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Fall 2003

The Making of a Residential Campus Three New Centers Extend Ramapo’s Reach


Ramapo College Of New Jersey

MISSION STATEMENT Ramapo College of New Jersey is a comprehensive institution of higher education dedicated to the promotion of teaching and learning within a strong liberal arts based curriculum, thus earning the designation “New Jersey’s Public Liberal Arts College.” Its curricular emphasis includes the liberal arts and sciences, social sciences, fine and performing arts, and the professional programs, within a residential and sustainable living and learning environment. Organized into thematic learning communities, Ramapo College provides academic excellence through its interdisciplinary curriculum, international education, intercultural understanding, and experiential learning opportunities. These four pillars, supported by global partnerships established in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, the Caribbean, and several Native American tribal communities, have become central themes in Ramapo College’s excellence in the teaching and learning continuum. Ramapo College provides students with individual academic attention and social support within a caring, sensitive, and intellectually vigorous community. The College provides service and leadership opportunities for students and faculty through a combination of internships, field placements, community service, study abroad, and cooperative education. These opportunities allow students, faculty, and staff to encounter the world beyond the campus. Ramapo College is committed to maintaining strength and opportunity through diversity of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and economic background among faculty, staff, and students. Ramapo College is a selective institution committed to providing equal access to under-represented populations. Barrier-free, the College maintains a continuing commitment to persons with disabilities. Ramapo College provides a rich living and learning environment through almost one hundred student organizations, intramural sports, and intercollegiate athletics. The College maintains a strong positive and economic impact on the surrounding communities by partnering with area communities, corporations, schools, service organizations, and governmental entities, while sharing its intellectual and cultural resources and its facilities. Ramapo College of New Jersey

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is committed to providing service and ethical leadership through international understanding and the creation of 21st century partnerships.

RAMAPO Magazine

College Executive Officers Rodney D. Smith, Ed.D. President

Fall 2003

Pamela M. Bischoff, Ed.D. Vice President for Student Affairs

Volume 4, Issue 1

Cathleen Davey Vice President for Institutional Advancement William Sanborn Pfeiffer, Ph.D. Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs Victoria H. Bruni, Esq. Vice President for Administration and Finance


Board Chairs

A Campus on the Move: The Making of a Residential Campus

Gail Brady Board of Trustees Bernard Milano Board of Governors

On the cover: Daniel Makoski – Student Trustee

David Berntsen Alumni Association Helen Thayer Friends of Ramapo

Ramapo Magazine Staff Editor-in-Chief Cathleen Davey

Ramapo College Mission Statement

Executive Editor Rosa Diaz-Mulryan


News Briefs


Three New Centers Extend Ramapo’s Reach

Alumni Editor Kathleen Mainardi


Partners in Progress

Foundation Editor Kathleen Austin


Alumni Bolster Ramapo’s Mission Through Outreach


Class Notes


Why Do I Run? Why Do I Play?


In the Spotlight: Chemistry



Managing Editor Christine Baker News Editor Bonnie D. Franklin

Sports Editor Rachel McCann Design: Camarès Communications Cover Photographer: Gouss Photography © 2003 Other photos: Joe Salmon, unless otherwise noted Information contained in this magazine can be made available upon request in alternate media. Requests should be directed to: 201.684.7611.

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William Sanborn Pfeiffer Appointed Provost Dr. William Sanborn Pfeiffer became Ramapo College’s first provost/vice president for academic affairs on July 1, 2003. Pfeiffer, who recently served as vice president for academic affairs at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Georgia, brings over thirty years of higher education experience in teaching, research, service, and administration. At Southern Polytechnic State, where he served since 1980, Pfeiffer held positions as acting associate vice president for academic affairs, associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, and department head for Humanities and Technical Communication. Prior to this, he was an assistant professor of

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English at the University of Houston – Downtown and at Southwest Texas State University. His expertise in communications and the Japanese culture has yielded numerous publications and presentations, including four communications textbooks currently in print and four articles on Japanese culture. Pfeiffer is the author of Technical Writing: A Practical Approach, 5th edition (Prentice Hall, 2003); Pocket Guide to Public Speaking (Prentice Hall, 2002); Pocket Guide to Technical Writing, 2nd edition (Prentice Hall, 2001); and Proposal Writing: The Art of Friendly and Winning Persuasion (with C. H. Keller, Jr., Prentice Hall, 2000). His articles and essays include “Japan,” World Education Encyclopedia; “Japanese Puritan: Uchimura Kanzo and the Nonchurch Movement,” East-West Connections: Review of Asian Studies; “Think Polytechnic: Japan Studies at a Technical University,” Japan Studies Association Journal; and “On Management Programming Performance,” Sky: Delta Air Lines Magazine. Pfeiffer earned his B.A. degree in English from Amherst College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Kent State University. He is married to Evelyn Hepp Pfeiffer and has two children—Zachary, a junior at Dartmouth College, and Kathryn, a sophomore at Davidson College.

Senator Bill Bradley (left) with Christopher Irving’04, Student Government Association president, and Kevin Sokes ’04, member of the men’s basketball team.


Bill Bradley Sports and Recreation Center

Bioinformatics Research Team Receives Awards

In a ceremony held in April, the College’s new sports and recreation center was named in honor of Senator Bill Bradley. Construction on the $25 million, 80,000 square foot center, which began in January, is expected to be completed by fall 2004. In honoring Senator Bradley, the Ramapo College Board of Trustees noted, “Bill Bradley is the epitome of the scholar/athlete and he represents the best product of the American higher education system.”

For the second year in a row, a Ramapo College undergraduate bioinformatics research team was awarded first prize at the Metropolitan Association of College and University Biologists (MACUB) conference at CUNY-KCC, New York. Their presentation was entitled, “A ’G’rich Element Conserved in Human Pre-mRNAs May Be Involved in RNA Processing Site Selection.” A week earlier, the team won second prize at the Fifth Annual Undergradu-


New Major: Integrated Science Studies

New Major: B.S. in Biology/M.S. in Physician Assistance

A new Integrated Science Studies (ISS) major at Ramapo College is the first in the state to address the interdisciplinary education needs of students planning to work as science journalists, for science-based corporations such as pharmaceuticals, and in many areas of government. The ISS major will prepare science students for careers in public administration, environmental regulation and administration, science journalism, science and technology assessment and administration in business, business administration in science-based services, law, and for graduate and professional studies in business administration and science. Students will be accepted into the program beginning fall 2003. For more information on the integrated science studies major, contact Dr. Bernard Langer, 201.684.7716.

A joint offering by Ramapo College of New Jersey and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) will combine undergraduate study in biology with graduate education in a physician assistant program. Students completing the program will receive a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree from Ramapo College and a Master of Science in Physician Assistance conferred by UMDNJ. The program will include three years (full-time) undergraduate education at Ramapo College followed by three years (full-time) professional education at UMDNJ. For more information about the major, contact Dr. Rena Bacon, professor of biology and advisor to the Pre-Med Club, 201.684.7727.

ate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences held at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Their poster presentation, “Development of a Prototype Bioinformatics Program for Mapping Conserved Elements in Genomic Sequences,” entitled student Garrett Dancik to a cash prize and plaque. Dr. Paramjeet Bagga, associ-

projects in the lab. The goal of Bagga’s research has been to study interactions between cellular proteins and a conserved RNA sequence that influence human gene expression. Gene expression involves “reading” of the genetic information stored in the genes, and translating it to carry out the “orders” for normal functioning of the cell. Studying mechanisms

ate professor of biology, served as the mentor on these projects. The bioinformatics program at Ramapo College is the first undergraduate program in the state and among a small number of undergraduate programs nationwide. Students majoring in bioinformatics work directly with Professor Bagga, who oversees the program and research

Bioinformatics research team from left: Harshani Peiris, Garrett Dancik, and Dr. Paramjeet Bagga.


of gene expression is vital for better insights into the mechanisms of carcinogenesis and other diseases that are the result of defective gene expression. For more information, contact Dr. Bagga at 201.684.7722.

Freshmen Retention Reaches New High Retention of first-time, full-time freshmen reached an all-time high last semester with 96.7 percent of those enrolled in the fall 2002 semester returning in spring 2003. This is the third increase in as many years and, according to Peter Goetz, dean of enrollment management, is a result of the College’s increasing selectivity in admissions. In addition, Goetz’s office has stepped up efforts to monitor academic progress and assist students experiencing difficulty.



