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2011 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS


RAMAPO COLLEGE FOUNDATION 2011 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS The Ramapo College Foundation raises funds with the sole purpose of helping Ramapo College achieve greater excellence. One of the most gratifying ways of fulfilling this mission is by fostering the link between scholarship benefactors and outstanding Ramapo College students. We are especially grateful to donors who have chosen to establish endowed scholarship funds, since their gifts will benefit Ramapo students into the future. New endowed scholarships are listed at the end of this book. The benefactors who have created scholarship awards recognize the dedication and achievements of Ramapo students. In the following pages are stories of scholarship recipients who have worked with the faculty to conduct research in a variety of fields, others who are accomplished musicians and writers and some who have overcome incredible obstacles in order to earn a college degree. I am proud to take this opportunity to applaud the accomplishments of our students and to thank the alumni, faculty, board members, corporations, foundations and friends of the College whose generosity has made these awards possible. Cathleen T. Davey Executive Director Ramapo College Foundation

Student Leaders (L - R Front Row): Chelsey Mey ‘13, Erin Kaplan-Burns ‘12, Cathleen Davey,Vice President Institutional Advancement, Samantha Beasley ‘11, Andrew Schulze ‘12. (L - R Back Row): Kyle Drost ‘11, Laura Hahn ‘11, Anthony Gatti ‘13, Caroline Morrison ‘13, Paul Coraggio ‘11, and Andrew Gall ‘11.

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A&A Ridgewood Registered Professional Nurses Association Scholarship ............................5 Adler Scholarship Endowment ................................................................................6 AFT Scholarship................................................................................................10 Ramapo College Alumni Association........................................................................11 Alumni Service Endowment .................................................................................13 Anisfield Scholarship ..........................................................................................14 Anisfield School of Business Scholarship ...................................................................16 Anisfield-Meyers Family Endowed Scholarship ...........................................................19 Melissa Annunziato Memorial Scholarship.................................................................21 Daniel Arce Scholarship.......................................................................................22 TAA Evelyn L. Atwater Scholarship.........................................................................23 The Kathy Azzara Scholarship ................................................................................24 Senator Byron M. Baer Endowment ........................................................................25 The Frances Barnd Scholarship ..............................................................................26 Beck Endowed Scholarship Fund ............................................................................27 Audrey Crook Berntsen Scholarship ........................................................................28 Joyce Biener Scholarship ......................................................................................29 Marcel Biener Scholarship ....................................................................................30 David Blauer Memorial Scholarship.........................................................................31 BMW North America Diversity Scholarship ..............................................................33 WilliamW. Briggs Scholarship I..............................................................................34 WilliamW. Briggs Scholarship II.............................................................................35 Babette & Raymond Brown Endowed Scholarship .......................................................36 Police Officer Michael J. Buczek Scholarship..............................................................37 Rachel Bukstein Endowed Scholarship .....................................................................38 Helen Burchell Memorial Scholarship......................................................................39 Marion Pawlick Busch Scholarship ..........................................................................40 Carole Campana Endowed Scholarship.....................................................................41 Charles Carreras Latin American Studies Scholarship ...................................................42 Century 21 Study Abroad Scholarship ......................................................................43 Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce Scholarship .................................................45 Professor Robert J. Christopher Memorial Scholarship .................................................46 Coppertone Tuition Scholarship .............................................................................47 The Crane Fund forWidows and Children ................................................................48 Daniel J. Cronin Memorial Endowment ...................................................................49 Marion C. Dugan Scholarship................................................................................51 Dugan Community Scholars .................................................................................52 Carol Duncan Scholarship ....................................................................................53 Marie and Francis J. Dwyer Scholarship....................................................................54 Empathy Scholarship...........................................................................................55 EOF Alumni Scholarship......................................................................................56 EOF Program Advisory Board Scholarship ................................................................57 Mary K. & Salvatore J. Fanale Scholarship .................................................................58 Footstar/Meldisco Scholarship ..............................................................................59 Martha E. Franรงois Scholarship ..............................................................................60 Friends of Ramapo Scholarship ..............................................................................61 Jackie and Paul Garber Scholarship .........................................................................63 Sidney J. Geltman Memorial Scholarship ..................................................................67 The Robert Giaimo Memorial Scholarship ................................................................68 Anne Glickman Memorial Scholarship .....................................................................69 Harchand Singh and Jagir Kaur Grewal Memorial Scholarship.........................................70 2


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Guiliana Family Scholarship ..................................................................................71 Haband Oaks Scholarship.....................................................................................72 Frances K. Hackett ‘80 AIS Scholarship ....................................................................73 Frances K. Hackett ‘80 ASB Scholarship ...................................................................74 David R. Hackett Scholarship ................................................................................75 Fran Hackett Service To America Scholarship .............................................................76 Haiti Relief Scholarship .......................................................................................77 Teddy Halpern Scholarship ...................................................................................78 Keith B. Hayes Memorial Scholarship ......................................................................79 Hermitage History Scholar ...................................................................................81 Cara Mychelle Hirschman Memorial Scholarship ........................................................82 Marion Hughes Scholarship ..................................................................................86 JDK Scholarship ................................................................................................87 Ruth Johnson International Scholarship Fund .............................................................88 Mukul Joisher and Family Scholarship ......................................................................89 Drs. Ellen and Jeffrey Kaiden Urban Educator Scholarship .............................................90 Julia Keay-Chanes Scholarship ...............................................................................91 Dr. Gary Kettlitz Memorial Scholarship ...................................................................92 Becky and Frank Kraus Scholarship .........................................................................93 John Krebs, SJ Scholarship....................................................................................95 Garvin Lally ‘84Writer’s Scholarship.......................................................................98 Joseph M. Leone Family Fund Endowed Scholarship ....................................................99 Katherine Liessem Memorial Scholarship ................................................................100 Kim Lynch Scholarship ......................................................................................101 Maddi Endowed Scholarship Fund.........................................................................102 Elizabeth Mainardi Endowed Scholarship Fund .........................................................103 Don Manzo Memorial Music Scholarship ................................................................104 Jonathan Marcus Scholarship ...............................................................................106 D. Bennett Mazur Scholarship ..............................................................................107 Meadowlands Commission Achievement Scholarships .................................................108 Theodore Michelfeld Award ................................................................................109 Bernard Milano/KPMG Endowed Scholarship..........................................................110 The Minority Faculty Staff Association Scholarship .....................................................111 Frank E. and Lillian A. Mutter Scholarship...............................................................112 Herman D. Mytelka Memorial Scholarship ..............................................................115 Jeannette Krieger Mytelka Memorial Scholarship ......................................................116 North Jersey Media Group Foundation/The Record Scholarship....................................117 Robert Noyce Scholarship ..................................................................................118 Lori Ann Oldenhage Memorial Scholarship I & II.......................................................120 Dominick Palazzotto Scholarship ..........................................................................121 Paragon Federal Credit Union Scholarship...............................................................122 Purvi Parekh and Manshi Mehta Scholarship.............................................................123 Parents Council Scholarship ................................................................................124 Sharon G. Pierson Scholarship I ............................................................................125 Sharon G. Pierson Scholarship II ...........................................................................126 Founding President George T. Potter Scholarship.......................................................127 President’s Cabinet Scholarship ............................................................................128 Prestige Family of Dealerships Endowed Scholarship ..................................................129 R and N Family Scholarship.................................................................................130 Sebastian J. Raciti Endowed Scholarship..................................................................131 Ramapo EMS Scholarship ...................................................................................132


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Ramapo College Community Student Enrichment Endowment Fund ..............................133 Ramapo College Foundation Scholarships................................................................134 In honor ofWalt Santner '75 ..........................................................................134 In honor of Greg Palesky ..............................................................................134 In honor of Debra Perry '85 ..........................................................................134 In honor of Inserra Supermarkets....................................................................135 In honor of Diane Goldman...........................................................................135 In honor of PSEG .......................................................................................136 In honor of Sharp Electronics.........................................................................136 In honor of Liberty Hyundai & Subaru..............................................................137 In honor of Stu Blasius .................................................................................137 Beate Riesterer Returning Minority Women Scholarship .............................................138 Robert G. Ripston Leadership Award.....................................................................139 Judith and Francis Rodriguez Environmental Science Scholarship...................................140 Judith and Francis Rodriguez International Business Scholarship ....................................141 Ross Family Survivor to Survivors Scholarship..........................................................142 Willie and Hertha Rubel Memorial Scholarship ........................................................143 The Saiff Family Scholarship................................................................................144 The Joseph and Jennie Sall Memorial Scholarship Award..............................................145 Carol Schaefer Human Services Award ...................................................................146 Michael J. Scully Performing Arts Scholarship ..........................................................148 Dr. Ernest Simon Book Award .............................................................................149 SocialWork Student Conference Fund & Scholarship..................................................150 Student Affairs Division Scholarship ......................................................................151 Angelo Tarallo Memorial Scholarship .....................................................................152 TD Bank Scholarship in Honor of James Napolitano...................................................154 Fred and Florence Thomases Scholarship.................................................................155 Margaret Tobin ‘76 Memorial Scholarship ...............................................................157 Marina andWilliam Topken Scholarship ..................................................................158 Marina andWilliam Topken Undergraduate Nursing Scholarship....................................159 Marina andWilliam Topken Graduate Nursing Scholarship ...........................................160 Union Foundation Scholarship .............................................................................161 Verizon Scholarship ..........................................................................................162 Jeffrey and AndreaWarren Scholarship ...................................................................166 May H.Weis Environmental Internship/Scholarship...................................................168 ElaineWinshell Award.......................................................................................169 Wiss & Company Scholarship ..............................................................................170 Stuart CraigWood III Scholarship .........................................................................171 NEW LEGACY SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIPS ........................................................172 Evelyn Aronow Scholarship .................................................................................173 Milton Mack Gittens, Ph.D. and Granville Caldecott Gittens ASB Scholarship....................174 Milton Mack Gittens, Ph.D. and Granville Caldecott Gittens Educational Opportunity Fund Scholarship ..................................................................................................175 Frances K. Hackett ’80 South Plainfield Scholarship ...................................................176 Teddy Halpern Scholarship .................................................................................177 Wojciechowski-Dembia Scholarship ......................................................................178 BOOK AWARDS ...........................................................................................179

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“Financially, this scholarship will help me tremendously. I stopped working full-time and cut back to part-time to facilitate beginning school. My scholarship for nursing by nursing professionals gives me the confidence boost I need to know that I am doing the right thing by pursuing this field of study.” Karen Elliott

Karen Elliott is a senior from Hawthorne, NJ. “I am an adult learner who juggles home, work and school full time,” she says. Karen is majoring in Nursing and has earned a 3.31 grade point average. She traveled to Sierra Leone in Africa last summer on a service trip sponsored by the Ramapo College Nursing program to address maternal and infant mortality and morbidity.

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A&A RIDGEWOOD REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL NURSES ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP

he A&A Ridgewood Registered Professional Nurses Association is a non-profit association established by registered nurses to “promote the excellence of independent and private nursing practice.” The organization refers licensed, registered nurses to care for patients from new mothers to those on a ventilator. To advance its goal of promoting the profession of nursing, the organization has awarded a scholarship to an undergraduate nursing student at Ramapo College every year since 2003. Eligible candidates are residents of Bergen County with a grade point average of 3.00 or higher who are not receiving a full tuition scholarship.


Recently the couple made a $2 million gift to establish the Adler Center for Nursing Excellence.The gift will fund the new home of the College’s highly-acclaimed and expanding nursing programs, as well as state-of-the-art labs to enhance the education of all science students.

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ogether Elaine and Myron (Mike) Adler founded Myron Manufacturing Corporation in 1949, the same year they married. Myron is now a mail-order firm that markets its products exclusively to other businesses and is one of the largest businesses in Bergen County. In addition to being successful entrepreneurs, the Adlers are committed community activists. Mrs. Adler is a member of the board at the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine, the Center for Inter-Religious Understanding, the Community Resource Council, the Jewish Home and Rehabilitation Center and the USA Toy Lending Library Association. Both Mr. and Mrs. Adler have been honored by the ADL, UJA, Boys Town of Jerusalem, Bergen Community College, Hadassah, NJ Speech and Hearing Association and the National Aphasia Association. After Mr. Adler suffered a stroke in 1993, the Adlers founded the Adler Aphasia Center in Maywood. This community-based center has received world-wide recognition for its programs for people with aphasia and their caregivers. The Adlers have been involved with Ramapo College for more than 18 years. Mrs. Adler has provided leadership on the Board of Governors of the Ramapo College Foundation and the Adlers’ support has strengthened countless programs at the College from the theater program to the Havemeyer Edible Garden. In 2007 the Adlers created this award, the College’s 100th endowed scholarship. For their ongoing support and leadership, the College recognized the Adlers with honorary degrees in 1999.

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Freshman Kristelle DeCastro was active in community service at Dumont High School, serving as a member of the Unity Club and Teen Freedom Corps. She also wrote for the school newspaper and was a member of the chorus. Kristelle was a volunteer at Holy Name Hospital,The Valley Hospital, Camp Acorn and St. Mary’s Church. Kristelle works as an EMT for her town’s squad. She is a freshman majoring in Nursing. Kristelle has earned a 4.00 grade point average.

“This scholarship helps prepare me for the future because it helps further my education, thereby bringing me close to obtaining a master’s degree and someday becoming a Nurse Practitioner.” Kristelle De Castro


At PaulVI High School Baxter Patterson was a member of the cross country and track teams. He was a member of the Peer Leadership group, played intramural volleyball and contributed to the literary magazine. He is a lector at his church and volunteers during summer Bible camp. He traveled with his family to Honduras in December 2008, bringing clothing, shoes and toys to an orphanage. “This was not my first experience with charity work,” the freshman says, “but it had the most impact on me.” Baxter is from Haddon Township, NJ.

“Health sciences have always been a passion of mine and this scholarship has helped me to ensure that I am taking the right path. It is aiding me in studying and preparing me for what I will be doing as a “The Adler Scholarship Endowment will help me achieve lifelong career.” KatelynWard my goals for the future.” Sarah Conway

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Sarah Conway is a competitive dancer and taught at the Dance Academy where she trains. For 10 years she has been a volunteer with Holiday Express, a volunteer organization that brings holiday cheer to groups such as homeless shelters, soup kitchens and AIDS hospices. Sarah was involved in numerous clubs and organizations within her high school community. She worked as a teacher’s assistant at Middletown Township High School South’s learning center. Sarah is a freshman.

At Piscataway High School, Katelyn Ward played volleyball for three years and was captain of the varsity team in her senior year. She helped organize a tournament in her junior year and served as a referee. Katelyn also played for the EssexVolleyball Club, the Rahway RecreationVolleyball League and helped coach and referee the freshman volleyball team. In high school she also participated in the marching band, orchestra and wind ensemble and served as her school’s mascot in her senior year. She volunteered at a local nursing home and worked at a local restaurant. Katelyn is from Piscataway, NJ and is a freshman majoring in Nursing. She has a 3.17 grade point average.


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Dana Tinney is from Robbinsville, NJ. During all four years at Hamilton High School East, Dana was a member of the concert band and marching band, and played the clarinet. She also is an accomplished piano player. As a member of the Key Club, Dana volunteered at the Princeton University Medical Center and as a nurse’s aide, Media Center aide and Biology Lab aide in her high school. In her junior year Dana participated in the Mercer Science and Engineering Fair and her project was selected to compete in the International SustainableWorld Olympiad. Dana is a freshman majoring in Nursing with a 3.92 grade point average. Her brother David graduated from Ramapo in 2007.

Quiling Zakaroff graduated from the Academy forVisual and Performing Arts, a part of the Bergen County Academies. In 2007 Quiling received top honors in the Adobe School Innovation Awards and a poster competition sponsored by Dow AgroSciencesLilly. She has worked as an intern at Hackensack Pediatrics and as a camp counselor at The Gifted Child Society. She was a volunteer for four years at Van Dyk Park Place, an assisted living facility, and is an active member of China Care, the Fyke Nature Association and Jei-Jei Mei-Mei, which she describes as “a Chinese version of Big Brothers Big Sisters.” Quiling is a freshman from Waldwick, NJ and is majoring in Nursing. She has a 3.85 grade point average.

Bridget Emslie is from Keyport, NJ where she attended Matawan Regional High School. She was a member of the Key Club, the History and Government Clubs, chorus and chamber choir and served as secretary of the Student Council in her senior year. She was a Girl Scout during all four years of high school and earned the Silver Award. She is a freshman majoring in Nursing with a 2.82 grade point average.

“This award will enable me to concentrate more on my studies in Nursing and be less preoccupied with financial burdens.” Qiuling Zakaroff “The scholarship I have received will help prepare me for the future to prove that only with hard work comes reward.” Bridget Emslie 8


with his town’s first aid squad, at the Sussex campus of St. Clare’s Hospital, with Rots and Pups Dog Rescue and at his church. Joe was selected to attend the week-long American Legion Jersey Boys State in 2009, where he participated in government activities and health care seminars. He is a Nursing major and has earned a 4.00 grade point average after his first semester.

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Freshman Joseph Martin is fromWantage, NJ. He is a graduate of High Point Regional High School where he was the track team manager and a peer counselor. He volunteered

“This scholarship makes it possible for me to attend nursing school. With this knowledge my goal is to help others just as so many have helped me.” Joseph Martin


AFT SCHOLARSHIP

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n 2002 the American Federation of Teachers (AFT Local 2274) union at Ramapo College joined with the President’s office to create an endowed scholarship fund. When it was created President Smith wrote of the “constructive, harmonious and very productive relationship that exists between the Union and the College.” The AFT Endowed Scholarship Fund has two programs: a Graduate School Scholarship and School Awards for Outstanding Academic Achievement. The Graduate School Scholarship provides an award to a graduating senior who intends to pursue graduate studies, particularly to students seeking careers in teaching or other academic areas. The intent is to provide recognition for outstanding academic achievement and to encourage postgraduate scholarship. The School Awards for Outstanding Achievement are provided each spring to the student with the highest grade point average in each major.

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Gabriela DeCandia graduated in May 2010 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Environmental Studies. At Ramapo, Gabriela was active with WRPR, Catholics at Ramapo United, the Ramapo Chorale and Skylark choirs. “My professors were extremely passionate and well educated about what they taught and this promoted an engaging classroom setting where it was easy to learn,” she says. Gabriela is currently enrolled in the School of Psychology’s Psy.D. Program at Rutgers University. “I am interested in factors that influence the self concept and identity development, particularly in adolescents,” she says. When she graduates, Gabriela plans to work as a school psychologist.


At Montville Township High School, Tiffany Liang was a founding member of the History Club and took part in three National History Day competitions. She contributed to the school newspaper and theWomen’s Ensemble and served as both secretary and vice president of the Earth Club. For four years she was a member of Maboroshi, a Japanese organization dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of Japan’s visual culture. She participated in the Association of New Jersey Chinese Schools and was a member of the Hwa-Yin Youth Chorale. She also is an

accomplished pianist. Tiffany is from Pine Brook, NJ and is in her freshman year at Ramapo. She is majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Environmental Science and has earned a 4.00 grade point average.

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hen they think of giving back, many Ramapo students — past and present — think of their alma mater. Each year the Alumni Association provides a $1,000 scholarship for one freshman in each of the College’s five schools: the Anisfield School of Business, the School of American and International Studies, the School of Contemporary Arts, the School of Social Science and Human Services and the School of Theoretical and Applied Science. In order to make these awards permanent, the Alumni Association Board of Directors endowed the Alumni Scholarships in the late 1990s. Created with gifts from hundreds of former Ramapo students and the success of alumni fund raisers, the endowment continues to grow, thanks to the dedication and support of alumni led by Board President, Mr. Jonathan Marcus, Esq. ‘93.


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Laura Dunphy is a graduate of Roxbury High School. She played volleyball and softball and was the statistician for the boys’ basketball team. She was a peer leader and a member of the Sports Medicine Club. Laura is a freshman from Landing, NJ. She is majoring in Allied Health with a concentration in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and has earned a 3.27 grade point average.

Brian Adams is a graduate of North Brunswick Township High School. He ran all three seasons of track and was captain of the Cross Country team in his senior year. Brian volunteered in his high school’s Rock-A-Thons to raise money for charity.

Erik Leonhardt was an outstanding student at Cardinal McCarrick High School. He was a member of the school’s team that was part of the New Jersey Challenge, a televised tri-state academic competition. He participated in theater and musical productions and was a member of the varsity bowling team. Erik was a member of the Lyceum program, which introduces students to cultural events, museums and historical sites. Erik is from Parlin, NJ and is majoring in Contemporary Arts.

“Maintaining my scholarship will prepare me for the future because it provides incentive to do well in school.This provides a way to improve my work ethic and thinking skills.” Brian Adams

“This scholarship has not only made it financially easier on myself and my family for me to attend college, but now I will have a much easier time getting my career started after college since I will virtually have no loans to pay off.” Erik Leonhardt 12

Rebecca Gorney is from Cedar Grove, NJ. At Cardinal McCarrick High School she played varsity softball starting as a freshman. She received both conference and county honors in softball and played year-round with a traveling team. She was a volunteer at St. Joseph’s Hospital Day Care Center. She also was a member of the REBEL student club and the Pan African Club.


food banks were in need of donations, Nicole babysat for food and collected more than five bags of canned food to donate. At Ramapo, Nicole is a Psychology major and also is pursuing teacher certification in Elementary Education. A sophomore, she has earned a 3.71 grade point average. Nicole is from Clark, NJ.

“From when I was very young I learned the importance of community service,” says Nicole Ferrentino. Nicole and her family have collected toys, clothing and school supplies for needy families since she was a child. She has raised three Seeing Eye puppies and is on the waiting list for a fourth. In high school, Nicole was a leader in the Key Club and introduced an event that raised $2,500 for a children’s hospital. After her mom read that

“This scholarship is an honor to receive. I try my hardest to keep up with my schoolwork and community service so this scholarship shows me that all of my hard work pays off. In the future, I will continue to work hard.” Nicole Ferrentino

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n 2005 the Alumni Association began allocating a portion of its fundraising proceeds to an endowed fund. The board members of the Alumni Association explored a number of options for the purpose of the endowed fund and decided to have it used for scholarships. It was important to the members of the Alumni Board to recognize students who are committed to helping others, thus complementing the existing Alumni Association endowed scholarships which benefit an outstanding freshman in each of Ramapo’s five schools.


In the 1970s Mrs. Anisfield played an active role in the community of Montclair, serving as campaign coordinator of the 1976 municipal election, on the Advisory Committee to the Commissioner of Public Safety and as a member of the high school’s Advisory Committees on Title VII and Interracial Affairs. During that time she was also systems manager at Kurt Versen Company, a lighting fixtures manufacturer.

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Mrs. Anisfield created this endowed scholarship in 1988 to recognize minority students who demonstrate outstanding scholastic achievement. She created a bequest to augment this fund in 2007.

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n astute businesswoman, civic and community leader, Millicent Anisfield served as a member of the Ramapo College Board of Trustees from 1985 to 1997, chairing the Board from 1992 to 1994. She has shared her leadership for the past 14 years as an active member of the Ramapo College Foundation Board of Governors. In 2006 Mrs. Anisfield and her husband Richard made the largest gift in the College’s history to strengthen the business program, and the Anisfield School of Business was named in their honor. Between 1977 and 1984 Mrs. Anisfield was a trustee at Montclair State College. She has been actively involved in a number of charitable organizations, including the Valley Hospital Foundation, Gilda’s Club, the Greater Montclair Urban Coalition, the League of WomenVoters and Hadassah. In 2008 Mrs. Anisfield was selected to receive the Outstanding Philanthropist Award by the New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

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“I have worked for the past three semesters as a biology lab assistant,” says Arthur Nolasco, who is pursuing dual majors in Biology and Psychology. Arthur is vice president of the Biology Club and is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. He is proficient in three languages. In addition to his work in the Ramapo bio labs, Arthur works for Affina Door company and plays in a soccer league. He has earned a 3.74 grade point average. Arthur lives in Union, NJ.


possibilities of our great future will become realities only if we make ourselves responsible for that future.” Stephan, who has a 3.95 grade point average, plans to earn an advanced degree in Chemistry after he graduates from Ramapo College.

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Stephan Bien-Aime of Pompton Plains, NJ is a Chemistry major and a French minor. Though born in the United States, he spent 19 years in Haiti. In addition to speaking Creole, Stephan is fluent in English, French and Spanish. He is secretary of Alpha Lambda Delta and a member of the Chemistry and Biology clubs. Stephan remains focused by citing writer Gifford Pinchot, “The vast

“This scholarship is very welcome to me and my family. It helps us so much at a time when the financial situation of my parents, living in Haiti, is precarious. I am very grateful to the foundation for this scholarship.Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. This scholarship will encourage me in the pursuit of my studies.” Stephan Bien-Aime


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Anisfield were awarded honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees.

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ichard Anisfield and his wife, Millicent, have long supported higher education in New Jersey and are well-respected leaders and philanthropists in the New Jersey community. Mr. Anisfield was born in Paterson and graduated from Eastside High School. He attended NewYork University before enlisting in the Army Air Corps, flying missions over Germany inWorldWar II as a B-24 bomber pilot.

The intent of the Anisfield School of Business Scholarship is to attract students of high academic merit and financial need to a degree program offered in the Anisfield School. The award is administered by the dean and the faculty of the Anisfield School of Business. Recently the Anisfields made possible the completion of the fifth floor of the building, featuring the new Global Financial Markets Trading Lab.The lab brings real world realities to the concepts taught in Economics, Finance and Accounting with real time access to the world’s financial data and state-of-the-art trading systems. In January the Anisfield School of Business joined an elite group of institutions that have achieved business accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Only 607 schools of business, or less than 5% worldwide, have earned this distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education.

In 1956 Mr. Anisfield, a management consultant, purchased Kurt Versen Company, a national firm that designs, manufactures and sells high-end, commercial lighting fixtures. Mr. Anisfield went on to build a successful business as CEO and president of the company. An avid golfer, Mr. Anisfield retired from Kurt Versen in 2005. In 2006 and 2008 the Anisfields made the largest gifts in the College’s history to strengthen the business program. Mr. Anisfield said, “In making this gift, my interest is in creating something lasting and something that is important for our society.” He went on to say, “The best thing I can do is support education. I want to contribute to the education of the most promising students and those who might not otherwise find college accessible.” Mr. Anisfield meets frequently with Ramapo College administrators and students and is an honorary member of Delta Mu Delta, the national honor society for business administration. At the 2008 Ramapo College commencement Mr. and Mrs. 16

Michael Chananie of Paramus, NJ is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Management and a minor in Accounting. His goal, formed early in life, is to become a hospital administrator. Personally recognizing the dedication of the volunteer rescue personnel, Michael came to the decision


Lazaro Hernandez of Cliffside Park, NJ is an Accounting major and an Economics minor. He credits his family with emphasizing education. He says, “I have many high expectations for myself, but I believe I will be able to push through and accomplish them.” When he graduates, Lazaro will have earned enough credits to sit for the CPA exam. Lazaro, who has a 3.28 grade point average, would like to pursue an MBA and a career in financial accounting, auditing and preparing income tax returns for individuals and businesses.

Johnny Olsson, of Sweden, is an International Business major. He attended a high school program geared toward students interested in business. His passion for business was fueled by a high school project that involved starting a company and running it throughout the school year. His company’s mission was to distribute free newspapers to high school students and have it financed through advertisements. Creating budgets, recording transactions and preparing financial statements gave Johnny “a taste of what the business world has to offer and to explore it more.” A junior, Johnny has a 3.84 grade point average.

Zhasmina Baramova, who is from Bulgaria, has two majors: Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Mathematics. Among her achievements is becoming a member of the New Jersey Collegiate Business Administration Association. She also was inducted into two honor societies, Delta Mu Delta and Pi Mu Epsilon. She has participated in the William Lowell Putnam Competition in Mathematics, one of the most prestigious undergraduate contests and the Model United Nations. Zhasmina, who has a 3.98 grade point average, is a research assistant for two of her Finance professors. “I know how it feels to reach a valuable result after months of hard work — the satisfaction and success are inexpressible.” She plans to obtain a Ph.D. and become a professor. 17

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about his career pursuit as a result of being involved in a car accident at age six. Michael’s goal is to give back to the community as a volunteer who has an EMT-B certification, while pursuing his passion for business. Michael has interned at Holy Name Medical Center and Lotulak and Company, an accounting firm. At Ramapo, he is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, vice president of Hillel, is on the Executive Board of the Honors Program and was named to Alpha Lamda Delta and the Golden Key International Honour Society. He also is active with the UJA Federation of Northern NJ. Michael, who has a 3.83 grade point average, plans to attend graduate school.


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Robert Bolejszo of Cliffside Park, NJ is majoring in Marketing and Psychology. When he graduated from high school, Robert joined the National Guard. There, he learned the value of teamwork, the work ethic essential to leadership and trained to become an avionic mechanic. This prompted an interest in flying and becoming an Army aviator. He is currently working on the requirements for the Army flight board to be considered for flight school. Robert, who has a 3.52 grade point average, plans to attend graduate school to pursue an MBA. He says, “I keep an open mind with all my goals, I am persistent to complete each.”

Nezabravka Dzhogleva of Bulgaria is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Finance. Part of the reason she chose Finance is because “the recent financial crisis proved that business, and in particular the finance field, needs reliable and ethical people who have the knowledge and capability of preventing and taming such circumstances.” Perserverance is a constant in Nezabravka’s life: she has supported herself financially since coming to the United States in 2009 by holding positions at the College and at area businesses. Nezabravka, who has a 3.97 grade point average, was named to Delta Mu Delta and is a member of the International Student Organization and the Finance Club. She says, “My academic record and relationships with my past and current employers are proof of the skills I possess and of my perseverance to give my best in everything I deal with.”

