Sandra J. Mueller ’80, Warden of the Ocean County Department of Corrections, was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award on April 20 at the Stockton University Research in Psychology Conference.
Steve Peacock ’97 was recently contracted by Triton Fights MMA of Long Island to stand in for Dave Diamante, who is a famed announcer for the Brooklyn Nets and HBO Boxing. Peacock ’97 has announced for MMA, boxing, and bodybuilding events in seven different states over the past three years.
Marissa Levy ’00 has been appointed interim dean of the School of Social & Behavioral Sciences, effective July 1, 2018. Levy has been part of the Stockton faculty in Criminal Justice since 2004. As a faculty member, she has served in a variety of leadership roles including coordinator of the Criminal Justice program, chair of the Institutional Review Board, coordinator of the B.A./M.A. Dual Degree program, and interim director of the M.A. in Criminal Justice program. Her extensive service to Stockton includes serving on the Faculty Review Committee, the Academic Honesty Policy Board, and as the co-editor of Stockton’s Middle States Self-Study. She is also a Stockton alumna, holding a B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University.
Jacob Owens ’06, wildlife biologist and Biology graduate, has developed a reintroduction program for giant pandas in China. Watch this video that shows Owens ’06 leading a giant panda, born in captivity, into the wild for the first time in the mountains of China. The panda, Chen Chen, is in a IMAX film now in theaters featuring Owens ’06.
Andrea M. Giannini ’12 recently started a new role as development manger for the National Kidney Foundation. Utilizing her degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Andrea will improve the lives of people with kidney disease throughout Delaware, Philadelphia and New Jersey though community events.
Abigail Williams ’15 recently joined as a clerk typist in the School of Business. Williams previously worked as a TES in the Office of E-Learning and as a student worker in the Office of the Registrar. “I’ve truly enjoyed getting to work with and assist faculty and students in my positions here at Stockton,” Williams said. “I knew that I wanted to work in a higher education setting ever since I first started here as a student worker. I’m thrilled to be part of the Stockton family.”
Brendan Schoepflin ’18 will graduate this May and has already started his new role in Warehouse Logistics with Home Depot in Allentown, PA. His plans are to pursue a master’s degree and second bachelors degree.
The following alumni participated in the Hospitality and Tourism Management Alumni Networking & Career Panel on April 2 at Stockton University:
Alicia Szelc Jones ’10, was named the Director of Pool & Nightlife Operations at The Pool & Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City in December 2015. The Pool was built in 2007 originally intended to provide guests with a resort amenity and year-round tropical oasis. The venue is an awe-inspiring 172,000 square foot tropical oasis boasting an 86,000 gallon heated pool, 5 jacuzzis, 12 cabanas, 8 daybeds, 3 bars, a loft gaming area and 65-foot tall live palm trees – all housed in a 90-foot glass dome kept at a warm 82-degrees year round. Throughout the years, the Pool After Dark has evolved into a Mega Nightclub that was nationally recognized in 2014 as the #14 club in the country by the Nightclub & Bar Top 100. Alicia is responsible for overseeing daily & nightly operations as well as managing the Pool After Dark’s entertainment budget and long-term strategy.
Brian Sena ’10, Catering and Convention Services Manager: Caesars Entertainment, Brian graduated from Stockton University in 2010 with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. He started his career in this industry as an unpaid intern at the Courtyard Marriot in Atlantic City his senior year of college. Soon after he was able to turn his unpaid internship into a part-time front desk agent position. Upon graduation he was promoted to Sales Coordinator and then to Sales Manager where he held that position for about three years. In 2013, he moved over to Caesars Entertainment as a Catering and Convention Service Manager where he still is today. During his five years with the company, he has experienced the closing of the Showboat Hotel and Casino as well as being part of the opening team of the 100,000 square ft. Waterfront Conference Center at Harrah’s. For the past two years, he has been an adjunct professor at Atlantic Cape Community College teaching an Event Planning Course at night.
Rhiannon Fabel ’15 graduated from Stockton University in the spring of 2015 with a Bachelors degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management and a minor in Studio Art. Her senior Co-Op Internship was with the Gordon Ramsay Group and Caesars Entertainment for the opening of Gordon Ramsay Pub and Grill in Caesars Atlantic City. Shortly after opening the Pub and Grill, Rhiannon was promoted from a restaurant hostess into a management role in Caesars Entertainment’s Food and Beverage. From there she ran operations in all of the casino’s casual dining outlets; The Palace Court Buffet, Café Roma, and Room Service. After a year in casual dining, Rhiannon was moved back into Gordon Ramsay Pub and Grill where she oversaw daily operations, as well as bar management, beer and liquor specialty events, and monthly celebrity chef kitchen takeovers. Rhiannon currently works at Harrah’s Casino Resort in Atlantic City and is in the process of now opening her second restaurant under the Gordon Ramsay brand as Assistant General Manager for Gordon Ramsay Steak.
Shakuwra Garrett ’15 was born and raised in Atlantic City, NJ. She studied business at Stockton University where she received a Bachelors of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Passionate about the catering and event planning sector of the industry, she began her journey in catering working for Sodexo at Temple University. She currently continues her career working for Neuman’s Kitchen, a high- end catering and event company, assisting the VP of Development to secure and maintain clients. Aside from her catering and event planning experience, Shakuwra obtains 8+ years in the hospitality industry; working in hotels, casino, and restaurants. Some of her expertise includes customer interaction to secure event sales, organizing banquets/special events, and working with a wide array of customers ranging from casual everyday catering to upscale VIP events.
Daniel Fitzgerald ’16 graduated from Stockton with a B.S. in Hospitality during the Spring of 2016. During his time at Stockton, he worked on the Garden State Green Hotel Project and was an intern with Visit South Jersey. He then began his career as the Convention Services Coordinator with Destination D.C., the official tourism bureau for Washington D.C.
Eddie Sunday ’17 is the Lounge and Bar Manager for Aqimero, of Richard Sandoval Hospitality, in the Ritz Carlton Philadelphia. At 14, he started off at an upscale banquet facility in Toms River where he learned the essential basics of food and beverage operations. Skip ahead a few years later and he was a passionate sophomore HTMS student at Stockton University. He found an internship at 19 where he was not only an intern, but the manager for a beach bar and nightclub in Atlantic City. While he was learning to manage people, he realized his technical skills were lacking. He went back and relearned all the necessary skills of the industry. He was fortunate enough to befriend great people who saw something in him and set him up with an opportunity at the Wells Fargo Center as their bar manager/concessions supervisor. He grew more in that 8 months with Aramark than he had in the past 4 years. This led to being recruited by multiple companies where he eventually secured a position. Soon enough, he realized he made a mistake so he went back to his comfort zone. A few months later, he was recruited to take over the position he has now.
Kylie Fodor ’17 is nearing the one-year mark of graduation, and is happily settling into a career with Caesars in Atlantic City, NJ. Kylie works as an Events Coordinator planning events such as gift giveaways, ballroom parties, slot and poker tournaments, as well as various holiday events throughout the year. Kylie believes that her time as a Hospitality major at Stockton is what has made her successful in her career today. She also credits her professors for helping her find her niche in this ever-changing industry and for their dedication to their students.