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Overview: 

The Annual Student Leadership Award Reception is a night of recognizing and awarding Ramapo’s outstanding student leaders. Awards that will be presented will be the Pillars Award, the Jerome Lee Memorial Award for Outstanding Leadership, and the Award for Outstanding Leadership. 

 

Congratulations to all of the

2017 Student Leadership Award winners!

 

2017 Award Recipients:

Award for Outstanding Leadership

Outstanding Leadership by a First-Year Student

Robert Borgognoni- Member of the Student Government Association, Vice President for the Pine Hall Residence Hall Council, participant in Leaders in Service, member on the College Programming Board, Ramapo Admissions Student Ambassador

Brian Enriquez- A part of the Turn Ignorance Around Campaign, Peer Advisor for the Center of Student Success, Event Coordinator for the Association of Latinos Moving Ahead

Ryan Greff- Senator-At-Large for the Student Government Association, member of the SGA Philanthropy Committee

Stephan Lally- Member of the Student Government Association, Co-Chair of the Student Emergency Relief Committee, member of the Shared Governance Task Force

 

Outstanding Leadership by a Sophomore Student

Achyut Gautam- President of the International Student Organization, Executive Board Member of the Finance Club, member of ENACTUS and the Investment Club, Senator for the Student Government Association, member of Sophomores Advancing in Leadership Program, Student Staff for the Civic and Community Engagement Center

Riana Katz- Member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Golden Key, and Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Societies, member of ENACTUS, Project Manager for the Oasis Project, Secretary for Ramapo’s Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, National Service Fraternity

Angely Montilla- Peer Facilitator, Member of Phi Alpha Delta, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Golden Key International, and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Societies

Megan Quinlan- Peer Facilitator, Resident Assistant in Linden Hall, staff liaison for the Residence Hall Council, member of the Ramapo Field Hockey Team, member of Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority, member of Sophomores Advancing In Leadership

Sabrina Santamaria- Senator for SSHGS and the Liaison to Public Safety for Student Government Association, Ramapo Admissions Student Ambassador, serves on the SSHGS Dean’s Advisory Council, President of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity

Molly Warner- Peer Facilitator, Senate President for the Student Government Association, member of Theta Phi Alpha Sorority, member of the Ramapo Women’s Lacrosse Team

 

Outstanding Leadership by a Junior Student

Thomas Bonacum- Captain for the Ramapo Men’s Basketball Team, NJAC player of the year 2016-17, NJAC First Team All-Conference for two years, 2014-15 NJAC Rookie of the Year, Co-President of the Student Athlete Advisory Council

Katrina Buczkowski-  Member of Ramapo’s Softball Team, Ramapo Admissions Student Ambassador, Program Assistant for Leaders in Service, member of Chi Alpha Sigma, Pi Mu Epsilon, and Alpha Lambda Delta honor societies

Jessica Drimones-  Peer Facilitator, involved with the “Reclaim My Math” Organization, member of the Ramapo College Dance Team, member of the Academic Integrity Board

Stephen Geerlof- Member of Student Government Association, Peer Facilitator, Orientation Leader, member of the Anisfield School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council, Student Trustee of the Ramapo College Board of Trustees

Erin McKenna- President of the Student Government Association, member of Alpha Omicron Pi, Peer Facilitator, member of the President’s Advisory Council, the Library and Learning Commons Task Force, the Anisfield School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council, and the Student Leadership Programs Committee

Miyah Meadows-  Peer Facilitator, Orientation Leader, Office of Specialized Services Peer Coach, Secretary of the Accounting Club, student staff member of the Civic and Community Engagement Center, Secretary of Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society

Berlyann Rivera- Serves as Alternate Student Trustee, member of Sigma Sigma Sigma National Sorority, member of the Allocations Committee and the Student Government Association, Student Women’s Outreach Coordinator for the Women’s Center, Student Leader with EOF

Rebecca Scairpon-  Peer Facilitator, Resident Assistant in The Village, member of the Ramapo College Track & Field and Cross Country Teams, member of Rho Alpha Sigma Honor Society

Emily Wisneski- Serves as Conference Chairperson for Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, member of the Professional Fraternity Council, member of Future Teachers at Ramapo and the History Club, member of the Ramapo College Field Hockey Team, NJAC Goaltender of the Year 2016

 

Outstanding Leadership by a Senior Student

Kevin Alamo- Vice President of the Student Government Association, member of Ramapo College Debate Club and Professional Fraternity Council, member of Phi Alpha Delta – Pre Law Fraternity, member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Golden Key International Honor Societies

Amanda Cianni- Resident Assistant, Peer Facilitator, Vice President of Communications of Alpha Omicron Pi

Alexis Duke- President of Alpha Kappa Psi, served as the President for the College Programming Board, Ramapo College Student Ambassador, Student OrgSync Coordinator for the Center for Student Involvement, Front Desk Attendant for the Center for Student Involvement, member of Active Minds and the Accounting Club

Michelle Forbes- Co-Spokesperson of the Black Student Union, President of the United Cultural Greek Council, Diversity Peer Educator, member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, serves on the Student Leadership Committee

Stephen Molchan-  Member of A Better Tomorrow, Resident Assistant, member of the Health Awareness Team

