“Founders’ & Pioneers’ Day is an annual college-wide event which recognizes and honors the numerous contributions of the College’s founding faculty, staff and administrators and emphasizes the unique mission of Ramapo College. The faculty, staff and administrators and trustees of Ramapo College in its first several years were critical to the ongoing pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning. These founders and pioneers took a chance when joining this new collegiate effort and each November the College celebrates their commitment and the College’s ongoing success in providing our students with a strong foundation for a lifetime of achievement.”
Schedule of Events
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Alumni Lounges, SC-138
Breakfast & Anniversary Program
Select Faculty and Staff: President Peter Mercer will recognize newly retired faculty and staff, new emeritus faculty, and will induct new Quarter Century Club members at this event. There will also be a “Through the Years” presentation by a panel of individuals from the Ramapo campus.
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Friends Hall, SC-219
SGA Celebrates Founders’ Day
Students, Faculty, Staff and Retirees: Stop by Friends Hall on the second floor of the Student Center for the Student Government Association’s Founders’ Day Celebration. Festivities include a photo booth, caricaturists, Asian name artists, and a candied apple station.
12:00 p.m., Friends Hall, SC-219
Annual Cake Cutting
Students, Faculty, Staff and Retirees: Come one, come all! Join President Mercer and the Student Government Association for a Founders’ Day tradition – The Ramapo College Cake Cutting. Cake and refreshments will be served in Friends Hall on the second floor of the Student Center.
Doreen Janes: “Swimming in the outdoor pool, having a drink in the tavern, and everyone helping one another; we were a family.”
Isadora Seibert: “In the spring of my freshman year, I decided that I wanted to take a bigger leadership role on campus. I took a petition from the Student Government Association office to run for Sophomore Class Council Representative. I honestly did not think I had a shot at winning, because we were all new to the position. In the end, I won! It was an amazing feeling; I now run class council meetings every week, and call myself an important part of SGA.”
David Walensky: “I remember how intimate the campus was before the new buildings. I miss the ball-wall by Linden Hall and the basketball court where Oak now stands.”
John Robert Cassidy: “What I remember most of all at Ramapo was the sheer joy of structuring a substantial curriculum taught by talented, caring and well trained teachers for serious students: a curriculum which presented the world to them in all its complexity, depth and beauty, and opened up their minds to the life of the intellect.”
Nancy Mackin: “As the opening of the College approached, we expected a freshman class of about 800 students, but we actually had no idea how many students would really show up at the new college in Mahwah. In fact, more than 1200 students registered and we had to really scurry to find enough seats for everyone. When the College opened, only wings A, B and part of C were ready. All classes ended at 1:40 p.m., so construction could continue in the spaces we were using for the Library, cafe, and classrooms. There was a tremendous sense of camaraderie as everyone was new to the campus. Having said that, most of us who were on the faculty and staff were in our 20s (you were one of the “old” people, if you were in your 30s or 40s)and had never opened a new college. We had a chance to figure out everything together. It is amazing to look around in 2009 and see what we have built.”