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Ramapo College President Peter P. Mercer Will Step Down in 2021
September 23, 2019

Dr. Peter P. Mercer will step down as president of Ramapo College of New Jersey at the end of his current contract in June 2021 – thus marking the culmination of Dr. Mercer’s 16 years of leadership and service to the college.

“Dr. Mercer is a tremendous asset to public higher education in New Jersey. Ramapo College students and alumni have benefited from his steadfast vision and his unwavering dedication to the mission of the college. The Board of Trustees is confident that the college will continue to thrive under his leadership for the next two years,” said William F. Dator, chair of the Ramapo College’s Board of Trustees.

Under President Mercer’s leadership, the college has thrived on several fronts:

State-of-the-Art Living and Learning Environment: President Mercer has led Ramapo College through a transformative campus-wide building and renovation program that included the opening of the following: Anisfield School of Business and its fifth floor trading lab; Laurel Residence Hall; Sharp Sustainability Education Center; Topken World Languages Lab; Salameno Spiritual Center; Padovano Commons; Les Paul Recording Studio; Dugan Engineering Physics Lab; Veteran and Transfer Students Lounge; Adler Center for Nursing Excellence. In addition, he directed the extensive renovations to the College’s G- and B-Wing academic complexes and enhancements to the athletics and recreational facilities.

Curricular Growth and Academic Reputation: The college’s curriculum and academic reputation have grown under President Mercer’s leadership. He advanced Ramapo’s focus on faculty-student research and experiential learning; dramatically expanded the Ramapo College Honor Program; provided students with awards to present their research at outside conferences or submit their work for publication; secured accreditation for the Anisfield School of Business by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and received excellent accreditation reports for the Ramapo College Social Work, Nursing and Teacher Education programs. At the graduate level, the college has launched programs in Social Work, Education, Nursing, and Accounting.

Campus Safety: Describing sexual assault as “an affront to the well-being and inherent dignity of our college,” President Mercer led the development and implementation of Ramapo Advance, a comprehensive and substantive campus safety plan. Ramapo Advance is a solutions-oriented plan focused on educating students and preventing sexual misconduct and alcohol abuse at the college, as well as ensuring cases are swiftly and fairly adjudicated.

Affordability: Ramapo’s capacity to attract external funds, both public and private, has been wedded to President Mercer’s commitment to affordability, his penchant for friend- and fundraising, and his dogged persistence in Trenton.

The college has been able to boast to families, students, employers, and legislators that Ramapo has had the lowest cumulative tuition increase of any New Jersey State college in recent years.

President Mercer’s commitment to affordability has also been evident in his fundraising ability, tied to his alacrity for sharing with people why Ramapo College is worthy of their generosity. Just last year, with the support of the Ramapo College Foundation and countless inspired donors, the college awarded more than $700,000 in student scholarships, this is up from $583,000 just two years earlier.

As a result of Dr. Mercer’s consistent engagement with the Bergen County legislative delegation and other NJ State leaders, the college secured $15M from the State of New Jersey that enabled the college to embark on an 80,000 square-foot renovation to its library to construct a new comprehensive learning commons (due to open in 2021).

Increased Student Success and Demand for a Ramapo Education: Ramapo has also been increasingly regarded as a great value and a superior institution, consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as among the “Best Regional Universities in the North,” and by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine as one of the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges.”

Strategic Planning and Initiative Funding: President Mercer led the campus through three strategic planning exercises that have resulted in three institutional plans, driving our overall effectiveness. Foundational to all three plans have been an emphasis on the uniqueness of the college model and its persistent appeal to young men and women intent on making the successful transition to adulthood. To this end, President Mercer has successfully infused goals into the college’s strategic plans that advance the broader public purposes of a liberal education: to connect students with real-world challenges and engage them in creative and collaborative problem-solving.

In 2009, President Mercer established the Strategic Priority Initiative Fund (SPIF) that reallocates a percent of the operating budget annually to support initiatives designed to advance the strategic plan. SPIF has been successfully leveraged to increase the retention of Educational Opportunity Fund students, to market and launch new graduate programs, to purchase a Customer Relationship Management system that has dramatically enhanced the admissions operations, and to advance the college’s commitments to sustainability, diversity, and inclusiveness.

The demand for a Ramapo College education continues to grow. In fall of 2006 the college received 4,430 applications for 815 seats and 13 years later, the college received 7,329 applications for 1,030 seats.

The next two years at Ramapo College will include its 50th Anniversary Celebration, the opening of a new Learning Commons, and continued progress under its Strategic Plan: Fulfilling Our Promise 2018-2021.

Planning for a national presidential search is underway. Susan A. Vallario, vice chair of the Ramapo College Board, has been appointed chair of the presidential search committee that will include student, faculty, staff, alumni, administration, and Ramapo College Foundation representatives.

New Center Will Preserve History of First Successful Jewish Farming Colony
September 26, 2019

Gifts from two generous donors have helped establish a new center at Stockton University that will preserve and share the history of the first successful Jewish farming colony in America. The Alliance Heritage Center was formally announced September 26 at a ceremony in the chapel at the Alliance Cemetery in rural Norma, Salem County.

