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The Annual Student Leadership Award Reception is a night of recognizing and awarding Ramapo’s outstanding student leaders. The 2019 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 the 2019 Student Leadership Award winners for the Pillars Award, the Jerome Lee Memorial Award for Outstanding Leadership, and the Award for Outstanding Leadership awards! 


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 2019, August 2019, or plan to graduate in January 2020.

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 2019, August 2019, or plan to graduate in January 2020. 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:


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 2019 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 team:

Congratulations to all of the 2019 Student Leadership Award winners!

2019 Award Recipients:

Award for Outstanding Leadership

Outstanding Leadership by a First-Year Student

Esther Chow– Member of the Biology, Chemistry/Biochemistry club, and the Pre-Med/Pre-Health Clubs, & the Treasurer of Active Minds.

Danielle Deangelis- Member of Leaders in Service (LIS), the Honors Program, a mentor with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program, a volunteer within the Women’s Center, & a staff writer for the Ramapo News.

Matthew Parks- Member of WRPR, Young Life, Enactus, the American Sign Language Club, the Mackin Residence Hall Committee, the Residence Hall Association (RHA), & Ramapo Admissions Student Ambassador (RASA).

Christine Sae- Member of Leaders in Service, the Nursing Student Organization, the Bischoff Residence Hall Council, & a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Jessica Sanchez- Member of the Student Government Association, serving a Senator-at-Large & on the Diversity Committee, Secretary of Association of Latinos Moving Ahead, EOF scholar, & a Volunteer with the Women’s Center.

Outstanding Leadership by a Sophomore Student

Dahiana Arenas- Member of Leaders in Service (LIS) & a LIS Peer Mentor, SAIL – Sophomores Advancing In Leadership; Commuter Affairs mentor; mentor for the ENHANCE program; Alpha Omicron Pi Women’s Fraternity, the Honors Program Executive Board Member; & Alpha Lambda First Year & Phi Beta Delta International Scholars Honor Societies.

Kiana Azcona.- Member of the SAIL – Sophomores Advancing In Leadership ProgramResident Assistant (RA) within the College Park Apartments (CPA’s), Peer Facilitator, & a Senator with the Student Government Association.

Nitesh Parajuli- Member of the  SAIL – Sophomores Advancing In Leadership Program, Senator with the Student Government Association, Co-president of the South Asian Club, Treasurer of the Computer & Technology Club, International Student Organization, & the Student OrgSync and Transportation within the Center For Student Involvement (CSI).

Jake Pillari- Member of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity & the Service Committee Chair, Peer Facilitator, Spanish Club, Alpha Lambda Delta, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, & Golden Key International Honor Societies.

Sela Stazzone- Member of Alpha Lambda Delta honor society, Resident Assistant in Overlook Hall, student assistant in the Berrie Center & in the Office of the President, & as a Ramapo Admissions Student Ambassador (RASA)

Patricia Young- Member of Alpha Phi Omega Professional Community Service Fraternity, Resident Assistant (RA) in Bischoff Hall, Treasurer of the Biology Club, Alpha Lambda Delta, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, & Golden Key International honor societies


Outstanding Leadership by a Junior Student

Hannah Arp-Student Assistant Resident Director of Mackin Hall (SARD); Vice President & President of Sigma Delta Tau sorority; EOF Peer Mentor, & Vice President of Rho Alpha Sigma (Resident Assistant Honor Society).

Gaby Bok- Resident Assistant (RA) in Bischoff Hall, as a Desk Attendant Student Manager for Pine Hall, Student Assistant for the Women’s Center & for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Compliance (EDIC).

Ryan Greff- Member of the Student Government Association,  Alternate Student Governor for the Ramapo College Foundation Board of Governors, Anisfield School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council, Culture Club, Alpha Lambda Delta, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Golden Key International, & Beta Gamma Sigma.  .

Caleb Herbst- Member of Student Government Association (SGA) as the SHGS Senator & Secretary of Academic Affairs, Treasurer & President of Tau Delta Phi fraternity, Peer Facilitator; Co-President of Democracy Matters, the RCNJ Honors Program, & a Student Representative for the Ramapo College Academic Integrity Board.

Kate Shirkey- Captain of the Women’s Volleyball Team, President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, member of Chi Alpha Sigma – National College Athlete Honor Society, ASB Dean’s Student Advisory Council, Rally Cap Sports, &The Student Leaders Council.


