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Welcome to the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at Ramapo College of New Jersey. In July 2015, the divisions of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs merged together to create the new EMSA division to focus on ensuring alignment between our institutional promises we make in marketing and recruitment and delivering those promises throughout the student experience. Throughout the fall 2015 semester, the leadership of EMSA worked together in creating a vision statement, a How We Work Statement and five overarching goals for the division in response to emerging trends, issues and priorities facing higher education nationally and specifically those facing Ramapo College. My colleague, Melissa VanDerWall, our Dean of Students, oversees Student Affairs which you can learn more about by clicking on the Student Affairs tab to the left.

Ultimately, the Enrollment Management aspect of our division focuses on our institutional Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) plan which guides Ramapo in recruiting, retaining and graduating an academically prepared, diverse student body of lifelong learners. Towards that goal, Enrollment Management will:

  • Develop and establish enrollment projections and goals that align with the mission, vision and goals established in the Ramapo College Strategic Plan;
  • Foster student learning and development by providing a recommended sequence of courses and engaging students in their own academic plans;
  • Work collaboratively with all offices on campus to ensure that policies, programs and procedures support enrollment goals;
  • Provide an environment that is supportive of student goals and responsive to students’ needs

I encourage you to explore our website, learn more about the offices that are part of the Enrollment Management and Student Affairs division and learn more about what Ramapo, the smallest state College in New Jersey, has to offer.

Enrollment Management and Student Affairs (EMSA) fosters an environment for highly engaged, inclusive and individualized student experiences which provide students opportunities to be empowered for academic achievement, connected to the campus, practice responsible citizenship and graduate prepared for success in their future endeavors.

Our leadership is proactive, collaborative, innovative and empowering. We recognize that leadership is most effective through action, not position.  We have high expectations for each other and value offering a high quality student experience which reinforces what we promise students when they enroll at Ramapo.  To deliver on our promise, we utilize best practices based on professional association competencies and standards in delivering our services.  EMSA enhances students’ experiences through partnerships with campus individuals and offices.

  1. Campus Climate:
    Facilitate a safe, supportive, inclusive and healthy living and learning environment for students.
  2. Student Engagement:
    Offer services and implement programs that provide students with the opportunity to be active academically, socially, personally and civically engaged members of the community.
  3. Diversity:
    Design strategies and implement activities to increase the recruitment, retention and graduation of under-represented students.
  4. Technology:
    Innovatively utilize technology to increase efficiency and effectiveness.
  5. Brand:
    Promote the Ramapo Brand to raise awareness, support strategic goals, and enhance overall student experience. Ramapo Brand Attributes include:

    • Faculty who teach and mentor
    • Hands on learning
    • Individualized attention and small class size
    • Career development and preparation for the future
    • Value

Proposed Student Learning Objectives for the Student Experience as Delivered by EMSA:

  • Student learning objective 1:  Students apply curricular and/or co-curricular knowledge and skills to real-world settings.  (Goal Connection:  Student Engagement)
  • Student learning objective 2:  Students reflect upon their interactions with individuals from other backgrounds to deepen understanding of diversity and inclusivity. (Goal Connection: Diversity)
  • Student learning objective 3:  Students interact meaningfully and establish faculty, staff and peer mentors. (Goal connection:  Student Engagement, Campus Climate)
  • Student learning objective 4:  Students demonstrate a strong connection to the Ramapo campus. (Goal connection:  Student Engagement, Campus Climate, Diversity)
  • Student learning objective 5:  Students demonstrate leadership skills (Goal connection:  Student Engagement)
  • Student learning objective 6:  Students actively engage as responsible citizens of the Ramapo campus (Goal connection:  Student Engagement, Campus Climate)
  • Student learning objective 7:  Students engage in local, national, and global issues (Goal Connection:  Student Engagement, Diversity)
  • Student learning objective 8:  Students demonstrate self-care, self-management and wellness skills. (Goal Connection: Campus Climate)


Christopher Romano
Vice President of Enrollment Management & Student Affairs
Phone: (201) 684-7309
Office: M221

Ellen Saranovic
Executive Secretarial Assistant
Phone: (201) 684-7309
Office: M220A

Heather Woodbridge
Enrollment Management Specialist
Phone: (201) 684-7395
Office: M220B

EMSA Contacts

Melissa Van Der Wall
Dean of Students
Phone: (201) 684-7540
Office: M-201
Student Affairs Website

Richard Brown
Director of Center for Student Involvement
Phone: (201) 684-7785
Office: SC-208

Joseph Connell
Assistant Vice President of Student Success
EOF Contact
Phone: (201) 684-7462
Office: D-208

Anthony Dovi
Acting Director Admissions
Phone: (201) 684-7305
Office: McBride House-2nd floor

Lisa Gonsisko
Director Residence Life
Phone: (201) 684-7029
Office: The Lodge-119

Judith Green
Director of Center Health & Counseling
Phone: (201) 684-7523
Office: D-216C

Kathleen Hallissey
Director of Student Conduct
Phone: (201) 684-7869
Office: C-216

Melissa Horvath
Assistant Vice President Marketing and Communications
Phone: (201) 684-7081
Office: A-224

Jan Koslowsky
Interim Director of Athletics
Phone: (201) 684-7674
Office: Q-234

Trish Laprey
Director Degree Completion Program
Phone: (201) 684-7388
Office: ASB-435

David Nast
Director of Specialized Services
Phone: (201) 684-7513
Office: C-206

Shawn O’Neill
Director of Financial Aid
Phone: (201) 684-7550
Office: E-210A

LaQuan Norman
Director of Cahill Center
Phone: (201) 684-7681
Office: ASB-516

Lisa Sprague
Interim Director of Public Safety
Phone: (201) 684-7786
Office: C-101b

Nicole Videla
Director of Academic Success & EOF
Phone: (201) 684-7545
Office: D-101