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2012 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS


RAMAPO COLLEGE FOUNDATION 2012 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS The Ramapo College Foundation raises funds with the sole purpose of helping Ramapo College achieve greater excellence. One of the most gratifying ways of fulfilling this mission is by fostering the link between scholarship benefactors and outstanding Ramapo College students. We are especially grateful to donors who have chosen to establish endowed scholarship funds, since their gifts will benefit Ramapo students into the future. New endowed scholarships are listed at the end of this book. The benefactors who have created scholarship awards recognize the dedication and achievements of Ramapo students. In the following pages are stories of scholarship recipients who have worked with the faculty to conduct research in a variety of fields, others who are accomplished musicians and writers and some who have overcome incredible obstacles in order to earn a college degree. I am proud to take this opportunity to applaud the accomplishments of our students and to thank the alumni, faculty, board members, corporations, foundations and friends of the College whose generosity has made these awards possible. Cathleen T. Davey Executive Director Ramapo College Foundation

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TABLE OF CONTENTS A&A Ridgewood Registered Professional Nurses Association Scholarship .....................................................5 Adler Endowed Scholarship.............................................................................................................6 AFT Scholarship ..........................................................................................................................9 Ramapo College Alumni Association Scholarship..................................................................................10 Alumni Service Endowed Scholarship ...............................................................................................12 Anisfield Scholarship ...................................................................................................................13 Anisfield School of Business Scholarship ............................................................................................14 Anisfield-Meyers Family Endowed Scholarship ....................................................................................16 Melissa Annunziato Memorial Scholarship..........................................................................................18 Daniel Arce Scholarship................................................................................................................19 Evelyn Aronow Scholarship ...........................................................................................................20 TAA Evelyn L. Atwater Scholarship..................................................................................................21 The Kathy Azzara Scholarship.........................................................................................................22 Senator Byron M. Baer Endowed Scholarship......................................................................................23 Beck Endowed Scholarship ............................................................................................................24 Audrey Crook Berntsen Scholarship.................................................................................................25 Joyce Biener Scholarship...............................................................................................................26 Marcel Biener Scholarship.............................................................................................................27 David Blauer Memorial Scholarship .................................................................................................28 BMW North America Diversity Scholarship .......................................................................................29 William W. Briggs Scholarship I ......................................................................................................30 William W. Briggs Scholarship II .....................................................................................................31 Babette & Raymond Brown Endowed Scholarship ................................................................................32 Police Officer Michael J. Buczek Scholarship ......................................................................................33 Helen Burchell Memorial Scholarship...............................................................................................34 Marion Pawlick Busch Scholarship...................................................................................................35 Carole Campana Endowed Scholarship .............................................................................................36 Professor Charles Carreras Latin American Studies Scholarship ................................................................37 Century 21 Study Abroad Scholarship...............................................................................................38 Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce Scholarship ..........................................................................39 Professor Robert J. Christopher Memorial Scholarship ..........................................................................40 The Columbians of New Jersey Italian Studies Award ............................................................................41 Coppertone Tuition Scholarship ......................................................................................................42 The Crane Fund for Widows and Children .........................................................................................43 Daniel J. Cronin Memorial Endowment ............................................................................................44 Marion C. Dugan Scholarship.........................................................................................................45 Dugan Community Scholars ..........................................................................................................46 Carol Duncan Scholarship .............................................................................................................47 Marie and Francis J. Dwyer Scholarship ............................................................................................48 Empathy Scholarship ...................................................................................................................49 EOF Alumni Scholarship...............................................................................................................50 EOF Endowed Scholarship ............................................................................................................51 EOF Student Supplies Award .........................................................................................................52 Mary K. & Salvatore J. Fanale Scholarship ..........................................................................................53 Footstar/Meldisco Scholarship .......................................................................................................54 Martha E. Franรงois Scholarship.......................................................................................................55 Friends of Ramapo Scholarship .......................................................................................................56 Jackie and Paul Garber Scholarship ..................................................................................................58 Emily & Sidney J. Geltman Memorial Scholarship ................................................................................61 The Geltman Art Scholarship Fund ..................................................................................................62 2


TABLE OF CONTENTS The Robert Giaimo Memorial Scholarship .........................................................................................63 Anne Glickman Memorial Scholarship ..............................................................................................64 Harchand Singh and Jagir Kaur Grewal Memorial Scholarship .................................................................65 Guiliana Family Scholarship ...........................................................................................................66 Haband Oaks Scholarship..............................................................................................................67 Frances K. Hackett '80 SSAIS Scholarship ..........................................................................................68 Frances K. Hackett '80 ASB Scholarship ............................................................................................69 David R. Hackett Scholarship.........................................................................................................70 Frances K. Hackett '80 South Plainfield Scholarship ..............................................................................71 Fran Hackett Service To America Scholarship ......................................................................................72 Haiti Relief Scholarship ................................................................................................................73 Teddy Halpern Scholarship ............................................................................................................74 Keith B. Hayes Memorial Scholarship ...............................................................................................75 Hermitage History Scholar............................................................................................................76 Cara Mychelle Hirschman Memorial Scholarship .................................................................................77 Marion Hughes Scholarship ...........................................................................................................81 JDK Scholarship.........................................................................................................................82 Ruth Johnson International Scholarship Fund......................................................................................83 Mukul Joisher and Family Scholarship...............................................................................................84 Drs. Ellen and Jeffrey Kaiden Urban Educator Scholarship......................................................................85 Julia Keay-Chanes Scholarship ........................................................................................................86 Dr. Gary Kettlitz Memorial Scholarship ............................................................................................87 Becky and Frank Kraus Scholarship..................................................................................................88 John Krebs, SJ Scholarship ............................................................................................................89 Garvin Lally '84 Writer's Scholarship................................................................................................92 Joseph M. Leone Family Fund Endowed Scholarship .............................................................................93 Katherine Liessem Memorial Scholarship ..........................................................................................94 Franklin Lakes Lions Club Scholarship ..............................................................................................95 Kim Lynch Scholarship.................................................................................................................96 Maddi Endowed Scholarship Fund ...................................................................................................97 Elizabeth Mainardi Endowed Scholarship Fund ....................................................................................98 Don Manzo Memorial Music Scholarship...........................................................................................99 D. Bennett Mazur Scholarship.......................................................................................................100 Meadowlands Commission Achievement Scholarships..........................................................................101 Theodore Michelfeld Award .........................................................................................................102 Bernard Milano/KPMG Endowed Scholarship...................................................................................103 The Minority Faculty Staff Association Scholarship..............................................................................104 Frank E. and Lillian A. Mutter Scholarship........................................................................................105 Herman D. Mytelka Memorial Scholarship .......................................................................................107 Jeannette Krieger Mytelka Memorial Scholarship ...............................................................................108 The Robert Sydney Needham Memorial Scholarship ...........................................................................109 North Jersey Media Group Foundation/ The Record Scholarship ............................................................110 Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship .................................................................................................111 Lori Ann Oldenhage Memorial Scholarship I & II ...............................................................................113 Dominick Palazzotto Scholarship ...................................................................................................114 Purvi Parekh and Manshi Mehta Scholarship .....................................................................................115 Parents Council Scholarship .........................................................................................................116 Sharon G. Pierson Scholarship I & II ...............................................................................................117 Founding President George T. Potter & Laurie Potter, Ph.D. Scholarship ...................................................118 President's Cabinet Scholarship .....................................................................................................120 3


TABLE OF CONTENTS Prestige Family of Dealerships Endowed Scholarship ...........................................................................121 R and N Family Scholarship .........................................................................................................122 Sebastian J. Raciti Endowed Scholarship...........................................................................................123 Ramapo EMT Scholarship ...........................................................................................................124 Ramapo College Community Student Enrichment Endowment Fund .......................................................125 Ramapo College Foundation Scholarship..........................................................................................126 Beate Riesterer Returning Minority Women Scholarship.......................................................................130 Robert G. Ripston Leadership Award..............................................................................................131 Ross Family Survivor to Survivors Scholarship...................................................................................132 Willie and Hertha Rubel Memorial Scholarship .................................................................................133 The Saiff Family Scholarship .........................................................................................................134 The Joseph and Jennie Sall Memorial Scholarship Award.......................................................................135 Carol Schaefer Human Services Award ............................................................................................136 Michael J. Scully Performing Arts Scholarship ...................................................................................137 Dr. Ernest Simon Book Award ......................................................................................................138 Social Work Student Conference & Scholarship Fund...........................................................................139 Student Affairs Division Scholarship ...............................................................................................140 Angelo Tarallo Memorial Scholarship ..............................................................................................141 TD Bank Scholarship in Honor of James Napolitano ............................................................................142 Fred and Florence Thomases Scholarship..........................................................................................143 Marina and William Topken Scholarship ...........................................................................................144 Marina and William Topken Undergraduate Nursing Scholarship .............................................................145 Marina and William Topken Graduate Nursing Scholarship ....................................................................146 Union Foundation Scholarship ......................................................................................................147 Verizon Scholarship ...................................................................................................................148 Jeffrey and Andrea Warren Scholarship ............................................................................................150 May H. Weis Environmental Internship/Scholarship ............................................................................151 Elaine Winshell Award ................................................................................................................152 Dr. Elaine B. Winshell Scholarship Endowment..................................................................................153 Wiss & Company Scholarship .......................................................................................................154 Wojciechowski-Dembia Scholarship ...............................................................................................155 Stuart Craig Wood III Scholarship ..................................................................................................156 NEW LEGACY SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIPS ....................................................................................157 Russell Berrie Nursing Scholarship.................................................................................................158 Bonnie Driskill Franklin Memorial Scholarship ..................................................................................159 Dr. Judith Peck Scholarship..........................................................................................................160 Debra McGuire Perry Family College Honors Endowment ...................................................................161 Frank M. Potanka Scholarship.......................................................................................................162 PSEG Scholarship Endowment......................................................................................................163 Judith M. Rodriguez and Francis J. Rodriguez Bioinformatics Scholarship..................................................164 Claire and Howard Shurak Scholarship ............................................................................................165 Silver Endowment.....................................................................................................................166 Thomas and Joyce Srednicki Scholarship Endowment ..........................................................................167 Stephen D. Warren Memorial Scholarship.........................................................................................168 BOOK AWARDS ......................................................................................................................169 Richard Anisfield ......................................................................................................................170 Martin Blauer ..........................................................................................................................171 Betsy Fitzmaurice......................................................................................................................172 Jacob Halle .............................................................................................................................173 Dr. Milton M. Gittens Scholarships ................................................................................................174 4


A&A Ridgewood Registered Professional Nurses Association Scholarship

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Karen Rivas is from West New York, NJ and is a junior in the undergraduate Nursing program. She has earned a 3.03 grade point average.

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

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ADLER ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Foundation and the Adlers’ support has strengthened countless programs at the College from the theater program to the Havemeyer Edible Garden. In 2007 the Adlers created this award, the College’s 100th endowed scholarship. For their ongoing support and leadership, the College recognized the Adlers with honorary degrees in 1999.

In her third year at Ramapo Jamie Ziegelhofer has earned a 3.73 grade point average. She is majoring in Social Work. Jamie is from Hackensack, NJ.

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ogether Elaine and Myron (Mike) Adler founded Myron Manufacturing Corporation in 1949, the same year they married. Myron is now a mailorder firm that markets its products exclusively to other businesses and is one of the largest businesses in Bergen County.

“I would like to thank the Adlers for this honor. I will try to make them proud of me now and as my career progresses.” Jamie Ziegelhofer

In 2010 the couple made a $2 million gift to establish the Adler Center for Nursing Excellence. This significant gift will fund the new home of the College’s highlyacclaimed and expanding nursing programs, as well as state-of-the-art labs to enhance the education of all science students.

“I have worked on buildings with Habitat for Humanity in Thailand and Denville, NJ,” says Chase Burns, a junior majoring in Social Work. “I was site coordinator between an organization called Pass It Along and the Denville Habitat site. I have also been involved with other Pass It Along activities including one called Tilly’s Kids.” Chase works two jobs and was a volunteer intern at Ginnie’s House Child Advocacy Center last year. The Ogdensburg, NJ native has earned a 3.95 grade point average.

In addition to being successful entrepreneurs, the Adlers are committed community activists. Mrs. Adler is a member of the board at the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine, the Center for InterReligious Understanding, the Community Resource Council, the Jewish Home and Rehabilitation Center and the USA Toy Lending Library Association. Both Mr. and Mrs. Adler have been honored by the ADL, UJA, Boys Town of Jerusalem, Bergen Community College, Hadassah, NJ Speech and Hearing Association and the National Aphasia Association. After Mr. Adler suffered a stroke in 1993, the Adlers founded the Adler Aphasia Center in Maywood. This community-based center has received world-wide recognition for its programs for people with aphasia and their caregivers.

Sandy Huerta of Passaic, NJ is a Nursing major. She is active in the Nursing Student Organization and Chi Alpha Epsilon. After earning her BSN, Sandy would like to work in a hospital’s emergency room or intensive care unit. She also plans to continue her education by

The Adlers have been involved with Ramapo College for more than 20 years. Mrs. Adler has provided leadership on the Board of Governors of the Ramapo College 6


ADLER ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Siedah S. Gaines of Bordentown, NJ is a Nursing major. She is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society for FirstYear Students, The National Society for Collegiate Scholars and The Golden Key International Honour Society. After Siedah graduates in 2013, she plans to apply for a nursing position in Trenton or the Philadelphia area. She would like to specialize in labor and delivery. Siedah also plans on furthering her education and becoming a certified nurse midwife. Siedah, who has a 2.68 grade point average, says, “In high school, I always thought that being intelligent was all that I needed to get scholarships and make it through college. I quickly realized that it takes more than that to achieve my goal. The past three years have not been easy on my family. I have worked hard to earn scholarships while maintaining my academics. This gave me the opportunity to see that my hard work has not been in vain and that even when I think people are not watching out for me, they are.”

becoming a certified registered nurse anesthetist. The scholarship, says Sandy, “is a great motivation to continue to succeed in school. This scholarship symbolizes my hard work and helps me continue my lifelong desire to become a nurse. This scholarship also motivates me to work harder to achieve my goals and, later on, give back to the community so other low income students can achieve their career goals.” Sandy has a 2.81 grade point average.

“This scholarship motivates me to work harder in order to achieve my goals and later on when I give back to my community so that other low income students can achieve their career goals.Thank you!” Sandy Huerta “I aspire to care for patients and help the community to live healthy,” says Jinal Shah. Jinal is a senior Nursing major who has earned a 3.72 grade point average. She is from Bridgewater, NJ. “After graduation in May, I plan to work in a hospital to gain more experience and education as a nurse,” she says.

“I would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Adler for supporting the students majoring in Nursing and SocialWork.Thank you for your dedication and for acknowledging the vital role that people in these professions play in the well-being of our society and community.” Siedah S. Gaines Nursing major Michael Lupica is in his junior year at Ramapo College. He has earned a 3.60 grade point average. He participates in the Rock Climbing Club and the Technology Animation Studies Club on campus. “The majority of my free time is dedicated to riding for my town’s volunteer ambulance squad, the Maywood First Aid Squad,” he says.

“I am touched by the kindness, inspiration and support that Mr. and Mrs. Adler have given and I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart.” Jinal Shah Amanda Catrillo is from Wood-Ridge, NJ. She is a junior majoring in Nursing, and has earned a 3.10 grade point average.

Giovanni Sanchez is a senior majoring in Social Work. Her minor is Psychology. Last semester Giovanni did a field placement at a Head Start program in Passaic, helping Spanish-speaking children do their homework. 7


ADLER ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP “Right now I am currently at NewBridge Services in Flanders, NJ,” she continues, “working with clients who have a serious mental illness. I redirect the clients when they have an episode, talk to them when they need someone to talk to, and at the moment I am doing activities with them.” Giovanni has earned a grade point average of 3.06 and was on the Dean’s List last semester. She is from Lake Hiawatha, NJ.

surgical ward in a hospital for several years. Then she’d like to become a travel nurse and visit different parts of the United States. Jenna says, “Receiving this scholarship was an honor. I am grateful for the establishment of this scholarship to recognize hard working nursing students. Having this support helped me through the nursing program.” Jenna maintains a 3.81 grade point average. From Mountain Lakes, NJ, Hilary Kaczka is majoring in Social Work. She has earned a 3.75 grade point average.

“Like many women today, I have several roles in my life,” says Aloha Wilkins from Boonton, NJ. “I am an adult student with two small children ages 9 and 4. In addition, I work with the developmentally disabled.” Aloha is majoring in Social Work with a minor in Substance Abuse. She is a junior with a 3.00 grade point average.

“I would like to say thank you so much to the Adlers.This scholarship is such an inspiration to continue on in school and a clear message that working hard does pay off!” Hilary Kaczka

Jenna Trott of Marlton, NJ is a Nursing major with a minor in Psychology. She is a member of the Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity, the Dance Marathon Club and the International Golden Key Honour Society. When she becomes a registered nurse, Jenna plans to work in a general medical

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AFT SCHOLARSHIP The AFT Endowed Scholarship Fund has two programs: a Graduate School Scholarship and the Hank Frundt Memorial Scholarship. The Graduate School Scholarship provides an award to a graduating senior who intends to pursue graduate studies, particularly to students seeking careers in teaching or other academic areas. The intent is to provide recognition for outstanding academic achievement and to encourage post-graduate scholarship. The Hank Frundt Memorial Scholarship is for sophomores or juniors who are interested in labor studies, social justice, or Latin American economic/social development. In 2011 the undergraduate award was named in memory of Dr. Frundt, who taught at Ramapo for 37 years in the areas of corporate studies and Latin American social and economic development. Dr. Frundt served as president of the teachers’ union, as a delegate to the Council of New Jersey State College Locals and as a liaison to U.S. Labor Against the War.

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n 2002 the American Federation of Teachers Union (AFT Local 2274) at Ramapo College joined with the President’s office to create an endowed scholarship fund. When it was created President Smith wrote of the “constructive, harmonious and very productive relationship that exists between the Union and the College.”

The scholarship is selected later in the spring semester.

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RAMAPO COLLEGE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP participated in extracurricular activities such as dance, theater and clubs. What other teens would consider a delicate balancing act of interests and commitments comes naturally to Kristina, giving her a skill essential to success in college. Monique Cappuzo of Middletown, NJ has expressed an interest in Nursing. In high school she worked on her school’s yearbook, literary magazine and was a member of the Key Club. Monique needed surgery and required home school instruction. She was driven to maintain her Honors level status. Not only did she teach herself the material she had missed, but she learned about time management because she spent three hours a day each week in physical therapy. Monique volunteered at a physical therapy practice, and as a math tutor. Her World Language teacher described Monique as someone who takes on new challenges “with assertiveness, determination and great energy.” Monique continues to demonstrate determination in her college coursework.

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

“I would like to say thank you to the people who provided my scholarship because it has enabled me to attend college, and achieve my Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing.” Monique Capuzzo

Mary DiPasquale of Berkeley Heights, NJ excelled in Honors and AP courses in high school. She also explored her interest in the arts by taking classes in theater, creative writing, drawing and painting. Her guidance counselor described Mary as “independent, open-minded and confident.” Mary is a member of the National Honor Society, Italian Honor Society and worked on her school’s literary magazine. She also participated in her school’s open mic coffee house events. Mary is intrigued by the American Revolutionary War era. She continues to challenge her intellectual curiosity at Ramapo.

Marissa Greenfield of Paramus, NJ is considered gifted in language by the teacher who taught her Italian. Marissa excels at writing in Italian and demonstrates a command of vocabulary and complex sentence structure. Her teacher said she consistently submitted work that went beyond the requirements of the assignment. Marissa played volleyball in high school and was on the varsity team her senior year. She also played during her school’s summer sessions and in volleyball camps. Marissa is interested in Social Work and has volunteered in a substance abuse clinic that provides counseling and treatment.

Kristina Burgoon of Flemington, NJ is the embodiment of adjectives according to her guidance counselor. “Compassionate, ambitious, motivated and humble” are just a few of the words used to describe Kristina. Added her Biology teacher, she’s “dedicated, a leader, dependable, hardworking, kind, funny.” In high school Kristina maintained three part time jobs while enrolled in challenging AP and Honors classes. She also 10


RAMAPO COLLEGE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP The high school transcript of Ryan McGilloway of Toms River, NJ reflects a steady stream of Honors and AP courses. He is a member of the National Honor Society, made the Honor Roll and received an Academic Letter for maintaining a GPA of 3.7 in his freshman and sophomore years. He served as president of the Broadcasting Club and worked at the school’s television

station taping the Game of the Week and the 2010 Halloween Parade sponsored by Toms River. He also played trumpet in the orchestra and was a member of the Future Business Leaders of America. In addition, he played Lacrosse and Volleyball. Ryan also earned a level two black belt in karate and instructs younger students in the discipline.

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ALUMNI SERVICE ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

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Valensiya Tsvetanova is a senior from Bulgaria who came to the United States six years ago as an exchange student, and was placed in Elkhart, Indiana. Valensiya is majoring in Accounting and Law and Society, and is involved in many campus organizations and projects. Projects have included Alternative Spring Break, treasurer of three student clubs, Model UN, and Students for Free Enterprise. Valensiya plans to enter law school and earn an MBA at the same time.

n 2005 the Alumni Association began allocating a portion of its fundraising proceeds to an endowed fund. The board members of the Alumni Association explored a number of options for the purpose of the endowed fund and decided to have it be used for scholarships. It was important to the members of the Alumni Board to recognize students who are committed to helping others, thus complementing the existing Alumni Association endowed scholarships.

“Thank you for your generosity and support through my academic career.� Valensiya Tsvetanova

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ANISFIELD SCHOLARSHIP

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n astute businesswoman, civic and community leader, Millicent Anisfield served as a member of the Ramapo College Board of Trustees from 1985 to 1997, chairing the Board from 1992 to 1994. She is a member of the Ramapo College Foundation Board of Governors and serves on the Board’s Planned Giving Committee. On April 6, 2006 Mrs. Anisfield and her husband Richard generously donated $2.5 million, the largest gift in the College’s history, to strengthen the business program and the Anisfield School of Business was named in their honor. On April 28, 2008 the Anisfields again amazed the College with an additional $3 million gift to complete the 5th floor of the building. Mr. Anisfield witnessed many positive changes in the Anisfield School, including AACSB accreditation, until his death in October, 2011. Between 1977 and 1984 Mrs. Anisfield was a trustee at Montclair State College. She has been actively involved in a number of charitable organizations, including the Valley Hospital Foundation, Gilda’s Club, the Greater Montclair Urban Coalition, the League of Women Voters and Hadassah. In 2008 Mrs. Anisfield was selected to receive the Outstanding Philanthropist Award by the New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In the 1970s Mrs. Anisfield played an active role in the community of Montclair, serving as campaign coordinator of the 1976 municipal election, on the Advisory Committee to the Commissioner of Public Safety and as a member of the high school’s Advisory Committees on Title VII and Interracial Affairs. During that time she was also systems manager at Kurt Versen Company, a lighting fixtures manufacturer. Mrs. Anisfield created this endowed scholarship in 1988 to recognize minority students who demonstrate outstanding scholastic achievement. She created a bequest to augment this fund in 2007. 13

A difficult birth and complications in her lungs left Loretta Turner with constant respiratory complications for the first 10 years of her life. “I had dreamed of being a professional athlete like my ancestor Jesse Owens,” she says. “My parents encouraged me despite my shortcomings and I am the first on my father’s side to pursue higher education.” Loretta is majoring in Psychology and has earned a 3.71 grade point average. She works as a yoga instructor and a nanny, and works on campus as a note taker. She holds leadership positions in the Yoga Club and NORML Club on campus, and is involved in the Sustainable Living Facilities program and 1Step. “I am not quite sure how I survived my birth,” the Rockaway, NJ native says, “But despite the circumstances I was given a chance to live. I plan to take full advantage of this gift by giving back to the community through social change.” Miranda Wyatt is a Literature major with a concentration in Creative Writing. The senior is surprised by how quickly college life has passed. “Through hard work, determination and perseverance, I have completed seven-eighths of my college education, all while working two part-time jobs, experiencing two internships and maintaining a consecutive 3.5 GPA,” Miranda says. In addition to work and classes, Miranda is a member of the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society, the Rho Alpha Sigma Honor Society, and is active in Suicide Awareness Programs. Miranda is from Mahwah, NJ.


ANISFIELD SCHOOL OF BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIP Until his death in the fall of 2011, Mr. Anisfield met frequently with Ramapo College administrators and students. The intent of the Anisfield School of Business Scholarship is to attract students of high academic merit and financial need to a degree program offered in the Anisfield School. The award is administered by the dean and the faculty of the Anisfield School. Thomas Fierro of Haledon, NJ managed a demanding schedule of Honors and AP courses in high school. An athlete who plays football, basketball and baseball, Thomas was named captain of the varsity baseball team as a freshman and earned an Honorable Mention in the county. He continued to show his leadership qualities by being named captain of the Junior Varsity basketball team as a sophomore. Thomas enjoyed a stand-out year as a junior, named MVP and also 2nd Team All League and All County. He also was active in DECA and was named to the National Honor Society, where he served as treasurer in his senior year. An outstanding scholar athlete, Thomas was ranked in the top five of his graduating class.

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ichard Anisfield and his wife, Millicent have long supported higher education in New Jersey and are well-respected leaders and philanthropists in the New Jersey community. Mr. Anisfield was born in Paterson and graduated from Eastside High School. He attended New York University before enlisting in the Army Air Corps, flying missions over Germany in World War II as a B-24 bomber pilot. In 1956 Mr. Anisfield, a management consultant, purchased Kurt Versen Company, a national firm that designs, manufactures and sells high-end, commercial lighting fixtures. Mr. Anisfield went on to build a successful business as CEO and president of the company. Mr. Anisfield retired from Kurt Versen in 2005.

Eli Moskowitz of Midland Park, NJ is deciding which major he’d like to pursue in the Anisfield School of Business. He’s expressed an interest in the College’s PreLaw program. Knowledgeable and worldly, Eli traveled to Rome and Paris between his sophomore and junior years. He received his high school’s Merit Award for outstanding achievements in academic and citizenship activities. Eli was a member of the Biology and Chemistry teams and received a Chemistry Team Award. He held two jobs, one in a warehouse and the other as an aftercare counselor watching and helping children with their homework. An avid fan of the Metal Gear series of games, he has adopted the game’s “Procure on sight” instructions as his guidepost. He aims to fight for his belief in what is right and to succeed in completing his mission–which for now, is his college career at Ramapo. Eli says he will use “valuable problem solving skills that I have gained by living vicariously through the cast of the Metal Gear series.”

In 2006 and 2008 the Anisfields made the largest gifts in the College’s history, totaling over $5.5 million, to strengthen the business program. Mr. Anisfield said, “In making this gift, my interest is in creating something lasting and something that is important for our society.” He went on to say, “The best thing I can do is support education. I want to contribute to the education of the most promising students and those who might not otherwise find college accessible.” At the 2008 Ramapo College commencement Mr. and Mrs. Anisfield were awarded honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees. He was an honorary member of Delta Mu Delta, the national honor society for business administration.

Anthony Darakjy of Wyckoff, NJ is interested in majoring in Finance and possibly pursuing a career as a stock broker, lawyer or CPA. He’s worked at two different jewelry stores and not only learned about diamonds, but also about sales. A young man of many

In the Spring of 2011, Mr. Anisfield was inducted into Ramapo College of New Jersey’s Beta Gamma Sigma, the leading international business administrative honor society. 14


ANISFIELD SCHOOL OF BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIP interests, Anthony had a short story published in his high school’s literary magazine, achieved a five-minute mile on the Cross Country team and was on the Varsity team for two years. He served as vice president and treasurer of the school’s Stock Market Club. He plays basketball on a team sponsored by his church and was voted MVP and named captain. In addition, Anthony is a deacon at his church where he was voted president of the Youth Group. His Spanish teacher described Anthony as “a highly ethical young man, who through hard work and persistence has found great success in his high school career.” No doubt he will find great success at Ramapo. Nicholas Sourbis of Secaucus, NJ participated in many community service programs as a high school student: toy, food and clothing drives; a Foreign Language Festival; Easter Bunny Breakfast; Haunted High School event and Relay for Life. He was a member of the Foreign Language and Engineering clubs and the Chorus. To earn money, Nicholas was a babysitter. In addition, he was accepted into Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society and the American Technology Honor Society. Nicholas has been described by his English teacher as a “well-rounded student who is organized and involved.” Nicholas is a student undoubtedly ready to take on challenges at Ramapo College.

