The Power of Place Campaign for the Ramapo College Learning Commons
Having the right kind of place to study and reflect, to connect and collaborate, can inspire people to do their very best work. For the students of Ramapo College, our new Learning Commons will be that place.
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THIS NEW LEARNING COMMONS WILL T R U LY I M PA C T E V E R Y M E M B E R O F T H E R A M A P O C O M M U N I T Y. F O R U S , T H E C H A N C E T O B E PA R T O F A P R O J E C T O F S U C H I M P O R TA N C E I S T H R I L L I N G .
S U S A N VA L L A R I O , R A M A P O C O L L E G E B O A R D O F T R U S T E E S , A N D N I C K VA L L A R I O , B E N E FA C T O R S A N D H O N O R A R Y C A M PA I G N C A B I N E T C H A I R S
Transforming Spaces T H R O U G H T H I S C A M PA I G N , R A M A P O C O L L E G E W I L L C O M E T O G E T H E R TO ACCOMPLISH A REMARKABLE GOAL.
We will transform The George T. Potter Library, a space vital to our campus, into a 21st-century Learning Commons. In doing so, we will create a facility that will have a far-reaching impact on the experience of all our students. To move forward with this plan, the College is seeking $15 million in new philanthropic investment. Your campaign support, along with that of all of Ramapo’s many loyal alumni, board members, parents, and friends, as well as faculty and staff, is essential to our success.
Together, we can bring this bold vision to reality—and we will.
PA G E 2 — T H E P O W E R O F P L A C E
Radically Reimagined THE COLLEGE’S LEARNING COMMONS WILL BECOME A C O L L A B O R AT I V E S PA C E F O R R E S E A R C H A N D E X P L O R AT I O N .
hen it opened in 1976, Potter Library met the
With these needs in mind, the College has
needs of Ramapo’s students beautifully. Today,
developed plans to dramatically reconstruct and expand
unfortunately, that is no longer true. Time has taken its
the current library building. The project will address
toll on the structure, and the way our students work
infrastructure issues ranging from water damage to
and learn has dramatically evolved.
noise control. It will also increase the building’s interior space from 60,000 to 80,000 square feet and double its
These days, our students need room to collaborate, teaming up together on projects just as they will in their
seating capacity. Like a classic college library, our new Learning
professional lives. They also require space to create. The assignments they take on are just as likely to involve
Commons will be a place where students can read,
developing multimedia presentations or crafting product
reflect, and do research. In fact, it will provide a superior
prototypes as they are more traditional tasks, such as
environment for all these activities. However, it will
researching and writing papers.
also be much more: a place carefully designed to inspire active and interactive learning.
LEVEL 1 KRAME CENTER, CLASSROOM 1, OPEN & GROUP STUDY
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W I L L I A M A N D C AT H E R I N E K R A M E , BENEFACTORS AND FOUNDERS, KRAME CENTER F O R C O N T E M P L AT I V E S T U D I E S A N D MINDFUL LIVING
LEGEND Centers Cafe/Study Classroom Group Study Rooms Study Spaces Library Support Building Support Stacks Building Infrastructure/Core Technology Services
ALL FLOOR PLANS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
CLARITY IN ARRANGEMENT
The Learning Commons will provide students and faculty with far more space and organize the buildingâ€™s key functions to make navigating the facility simple and intuitive.
DEAN ELIZABETH SIECKE AND JESSICA FOWLER, STUDENT
AMONG ITS HIGHLIGHTS, THE LEARNING COMMONS W I L L F E AT U R E A N E W M A K E R S PA C E — A C R E AT I V E L A B O R AT O R Y E Q U I P P E D W I T H T H E T O O L S , M AT E R I A L S , AND 3-D PRINTING TECHNOLOGY NEEDED TO BRING FRESH IDEAS TO LIFE. AS RAMAPO LOOKS TO NURTURE I N V E N T I V E T H I N K I N G A N D S U P P O R T P R O J E C T- B A S E D L E A R N I N G , T H I S S PA C E W I L L E M E R G E A S A N E P I C E N T E R OF EXCITING NEW VENTURES.