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Delina Agnosteva, of Bulgaria, is majoring in Economics and International Business. She’s completed internships at Pearson Education, Alternative Assets Investment Management and The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria. In addition, she serves as treasurer of the Math and Finance clubs, secretary of the International Business Club and handes public relations for the Model United Nations Club. She also competed in the NewYork Mercantile Exchange Open Outcry and served on the Anisfield School of Business Student Advisory Board. Delina, who is enrolled in the College Honors Program, has a 3.97 grade point average. At Ramapo, she says, “I found a path that will utilize my inquisitive nature and will satiate my curiosity and drive for knowledge.” She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Economics.

“The scholarship that I have received is a great recognition of my academic efforts. I will continue striving to achieve all my future goals.” Delina Agnosteva


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ne day in 2006 Ina Anisfield-Meyers decided to search the Internet for other people with the name Anisfield. She found a press release from Ramapo College, announcing a large donation from Richard and Millicent Anisfield to name and strengthen the business school. Richard’s name sparked a memory from 1939, when she and her family went to Paterson, NJ to visit relatives. “My father and his father went off to play golf and our mothers went shopping and Richard, who was my age, went to go play with his friends,” Ms. Meyers recalled. “I spent the whole day in this big house all by myself.” Ms. Meyers contacted Mr. Anisfield, believing him to be her only living family member. She spoke with Mr. Anisfield’s wife, Millicent. “We just had a delightful time on the phone,” says Ms. Anisfield. “She was so grateful to have found some family.” When Ms. Meyers began planning her estate, she sought the Anisfield’s advice since she had no other living family members and had already given to her chosen charities.

Zhasmina Baramova, who is from Bulgaria, has two majors: Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Mathematics. Among her achievements is becoming a member of the New Jersey Collegiate Business Administration Association. She also was inducted into two honor societies, Delta Mu Delta and Pi Mu Epsilon. She has participated in the William Lowell Putnam Competition in Mathematics, one of the most prestigious undergraduate competitions and the Model United Nations. Zhasmina, who has a 3.98 grade point average, is a research assistant for two of her Finance professors. “I know how it feels to reach a valuable result after months of hard work — the satisfaction and success are inexpressible.” She plans to earn a Ph.D. and become a professor.

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ANISFIELD-MEYERS FAMILY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

“I learned a lot about Ramapo from Richard and Millicent; they had given so much of themselves to the College, so I became very interested,” Ms. Meyers said. She decided to leave a bequest to Ramapo. Ms. Meyers passed away in 2009 at the age of 87 and part of her estate was used to create this endowed scholarship. The Anisfield-Meyers Family Scholarship is intended for upperclassmen in the Anisfield School of Business who have demonstrated academic achievement and have financial need.


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Mario Georgiev, of Bulgaria, attended German Language High School where he studied German, English and Bulgarian in addition to other core academic courses. He used his German and English language skills as a tour guide and translator for Renaissance Tours in Bulgaria. Mario also is proficient in computer languages. He helped organize and participated in national and local meetings of anime fans and won awards for his anime music videos. He also taught himself video editing. As a student, Mario played basketball, was a member of the Mathematics and German Clubs and participated in school-sponsored fundraising projects. At Ramapo, Mario is majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and has earned a 3.72 grade point average. He is a member of Golden Key International Honors Society and was the treasurer of the International Student Organization last year.

Petar Dobrev, of Bulgaria, has the qualities of a leader, believes his former History teacher who said he is “balanced, calm and very intelligent.” As a high school student Petar earned a reputation for participating in all classroom activities and all of the school’s cultural activities. His transcript doesn’t vary; he received the mark of Excellent during his entire high school experience. Petar plans to major in Business Administration.

Nezabravka Dzhogleva of Bulgaria is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Finance. Part of the reason she chose Finance is because “the recent financial crisis proved that business, and in particular the finance field, needs reliable and ethical people who have the knowledge and capability of preventing and taming such circumstances.” Perserverance is a constant in Nezabravka’s life: she has supported herself financially since coming to the United States in

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2009 by holding positions at the College and at area businesses. Nezabravka, who has a 3.97 grade point average, was named to Delta Mu Delta and is a member of the International Student Organization and the Finance Club. She says, “My academic record and relationships with my past and current employers are proof of the skills I possess and of my perseverance to give my best in everything I deal with.”

Radina Dimitrova was valedictorian of her class in her hometown in Bulgaria and placed eighth in a competition for young poets. Radina credits her participation in a Socrates Program, a European educational project, for enriching her knowledge about other countries and their cultures and traditions. She completed a 30-hour seminar, “Let’s Learn to Communicate Without Aggression” as part of the Future 2005Youth Organization Association. Radina says her inspiration to “become a leader is not the desire to control; it is the eagerness to collaborate with people.” She is a Business Administration major at Ramapo with a concentration in Marketing and has earned a 3.97 grade point average.


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MELISSA ANNUNZIATO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

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arly in the summer of 2002, Ramapo College junior Melissa Annunziato was tragically killed in a car accident. Melissa’s mother, her colleagues, friends and neighbors sought to establish a permanent legacy to Melissa, her spirit and beliefs. They spearheaded an effort to raise funds to start an endowed scholarship fund at Ramapo and held an event in February 2003 to celebrate Melissa’s life. At Ramapo, Melissa was a Literature major working toward teacher certification in Elementary Education. She was committed to community service, worked in the teacher education office and was active in the student organization, Future Educators of America. This award recognizes students with a similar commitment and is open to students who participate in service learning opportunities or alternative spring break programs, particularly those who are interested in working with children.

Taryn Blaustein of Parsippany, NJ is a Social Work major. “Helping others has always been my default setting,” says Taryn, whose goal is to help people with challenging emotional issues. For more than a year she has volunteered with Jersey BatteredWomen’s Service and the Creative Heartwork Inc. studio. As part of her fieldwork requirements she has worked with people with HIV/AIDS at The Eric Johnson House and with the mentally ill at New Bridge Services. As evidenced by her 4.00 grade point average, she puts a lot of energy into her course work. She plans to apply to NewYork University’s Advanced Standing MSW program and pursue a career as a licensed psychotherapist. “I believe I possess the attitude and motivation to transform my altruistic dreams into a career of dedicated serve to humanity,” she says.


For Daniel, going to school was a privilege since he often was unable to go to school or take a test because he was in a hospital bed. At Ramapo, Daniel had a 4.00 grade point average and took every opportunity to enjoy his time as a college student.

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he intent of the Daniel Arce Scholarship is to honor the memory of Daniel Arce, a student at Ramapo College in 2007 and 2008. When he was 15 years old Daniel was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, bone cancer. His fight with cancer lasted almost four years. Despite his illness and multiple days in the hospital due to chemotherapy and surgeries, Daniel was able to graduate with his high school class in 2006. He entered Ramapo College in the fall of 2007.

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Daniel faced his illness with strong will, courage and a positive attitude. He did not give up, despite very difficult situations. Candidates for the Arce Scholarship are students who are Finance majors, have a strong interest in music or sports and “keep a positive attitude, despite difficult situations.” Joseph Birish of Tuxedo, NY is majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Joseph attended Loyola College and earned an associate degree at Rockland Community College before enrolling at Ramapo College. He also worked full time as a mechanic. His goal is to help individuals reach their financial goals and needs. Joseph added an Accounting minor because “experience tells me that it is best to prepare for alternate possibilities.” Joseph, who has a 3.95 grade point average, is proud of achieving the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. He is a member of the Finance Club.


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n 1951 Evelyn andVernon Atwater moved to Ridgewood, NJ with their two young daughters. Evelyn soon became actively involved in the community, devoting herself to volunteer leadership positions with the American Red Cross, the New Jersey Historical Society, the Friends of the Hermitage, the Ridgewood Library, the Volunteer Center of Bergen County, the UnitedWay of Bergen County andWest Side Presbyterian Church. When her younger daughter was 2, Mrs. Atwater joined the RidgewoodYWCA, beginning a tradition of service to that organization that would last for decades and reach countless women and girls in Bergen County. In 1974, while a board member of the RidgewoodYWCA, Mrs. Atwater founded Tribute toWomen and Industry (TWIN), which honors outstanding women executives and their employers. TWIN is now stronger than ever and the program launched in Bergen County has been adopted byYMCA chapters across the country.

“I have always aimed at building a strong academic ground for a future career in the business world and particularly in the field of finance,” says Nezabravka Dzhogleva, a senior with a 3.97 grade point average. Nezabravka is a Business Administration major concentrating in Finance and is pursuing minors in both Accounting and Mathematics. She has worked as an intern at Mercedes-Benz USA, at an operations and logistics research lab and a software firm. As a high school student in her native Bulgaria, Nezabravka volunteered with a project of the BulgarianYouth Red Cross to prevent human trafficking. She is a member of the International Student Organization, Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society, the Finance Club, the College Honors Program and has been a tutor for the Office of Specialized Services. “Through my internships and college courses, I am convinced that there will always be new and more challenging problems to solve in the finance field,” she says.

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TAA EVELYN L. ATWATER SCHOLARSHIP

An offshoot of TWIN is the TWIN Alumnae Association (TAA), which is made up of every woman who has received the TWIN award. TAA provides a valuable link between key female executives in Bergen County, offering personal and professional development programs, as well as community service opportunities. One of the TAA’s annual programs is a scholarship for Ramapo College women, named in honor of Mrs. Atwater. The Atwater Scholarship benefits an outstanding female student who plans to pursue a career in business or industry.


THE KATHY AZZARA SCHOLARSHIP

Mrs. Azzara currently serves on the Alumni Advisory Board of the School of Social Science and Human Services. Mrs. Azzara started this scholarship in 2007 to give students encouragement and let students know that “someone shows an interest in you.” The intent of the Kathy Azzara Scholarship is to recognize young people who are working hard to achieve a BSN degree and the financial independence a bachelor’s degree represents. In addition to the financial assistance the Azzara Scholarship will provide, the award is intended to encourage students who are committed to service and who believe in “giving back.”

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athy Azzara graduated from Ramapo College in 2002 with a degree in Psychology from the School of Social Science and Human Services. She is a registered nurse and has worked as a health care consultant. She and her husband, Michael, have been active supporters of the College for more than 10 years and have contributed to the Carole Campana Scholarship Fund, the Distinguished Citizens Dinner, the Becky and Frank Kraus Scholarship and the Louise Benoit Fund among others. In 2000 Mr. Azzara, former president and CEO of the Valley Health System, was honored at the Ramapo College Foundation’s Distinguished Citizens Dinner for his leadership in health care and volunteer organizations across New Jersey and nationwide.

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Stephanie Olaso is a Nursing major in her junior year. She is planning to join members of the nursing faculty to travel toWest Africa this summer on a service trip to Sierra Leone to address maternal and infant mortality and morbidity. Stephanie is from Mine Hill, NJ.


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he Baer Scholarship is named in memory of New Jersey State Senator Byron Baer. In the early 1960s Mr. Baer was a Freedom Rider and participated in the Selma to Montgomery March. He was an advisor and friend to Martin Luther King, Jr. Mr. Baer served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1972 to 1993 and in the State Senate from 1994 to 2005 representing the 37th District. Mr. Baer was the primary author of New Jersey’s Sunshine Law and was an advocate for open government throughout his career. At his death his wife Linda and their daughter, Lara Rodriguez, sought a permanent means of honoring his memory and created this endowed fund with contributions from individuals and organizations throughout New Jersey who admired and valued his leadership.

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Brendan Flanagan of West Keansburg, NJ enjoys leadership roles. The Literature major, who is concentrating on Creative Writing, is an orientation leader for new students, president of the Model United Nations Club and is active as a peer facilitator and a member of the Student Government Association. Patrick Chang, associate vice president of Student Services says Brendan “is an advocate and constructive proponent for student rights, an outstanding scholar and the embodiment of the Ramapo education pillars” of interdisciplinary, experiential, intercultural and international learning. Brendan has earned a 3.78 grade point average.


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oan Pecchio (formerly Peckio) Carini graduated from Ramapo College in 1974. She majored in Literature. When her mother, Frances R. Barnd, died on July 4, 2010, Joan decided to honor her mother by making a donation to Ramapo College.

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Mrs. Barnd enjoyed reading, politics, art and traveling. Her family remembers her love of family, intelligence, graceful style and sense of humor. To thank Joan for her thoughtfulness and generosity, Literature professors chose an outstanding Literature major to receive a onetime scholarship.

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Junior Rosa Gomez is a Literature major concentrating in Creative Writing. Professor Monika Giacoppe notes, “As a creative writer and as a reader, Rosa has a passion for words and stories. She has an eye for images and details and great intuition about what they mean and how they work. Her curiosity about literature seems to know no borders and she is unfailingly enthusiastic in discussing the reading at hand.� Rosa is from Long Branch, NJ and maintains a 3.76 grade point average.


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BECK ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP FUND

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he intent of the Beck Endowed Scholarship Fund is to benefit students pursuing advanced degrees in medicine or chemistry. This endowed scholarship fund was created by Christine Beck and her husband Adalgery Beck. Christine graduated from the School of Theoretical and Applied Science in 1974 and graduated from NewYork Medical College in 1977. She is board certified in rehabilitation medicine and currently in private practice in Allentown, PA. Mr. Beck is an executive withWacker Chemical Corp.

Justin Cappuzzo of Succasunna, NJ is a Chemistry major. He presented research conducted with his mentor, Associate Professor of Biochemistry Arthur Felix, at the 58th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. Among his many accomplishments, Justin established and serves as president of Ramapo’s chapter of Phi Lambda Upsilon, the National Chemistry Honor Society. He also is treasurer of the Chemistry Club and a member of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, the American Chemical Society and Phi Delta Epsilon, the International Medical Fraternity. During the summer he worked at Bell Laboratories conducting industrial research. Justin, who has a 3.73 grade point average, plans to complete a doctorate in Organic Chemistry and work in the pharmaceutical industry as a research scientist. He says, “It means a great deal that your work has been accepted and that you have made an impression, so much that a scholarship was awarded.”


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AUDREY CROOK BERNTSEN SCHOLARSHIP

ollowing his mother’s death, Ramapo College alumnus David Berntsen ‘85 created this endowed scholarship in her memory. Since Audrey Crook Berntsen was a teacher, the scholarship will benefit outstanding Ramapo students enrolled in the Teacher Education Program. To honor David’s success in business, outstanding students enrolled in any business major are also eligible for the Audrey Crook Berntsen Scholarship. CaitlinVogel ofWantage, NJ is a Literature major concentrating in Creative Writing. Her minor is Psychology. She plans to teach in an impoverished area or where the quality of education is lacking. “My strong value of education is the main reason why I desire to be a secondary education teacher,” she says. Caitlin is secretary of the Computer and Technology Club, is active in a Bible study group and is a member of the Ramapo Board Game Club. She has participated in the AdoptA-Soldier program and Breeders and Feeders, a 4-H Club. Caitlin has a 3.97 grade point average.

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“This scholarship helps highlight my achievements and gives me the confidence in my ability to succeed in college and after my education.” CaitlinVogel


Never expecting anything in return, she seeks deep within people to find and then give them, that which they need most. Sometimes she’s a holiday angel, a town committee member, a million times it was Mommy’s taxi or someone’s go-for. Other times it’s what only a mother’s love can accomplish.

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lexander Biener, MD created this award as a surprise for his wife, Joyce, in 2010 to recognize Joyce for the kind of person she is — a supporting actress in many people’s lives — so ready to help her family and the many that come her way or live in her community.

Jennifer Forde of Dumont, NJ is a Psychology major who is in the process of transferring to the Nursing program. She would like to work in the pediatric or neonatal unit of a hospital and eventually, specialize in infant or toddler intensive care. “I am one of those individuals who will research information outside of class just because I find the material fascinating,” Jennifer notes. She is a member of the Nursing Club, has volunteered at Englewood Hospital and is a receptionist and infant caregiver at a chiropractic office. Jennifer has a 3.36 grade point average.

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JOYCE BIENER SCHOLARSHIP

“Though an accomplished X-ray and ultrasound technician, now on her third career as a makeup artist, Joyce tirelessly, with dedication and insight, gets myriad little things done, all the while spreading warmth and understanding,” says Dr. Biener. “And in everything she does there is a flair, an unmistakable style, that belies her rich imagination and creativity, born of love for the people she is with and does so much for.

“I wish this scholarship for students who play one or multiple supporting roles, leaving the limelight and titles to those whose endeavors they quietly but so vitally support. This one is for them!”


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MARCEL BIENER SCHOLARSHIP

n 2010 Dr. Alexander Biener created this scholarship in honor of his father, Marcel Biener. “Marcel is a Holocaust survivor by virtue of Jagendorf’s Foundry, a factory that kept thousands of Jews alive,” says Dr. Biener. “At the Foundry he utilized his translation skills, since he is fluent in seven languages.” He parlayed these skills and talents into a career as an engineering professor in Romania and Israel, before moving his family to America. “The purpose of this scholarship is to further the understanding of survival from genocide,” says Dr. Biener. “It is offered in the hope that talking about the roots of genocide, such as bigotry and lack of education, remembering the terrible instances and celebrating the survivors, regardless of how they survived, will bring us one step further from letting this happen again.

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“This scholarship is offered to students who demonstrate interest and understanding and compassion in these matters or who plan, through community service, or service in the Peace Corps or our armed forces, to help oppressed people everywhere. In giving to others, we hope to demonstrate the strength of the human spirit — to overcome — and that even one life saved can open a whole new universe. In fostering remembrance and study of the past, we hope to strengthen the abilities and resolve of our youth to seek a better future for all.” Marcel and other members of the Biener family will be invited to help with the selection of the recipients. The Marcel Biener Scholarship is selected later in the spring semester.


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DAVID BLAUER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

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avid Blauer was a Ramapo student majoring in Law and Society who died in a car accident the day before graduation in 1994. A graduate of Paramus High School, David was a dedicated student at Ramapo, and earned an overall grade point average of 3.38 and 3.63 in his major. In his sophomore year David worked between 40 and 50 hours a week and still made the Dean’s List. His advisor noted in David’s folder that year, “Wow!” and that David intended to study criminal law. David had been accepted to Villanova University Law School. In the summer of 1995, David’s parents, Marilyn and Martin Blauer, established this annual award in their son’s memory, which benefits a third- or fourth-year student majoring in Law and Society who demonstrates “outstanding scholarship and need.” Mrs. Blauer was supervisor in the Bergen County Department of Health Services Health Counseling Center until she and her husband moved to Florida in 2002. They have created a bequest to permanently endow the David Blauer Memorial Scholarship.

Kyle Ulscht ofWaldwick, NJ is a Law and Society major with a minor in Economics. He prides himself on never having missed a day of school since the sixth grade and has never been late. And, he has maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout college. He also is proud that he has overcome the obstacles of a learning disability. He is interested in constitutional and corporate law. Kyle wants to earn a bachelor’s degree in three years and then attend law school. He enjoys “looking at the faults ingrained in the Constitution during its inception” and interpreting the Constitution’s meaning in today’s world. He established Ramapo’s chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society and serves as president. He is a member of Phi Alpha Delta, the law fraternity.


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as a page at the Englewood Public Library and is a student research associate for Assistant Professor of Law and Society Dominique Johnson, compiling data and researching cases. On campus she volunteers on the Judicial Board and, through the Englewood Public Library, teaches ESL classes. Tashika plans to become a criminal defense attorney.

Tashika Bills of Englewood, NJ composed a song that she sings to her niece: “You can do it if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.” The song is as much for herself as her niece. Tashika is a Law and Society major who has a 3.71 grade point average. She works

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“In these troubling economic times paying for higher education has become increasingly challenging. Scholarships like the one I’ve received enable me to stay on track, remain focused, and achieve success.” Tashika Bills


The BMW of North America Diversity Scholarship program is open to women and minorities and helps promote diversity in the automotive industry. As part of this partnership, BMW of North America awards an annual Scholarship and a summer internship assignment for the scholarship recipient. The BMW Scholarship is selected later in the spring semester.

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BMW NORTH AMERICA DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

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he BMW Diversity Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate superior academic success and outstanding leadership qualities. The BMW Group has a commitment to creativity and breakthrough ideas.They employ a diverse group of individuals who are innovative and always looking for the next great idea. BMW is always committed to fostering new talent through the organization.With this goal, BMW has partnered with Ramapo College to establish the BMW Diversity Scholarship.


WILLIAM W. BRIGGS SCHOLARSHIP I

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former executive with ITT Industries, William Briggs has audited courses at Ramapo for 20 years. The courses he has taken reflect a diversity of interests and range from contemporary Africa, Italian, Gerontology and Meteorology, among others. He became a member of the Friends of Ramapo in 1996 and has been a steady supporter of the College through the Annual Fund. Mr. Briggs created endowed scholarship funds in 2002 and 2004 to ensure that future generations of students will be able to attend Ramapo College. The awards are for students in the Anisfield School of Business. Emma Ruddick-Ferrat of Randolph, NJ is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing. She plans to carry a double minor in International Business and French. Emma has earned a 3.83 grade point average and was named to Alpha Lambda Delta, the freshman honor society and the Golden Key International Honour Society. Emma also is a peer facilitator for the FirstYear Seminar. She helps organize Ramapo’s annual Relay for Life event to raise awareness and money for cancer research. Emma would like to continue her education in graduate school. “I know I can always learn something new and benefit from it,” she says. “This view always has and continues to motivate my academic determination.”

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“This scholarship will help me save money, which can be used toward studying abroad. I am an international business minor so I look forward to learning about other cultures firsthand!” Emma Ruddick-Ferrat


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Matthew Kowalsky of Pompton Lakes, NJ is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Management. He has a 3.74 grade point average and is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and the Golden Key International Honour Society. Matthew is a little league umpire and works in an assisted living facility. He also volunteers at a center for developmentally disabled adults. He admits he prefers working with people rather than numbers. “Communicating effectively is one of my strongest qualities and sound communication skills are an essential attribute for any successful business manager,” he says. Matthew would like to begin his career in sales and become a manager in a large corporation.

“It is an honor to know I have been selected out of so many applicants. It will help me prepare for my future by allowing me to work less hours this semester and focus on my classes.” Matthew Kowalsky

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WILLIAM W. BRIGGS SCHOLARSHIP II

former executive with ITT Industries, William Briggs has audited courses at Ramapo for 20 years. The courses he has taken reflect a diversity of interests and range from contemporary Africa, Italian, Gerontology and Meteorology, among others. He became a member of the Friends of Ramapo in 1996 and has been a steady supporter of the College through the Annual Fund. Mr. Briggs created endowed scholarship funds in 2002 and 2004 to ensure that future generations of students will be able to attend Ramapo College. The awards are for students in the Anisfield School of Business.


BABETTE & RAYMOND BROWN ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

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he Babette and Raymond Brown Endowed Scholarship was created by Ramapo College employee Babs Varano in memory of her parents. The purpose of the Brown Scholarship is to recognize and foster Ramapo College students who “demonstrate an international perspective.” Students majoring in International Business or International Studies are eligible. Delina Agnosteva, of Bulgaria, is majoring in Economics and International Business. She’s completed several internships at Pearson Education, Alternative Assets Investment Management and The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria. In addition, she has leadership roles in College clubs, serving as treasurer of the Math and Finance clubs,

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secretary of the International Business Club and handing public relations for the Model United Nations Club. She also competed in the NewYork Mercantile Exchange Open Outcry and served on the Anisfield School of Business Student Advisory Board. Delina, who is enrolled in the College Honors Program, has a 3.97 grade point average. At Ramapo, she says, “I found a path that will utilize my inquisitorial nature and will satiate my curiosity and drive for knowledge.” She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Economics.


At Ramapo College the Police Officer Michael J. Buczek Memorial Scholarship recognizes students with a strong interest in law enforcement, who are planning a career in law enforcement or who are Law and Society majors. Recipients must be residents of New York or New Jersey.

After answering a routine call on October 18, 1988, Officer Buczek and his partner stopped four men who were fleeing from a drug robbery. During the ensuing scuffle, one of the men shot and killed Officer Buczek. He was 24 years old. In 2003 the men who shot Michael Buczek and his partner were tried and convicted. Soon after Officer Buczek’s death his father, Ted Buczek, began a determined effort to bring his son’s killers to justice and honor his son’s memory. In the process,Ted Buczek recruited government officials at all levels, police officials and religious leaders. Thanks to Mr. Buczek’s tireless efforts, a baseball field, park and school inWashington Heights are named for his son, as well as scholarship funds at DePaul Catholic High School and at Ramapo College. Mr. Buczek passed away in December 2010 at the age of 84.

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POLICE OFFICER MICHAEL J. BUCZEK SCHOLARSHIP

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ichael John Buczek attended Ramapo College, then went on to become a NewYork City Police Officer inWashington Heights in Manhattan.

Kyle Ulscht ofWaldwick, NJ is a Law and Society major with a minor in Economics. He wants to earn a bachelor’s degree in three years and then attend law school. He is interested in constitutional and corporate law and is curious about “the faults ingrained in the Constitution during its inception” and interpreting the Constitution’s meaning in today’s world. Kyle has maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout college and is a member of Phi Alpha Delta, the law fraternity. He established Ramapo’s chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society and serves as president.


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Michael Chiaffarelli played soccer, ran indoor track and spring track and field during his four years at Dumont High School. During this time he also was a member of the Ecology Club, the Teen Freedom Corps, the Chess Club and the Media and Technology clubs. He volunteered as an assistant coach for a youth roller hockey league in his town and was a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters. He is a freshman at Ramapo.

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regory Z. Bukstein was a beloved and generous benefactor of Ramapo College. He made significant gifts to the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts. He funded the André Z. Pascal Gallery in memory of his twin brother and this scholarship award in honor of his mother, Mrs. Rachel Bukstein, through a bequest. Ramapo College worked with Mr. Bukstein to publish Survival: The Story of Two Brothers. The book recounts the story of the Bukstein brothers’ early childhood in Poland, their exile to Siberia, survival during the Holocaust, life as refugees and pioneers in the then newlycreated state of Israel and their eventual immigration to the United States. The book accompanied a gallery showing of Asian art the brothers owned. After Mr. Bukstein’s death in 2007 Ramapo College received hundreds of primarily Asian art works from his private collection. It was his desire that the works be displayed on a rotating basis in the André Z. Pascal Gallery. In addition, the Rachel Bukstein Scholarship was established for students “in great need and truly deserving of the support as a result of their hard work and efforts.”

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“This scholarship will prepare me because I have already worked hard to earn it and now I will work even harder to maintain it, so it will keep up my work ethic for the future.” Michael Chiaffarelli


Helen Burchell grew up in New England “amongst a large and busy family” according to her brotherWilliam. Dr. Burchell earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 1953 and master’s and doctoral degrees in Education from Columbia University Teacher’s College. She taught at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia from 1962 until 1971.

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elen Burchell was a member of the founding faculty at Ramapo College, and joined the faculty as an associate professor of Education in 1971. She was director of Clinical Experiences for beginning teachers and served as an administrator in the Teacher Education program until 1987, when she focused on academic outreach, special projects and grants. Her command of the English language and her editorial skills were a tremendous resource to faculty, especially in terms of grant seeking. For 25 years Dr. Burchell was the director of The Record Debate Classic at Ramapo College, a tournament for high school debate teams from across the region. She also served on the Donald G. and Flora A. Borg Merit Scholarship Award committee for more than a decade.

Dr. Burchell died suddenly in 2004, just three months after her retirement from Ramapo College. In recognition of her many years of service to Ramapo, the Ramapo College Foundation Board of Governors created this endowed scholarship in her memory. “Logan Brown is an exceptional student,” reports Literature Professor Edward Shannon. “He exhibits a strong, committed interest and aptitude for literature; he defines the concept of ‘intellectual curiosity.’ An excellent writer, what is most compelling about this fine student is the breadth of his interests. He understands that what is learned in class is merely a guide or a signpost that leads the way to greater ideas, greater intellectual pursuits and a lifetime of learning.” Logan is a Literature major from Ramsey, NJ who has a 4.00 grade point average.

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HELEN BURCHELL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Dr. Burchell had an avid interest in American antiques. “Never again shall I encounter anyone so prodigiously skilled in acquiring antiquity nor so disarming in negotiations with dealers,” continues her brotherWilliam.


MARION PAWLICK BUSCH SCHOLARSHIP

Caitlyn Ferreira of Lodi, NJ is a Psychology major who is seeking certification in Elementary Education. She has earned a 3.48 grade point average. “I’ve always had a strong need to help others,” says the senior. Caitlyn has been a volunteer for Pony Power Therapies, Operation Smile, Relay for Life and Shelter Our Sisters, among others. On campus, she serves as vice president and chair of the Standards Board for Theta Phi Alpha and is a member of the Psychology Coalition. She works part-time at a preschool and as a babysitter. Caitlyn says receiving the scholarship is a way “to reach a goal that I have set for myself since elementary school.”

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arion Pawlick Busch is the grandmother of Ramapo College alumna Heather Hemphill ‘05. Mrs. Busch grew up in Newark, NJ and was a strong athlete in high school. She earned a scholarship to attend college and wanted to become a physical education teacher, but because of financial constraints never pursued a college degree. This scholarship was established in Mrs. Busch’s honor by her children in 2006. The Marion Pawlick Busch Scholarship honors Mrs. Busch’s interest in teaching by benefiting students in any teacher education certification program who have financial need.

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committed to the goals of service, social justice and the dignity and worth of people. She plans to apply to NewYork University’s Advanced Standing MSW program and pursue a career as a licensed psychotherapist.

