January 2017

Stockton University today welcomed Nelida Valentin as the newest member of the Board of Trustees. Valentin, who graduated with honors in 1986, first came to Stockton through the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) and went on to a career that includes leadership positions with the Princeton Area Community Foundation, NJIT’s Innovation Institute and the Newark Workforce Investment Board.

Valentin, a resident of Trenton, is currently vice president of Grants and Programs for the Princeton Area Community Foundation. She holds a master’s degree in Political Science/Public Policy from Rutgers University, and a B.A. in Business Studies from Stockton. She has taught several master’s level courses on Leadership and Diversity as an adjunct faculty member at Rutgers-Newark.

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The Manchester Township Police Department promoted four officers and hired two new ones, administering the oaths to all six at a special ceremony recently. Lt. Komsa, who joined the department in 2000 as a patrol officer, holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and a master’s degree in administrative science from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He had been promoted to sergeant in 2011, and was responsible for revamping the agency’s Auxiliary Police Unit, recruiting 13 volunteers and implementing a rank structure. Additionally, Lt. Komsa was assigned to lead the Narcotics Enforcement Team in July 2014, where his leadership was instrumental in combating the opiate epidemic.

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Catherine Rosenberg ’08 / C.P.L.S. ’15 presented at Biology Seminar at Stockton University. Rosenberg, who was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma at 8 years old, conquered cancer, but the radiation treatments led to her developing lymphedema, a condition that causes severe swelling in the limbs. Immediately after seeing the formula, her knowledge of numerical analysis told her that there are much more accurate ways to calculate the volume of fluid buildup. Two Stockton degrees, an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and a master’s in Computational Science, and a dedication to advance the field of medicine led her to develop a patent-pending method of measuring fluid in lymphedema patients with help from a number of professors at Stockton and her doctor, Eric Chang.

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Jeff Quattrone `84 returned to campus in December to speak to Joe Rubenstein’s Community Garden class to help them think through their plans for a student designed, built, and maintained community garden.  Jeff is the founder of the Library Seed Bank, an heirloom seed saving project that works with public libraries, schools, and community groups to establish seed libraries. A seed library is a collection of small packages of open pollinated and heirloom seeds that are treated as standard library media.

Jeff is the co-chair of Slow Food USA’s Ark of Taste Northeast Regional Committee where he catalogs local food history and biodiversity foods that are threatened, endangered or under appreciated. He is also a Community Seed Organizer with the Community Seed Resource Program through Seed Savers Exchange and Seed Matters. He was the first person to bring a #pumpkinrescue, a food waste awareness event to the United States. Hubbub, a British charity that specializes in addressing environmental issues through human behavior, approached Jeff to do this.  He was recently featured in South Jersey’s Men of the Year for his food sovereignty and sustainability work, has been on NPR, local TV and radio, and featured in print media. He conducts seed saving presentations, workshops, and teaches about organic heirloom gardening.

This was his first visit to Stockton since he graduated in 1984.  “To return to campus, F-Wing no less, where I studied Visual Arts as an undergraduate, and speak to a group of students about sustainability, is so incredibly rewarding,” said Jeff.  “I’m thrilled to see how my alma mater has grown.  It’s clear Stockton’s future is very bright and I’m honored to be part of it.”

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