Stockton News - October 30, 2020


Nearly 1,000 Return for Special CommencementNearly 1,000 Return for Special Commencement

They waited five months to do it, but nearly 1,000 members of the Class of 2020 at Stockton University finally got to walk across a stage and hear their names announced as Stockton hosted eight separate socially-distanced outdoor Commencement ceremonies on the Galloway campus Oct 23. 

📸 To view a photo story and see more images from the commencement ceremonies, visit here

📰 The Press of Atlantic City featured a photo gallery from the day. 

Alumni Honored at Annual Coining Ceremony

Class of 2020 graduates with ties to the military were finally honored and presented with Stockton challenge coins in a virtual ceremony Oct. 22. Jason Babin

Seventy seniors were eligible to receive the coins last spring. However, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the ceremony was postponed.

Director of the Office of Military and Veteran Services Jason Babin, right, said of the Zoom ceremony: “While we wish you could be here with us during this important event, the entire Stockton community, from the president and the provost to the staff and faculty, want to congratulate you on your amazing accomplishment, and we look forward to your many future successes."

Stockton Receives Gift from Weinstein EstateStockton Receives Gift from Weinstein Estate

Former Stockton University trustee Judge Gerald Weinstein passed away in December 2019. But through his estate, Stockton students will continue to benefit from his generosity and concern.

A bequest from his estate will continue the legacy of Judge Weinstein, who had previously endowed two funds at Stockton.


Students Spend Day Making a Difference Students Spend Day Making a Difference

More than 100 Stockton students grabbed their masks and spread across Atlantic County on Saturday, Oct. 24 to participate in 10 projects for Make a Difference Day.

Paige Richards, the AmeriCorps Changebuilder coordinator at Stockton, who organized the event, said it was a major accomplishment to adjust the day’s events for COVID-19 pandemic guidelines, but in some ways, the pandemic made the projects all that more meaningful.

Stockton Now Radio Show

Tune in to WIBG this Saturday, Oct. 31 at 11 am on either 101.3 FM or 1020 AM to listen to the first edition of Stockton Now. Stockton Now is a monthly conversational news magazine that highlights the people and programs at Stockton University. Hosted by Chad Roberts, general manager of WLFR, October's episode features President Harvey Kesselman talking about what it takes to lead in 2020; Chris Catching, vice president for Student Affairs and Nordia Johnson, interim director of Academic Achievement Programs, discussing targeted student success programs; and Interim Provost Michelle McDonald on academic programming for today and tomorrow.


Resources Available to Staff, Faculty 

There are many resources and best practices being made available to staff and faculty working remotely that can be found by visiting Information Technology’s website. October's Tech Tip focuses on Microsoft Bookings.
In addition to assistance with technology available from ITS, Stockton provides faculty and teaching staff with professional development, training, teaching ideas, resources and individual consultations via the Center for Learning Design
🚫 The I-Wing weight room and Sports Center fitness room are temporarily closed for cleaning and sanitizing in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines and precautionary measures. They are expected to reopen Monday, Nov. 2.
🧪 Stockton has updated information on its agreement with AtlantiCare to assist employees seeking COVID-19 testing. Details are on the Office of Human Resources website.
Stockton is compiling notices of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in a dashboard on the Coronavirus home page. The dashboard is updated daily.
The Student Assistance Resources page has information for students whose academic progress may be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 WHAT'S TRENDING @ #STOCKTONUWhat's trending Oct. 30, 2020

Facebook: Getting into the spirit on National Pumpkin Day 🎃  #GoOspreys 
Twitter: That golden hour glow 📸: Stockton Environmental Club
Instagram: Fall colors are peaking in South Jersey 🍂 #StocktonU is a must-see this time of year!


Faculty, Staff, Students Participate in AfriVIPE Virtual Interprofessional Faculty, Staff, Students Participate in AfriVIPE Virtual Interprofessional Education Event Education Event  

Students and faculty from Stockton's graduate programs in Counseling, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Communication Disorders and Social Work participated in AfriVIPE, a Virtual Interprofessional Education event on Oct. 26.

The event included 320 participants from around the world who gathered on Zoom to collaborate while planning care for a patient named Patricia, according to Peg Slusser, dean of the School of Health Sciences and one of the faculty facilitators for the event.

"Thanks to the expert planning, persistence, problem solving and the very broad skill set of our own Renee Cavezza [program assistant] and Stockton’s IT team, the experience went off without a glitch," Slusser said. "Students and faculty facilitators from throughout Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States were expertly disbursed to 29 separate break-out rooms where international, interprofessional teams collaborated to provide complex patient care."


File FAFSA Starting Oct. 1 

The time is coming, Ospreys! Get your FAFSA done, starting Oct. 1!  Encourage students to file their FAFSA applicationFile FAFSA Starting Oct. 1 s as soon as possible to avoid missing out on any aid they may be eligible for. Direct them to





🍂 It's almost time to "fall back!"

This is a friendly reminder to set your clocks back one hour as Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 1.


Upcoming Events Hosted by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations 

Nov. 8-12:  First-Gen Week