Photos and documents from the early Alliance Colony, founded in 1882, are displayed in the chapel and will become part of a new virtual museum coordinated by Stockton. To date some 500 photos, deeds, memoirs, letters, farming tools and other memorabilia have been collected from descendants and will be digitized through Stockton’s Special Collections library.

“I am kvelling today,” said Jay Greenblatt, referring to the Jewish word for feeling happy and proud. “I am bursting with pride and joy.”

Mr. Greenblatt’s family members helped settle the first colony and he has been instrumental in collecting and preserving colony artifacts. Stockton is working with the Jewish Federation of Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties to develop the center, which will also share the history of the neighboring communities of Norma and Brotmanville.

“This is not just a story of Jewish immigration,” Mr. Greenblatt said. “It is also a story of American immigration. It is an important slice of history to be preserved.”

Two major gifts helped establish the center. A $500,000 gift from an anonymous donor established a fund for the Elizabeth and Samuel Levin Director of the Alliance Heritage Center. Thomas Kinsella, a professor of Literature at Stockton, will serve as the director.

A $200,000 gift from Bernard and Shirlee Greenblatt Brown will establish a research endowment. Two recent Stockton graduates, Ray Dudo of Mays Landing and Sara Brown of Estell manor, are the first two research fellows.

Jay Einstein, president of the Federation, said they want to get testimonials and develop a curriculum to share with schools. “It is our dream to keep the legacy alive for future generations,” Mr. Einstein said. “This is a story of how tenacity, determination, focus, and hard work by a people who were down and out can overcome it all to become successful, no matter who they are.” The Federation is assisting in a fund-raising campaign to help support the center. Mr. Einstein said the $500,000 gift started as a much smaller gift. But, he said, the donor came down to Alliance Cemetery from New England, visited the grave of her family, saw the efforts to preserve their history and called back to increase her donation.

Mr. Einstein also thanked Stockton for its interest and enthusiasm in the center.

“We give our humble thanks to all of you for marking sure the dream stays alive,” he said.

Stockton President Harvey Kesselman cited other projects at the university that have helped preserve history, including the Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center at Stockton’s main campus in Galloway, and the Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage in Woodbine.

“This is a very special place,” he said of Alliance. “When you come here you can get a sense of the history. Institutions of higher education should be doing things like this, so thank you, for coming to us.”

Professor Kinsella said he was deeply moved the first time he visited Alliance Cemetery and saw graves of German Jews who had escaped the Nazis, others who survived the Holocaust, and Russian Jews who came for a better life. He said students will play an active role in developing the center so they can share it with the next generation.

Stockton’s South Jersey Culture & History Center has already published a reissue of Moses Klein’s 1889 book on Alliance, Rosenhayn and Carmel, titled “Migdal Zophim & Farming in the Jewish Colonies of South Jersey,” and William Stainsby’s 1901 study “The Jewish Colonies of South Jersey.”

Future plans call for an exhibit in 2021 at the Noyes Museum Gallery at Stockton’s Kramer Hall in Hammonton.

For information about donating to support the Alliance Heritage Colony contact the Executive Director of the Stockton Foundation Daniel Nugent at 609-626-3546 or Daniel.Nugent@stockton.edu.

William Paterson University’s Master of Education in Curriculum and Learning Gathers STEAM

September 13, 2019


This fall, William Paterson University is launching a revamped version of its Master of Education in Curriculum and Learning program, now offering an innovative concentration in “STEAM,” which adds the arts to K-8 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) instruction.  William Paterson University is the first and only institution in New Jersey, and one of only a few universities nationwide, to offer STEAM education at the graduate level.


“Research shows that arts integration in elementary and middle school STEM coursework can bolster student engagement and learning,” says Amy Ginsberg, dean of William Paterson University’s College of Education.  “Adding the arts makes STEM more accessible to more K-8 students – particularly those that sway heavier to such interests and skills or those who have previously faced inequities in STEM education due to socioeconomic, racial or linguistic factors, among others.”


The new concentration is geared toward previously certified K-8 teachers, aiming to enhance their competence and confidence to adequately teach and guide STEAM subjects for all learners, according to Professor Heejung An, director of the Master of Education in curriculum and learning.  The 33-credit program, which can be completed in 24 months, employs project-based learning, an inquiry-based research study, and leadership development courses so that candidates are prepared to meet the evolving needs of schools and districts in positions as STEAM teachers or coordinators, instructional leaders, or curriculum developers.


“We are offering an entire concentration at the master’s level, which is very exciting,” says STEAM concentration coordinator Sandra Alon, associate professor of educational leadership and professional studies.  “We have many experienced teachers coming to us, going back to school, eager to enroll in this program.”


The focus is an interdisciplinary teaching practice through which non-arts and arts content is taught and assessed equally to enhance students’ understanding of both.


Among the offered courses are Teaching Physical Science with the STEAM approach, Multiple Representations of Mathematics Across the Curriculum, Programming Robotics and Engineering in STEAM, and Arts Integration: Interactive Strategies for STEAM.


Completion of the STEAM concentration coursework leads to a built-in partial completion of the middle school mathematics endorsement program and a partial completion of the requirements for a supervisory certificate.


