Alumni, faculty and staff members who spent time at the Mayflower Hotel during Stockton’s very first semester in the fall of 1971 reunited at the new Stockton University Atlantic City Academic Center for a reunion on October 7, 2018. The event, part of University Weekend, was a celebration of Stockton returning to its roots in Atlantic City, and, for many, a family reunion.
Perhaps the most special moment of the day came when Don Purdy, former mayor of Galloway, came forward to make a much-anticipated presentation to the University. Purdy shared that while getting a haircut he overheard other patrons talking about Stockton. As they chatted, one of them mentioned that her father owned a special piece of Mayflower history, the hotel’s original brass sign. Following several conversations and some negotiations, Purdy acquired the piece. Thanks to Purdy’s extraordinary generosity the sign, which he had restored and mounted over a plaque that reads “Plant yourself where you can grow,” will now be prominently displayed at Stockton Atlantic City.