Faculty in the News

Jonathan Lipkin, associate professor of digital media at Ramapo and a member of the graduate faculty of the School of Visual Arts, is a co-author (with Charles H. Traub) of In the Realm of the Circuit. The book is an introduction to the aesthetic and historical precedents of our multi-faceted human dialog of the new electronic media. It fills the need for a text in graduate and undergraduate courses in computer art and creativity, history of art, and graphic design as well as any course that engages new media. Dr. Henri Lustiger-Thaler, associate professor of sociology, was named president of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Social Classes and Social Movements. In conjunction with his appointment, he organized two conferences: a regional conference on “Asian Movements,” held at Hitosubashi University in Tokyo in July; and the International Institute of Sociology conference, held in Beijing, also in July. In addition, Lustiger-Thaler was invited to join the Editorial Board of the Monograph Series of

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Current Sociology. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) have named Dr. Thomas J. Heed, associate professor of history, the 2002 New Jersey Professor of the Year. Heed uses multimedia/technology to enhance student learning in very creative ways. He has built a Web “world” for his students so that they can see, hear, research, and experience the periods and places of American history that he teaches. He brings other parts of the globe to his students at Ramapo College and he takes Ramapo to students in other countries, most notably Russia. Working with a professor at the Volgograd State Pedagogical University in Russia, Dr. Heed has obtained grant funding (currently from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) to engage in joint ventures in American Studies with the faculty and students in Volgograd. Dr. Clifford Peterson, professor of international politics, was named New Jersey Global Educator of the Year at the New Jersey Global Educator’s Third Annual International Education Conference. For over thirty years, Peterson has been involved in Ramapo’s international programs and initiatives. As primary architect, author of and co-director of the Challenge Grant, Dr. Peterson

was instrumental in Ramapo’s defining itself as a global college and was responsible for initial negotiations to forge exchange agreements with Shanghai Teachers University and Volgograd State Pedagogical University. Art of the First Cities, a just-concluded exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, included a section organized by Dr. Ira Spar, professor of history and ancient studies and a research Assyriologist at the Metropolitan Museum. The section, “Legacy of the Third Millennium,” explores concepts of history, culture, law, and religion developed during the third millennium in ancient Sumer and transmitted through Judaism, Christianity, and Islam into the modern world. Spar is also the author of “The Mesopotamian Legacy: Origins of the Genesis Tradition,” a chapter in the exhibit catalog that examines, through ancient myths and art, themes of creation, the Flood, Garden of Eden, and the Tower of Babel. In the show, Spar also had responsibility for a display exhibiting cuneiform tablets illustrating through text and myth the decline and destruction of the civilization of the First Cities. Spar was part of a team of scholars who helped design the exhibit and arrange for the loan of objects from museums and institutions throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.


Ramapo Chosen for Sino/American Leadership Program The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) has accepted Ramapo College as one of only twelve colleges/universities in the country to be a part of its Sino-American Leadership Program where faculty and administrators from Chinese universities will visit our campus and faculty from Ramapo will visit Chinese universities.

The Second Annual Conference on the State of the African-American Professoriate was held April 16 to 20. Dr. Mary Frances Berry, an author, educator, and historian who teaches history and law at the University of Pennsylvania, was the keynote speaker.

Ramapo Hosts COPLAC Conference Ramapo College served as host for the annual conference of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC). With Global Education and Civic Engagement as the theme, conference attendees participated in topic discussions including “General Education as a Site for Global Education and Civic Preparation,” among others.


In Memoriam In the last year, the College suffered many losses of longtime friends, faculty members, and staff. Alum Receives Second Emmy Award

Students Win National ’Influencing State Policy’ Award

Ramapo alum Shane Farley ‘94 was awarded a Daytime Emmy for his work in producing “The Wayne Brady Show.” And, this is not his first Emmy. He also won last year as part of the production team for “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.” In his role as supervising producer on the Brady Show, Farley helps decide which guests to book and generates ideas for the show.

A distinguished national panel of social policy educators has awarded the 2003 Influencing State Policy Award in the undergraduate (bachelor of social work) category to students in Contemporary Social Policy, a class taught by Scottie Massimo, assistant professor of social work. Their project was a collaborative one in support of New Jersey’s Fairness Alliance Tax Proposal, which was designed to alleviate the state’s budget crisis. The award is sponsored by the National Influencing State Policy Organization (ISP) and co-sponsored by the National Association of Deans and Directors of Social Work, the Center for Social Development (Washington University, St. Louis), and the Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors (BPD), among others. Those students contributing to the winning project include: Tanya Aschenbrand Valerie Blouin Cate Doyle Tiffany Flynn Irena Jovanova Heather Kastberg Jessica Monaco Parween Quraishi Lori Spano Luciana Suriano Catrice Williams

Students Respond to State Budget Issues Following Governor McGreevey’s announcement of cuts of up to fifteen percent in state appropriations for higher education, Ramapo’s Student Government Association (SGA) joined other New Jersey colleges and universities in advocating a restoration of funding. The SGA supported a rally at the Statehouse in Trenton, sponsored an on-campus rally featuring a roster of speakers who addressed the ramifications of the budget cuts, and promoted a letter-writing campaign and voter registration.

On Christmas Day, Oakland businessman Russ Berrie, chairman and CEO of the Russ Berrie Company, passed away after suffering a heart attack. Berrie and his wife, Angelica, provided the lead gift toward construction of Ramapo’s performing and visual arts center, which is named in their honor. He was a frequent guest lecturer in classes in the School of Administration and Business. In addition, he served on the President’s Advisory Council at Ramapo. About eight years ago, Berrie approached Ramapo’s former president, Dr. Robert A. Scott, to explore ways to recognize individuals who have made a difference in their own communities and, at the same time, hold them up as examples and inspiration to others. The award would recognize “uncommon acts for the common good.” This concept grew into The Russ Berrie Award for Making a Difference. Awards are presented each May.

Writer and folk art collector/advocate Selden Rodman, who donated more than 200 works from his collection to Ramapo College, died November 2 at the age of 93. In 2001, the College opened a new gallery to house the collection, the Selden Rodman Gallery of Popular Arts. Rodman was the author of more than forty books, including works of original poetry, a poetry anthology, travel writings, and publications on the art of Haiti, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. A new amendment to the Rodman contract with the College, negotiated shortly before his death, allows for other renowned collectors to donate works to the collection. Future Ramapo plans include an international Haitian Art Conference and an exhibition of works from the Yale University Art Gallery Rodman Collection.

Faculty and Staff Dr. Ron Brady, professor of philosophy Edgar Curtiss, Jr., adjunct professor Eliot Hyman, adjunct professor of psychology and recently, temporary assistant professor Bernard Jakacki, former vice president and professor of marketing Dr. Sebastian Raciti, former vice president, dean, and professor of economics


Rodney Jack Roth, professor emeritus and founding faculty member in mathematics Adria Schwartz, clinical psychologist and director of the counseling center in the 1970s Ernest Simon, professor of literature Angelo N. Tarallo, associate professor of international business


T h e Making of a

In July 2003, construction was well underway on the Bill Bradley Sports and Recreation Center.


By Priscilla M. Tovey Van Aulen ’86

Residential Campus Tom Pich Photography

From the building of new residence halls, to the renovation of the Birch Tree Inn, to the construction of the truly impressive Bill Bradley Sports and Recreation Center, the Ramapo College of New Jersey campus is buzzing with exciting development.

The Village.

Early ground clearing for the Bill Bradley Sports and Recreation Center.

Phase VIII Groundbreaking.

The newly renovated Marketplace at the Birch Tree Inn.

When one major facility is completed, another one is right As Ramapo College extends its residential community, stuon its heels. Dr. Rodney D. Smith, president of Ramapo Col- dents are excited and positive, while concerned about lege explains, “Despite the current challenging fiscal increasing support services and activities, and maintaining environment, Ramapo is moving apace with implementing Ramapo’s size. Gabriella Royle, the former student trustee its long-range fiscal master plan. The addition of new facili- who served on the Board of Trustees for the 2002-03 acadeties is driven by growing enrollment and the strong student mic year, is enthusiastic about Ramapo’s residential demand for a four-year residential experience.” development. “I have toured many college campuses and In the fall of 2002, The Village townhouses were com- Ramapo’s residence halls are better than any I’ve seen. The pleted, offering students state-of-the-art units with 525 beds. fact that the College offers parking to freshmen is a big plus. Ground was recently broken on the Phase VIII residence hall Many campuses don’t do that.” with 300 beds, while plans for the Phase IX hall, housing The current student trustee, Daniel Makoski, has significant another 300 students, are underway. In addition, interaction with his fellow students as well as adminthe Birch Tree Inn has been completely renovated istrative personnel at the College. “The unique thing and offers a full range of American and internaabout Ramapo’s residential environment is that stutional cuisine. Furthermore, construction has dents make so many contributions and are allowed begun on the 80,000+ square foot Bill Bradley to participate in decision-making processes impactSports and Recreation Center, an expansive and ing the entire campus,” states Makoski. “Many impressive facility. Indeed, the residential resources college students never get that opportunity. Ramapo’s are growing at a dizzying rate, in response to the Dr. Rodney D. Smith size and friendly atmosphere encourage students to ever-increasing number of well-prepared students get involved. The Board of Trustees and the adminiswho want a complete college experience. tration are very open to student input.” Ramapo has become highly selective, and U.S. News and According to Makoski, “The student body is extremely World Report has ranked it among the top two northern pub- ambitious and hard-working. Students want to work with the lic comprehensive colleges. In Fall 2003, most entering administration to implement positive changes, and that’s freshmen fall within the top 20 percent of their high-school what we’ve been doing. I think the administration and the classes, with a mean combined SAT score of 1155 and an aver- students share a common vision for the College to expand age GPA of 3.5. residentially and that’s wonderful. However, we want to be Over 90 percent of incoming freshmen request campus sure the services necessary for students keep pace with the housing. The College realized a 97 percent fall to spring reten- development. If the campus keeps growing, services and activtion rate in the 2002-2003 academic year, raising the ities, such as an infirmary and a 24-hour student center, must residential resource needs even further. These demands are be put into place, too,” states Makoski. “We need to ensure projected to extend over the next ten years. Moreover, stu- that the campus grows steadily and gradually, with all the dent life is vibrant with over seventy clubs and organizations; right pieces falling into place in the process.” the need for additional space for related activities is also at Mike DeBartomoleo, a senior who lives in The Village an all-time high. townhouses, has been active on campus since his freshman 7