I F Y O U L O O K AT T H E F L E X I B L E S PA C E S B U I LT F O R T E A M W O R K W H E R E P E O P L E I N S I L I C O N VA L L E Y N O W W O R K , YOU WILL SEE THE IDEA BEHIND THE S E T T I N G W E A R E C R E AT I N G F O R O U R S T U D E N T S H E R E AT R A M A P O .
ELIZABETH AND RALPH MASTRANGELO, C O - C H A I R S , L E A R N I N G C O M M O N S C A M PA I G N C A B I N E T
PA G E 5 — T H E P O W E R O F P L A C E
One Building, Many Destinations THE LEARNING COMMONS WILL BE A MAGNET FOR STUDENTS, B R I N G I N G T O G E T H E R A N A R R A Y O F R E S O U R C E S T H AT G O F A R B E Y O N D T H O S E O F A T R A D I T I O N A L C A M P U S L I B R A R Y.
n addition to a learning space of the highest caliber,
as they draft and edit their work, as well as an IT help
Ramapo students need superb guidance and support in
desk where our tech support team will be ready with
navigating the vast universe of digital content they face.
This is precisely what they will find in the new Learning Commons.
The Learning Commons will also become the new home for the Krame Center for Contemplative Studies
Students will have full access to the expertise of
and Mindful Living. Now students will be able to relax
our team of research librarians. Staff will be ready for
in the adjacent garden or join a group meditation.
questions and will also lead hundreds of classes in
The Learning Commons will be a nexus of key
research techniques, the use of specialized databases,
services and resources. By bringing these together in a
and information literacy—all of these tailored to the
single destination, we will multiply their positive impact
needs of specific courses. For the first time, we will have
on our students.
ample purpose-built classrooms to host these courses. In addition, the building will provide updated and reconfigured space for our Center for Reading and Writing so that students can have on-the-spot guidance
T H E R E D E S I G N E D FA C I L I T Y W I L L B R I N G TOGETHER THE COLLEGE’S SPECIAL COLLECTIONS INTO A FITTING NEW
HUMANITIES WING WHERE THEY WILL
BE MORE VISIBLE AND ACCESSIBLE TO
T H E C O M M U N I T Y. T H E S E S I N G U L A R COLLECTIONS INCLUDE HOLDINGS OF THE RAMAPO COLLEGE ARCHIVES,
Group Study Rooms Study Spaces Library Support Building Support
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PA G E 6 — T H E P O W E R O F P L A C E
A Catalyst for Community T H I S W I L L B E A P L A C E T O G AT H E R A N D C O N N E C T, AT T H E H E A R T O F T H E C A M P U S A N D O F C A M P U S L I F E .
amapo’s new Learning Commons will welcome
opportunity to address this shortcoming. It will attract
students in and invite them to stay. Just inside the
resident students who might currently tend to study in
main entrance, visitors will find a cafe where they can
their rooms, while also providing the perfect spot for
grab a coffee, hot chocolate, or snack. Throughout the
commuting students to spend time between classes.
building, they will encounter comfortable seating areas,
Furthermore, it will help spark connections and
inviting them to settle in.
interactions—between students and among students
We have planned these comforts to make students’ time in the Learning Commons more pleasant and also
and faculty. In short, the Learning Commons will become exactly
to address an important reality of contemporary life:
the destination Ramapo needs: a campus crossroads, a
as our daily experiences become more virtual and digital
meeting point, a spot to linger. It will play a powerful
every day, the real places where we can come together
part in both the academic life of the College and its
and connect in person have never been more important.
social life, a space where our bonds of community can
Ramapo’s campus, though beautiful, is currently
multiply and strengthen.
short of the kind of welcoming gathering places we need. The Learning Commons represents an outstanding
The Learning Commons will feature attractive furnishings and interior design, with comfortable seating in a variety of styles and configurations—a choice of spots to settle in and read, think, or talk.