“Therefore, students would only need two more courses – courses the University offers – to earn another important professional credential,” Professor An says.


The addition of a STEAM concentration to the University’s graduate education program falls in line with the U.S. Department of Education’s call for a new vision in pre-college STEM education, according to Ginsberg.  In a recent report, the Department argued that the teaching of STEM subjects needs to be integrated across the curriculum, rather than fall into silos, to develop critical thinking skills young students will need to be successful in our future workplace.


“In order to be a good problem solver, you need to be creative,” Professor An adds, “and if you’re going to be creative, you need the arts.”


Through her role as director of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Arts Integration Grant Program at William Paterson University, Dr. An has seen firsthand the educational benefits afforded to students in several public schools in Paterson, New Jersey where arts integration lessons and activities were implemented over the past six years with support of the grant.


Student achievement, engagement, and creativity blossomed, she says.


For example, a science lesson about planets and the solar system that requires students to work in groups to “build” an assigned planet out of a variety of art materials reinforces the physical properties and characteristics of the planets, as well as different types of art techniques.


However, the STEAM concentration at William Paterson will not only focus on integrating visual art, but also other types of art including, but not limited to, dance/movement and opera.


William Paterson Environmental Science Professor Awarded Fulbright Scholar Grant to Conduct Research on Tree Rings in Colombia

September 12, 2019


Nicole Davi, a professor of environmental science at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey has been awarded a 2019-20 Fulbright U.S. Scholar award to conduct research on tree rings from high-altitude sites in Colombia.  The research will contribute to an understanding of climate variability and dynamics in the region.


Dr. Davi will spend six months from January through June 2020 working collaboratively with Colombian scientists at EAFIT University’s Department of Earth Sciences and the Universidad EIA to identify research sites where annual tree rings are prevalent in local tree species.  Then she and her colleagues will develop tree-ring chronologies using novel low-cost methods that rely on high-resolution scans of tree-core samples.


“Because of conflict and political interest, tree-ring chronologies are particularly scarce in Colombia,” says Dr. Davi.  “In addition to contributing an extended understanding of climate variation in this region, tree-ring chronologies from Colombian Polylepis trees could also provide insights into how forests are responding to climate change.  This work can inform the evolution of the country’s forest management policies.”


In addition, Dr. Davi said, such records could also provide a long-term context to understand hydrological cycles, and be used to study large-scale atmospheric/oceanic effects of El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the Pacific Decadal Oscillations (PDO) – all of which significantly impact rainfall, and the South American summer monsoon.


“These dendroclimatological records from Colombia would be on the cutting edge, and of great interest and value to the larger geoscience community,” she adds.


During her time in Colombia, Dr. Davi will work with undergraduate and graduate students through field and laboratory work.  She will also give public lectures and potentially run a faculty workshop on tree-ring science.  Dr. Davi, who joined the William Paterson faculty in 2013, is also an adjunct senior research scientist at the Tree-Ring Laboratory at Colombia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.


Her research focuses on developing and interpreting high-resolution paleoclimatic records in order to further the understanding of climate change over the past 2000 years.  To do her research, she had led and participated in field expeditions in Alaska, Yukon Canada, Peru, Mongolia, Bulgaria, and Ukraine.  She has authored or co-authored dozens of peer-reviewed articles on paleoclimate and has received awards from National Science Foundation and other funding agencies for her research.


She has also worked extensively on projects focused on improving science literacy for undergraduate and K-12 students.  She recently led a team to develop Tree-Ring Expeditions (TREX), a free online curriculum of five multimedia labs geared to professors teaching introductory science courses that immerse students in the field of tree-ring science.


The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  Each year, the program provides approximately 800 grants in more than 130 countries to support teaching and research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

Ramapo College Breaks Ground on New Learning Commons that Marks a New Era in Educational Excellence and a Celebration of its 50th Anniversary  

September 6, 2019


Ramapo College of New Jersey on September 4th launched the college’s 50th Anniversary year-long celebration, as well as started construction on the Learning Commons project that will transform the George T. Potter Library into a 21st century collaborative space for research, learning and exploration.  In 2016, Ramapo received $15 million from the State of New Jersey Higher Education Capital Facilities program to completely renovate the Porter Library and create a new Learning Commons.  The ambitious three-year $40 million project will result in a modern educational facility designed to support the intellectual growth of Ramapo’s students and the entire college community.


“A campus library is the nerve center of every college.  We are creating a space that will serve the needs of our students today and well into the future,” said Ramapo President Peter P. Mercer.  “This has been a collaborative effort of the Learning Commons Task Force and our very generous donors who will help make this project come to fruition,” he added, acknowledging among others lead donor Susan A. Vallario, vice chair, Ramapo College Board of Trustees.


William F. Dator, chair of the Ramapo College Board of Trustees, added, “We must have the facilities that match our reputation.  The Learning Commons will dramatically change the students’ and faculty’s scholarly pursuits on campus.”


