Ciara Barrick to Bring Two Modernist Poets’ Work to Life

Editor’s Note: Distinctive Stockton Students features students who have received a Board of Trustees Fellowship for Distinguished Students, among others. Ciara Barrick is one of seven who received a fellowship this fall.

Ciara Barrick, a junior Literature major, was recently awarded a $1,000 Board of Trustees Distinguished Fellowship Award for a project titled, “Marianne Moore and William Carlos Williams Performance.” Barrick’s project aims to stimulate interest in the arts in South Jersey and the Stockton community and help promote the Literature and Theatre Programs at Stockton.

“The ‘Marianne Moore and Williams Carlos Williams Performance Project’ is designed so that I will be able to bring my research on two very influential Modernist poets to the campus and surrounding community,” Barrick said.

Both poets have been called elusive, cryptic and sometimes inaccessible. Barrick will create a performance based on the two poets’ correspondence in hopes of making these writers more approachable. “The reading of their poetry by actors in the Theatre Program will help to bring life and explanation to the poets’ work,” she said.

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Chris Borkowski Helps to Install Osprey Nesting Platform

This spring, when ospreys begin to migrate northward from South America, they will have a new nesting site located near the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway. Chris Borkowski, a graduating Environmental Studies and Photography major at Stockton College, helped to build and install a nesting platform for our college mascot in Dr. Daniel Moscovici’s Environmental Issues capstone course.

After studying natural habitat loss, Moscovici gave his students a challenge. “I asked the students to choose a local species, identify where on campus it would live and to build its habitat,” said Moscovici, an assistant professor of Environmental Science and Geology.

Groups chose animals ranging from bats to bluebirds, but Borkowski, of North Cape May, and his teammates Keith Mulligan, of Tabernacle, and Kelsey Thomas, of Cherry Hill, chose a species with close connections to the college.

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The osprey was named the college mascot in the early 1970s when it was listed as an endangered species. Thanks to help from conservationists who provided manmade nesting platforms where trees no longer stand, the species has rebounded and is no longer listed as endangered. “Their numbers have rebounded significantly since the ban of DDT,” said Borkowski.

“My group and I choose to use an old pallet made out of white pine for the foundation of the osprey nest,” he explained, adding that the decision to work with used materials was a conscious effort “to be more environmentally responsible.”

They also attached sides to the platform “to lessen the likelihood that the fledglings (young) will get injured,” he explained.

After the construction phase, Borkowski and teammate Keith Mulligan were able to team up with Ben Wurst, habitat program manager at the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, and Dr. Moscovici to install their platform in the saltmarsh. They were joined by two classmates, Bridget Blood and Chris Martin.

Ben Wurst chose the platform site, which is viewable from Ocean Avenue, so that students can actively monitor the activity during the nesting season and report their observations on www.osprey-watch.org.

“It was awesome to see all of our hard work come to fruition. Spending the day with Ben Wurst, Dr. Dan, and a few of my fellow students made the installation…that much more special,” said Borkowski.

We asked Borkowski to share some interesting facts about our mascot.

“Ospreys, unlike other hawks and falcons, have the ability to move their outer toe to the front or back. This allows them to grasp fish more easily. They rely exclusively on fish; however, they are generalists when it comes to a particular species,” he said.

In his spare time, Borkowski volunteers with the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge where he has banded American Woodcocks and Canada Geese and tagged and surveyed horseshoe crabs. He serves as a bird walk leader for the Friends of Cape May National Wildlife Refuge and has worked with the New Jersey Audubon Society to remove invasive plants. He’s also a professional nature photographer and particularly enjoys capturing images of birds, butterflies and dragonflies. To see his images, visit cborkowskiphotos.com.

After Borkowski receives his diploma on Sunday, Dec. 15, he hopes to pursue a career that works to preserve natural land. He leaves behind a valuable opportunity at Stockton for students to get involved in osprey population monitoring.

 

Megan McConaghy Presents Research at 69th Annual American Society of Criminology Conference

Megan McConaghy, a second-year student in the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Program, presented at the 69th Annual American Society of Criminology Conference held in Atlanta, GA in November.

McConaghy presented her research which examines the life history of repeat offenders. The research included interviews of 20 men and women currently incarcerated in a county jail. McConaghy surveyed common themes that may lead to criminal behavior such as employment history, education, family background, neighborhoods, and drug and alcohol use. She found most offenders have low education, are high school dropouts and have low job stability. All participants in the study are from high-crime areas, and most of the men have violent victimizations – having been shot at or stabbed.

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Nikki Vancil Pursues Teacher Certification to Help Students Reach Their Full Potential

Nikki Vancil, of Forked River, discovered her gift for teaching early. She was in seventh grade when the absence of an English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) program at her school gave her the chance to help younger Spanish-speaking students.

From an early age, Vancil has been able to connect with students who don’t speak English by using hand gestures and pictures to communicate foreign concepts, a talent that quickly earned her the title Miss Nikki. Her elementary school now has an ESL program, and Vancil volunteers in the school’s library during after-school hours to help ESL students.

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Brittany Mallinger Raises Over $1,150 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Brittany Mallinger, a senior Social Work major, raised more than $1,150 over a six-month period for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk held in Princeton last month.

The nighttime walks take place in nearly 200 communities across North America in the fall.  Participants walk with illuminated balloons — white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones. Mallinger of Cherry Hill walked with a white luminaria to shed light on the darkness of cancer, which she conquered after being diagnosed as a freshman three years ago.

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