Physical Therapy Student Practices in Haiti Over the Summer

Sara Pitcher, a Hillsborough resident and student in the doctor of Physical Therapy program at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, helped patients at two clinics in Haiti this summer, along with Dr. Mary Lou Galantino, professor of Physical Therapy in the School of Health Sciences and Dr. Galantino’s daughter, Madi Pack, 13.

Sara worked with Global Therapy Group and Haiti Family Initiative to provide physical therapy care for the people of Port-Au-Prince and Jacmel, Haiti, an experience she called “amazing.”

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Sara Pitcher working on motor skills with a pediatric patient in Haiti this summer

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Recent Physics Grad Begins Teaching in Czech Republic Through Fulbright Program

Barbara Fisher, a recent Honors Physics graduate, landed in the Czech Republic recently to begin teaching English and Physics at Gynazium pod Svatou Horou Pribram, a school in the Czech Republic.

She won a J. William Fulbright U.S. Student scholarship, one of the academic world’s most prestigious awards, last semester and is now a teaching assistant in the Czech Republic for the 2013-14 academic year. Fisher said she is teaching around 15 classes a week, two in Physics and the rest in English. She is also starting a club at the school.

 

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“This opportunity will help me to reach my ultimate dream of becoming an international citizen, researcher and most importantly, a teacher,” Fisher said. “I could not be happier.” Continue reading »

Dan Cerullo’s ‘Bardwalk’ Project Among Distinguished Student Fellowships

Editor’s Note: Distinctive Stockton Students will feature students who receive the Board of Trustees Fellowship for Distinguished Students. This is the first of six posts on the students who received those fellowships this past spring/summer.

 Daniel Cerullo, a Stockton theatre major, directed and performed in The Bardwalk, a community outreach event that saw Shakespearean players in modern dress take over the Atlantic City Boardwalk on Aug. 4.

About 15 students and alumni from Stockton’s School of Arts and Humanities were joined by performers from various community groups to stage readings of some of the Bard’s best-known scenes up and down the boardwalk for two hours.

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Each group performed a scene or part of a scene ranging from three minutes to 20 minutes in length. Instead of 16th Century garb, the actors wore t-shirts with “The Bardwalk” logo.

“This event is great for the budding arts in Atlantic City and gives artists from around the area the chance to meet and work together,” said Cerullo, a senior from Little Egg Harbor Township in Ocean County, who is set to graduate this fall. Continue reading »

Two Students Lead the Way for Stockton’s Campus Farm

Over the past year, a half-acre plot of land next to Stockton’s Arboretum became a campus farm after student Stanley Baguchinsky came up with the idea to build one from scratch and Caitlin Clarke was hired to manage the farm and supervise volunteers.

Baguchinsky and students in SAVE, the oldest student-run environmental organization in the state, came to Dr. Patrick Hossay, associate professor of Sustainability and their faculty advisor, last year because they wanted to grow crops.

“The farm was entirely a student idea,” Hossay explained.

Knowing the amount of work that a farm requires to be successful, he told them, “Show me you can manage a garden first.”

The students aced his test and proved their green thumbs. “I couldn’t have been more impressed,” he said.

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Student Advocates to Help Office of Service-Learning

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Back row: Diana Strelczyk, Service-Learning program assistant, Breonna Williams, and Chelsea Schade. Front row: Giana Milazzo, Grace Griffith and Daniel Tome, assistant director of Service-Learning.

Four students underwent training to become Service Engagement Advocates (SEA) this summer in an effort to help the Office of Service-Learning support service-learning courses during the fall semester.

Daniel Tome, assistant director of Service-Learning, and Diana Strelczyk, a Service-Learning program assistant, worked with Giana Milazzo, a senior Literature major, Grace Griffith, a senior Psychology major, Chelsea Schade, a senior Sociology and Anthropology major, and Breonna Williams, a senior Psychology major, to prepare them to serve as project leaders who will work with faculty members teaching service-learning courses. In addition, these students took Daniel Tome’s “Tools for Social Change” course where they engaged in a series of dialogue sessions and collaborated with community partners.

“The way I’ve always thought of dialogues is like an after school special–things that they should teach you in school, that you don’t really talk about,” explained Milazzo, who is editor of Stockton’s student newspaper, the Argo, and its literary magazine, the StockPot.

With knowledge from “Tools for Social Change,” the SEAs are ready to act as reflection facilitators and community liaisons between service-learning faculty and community partners. “Daniel is always asking us why. He’s always trying to dig deeper to figure out why something is happening, trying to get to the cornerstone of the problem,” said Griffith.

Service learning is where engagement begins. “I have real world experience. I wasn’t just sitting in a classroom my whole college career,” said Schade.

Mico Lucide Hears Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage

Mico Lucide, a senior Political Science major with a concentration in Pre-Law, and his friend Andrew were in Washington D.C. on June 26 to hear the Supreme Court’s ruling on Federal Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage and Prop 8. Lucide explained, “Andrew and I were numbers 92 and 94 out of 100 who got into the Supreme Court courtroom for the announcements.”

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Left: Dr. Linda Wharton and Mico Lucide. Right: Mico Lucide and his friend Andrew.

They had waited in line for seven and a half hours since 2 a.m. before they found themselves seated in wooden chairs towards the back of the courtroom. Lucide explained that they were not the normal pew-like seats because they were extra seats used in big cases to maximize occupancy.

Dr. Linda Wharton also made it into the courtroom. Lucide, who hopes to be a U.S. senator, credits the Stockton Pride Alliance and Dr. Wharton for encouraging him to make the trip to witness the hearing firsthand. “Recognition of Same-Sex Marriages at the Federal level was protected as part of Equal Protection under the Law, opening the door for more progressive cases to appear in the future. It was an amazing experience for me,” he said.

Earlier this year, in March, Nicole Chamra, a 21-year-old political science major, and Taylor Ruggieri, 21 and a psychology major with minors in political science and women’s, gender and sexuality studies, camped out for two nights in near-freezing temperatures before getting to hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) before the U.S. Supreme Court.