Taryn Blaustein of Parsippany, NJ is a Social Work major. Members of the Campana Scholarship Review Committee were unanimous in their selection of Taryn, stating that she has demonstrated strong writing and analytical skills, as evidenced by her 4.00 grade point average. Taryn’s goal is to help people with challenging emotional issues and she is

“I am tremendously grateful for the scholarships I have received from Ramapo.This scholarship has boosted my self-confidence, as well as helped to clear some of the financial roadblocks which may have otherwise impeded my path to achieving my education and vocational goals. With this generous assistance, I am able to move one step closer to bringing my once distant dreams to fruition.” Taryn Blaustein

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CAROLE CAMPANA ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

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used to marvel at students’ enthusiasm for Carole Campana’s classes and their willingness to take several of her courses despite long reading lists, dreaded final exams and exacting standards,” says Lee Sennish, founding director of theWomen’s Center at Ramapo. “ ‘What is her magic formula?’ I often wondered. Now, as a friend of many years, I know that this magic is nothing less than a passion and excitement for teaching, combined with a genuine and ongoing interest in her students, an enthusiasm for team teaching and a joy for developing new classes.” Carole Campana was a member of the founding faculty at Ramapo, and joined the College as a professor of Psychology in 1971. Upon Dr. Campana’s retirement in 2001, Lee Sennish spearheaded an effort to raise funds to start an endowed scholarship named in Carole’s honor. The Campana award is intended to recognize committed students with financial need who are majoring in Psychology or SocialWork.


with a minor in Latin American Studies and will be selected by the Carreras family and members of the Ramapo College International Studies faculty.

CHARLES CARRERAS LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES SCHOLARSHIP

“With this gift I can continue to support Latin American Studies at Ramapo, even in retirement,” Dr. Carreras says.

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r. Charles Carreras joined the Ramapo College faculty in 1971, two years after the College’s founding. Over the next 37 years he taught courses and presented papers on Latin American history, culture, human rights and the region’s relationship with the United States. In addition to Latin America, Dr. Carreras’ research interests centered around Mexico and the local history of Mahwah, NJ. “I came to Ramapo to pursue Latin American studies and devoted almost 40 years to educating students about Central and South America,” says Dr. Carreras. After his retirement in 2008, Dr. Carreras created a gift annuity that will later create an endowed scholarship fund, the Professor Charles Carreras Latin American Studies Scholarship. The Carreras Scholarship will benefit students

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Catherine Agacinski is a junior majoring in International Studies. She is pursuing a double minor in Latin-American Studies and Spanish Language Studies. Catherine has studied abroad in Argentina and has done volunteer work in Peru. After graduating from Ramapo her goal is to attend law school. Catherine plans to work for human rights organizations defending the rights of women and children. She has earned a 4.00 grade point average.


unending amount of inspiration for my writing.” At Ramapo Kathryn is secretary of the Literature Club, co-chair of Relay for Life and has volunteered for a number of activities. She works part time. Kathryn has earned a 3.90 grade point average. She is from Toms River, NJ.

This award was created by the CEO of Century 21, Mr. Anthony Marino and his wife Gail, so that students may have the opportunity to study abroad. In October 2009, the two scholarship recipients traveled to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. Accompanied by Shalom Gorewitz, a professor ofVideo Art & New Media who was there on a Fulbright project, the students stayed for two weeks and participated in classes, discussions and excursions. For the students, the trip also served as a site visit to determine if the university is a viable location to establish a student exchange program.

“For years I have dreamed about watching flamenco on the street, of wandering the small markets, of seeing the Moorish palace conquered by Ferdinand and Isabella,” says Kathryn Lee. Kathryn is a Communication Arts major concentrating inWriting, who also is pursuing a minor in Spanish Language Studies. “Being in Spain I will be able to see for myself all of these things, which will give me an

As the Student Government Representative for the Class of 2013, Steven Wiltbank organized the Freshman Leadership Conference. He is involved in a number of activities on campus including the College Republicans, the Student Leaders Coalition, student ambassadors, volunteering and intramural spin and volleyball. Steven is a Spanish Language Studies major concentrating in teacher certification in Spanish. He also is pursuing the Latin American Studies minor and has earned a 3.73 grade point average. “Every year I go with my church to a local outpatient clinic to celebrate the Christmas season,” Steven says. “Most of the families who attend are Hispanic, so I have been able to help since I speak Spanish. We also have been on mission trips to NewYork City, Philadelphia and Maryland.” Steven is from Belford, NJ. He plans to study abroad this summer at the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain.

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CENTURY 21 STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP

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entury 21 is one of the top general contracting and construction management firms in New Jersey, as evidenced in projects such as Newark’s Riverfront Stadium and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Century 21 has been a generous supporter to Ramapo College since 1999, particularly in the area of student scholarships. The company also is a generous supporter of the College’s Distinguished Citizens Dinner and the Ramapo College Foundation Golf Outing.


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Maximilian Klube plans to study in Geneva, Switzerland. Max is an International Studies major with an International Business minor. He has earned a 3.94 grade point average. Max is already fluent in German and worked last summer in Frankfurt, Germany. In Geneva he is looking forward to “dramatically improving my skills in French and gaining firsthand experience with the world of international policy making.” At Ramapo Max is vice president of the Model United Nations Club and is the student liaison to the International Studies major. He is from Fair Lawn, NJ.

“When I go to Ireland for my study abroad, I can only wish to gain a speck of the Irish eloquence for my own writing (and hopefully without having to kiss any stones),” says Francesca Baratta, a Literature major concentrating in CreativeWriting. Francesca also is pursuing a minor in Biology and has earned a 3.90 grade point average. She has worked as an intern at The AquarianWeekly and at Points Medical and volunteered at the Meadowlands Hospital. On campus Francesca is a student ambassador for the Admissions Office and is a member of the Health Occupation Students of America and three honor societies. She is from Lyndhurst, NJ.

“This scholarship will help me study abroad this summer in Ireland.This global experience will have a powerful impact on my future, my writing and my views of the world.” Francesca Baratta

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“The scholarship will help me further my knowledge of the French language, which is essential in the job field of my interest, international affairs. It will also help me gain more firsthand experience with international institutions by enabling me to study in Geneva, Switzerland.” Maximilian Klube


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ounded in 1957, the Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic organization of more than 500 businesses representing 90 local communities. The primary objective of the Chamber is to be an advocate for the local business community and to promote the economic growth and development of all who live and work in the greater Mahwah region.

Breanna Salazar is a freshman majoring in the Physical Therapy concentration of the Biology major. She has earned a 3.92 grade point average. “I am part of the Ramapo swim team,” Breanna reports, “and once that is finished I am planning on volunteering.” Breanna is from Randolph, NJ.

“This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies without the pressures of maintaining a job.” Breanna Salazar

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MAHWAH REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SCHOLARSHIP

To support the Chamber’s commitment to ensure a well trained and educated workforce, the Chamber Board of Directors created an endowed scholarship fund in 1998. The Chamber scholarship provides $1,500 each year to an individual who is an employee, child or sibling of a Chamber member. Ramapo College shares a strong partnership with the Chamber and is honored to administer this scholarship program.


PROFESSOR ROBERT J. CHRISTOPHER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

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he Robert J. Christopher Memorial Scholarship honors the long and positive relationship between Robert J. Christopher (1937-2006), a distinguished professor of literature and Ramapo College of New Jersey. For 32 years, Dr. Christopher served as an academic administrator in addition to introducing generations of students to the depth and beauty of English and American literature. In addition, Dr. Christopher created and directed the Oxford Honors program, the College’s first honors program and one of the early study abroad programs for liberal arts students enrolled at Ramapo College. The program brought Ramapo College students to Oxford University for summers of study and travel in England where they were introduced to the places that produced the greats of English literature. The Professor Robert J. Christopher Memorial Scholarship was created by Dr. Christopher’s family and friends to recognize superior academic achievement among literature and documentary film/video majors, which reflects Dr. Christopher’s teaching and research interests.

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Caroline Church of Park Ridge, NJ is a Literature major who is pursuing teacher certification in Elementary Education. “I have always viewed education through the eyes of an archaeologist despite the fact that I am a Literature major,” she says. “My education has always been about discovery, about excavating the world, fossil by fossil, to piece together a skeleton of understanding, an understanding of the world, its people and its cultures. Literature has provided tools with which to dig.” Caroline, who has a 3.85 grade point average, devotes time to working with children and to philanthropic causes. She has worked as a camp counselor, a tennis camp instructor, a math tutor and a babysitter. In addition, she has participated in walks to raise awareness for people with multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and those who are hungry.


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ore than 20 years ago, Coppertone and Ramapo College radio station WRPR recognized the hard work of Ramapo students who were completing local projects to conserve the environment. The award continues today in that spirit, providing scholarship support to students interested in environmental issues.

Berrie Center. “I plan to become a teacher in an elementary school, or a science teacher in a middle school,� he says. Jason is from North Arlington, NJ.

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COPPERTONE TUITION SCHOLARSHIP

JasonWhelpley is a senior enrolled in the School of Theoretical and Applied Science. He is pursing the Integrated Science Studies major, concentrating in Public Policy and Administration. He also is pursuing courses toward certification in Elementary Education to teach science. He has earned a 3.77 grade point average. Jason has worked in a number of jobs on campus in the Berrie Center and for Residence Life. He is a member of the Yoga Club and the Science Fiction and Comic Book Club. He has performed in one act plays in the


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THE CRANE FUND FOR WIDOWS AND CHILDREN

he Crane Fund seeks to provide scholarships to needy widows and children of men who have died and left their children without adequate means of support. Wives and children of men who are unable to adequately support their dependents, are also eligible for educational assistance.

Helene Gebler of Garwood, NJ is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing. She is a member of Sigma Delta Tau, Colleges Against Cancer and the ALS Foundation to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease. Helene says, “I am thankful for the Crane Scholarship.With this scholarship I was able to stay in college and pursue my dreams even with the hardships that surrounded me.”

Michele Feola is a junior from Oak Ridge, NJ. She transferred to Ramapo from the County College of Morris and is majoring in Biology.

Lauren Sohnen is a freshman majoring in Communication Arts. She is from Marlboro, NJ.

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JoshuaWanger, a Political Scince major, is proud to have been accepted into Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society. He is a member of the Political Forum Club and Hillel. Joshua, who has a 3.80 grade point average, looks forward to becoming more independent to prepare for working and living on his own. He is from Nanuet, NY.


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e led a life of service to others,” says Bea Cronin, Dan Cronin’s widow. While serving in the Navy in 1966, Dan suffered a severe injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down. “Dan lived a good portion of his life in a wheelchair,” says his good friend Mary Alice Rocks Ruggiero, “But I never ceased to be amazed by how well he got around — in snow, in every kind of weather and in every sort of neighborhood — nothing held him back.” In 1980 Dan enrolled at Ramapo College, received a degree in 1984 and continued his education at Seton Hall University where he earned a degree in law. Dan then began a selfless career in poverty and family law serving as an attorney for Bergen County Legal Services. Among the many

Upon Dan’s death in December 2004, Bea Cronin, together with friends and family, created this scholarship fund to honor his life and recognize the next generation of young people devoted to the service of others. The Cronins met at Ramapo College, where Dan was an active member of the Alumni Association Board and Bea served as director of Human Resources until her retirement in 2010. This scholarship helps advance many of Dan’s ideals, epitomized through his last words to his niece Barbara AnnWendt: “It is what you do that makes you special.” Continues Robin Reilly of the F.A.I.T.H. Foundation, “Knowing Dan was always there for me in my work with the homeless was a great comfort. He never let me down, not once. I don’t know what we’ll do without him.”

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DANIEL J. CRONIN MEMORIAL ENDOWMENT

honors he received were the New Jersey Certificate of Appreciation for Meritorious Public Service for his work as a member of the Supreme Court’s District Ethics Committee, a Certificate of Appreciation from Shelter Our Sisters, a home for victims of domestic violence and the Outstanding Attorney of the Year award from Legal Services of New Jersey. “It was impossible to venture anywhere within a 15-mile radius of Hackensack with Dan and not run into someone he knew,” says Ms. Ruggiero. “Someone he had helped along the way would spot him and make a point of coming up to us for an exchange.”


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Wendy Levine ofWayne, NJ is a Psychology major. She is intrigued by how the brain recovers after traumatic injury. She wishes to pursue a career in clinical neuropsychology so

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that she can facilitate the diagnosis and treatment of those who have had a traumatic brain injury. Wendy works in Professor Christian Reich’s lab on a project examining “social defeat stress,” a depression model in rats. On campus Wendy is a writing tutor and a peer facilitator for FirstYear Seminar. Wendy, who has a 4.00 grade point average, is an executive board member of the Psi Chi International Psychology Honor Society, a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and the Psychology Coalition. She and her mother established the Joel Levine Oral Cancer Research Fund, named for her father who died from the disease. “I am proud that my mother and father have successfully inspired in me an unrelenting desire for achievement,” she says. “It is my goal that my accomplishments be applied to better the lives of others.”


In 2009 Marion was the alumni honoree at our Distinguished Citizens Dinner. As a member of the Ramapo College Foundation Board of Governors, Marion serves on the Allocation Committee.This committee awards Foundation grants to faculty and students.

Mr. and Mrs. Dugan are the co-chairs of Charity Navigator, which they founded in 2001. Charity Navigator provides free, unbiased ratings on more than 4,300 American charities. Marion also was a member of the Mahwah Board of Education for 13 years and served as president for two years. She is a member of the Ramapo College Foundation Board of Governors. “When I was a student at Ramapo I saw the financial need among students, especially in their junior and senior years,” says Marion. She was particularly struck by the dedication some students gave toward earning a degree, especially returning adult students with children.

Maria Molina of Hackensack, NJ is a Social Work major. When she worked at an adult medical daycare center, she was often asked to translate her clients’ concerns from Spanish to English. Maria recalls, “I remember seeing people walking into the office without hope and coming out with big smiles.” It was then that she realized she could make a difference by helping people to help themselves and by advocating for them. Maria, who has a 3.54 grade point average, plans to further her education by obtaining a master’s degree in Social Work. “I promised myself and my son that I was not going to give up and I am proud to say that I have been able to keep my promise.”

To recognize such dedicated students, Mrs. Dugan established this endowed scholarship fund in 2005. The award benefits seniors of any major who demonstrate financial need.

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MARION C. DUGAN SCHOLARSHIP

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arion Dugan and her husband Pat are former long-time residents of Mahwah. When her children were older, Marion enrolled at Ramapo College to take the final courses required to earn her bachelor’s degree. She graduated in 1980 with a degree in Metropolitan Studies/Public Administration.


The award was created by Marion Dugan, an alumna of Ramapo College who graduated in1980 with a degree in Metropolitan Studies/Public Administration.

DUGAN COMMUNITY SCHOLARS

Mrs. Dugan has been active in numerous community organizations in Bergen County. She was a member of the Mahwah Board of Education for 13 years, served as president for two years and has been an active member of Literacy Volunteers of New Jersey. She served on that organization’s Board for two years and has been active with the DARE program and Safe Homes of Orange County, which serves families who are victims of domestic violence.

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he goal of the Dugan Community Scholars program is to recognize Ramapo students who are dedicated to positive social change in urban communities.

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Mrs. Dugan is a member of the Ramapo College Foundation Board of Governors. The Dugan Community Scholarship is selected later in the spring semester.


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arol Duncan is a renowned art historian who served as a faculty member in the Ramapo College School of Contemporary Arts from 1972 until she retired in 2005. An expert in the history of museums in the United States, she is author of numerous books and articles. her most recent work is titled “How To Have A MuseumWith Brains: John Cotton Dana And The Making Of A Democratic Culture In America” (Periscope, 2009). Ms. Duncan created this award to benefit a Ramapo College student inVisual Arts. It is selected by the dean of Contemporary Arts on the recommendation of the faculty.

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CAROL DUNCAN SCHOLARSHIP

“For years I have dreamed about watching flamenco on the street, of wandering the small markets, of seeing the Moorish palace conquered by Ferdinand and Isabella,” says Kathryn Lee, who is preparing for a study abroad trip to Spain. Kathryn is a Communication Arts major concentrating in Writing, who also is pursuing a minor in Spanish Language Studies. “Being in Spain I will be able to see for myself all of these things, which will give me an unending amount of inspiration for my writing.” At Ramapo Kathryn is secretary of the Literature Club, cochair of Relay for Life and has volunteered for a number of activities. She works part time. Kathryn has earned a 3.90 grade point average. She is from Toms River, NJ.


MARIE AND FRANCIS J. DWYER SCHOLARSHIP

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rancis J. Dwyer worked at Lever Brothers for 29 years, where he was president of Local 51 of the International ChemicalWorkers. Mr. Dwyer took courses at Ramapo under the auspices of the “Union Leadership Academy,” which at that time was a two-year sequence that offered courses in labor and the economy, labor law and labor history. Mr. Dwyer’s wife, Marie was aware of his deep feelings for the program and shortly after his death in 1982 established this scholarship fund in his memory. Mrs. Dwyer continued to meet with Dwyer Scholarship recipients and attend Ramapo events until her death in 2003. Because Frank Dwyer was particularly interested in labor relations, the Dwyer scholarships benefit highachieving upperclassmen who are majoring in social sciences and have an interest “in effecting social change.”

Jersey BatteredWomen’s Service and the Creative Heartwork Inc. studio. As part of her fieldwork requirements she has worked with people with HIV/AIDS at The Eric Johnson House and with the mentally ill at New Bridge Services. As evidenced by her 4.00 grade point average, she puts a lot of energy into her course work. She plans to apply to NewYork University’s Advanced Standing MSW program and pursue a career as a licensed psychotherapist. “I believe I possess the attitude and motivation to transform my altruistic dreams into a career of dedicated serve to humanity,” she says.

Robert Goldberg of North Haledon, NJ is a Biology major. A refugee from Russia, he had completed nearly five years of medical school before coming to the United States. He has studied martial arts, taught himself to play jazz guitar, learned to play tennis and “was carried away by photography.” Robert, who has a 3.94 grade point average, has applied for a position as a phlebotomist at several hospitals and he volunteers in the Cardiothoracic Surgery Department at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.

Taryn Blaustein of Parsippany, NJ is a Social Work major. “Helping others has always been my default setting,” says Taryn, whose goal is to help people with challenging emotional issues. For more than a year she has volunteered with 54

“This scholarship will help me afford higher education and resume my medical studies that I was forced to pause due to my immigration to the U.S.” Robert Goldberg


Lauren Finaldi ofWest Milford, NJ is a Nursing major. As president of Phi Delta Epsilon, an international medical fraternity, she developed an educational lecture “Health Disparities Among Minority Populations,” presented at the College’s Health andWellness Fair. She is a member of the Nursing Student Organization and serves as a student representative on the Nursing Curriculum Revising Committee. Lauren completed a study abroad program to Sierra Leone,West Africa to reduce maternal and infant mortality and morbidity. Lauren, who has a 3.41 grade point average, says, “Ramapo has made me a social justice and patient care advocate.”

EMPATHY SCHOLARSHIP

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olleagues in the School of Social Science and Human Services and friends gathered to celebrate Professor Bob Sproul’s birthday in 2006 and instead of gifts, made contributions to start this annual scholarship fund. Mr. Sproul was introduced to Ramapo College while he was executive director of The Center for Help in Time of Loss, a mental health and social service community-based non-profit where Ramapo students worked as interns. He became more closely involved in the Ramapo community when he began teaching as an adjunct professor in 2000. Professor Sproul’s intention with this award is to “provide meaningful financial support for Ramapo College students who are committed to improving the quality of life for disadvantaged or marginalized people.”

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he Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Alumni Board set aside a portion of its fundraising proceeds to start an endowed fund to benefit Ramapo College’s EOF students. The members of the Board decided to have the endowment be used for scholarship and recognize students who are active volunteers. Candidates must be committed to community service “that benefits

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society as a whole and/or the College community.” The recipient is selected by the Scholarship Committee of the Alumni Board and the director of the Educational Opportunity Fund. The EOF Alumni Board has decided to reinvest the proceeds from its endowment in the 20102011 academic year.


Chikara Iwuagwu is from Englewood, NJ and is in her senior year of the undergraduate Nursing major. She has earned a 3.25 grade point average. Chikara is president of the Organization of African Unity, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Chi Alpha Epsilon

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EOF PROGRAM ADVISORY BOARD SCHOLARSHIP

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he Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Program Advisory Board is a group of local business leaders, College faculty and community activists who serve as a link between the program and the outside community. Specifically, members of the EOF Program Advisory Board provide advice on the administration of the program and serve as a resource for student mentoring, internships and employment opportunities. Each year the Board allocates a portion of the earnings from its fundraising activities for student scholarships. To be eligible, students must have at least sophomore standing, have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate involvement in the community.

and volunteers with the Black Student Union. She also is a volunteer for Mbano Community Inc., helping to raise funds for the organization’s medical mission. “Last semester I participated in the Miss Nigerian Independence Pageant and I finished as a runner up,” she says. “My grandfather once told me that I should never forget where I came from and this was my way of bringing his words to life.” Chikara plans to use her knowledge in the nursing field to open a health care center in her parents’ hometown in Nigeria.


MARY K. & SALVATORE J. FANALE SCHOLARSHIP

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fter raising eight children, “I was excited when my husband suggested that I attend college and obtain that long-desired accomplishment of a college degree,” wrote Mary Fanale. So, at age 56, she enrolled at Ramapo, taking courses in the School of American and International Studies. For three years Mrs. Fanale reveled in her studies and was an active college student, serving as secretary of the Center for Returning Students. “I believe the feelings for older students ... is so good that we fit in perfectly,” she said. Sadly she died in 1981 before finishing her degree. In memory of her contributions to the Ramapo community and to support other mature students who seek excellence in their studies, Mrs. Fanale’s husband and children established an endowed scholarship fund in her name. At Salvatore Fanale’s death in 2006 the Fanale children directed additional funds to significantly build the endowment. The Mary K. Fanale Memorial Scholarship recognizes high-achieving female students who are New Jersey residents and are of non-traditional college age.

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“Catherine Fitzgerald has come back to school to explore the field of social work and possibly become certified to teach,” says Julian Gomez, the associate director in charge of adult learners and graduate students. Catherine transferred to Ramapo in the fall of 2010 and is majoring in Social Work. She earned an associate’s degree from County College of Morris in 2005 and attended William Paterson University in the 1970s. Catherine is a talented musician who taught music and theater at various private schools. She lives in Rockaway, NJ.

A graduate of Bergen Community College, Valesca Araripe is originally from Brazil. “Being accepted into Ramapo’s BSN program is a huge accomplishment forValesca,” says Mr. Gomez. “She originally studied biology, but her lifelong dream was to study nursing.” Valesca attends school full time and holds a job on the weekends. She lives in Oakland, NJ and has a 4.00 grade point average.


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Ashley Gathers of Passaic, NJ is an International Business major with a 3.29 grade point average. “College expanded my curiosity to learn about various cultures and countries,” the senior says. Ashley completed a semester abroad in Spain and a cultural immersion program in the Dominican Republic. On campus Ashley is a member of the Black Student Union, Ramapo Operation Link Up, Ramapo Readers and Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society. She has participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Operation Link Up College PrepWorkshop, Freshmen Checkin, Oktoberfest and the First Annual Newark Public High Schools College Fair. Ashley says, “I have become a self-made woman, concerned with the determination to set positive examples through my behavior, decisions and goals.”

Rudina Kajacka is a Business Administration major concentrating in Finance with a 3.57 grade point average. Rudina is pursuing an Accounting minor. The sophomore says, “I’d like to be confronted not only with life’s responsibilities and risks, but also those of the business world.” She is a member of two honor societies, Alpha Lambda Delta and Chi Alpha Epsilon, is a member of the United Nations Club, Math Club, International Student Organization and Finance clubs. Rudina has performed community service projects with Strengthen Our Sisters, House on the Hill and the Educational Opportunity Fund. Rudina plans to combine her interests in Finance and Accounting in graduate school. She is from Garfield, NJ.

Valensiya Ognyanova Tsvetanova of Bulgaria is majoring in Accounting and Law and Society. She came to the United States at age 16 and lived with a host family in Elkhart, IN where she attended high school. Valensiya, who has a 3.71 grade point average, holds leadership positions in several organizations and is president of the International Student Organization, treasurer of the International Business Club, treasurer of the Model United Nations Club, treasurer of the Golden Key International Honour Society and a member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants and Students In Free Enterprise. Valensiya has concluded that to be a good businessperson, one has to have basic knowledge of all business principles. She has a strong interest in Accounting and in American law. She would like to own an accounting firm and specialize in forensic accounting and to pursue a dual JD/MBA degree.

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FOOTSTAR/MELDISCO SCHOLARSHIP

ootstar, which operated footwear departments in K-Mart and Rite Aid stores on theWest Coast, was a longstanding supporter of Ramapo College. Meldisco, a subsidiary of Footstar, was located close to the College in Mahwah, New Jersey. Meldisco began supporting Ramapo in 1987 and provided major support toward the construction of the College Bandshell. In 1999 the Ramapo College Foundation honored former Footstar Chairman Mickey Robinson, at its Distinguished Citizens Dinner. In recognition of this honor, Footstar affiliates around the world created this endowed scholarship fund at Ramapo College. The scholarship benefits students in the Anisfield School of Business.


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artha E. François, Ph.D. was vice president for academic affairs and professor of history at Ramapo from 1981 to 1983. She was the first woman to hold a chief administrative post at the College. A magna cum laude graduate ofWells College, she held a master’s degree in history from Mount Holyoke College and a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. Before coming to Ramapo, Dr. François was a professor of history and dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Earlier she was a professor of history and a member of the graduate faculty at Northeastern University, dean of freshmen and sophomores atWellesley College and an instructor in history at Hollins College. She lectured and published extensively in this country and abroad on women’s studies, medieval history and higher education. She was active in numerous professional associations including the American Association for Higher Education, the American Association of UniversityWomen, the Indiana Academy of Social Sciences and the American History Association. During her tenure at Ramapo, Dr. François initiated the College Honors Program, the annual convocation for outstanding students and several new academic programs including the Computer Science major. At the time of her death she was working to establish the Law and Society major and Ramapo’s first master’s program, the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. “Loyalty to family, friends, colleagues, integrity, a dedication to scholarship and a love of learning and friendship — these were singular — never compromised,” said her friend Dr. Irene Nichols of Northeastern University at Dr. François’ memorial service. The Martha E. François Memorial Scholarship recognizes a Ramapo student of high academic achievement.

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Michael Chananie of Paramus, NJ is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Management and a minor in Accounting. His goal, formed early in life, is to become a hospital administrator. Personally recognizing the dedication of the volunteer rescue personnel, Michael came to the decision about his career pursuit as a result of being involved in a car accident at age six. Michael’s goal is to give back to the community as a volunteer who has an EMT-B certification, while pursuing his passion for business. Michael has interned at Holy Name Medical Center and Lotulak and Company, an accounting firm. At Ramapo, he is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, vice president of Hillel, is on the Executive Board of the Honors Program and was named to Alpha Lamda Delta and the Golden Key International Honour Society. He also is active with the UJA Federation of Northern NJ. Michael, who has a 3.83 grade point average, plans to attend graduate school.


Freshman Jessica Donovan is a graduate of Bergen County Technical High School in Teterboro and has taken classes at Bergen Community College and Fairleigh Dickinson University. In high school she was captain of the girls’ bowling team. As part of the 2009 Teen Arts Festival Jessica won a Silver Medal for Broadcast News and a Gold Medal for Technology Display as part of the NJ Skills USA competition. Jessica is dedicated to writing, creating poems, essays and short stories which she describes as “both artistic and therapeutic.” Jessica plans to become an English teacher. Freshman Nicholas Helmstetter is from Union, NJ. In high school Nick was involved with the student council as class vice president and executive board member. He was a

Vacation Bible School group leader at his church and co-president of the CatholicYouth Organization, and worked at a homeless shelter, quadriplegic center and nursing home and at NJARC, a school for children with disabilities.

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FRIENDS OF RAMAPO SCHOLARSHIP

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he Friends of Ramapo, founded to expand communications and foster greater understanding between Ramapo College and neighboring communities, supports the College in numerous ways each year. Through the Friends’ endowment fund, scholarships are awarded to Ramapo students with outstanding academic achievements. The Friends of Ramapo also sponsors cultural events for the community, reflecting the members’ interests in promoting the intellectual, social and cultural activities on the college campus.


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Sarah McConkey ofWayne, NJ demonstrates a high level of determination and accomplishment according to her guidance counselor at Wayne Valley High School who described her as “a model for rigorous academic participation.” Involved with the Girl Scouts as a Daisy in kindergarten, Sarah went on to earn the Gold Award, the organization’s top honor. She was a four-year Lacrosse player, a member of the marching band, served as president of the Environmental Club Board and an officer in the Latin Club. A motivated student, Sarah spent two weeks at Brown University taking a Philosophy course. Sarah, who has a 3.78 grade point average, wants to pursue a career that will allow her to help others.

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now more than ever,” says Sabina. She is vice president of Students of Caribbean Ancestry and a member of the Black Student Union. She also holds a paid position on campus. Sabina, who has a 2.94 grade point average, says, “My career goal is to seek a job in the social service field. I like the idea of keeping people healthly — mind, body and soul — through counseling.”

Maria Molina of Hackensack, NJ is a Social Work major. When she worked at an adult medical daycare center, she was often asked to translate her clients’ concerns from Spanish to English. Maria recalls, “I remember seeing people walking into the office without hope and coming out with big smiles.” It was then

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JACKIE AND PAUL GARBER SCHOLARSHIP

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ackie Fain Garber graduated from Ramapo College in 1975 and became a kindergarten and Montessori teacher. In 2001 she and her husband Paul decided to start an annual scholarship to recognize good students with financial need who may need a little help in paying their college costs. “I’ve gotten so much from my Ramapo education,” Jackie said at the time, “I would like to give back.” Students who receive the Garber Scholarships can be studying any discipline, but must demonstrate financial need and be in good academic standing.

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that she realized she could make a difference by helping people to help themselves and by advocating for them. Maria, who has a 3.54 grade point average, plans to further her education by obtaining a master’s degree in SocialWork. “I promised myself and my son that I was not going to give up and I am proud to say that I have been able to keep my promise.”