LEVEL 3—ENTRY LEVEL CAFE, LIBRARY SERVICES, OPEN & GROUP STUDY
LEGEND Centers Cafe/Study Classroom Group Study Rooms Study Spaces Library Support Building Support Stacks Building Infrastructure/Core Technology Services
Through the planning phase of this project, we have learned that our students need more group study rooms—places where they can tackle team projects, whether a marketing case study or a role-playing exercise in social work. Today, Potter Library offers just two group study rooms. The new Learning Commons will have 23 distinct, reservable study rooms.
I DREAM OF THE DAY THE NEW LEARNING COMMONS WILL OPEN. I CAN’T TELL YOU THE DIFFERENCE IT WILL MAKE FOR OUR STUDENTS TO HAVE THIS B E A U T I F U L , L I G H T- F I L L E D , H I G H T E C H S PA C E T O S T U D Y I N .
ERIN MCKENNA ’18, S T U D E N T R E P R E S E N TAT I V E , L E A R N I N G C O M M O N S TA S K F O R C E
PA G E 8 — T H E P O W E R O F P L A C E
Coming Together to Move Forward R A M A P O ’ S M A N Y L O YA L A L U M N I A N D F R I E N D S H A V E T H E C H A N C E T O S U P P O R T A P R O J E C T T H AT W I L L H A V E A F A R - R E A C H I N G I M PA C T O N T H E C O L L E G E A N D I T S S T U D E N T S .
n recent years, Ramapo has invested nearly $400
years. This project will shape the experience of every
million in campus facilities, and the results show—
Ramapo student in every field of study. Furthermore,
from striking new buildings for the business and nursing
it is a project that will support the College’s academic
programs to extensive upgrades to classrooms and
mission while also positioning Ramapo more strongly in
residences. We now have the opportunity to build on
a fiercely competitive admissions market.
this momentum, and the next step—our new Learning Commons—is clear. This project will meet a pressing need, renovating
Our goal is well defined. To reach it, the College is now calling on its many loyal alumni, longtime friends, and new donors to step forward and lend their support.
a library that has not seen major improvement in 40
T O D AY, R A M A P O S U P P O R T S ITS STUDENTS WITH SUPERB RESOURCES, FROM HUNDREDS OF D I G I TA L D ATA B A S E S T O R E S E A R C H LIBRARIANS READY TO ASSIST I N T H E I R U S E . T O M O R R O W, W E WILL OFFER THESE IMPRESSIVE A D VA N TA G E S I N A FA C I L I T Y T H AT I S E Q U A L LY I M P R E S S I V E .
Alumni members of the Campaign Cabinet Audrey Newman ‘93, Board of Governors, Eileen Comerford ‘80, Board of Governors, and A.J. Sabath ‘93, Board of Trustees, are excited to discuss the new “center of gravity” that the Learning Commons will provide for both commuter and resident students.
“ ” T H I S P R O J E C T W I L L S TA N D OUT AS ONE OF THE MOST I M P O R TA N T I M P R O V E M E N T S ON OUR CAMPUS IN YEARS AND IS KEY TO BRINGING OUR STUDENTS’ EXPERIENCE F U L LY I N T O T H E 2 1 S T C E N T U R Y. N O W I S T H E TIME FOR ALL OF US WHO BELIEVE IN RAMAPO TO STEP FORWARD AND INVEST IN ITS PROGRESS.
