton Faculty Collaborate on Special Issue of Journal

Stockton faculty members Carra Hood, special assistant to Dean of the School of General Studies/tenured associate professor of Writing; Susan Cydis, associate professor of Education - Literacy; Kerri Sowers, associate professor of Health Science; Shelly Meyers, associate professor of Education, and Diane Holtzman, associate professor emerita of Business Studies, Marketing, recently edited a special issue of the journal, “New Directions for Teaching and Learning.” The issue focused on Stockton’s Essential Learning Outcomes initiative and can be viewed here.


📓 Follett Sponsoring Grade School Supply Drive 

Follett is sponsoring a grade school supply drive to benefit William Davies Middle School, Shaner School and the George Hess Educational Complex in Mays Landing. Supplies needed include pens, pencils, highlighters, glue sticks and notebooks. Dropboxes are located inside both campus bookstore locations through the end of September.


Don’t Forget to Renew Vehicle Parking Registration

Everyone is required to register their vehicle(s) for the 2021-22 academic year by Sept. 7. The online system may self-propagate the fields once your license plate has been entered. Please have your vehicle information for reference. For more information about parking, visit