Leidy Duque of Hackensack, NJ is an International Business major. A native of Colombia, Leidy is excited about the possibility that the United States will open a free trade agreement with South America. “My objective is to own a business or be part of one that will facilitate international free trade between the United States and South America.” She is confident that her college education, South American roots and ability to speak and write both English and Spanish will provide her with an advantage. Leidy, who has a 3.71 grade point average, is grateful to her family in Colombia for their love and support.

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and as a volunteer for FirstYear Move-In Day. Miranda, who has a 3.58 grade point average says, “My hope is bigger than my doubts.”

“The scholarships I received mean more than the money.They were honestly blessings.Without them, my future wouldn’t look so promising. I’m so thankful for them both.” MirandaWyatt Cardacia Davis of Hackensack, NJ is a Social Work major. A returning student, she is determined to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree. Cardacia holds a full-time job and is a director of a residential program that serves clients who are developmentally disabled and mentally ill. On campus she is active with the Social Work Club and Ramapo Readers. For more than 10 years Cardacia has known that she wants to make a difference in others’ lives without them losing their dignity. She has already accomplished that goal and now seeks to perfect it. “I am looking forward to even more challenges, to becoming more knowledgeable and to increase my overall wellbeing,” Cardacia says.


Jennifer Forde of Dumont, NJ is a Psychology major who is in the process of transferring to the Nursing program. She would like to work in the pediatric or neonatal unit of a hospital and eventually, specialize in infant or toddler intensive care. “I am one of those individuals who will research information outside of class just because I find the material fascinating,” Jennifer notes. She is a member of the Nursing Club, has volunteered at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and is a receptionist and infant caregiver at a chiropractic office. Jennifer has a 3.36 grade point average.

Josue Guzman of Ridgewood, NJ is a Chemistry major. He credits his parents for giving him an opportunity to pursue a college education. He discovered chemistry in high school and knew he wanted to major in it. His goal is to attend medical school and to pursue a career in anesthesiology. “I want to specialize in pain management because I want to help those who have to endure relentless pain.” He wants to research new methods of pain management. Josue has a 3.76 grade point average.

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Tia Cappello of Denville, NJ is a Psychology major who is pursuing teacher certification. In high school Tia was a babysitter for a boy with autism. As she watched the boy’s progress in speech therapy, she realized she would like to become a speech therapist. “I believe the gift of speech is one of the most valuable possessions we own,” Tia says. “To be able to give it to another person is something that is worth working extremely hard for.” Tia also is pursuing middle school certification in Science and aYoga Studies certificate. On campus,Tia is a note taker for the Office of Specialized Services and has volunteered with Pony Power Therapies in Mahwah, NJ. She is a member of Colleges Against Cancer, theYoga Club and Future Teachers at Ramapo. She has a 3.70 grade point average.


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Alyson Angstreich of North Brunswick, NJ is a Psychology major who is pursuing certification in Elementary Education. She has worked and volunteered at a number of health care centers, helping stroke patients, preschool children with developmental disabilities and people with Alzheimer’s. Alyson plans to attend graduate school to obtain a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology to become a speech pathologist. At Ramapo she is president of Hillel, vice president of Kappa Delta Pi and a member of Theta Phi Alpha, the Psychology Coalition and Freshman Caucus. “A college’s goal should be to provide students with critical thinking skills, to instill a passion for learning and to prepare them for what the future will bring after graduation,” Alyson says, “Ramapo is especially skilled in doing just this.” Alyson has a 3.71 grade point average.

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Shanée Murdaugh of Newark, NJ is a Biology major with a concentration in the Physician Assistant program. A college education is important to Shanée so she can set a good example for her younger brother and cousins. She works on campus as a student aide and is a member of Ebony Women for Social Change, Brothers Making a Difference, Social Justice Coalition and Ramapo singing groups. She has a 3.16 grade point average. Shanée plans to work in a pediatric practice.

“The scholarship I received will help me attend school at a lower cost. By being able to do this I will be able to save money for medical school.” Shaneé Murdaugh


Anthony Jabra of Maywood, NJ is a Biology major and an Anthropology minor. The senior has been named to the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society and the Dean’s List. He is a licensed real estate agent in New Jersey who is eager to help those buying or selling a home. Anthony plans to become a podiatrist. “This scholarship is going to help pay for my books, the cost of the MCAT exam and my expenses for graduate school.”

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SIDNEY J. GELTMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

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hen Mrs. Emily Geltman attended commencement with her son and daughter-in-law, an employee of the College, she was so impressed with the enthusiasm and accomplishments of the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) students that she established an endowed scholarship fund for their benefit. The fund is named in honor of her husband, Sidney, “a kind and generous man who never stopped learning.” The intent of the Geltman Scholarships is to provide tuition assistance for juniors or seniors enrolled in the EOF program who will attend graduate school. Students who have received the Geltman Scholarship in their junior year are eligible to receive the award again in their senior year, provided they are in good academic standing.

Ashley Gathers of Passaic, NJ is an International Business major with a 3.29 grade point average. “College expanded my curiosity to learn about various cultures and countries,” the senior says. Ashley completed a semester abroad in Spain and a cultural immersion program in the Dominican Republic. On campus Ashley is a member of the Black Student Union, Ramapo Operation Link Up, Ramapo Readers and Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society. She has participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Operation Link Up College PrepWorkshop, Freshmen Checkin, Oktoberfest and the First Annual Newark Public High Schools College Fair. Ashley says, “I have become a self-made woman, concerned with the determination to set positive examples through my behavior, decisions and goals.”


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Emily DeNardo of Aberdeen, NJ is a Theater major and Literature minor who developed her love of the theater when she served as stage manager for her eighth grade class production. Although she also is interested in directing, Emily says, “I found stage management to be more challenging, engaging and fulfilling.” She chose Ramapo College because it allowed her “to be involved in every aspect of its theater program.” She has stage managed “Playboy of the WesternWorld” among others at Ramapo and last summer she completed internships with Horse Trade Theater Group, Manhattan Theater Source and Out Of The Box Theater Company. Emily, who has a 3.83 grade point average, was inducted into Alpha Psi Omega, the theater honor society.

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obert Giaimo was a Ramapo College theater major who tragically lost his life in a car accident after the Spring 2004 graduation ceremony, where he had performed withVoices, a College choral group. “Robert’s great love was technical theater and he was greatly admired by the Contemporary Arts staff,” said Nancy Mackin, who was dean of students at the time. This scholarship honors Robert’s memory by recognizing a fellow Contemporary Arts student who shares Robert’s love of the theater.

“It has helped me pay for my education and it lets me know people care about the people who make art happen.” Emily DeNardo

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urely in Anne’s life and in her teaching,” wrote retired Ramapo CollegeVice President Pamela Bischoff, “we saw firsthand the value of experiential learning, of international intercultural experiences and of the interdisciplinary approach to education we so value here.”

“She found time to be a voracious and discriminating reader, a tennis player, an experimenting chef, a peripatetic traveler, a pianist and a gardener,” continued Dr. Bischoff. “It is clear that her own professional and personal activities reflected the very mission of the College.” At Anne’s death in 2000, her husband, Bernard, established this endowed scholarship in his wife’s memory. Colleagues, friends and family contributed to the fund, which recognizes outstanding female students majoring in Law and Society.

“The Anne Glickman Memorial Scholarship has encouraged me to find additional ways to finance future schooling. It showed me that it is possible.” Jolie Annette Giroux Bonnette

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ANNE GLICKMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

A member of the founding faculty of the College, Anne Glickman taught for more than 25 years in the School of Social Science and Human Services. Anne graduated from New York University Law School at a time when few women entered the profession and founded the Law and Society major at Ramapo College. She was active in the Legal Aid Society.

Jolie Bonnette of Erial, NJ is a Psychology major and a Substance Abuse minor with a 3.81 grade point average. Originally thinking of becoming a substance abuse counselor, Jolie now plans to earn a master’s in Information Systems Audit and Control. Jolie is a NJ STARS scholar and graduated from Camden Community College. At Ramapo, she is employed as a residence life community assistant and a summer conference assistant. Jolie is a member of the Rho Alpha Sigma Honor Society and the Golden Key International Honour Society. She volunteers for the National MS Society.


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between the United States and South America.” She is confident that her college education, South American roots and ability to speak and write both English and Spanish will provide her with an advantage. Leidy, who has a 3.71 grade point average, is grateful to her family in Colombia for their love and support.

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n 2003 brothers Pritam Singh Grewal and Amarjit Singh Grewal created this scholarship in memory of their parents, in honor of their belief in personal excellence. Pritam is president of ADPP Enterprises, which owns and operates gas stations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The company has grown from an entrepreneurial start-up to one of the best-run gas retailers in the country. “My parents always encouraged us to put our best effort in all our endeavors,” says Mr. Grewal, “and to push the limits of excellence. This principle has been the cornerstone of ADPP Enterprises’ way of doing business. I also understand the hardships of being a student, especially for students who are striving to excel in their studies despite being saddled with the burden of arranging the finances required to pursue their studies.” The purpose of the award is to recognize the business success the brothers have achieved, thanks to values instilled by their parents and, to recognize a student with “a consistently high level of academic performance.” Leidy Duque of Hackensack, NJ is an International Business major. A native of Colombia, Leidy is excited about the possibility that the United States will open a free trade agreement with South America. “My objective is to own a business or be part of one that will facilitate international free trade 70

“I am eager to obtain my degree in international business and this scholarship has played an important role in facilitating my goal. It is not only the financial assistance, but also the knowledge that there are those who are willing to help those who try hard.This has truly been a motivation to me and an important part of my college education.” Leidy Duque


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GUILIANA FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

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ohn Guiliana is a podiatrist and managing partner at Foot Care Associates in Hackettstown, NJ. Dr. Guiliana has given lectures across the country on podiatry and the management of a medical practice. Dr. Guiliana and his wife, Stephanie, are the parents of Justin, a junior majoring in Biology. Their elder son Stephen, graduated from Ramapo College in 2009, also with a degree in Biology. Dr. and Mrs. Guiliana became members of the Ramapo College Parents’ Council in 2007 and after attending an event with President Peter P. Mercer and other parents, created this scholarship endowment. The intent of the Guiliana Family Scholarship is to recognize Ramapo College undergraduates who intend to continue their education in graduate school.

“In light of my combined passions for psychology, language and the processes of human communication, I am planning on an advanced degree in Speech Language Pathology,” says Jacqueline Ostrander. Jacqueline is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. She has earned a 3.97 grade point average. Jacqueline holds leadership positions in a number of honor societies and is a member of the Psychology Coalition and was a member of Student Government’s Class Council. She works in the Center for Children andYouth at West Bergen Mental Healthcare and was a summer camp volunteer at the Sayreville Association for Brain Injured Children last summer. Jacqueline is from South Amboy, NJ.


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he Haband Oaks Scholarship was created by Haband chairman Max Habernickel and his leadership staff. Headquartered in Oakland, NJ, Haband is a leading mail-order distributor of men’s and women’s apparel and accessories. Since so much of the company’s business depends on marketing, the executives decided that this scholarship should benefit a student in the marketing major.

Senior Tracey Pastorini started as a volunteer in the Center for Academic Advising and First-Year Experience and now, four years later, works as an orientation leader for incoming freshmen. She is a peer facilitator and has been a student ambassador with the Admissions Office since her freshman year. “When not in the CAAFYE office, running an Open House as an ambassador, or peering, I am actively involved on and off campus,” she says. Tracey is a member of the Class Council of 2011, Above the Influence Club and the Commuter Caucus, among others. Tracey is majoring in Business Administration/ Management, with a minor in Psychology. She is enrolled in the College Honors Program and has earned a 3.85 grade point average. Tracey is from the Township ofWashington, NJ.

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At Nutley High School Michael Cristantiello was an honors student, a member of the Art Club and a number of community service clubs. He played soccer all four years and was named captain in his senior year. At Ramapo Michael is majoring in Communication Arts with a concentration in Design and Interactive Media. He has earned a 3.87 grade point average. He is a student ambassador, a peer facilitator and a member of the Kappa Sigma service fraternity. Last summer he was an intern in the Corporate Communications Department of Rolls-Royce North America inWoodcliff Lakes, NJ and was asked to stay on during the academic year. “This experience gave me work experience as I pursue a career in advertising,” Michael says. “After Ramapo I will pursue my MBA in Advertising or Marketing.”

“This scholarship will be a big help in pursuing my goal to obtain a job in the field of advertising/marketing.” Michael Cristantiello


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he Frances K. Hackett ‘80 AIS Scholarship was started by Frances K. Hackett, who graduated from Ramapo in 1980 with degrees in Business Administration and American Studies. Ms. Hackett began working at Prudential in 1974 and has had a distinguished career at the company where she currently serves as vice president of Administration and OSGLI. Ms. Hackett has been a dedicated volunteer and supporter of Ramapo College and was honored with the President’s Award of Merit in 2007. She is currently vice chair of the Ramapo College Foundation Board of Governors. She is involved with a number of Foundation Board committees, including the Executive Committee, the Distinguished Citizens Dinner Committee and the Annual Golf Outing Committee. The Frances K. Hackett ‘80 AIS Scholarship honors Ms. Hackett’s experience as a graduate of the School of American and International Studies (AIS) and recognizes outstanding students in the School. The recipient is selected by the dean on the recommendation of the AIS conveners.

“This scholarship will allow me the opportunity to focus on the aspects of my education that will help me better prepare for a job in the international market.” Catherine Agacinski

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FRANCES K. HACKETT ‘80 AIS SCHOLARSHIP

Catherine Agacinski is a junior majoring in International Studies. She is pursuing a double minor in Latin-American Studies and Spanish Language Studies. Catherine has studied abroad in Argentina and has done volunteer work in Peru. After graduating from Ramapo her goal is to attend law school. Catherine plans to work for human rights organizations defending the rights of women and children. She has earned a 4.00 grade point average.


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rances K. Hackett began her education at Ramapo College in 1973 as a full-time student and left the following year to join Prudential Financial. She returned in 1976 and continued part time, graduating from Ramapo in 1980 with a degree in Business Administration and American Studies.

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member of the Ramapo College Foundation Board of Governors, where she serves as vice chair. Her years of dedication to Ramapo and the larger community were recognized when she was honored at the Distinguished Citizens Dinner in 2004. She was honored with the President’s Award of Merit in 2007.

Ms. Hackett is currently vice president of Administration and OSGLI at Prudential. Her responsibilities include the management of Prudential’s largest group client and the presale process for group insurance products and related regulatory matters. During her tenure at Prudential, Ms. Hackett has held a wide range of positions in operations, account management, human resources, compliance and project management.

In 2005 Ms. Hackett created this endowed fund to leave a lasting legacy at Ramapo. Members of her staff at Prudential joined her in this effort. The purpose of the the Frances K. Hackett ‘80 ASB Scholarship is to benefit outstanding students of limited means in the Anisfield School of Business.

In addition to her work with Prudential, Ms. Hackett has served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Efficiency II, the Policy Advisory Committee of Administrative Office of the Courts, the Advisory Group for the School of Healthcare Related Professionals at UMDNJ and the state Health Insurance Advisory Association. During her career Ms. Hackett stayed active with her alma mater, both as a volunteer and as a donor. She served on the Strategic Planning Executive Committee, the School of Business Advisory Board, as a member of the 20042005 Presidential Search Committee and is a member of the Alumni Association Board Development Committee. She is currently a 74

Chris Auteri of Franklin Lakes, NJ is an Information Technology major and a Computer Science minor. At the age of 9, Chris created his own video game and that, he says, was the beginning of his constant pursuit to learn more about technology and gain skills in the field. As a member of the Robotics Club in high school, he helped build robots designed to assist people. The winning designs included a robot able to pick up trash and another that was capable of reaching high places. Chris wants to combine the skills learned at Ramapo and become an information technology consultant and help companies set up more efficient computer systems and solutions. Chris, who has a 3.86 grade point average, says, “I want to show people that technology, when properly implemented, can make a world of difference in their lives.”


been a dedicated member of the emergency medical squad in our town for many years,” she said at the time. “This scholarship is a fitting way to honor his service as an EMT, while recognizing students at my alma mater who share a similar dedication.” The David R. Hackett Scholarship benefits Ramapo students who are volunteer emergency medical technicians in their own home communities, or who serve on the campus emergency medical squad.

In addition to her work with Prudential, Ms. Hackett has served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Efficiency II, the Policy Advisory Committee of Administrative Office of the Courts, the Advisory Group for the School of Healthcare Related Professionals at UMDNJ and the state Health Insurance Advisory Association. During her career Ms. Hackett stayed active with her alma mater, both as a volunteer and as a donor. She served on the Strategic Planning Executive Committee, the School of Business Advisory Board, as a member of the 2004-2005 Presidential Search Committee and is a member of the Alumni Association Board Development Committee. She is currently a member of the Ramapo College Foundation Board of Governors, where she serves as vice chair. Her years of dedication to Ramapo and the larger community were recognized when she was honored at the Distinguished Citizens Dinner in 2004. She was honored with the President’s Award of Merit in 2007. In 2009 Ms. Hackett created this endowed fund in honor of her husband, David. “David has

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rances K. Hackett started at Ramapo College in 1973 and graduated in 1980 with a degree in Business Administration and American Studies. One year after she started at Ramapo Ms. Hackett began working full time at Prudential Financial, steadily working her way up to her current position of vice president of Administration and OSGLI.

Stephanie Lennox serves as a member of the emergency medical squad in her home town of Manalapan, NJ and rides for a private squad. This is her second year as captain of the Ramapo EMS. “Stephanie is an exemplary member of the squad,” says Debra Lukacsko, RN, the director of Student Health Services and advisor to the Ramapo EMS. “She is so dedicated, she worked as many as 30 hours a week at the beginning of the year to get the squad up and running.” Stephanie is a senior majoring in Nursing and has earned a 2.99 grade point average.


FRAN HACKETT SERVICE TO AMERICA SCHOLARSHIP

Rebecca Solomita of Hawthorne, NJ is a Literature major. The junior has a 3.53 grade point average. In the Air National Guard, she participates in training drills each month and attends an annual training program each year. In addition to her responsibilities in the Air National Guard, Rebecca works full-time and carries a full-time academic schedule.

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rances K. Hackett ‘80 is currently vice president of Administration and OSGLI in Prudential Financial’s Group Insurance department. Among her responsibilities is life insurance for the military. Ms. Hackett also serves on the Advisory Committee for Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF)Veterans and Families, administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, among other volunteer positions. “I want to do something for those who have done so much for our country and help them pursue educational opportunities,” Ms. Hackett says. “Creating this scholarship ties into my role at Prudential and the OIF/OEF Advisory Committee.” The Fran Hackett Service to America Scholarship benefits Ramapo students who have served, or are currently serving, in the military and are in good academic standing.

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“This scholarship will allow me to further my education while providing the opportunity to become an officer in the United States military. I am thankful to Mrs. Hackett for granting me this scholarship and acknowledging my service to our country.” Rebecca Solomita


will be used to help sponsor two Haitian students to attend Ramapo College. This special scholarship is a major program for the Ramapo Haiti Relief Committee. Students for the Haiti Relief Scholarship will be selected in May 2011.

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HAITI RELIEF SCHOLARSHIP

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n the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, the students, faculty and staff of Ramapo College pledged their support for relief efforts and assistance on behalf of Haitians everywhere who now must come to grips with this enormous tragedy. Student clubs hosted benefit concerts and faculty and staff made contributions to a scholarship fund. Proceeds


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TEDDY HALPERN SCHOLARSHIP

eodoro (Teddy) Halpern joined the Ramapo faculty in 1974. He served the College as a professor of Physics, director and dean of the School of Theoretical and Applied Science, dean of schools and vice president for Academic Affairs. His colorful, enthusiastic lectures made him a much-loved professor and inspiration to his colleagues. When he retired in 2001, fellow faculty members, family and friends gathered to honor Dr. Halpern. Contributions from the event, called “Teddyfest!” created this scholarship fund named in Dr. Halpern’s honor. In 2010 Dr. Halpern permanently endowed the program through a planned gift. The Halpern award recognizes outstanding students in physics.

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“Senior Tim Cohen has made significant contributions to the engineering Physics group and to the School of Theoretical and Applied Science,” says Professor of Physics Phil Anderson. “He has spent a great deal of time guiding and tutoring students in Fundamentals of Physics and Physics with Calculus, helping with difficult homework problems. He has also been a great help to the program in general by maintaining the lab.” Tim also has served as the student government representative to TAS. He is majoring in Engineering Physics, with a minor in Mathematics. Tim has earned a 3.63 grade point average. He is from Avenel, NJ.


After Keith’s untimely death, his family and friends raised funds to create an endowed fund at the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan. One goal of the Keith B. Hayes Foundation is to provide a scholarship in Keith’s name to a Ramapo student. The award benefits students afflicted with muscular and skeletal myopathy, muscular dystrophy and/or heart disease or a similar disease. It is administered by the Office of Specialized Services. Elliott Bronstein of Blairstown, NJ excels in subjects related to English, Literature and Mass Media. After earning an associate degree in Communications atWarren County Community College, Elliott transferred to Ramapo where he continues in Communications with a concentration in Digital Filmmaking. Elliott, who has a 3.37 grade point average, is a member of the Science Fiction and Comic Book Clubs and volunteers helping children at a local school.

“This will help me prepare for my future because I can continue to use it to my advantage and study communications—the field I know I belong in.” Shannon Kelly

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KEITH B. HAYES MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

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eith Hayes transferred to Ramapo College in the fall of 2007. He was a Psychology major whose dream was to become a child psychologist. Sadly Keith passed away that semester, the result of complications of several long-term undiagnosed illnesses. He was 20 years old.

Shannon Kelly of Bridgewater, NJ is a Communication Arts major with a concentration inWriting. Shannon is a freshman with a 3.60 grade point average. “My two loves have always been writing and singing,” she says. Shannon was a member of her high school choir for four years and participated in her high school’s talent show every year. In her senior year she received an award for the person “who put forth the effort to overcome obstacles.” Embracing college life, Shannon sang during Ramapo’s Relay for Life event and was named to the Dean’s List. “A person is all of their qualities,” Shannon says, “personality, strengths and weaknesses.”


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Brian Aceti is a junior from Pine Brook, NJ. He is majoring in Accounting and has earned a 3.17 grade point average. Brian is the vice president of the recently formed Study Club on campus and is a DJ forWRPR, the Ramapo radio station.

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he Hermitage is a historic house museum located near to the College in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ. George Washington visited the house during the Revolutionary War and the house was the site of the marriage of Aaron Burr and Theodosia Prevost. Ramapo history faculty have used The Hermitage as a resource, as well as Ramapo students. To honor this relationship and recognize Ramapo history students conducting research at The Hermitage, Delight Dodyk, Ph.D., president of The Hermitage Board of Trustees, started this award in 2000.

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HERMITAGE HISTORY SCHOLAR

There was no Ramapo College student working as an intern at The Hermitage in the 2010-2011 academic year.


CARA MYCHELLE HIRSCHMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

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n the Spring of 1996 Cara Mychelle Hirschman was ecstatic to learn that she had been named to the Dean’s List. The transcript for that semester hung proudly on her mom’s refrigerator and demonstrated a huge accomplishment for Cara, who had a learning disability. She spoke openly about the academic struggles she faced and the compensatory strategies she employed. Though she was declined enrollment at other colleges, Ramapo recognized the potential in this caring, intelligent, dynamic and hardworking young woman. Cara worked closely with her counselor in the Office of Specialized Services, Ramona Kopacz, and succeeded in her studies while becoming an active member of the community. Cara was an officer in the Marketing Club and a tutor for the Office of Specialized Services. She volunteered for the Special Olympics and held a co-op position at Trucolor Lab as a customer service representative and product advisor. Tragically, only months after receiving her Dean’s List honors, Cara was killed in a car accident at age 21. The Eleanor B. Reiner Foundation, where Cara’s mother was a board member, provided annual scholarship gifts in Cara’s memory, then in 1997, made a substantial gift to permanently endow these awards. Hirschman Scholarships are awarded to students of good academic standing who have a documented learning disability and, like Cara, are involved on campus and in the community.

Dolores Costanzo of Mt. Laurel, NJ is a SocialWork major with a 3.60 grade point average. A previous Hirschman Scholarship recipient, Dolores credits an internship at the Center for Food Action and at Care Plus New Jersey with allowing her to appreciate the scholarship. Dolores’ internships gave her more insight into what a little help can do for someone. She feels the support these agencies give to its clients is what she received by being awarded the scholarship. “I was able to really appreciate the gift by seeing what a little help 82

can do for someone.” In addition to completing both internships, Dolores has worked for Residence Life as an assistant resident director and has volunteered as a blanketeer for Project Linus.

Paul Catanzaro graduated with an associate’s degree from Bergen Community College and attended St.Thomas Aquinas College before enrolling at Ramapo. He is majoring in Communication Arts with a concentration in Digital Filmmaking and has a 3.35 grade point average. Paul is a graduate of Paramus High School, where he played roller hockey and baseball and made the AAU baseball team two years. He still plays baseball and hockey in adult leagues. Paul has worked at Emerson


“I have never been recognized for my academics so this definitely gives me confidence.Also, it will help motivate me to have a great future.” Paul Catanzaro Although she was diagnosed with dyslexia in first grade, JessicaWaxenbaum states that at Ramapo she has been able to reach goals she never thought she would achieve. Active on campus, the Business Administration major is a member of the Sophomore Caucus, the 1 Step Club and is a student aide and a note taker for the Office of Specialized Services. She has a 3.53 grade point average. “Working in the office has allowed me to help students with disabilities adjust to college life and meet their potential.” Last summer, Jessica, who lives in Mahwah, NJ managed a public relations project for the Mahwah Museum, where she completed an internship.

Shannon Kelly of Bridgewater, NJ is a Communication Arts major with a concentration inWriting. Shannon is a freshman with a 3.60 grade point average. “My two loves have always been writing and singing,” she says. Shannon was a member of her high school choir for four years and participated in her high school’s talent show every year. In her senior year she received an award for the person “who put forth the effort to overcome obstacles.” Embracing college life, Shannon sang during Ramapo’s Relay for Life event and was named to the Dean’s List. “A person is all of their qualities,” Shannon says, “personality, strengths and weaknesses.”

Melissa Klang of Ocean, NJ is a Communication Arts major concentrating in Journalism. She has a 2.91 grade point average. Melissa says, “I always put forth a great effort and never stop trying. I voice my opinion and express what I need in order to strive in school.” Melissa is active in Colleges Against Cancer, the Dorm Storm voter registration drive and works as a babysitter and at a real estate agency. She muses, “Maybe I was given a learning disability to strive to be the best I can and overcome it.”

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Golf Club, Bergen Batting Center, for a local landscaper and is a volunteer at aVacation Bible School. Says Paul, “It is very difficult knowing you have the ability to succeed, but constantly having to prove yourself to others.” He’s learned that you can accomplish anything if you work hard.


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unique opportunity to make a difference and improve the world around me.” Christopher was an accomplished athlete at Pascack Hills High School, where he played soccer, basketball and competed in track and field. He set a new school record in the 1,600-meter relay his junior year and his basketball team became state champions. At Ramapo Chris is a Political Science major with a Public Policy minor. He has a 3.18 grade point average and was named to the Dean’s List. He is a member of the Italian Club and hopes to be named to Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society.

Christopher Lowenhaupt of Hillsborough, NJ is a senior majoring in Computer Science. He works in the Office of Specialized Services’ Assistive Technology Lab and is the assistant captain of the Ultimate Frisbee team. While he takes great pride in the team’s success, placing fourth in a nationwide coed tournament in Georgia, he is most proud of making the Dean’s List and completing his third summer internship with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Rhode Island. Christopher, who has a 3.17 grade point average, says, “I know if I work hard and do my best, I will find a way to be successful.”

Joseph Miceli of Holmdel, NJ says the scholarship enabled him to help with some of his college expenses, including text books. A motivated and caring person, last summer Joseph helped his family raise a Seeing Eye puppy, volunteered at Lunch Break, a soup kitchen in Red Bank, took a college course to help with his credit load and worked as a delivery person for a pharmacy. Joseph, a Psychology major who has a 3.03 grade point average says, “I utilize my strengths to overcome obstacles and seek the many resources that are available to me.”

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“This scholarship will help pay for college.” Joseph Miceli


Eric Rittenhouse of Monmouth Junction, NJ, a previous recipient, spent a semester in London where he studied at The University of Westminster. “I have grown not only academicially through coursework, but also culturally, living in one of the greatest cities in the world.” He was named to the Dean’s List and is active in the Accounting Club, the Outdoors Club, intramural bowling and works in his family’s insurance agency. The Accounting major, who plans to take the CPA exam, has a 3.22 grade point average.

Max Hensley of Ridgewood, NJ attended Brandeis University before enrolling at Ramapo College. A competitive fencer, Max has worked as a referee at several fencing tournaments, including high school

“I hope this scholarship will further my goal of attending graduate school and pursuing a career in academia.” Max Hensley

JoshuaWanger, a Political Scince major, is proud to have been accepted into Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society. He is a member of the Political Forum Club and Hillel. Joshua met Cara’s parents at last year’s Scholarship Awards Dinner and recalled, “Listening to her parents talk about Cara’s dreams and accomplishments made receiving the scholarship even more special for me.” Joshua, who has a 3.80 grade point average, looks forward to becoming more independent to prepare for working and living on his own. He is from Nanuet, NY.

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competitions. He is studying for a personal trainer certification through the American Council of Exercise. He is an Environmental Science major because it is his hope to “assist the community and the world with conservation and sustainable agricultural issues.” He has earned a 2.90 grade point average. He says the scholarship “has helped to facilitate my continued education and activities at Ramapo.”