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Village when she took her first campus tour: year and has immensely enjoyed being part of the “Ramapo’s facilities were, by far, the nicest I saw College’s residential community. “There are so when looking at colleges. I’m especially looking many opportunities for students to take leadership forward to living in The Village townhouses in the roles on this campus, from freshman year on. My Mike DeBartomoleo future.” In line with the College’s focus on creatfriends who attend large universities just don’t have the same opportunities. Ramapo has a personalized envi- ing a sustainable environment, students living in The Village ronment that really helps students grow. The campus are required to recycle. In the future, a Sustainability Eduexpansion will only enhance a great residential community. cation Center will be built close to The Village, which will I’ve served on a variety of committees for the Student Gov- provide environmental education programs for the campus ernment Association and Residence Life. I’ve been able to and beyond. Scheduled to open in fall 2004, the Phase VIII residence learn how the College is run, while being an advocate for students. It’s been amazing. As a result, I have many contacts to hall will offer an additional 300 beds. Overlooking the pond,

View from inside The Village townhouses.

Schematic of Phase VIII Housing.

help me with my career. In fact, I’ve received three job offers, and I’m in the process of deciding which one I want; all are in my major.” Brian Hopkins, a senior who has lived on campus since entering Ramapo, chose the College because of its residences. “The housing is wonderful, and I’ve made great friends living here,” states Hopkins. “The College provides good opportunities to get involved in campus life. Students have power and a voice. The new buildings will improve the residential life.” The Village townhouses, arguably the most sought-after residences on campus, opened in fall 2002. There are 132 smoke-free units, and each one accommodates four persons. Every resident has his/her own bedroom wired with voice, video, and data lines. With floor-to-ceiling glass walls in the dining area, extensive kitchen facilities, a large bathroom, and plenty of storage space, these units are extremely desirable. The complex also encompasses a common area complete with a grocery store, laundry facilities, a lounge with a gas fireplace and large TV screen, public restrooms, and mail center. Named for Fred and Florence Thomases, the Thomases Commons provides a central meeting place for residents to get to know each other, while attending to their daily necessities. Kim Velocci, a freshman member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, was particularly impressed with The

the hall will offer four-person suites, complete with two bathrooms and a common room. All suites will be fully wired with voice, video, and data lines. Students will benefit from the privacy of the location and the sense of community fostered by suite living. There will be a large lounge on the first floor, including a communal kitchen for those who may want to host a gathering, as well as mail and laundry facilities. In addition, a faculty-in-residence apartment for visiting scholars will occupy space on the first floor. Its proximity to the main academic buildings will make it an easy walk to classes and other activities. To minimize the environmental impact of the new building, the design incorporated a small “footprint,” with a vertical structure, rather than a horizontal one. Additionally, positive steps are being taken to offset the loss of trees, by planting 600 replacements. The pond area also will be refurbished. Moreover, planning is underway for the Phase IX residence hall, which will offer another 300 beds. The healthy-lifestyles focus on the campus can also be seen in the recent renovation of the Birch Tree Inn, one of the main eateries on campus. The new Marketplace at the Birch Tree Inn offers the latest trend in dining on college campuses. Customers select fresh ingredients for their order and watch while it’s cooked. Offering breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a variety of late-night menus, it is open daily until after midnight. Consistent with Ramapo’s global mission, cuisine from every continent is available, depending upon the theme of the day

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The College athletic programs are becoming increasingly attractive to prospective students, and this facility will certainly help to bolster Ramapo’s appeal. Many of the athletic teams have had very impressive records over the past few years, including men’s basketball, volleyball, soccer, and baseball, as well as women’s softball. According to Rachel McCann, director of sports information, “The Bradley Center is a huge recruiting tool for new athletes. It will be the newest building in the NJAC (New Jersey Athletic Conference).” From the student athlete’s perspective, the Center will be highly motivating. Kelly Kernan has played women’s

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or week. A highlight is the circular Mongolian grill, offering a wide variety of Asian dishes. The extensive menu also includes low-fat and vegetarian dishes, as well as burgers, pizza, pasta, and delectable desserts. Punctuated with a variety of kiosks, it’s a cross between a mall food court and a café in Manhattan. The décor is colorful, funky, and fun: cobalt blue-and-yellow pinpoint lighting fixtures descend from a deep purple open ceiling. The most extensive addition to the campus—the Bill Bradley Sports and Recreation Center—is now under construction. Designed by the award-winning GBQC Architects of Philadelphia, PA, this building promises to

Students in their room in Oak Hall.

Bill Bradley Sports and Recreation Center construction.

create a dramatic gateway to the campus. In response to the demand for additional athletic and recreational space, the facility will be a hub of competitive sporting events, exercise, and interaction. The facility includes a 16,000 square-foot NCAA-regulation arena for 1,600 spectators, with a skybox, climbing wall, fitness center, student recreation area, and athletic training center. In addition, the existing athletic building will be refurbished and an indoor jogging track will be added. A glassenclosed walkway will connect the new construction to the existing building. Complete with a state-of-the-art sound system, the Bradley Center will be wired for cable TV, enabling students to watch the arena sporting events from anywhere on campus. Kelly Kernan All of the College teams will benefit from the supplemental space. Currently, athletic space is so limited that practices are scheduled up until midnight on a weekly basis. The space also will help build the intramural programs. Kerri Giovanelli, a sophomore living in Maple Hall, is particularly excited about the building. “A group of us tried to get a dance company off the ground but couldn’t pull it together due to lack of space for meetings and dance practice. We tried to hold our meetings in the residence hall lounges but that didn’t work well. With the new Center, we’ll have the opportunity to do it.”


basketball for the College and is also on the softball team. “The Bradley Center will raise the level of competitiveness, and players will step-up their games,” says Kernan. “It’ll make everyone want to work harder and strive for excellence. The newness of the facility will add to the excitement of playing. It’ll be great to call it our home court.” Indeed, Ramapo is moving forward at an impressive rate. These campus additions enable the College to offer a well-rounded, state-of-theart learning environment. According to Pamela Bischoff, vice president for student affairs, “Our new residence halls and the Bill Bradley Sports and Recreation Center will permit us to promote learning both inside and outside of the classroom, and to create a center for socialization where members of the community can come together informally to enhance their health and well-being.” The campus expansion is a testament to the strong demand from students for residential resources and the College’s commitment to respond with state-of-the-art facilities. The challenge ahead is to continue to expand the support services necessary to serve a thriving residential community. At the same time, Ramapo College will work to maintain its open and supportive environment, where every student’s voice matters.


By Bonnie Franklin

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Center for Technology Enhanced Education

Ramapo’s graduate program in educational technology (MSET) and professional development programs for K-12 teachers (funded by the National Science Foundation) are at the forefront of delivering science content to teachers and ultimately to their students through the production of technology-enhanced curriculum materials using the World Wide Web. This partnership between Ramapo and the school districts is the basis for the Center for Technology Enhanced Education, which began operation in February. The Center will provide many opportunities for collaboration and on-site programs in the districts. For example, following a request from the Paramus School District, Ramapo began offering MSET courses for district teachers at Paramus High School during the spring 2003 semester.


