December 2016

Dear Alumni and Friends,

Greetings from Stockton University! This fall we announced plans for a major expansion of our Health Sciences program and facilities in southern Ocean County. Professor George Zimmermann’s work on Stockton’s forest management plan won the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. Nelida Valentin, a 1986 alumna, joined the Board of Trustees, and our students at the Model U.N. in Japan were recognized as a distinguished delegation.  Here are just a few highlights of what has been happening at Stockton:

Stockton Graduates Celebrated at 
Fall Baccalaureate Commencement
Stockton University is a family. This theme was repeated throughout the Dec. 18 Fall Baccalaureate Commencement, as nearly 600 graduates celebrated their achievements along with families, friends, university officials, faculty and staff. Read more.

Stockton to Expand Health Science Degree
Programs and Facilities in Ocean County
Stockton University’s School of Health Sciences will be expanding into new, larger facilities in Ocean County, providing more students from central and south New Jersey with a convenient location to earn degrees in several fast-growing fields of health care. Read more.

Professor of Environmental Studies George Zimmermann
Receives Governor’s Environmental Award
Professor of Environmental Studies George Zimmermann was honored with the 2016 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award (GEEA) in the Healthy Ecosystems category for Stockton’s Forest Management Plan. Read more.

Nelida Valentin Joins Stockton University Board of Trustees
Nelida Valentin is the newest member of the Board of Trustees. Valentin, who graduated with honors in 1986, 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. Read more.

Stockton Students Named Distinguished Delegation in
Model United Nations Program in Japan
Eight Stockton students and a faculty member traveled to Japan for a Model United Nations program where they were named a Distinguished Delegation by a vote of their peers, while four team members received awards for outstanding position papers and two were named best delegates.  Read more.

I hope you enjoy reading this newsletter!

Harvey Kesselman
President, Stockton University