The project, led by architectural firm of Bohlin Cywinski, will address the infrastructure issues and increase the building’s interior space from 60,000 to 80,000 square feet.  The project will include increasing seating capacity by 65 percent, adding 19 new study rooms and flexible-use classroom space, and repurposing and modernizing computer and technology labs.  The facility also will house archives, several special collections, the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and the Krame Center for Mindful Living.

William Paterson University Center for Chinese Art to Celebrate 10th Anniversary with Exhibition of Chinese Printmaking
September 4, 2019

William Paterson University’s Center for Chinese Art on September 9th is celebrating its 10th anniversary as the first nonprofit center for Chinese art in the United States that aims to academically promote cultural and artistic exchanges between the two countries. The 10th Anniversary Celebration Exhibition is Lines Crossing: Contemporary Chinese Printmaking, on view in the University Galleries in the Ben Shahn Center for the Visual Arts on campus from September 9 through October 18, 2019. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on select Saturdays (September 28 and October 12) and Sundays (October 20) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A special reception celebrating the 10th anniversary will be held on Monday, September 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the University Galleries. Admission is free and open to the public.

Lines Crossing: Contemporary Chinese Printmaking features artworks created by 20 Chinese printmakers and masters, who have won national and regional printmaking exhibition awards in China. Ranging from wood engravings to lithographs and intaglios, these artworks were created by a new generation of printmakers who are exploring innovative directions in a medium with an age-old legacy in China.

Arts in the exhibition include: Jingbo An, Ling Ban, En Hao, Xianwu Hu, Xun Li, Yanpeng Li, Lianfang Liang, Bo Liu, Gen Liu, Linge Liu, Yanfei Liu, Haonan Tan, Ruiqing Wang, Shuai Wang, Wufeng Yu, Minjie Zhang, Bin Zhou, Yunzhi Zhou, Hua Zhu, and Jianxiang Zhu.

The beginning of China’s contemporary printmaking movement can be traced back to woodcuts introduced by Lu Xun in the 1930s, which sought subjective expression by subverting objective reproduction, says Zhiyuan Cong, William Paterson University professor of art and director of the Center for Chinese Art, who organized the exhibition in collaboration with Kristen Evangelista, director of the University Galleries.

Chinese printmaking has evolved over several generations, Cong explains. “These artists are not restricted by the means of expression but focus on the aesthetic tastes; they are not limited by the established types of prints, but seek to put more emphasis on personal expression,” he says. “Their works set the path for, and lead the direction of, the continuing development of Chinese contemporary prints.”

The history of printmaking is also interconnected with the development of art, science, and technology, Cong adds. “From the Chinese invention of papermaking in the Eastern Han Dynasty (AD 25-220), to the development of movable type printing in the Northern Song Dynasty (AD 960-1127), engraving and color printing in the Ming Dynasty (AD 1368-1644), and the invention and development of European intaglio (15th century) and lithography (18th century), all these innovations demonstrate the influence and imprint of each era and impact of scientific development on the art of printmaking,” he says. “The United States succeeded in becoming the world center of printmaking after the industrial revolution of the late 19th century, and later developments such as the photographic revolution of the 1930s, and now the rise of digital technology have had a significant impact on this art form. The exhibition explores the current status of printmaking in China, it’s birthplace.”

William Paterson University’s Center for Chinese Arts was established on September 9, 2009. Over the past decade, the center has offered courses, symposiums and exhibitions of Chinese art, presented numerous demonstrations and talks by renowned Chinese artists, and provided study abroad programs in China focused on Chinese art and culture, and has gained international recognition in art circles in both the United States and China.

The exhibition is one of three on view concurrently in the University Galleries. In the South Gallery, The World Through My Eyes: Celebrating the Legacy of Ben Shahn, a selection of works on paper by the social-realist artist Ben Shahn, commemorates the 50th anniversary of Ben Shahn’s passing and also the 40th anniversary of the University Galleries. In the East Gallery, Visiones Latinx: Selections from the Permanent Collection, showcases works on paper and artists’ books by artists of Argentinian, Brazilian, Chilean, Cuban, and Mexican heritage.

The University Galleries’ programs are also made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. The William Paterson University Galleries are wheelchair-accessible. Large-print educational materials are available. For additional information, please call the William Paterson University Galleries at 973-720-2654.

Thomas Edison to Offer 3+1 Bachelor’s Degrees to New Jersey Community College Students
August 23, 2019

Thomas Edison State University (TESU) has just established the NJ 3+1 Pathways program that allows New Jersey community college students to transfer up to 90 community college credits and then complete the remaining 30 credits required for graduation at TESU.

TESU has created three degree pathways leading to baccalaureate degrees for recent, current and future graduates of New Jersey community colleges. The move aligns with goals of the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education to create more 3+1 programs as well as more college-educated New Jersey residents.

“We are excited to partner with New Jersey’s community colleges in building affordable and timely degree completion options for students throughout New Jersey,” said Dr. Merodie A. Hancock, Thomas Edison president.

Through this innovative program, students can remain at their community college for an additional 30 credits beyond the associate degree and pay for those credits at the community college rate. Thus, this new program promotes associate and baccalaureate degree completion while driving the New Jersey State Office of Higher Education goal of 65 percent degree attainment by 2025, with the added benefit of keeping students in New Jersey. We see this as a three-way win for our students, our institutions and the state.