“Educational technology can dramatically transform the role of the teacher in terms of instructional engineering and liberate teachers and students from the ’one size fits all’ model of education” Dr. Angela Cristini, professor of biology, director of MSET and director of graduate programs.


the College, to be known as The Ramapo Roundtable: Business and Financial Outlook. In this forum, board members as well as other analysts will discuss the coming year’s prospects for business and the financial markets. Symposia planned for the spring 2004 semester include “Bioethics and Business” and two separate programs commemorating 90th anniversaries; one on the Federal Reserve and the other on the 16th Amendment, which instituted the income tax. The Teacher Center is a resource center for preservice and certified teachers and for Ramapo faculty. Resources provided include technology tutoring; advisement; academic resources such as print media, videos, DVDs, and governmental documents; Resources school-community outreach; and profesprovided include: sional development technology tutorworkshops. The Center, led by Dr. ing; advisement; Richard Russo, cooracademic dinator of teacher education, and Rikki resources such as Woodring, instrucprint media, tional trainer, also serves as a liaison videos, DVDs, and between the College, governmental school districts, and Ramapo student documents; teachers. school-commuThe Center’s strong commitment nity outreach; to Ramapo’s interand professional national mission has resulted in a development direct link with The workshops. Center for Indigenous Studies in Quintana Roo, Mexico. In addition, students are encouraged to pursue positions in multicultural urban districts through the Center’s relationships with the Newark, Paterson, and Jersey City school systems. Providing elementary school teachers with strong preparation in mathematics and the natural sciences is another segment of the Center’s mission. In addition, the Center participates in archaeoastronomical research through the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico, the umbrella agency that initiates all research activity at sites of the pre-Colombian Maya. The Teacher Center

The New Center for Business and Public Policy

“Educational technology can dramatically transform the role of the teacher in terms of instructional engineering,” says Dr. Cristini. She continues, “Advances in technology can accommodate diverse learning styles and performance levels, liberate teachers and students from the ‘one size fits all’ model of education, enable students from dissimilar backgrounds to experience a common sense of accomplishment, provide bridges from school to career, and foster life-long learning.” Administrators and representatives of the participating school districts have formed an advisory board that will become a permanent partnership and network of school and college educators. The Center for Business and Public Policy is providing a nonpartisan forum for the examination of issues that affect the economic well-being and quality of life of New Jersey’s citizens. The Center’s focus is on taxation, health care, education, and busiA nonpartisan ness regulation. Dr. forum for the Murray Sabrin, professor of finance, serves as examination the Center’s executive of issues that director. An advisory board made up of affect the national and regional economic wellleaders including Gene Epstein, economics being and editor of Barron’s; quality of life Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News legal of New Jersey’s analyst; Senator Jon citizens. Corzine; Congressman Scott Garrett; Richard Goldberg, president of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey; and Bob Franks, president of the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey, oversee the work of the Center. The Center hosts colloquia, workshops, conferences and other programs, and publishes journals and papers. These offer a wide range of thought and varying perspectives on topics that influence economic and social well-being both in the state and the nation. Center Fellows and invited experts will participate in the programs and publications of the Center. Two symposia were planned for the fall 2003 semester. The first, “Litigation and the Economy,” was held on September 25 and was moderated by board member Andrew Napolitano. The second symposium, to be held the evening of December 4, will be an annual event at




and The Drifters at the 21st Annual Distinguished Citizens Dinner held at the Rockleigh Country Club on March 8. Fourteen vice chairs, ten corporate sponsors, and invited guests gathered to honor distinguished citizens Vernon W. Hill II, chairman and president, Commerce Bancorp, Inc.; Lawrence R. Inserra, Jr., president, Inserra Supermarkets Inc.; Joseph M. Leone, executive vice president and chief financial officer, CIT Group Inc.; and Dr. Carolyn M. Merkel ’78, executive director of ingredi-

From left to right: Kevin McDaniel, Village resident director, Florence Thomases, and President Rodney D. Smith.

Ramapo Dedicates the Thomases Commons The Thomases Commons, located in The Village, a 528-bed, townhouse-style apartment complex, was recently dedicated in honor of Florence Thomases of Englewood and the late Fred Thomases. The Thomases Commons houses an office/conference room, a lounge with fireplace, mail room, laundry facilities, and a convenience store. Florence Thomases, a member of the first Ramapo

College Board of Trustees, provided leadership, guidance, and continued support of the College beginning with its inception in 1969. The generous contributions of Florence and Fred Thomases have supported countless students and faculty through endowed scholarships and grants for research and teaching excellence.

Major support was provided by an event sponsorship gift from the Inserra Family Foundation. During the awards presentation, Commerce Bancorp Chairman and President, Vernon Hill II announced an additional gift from Commerce Bank to establish an endowed student scholarship at Ramapo College.

16th Annual Foundation Golf Outing SEIKO Corporation of America sponsored the 16th

21st Annual Distinguished Citizens Dinner More than 400 guests danced to the music of Soiree

From left to right: Ronald Luino from Seiko Corporation (Golf Outing Sponsor), presents awards to Bob Fischer, Mitch Korb, Craig Lawson, and Mark Norberg.

ent technology, McNeil Nutritionals, a member of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies. Thomas Palmer and Thomas McGurn served as co-chairmen of this year’s dinner committee that raised $180,000 to support student scholarships, faculty research, and critical College projects.

From left to right: Dinner Co-Chairman Thomas Palmer, Vice President Cathleen Davey, Lawrence R. Inserra, Jr., Dr. Carolyn M. Merkel ’78, President Rodney D. Smith, Dr. Christina Ramirez-Smith, Joseph M. Leone, Vernon W. Hill II, Dinner Co-Chairman Thomas McGurn, and Foundation Board Chairman Bernard J. Milano.

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Annual Foundation Golf Outing held at The Tuxedo Club, Tuxedo Park, New York on Monday, July 14. Over 140 golfers enjoyed a wonderful day at the outing and raised almost $80,000 for student scholarships, faculty research, and critical College projects. Century 21 Construction and Sharp


Annual Scholarship Reception

Robert Striano (left), Photo Imaging Division chairman, Konica Minolta USA, Inc., and Ramapo College President Rodney D. Smith view the architect’s drawings of the Konica Photo Imaging entrance lobby of the new Bill Bradley Sports and Recreation Center.

Electronics Corporation were the dinner and luncheon sponsors of the fun-filled event. This year’s successful golf committee was led by Chair Don Mahoney.

educational excellence.” Buhl has served on the executive committee of the Foundation’s Board of Governors for more than ten years. He is past chairman

of the allocations committee and current chairman of the membership committee. Buhl also serves on the Distinguished Citizens Dinner committee.

Foundation Mission Award Timothy R. Buhl was recognized with the Ramapo College Foundation’s Mission Award at the Foundation’s annual meeting. The award recognizes distinguishedservice by members of the Board of Governors in fulfilling the Foundation’s mission “to provide the resources that make the difference in Ramapo College’s quest for

From left to right: Bernard Milano, Timothy Buhl, Cathleen Davey, and Rodney D. Smith.


President Rodney D. Smith and the Ramapo College Foundation welcomed more than 175 student scholars, their parents, benefactors, and faculty, at the Annual Scholarship Reception on April 24. The annual reception recognizes student scholars and scholarship benefactors. During the 2002-03 academic year, benefactors’ generous gifts provided more than $237,000 in scholarships and awards for Ramapo students. “I am happy to join this celebration tonight – it’s a celebration of commitment and dedication of an institution to bring out the best in each student … “ said Dr. Carol Schaefer ’85, benefactor of the Carol Schaefer Human Service Award, as she addressed the gathering. Student scholar representative, Elsie Byers ’03, said, “Thank you so very much for believing in my ability, for giving me an opportunity that I would otherwise not have had. You have given me the world, and in return I will show that your generosity was not wasted, by succeeding in life…”

Elsie Byers ’03, CIT Scholar.



The Friends of Ramapo Reach Out to the Community

In MemoriamFrank Kraus Frank P. Kraus, who passed away on July 17, 2003, was president of Granite Textile Mills in Midland Park for many years before retiring in 1968. Kraus served for several years on the Board of the Friends of Ramapo. He and his wife, Rebecca, established an endowed scholarship in 1988 to recognize an upperclassman who is also a campus leader. He received the Distinguished Citizens Award in 1995. Kraus served Mahwah and the township in a variety of leadership positions including serving as mayor from 1984 to 1988, and deputy mayor and township committee member from 1977 to 1984. During his term as mayor, Kraus was instrumental in attracting several corporate headquarters to Mahwah. Mahwah Mayor Richard Martel has spoken of Kraus as “a dear friend of the community…a wonderful person and a statesman.” He lived in Mahwah for fortyeight years with his wife, Rebecca, and their family. He treasured spending time with their three children, Mary, Alice, and Arnold and their eight grandchildren.

