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Learning Commons Naming Ceremony

Press Release: Learn More about the College’s 51st Founders’ Day and the Naming of the Peter P. Mercer Learning Commons


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The Division of Institutional Advancement and the Ramapo College Foundation share a mission to provide the resources that make the difference in Ramapo College’s quest for educational excellence. 

The purposes of the Foundation, as stated in its Certificate of Incorporation are to: “stimulate, solicit, receive, and promote      receipt of resources from grants, bequests, and gifts offered by individuals, corporations, and foundations and to use such resources to enhance, support, and complement the total mission of Ramapo College of New Jersey

Designated New Jersey’s Public Liberal Arts College, Ramapo College of New Jersey has been dedicated to providing students  with a strong liberal arts foundation for a lifetime of achievement since its founding in 1969.  Ramapo College celebrated its 50th Anniversary in November 2019.



Power of Place, The Learning Commons Campaign

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In June 2016 the College received $15 million from the State of New Jersey Higher Education Capital Facilities program to completely renovate the George T. Potter Library and create a new Learning Commons. Together with private contributions and institutional resources, the leadership of the College approved the total scope of the project to be approximately $45 million, with the funding matrix comprising of the state grant, new debt services, and a dedicated fundraising campaign. The result will be a modern Learning Commons that supports the intellectual growth of our students and community.

The Learning Commons Campaign, Power of Place, supports this initiative which will address broad and changing academic needs. Newly designed areas will include spaces where students can process data, determine what is relevant, and form their own conclusions. The Learning Commons will be a place where students can read, reflect, and conduct research in both individual and group settings. Students will also be able to collaborate with their peers and faculty, invent and create, and practice presentations-all while using state-of-the-art technologies.



Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement,
Executive Director of the Ramapo College Foundation
Dr. Angela Cristini


Ramapo Foundation Board Chair
Debra Perry ’85, Esq.


Administrative Coordinator
Ellen Senese

Phone: (201) 684-7612