“We estimate that the average New Jersey community college student can now earn a baccalaureate degree for less than $24,000 through this program,” explained Dr. Hancock.

The 90-credit transfer allowance through this 3+1 program represents a 10-credit increase over TESU’s traditional policy of accepting up to 80 community college credits from regionally accredited institutions.

Students will be able to choose among three TESU degree programs: the Bachelor of Arts with an area of study in Liberal Studies; the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an area of study in General Management; and the Bachelor of Science with an area of study in Technical Studies.

While TESU prides itself on recognizing college-level learning however and wherever it occurs in all of our programs, these three specific programs were chosen for the TESU/NJ 3+1 Pathways Program because they offer the most flexibility in transfer and breadth of academic focus.

“Mercer County Community College (MCCC) is very pleased to receive this welcoming news. We have been a longstanding partner with TESU. We already have a Three-plus-One arrangement with TESU in nursing. We are delighted about the three additional areas of study now qualify for Three-plus-One for those students who wish to complete a BA degree after graduating from Mercer,” said MCCC President Jianping Wang.

“We are proud to partner with Thomas Edison on this new initiative creating a pathway for more students to earn their undergraduate degrees,” said Brookdale President Dr. David Stout. “Our mission at Brookdale is to provide access to high-quality and affordable educational pathways,” said President Stout. “These three degree options at Thomas Edison fit that model and enable students to gain the necessary credentials to start or change careers without incurring significant debt.”

To learn more, go to http://www.tesu.edu/3plus1

New Jersey City University and DaVinci Initiative Announce New Certificate Program
August 19, 2019

The New Jersey City University Division of Professional Education and Lifelong Learning (PELL) is proud to announce a new partnership with the DaVinci Initiative to offer a non-credit certificate in art.

In making the announcement, Dr. Michael Edmondson, Dean of Professional Education and Lifelong Learning stated, “This new partnership allows two Jersey City organizations to better serve the local artists, art teachers, and anyone in the community interested in learning about the atelier approach to art.”

The DaVinci Initiative is a 501(c)(3) non-profit education foundation that supports skill-based learning in K-12 art classrooms. The DaVinci Initiative believes that the most creative artists are those with the most tools at their disposal for making artwork and provides atelier training and resources to students in order to help them incorporate skill-based methods into their practices. The DaVinci Initiative works with teachers nationally and internationally through online classes, art education conferences, keynote speaker services, weekend retreats, district-wide workshops, and more.

The DaVinci Initiative Atelier offers training in an “apprenticeship” system with a subscription enrollment policy. Students pay a monthly fee of $720 and are welcome to attend the studio hours of their choosing, with critiques available from an atelier-trained artist on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The studio is open Mondays through Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. One weekend workshop (runs 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and again from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.) each month is included for all enrolled participants.

On the new partnership with NJCU, Mandy Theis, president and co-founder of the DaVinci Initiative, noted, “Our collaboration with NJCU is the first of its kind, and we are very excited to further our ability to connect with local artists, art teachers, and members of the community.”

Study Shows Naloxone, Quick Response, Saved Lives of Opioid Overdose Victims
August 14, 2019

A large majority of opioid overdose victims in Atlantic County who received naloxone from an emergency responder survived the overdose, according to a study by Stockton University.

The study also showed that a majority of overdose victims during the study timeframe were male (71%) and white (73%).

In early 2018, Stockton collaborated with the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office to analyze information on 311 overdose victims to garner a better understanding of the county’s opioid overdose statistics.

The data was extracted from information collected during 2015-2017 using the N.J. Attorney General’s Heroin & Opiates Task Force Naloxone Administration Reporting Form for Atlantic County.

Of the 311 victims, 266 were administered naloxone. The data showed that 265 of the victims survived, while 17 did not, a 94% survival rate. Missing data was noted on 29 reports. In most cases, the victims who received naloxone were revived in five minutes or less.

“The data showed that quick response to opioid overdoses and prompt administration of the drug naloxone can save lives,” the authors said in the report.

The data also showed:

• More than half (52%) of victims were under 35 years old, though overdoses were spread across all age groups.

• While the victims’ residential addresses were widespread, the majority of overdose incidents were reported from Atlantic City (169 or 54%) followed by Somers Point (9%), Pleasantville (8%), Galloway (6%), Ventnor (6%), and Hammonton (5%).

• About 40% of the overdoses happened between October and December.

The study also suggested a need for statewide resources to conduct more rigorous research in this area as “it will be critical to examine this problem with the intersection of race, age, and gender so appropriate policies can be drawn that suit specific population groups.”

The report was produced in collaboration with Captain Bruce DeShields, an investigator in the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, and authored by Executive Director of the Stockton Center for Community Engagement Merydawilda Colon, Professor of Public Health Tara Crowell, Distinguished Professor of Physical Therapy Mary Lou Galantino, Associate Provost Carra Lea Hood, and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Manish Madan.

Ms. Galantino said the study is just one of Stockton’s initiatives to compile data and research strategies that address opioid abuse, addiction and recovery in South Jersey. Faculty are also completing a study on integrating yoga for women in recovery.