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Led by President Muff Thayer, The Friends of Ramapo have an exciting schedule of events for the coming year. Join The Friends for Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, on Sunday, December 7 at 1:30 p.m. at The Hermitage in Ho-Ho-Kus. Directed by Professor Terra Vandergaw, the play is presented in conjunction with the Ramapo College theater program. The Friends of Ramapo will co-host the Sunday afternoon performance with the Friends of The Hermitage. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling The Hermitage at 201.445.8311. Friends of Ramapo special ticket prices for the afternoon performance are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Mark your calendar and hold the date for the 1st Annual Friends of Ramapo Art Auction on Friday, April 30, 2004. This event will be held on the Ramapo College campus, and will feature pieces from local and regional artists. Members of surrounding communities are welcome and encouraged to visit the Ramapo campus, meet members of the Friends of Ramapo, and become acquainted with representatives from the local and regional art community during this event. The Friends of Ramapo is an organization founded to expand communications and foster greater understanding between Ramapo College and neighboring communities. For additional information contact Purvi Joisher at or 201.684.7115.


From left to right: Ramapo Senior, Rob Cottignies, Ramapo Junior, Jacqueline Muttick and their parents, Kathy Muttick and Bob Cottignies, who are members of the PAC.

The PAC grows to 200 members – 2003 Parents Fund Soars An active, concerned group at Ramapo College, the Parents Advisory Council (PAC) has continued to achieve milestones in growth, giving, and activities. The 200member strong council conducted panels on the registration process, study abroad, and available scholarships. The PAC also makes fun and camaraderie a priority for members, enjoying Freshmen Family Day, the fall art auction, and the spring social to see the student production of The Fantasticks. Parent support of scholarships and programs and their enthusiasm for Ramapo College is a fundraising success story. Started just two years ago, the Parents Fund grew from founding PAC members’ initial donations to $9,000 in 2002, and nearly double that in 2003. Ramapo parents generously donate to the Parents Fund so all students can receive a quality education.


CIT Performing Arts Dinner Series Presented by the Ramapo College Foundation, the CIT Performing Arts and Dinner Series is a specially packaged series of six performances and dinner receptions at Ramapo College’s Berrie Center for the Performing and Visual Arts. Proceeds from the series provide funding for student scholarships, faculty research, and critical College projects. Whether participating as benefactors of the series, or attending four or more performances, patrons enjoy preferred seating in the Sharp Theater and the opportunity to meet and greet the artists. Dinner receptions

Student callers enthusiastically seek annual fund gifts when they call parents and alumni of Ramapo during the Phonathon.

The 2003 Annual Fund

Photo courtesy of The Spencers Theatre of Illusion.

The 2003 Annual Fund was a success with the Parents Fund doubling from last year, phonathon pledges increasing by four percent, and board participation at its highest rate ever. This year, alumni, parents, and Friends of

Ramapo were encouraged to pledge online at _foundation/giving. Michael Barr, a member of the College’s Parents Advisory Council (PAC) was the first parent to pledge online and Mark Marzocchi ’84 was the first alumnus to pledge via the Internet.

begin at 6:30 p.m., performances at 8 p.m. The Series is sponsored by CIT Group, Inc. and the Prestige Family of World Class Automobiles. Joseph M. Leone and Robert Tillsley are co-chairmen of the Foundation. This year’s series includes upcoming events: December 12, 2003 The American Repertory Ballet - The Nutcracker March 26, 2004 The Dick Hyman Trio May 8, 2004 The Spencers Theatre of Illusion To join the series, contact Kathleen Austin at 201.684.6834 or e-mail

The Spencers Theater of Illusion will be presented at the Berrie Center on May 8, 2004.




Alumni Bolster Ramapo’s Mission Through Outreach By Cynthia Burns

CNETNetworks with operations in sixteen countries. Bernard Bernesser ’89, MBA ’02, a materials compliance specialist for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. Jenny La Placa ’01, a production assistant for the International Operations Group of Pearson Education. Roger Mussa ’98, a registered associate for Prudential Securities, a group that manages over $250 million in assets. Jessica Koizim ’02, who teaches seventh grade English. Tanya Bouknight ’02, who works for the Teen Institute of the Garden State and teaches drug and alcohol prevention to middle school students.

Photo courtesy of Janet Dengel.

More than thirty years after its inception as a public liberal arts college, those who graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey are linking with students to share their experiences and expertise with those who are still forging their paths to the future. These joint ventures are sponsored by Ramapo’s Alumni Association, College administrative departments, and student organizations. They encourage mentoring, job opportunities, internships, and life-long connections to Ramapo. At the spring CONNECT, alumni helped students discover career opportunities, shared their work experiences, and handed out business cards. The Alumni Lounges were transformed into a virtual job fair– each school of study was represented by a faculty member and alumni holding degrees in those areas. The event was co-sponsored by the Alumni Association and the Cahill Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services. “CONNECT enhances the work of The Cahill Center by providing a forum in which students can network with alumni to further their career exploration and development,” said Barbara Siembieda, coordinator of Senior Transitions/Career Advisor with the Center. Alumni also conducted mock interviews and gave students feedback, tips, and tactics. “The event allowed students to practice their social and pre-professional etiquette in a safe and facilitating environment,” she added. CONNECT is one function of the Alumni Career Network, which has matched students with alumni for internships, co-ops, and mentoring relationships. “Alumni are valued professionals who generously give their time and talent to foster the pre-professional growth of students.”

Spring CONNECT participants Angela Mangano ’98 and Marc Centrella ’03.

Photo courtesy of Janet Dengel.

Delta Mu Delta/Delta Nu, the national honor society for business administration, worked with the Alumni Office and the Cahill Center to conduct a survey of 800 alumni. They were invited to visit, a gateway to ongoing participation in Delta Mu/Nu, to attend CONNECT events, and to register with the College Central Alumni Network ( to contact other Delta Mu/Nu members. The EOF/Cahill Center Mentoring Program provides qualified junior and senior EOF students the opportunity to develop professional and individualized relationships with alumni. The Alumni Association is assisting in identifying mentors. “Our goal is to encourage students’ personal and professional development through relationships and exposure to the real world of work,” said Dee Bright Foreman, student development specialist with EOF. The program provides the tools to make the transition from college to career a successful and rewarding experience. The sisters of Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Inc., with the Alumni Association and The Cahill Center, presented “There IS Life After Ramapo!” Panelists included Elizabeth Caraballo ’01, Ives Galarcep ’97, Ronny Jackson ’01 and Tancy Nunez ’02. “We don’t always see the outcome of what

Left to right: Michael Washington ’01, Tanya Bouknight ’02 and Chris Irving ’04.

The CONNECT panel featured: Meryl Gitter Michon ’82, who has produced “Intimate Portrait” shows for Lifetime Television and “Love’s Legacy: The Babies of 9/11.” Elizabeth Harz ’92, a senior vice president of sales for

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happens to graduates,” noted Raquel Wilson, president of the sorority’s Ramapo chapter and its publications/communications chair. “We wanted to know what they are doing with their major. We want to find alumni working in their field, and enjoying that work.” Among the questions pondered: What role did your major play in your career choice? How early did you begin looking for a job? What was the hardest thing about applying for a job or graduate school? This helped give students the motivation to continue with their education and provide a networking opportunity for junior and seniors. The third annual Media Collision Festival in May featured alumni in the media field who took part in this exciting communication arts showcase. The Festival provided a night for networking among alumni and students in the communications field and displayed a showcase of students’ works in video, writing, graphic design, multimedia design, public communications, audio, and television. The Recruitment Outreach Committee held a gospel concert featuring the AME Zion Church Gospel Choir and a dinner reception for alumni who want to assist with College recruitment efforts. Ramapo admissions counselor Mandy Restivo ’99 said the purpose of the committee is to get alumni involved in attracting students, particularly students of color, to the campus. Those who volunteer accompany Restivo and two other admissions counselors to high schools throughout the state. “We try to link alumni with the high school from which they graduated. They talk about where they are now and how they got there.” She said alumni have a much greater impact on potential Ramapo students than those currently attending the College. “They’re impressed with the range of fields graduates enter. It shows that Ramapo alumni are still committed to the College and that they enjoyed their experience.” The committee also seeks alumni who work with teen youth or church groups. For more information, call 201.684.7308 or email Two alumni, Mohammad Shad ’96 and Lookman Fazal ’96 participated in a panel discussion with current students who are Muslim as part of a two-day Teach-In last fall. The event increased understanding of the tenets of the Muslim religion, the social issues faced by Muslims here and abroad, the role of men and women in Islam, and life for Muslims post 9/11. The alumni and the students spoke about their experiences on campus. Susie Rachouh, director of international/intercultural education, said the alumni, who attended Ramapo in the mid-’90s, remembered food as being an issue. The dining halls didn’t accommodate the Halal dietary rules Muslims adhere to. “It was poignant to hear alumni talk about what happened to them as Muslims at the workplace after September 11. The emotions were still strong a year after. I think they, too, were surprised at the


intensity of them.” Men and women basketball players participated in an alumni game in February. Sponsored by the 2003 Basketball Reunion Committee, Don Griego ’80 and Bill Capuano ’70 served as team captains. Committee members also include Tim Lorencovitz ’94, Ivan McDuffie ’93, and Jill Morris ’79. Following the game, the Roadrunners men and women varsity squads faced Stockton State College and the alumni and their family members enjoyed the games. Students not only get involved with alumni at events— they connect through giving back to Ramapo. Continuing a legacy established in 2001, the 2003 Senior Gift Drive encouraged students to donate $20.03, symbolizing their graduation year. Funds will be used to provide scholarships, award grants, and fund vital College projects. Students are also fundraising through the annual phonathon reaching out to alumni and parents to share great news about programs, SAT scores, and new projects at Ramapo. The generosity of donors resulted in more than $50,000 in pledges.

