SOURCE: Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism

September 30, 2011 11:00 ET

Stockton College and Cornell University Partner in Hospitality Program

Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism Board Instrumental in Program Creation

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, NJ--(Marketwire - Sep 30, 2011) - The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey formalized a cooperative agreement with the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration (SHA) on Sept. 28, bringing to life a hospitality program vision. According to Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., the Stockton / Cornell partnership was the result of ongoing discussions with Cooper Levenson Chief Executive Officer Lloyd D. Levenson, namesake of the College's Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism (LIGHT), and Andy Dolce, founder and chairman of Dolce Hotels and Resorts, who also serves as a member of the LIGHT Advisory Board.

"Lloyd and Andy both played critical roles in helping to make this partnership work for the mutual benefit of students from Stockton and from Cornell," Dr. Saatkamp said. "The cooperation and hard work of all parties resulted in this agreement and the wealth of opportunities for our students and those from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration."

Dr. Saatkamp noted Cornell students participating in internships in the Atlantic City area will have the opportunity to work with some of the top executives in the industry while they reside at Stockton's historic Seaview Resort and take part in the hospitality program. Cornell students may also enroll in any Stockton HTMS or General Studies courses they wish during their internship semesters and Stockton students will have clear pathways for admission into Cornell's appropriate graduate programs.

"This agreement is truly the type of academic program we envisioned when we decided to pursue purchasing the Seaview Resort," Dr. Saatkamp noted. Seaview includes two world-class golf courses. The hotel continues to be operated by Dolce's hotel management firm, while the golf operation remains under the direction of Troon Golf, one of the world's most respected golf course management firms.

"Hands-on learning is a critical part of our students' education, and we are excited to offer them new internship and learning opportunities through our collaboration with Stockton College," said Steven A. Carvell, associate dean for academic affairs at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration.

Dr. Saatkamp stated that in addition to internships, Cornell students are encouraged to participate in the HTMS Student Society as well as all programming sponsored by the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism.

"Stockton's ownership of Seaview allowed the College to accelerate its academic mission," Dr. Saatkamp concluded. "It was our expectation that our purchase of Seaview would greatly enhance our students' educational experience and career opportunities. This affiliation is evidence that we are moving forward toward that end."

The agreement recognizes the value of having the Seaview Resort as a living/learning environment in programs dealing with hotel and hospitality management.

"I expect this agreement is the initial step in opening new opportunities for our students and Cornell's," Dr. Saatkamp concluded.

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