Megan Patel- Member of the Student Government Association, member of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, Ramapo College Student Ambassador, member of the Global Roadrunners. serves as Campus Outreach Coordinator, serves as a Research Assistant

Jerome Lee Memorial Award for Outstanding Leadership

Emily Kramer- Member of the Alpha Lamda Delta Honor Society, member of Ramapo’s Women’s Field Hockey Team, Peer Facilitator

Sabryne Serrano- Serves as the New Member Coordinator of Theta Phi Alpha Fraternity, member of Leaders in Service, Peer Facilitator, Resident Assistant for the Village, member of Rho Alpha Sigma and Order of Omega Greek Leadership Honor Society

Kimberly Simunovich- Peer Facilitator, member of Alpha Phi Omega, member of the Future Teachers of Ramapo, the Mathematics Club, and the Relay for Life, served as a Reclaim My Math Co-Teacher, member of the Academic Integrity Board, Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society, Golden Key International, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Societies

Alec Weissman- Former President of the Student Government Association and currently serves as Secretary of Academic Affairs, member of the American Studies Club, former member of Ramapo’s Men’s Varsity Volleyball Team, member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Sigma Tau Delta Literary Honor Society, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars

The Pillars Award

Rich Apramian-  Senator-At-Large for the Student Government Association, Secretary for the Biology Club, President of the First Responders Club

Sean Farrell- Peer Facilitator, member of the Ramapo College Honors Program, member of Leaders in Service and Sophomores Advancing in Leadership, Sustainable Living Facility, Student Staff of the Civic and Community Engagement Center, member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Beta Delta Honor Societies

Christine Darakjy- Secretary of Fraternity and Sorority Life for the Student Government Association, member of Sigma Sigma Sigma National Sorority, Peer Facilitator, member of the Emerging Greek Leaders Program and Sophomores Advancing in Leadership, member of Google and FEMinSTEM clubs, Judicial Review Board Student Volunteer, Platinum Series Student Coordinator at the Center for Student Involvement, member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Golden Key International Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Order of Omega Greek Leadership Honor Society

Michelle Santucci- Served as Editor of the Ramapo College Yearbook, member of RASA, the Student Government Association, the Ramapo News, and This Week in Ramapo, member of Alpha Psi Omega National Theater Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, Lambda Pi Eta National Honor Society of Communications, Alpha Lambda Delta, and Golden Key

 

Award Descriptions:

Award for Outstanding Leadership

Award for Outstanding Leadership (up to 20 leaders total may be selected for this award, approximately 4-5 per class year): This award is for students who demonstrate exceptional campus leadership. Awards will be selected by class year (First-Year Student, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior)  for RCNJ campus involvement, academics, and leadership.

The Jerome Lee Memorial Award for Outstanding Leadership

Jerome Lee Memorial Award for Outstanding Leadership (up to 3 leaders will be selected for this award): The Jerome Lee Memorial Award for Outstanding Leadership is named in honor of the Director of the Student Center who died in 1995. Jerome Lee valued high ethical and moral standards and gladly extended his capacity for human love to all those with whom he came in contact. Applicants for the Jerome Lee Memorial Award should demonstrate in their work within the co-curriculum leadership through grace, human kindness, and the art of gentle persuasion—all traits which characterized Jerome’s work. To be eligible students must be seniors with a graduation application on file for May 2017, August 2017, or plan to graduate in January 2018.

The Pillars Award

The Pillars Award (up to 3 leaders will be selected for this award): This prestigious award honors those senior student leaders who have demonstrated over the course of their career at Ramapo College outstanding leadership, a strong commitment to the mission of the College, and dedication to fostering a positive and inclusive living and learning environment. The recipient should be considered by others to be the product and embodiment of the four Ramapo pillars of interdisciplinary curriculum, international education, intercultural understanding and experiential learning.  To be eligible students must be seniors with a graduation application on file for May 2017, August 2017, or plan to graduate in January 2018. The criteria for consideration are as follows:

  • Outstanding contributions to the quality of campus life through sustained participation in co-curricular activities and/or programs.
  • Improvements in the college community through initiation of services or programs which support the college’s mission and strategic plan.
  • Distinctive service to the student body through exceptional performance in an established position, whereby the manner in which the duties of that office were discharged have a substantial impact on the quality of student life and campus climate.
  • Performance, leadership, communication, and commitment that reflects the ideals of the four pillars of Ramapo which may be viewed here: https://www.ramapo.edu/about/mission/

 

Eligibility:

Award recipients will be selected based upon RCNJ campus involvement in leadership activities, including, but not limited to:

  • Student Government Association
  • Clubs/Organizations/ Sororities/ Fraternities
  • Honor/ Professional Societies
  • Community Service/ Activism
  • Residence Hall Involvement
  • Serving as a Peer Facilitator/Tutor/Mentor
  • Athletics

In order to be considered for an award, a student must:

  • Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student (or a January 2016 graduate).
  • Maintain a 2.5 Cumulative GPA and be in good judicial standing at the College. Academic and disciplinary histories will be reviewed and may affect award decisions

Students who serve in leadership positions that are compensated (e.g. RA, Program Assistant, Tutor, etc.) should demonstrate how they went above and beyond the requirements of their positions with examples of outstanding leadership and exemplary work if they want their compensated position to be considered in this application.

For more information please email the Student Leadership email (leaders@ramapo.edu)