Faculty and Students Give Back to Alumni Through Song The Ramapo College Alma Mater composed by David Welsh, professor emeritus, in the 1980’s, has been given a new, beautiful arrangement first sung by the Ramapo Chorale at the naming ceremony of the Bill Bradley Sports and Recreation Center. Says Dr. Barbara Gordon, adjunct professor of music and director of the Ramapo Chorale, Voices and the Street Singers: “I first became familiar with Ramapo’s Alma Mater when I accompanied a student performing it at Ramapo’s first Parents’ Day. When listening to it, I realized that the song would have considerably more strength and beauty if put into a four-part setting; that is, soprano, alto, tenor, bass. In creating the arrangement, I focused on the lyrics and the contour of the melody.” A perfect example exists in the section of the song: “In the time we’ve spent together we have come to learn to have dignity, a mind that’s free, and celebrate humanity.” By giving harmonic emphasis and adding melodic repetition to these particular lyrics, the song affirms the underlying principles that are valued at the College, and ones we encourage our students to follow in life. The new arrangement was well received by students, staff, faculty, and alumni—the perfect gift of song to the Ramapo community.



Marriages and Unions Stephen Abrams ’99 to Douglas Harrison Jr., M.D. Philip Bartolotto ’98 to Lisa Burgo Kathleen Baziotis ’94 to Mark Burghoffer ’94 Jaime Caporuscio ’98 to Christine Camporeale Daniel Capotorto ’91 to Stephanie Umbrecht William Christian ’99 to Tara Horton Steven Christopher ’96 to Anastasia Stjopina

Congratulations to the newly elected Ramapo College Alumni Association Board members and officers. David Berntsen ’85, first vice president of UBSPaineWebber, Inc., was reelected as president of the Board; Steve Fonder ’74, group manager for the Internal Revenue Service, was elected as treasurer; Ed Herter, owner of Ramapo Graphics, was reelected to a three year term; and Todd Siben ’80, senior portfolio advisor for Thomas Edison State College, and Gary Spivak ’92, account executive for Ivy Mortgage, were newly elected to three year terms. Nadine Mooers ’90, the former assistant director of annual giving and alumni relations at Ramapo College, was appointed to fill an unexpired term on the Board.


Anira Clericuzio is chairwoman of the Republican

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Lawrence DeLuise ’97 to Jill Frank Michael Dennis ’94 to Lori Ann Moticha Sandra Leigh Evans ’97 to Mark Purrington Joseph Grieco ’99 to Kate McCormick Alan Heyman ’95 to Kimberly Marcincuk Jennifer Holland ’98 to Fabian Jimenez Christopher Jones ’96 to Dina Mayo Nicole Kimball ’98 to Richard Breedlove ’98 Leigh Kirchmer ’00 to Barry Douglass Jr.

Melissa Koch ’96 to Robert Anderson Jr. ’97 Stephen Larsen ’93 to April Paras Natalie Marien ’97 to Peter Keane Dina Mayo ’96 to Christopher Jones Jeff Meyer ’98 to Alicia Sprague Karima K. Mohammad ’97 to Hussein Ali Matthew Robinson ’02 to Melissa Whelan Paul Rutnik ’95 to Danielle Quku Diana Samson ’96 to Arthur Scarpati

Task Force and the Republicans for Moderation in Union County, NJ. Employed as a trial attorney, she is also a member of the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey and recently ran for freeholder. James M. O’Brien is assistant vice president and mortgage loan manager at Atlantic Stewardship Bank in Midland Park, NJ. The Kinnelon resident is responsible for underwriting, processing, and marketing residential mortgage loans. Jay Alan Zimmer is president and CEO of Human Resources Solutions in Northfield, NJ.

A very special group of Ramapo College alumni got together in December for a holiday party. This group, all Ramapo employees, represents many college departments including admissions, financial aid, business, alumni office, athletics, facilities, student affairs, and more. Everyone had a wonderful time and the event will become a Ramapo tradition. Marchese’s color image of Paterson won first place in the landscape category. A portrait he took of his father won honorable mention. Marchese is an awardwinning professional photographer and photo


Vincent Marchese was awarded first place and honorable mention in the American Society of Media Photographers New Jersey Annual Juried Photo Competition. The competition and exhibition was held at the Watchung Arts Center.

Photo courtesy of Vincent Marchese.


Michelle Stella ’97 to Filippo Baldino Erica Stevens ’01 to Stanley Bednarz Robert Wagner ’89 to Caree Cleenput Brian West ’96 to Lori Sinatra Courtney Woods ’99 to Eric Guiterman Jr.

In Memoriam Alexander Hill ’79 Denis O’Loughlin ’84 Eleanor Steinhardt ’96 Michael Wagner ’85

instructor. He has been an adjunct professor at Ramapo teaching a course in studio photography. Marchese will have his work on display in June along with that of his father in a show sponsored by the Paterson Museum.



Florence Bishop was honored by the TrentonMercer Chapter of The National Congress of Black Women for her work as a community activist. Evan Weiner was selected by the United States Sports Academy, Daphne, Alabama, for a prestigious Distinguished Service Award in journalism. He will accept the honor at the USSA Club’s 2003 Ceremony and will be joined this year by sports greats including Nancy Lopez, one of the LPGA’s great golfers, Cal Ripken, Jr., the Baltimore Orioles “Iron Man,” Emmitt


Debra Van Decker joined The SPI Group as an account executive where she will develop, maintain, and manage corporate Web sites. Philadelphia attorney, Ernest H. Ehling, Jr., Esq., has joined the law firm of Marriott Casagrande Callahan Blair & Greer in Spring Lake Heights. Ehling will serve as counsel to the firm and practice in the areas of tax planning, controversy and litigation, trusts and estate planning. He also is serving a second term on the Tax Committee for the Monmouth Bar Association.


Dr. Patrick Thomas was the keynote speaker at the Union County College’s 4th annual Patberg Memorial Lecture. He spoke on “The Role of Zoos in Wildlife Conservation.” He is the curator of the department of mammalogy at the Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Park in New York. He obtained his Ph.D. in biology from Fordham University, an

Smith, legendary Dallas Cowboy and many more honorees. Weiner provides daily commentary for the Westwood One Radio Photo courtesy of Camarés.

Leonard Goduto is the principal for Central Middle School in Branchburg, NJ. After earning a degree in psychology from Ramapo, he was awarded a master’s in Administration and Supervision from Rutgers University and a doctorate in Education Leadership from Columbia University.


Mary Ellen Doster was promoted to senior vice president of the Boiling Springs Savings Bank where she is also CFO and treasurer.

Jack Daniels received the 2002 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Department of Athletics. Pictured above (l. to r.) are: Mike Ricciardi ’79, assistant director of athletics; Rachel McCann ’01, director of sports information; Gene Marshall, director of athletics; Jack Daniels ’77; and John Durkin ’78.


Network, “Business of Sports,” and is a regular Op Ed contributor to New York Newsday, the Baltimore Sun,, and Hoy!, the New York area’s largest Spanish newspaper.

Teri Noel performed her show Dare to Fly at Don’t Tell Mama in New York City. She has been involved in cabaret for several years.


Janet Dengel ’87, (left) works with Zenia Chung, a current Ramapo student, at the Oradell office of the Alzheimer’s Association. Chung was referred to Janet through the Cahill Center.

Deb DiGregorio ’78, founder and CEO of business-to-business marketing and advertising firm, Camarès Communications, was inducted into the New Jersey Advertising Hall of Fame in recognition of her twenty-plus years of creating innovative, successful advertising campaigns for high-tech companies. DiGregorio is also a musical theater lyricist and author. She and her life-partner Marilyn Savoia ’84, have two daughters.

Photo Courtesy of Janet Dengel.

