Sophomore Marquez Jones Spreads Wings at Stockton

I graduated from Holy Spirit in the spring of 2016 and before I even graduated enrolled in ACCC for their summer sessions which began in May 2016.  I did this after a series of meetings in the Stockton University admissions office with Mr. Melvin Gregory whose care and guidance I’ll forever be grateful for as he told me you must prove your worthy of college admission. My high school years were mostly a slow personal and academic growth, as my dad used to say I was maturing into the man and student I am today. I was on the football team and although rarely playing, put in 100% effort and certainly the experience was an integral part of molding me.

I did exceptional in my summer and fall classes at ACCC and as they say the light bulb switched on and I matched my career goals of being a NJ State Trooper with my academic achievements.

As Mr. Melvin Gregory said to me; “perform at the highest levels and Stockton University would be proud to consider my admission”. He was right of course, I was admitted to Stockton University as a transfer student from ACCC with a major in Criminal Justice starting with the spring 2017 semester.

Now in my sophomore year at Stockton University I must admit the time is flying by and my experiences at Stockton University have exceeded my expectations. I have dormed in the upper classman apartments and now the Seaview Marriott with both experiences being positive and offering me as my dad would say, the second most important aspect of going to college; to learn about life, people and myself.

My advisor, Mrs. Marissa Levy has been helpful and in the spirit of ensuring I learn to act independently making me use my own analytical and thinking skills. In the courses I’m taking, I am learning college coursework is so different than high school and so much more rewarding. I am learning about critical thinking pathways and studying coursework that is relevant in today’s world.

Stockton University is fulfilling all my dreams and aspirations. I hope to be accepted into the dual degree program in Criminal Justice at the end of my sophomore year and receive my master’s degree in five years.

I wanted to make sure I emphasize the one thing that has been so influential to my time at Stockton University; during orientation, everyone emphasized you should smile, say hello, ask questions and break out of your shell and talk to people. I really took that to heart and I must tell you; “it works”. If you want a great college experience.

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Bird’s Eye View – Ariane Newman ’90 & John Gray ’92

 As school begins, we are highlighting Assistant Dean Ariane Newman ’90 and Assistant Dean Dr. John Gray ’92. Newman and Gray met at Stockton on their first day of orientation, and have remained close friends. After graduating, both went into their respective fields but chose to stay close to Stockton. Now, both Newman and Gray are back at Stockton-making an impact on students.

Ariane Newman and John Gray

Ariane Newman and John Gray

How did Stockton help support you, personally and academically?

John: I worked outside of school, and fell asleep in class often. In my Introduction to Gerontology course the professor called out to me as I drifted off, “Give me a hug.” When I realized my potential, I never slept in class again. Stockton helped make me who I am today.

Ariane: When we were in school, you went to Harvey, Art Davis, or Dean Marchetti if you had an issue. Vera Farris was around campus, hugging students and asking about their day. Having a network of faculty, you knew cared about you.


What is your advice for graduating Ospreys?

Ariane: Learn about your impact, and leverage your talents. I always tell my students to have a 1-3-5 year goal. What are three you have going for you? What are three barriers you have going against you, and what resources do you have? Understand why, and then determine the impact.

John: Develop relationships and keep connected.


In one sentence, share what you learned from Stockton.

Ariane: Become a student of the process.

John: Give back what was given to you.

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Constitution Day 2017: Julian E. Zelizer

Constitution Day 2017
Keynote Address

Julian E. Zelizer

“Constitutional Democracy in the Era of Donald Trump”
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. — Campus Center Event Room

Julian E. Zelizer is one of the pioneers in the revival of American political history. He is the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He is also a CNN Contributor where he appears on numerous television shows and writes a popular weekly column about the state of American politics. Zelizer is the auther and editor of 18 books on American political history. His most recent books are: The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society and Media Nation: The Political History of News in Modern America. In addition to his scholarly articles and book chapters, Zelizer is a frequent commentator in the international and national media on political history and contemporary politics. He has published over seven hundred op-eds, including for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Politico, and The Daily Beast and has received fellowships from the Brookings Institution, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and New America.