EMILY KOSSTRIN MANN, BENEFACTOR, FORMER TRUSTEE, C A M PA I G N C A B I N E T
LEVEL 4 TECHNOLOGY SERVICES, CENTER FOR READING & WRITING, CLASSROOM 2, OPEN & GROUP STUDY LEGEND Centers Cafe/Study Classroom Group Study Rooms Study Spaces Library Support Building Support Stacks Building Infrastructure/Core Technology Services
PA G E 1 0 — T H E P O W E R O F P L A C E
A Great Challenge. A Remarkable Opportunity. The Board of Trustees is dedicated to the College’s mission of “providing students a strong foundation for a lifetime of achievement.” As the region’s premier public liberal arts college, we prepare our students to be successful leaders for a changing world through hands-on learning and faculty-student mentoring. Ramapo has seen outstanding growth and improvements in the past decade as a result of President Mercer’s leadership. As we prepare for the College’s 50th Anniversary, we must renovate the Potter Library and seize the opportunity to create a new Learning Commons. This project will become the “center of gravity” for the intellectual pursuits and cultural activities of our entire community. To demonstrate the Board of Trustees’ personal commitment and strong belief that this project represents transformative change that extends well beyond the reach of a traditional library, the Board is proud to launch a $1 million “Learning Commons Campaign Challenge” to support what will become a magnet for current and future students, faculty, staff, and community members alike. Members of the Board of Trustees will personally donate a total of $500,000 dedicated to this Challenge if it is matched 1:1 by June 30, 2019, from alumni who are first-time donors, who have never given to a specific campaign, or who have not made a gift in the last five years. We hope this generous Trustee Challenge will energize our campaign efforts and provide a strong incentive for alumni to make a gift. Even smaller campaign gifts have the potential to do far more good during a Challenge period.
B O A R D O F T R U S T E E S C H A I R W I L L I A M D AT O R W I T H I M M E D I AT E PA S T C H A I R G E O R G E C . R U O T O L O , J R . C F R E
W E H A V E A C C O M P L I S H E D S O M U C H I N T H E PA S T D E C A D E . O U R P R O G R E S S H A S B E E N T R U LY I M P R E S S I V E . H O W E V E R , W H AT W E CANNOT—AND WILL NOT—DO IS REST ON OUR LAURELS. T R U S T E E G E O R G E C . R U O T O L O , J R . C F R E ; C A M PA I G N C A B I N E T E X E C U T I V E C O M M I T T E E
PA G E 1 2 â€” T H E P O W E R O F P L A C E
Now Is the Time to Take Action DEAR FRIENDS, Your loyal support has helped Ramapo College write a remarkable story of progress in recent years. We have become an even stronger institution, and we have grown in recognition and reputation.
Today, all the elements are in place for Ramapo to mark the
next major milestone in its progress. We have capable leadership,
a clear vision for the work ahead, and a committed circle of
supporters ready to join in. It is time for us to take action.
YOUR SUPPORT IS ESSENTIAL TO OUR SUCCESS.
Through The Power of Place campaign, Ramapo is seeking to secure $15 million in new donor investment. Together with a
$15 million grant from the State of New Jersey Higher Education
Capital Facilities Fund and reserves in place from prudent savings
and the refinancing of bonds, this will allow us to move forward
with a project of historic importanceâ€”construction of our new Learning Commons. On behalf of all the students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the community who will benefit from this exciting project, it is my privilege to invite and to urge you to take part. We look forward to helping you plan your commitment to the campaign and will work with you to structure a gift that aligns with your priorities. We would also welcome the chance to discuss naming opportunities within the new building to honor gifts at a range of levels. Please join us in taking this next momentous step forward. When we come together in support of our great College, there is nothing we cannot achieve. Sincerely, Cathleen Davey, Vice President of Institutional Advancement Executive Director of the Ramapo College Foundation
MEMBERS OF THE C A M PA I G N C A B I N E T
Susan and Nick Vallario
Elizabeth and Ralph Mastrangelo
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
C O R P O R AT I O N S
Eileen Comerford ’80
A.J. Sabath ’93
FA C U LT Y & S TA F F
F O U N D AT I O N S
Emily Kosstrin Mann
PA R E N T S
Kathy and Jim Kranz
Audrey I. Newman ’93
George C. Ruotolo, Jr. CFRE; President Peter Mercer, J.D., Ph.D.; Vice President Cathleen Davey
E X E C U T I V E C O M M I T T E E Trustee
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Campaign for the Ramapo College Learning Commons