A recent report by the Center for Disease Control suggested that an increase in naloxone prescriptions could be one reason overdose deaths have stopped rising for the first time in nearly three decades.

Thomas Edison State University Receives $100K Signature Grant from The Provident Bank Foundation

 August 14, 2019


The Provident Bank Foundation (PBF) has announced Thomas Edison State University (TESU) in Trenton, NJ, as the recipient of the Foundation’s $100,000 Signature Grant for 2019 in the Education funding priority area.


TESU was selected to receive this Signature Grant for its distance-learning curriculum built on community engaged service learning and best practices.  A first of its kind, the program promotes experiential learning as TESU’s non-traditional, and distance-learning adult students support New Jersey non-profit organizations in the form of 12-week Capstone Projects.


“It is very important to assist educational initiatives that empower adults to attain their career goals and build a strong and competitive local workforce,” said Jane Kurek, Executive Director, The Provident Bank Foundation.  “TESU has structured a program to prepare students to lead and create positive change in community-based organizations and develop effective public service partnerships with non-profits.”


Beginning this fall, 100 participating TESU students will engage and work with 15 New Jersey non-profit organizations including The Arc/Morris Chapter, Hope Loves Company, LeaderKid Academy, The Midland School, and VolunteerConnect.


“TESU strives to support our adult learners while meeting the critical needs of many non-profit organizations,” said Dr. Merodie A. Hancock, president, Thomas Edison State University.  “We look forward to helping students apply what they have learned in meaningful, real-time ways.  This Signature Grant allows for our students to do this while experiencing the power of active citizenship.  This grant plants the seed for community impact that keeps growing.”


The Foundation will present the check during a presentation on Tuesday, August 27, at 11 a.m. at TESU.  Attending from The Provident Bank Foundation are Dr. Carlos Hernandez, Chair of Foundation Board & President Emeritus of New Jersey City University and Executive Director Jane Kurek.  Accepting the grant on behalf of Thomas Edison State University are Dr. Merodie A. Hancock, President, and John Thurber, Vice President for Public Affairs, Thomas Edison State University.


About The Provident Bank Foundation


The Provident Bank Foundation was established in 2003 by Provident Bank to enhance the quality of life in the region through support of not-for-profit groups, institutions, schools, and other 501(c)(3) organizations that provide services in communities served by the Bank.  Since inception, the Foundation has granted more than $25 million to not-for-profit organizations and institutions working toward stronger communities.  For more information, visit www.theprovidentbankfoundation.org or call (862) 260-3990.

2019 Quick Takes

Executive Director Report from Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) - August 1, 2019

New Laws Will Help Students Understand the True Cost of College and Protect Student Loan Borrowers - August 1, 2019

Ramapo Student Leader Becomes New Jersey Leader on Higher Education Policy Issues - July 25, 2019

NJCU President is Panelist at NJ Spotlight Roundtable – “Preparing High Schoolers for College and Career” - July 1, 2019

Stockton Celebrates Its Moody’s Investor Service Report Issued May 23, 2019 -May 28, 2019

Dr. Kathryn A. Foster is Inaugurated as The College of New Jersey’s 16th President -  May 6, 2019

John Froonjian Named Interim Director of Hughes Center at Stockton University - May 6, 2019

HESAA Executive Director David Socolow Reports on FY 2020 State Budget, State Plan for Higher Education, and Improvements in NJCLASS Loans (as reported at the April 17, 2019 HESAA Board Meeting) - April 18, 2019

Kean University Students Help Make Theater Sensory Friendly for All - April 17, 2019

Kean University Students Start Their Own Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Journal - April 16, 2019

Ramapo College Senior Selected for Fulbright U.S. Student Teaching Award to South Korea - April 4, 2019

Stockton Poll:  New Jersey Motorists Say Much-Needed Infrastructure Repair Should be Fueled with Federal Money - April 14, 2019

Thomas Edison State University Celebrates Accelerated Nursing Program Graduates - April 2, 2019

Stockton Partners with Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind – a “Sustainable” Public/Private Partnership - April 2, 2019

William Paterson University Dean Kara Rabbit is Honored to be Named American Council on Education Fellow - March 28, 2019

Newark Museum Internship Puts Kean University Senior on Path Toward Arts Leadership - February 25, 2019

Cyber Threat Intelligence Experts to Gather at New Jersey City University for National Security Symposium - February 25, 2019

William Paterson University Galleries to Receive $20,000 Grant from National Endowment for the Arts - February 21, 2019

Montclair State Earns R2 Designation (High Research Activity) from Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education - February 21, 2019

Symposium at William Paterson University Launches the Propel Paterson Initiative - February 21, 2019

Commencement News: Congressman Jeff Van Drew Will be Keynote Speaker at Stockton'sCommencement May 10 - February 19, 2019

Stockton University Offers New Subject Area of Concentration in Migration Studies - January 31, 2019

William Paterson University and the City of Paterson Partner to 'Propel Paterson' Towards Revitalization - January 23, 2019

The Tuchman Foundation Partners with TESU Foundation to Help Coast Guard Students Affected by Partial Government Shutdown - January 22, 2019