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Bird’s Eye View – Anthony Catanoso ’87

Anthony T. Catanoso


President/CEO Steel Pier

Photography and Travel



  1. How did your Stockton experience influence your life?

    My time at Stockton was a pivotal part of my life. Stockton gave me an opportunity to learn beyond the classroom. The professors, as well as the course work set me on a path that helps me to this day.


  1. Describe your favorite Stockton memory as a student. (Ex: favorite professors, classes, events, activities, etc.)

    My favorite professors were Bill Daly, Bob Hughey, Jan Colin, and Alan Arcuri. They inspired me, challenged me, and taught me. The single biggest thing they did for me was to help me join the inaugural group of Washington Interns. That internship would change my life forever.


  1. Describe your top reason for staying connected and involved with Stockton and your fellow Ospreys.

    The fact that I am a local businessman and I see firsthand the difference Stockton continues to make in this region. It makes it easy for me to stay involved and connected. In addition, the Steel Pier has become the venue for one of the largest annual alumni functions. I could not be more proud of what this unique University has become.


  1. What piece of advice would you pass onto the graduating class of Ospreys?

    Never lose sight of your goals and always rely on what you learned and who you associated with during your years at Stockton.


  1. In two sentences, describe why you feel passionate about investing in Stockton University.

    I feel indebted to Stockton and its staff for the opportunities it provided me. Stockton has an incredibly positive impact on this entire region.


  1. Is there anything else you would like to share with Stockton and your fellow Ospreys?

    Several members of my immediate family have attended or are attending Stockton.  My son Thomas is approaching his final semester as a business major and just completed a stellar two and half years as a starting member of the Ospreys basketball team. My daughter Hannah is a transfer student from Syracuse University and will be attending this coming fall. Their cousin James Catanoso is a graduate and their other cousin Dominic Catanoso is a current student.

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Bird’s Eye View – Danielle DeSandis ’12


1. What was your major/field of study during your time at Stockton, and when did you graduate?

I graduated in 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology.

2. Tell us about the type of work you are doing now and how that aligns with your career aspirations.

I do not work at all in the psychology field, but the background has definitely helped me be successful in both of my current careers and the non-profit work that I do. I am the headquarters manager for Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian’s re-election campaign and the Volunteer Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity of Atlantic County. I do believe having the background in psychology allows me to better connect with people. Everything I do requires connecting and communicating well with everyone, as well as problem solving and conflict resolution.

3. What are some of your favorite Stockton memories—such as a favorite class, professor, spot on campus, or social event?

Professor Lucio Privitello Ph.D. taught a class called “Philosophies of Life and Death.” This was by far my favorite class, the class was spirited and always full of great discussions. The class collaborated and wrote a book, and I still have my copy!

4. How has attending Stockton influenced your life?

Getting my education from Stockton allowed me to stay close to my family, which was extremely important to me at the time. I received an excellent education close to my hometown.

5. What advice would you offer to current Stockton students and other recent graduates?

I have heard the current generation of students aren’t note takers, TAKE NOTES! Hand written, on the computer, it doesn’t matter but take notes!

6. On a personal note, what is your favorite thing to do on your days off?

Days off? I have no days off, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! My passion is to make Atlantic City a place where millennials and younger generations can succeed, grow and live. When I am not at work I am President of the Atlantic City Junior Chamber of Commerce. We provide networking, community service and personal/professional development classes for young professionals and students between the ages of 18-40. Currently our biggest event is co-hosted with AC Weekly, the Top 40 Under 40 every year. Last year we hosted personal and professional development classes such as time management, public speaking and increasing verbal, non-verbal and listening power. We partnered with ACUA and adopted a road. We also have looked to partner with other organizations to provide more community service opportunities to our members.