“This scholarship has helped me to achieve my professional goals by giving me and my family relief from college debt.” Nicholas Sourbis Ryan Ericson of Spotswood, NJ immersed himself in the art programs his high school offered. He took Honors Fine Arts and AP Advanced Placement Art Studio in addition to Honors academic courses. Ryan’s Fine Arts teacher described him as a student who “strives to achieve a high level of perfection and whose self-criticism is insightful without being overly harsh.” Still, Ryan has chosen to major in Business Administration and plans to have his own business. In high school, he was a member 15

of the Wrestling and Football teams as well as the Math League. Ryan participated in coat drives for a local hospital and held a job with the school’s custodial staff.

Michael DeStasio of Iselin, NJ took a demanding Honors track of courses in high school. As a sophomore, he doubled up on accelerated math courses. Michael is an avid runner and ran on the high school’s Winter and Spring Varsity teams and was named Athlete of the Month for his participation in Cross Country. His guidance counselor credits the sports with enhancing Michael’s focus and discipline. He also participated in a peer mentoring outreach program called Heroes and Cool Kids. An Eagle Scout, Michael received the Mayor’s Youth Volunteer Award in 2008. The school’s motto is the “three As: academics, athletics, and the arts.” Michael’s guidance counselor said he achieved success in all of them.

“I would like to tell the Anisfields that I am beyond grateful for this scholarship, which will ease the financial burden on myself and my family, giving me the opportunity to better focus my time on studies.” Michael DeStasio Muneshwar Samlall of New Milford, NJ is planning to major in Business Administration. It’s no wonder, then, that he filled his senior year schedule with AP and other challenging courses to prepare him for transition to college life. Muneshwar earned college credits from St. Thomas Aquinas College and Fairleigh Dickinson University. His science teacher described him as “exceptionally gifted, talented, innovative, creative, imaginative and industrious.” Muneshwar was named to the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society and participated in the Mock Trial Debate Team, the Gifted and Talented program, NJ News 12’s “The Challenge” and MSG’s Varsity Editing. He also played on the Varsity Tennis and Golf Teams and ran Indoor Track.


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ne day in May of 2006 Ina Anisfield-Meyers decided to search the Internet for other people with the name Anisfield. She found a press release from Ramapo College, announcing a large donation from Richard and Millicent Anisfield to name and strengthen the business school. Richard’s name sparked a memory from 1939, when she and her family went to Paterson, NJ to visit relatives. “My father and his father went off to play golf and our mothers went shopping and Richard, who was my age, went to play with his friends,” Ms. Meyers recalled. “I spent the whole day in this big house all by myself.” Ms. Meyers contacted Mr. Anisfield, believing him to be her only living family member. She spoke with Mr. Anisfield’s wife, Millicent.

for all world languages taught at the school. She was a member of the stage crew for the school’s play and served as music director and performed flute/piccolo solos for the Spring Musical and was a member of the Marching Band. She is particularly proud of her participation in the Marine Science Consortium at NASA Flight Center in Virginia. She took part in boating research trips, laboratory experiences and interacted with dolphins to learn more about their behavior. She also participated in the VIP Experience in Journalism in which she attended seminars, lectures and workshops to learn about journalistic reporting. Elizabeth has a 3.61 grade point average.

“I plan to complete the coursework necessary to take the Certified Public Accountants exam during my undergraduate studies and then continue on to obtain a Master’s degree in Business while simultaneously working in my chosen field of Accounting.This generous scholarship provided by the Anisfield-Meyers Foundation will help me to achieve these goals via financial assistance for college.” Elizabeth Nitzsche

“We just had a delightful time on the phone,” says Ms. Anisfield. “She was so grateful to have found some family.” When Ms. Meyers began planning her estate, she sought the Anisfield’s advice since she had no next of kin and had already given to her chosen charities. “I learned a lot about Ramapo from Richard and Millicent; they had given so much of themselves to the College, so I became very interested,” Ms. Meyers said. She decided to announce a bequest of $1.7 million to Ramapo on October 24, 2006. Ms. Meyers also established the first endowed faculty chair in honor of her son, the late Steven Meyers. The chair is in Finance. Ms. Meyers passed away in 2009 at the age of 87 and part of her estate was used to create this endowed scholarship. The Anisfield-Meyers Family Scholarship is intended for upperclassmen in the Anisfield School of Business who have demonstrated academic achievement and have financial need.

Olanrewaju Owoyele, who is from Nigeria, admits to a competitive nature, demonstrated most often when he tries to “best” his brother. He is interested in the sciences, particularly Chemistry. He was named Best Chemistry student for two years at his high school and served as the secretary general of the Chemistry Club. He completed the Emergency Medical Technician class at Bergen

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ANISFIELD-MEYERS FAMILY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP County’s Emergency Medical Services Academy. In his hometown of Lagos, Olanrewaju volunteered with the Red Cross and the Salvation Army. He is concerned about what he calls the “brain drain” occurring in his country, something he hopes to stop in his own way. Olanrewaju plans to return to Nigeria and become a researcher. He feels strongly about education, saying “The value of education cannot be overemphasized and as humans we need to use what we have learned to benefit ourselves, our families, our communities and the world at large.” Olanrewaju has a 3.43 grade point average.

“The receipt of this scholarship is hands down one of the best things that has happened to me. Without this scholarship, it would have been virtually impossible for me to attend school here. It has made life a lot easier for me. It has enabled me to study and learn in the best possible environment I could have imagined. I am grateful for getting this scholarship as it has in many ways changed my life. Now, I know that my life is most certainly on the right path, courtesy of this scholarship. Furthermore, being a beneficiary of such immense kindness, I will always be grateful for the benevolence of the kind donor of this scholarship. Without them, life might have taken a different course for me. I am truly grateful from the bottom of my heart.” Olanrewaju Owoyele Andrew Derkack of Jackson, NJ is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Finance. He was ranked fifth in a graduating class of 365 students. His class schedule was a demanding one of Honors and AP courses. In high school, his guidance counselor described him as “confident, poised, humble, secure and focused.” All of these excellent traits carried over to college where Andrew continues to have a leadership role in the classroom and as a positive role model for his

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peers. He worked at a summer camp organized by the Jackson School District and due to his outgoing nature, the campers gravitated toward him. Andrew also worked at a music store and taught guitar. He was named to the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society and participated in several school-based and community projects including Clean Up Jackson Day and sewed blankets for Project Linus. He has a 3.85 grade point average. Drew Illingworth of Hazlet, NJ ranked in the top 10 percent of his graduating class of almost 300 students. The scholar athlete enjoys playing soccer and tennis. He served as the Varsity Soccer team’s captain and received All State and All Division honors. He also received the Coaches Award for tennis. Drew participated in the Hero & Cool Kid program. In this highly selective program, he mentored a fifth grade class who viewed him as a big brother. He also made an impact on the Math League, the Key Club and the Italian Club. Never far from sports, Drew worked at a sporting center for three years. He has a 3.73 grade point average. Petar Dobrev is an international student in his junior year. He is an Economics major and Mathematics minor. Petar is a member of Beta Gama Sigma Business Honor Society and the International Student Organization. He plans to continue his education and upon graduation enter a Ph.D. program in Economics.


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Alison Culvert of Montvale, NJ is a Literature major with the goal of earning a master’s degree and becoming an elementary school teacher. College life was proceeding as planned when Alison was injured in a car accident. The ensuing recovery and disabilities forced her to withdraw from college. She says it took a year and a half for her to be herself again; she credits Ramapo College with providing significant help. Her ability to teach and learn with others is demonstrated by serving as peer facilitator for the Office of Specialized Services, teaching ESL to campus cafeteria employees and her involvement in a sustainability living facility pilot program. Alison, who has a 3.73 grade point average, is a member of the Sigma Tau Delta Literature Honor Society and a founding sister of the College’s chapter of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. Her life is again proceeding on plan. After graduation, she will enroll in a master’s program in Nashville, TN where her family lives.

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

“This scholarship has given me the opportunity to continue to save in order to put myself through graduate school to earn my Master’s degree in Education.” Alison Culvert

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DANIEL ARCE SCHOLARSHIP For Daniel, going to school was a privilege since he often was unable to go to school or take a test because he was in a hospital bed. At Ramapo, Daniel had a 4.00 grade point average and took every opportunity to enjoy his time as a college student. Daniel faced his illness with strong will, courage and a positive attitude. He did not give up, despite very difficult situations. Candidates for the Arce Scholarship are students who are Finance majors, have a strong interest in music or sports and “keep a positive attitude, despite difficult situations.� Patrick Zwally is a senior from Old Bridge, NJ. He has majored in Business Administration and Finance and plans to become a financial advisor. Patrick is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honorary Society, and is a tutor in the Center for Academic Success. A former high school varsity athlete, he now devotes his time to internships which will further his goal to help families with retirement and other financial planning.

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

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EVELYN ARONOW SCHOLARSHIP

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efore her death Evelyn Aronow worked tirelessly on behalf of disabled persons in the State of New Jersey and beyond,” says Lisa Cohan Aronow. In 1973 Evelyn’s article, “Forces In Motion,” was published by the National Easter Seal Society for Crippled Children and Adults. Evelyn suffered from severe cerebral palsy and worked for the State of New Jersey in the Department of Community Affairs. The Department created an award in her memory, The Evelyn Aronow Dolan Citizens Award for Advocacy and Promotion of

Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities. The award is given to an individual who “through legislation, education, public relations, technical support or financial support, has promoted growth and development and has made a lasting contribution to community recreation services for individuals with disabilities in New Jersey.” Evelyn’s mother, Jeannette B. Aronow was a beloved teacher for 24 years and a long time resident of Springfield, NJ then Whippany, NJ. Before her death in 2010, Jeannette created this endowed scholarship fund for “a student who has shown potential to be an advocate for the disabled,” in honor of Evelyn’s advocacy and support of people with disabilities. The Aronow Scholarship is selected later in the spring semester.

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TAA EVELYN L. ATWATER SCHOLARSHIP

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n 1951 Evelyn and Vernon Atwater moved to Ridgewood, NJ with their two young daughters. Evelyn soon became actively involved in the community, devoting herself to volunteer leadership positions with the American Red Cross, the New Jersey Historical Society, the Friends of the Hermitage, the Ridgewood Library, the Volunteer Center of Bergen County, the United Way of Bergen County and West Side Presbyterian Church. When her younger daughter was two-years-old, Mrs. Atwater joined the Ridgewood YWCA, beginning a tradition of service to that organization that would last for decades and reach countless women and girls in Bergen County. In 1974, while a board member of the Ridgewood YWCA, Mrs. Atwater founded Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN), which honors outstanding women executives and their employers. TWIN is now stronger than ever and the program launched in Bergen County has become adopted in YMCA chapters across the country. An offshoot of TWIN is the TWIN Alumnae Association (TAA), which is made up of every woman who has received the TWIN award. TAA provides a valuable link between key female executives in Bergen County, offering personal and professional development programs, as well as community service opportunities. One of the TAA’s annual programs is a scholarship for Ramapo College women, named in honor of Mrs. Atwater. The Atwater Scholarship benefits an outstanding female student who plans to pursue a career in business or industry.

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Lauren Magenta of Wayne, NJ is a Communication Arts major with a concentration in Journalism. She writes a weekly recipe column for the student published Ramapo News newspaper. Her goal is to promote healthy, easy and quick recipes while living on a college campus. Lauren works at the College’s television station, RCTV, where she began a cooking segment. She says that both activities help her write on a regular basis, which is important for her concentration. This semester Lauren interned in WABC-TV’s newsroom. She also interned at Style Networks and did research and writing for their online site, mystyle.com. Lauren says, “This scholarship was such an honor to receive. I have always admired my mother who has mastered the role of being a ‘working mom.’ I hope to one day be influential in the business world. Having been recognized by an organization of professional women means a lot.” Lauren, who has a 3.46 grade point average, would like to take a television career path starting with news assistant and progressing to news reporter and then news anchor.


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Jenna Trott of Marlton, NJ is a Nursing major with a minor in Psychology. She is a member of the Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity, the Dance Marathon Club and the International Golden Key Honour Society. When she becomes a registered nurse, Jenna plans to work in a general medical surgical ward in a hospital for several years. Then she’d like to become a travel nurse and visit different parts of the United States. Jenna says, “Receiving this scholarship was an honor. I am grateful for the establishment of this scholarship to recognize hard working nursing students. Having this support helped me through the nursing program.” Jenna maintains a 3.81 grade point average.

athy Azzara graduated from Ramapo College in 2002 with a degree in Psychology from the School of Social Science and Human Services. She and her husband, Michael, have been active supporters of the College for more than 10 years. Mrs. Azzara started this scholarship in 2007 to give students encouragement and let students know that “someone shows an interest in you.” The intent of the Kathy Azzara Scholarship is to recognize young people who are working hard to achieve a BSN degree and the financial independence a bachelor’s degree represents. In addition to the financial assistance the Azzara Scholarship will provide, the award is intended to encourage students who are committed to service and who believe in “giving back.” In 2000 Mr. Azzara, former president and CEO of the Valley Health System, was honored at the Ramapo College Foundation’s Distinguished Citizens Dinner for his leadership in health care and volunteer organizations across New Jersey and nationwide. Mrs. Azzara is a registered nurse and healthcare consultant. She volunteers her time and talent to may organizations, including serving on the School of Social Science and Human Services Dean’s Advisory Board.

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SENATOR BYRON M. BAER ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

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Clifton Shambry is a senior majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. He has earned a 3.29 grade point average. Cliff studied abroad in China last year. On campus, Cliff is a member of the Student Government Association, serving as a Senator-AtLarge. He served on the organizing committee for Celebration at Sunset last year, and was one of 20 students who volunteered to help with clean up efforts in Mahwah after Hurricane Irene. In 2010 he received the Omicron Delta Kappa New Student Service Award. Cliff is from Millville, NJ.

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

“I am so grateful to the sponsors of this scholarship as I have been able to continue in my final semester at Ramapo and now able to concentrate on applying and attending graduate school.” Clifton Shambry

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BECK ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

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Program with Professor Anita Brandolini. Last summer she completed a three month internship at Hoffmann La Roche Pharmaceuticals doing research in medicinal chemistry and drug development. This fall Holly will attend graduate school to pursue a doctorate in Organic Chemistry. Holly says, “I am incredibly proud that I have earned this scholarship and that my efforts and accomplishments in Chemistry are being acknowledged.” Holly, who has a 3.62 grade point average, would like a career as a chemist in the pharmaceutical industry.

he intent of the Beck Endowed Scholarship Fund is to benefit students pursuing advanced degrees in medicine or chemistry. This endowed scholarship fund was created by Dr. Christine Beck and her husband Adalgery Beck. Christine graduated from the School of Theoretical and Applied Science in 1974 and currently is a physician in private practice in Allentown, PA. Mr. Beck works for Air Products and Chemicals. Holly Sorenson of Clifton, NJ is a Chemistry major. She served as the president of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Club and is a member of the Phi Lambda Upsilon Chemistry Honor Society. Holly has conducted undergraduate research as part of the Research Honors

“The Beck Scholarship will assist me in being a successful graduate student next year.” Holly Sorenson

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AUDREY CROOK BERNTSEN SCHOLARSHIP

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Amanda Lentino is a Literature major in her senior year. Amanda is pursuing a minor in Psychology, and teacher education certification in English. “Amanda’s behind-the-scenes efforts to help our students are unparalleled,” says a member of the Literature faculty. She also compiled a “massive and impressive” number of documents to help with a faculty member’s research, and presented a paper at a Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges conference in the fall.

t his mother’s death, Ramapo College alumnus David Berntsen ‘85 created this endowed scholarship in her memory. Since Audrey Crook Berntsen was a teacher, the scholarship will benefit outstanding Ramapo students enrolled in the Teacher Education Program. To honor David’s success in business, outstanding students enrolled in any business major are also eligible for the Audrey Crook Berntsen Scholarship.

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JOYCE BIENER SCHOLARSHIP Hannah Morrow of Kinnelon, NJ is a Biochemistry major. As a teenager she was diagnosed with a chronic disorder from which, she says “I emerged with more strength, determination and faith than I could ever imagine.” She entered the workforce after high school and earned an associate’s degree at a community college. Hannah has admiration for the physical therapists who helped her and plans on becoming one to help others. Hannah volunteers at an animal shelter, a hospital and works with children who have cerebral palsy. She a member of Ramapo’s Biology Club. Hannah is particularly proud of being the recipient of a scholarship awarded by the American Association of University Women.

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lexander Biener, MD created this award as a surprise for his wife, Joyce, in 2010 to recognize Joyce for the kind of person she is– a supporting actress in many people’s lives –so ready to help her family and the many that come her way or live in her community. “Though an accomplished X-ray and ultrasound technician, now on her third career as a makeup artist, Joyce tirelessly, with dedication and insight, gets myriad little things done, all the while spreading warmth and understanding,” says Dr. Biener. “And in everything she does there is a flair, an unmistakable style, that belies her rich imagination and creativity, born of love for the people she is with and does so much for. Never expecting anything in return, she seeks deep within people to find and then give them, that which they need most. Sometimes she’s a holiday angel, a town committee member, a million times it was Mommy’s taxi or someone’s go-for. Other times it’s what only a mother’s love can accomplish.

“This scholarship will assist me greatly in getting closer to my professional goal of being a Physical Therapist. I can’t express my gratitude enough to those who granted me this scholarship. As I get closer to my life’s goals I will always have you all to thank.Thank you so much!” Hannah Morrow

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

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

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

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Anthony Kelly of Stony Point, NY is a Law and Society major. He plans to apply to the officer’s training program in United States Air Force. He is attracted to that branch of the military because, “The Air Force tends to be the military branch that reaches out to world disasters after they happen.” He also hopes to be eligible for the G.I. Bill, which would pay for a master’s degree. Anthony has been a volunteer for Big Brother Big Sister Foundation and is a mentor – the only one who has not yet graduated from college – at a program that helps at risk children in his home town. He says it’s taught him “dedication, the will to serve others and selflessness.” Anthony works full time in a restaurant and also runs a home-based business.


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son’s memory, which benefits a third- or fourth-year student majoring in Law and Society who demonstrates “outstanding scholarship and need.” Mrs. Blauer was supervisor in the Bergen County Department of Health Services Health Counseling Center until she and her husband moved to Florida in 2002. They have created a bequest to permanently endow the David Blauer Memorial Scholarship.

avid Blauer was a Ramapo student majoring in Law and Society who died in a car accident the day before graduation in 1994. A graduate of Paramus High School, David was a dedicated student at Ramapo, earning an overall grade point average of 3.38 and 3.63 in his major. In his sophomore year David worked between 40 and 50 hours a week and still made the Dean’s List. His advisor noted in David’s folder that year, “Wow!” and that David intended to study criminal law. David had been accepted to Villanova University Law School. In the summer of 1995, David’s parents, Marilyn and Martin Blauer, established this annual award in their

Senior Ariel Hay is majoring in Law and Society with a minor in International Studies. Ariel is a member of the student clubs NORML New Jersey and Hillel. He works in the law office of James Lowenstein. “Being Israeli born, I am intrigued by Middle Easter studies and the Arab-Israeli conflict,” Ariel says. “I have decided to write my senior thesis on Jerusalem’s sovereignty while also examining its ownership via the realm of international law.”

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BMW NORTH AMERICA DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP Stephanie Wootton of Stanhope, NJ describes herself as creative, reliable and organized. She is a Marketing major and has a minor in Psychology. She was accepted into Ramapo College’s Honors Program and, within the Anisfield School of Business, is a member of the Student Advisory Board, the Marketing Club and SIFE. Stephanie also works as a student aide in the School’s office and is a hostess at an area restaurant. With a grade point average of 3.44, it’s no wonder Stephanie describes herself as having a dedication to excellence and as being conscientious.

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he BMW Diversity Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate superior academic success and outstanding leadership qualities. Wayne Orchowski, vice president of the Eastern Division of BMW North America, knows that Ramapo College students are being prepared to work for an international corporation like BMW. Other BMW staff work closely with the scholarship recipients to devise an internship program that meets the needs of BMW and the interests of the student.

Adrianna Tepedino of Freehold, NJ is majoring in Marketing and has a minor in International Business. Before securing the BMW internship, Adrianna held several retail sales and marketing positions. Adrianna is a midfielder for Ramapo’s Women’s Lacrosse team. She was twice named NJAC Rookie of the Week and was named to the Skyline Second Team All-Conference. In addition, she is a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma Athletic Honor Society and the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society. Adrianna, who has a 3.67 grade point average, also plays club soccer and is active in Relay for Life and Colleges Against Cancer.

The BMW of North America Diversity Scholarship program is intended to increase the number of minority students interested in a career in the retail automobile business. The goal is to prepare a well-rounded college graduate who has direct experience with the BMW work environment and is ready to launch a career that responds to the needs of customers from diverse backgrounds.

“The scholarship provided me with an excellent opportunity to intern with BMW. I gained valuable experience in the marketing field as well as the automotive industy.” Adrianna Tepedino

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WILLIAM W. BRIGGS SCHOLARSHIP I

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Stephanie DeFeo is a senior Business Administration and Psychology major from Lafayette, NJ and is also a minor in Economics and Sociology who transferred from Sussex County College. She is a member of the Golden Key Honour Society and plans a career in human resources administration.

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

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WILLIAM W. BRIGGS SCHOLARSHIP II

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

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Jericho Kayne is a senior from High Bridge, NJ majoring in Business Administration and Psychology. She is a member of Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society, the Anisfield School of Business Dean’s Student Advisory Board and Alpha Lambda Delta Honour Society. Jericho enjoys visiting museums in New York City and Washington, DC. She plans a career in human recourses administration.


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he Babette and Raymond Brown Endowed Scholarship was created by Ramapo College employee Babs Varano in memory of her parents. The purpose of the Brown Scholarship is to recognize and foster Ramapo College students who “demonstrate an international perspective.” Students majoring in International Business or International Studies are eligible.

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Valeriya Kamenova, an international student from Bulgaria, is majoring in International Studies with a minor in International Business. Her interest in the international arena was fueled by her grandfather’s remembrances of WWII and her parents’ recollections of the fall of the Communist regime in Bulgaria. Valeriya has made a commitment to promote human rights. She has devoted her time to several agencies in Bulgaria, including the Youth Red Cross, that are dedicated to helping children. “I believe that the proper combination of knowledge and action is an essential step of building human rights awareness on national, regional and international levels.” Valeriya, who has a 3.79 grade point average, plans to obtain a doctorate degree and promote international human rights in crisis areas on a global scale.


POLICE OFFICER MICHAEL J. BUCZEK SCHOLARSHIP

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ichael John Buczek attended Ramapo College then went on to become a New York City Police Officer in Washington Heights in Manhattan.

Soon after Officer Buczek’s death his father, Ted Buczek, began a determined effort to bring his son’s killers to justice and honor his son’s memory. In the process Ted Buczek recruited government officials at all levels, police officials and religious leaders. Thanks to Mr. Buczek’s tireless efforts a baseball field, park and school in Washington Heights are named for his son, as well as scholarship funds at DePaul Catholic High School and at Ramapo College. Mr. Buczek passed away in December 2010 at the age of 84.

After answering a routine call on October 18, 1988, Officer Buczek and his partner stopped four men who were fleeing from a drug robbery. During the ensuing scuffle, one of the men shot and killed Officer Buczek. He was 24 years old. In 2003 the men who shot Michael Buczek and his partner were tried and convicted.

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

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HELEN BURCHELL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

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Amanda Lentino is a Literature major in her senior year. Amanda is also pursuing a minor in Psychology, and teacher education certification in English. “Amanda’s behind the scenes efforts to help our students are unparalleled,” says a member of the Literature faculty. She also compiled a “massive and impressive” number of documents to help with a faculty member’s research, and presented a paper at a Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges conference in the fall.

elen Burchell was a member of the founding faculty at Ramapo College, joining the faculty as an associate professor of Education in 1971. She was director of Clinical Experiences for beginning teachers and served as an administrator in the Teacher Education program until 1987, when she focused on academic outreach, special projects and grants. Her command of the English language and her editorial skills were a tremendous resource to faculty, especially in terms of grant seeking. For 25 years Dr. Burchell was the director of The Record Debate Classic at Ramapo College, a tournament for high school debate teams from across the region. She also served on the Donald G. and Flora A. Borg Merit Scholarship Award committee for more than a decade. Helen Burchell grew up in New England “amongst a large and busy family” according to her brother William. Dr. Burchell earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 1953 and master’s and doctoral degrees in Education from Columbia University Teacher’s College. She taught at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia from 1962 until 1971. Dr. Burchell had an avid interest in American antiques. “Never again shall I encounter anyone so prodigiously skilled in acquiring antiquity nor so disarming in negotiations with dealers,” continues her brother William.

“The strength of Kim Eskin’s writing and analysis is top notch,” says a member of the Literature faculty. “She is a model student whose work is not only superior, but often truly original.” Kim is a Literature major also pursuing teacher certification in English, and has earned a 3.96 grade point average. She is serving as research assistant this spring to a Literature faculty member, and has been described as a student leader and an “ambassador for the liberal arts.” Kim is from Bergenfield, NJ.

“I would like to thank the Burchell family for providing this scholarship to me. It means a lot to know that my hard work and dedication to scholarship is being recognized.” Kim Eskin

Dr. Burchell died suddenly in 2004, just three months after her retirement from Ramapo College. In recognition of her many years of service to Ramapo, the Ramapo College Foundation Board of Governors created this endowed scholarship in her memory.

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MARION PAWLICK BUSCH SCHOLARSHIP

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Amanda Skuriat of Linden, NJ is an Engineering Physics major. A member of the College’s Honors Program, she is involved with the Student Executive Board and works as an office assistant for the program. Amanda chose Engineering Physics because she enjoys “solving problems and subjects with real life applications.” Amanda, who has a 3.87 grade point average, conducted research this semester and helped organize a Regional Honors Conference. She is a member of the Physics Club, participates in Leaders in Service and has been active in the Student Council and as a Leadership Ambassador.

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

“I am extremely grateful that I received this scholarship. It will allow me to pursue my dreams of becoming a Physics teacher and share my love of learning with my future students.” Amanda Skuriat

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CAROLE CAMPANA ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

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

Nicole Catalano of Howell, NJ carries a double major in Psychology and Social Science. She is particularly proud of research she conducted about female body image and romantic relationships as part of the Research Methods and Data Analysis Course. She presented her findings at the Annual Psychology Research Symposium held at the College. On campus Nicole has held several leadership positions in the Tri Sigma Sorority, is a peer facilitator for an FYS course, an Inter Greek Senate representative and a member of the Psychology Coalition, Active Minds and the Yoga Club, among others. She also does an abundance of community service: Habitat for Humanity of Paterson, Relay for Life, occupational therapy volunteer, Send Silence Packing mental health awareness event and Out of Darkness suicide prevention walk. Nicole, who has a 3.49 grade point average, says, “I regard psychology as an intricate puzzle that attempts to unravel an understanding of human thought, emotion and behavior. My desire is to collect the puzzle pieces together so that we are able to comprehend the complexity of the human mind.”

“The Carole Campana Scholarship has helped further my goal to be a clinical mental health counselor.” Nicole Catalano

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PROFESSOR CHARLES CARRERAS LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES SCHOLARSHIP

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Keysi Castillo of Garfield, NJ is a Spanish Language Studies major and has two minors: Latin American Studies and Italian. Keysi has a wonderful problem: she is interested in so many things that she doesn’t know what she wants to do in life. She particularly enjoys the literature readings in her major and learning about the political connotations in the authors’ works. Keysi participated in a Study Abroad program to Guatemala. She is chair of the Conversation Hour hosted by the Italian Club, the Sigma Delta Pi Hispanic Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and Association of Latinos Moving Ahead. Keysi, who has a 3.93 grade point average, still isn’t sure what she will do in life. But she knows it will involve Latin American issues.

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

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CENTURY 21 STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP sustainable agriculture and education. She is a volunteer for 350.org, a climate change awareness organization, Cropsey Farm, a community supported agricultural program and an organic garden on campus. In addition, Rachel was named to Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honors Society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and is a mentor to Sustainable Living Facilities on campus. Rachel, who is in the College’s Honors Program, has a 3.84 grade point average. Maeve Kirwan is from Oradell, NJ and is majoring in Psychology. Having grown up in Ireland, Maeve has decided to travel so that she can “be immersed in another culture and understand what makes us different, and more importantly what makes us similar.” The sophomore is minoring in Biology. Maeve is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and participates in the Ramapo Chorale and the Ramapo Community Service Center. She volunteers with The Children’s Therapy Center.

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entury 21 is one of the top general contracting and construction management firms in New Jersey, as evidenced in projects such as Newark’s Riverfront Stadium and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Century 21 has been a generous supporter of Ramapo College since 1999, particularly in the area of student scholarships. The company also is a generous supporter of the College’s Distinguished Citizens Dinner and the Ramapo College Foundation Golf Outing. This award was created by the CEO of Century 21, Anthony Marino and his wife Gail, so that students may have the opportunity to study abroad. In October 2009, the two scholarship recipients traveled to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. Accompanied by Shalom Gorewitz, a professor of Video Art & New Media who was there on a Fulbright project, the students stayed for two weeks and participated in classes, discussions and excursions. For the students, the trip also served as a site visit to determine if the university is a viable location to establish a student exchange program.

