The College received $225,000 over three years from EDUCAUSE to expand the Connect program among transfer students. Connect provides an early warning system to identify students in danger of failing and has other functions to promote student success. The project is a joint effort between the Center for Student Success, the Office of the Provost, Institutional Research, and Information Technology.
Angela Cristini, director of Grants & Sponsored Programs and a professor of Biology, received a second year of funding for the “Middle School University (MSU)” project in the amount of $247,000 from the Paterson Board of Education. The project provides science, technology, engineering, arts, and math education in two of Paterson’s worst-performing middle schools. A similar initiative will be started in Little Ferry, NJ this year. This new project will also provide STEM education in the Little Ferry middle schools, through a $153,400 grant over two years.
The National Historical Publications & Records Commission (a division of the National Archives) made a grant of $80,382 to the College for the Jane Addams Papers Project. The Jane Addams Papers Project documents the life and work of Jane Addams, the founder of Hull House in Chicago and well known peace activist and suffragette of the turn of the last century. The Project is based in SSHGS and is under the direction of alumna Dr. Cathy Hajo ’85.
David Nast / The Office of Specialized Services
Under the leadership of David Nast, director of The Office of Specialized Services, received a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education TRIO Program to provide an array of services for students with disabilities. The grant provides funding for three counselors in the Office of Specialized Services over five years starting in FY 2017. The counselors provide academic advising as well as career counseling and independent living counseling for students with physical and behavioral disabilities. The grant also funds a computer technology specialist and extensive tutoring. A summer bridge program for entering students is also part of the project.
The N.J. Department of Labor granted Ramapo College a $180,000 Skills4Jersey award, to provide skills training for corporate employees in our area. The grant is administered by the College’s Center for Innovative and Professional Learning, and includes leadership and advanced training for employees of Dress Barn and Prestige Family of Dealerships. The project is under the direction of Rosa Mulryan, director of The Center for Innovative and Professional Learning (CIPL).
Christian G. Reich
Christian G. Reich, assistant professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, was awarded $187,500 research grant by the National Institutes of Health. Reich’s research seeks to uncover the reason for mood disorders such as major depressive disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder that affect 20 million Americans. The three-year grant will continue the research Reich began while associated with the University of Maryland School of Medicine.