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Academic Facilities / Centers / Institutes

George T. Potter Library

The George T. Potter Library, named for the founding president of Ramapo College, is housed in a four-story structure, part of the academic core. The Library is open seven days a week during the spring and fall semesters and until midnight Sunday through Thursday. Individual seating for more than 500 users is provided throughout this 63,000 square foot barrier-free building. Additional accommodations for students with disabilities include wheelchair-height desks and computer tables, study carrels, and photocopiers.

The Library’s collections, available seven days per week during the academic year, include more than 160,000 books and 2,300 videos. Other collections include several thousand full-text electronic journals and more than 2,100 paper journals. In addition, the Library is a full New Jersey documents depository. The college’s guiding principles of international, intercultural, interdisciplinary, and experiential learning are reflected throughout the Library’s collections. Circulating books, including government publications, are located on the first and fourth floors.

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Information Technology Services

Information Technology Services (ITS) provides academic computing support and administrative information systems to faculty, staff, and students. Ramapo’s academic computing facilities offer students a rich and stimulating learning environment. Across the campus, more than 700 Windows and Macintosh computers connected through local area networks provide daily access for independent work, small group activity, and scheduled classes.

In the Library, students examine popular and scholarly indexes to research topics and learn about resources in the Library Literacy computing classroom. Administration and business majors employ the most current accounting programs, develop budget forecasts, and create professional presentations with audio and graphics in several computing classrooms. Students in psychology classes experiment with visual perception while social research students apply statistical analysis to data.

Chemistry students may chart the results of experiments while computer scientists study relevant programming languages and examine UNIX networking. With color scanners and printers, graphic arts students create professional publications. Musicians compose with specialized software, synthesizers, and recording equipment. Students with disabilities find screen enlargers, voice recognition, keyboard guides, and other adaptive equipment to meet their needs.

All students are eligible for network accounts that provide electronic mail and Internet access from over 42 computer labs and from every resident’s room. On-line class discussions and course Web pages expand learning opportunities. Students may confer with their professors, scan library catalogs, and explore pertinent databases on campus and around the world.

Windows, Macintosh, multimedia, electronic mail, Internet access - Ramapo’s electronic communications serve the campus community with the most current technology to help students, faculty, and staff address the present while they look to the future.

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Academic Media Services

Manager:  Jefferson Sampson
Building H, second floor

Academic Media Services is an all college facility, operated through the office of the Provost/VPAA of Ramapo College of New Jersey.  Academic Media Services is made up of three sections:  The Media Center, the Interactive Television Center, and the Ramapo College Television Network.  The Media Center provides audio-visual assistance for classroom use and campus events, as well as broadcast quality television production facilities for classroom instruction, campus events, and promotional material.  The Interactive Television Center enables the members of the college community to participate in Video Conferences within New Jersey, Nationwide and around the world.  The Ramapo College Television Network (RCTN) provides a 72 channel cable television network for the Residential students of the college.

Consultation and equipment are provided to faculty, staff, and students interested in creating analog or digital media for classroom instruction, or other presentation.

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Foreign Language Laboratory

The School of American and International Studies houses the Language Laboratory and provides faculty supervision and instruction. The Laboratory consists of a Tandberg Educational 30-station ICM-DIVACE DUO Media Center with an easy-to-use, fully integrated and dynamic interactive multimedia language learning system. The Divace Duo environment supports a broad format of files (mpg, mpa, mp3, mov, wav, mid), RealAudio and RealVideo playback support, text synchronization for viewing and reading subtitles, and audio/video digitization.

The Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts

Constructed in 1999, the Center houses classrooms; labs; offices; The Sharp Theater, a 350-seat proscenium theater engineered without obstructions to visibility or sound; The Myron and Elaine Adler Theater, a blackbox theater which can seat up to 100; The Kresge and Pascal Art Galleries, open Tuesdays through Fridays, 1 to 5 p.m., mounting exhibitions of museum, international, student, faculty, and community artwork; and The Curtain Call Cafe serving beverages and light fare. The Center is located on the college campus a mile from Route 17 and features acres of well-lit free parking.

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College Galleries

Director: Sydney Jenkins
Location: Berrie Center, B-Wing, and Potter Library

The Ramapo College Art Galleries are dedicated to a high standard of artistic excellence and service to the community. Besides offering patrons a series of changing exhibitions featuring a spectrum of artistic work, the galleries serve as an educational resource for Ramapo students and community groups alike. The Kresge and Pascal Galleries, located in the Berrie Center, focus on contemporary visual arts. The Selden Rodman Gallery of Popular Arts, located in B-wing, houses in permanent collection one of the foremost collections of works from the Americas and the Caribbean. The Potter Library Galleries showcase changing exhibitions by community artists as well as student exhibitions.

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Student Media

The Ramapo News
Location: The Robert A. Scott Student Center, second floor, Room SC-218
The Ramapo News is the student-run newspaper for Ramapo College presenting news, features and items of interest to the College community. Students participating in the production of the campus newspaper gain experience and insight into all phases of print journalism, and may contribute in a variety of specific functions including reporting, editing, photography, editorial writing, management, marketing, and graphic design. Involved students enjoy opportunities to strengthen their communication skills.

Radio Station WRPR-FM
Location: The Robert A. Scott Student Center, second floor, Room SC-216
WRPR-FM (90.3), the official, non-commercial radio station licensed to Ramapo College, is operated by the student Ramapo Broadcasting Club, students originate a range of program offering broadcasts to the campus and to the surrounding towns. Membership is open to all students in good academic standing. Those participating in station operation not only gain experience in the technical and production aspects of the medium, but also become familiar with broadcast standards and media ethics.

Ramapo College Television and Video (RCTV)
This organization provides members with opportunities to express themselves creatively through video. RCTV, channel 10, carries student programs and variety shows such as: weekly magazines, interviews and sports. Special events also appear on this channel.

The Arch Yearbook
Location: The Robert A. Scott Student Center, second floor, Room SC-216
The annual yearbook captures the images and events of the college and provides a lasting keepsake for graduating senoirs.

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