“I would like to say thank you so much! This scholarship is providing me with the opportunity to study abroad and that would have been completely impossible for me otherwise. I’m so grateful that there are such generous people out there who are so willing to give students like myself this chance, enabling me to do something I’ve dreamed of for years.” Maeve Kirwan

Rachel Frank of Oakland, NJ is an Environmental Studies major with a Psychology minor. She completed a Study Abroad program to India during which she had the opportunity to apply her classroom learning. “It gave me first-hand experience and interaction with the issues I have been studying.” Rachel is particularly interested in sustainability – sustainable community development,

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MAHWAH REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SCHOLARSHIP Julia Mazza of Hillsdale, NJ is a Psychology major who is pursuing teacher certification. She is proud to be one of the first members of Ramapo’s Living-Learning Community program for freshmen. Julia also is active in the Yoga Club. Julia would like to become an elementary school teacher or perhaps earn an advanced degree in Psychology. For Julia, receiving the scholarship means, “I earned it based on my achievements and efforts. More importantly, such an honor will always remind me to continue working hard in what I do, whether it is academics or involvement in my college or the community.” Julia has a 3.00 grade point average.

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ounded in 1957, the Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic organization of more than 500 businesses representing 90 local communities. The primary objective of the Chamber is to be an advocate for the local business community and to promote the economic growth and development of all who live and work in the greater Mahwah region. To support the Chamber’s commitment to ensure a well trained and educated workforce, the Chamber Board of Directors created an endowed scholarship fund in 1998. The Chamber scholarship provides $1,500 each year to an individual who is an employee, child or sibling of a Chamber member. Ramapo College shares a strong partnership with the Chamber and is honored to administer this scholarship program.

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PROFESSOR ROBERT J. CHRISTOPHER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

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

“Many of us know Brendan Flanagan as a student leader even if we have not had him in class,” says Literature Professor Monika Giacoppe. “He is a leader in Sigma Tau Delta (the Literature honor society) and in the Literature Club,” continues Dr. Giacoppe. Brendan is a senior majoring in International Studies as well as Literature, and has earned a 3.82 grade point average. He is from West Keansburg, NJ.

The Professor Robert J. Christopher Memorial Scholarship was created by Dr. Christopher’s family and friends to recognize superior academic achievement among literature and documentary film/video majors, which reflects Dr. Christopher’s teaching and research interests.

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THE COLUMBIANS OF NEW JERSEY ITALIAN STUDIES AWARD Carolina Felix is in her senior year majoring in International Studies. Carolina is pursuing two minors, in Italian and Anthropology. She will be studying abroad in Italy this summer. Carolina has earned a 3.70 grade point average. “Kendall Paterson plans to teach Italian in the future,” reports Professor Rosetta D’Angelo. Kendall is an Italian minor with a 3.36 grade point average. She is a sophomore from Lafayette, NJ. Shannon Mahoney is in her junior year majoring in Literature with an Italian minor. Shannon transferred to Ramapo from Gloucester Community College. “Shannon is an outstanding student who is interested in Italian culture and shows a love for Italian language,” says Professor Rosetta D’Angelo. She is an active member of the Circolo Italiano (Italian Club), and is planning to study abroad at the University of Urbino this summer. Shannon has earned a 3.85 grade point average.

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non-profit philanthropic organization, the Columbians Inc. of New Jersey is comprised of Italian-American business leaders and professionals. The organization has raised more than $1 million for scholarships, to relieve hardship, and for cultural and Italian heritage programs. The Columbians started this endowed fund at Ramapo in 1998 to support efforts on the Ramapo campus that “promote Italian history, language, and culture.” Since then the fund has supported a variety of programs such as lectures by Fulbright scholars, scholarships for students studying abroad in Italy, and an excursion for students to attend Italian opera at Lincoln Center in New York City. An annual component of the program is the Italian Studies Awards, which are selected by Dr. Rosetta D’Angelo, professor of Italian. Professor D’Angelo selects the recipients from students minoring in Italian who have excellent academic performance and demonstrate a great interest in Italian language and culture.

The 2010-11 recipient of the Columbians Award was Nick Messina. Nick is a Communication Arts major with an Italian minor. His GPA is 3.74 and he is from Hazlet, NJ.

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COPPERTONE TUITION SCHOLARSHIP

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Sara Mateen seeks to combine her passions for sports and science as a Biology major. In high school Sara played volleyball, basketball, softball, lacrosse, and ran track. At Ramapo she is a member of the Biology Club, the PreMed Club, the TV Club, and the Yoga Club. She works as a physical therapy aide at Sports Care Therapy, and plans to be a physical therapist. “I love studying nutrition and ways to improve health in a natural way, such as antioxidant foods and exercise,� Sara says. Sara is from Wayne, NJ and has earned a 3.85 grade point average.

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

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THE CRANE FUND FOR WIDOWS AND CHILDREN

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he Crane Fund seeks to provide scholarships to needy widows and children of men who have died and left their children without adequate means of support. Wives and children of men who are unable to adequately support their dependents, are also eligible for educational assistance. Nicolle Milstein of Fair Lawn, NJ is Chemistry major. After she is awarded her degree, she plans to prepare for the Pharmacy College Admission Test and to pursue a doctor of pharmacy degree. Her interest in pharmacy stems from the myriad medications her father needed to take before succumbing to pancreatic cancer. She had helped manage his medication schedule. Nicolle, who was enrolled in Honors and AP courses in high school, has applied the same academic focus to her courses at Ramapo. She has a 3.27 grade point average.

“After my dad passed away from pancreatic cancer, I received a scholarship that would allow me to pursue a career in Pharmacy and help people the way they helped my dad.” Nicolle Milstein Jeremy Karlson of Edgewater, NJ is an Accounting major. He admits that emotionally and financially life has been difficult since his father died in 2007. Jeremy says the scholarship will help him pay for his tuition, which had become more difficult for him and his family to do. To help pay for his education, Jeremy works on campus in the Athletics Department. Jeremy, who has a 2.82 grade point average, says, “College is a journey that I am going to finish with flying colors. Receiving this scholarship helps me along my path.” 43

Maegan Heaney of North Brunswick, NJ is enrolled in the School of Contemporary Arts and is deciding on a major. The scholarship has allowed her to devote more time to her coursework rather than her off campus job. Maegan is active in a sorority and enjoys being able to help others through the required volunteer work. The scholarship, says Maegan, “greatly impacts my ability to do well and be successful at Ramapo. That is my goal.” Helene Gebler of Mahwah, NJ is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing. Receiving the scholarship has allowed Helene to remain enrolled at Ramapo and to carry on with her dream of becoming a marketing director. She completed an internship in the marketing department of a non-profit organization. Helene says the experience allowed her to “give back to my community” and “learn more about the field I plan to go into.” Joshua Wanger of Nanuet, NY, a Political Science major, graduated December 2011. He says receiving the scholarship has eased the costs of tuition and living on campus. Living on campus, and becoming more independent, was important to Joshua as was the opportunity to meet people, gain knowledge and learn more about himself. He is grateful for the opportunity to attend on campus lectures and events. He served as corresponding secretary for the Coed National Community Service Fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, secretary of the Study Club and was a member of Hillel and Political Forum. Joshua has completed internships with Senator David Carlucci and Congressman Eliot Engel. Joshua, who graduated with a 3.63 grade point average, was named to the Political Science Honor Society and Golden Key International Honour Society.


DANIEL J. CRONIN MEMORIAL ENDOWMENT

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

Upon Dan’s death in December 2004, Bea Cronin, together with friends and family, created this scholarship fund to honor his life and recognize the next generation of young people devoted to the service of others. The Cronins met at Ramapo College, where Dan was an active member of the Alumni Association Board and Bea served as director of Human Resources until her retirement in 2010. This scholarship helps advance many of Dan’s ideals, epitomized through his last words to his niece Barbara Ann Wendt: “It is what you do that makes you special.” Continues Robin Reilly of the F.A.I.T.H. Foundation, “Knowing Dan was always there for me in my work with the homeless was a great comfort. He never let me down, not once. I don’t know what we’ll do without him.” Caitlin Vogel is from Wantage, NJ and is in her junior year. She is majoring in Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing, and her minor is Psychology. She has earned a 3.96 grade point average. “By holding myself to high standards, I make sure that I make college an incredible experience for myself and others,” Caitlin says. Caitlin works on campus as a writing tutor and a note taker. She is active with 4-H and volunteers feeding the homeless and in campus clean ups. Caitlin is a member of the Ramapo Computer and Technology Clubs, the Catholic Bible Study, Campus Crusades and a number of honor societies. “I hope to become an English professor or work as a magazine editor or writer,” she says.

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

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MARION C. DUGAN SCHOLARSHIP

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Aleksandar Mojsoski of Garfield, NJ is a Finance major and an Accounting minor. Aleksandar came to the United States at the age of 21 from the Republic of Macedonia. At his first job he barely had enough to cover the cost of rent and food. There were days he drank as much of the free soda he was allowed at work to fill his stomach. He used the last of his money to move to northern New Jersey and put his dreams to obtain a college degree on hold and worked two jobs to support himself. He enrolled at a community college so he would be able to take night classes and maintain his two jobs. The adult learner transferred to Ramapo and plans to graduate in January 2013. Aleksandar says, “Being relatively new in this country has not only offered financial and academic challenges, but has made me appreciate the value of a college education.” Aleksandar, who has a 3.88 grade point average, plans to sit for the CPA. He would also like to attend graduate school.

arion Dugan and her husband Pat are former long-time residents of Mahwah. When her children were older, Marion enrolled at Ramapo College to take the final courses required to earn her bachelor’s degree. She graduated in 1980 with a degree in Metropolitan Studies/Public Administration. Mr. and Mrs. Dugan are the co-chairs of Charity Navigator, which they founded in 2001. Charity Navigator provides free, unbiased ratings on more than 4,300 American charities. Marion also was a member of the Mahwah Board of Education for 13 years and served as president for two years. She is a member of the Ramapo College Foundation Board of Governors. “When I was a student at Ramapo I saw the financial need among students, especially in their junior and senior years,” says Marion. She was particularly struck by the dedication some students gave toward earning a degree, especially returning adult students with children.

“Having to work two jobs in order to pay for my education, and being an adult learner and not having English as a native language, have made me sincerely appreciative of this tremendous help towards achieving my goals.” Aleksandar Mojsoski

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

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DUGAN COMMUNITY SCHOLARS

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Carol Parker of Hackensack, NJ worked 27 years in the corporate world and managed a budget in excess of $3.5 million. As a Bergen Community College student, Carol became a mentor for College Now After-School Academy, a supplemental learning program for at risk third graders in New Milford, NJ. She also was a math tutor and continues to assist non-traditional students at the community college. At Ramapo, Carol is a Social Work major. She is a member of the Social Work Club and is active with Ramapo Readers. She also volunteers in the community with Habitat for Humanity, as a Sunday School superintendent and as an intern at the Midland Park Senior Center and Adult Protective Service. Carol, who has a 4.00 grade point average, says, “I believe to be a successful social worker it is essential for me to gain the trust and confidence of those I intend to help.” After being downsized, she went back to school to earn a college degree.

he goal of the Dugan Community Scholars program is to recognize Ramapo students who are dedicated to positive social change in urban communities. The award was created by Marion Dugan, an alumna of Ramapo College who graduated in1980 with a degree in Metropolitan Studies. Mrs. Dugan has been active in numerous community organizations in Bergen County. She was a member of the Mahwah Board of Education for 13 years, served as president for two years and has been an active member of Literacy Volunteers of New Jersey. She served on that organization’s Board for two years and has been active with the DARE program and Safe Homes of Orange County, which serves families who are victims of domestic violence. Mrs. Dugan is a member of the Ramapo College Foundation Board of Governors.

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CAROL DUNCAN SCHOLARSHIP

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Jolie Lang of Westville, NJ is a Visual Arts major with a concentration in Photography. She is a member of the Visual Arts Society and the RC Hammer Ultimate Frisbee Club. Jolie says, “It took me a very long time to find not only something that I was good at, but something I enjoyed doing as well. Art has always meant a lot to me, and throughout college, it really began clicking with me. To be recognized in this way for doing something I love is remarkable. I am so grateful.” Jolie has a 3.88 grade point average.

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

“I am very honored to have received this award, and feel that it will give me extra motivation to excel as a Photographer. It always helps when someone appreciates what you do.” Jolie Lang

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MARIE AND FRANCIS J. DWYER SCHOLARSHIP “Stephan Bien-Aime has excelled in Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry,” says Professor Steve Anderson. “He is currently undertaking a research project with a faculty mentor.” Stephan is majoring in Chemistry and pursuing a minor in French. The junior has earned a 3.95 grade point average. He was an intern at the Goddard Space Flight Center last summer, and currently works on campus as a peer tutor in French and as a teaching assistant in the chemistry lab. He is a member of the Chemistry Club and Alpha Lambda Delta. Stephan is from Bloomfield, NJ.

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

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EMPATHY SCHOLARSHIP

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olleagues in the School of Social Science and Human Services and friends gathered to celebrate Professor Bob Sproul’s birthday in 2006 and instead of gifts, made contributions to start this annual scholarship fund. Mr. Sproul was introduced to Ramapo College while he was executive director of The Center for Help in Time of Loss, a mental health and social service communitybased non-profit where Ramapo students worked as interns. He became more closely involved in the Ramapo community when he began teaching as an adjunct professor in 2000. Professor Sproul’s intention with this award is to “provide meaningful financial support for Ramapo College students who are committed to improving the quality of life for disadvantaged or marginalized people.” Taryn Blaustein of Parsippany, NJ, a senior, is a Social Work major. On and off campus she has demonstrated her compassion for those with physical and mental illnesses. Taryn has completed internships with the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Morris County, the NJ

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Aids Services/Eric Johnson House and NewBridge Services that provides services for mental illness and substance abuse. She is a member of the Mental Health Players, an acting troupe, with the Morris County Mental Health Association. As a member, Taryn received the 2011 Ambassador Award from the Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma. She is a member of Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society and Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society and volunteers with Jersey Battered Women’s Services. Taryn, who has a 3.98 grade point average, choose Social Work as a major because it will allow her “ample opportunity to help those facing serious hardships to reach their greatest potential.” Nicole Ferrentino of Clark, NJ is a Psychology major who is pursuing certification in Elementary Education. The junior gets great satisfaction from having raised three puppies for the Seeing Eye. She organized Christmas Angels to collect gifts for schoolchildren in Newark, NJ. Nicole has volunteered as a veterinary technician at an animal hospital, babysat and received food goods for the food bank rather than a cash payment and created show boxes for children in Africa that consisted of soap, toothbrushes, pencils, notebooks and games. On campus Nicole is active in Relay for Life and Light the Night. She is a founding member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, a peer facilitator and a member of Future Teachers at Ramapo College and the Yoga Club. Nicole, who has a 3.74 grade point average, says, “I believe that my purpose in life is to positively influence others, which is reflected by my volunteer activities.”


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he Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Alumni Board set aside a portion of its fund raising proceeds to start an endowed fund to benefit Ramapo College’s EOF students. The members of the Board decided to have the endowment be used for scholarship and recognize students who are active volunteers. Candidates must be committed to community service “that benefits society as a whole and/or the College community.��� The recipient is selected by the Scholarship Committee of the Alumni Board and the director of the Educational Opportunity Fund. The EOF Alumni Board has decided to reinvest the proceeds from its endowment in the 2011 - 2012 academic year.

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EOF ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Rosa Gomez of Long Branch, NJ is a Literature major with a Creative Writing Concentration. She enjoys writing stories and poems. Rosa plans to seek employment in the publishing industry in New York City. She also plans to continue writing, with the goal of becoming a best-selling author. Rosa, who has a 3.76 grade point average, says of the scholarship, “Receiving this award means the world to me. I am elated that my hard work has been rewarded with the funds to assist me in finishing up my career at Ramapo College.�

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

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EOF STUDENT SUPPLIES AWARD Christina Gibbons is a senior majoring in Nursing who is using this award to travel to and from her clinicals. Her minor is Psychology. Christina has earned a 2.95 grade point average. She is from East Orange, NJ. A Communication Arts major, Gerilee Rosado is concentrating in Writing. The senior has a 2.53 grade point average. She is using this award to travel between school and her internship coordinating social media at The Daniels Network. In addition to her internship, Gerilee worked as a research assistant with Professor Regina Clark on her book and documentary, “The Black Father.” On campus Gerilee is involved with a number of campus clubs and honor societies, and is a member of the National Step Team. She serves the Ramapo community as a member of the Diversity Action Committee, the African Ancestry Month Planning Committee among others. Gerilee is from Union City, NJ.

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he Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Student Supplies Award was started by Dr. Venus Hewing, a counselor in the Health and Counseling Services office. In the course of her work as a counselor, Dr. Hewing recognized the great need among EOF students for funding bus or train fare to get to their internship or nursing clinicals, for art or photography supplies, or other expenses that are critical to completing course work. Dr. Hewing’s intent in establishing this award is to help deserving EOF students with expenses outside of tuition and fees that are critical to academic success. The award is selected by the EOF Director in consultation with the EOF staff.

Newark native Regina Pickens is in her senior year at Ramapo College. She is majoring in Nursing, and is using this award to travel to and from her clinicals. Her minor is Psychology. Regina has earned a 3.31 grade point average.

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MARY K. & SALVATORE J. FANALE SCHOLARSHIP Susan Vanino is a junior from Glen Rock, NJ and a Social Work major. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and has served on the Glen Rock Handicapped Persons Advisory Board for several years. Susan plans to pursue a career in the assisting of persons with vision loss. Upon graduation from Ramapo College, Susan plans to enter the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey where she will earn a graduate degree in Rehabilitation Counseling.

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

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FOOTSTAR/MELDISCO SCHOLARSHIP

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Petar Dobrev is an international student in his junior year. He is an Economics major and Mathematics minor. Petar is a member of Beta Gama Sigma Business Honor Society and the International Student Organization. He plans to continue his education and upon graduation enter a Ph.D. program in Economics.

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

Nikil Bhatia is a junior from Hasbrouck Heights, NJ majoring in Finance and Economics with a minor in Political Science. He has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, New Jersey Cares and served as a tutor for high school students. He is a member of the Finance Club, The Fed Challenge and the Student Investment Management Fund. Nikil hopes to enter the world of corporate finance and eventually start his own charitable foundation.

Aleksandar Mojsoski of Garfield, NJ is a Finance major and an Accounting minor. Aleksandar came to the United States at the age of 21 from the Republic of Macedonia. At his first job he barely had enough to cover the cost of rent and food. There were days he drank as much of the free soda he was allowed at work to fill his stomach. He used the last of his money to move to northern New Jersey and put his dreams to obtain a college degree on hold and worked two jobs to support himself. He enrolled at a community college so he would be able to take night classes and maintain his two jobs. The adult learner transferred to Ramapo and plans to graduate in January 2013. Aleksandar says, “Being relatively new in this country has not only offered financial and academic challenges, but has made me appreciate the value of a college education.” Aleksandar, who has a 3.88 grade point average, plans to sit for the CPA. He would also like to attend graduate school.

“This scholarship will help me take more classes over the summer so that I can complete my Finance/Economics degree sooner.Thank you so much for your generosity!” Nikil Bhatia

Christopher Auteri is a junior majoring in Computer Information Systems and also minors in Computer Science. He is active in many campus organizations and takes part in campus events while earning a 3.89 GPA. Christopher plans to become a systems analyst in order to help companies with technology solutions.

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Caitlin Vogel is from Wantage, NJ and is in her junior year. She is majoring in Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing, and her minor is Psychology. She has earned a 3.96 grade point average. “By holding myself to high standards, I make sure that I make college an incredible experience for myself and others,” Caitlin says. Caitlin works on campus as a writing tutor and a note taker. She is active with 4-H and volunteers feeding the homeless and in campus clean ups. Caitlin is a member of the Ramapo Computer and Technology Club, the Catholic Bible Study, Campus Crusades and a number of honor societies. “I hope to become an English professor or work as a magazine editor or writer,” she says.

artha E. François, Ph.D. was vice president for academic affairs and professor of history at Ramapo from 1981 to 1983. She was the first woman to hold a chief administrative post at the College. A magna cum laude graduate of Wells College, she held a master’s degree in history from Mount Holyoke College and a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. Before coming to Ramapo, Dr. François was a professor of history and dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. Earlier she was a professor of history and a member of the graduate faculty at Northeastern University, dean of freshmen and sophomores at Wellesley College and an instructor in history at Hollins College. She lectured and published extensively both in this country and abroad on women’s studies, medieval history and higher education. She was active in numerous professional associations including the American Association for Higher Education, the American Association of University Women, the Indiana Academy of Social Sciences and the American History Association.

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During her tenure at Ramapo, Dr. François initiated the College Honors Program, the annual convocation for outstanding students and several new academic programs including the Computer Science major. At the time of her death she was working to establish the Law and Society major and Ramapo’s first master’s program, the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. “Loyalty to family, friends, colleagues, integrity, a dedication to scholarship and a love of learning and friendship — these were singular — never compromised,” said her friend Dr. Irene Nichols of Northeastern University at Dr. François’ memorial service. The Martha E. François Memorial Scholarship recognizes a Ramapo student of high academic achievement.

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FRIENDS OF RAMAPO SCHOLARSHIP punctual, organized, confident, mature and responsible and concluded that Patricia will be a valuable component to Ramapo College. David Nole of Sicklerville, NJ participated in a Project Acceleration program through Seton Hall University in which he completed an Introduction to Teaching course. He enrolled in Honors and AP classes throughout high school. David was a committed member of the school’s Varsity Cross Country and Spring and Winter Track teams. He was selected for the Teen Prevention Education Program, a course offered to seniors on an invitation-only basis that develops trained peer educators. He participated in Future Teachers of America, the Spanish Club and served on the Executive Committee for the Class of 2011. David’s guidance counselor said, “David does not need a title to lead.” He shows respect for others and dedication to all that he does.

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he Friends of Ramapo, founded to expand communications and foster greater understanding between Ramapo College and neighboring communities, supports the College in numerous ways each year. Through the Friends’ Endowed Scholarship Fund, scholarships are awarded to Ramapo students with outstanding academic achievements. The Friends of Ramapo also sponsor cultural events for the community, reflecting the members’ interests in promoting the intellectual, social and cultural activities on the college campus. Sarah McConkey of Wayne, NJ goes for the gold in more ways than one. Involved with the Girl Scouts since kindergarten, she earned the Gold Award, the organization’s highest honor. She challenged herself by taking Latin and received recognition in the National Latin Exam. She took classes at Brown University and Georgetown University during the summer. Sarah also has taken art classes, which present a balance to the side of her that excels in the sciences. She has a 3.82 grade point average.

“To those who provided this scholarship–thank you for allowing me to continue my education and pursue my academic goals.” David Nole Involvement with his school’s DECA team inspired Stephen Portnoy of Leonia, NJ to major in Business Administration. He served as secretary and president of his school’s DECA club and as northern region vice president for the statewide DECA program. He held the position of attorney for Mock Trial competitions. He earned a Rookie of the Year award for his participation on the swim team and was a member of the Service Club. In his spare time, Stephen is an auxiliary member of the volunteer fire department and in the summer, works as a lifeguard. Stephen says, “I plan on using the leadership abilities I have honed in DECA and on the swim team in the Anisfield School of Business.”

Patricia Nunez of Newark, NJ may have taken more science classes in high school than most. That’s because she attended Science Park High School. Her hard work resulted in a good grade point average and ranking in her graduating class. A science teacher at the school described Patricia in glowing terms as conscientious,

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FRIENDS OF RAMAPO SCHOLARSHIP As a high school student Maria Procopio of Vineland, NJ earned college credit from Seton Hall University and Cumberland County College, and her transcript is a series of AP courses. Maria, who is a Biology major, ranked first in a graduating class of 66. She played Varsity Volleyball for four years and served as the team’s captain in her senior year. She also was a member of the Varsity Cheerleading, Soccer and Track & Field teams. Maria was awarded her school’s Junior Science Award and was chosen as a school representative for the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership. An accomplished pianist, additional out-of-classroom activities include volunteering at South Jersey Regional Medical Center and at the annual St. Padre Pio Festival, donating her hair to Locks of Love and tutoring. Maria, who has a 3.92 grade point average, would like to pursue a career in the field of medicine.

“I would like to thank the people who provided this scholarship.Their generosity will help me achieve my goals and it is truly appreciated.” Maria Procopio

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JACKIE AND PAUL GARBER SCHOLARSHIP means to a degree. It is a huge stepping stone to following my dreams. A dream I hope one day, with my ambition and determination, can become a reality.”

“I would like to say thank you to the Garbers for helping me realize my dream and giving me the tools to continue to achieve that dream.” Samantha Andujar Miranda Wyatt is a Literature major with a concentration in Creative Writing. The senior is surprised by how quickly college life has passed. In her application Miranda wrote, “Through hard work, determination and perseverance, I have completed seven-eighths of my college education, all while working two part-time jobs, experiencing two internships and maintaining a consecutive 3.5 GPA.” She considers herself blessed. She is a member of the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society and the Rho Alpha Sigma Honor Society. Miranda is also active in Suicide Awareness Programs. Miranda is grateful that the scholarship will allow her to focus on looking for a job and applying for graduate school.

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ackie Fain Garber graduated from Ramapo College in 1975 and became a kindergarten and Montessori teacher. In 2001 she and her husband Paul decided to start an annual scholarship to recognize good students with financial need who may need a little help in paying their college costs. “I’ve gotten so much from my Ramapo education,” Jackie said at the time, “I would like to give back.” Students who receive the Garber Scholarships can be studying any discipline, but must demonstrate financial need and be in good academic standing. Samantha Andujar is a Visual Arts major with a concentration in Drawing and Painting. She can remember wanting to be an artist since the age of three. A self-avowed perfectionist, she watched many animated Disney films and, with pencil in hand, emulated every scene. Samantha is enamored with Disney animation. She completed an internship last summer at Walt Disney World Resort and hopes to do another this summer. Not surprisingly, her dream is to work at Disney Animation Studies. On campus, Samantha works as a sales associate at the College Bookstore and as an art monitor in the galleries. Samantha works two to three jobs to help pay for her college education. She has a 2.82 grade point average. She says, “This scholarship and this school is not just a

Ashley Waldemar of Teaneck, NJ is a Sociology major. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Academic Affairs Committee of the SGA and president of the Sociology and Criminology Club. Ashley pays for her college expenses. She’s worked as an intern for a congressman, at a community organization, a car dealership and a boutique. Ashley needed to leave school for more than a year to earn money to fund her education. “I realized how important it was to go back to school and finish my degree. As a senior who will graduate in May, I cannot wait to use all 58


JACKIE AND PAUL GARBER SCHOLARSHIP of the things I have learned, academic and otherwise, to help improve conditions for people in poverty.” Ashley has a 3.66 grade point average.

“I would like to thank you for your kindness and generosity. Your contribution has made it easier for me to balance school and work so that I can perform well in all my academic endeavors at Ramapo.” AshleyWaldemar Danielle Grothusen of Ramsey, NJ is a Literature major. She credits the teachers she’s had throughout her schooling as helping her to achieve her goals. “I have been driven for quite some time to be a special education teacher,” she says. “So that I can have the same positive influence on students that my teachers had on me.” Danielle is a member of the Office of Specialized Services Coalition and the Commuter Club. Danielle, who as a 2.65 grade point average, also works three jobs to help pay for her education.

“I would like to say thank you and your scholarship helped me greatly.” Danielle Grothusen Tanya Zbonack, of Montvale, NJ is a Biology major on a pre-med track. She would like to attend medical, pharmacy or dental school. Tanya is a member of the Biology and Pre-med Clubs. A full-time student, she also works as a waitress. Tanya plans to use the scholarship money to help pay for tuition and books. Receiving the scholarship, she says, “can help me concentrate and reach my full potential for my academic studies.” Tanya has a 3.03 grade point average.

Josue Guzman of Ridgewood, NJ is a Chemistry major. He became enamored with Chemistry in high school and at Ramapo is a member of the Chemistry Club and the Pre-med Club. The native of Ecuador credits his parents for giving him many opportunities. Josue’s career goal is to become an anesthesiologist specializing in pain management. This goal is particularly personal to Josue; he is a cancer survivor. Josue, who has a 3.72 grade point average, enjoys playing a competitive game of soccer. Maureen Ingraham, of Pittstown, NJ is majoring in Communication Arts and minoring in International Studies. With different organizations and with friends, she has traveled to Japan, Switzerland and China. Maureen says, “These experiences have shown me how much I love to learn about other cultures, immerse in their customs and understand their ways of life. I have also come to conclusions on how my interest and love of media and film can be huge contributors in the sharing of culture and different beliefs.” Maureen, who has a 3.92 grade point average, hopes to attend graduate school.

