December 2015

Eli Gbayee

Stockton graduate, Eli Gbayee grew up in refugee camps in Liberia where he begged for money during the country’s civil war and sometimes didn’t eat for days. As a child he saw people killed in front of him and children forced into action as soldiers. After a two-year mission to collect hundreds of donations for the needy in Liberia, the work is complete for the Liberian native and Atlantic City resident. Gbayee says, “Over in Liberia during the war, I thought I was never going to make it to 18. Sometimes you go for a week without food.” He launched the nonprofit organization Hope for Liberia to respond to he needs of a struggling country by providing citizens with basic necessities and educational opportunities that are usually unavailable to them. Visit to learn more and discover ways to donate and get involved. Click here for the full story.

Dr. Aldredge

We are pleased to announce that 1988 graduate Wayne A. Aldredge, DMD, has been installed as president of the American Academy of Periodontology, the largest professional association for periodontists in the world.   Dr. Aldredge is the first Academy president from New Jersey, a tribute to home state education.

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Tyler Michael Golato ’15 earned his degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a premedical concentration. Research activities included: Next-generation sequencing, pathogenesis in limulus egg populations, and chemotherapy resistance. He also interned with Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons for two years under the direction of Dr. Robert L. Fine, Diretor of Experimental Therapeutics at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center. He currently is a fellow for the National Institutes of Health specializing in aging and molecular gerontology.

Kadeisha Pinkney

Kaidesha Pinkney’ 15 is an Economics graduate from Stockton University. She wants to go to medical school and then work in health care to reduce health inequalities. But first, she will teach English in Malaysia for 10 months, starting this January. She was awarded an English Teaching Assistantship through The Fulbright Program. As a student, she studied abroad in Brazil, was involved in research projects and interned with United Way Worldwide through the Washington Internship Program to help increase healthy food access for children in an after-school program.

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An autumn rain fell gently on the gazebo overlooking Lake Fred as Tyler Somers ’15 and his girlfriend Allison Tucker ’14 ducked inside to escape the weather Thursday, Nov. 19. They were laughing and talking, and then Tyler knelt down on one knee. He brought Allison back to their alma mater to propose, and the rain wasn’t stopping him. Allison was all smiles and speechless after she said yes. Tyler grew up in Marlton, N.J., graduated from Cherokee High School and earned a degree from Burlington County College.  Then, he chose to attend Stockton University. So did Allison. It wasn’t until Tyler moved into D-Court that he met Allison for the first time. Tyler’s fondest memory of campus life was having his “best friend living right next to me,” he explained. “Having each other during my time at Stockton was truly amazing. We were both there for each other,” he added. Read the full story here.

Matthew Guterl

Matthew Guteral ’93 earned his B.A. in Historical Studies from Stockton, and went on to earn a Ph.D in History from Rutgers University in 1999. His research explores how the concepts of “race” and “nation” in international contexts have evolved overtime. His work examines how the two relate to each other in historical moments, how other social forces have shaped them, and how ordinary and extraordinary people are involved in their histories. He is currently a professor of Africana Studies and American Studies at Brown University. Guteral has written and co-authored five books on American culture. His most recent book, “Josephine Baker and the Rainbow Tribe” focuses on race and race-relations, on inequality and indifference, and on struggles for justice and structures of oppression. Guteral says, “I lucked into a great department at Stockton, full of passionate teachers who were interested in teaching me how to do, or practice, history. Even now, over 20 years later, I find myself working with students using the open-minded, skill-based approach. I learned down in the Pine Barrens.”