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returning adult student, Marion Hughes gave as much to the intellectual and social life she found at Ramapo as she received. She excelled in her studies and enjoyed participating in campus activities and clubs. She graduated from Ramapo in 1980, then went on to earn a master’s degree in family and community education from Columbia University Teachers College and a second master’s degree in Social Work from Fordham University. “She proved that academic excellence is not bound by age,” wrote her friend and Ramapo classmate Mary Ippolito ’82.

Bergenfield Head Start and the Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center where she “learned a great deal about the importance of bringing hope, compassion and recognition to those who may be the victims of circumstances.”

At Mrs. Hughes’ death in 1997, Mrs. Ippolito worked with Marion’s friends and family to raise enough funds to start an endowed scholarship in Marion’s memory. Each year the Marion Hughes Scholarship benefits a female returning-adult student who seeks excellence in her studies. Recipients “display a desire to learn and a love for the academic environment similar to that of Marion Hughes.”

Mary Fermin is a SocialWork major from the Township ofWashington, NJ. A returning adult student, Mary went through a reflective period during which she questioned what to do with her life. She choose Social Work as a major because she “felt attracted to the idea of helping individuals, groups, families and communities in their search for the well-being of members of our society.” Mary, who has a 2.91 grade point average, has volunteered at

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“I am a social work major and I believe the scholarship I received helped me prepare for the future by raising an awareness in me of the importance of giving to others.” Mary Fermin


Lauren Magenta ofWayne, NJ transferred to Ramapo from Ithaca College. She is a Communication Arts major with a concentration in Journalism. Lauren says, “All Ramapo professors and students made it a remarkably easy transition for me.” A diabetic, Lauren visits children and teens at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ who were recently diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes. She has been able to keep her diabetes in check and prides herself on her ability to leave young patients feeling confident and strong.

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“As I am working and paying for school on my own, this scholarship helped me purchase my textbooks.” Lauren Magenta

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JDK SCHOLARSHIP

acob Kossowsky transferred to Ramapo College from St. Lawrence University and is active in his hometown of Upper Saddle River, NJ as a volunteer fire fighter. Jacob graduated from Ramapo College in 2010 with a degree in Law and Society. In honor of his graduation, Jacob and members of his family created this endowed scholarship fund. The intent of the JDK Scholarship is to recognize students who, like Jacob, transferred to Ramapo College and demonstrate a commitment to community service or volunteerism.


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his fund was created by Dick Johnson in memory of his wife, Ruth. The Johnsons were Mahwah residents for 20 years. Their son Andrew, graduated from Ramapo in 1990 with a degree in Literature, then worked in England as an advertising copywriter. “Starting this scholarship was a way to memorialize Ruth and her appreciation

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of learning,� Mr. Johnson has said. The award benefits students who participate in a cooperative education experience abroad and is selected by the director of International Education. The Ruth Johnson International Scholarship is selected later in the spring semester.


Meena and her husband Mukul established this award in 2003 in recognition of the difficulties international students face, especially financially and the valuable support Ramapo administrators and international student advisors gave their daughters and the role they played in Purvi’s and Manshi’s success. The Joisher Scholarship benefits exceptional international students, particularly those from India.

Meena’s daughters Purvi and Manshi earned their high school diplomas at Mahwah High School. After attending Northeastern University for a year, Purvi followed her mother to Ramapo and graduated cum laude in 2001 with a degree in Information Systems. She earned an MBA at Ramapo College in 2004. Manshi, too, enrolled at Ramapo and earned her degree in 2002 in Information Systems with Latin honors.

Ronak Patel of Mahwah, NJ is an Information Systems major with a 3.88 grade point average. Ronak works as an office manager at ADPP Enterprises and also volunteers at her temple helping children learn about their religion. Having lived in three countries, Ronak confidently states, “The best way to improve a society and to enhance the progress of its economy is through education.” Her dream is to be an entrepreneur. “Dreams are the benchmark of our achievement,” she says.

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eena Joisher graduated from Ramapo College with Latin honors (magna cum laude) in 1992. She earned a degree in Business Administration to enhance her work at UPS.


DRS. ELLEN AND JEFFREY KAIDEN URBAN EDUCATOR SCHOLARSHIP

Literacy Corps course educates Ramapo students about illiteracy, provides them with the tools to remediate this problem and includes a required service-learning component in an urban Bergen or Passaic County school.

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llen Kaiden, Ed.D. established the Drs. Ellen and Jeffrey Kaiden Urban Educator Scholarship at the Ramapo College Foundation in 2005. Ellen Kaiden is a professor of Reading and Education in the School of Social Science and Human Services. Her husband Jeffrey is an ophthalmologist practicing inWestwood, NJ. The intent of the Kaiden Scholarship is to recognize students who see the value in promoting education among urban populations and encourage them to pursue a teaching career in an urban environment. Ellen Kaiden has been involved with Ramapo’s Teacher Education program for many years. In 1990 she secured a federal grant to create the Student Literacy Corps course, a program which continues to this day. The Student

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“Currently I am working as a permanent English substitute teacher (pending hire) at the HARP Academy in Paterson, NJ where I completed my student teaching,” reports Zoe Scoullos. Zoe is taking courses toward teacher certification in English and has a 3.44 grade point average. She has been involved with Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honors society. “I have the privilege of working with high school sophomores at all educational and developmental levels,” she continues. Zoe is from Paramus, NJ.


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hen she died in 1997, Julia KeayChanes requested that a portion of her estate be used to establish a scholarship endowment for Ramapo students “particularly women, in the School of Theoretical and Applied Science, for tuition, research and related educational expenses.” First awarded in 2002, the Keay-Chanes Scholarships help the Admissions and Enrollment Management Office provide meaningful financial support to promising women who are entering Ramapo as freshmen or transfers.

At East Brunswick High School Lauren Geyman was a member of the varsity swim team for three years and works with the East Brunswick swim program for young children. She was a member of the Class Council, Principal’s Council and Homecoming Committee. In the summer before her junior year, she participated in the People to People Ambassador program. In her community

Lauren volunteered with mentally disabled adults who are part of the youth council and played with the East Brunswick Soccer Club. Lauren is a freshman majoring in Biology with a concentration in Optometry. Her grade point average is 3.92.

“The scholarship allows me to seize all of the opportunities that Ramapo has to offer— placing me one step closer to seizing the opportunities that the world has to offer.” Lauren Geyman

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Morgan Reinhart is a freshman from Fords, NJ. AtWoodbridge High School Morgan was captain of the varsity cross country team and participated in spring track in all four years. She was selected to be a Her and Cool Kid, a group of athletes who meet athletically and academically high standards. She was a member of the TrinityYouth Group and taught Sunday school to pre-schoolers.


DR. GARY KETTLITZ MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Students of any major are eligible, but Management majors or students with an interest in health care are preferred.

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ary Kettlitz was a beloved member of the faculty in the Anisfield School of Business (ASB) for 13 years. He was a member of an ad-hoc group of faculty who played tennis every week, and suffered from juvenile diabetes. He had a strong interest in social justice and demonstrated a desire to make the world a better place. Dr. Kettlitz often talked about these issues in his Human Resources Management courses. At his death in 2009 faculty members from across the campus contributed funds in Dr. Kettlitz’ memory and this endowed scholarship fund was created. The intent of the scholarship is to recognize students who “demonstrate an interest in social justice and a desire to make the world a better place” and who demonstrate financial hardship or suffer a significant illness.

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Lauren Finaldi ofWest Milford, NJ is a Nursing major. As president of Phi Delta Epsilon, an international medical fraternity, she developed an educational lecture “Health Disparities Among Minority Populations,” presented at the College’s Health andWellness Fair. She is a member of the Nursing Student Organization and serves as a student representative on the Nursing Curriculum Revising Committee. Lauren completed a study abroad program in Sierra Leone,West Africa to reduce maternal and infant mortality and morbidity. Lauren, who has a 3.41 grade point average, says, “Ramapo has made me a social justice and patient care advocate.”


Born in Czechoslovakia, Frank Kraus served in WorldWar II as a lieutenant in the Republic Army. He then moved to Mulhouse, France where he earned a degree in Textile Engineering with the expectation of taking over his father’s textile business. While Frank was on a business trip to the United States, Hitler invaded Poland and Frank lost everything. In the U.S., Frank pursued a successful business career and was a tireless leader in the community until his death in 2003. He was president of the Mahwah Board of Health, a trustee ofValley Hospital for 12 years and member of the Board of Directors of theWest Bergen Mental Health Center. At Ramapo, Mr. Kraus served on the board of the Friends of Ramapo and received the Distinguished Citizens award in 1995. His wife Becky is a native of Raleigh, NC. She is a professional artist and has worked for Conde Nast andVogue magazine and currently devotes her talents to writing and illustrating children’s books. Her work has been exhibited throughout New Jersey. Becky is active with many non-profit organizations, including Ramapo College where she is a member of the Friends Board and a major supporter of the Salameno Spiritual Center.

“I am honored to receive this scholarship. It will encourage me to continue to work hard, be dedicated, and be a leader. I am so thankful to be awarded this scholarship. Lead, don’t follow. Be the voice, not the echo.” Nicholas Licameli

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ong-time Mahwah residents and Ramapo supporters Rebecca and Frank Kraus created this endowed scholarship in 1988. The purpose of the Kraus Scholarship is to recognize an upperclassman who is a campus leader. “We were both very much in favor of Ramapo becoming a part of the Mahwah community,” said Frank Kraus, who had served as mayor of Mahwah in the 1980s. “The College has been great for Mahwah.”

Nicholas Licameli is a Biology major enrolled in Ramapo’s program that leads to the doctorate in Physical Therapy. He has earned a 3.90 grade point average. He has worked at a number of physical and sports therapy offices and at a gymnastics school. Nicholas is a student ambassador for the Ramapo Admissions Office. “As a student ambassador I gain practice dealing with people of all ages, which has prepared me for the field of physical therapy,” Nicholas says. “In my volunteer and employment hours at physical therapy facilities, I have noticed that the best physical therapists are the ones who have exceptional people skills.” Nicholas is from Nutley, NJ.


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Megan Anderle ofWayne, NJ is a Contemporary Arts major. She has worked as a reporter for The Daily Record, a position that prepared her to serve as news editor and editor-in-chief of The Ramapo News. Megan says, “I hold myself to a high standard and take pride in the work of our editors and staff.” Megan redesigned the look of The Ramapo News and instituted writing guidelines which proved to be especially helpful to students who hadn’t written an article before. On campus, she’s a writing tutor, has served as a peer facilitator, is a member of the Student Government Association, the Student Leaders Coalition and the Constitutional Review Committee. Megan was named to Alpha Lambda Delta, the freshman honor society. She maintains a 3.89 grade point average.

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Influence. She also is active in Colleges Against Cancer, the Psychology Coalition and Psi Chi, the international honor society in Psychology. Loryn, a senior, plans to attend graduate school to become a licensed psychologist or to attain licensure for professional counseling. She has a 3.61 grade point average.

The Krebs fund is named for the donor’s uncle, a Jesuit priest who served the poor in the Philippines, and for his selfless dedication to others, which mirrors the commitment of the students in the target majors. The Krebs Scholarship is open to students who are majoring in SocialWork or Community Mental Health and who have a grade point average of 3.50 or higher. Loryn Britton of Lincoln Park, NJ has a double major: Psychology and Social Science with a concentration in Community Mental Health. She considers an internship at New Views, located within Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital, as one of her best college experiences. “Those with mental illness need help advocating for their rights and putting an end to the negative stigma surrounding the term mental illness,” she says. At Ramapo Loryn is a co-founder of the group Above the

Taryn Blaustein of Parsippany, NJ is a Social Work major. “Helping others has always been my default setting,” says Taryn, whose goal is to help people with challenging emotional issues. For more than a year she has volunteered with Jersey BatteredWomen’s Service and the Creative Heartwork Inc. studio. As part of her fieldwork requirements she has worked with people with HIV/AIDS at The Eric Johnson House and with the mentally ill at New Bridge Services. As evidenced by her 4.00 grade point average, she puts a lot of energy into her course work. She plans to apply to NewYork University’s Advanced Standing MSW program and pursue a career as a licensed psychotherapist. “I believe I possess the attitude and motivation to transform my altruistic dreams into a career of dedicated serve to humanity,” she says.

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returning adult student in the Community Mental Health contract major was so impressed with the dedication of her fellow students, she and her husband decided to create a scholarship fund. She was particularly impressed with those students who face daunting financial hardships or are the first in their family to attend college.


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Maria Zampetoulas of East Rutherford, NJ is a Psychology major and an Anthropology minor. Maria is a strong believer in service to others. “I have lived by this philosophy throughout my life,” she says. Maria has volunteered at her church, in her town and at nursing homes. She especially enjoyed doing fieldwork placement at a child care center. On campus, Maria is secretary of the Executive Board of the National Society of College Scholars and is a member of the Culture Club, the Psychology Coalition and Psi Chi, the international honor society in Psychology. Maria, who has a 3.80 grade point average, plans to attend graduate school to earn a doctorate degree in the field of Clinical Psychology. N.Wayne Harper of Garfield, NJ, a junior, is a SocialWork major. He has distinguished himself as coordinator of Ramapo Readers, a project of the SocialWork Club, which promotes literacy one book at a time by collecting books and distributing them to schools serving the K-12 population and social service agencies in New Jersey. Wayne has increased membership in Ramapo Readers and enlisted the support of other Ramapo clubs. He oversees the sorting, boxing and delivery of books and has met with donors and students and teachers at the schools involved. With Wayne’s leadership, Ramapo Readers has distributed more than 30,000 books to nine schools in Paterson, NJ. Cardacia Davis of Hackensack, NJ is a Social Work major. A returning student, she is determined to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree. Cardacia holds a full-time job and is a director of a residential program that serves clients who are developmentally disabled and mentally ill. On campus she is active with the SocialWork Club and Ramapo Readers. For more than 10 years Cardacia has known that she wants to make a difference in others’ lives without them losing their dignity. She has already accomplished that goal and now seeks to perfect it. “I am looking forward to even more challenges, to becoming more knowledgeable and to increase my overall wellbeing,” Cardacia says. 96

Maria Molina of Hackensack, NJ is a Social Work major. When she worked at an adult medical daycare center, she was often asked to translate her clients’ concerns from Spanish to English. Maria recalls, “I remember seeing people walking into the office without hope and coming out with big smiles.” It was then that she realized she could make a difference by helping people to help themselves and by advocating for them. Maria, who has a 3.54 grade point average, plans to further her education by obtaining a master’s degree in Social Work. “I promised myself and my son that I was not going to give up and I am proud to say that I have been able to keep my promise.”


Matthew Gannon of Monroe, NY is a Social Work major. He recalls, at the age of 5, seeing homeless men and women in the Bronx, NY. “To this day,” he says, “I cannot ignore homelessness and I certainly cannot walk past an issue this grave.” He spent a year as an intern at a shelter for the homeless. “I find the cause-effect relationship between homelessness and mental illness fascinating and terrifying at the same time.” Matthew is a volunteer for

Habitat for Humanity,The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources and is serving as a team coordinator for Autism Speaks and an MS Walk. He is a student member of the National Association of Social Workers and a member of Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society. Matthew has a 3.72 grade point average and plans to attend graduate school to earn a master’s degree in Social Work.

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arvin Lally graduated from Ramapo in 1984 and became a freelance writer. After his death in an aiplane accident in 1991, his wife, Julie Beiersdorf established this scholarship in Garvin’s memory to perpetuate his love for writing and for Ramapo College. Faculty and staff nominate students for the Lally award. Candidates must demonstrate a strong interest in writing, literature, or poetry. Renée Thomas’ writing has evolved from the angst of teenage years to a style that is unapologetic and honest. “My early notebooks became a safe haven for thoughts that I could not express out loud, because the paper would not judge,” Renée says. At Ramapo Renée is majoring in Literature with a History minor and has a 3.53 grade point average. She is an accomplished writer and poet whose work has been published in Trillium, Ramapo’s literary

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magazine. “I’ve never seen myself doing anything that does not have writing as a key component,” she says. Renée is from Mahwah, NJ.

Nicole Sybesma, a Literature major, credits writing for providing her with critical, analytical and communicative skills. A selfdescribed voracious reader and writer, Nicole, a senior, plans to attend graduate school to obtain a Ph.D. and become an English professor. Nicole also writes poetry, a vehicle, she says, that has opened a window into better understanding herself and language. “Writing is the cornerstone of our society,” says Nicole. “Good writing skills are imperative to all disciplines and occupations, particularly in a global economy.” Nicole is from Mahwah, NJ and has a 3.58 grade point average.


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JOSEPH M. LEONE FAMILY FUND ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

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r. Joseph M. Leone is retired vice chairman and chief financial officer of CIT Group Inc., one of the nation’s largest consumer and commercial finance firms. He holds a BBA from Baruch College of the City University of NewYork and attended the Harvard University Advanced Management Program. Mr. Leone joined CIT in 1986. Previously, he was with Manufacturers Hanover and KPMG Peat Marwick. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the NewYork Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Financial Executives Institute. As a Governor on the Ramapo College Foundation Board, Mr. Leone helped link CIT’s philanthropic goals with Ramapo students and was instrumental in creating the CIT Scholars program in 1999. He launched the Leone Family Scholarships in 2004. The program benefits motivated students from underserved communities across the State of New Jersey.

Lazaro Hernandez of Cliffside Park is an Accounting major and an Economics minor. He says, “I have many high expectations for myself, and I believe I will be able to push through and accomplish them.” When he graduates, Lazaro will have earned enough credits to sit for the CPA exam. Lazaro, who has a 3.28 grade point average, would like to pursue an MBA and a career in financial accounting, auditing and preparing income tax returns for individuals and businesses.


KATHERINE LIESSEM MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

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atherine Liessem joined the staff of Ramapo College in 1972, just three years after the College’s founding. Ms. Liessem worked as secretary to vice president Arthur Jacobs while studying toward a degree in social science. Sadly, in 1982 she died unexpectedly at age 46. Katherine Liessem touched many on the Ramapo campus. “Her joy in living and her very real enthusiasm for Ramapo and its people — faculty, staff and students — were deep-rooted and tangible,” wrote one of her colleagues at the time. The entire College community sought to join Ms. Liessem’s husband, Robert and their children to launch a scholarship fund in her memory and this endowed scholarship was created. Faculty members, students and staff, together with friends, family, neighbors and business associates contributed to the fund. To best honor his wife, Mr. Liessem determined that the Liessem Scholarship be awarded to a mature Ramapo senior with an excellent academic record, financial need and a strong interest in the field of psychology and human services. The first awards were presented in 1983. “Katherine crossed many paths here at Ramapo College,” wrote then-president George Potter, “and touched many people with her generous spirit.”

Lisa McKearnin ofWyckoff, NJ worked in the corporate world for more than 20 years, but left to pursue a new career in psychology and education. She recently completed her bachelor’s degree, graduating magna cum laude. At Ramapo Lisa is a Psychology major also pursuing Teacher Certification in Elementary Education. She has earned a 3.79

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grade point average and has received the Psychology Faculty award. She is working on a research project with Professor Lysandra Perez-Strumolo. She plans to earn a master’s degree in either School Psychology, Guidance or Special Education.

“Receiving this scholarship is an honor and I thank everyone who has supported me.While its monetary value will help finance my remaining studies, it is also an inspiration to work hard and help others through my work.” Lisa McKearnin


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im Lynch is the wife of Ira Kaltman, a member of the Ramapo College Foundation Board of Governors. Mr. and Mrs. Kaltman have supported the Ramapo College Annual Fund and Distinguished Citizens Dinner for many years. This is their first gift to be dedicated to student scholarship and is intended to benefit returning adult students with financial need.

donors and students and teachers at the schools involved. With Wayne’s leadership, Ramapo Readers has distributed more than 30,000 books to nine schools in Paterson, NJ.

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KIM LYNCH SCHOLARSHIP

N.Wayne Harper of Garfield, NJ, a junior, is a SocialWork major. He has distinguished himself as coordinator of Ramapo Readers, a project of the SocialWork Club, which promotes literacy “one book at a time” by collecting books and distributing them to schools and social service agencies in New Jersey. Wayne has increased membership in Ramapo Readers and enlisted the support of other Ramapo Clubs. He oversees the sorting, boxing and delivery of books and has met with


MADDI ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP FUND

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he Maddi Endowed Scholarship Fund was started by Don Maddi, a member of the Ramapo College Foundation Board of Governors. Mr. Maddi is vice president for compensation and benefits at C.R. Bard, a provider of medical products and services. C.R. Bard has 9,000 employees worldwide and revenue of $2 billion annually. During his over eighteen-year tenure with the company, Mr. Maddi has worked in human resources in positions with increasing management and executive responsibilities. He also is active in the community with the Diabetes Foundation and the Parents Alumni Association ofVillaWalsh Academy. The purpose of the Maddi Award is to recognize deserving students in the Anisfield School of Business.

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Chris Auteri of Franklin Lakes, NJ is an Information Technology major and a Computer Science minor. At the age of 9, Chris created his own video game and that, he says, was the beginning of his constant pursuit to learn more about technology and gain skills in the field. As a member of the Robotics Club in high school, he helped build robots designed to assist people. The winning designs were a robot able to pick up trash and another that was capable of reaching high places. Chris wants to combine the skills learned at Ramapo and become an information technology consultant and help companies set up more efficient computer systems and solutions. Chris, who has a 3.86 grade point average, says, “I want to show people that technology, when properly implemented, can make a world of difference in their lives.�


Elizabeth’s memory lives on in this endowed scholarship, which benefits Ramapo students who intend to pursue a career in health care, particularly medicine or nursing.

Elizabeth Mainardi was born in 1922 in Little Falls, NJ and was a life-long resident of Totowa, NJ. She and her husband Joseph had two sons, Carlo and Donald. Elizabeth worked in the Passaic County Probation Office and was a court administrator for Passaic County. She was president of the Totowa Senior Citizens Club and treasurer of the Italian American Club in Totowa. She passed away in October of 2004.

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ELIZABETH MAINARDI ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP FUND

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athleen Mainardi and her husband Carlo created this endowed scholarship fund in 2003 as a gift to Carlo’s mother, Elizabeth. Kathleen is a senior director in the Ramapo College unit of Institutional Advancement. In creating the endowment, Kathleen sought to honor her mother-in-law, who had a profound influence on Carlo’s pursuit of a college degree and his ultimate career as a physician.

Lauren Finaldi ofWest Milford, NJ is a Nursing major. As president of Phi Delta Epsilon, an international medical fraternity, she developed an educational lecture “Health Disparities Among Minority Populations,” presented at the College’s Health andWellness Fair. She is a member of the Nursing Student Organization and serves as a student representative on the Nursing Curriculum Revising Committee. Lauren completed a study abroad program in Sierra Leone,West Africa to reduce maternal and infant mortality and morbidity. Lauren, who has a 3.41 grade point average, says, “Ramapo has made me a social justice and patient care advocate.”


DON MANZO MEMORIAL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP

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illiam “Donnie” Manzo graduated from Ramapo College in 1977 with a degree in history. He was a talented, dedicated musician who played a number of instruments and taught guitar. At the age of 16 Donnie and his friends started a band that performed together for 30 years. He died suddenly from a brain aneurysm in 2009 at the age of 53. Since he inspired so many musicians who still play in bands around the region, Donnie’s family and friends held a tribute concert in 2009. A “house band” comprised of Donnie’s former students performed at the concert and part of the proceeds were used to create this scholarship. The intent of the Manzo Scholarship is to recognize Ramapo College students who share Donnie’s commitment and dedication to music.

Rosanna O’Brien is from Nutley, NJ and is majoring in Music with concentrations in Music Industry and Music Production. She is a

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junior who has earned a 3.79 grade point average. Rosanna plays piano, guitar, bass, mandolin and ukulele. She has been involved in choral ensembles since she was 7 and has performed with various choirs at Carnegie Hall, NJPAC and on tour in Europe and Puerto Rico. She volunteers on campus as an assistant stage manager and is a DJ forWRPR. “I love what I am learning and cannot wait to get into the real world and use it to the best of my ability,” Rosanna says.

“This scholarship is important to me and my education because it gives me the opportunity to obtain a boost towards my tuition and will put less financial pressure on me and my family.Also, receiving this scholarship has made me strive to work harder at Ramapo. I want to make the most of the time I have here and earn as much as I can in all of my classes.This scholarship has allowed me to value my education and has made me determined to succeed in everything I set my mind to.” Rosanna O’Brien


“I am happiest when I am using my musical gifts,” says freshman Kaitlyn Rose McBurnie of Atlantic Highlands, NJ. Beginning in junior high school and continuing through high school, Kaitlyn participated in an a cappella choir, as a flutist with the symphonic band, harmony choir, hand bell choir, marching band and as a vocalist in a high school rock

“I am one of three girls in my family. My sisters and I are all in or planning on going to college.This scholarship was a great opportunity for me and my family as I pursue a career as a music teacher.” Kaitlyn McBurnie

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band. At Ramapo Kaitlyn is a Music Performance major with a 3.55 grade point average. Kaitlyn plans to earn a master’s degree in music therapy to work with special needs patients in a children’s hospital. In tune with the job market, Kaitlyn also plans to teach at an elementary or pre-school to better position herself to attain her career goal. She says, “This rewarding career path will make me happy as I strive to help and heal people through the power of music.”


Radin & Gross andWeil Gotschal and Manges. He now works as assistant general counsel for KPMG, LLP. Mr. Marcus was honored by Ramapo College with the President’s Award of Merit at Ramapo College’s Commencement Ceremony in 2009.

JONATHAN MARCUS SCHOLARSHIP

Mr. Marcus decided to have the scholarship benefit Law and Society majors in good academic standing who have financial need, to mirror his own experience when he enrolled at Ramapo. The Tammy and Jonathan Marcus Scholarship is selected by the faculty.

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“Patricia Laureano is a wonderful student,” says Professor Aaron Lorenz. Patricia is a junior majoring in Law and Society and has earned a 3.63 grade point average. She is president of Chi Alpha Epsilon honor society. Patricia is from Moonachie, NJ.


valuable asset to the Ramapo faculty. After his death, friends, fellow legislators and members of the Bergen County community held a dinner to raise funds to establish this endowed scholarship fund, which is for students studying urban affairs or public policy. “His life as an assemblyman, professor, soldier and great American,” wrote Fort Lee friends at Mr. Mazur’s death, “has left us with a tradition of intellect, excellence, courage and empathy for those less fortunate; a hallmark for all of us to emulate.”

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his award was created in memory of D. Bennett Mazur, veteran, Ramapo College professor, Bergen County Freeholder and New Jersey Assemblyman. A native of Fort Lee, NJ, Mr. Mazur displayed courage and resilience as a soldier during WorldWar II, and received three Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star. In 1972 Mr. Mazur was elected to the New Jersey State Assembly, where he served until he retired in 1992. He is well known for sponsoring a 1992 anti-discrimination bill making it illegal to discriminate on the basis of affectional or sexual orientation in hiring/promotion, financial loans or credit, or housing in the State of New Jersey. His experience made him a

Frank Nitti III of Flanders, NJ is a Political Science Major and an East Asian Studies minor with a 3.58 grade point average. He is learning Mandarin Chinese because “it is a targeted language by the international and Unites States intelligence organizations that I look to apply to.” He works as an assistant program manager for the NJ Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability. He facilitated a campus-wide ink cartridge recycling program and compiled inventory for an inter-office excess supply swap. In addition, Frank took part in a carry out trash pick up event at the Ramapo Reservation and a beach sweep clean up. He is president of Students Together for Environmental Progress, community service chair and head delegate for the Model United Nations program and is a member of Colleges Against Cancer, the Literature Club and Political Forum.


MEADOWLANDS COMMISSION ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIPS

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accomplished pianist. Tiffany is from Pine Brook, NJ and is in her freshman year at Ramapo. She is majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Environmental Science.

During three years at Middletown High School North Ben Cascio was a member of the SEARCH (Environmental) Club and served as vice president. He competed as co-captain of the chemistry and physics teams and was a member of the Future Business Leaders of America. Outside of school he worked as an auto mechanic, for a local pizza parlor and at Rite Aid as a cashier. Ben is an Environmental Science major.


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heodore (Ted) Michelfeld was a founding member of the Ramapo College faculty who served with distinction. At his death in 1996, Professor Michelfeld’s colleague,Theodore Sall, began contributing to the College to create an award in Dr. Michelfeld’s memory. Recipients of the Michelfeld Award are outstanding chemistry students in their junior year and are selected by the chemistry faculty.

“This award will help me on my way to graduate school and validates all the work I have put into college so far. I am honored to be recognized for my studies in Chemistry and inspired to work even harder towards my dream career in the skincare and beauty products industry someday.” Danielle Mazza

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Danielle Mazza of Old Tappan, NJ, a junior, is a Chemistry major, an Italian minor and has completed the requirements for the Business Essentials Certification. She has earned a 3.98 grade point average. Danielle is involved on campus as a peer facilitator, a Chemistry tutor and lab aide, a member of the Honors Program Student Executive Board and Phi Lambda Upsilon (Chemistry Honor Society), treasurer of the Italian Club and junior advisor for Alpha Lambda Delta (Freshman Honor Society). Her interests include photography, travelling, reading and cooking. She plans to study for a Ph.D. in Chemistry and pursue her dream career of cosmetic chemistry, working in the industry involved with formulating skincare and beauty products.


BERNARD MILANO/KPMG ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

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1992 and served as chair from 2002 to 2006. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee, the Audit Committee and serves as treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee. Mr. Milano established this scholarship fund at Ramapo in 2002. John Mayer ofWashington Township, NJ is an Accounting major. John has worked as an electrician and a salesperson. At Bergen Community College he chose Accounting as a major, worked part-time and graduated with a 4.00. Now at Ramapo, with a grade point average of 3.87, John says, “My experience here has further cemented my yearning for advancement in the field of accounting.”