“The Jackie and Paul Garber Scholarship has helped me to keep moving towards my goal of graduating from Ramapo with a Bachelor’s in Communication Arts and a minor in International Studies, and furthering my education in graduate school or with work overseas.” Maureen Ingraham

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JACKIE AND PAUL GARBER SCHOLARSHIP Gina Bellacera of Hewitt, NJ is a Psychology major. Since high school, she’s had a passion for helping young adults. She wants to become a psychologist and work in the field of substance abuse and law enforcement. Gina has paid for her college expenses and considers it a foundation on which to build other financial decisions. She holds a job at a physical therapy office and volunteers at a bible camp. Gina, who has a 3.50 grade point average, says, “My experience at Ramapo College has helped me to understand that with a college education I am able to excel and pursue my passion with true meaning.”

Saroj Maharjan is majoring in Economics and Accounting. A native of Nepal, Saroj believes he can set himself apart with a degree from a U.S.-based college. He is vice president of the International Student Organization and a member of the Accounting Club, Visual Arts Society, United Asian Association and South Asians at Ramapo. Saroj, who has a 3.97 grade point average, plans to pursue a degree in Developmental Economics and work in an international, non-governmental organization.

“I am in the USA all by myself. My parents are “I would like to thank the Garbers who donated to back in Nepal. I cover all of my expenses myself. my academic future.You have given me confidence With campus jobs and minimizing my own expenses, I have been able to live in the US.This to keep pushing forward.” Gina Bellacera scholarship has relieved me of the financial burden tremendously.Thank you for your generosity. I have Kelly Barkley of Allentown, NJ is a Nursing major. She been able to maintain a 3.97 GPA despite all the plans to become a neonatal nurse. She says, “My hope is pressures.Thanks to you I will be able to that I will be able to provide care to infants, and through concentrate more on my studies at Ramapo.” my experiences, show that even the smallest life form is Saroj Maharjan precious.” She enjoys being able to administer medications and monitoring IVs as a student nurse. But Kelly has come to realize that what’s more important is improving the morale of the patient. Kelly is a member of the Nursing Student Organization, the Golden Key National Honour Society and has been named to the Dean’s List. She volunteers for Relay for Life and Walk for the Cure. Kelly has a 3.90 grade point average.

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EMILY & SIDNEY J. GELTMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

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hen Mrs. Emily Geltman attended commencement with her son and daughter-in-law, an employee of the College, she was so impressed with the enthusiasm and accomplishments of the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) students that she established an endowed scholarship fund for their benefit. The fund is named in honor of her husband, Sidney, “a kind and generous man who never stopped learning.” The intent of the Geltman Scholarships is to provide tuition assistance for students enrolled in the EOF program. Runa Khanom is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Substance Abuse. The junior has earned a 3.53 grade point average. “I am a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars Honor Society, the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society, and I am also doing research with a professor (research assistant) this spring,” Runa reports. She works as a peer facilitator for incoming freshmen, and last semester was a Student Aide in the Study Abroad Office. Runa is from Paterson, NJ.

“I would love to thank the donor for the scholarship because it helped me financially.” Runa Khanom Lazaro Hernandez is a senior from Cliffside Park, NJ. He is an Accounting major and plans to stay at Ramapo College to earn an MBA. Lazaro, after becoming a CPA, will apply to law school and study Tax Law. He plans to work with his brother a CPA and attorney.

Management. He demonstrates the ability to deftly manage his time and, through various leadership positions, others’ time. What he has found valuable are the experiences of collaboration, diversity and leadership. He is a Senator on the Student Government Association and has served on the Director of Athletics Selection Committee and the African Ancestry Month Committee. He is a liaison to Intramural and Recreation Athletics, served on the Ramapo College Design Team for the website and was food chairman for Octoberfest. He sings in a church choir and is a member of the Ramapo Gospel Choir. Clifton also is active in many on campus events including Hurricane Irene Relief Clean Up, the 9/11 Remembrance Walk and Relay for Life, among others. Clifton’s mother died at a young age. He credits his success at Ramapo College as a tribute to his mother and also to set an example for his siblings. Senior Majeda Sultana is majoring in Psychology. Her minor is in Gerontology. Majeda is a member of the EOF Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society as well as the Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society. She works as a resident assistant in Mackin Hall, and is an intern this semester at a preschool Math and English program for impoverished children. “After graduating, I will be attending graduate school to get my Master’s and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology,” she says. Majeda is from Paterson, NJ.

“It is an honor to receive the Geltman Scholarship! I am pleased to know that Ramapo recognizes my hard work and accomplishments.This award is a lifesaver because it is offering me the opportunity to continue my education.” Majeda Sultana

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he Geltman Art Scholarship Fund was started by Susan Geltman, a counselor in the Health and Counseling Services office. In the course of her work as a counselor, Ms. Geltman recognized a need among fine art students for supplies. Materials such as paints, brushes, and paper are essential for students in painting, drawing, and photography courses. Ms. Geltman’s intent in establishing this award is to help deserving students with expenses outside of tuition and fees that are critical to academic success and the completion of course work. The award is selected by the Dean of the School of Contemporary Arts in consultation with the fine arts faculty.

Nicole Lee Piper received her associate in Arts degree from Bergen Community College last May and is in her first year at Ramapo. She was on the Dean’s List last semester, and currently has a 3.76 grade point average. She works at Harmon Face Values. Nicole is from Ridgefield, NJ.

Tanayah Flores is majoring in Visual Arts with a concentration in Drawing and Painting. The junior has earned a 3.03 grade point average. On campus Tanayah participated in the Ramapo Fashion Show this semester. She is from Montclair, NJ.

Jon Bonacolta is a Visual Arts major concentrating in Photography. The senior has earned a 3.68 grade point average. He works on campus as a lab aide in the Darkroom. Jon is a member of the executive board of the Visual Artists Society, and has served as the organization’s treasurer and president. He plans to study abroad this summer in Argentina. Jon is from Upper Saddle River, NJ.

Amy Van Sweden is a Visual Arts major concentrating in Drawing and Painting. Her minor is Psychology, and her cumulative grade point average is 3.55. Amy transferred to Ramapo with an associate’s in arts degree from Sussex County Community College. She is from Montvale, NJ.

“After interning at the Newark Museum last summer, I kept in touch with my supervisor and volunteered in the fall,” says Ilinka Vangelovska. Ilinka is a Visual Arts major concentrating in Drawing and Painting. She has earned a 2.45 grade point average. Ilinka served as treasurer this year for the Visual Artists Society. “With Professor Shalom Gorewitz I am spending most of my time this semester on my independent study called Tracing Lineage,” she says. “I am conducting research on Macedonia between 1950 and 1990, and will create art pieces for an exhibit that will incorporate drawing and audio.” Ilinka is from Paterson, NJ.

Ross Tawiah is a senior in the Visual Arts major, concentrating in Drawing and Painting. Ross has earned a 2.68 grade point average. He is from Hackettstown, NJ.

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THE ROBERT GIAIMO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

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

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Alex Baldwin of Newark, NJ is a Theater major with a concentration in Design/Technical Theater. He works on campus in the Berrie Center as a head theater technician. He is involved with Ramapo student productions and other on-campus events that require the services of a theater technician. Not only is Alex “enthralled with the inner workings of live music and theater,” but the major appeals to his inclination for skilled manual labor. Before enrolling at Ramapo Alex was a plumbing and heating apprentice. Alex, who has a grade point average of 3.42 says, “It is challenging and gratifying to realize my place in this world as a purveyor of the physical environment that breathes life into theater.”


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

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“She found time to be a voracious and discriminating reader, a tennis player, an experimenting chef, a peripatetic traveler, a pianist and a gardener,” continued Dr. Bischoff. “It is clear that her own professional and personal activities reflected the very mission of the College.”

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

At Anne’s death in 2000, her husband, Bernard, established this endowed scholarship in his wife’s memory. Colleagues, friends and family contributed to the fund, which recognizes outstanding female students majoring in Law and Society. The scholarship is selected later in the spring semester.

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HARCHAND SINGH AND JAGIR KAUR GREWAL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

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Caitlin Mahoney of Montville, NJ is an Accounting major. Many of her activities revolve around organizations that will assist her career. On campus, she works in the Center for Student Involvement as a student activities revenue management assistant. She also is a member of the Allocations Committee and a volunteer for the Judicial Board. Off campus she attends networking and professional development events sponsored by the NJCPA and the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. Caitlin, who has a 3.98 grade point average, plans to become a CPA.

n 2003 brothers Pritam Singh Grewal and Amarjit Singh Grewal created this scholarship in memory of their parents, in honor of their belief in personal excellence. Pritam is president of ADPP Enterprises, which owns and operates gas stations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The company has grown from an entrepreneurial start-up to one of the best-run gas retailers in the country. “My parents always encouraged us to put our best effort in all our endeavors,” says Mr. Grewal, “and to push the limits of excellence. This principle has been the cornerstone of ADPP Enterprises’ way of doing business. “I also understand the hardships of being a student, especially for students who are striving to excel in their studies despite being saddled with the burden of arranging the finances required to pursue their studies.” The purpose of the award is to recognize the business success the brothers have achieved, thanks to values instilled by their parents and recognize a student with “a consistently high level of academic performance.”

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GUILIANA FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP “I am pursuing a Business Management major with a minor in Accounting,” says Michael Chananie, a senior. “I work at Holy Name Medical Center in its marketing department, following an internship I had a few summers back.” Michael is a volunteer at the Jewish Community Center of Paramus and for the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey. On campus Michael holds leadership positions with Hillel, the Honors Program, Donate Life Ramapo, and plays on the intramural volleyball team. With a 3.89 grade point average, he is member of a number of honor societies. “I plan to continue pursuing management in the health care industry,” he says, “by attending graduate school in the fall.”

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

A senior, Danielle Mazza is majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Italian, and completed the Business Essentials certificate program. Danielle has earned a 3.99 grade point average. As President of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Danielle organizes community service drives and a high school/ middle school outreach program. Last summer she worked as a research assistant in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Rutgers. “Next year I will be attending Rutgers in the Master’s of Business and Science program,” she says.

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Emma Ruddick-Ferrat is in her junior year, and is from Mount Arlington, NJ. Emma is majoring in Marketing and International Business. Currently she is studying abroad in Prague at the University of Economics. Emma plans to become a brand manager for an international corporation and work overseas. She hopes to earn an MBA after working in marketing for a few years. Emma has been a peer mentor and a Living/Learning Community mentor. She is a member the Golden Key International Honour Society and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.

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

Robert Bolejszo is a senior from Cliffside Park, NJ majoring in Business Administration and Psychology. He is a sergeant in the New Jersey National Guard, and his unit will be deployed in September of this year. Robert has taken a maximum load of classes each semester in order to complete his degrees prior to deployment. He plans to enter an MBA program upon his return home.

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FRANCES K. HACKETT ‘80 SSAIS SCHOLARSHIP

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Melissa Pepe of Montville, NJ is a History Major. Professor Carter Meyer, convener of the major, says Melissa “is not only an outstanding student, but also a major contributor to the success of other students through her work as the student coordinator of the History Tutoring Fellows. She has worked tirelessly to develop documentation workshops for students enrolled in History courses, all of which have been well attended and successful. She has also worked long hours as an individual tutor, helping large numbers of students master the research, writing and study skills needed to succeed in History courses. She has been a stalwart contributor to SSAIS recruiting events.” Melissa, an enthusiastic student, maintains a 3.79 grade point average.

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

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“I am so thankful for this award. It is such an honor to be recognized as the recipient of this scholarship.Thank you!” Melissa Pepe


FRANCES K. HACKETT ‘80 ASB SCHOLARSHIP

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

During her career Fran stayed active with her alma mater, both as a volunteer and as a donor. She served on the Strategic Planning Executive Committee, the School of Business Advisory Board, as a member of the 2004-2005 Presidential Search Committee and is a member of the Alumni Association Board Development Committee. She is currently a member of the Ramapo College Foundation Board of Governors, where she serves as vice chair. Her years of dedication to Ramapo and the larger community were recognized when she was honored at the Distinguished Citizens Dinner in 2004. She was honored with the President’s Award of Merit in 2007. In 2005 Fran created this endowed fund to leave a lasting legacy at Ramapo. Members of her staff at Prudential joined her in this effort. The purpose of the Fran Hackett Scholarship is to benefit outstanding students of limited means in the Anisfield School of Business.

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

Justin Surgent is a sophomore from Franklin Lakes, NJ majoring in Economics, but will move to a major in Finance. He is a member of the Math Club, the Finance Club, the Accounting Club and Students for Free Enterprise. Justin has a strong interest in politics and plays the alto saxophone. He plans a career as a financial analyst for a large multinational corporation.

In addition to her work with Prudential, Fran has served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Efficiency II, the Policy Advisory Committee of Administrative Office of the Courts, the Advisory Group for the School of Healthcare Related Professionals at UMDNJ and the state Health Insurance Advisory Association.

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DAVID R. HACKETT SCHOLARSHIP Board of Governors, where she serves as vice chair. Her years of dedication to Ramapo and the larger community were recognized when she was honored at the Distinguished Citizens Dinner in 2004. She was honored with the President’s Award of Merit in 2007. In 2009 Fran created this endowed fund in honor of her husband, David. “David has been a dedicated member of the emergency medical squad in our town for many years,” she said at the time. “This scholarship is a fitting way to honor his service as an EMT, while recognizing students at my alma mater who share a similar dedication.” The David R. Hackett Scholarship benefits Ramapo students who are volunteer emergency medical technicians in their own home communities, or who serve on the campus emergency medical squad. Paula Bohan is a junior from Williston Park, NY; a Biology major and an experienced EMT. Paula has a wide range of interests that have included lab assistant for microbiology research projects, working with the Ramapo College EMS, playing the piano and viola each for nine years and working as a certified lifeguard. Paula plans to continue her education in the helping professions by earning a graduate degree in a health related area. Paula continues to work with the ambulance service in her home town when she is there over the summer, and will become affiliated with the local service that now covers the Ramapo campus.

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rances Hackett started at Ramapo College in 1973 and graduated in 1980 with a degree in Business Administration and American Studies. One year after she started at Ramapo Fran began working full time at Prudential Financial, steadily working her way up to her current position of vice president of Administration and OSGLI. In addition to her work with Prudential, Fran has served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Efficiency II, the Policy Advisory Committee of Administrative Office of the Courts, the Advisory Group for the School of Healthcare Related Professionals at UMDNJ and the state Health Insurance Advisory Association. During her career Fran stayed active with her alma mater, both as a volunteer and as a donor. She served on the Strategic Planning Executive Committee, the School of Business Advisory Board, as a member of the 2004-2005 Presidential Search Committee and is a member of the Alumni Association Board Development Committee. She is currently a member of the Ramapo College Foundation

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Ryan Hohner is majoring in Communication Arts with a concentration in Journalism. A junior, he has earned a 3.58 grade point average.

ran Hackett has established four endowed scholarships at Ramapo College. The awards recognize students who are enrolled in the Salameno School of American and International Studies and the Anisfield School of Business, students who are members of the armed forces, and students who are emergency medical technicians. The intent of this award is to recognize students from Ms. Hackett’s hometown of South Plainfield, New Jersey.

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Dorothea Brune is a cryptologic technician in the U.S. Navy, where she has served five years and earned numerous awards. Thea is majoring in International Studies and planning to graduate in May. “She is an outstanding student carrying a 3.91 grade point average, whose outlook is always positive and upbeat,” says Dorothy Gillman, assistant director of Financial Aid. “She was instrumental in getting the VSO started, working with another veteran to write the constitution and connect with other student veterans to begin the club. She has applied to Columbia University to pursue a graduate degree in Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies. She would like to work one day at the United Nations.”

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

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HAITI RELIEF SCHOLARSHIP Roselaure Charles is a graduate of the Cine Institute A Film in Haiti. “After the earthquake some friends and I in the film school went to the camp and helped people by distributing clothes and food,” Roselaure says. She is in her first year at Ramapo, majoring in Contemporary Arts with concentrations in Digital Filmmaking and Global Communication and Media.

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n the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, the students, faculty and staff of the Ramapo College community pledged their support for relief efforts and assistance on behalf of Haitians everywhere who now must come to grips with this enormous tragedy. Student clubs hosted benefit concerts and faculty and staff made contributions to a scholarship fund. Proceeds will be used to help sponsor two Haitian students to attend Ramapo College. This special scholarship is a major program for the Ramapo Haiti Relief Committee.

“This scholarship means a lot for me because I have the opportunity to learn Digital Filmmaking at Ramapo. It was a dream of mine to become a filmmaker and through this scholarship my dream is realized.” Roselaure Charles

Clifford Denis of Haiti is an Engineering Physics Major. He is attending Ramapo College as the recipient of the Haiti Relief Scholarship. “Physics is the most basic science. It explains every natural phenomenon and you know when some things occur and why they do so. Engineering Physics students know how natural events occur and why.” Clifford will return to Haiti after he earns his degree. Of this award he adds, “My dream is to become a mechanical engineer. This scholarship will put me on the path of achieving my goal and helping my country.” Clifford has a 3.60 grade point average.

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Kevin Thomas is majoring in Engineering Physics. He is a senior from Ringoes, NJ. In recommending him for the Halpern Award the faculty wrote, “Kevin has put in countless hours tutoring students in Fundamentals in Physics and Physics with Calculus. This is a major effort which reflects his positive attitude and selflessness.”

eodoro (Teddy) Halpern joined the Ramapo faculty in 1974. He served the College as a professor of physics, director and dean of the School of Theoretical and Applied Science, dean of schools and vice president for Academic Affairs. His colorful, enthusiastic lectures made him a much-loved professor and inspiration to his colleagues.

“This scholarship will help me because I want to be a teacher and I got this by tutoring Physics.” Kevin Thomas

When he retired in 2001, fellow faculty members, family and friends gathered to honor Dr. Halpern. Contributions from the event, called “Teddyfest!” created this scholarship fund named in Dr. Halpern’s honor. In 2010 Dr. Halpern permanently endowed the program through a planned gift. The Halpern award recognizes outstanding students in physics.

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Melissa Mugica of Edison, NJ is a double major in Theater and Literature. She plans to pursue certification in Teacher Education. Her inspiration is a quote from the movie “A Cinderella Story”: “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” Even with an autoimmune disease, Melissa is very much in the game. She is a member of the National Theater Honor Society and served in several leadership positions including vice president. She helped form an improvisational/sketch comedy troupe and has performed in the Ramapo College Theater Program’s main stage productions. With one foot always near a stage, she works at the Berrie Center box office and travels to Manhattan to audition for acting roles in film, television and theater. Melissa has a 3.39 grade point average.

eith Hayes transferred to Ramapo College in the fall of 2007. He was a Psychology major whose dream was to become a child psychologist. Sadly Keith passed away that semester, the result of complications of several long-term undiagnosed illnesses. He was 20 years old. After Keith’s untimely death, his family and friends raised funds to create an endowed fund at the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan. One goal of the Keith B. Hayes Foundation is to provide a scholarship in Keith’s name to a Ramapo student. The award benefits students afflicted with muscular and skeletal myopathy, muscular dystrophy and/or heart disease or a similar disease. It is administered by the Office of Specialized Services. Shannon Kelly of Bridgewater, NJ is a Communications major with a Writing concentration. She is proud of her induction into Alpha Lambda Delta, an honors society for first year college students. Shannon, who has a 3.62 grade point average, is grateful for the support and understanding of her professors and the staff of the Office of Specialized Services. She is active in FOCUS, a Bible studies group, and is a member of the Ramapo Chorale. Shannon also mentors a 10-year-old girl who, like herself, has cerebral palsy. She says the scholarship gives her the incentive to say, “I can do this…I most certainly will!”

Alyssa Press of Fair Lawn, NJ is a Visual Arts major with a concentration in Photography. She was diagnosed with Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis before she turned two. Alyssa’s had to live with the limitations of her illness and a compromised immune system her entire life. She pushes herself to participate in physical activities. “I know how to push through and persevere,” she says. She is following her dream of becoming a fashion photographer and completed an internship with EZ Studios in New York City. Alyssa is a member of Hillel, Alpha Omicron Pi and has participated in Walk for Suicide Prevention and Walk for Arthritis. Alyssa maintains a 3.49 grade point average.

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he Hermitage is a historic house museum located near to the College in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ. George Washington visited the house during the Revolutionary War and the house was the site of the marriage of Aaron Burr and Theodosia Prevost. Ramapo history faculty have used The Hermitage as a resource, as well as Ramapo students. To honor this relationship and recognize Ramapo history students conducting research at The Hermitage, Delight Dodyk, Ph.D., president of The Hermitage Board of Trustees, started this award in 2000. No student worked at The Hermitage during the 20112012 academic year.

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CARA MYCHELLE HIRSCHMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

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Michael Bender of Florham Park, NJ is a History major. He initially declared Business as his major while learning to speak Chinese. His decision to become an EMT so he could serve on Ramapo’s volunteer service was life, and major, changing. He wanted to become a Nursing major. However, the pre-req science courses are for Nursing students accepted to the program as freshmen. Not to be dissuaded, Michael is now a History major. In addition, he attends the County College of Morris to complete the required Nursing pre-reqs. When he graduates in June, Michael, whose grade point average at Ramapo is 3.29, will have completed Intermediate Chinese and will enroll in an accelerated Nursing Program that will allow him to get a BSN in Nursing. Michael says, “Cara’s message of determination reminds me that we can overcome difficulties by recognizing our strengths. I am so excited by the possibilities.”

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

Radhika Shah of Montvale, NJ found it extremely frustrating to have a high school grade point average of 3.6, but not get accepted to any colleges because of mediocre SAT scores. She enrolled at Bergen Community College and was named to the Dean’s List and the Honor Roll. At the urging of a professor, she became a tutor, an experience Radhika found to be rewarding. She applied to Ramapo’s Nursing Program and was excited to get accepted. Radhika has demonstrated her compassion for others, especially children, as a babysitter and a volunteer at a youth camp. Radhika, who has a 3.28 grade point average, says, “My first year at Ramapo College I had a good experience.”

Hirschman Scholarships are awarded to students of good academic standing who have a documented learning disability and, like Cara, are involved on campus and in the community. Ryan Wilson of Demarest, NJ is an Accounting major. His goal is to become a CPA. Ryan was named to the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society, Golden Key International Honour Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Dean’s List and Alpha Lambda Delta. He also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council in the Anisfield School of Business and is proud of the Council’s involvement in the school’s accreditation process. “I believe it is extremely important for undergraduates to have work experiences to gain exposure to our global community.” Toward that end, Ryan’s worked as an accounting intern, an English teacher assistant in Chile and participated in a Deloitte Career Building workshop. Ryan, who has a 3.83 grade point average, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. 77


CARA MYCHELLE HIRSCHMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Nancy Pandiscia of Verona, NJ is a Social Work major. She began her studies at Ramapo College in 1997 as a returning adult student. She was diagnosed with a vision disability that made reading comprehension a challenge. As Nancy reached the higher level Social Work courses, she realized her diagnosis would make intense study difficult. She went to the Office of Specialized Services for assistance. On their recommendation, she was tested and learned that she is dyslexic. Nancy believes the diagnosis is a blessing: it provided a reason for the academic challenges she has always encountered. She credits OSS with helping her to believe she is capable of accomplishing anything she wishes to do. Nancy, who has a 3.68 grade point average, is a certified birth doula. As a Social Worker, she plans to continue her work with women to improve maternal child health in the United States.

to think in three dimensions. She enjoys working with clay that gets poured into metal. Danielle, who is a member of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, also enjoys babysitting, swimming and running. Danielle, who has a 3.39 grade point average, says, “A person needs to work through their frustrations to solve problems in their art and in life.” Shannon Kelly of Bridgewater, NJ is a Communications major with a Writing concentration. She is proud of her induction into Alpha Lambda Delta, an honors society for first year college students. Shannon, who has a 3.62 grade point average, is grateful for the support and understanding of her professors and the staff of the Office of Specialized Services. She is active in FOCUS, a Bible studies group, and is a member of the Ramapo Chorale. Shannon also mentors a 10-year-old girl who, like herself, has cerebral palsy. She says the scholarship gives her the incentive to say, “I can do this…I most certainly will!”

Joy Abma of Wyckoff, NJ plans to become a nurse. “I have always had a passion for helping others,” she says. “I found that to be one of the greatest gifts I could give to someone else.” Her compassion for others is evident in her list of activities. She’s a member of the Nursing Club, has made three mission trips to Mexico, participates in fundraising walks and bike events, has worked as a nutrition assistant and as a dog sitter. Having a dream and realizing it aren’t the same, however. Joy admits she wasn’t accepted to the colleges she applied to, even Ramapo. She convinced Admissions staff that she was a determined student who wouldn’t let anything stand in her way of enrollment in the Nursing Program. Joy, who has a 3.77 grade point average, was named to the Dean’s List in the Fall and Spring semesters of her freshman year. She notes, “I knew I could do it, and now Ramapo College does, too.”

Taylor Glickman of Englewood, NJ is a History major. She is proud to have been named to the Dean’s List and to The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. On campus, Taylor is a member of the Anti-Bullying Club. She also volunteers at Englewood Hospital. An insightful person, Taylor says, “As I have learned to work with my academic disabilities, my attitude has transformed me into a new and better student; my hard work has built up a form of confidence that has dominoed into a person who wants, and will excel beyond my own expectations.” Paul White of Milford, NJ is interested in several majors: History, Political Science, Literature and languages. His academic career has been one of frustration, he admits, with teachers questioning his ability to get high test scores but subpar course grades. Paul has put in place several organizational strategies using lists and notebooks to help him get to the heart of an assignment. He is a member of the Sci-fi Club, a costume shop assistant at the Berrie Center and works on

Danielle Feller of Ridgewood, NJ says receiving the scholarship allows her to carry out Cara’s spirit and her will to succeed. Danielle gravitates toward Art. She enjoys Sculpture and Metaphysics, both of which use intuitive thinking, an area she believes she navigates with more success than academics. Sculpture allows Danielle 78


CARA MYCHELLE HIRSCHMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP his parents’ sustainable dairy farm. Paul, who has a 3.00 grade point average, was named to the Dean’s List. “This is an important milestone for me,” he says, “my journey is far from complete. I will continue to work hard at overcoming the challenges I face, both current and future.”

intern for the Mahwah Museum. Jessica, who has a 3.59 grade point average, looks forward to graduating with honors and pursing an MBA.

Paul Catanzaro of Paramus, NJ is a Digital Filmmaking major. He is energy on wheels. A member of the Ramapo College Roller Hockey Club Team, he traveled more than six weekends to Pennsylvania to play. Prior to enrolling at Ramapo, he earned an A.A.S. degree from Bergen Community College. Here, he’s a Communications major with a concentration in Digital Filmmaking and volunteers to help his classmates on course projects. He completed an internship as an editing assistant with a photography company and hopes to obtain a position in the area of production. Paul, who has a 3.21 grade point average, says the scholarship gave him the confidence to enjoy the college experience. “Having a learning disability makes us have to prove ourselves, but confidence in ourselves makes other people pay a little more attention to us. I believe that is the most important lesson I learned this year.” Jessica Waxenbaum of Mahwah, NJ is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Management. During her junior year she became a community assistant for the College Park Apartments. One of her favorite aspects of the job is to help students have a satisfying experience at Ramapo. In this position Jessica has learned new skills, how to structure her study time and to challenge herself. She’s also held positions as a notetaker, student aide, summer resident assistant and a business management 79

Christopher Gabbett of Raritan, NJ is majoring in Communications with a concentration in Writing. He has decided to minor in Political Science and International Studies. He believes the most important similarity between him and Cara is “our mutual dedication to activities that promote positive outcomes.” Christopher demonstrates leadership in many of his campus activities. He is assistant programming manager of WRPR and hosts his own show, “Headbanger Haven.” He serves as vice president of College Republicans. In addition, he is a member of the Ramapo Chorale and works as a library assistant in the George T. Potter Library and at Barnes & Noble. Christopher, who has a 3.93 grade point average, was named to the Dean’s List and inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta, an honors society for first-year college students. He says he hopes to live his life the way Cara would have, “with a strong work ethic and a positive outlook, no matter what obstacles may lay in my path.” Joshua Wanger of Nanuet, NY, a Political Science major, graduated December 2011. He says receiving the scholarship has eased the costs of tuition and living on campus. Living on campus, and becoming more independent, was important to Joshua as was the opportunity to meet people, gain knowledge and learn more about himself. He is grateful for the opportunity to attend on campus lectures and events. He served as corresponding secretary for the Coed National Community Service Fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, secretary of the Study Club and was a member of Hillel and Political Forum. Joshua has completed internships with Senator David Carlucci and Congressman Eliot Engel. Joshua, who graduated with a 3.63 grade point average, was named to the Political Science Honor Society and Golden Key International Honour Society.