Stockton Will Partner with Thomas Jefferson University and Other Institutions for its Cannabis Studies Program - January 22, 2019

Stockton Dual Credit Class Fills "Math Gap" for College-Bound High School Seniors - January 14, 2019

Thomas Edison State University Foundation to Offer Tuition Assistance for Coast Guard Members Affected by Government Shutdown - January 15, 2019

School of Applied Science and Technology at Thomas Edison State University Launches Journal of Women and Minorities in Technology - January 10, 2019

Renowned Sculptor Jim Dessicino Returns Home to Join Stockton Faculty - January 2, 2019

NJCU Will Institute Test-Optional Admissions Policy Beginning with Fall 2020 Class - January 2, 2019

2018 Quick Takes

Thomas Edison State University President Merodie Hancock Inducted in the 2018 International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame - December 4, 2018

The National Aviation Research and Technology Park of Stockton University Contracts with NJ Innovation Institute - December 4, 2018

Kean University’s Patricia Morreale Honored by Being Named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) - November 29, 2018

NJCU Workforce Development Programs Can Jumpstart a New Career - November 27, 2018

William Paterson University Hosts its 12th Annual National Sales Challenge with a Record Number of Participants  - November 16, 2018

Thomas Edison State University Partners with Augusta Technical College, Georgia - November 8, 2018

‘Hidden Child’ of the Holocaust Speaks at Kean University Kristallnacht Commemoration - November 7, 2018

The College of New Jersey Launches “Trenton Roots” Exhibit in Trenton Hall - October 29, 2018

Stockton University to Host Acclaimed Annual Conference on Diversity in Higher Education - October 29, 2018

U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo Donates His Congressional Memorabilia to Stockton University - October 19, 2018

NJCU Leads NJ Delegation to Budapest, Hungary for a Prestigious Global Conference on Innovation and Collaboration - October 11, 2018

Stockton’s New Master’s in Counseling will Go Live in September 2019 - October 10, 2018

Thomas Edison State University Inaugurates its Fourth President, Dr. Merodie Hancock, at 46th Commencement Ceremony - October 11, 2018

Investiture Speech of William Paterson University President Richard J. Helldobler - October 7, 2018

Governor Murphy Outlines Programs and Innovations Geared to Economic Growth - October 1, 2018

The U.S. Senate Race in NJ is a Statistical Dead Heat, According to Stockton University Poll - October 1, 2018

New Jersey City University Debt-Free Promise Program - September 27, 2018

Renowned Historian Jon Meacham and ‘Professional Fixer’ Judy Smith Open Kean’s 2018-19 Distinguished Lecture Series - September 27, 2018

Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver Featured Speaker at Annual Stockton Symposium on Civil Rights - September 27, 2018

TCNJ Launches Innovative ‘T-Style’ Master of Business Administration Program - September 24, 2018

Ramapo College Program on October 23 Features Renowned Holocaust Survivor, who is Stepsister of Anne Frank - September 19, 2018

STOCKTON POLLING INSTITUTE POLL: VanDre Leads Grossman in 2nd District Congressional Race; in U.S. Senate Race, Hugin Leading Menendez in South Jersey District - September 19, 2018

Stockton University in Partnership with Recovery Court Program Transforms Lives - September 12, 2018

Kean University Offers Five New Academic Programs, Responding to Demands of a Changing World - September 12, 2018

Ramapo College of New Jersey Welcomes a First Year Class that is Four Percent Larger than Last Year’s Class September 6, 2018

Free Concert on the Jersey City Waterfront Celebrates the NJCU Alumni Jazz Big Band and the Jersey City Community - September 5, 2018

NJ Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology Signed Into Law by Governor Murphy - August 23, 2018

TESU and Bossier Parish Community College Partner to Strengthen Cybersecurity Workforce -  August 21, 2018

NJCU Launches Public Safety Program Facilitated by National and State Partnerships -  August 21, 2018

Governor Phil Murphy Signs Bipartisan Legislation to Provide Communities with Opportunities for Valuable Public-Private Partnerships (P3 Legislation) - August 14, 2018

William Paterson University Director of Jazz Studies Collaborates with Tony Bennett and Diana Krall on New Album, Love is Here to Stay - August 13, 2018

Stockton Board Approves Purchase of Large Mixed-Use Property in Atlantic City, Near New Boardwalk Campus - August 8, 2018

Stockton President Makes Compelling Statement on Campus Sexual Assault - August 7, 2018

Ramapo College Student is Sworn in as a Board Member of NJ Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) - August 7, 2018

TCNJ Nursing Students Trained to Assist in Local Public Health Emergencies - July 30, 2018

NJCU Offers Innovative Doctoral Program in Community College Leadership - July 30, 2018

Rowan University Launches BA Degree in Sports Communication and Media - Unique in the Region - July 29, 2018

William Paterson University Radio Station is One of Five Stations in Nation Nominated for Prestigious National Award - July 27, 2018

The College of New Jersey to Help Lead Civic Information Consortium - July 25, 2018

Ramapo College and Touro College of Pharmacy Create a Fast-Track, Pharmaceutical Program - July 23, 2018

