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Winter 2024 Feature

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FINDING YOUR SPARK

How Ramapo’s Provost is Changing the Way Students Learn

Ramapo College's Provost, Michael Middleton, with a book

College

President Jebb fist bumping a student during Ramapo College's welcome Arching ceremony
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Ramapo On the Rise

Presidential Reflections on the College’s Growth

Friends of Ramapo College's Margaret Mullen-Gensch and Peggy Capomaggi
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CELEBRATING HALF A CENTURY OF COMMUNITY IMPACT

The Friends of Ramapo 50th Anniversary

Susan Hangen, Ramapo’s dean of the School of Humanities and Global Studies sitting at a desk
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IMPACTING SOCIETY

The Benefits of a Humanities Education

Ramapo College nursing students practicing CPR
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FAST-TRACK TO HEALING

A Cure for the Nursing Shortage in New Jersey

#HomeSweetPo

Diverse group of Ramapo College Students as the sun is setting by the Arch with a student dancing in the forefront
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DIVERSITY BEYOND THE ARCH

A Catalyst for Growth and Success

RCNJ students who presented at the COPLAC conference
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ANCHORING A COMMUNITY THROUGH

Scholarship and Creativity

Faculty

AI generated image of an AI concept with a human and circuitry
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Ramapo Faculty Offer Insights on Artificial Intelligence

Ramapo College's award-winning faculty
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Voices Amplified

Faculty Research, Publications and Presentations

Athletics

RCNJ soccer player with a bright light shining on him at night
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LIGHT IT UP

College Adds Lighting System to Athletics Stadium

RCNJ Women's Volleyball players excitedly holding a trophy
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A SEASON TO REMEMBER

Women’s Volleyball Writes Their Way into History

Foundation Focus

Bryan Steros smiling outside wearing a suit with a yellow tie
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GIFTS FOR AND FROM RAMAPO COLLEGE

Reflections from Bryan Steros ’98

Large group of Ramapo College EOF outside on campus on a sunny day in August
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EMPOWERING FUTURES

The Transformative Impact of the Educational Opportunity Fund Program

Keith Hawkins holding a Harlem Globetrottrers basketball
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NEW ALUMNI LEADERSHIP

at Ramapo College

Donald J Mahoney '73 Memorial Trophy
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OUT AND ABOUT

Alumni and Foundation Events

Then & Now

Ramapo College International Students Organization club
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THEN AND NOW

International Students Organization

RCNJ Library then and now image
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THEN AND NOW

Library

Class Notes

1982

Joyce L. LaVacca (Business Administration) has been appointed vice consul to the Consulate General in Chennai, India by the U.S. Department of State.  Joyce is an attorney who has held several diplomatic roles with the Department of State.  She earned a J.D. from Rutgers Law School and a Master of Liberal Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.

2003

Pedro E. Hernandez (History) attorney, partner and co-leader of Hinshaw & Culbertson’s global insurance services practice group, has been appointed to the firm’s management committee. Pedro has been with Hinshaw & Culbertson since 2007 and also serves on its executive committee. He earned his J.D. from Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law.

2004

Katie Arcuri (Communication Arts) has been elevated to position of director of athletics at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City; she is the 11th person in the school’s history to hold this title. Katie was promoted from senior associate athletics director of compliance and student athlete welfare. She has been with the university for 20 years and has served in a variety of roles within the Athletics Department. While an RCNJ student, Katie was a member of the women’s basketball team and, subsequently, was inducted into the college’s Athletics Hall of Fame. She received a master’s in sport management from the United States Sports Academy.

2013

Kyle Tafuri (M.A., Sustainability) was recently named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s 2023 list, “Rising Stars: 67 Healthcare Leaders under 40,” which recognizes young leaders positioned to impact the future of healthcare. Kyle is vice president of sustainability at Hackensack Meridian Health where he leads the development and management of such initiatives as infrastructure upgrades for energy efficiency, green building, nutrition, purchasing and safer chemicals.

2014

Nicole Franklin (M.A.L.S.) joined Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as director of communications for the Department of Marketing and Communications. Nicole graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago with a degree in mass communications and went on to work at NBC and CBS. She won three Daytime Emmy awards for her work on the CBS Sunday Morning news program. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Bloomfield College and Long Island University Brooklyn and as assistant professor at Hofstra University.

2022

Christopher L. Hughes (Political Science) has been appointed chief of staff to New Jersey Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips who represents the 40th Legislative District. Christopher was elected to the Mahwah Board of Education in 2022 at 24 years old. He is active in the Mahwah and Bergen County Republicans and with his parish of Saint Elizabeth in Wyckoff.

Ramapo College Magazine Team: Winter 2024

Editor-in-Chief:
Christopher Romano, Ed.D.

Managing Editor:
Diane Couzens

Associate Editor:
Mark Gregorio

Digital Designer:
Angela Moore

Copyeditor:
Lies Chartier

Contributors:
Lisa Ambrose; Diane Couzens; Janelle Ferraro ’14; Liz Kloak MA ’16; Bev McCarron; Ariana Rivera ’18; Rachel Pinton ’01; David Terdiman; Nicole Videla; John Yao

Photography:
Peter Bonilla ‘18, P&M Photo; Carolyn Herring; Alexandra Modafferi; John O’Boyle; Peter Rice; Ariana Rivera ’18;  Katie Rygiel; David Terdiman