CARA MYCHELLE HIRSCHMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP “My passion for the social work profession and advocacy for others is my highest priority,” says Dolores Costanzo of Mount Laurel, NJ. She credits receiving the scholarship with allowing her to continue her education in Social Work. “When perceived in the real world as a professional, I can, without a doubt, attend to matters of social injustice in the most appropriate, accurate way.” Dolores consistently demonstrates her penchant for advocacy by volunteering for the Special Olympics, tutoring in the Office of Specialized Services, interning at the Center for Food Action and Care Plus New Jersey – Families First, as a peer facilitator and holding several positions with Residence Life. Dolores, who has a 3.61 grade point average, is president of the Social Work Club, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and has been named to the Phi Alpha Honor Society and the Rho Alpha Sigma Honor Society.

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“Like many women today, I have several roles in my life,” says Aloha Wilkins from Boonton, NJ. “I am an adult student with two small children ages nine and four. In addition, I work with the developmentally disabled.” Aloha is majoring in Social Work with a minor in Substance Abuse. She is a junior with a 3.00 grade point average.

returning adult student, Marion Hughes gave as much to the intellectual and social life she found at Ramapo as she received. She excelled in her studies and enjoyed participating in campus activities and clubs. She graduated from Ramapo in 1980, then went on to earn a master’s degree in family and community education from Columbia University Teachers College and a second master���s degree in Social Work from Fordham University. “She proved that academic excellence is not bound by age,” wrote her friend and Ramapo classmate Mary Ippolito ’82. At Mrs. Hughes’ death in 1997, Mrs. Ippolito worked with Marion’s friends and family to raise enough funds to start an endowed scholarship in Marion’s memory. Each year the Marion Hughes Scholarship benefits a female returning-adult student who seeks excellence in her studies. Recipients “display a desire to learn and a love for the academic environment similar to that of Marion Hughes.”

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Hannah Morrow of Kinnelon, NJ is a Biochemistry major. As a teenager she was diagnosed with a chronic disorder from which, she says “I emerged with more strength, determination and faith than I could ever imagine.” She entered the workforce after high school and earned an associate’s degree at a community college. Hannah has admiration for the physical therapists who helped her and plans on becoming one to help others. Hannah volunteers at an animal shelter, a hospital and works with children who have cerebral palsy. She a member of Ramapo’s Biology Club. Hannah is particularly proud of being the recipient of a scholarship awarded by the American Association of University Women.

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

“This scholarship will assist me greatly in getting closer to my professional goal of being a Physical Therapist. I can’t express my gratitude enough to those who granted me this scholarship. As I get closer to my life’s goals I will always have you all to thank.Thank you so much!” Hannah Morrow

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Valensiya Tsvetanova is a senior from Bulgaria who came to the United States six years ago as an exchange student, and was placed in Elkhart, Indiana. Valensiya is majoring in Accounting and Law and Society, and is involved in many campus organizations and projects. Projects have included Alternative Spring Break, treasurer of three student clubs, Model UN, and Students for Free Enterprise. Valensiya plans to enter law school and earn an MBA at the same time.

his fund was created by Dick Johnson in memory of his wife, Ruth. The Johnsons were Mahwah residents for 20 years. Their son Andrew, graduated from Ramapo in 1990 with a degree in Literature, then worked in England as an advertising copywriter. “Starting this scholarship was a way to memorialize Ruth and her appreciation of learning,� Mr. Johnson has said. The award benefits students who participate in a cooperative education experience abroad and is selected by the director of International Education. The 2010-2011 recipient of the Johnson Scholarship was Gerardo Gomez. Gerardo is a senior majoring in Spanish Language studies. His minor is International Business. In the summer of 2011 Gerardo studied abroad at the Universidad of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain.

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MUKUL JOISHER AND FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP Meena and her husband Mukul established this award in 2003 in recognition of the difficulties international students face, especially financially and the valuable support Ramapo administrators and international student advisors gave their daughters and the role they played in Purvi’s and Manshi’s success. The Joisher Scholarship benefits exceptional international students, particularly those from India. A native of China, Wenji Li is in her first year at Ramapo College and plans to major in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. “I spent a tough time adapting when I first arrived here, so I encouraged myself to put twice as much effort into studying,” Wenji says. “I learned how to find a balance between academic requirements and social activities, and now I have a 3.92 grade point average.” Wenji has been an active volunteer and is a member of the International Student Organization, the Finance Club, the Asian Club, the Social justice Coalition and Alpha Lambda Delta honor society. She is an accomplished piano player and plays with the Ramapo College chamber music program. In China Wenji won awards for swimming and high jump, and was an Advocator for the Government of Yangzhou and a Yangzhou television station.

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eena Joisher graduated from Ramapo College with Latin honors (magna cum laude) in 1992. She earned a degree in Business Administration to enhance her work at UPS. Meena’s daughters Purvi and Manshi earned their high school diplomas at Mahwah High School. After attending Northeastern University for a year, Purvi followed her mother to Ramapo and graduated cum laude in 2001 with a degree in Information Systems. She earned an MBA at Ramapo College in 2004. Manshi, too, enrolled at Ramapo and earned her degree in 2002 in Information Systems with Latin honors.

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DRS. ELLEN AND JEFFREY KAIDEN URBAN EDUCATOR SCHOLARSHIP Alexa Chin is a senior majoring in Mathematics. She is completing coursework toward teacher education certification in Mathematics as well, and has earned a cumulative 3.09 grade point average. “Alexa is a rising star in urban education instruction,” says Dr. Ellen Kaiden. Alexa is from Tenafly, NJ.

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Jacqueline Katz of Red Bank, NJ is a Biology major and a Chemistry minor. She is also pursuing teacher certification in Secondary Education. On campus she is co-chair of the Relay for Life Planning Committee, cosponsor and chair of the Biology Club, a member of the Dance Club, and a Ramapo Admissions Student Ambassador. “This scholarship will assist me in achieving my goal of teaching Biology/Chemistry in an urban school district.” Jacqueline, who has a 4.00 grade point average, also plans to attend graduate school to study Molecular Genetics.


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With several classmates, she initiated a collection of soccer equipment that was distributed in Africa. In school, she carried a demanding course load and participated in Soccer and Indoor and Outdoor Track, on the JV and Varsity level. She has a 3.82 grade point average.

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

Emily Price of Montville, NJ has learned to cope with serious illness, surgery and a leave of absence from school. From the day she was diagnosed with her illness, she searched for answers that her doctors couldn’t provide. Knowing uncertainty and fear first-hand, for both child and parents, Emily plans to become a pediatric gastroenterologist. She has begun the path to doctor by declaring Biology as her major. She says medicine “is called a practice for a reason; we sometimes fail more than we succeed. Each time we fail, we learn more, improve and are able to help one another.” Emily has a 3.92 grade point average.

Erica Colavito of Middletown, NJ, a Biology major, is a well-rounded individual. She has served as editor-inchief of her high school’s newspaper; prior to that position she was a writer and sports editor for the publication. She is a peer leader and received special training to work with the freshmen. Erica also volunteered to work on math skills with an autistic boy and at a camp for children in need of social skills training. She also worked with children aged 3 through 5 at a summer camp program and organized hikes in the park.

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

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Hannah Morrow of Kinnelon, NJ is a Biochemistry major. As a teenager she was diagnosed with a chronic disorder from which, she says “I emerged with more strength, determination and faith than I could ever imagine.” She entered the workforce after high school and earned an associate’s degree at a community college. Hannah has admiration for the physical therapists who helped her and plans on becoming one to help others. Hannah volunteers at an animal shelter, a hospital and works with children who have cerebral palsy. She a member of Ramapo’s Biology Club.


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

national, regional and international levels,” she says. At Ramapo Valeriya is a member of the Model United Nations Club, the International Business Club, the International Student Organization, and two honor societies. She has worked for the Bulgarian Red Cross, for the American Jewish Committee in New York City, and on campus in the office of Information Technology. Valeriya, who has a 3.79 grade point average, plans to obtain a doctorate degree and promote international human rights in crisis areas on a global scale. “While in Guam on a trip with the Ramapo Chorale last summer, my friend and I decided to start an a cappella group on campus,” says Lisa Tordo. “We established the group, arrange the music, schedule the events, perform, and manage a web page. The group sang at a national a cappella performance this January.” Lisa is also a section leader in the Ramapo Chorale and the vocal performance group Skylark. A Psychology major, Lisa volunteers at a pregnancy aide center near her hometown of Bridgewater, NJ and is a member of Golden Key International Honour Society. Lisa has earned a 3.83 grade point average.

Born in Czechoslovakia, Frank Kraus served in World War II as a lieutenant in the Republic Army. He then moved to Mulhouse, France where he earned a degree in Textile Engineering with the expectation of taking over his father’s textile business. While Frank was on a business trip to the United States, Hitler invaded Poland and Frank lost everything. In the U.S., Frank pursued a successful business career and was a tireless leader in the community until his death in 2003. He was president of the Mahwah Board of Health, a trustee of Valley Hospital for 12 years and member of the Board of Directors of the West Bergen Mental Health Center.

Steven Wiltbank was elected Class Representative of the Class of 2013 in his freshman year. Now a junior, he is the president of the Student Government Association. Steven is majoring in Spanish Language Studies with a minor in Latin American Studies. He is also pursuing courses toward Teacher Certification in Spanish. “My honors independent research project will focus on effective ways of instruction in a foreign language, since learning a foreign language is very important in today’s globalized society,” he says. Steven has earned a 3.78 grade point average. He is from Belford, NJ.

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

Jessica Peacock is a Social Work major from Ridgewood, NJ. She is a certified EMT and was president of the Spanish Club while volunteering at the Ridgewood Food pantry. Jessica has interned at the Bergen County jail as a social services assistant working with individuals who are ostracized from society, but need someone to help them salvage their lives. She intends to become a social worker upon graduation.

The Krebs fund is named for the donor’s uncle, a Jesuit priest who served the poor in the Philippines. The scholarship is named in honor of his selfless dedication to others, which mirrors the commitment of the students in the target majors. The Krebs Scholarship is open to students who are majoring in Social Work or Community Mental Health and who have a grade point average of 3.50 or higher.

Carol Parker of Hackensack, NJ worked 27 years in the corporate world and managed a budget in excess of $3.5 million. After being downsized, she went back to college to earn a degree. As a Bergen Community College student, Carol became a mentor for College Now After-School Academy, a supplemental learning program for at risk third graders in New Milford, NJ. She also was a math tutor and continues to assist non-traditional students at the community college. At Ramapo, Carol is a Social Work major. She is a member of the Social Work Club and is active with Ramapo Readers. She also volunteers in the community with Habitat for Humanity, as a Sunday School superintendent and as an intern at the Midland Park Senior Center and Adult Protective Service. Carol, who has a 4.00 grade point average, says, “I believe to be a successful social worker it is essential for me to gain the trust and confidence of those I intend to help.”

Taryn Blaustein of Parsippany, NJ, a senior, is a Social Work major. On and off campus she has demonstrated her compassion for those with physical and mental illnesses. Taryn has completed internships with the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Morris County, the NJ Aids Services/Eric Johnson House and New Bridge Services that provides services for mental illness and substance abuse. She is a member of the Mental Health Players, an acting troupe, with the Morris County Mental Health Association. As a member, Taryn received the 2011 Ambassador Award from the Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma. She is a member of Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society and Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society and volunteers with Jersey Battered Women’s Services. Taryn, who has a 3.98 grade point average, chose Social Work as a major because it will allow her “ample opportunity to help those facing serious hardships to reach their greatest potential.”

“This scholarship allows me to dream the impossible dream and have it come true.” Carol Parker

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JOHN KREBS, SJ SCHOLARSHIP Devorah Karp is an adult returning student from Spring Valley, NY. She is majoring in Social Work and plans to enter a graduate social work program upon graduation from Ramapo College. Devorah has done a great deal of volunteer work with women’s health issues and helps provide food and clothing for those in need.

Emily A. Wisniewski is a Social Work major from Highland lakes, NJ. She is a volunteer tutor and a member of reading Buddies in Highland Lakes. Emily is involved with art, swimming, sailing and hiking and has taken honors courses at the University of Colorado. Emily is determined to be a social worker dedicated to helping those in the other 99 percent of the population that need help to enrich their lives. As a child of a military family, Emily has lived all over the United States and has experience with many volunteer programs including Habitat for Humanity, which she worked on with her father. Chase Nancy-Lynn Burns is a junior from Ogdensburg, NJ who is majoring in Social Work. Chase graduated from the County College of Morris with a 4.0 GPA with Magna Cum Laude honors. She has continued her 4.0 GPA at Ramapo College. Chase has worked with Habitat for Humanity and has paid her way to Thailand to work on a habitat build there. She is committed to social justice and equality for all, which she hopes to bring about through a career in social work.

“This scholarship increases my chances of pursuing my Master’s degree in the future and I am so grateful to those who made this possible for me.” Chase Burns Brianna Faith Collinson is a junior from Montague, NJ who is majoring in Social Work. Brianna attended the Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY) and graduated from Sussex Community College maintaining Dean’s List status at both colleges. She plans to provide services to children and families through a public or private social work setting. Tsveta Dobreva is a Psychology major interested in the social work aspects of mental health services provided to teenagers and young adults who are at risk in society. Tsveta is still defining her own future role in the psychology field. 90

“This scholarship is a tremendous help to me. I would like to sincerely thank those who provided this scholarship to me.” Devorah Karp “My passion for the social work profession and advocacy for others is my highest priority,” says Dolores Costanzo of Mount Laurel, NJ. She credits receiving the scholarship with allowing her to continue her education in Social Work. “When perceived in the real world as a professional, I can, without a doubt, attend to matters of social injustice in the most appropriate, accurate way.” Dolores consistently demonstrates her penchant for advocacy by volunteering for the Special Olympics, tutoring in the Office of Specialized Services, interning at the Center for Food Action and Care Plus New Jersey – Families First, as a peer facilitator and holding several positions with Residence Life. Dolores, who has a 3.61 grade point average, is president of the Social Work Club, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and has been named to the Phi Alpha Honor Society and the Rho Alpha Sigma Honor Society.


JOHN KREBS, SJ SCHOLARSHIP “Like many women today, I have several roles in my life,” says Aloha Wilkins from Boonton, NJ. “I am an adult student with two small children ages nine and four. In addition, I work with the developmentally disabled.” Aloha is majoring in Social Work with a minor in Substance Abuse. She is a junior with a 3.00 grade point average.

“I am grateful for this scholarship and I would like to thank you for your help and support. I am a member of the working poor population and receiving this scholarship has made things less stressful for me and my family.” AlohaWilkins In her third year at Ramapo Jamie Ziegelhofer has earned a 3.73 grade point average. She is majoring in Social Work. Jamie is from Hackensack, NJ.

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Susan Vanino is a junior from Glen Rock, NJ and a Social Work major. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and has served on the Glen Rock Handicapped Persons Advisory Board for several years. Susan plans to pursue a career in the assisting of persons with vision loss. Upon graduation from Ramapo College, Susan plans to enter the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey where she will earn a graduate degree in rehabilitation counseling. :


GARVIN LALLY ‘84 WRITER’S SCHOLARSHIP

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Robert Texel of Sussex, NJ is a Literature major who will pursue certification in Secondary Education. The writing sample he submitted for the scholarship was a poignant discourse on having to attend his grandmother’s funeral viewing on his twentieth birthday. Robert acutely noted, “I actually felt bad to have been born on her day. A person celebrates their birthday every year, but their entire lives are only celebrated for about a week after they die.” Robert demonstrates a dedication to the craft of writing and enjoys the process. He notes that unlike other writers, his goal is not to get published, though he wouldn’t mind that. It’s to write. Robert has a 3.73 grade point average.

arvin Lally graduated from Ramapo in 1984 and became a freelance writer. He started as an Economics major and graduated with a degree in Communications. The oldest of five children, his sister Gina recalls that he published a paperback book of poetry. He met his wife, Julie on a business trip to China, while working and writing for a college life magazine called DORM. Tragically, Garvin died at age 28 in an airplane crash in Chile, South America in 1991. His wife Julie established this scholarship in Garvin’s memory to perpetuate his love for writing and for Ramapo College. Gina says Garvin would deeply encourage any student that has a passion for writing to do so. “It is a powerful vehicle for self-expression that can not only be beneficial to the writer, but also can give others an intimate experience, understanding, hope, laughter, love, and so much else.” Faculty and staff nominate students for the Lally award. Candidates must demonstrate a strong interest in writing, literature or poetry.

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“Receiving the Lally scholarship has fueled my confidence a great deal.This award has shown me that my work is valuable and it has renewed my vigor in both teaching and crafting great works of literature.” Robert Texel


JOSEPH M. LEONE FAMILY FUND ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

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r. Joseph M. Leone is retired vice chairman and chief financial officer of CIT Group Inc, one of the nation’s largest consumer and commercial finance firms. He holds a BA from Baruch College of the City University of New York and attended the Harvard University Advanced Management Program. Mr. Leone joined CIT in 1986 and has held his current position since 1995. Previously he was with Manufacturers Hanover and KPMG Peat Marwick. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Financial Executives Institute. As a Governor on the Ramapo College Foundation Board, Mr. Leone helped link CIT’s philanthropic goals with Ramapo students and was instrumental in creating the CIT Scholars program in 1999. He launched the Leone Family Scholarships in 2004. The program benefits motivated students from underserved communities across the State of New Jersey.

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Ashley Orlando is a freshman from Hazlet, NJ, a Business Administration major and Psychology minor. She is a member of the Business Club, the Math Club and Feminists United, and is a dancer who was involved with theater productions in high school. Ashley plans to own a business after graduation.

“This scholarship has helped me greatly towards achieving my academic goals of one day owning my own business. I am very thankful to the Leone family for bringing me closer to making my dream come true.” Ashley Orlando


KATHERINE LIESSEM MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

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

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Susan Vanino is a junior from Glen Rock, NJ and a Social Work major. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and has served on the Glen Rock Handicapped Persons Advisory Board for several years. Susan plans to pursue a career in the assisting of persons with vision loss. Upon graduation from Ramapo College, Susan plans to enter the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey where she will earn a graduate degree in Rehabilitation Counseling.


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Susan Vanino is a junior from Glen Rock, NJ and a Social Work major. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and has served on the Glen Rock Handicapped Persons Advisory Board for several years. Upon graduation from Ramapo College, Susan plans to enter the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey to earn a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. She plans to pursue a career in assisting persons with vision loss.

he Franklin Lakes Lions Club is part of an international organization whose mission is to provide volunteers for the improvement of the community. Since 1927 the Lions Club has had a particular focus on restoring sight and preventing blindness. At its meeting in December, 2011 the members of the Franklin Lakes Lions Club voted to distribute funds to Ramapo College students for scholarship, in particular for students with a vision impairment. The award was selected by the staff in the Ramapo College Office of Specialized Services. Tanesha Caswell is from Jersey City, NJ and graduated from Hudson County Schools of Technology. She is in her first year at Ramapo, majoring in Mathematics.

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KIM LYNCH SCHOLARSHIP

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Beth Grundfest is a returning adult student from Spring Valley, NY majoring in Environmental Studies. She attended SUNY New Paltz and Rockland Community College before enrolling at Ramapo this year. “When I first met Beth she struck me as an eager student ready to earn her degree in the field of her interest, although she had worked in social services,” says Sanna Lemmetti in the Degree Completion Program office. “She is a determined student set on getting her degree.”

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

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MADDI ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP FUND

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Justin Surgent is a sophomore from Franklin Lakes, NJ majoring in Economics, but will move to a major in Finance. He is a member of the Math Club, the Finance Club, the Accounting Club and Students for Free Enterprise. Justin has a strong interest in politics and plays the alto saxophone. He plans a career as a financial analyst for a large multi national corporation.

he Maddi Endowed Scholarship was started by Don Maddi, a member of the Ramapo College Foundation Board of Governors. Mr. Maddi is vice president for compensation and benefits at C.R. Bard, a provider of medical products and services. C.R. Bard has 9,000 employees worldwide and revenue of $2 billion annually. During his over 18 year tenure with the company, Mr. Maddi has worked in human resources in positions with increasing management and executive responsiblities. He also is active in the community with the Diabetes Foundation and the Parents Alumni Association of Villa Walsh Academy. The purpose of the Maddi Award is to recognize deserving students in the Anisfield School of Business.

Katelin Thompson is a freshman from Hillsdale, NJ majoring in Business Management. She has varied interests and seeks positive relationships in her life, which will help her in managing projects, bring new ideas to business and provide better work environments. Katelin is interested in the human resources field or becoming an entrepreneur and starting her own business.

“The Don Maddi Scholarship has helped me to be more confident in my work and has encouraged me to reach my full potential academically.� Katelin Thompson

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ELIZABETH MAINARDI ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP FUND Aimee George New Milford, NJ is a Nursing major who has a 3.67 grade point average. She credits the care provided by doctors and nurses for the good outcome her family experienced. Aimee has volunteered at health care centers and nursing homes that also fueled her interest in becoming a nurse. On campus she is a member of the Nursing Student Organization, the Biology Club, Culture Club, South Asians at Ramapo and a student run a cappella group called 4gotten Suitcase. Aimee says her volunteer experiences helped her “develop a sense of how to care for and treat patients.” She’s also learned it’s not always about finding a cure for a disease but about treating patients with respect and patience.

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

“I would like to sincerely thank the Mainardi Family for this gracious award.This scholarship has helped me, not only financially, but also as a form of encouragement to strive for my goals.” Aimee George

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

Hannah Morrow of Kinnelon, NJ is a Biochemistry major. As a teenager she was diagnosed with a chronic disorder from which, she says “I emerged with more strength, determination and faith than I could ever imagine.” She entered the workforce after high school and earned an associate’s degree at a community college. Hannah has admiration for the physical therapists who helped her and plans on becoming one to help others. Hannah volunteers at an animal shelter, a hospital and works with children who have cerebral palsy. She a member of Ramapo’s Biology Club. Hannah is particularly proud of being the recipient of a scholarship awarded by the American Association of University Women.

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

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DON MANZO MEMORIAL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP

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

“It comes naturally for me to express my ideas through the art of music,” says Mike Santo. “But it wasn’t until this semester that I realized that listening, creating, and playing music is where I belong.” Mike is a Music Production major in his junior year who has earned a 2.92 grade point average. Mike works as a lifeguard at the Lake Hiawatha Swim Club and in a dentist’s office. In addition to playing guitar and writing songs, Mike is interested in photography. He is from Parsippany, NJ.

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D. BENNETT MAZUR SCHOLARSHIP

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his award was created in memory of D. Bennett Mazur, veteran, Ramapo College professor, Bergen County Freeholder and New Jersey Assemblyman. A native of Fort Lee, New Jersey, Mr. Mazur displayed courage and resilience as a soldier during World War II, receiving three Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star. In 1972 Mr. Mazur was elected to the New Jersey State Assembly, where he served until he retired in 1992. He is well known for sponsoring a 1992 anti-discrimination bill making it illegal to discriminate on the basis of affectional or sexual orientation in hiring/ promotion, financial loans or credit, or housing in the State of New Jersey. His experience made him a valuable asset to the Ramapo faculty. After his death, friends, fellow legislators and members of the Bergen County community held a dinner to raise funds to establish this endowed scholarship fund, which is for students studying urban affairs or public policy. “His life as an assemblyman, professor, soldier and great American,” wrote Fort Lee friends at Mr. Mazur’s death, “have left us with a tradition of intellect, excellence, courage and empathy for those less fortunate; a hallmark for all of us to emulate.”

Biology major Lina Damrah is in her junior year. Her minor is Psychology and she has earned a 3.88 grade point average. Lina is involved on campus in Relay for Life, the Dance Marathon, and as a volunteer at The Valley Hospital and a local senior citizens home. She is a community assistant in the College Park Apartments, and was inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta and Chi Alpha Epsilon honor societies. She is a member of the Muslim Student Association. “My future dream,” she says, “is to pursue a career in medicine.” Lina is from Garfield, NJ.

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MEADOWLANDS COMMISSION ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIPS “Karin LaGreca is at the top in every qualification,” says Mike Edelstein, professor of environmental studies. Karin is majoring in Environmental Studies and has earned a 3.90 grade point average. In her last year at Ramapo, Karin is considering the Master of Arts in Sustainability Studies program for next year. She is from Mahwah, NJ.

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n August, 2003 Ramapo College entered into an agreement with the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission to operate and expand educational efforts of the Meadowlands Environment Center (MEC), located in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. Ramapo manages the MEC’s educational programs, including offerings for school children in grades kindergarten through 12, their teachers and undergraduate and graduate students. The program includes scholarship funding for “entering Ramapo College freshmen who have met the achievement and scholarship award criteria requirements of Ramapo College and who have proven interest in environmental issues.” The first Meadowlands Achievement Scholarship was presented in the 20042005 academic year.

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THEODORE MICHELFELD AWARD

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

“Stephan Bien-Aime has excelled in Organic chemistry and Biochemistry,” says Professor Steve Anderson. “He is currently undertaking a research project with a faculty mentor.” Stephan is majoring in Chemistry and pursuing a minor in French. He has earned a 3.95 grade point average. Stephan is from Bloomfield, NJ.

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BERNARD MILANO/KPMG ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

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Valensiya Tsvetanova is a senior from Bulgaria who came to the United States six years ago as an exchange student, and was placed in Elkhart, Indiana. Valensiya is majoring in Accounting and Law and Society, and is involved in many campus organizations and projects. Projects have included Alternative Spring Break, treasurer of three student clubs, Model UN, and Students for Free Enterprise. Valensiya plans to enter law school and earn an MBA at the same time.

ernard J. Milano’s career spans over 45 years with KPMG. A graduate of Temple University with a degree in business, he started in KPMG’s Philadelphia office on the audit staff. He earned his CPA, moved into management roles and in 1975 was appointed KPMG’s first National Partner in Charge of University Recruiting. He held increasing roles of responsibility including National Partner in Charge of Human Resources and later, president of the KPMG Foundation, a role he has continued after his retirement as a partner.

Erin Kaplan-Burns is a senior from Haddonfield, NJ majoring in Accounting, and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. She is a student trustee, and is active in student government. Erin plans to become a CPA and seeks a career with a large corporation. She intends to earn an MBA as well.

Founded in 1968, the KPMG Foundation provides funds to strengthen business higher education, faculty research and development and employee volunteerism. The KPMG Foundation is the founder of The Ph.D. Project, which encourages promising minority individuals in corporate positions to enter doctorate programs and become college professors. Mr. Milano served on President Bush’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and numerous advisory boards and boards of directors including the Points of Light Foundation. He has served on the boards of directors of AACSB International, the accrediting body for university schools of business; the American Accounting Association, the organization of accounting professors; the Episcopal Church Foundation (U.S.); and many others. He is most proud of having served on the search committees for both the president and business school dean at Ramapo. Mr. Milano was awarded honorary doctorates from North Carolina A&T State University, an Historically Black University and Kent State University. Mr. Milano has been an active member of the Ramapo Foundation Board of Governors since 1992 and served as chair from 2002 to 2006. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee, the Audit Committee and serves as treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee. Mr. Milano established this scholarship fund at Ramapo in 2002.

Kelly Yago is a junior from Kinnelon, NJ majoring in Accounting, and has earned a 4.0 GPA. She transferred from the County College of Morris, and has been active in community service organizations. Kelly plans to become a CPA upon graduation and then earn an MBA while pursuing a career in accounting.

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THE MINORITY FACULTY STAFF ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP

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

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FRANK E. AND LILLIAN A. MUTTER SCHOLARSHIP

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he Frank E. and Lillian A. Mutter Scholarship is one of the largest endowed scholarship programs at Ramapo. The Mutter Scholarships evolved through the efforts of Mr. Arthur Campbell, the Mutters’ attorney and executor of Mr. Mutter’s will. A long-time resident of nearby Ho-Ho-Kus, Mr. Campbell was aware of Ramapo College’s commitment to quality education and convinced Mr. Mutter that he and his wife’s memory would be “well served by supporting students at Ramapo in their endeavors to improve themselves and others through education.” Specifically, Mr. Mutter requested that the fund provide scholarships for “students residing in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, who need financial assistance; but if there are no such needy students, then for students from any other part of Bergen County, New Jersey, who need financial assistance.” The first Mutter Scholarships were awarded in 1991. Thanks to Mr. Campbell’s foresight and Mr. Mutter’s generosity, as many as 20 Ramapo students receive Mutter Scholarships in any given year. Peter Tuohy of Oakland, NJ is described by his guidance counselor as a student who has set educational goals that he will accomplish. Peter participated in the Middle College Program offered by Fairleigh Dickinson University. The program supplements the usual senior year English coursework with lectures, theater experiences and concerts. Peter is proud of his accomplishments as a member of his high school’s track team. Recognized throughout his four years of track, in his senior year Peter was named captain of the Varsity Cross Country, Winter Track and Spring Track teams. He also was named 1st Team All League for Cross Country. Peter was student ambassador and assisted freshmen. He also participated in a Holiday Festival school wide party for children in Paterson, NJ.