New Jersey City University’s Center for the Arts Announces its Inaugural Director - July 16, 2018

Stockton Polling Institute Predicts Winners and is a Winner - July 12, 2018

Stockton Report Indicates New Jersey Beaches are in Better Shape than Before Hurricane Sandy - June 27, 2018

Kean University College of Education among First in New Jersey to Receive New National Accreditation - June 25, 2018

William Paterson University Galleries Awarded an NEA Grant to Celebrate NJ Artist Ben Shahn - June 25, 2018

New Jersey City University Appoints Former NJCU Student-Athlete Star as its Head Women’s Basketball Coach - June 21, 2018

NJCU Appoints Michael Edmondson Dean of Professional Education and Lifelong Learning - May 24, 2018

New Jersey City University (NJCU) Receives Grant to Address Tobacco Use on Campus - May 23, 2018

New York Times Editorial: Four-Year Degree Absolutely Needed - May 18, 2018

U.S. Senator Cory Booker Tells Kean University’s Class of 2018 to Find Power in Kindness - May 17, 2018

Commencement News: NJCU to Graduate 1,935 on May 22 at Prudential Center - May 14, 2018

NJ Governor Murphy Transmits Words of Wisdom to Stockton’s Graduates on the Boardwalk - May 14, 2018

Kean is Offering Eight New Programs for New Fall Semester 2018 - May 3, 2018

William Paterson is First Institution in New Jersey to Support Reverse Transfer Initiative Granting Associate Degrees to Community College Transfer Students - May 9, 2018

Ramapo Appoints New Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs - May 1, 2018

Kean University Graduate College Commencement: Broadway’s Leslie Odom Jr. to Deliver Address - May 1, 2018

Ramapo College Commencement: Congressman Gottheimer to Deliver Address - May 1, 2018

Mobile Business Cards App Wins Kean Business Plan Competition - April 27, 2018

Ramapo College Vocal Ensemble Performs at Lincoln Center - April 26, 2018

NJCU Celebrates Its Renovated and Expanded Science Building - April 23, 2018
NJCU Music Department Receives Prestigious Honor from Si-Yo Music Society Foundation - April 11, 2018
State Public Bank Would be good for New Jersey According to Hughes Center Report - April 10, 2018
Stockton University to Sell the Seaview Hotel & Golf Club - April 9, 2018

William Paterson Events in April Highlight Excellence of Research and Scholarship Initiatives - April 9, 2018

Thomas Edison State University Fills Position of Chief of Staff/Board Secretary - April 5, 2018

Lesniak Institute at Kean Hosts its Inaugural Event: “Youth Against Gun Violence: Keep the Movement Going” - April 4, 2018

Rutgers Associate Athletic Director Will Become NJCU’s Associate VP and Director of Athletics - March 29, 2018

Dr. Kathryn A. Foster Named TCNJ’s 16th President - March 27, 2018

Second Annual “No Hate” Town Hall at Kean University to Explore Injustice, Poverty and Racism in New Jersey - March 14, 2018

William Paterson University Names a New President:  Dr. Richard Helldobler - March 9, 2018

William Paterson University Graduation Will Feature Keynote Address from WCBS-TV Anchor Kristine Johnson - March 7, 2018

NJCU New Jersey 50 Index Issues an Economic Report Card - March 6, 2018

William Paterson’s Radio Station Named the Best College Radio Station - March 6, 2018

William Paterson Communications Professor Goes for a Gold in Researching the Role of Social Media at the 2018 Winter Olympics - March 1, 201

A Conversation with NJ Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, Chair of the Assembly Science, Innovation, and Technology Committee - February 23, 2018

NJCU and Jersey City – Perfect Together in Ethnic Diversity and Excellence  February 23, 2018

COMMENCEMENT NEWS:  Stockton’s 2018 Commencement at Boardwalk Hall will Feature Governor Phil Murphy February 21,2018

Kean University Scientist, Designers Suppoort Portable Operating Room Project - February 20, 2018

NJCU Celebrates Black History Month with Its Gil Noble Collection of Legendary Programs from WABC-TV’s Pioneering Public Affairs Series, ‘Like It Is’ - February 15, 2018

Journalist Bob Woodward to Kick Off New Distinguished Lecture Series at Kean University - February 14, 2018

Former NJASCU Executive Director Michael Klein is Honored by William Paterson University Board of Trustees - February 9, 2018

Montclair State University and The College of New Jersey Partner in the James P. Fox Memorial Fund Mentoring Initiative - The James P. Fox Memorial Fund Launches Two Initiatives to Cultivate Public Sector Careers - February 1, 2018

Ramapo College Board of Trustees Extends President Mercer’s Term to 2021 - February 1, 2018

Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch Speaks at Stockton University about Upholding America’s Founding Principles - January 24, 2018

Ramapo Receives a Million Dollar Grant to Provide Recovery Housing and a Comprehensive Drug-Recovery Program - January 24, 2018

TCNJ Launches Speech Pathology and Audiology Major - January 22, 2018

William Paterson Launches the Nation’s First Graduate Degree in Professional Sales for Working Executives - January 21, 2018

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