Founded in 1968, the KPMG Foundation provides funds to strengthen business higher education, faculty research, development and employee volunteerism. The KPMG Foundation is the founder of The Ph.D. Project, which encourages promising minority individuals in corporate positions to enter doctorate programs and become college professors. Mr. Milano served on President Bush’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and numerous advisory boards and boards of directors including the Points of Light Foundation. He has served on the boards of directors of AACSB International, the accrediting body for university schools of business; the American Accounting Association, the organization of accounting professors; the Episcopal Church Foundation (U.S.); and many others. He is most proud of having served on the search committees for both the president and business school dean at Ramapo. Mr. Milano was awarded honorary doctorates from North Carolina A&T State University, an historically black university and Kent State University. Mr. Milano has been an active member of the Ramapo Foundation Board of Governors since 110

As a child and throughout high school, Kevin McNerney of Bayonne, NJ never had an answer to the question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” His high school guidance counselor suggested he research several majors. When Kevin hit upon the definition of Accounting as “using mathematics and logic to predict future business transactions, analyze financial information and apply that information to help management make crucial business decisions,” he was sold. Kevin, who has a 3.89 grade point average, is in his senior year majoring in Accounting and plans to take the CPA exam. “A public accounting firm will expose me to a variety of areas of accounting and help me find the field I most enjoy,” he says.


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his annual award was created by members of the Ramapo College Minority Faculty Staff Association in 2008. The goal of the award is to help minority students meet the costs of study abroad, so that they can take advantage of this important international experience, which is one of the pillars of a Ramapo education.

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THE MINORITY FACULTY STAFF ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP

Ashley Gathers of Passaic, NJ is an International Business major with a 3.29 grade point average. “College expanded my curiosity to learn about various cultures and countries,” the senior says. Ashley completed a semester

abroad in Spain and a cultural immersion program in the Dominican Republic. On campus Ashley is a member of the Black Student Union, Ramapo Operation Link Up, Ramapo Readers and Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society. She has participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Operation Link Up College PrepWorkshop, Freshmen Checkin, Oktoberfest and the First Annual Newark Public High Schools College Fair. Ashley says, “I have become a self-made woman, concerned with the determination to set positive examples through my behavior, decisions and goals.”


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he Frank E. and Lillian A. Mutter Scholarship is one of the largest endowed scholarship programs at Ramapo. The Mutter Scholarships evolved through the efforts of Mr. Arthur Campbell, the Mutters’ attorney and executor of Mr. Mutter’s will. A long-time resident of nearby Ho-Ho-Kus, Mr. Campbell was aware of Ramapo College’s commitment to quality education and convinced Mr. Mutter that he and his wife’s memory would be “well served by supporting students at Ramapo in their endeavors to improve themselves and others through education.” Specifically, Mr. Mutter requested that the fund provide scholarships for “students residing in Upper Saddle River, NJ, who need financial assistance; but if there are no such needy students, then for students from any other part of Bergen County, NJ, who need financial assistance.” The first Mutter Scholarships were awarded in 1991. Thanks to Mr. Campbell’s foresight and Mr. Mutter’s generosity, as many as 20 Ramapo students receive Mutter Scholarships in any given year. At Bergen County Technical High School John Paletto was on the baseball team all four years as well as a local club team, playing catcher, third base and pitcher. He was the football team’s kicker in his junior year. He was a member of the Physics Club and the Rocket Club. John is a freshman from Bogota, NJ who has earned a 3.11 grade point aveage. He plans to major in Business Administration.

Kristie Mantzouranis is a freshman from Saddle Brook, NJ. She is a graduate of Paramus Catholic High School, where she was an Aquinas Scholar. She was a member of the varsity tennis team and performed numerous community service activities throughout the school. She also held a part-time job. At Ramapo Kristie plans to major in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and has earned a 3.00 grade point average.

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At Waldwick High School Deanna Doctor was a leader of the Students for Global Awareness Club, which she helped found. She was also a member of the Interact Club, Book Club and Photography Club. She was a member of the Student Council and a statistician for the wrestling team and held a part-time job. She volunteered as a camp counselor. Deanna is a freshman at Ramapo majoring in Biochemistry. Deanna has a 3.92 grade point average.

“This scholarship will prepare me for my future by providing me with an education that will allow me to further my education and follow my dreams of becoming a doctor.” Deanna Doctor During high school Erick John was an active athlete, playing tennis, baseball and basketball. He was a leader in his church, participating as a singer and as the keyboard player. He is a graduate of River Dell Regional High School and is from Oradell, NJ. Erick is a freshman at Ramapo majoring in Biology.


As a member of the Mahwah High School Marching Band, Alicia Miller received the Most Improved Percussion and Esprit De Corps awards in her junior year. She was active with her town’s ambulance corps, and volunteered six hours per week. During one semester in high school she studied abroad in England. Alicia is a freshman at Ramapo.

Julianne Branda is a graduate of Bergen County Technical High School. While there she was a staff writer and co-editor in chief of the Knights News and worked as an intern at the NYU Library Archives. She competed in Mock Trial and as an extemporaneous speaking competitor for SkillsUSA. As a member of the drama club she performed in “The Leader of

“The scholarship will prepare me for the future in a multitude of ways; however, I feel the most important aspect of it is that it validated all of the hard work I completed in high school and is proof that good things will happen as long as you work hard toward achieving them.” Julianne Branda Emily Emmett was vice president of her senior class at Dumont High School, president of the Student Council and a peer mediator. As a member of the Peers as Leaders organization, Emily worked on a Bias Busters program for fifth graders and the Smooth Transition program for incoming freshmen. She was captain of the varsity basketball team and 113

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“I am very grateful to receive a scholarship from Ramapo. Student loans are a large financial burden and I don’t know that I could have afforded to go to college otherwise. Now I can apply to graduate school in the future with peace of mind about my financial situation.” Alicia Miller

the Pack” and a series of short acts and plays. She volunteered in her town for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Mayor’s Dinner for Seniors and the “KeepWood-Ridge Beautiful” day. Julianne is a freshman fromWood-Ridge, NJ who is enrolled in the School of American and International Studies. She has a 3.82 grade point average.


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earned scholar-athlete awards in all four years of high school. She volunteered at Hackensack University Medical Center with terminally ill children. Emily is a freshman at Ramapo majoring in Biology and has earned a 3.85 grade point average.

Zachary Shatz is a freshman from Fort Lee, NJ. Zach participated in internships during his last two yeas of high school at his synagogue, at Merrill Lynch and for a private investor. Zach played varsity baseball and basketball during all four years in high school he was an assistant coach with the Fort Lee Hoops Basketball League and worked for Bridgemen Basketball Camp. He was a member of the Future Business Leaders of America and Hebrew Clubs. He volunteered more than 300 hours at his synagogue and was a member of United SynagogueYouth. He is planning to major in Business Administration and has earned a 3.67 grade point average.

“The scholarship I have received has enabled me to attend Ramapo College and receive the best education possible. It has allowed me to enroll in a rigorous Biology program to prepare me for medical school.” “This scholarship will help me Emily Emmet reach my goals at a great college. It makes me feel like all the hard work I did in high school was for a good reason.” Zachary Shatz

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rnold Mytelka was chairman of the Ramapo College Board of Trustees from 1979-1980. Both of Mr. Mytelka’s parents were educators in the Jersey City public school system: his mother taught seventh and eighth grade English and his father was a math teacher and former principal of Dickinson High School. Herman Mytelka also taught at James J. Ferris High School in Jersey City. Arnold Mytelka started a scholarship at Ramapo in his mother’s memory in 1983 and created this award in memory of his father in 2006. The Herman Mytelka Scholarship recognizes entering Ramapo College freshmen from any public high school in Jersey City, with preference given to students from Dickinson High School.

“The scholarship will help me financially and also give me incentive to do well in school so I may to reap the benefits of my hard work and learning in the future.” Karla Alexandra Radu

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HERMAN D. MYTELKA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Karla Radu is from Jersey City, NJ and is a graduate of McNair Academic High School. The freshman is a Literature major who plans to pursue teacher certification. Her interests include painting and sketching, writing poetry and expanding her eclectic knowledge of rock, metal, oldies, jazz and psychedelic trance music. The scholarship, says Karla, gives her “great drive to succeed and exceed expectations.”


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Culture Club. She works in the Language Lab as a French language tutor and in the School of American and International Studies office. “The way to understand the complexities of the world is through dialogue and greater tolerance,” she says. “Our greatest challenge is to learn how to promote common values, rather than emphasize differences.”

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eannette Krieger Mytelka taught seventh and eighth grade English in the Jersey City public schools. “Before others recognized the need, she introduced black writers and poets in her classroom,” says her son Arnold Mytelka. “She was an excellent, professional teacher. Many teachers had discipline problems; my mom never did.” Arnold Mytelka served as chairman of the Ramapo College Board of Trustees from 1979 to 1980. At his mother’s death in 1983, Mr. Mytelka searched for the most appropriate way to memorialize Jeannette’s love of education and teaching. “I thought that a scholarship at Ramapo would be the most effective,” he explained. “It’s the kind of thing that my mom would have been pleased to have set up.” The Mytelka scholarships are awarded to academically outstanding seniors of financial need who have completed three years at Ramapo College. Dorina Georgieva is majoring in International Studies with a minor in East Asian Studies. She has earned a 3.93 grade point average. Dorina is an intern at the Institute of International Education and has completed internships for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria and for the Consulate General of the Republic of Bulgaria in Shanghai, China. At Ramapo she is a member of the Model United Nations Club, the International Student Organization and the

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“Education is the way to shape new ways of thinking and forge new practices and behavior. I am deeply thankful that my four years at Ramapo College crafted my personality and opened new fascinating horizons in my life. In my near future, I envision continuing my graduate studies in the field of International Relations. My greatest aspiration is to become an envoy for peace, greater tolerance, and respect around the world.” Dorina Georgieva


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MirandaWyatt is majoring in Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing. She has known since the age of 10 that she wanted to be a writer. Miranda works two jobs and is active on campus as a member of the Literature Club, Philosophy Club, the XAE Honor Society and as a volunteer for First-Year Move-In Day. Miranda, who has a 3.58 grade point average says, “My hope is bigger than my doubts.”

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NORTH JERSEY MEDIA GROUP FOUNDATION/ THE RECORD SCHOLARSHIP

or 25 years North Jersey Media Group staff worked closely with Ramapo College director Helen Burchell to implement The Record Debate Classic. Each year, debate team members from high schools throughout Bergen County compete in this prestigious event, which hones their debating skills and builds awareness of a timely public policy issue. Life long learning, increasing the quality of public education and the ability to convey oneself effectively in the spoken and written word were very important to Helen Burchell. She was a member of Ramapo College’s founding faculty in teacher education and also served as director of academic outreach and grants advisor. In addition to coordinating The Record Debate Classic, Dr. Burchell served on the Donald and Flora Borg Merit Scholarship Award Committee, named for leaders of The Record. At Dr. Burchell’s death in 2005 the North Jersey Media Group Foundation made a generous commitment to the College in Helen’s memory, to be used for a scholarship for students in literature or journalism.


ROBERT NOYCE SCHOLARSHIP

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he Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program seeks to encourage talented Science,Technology, Engineering and Mathematics majors and professionals to become K-12 Mathematics and Science teachers. The program provides funds to institutions of higher education to support scholarships, stipends and programs for students who commit to teaching in high-need K-12 school districts. The Noyce Scholarships are funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and are administered by Ramapo College. Mathematics professor Lawrence D’Antonio and Chemistry professor Carol Frishberg submitted the successful proposal. Ramapo students in their final years of study can qualify for up to $20,000 in awards through the Noyce Scholarship program. At Ramapo, Noyce scholars participate in a support program during their first two years as teachers. The program also includes a paid summer teaching experience at the Meadowlands Environment Center, mentoring and ongoing communications between the new teachers, Ramapo College faculty and school district staff. Sarah Brown of Hazlet, NJ is a Biology major with a Psychology minor. She is pursuing teacher certification in Biology and has earned a 3.70 grade point average. “Receiving this scholarship has allowed me to not only attend college without the worries of financial burden, but has kept me motivated and made me appreciate every opportunity I have,” Sarah says. She works and, in her spare time, enjoys reading. Kaitlin McGlynn of Hazlet, NJ is a Mathematics major who is pursuing teacher certification in Math. She serves as vice president and treasurer of Pi Mu Epsilon, the Mathematics Honor Society and treasurer of Kappa Delta Pi, the Education Honor Society. Kaitlin is president and treasurer of the Irish American Club and is a member of the Math Club and Future Teachers at Ramapo. Kaitlin,

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who has a 3.64 grade point average, plans to attend graduate school to earn a master’s in School Administration. She says, “The Noyce Scholarship has helped ease my financial stress. Without it, I would not be able to consider going back to school for quite some time.”

“This scholarship has allowed me to be able to focus on my school work instead of my finances. I am able to put much more time and energy into my course load since I do not have to work every weekend. I have been able to put some money aside for graduate school and the NOYCE Scholarship will be a key ingredient in helping me accomplish my goals of achieving a master’s degree in education.” Kaitlin McGlynn


“You can never escape math,” says Ryan Yaiser. “Growing up I decided I wanted to work with math in my career and also do something that helped others. Teaching is the perfect option because it incorporates both of those aspects.” Ryan is a Mathematics major who is pursuing teacher certification in Secondary Education. She is a member of the Future Teachers of America at Ramapo and the Yoga Club. Ryan has worked at Paradise Pool & Spa and at a restaurant near her home town of Sussex, NJ.

“The NOYCE scholarship is for students who want to teach in high-need districts. It provides recipients with a support group during school and after graduation.They also help find teaching placement.” Alicia Kettler

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Alicia Rose Kettler of Nutley, NJ is an Environmental Science major. She also is working toward teacher certification in Elementary Education so she will be ready to teach middle school math and earth science and high school earth science. “This diversity is the challenge I am looking for and is why I chose teaching as my career,” Alicia says. She credits a devoted high school Math teacher for instilling in her a desire to teach. Alicia has held various positions that involved teaching, including working as a tutor at the Sylvan Learning Center. Observing children who “light up with understanding” has reinforced her commitment.


LORI ANN OLDENHAGE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP I & II

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he Oldenhage Scholarships were created by family members of Lori Ann Cavaluzzi Oldenhage. Lori and her husband, David, were expecting their first child when she was faced with the challenge of unbeatable cancer. In 2002, shortly after her sonWilliam was born, Lori succumbed to the disease. Lori Oldenhage had earned a bachelor of arts degree from Pace University and later a master’s degree in Marketing. Her commitment and love for her family went beyond all bounds. Moments around the pool with her sister, creative assignments at Trans World Marketing with her dad, special outings with her mom and many loud Sunday afternoons at Giants Stadium with her husband helped Lori celebrate her enthusiasm for life. The donors of this scholarship sought to honor Ms. Oldenhage with this scholarship that recognizes a female Ramapo College student who is majoring in Marketing and who demonstrates an “enthusiasm for life.”

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Kiera Larkin of Mendham, NJ is majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. The automobile industry has always held a special allure and she plans to work in the marketing department of a car company. To help realize her goal, Kiera is completing an internship with an advertising agency that includes car companies as clients. “I have learned an astonishing amount working with this small company,” she says and the experience has helped her coursework, too. Kiera, who has a 3.44 grade point average, is a volunteer at Morristown Memorial Hospital and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life program. On campus, she is a member of Colleges Against Cancer and the Marketing Club. Kiera notes, “I focus all of my goals on preparing for the future.”


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Alexander Ruiz of Toms River, NJ is a History and International Studies major. “History is a lesson in the mistakes of humanity and International Studies is the demonstration of those lessons remembered or relearned,” he says. Alexander participated in a South India cultural immersion program where he lived in an intercultural center near a remote village and is studying abroad in China this spring. On campus Alexander works with History Professor Paul Elovitz as a research assistant analyzing sources and collecting data. Alexander maintains a 3.76 grade point average.

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DOMINICK PALAZZOTTO SCHOLARSHIP

ne of the founding members of the Ramapo College faculty, Dominick Palazzotto served Ramapo in a number of capacities, most notably as director of the School of International Affairs, director of American and International Studies and convener of the history faculty. “Most important,” wrote SydneyWeinberg, a fellow history professor, “Dom was a master teacher who cared deeply about the students he worked with during his many years at Ramapo.” Contributions from Ramapo faculty, staff, alumni and members of Professor Palazzotto’s family created this endowed fund, which honors his memory while recognizing outstanding students in history.


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PARAGON FEDERAL CREDIT UNION SCHOLARSHIP

aragon Federal Credit Union began in 1936 with assets of $143 and a membership of seven Bergen County teachers. The teachers decided to pool their savings in order to “promote thrift to their fellow members and provide a convenient place where the membership could borrow money at a reasonable rate of interest.” Paragon is now one of the largest credit unions in New Jersey with more than 62,000 members and offers a full range of no- or lowcost products and services. In addition, Paragon’s Community Charter allows the credit union to serve members based on where they live, work, worship, or attend school. Paragon FCU has branches in Mahwah,West Orange,Westwood, Oakland, Englewood Cliffs, Elizabeth, Franklin Lakes, Union City and Hackensack, New Jersey. There are also two branches in Pennsylvania. Paragon’s headquarters are in Montvale, NJ. In keeping with its commitment of community involvement, Paragon established this scholarship in 2006 to benefit students in the Anisfield School of Business.

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John Sandford is an Accounting major from Swartswood, NJ. John comes from a family of accountants and, while growing up, enjoyed dinners spent discussing what he calls, “the state of affairs of taxes.” The sophomore, who has a 3.61 grade point average, is on track to take the CPA exam by graduation. He was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta and was named to the Dean’s List as a freshman. John would like to become a CPA and work for the government, possible the FBI. He looks forward to the challenges and rewards of a career as an accountant and leading the family debates for the next generation.

Andrew Schulze of Phillipsburg, NJ is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Finance. He is concentrating his efforts on Finance because he has a strong interest in the stock market. He also has a keen interest in automobiles and is considering a career in the automotive industry in sales. Andrew has completed an internship with UBS Financial Services and has worked as a parts counterman at Prestige MINI and at the Ramapo College Foundation. Andrew, who has a 3.12 grade point average, says, “I strive to achieve the best performance I can in and out of the classroom because I know the rewards will be worth the effort.”


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eena Joisher graduated from Ramapo College with Latin honors (magna cum laude) in 1992. Her daughters, Purvi Parekh and Manshi Joisher are also Ramapo College alumnae. Ms. Mehta and

Johnny Olsson, of Sweden, is an International Business major. He attended a high school program geared toward students interested in business. His passion for business was fueled by a high school project that involved starting a company and running it throughout the school year. His company’s mission was to distribute free newspapers to high school students and have it financed through advertisements. Creating budgets, recording transactions and preparing financial statements gave Johnny “a taste of what the business world has to offer and to explore it more.” A junior, Johnny has a 3.84 grade point average.

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her husband Mukul established this endowed scholarship in their daughters’ names to recognize the educational opportunities Ramapo College provided their family. The intent of this scholarship program is to help international students in good academic standing defray their college expenses. This is the second endowed scholarship Mr. and Mrs. Joisher have created at Ramapo.


Jacqueline Thomas is from Edison, NJ and attended Fairleigh Dickinson University before enrolling at Ramapo College. Jacqueline is majoring in Literature and has a 3.86 grade point average. She works as a tutor at the Writing Center and at the Potter Library.

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ach year parents of current Ramapo College students have the opportunity to give to this special endowed fund that provides a scholarship to a Ramapo student. The award is administered by the President’s Parents Council, a group of parents who take an active role in College life. The award is selected by senior administrators in the Office of Student Affairs.

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Jennifer Forde of Dumont, NJ is a Psychology major who is in the process of transferring to the Nursing program. She would like to work in the pediatric or neonatal unit of a hospital and eventually, specialize in infant or toddler intensive care. “I am one of those individuals who will research information outside of class just because I find the material fascinating,” Jennifer notes. She is a member of the Nursing Club, has volunteered at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and is a receptionist and infant caregiver at a chiropractic office. Jennifer has a 3.36 grade point average.


Ms. Pierson retired from Merrill Lynch when she and Mr. Milano moved to NJ and she became an active volunteer, serving in leadership positions with the Junior League of Bergen County, the Church of the Epiphany, the Allendale Foundation for Educational Excellence, the Boy Scouts of America and others.

After graduating with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ms. Pierson enrolled in an honors graduate program in England, and studied Shakespeare. She worked as a professional actress in regional theater and in television in NewYork City. Ms. Pierson then moved from the entertainment industry to business, working as a management consultant for the Merrill Lynch Relocation Management Division.

Diana Stanczak of Clifton, NJ is a Journalism major. Diana is the Arts and Entertainment editor of The Ramapo News. This summer, she plans to pursue more experience with community newspapers. Diana is president of Alpha Lambda Delta, Ramapo’s freshman honor society. She says, “My role as president has taught me how to effectively manage my time and communicate with others, a skill that is invaluable to my chosen field.” Diana, who has a 3.75 grade point average, works in a local restaurant and is a volunteer with the Ukrainian AmericanYouth Association. She would like to became a media and entertainment lawyer.

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She earned her master’s degree in teaching and curriculum at Columbia University,Teacher’s College and is currently pursuing her doctorate in history and education, also at Columbia University. She teaches courses in communication arts in Ramapo College’s School of Contemporary Arts. The Pierson Scholarships commemorate Ms. Pierson’s “love of teaching and her commitment to her students and to the College,” and benefit students majoring in communication arts.


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Columbia University. She teaches courses in communication arts in Ramapo College’s School of Contemporary Arts. The Pierson Scholarships commemorate Ms. Pierson’s “love of teaching and her commitment to her students and to the College,” and benefit students majoring in communication arts.

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In high school Jillian DiBlasio tied for best director in her school’s film festival. She produced and directed a production of “Alice inWonderland” last year and is doing an independent study in dramaturgy — the craft of staging, theatrical design, choreography and theater history — this semester. Jillian is a Communication Arts major concentrating in Digital Filmmaking and has earned a 4.00 grade point average. Jillian is a member of the Italian Club, the Commuters Caucus and the SciFi Club. She is from Norwood, NJ.

After graduating with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ms. Pierson enrolled in an honors graduate program in England, and studied Shakespeare. She worked as a professional actress in regional theater and in television in NewYork City. Ms. Pierson then moved from the entertainment industry to business, working as a management consultant for the Merrill Lynch Relocation Management Division. Ms. Pierson retired from Merrill Lynch when she and Mr. Milano moved to NJ and she became an active volunteer, serving in leadership positions with the Junior League of Bergen County, the Church of the Epiphany, the Allendale Foundation for Educational Excellence, the Boy Scouts of America and others. She earned her master’s degree in teaching and curriculum at Columbia University,Teacher’s College and is currently pursuing her doctorate in history and education, also at

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“This scholarship will help further my education and help me achieve my goal of successfully working in the film industry.” Jillian DiBlasio


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s Ramapo College’s inaugural president, George Potter played the role of academic visionary, overseeing scores of founding faculty members, construction of a brand new campus and instilling academic values that now define the College. George Potter was born in England, the son of a boatman. He earned degrees from Stanford Hall, Loughborough and Oriel College, Oxford, where he developed adult education and extension programs. He continued this work at the University of Alberta in Canada, then helped plan the new GrandValley State College in Michigan, where he progressed to vice president for Academic Affairs. It was from this position that he took the post of president at the experimental Ramapo College of New Jersey.

At his death in 2009, friends, family and former colleagues of Dr. Potter contributed to this endowed scholarship fund. The purpose of the fund is to recognize outstanding upperclassmen registered with the Office of Specialized Services who intend to continue their education in graduate school. Dolores Costanzo is a Social Work major with a 3.60 grade point average. Her minor is Gerontology. Dolores was an intern at the Center for Food Action and at Care Plus New Jersey where she was “able to see what a little help can do for someone.” In addition Dolores has worked for Residence Life as a community assistant, student aide and assistant resident director. She is a member of the Social Work Club, the OSS Coalition and has volunteered as a Blanketeer for Project Linus. She plans to earn an MSW and is interested in attending Rutgers or NewYork University. Dolores is from Mt. Laurel, NJ.

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From the beginning of the College’s history, Dr. Potter and his wife Laurie championed programs that increased access to Ramapo for women, veterans, minorities and people with disabilities. Mrs. Potter in particular was instrumental making sure that persons with disabilities felt welcome at Ramapo and helped launch what is now the Office of Specialized Services. The College’s academic buildings were constructed to be accessible to persons with disabilities, well before the Americans With Disabilities Act required such measures.


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he President’s Cabinet includes the top leadership of the College. On special occasions members of the group donate to a scholarship fund as a meaningful way to honor a member’s birthday or celebrate a holiday. The President’s Cabinet Scholarship is for outstanding Ramapo College seniors with financial need who plan to continue their education in graduate school. The award can be used toward the recipient’s graduate school application fees or graduate school preparation courses.

The 2009-2010 recipient of the President’s Cabinet Scholarship was Brandon Pecoraro. Brandon is currently a senior majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. After graduating from high school, Brandon’s band signed with a record label, performed around the country and successfully released an album nationwide. “From age 16 I was part of management in my own national business which became selfsustaining,” he says. “Once I had attained these achievements, I kept my promise to myself to pursue higher education.” Brandon has earned a 3.94 grade point average. He is from New Milford, NJ.

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Lucille Saraceno earned an associate in arts degree from Ocean County College before enrolling in Ramapo College. While there, she was a member of the sailing team and Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society. At Ramapo Lucille is majoring in Literature and has a 3.92 grade point average. “She is very focused and is a source of motivation for her classmates,” says Hassan Nejad, dean of the School of American and International Studies. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, the Golden Key International Honour Society and is an intern at an immigration law firm. “This semester I am enrolled in Magazine Workshop,” Lucille reports. “So my fellow classmates and I will compile Ramapo College’s 2011 literary and art magazine,Trillium.” Lucille is from Toms River, NJ and plans to pursue a master’s degree in English.

“Being honored with this President’s Cabinet Award will assist me in furthering my plans to attend graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in English.” Lucille Saraceno


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he Prestige Family of Dealerships have been supporters of Ramapo College since 2003. Many Ramapo graduates have chosen to become sales associates with the Prestige dealerships, which sell automobile brands such as Land Rover, Porsche, Lexus and Mercedes. “Our internship program and Ramapo’s job fairs have provided us with valuable investments in our future,” says Joseph Dockery, president of Prestige Management Services.

Jericho Kayne of High Bridge, NJ is majoring in Business Management and Psychology and has earned a 3.93 grade point average. At Ramapo, Jericho is vice president of the Overlook Resident Hall Council, holds an executive board position with Alpha Lambda Delta, serves on the ASB Dean’s Student Advisory Council, is a peer facilitator and a member of the Psychology Coalition. She plans to attend graduate school to earn a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, which examines how people relate to their work and making changes to the environment to maximize performance and satisfaction. Jericho notes, “The success or failure of a company has roots that can be traced to how well employees perform their jobs and how content they are working. I hope to make the workplace enjoyable for others.”

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PRESTIGE FAMILY OF DEALERSHIPS ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

In 2006 the company established this endowed scholarship fund which benefits outstanding students with financial need in the Anisfield School of Business. Recipients have the opportunity to be interns with Prestige. In 2009-2010 Chris Turner, General Manager of Prestige BMW offered Ramapo students the opportunity to work with the MINI project manager in the design, development and construction of a new MINI dealership. This two-semester internship gave the students real work experiences that have enriched their academic studies.


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R AND N FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

ob and Nancy Kossowsky started the R and N Family Scholarship in 2008 to benefit Ramapo College students who are involved in their communities and have financial needs.Their son, Jake, had such a positive experience at Ramapo that the family wanted to ensure that other students would have the same opportunity.This is the first year the R and N Scholarship is being offered.

priority to give every student a fair chance to succeed,” she says. “When I see a child or their family in need, I will lend a helping hand. This is my way of paying it forward.”

JaredWashington of Roselle, NJ is majoring in Psychology and minoring in AfricanAmerican Studies. His goal is to become a teacher and, when he graduates, to apply to Teach For America, a national corps of recent college graduates who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools. Jared has participated inWalk a Mile in Her Shoes, a violence prevention program, a clean-up at a slave cemetery in Mahwah and feeding the homeless at the Newark Rescue Mission. Jared, who has a 3.16 grade point average, wants to continue his education and earn a master’s degree so that he may become a school principal and work in an underserved district.

MirandaWyatt is majoring in Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing. She’s known since the age of 10 that she wanted to be a writer. Miranda works two jobs and is active on campus as a member of the Literature Club, Philosophy Club, the XAE Honor Society and as a volunteer for First Year Move-In Day. Miranda, who has a 3.58 grade point average says, “My hope is bigger than my doubts.”

Marisabel Rios of Ellenville, NY is majoring in Spanish and pursuing teacher certification. She is employed as a teacher’s assistant and says, “In my job I deal with real life issues children face — hunger, poverty and lack of acceptance from peers and teachers.” As a future educator, Marisabel is determined to fight for these issues. Graduation day will be especially significant to Marisabel; she will be the first to graduate from college in her family. Marisabel has a 3.58 grade point average and was named to Sigma Delta Pi, the National Hispanic Honor Society. “I will make it my 130

“The scholarship I received will prepare me for the future because I will understand that I will be able to achieve anything as long as I work hard and stay determined.” Jared Washington


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or 31 years Sebastian Raciti, known as Sib, served in various roles that were instrumental in the development of Ramapo College. Dr. Raciti was one of Ramapo’s founding faculty, arriving in the College’s second year. He held various posts during his tenure including director of the School of Metropolitan and Community Studies, dean of the School of Administration and Business, vice president for Academic Affairs, vice president of Institutional Advancement and professor of Economics. He was also the director of the Governor’s School for International Studies, a summer program for gifted high school students. In his administrative roles, Dr. Raciti helped design new academic programs, raised funds to support new initiatives and scholarships and recruited new faculty. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Fordham University.