Alexandra Marin is from Hackensack, NJ and graduated from Bergen County Tech. She is in her first year at Ramapo and is majoring in Nursing. She has earned a 3.85 grade point average. Brandon Kennedy of Paramus, NJ enjoys the workings of world government. In high school, he was active in the Political Science Club. He also was a member of the Wrestling team for four years. It is, perhaps, his out-ofschool activities that provide a truer snapshot of the type of person Brandon is. He is a volunteer skateboarding instructor at a skateboard park. He studies the Bible with younger students through a program called Touch the World. He also delivers blankets to the homeless and completes Christian service projects. Brandon has a 2.75 grade point average. Maria Palakudiyil of Bergenfield, NJ is determined, goal-driven, passionate, self-motivated and involved said her guidance counselor. Maria attended a specialized academic high school in which she focused on Law and Justice. She was a member of Peer Leaders and the chorus. She has shifted gears and hopes to become an optometrist. Maria completed an internship in a hospital lab to get the feel of a medical environment. She demonstrates her compassion for others by volunteering for toy and clothing drives and putting on skits in rehabilitation facilities. Maria has a 3.17 grade point average.

“This scholarship motivates me to maintain my GPA and also lessens the tuition burden.” Maria Palakudiyil

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FRANK E. AND LILLIAN A. MUTTER SCHOLARSHIP Rebecca Bielen of Ridgewood is an American Studies major. Her high school guidance counselor said that Becky is a person “of great moral fiber, dedicated to her various causes and especially true to her beliefs, which she will stand up for against great opposition, even if it means standing alone.” She was a member of her high school’s Project Interact and Support Our Troops Clubs and was named president during her junior year. In her senior year she was named vice president of Project Interact. Among the activities Project Interact organizes: Toys for Tots, Operation Smile and Walk for Hope. During bake sales to raise funds for Support Our Troops, she became known for her family’s saltine chocolate cookie that was decorated with red, white and blue sprinkles. It also became a favorite among veterans who requested them for the town’s annual Memorial Day events. She also organized a concert featuring bands from throughout Bergen County for Support Our Troops.

Kristen Gray of Park Ridge, NJ does not subscribe to popular thought or practice said her high school guidance counselor. She received the school’s Renaissance Award for three consecutive years. As a tri-season athlete, Kristen received County and State recognition in Track and County recognition in Cross Country, where she served as captain. Kristen also worked with members of her Girl Scout troop to earn the Gold Award. She was involved in the PEAK program that helped students with autism and has been a coach for Special Olympics for several years. Kristen has a 3.52 grade point average.

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HERMAN D. MYTELKA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

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rnold Mytelka was chairman of the Ramapo College Board of Trustees from 1979-1980. Both of Mr. Mytelka’s parents were educators in the Jersey City public school system: his mother taught seventh and eighth grade English and his father was a math teacher and former principal of Dickinson High School. Herman Mytelka also taught at James J. Ferris High School in Jersey City.

Gira Patel graduated from William L. Dickinson High School in Jersey City in 2009. She enrolled at Ramapo and is currently a junior majoring in Environmental Science. She has earned a 2.53 grade point average.

“I would like to thank the Mytelka family for presenting me with this scholarship.”

Arnold Mytelka started a scholarship at Ramapo in his mother’s memory in 1983 and created this award in memory of his father in 2006. The Herman Mytelka Scholarship recognizes entering Ramapo College freshmen from any public high school in Jersey City, with preference given to students from Dickinson High School.

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JEANNETTE KRIEGER MYTELKA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

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eannette Krieger Mytelka taught seventh and eighth grade English in the Jersey City public schools. “Before others recognized the need, she introduced Black writers and poets in her classroom,” says her son Arnold Mytelka. “She was an excellent, professional teacher. Many teachers had discipline problems, my mom never did.” Arnold Mytelka served as chairman of the Ramapo College Board of Trustees from 1979 to 1980. At his mother’s death in 1983, Mr. Mytelka searched for the most appropriate way to memorialize Jeannette’s love of education and teaching. “I thought that a scholarship at Ramapo would be the most effective,” he explained. “It’s the kind of thing that my mom would have been pleased to have set up.” The Mytelka scholarships are awarded to academically outstanding seniors of financial need who have completed three years at Ramapo College.

“I am pursuing a Business Management major with a minor in Accounting,” says Michael Chananie, a senior. “I work at Holy Name Medical Center in its marketing department, following an internship I had a few summers back.” Michael is a volunteer at the Jewish Community Center of Paramus and for the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey. On campus Michael holds leadership positions with Hillel, the Honors Program, Donate Life Ramapo, and plays on the intramural volleyball team. With a 3.89 grade point average, he is member of a number of honor societies. “I plan to continue pursuing management in the health care industry,” he says, “By attending graduate school in the fall.”

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THE ROBERT SYDNEY NEEDHAM MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

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he Robert Sydney Needham Memorial Foundation is administered through Wells Fargo. The Foundation awards scholarships to students at New Jersey colleges and universities that are named for Robert Sydney Needham. The awards are intended to recognize students who are graduates of a New Jersey high school, active in community service, with a grade point average of 3.00 or higher, and with financial need. The Foundation’s intent is to support one student beginning in the sophomore year and continuing that support for the student’s junior and senior years.

Ignamil “Iggy” Fermin of Paterson, NJ is an Accounting major and an International Business minor. She exemplifies the academically motivated students enrolled in the College’s Educational Opportunity Fund. Iggy was named to Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society and is a member of the Association of Latinos Moving Ahead. She also is active in Ebony Women for Social Change and Brothers Making a Difference. Iggy has demonstrated the compassion she has for others by participating in Relay for Life to raise money for cancer awareness and at Broadway House, a specialized residential health care facility in Newark, NJ. She is also involved with the Anisfield School of Business Faculty Mentoring Program. Iggy worked on campus as a student aide and off campus as a bank teller.

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

Rosa Gomez was nominated for this award by the Literature faculty. In their nomination they said, “Rosa is an excellent writer, whether she is producing her own creative work or analyzing the work of other authors.” Rosa is a Literature major who has earned a 3.76 grade point average. She is from Long Branch, NJ. “Rosa is passionate about literature and extremely attentive to the texts she reads and the contexts that surround them,” continues the faculty. “She is intellectually curious and always eager to expand the boundaries of her knowledge.” “Jacqueline Thomas has grown tremendously as a writer since arriving on campus three years ago,” says the Literature faculty. Jacqueline is a Literature major from Emerson, NJ. She has earned a 3.90 grade point average. The faculty commend her ability to make connections among literary time periods and authors. “At last fall’s COPLAC conference,” they note, “she presented a complex and beautifully crafted essay on Kalyan Ray’s Eastwords, a post-colonial reimagining of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.” This spring Jacqueline is serving as a research assistant to a member of the Literature faculty.

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ROBERT NOYCE TEACHER SCHOLARSHIP

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he Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers. The program provides funds to institutions of higher education to support scholarships, stipends and programs for students who commit to teaching in highneed K-12 school districts. The Noyce Scholarships are funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and are administered by Ramapo College. Mathematics professor Lawrence D’Antonio and chemistry professor Carol Frishberg submitted the successful proposal.

reached on their own. He has aptly observed that socioeconomic status is not always the best indicator of high-need districts. Ryan, who has a 4.00 grade point average, says, “All students, especially those in high need, require trained and dedicated teachers to keep them involved, engaged and motivated.”

Ramapo students in their final years of study can qualify for up to $20,000 in awards through the Noyce Scholarship program. At Ramapo, Noyce scholars participate in a support program during their first two years as teachers. The program also includes a paid summer teaching experience at the Meadowlands Environment Center, mentoring and ongoing communications between the new teachers, Ramapo College faculty and school district staff. Fury Nardone of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ earned a B.A. in Mathematics. She also received teacher certification in Mathematics for grades fifth through eighth, Special Education, K – 12 and Elementary Education. She’s been a middle school teacher for five years and is enrolled in Ramapo’s Master of Educational Technology program. Fury says, “It is important to give my students the background they need to know how they use math everyday without even realizing it.” She looks forward to creating 21st century learners and being able to use technology and interactive white boards in her classroom. Fury, who has a 4.00 grade point average, says, “All students, regular education and special education, should be totally immersed in the school community. Let them have diverse school experiences to foster their selfesteem.” Ryan Fanelli of Cranford, NJ holds teacher certification in Chemistry and Physical Science. He’s been a science teacher at Paramus High School for three years and is enrolled in Ramapo’s Master of Educational Technology program. “Reaching out to students who have given up on school has become an ambition of mine.” Ryan is proud that he’s been able to take several disillusioned and apathetic students to academic levels they would not have

Kelly Millet of Boonton, NJ is a middle school Science teacher. She is enrolled in Ramapo’s Master of Educational Technology program. Kelly has been teaching since 2006. Prior to that, she was an environmental geologist for a consulting firm. “I knew this life experience would enhance my ability to connect with students,” she says. Kelly continually looks for new and creative ways to explain science concepts to her students. “Science is my platform for helping students understand the world around them and to become independent thinkers and problem solvers.” Kelly, who has a 4.00 grade point average, says, “The satisfaction of a student grasping a difficult or new concept is the best reward at the end of the day.” Michael Morici of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ is a Mathematics teacher in a town in which 35 percent of students receive free or reduced lunch, and many are enrolled in the ESL program. A graduate of Ramapo College, he is enrolled in Ramapo’s Master of Educational Technology program. He says of his teaching position, “I am committed to this high school, as a high needs school, because like the guardians who want better for their children, I also want better for my students.” Michael, who has a 4.00 grade point average, says working in a high-needs school betters him professionally and in return, betters the students because he improves his teaching skills for their benefit. Marym Mohiby of Pomona, NY is majoring in Chemistry and has a Mathematics minor. Growing up a student in high-needs districts influenced Marym’s decision to become a teacher. She recalls that her teachers, particularly Science and Mathematics, made

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ROBERT NOYCE TEACHER SCHOLARSHIP every effort to teach materials related to the subjects. Marym plans to pursue a master’s degree in Organic Chemistry. Marym, who has a 3.64 grade point average, says, “I want to help and empower students whose parents can’t afford for them to go to a private school. I want to help these students with what I have learned so that they may become the scientists or mathematicians of the future.” Ryan Yaiser of Sussex, NJ is a Mathematics major who is pursuing certification in Secondary Education. Ryan began helping her friends with math, which evolved into a career path. “I loved teaching people new ways to solve problems,” Ryan says, “and helping them succeed. I loved seeing their faces after completing a problem or starting to get the hang of a concept.” A second year Noyce recipient, Ryan has enjoyed the challenge of working with underserved students. “I would love to make a difference in these students’ lives and help them to achieve something they never thought possible,” she says. Ryan, who has a 3.03 grade point average, is a desk assistant at Ramapo College.

Amy Halter of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ is a Special Education middle school Mathematics teacher. She is enrolled in Ramapo’s Master of Educational Technology program. One goal is to raise the skills of her students so that they pass the state mandated NJASK test. “My lessons plans are based on actively engaging students individually and collectively to encourage confidence and initiative.” Many of Amy’s students, she notes, do not have access to computers, calculators and other supplies at home. Amy, who has a 4.00 grade point average, says the MSET program will meet the aspects of growth she needs to complement the traditional style of teaching. “Technology is adaptable to diverse learning styles and all performance levels.”

“I would like to thank the NOYCE program and the people that made this scholarship possible. It has helped me financially so that it was possible to accomplish everything I want to and give me opportunities I would not have had.” RyanYaiser

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LORI ANN OLDENHAGE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP I AND II

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

Melissa Cooper is a Marketing major from Wall Township, NJ. She is a member of the Anisfield School of Business Dean’s Student Advisory Council and is active in DECA. Melissa plans to become a buyer or merchandiser for a fashion company. She says, “Receiving the Lori Ann Oldenhage Scholarship is more than just lowered tuition. This scholarship is representative of a woman who lived life to the fullest. Although college is very important, it is a reminder not to let it take over your life. Live every day to the fullest and do not let the little stresses of life cause you to forget how blessed you are.” Melissa, who has a 3.38 grade point average, works part time, speaks German and enjoys kickboxing. Rachel Day is a junior from Parsippany, NJ and is majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Psychology. She works as a research assistant on campus, and is regularly on the Dean’s List. Rachel is an avid snowboarder, tennis and soccer player, and is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. She plans a career in the business part of not for profit organizations.

“This scholarship will help me move towards achieving my academic goals as it helps me financially as I enter my senior year at Ramapo.” Rachel Day

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DOMINICK PALAZZOTTO SCHOLARSHIP

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

In her sophomore year, History major Maria Kheyman worked on a research project transcribing a diary left by a reverend in South Carolina, and a paper she wrote for a historiography class was accepted for presentation at a conference at Villanova University. “There I defended my original research on FDR’s pioneering work to create Presidential Libraries,” Maria says. Maria is currently a senior with a 3.69 grade point average. She has worked at Pearson Education since 2010 in the social studies department. “My career goal is to become an editor at Pearson to make textbooks more affordable.”

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PURVI PAREKH AND MANSHI MEHTA SCHOLARSHIP

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eena Joisher graduated from Ramapo College with Latin honors (magna cum laude) in 1992. Her daughters, Purvi Parekh ’01, ’04 and Manshi Mehta ’02 are also Ramapo College alumnae. Ms. Joisher and her husband Mukul established this endowed scholarship in their daughters’ names to recognize the educational opportunities Ramapo College provided their family. The intent of this scholarship program is to help international students in good academic standing defray their college expenses. This is the second endowed scholarship Mr. and Mrs. Joisher have created at Ramapo.

Saroj Maharjan is a sophomore double-majoring in Economics and Accounting. “The interesting classes, supportive professors, and cooperative environment at Ramapo provided me an opportunity to grow intellectually,” says Saroj. He has earned a 3.97 grade point average. In his native Nepal, Saroj was an instructor at Malpi International College, and was an active volunteer. At Ramapo, Saroj is a member of the International Student Organization, Accounting Club, Visual Arts Society, United Asian Association, and the South Asians at Ramapo Club. He is working on campus as a calculus tutor and lab assistant, and is a research assistant with business professor James Woodley.

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PARENTS COUNCIL SCHOLARSHIP Bethsaida Perez of Mexico City, Mexico is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Management. She is a league manager for Intramural Sports and a resident assistant in Bischoff Hall. In addition she handles public relations for the International Student Organization. This semester Bethsaida had an internship with SRSsoft, a company that specializes in electronic medical and health records. She also coaches Jersey Area Girls Soccer. The scholarship has allowed Bethsaida to lighten her financial burden. “ This has inspired me to help others and give back to the Ramapo community,” she says. ” Bethsaida has a 2.75 grade point average.

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

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SHARON G. PIERSON SCHOLARSHIPS I AND II

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ernard J. Milano, a member of the Executive Committee of the Ramapo College Foundation, established two endowments in honor of his wife, Sharon G. Pierson. After graduating with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ms. Pierson enrolled in an honors graduate program in England, studying Shakespeare. She worked as a professional actress in regional theater and in television in New York City. Ms. Pierson then moved from the entertainment industry to business, working as a management consultant for the Merrill Lynch Relocation Management Division. Ms. Pierson retired from Merrill Lynch when she and Mr. Milano moved to New Jersey and she became an active volunteer, serving in leadership positions with the Junior League of Bergen County, the Church of the Epiphany, the Allendale Foundation for Educational Excellence, the Boy Scouts of America and others. She earned her master’s degree in teaching and curriculum at Columbia University, Teacher’s College and is currently pursuing her doctorate in history and education, also at Columbia University. She teaches courses in communication arts in Ramapo’s School of Contemporary Arts. The Pierson Scholarships commemorate Ms. Pierson’s “love of teaching and her commitment to her students and to the College,” and benefit students majoring in communication arts.

“Although it is my ultimate goal to work on a Disney animated film, I have also become increasingly fond of liveaction films,” says Jillian DiBlasio, a junior. Jillian is majoring in Communication Arts with a concentration in Digital Filmmaking. She has earned a 4.00 grade point average. Jillian is involved with Dramaturgy For Ramapo, the Communication Arts Honor Society and Alpha Lambda Delta. She works as a production assistant at Starline Films, Tappan Films, and as a videographer for Booming Success. “Jillian’s playful story about a young girl who sees the world as a Pokemon game was funny, imaginative, and very well made,” says Media Writing Professor Tobin Addington. “The fact that, as a sophomore, her film was selected by an outside jury to be included in the screening for Media Collision last year should not be undervalued.” Michelle Regna is a junior majoring in Communication Arts with a concentration in Design and Interactive Media. Her minor is Spanish Language Studies. Michelle works on campus as a designer for the Office of Student Activities. “When I discovered there was a design department that created poster advertisements for clubs and organizations to advertise their events, I could not think of a more perfect job,” she says. Michelle has won an award for best logo design at Ramapo’s Media Collision, and was inducted into the communications honor society this year. She is a member of the Creative Media Club and Delta Phi Epsilon. She traveled to Costa Rica this spring on an alternative spring break program. Michelle has earned a 3.89 grade point average and is from Middlesex, NJ.

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FOUNDING PRESIDENT GEORGE T. POTTER & LAURIE POTTER, PH.D. SCHOLARSHIP At his death in 2009 friends, family and former colleagues of Dr. Potter contributed to this endowed scholarship fund. The purpose of the fund is to recognize outstanding upperclassmen registered with the Office of Specialized Service who intend to continue their education in graduate school. Patricia Jakubova of Oxford, NJ is a Psychology major. She was raised by a “well rounded and educated family whose goal throughout life has been to help others.” Patricia plans to follow that path. She wants to become a psychologist who specializes in treating mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression. Patricia is gauging her interest in geriatric patients by volunteering at a nursing home. She says of her time spent with them, “The elderly are wonderful…full of life and amazing stories…I do not want to pass up on such an opportunity.” Patricia, who has a 3.92 grade point average, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.

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s Ramapo College’s inaugural president, George Potter played the role of academic visionary, overseeing scores of founding faculty members, construction of a brand new campus and instilling academic values that now define the College. George Potter was born in England, the son of a boatman. He earned degrees from Stanford Hall, Loughborough and Oriel College, Oxford, where he developed adult education and extension programs. He continued this work at the University of Alberta in Canada, then helped plan the new Grand Valley State College in Michigan, where he progressed to vice president for Academic Affairs. It was from this position that he took the post of president at the experimental Ramapo College of New Jersey. From the beginning of the College’s history, Dr. Potter and his wife Loretta championed programs that increased access to Ramapo for women, veterans, minorities and people with disabilities. Mrs. Potter in particular was instrumental making sure that persons with disabilities felt welcome at Ramapo and helped launch what is now the Office of Specialized Services. The College’s academic buildings were constructed to be accessible to persons with disabilities, well before the Americans With Disabilities Act required such measures.

Alison Culvert of Montvale, NJ is a Literature major with the goal of earning a master’s and becoming an elementary school teacher. College life was proceeding as planned when Alison was injured in a car accident. The ensuing recovery and disabilities forced her to withdraw from college. She says it took a year and a half for her to be herself again; she credits Ramapo College with providing significant help. Her ability to teach and learn with others is demonstrated by serving as peer facilitator for the Office of Specialized Services, teaching ESL to campus cafeteria employees and her involvement in a sustainability living facility pilot program. Alison, who has a 3.73 grade point average, is a member of the Sigma Tau Delta Literature Honor Society and a founding sister of the College’s chapter of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. Her life is again proceeding on plan. After graduation, she will enroll in a master’s program in Nashville, TN where her family lives.

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FOUNDING PRESIDENT GEORGE T. POTTER & LAURIE POTTER, PH.D. SCHOLARSHIP Radhika Shah of Montvale, NJ found it extremely frustrating to have a high school grade point average of 3.6, but not get accepted to any colleges because of mediocre SAT scores. She enrolled at Bergen Community College and was named to the Dean’s List and the Honor Roll. At the urging of a professor, she became a tutor, an experience Radhika found to be rewarding. She applied to Ramapo’s Nursing Program and was excited to get accepted. Radhika has demonstrated her compassion for others, especially children, as a babysitter and a volunteer at a youth camp. Radhika, who has a 3.28 grade point average, says, “My first year at Ramapo College I had a good experience.”

“I am extremely thankful to receive this scholarship and want to thank the Potter family for this award so I can achieve my goals.Thank you!” Radhika Shah

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

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PRESTIGE FAMILY OF DEALERSHIPS ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Recipients have the opportunity to be interns with Prestige. In 2009-2010 Chris Turner, General Manager of Prestige BMW offered Ramapo students the opportunity to work with the MINI project manager in the design, development and construction of a new MINI dealership. This two-semester internship gave the students real work experiences that have enriched their academic studies.

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he Prestige Family of Dealerships have been supporters of Ramapo College since 2003. Many Ramapo graduates have chosen to become sales associates with the Prestige dealerships, which sell automobile brands such as Land Rover, Porsche, Lexus and Mercedes. “Our internship program and Ramapo’s job fairs have provided us with valuable investments in our future,” says Joseph Dockery, president of Prestige Management Services. In 2006 the company established this endowed scholarship fund which benefits outstanding students with financial need in the Anisfield School of Business.

Anthony Darakjy of Wyckoff, NJ is interested in majoring in Finance and possibly pursuing a career as a stock broker, lawyer or CPA. He’s worked at two different jewelry stores and not only learned about diamonds, but also about sales. A young man of many interests, Anthony had a short story published in his high school’s literary magazine, achieved a five-minute mile on the Cross Country team and was on the Varsity team for two years. He served as vice president and treasurer of the school’s Stock Market Club. He plays basketball on a team sponsored by his church and was voted MVP and named captain. In addition, Anthony is a deacon at his church where he was voted president of the Youth Group. His Spanish teacher described Anthony as “a highly ethical young man, who through hard work and persistence has found great success in his high school career.” No doubt he will find great success at Ramapo.

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he intent of the R and N Family Scholarship is to benefit Ramapo College students who are involved in their communities and have financial need. The R and N Scholarship is an endowed award and was started in 2008 by the family of a current student in recognition of their son’s positive experience at Ramapo. This is the first year the R and N Scholarship is being made. Hannah Morrow of Kinnelon, NJ is a Biochemistry major. As a teenager she was diagnosed with a chronic disorder from which, she says “I emerged with more strength, determination and faith than I could ever imagine.” She entered the workforce after high school and earned an associate’s degree at a community college. Hannah has admiration for the physical therapists who helped her and plans on becoming one to help others. Hannah volunteers at an animal shelter, a hospital and works with children who have cerebral palsy. She a member of Ramapo’s Biology Club.

Aleksandar Mojsoski of Garfield, NJ is a Finance major and an Accounting minor. Aleksandar came to the United States at the age of 21 from the Republic of Macedonia. At his first job he barely had enough to cover the cost of rent and food. He used the last of his money to move to northern New Jersey and put his dreams to obtain a college degree on hold and worked two jobs to support himself. He enrolled at a community college so he would be able to take night classes and maintain his two jobs. The adult learner transferred to Ramapo and plans to graduate in January 2013. Aleksandar says, “Being relatively new in this country has not only offered financial and academic challenges, but has made me appreciate the value of a college education.” Aleksandar, who has a 3.88 grade point average, plans to sit for the CPA. He would also like to attend graduate school.

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SEBASTIAN J. RACITI ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

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

Christine O’Neill is a junior from Harrington Park, NJ majoring in Economics. She hopes to be a resident assistant next year and is interested in health and nutrition, exercise, hiking and kayaking. Christine plans to enter law school upon graduation from Ramapo College.

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RAMAPO EMT SCHOLARSHIP

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eather Hemphill ’05 was an active member of the Ramapo College Emergency Medical Squad starting in her freshman year in Spring, 2002. She served as the Squad’s Assistant Chief from the Fall of 2003 until her graduation in the Spring of 2005. Heather and her family created this award in 2006 to recognize student emergency medical technicians who demonstrate a similar commitment to Ramapo.

Paula Bohan is a junior from Williston Park, NY; a biology major and an experienced EMT. Paula has a wide range of interests that have included lab assistant for microbiology research projects, working with the Ramapo College EMS, playing the piano and viola each for nine years and working as a certified lifeguard. Paula plans to continue her education in the helping professions by earning a graduate degree in a health related area. Paula continues to work with the ambulance service in her home town when she is there over the summer, and will become affiliated with the local service that now covers the Ramapo campus.

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his fund was created in 2005 with contributions from employees of the College. Each year gifts from faculty and staff in all units and divisions help to grow the endowment, which is designed to benefit a deserving Ramapo College student. “Scouting was my start to service and my realization that I always want to help the community as well as other people in need,” says Michael Bendett of Glen Rock, NJ. Michael is a senior majoring in Nursing and has earned a 3.68 grade point average. Michael is a volunteer with the Glen Rock Ambulance Corps. He works as an Emergency Department Technician at Chilton Hospital, and as the EMT and skills director at Camp Yaw Paw. Michael plans to earn a master’s degree in Nursing and work either as a nurse practitioner or certified registered nurse anesthetist.

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RAMAPO COLLEGE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP “The generous Ramapo College Foundation Scholarship has afforded me the opportunity to pursue a graduate degree following my time at Ramapo without the significant financial burden of an undergraduate education.Thank you!” Christopher Emch

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he mission of the Ramapo College Foundation is to “provide the resources that make the difference in Ramapo College’s quest for education excellence.” A critical means of fulfilling this mission is to provide scholarships for outstanding freshmen, thereby helping Ramapo College to continue to recruit talented students. The Board of Governors of the Foundation, chaired by Robert Tillsley, is committed to increasing this endowment each year. Christopher Emch’s Ramapo College Foundation Scholarship is named forVictoria M. Hodgdon ’78, a Trustees’ Society member of the Stephen and Mary Birch Fellowship. Christopher Emch of New City, NY attended Rockland Community College for his senior year of high school. He worked in the college’s Writing Center as a tutor. He has expressed interest in Ramapo’s Communication Arts major and would like to pursue a career in broadcast journalism, public relations or filmmaking. To gain experience he has been a guest writer for Ram’s Horn newspaper, co-editor-in-chief and layout editor of Foreign Exchange magazine and layout editor of Hue magazine. Christopher also has amassed a number of academic distinctions. Among them, AP Scholar of Distinction, AP Language Student of the year, Isaac Raisman Memorial Scholarship recipient, Semifinalist National Merit Scholarship and Junior Statesman of America Club. Christopher has a 4.00 grade point average.

Susan Walsh is from Point Pleasant, NJ and graduated from Point Pleasant Boro High School last June. At Ramapo Susan is enrolled in the Anisfield School of Business. She has earned a 3.57 grade point average.

“As a freshman it is too early for me to have professional goals.This scholarship will allow me to be able to afford an education so that I may one day have those professional goals.” SusanWalsh Eric Thompson’s Ramapo College Foundation Scholarship is named for Ray Beharry and Stu Axelson, skills winner and low net winner at the 2011 Annual Golf Outing. Sophomore Eric Thompson is from Roxbury, NJ. He is majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. His minor is Environmental Studies. Eric has earned a 3.86 grade point average.