I am also a board member of 4ACxAC (For Atlantic City by Atlantic City,) the president of this is Michael Brennan the owner/chief of Cardinal Bistro.

For Atlantic City By Atlantic City was founded with the simple idea of inspiration, Michael had the realization that if you want to see change, and bring life into abandoned baseball fields, foreclosed casinos, vacant lots, condemned store fronts and turn that into a live thriving city with character and history then you have to be that change. Through multiple events and pop-ups 4ACxAC is hoping to raise $30,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City this year. The Boys and Girls Club provides after school activates, meals, access to computers and internet, a library, and also a recreation facility for youth to come to and engage themselves away from bad living situations or less then ideal neighborhoods.

For Atlantic City By Atlantic City is hosting a series of events including the city’s first ever “Pop-up Restaurant”. September 7th 2017. 4ACxAC will be hosting a 7-course meal complete with cocktail pairings, set in the roaring 20’s at Surf Sand Castle Stadium. Tickets for this event are currently on sale! Visit 4ACxAC on Facebook!

7. Do you have anything else you’d like to share?

I am a certified power yoga instructor and Wine and Spirit Education Trust Level 2 wine educator. These are just things I did for fun because yoga and learning about wine and appreciating the complexity of it is fun to me.


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Bird’s Eye View – Cristina Stummer ’98

  1. What was your major/field of study during your time at Stockton, and when did you graduate?

I graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies in 1998.

  1. Tell us about the type of work you are doing now and how that aligns with your career aspirations.

I am a partner with the law firm of Saul Ewing LLP, practicing environmental law. Upon graduating from Stockton, I attended Vermont Law School, which is ranked nationally for its environmental law program.

  1. What are some of your favorite Stockton memories—such as a favorite class, professor, spot on campus, or social event?

While at Stockton, I knew I wanted to be an environmental lawyer, and to be involved in the technical aspects of regulatory compliance.  Influential classes – Claude Epstein’s hydrology class and Mike Hozak’s summer geology field study class, when we hiked the Grand Canyon; I still occasionally look at the photographs and read my field journal. Even the classes taught by adjunct professors were important – from wetlands delineation to the basics of environmental law. Also, I was a member of the Stockton Action Volunteers for the Environment, I wrote for the Argo’s Earth Page, and I participated in Chick Yeager’s Washington DC program, when I worked as an intern in the White House Council for Environmental Quality under the Clinton Administration. Finally, while at Stockton, I learned about the Student Conservation Association, which lead to a summer internship conducting field research in Washington State, and then being a crew leader for inner-city youth in a New Jersey National Park.

  1. How has attending Stockton influenced your life?

Stockton changed my life – for the better. While attending the University, there were opportunities to get involved, to find mentors, to develop long-term friendships, and to build a path to personal and professional success.

  1. What advice would you offer to current Stockton students and other recent graduates?

While a student, find a mentor and take advantage of every opportunity to network to develop your interviewing, public speaking and writing skills. Every Stockton graduate can be your next business partner, your next referral, your next social justice leader or your next Congress person. After graduation, maintain your contacts and build your network. And keep Stockton on your list of donations, because the Stockton alumni who are up and coming, need to be fostered and provided the same opportunities to maximize their potential to make a positive difference in New Jersey, nationally and globally!

  1. On a personal note, what is your favorite thing to do on your days off?

To enjoy New Jersey’s great outdoors with a hike, bike ride, or a stroll along the beach.

  1. Do you have anything else you’d like to share?

Stockton University is where dreams are made, fostered and become realities. I am a proud Osprey, and am grateful, each day, for the chance that I received to attend Stockton, and then ultimately to be a proud alumna of the University upon graduation! Go Ospreys!

