Volume 2.2 | June 2021
School News & Updates
From the Desk of the Dean
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am delighted to share with you the final edition of our newsletter for this academic year. In this issue, we celebrate several accomplishments, events and activities happening at Stockton University School of Business.

As the state of New Jersey allowed more limited in-person activities, we successfully held our graduation ceremonies indoors on campus, May 11-13. With wonderful weather, we celebrated the successes of our graduate and undergraduate students along with their families and friends under one roof. On behalf of the School of Business, I offer congratulations to all of our graduates! 

I also would like to thank the faculty and staff of School of Business for making this year a memorable and productive year, despite the challenges of the pandemic. It’s a privilege to lead this dynamic business school, and I look forward to an exciting 2021-2022 AY. 

I wish you a safe, healthy, and restful summer! 

Dean Alphonso Ogbuehi
Stockton Business School Forms New Advisory Board
The Stockton University School of Business has formed a Dean’s Executive Advisory Board to assist its efforts in providing students with advanced skills, internships and job placement opportunities.

The board consists of professionals from various backgrounds in business and years of industry experience.

Read the full article here.
Stockton Launches New Summer Business Academy

Stockton University’s School of Business is pleased to share the inaugural School of Business Summer Entrepreneurship and Business Academy (SEBA) for rising high school juniors from our region. The SEBA initiative has at its core, two major objectives:
1.     To serve as a vehicle to give students a taste of college and inspire them for life beyond high school
2.    As a recruitment opportunity for potential students who may wish to attend Stockton as business students
For 2021, SEBA will be a hybrid residential summer camp focused on the current state of business and entrepreneurship that culminates in a business plan competition among student teams. SEBA is designed to help prepare students for the future by providing a unique and exciting hands-on learning experience. The dates for the program are July 18-24, 2021. The competition will be judged by Advisory Board members, faculty, and executives from the business community. Students will receive instructions on topics including accounting, business analytics, computer science, computer information systems, finance, financial planning, hospitality and tourism, management, and marketing. They will also learn entrepreneurship, business ethics, free enterprise, teamwork, and personal skills.  

For more information, visit out SEBA website.
Beta Gamma Sigma - 2021 Induction
With great pleasure, the Stockton University School of Business welcomed new members to the International Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma, on Friday, April 30, 2021. Due to the COVID-19 crisis we could not hold the traditional induction ceremony in person at the University, however we recognized and honored our distinguished scholars in a virtual ceremony. In attendance were inductees’ friends and relatives, along with distinguished members of the School of Business, Dean Alphonso Ogbuehi, Assistant Dean Esther Lawrence, and other faculty and administrative staff, including Associate Professor Jean Abbott, who was the invited keynote speaker at the ceremony. Carla Cabarle, Barry Palatnik and John Boyle, the faculty advisors of the Stockton University chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, organized the event, and Chapter President Sophia Marziello and Vice President Rahul Aggarwal conducted the ceremony. Certificates of achievement were emailed to the inductees by the national chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma. Official framed documents along with keys to the Honor Society will be distributed in person at a later date.

Click here to watch the full induction ceremony.

Congratulations Inductees!
Eta Sigma Delta - 2021 Induction
On Saturday, April 10, 2021 we held a Virtual Eta Sigma Delta (ESD) Induction Ceremony. There were 28 ESD student chapters and total of 395 students being inducted.
Eta Sigma Delta is an International Hospitality Management Honor Society and part of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Educators (ICHRIE) that recognizes the scholastic and professional achievements of students and alumni studying hospitality, tourism and culinary arts. Students take an oath to uphold the Six Points of Honor including Creativity, Diversity-Equity-Inclusion, Ethics, Excellence, Leadership and Service. This is a lifetime membership that allows for continuing professional development, education and networking.
Stockton University was proudly represented by 28 Hospitality & Tourism Management Inductees highlighted below and in the YouTube link of the virtual ceremony.

Congratulations, pineapples!
Passing the CPA Exam: It takes a Village
Accounting Professors Barry Palatnik and John Boyle published an article in the New Jersey CPA Magazine titled "Passing the CPA Exam: It Takes a Village." The article can be found on page 13. Check it out here!
Getting Back Together
The Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality & Tourism of Stockton U and the Greater Atlantic City Chamber teamed up to offer a webinar to discuss restoring consumer and employee confidence in public gathering spaces. The panel of experts included Ronnie Burt (VP of Sales & Marketing, AC Convention Center & Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall) Bill Hansen (VP at Eiger Marketing Group & Tournament Director for the Shoprite LPGA Classic), Phil Kening (Visiting Assistant Professor of Business Studies, Marketing), and Dave Sholler (Executive VP of Communications, Philadelphia 76ers and Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment).

Check out the full recording here!
Faculty Spotlight
Lew Leitner, Professor of Business Studies - Management, is approaching 50 years at Stockton University! He recently received a glowing email from a 1988 graduate. – “You probably don’t remember me, but I certainly remembered taking your Advanced Management Strategies course and brief mentoring- and throughout life since my Stockton days still think back to that class and how much I enjoyed your teaching.......The management degree I received at Stockton took me from Trump Plaza, to Greenwood Racing in Philadelphia where I was the 1st General Manager of the South Philadelphia Turf Club. From there, I changed gears to work in television as a thoroughbred racing television analyst, only to return to gaming at Parx Casino, where I’ve been their Director of Guest Services since 2012. Some of those managerial chops I’d like to think derived from your great work in the 1980’s.” 
Alumni Catch Up
Dean Alphonso Ogbuehi recently spoke with Howard Haughton, CEO of Eva's Village in Paterson, New Jersey and Stockton University alumnus. They discussed how his company has handled the COVID-19 pandemic, how his time here at Stockton helped him prepare for the working world, and advice for future Ospreys.

Read highlights from their conversation here; or for the full Zoom interview, click here.
Retiree Spotlight
Huge CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Diane Holtzman on her retirement! Dr. Holtzman, Professor Emerita of Business Studies-Management, is retiring June 30, 2021. Dr. Holtzman taught management and marketing courses at Stockton University since 2001 working first as an adjunct faculty member, part-time instructor, and then as Assistant/ Associate Professor of Business Studies-Management.

Prior to teaching at Stockton University Dr. Holtzman worked for over 26 years in marketing and public relations for Camden County College and Monmouth University. These experiences proved to be beneficial when integrating real-world business examples and experiential exercises into courses. According to Holtzman, “Incorporating experiential learning projects--and service learning experiences- in the courses I’ve taught was a rewarding aspect of teaching. Seeing the creative and innovative solutions by our students in addressing challenges for non-profit organizations in the region, as well as seeing the students’ growth in the course content areas, are memorable aspects of my teaching experiences”.

Read the full article, here!
Congratulations to our 2021 Graduates!