“I would like to greatly thank the providers of my scholarship, as it has been a wonderful aid to help my success at Ramapo.” Eric Thompson

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RAMAPO COLLEGE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP Stephen Fallon’s Ramapo College Foundation Scholarship is named for Sharp Electronics, sponsor of the Distinguished Citizens Dinner and the Performing Arts Dinner Series. Stephen Fallon of Jackson, NJ carried a consistent course load of Honors and AP classes in high school, including every Computer Science offering. It is not surprise, then, that he has declared Computer Science as his major. In high school, Stephen served as treasurer and vice president of Future Business Leaders of America. He is proud that the club placed second in a regional competition for computer problem solving. Stephen also was a member of the Key Club, Math League and Model Congress. He was named to the National Honor Society. Stephen volunteered at a food pantry and a community center. In addition, he worked at a fast food restaurant. Stephen has a 3.65 grade point average. Alexandra Cerbone’s Ramapo College Foundation Scholarship is named for Martha Harvey, Women’s Low Net winner at the 2011 Annual Golf Outing. Alexandra Cerbone of Paramus, NJ began taking AP courses in her sophomore year in high school. As a senior, most of her academic courses were at the AP level. Always ready for a challenge, Alexandra has demonstrated her motivation in and out of the classroom. She was a member of the Peer Advocates Club, Pure Hearts Association and Spanish Club. She also was treasurer for her school’s National Honor Society. She attended the Elks Leadership Conference and the New Jersey Girls’ State Conference. She is particularly proud of earning her Tae Kwon Do black belt. Alexandra has a 4.00 grade point average. Jasmine Thaxton’s Ramapo College Foundation Scholarship is named for Marilyn Jaehnel-Clark ’79 and her sonWalter A. Jamros ’95 who are Trustees’ Society members of the Stephen and Mary Birch Fellowship. Jasmine Thaxton of Piscataway, NJ served on her high school’s Air Force Junior ROTC during which she

completed studies in basic aeronautics, the history of flight and navigation. She was on Varsity Field Hockey and the Winter and Spring Track teams. Jasmine also found time to be a member of the French Club, Cultural Club, Talented Techies and president of the Gay Straight Alliance. To earn money, Jasmine babysat. She also was active in Youth for Truth, a group affiliated with her church. Jasmine has a 2.92 grade point average. Dana Shea’s Ramapo College Foundation Scholarship is named for Susan Lord, theWomen’s Low Gross winner at the 2011 Annual Golf Outing. Dana Shea of Red Bank, NJ attended the Marine Academy of Science and Technology, part of the Monmouth County School District. In addition to traditional academic courses, Dana took Naval Science, Marine Physics, Marine Chemistry and Oceanography, among other marine-related courses. Her senior Oceanography project entailed beach profiling to study the effects of beach replenishment on Sandy Hook, NJ. Dana was appointed to the position of Platoon Commander in the school’s NJROTC Battalion, putting her in charge of 75 students. She also served as the president of the French Honor Society and was a member of the Math League. A dedicated athlete, Dana helped lead the Field Hockey and Softball teams to divisional and state championships. She has a 3.57 grade point average. Thomas Colella’s Ramapo College Foundation Scholarship is named for Nancy and Robert Kossowsky who are Trustees’ Society members of the Stephen and Mary Birch Fellowship. Thomas Colella of Holmdel, NJ is a History major. Described by his high school U.S. History teacher as a student with keen intelligence and a highly analytical mind. He participated in the Holmdel Theatre Guild stage crew and was selected as crew chief. He has volunteered at Holmdel’s 150th Anniversary Celebration, Earth Day, Community Day and the Boyonet Farm Art and Music Festival. A member of the town’s Police and EMT Explorers program, Thomas decided to learn First Aid

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RAMAPO COLLEGE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP when a camper he had responsibility for fell and broke his arm. He has answered almost 100 first aid calls and is as dedicated to others as much as he is dedicated to his college studies. He has a 3.92 grade point average.

“Because of this scholarship, I have the money and opportunity to study abroad.” Thomas Colella Karen Peterson’s Ramapo College Foundation Scholarship is named for Inserra ShopRite Supermarkets, a sponsor of the Performing Arts Dinner Series. Karen Peterson of Marlton, NJ will enjoy the accessibility of Ramapo’s professors. In high school, says Karen’s guidance counselor, she knew how to use her teachers as a resource in meeting academic objectives. Karen is enrolled in the Physical Therapy/Biology joint degree program major. She earned college credits from Burlington County College and completed rigorous Honors and AP courses. She was named to the National Honor Society and was a member of the Latin Club, Italian Club, Marching Band and Concert Band. Karen has a 3.92 grade point average.

“I would like to thank the scholarship donors for their generosity which helps me and so many others attend Ramapo.” Karen Peterson

Emmanuel Takor’s Ramapo College Foundation Scholarship is named for Mike and Elaine Adler and the Adler Aphasia Center, sponsors of the Performing Arts Dinner Series. Emmanuel Takor of Cameroon is excited to be at Ramapo College. He is especially excited to be enrolled as a Bioinformatics major, a course of study his country does not offer. In Cameroon, Emmanuel completed a challenging science curriculum in a specialized program. Emmanuel researched colleges on the Internet. He was impressed with the opportunities Ramapo offers, as well as its diversity. Then he learned his brother’s friend, also from Cameroon, graduated from Ramapo. After speaking with the alumna, he decided “Ramapo is the place I want to be.” Emmanuel has a 2.85 grade point average. Glen Song’s Ramapo College Foundation Scholarship is named for Audrey Newman ’93 and John McKendry,Trustees’ Society members of the Stephen and Mary Birch Fellowship. Glen Song of Wayne, NJ proved himself academically and creatively in high school. His strong suits are Mathematics and Science. He participated in the Math League and in the New Jersey Institute of Technology JETS competition for engineering, where his team placed first in its division. Glen also writes song lyrics and is a talented artist. As an extension of his creative interests, he enjoys acting and improvisation. While a student, Glen held a job as a food service employee in an assisted living facility. Glen has a 3.85 grade point average.

“The scholarship serves as a means of encouragement to me to persist in constant academic achievement.” Glen Song

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RAMAPO COLLEGE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP Anthony Arena’s Ramapo College Foundation Scholarship is named for Tom Mahoney ’86, the Men’s Low Gross winner at the 2011 Annual Golf Outing.

Phillip Sokoloff’s Ramapo College Foundation Scholarship is named for Roy and Eileen Putrino, sponsors of the Performing Arts Dinner Series.

Anthony Arena is a sophomore from South Hackensack, NJ. Anthony is in the pre-dental program, in which he can transfer to NYU or UMDNJ in his junior year to complete an advanced degree in dentistry. He has earned a 4.00 grade point average.

Philip Sokoloff of Mahwah, NJ is a Biology major with a concentration in Physical Therapy. In high school he was recognized for his scholastic achievement with the Bronze and Silver Scholastic Awards. Philip was a member of the Marching Band and is an avid swimmer. He also served as president of the Skateboarding Club; he arranged club outings and supervised the membership. Philip has a 3.22 grade point average. Carl Thompson’s Ramapo College Foundation Scholarship is named for Liberty Hyundai and Liberty Subaru, sponsors of the Performing Arts Dinner Series. Carl Thompson of Pompton Plains, NJ “is all about using his time wisely,” said his Mathematics teacher. In high school Carl served as president of the Chess Club. He also was a member of the orchestra, Math League, Chemistry League and was named to the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society. Carl participated in the New Jersey Science League-PTHS Chemistry Team; the team placed 29th out of 151 high schools. He plays the piano and tutors Spanish. Carl has a 3.60 grade point average.

“With the cost of graduate school rising, I know this scholarship will go a long way in helping me achieve my goal of becoming a dentist.” Anthony Arena

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BEATE RIESTERER RETURNING MINORITY WOMEN SCHOLARSHIP

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

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ROBERT G. RIPSTON LEADERSHIP AWARD

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efore joining Ingersoll-Rand in 1973, Robert G. Ripston was an executive at General Electric for 20 years. Mr. Ripston also served as a director and former chairman of the Commerce and Industry Association of Northern New Jersey and vice president of the Bergen Council of the Boy Scouts of America. After retiring in 1994, he founded and served as president of the Leadership Center in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. Mr. Ripston was an active member of the Ramapo community, serving as a governor on the Foundation Board and teaching as an adjunct professor in the School of Business. “Mr. Ripston believed that students too often left school without the necessary skills to achieve success in the working world and he took action to bring about change,” wrote The Star-Ledger at his death. The Ripston Award recognizes business students with financial need and a “free market orientation.”

Saroj Maharjan is a sophomore from Nepal majoring in Economics and Accounting. His campus activities include calculus tutor, lab assistant, research assistant, vice president of International Students Organization, member of Accounting Club, Visual Arts Society and the United Asian Society. Saroj plans to pursue a Ph.D. in developmental economics and work in policy level economics for the government of Nepal or an NGO doing work in his home country. Christine O’Neill is junior from Harrington Park, NJ majoring in Economics. She hopes to be a resident assistant next year and is interested in health and nutrition, exercise, hiking and kayaking. Christine plans to enter law school upon graduation from Ramapo College.

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ROSS FAMILY SURVIVOR TO SURVIVORS SCHOLARSHIP

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survivor of the Holocaust, Josef A. Ross was born in Skarzysko, Poland. In the fourth grade, his primary education in the local public school abruptly came to an end with the Nazi invasion of September, 1939. The rest of his youth coincided with the horrific years of the Second World War and its immediate aftermath. On May 9, 1945, he was liberated from Terezin (Thersienstadt) Concentration Camp. Four years later he came to the United States and eventually settled in New York City. Having already received some vocational training, he was able to obtain a job as a mechanic in a luggage factory, where he rose through the ranks and soon became the plant manager. Seven years later he founded his own luggage manufacturing business. “In between,” as he describes it, he married his dear wife Roz, had two daughters and contributed his talents and energy to a number of organizations including the Skarzysko Society, the Prime Minister’s Club of Israel Bonds, the Luggage and Leather Goods Association and the National Association of Sporting Goods. He has also been a member of the board of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Ramapo College, a member of the President’s Council of the World Jewish Congress and an active supporter of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Mr. and Mrs. Ross founded the American Stage Company based at Fairleigh Dickinson University. “I had been thinking about doing something to recognize current service men and women,” Mr. Ross recalled in 2004. “The best solution was to set up a scholarship. First, I wanted to pay back the American forces that liberated the concentration camps,” he says. “Second, I was forbidden to attend any schools during the war in Europe, so I know how it feels not to have an education.” The Ross Family Survivor to Survivors Scholarship is available to students who are former U.S. service personnel or their children. Candidates can be from any state in the country. The scholarship is funded by an endowment established by the Ross family.

Rebecca Solomita of Hawthorne, NJ is a member of the New Jersey Air National Guard who devotes all her time to finishing her degree. She is a Literature major and Spanish Language Studies minor. The senior has earned a 3.50 grade point average. Rebecca worked as a teacher’s assistant before enrolling at Ramapo College.

Andrew Kara of Montvale, NJ served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marines and completed two tours of duty. Now a student at Ramapo, he’s not decided on a major, but has chosen Italian as a minor. Andrew enjoys attending events on campus, particularly Ted Kennedy Jr.’s presentation, “Facing the Challenge: Advocating for the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities.” Andrew’s financial need is funding to pay for his books, an out-of-pocket expense that he has trouble meeting. The veteran, who has a 2.80 grade point average, plans to graduate in May, 2015.

“The Ross Scholarship will help me meet and exceed my goals at Ramapo and will lead me to pursue my career as a Law Enforcement Officer.” Andrew Kara

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WILLIE AND HERTHA RUBEL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

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

Clifton Shambry of Millville, NJ is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Management. He demonstrates the ability to deftly manage his time and, through various leadership positions, others’ time. What he has found valuable are the experiences of collaboration, diversity and leadership. He is a Senator on the Student Government Association and has served on the Director of Athletics Selection Committee and the African Ancestry Month Committee. He is a liaison to Intramural and Recreation Athletics, served on the Ramapo College Design Team for the Web site and was Food chairman for Octoberfest. He sings in a church choir and is a member of the Ramapo Gospel Choir. Clifton also is active in many on campus events including Hurricane Irene Relief Clean Up, the 9/11 Remembrance Walk and Relay for Life, among others. Clifton’s mother died at a young age. He credits his success at Ramapo College as a tribute to his mother and also to set an example for his siblings.

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THE SAIFF FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

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r. Edward Saiff has been a member of the Ramapo faculty in the School of Theoretical and Applied Science since 1972 and is currently the Dean of the School. Mrs. Roberta Saiff joined the College staff three years later, working in the School of Social Science and Human Services, the Office of the President, the Office of Human Resources, Institutional Advancement, the Graduation Office and the Middle States Assessment Office. In addition to their commitment to their work at Ramapo, the Saiffs are active in campus life. Dr. Saiff has served as president of the Faculty Assembly and has taken a leadership role with the campus chapter of the American Federation of Teachers Union. Mrs. Saiff is a volunteer at the Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts. Both have been active participants on many campus committees and have been generous contributors to a number of causes on campus, from scholarship funds to capital campaigns and the Annual Fund. The intent of the Saiff Family Scholarship is to recognize a student who shares a similar commitment and involvement in campus life.

Adam Rinaldi of West Milford, NJ is majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. He’s added an International Business minor. Adam has a career plan all mapped out. He wants to obtain an MBA before the age of 30, work for a Fortune 500 corporation where there is high growth potential and become a senior executive before the age of 50. On campus he is a student aide and an orientation leader for the Center for Academic Advisement & First-Year Experience, a peer facilitator for the First-Year Seminar and a student representative on the Judicial Board. Adam, who has a 3.61 grade point average, says, “Receiving the Saiff Family Scholarship was such a tremendous honor. I am so grateful for all the opportunities I have been able to take part in at Ramapo College. I will continue my dedication to my involvement during my remaining semesters at the College.”

“I want to extend a tremendous thank you to the Saiff family for awarding me with this scholarship. Being very involved with various on-campus activities has helped me to realize how important it is to make the most out of my college experience.” Adam Rinaldi

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THE JOSEPH AND JENNIE SALL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

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his award was created in 2000 by Dr. Ted Sall and his wife, Ruth in memory of Dr. Sall’s parents. Dr. Sall joined the Ramapo faculty in the College’s first year, in 1971, as a professor of biology. He continued to teach full time until 1991, and still teaches a course occasionally. For his many years of distinguished service and teaching the College bestowed on Dr. Sall the title of professor emeritus in biology.

Rami Alrabaa of North Arlington, NJ is a Biochemistry major. Rami performs exceptionally well in all of his course work and holds a 3.99 grade point average. Rami’s favorite topics include synthetic or medicinal organic chemistry and human biology. He also enjoys volleyball, basketball and above all else, “the almighty sport of ping pong.” Professor Rena Bacon says he “is one of our finest.” He plans to attend medical school at UMDNJ New Jersey Medical School in the fall, and aspires to become a vascular or orthopedic surgeon.

Born and raised in northern New Jersey, Dr. Sall received his Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Pennsylvania. His research endeavors included investigations with bacteria that could digest oil sludge. During his career at Ramapo Dr. Sall taught courses in microbiology, fundamentals of biology, and senior seminars. The Sall Award recognizes seniors who are continuing their education at an accredited medical school or dental school.

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CAROL SCHAEFER HUMAN SERVICES AWARD

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

Carol has been married to Chuck Schaefer for 45 years and they reside in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. Both are interested in making a difference through their commitment on various boards through their family foundation, The Shepherd Foundation, which supports research and education. The Schaefers implemented and are major supporters of the HUMC Heart Fellowship Program. The new fellows will both do day-to-day patient care and conduct research in the field of heart failure. Melissa Marchese is enrolled in a graduate program at Monmouth University. Julie Sisselman is enrolled in the New York University Silver School of Social Work. Maria Molina is enrolled in a graduate program at New York University.

Because of Mrs. Schaefer’s interest in and love of music, she is a patron of the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera and has been chairman of the NY Philharmonic’s Patrons Tours since 1995. She helps organize and goes with the orchestra when it goes on tour and has journeyed with them to over 10 different countries. She also serves as co-president of the Board of The Little Orchestra Society in New York which engages audiences of all ages in live music experiences. Carol has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Hackensack University Medical Center and is working on a variety of committees including the Heart Advisory Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee and the Conflict of Interest Committee. She also supports the cancer research of Dr. Andre Goy. Her husband, Chuck, also serves on the HUMC Board.

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MICHAEL J. SCULLY PERFORMING ARTS SCHOLARSHIP

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his award was created by the Friends of Ramapo and is named for a former member of Friends of Ramapo Board, Michael J. Scully. At his death in 1986, Mr. Scully’s family and friends contributed to this award in his memory. The Scully award is presented to a music or theater student. “Michael welcomed the arrival of Ramapo College in Mahwah from the very first day of its conception and he was eager to be involved in its success,” wrote his wife Josephine at the time. The president of the College at that time, Dr. Robert Scott concurred, writing, “Mike made a wonderful contribution [to Ramapo] with his energy and ideas.” The Scully Scholarship is selected later in the spring semester.

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DR. ERNEST SIMON BOOK AWARD

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

Robert Texel of Sussex, NJ is a Literature major who will pursue certification in Secondary Education. The writing sample he submitted for the scholarship was a poignant discourse on having to attend his grandmother’s funeral viewing on his twentieth birthday. Robert acutely noted, “I actually felt bad to have been born on her day. A person celebrates their birthday every year, but their entire lives are only celebrated for about a week after they die.” Robert demonstrates a dedication to the craft of writing and enjoys the process. He notes that unlike other writers, his goal is not to get published, though he wouldn’t mind that. It’s to write. Robert has a 3.73 grade point average.

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SOCIAL WORK STUDENT CONFERENCE & SCHOLARSHIP FUND

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

Kelly Espino is from Moonachie, NJ. She is a senior majoring in Social Work. She has a 3.88 grade point average.

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STUDENT AFFAIRS DIVISION SCHOLARSHIP

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ather than exchange holiday gifts with each other, some staff in the Division of Student Affairs have pooled their resources and created this scholarship fund. The award is for students who are active in student leadership or voluntary service. Recipients are selected by a committee of staff in the Student Affairs Division.

Danielle Reed of Tabernacle, NJ is a Literature and contract major in Publishing and Editing. Highly motivated, she also carries three minors: Human Rights and Genocide Studies, International Studies and Women and Gender Studies. She is the president of Sigma Tau Delta, secretary of Academic Affairs, Student Government Association and the Arts and Entertainment editor for Ramapo News. Of the scholarship Danielle says, “Receiving the scholarship is helping me fund college. I also feel honored that the selection committee recognized me for the leadership skills I have demonstrated on campus.” Danielle, who has a 3.45 grade point average, would like to work as an editor and also become a college professor.

“I am so grateful that I was awarded this scholarship which is helping me pay for my education at Ramapo. I am also humbled to be recognized for my leadership on campus by receiving this scholarship.” Danielle Reed

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ANGELO TARALLO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

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

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TD BANK SCHOLARSHIP IN HONOR OF JAMES NAPOLITANO

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

Evan Gallipoli, who is from Hillsdale, NJ is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Finance. He is active with the Finance Club, Investment Club and the Community Service Center. Off campus Evan is active in his church where, with his wife, he hosts a mission community. Of the scholarship he says, “Receiving a scholarship for my academic achievement further inspires me to continue the hard work I put into acquiring an education. The scholarship funds are a blessing to me, and I hope to be in the position one day to impart that blessing to future ambitious college students.” Evan, who has a 3.67 grade point average, would like to work as a financial advisor.

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

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FRED AND FLORENCE THOMASES SCHOLARSHIP

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amapo College has benefited from the foresight and commitment of two longtime Bergen County residents, Fred and Florence Thomases. Mrs. Thomases was a member of the founding Ramapo College Board of Trustees, entrusted with the mission of creating Ramapo

College and finding it a home. Fred Thomases was a textile industry executive, internationally known for his innovations. He was a leader in the community, serving as a trustee of Temple Emanu-El in Englewood, the New Jersey Jewish Community Center on the Palisades in Tenafly, and as a National Board Member of American ORT, an international Jewish organization focused on technological and vocational education. Mr. Thomases died in 2000 and Mrs. Thomases died in 2011. The Thomases leave a legacy through this scholarship of their commitment to education. Rachel Hopkins of Bridgewater, NJ excels at Mathematics, particularly Calculus. She has been a member of the Varsity Winter and Spring Track teams for her four years in high school. She also serves as a Student Council board member and as the group’s recording secretary. Rachel spends time volunteering with Special Olympics and is vice president of the Teen Outreach Project, a club that raises money for charities. In addition she was active in Student Movement Against Cancer. Rachel has a 3.94 grade point average.

Maria Poznahovska of Lawrenceville, NJ was described by her guidance counselor as the type of student who wishes to “do it all.” Maria was born in Russia and speaks four languages: English, Russian, Ukrainian and French. She also can read and understand Polish. Maria is proud of her achievement of completing AP Literature and Composition. She is active in the French Club and French Honor Society and was awarded the school’s Par Excellence Award several times. The award is given to students who have shown effort, determination and interest in the French language. Maria was a member of the L.E.A.D. program to mentor freshmen, the Academic League and the Book Club. She also tutored middle school students in Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, English and French. Maria enjoys playing the piano, painting, drawing, cooking and baking. She’s held several part-time jobs that expanded her experience in the food and retail industries and personal service businesses. Maria has a 3.92 grade point average. Taylor Shanley is a Psychology major from Brick, NJ who is pursuing certification in Elementary Education and Middle School Social Studies. She is captain of the Cross Country Track team and serves as general secretary of the Student Government Association. Taylor was named to the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society and is a member of the NCSC Honor Society. She would like to become an elementary school teacher or the director of a daycare center. “This scholarship has relieved a large financial burden,” she says. “I am honored and appreciative of this scholarship. It makes me realize that hard work and dedication pay off.” Taylor, who has a 3.74 grade point average, enjoys running, coaching basketball and reading.

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MARINA AND WILLIAM TOPKEN SCHOLARSHIP

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

Melissa Pepe of Montville, NJ is a History Major. Professor Carter Meyer, convener of the major, says Melissa “is not only an outstanding student, but also a major contributor to the success of other students through her work as the student coordinator of the History Tutoring Fellows. She has worked tirelessly to develop documentation workshops for students enrolled in History courses, all of which have been well attended and successful. She has also worked long hours as an individual tutor, helping large numbers of students master the research, writing and study skills needed to succeed in History courses. She has been a stalwart contributor to AIS recruiting events.” Melissa, an enthusiastic student, maintains a 3.79 grade point average.

In 2006 Mr. and Mrs. Topken established this endowed scholarship fund to honor the positive relationship they have shared with the College and their commitment to education. Specifically, the Topken Scholarship benefits teacher education students who demonstrate community service and leadership at Ramapo.

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MARINA AND WILLIAM TOPKEN UNDERGRADUATE NURSING SCHOLARSHIP Wesam Al-Shaibani is in his senior year in the undergraduate nursing (BSN) program. He has earned a 3.77 grade point average. Wesam is involved in basketball and volleyball leagues outside of Ramapo. He is from Lodi, New Jersey.

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

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MARINA AND WILLIAM TOPKEN GRADUATE NURSING SCHOLARSHIP

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

Gail Robertson is in her first year of the master’s program in Nursing Education. She has earned a 3.70 grade point average. Gail is a member of the nursing honor societies Sigma Theta Tau and Phi Sigma. The mother of two teenage girls works as a nurse full time while pursuing her degree. “I volunteer as an EMT on my first aid squad,” says Gail, who is from Newfoundland, NJ.

“This scholarship has helped me further my education at Ramapo.” Gail D. Robertson

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he Union Foundation provides grants for endowment and capital projects, with particular emphasis on projects in Union County, New Jersey. “Preference is given to organizations ... which show efforts to encourage individuals to help themselves.� In 1999 the Warren, New Jersey-based Foundation awarded a grant to Ramapo College to establish the Union Foundation Endowed Scholarship. Students from Union County are eligible to receive these awards. Recipients must be majoring in areas of interest to the Union Foundation: environmental science, environmental studies, or nursing. The scholarship is selected later in the spring semester.

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VERIZON SCHOLARSHIP

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he Verizon Foundation focuses its grant-making on the issues of education/literacy and safety/health. “Our goal is to help people achieve the skills they need to live, learn and work in the 21st century,” writes Patrick Gaston, President of the Verizon Foundation. In the area of education/literacy, grant making targets student achievement, regardless of the student’s age. “We also recognize that students of different abilities will play a key role in society and in our business,” says Diana Vargas, an executive in Verizon’s corporate human resources office in Basking Ridge. “This scholarship program allows Verizon to give students with disabilities the recognition they deserve.” At Ramapo, the Verizon Scholarships benefit students registered with the Office of Specialized Services. Recipients must be majoring in business or computer science, fields which have direct relevance to Verizon’s core business values. Recipients must also be from states served by the company. David Romero is a sophomore from Oakland, NJ. He is majoring in Business Administation and has earned a 2.70 grade point average. David is a member of the ASB Dean’s Student Advisory Council and the Diversity Action Committee.

“This scholarship opens doors for me. It adds to my resume and presents academic recognition to me. It also opens potential employment opportunities withVerizon after graduation. I couldn’t be happier to be awarded this scholarship.” David Romero Ryan Wilson of Demarest, NJ is an Accounting major. His goal is to become a CPA. Ryan was named to the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society, Golden Key International Honour Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Dean’s List and Alpha Lambda Delta. He also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council in

the Anisfield School of Business and is proud of the Council’s involvement in the school’s accreditation process. “I believe it is extremely important for undergraduates to have work experiences to gain exposure to our global community.” Toward that end, Ryan’s worked as an accounting intern, an English teacher assistant in Chile and participated in a Deloitte Career Building workshop. Ryan, who has a 3.83 grade point average, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Anthony Gatti is a freshman from Jersey City, NJ where he graduated from Hudson County Schools of Technology. At Ramapo Anthony is majoring in Mathematics. Brian Aceti is a senior majoring in Accounting who has earned a 3.03 grade point average. Brian was vice president of the Study Club on campus, and is a DJ for WRPR, the Ramapo radio station. He is from Pine Brook, NJ. Courtney Evan of Brick, NJ is an Accounting major. She is a member of the Accounting Club and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and vice president of Community Service for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She is also active with Theta Phi Alpha sorority. Courtney, who has a 3.62 grade point average, plans to pursue a career in public accounting with the goal of establishing her own practice. She says, “Receiving this scholarship allows me to focus more on my academic career to pursue a degree in Accounting and a background in Finance and less on my financial situation as a college student.”

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VERIZON SCHOLARSHIP Jessica Waxenbaum of Mahwah, NJ is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Management. During her junior year she became a community assistant for the College Park Apartments. One of her favorite aspects of the job is to help students have a satisfying experience at Ramapo. In this position Jessica has learned new skills, how to structure her study time and to challenge herself. She’s also held positions as a note taker, student aide, summer resident assistant and a business management intern for the Mahwah Museum. Jessica, who has a 3.59 grade point average, looks forward to graduating with honors and pursing an MBA.

Patrick Cua of Glen Rock, NJ is a Finance major. “Receiving the scholarship reinforces my passion for education,” he says. He is ecstatic to have received the Verizon Scholarship. Patrick adds, “It inspires and motivates me to further my education and attain the level of business knowledge that I strive for.” Patrick, who has a 3.77 grade point average, plans to attend graduate school to earn an MBA.

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JEFFREY AND ANDREA WARREN SCHOLARSHIP is following her dream of becoming a fashion photographer and completed an internship with EZ Studios in New York City. Alyssa is a member of Hillel, Alpha Omicron Pi and has participated in Walk for Suicide Prevention and Walk for Arthritis. Alyssa maintains a 3.49 grade point average. Melissa Mugica of Edison, NJ is a double major in Theater and Literature. She plans to pursue certification in Teacher Education. Her inspiration is a quote from the movie “A Cinderella Story”: “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” Even with an autoimmune disease, Melissa is very much in the game. She is a member of the National Theater Honor Society and served in several leadership positions including vice president. She helped form an improvisational/sketch comedy troupe and has performed in the Ramapo College Theater Program’s main stage productions. With one foot always near a stage, she works at the Berrie Center’s box office and travels to Manhattan to audition for acting roles in film, television and theater. Melissa, who has a 3.39 grade point average, considers the scholarship a friend.

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effrey Warren was a member of Ramapo’s first graduating class, receiving a bachelor’s degree in 1973. He went on to leadership positions at Hackensack Medical Center, Cathedral Healthcare System, Parke-Davis, Warner-Lambert and Pfizer. He is currently senior advisor to the National Pharmaceutical Council, Inc. and a principal at JR Market Strategies, LLC a healthcare consulting practice. Mr. Warren is past president and current board member of Gilda’s Club of Northern New Jersey and serves on the boards of the New Jersey Commission of Cancer Research and the Institute for Medication Access and Compliance among others. He was honored at the 2006 Ramapo College Distinguished Citizens Dinner for his outstanding service to the community and Ramapo College.

“I just want to say thank you so much for believing in me. Having a medical condition takes its toll, but it truly touches me to know I don’t have to do it alone.” Melissa Mugica

His gift of Pfizer stock in 2000 created the endowment which funds these scholarships. Mr. Warren and his wife Andrea, determined the criteria, selection process and essay topic and the first Warren Scholarships were awarded in the summer of 2001. The intent of the Warren Scholarships is to recognize deserving undergraduates who pursue a degree in the School of Contemporary Arts and have a documented physical or learning disability. Alyssa Press of Fair Lawn, NJ is a Visual Arts major with a concentration in Photography. She was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis before she turned two. Alyssa’s had to live with the limitations of her illness and a compromised immune system her entire life. She pushes herself to participate in physical activities. “I know how to push through and persevere,” she says. She

Danielle Feller of Ridgewood, NJ enjoys sculpture and metaphysics, both of which use intuitive thinking, an area she believes she navigates with more success than academics. Sculpture allows Danielle to think in three dimensions. She enjoys working with clay that gets poured into metal. Danielle, who is a member of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, also enjoys babysitting, swimming and running. Danielle, who has a 3.39 grade point average, says, “A person needs to work through their frustrations to solve problems in their art and in life.”