Outstanding Leadership by a Senior Student

Katie Coakley- Student Assistant Residence Director (SARD) for Overlook Hall, member of Alpha Phi Omega Community Service fraternity as the Judicial Board Chair & representative to the Professional Fraternity Council, & the Treasurer of Rho Alpha Sigma, the Resident Assistant Honor Society. 

Alejandrina De La Cruz- Resident Assistant (RA), Vice President of Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Incorporated, Treasurer of the Student Government Association & the Chi Alpha Epsilon honor society, & the Student Representative on the Honor Society Advisory Board.

Gina Lawrence- Co-chair of Publicity & President for Colleges Against Cancer and Co-Chair and President of Relay for Life, where she provided leadership for events including the Pink Tie Formal, Relay for Life Kick-off Events, and the annual Relay for Life

Amauris Peralta Munoz.- Secretary of Public Relations for the Student Government Association, President of Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity Incorporated, & Senior Advisor for the Organization of Latino Unity, Chi Alpha Epsilon, the Order of Omega, & Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society.

Harper Patsko- Member of the Ramapo College Softball Team, President of the Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), Vice President of Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society, ECAC President’s Honor Roll & the NJAC Second Team All America, & the Ramapo College NJAIAW Woman of the Year Award recipient.

Samantha Schwartz.- Member of the College Programming Board (CPB) as the On-Campus Programming Chair, Co-PR Chair, & President,  Ramapo Music Club and WRPR, & the Student Manager of Roadrunner Central within the Center For Student Involvement (CSI).

Mattison Stewart– Founding Member & Standards Chair of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, Vice President of Public Relations of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law fraternity, Peer Facilitator, Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science honor society & the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.  

Michelle Tunney- Member of Leaders in Service (LIS), SAIL- Sophomores Advancing in Leadership, Founding President of Beta Alpha Psi International Accounting Honor Society, Alpha Phi Omega Community Service fraternity, Enactus, ASB Dean’s Advisory Council, Peer Facilitator, the RCNJ Honors Program, & Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Beta Delta, & Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies. 


Jerome Lee Memorial Award for Outstanding Leadership

Juliana Florez- Member of the Student Leaders Council, Commuter Student Mentor, Peer Facilitation Program Intern, Ramapo Admissions Student Ambassador (RASA), Wellness Is Now Peer Educator & Completed the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program.

Christian Martinez- Resident Assistant (RA) in The Village, RA for the EOF summer program, Vice President of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc., Alpha Phi Omega (APO) Service Fraternity, Senator & Secretary of Fraternity and Sorority Life for the Student Government Association (SGA), a Ramapo Admissions Student Ambassador (RASA), & ALMA (Association of Latinos Moving Ahead)

Sabrina Santamaria- Vice-President of the Student Government Association (SGA) & a former Senator, member of the SHGS Pathways Program Committee & Dean’s Advisory Council; Commuter Affairs mentor; Ramapo Admissions Student Ambassador, RallyCap Sports, Alpha Lambda Delta, Golden Key International, Pi Sigma Alpha, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars honor societies, & the President Phi Alpha Delta.

The Pillars Award

Riana Katz- Leaders in Service (LIS), the Honors Program, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, ASB Dean’s Advisory Board, President of Enactus, member of  Beta Gamma Sigma, Omicron Delta Kappa, Golden Key, Alpha Lambda Delta, and Chi Alpha Epsilon honor societies, & 2019 Ramapo College Student Commencement Speaker.

Megan Quinlan- Student Assistant Residence Director of the Village(SARD), Treasurer of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, Peer Facilitator, member of the Field Hockey team, & Global Roadrunners, Rho Alpha Sigma (serving as Vice President and President), Beta Gamma Sigma, and Order Of Omega honor societies.

Berylann Rivera- Member of the Student Government Association (SGA) serving in various positions including Senator, Alternate Student Trustee, and Student Trustee, Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, holding numerous Executive Board positions; Phi Alpha Delta-Pre Law Fraternity, Student Assistant Resident Director (SARD) for the College Parks Apartments (CPA’s); Student Office Manager & Student Queer Peer Services Coordinator in the Women’s Center, & an Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Peer Mentor.

Taylor Ann Winkler- Peer Facilitation Intern, Orientation Program Intern and Coordinator, Transfer Advisement Coordinator, member of the Theta Phi Alpha sorority, Student Leadership Committee, Academic Integrity Board, & the Search Committee for the Director of Residence Life.