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Naming of the Peter P. Mercer Learning Commons

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



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.

50th Anniversary Celebration

Ramapo College Birch Mansion

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

The College invites all to celebrate this important milestone with us through a robust schedule of events and activities. Join us in the celebration of academic excellence, intellectual exchange, community impact, and student success in and beyond the classroom.


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

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