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his award was started with a generous donation in May Weis’ memory by her son, Leonard W. Weis, Ph.D. It is a joint program between Ramapo and the Weis Ecology Center in Ringwood, New Jersey. May Weis represented the Women’s Alliance of the American Ethical Union at the United Nations and always had an interest in the care of the environment. She created an endowment to preserve the land and buildings of the American Ethical Union’s conservancy in Ringwood, NJ, which was renamed the Weis Ecology Center in her honor. “My mother was a graduate of Barnard College in 1912,” writes Dr. Weis. “She and my father always stressed that no one can ever take one’s education away, which is why it is so valuable.” Dr. Weis took this to heart and spent a career teaching at the University of Rhode Island, Coe College, Lawrence University and the University of Wisconsin Fox Valley. He retired after 36 years of active teaching in 1988, but continued his family’s tradition of sharing knowledge. “A few years ago my wife, Donna and I were able to found the Weis Earth Science Museum, located at the University of Wisconsin Fox Valley campus,” Dr. Weis continues. “I am one of the docents that leads student and adult groups on tours and trains other docents.”

Rachel Coviello of Wayne, NJ graduated in 2009 with a B.S. in Business Administration, Marketing concentration. Currently a postbaccalaureate student in the Teacher Education program, Rachel worked full-time as an environmental educator at the Weis Ecology Center in Ringwood, NJ last summer. Rachel has always had an interest in critters and collecting rocks, she says. In high school she took AP Biology and AP Environmental Science. She’s been a teaching assistant at several environmental camps and programs and plans to teach science once she’s received certification. All of these experiences have made her comfortable teaching any age group. Rachel, who has a 3.91 grade point average, says, “I have developed valuable teaching skills such as communication, questioning and patience in combination with my own positive traits, enthusiasm, determination and organization.”

Recipients of the May Weis award participate in a paid summer internship at the Weis Ecology Center in Ringwood, receive a full tuition scholarship at Ramapo College and a stipend for books.

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

Kelsey Chetnik is from Pompton Plains, NJ and is majoring in Biochemistry. The sophomore has earned a 3.97 grade point average. “Kelsey is involved in one of the School of Theoretical and Applied Science undergraduate research projects as a volunteer,” says Professor Seung-Sup Kim. “She shows great potential in scientific research.”

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laine Winshell, Ph.D., a professor emerita of biology and former dean of the School of Theoretical and Applied Science, believes students should strive for academic excellence. She established The Winshell Award to recognize an outstanding biochemistry student based on academic excellence and extracurricular activities. Dr. Winshell strives for these goals in her life as well, and is active with the Institute of New Dimensions, a non-profit organization based in Paramus, that enrolls students 50 and older in collegelevel courses taught by mostly retired college professors.

Julie Truong has been working for three years on research projects with faculty members in the School of Theoretical and Applied Science. She is a senior majoring in Biochemistry who has earned a 3.56 grade point average. Julie is a member of the Pre-Med Club, the Biology Club and Chemistry/Biochemistry Club. She works as a chemistry teaching assistant and biology tutor. She is a member of the chemistry student honor society (Phi Lambda Upsilon and the Ramapo chapter of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Undergraduate Affiliated Network. Julie is from Mahwah, NJ.

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ounded in 1969, WISS & Company, LLP ranks as one of the top 10 accounting firms in New Jersey, with offices in Livingston, Iselin and New York City. Clients range from small businesses and middle market commercial companies to not-for-profits and government entities. In 2008 WISS was named by NJBiz as one of the “Best Places to Work in New Jersey,” ranking 12th among the firms being honored in the medium-sized company category. A number of Ramapo graduates are currently working at the firm. The company created this scholarship program in 2008, which benefits accounting majors at the junior level who have a grade point average of 3.00 or higher. The recipients were selected by the faculty. Melanie Sacks of Cherry Hill, NJ is an Accounting major. The junior serves as director of Finance for the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority. In addition, Melanie is involved in pan-Hellenic activities on campus and is a member of the Accounting Club. She works as a receptionist for Prestige BMW. Melanie, who has a 3.13 grade point average, plans to become a CPA and work for a large public accounting firm. “I felt very privileged to receive this scholarship,” she says. “The acknowledgement of my academic achievement and desire to excel in my field of study by professionals is an honor.”

Caitlin Mahoney of Montville, NJ is an Accounting major. Many of her activities revolve around organizations that will assist her career. On campus, she works in the Center for Student Involvement as a student activities revenue management assistant. She also is a member of the Allocations Committee and a volunteer for the Judicial Board. Off campus she attends networking and professional development events sponsored by the NJCPA and the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. Caitlin says, “This generous scholarship will greatly lift my financial burden and allow me to focus on my studies and professional development skills so that one day I can become a tax professional and make partner at a public accounting firm.” Caitlin, who has a 3.98 grade point average, plans to become a CPA.

“I would like to extend my gratitude to Wiss and Company for their generous scholarship.” Caitlin Mahoney

“Receiving this scholarship from such an accomplished firm has been academically inspiring. This recognition has encouraged me to continue to work hard and to reach my goal of becoming a CPA!” Melanie Sacks

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Mariola Baran came to the United States from Lubenia, Poland. She received an associate in Arts degree from Bergen Community College. Mariola began her Ramapo College career in 2010, and is a Psychology major. She has earned a 3.03 grade point average. Mariola lives in Garfield, NJ.

ofia Wojciechowski was born in 1917, the oldest of four children of Polish immigrants. Sofia grew up in Mahwah, NJ and in 1945 married Edward Dembia, a purchasing agent for Maxwell House Coffee. Together they built a home in Mahwah. Sofia worked as a legal secretary, then obtained NJ real estate and insurance licenses. She was the owner and operator of Ramsey Interstate Realty and Insurance for many years. Sofia was notoriously frugal and a hard worker. “She took pride in recounting that her initial salary as a legal secretary was $5 per week,” according to a July, 2010 article in the Villadom Times. “She promptly opened a Christmas Club account and tried to save $1 per week for the 50 weeks of the Club. She recalled that in that first year she had saved ‘only’ $48.” Sofia and Ed were active in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, where they maintained ties with Poland and worked to keep Polish traditions alive in the parish. They traveled to Poland often and hosted Polish relatives when they visited the United States. The Dembias routinely sent packages of hard-to-find goods to relatives in Poland during the years of communist rule. Edward Dembia died in 1988 and Sofia died in 2010 at the age of 93. In her Will, Sofia created scholarship funds at Don Bosco High School, Felician College and Ramapo College. The Wojchichowski-Dembia Scholarship at Ramapo is a permanently endowed fund for students to “pursue any course of study.” Whenever possible, Sofia desired that the scholarship “be given to students of Polish descent or students demonstrating a continuing interest in Polish culture.”

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STUART CRAIG WOOD III SCHOLARSHIP

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

Christa Lewandowski is majoring in Theater with a concentration in Design/Technical Theater. She has earned a 3.69 grade point average. The senior is from Midland Park, NJ.

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

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he Russell Berrie Nursing Scholarships were announced at the 2011 Russ Berrie Awards for Making a Difference. The gift to create the Scholarships was made in honor of Elaine and Mike Adler, to complement the Adler’s major gift to Ramapo College to create the Adler Center for Nursing Excellence.

Junior JaimeJo Muscianesi is from Manalapan, NJ. She is majoring in Nursing and has earned a 3.97 grade point average. She is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, as well as the Nursing Student Organization, Spanish Club, and Relay for Life. JaimeJo participates in the intramural kickboxing and soccer teams on campus.

Russell Berrie was an entrepreneur and philanthropist who founded the company which makes RUSS plush toys and gifts. In addition to being a successful businessman, Mr. Berrie devoted himself to numerous charitable causes. The Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts on the Ramapo College campus is named for Mr. Berrie and his wife. He founded the Russ Berrie Foundation in 1985 to further support his “values, passions and vision.” One of the focus areas of the Berrie Foundation is humanism in medicine, and the Berrie Scholarships at Ramapo College advance this goal. The award is administered by the Ramapo College nursing faculty, who use a peer evaluation survey to identify students who demonstrate competence in humanistic care. The award is also designed to recognize students who demonstrate clinical competence, participation in community service, and academic excellence.

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his scholarship was established by John Franklin to honor his late wife Bonnie, who served as assistant vice president for Marketing and Communications at Ramapo College. In creating this Scholarship Mr. Franklin sought to honor Bonnie’s passion for reading, and how she instilled that passion in her children and grandchildren. He also sought to memorialize Bonnie’s devotion to family, children, education, art, literature and democratic values. In writing down his thoughts on the impetus for the Bonnie Franklin Memorial Scholarship, John Franklin wrote, “Bonnie Driskill Franklin was an early reader … who never stopped reading all her life.” He described how Bonnie passed this gift to her children, a tradition they continued with their children. “And so her children and grandchildren have learned much about art, literature and the interconnectedness of all humanity,” he wrote. John describes how Bonnie translated this gift into her work life and as a volunteer. “In her career Bonnie was engaged in research, writing and public relations at the Cincinnati Public Library, County College of Morris and Ramapo College where she was Assistant Vice President

of Public Relations. She was part of many reading groups, the League of Women Voters, Women in Communication in New Jersey, The Unitarian Universalist Church and other organizations.” “This scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Bonnie Driskill Franklin and a life devoted to family, children, education, art, literature and democratic values,” John continues. “It is dedicated with the hope that others, especially men, will be inspired to take an interest in children’s literature and its use in helping children and parents enjoy life fully. It is hoped that through children’s literature we will find ways to promote tolerance and understanding of ourselves and others.” Specifically, John’s purposes in establishing the Bonnie Franklin Memorial Scholarship are to encourage and support students who are interested in children’s literature as a means of helping children develop intellectually and emotionally; the development of social and emotional intelligence as a part of our education system; advocating for children’s literature as a means of helping parents do a better job of reading to their children; advocating for children’s literature as a means of helping men find their role in child development; developing knowledge and understanding of literature that helps children appreciate diversity of culture, ethnicity, race, gender, gender preference, and physical ability. The Franklin Scholarship is selected later in the spring semester.

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DR. JUDITH PECK SCHOLARSHIP

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r. Judith Peck has served as a member of the Ramapo College faculty since the College opened its doors to students. An accomplished professional sculptor, Dr. Peck has exhibited her work throughout the New York metropolitan area and beyond with pieces in permanent collections here and abroad. At Ramapo College Dr. Peck has taught courses in life drawing, sculpture, art education and art therapy. Two of her works are on permanent display at the College, including “One Man In Memory of Six Million” in the Grove. Dr. Peck is particularly proud of her innovative Art and Interaction course, the first of its kind, in which Ramapo College students work with non-mainstream populations to share artistic endeavors while at the same time coming in personal contact with under-served individuals they might otherwise not have known. Such contacts expose students to the major domestic issues of our time: crime, mental illness, drug abuse, spousal and child abuse, disadvantaged youth and elder care.

As an extension of her belief in service to the community, the Dr. Judith Peck Scholarship is intended to promote service in the community by dedicated Ramapo College students in their senior year through their special expertise in productive, imaginative and creative endeavors. The award can be granted for graduate school enrollment or towards prospective careers in the helping professions as counselors for youth or adults, art therapists or arts activity specialists. “Carly Patterson is applying to the master’s program in counseling at Caldwell College, specializing in Art Therapy,” says Professor Donna Crawley. Carly is a Psychology major in her senior year who has earned a 3.57 grade point average. Carly conducted an empirical research project in Dr. Crawley’s Research Methods in Psychology course on whether people could readily discriminate between real and posed smiles. Continues Dr. Crawley, “Carly is very enthusiastic about combining her artistic talents with psychology, and plans on a career in counseling.”

“This award has made me realize that someone became aware of my passion I have demonstrated for my academic career. It has boosted my selfesteem and made me confident in my future success.” Carly Patterson

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DEBRA MCGUIRE PERRY FAMILY COLLEGE HONORS ENDOWMENT

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ike many students, Debra Perry attended Ramapo as a non-traditional student. She joined a significant population of women who during various stages of their lives returned to school. Debra already had a oneyear-old son at home when she started at Ramapo. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in Psychology in 1985, and gave the Student Address at graduation just five weeks after the birth of her third son.

“Today’s students are smart, driven and have the sense of social responsibility and service,” Debra says. “That has been the very fabric of Ramapo from the beginning.” Debra is a member of the Ramapo College Foundation Board of Governors and currently serves as Secretary. She participates on the Golf committee and co-chairs the Distinguished Citizens Award Dinner. Her dedication and commitment to Ramapo earned her the Foundation’s Distinguished Citizens Award.

Today, Debra is a senior partner at McCarter & English, LLP, primarily focusing on pharmaceutical product liability litigation. She is a mentor for the firm’s associates and participates as a pro bono court appointed attorney. In her pro bono work, Debra represents vulnerable youth and adults at trial before the Essex County Judiciary. This work earned her McCarter & English’s Outstanding Pro Bono Award. In addition, she has been recognized for six consecutive years as a New Jersey Super Lawyer.

“Many of us know Brendan Flanagan as a student leader even if we have not had him in class,” says Literature Professor Monika Giacoppe. “He is a leader in Sigma Tau Delta (the Literature honor society) and in the Literature Club,” continues Dr. Giacoppe. Brendan is a senior majoring in International Studies as well as Literature, and has earned a 3.82 grade point average. He is from West Keansburg, NJ.

At Ramapo College, Debra serves as a mentor to students through the Business Partners Program. She primarily works with young women, particularly addressing issues related to balancing work and home life and transitioning to a professional career from an academic life.

Debra created The Debra McGuire Perry Family College Honors Endowment with a planned gift in order to “help talented students achieve their goals.” The fund will be used to advance scholarship and academic excellence for students in the Ramapo College Honors Program.

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FRANK M. POTANKA SCHOLARSHIP

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Ramapo College. Frank began to undergo more high dose chemotherapy treatments. The doctors told Frank he would need another bone marrow transplant. No one in his family was a match for the transplant. A year long search for another donor began. Kristen hosted a bone marrow drive at Ramapo Collge to help find a match for her Dad as well as others who were in need of a match.

his scholarship was started in 2012 by Frank Potanka’s family. Frank’s daughter Kristen is a 2010 graduate of Ramapo College. When they created the award, the Potanka family wrote, “Frank M. Potanka was a loving father, husband, and firefighter. He was a brave and courageous family man who worked hard at United Parcel Service for over 25 years to provide for his family. Frank not only loved helping his family but helping the community as well. In addition to work, he was committed to the Wanaque Fire Department as past Assistant Chief, Treasurer of the Exempt and Relief Association and Life Member in the New Jersey State Fireman’s Association.

“Shortly after, Frank had found a donor and was able to have his second bone marrow transplant. During this time, Frank was unable to work his full time job at UPS and financial issues arose with Kristen and her attending Ramapo College. Frank and his family worked with Ramapo and were able to have Kristen still attend Ramapo College. After the transplant, the doctors found the cancer had spread even further. Frank’s cancer spread to his back, blood and brain.

“In 1992 Frank was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. With two children under the age of 7 he knew he needed to fight to make it through this battle. He went through six months of chemotherapy, and in 1993 a bone marrow transplant. Frank was said to be cancer free for the next 17 years. “In 2008 the doctors found that the cancer had returned in a rare form called MDS as well as the Hodgkin lymphoma. During this time Kristen was a junior at

On January 11, 2011 Frank passed away after fighting five types of cancer over the course of 19 years. His fighting will power and strong will kept him motivated to push through all of the hard times. “ ‘People are always asking me how it is that firefighters run into a burning building when everyone else is running out. Courage is the answer.’ (Captain Mike Kennedy in the movie, Ladder 49) “Courage was Frank M. Potanka.” The Potanka Scholarship is selected later in the spring semester.

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t the 2011 Distinguished Citizens Dinner the Ramapo College Foundation honored Ralph Izzo, the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG). As part of his remarks, Mr. Izzo noted the commitment to sustainability and public service that Ramapo College and PSEG share. He recognized the long-standing leadership of Brian Smith, a member of the Board of Governors, who was retiring from both the Board and PSEG that year. “I am particularly pleased that PSEG’s support for Ramapo College tonight includes a contribution for the purpose of establishing a new permanent endowment,” he wrote. “Each year we can award a scholarship to a student who is pursuing a degree in the College’s Environmental Studies program.” The scholarship is selected later in the spring semester.

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JUDITH M. RODRIGUEZ AND FRANCIS J. RODRIGUEZ BIOINFORMATICS SCHOLARSHIP

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udith MartinezRodriguez and Frank Rodriguez have been members of the Friends of Ramapo for many years, and have established three scholarships at Ramapo College, for students in International Business and Environmental Science. Mrs. Rodriguez is a registered pharmacist in both New Jersey and New York, who with her husband owned Raysol Pharmacy in New York. Mrs. Rodriguez also served in elected and appointed government and community service positions. Mr. Rodriguez’ career has included management positions with Telecommunications Analysis, RAM Communications, and Western Union. He is currently a senior consultant for RCC Consultants. Mr. Rodriguez has General and Amateur Radio Operators licenses from the FCC. He is active in many civic and community organizations, including the American Pharmaceutical Association, MENSA, and the Radio Club of America. In addition to active community service in their home town of Midland Park, NJ, the Rodriguezes have been involved with a number of national and state-wide organizations including Bergen County’s Northwest Regional Health Commission, the Medical Reserve Corps, and the Pharmaceutical Society, as well as the NJ

Drug Utilization Review Board, the NJ Dept. of Education’s Advisory Committee on Bilingual Education, and the NJ Pharmaceutical Association. The intent of the Judith and Francis Rodriguez Bioinformatics Scholarship is to recognize students pursuing a degree in Bioinformatics in the School of Theoretical and Applied Science. ”Bioinformatics is a job that will become more and more important in the future,” says Mr. Rodriguez. “Because it has as its base, biology, computer knowledge and mathematics, it will prepare a student not only for work in bioinformatics but in a host of other career paths and disciplines.” Ramapo College Foundation Scholarship recipient Emmanuel Takor’s award is named for Mr. and Mrs. Rodriguez, in recognition of their generosity in creating the Rodriguez Bioinformatics Scholarship. Emmanuel, of Cameroon, is excited to be at Ramapo College. He is especially excited to be enrolled as a Bioinformatics major, a course of study his country does not offer. In Cameroon, Emmanuel completed a challenging science curriculum in a specialized program. Emmanuel researched colleges on the Internet. He was impressed with the opportunities Ramapo offers, as well as its diversity. Then he learned his brother’s friend, also from Cameroon, graduated from Ramapo. After speaking with the alumna, he decided “Ramapo is the place I want to be.” Emmanuel has a 2.85 grade point average.

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CLAIRE AND HOWARD SHURAK SCHOLARSHIP

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“My grandparents encouraged me to go to college,” says Jacowitz continues. “My grandfather was a role model who taught me old-fashioned values — that in business your word and reputation are what you stand for. He is the reason I am in business today.” The intent of the Shurak Scholarship is to recognize students who “need the money and try hard.”

n creating the Claire and Howard Shurak Scholarship, David Jacowitz is commemorating his grandparents, the success they achieved by working hard, and their influence on his life. Mr. Jacowitz graduated from Ramapo College in 2000 with a degree in Business Administration. He is currently an executive with New York Life Insurance Company in Rochester, NY.

Mathieu Odula is a junior from Jersey City, NJ. Prior to Ramapo College, Mathieu attended Borough of Manhattan Community College of CUNY where he was a member of two soccer clubs and the student government association. Mathieu plans to enter Ramapo College’s MBA program upon graduation from the business administration major.

“My grandfather was a child of the Great Depression who grew up in Brooklyn, NY under humble circumstances,” Mr. Jacowitz says. Mr. Shurak joined the military and then started his own business. He built a very successful company that manufactured plastics and vinyl.

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he Silver Scholarship was started in 2011 by Harry Silver and his wife Nancy, residents of nearby Oakland, New Jersey. Mr. Silver has lent his business expertise to Ramapo College as a guest lecturer in the Anisfield School of Business. In addition he has provided career guidance to students in ASB. The Silver Scholarship is intended to recognize Accounting majors.

Lazaro Hernandez is a senior from Cliffside Park, NJ. He is an accounting major and plans to stay at Ramapo College to earn an MBA. Lazaro, after becoming a CPA, will apply to law school and study tax law. He plans to work with his brother a CPA and attorney.

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THOMAS AND JOYCE SREDNICKI SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT Tom and Joyce created the scholarship with a planned gift. The intent of the Thomas and Joyce Srednicki Scholarship is to benefit students pursuing an undergraduate degree in the Anisfield School of Business.

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om Srednicki has served on the Ramapo College Foundation Board of Governors and is Chairman of the Investment Committee and a member of the Executive and Finance Committees. He also serves on the ASB Advisory Board. Since 2005 Thomas held leadership positions with The Bank of New York and J.P. Morgan until his retirement. He is a member of the Franklin Lakes Lions Club. Joyce serves on the Ramapo College Foundation Performing Arts Dinner Series Committee.

Ramapo College Foundation Scholarship recipient Carl Thompson’s award is named for Mr. and Mrs. Srednicki, in recognition of their generosity in creating the Srednicki ASB Scholarship. Carl “is all about using his time wisely,” said his Mathematics teacher. At Pequannock Township High School Carl served as president of the Chess Club. He also was a member of the orchestra, Math League, Chemistry League and was named to the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society. Carl participated in the New Jersey Science League-PTHS Chemistry Team; the team placed 29th out of 151 high schools. He plays the piano and tutors Spanish. Carl has a 3.60 grade point average.

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STEPHEN D. WARREN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP knowledge. “Business was what he did every day and it was his life,” says Donna Warren, Steve’s wife of 23 years. “But his interest, one of his loves, was history. The other was astronomy, which he had little time to pursue.” To honor Steve’s memory, his commitment to Ramapo College, and his interests, the Stephen D. Warren Memorial Scholarship will be used to benefit students majoring in History and students with an interest in Astronomy.

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tephen Warren joined the Ramapo College community in 2006 as Comptroller for the Ramapo College Foundation. He brought many years of experience in higher education to the Foundation, and became an asset to the Foundation Board of Governors and administration with his impressive depth of

History major Steven Bellani is a senior who has earned a 3.92 grade point average. “Steven is a uniquely insightful and diligent student,” says Professor Michael Riff. “His modest and unassuming attitude make his accomplishments in probing historical scholarship and writing ability shine all the more.” Steven is from Rockaway, NJ.

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

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RICHARD (DICK) ANISFIELD BOOK AWARD

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ichard Anisfield was born in Paterson, NJ and graduated from Eastside High School. A veteran of the United States Air Force, he served as a pilot with the 466th Bomb Group in World War II. Dick’s family worked in the silk industry, which was in decline in Paterson. “Dick was determined that he was not going to fail in business,” says his wife, Millicent Gang Anisfield whom he married in 1948. “He had a very good head for business, and a tremendous drive to be successful.” From 1956 until 2005 Dick owned Kurt Versen Company, a lighting fixture manufacturer in Westwood, NJ and held several patents for light fixture design. Supporters of Ramapo College for over 20 years, the Anisfield School of Business is named for the couple. Retirement in 2008 gave him more time to enjoy golf, skiing, and landscaping. The College awarded Dick an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters that same year. He and Millicent lived in Upper Montclair, NJ for 33 years before moving to Saddle River 27 years ago. They have two daughters, Susan Vallario and Nancy Anisfield. Dick passed away in October, 2011. Nursing student Amanda Catrillo received an award in memory of Richard Anisfield.

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MARTIN BLAUER BOOK AWARD

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artin Blauer grew up in Brooklyn, NY and graduated from New York University. He was a veteran of World War II and served as a lieutenant in the United States Army Air Force. Martin and his beloved wife Marilyn lived in Paramus, NJ and were the parents of David and Deborah. After David’s death in 1994, the Blauers established an endowed scholarship fund at Ramapo College, where David was studying Law and Society. “Marty showed such courage and grace in the midst of pain and sickness,” wrote Marilyn at his death in February, 2012. “I think everybody who knew Marty liked him and many loved him.” Dobromir Yordanov received an award in memory of Martin Blauer, who created the David Blauer Scholarship with his wife Marilyn in 1995.

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JACOB HALLE BOOK AWARD

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e possessed a tenacious nature,” says Marla Halle of her son, Jacob, a second semester junior studying Political Science at Ramapo College. “If something was difficult, he kept working at it until he achieved his goal.” Jacob died February 1 from injuries sustained in a head-on collision on Rt. 202 in Mahwah. A native of New City, NY Jacob graduated from Clarkstown North High School in 2008, then attended Rockland Community College. He was active with the Rockland County Young Republicans and Ramapo College Hillel. “Jacob taught me to value my own opinion without being swayed by the majority,” said Marni Sucher, a fellow Ramapo College student who met Jacob on her first day of classes. “He was sensitive and treated people kindly,” continues Ms. Sucher, “but also had a lot of conviction and trusted his own ideas.” Political Science major Benjamin Hymson received an award in memory of junior Jacob Halle, also a Political Science major.

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ELIZABETH (BETSY) FITZMAURICE BOOK AWARD

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he daughter of long-time Ramapo College supporters Carol ’84 and Charles Schaefer, Betsy Fitzmaurice graduated from Ramapo High School in 1985. In high school she was involved in photography and art, competed in tennis and loved skiing. She was a member of Delta Gamma sorority. She attended Adelphi College and graduated in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in business and art. She went on to earn a master’s degree in graphic design from Pratt Institute in 1993. Betsy worked for Cyber Warrior, a computer game company in Fair Lawn, NJ where she was head of the art department. She married James Fitzmaurice in 1996, and they have two children, Zachary, 13 and Katherine Elizabeth, 9. Betsy passed away in May, 2011 at the age of 45. Social Work major Aloha Wilkins received an award in memory of Betsy Fitzmaurice, daughter of Chuck and Carol Schaefer, ‘84. Ms. Schaefer is a member of the Ramapo College Foundation Board of Governors and launched the Carol D. Schaefer Human Services Award in 1987.

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DR. MILTON M. GITTENS SCHOLARSHIPS

Remembering a Legend Dr. Milton M. Gittens

A Strong, Quiet Force Marketing professor Kathy Zeno described him as supportive and encouraging. “Personally and professionally,” she says, “he was a strong, quiet force who supported the mission and vision of the Anisfield School of Business.”

Dr. Gittens joined the faculty in 1973 and taught management courses until his death in 2010. Unanimously elected by the Management Convening Group, he served as convener of the business administration/ management major for several years.

A Champion for Equality An advocate for minorities, Dr. Gittens was twice appointed by the College President to monitor the College’s Affirmative Action Performance and received the Friends of EOF Award in 2004. He was also recognized for his teaching in 2003 by selection for induction to honorary membership in the Ramapo College chapter of Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society for Business Administration. His Legacy of Giving Dr. Gittens’ legacy will continue to support minority students. In his will, Dr. Gittens made a bequest to the Ramapo College Foundation, which creates two endowed scholarship funds named the Milton Mack Gittens, Ph.D., and Granville Caldecott Gittens Anisfield School of Business Scholarship Fund and the Milton Mack Gittens, Ph.D., and Granville Caldecott Gittens Educational Opportunity Fund Scholarship.

He was well known for being a co-host and assistant producer of Issues and Education, a weekly cable TV program on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network, produced through Ramapo College. Among his publications was his 1977 paper, “The Black Perspective in Public Administration: The Development and Application of a Research Model for Minority Administrators in the Public Sector.” His Love for Family, Love for Students “Dr. Gittens loved two things,” says accounting professor Constance Crawford. “He loved teaching and he loved his son, Granville H. Gittens. He was a kind and supportive colleague and a tremendous role model to minority students and all who knew him. Dr. Gittens was an amazing example of what a teacher is…someone who imparts knowledge and helps others.”

The scholarships are named in honor of Dr. Gittens and his father, Granville Caldecott Gittens. They will be designated to minority students with preference given to descendants of American slavery and Barbados, West Indies slavery. Professor Anita Stellenwerf reflected on this gift from Dr. Gittens: “I was not surprised by this gift. Raaapo College meant so much to him. He valued education and wanted to make it available to other minority students.”

Management professor Susan Eisner says: “Dr. Gittens had the expertise, experience and commitment that is central to impactful teaching. He was truly present to his students inside and outside the classroom.”

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Ramapo College of New Jersey In Our Own Words 2012 Scholarship Awards