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Bird’s Eye View – Alexa D’Amato ’98

  1. What was your major/field of study during your time at Stockton, and when did you graduate?
    1998 Psychology
  1. Tell us about the type of work you are doing now and how that aligns with your career aspirations.
    I am a Plaintiff’s Personal Injury attorney and I also assist parents with special education law issues.  I always wanted to help people and while I am not a Psychologist, I use the knowledge I gained from the Psychology classes I took at Stockton on a daily basis working with families and individuals in crisis.  When you are injured because of someone’s negligence, it’s like being robbed.  No matter how hard my clients work to get better there is a piece of their lives that has been stolen that they will never get back.
  1. What are some of your favorite Stockton memories—such as a favorite class, professor, spot on campus, or social event?
    I worked in my father’s personal injury law office since I was 14 years old as a filing clerk and secretary so I had some concept of the law going into college.  I was fortunate to have Professor Alan Arcuri as my political science professor. He was an amazing inspiration and his wealth of knowledge and passion for the subjects he was teaching inspired me to love learning about the law.  I took a music class my senior year thinking it would be one of the easier classes on my schedule.  Wow, was I wrong.  Professor Vaughn gave us a test every week.  I will never forget her enthusiasm for all things music.  It was contagious and I truly believe I have an appreciation for many genres of music thanks to her.
  2. How has attending Stockton influenced your life?
    I grew up in Longport and then moved to Linwood for eighth grade and attended Mainland Regional High School after that.  I have always loved this area and always knew I wanted to raise a family here. Not all people can say that they have an internationally recognized University in their backyard. Stockton allowed me to continue to firm up my local roots while giving me a path to success that I will always be grateful for.
  3. What advice would you offer to current Stockton students and other recent graduates?
    Look beyond your classes. It’s so easy to wake up every day and just go to class. There is so much more to offer at Stockton and in our area.  The opportunities for personal growth and building a successful resume abound in South Jersey. You have outstanding professors and staff at Stockton who would be thrilled to show you all this area has to offer and get you involved in the community. Take advantage of their wisdom.
  4. On a personal note, what is your favorite thing to do on your days off?
    My husband and 1998 graduate of Stockton, Alexander J. Barrera, Esquire, and our three children, Paul (8), Massimo (7) and Rocco (5) are my favorite people to hang out with. Whether we’re going to basketball, playing outside, going to Fresh Start Church or snuggling by the fire, we try to spend every weekend together.
  5. Do you have anything else you’d like to share?
    Thanks for the opportunity!  Love Stockton!
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More than 80 Dance Alumni Honor Professor Henry van Kuiken’s Retirement

During his more than 30 years of teaching at Stockton, Professor Henry van Kuiken (affectionately referred to as HVK) inspired so many students.  With his upcoming retirement, we wanted to take the chance to honor him with a surprise event that included alumni performing excerpts from a number of the dances he has choreographed over the years.  At the end of Stockton Dance Company’s Spring Dance Concert, current students and alumni took to the PAC stage to perform a bit of Henry’s ballet class, and then groups of alumns shared part of the dances he had created for them.  With over 80 alumni present, either onstage or in the audience, and with over 40 current students participating, HVK was left speechless.  Thank you to all of the alumni, students, faculty, and administrators who came to the event and made it such a special occasion.  Thank you to HVK for all he has given to Stockton University and our students!

“The years I spent with Henry and the Stockton Dance Company will always hold a special place in my heart.  Henry had and still has a huge influence on my dancing and my teaching….I am the teacher, choreographer and studio owner I am today because of him.  When I heard about the Alumni event, I jumped at the chance to see Henry and share the PAC stage again with fellow alumns.  When we took the stage, and the lights came up, I felt at home.  The event was an emotional one.  It was amazing to see how many dance lives Henry has touched throughout the years.  He has given so much to so many….I could never repay him for the knowledge he has given to me…..all I can say is thank you to the best mentor a person could have!” Christine Callahan-Levenson ’97

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Alumni & Friends Support their Passion

Thank you to the many alumni and friends who continue to support their passion and areas of need at Stockton University. This year, you donated more than $20,000 to the Stockton Fund through the Student Phon-a-thon and more than $3,200 for the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program and the Science Enrichment Academy at Stockton (SEAS).