M.A. in animal behavior from Goddard College, and a B.S. in ecology from Ramapo. Brian Todd was named president of the Food Institute in Elmwood Park, a non-profit trade association providing information for the food industry to members in fifty states and thirty-five foreign nations.



Janet Dengel is the community coordinator for the Oradell branch office of the Alzheimer’s Association Greater New Jersey Chapter. Dengel will introduce the chapter’s programs and services for Alzheimer’s patients and their families in



Hall University. Jamie Schultz graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana, IL with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Photo courtesy of Matt Benning.

the Bergen, Passaic and Hudson county New Jersey areas she coordinated the first Memory Walk in the area on October 26 in Van Saun County Park, Paramus. Ramapo College students have volunteered in the new office and are making a difference in the lives of families touched by the disease. To get involved, call Janet at 201.261.6009 or e-mail

The Ramapo College Archery team had a reunion in the fall with their former coach and professor Dick Pasvolsky (pictured left). Former Ramapo archer Matt Benning ’79 and teammates shared old photos, awards, and newspaper clippings about the accomplishments during their days at Ramapo.


Peter Goetz has been named the new dean of enrollment management at Ramapo. He had previously served as the director of recruitment and retention. Anneli Wahlstrom, who was a Swedish international student, lives in Sweden and is employed in the graphic design department of Stroede Customer Dialogue.


Michael Plick received his law degree from Seton Hall University while employed as a contract negotiator with Quest Diagnostics in Teterboro.

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Kenneth Osborne is a police officer in Haworth.

Yvette Marie Harris is engaged to Joe L. Barr, Jr. She is an investigator

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in the law guardian division of the Office of the Public Defender in Newark. Leslie Malone is a small business administration loan officer for Columbia Bank in Fair Lawn. She is active in the Boy Scouts of America and the American Institute of Banking.

Seton Hall University and was admitted to both the New Jersey and New York state bars. Kimberly Moylan is engaged to George Janiec. She is employed in regulatory affairs with Takasago in Rockleigh. Jamie Payne is an assistant vice president in the commercial mortgage department at Valley National Bank in Wayne. Dalia Saleh is teaching mass communications at MSA University in Cairo, Egypt, an American Accredited University and has started her master’s degree. Melissa Thiemann is employed with Paine Webber as a financial advisor and is engaged to alum Chris Cannizzaro (’97).


Brendan Mullin joined the Mahwah Police Department.


Jason Brown is engaged to Lisa Martindale. He is co-owner of We’re Your Pool Service and Sun Fiberglass Northeastern Distributors in Paramus.


Elyssa Kates joined the law firm of Bressler, Amery & Ross. She received her law degree from Seton Hall University. Suzannah Mayberry received her law degree from


Haroutyun Asatrian joined the law firm of Proskauer Rose. He earned his law degree from Seton



Jeffrey Pereira is engaged to Heather White. He is a sales representative for Kraft/Nabisco in Edison. Ann Marie Perna is engaged to Darryl Sparta. She is a claims adjuster with New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Co. Veljko Popov is enrolled in the M.D./Ph.D. graduate program at Dartmouth Medical School. He is one of five students chosen from the 116 who applied to the program. Robert Sisserson Jr. graduated from the Port Authority Police Academy. He was awarded the Inspector William J. Monahan Award for high achievement in firearms proficiency.


Lara de Souza and Jason Hamwey purchased a home in Miami, FL. She opened a business to handle office support.


Kathryn Davenport is business administrator for the Ho-Ho-Kus school district. She earned a B.S. in accounting. Davenport graduated summa cum laude with a 3.93 GPA. At Ramapo, she was named Most Outstanding Business Student and served as president of Delta Mu Delta. She expects to complete her CPA license this year.


Jack Leonard, formerly a sixth-grade language arts and science teacher in Franklin Lakes, was appointed middle school vice principal by the Sparta Board of Education. Leah Verde is a patrol officer for the Princeton Borough Police Department. She became the fourth female officer on the force. Richard Zwickel is engaged to Fawn Meisner. He is president and chief operating officer of the Hartfield Group in Fairfield.


Nicholas Inzalaco is pursuing a master’s degree in communications/television and film production. Janine Pascucci is engaged to William Bassano. She is pursuing a special education certification at Montclair State University and is an instructional therapist with Somerset Learning Institute. Marine Corps Pfc. Joel Pinkler completed the basic electrician’s course. Paul Weber joined the Kinnelon/Butler office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as a sales associate.

Photo courtesy of Patrick Henneberry.

Jennifer Berchtold is engaged to Raymond


Scalice. She is an R.N. at Atlantic City Medical Center in Pomona. Scalice is employed with Merrill Lynch in Pennington. Courtney Duin, a teacher at the Woodside Avenue School in Franklin Lakes was chosen to represent the district in the 2001-02 Governor’s Teacher Recognition Program. Haneefah Webster graduated from basic military training at Fort Leonard Wood in Waynesville, MT. Glenn Fallon is the ticket sales manager for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, an affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.

Secretary of State Colin Powell recently swore in Patrick Henneberry’88 of Manchester as a Junior Officer in the United States Foreign Service. Patrick was sworn in with the 109th AClass Junior Officers at the Department of State. He will serve his first tour of duty in Mexico City, Mexico. “I was always interested in foreign affairs, world travel and diverse cultures,” said Henneberry. “While at Ramapo, my interest in these areas peaked. Professors Walter Brown, Ron Hayashida, and Cliff Peterson influenced me in government, the Model UN program, and diplomacy.”


John Tomaszewski, former Student Government president at Ramapo College, is pursuing an M.A. in Central and Eastern European Studies at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. His thesis research will analyze the role of Poland in the EU, focusing on its relations with Ukraine and the East and the influence of Polish-American relations. John writes: “Having the opportunity to study here during a time of such change is something I would not pass up for the world. Ramapo College’s internationally-focused curriculum and its Study Abroad opportunities opened my eyes to central Europe and provided me with experiences which prepared me to study here on a more intensive level.”


Tell us what you are doing. Send class notes to: Kathleen Mainardi, director of annual giving and alumni relations at 201.684.7179 or



Why Do I Run? Why Do I Play?

Ronna Killins ’04 Track + Field/ Cross Country “Why do I run?” I have been asked that question many times. People look at me like I’m crazy when they see me running in extreme weather conditions like rain, snow, or in the unbearable heat. But it all seems worth it when it comes time for me to run in a meet. Track is different than any other sport out there. It’s unique. Yes, we work as a team. But in your individual event, it’s just you and your competitors running against time, and fighting for that place medal. It solely depends on you to score points for your team. That’s why I call it both a team and an individual sport. Nothing beats the feeling of being out there on the track running to the deafening cheers and screams from your teammates and onlookers. Training for track is hard; it’s not a sport for the weak of heart. But when I come across the finish line with my personal best time, knowing that I left all I had on the track, it is all worth it. Ronna Killins is a senior communications major with a 3.4 GPA. She was the 2002 Ramapo College Player of the Year, All-American, XC 2nd Team All-Conference, Indoor Track & Field 1st Team All-Conference, and Outdoor Track & Field 1st Team All-Conference.

Photo courtesy of Carlisle Stockton.

Pedro Hernandez ’03 Volleyball Competition is the greatest aspect of athletics. Every time we step onto a field or court, we become warriors determined to do anything within the rules to be victorious. Not understanding this concept is to be oblivious to what competition is all about, and furthermore, to what being an athlete epitomizes. The effort, hard work, and dedication put into our sport on a daily basis are for the love and the passion we have for competition. In my case, the game of volleyball has taught me various lessons I will be able to utilize for the rest of my life. In volleyball, as with many other sports, there is a need for communication, teamwork, and trust. These skills are taught through volleyball and are required of an individual in the real world; whether with your boss, friends, or family. Volleyball not only teaches an individual how to strive for success, but more so, how to do it as a team. I play volleyball for all of these reasons. I play for the dedication it requires, for the teamwork it teaches, for the hard work it demands, but mostly for the opportunity to compete and ultimately win. I know that everyone who has played a sport at some point in their lives can relate with the undeniable belief that without sports the world would Photo courtesy of Carlisle Stockton.

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Kelly Kernan ’04 Softball This is why I play. I step in the batter’s box and it is just me and the pitcher. Our eyes lock and it is a battle of wills. Seeing that neon yellow ball come off her hip, I know I have the pitch I want, the one I see in my dreams, the one I am going to drive over the left-center field wall. The feeling comes from my toes, the swing is in motion and it is perfect. The bat connects with the ball at the sweet spot and just as fast as it comes in, the yellow laser goes right back out again. The feeling is indescribable. This moment is why I play. I play softball because I love the game. God blessed me with a talent that I work hard every day to improve upon. As a student of the game, I love the challenges and rewards each game presents. Every at bat, every defensive out, represents a chance for success or disappointment. Each game is like starting over, setting new goals, and reaching new heights. For eleven years, I have had this wonderful experience. I have played on travel teams, high school, and college teams. All of these teams have given me the chance to make many friends … and a few enemies. This is why I play. Kelly Kernan is a senior psychology major with a 3.4 GPA. She is the SAAC president (Student Athletic Advisory Committee), was awarded the Ramapo College Scholar Athlete of the Year, ECAC All-Star 1st Team, NJAC 1st Team All-Conference, All-American 3rd Team East Region, and NCAA Regionals All-Tournament Team.