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Martin Cohen of Woodcliff Lake, NJ is majoring in Economics and Finance. He serves as assistant to the executive director of the Eastern Economic Association, a not-for-profit corporation whose objective is to promote educational and scholarly exchange on economic affairs that is based at Ramapo College. Martin is a member of the Federal Reserve Challenge Team, Hillel and the Ultimate Frisbee Team. The junior has earned a 3.85 grade point average and plans to obtain a doctorate in Economics and become a professor. Martin says, “This scholarship means that I have the recognition and support of my school in my future endeavors.”


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RAMAPO EMS SCHOLARSHIP

eather Hemphill ’05 was an active member of the Ramapo College Emergency Medical Squad starting in her freshman year in spring, 2002. She served as the Squad’s Assistant Chief from the fall of 2003 until her graduation in the spring of 2005. Heather and her family created this award in 2006 to recognize student emergency medical technicians who demonstrate a similar commitment to the Ramapo Squad. Christopher McKenna of Hackensack, NJ is a Liberal Studies major who is focusing on peace and human rights. He is employed as a paramedic and volunteers for Ramapo’s EMS squad. He recently became lieutenant of training and, as such, organizes drills, helps new members and trains probationary and qualified probationary members for active status. Christopher is a member of the Civil Air Patrol, the USAF Auxiliary and the Anthropology Club. He can speak French, Arabic and Bislama, and he plans to attend graduate school in Europe and obtain a master’s degree in Human Rights. His ideal position is one with the United Nations. Christopher, who is a junior and has a 3.24 grade point average, says, “While I know my chosen career will take me to the far fringes of civilization, I will carry both the knowledge I have gained from Ramapo College and EMS with me and use it to continue to make a difference in peoples’ lives.”

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“I am looking at study abroad this summer and also at grad schools and this scholarship will help me fund both.” Christopher McKenna


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his fund was created in 2005 with contributions from employees of the College. Each year gifts from faculty and staff in all units and divisions help to grow the endowment, which is designed to benefit a deserving Ramapo College student.

“Receiving this scholarship will help contribute to my education at Ramapo because it will help in costs associated with study abroad. I have a strong passion for exploring the world and becoming a more appreciative student in such a diverse world.” StevenWiltbank

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RAMAPO COLLEGE COMMUNITY STUDENT ENRICHMENT ENDOWMENT FUND

As the Student Government Representative for the Class of 2013, StevenWiltbank organized the Freshman Leadership Conference. He is involved in a number of activities on campus including the College Republicans, the Student Leaders Coalition, student ambassadors, intramural spin and volleyball and volunteering. Steven is a Spanish Language Studies major concentrating in teacher certification in Spanish. He also is pursuing the Latin American Studies minor and has earned a 3.73 grade point average. “Every year I go with my church to a local outpatient clinic to celebrate the Christmas season,” Steven says. “Most of the families who attend are Hispanic, so I have been able to help since I speak Spanish. We also have been on mission trips to NewYork City, Philadelphia and Maryland.” Steven is from Belford, NJ. He plans to study abroad this summer at the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain.


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Victoria Sciancalepore’s Ramapo College Foundation Scholarship is named for Greg Paleskey, an individual low net winner at the 2010 Annual Golf Outing.

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he mission of the Ramapo College Foundation is to “provide the resources that make the difference in Ramapo College’s quest for education excellence.” A critical means of fulfilling this mission is to provide scholarships for outstanding freshmen, thereby helping Ramapo College to continue to recruit talented students. The Board of Governors of the Foundation, chaired by Robert Tillsley, is committed to increasing this endowment each year.

Victoria Sciancalepore is a graduate of Hasbrouck Heights High School, where she was a member of the marching band, the Key Club and was a peer leader. She was a leader in the REBEL student club, helping to create an anti-smoking video that was shown as part of the nationwide Great American Smoke Out. Tori was editor of the the school literary magazine and photography editor of the yearbook. She is a freshman at Ramapo majoring in Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing. She has a 3.20 grade point average.

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MartinVu’s Ramapo College Foundation Scholarship is named in honor of Walt Santner ‘75, a Trustees Society member of the Stephen and Mary Birch Fellowship. MartinVu is a graduate of Secaucus High School, where he was a member of a number of clubs, including the Chorus, Junior State of America,Year Book, Metamorphosis Science and Key clubs. He volunteered for Relay for Life andWrap4ASmile and participated in People to People International. He is a freshman. 134

Louis DiPaolo’s Ramapo College Foundation Scholarship is named for Debra Perry ‘85, an individual low gross winner at the 2010 Annual Golf Outing. In his junior and senior years at Dumont High School, Louis DiPaolo was a member of the debate team. He was editor of The Periscope, the school newspaper and enjoyed photography and videography. He was a member of Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society. Louis is a freshman majoring in Law and Society and has a 3.82 grade point average.


Shaima Khinjani’s Ramapo College Foundation Scholarship is named for Diane Goldman, an individual low net winner at the 2010 Annual Golf Outing.

“It will give me a chance to further my academic career and prepare me for whatever profession I choose to pursue.” Louis DiPaolo

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Zachary Williams’ Ramapo College Foundation Scholarship is named for Inserra Supermarkets, a lead sponsor of the Performing Arts Dinner Series.

Shaima Khinjani graduated from Ramapo in December, 2010 with a degree in International Studies. Her cumulative grade point average was 3.40. During the fall semester she delivered a paper with Professor Rebecca Root at a political science conference in Boston on the role of women and elections in Afghanistan. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Political Science at the University of Montana and is teaching courses in Afghan language and culture.

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RAMAPO COLLEGE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

Freshman Zachary Williams is a graduate of Hopewell Valley Central High School and is from Pennington, NJ. He was vice president of the Latin Club and in his junior year was a member of the Latin Honor Society. Zak received the Excellence in Latin IV award in his senior year. After school he volunteered as a tutor for disadvantaged elementary school students. Zak is enrolled in the School of American and International Studies and has a 3.42 grade point average.


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“I will be able to afford my education, which will allow me to get a better job without having a large number of loans to pay back.” Anthony Keastead Brian Smith

Anthony Keastead’s Ramapo College Foundation Scholarship is named for PSEG, a lead sponsor of the Distinguished Citizens Dinner. Anthony Keastead of Budd Lake, NJ challenged himself by taking advanced placement courses at Mount Olive High School. He earned college credits in Calculus, English Literature, Physics and Statistics. Other accomplishments include receiving a letter of commendation from the National Merit Scholarship organization and passing the College-Level Examination test in Financial Accounting. As a member of the Robotics Team during his sophomore year, Anthony contributed to the team’s regional championship. He also was a member of the marching band’s pit crew, responsible for loading and transporting equipment. Anthony, who has a 4.00 grade point average, is enrolled in the Anisfield School of Business.

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Samantha Karp’s Ramapo College Foundation Scholarship is named for Sharp Electronics, a lead sponsor of the Performing Arts Dinner Series and the Distinguished Citizens Dinner. Samantha Karp of Plainview, NY is an Accounting major. In high school, Samantha earned college credits in Accounting from Long Island University. Her guidance counselor described Samantha as “creative, intelligent and athletic.” She was a member of the Swim Team and served as captain during her senior year. Samantha garnered many accolades including being named to the High Honor Roll, National Honor Society, Business Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. As a member of the Environmental Club she implemented a recycling program in school. Samantha, who has a 4.00 grade point average, would like to become a Forensic Accountant. She has not, however, ruled out medical school.


At Mount Olive High School Matthew Crum was one of two students selected to receive the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award. He played soccer and was a member of the Science League andVarsity Club. Outside of school he volunteered for his church and in a local veterinarian’s office. Matt is a freshman from Flanders, NJ who has a 3.85 grade point average. He is majoring in Bioinformatics.

Garrett McConville’s Ramapo College Foundation Scholarship is named for Stu Blasius, an individual low gross winner at the 2010 Annual Golf Outing.

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Matthew Crum’s Ramapo College Foundation Scholarship is named in honor of Liberty Hyundai & Subaru, a lead sponsor of the Performing Arts Dinner Series.

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“This scholarship will allow me to study at Ramapo for four years and to double major in Accounting and Psychology without having to struggle to pay back large debts when I graduate and allow me to enjoy “This scholarship is helping me a great career in the field I pay for my education and giving choose,” Samantha Karp me the chance to focus more on my education and less on how I will pay for it.” Matt Crum


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Freshman Courtney Burgess is from Manalapan, NJ. In high school Courtney’s writing was published in both the literary magazine and the school newspaper. She played varsity field hockey and was a member of the swim and lacrosse teams. She was a member of the STAND club which raised funds toward ending the genocide in Darfur and participated in a number of local food and clothing drives. She is a Communication Arts major at Ramapo.

“The scholarship I have received will prepare me for my future because it affords me the opportunity to receive a good education without accumulating excessive loans in the process.” Garrett McConville “This scholarship has enabled me to pursue further education. Without it, I would not be able to attend Ramapo College and would not be able to flourish as I am now.” Courtney Burgess

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hen she retired in 1994, School of Social Science and Human Services professor Beate Riesterer asked that she not be given a gift, but that the money collected be used to start a scholarship fund. Those gifts, plus the proceeds from an on-campus tag sale organized by the students at theWomen’s Center, garnered the funds to create this award. “The scholarship fund was a gift to me in honor of my contributions to the College, which I now pass on to deserving women,” Dr. Riesterer wrote in 1999.

grade point average, plans to further her education by obtaining a master’s degree in Social Work. “I promised myself and my son that I was not going to give up and I am proud to say that I have been able to keep my promise.”

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BEATE RIESTERER RETURNING MINORITY WOMEN SCHOLARSHIP

Maria Molina of Hackensack, NJ is a Social Work major. When she worked at an adult medical daycare center, she was often asked to translate her clients’ concerns from Spanish to English. Maria recalls, “I remember seeing people walking into the office without hope and coming out with big smiles.” It was then that she realized she could make a difference by helping people to help themselves and by advocating for them. Maria, who has a 3.54


ROBERT G. RIPSTON LEADERSHIP AWARD

Leadership Center in Upper Saddle River, NJ. Mr. Ripston was an active member of the Ramapo community, serving as a governor on the Foundation Board and teaching as an adjunct professor in the School of Business. “Mr. Ripston believed that students too often left school without the necessary skills to achieve success in the working world and he took action to bring about change,” wrote The Star-Ledger at his death. The Ripston Award recognizes business students with financial need and a “free market orientation.”

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efore joining Ingersoll-Rand in 1973, Robert G. Ripston was an executive at General Electric for 20 years. Mr. Ripston also served as a director and former chairman of the Commerce and Industry Association of Northern New Jersey and vice president of the Bergen Council of the Boy Scouts of America. After retiring in 1994, he founded and served as president of the

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Ronak Patel of Mahwah, NJ is an Information Systems major with a 3.88 grade point average. Ronak works as an office manager at ADPP Enterprises and also volunteers at her temple helping children learn about their religion. Having lived in three countries, Ronak confidently states, “The best way to improve a society and to enhance the progress of its economy is through education.” Her dream is to be an entrepreneur. “Dreams are the benchmark of our achievement,” she says.


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rancis J. Rodriguez, M.S., CPhT is a past president of the Friends of Ramapo and serves on the Ramapo College Foundation’s Board of Governors. He also serves on the Planned Giving Task Force Committee, where he has taken an active role in assisting the Foundation to obtain financing for scholarships, faculty research and building initiatives. His wife Judith is a registered pharmacist in community practice and serves on the New Jersey Drug Utilization Review Board.

“Veranika Ivanashka excels in her coursework in all areas of environmental science,” says Professor Emma Rainforth, convener of the major. “She is an outstanding student.” Veranika is an Environmental Science major who is in her junior year. She has earned a 3.76 grade point average. Veranika is from Sloatsburg, NY.

“Supporting the College’s wonderful goals and encouraging students to continue their education is so important to us,” he says. “From among those students, I’m confident we’ll find leaders of tomorrow.”

“The Environmental Science Scholarship was an unexpectedly pleasant surprise for me; I felt appreciated and deeply honored. I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Rodriguez for helping me take another step on my educational path.” Veranika Ivanashka

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JUDITH AND FRANCIS RODRIGUEZ ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP

To demonstrate his desire to support the work of the Foundation and to make a charitable gift, Mr. and Mrs. Rodriguez established the Judith Martinez Rodriguez and Francis J. Rodriguez Environmental Science Scholarship to recognize students pursuing a degree in Environmental Science.


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of organizations including Bergen County’s Northwest Regional Health Commission, the Medical Reserve Corps and the Pharmaceutical Society, as well as the NJ Drug Utilization Review Board, the NJ Dept. of Education’s Advisory Committee on Bilingual Education and the NJ Pharmaceutical Association. The intent of the Judith and Francis Rodriguez International Business Scholarship is to recognize outstanding upperclassmen who are majoring in International Business and who are interested in international trade.

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udith and Frank Rodriguez have been members of the Friends of Ramapo for many years. Mrs. Rodriguez is a registered pharmacist in both New Jersey and NewYork. While pursuing her professional career she has also served in elected and appointed government and community service positions. Mrs. Rodriguez has received a number of awards for her teaching and service to the field. Mr. and Mrs. Rodriguez were the owners of Raysol Pharmacy in NewYork. Mr. Rodriguez’ career has included management positions with Telecommunications Analysis, RAM Communications andWestern Union. He is currently a senior consultant for RCC Consultants. Mr. Rodriguez has General and Amateur Radio Operators licenses from the FCC. He is active in many civic and community organizations, including the American Pharmaceutical Association, MENSA and the Radio Club of America. In their home town of Midland Park, NJ Mr. and Mrs. Rodriguez have been active with the Board of Health, the Historic Society, the Library Board of Trustees and the Board of Education. On the county and state level, the Rodriguezes have been involved with a number

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Leidy Duque of Hackensack, NJ is an International Business major. A native of Colombia, Leidy is excited about the possibility that the United States will open a free trade agreement with South America. “My objective is to own a business or be part of one that will facilitate international free trade between the United States and South America.” She is confident that her college education, South American roots and ability to speak and write both English and Spanish will provide her with an advantage. Leidy, who has a 3.71 grade point average, is grateful to her family in Colombia for their love and support.


“In between,” as he describes it, he married his dear wife Roz, had two daughters and contributed his talents and energy to a number of organizations including the Skarzysko Society, the Prime Minister’s Club of Israel Bonds, the Luggage and Leather Goods Association and the National Association of Sporting Goods. He has also been a member of the board of the Center for Holocaust and

Genocide Studies at Ramapo College, a member of the President’s Council of the World Jewish Congress and an active supporter of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inWashington, D.C. Mr. and Mrs. Ross founded the American Stage Company based at Fairleigh Dickinson University. “I had been thinking about doing something to recognize current service men and women,” Mr. Ross recalled in 2004. “The best solution was to set up a scholarship. First, I wanted to pay back the American forces who liberated the concentration camps,” he says. “Second, I was forbidden to attend any schools during the war in Europe, so I know how it feels not to have an education.” The Ross Family Survivor to Survivors Scholarship is available to students who are former U.S. service personnel or their children. Candidates can be from any state in the country. The scholarship is funded by an endowment established by the Ross family. The Ross Family Survivor to Survivor Scholarships are selected later in the spring semester.

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ROSS FAMILY SURVIVOR TO SURVIVORS SCHOLARSHIP

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survivor of the Holocaust, Josef A. Ross was born in Skarzysko, Poland. In the fourth grade, his primary education in the local public school abruptly came to an end with the Nazi invasion of September, 1939. The rest of his youth coincided with the horrific years of the Second WorldWar and its immediate aftermath. On May 9, 1945, he was liberated from Terezin (Thersienstadt) Concentration Camp. Four years later he came to the United States and eventually settled in NewYork City. Having already received some vocational training, he was able to obtain a job as a mechanic in a luggage factory, where he rose through the ranks and soon became the plant manager. Seven years later he founded his own luggage manufacturing business.


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ason Simon ’93 and his wife Rachel established this scholarship in memory of Jason’s grandparents. Willie Rubel understood the challenges of adjusting to a new environment, as he was an immigrant to the United States duringWWII and narrowly escaped persecution in his native Germany. Willie worked hard and tirelessly for his family and served as a constant source of encouragement for Jason throughout his time at Ramapo. Jason wrote, “He will always be remembered for his quiet demeanor, care for his family and the way he overcame so many obstacles to create a better life for those around him. He would be exceptionally touched to see a scholarship in his name.” Hertha “Pat” Rubel, like her husband, fled Germany at the age of 10 with only the clothes on her back. She worked her entire life as a hairdresser. “She was always concerned about the success of her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren,” Jason adds, “and she truly believed in me and my success at Ramapo and beyond.”

Allyson Armstrong graduated from high school in San Diego, CA and now lives in Glen Rock, NJ. The Business Administration major is a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority and enjoys the charitable work the group undertakes. Allyson is the vice president of scholarship for the College Pan Hellenic EBoard and a peer facilitator for First-Year Experience. She is particularly proud of serving as a student representative on the Alcohol and Other Drugs Committee that meets with local business owners and the Mahwah police department. Allyson has held various positions in the College’s Office of Residence Life, which she credits for allowing for professional and personal growth. During the summer, Allyson served as a Summer Conference Manager, working with outside groups renting campus facilities. Allyson, who has a 3.07 grade point average, plans to attend graduate school.

“This scholarship will help me fund all my graduate school applications to help further educate me beyond Ramapo College.” Allyson Armstrong

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“I have had many personal experiences with suffering that have opened my eyes to how fragile life can be and how as a registered nurse, I can bring even the slightest bit of comfort to the lives of those who are in their weakest moments,” says Kelly Barkley. Kelly is a sophomore in the Nursing major who has earned a 3.86 grade point average. She volunteers in a nursing home and inWalk for Life events. “My ultimate goal is to obtain certification to become a neonatal nurse,” she says. Kelly is from Allentown, NJ.

In addition to their commitment to their work at Ramapo, the Saiffs are active in campus life. Dr. Saiff has served as president of the Faculty Assembly and has taken a leadership role with the campus chapter of the American Federation of Teachers Union. Mrs. Saiff is a volunteer at the Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing andVisual Arts. Both have been active participants on many campus committees and have been generous contributors to a number of causes on campus, from scholarship funds to capital campaigns and the Annual Fund. We congratulate them on becoming grandparents with the news of their new twin grandchildren.

“It will give me the ability to work towards completing my degree and achieve my ultimate goal of becoming an RN.” Kelly Barkley

The intent of the Saiff Family Scholarship is to recognize a student who shares a similar commitment and involvement in campus life.

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THE SAIFF FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

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r. Edward Saiff has been a member of the Ramapo faculty in the School of Theoretical and Applied Science since 1972. Mrs. Roberta Saiff joined the College staff three years later, working in the School of Social Science and Human Services, the Office of the President, the Office of Human Resources, Institutional Advancement, the Graduation Office and the Middle States Assessment Office.


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THE JOSEPH AND JENNIE SALL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

his award was created in 2000 by Dr. Ted Sall and his wife, Ruth in memory of Dr. Sall’s parents. Dr. Sall joined the Ramapo faculty in the College’s first year, in 1971, as a professor of Biology. He continued to teach full time until 1991 and still teaches a course occasionally. For his many years of distinguished service and teaching, the College bestowed on Dr. Sall the title of professor emeritus in Biology. Born and raised in northern New Jersey, Dr. Sall received his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Pennsylvania. His research

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endeavors included investigations with bacteria that could digest oil sludge. During his career at Ramapo, Dr. Sall taught courses in Microbiology, Fundamentals of Biology and Senior Seminars. The Sall Award recognizes seniors who are continuing their education in medical school or dental school. In addition to a cash award, the Chemistry faculty have arranged for the Sall recipients to each receive a copy ofWebster’s New World Medical Dictionary from the publisher. The Joseph and Jennie Sall Scholarship is awarded later in the spring semester.


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arol Demuth Schaefer is a retired psychotherapist who maintained a private practice in Ridgewood, NJ and was a clinical instructor at theYale Child Study Center where she supervised and taught master level social workers and psychologists. Still active in the field, she has recently joined the Executive Council of the Associates, a leadership group at theYale Child Study Center. Carol graduated from Ramapo College in 1984 and currently serves on the Foundation’s Board of Governors. In 1987 she instituted the Carol D. Schaefer Human Service Award to encourage students to continue with graduate studies in the mental health field. Carol also serves on the Board of PerDev Perceptual Development Center in NewYork City, which diagnoses and treats individuals with learning differences. She also consults and serves on the Board as secretary of the American Skin Association in NewYork. The ASA is dedicated to saving lives and alleviating the suffering caused by the full spectrum of skin diseases and cancer through leading-edge research, education and advocacy.

Carol has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Hackensack University Medical Center and is working on a variety of committees including the Heart Advisory Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee and the Conflict of Interest Committee. She also supports the cancer research of Dr. Andre Goy. Her husband, Chuck, also serves on the HUMC Board. Carol has been married to Chuck Schaefer for 45 years and they reside in Franklin Lakes, NJ. Both are interested in making a difference through their commitment on various boards through their family foundation,The Shepherd Foundation, which supports research and education. The Schaefers implemented and are major supporters of the HUMC Heart Fellowship Program. The new fellows will both do day-to-day patient care and conduct research in the field of heart failure. Carol is the mother of three children, Carolyn, Betsy and Chuck and has three grandchildren.

Caitlin Helmstetter is from Cranford, NJ. She graduated from Ramapo last May with a degree in Social Work and earned a 3.85 cumulative grade point average. She currently attends Columbia University School of Social Work, studying advanced clinical practice with children and families. She is an intern at a residential treatment center for adolescent boys. Caitlin plans to work as a licensed social worker in NJ .

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Because of Mrs. Schaefer’s interest in and love of music, she is a patron of the NewYork Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera and has been chairman of the NY Philharmonic’s Patrons Tours since 1995. She helps organize and goes with the orchestra when it goes on tour and has journeyed with them to more than 10 countries. She also serves as copresident of the Board of The Little Orchestra Society in NewYork which engages audiences of all ages in live music experiences.


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Casey Castronova is from Freehold, NJ and graduated in May with a degree in Social Work and a 3.82 cumulative grade point average. She was a member of the Social Work Club and Operation Smile and was a Ramapo student ambassador. Casey interned at The Center for Alcohol & Drug Resources,Verona High School and the Liberty Partnership Program. She attends Monmouth University as an advanced standing Social Work student and is working in a substance abuse treatment facility. “Casey is presently working towards becoming a Licensed Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor,” says Professor Mitch Kahn.

Lydia Lipsy is from Pompton Plains, NJ and graduated from Ramapo in May with a degree in SocialWork. She earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.98 and was inducted into the Ramapo Phi Alpha SocialWork Honor Society. Lydia is currently pursuing a master’s degree in SocialWork with a concentration in Client Centered Management at Fordham University. She is an intern at Integrity House, a residential substance abuse treatment facility. “After graduation Lydia plans to pursue full-time work that involves her interests in family work, co-occurring disorders and perhaps international social work,” reports Professor Mitch Kahn.

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his award was created by the Friends of Ramapo and is named for a former member of Friends of Ramapo Board, Michael J. Scully. At his death in 1986, Mr. Scully’s family and friends contributed to this award in his memory.

The Scully award is presented to a music or theater student.

Molly Rodino is from Scotch Plains, NJ and is in her senior year. She is majoring in Theater with concentrations in Design/Technical Theater, Acting and Directing/Stage Management. She has earned a grade point average of 3.89. “She is an outstanding student and her activities and accomplishments on campus are exceptional,” says Steven Perry, dean of the School of Contemporary Arts.

“This scholarship will allow me to continue my college education and my studies in theater, which is the field I hope to work in after school is completed.” Molly Rodino

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“Michael welcomed the arrival of Ramapo College in Mahwah from the very first day of its conception and he was eager to be involved in its success,” wrote his wife Josephine at the time. The president of the College at that time, Dr. Robert Scott concurred, writing, “Mike made a wonderful contribution [to Ramapo] with his energy and ideas.”


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r. Ernest Simon was a professor of literature at Ramapo from 1973 until his retirement in 1998. A group of his former students started this fund a number of years ago to honor their teacher and benefit Ramapo seniors in the literature major. Dr. Simon appreciated the gesture and he and his wife Christiana contributed to the fund. Mrs. Simon further enhanced the fund after Dr. Simon’s death in 2003. “One of the things I most enjoyed about Ernie Simon was that he never tired of sharing what he knew,” says his friend and colleague, Professor Ira Spar. “He approached our discussions, his teaching and his students with the same energy that he gave to all that he did and I count him among the best teachers Ramapo has ever had.” This faculty-nominated award recognizes an outstanding literature major who shows a “commitment to reading and research.”

Caroline Church of Park Ridge, NJ is a Literature major who is pursuing teacher certification in Elementary Education. “I have always viewed education through the eyes of an archaeologist despite the fact that I am a

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Literature major,” she says. “My education has always been about discovery, about excavating the world, fossil by fossil, to piece together a skeleton of understanding of the world, its people and its cultures. Literature has provided tools with which to dig.” Caroline, who has a 3.85 grade point average, devotes time to working with children and to philanthropic causes. She has worked as a camp counselor, a tennis camp instructor, a math tutor and a babysitter. In addition, she has participated in walks to raise awareness for people with multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and those who are hungry.

“Brian May is a talented and engaged student,” says Literature Professor Edward Shannon. “His writing is of superior quality and integrates literary theory at a high level. He is capable of engaging texts at an intellectual level rarely seen in undergraduates, as is evident both in his writing and his contributions to discussion. Further, his enthusiasm and sense of fun is contagious and a valuable ingredient to classroom discussion.” Brian is a Literature major also pursuing teacher certification in English and has a 3.86 grade point average. He is from Mahwah, NJ.


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Kristin Hatalla is a senior majoring in Social Work. Her minor is Gerontology and she has earned a 3.74 grade point average. Kristin was treasurer of the Social Work Club and a student representative to Ramapo Readers. She is from Clinton, NJ and plans to continue her education in graduate school.

SOCIAL WORK STUDENT CONFERENCE FUND & SCHOLARSHIP

n 2002 the Bergen Unit of the National Association of SocialWorkers (NASW) presented the Ramapo College Foundation with a gift to benefit undergraduate social work students. “The Bergen Unit has had fundraising events for the past 15 years with the expressed intention to provide conference scholarships and educational assistance to local social work students,” wrote the chair, Gail Bates, MSW, LCSW. The gift was used to create an endowment in order to permanently fund the scholarships. The intent of the fund is to provide social work students the “opportunity to enhance their formal education through attendance at NASW or other professional social work meetings or conferences.”

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ather than exchange holiday gifts with each other, some staff in the Office of Student Affairs have pooled their resources and created this scholarship fund. The award is for students who are active in student leadership or voluntary service. Recipients are selected by a committee of staff in the Student Affairs Office. Jesenia Chamorro of Haledon, NJ is a Nursing major with a 3.00 grade point average. The freshman has impressed the administrative staff of Student Affairs with her deep commitment to community service and volunteerism. Patrick Chang, associate vice president of Student Services says Jesenia “leads by quiet example, commitment and dedication to the principles of responsible citizenship and community.”

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“This scholarship has motivated me to keep being active in school. It also made me realize people do get recognized mainly when they shine through their passion. For instance, I love volunteering and Mr. Patrick Chang helped me be recognized for it. Not only does this scholarship help me pay for a part of my tuition but I gained life experience because of my volunteer work.” Jesenia Chamarro


colleagues established this scholarship program to recognize students who embody Angelo Tarallo’s commitment to academic excellence and internationalism.

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he Angelo Tarallo Scholarship is awarded to students interested in majoring in law, International Business, or International Studies. Recipients must demonstrate competence in writing, which was one of Professor Tarallo’s many interests. Angelo Tarallo was a beloved professor who taught at Ramapo for more than 10 years. During a distinguished international business career at The BOC Group, Professor Tarallo held a number of positions including chief executive-legal affairs inWindlesham, UK and president and board director in Murray Hill, NJ where he also served as chairman of the Pension Committee. While at BOC, Professor Tarallo taught at Ramapo as an adjunct professor in Business. He joined the full-time faculty in 2002 and inspired students and colleagues with his intellect and dedication to education. In addition to teaching, Professor Tarallo led study abroad programs in Italy and arranged for international co-operative placements for Ramapo students. After his death in 2003, his family, friends and

Delina Agnosteva, of Bulgaria, is majoring in Economics and International Business. She has completed internships at Pearson Education, Alternative Assets Investment Management and The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria. In addition, she serves as treasurer of the Math and Finance clubs, secretary of the International Business Club and coordinates public relations for the Model United Nations Club. She also competed in the NewYork Mercantile Exchange Open Outcry and served on the Anisfield School of Business Student Advisory Board. Delina, who is enrolled in the College Honors Program, has a 3.97 grade point average. At Ramapo, she says, “I found a path that will utilize my inquisitive nature and will satiate my curiosity and drive for knowledge.” She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Economics.


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Leidy Duque of Hackensack, NJ is an International Business major. A native of Colombia, Leidy is excited about the possibility that the United States will open a free trade agreement with South America. “My objective is to own a business or be part of one that will facilitate international free trade between the United States and South America.� She is confident that her college education, South American roots and ability to speak and write both English and Spanish will provide her with an advantage. Leidy, who has a 3.71 grade point average, is grateful to her family in Colombia for their love and support.

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is majoring in Psychology. She is from Ridgefield Park, NJ.