The Stockton Student Phon-a-thon

Thanks to the generous support from alumni and friends, the Stockton student-Phonathon program raised over $20,000 this year! The Phon-a-thon gives 20 student callers the chance to speak with alumni about their Stockton experience and share the many ways to stay informed, involved, and invested in Stockton. Thank you to our alumni and friends who took the time to speak with our callers, and gave back to their alma mater. Our students enjoyed speaking to many of you, and the team is grateful to everyone who has taken the time to share your personal and professional achievements, as well as your favorite aspects of the Stockton experience. There is still time to make an impact by visiting


The School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are growing fields of interest for our students and professionals. This spring, alumni and friends chose to support two programs within the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics: The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program and The Science Enrichment Academy.

The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) is designed to teach students how to become professional scientists by having them undertake an authentic research project. The winning experiment will be flown to the International Space Station to be completed by astronauts!​ Alumni and friends donated $1,745 in support of this innovative program!

The Science Enrichment Academy at Stockton (SEAS) is a two-week residential experimental learning opportunity for high school students. Participants will be involved in classroom, laboratory and field experiences to explore the sciences and gain experience gathering, measuring and analyzing data. Alumni and friends donated $1,535 in support of this innovative program!

Through the generous support of many, the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics can provide an additional $3,280 in support of these transformational academic opportunities to prepare students for successful careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Student Testimonials
​”Space has never felt more real and attainable to me than it has after being in this program. No matter where I end up in my career, I will be thinking positively about space and the future of science.” ​Danielle Ertz, B.S. Biology ’17

“Being a part of the first class of the Science Enrichment Academy at Stockton University was awesome. It was a chance to dive into the world of science and technology for the first time out of the classroom.” Brianna Previti, Inaugural Class of SEAS 2015

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Bird’s Eye View – Michael Levine ’01


  1. What was your major/field of study during your time at Stockton, and when did you graduate?
    I graduated Stockton University in 2001.
  2. Tell us about the type of work you are doing now and how that aligns with your career aspirations.
    I am Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Chelsea Senior Living overseeing 19 communities in the Tristate area. We have over 2000 seniors living within our communities and 1600 team members. I am also the Chair of the National Executive Sales Roundtable for Argentum (Assisted Living Federation of America). I am Board Chairman for FPYouthoutcry, a 501c3 charity with our center on Prince Street in Newark, NJ for the last 10+ years.
  3. What are some of your favorite Stockton memories—such as a favorite class, professor, spot on campus, or social event?
    Professor Reid-Merritt and the Late Professor Lyons touched me the most. They challenged my mind and helped drive me to be the person I am today. I enjoyed a lot of fun nights in Atlantic City as many college Alumni would say, and developing my career early in management at Seaview!
  4. What advice would you offer to current Stockton students and other recent graduates?
    I always tell students to try and find a positive influence that is older than them to learn from. In my life I have found professional and personal mentors that I aspire to be like. I continually try and revamp myself utilizing a life coach and my mentors.  My goal is to live a servitude lifestyle and be humble. “An ounce of giving is better than a pound of preaching”. Working with seniors you learn that it is not about what title you were in a career, but the family and friends your surround yourself with, and the type of person you portray yourself to be.
  5. On a personal note, what is your favorite thing to do on your days off?
    My charity is an absolute passion of mine. It allows me to utilize the skill set and knowledge I learned at Stockton and in my career to help others. We touched tens of thousands of people last year with our grass roots efforts utilizing all volunteers. Some of our key programs include: advanced after-school children’s program, Rhymes4Reasons, warming station for homeless, gang rehabilitation, recidivism program, youth mentoring, adult job counseling, working with women’s shelters, summer Olympics for the Wards, Families Involved in Structured Transitions, supporting children’s hospitals, working on building a trauma center to handle all the sadness and hurt in the city, and many more.
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