Athletics Update During this past year, eleven of the sixteen varsity athletic programs participated in postseason play. For the last four consecutive years, the Roadrunner’s athletics program also has accomplished a win/loss record above .500: in 1999-2000, +24; 2000-2001, +24; 2001-2002, +37, and 2002-2003 +69. This year they were also +12 in the NJAC for the first time in eight years with the men’s basketball team and the women’s softball team earning regular season champion honors posting 17-1 and 18-0 records respectively. Our men’s basketball and women’s softball teams saw much success this past year. Men’s basketball climbed all the way to the NCAA Elite Eight while the softball team hosted a NCAA Tournament of their own falling short in regional play. Our Ramapo student-athletes have experienced the same success in the classroom by improving their overall graduation rate from 40 percent to 58 percent. CONGRATS to all the athletes on a job well done!

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be very different. Without the skills that sports teach you, there would be emptiness in the hearts of athletes. I truly believe that without the skills and determination volleyball has instilled in me, I would not be the same individual I am today, or the dedicated hard worker I have become. The game of volleyball has done a lot for me, and as a result, I will respect it for the rest of my life. Pedro Hernandez graduated in May with a bachelor of arts in history. He will be attending Penn State Law School in September. While at Ramapo, Pedro was volleyball team captain from 2000-2003, a member of the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society, History Club vice president from 2001-2003, a volunteer at the Center for Food Action, and a history tutor with Public School #1. During his four years at Ramapo, he received the following awards and honors: Rookie of the Year (2000); ODK New Student Leader Achievement (spring ’00); ODK Second Year Student Leader Achievement (spring ’01); EOF Academic Achievement Award (1999-2003); EOF Second Year Scholarship Award (2000 school year); Athletic/Academic All American Award (spring 02); All American Academic Award (fall ’01); Dean’s List (spring ’00 and spring ’02); Who’s Who Among American Students (spring ’02); Arthur Ash Minority Academic Award (2002).




Spotlight on Chemistry By Ron Kase

Dr. Robert Mentore, Ramapo College’s chemistry convener, is pleased with the progress made by chemistry majors during the last few years. “Our students have been accepted to graduate study at prestigious universities and professional schools, and we have several undergraduates each year involved in biomaterial research, which I direct,” explains Mentore. Graduates of Ramapo’s chemistry program are presently enrolled in Ph.D. or M.D. programs at Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Johns Hopkins University, UMDNJ, and the University of Connecticut. Chemistry Professor Dr. Arthur Felix directs undergraduates in research that may some day alter the way diabetes is treated. Dr. Mentore’s work in bio-material science has applications in the fast growing medical implant field. Work of this caliber, unheard of at one time in an undergraduate institution, is now done regularly in Ramapo’s School of Theoretical and Applied Science. Small grants from the Ramapo College Foundation and support from Dean Eric Karlin have funded presentations of work involving student researchers at national science symposia. Last year Ramapo

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enhance undergraduate research in chemistry at the College. Dr. Mentore began teaching at Ramapo College in

students presented at the 74th American Chemical Society Colloid and Surface Science Symposium at Lehigh University, and at

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Sarah Sabastian, ‘02 working on a research project in the chemistry lab. She is now a Ph.D. student at Columbia University.

Chemistry student works in the lab.

1996 after earning degrees in physical chemistry at McGill University and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His primary research interest is the molecular characteristics of polymers and how they relate to proteins in biolog-

the 13th International Symposium on Surfactants and Solutions at the University of Florida. Doctors Mentore and Felix are preparing separate proposals to the National Science Foundation, which if accepted, will expand and


ical fluids. He encourages students to contribute to research projects by performing experiments and assembling data, and to make oral and poster presentations at regional conferences. “Our long range goal is to involve all chemistry majors in research so that they know the possibilities,” he says, while showing a group of high school students around a lab crowded with scientific equipment. Area corporations have contributed a great deal of equipment to the College’s chemistry program. Many companies employ Ramapo graduates, and help by supplying Gas Chromato Graphs and UV/Visible Spectro Photo Meteors as well as other high tech products. The greater Mahwah area is home to leading technical and scientific companies, and the corporations that have recently contributed equipment include SheeringPlough, International Paper, Novartis, Berlex, and Reckitt Benckiser. The chemistry program is growing in numbers of majors and in reputation. The program complements biochemistry and bioinformatics, both new majors, and it provides students with opportunities to learn science and participate in research with guidance from accomplished chemists.






2 and 4:30 p.m. Sharp Theater. Gregory Popovich presents Comedy & Pet Theatre. Tickets: $15 adults; $12 seniors and Ramapo affiliates; $10 students; $5 Ramapo students.

6:30 p.m., 22nd Annual Distinguished Citizens Dinner, recognizes distinguished citizens for their personal and professional commitments to advancing the goals of higher education, and for providing significant service to the community.


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5-7 p.m. Business Network in the Trustees Pavilion. 8 p.m. Sharp Theater. Jazz at the Berrie Center presents Benny Green, piano, and Russell Malone, guitar. Tickets: $21 adults; $18 seniors and Ramapo affiliates; $12 students; $5 Ramapo students. 1:30 p.m. Freinds of Ramapo host a production of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the Hermitage. 2 and 8 p.m. Sharp Theater. The American Repertory Ballet presents Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker. Tickets: $23 adults; $20 seniors; $12 students; $5 Ramapo students.

6 p.m., Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner. The Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes and honors those who have made significant contributions to the history of intercollegiate athletic competition at Ramapo College of New Jersey. $50.



6 p.m., Champagne at Sunset. Friends and families of the Class of 2004 gather for a toast made by alumni.


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15, 22 and 29, 8 p.m. Commerce Bank Summer Concert Series at the Band Shell. Fireworks and Alumni tent on July 8. Parking $5.

For information or to volunteer at any events, call Purvi Joisher at 201.684.7115 or e-mail For information on Berrie Center events, please contact the Box Office at 201.684.7844 or visit For information on Athletic events, please contact 201.684.7679. See page 15 of this magazine for the CIT Performing Arts Dinner Series Program.

Art Galleries November 12 - December 18 Kresge Gallery, Counterparts: The Selfportraiture of Joan Semmel and John Coplans. Photographs and large scale paintings featuring aging bodies. Curated by Sandra Firmin.

November 12 - December 18 Pascal Gallery, Alumni Redux 3. Woodblock prints and nature constructions by alumnus Jeff Birdsill. For art galleries information and hours, please call 201.684.7147 or visit

2-8 p.m., New Alumni Summer Reunion at Bar-A in Belmar. Get together with alumni from the last five years. $10.

3 p.m. York Room in the Mansion York Room Salon Series presents Robin Spielberg, piano. A Happy Chanukah! A Joyous Christmas! Tickets: $10 includes refreshments.


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Art Course That Brings Together College Students and Residents of Jails, Hospitals, and Nursing Homes Celebrates Over Thirty Years Art and Interaction, but to use art as a freea Ramapo College of ing agent.” New Jersey course For inmates at the that couples compreEssex County Jail, the hensive classroom art program is a release. instruction with fieldCaptain Keith Ali work among confined states, “The inmates populations such as have free time in inmates and psychiwhich they can’t be atric patients, reached mischievous. The a milestone in 2002. students are able to The six-credit course, assist in ethically relewherein Ramapo vant artwork for our College students and population.” clients in various kinds According to Peck of institutions work “The course supports together to create art, goals of independence was first developed by and group behavior Professor Judith Peck Art and Interaction brings people together from all walks of life to create art. already in place at the in 1972. Furthermore, sites, such as improved Peck continues to teach the course, which is offered through social ability, improved orientation to the environment, the School of Contemporary Arts. improved capabilities, and increased motivation.” Art and Interaction recognizes that art has the ability to Miriam Peled was a returning adult student interested in art bring about responsibility, order, and control in a client’s life. therapy when she enrolled at Ramapo College. One of the Explains Peck, “a student’s sense of responsibility is paramount greatest impacts Art and Interaction had on her was the realizato being effective, as is the ability to form non-judgmental tion that “at any given point in life, using appropriate tools, we relationships with participants. The idea is not to teach art, can enhance our lives and the lives of others.”

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