“This scholarship is allowing me to continue my studies here at Ramapo. I am very grateful to have received this money.” Jamie Buljeta Jillian McGuire transferred from Bergen Community College with an associate in Arts degree. At Ramapo she is majoring in Psychology, with a minor in Substance Abuse. “I volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club in my town of Hawthorne,” says Jillian. She also is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Mr. Napolitano has always been an advisor and strong supporter of both Ramapo College and the Foundation. He has served as a trustee for Bergen Community College (BCC) and as a member of the BCC Foundation board. He was also a member of the board at the Hackensack University Medical Center, the Bergen County Economic Development Commission and other community organizations. This scholarship honors Mr. Napolitano’s involvement at Ramapo and BCC and recognizes BCC graduates with financial need who have demonstrated strong academic performance. Jamie Bujleta received an associate in arts degree from Bergen Community College and is currently in her first year at Ramapo. Jamie

“This scholarship is important to me and my education.This scholarship shows me that working hard and getting good grades does actually pay off. This has only pushed me to want to do even better and to strive for excellence.” Jillian McGuire

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TD BANK SCHOLARSHIP IN HONOR OF JAMES NAPOLITANO

t the Annual Distinguished Citizens Dinner in 2003, the Ramapo College Foundation was pleased to recognize executives of TD Bank (then Commerce Bank) and the Bank’s many years of service to the community and to Ramapo College. That night the Bank announced the creation of this endowed scholarship, named in honor of then-president of Commerce Bank/North James R. Napolitano. Currently, Mr. Napolitano is the executive vice president, Real Estate Manager for TD Bank.


FRED AND FLORENCE THOMASES SCHOLARSHIP

In high school, Taylor Shanley of Brick, NJ, was a member of the Varsity Basketball and Varsity Spring Track teams for four years and served as team captain for both. Each Christmas she and her basketball teammates provided toys for sick children. She was also a member of the Varsity Cross Country Team. Taylor was president of the Sign Language Club and a member of the National Honor Society and volunteered with the Brick Township Challenger Program. At Ramapo Taylor is majoring in Psychology and has earned a 3.82 grade point average. The freshman also is pursuing teacher certification in Elementary Education.

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amapo College has benefited from the foresight and commitment of two long-time Bergen County residents, Fred and Florence Thomases. Mrs.Thomases was a member of the founding Ramapo College Board of Trustees, entrusted with the mission of creating Ramapo College and finding it a home. Fred Thomases was a textile industry executive, internationally known for his innovations. He was a leader in the community, serving as a trustee of Temple Emanu-El in Englewood, the New Jersey Jewish Community Center on the Palisades in Tenafly and as a National Board Member of American ORT, an international Jewish organization focused on technological and vocational education. Mr.Thomases died in 2000, but leaves a legacy through this scholarship of his commitment to education.

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“It is an honor to be awarded this scholarship. It shows me that hard work truly does pay off. I can graduate debt-free and I will forever be grateful for that.� Taylor Shanley


In high school Rachel Hopkins of Bridgewater, NJ was named to the National Honor Society, was a varsity member of the Winter and Spring Track teams for four years and served as a student counselor board member. Rachel was vice president of the Teen Outreach Project, a club that raises money for charities. In addition, she volunteered with Special Olympics and held part-time jobs as a salesperson, babysitter and server for a caterer. At Ramapo the sophomore is majoring in Mathematics and pursuing teacher certification in Elementary Education. She has earned a 3.95 grade point average.

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Born in Russia, Maria Poznahovska of Chester, NY can speak four languages: English, Russian, Ukrainian and French. She has participated in L.E.A.D., a mentoring program for freshmen, the Academic League, a Book Club and tutored sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at a middle school in Science, Social Studies, English and French. She served as president of the French Club and was named to the French Honor Society. In her junior year, Maria created a piece of functional art that was auctioned to benefit the art students in her high school. Maria is a Literature major.


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argaret S.Tobin played an active role in the community life of Ho-HoKus, NJ where she lived for more than 40 years. As the mother of four children, she served as a PTA volunteer, a member of the Contemporary Club, a volunteer at Bergen Regional Medical Center,Valley Hospital and Medical Center and P.E.O., a women’s philanthropic organization that supports higher education for women. At the age of 48 Mrs. Tobin entered Ramapo College, graduating in 1976 from the American Studies program. Her family noted that she enjoyed the delayed opportunity to further her education and as a student, achieved a high level of academic success. She served as an inspiration to other returning students who balanced the responsibilities of raising a family and attending college. She worked for an accounting firm after graduation. Upon her death on April 7, 2010, her family requested that donations be made in Mrs.Tobin’s name to Ramapo College to establish a scholarship that would recognize the academic achievements of a female student.

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Erin Kaplan-Burns is an International Business major concentrating in European Studies. Her minor is Accounting and she has earned a 3.81 grade point average. Erin received the 2008 Mark Drucker Memorial Internship at radio station KYW in Philadelphia, PA, where she continues to work in the newsroom. At Ramapo Erin works as a student aide in the George T. Potter Library. She serves as the alternate student trustee on the College’s Board of Trustees. She also is a member of the Student Government Association where she has served as secretary of Financial Affairs and on the Allocations Committee and the Library Advisory Group, among others. Erin is a junior and has a grade point average of 3.81. She is from Haddonfield, NJ.


me to learn classroom management skills by interacting with children and observing teachers in action.” Amanda is a tutor in Ramapo’s Center for Academic Success and is a substitute teacher in her home town of River Vale, NJ and the Pascack Valley School District. She is a junior with a 3.92 grade point average and also is pursuing a minor in Psychology.

In 2006 Mr. and Mrs.Topken established this endowed scholarship fund to honor the positive relationship they have shared with the College and their commitment to education. Specifically, the Topken Scholarship benefits teacher education students who demonstrate community service and leadership at Ramapo. “For eight summers I have volunteered at Safety Town, a two-week summer camp for 5year-olds,” says Amanda Lentino. Amanda is a Literature major also working towards a teacher certification in Secondary Education. “Safety Town has been a life-changing experience,” she continues, “as it has allowed

“This scholarship will allow me to continue my education by attending graduate school to receive a master’s degree in Education. It will lessen the financial burden and bring me one step closer to becoming an English teacher.” Amanda Lentino

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arina Topken graduated from Ramapo College in 1987 with a degree in American and International Studies. She taught and translated German at several language institutions in the area and tutors children in underserved schools in Paterson. Mrs.Topken has been a steady supporter of the College’s Annual Fund since 1997. She and her husband William have been involved with the Friends of Ramapo for many years and were instrumental in raising funds for the Friends. Mrs.Topken served as the Friends’ president and Mr. Topken as the group’s treasurer.


MARINA AND WILLIAM TOPKEN UNDERGRADUATE NURSING SCHOLARSHIP

Wesam Al-Shaibani is in his junior year in the undergraduate nursing (BSN) program. He has earned a 3.55 grade point average. Wesam is involved in basketball and volleyball leagues outside of Ramapo. He is from Lodi, NJ.

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he intent of the Marina andWilliam Topken Undergraduate Nursing Scholarship is to benefit undergraduate Nursing students at Ramapo College. Members of Marina’s family practiced medicine, including her father, a surgeon, her grandfather and uncle. She also would like to recognize the important work nurses do.

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he intent of the Marina andWilliam Topken Graduate Nursing Scholarship is to benefit graduate nursing students at Ramapo College. Members of Marina’s family practiced medicine, including her father, a surgeon, her grandfather and uncle. She also would like to recognize the important work nurses do.

Alexandra Finch received a bachelor of science in Nursing degree from Ramapo College in May. As an undergraduate, Alexandra was a member of a number of student clubs including the Nursing Student Organization and the Educational Opportunity Fund Service Corps. She volunteered in Ramapo’s alternative spring break program in Oaxaca, Mexico and worked as a nurse assistant with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. In the summer of 2010 Alexandra was a student nurse intern at the UCLA Medical Center. She is in her first year of the master’s program in Nursing Education and has earned a 3.85 grade point average. Alexandra is from North Brunswick, NJ.


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he Union Foundation provides grants for endowment and capital projects, with particular emphasis on projects in Union County, NJ. “Preference is given to organizations ... which show efforts to encourage individuals to help themselves.” In 1999 theWarren, NJ-based Foundation awarded a grant to Ramapo College to establish the Union Foundation Endowed Scholarship. Students from Union County are eligible to receive these awards. Recipients must be majoring in areas of interest to the Union Foundation: Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, or Nursing. “I have worked for the past three semesters as a Biology Lab Assistant,” says Arthur Nolasco, who is pursuing dual majors in Biology and Psychology. Arthur is vice president of the Biology Club and is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. He is

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proficient in three languages. In addition to his work in the Ramapo bio labs, Arthur works for Affina Door Company and plays in a soccer league. He has earned a 3.74 grade point average. Arthur lives in Union, NJ.


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heVerizon Foundation focuses its grant-making on the issues of education/literacy and safety/health. “Our goal is to help people achieve the skills they need to live, learn and work in the 21st century,” writes Patrick Gaston, President of theVerizon Foundation. In the area of education/literacy, grant making targets student achievement, regardless of the student’s age.

“The scholarship I have received will allow me to continue my education. I will use this education to become valuable to a company, so both the company and I will benefit greatly.” James Orchard

VERIZON SCHOLARSHIP

“We also recognize that students of different abilities will play a key role in society and in our business,” says DianaVargas, an executive inVerizon’s corporate human resources office in Basking Ridge. “This scholarship program allowsVerizon to give studens with disabilities the recognition they deserve.” At Ramapo, the Verizon Scholarships benefit students registered with the Office of Specialized Services. Recipients must be majoring in Business or Computer Science, fields which have direct relevance toVerizon’s core business values. Recipients must also be from states served by the company.

he coached high school students in shotput during the winter track season. James works in the accounts payable department of JHO Realty and plans to become a budget analyst. He is from Dover, NJ.

James Orchard attended County College of Morris and received an associate of science degree before attending Ramapo College. He is a Business Administration major concentrating in Finance, with an Accounting minor. James is a member of the Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society. Last season

Eric Rittenhouse of Monmouth Junction, NJ, a previous recipient, spent a semester in London where he studied at The University of Westminster. “I have grown not only academicially through coursework, but also culturally, living in one of the greatest cities in the world.” He was named to the Dean’s List and is active in the Accounting Club, the Outdoors Club, intramural bowling and works in his family’s insurance agency. The Accounting major, who plans to take the CPA exam, has a 3.22 grade point average.

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Christopher Mignone is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing. He is the director of Finance and Operations for the Residence Halls Association and formerly served as the group’s vice president. Christopher is a member of Tau Delta Phi and served as director of professional development for Phi Alpha Delta, the pre-law fraternity. Christopher plans to enter a career development program when he graduates. “This scholarship has provided the opportunity to gain more exposure in the business field,” he says. Christopher is fromWhippany, NJ.

“This scholarship has provided me with, not only financial assistance, but opened the door for several networking opportunities.” Christopher Mignone Leah Zaccone is in her senior year majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. Leah is from Wyckoff, NJ and graduated from Indian Hills High School.

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Although she was diagnosed with dyslexia in first grade, JessicaWaxenbaum says that at Ramapo she has been able to reach goals she never thought she would achieve. The Business Administration major, who lives in Mahwah, NJ, has a 3.53 grade point average. Active on campus, Jessica is a member of the Sophomore Caucus and the First Step club. She works as a student aide and a note taker in the Office of Specialized Services. “Working in the office has allowed me to help students with disabilities adjust to college life and meet their potential.” Last summer Jessica managed a public relations project for the Mahwah Museum, where she completed an internship.

An Information Systems major, Ivan Kera has completed an internship at the Ferolie Group, a food broker that provides sales and marketing services for packaged food and packaged goods companies. He hopes to work in the computer industry and perhaps teach in his field. Ivan, who has a 3.58 grade point average, says “With my hard work and the help of my wife, I received an associate degree in Computer Science from Bergen Community College.” He is from Montvale, NJ.


Sophomore Courtney Evan is from Brick, NJ. She is majoring in Accounting and has earned a 3.52 grade point average. Courtney is the activities and entertainment chair of the Relay For Life Committee and philanthropy chair for the Theta Phi Alpha fraternity. Off campus Courtney has volunteered at a home for seniors, participated in a breast cancer walk and ALS walk and prepared Thanksgiving food baskets and gifts to soldiers. “My career goal is to become a CPA and own my own accounting firm,” she says.

“This scholarship will enable me to achieve my goals in becoming a CPA, without having to worry about the financial aspect of college tuition.” Courtney Evan Christopher Lowenhaupt of Hillsborough, NJ is a senior majoring in Computer Science and has earned a 3.17 grade point average. He works in the Office of Specialized Services’ Assistive Technology Lab. Christopher is the assistant captain of the Ultimate Frisbee team, which placed fourth in a nationwide coed tournament in Georgia. While he takes great

Brian Aceti is a junior from Pine Brook, NJ. He is majoring in Accounting and has earned a 3.17 grade point average. Brian is the vice president of the recently formed Study Club on campus and is a DJ forWRPR, the Ramapo radio station.

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pride in the team’s success, he is most proud of making the Dean’s List and completing his third summer internship with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Rhode Island. Christopher says, “I know if I work hard and do my best, I will find a way to be successful.”


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Patrick Cua of Glen Rock, NJ is majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. The sophomore is a member of the Finance Club and the Golden Key International Honour Society. Patrick, who has a 3.73 grade point average, plans to attend law school. After he graduates, he would like to have his own business.

Scott Sobol is majoring in Communication Arts with a concentration in Design and Interactive Media. He is a senior who has earned a 3.49 grade point average. “I work at the Lien Resolution Group doing website design and graphic design,” Scott reports. He also volunteers in the Information Technology department at Nyack Hospital and at The School for Adaptive and Integrative Learning at Ferncliff Manor. Scott is from New City, NY.

RyanWilson is in his second year at Ramapo College and is enrolled in the Anisfield School of Business. Ryan has earned a 3.79 grade point average. He plans to major in Accounting.

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“Ultimately, my education will drive and further my future endeavors. So all the help that I am fortunate enough to receive will only help and better my experience here at Ramapo College.” Patrick Cua


has written a full-length screenplay, worked at several retail outlets and has done community service at the Holmdel Theater Company, the Long Branch Library and Blythe House, an assisted -living facility. Michael says “perseverance has been the key to my survival and having disabilities makes the need to push myself and my limits harder.”

Mr.Warren is past president and current board member of Gilda’s Club of Northern New Jersey and serves on the boards of the New Jersey Commission of Cancer Research and the Institute for Medication Access and Compliance among others. He was honored at the 2006 Ramapo College Distinguished Citizens Dinner for his outstanding service to the community and Ramapo College. His gift of Pfizer stock in 2000 created the endowment which funds these scholarships. Mr.Warren and his wife Andrea, determined the criteria, selection process and essay topic and the firstWarren Scholarships were awarded in the Summer of 2001. The intent of theWarren Scholarships is to recognize deserving undergraduates who pursue a degree in the School of Contemporary Arts and have a documented physical or learning disability. Michael Flynn of Oceanport, NJ says, “Life is a never ending series of stop and go traffic. The travel is filled with enough roadblocks, but eventually you’ll reach your destination.” At Ramapo Michael is a Communications Arts major who has a 3.67 grade point average. He

Jonathan Siatzyk of Mahwah, NJ is a senior majoring in Communication Arts. Jonathan attended a private school that understood his learning needs and graduated first in his high school class. He participates in extracurricular activities and works as a teller in a bank. He has earned a 2.93 grade point average. Jonathan says, “To know that I was able to surpass the limits of my disability has made my academic success even more special.”

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JEFFREY AND ANDREA WARREN SCHOLARSHIP

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effreyWarren was a member of Ramapo’s first graduating class, receiving a bachelor’s degree in 1973. He went on to leadership positions at Hackensack Medical Center, Cathedral Healthcare System, ParkeDavis,Warner-Lambert and Pfizer. He is currently senior advisor to the National Pharmaceutical Council, Inc. and a principal at JR Market Strategies, LLC a healthcare consulting practice.

Elliott Bronstein of Blairstown, NJ excels in subjects related to English, Literature and Mass Media. After earning an associate degree in Communications at Warren County Community College, Elliott transferred to Ramapo where he continues in Communications with a concentration in Digital Filmmaking. Elliott, who has a 3.37 grade point average, is a member of the Science Fiction and Comic Book clubs and volunteers helping children at a local school.


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Juliet Madison of Paramus, NJ is majoring in Visual Arts with a concentration in Drawing and Painting and also is seeking certification in elementary education. She is a senior who has earned a 3.07 grade point average. Juliet received her high school’s “best artist” award and tapped into her visual way of processing information to develop strategies to improve her memorization skills and her mathematical aptitude. Juliet, who has a 3.07 grade point average says, “I’ve learned that nothing in life worth working for comes easy. The key to success is to maximize your strengths and learn to cope with and improve your weaknesses.”

“This scholarship is important to me because it helped me fulfill my dream of teaching and accomplishing my goal of graduating from college.” Juliet Madison

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his award was started with a generous donation in MayWeis’ memory by her son, LeonardW.Weis, Ph.D. It is a joint program between Ramapo and theWeis Ecology Center in Ringwood, NJ. MayWeis represented theWomen’s Alliance of the American Ethical Union at the United Nations and always had an interest in the care of the environment. She created an endowment to preserve the land and buildings of the American Ethical Union’s conservancy in Ringwood, NJ, which was renamed theWeis Ecology Center in her honor.

Recipients of the May Weis award participate in a paid summer internship at the Weis Ecology Center in Ringwood, receive a full tuition scholarship at Ramapo College and a stipend for books. “I have experienced teaching in many different environments,” says Rachel Coviello, who is pursuing teacher certification in Elementary Education. “I volunteered at summer camps, was a substitute teacher inWayne, worked as a clinician at Lindamood-Bell and tutored high school students from Paterson in literacy.” Rachel brings strong marketing skills to the Weis internship since she received a bachelor’s degree from Ramapo in Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing. As an undergraduate she worked as an intern with Pearson Education and Unilever DRT and after graduation worked as an associate digital research analyst for a division of CommonHealth. Rachel is fromWayne, NJ and has earned a 3.90 grade point average.

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“My mother was a graduate of Barnard College in 1912,” writes Dr.Weis. “She and my father always stressed that no one can ever take one’s education away, which is why it is so valuable.” Dr.Weis took this to heart and spent a career teaching at the University of Rhode Island, Coe College, Lawrence University and the University ofWisconsin FoxValley. He retired after 36 years of active teaching in 1988, but continued his family’s tradition of sharing knowledge.

“A few years ago my wife, Donna and I were able to found the Weis Earth Science Museum, located at the University ofWisconsin Fox Valley campus,” Dr.Weis continues. “I am one of the docents that leads student and adult groups on tours and trains other docents.”


ELAINE WINSHELL AWARD

Rami Alrabaa of North Arlington, NJ is a Biochemistry major. The junior performs exceptionally well in all of his course work and maintains a 4.00 grade point average. Rami’s favorite topics include synthetic or medicinal organic chemistry and human biology. He also enjoys volleyball, basketball and above all else, “the almighty sport of ping pong.” Rami says, “I am grateful to Ramapo’s generosity in offering me a scholarship in order to relieve financial stress.” He plans to attend medical school and aspires to become a vascular or orthopedic surgeon.

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his award honors Elaine Winshell, former Dean of the School of Theoretical and Applied Science and professor of biology. Dr.Winshell is chair of the College’s Quartery Century Club and is member of the Ramapo College Foundation Legacy Society. TheWinshell Award is given to an outstanding Biochemistry student and is selected by the Biochemistry convening group based on academic excellence and extracurricular activities.

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Megan Kosztyu of Hamilton, NJ is an Accounting major. As a member of Theta Phi Alpha sorority, the junior is involved in community service activities and fund raising events on campus. Megan, who has a 3.51 grade point average, also is a member of the Accounting Club. She plans to take the CPA exam after she graduates and become a Certified Public Accountant. “The opportunities ahead for me are very exciting and I look forward to what the future holds,” she says.

Kayla Heaslip of Livingston, NJ is majoring in Accounting and has earned a 3.70 grade point average. She is a member of the Accounting Club and was named to the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. She also is a student member of the New Jersey Society of CPAs. Kayla, who is planning her life “like a row of reconciled numbers,” wants to become a CPA and to work for a regional accounting firm in NJ.

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WISS & COMPANY SCHOLARSHIP

ounded in 1969,WISS & Company, LLP ranks as one of the top 10 accounting firms in NJ, with offices in Livingston, Iselin and NewYork City. Clients range from small businesses and middle market commercial companies to not-for-profits and government entities. In 2008WISS was named by NJBiz as one of the “Best Places toWork in New Jersey,” ranking 12th among the firms being honored in the medium-sized company category. A number of Ramapo graduates are currently working at the firm. The company created this scholarship program in 2008, which benefits accounting majors at the junior level who have a grade point average of 3.00 or higher. The recipients were selected by the faculty.


STUART CRAIG WOOD III SCHOLARSHIP

Emily Denardo is Theater major concentrating in Directing and Stage Management. She also is pursuing a minor in Literature and has earned a 3.85 grade point average. At Ramapo Emily has been the stage manager for two main stage productions, “The Fifth of July” and “Bus Stop.” She is the stage manager for this spring’s production of “Birds!” in the Sharp Theater. Adds professor Beba Shamash, “Busy putting into practice what she has learned in class, Emily was assistant stage management intern at the Weston Playhouse in Vermont last summer and has served as stage manager at Horse Trading Theater and Out of the Box Theater in NewYork City.” Emily is from Aberdeen, NJ.

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tuart CraigWood III was a professor of theater from the earliest years of the College. When he died suddenly in April, 1987 fellow faculty members, administrators, friends and family contributed to this scholarship fund in his memory. “Stuart gave us so much life through his love of living that we will miss him all the more,” wrote president Robert Scott at the time. A former student remembered him as “a dedicated teacher, director, performer and an unforgettable personality.” The Wood Award is presented each year to a graduating senior in Theater who plans to attend graduate school or begin a career in professional theater.

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ver the past year the following donors have created scholarships at Ramapo College of New Jersey through planned gifts or endowments. Planned gifts include bequests, gifts of life insurance, annuities, or other instruments that have a lasting effect on the College. Endowed scholarships are an especially meaningful way for a donor to have an impact at Ramapo, since they provide a permanent source of financial support and commemorate the donor and his or her interests in perpetuity. Planned Giving and endowment donors are inducted into the College’s Legacy Society. Scholarships have been awarded to:

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NEW LEGACY SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIPS

• The Evelyn Aronow Scholarship: Garrett McConville • Milton Mack Gittens, Ph.D. and Granville Caldecott Gittens ASB Scholarship: Anthony Keastead •Wojciechowski-Dembia Scholarship: Victoria Sciancalepore


EVELYN ARONOW SCHOLARSHIP

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efore her death Evelyn Aronow worked tirelessly on behalf of disabled persons in the State of New Jersey and beyond,” says Lisa Cohan Aronow. In 1973 Evelyn’s article, “Forces In Motion,” was published by the National Easter Seal Society for Crippled Children and Adults. Evelyn suffered from severe cerebral palsy and worked for the State of New Jersey in the Department of Community Affairs. The Department created an award in her memory, The Evelyn Aronow Dolan Citizens Award for Advocacy and Promotion of Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities. The award is given to an individual who “through legislation, education, public relations, technical support or financial support, has promoted growth and development and has made a lasting contribution to community recreation services for individuals with disabilities in New Jersey.”

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Evelyn’s mother, Jeannette B. Aronow was a beloved teacher for 24 years and a long time resident of Springfield, NJ thenWhippany, NJ. At her death in 2010, Jeannette created this endowed scholarship fund for “a student who has shown potential to be an advocate for the disabled,” in honor of Evelyn’s advocacy and support of people with disabilities. Garrett McConville is from Dumont, NJ. In high school he was a member of the soccer team and a pole vaulter for the track team. He was an officer in the Peer Leaders Club. He was an active volunteer for his church and led a group of his peers on visits to a school for disabled children. Garrett is a freshman with a 3.85 grade point average.


with induction into the Ramapo College Chapter of Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society for Business Administration.

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ilton Gittens, Ph.D joined the Ramapo College faculty in 1973. Dr. Gittens was well known for his role as co-host and assistant producer of “Issues and Education,” a weekly cable TV program broadcast on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network and produced through Ramapo College. Among his publications was a paper, “The Black Perspective in Public Administration: The Development and Application of a Research Model for Minority Administrators in the Public Sector,” produced in 1977. At Ramapo he served as convener of the Management concentration of the Business Administration major for a number of years and taught management courses. “Dr. Gittens loved two things,” said Professor Constance Crawford. “He loved teaching and he loved his son, Granville H. Gittens.” Dr. Gittens was honored for his teaching in 2003

“Dr. Gittens was an amazing example of what a teacher is … someone who imparts knowledge and helps others,” says Professor Crawford. Anthony Keastead of Budd Lake, NJ challenged himself by taking advanced placement courses at Mount Olive High School. He earned college credits in Calculus, English Literature, Physics and Statistics. Other accomplishments include receiving a letter of commendation from the National Merit Scholarship organization and passing the College-Level Examination test in Financial Accounting. As a member of the Robotics Team during his sophomore year, Anthony contributed to the team’s regional championship. He also was a member of the marching band’s pit crew, responsible for loading and transporting equipment. Anthony, who has a 4.00 grade point average, is enrolled in the Anisfield School of Business.

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MILTON MACK GITTENS, PH.D. AND GRANVILLE CALDECOTT GITTENS ASB SCHOLARSHIP

When he died in 2010, Dr. Gittens created two endowed scholarships at Ramapo College through bequests left in his will. Both awards are intended to recognize students who are “descendants of slavery in the United States or Barbados in the West Indies.” This award is specifically for students matriculated in the Anisfield School of Business who have financial need. It is named in memory of Dr. Gittens and his father.


MILTON MACK GITTENS, PH.D. AND GRANVILLE CALDECOTT GITTENS EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY FUND SCHOLARSHIP

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ilt Gittens was a kind and supportive colleague and a tremendous role model to minority students and all who knew him,” says Professor Constance Crawford. Milton Gittens, Ph.D joined the Ramapo College faculty in 1973 and served as convener of the Management concentration of the Business Administration major for a number of years. In 2004 Dr. Gittens received the Friends of the Educational Opportunity Fund Award. The year before he was inducted into the Ramapo College Chapter of Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society for Business Administration.

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Dr. Gittens created two endowed scholarships at Ramapo College through bequests left in his will. Both awards are intended to recognize students who are “descendants of slavery in the United States or Barbados in the West Indies.” This award is specifically for students registered with the Educational Opportunity Fund who “are from low-income communities.” The award is named for Dr. Gittens and his father, Granville Caldecott Gittens. The first Gittens Educational Opportunity Fund Scholarship will be awarded in the 20112012 academic year.


emergency medical technicians. The intent of this award is to recognize students from Ms. Hackett’s home town of South Plainfield, NJ. The first Hackett South Plainfield Scholarship will be awarded in the 2011-2012 academic year.

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FRANCES K. HACKETT ’80 SOUTH PLAINFIELD SCHOLARSHIP

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rances K. Hackett has established four endowed scholarships at Ramapo College. The awards recognize students who are enrolled in the School of American and International Studies and the Anisfield School of Business, students who are members of the armed forces and students who are


TEDDY HALPERN SCHOLARSHIP

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eodoro (Teddy) Halpern joined the Ramapo faculty in 1974. He served the College as a professor of Physics, director and dean of the School of Theoretical and Applied Science, dean of schools, and vice president for academic affairs. His colorful, enthusiastic lectures made him a much-loved professor, and inspiration to his colleagues. When he retired in 2001, fellow faculty members, family and friends gathered to honor Dr. Halpern. Contributions from this event, called “Teddyfest!” created this scholarship fund named in Dr Halpern’s honor. In 2010 Dr. Halpern permanently endowed the Teddy Halpern Scholarship through a planned gift. The Halpern award recognizes outstanding students in Physics.

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ofiaWojciechowski was born in 1917, the oldest of four children of Polish immigrants. Sofia grew up in Mahwah, NJ and in 1945 married Edward Dembia, a purchasing agent for Maxwell House Coffee. Together they built a home in Mahwah.

Sofia and Ed were active in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, where they maintained ties with Poland and worked to keep Polish tradtions alive in the parish. They traveled to Poland often and hosted Polish relatives when they visited the United States. The Dembias routinely sent packages of hard-to-find goods to relatives in Poland during the years of communist rule.

Victoria Sciancalepore is a graduate of Hasbrouck Heights High School, where she was a member of the marching band and the Key Club and was a peer leader. She was a leader in the REBEL student club, helping to create an anti-smoking video that was shown as part of the nation-wide Great American Smoke Out. Tori was editor of the the school literary magazine, photography editor of the yearbook. She is a freshman at Ramapo majoring in Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing. She has a 3.20 grade point average.

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WOJCIECHOWSKI-DEMBIA SCHOLARSHIP

Sofia worked as a legal secretary, then obtained NJ real estate and insurance licenses. She was the owner and operator of Ramsey Interstate Realty and Insurance for many years. Sofia was notoriously frugal and a hard worker. “She took pride in recounting that her initial salary as a legal secreatry was $5 per week,” according to a July, 2010 article in the Villadom Times. “She promptly opened a Christmas Club account and tried to save $1 per week for the 50 weeks of the Club. She recalled that in that first year she had saved ‘only’ $48.”

Edward Dembia died in 1988 and Sofia died in 2010 at the age of 93. In her will, Sofia created scholarship funds at Don Bosco High School, Felician College and Ramapo College. The Wojchichowski-Dembia Scholarship at Ramapo is a permanently endowed fund for students to “pursue any course of study.” Whenever possible, Sofia desired that the scholarship “be given to students of Polish descent or students demonstrating a continuing interest in Polish culture.”


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BOOK AWARDS

he Ramapo College Foundation provides book awards to deserving students in honor of special individuals in the Ramapo community. Book awards often provide a meaningful way for the Ramapo College Foundation to express its sympathy to individuals who support and impact Ramapo College in the event of the death of a loved one. Student recipients are often selected to reflect interests or similar backgrounds of the person the award is recognizing.

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In 2010-2011 a Book Award was made in memory of Edward T. Orchowski, father of Ramapo College Foundation Board of Governors memberWayne Orchowski.


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