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Message from the Dean Peter Campbell
School of Contemporary Arts

Dean Peter Campbell

As the college embarks on its initiative to reach G.O.L.D. “Graduates of the Last Decade,” I would like to a share few notes about the school that you might find of interest.

The School of Contemporary Arts is moving boldly into the future, creating our first graduate program and continuing to develop and adapt our current programs to the demands of our students and the career marketplace. And making the arts the linchpin of the Ramapo community.

Our Master of Fine Arts in Creative Music technology will be available beginning in Fall 2021, and will provide a new program for current undergrads and returning adults to prepare themselves for careers in music production and composition as well as a terminal MFA degree, which will mean they can also find jobs teaching in colleges and universities. With this program we are building on the strengths of our undergraduate programs and our resources such as the Les Paul Studio.

This year we have also finalized the plans for our new Contemporary Arts Pathways Program. The primary goal of this initiative is to help students prepare for the transition from college to the professional world. Our plan has three components: enhancement of our Co-op/internship program; the formalization of a CA artist/lecture series to bring working artists and professionals to speak and work with our students; and an “Identity and Reflection” component, which asks students to formulate and share their thoughts about themselves and their personal and career goals. All CA students are required to do an internship as a part of their college career, and Pathways will help them make the most of those opportunities.

We’re also increasing our collaborations with the Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts, including alumni events hosted by the concentration in Electronic Arts and Animation and the Theater program, concerts by faculty members Mack Brandon and Ben Neill, and screenings of new films by artists such as Brooklyn Demme. We see the center as a place to use the arts to bring together the entire school and the larger community for important cultural and artistic experiences, and hope you’ll join us for as many events as you can.

I hope to see you on campus for one of our events, or feel free to reach out to me if you’re going to be around and would like to catch up and chat about Contemporary Arts at Ramapo!

If you’re not already a G.O.L.D. member, please take a few moments to register using the form below:

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Welcome Ramapo Alumni G.O.L.D. from the Cahill Career Center

Exciting changes are underway at Ramapo College’s Career Center!

In January, the Cahill Career Center transitioned to a new career management platform called Handshake. Handshake is used by over 475 career centers nationwide including Stanford, Princeton, Brown and Berkeley.

Handshake gives Ramapo students and alumni access to a powerful network of national employers in addition to our established employer partners. In the 3 months since we introduced Handshake, the number of job postings – full-time, part-time and internships – increased by 134% from the same time period last year.

Alumni are welcome to join Handshake using their Ramapo College email address at the following link — ramapo.joinhandshake.com

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February 2021

Made in Jersey

February 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST
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One event on February 11, 2021 at 8:00 pm

Made in Jersey Made in Jersey will feature a series of New Jersey based performing artists sharing new works-in- progress. After each broadcast, audiences will be able to join the artist in a live chat where they can ask questions. Featured performances: Elizabeth Walsh, Michelle Myers, Kiran Rajagopalan Click to View Schedule of Performances and Live Q&A’s!

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Made in Jersey

February 11 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EST
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One event on February 11, 2021 at 8:00 pm

Made in Jersey Made in Jersey will feature a series of New Jersey based performing artists sharing new works-in- progress. After each broadcast, audiences will be able to join the artist in a live chat where they can ask questions. Featured performances: Elizabeth Walsh, Michelle Myers, Kiran Rajagopalan Click to View Schedule of Performances and Live Q&A’s!

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Financial Speakers Series – “It’s Tax Season…Let Us Help You”

February 25 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EST

Presented by Ramapo Alumnus Steven Budryk '18, M.S. '19. In this interactive 30 minute presentation, Steven will discuss recent tax law changes, tips, as well as planning opportunities on both an individual and business level. He will also discuss Paycheck Protection Program loans, individual stimulus payments, future law proposals and take your questions. Steven Budryk earned a B.S. and M.S. in Accounting at Ramapo. While a student, he served as President of the Chi Upsilon chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi…

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March 2021

West Coast Alumni – Virtual Meet and Greet

March 3 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm PST

The Ramapo College Alumni Association invites you to join us on Wednesday, March 3 at 4:30 p.m. (PST) over WebEx for our West Coast Alumni Virtual Meet and Greet.  At this virtual event for Ramapo Alumni, retired faculty staff and friends of the College who are now living on the west coast you will be able to: Meet and network with fellow members of the west coast Ramapo community Receive updates on campus life, the Presidential Search and Learning Commons…

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Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Ramapo College: A Roast of President George Potter and Faculty – An Online Film Viewing

March 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT

On Saturday March 20, at 11 am the Mahwah Museum will show an eighty-minute film made in 1981 when Ramapo College of New Jersey celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a roast of its first president, George Potter.  The program will be played during a Zoom meeting, with the meeting opened to comments from the audience afterwards.  The screening is hosted by the Mahwah Museum and is free and open to all.   Registration is required; register at the Mahwah Museum website.…

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Financial Speakers Series 2 – Your Financial IQ and What to Do

March 25 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EDT

Presented by Ramapo Alumnae Alexia Lewis '19 and Elena Payton '13 In this interactive 30 minute presentation, Elena and Alexia will discuss setting your financial goals and determining your Financial IQ.  They will cover the process of achieving financial well-being by setting goals for your income, savings, retirement, debt reduction and take your questions. Alexia Lewis earned a B.S. in Finance from Ramapo College in 2019.  While a student, Alexia created and served as the President of the American Sign…

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April 2021

Financial Speakers Series III – Protect Your Identity

April 29 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EDT

Presented by Ramapo Alumnus Jackir Ahmed ’10 In this interactive 30 minute presentation, Jackir will discuss Identity Protection including strategies to avoid common methods of identity theft and scams as well as plans for monitoring, protecting and managing your financial identity and take your questions. Jackir Ahmed is a graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey with a B.A. in Law and Society.  While a student, Jackir was an intern with the Mahwah Police Department.  He began his career as…

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June 2021

Honoring and Celebrating Ramapo College and our Distinguished Citizens

June 5
Ramapo College, 505 Ramapo Valley Rd
Mahwah, NJ 07430 United States
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      Saturday, June 5, 2021 Join us as we honor five outstanding individuals for their commitment to higher education and their communities & celebrate Ramapo College of New Jersey. The event will be held on Ramapo’s award-winning campus. More Information

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Reconnect with Ramapo – A Reunion Style Outdoor Event

June 6 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Ramapo College, 505 Ramapo Valley Rd
Mahwah, NJ 07430 United States
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Please join us on Sunday, June 6 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for: Reconnect with Ramapo  Our family friendly summer reunion event.  This outdoor event will feature: Reconnect with Classmates, Faculty Members and College Leadership BBQ and Beverage Garden Photos with Rocky the Ramapo Roadrunner Family Style Fun – Carnival Games and Blow Ups DJ Tour the Campus and Visit the new Peter P. Mercer Learning Commons The cost of the event is $25/person.  Children 12 and under free.…

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October 2021

Ramapo College Foundation 34th Annual Golf Outing

October 18

34th Annual Foundation Golf Outing Monday, October 18, 2021 Upper Montclair Country Club  |  Clifton, NJ 11:00 a.m.  |  Shot Gun Start Early Bird Registration Now Open Honoring Ralph Mastrangelo & Thomas Srednicki Recipients of the Havemeyer Presidential Leadership Award

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