Angelo Bechara Interns for Department of State, Leads Stockton Team to Victory in National Competition

In his first two years at Stockton, Angelo Bechara interned for the Department of State, led Stockton University’s ‘Up to Us’ campaign to win $10,000 in a national competition about the impacts of the federal debt, and as a freshman, became a student senator.

The incoming junior is currently working toward a double major in Political Science and French, and a minor in Global Studies.

This summer, Bechara participated in the prestigious Department of State summer internship program working in the International Organization Affairs Bureau on diplomatic engagements for the United States with relation to the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

The opportunity arose last fall when Bechara, who serves as vice president of Stockton’s Model United Nations student club, spoke with a panelist at the National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference opening in Washington, D.C. The panelist suggested Bechara apply for the internship, and he was selected for an interview.

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Biology Graduate Michael Zsoldos Joins State Forest Service as Forestry Assistant

Michael Zsoldos, a May 9 Biology graduate, grew up fishing, hunting, camping and canoeing, so he felt at home on Stockton University’s Pinelands campus.

He starts a new journey this summer in the state’s forestlands with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) State Forest Service as a part-time forestry assistant.

“I have always been involved in the outdoors, which drove me toward a profession that would have me outdoors,” said Zsoldos.

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Ciara “C.C.” Barrick Uses Stockton Education as Springboard to Fulbright Fellowship in Cyprus

“I started to fall in love with Ancient Greek when I learned the origin of the word ‘anthology.’ said Ciara “C.C.” Barrick ’15, who will be going to the Republic of Cyprus on a Fulbright award later this year. “‘Anthos’ in Greek translates to ‘flower,’ and ‘ology’ is a collection of something. So the meaning of ‘anthology’ is a ‘collection of flowers.’ It’s kind of tender,” said Barrick, exuding a passion for language.

When Barrick wasn’t accepted into an honors-level Spanish class her freshman year of high school, she was determined to challenge herself, so she signed up for Latin to meet the language requirement. It was then that she began to take private lessons in Ancient Greek with her Latin teacher after school. At Stockton, she continued pursuing Greek studies, earning an Ancient Greek minor in addition to her B.A. in Literature this spring.

In a few months, she will be traveling to the island country in the eastern Mediterranean where Greek and Turkish are both official languages. Barrick will work in the English Department at European University Cyprus from September through May, teaching English Foreign Language (EFL) students and working as a cultural ambassador to enhance relations between Cyprus and the United States. The work is made possible through a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Fellowship, one of the academic world’s most prestigious student awards.CCBarrickGradCap Continue reading “Ciara “C.C.” Barrick Uses Stockton Education as Springboard to Fulbright Fellowship in Cyprus” »

Paul Campos Works to Make a Brighter Future for Atlantic City Youth

Before entering the Stanley Holmes Village Community Center in Atlantic City, Paul Campos takes a deep breath in anticipation of the enthusiasm that will surround him the second he opens the door.

“I know that I’m about to do something special,” he said.

The Social Work major, who graduated from Stockton University on May 9, is the lead facilitator of a homework completion program at Stanley Holmes, an initiative of the Stockton Center for Community Engagement and the Atlantic City Police Department and Housing Authority.

About 40 students in the afterschool program greet him with hugs and hellos, filling the room with a sense of comfort and excitement. So much so, that Campos knows he must prepare himself for the level of energy.

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Survivor Amber Christos Credits Education for Motivation to Succeed

“I heard the screeching tires and the sound of the crash as we made impact with the pole,” she remembers. “In that moment, I was not Amber anymore. I was a completely different person.”

Amber Christos, a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Childhood Studies, sat on a bench under the sun in Independence Plaza, wearing sunglasses and a colorful spring shirt. She appeared to be an average soon-to-be college graduate; she is well-spoken, intelligent and animated. But it took years for Christos to learn how to read, write and perform simple math again.

She made little eye contact as she spoke about the night that changed her life, clearly reliving the scene in her mind. “It was a few months after our high school graduation [in 2011],” she began…

The car pierced through the rain en route to a church youth group function. Christos rode as passenger when she saw the red light out of the corner of her eye.

The driver, Christos’ friend for more than a decade, had been texting and driving. Instead of hitting the brake, she pressed the gas pedal and blazed through the intersection. The oncoming car struck the passenger side where Christos sat, forcing the girls’ red vehicle into a telephone pole. Life as Amber Christos knew it came to a halt.

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Amber Christos

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Frank Malatino Supercharges His Skillset with Chemistry and Physics to Give Back to Society

Frank Malatino, a senior Applied Physics major, sat behind a maze of multicolored wires intertwined with resisters and transistors in the Physics lab. He meticulously constructed the labyrinth of electrical elements, known as a circuit in the Physics world, by hand.

Malatino, of Ship Bottom, is studying circuits with Dr. Jason Shulman, assistant professor of Physics, because they can represent complex networks such as an intersection of roadways, a section of DNA, or a brain.

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Deanna Jackson, Carrying on a Legacy of Community Outreach and Activism

“If you were to ask a friend of mine to find someone who smiles more than me, they would find it difficult. But I see that as my job – to challenge others to smile brighter, to be happier, and to be joyful. That smile arises from my ability to help others achieve open-mindedness and be positive enough to recognize their potential, capabilities, and passion.”

These are the words of Deanna Jackson of Ewing, NJ, a sophomore at Stockton University who has a passion for helping others. During her brief time at the University, Jackson has discovered her desire to facilitate social change. She has done this by facilitating acceptance, equality, and self-empowerment both at Stockton and in her community.

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Marine Science Major Apryle Panyi is Hooked on Worms

Apryle Panyi grew up baiting everyone else’s fishing hooks, so when she dug through the squishy, nutrient-rich mud of a tidal flat to unearth worms and other invertebrates during a field trip with Dr. Richard Hager, associate professor of Marine Science, she felt at home.

“I was hooked. Plain and simple,” said Panyi, a senior Marine Science major with a concentration in Marine Biology and a minor in Geology. Not on fishing, but on the worms.

“It was never the fish that grabbed my attention,” said Panyi, of Mount Ephraim, NJ, recalling her childhood. “I was intrigued by the different worms we would use as bait.”

“I used to go around baiting everyone else’s hooks on the docks because I loved touching the worms,” she recalled.

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Maryam Sarhan Dreams of Equality Both at Stockton and Internationally

Maryam Sarhan, a sophomore at Stockton University, has spent her time here finding her passion for human rights and international affairs. This led her to switch her major from Biology to Political Science, with a concentration in pre-law and a minor in International Studies. Born in Egypt, Sarhan currently lives in Somers Point.

She attributes her achievements to the motivation her parents provided her. Having immigrated to the United States, she notes how her parents’ focus and ability to follow their dream has been passed down to her, as her parents continue to encourage her and let her know nothing is unattainable.

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Maryam Sarhan poses for a photo at the United Nations during the closing ceremony for the Model UN conference.

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Timothy Chivallete, Ian Angotti Produce Film Series to Showcase South Jersey

Junior Communications major Timothy Chivalette and sophomore Economics major Ian Angotti have been classmates and friends through middle school and high school. At Stockton University, they’re pursuing different fields, but their friendship and common interests brought them together as the director and host of a new television series about the distinctive people, places, history and culture of southern New Jersey.

The first episode of “NeedlePoint with Ian Angotti,” now available on YouTube, features interviews with Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, Port Republic Mayor Gary Giberson and his wife Nikki, and members of the Ong’s Hat Band.

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Timothy Chivalette and Ian Angotti in the studio

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