Winter 2021 Feature

Ramapo Nursing Rose to the Needs

of a Pandemic-Plagued Healthcare System

Headshot of President Peter P. Mercer

President’s Message

From the Desk
of the President

As I (digitally) pen this letter from my home office, I eagerly await a return to our active and vibrant campus. The bustling in the hallways, the liveliness of the residence halls, the raucous spirit of the arena, the conviviality of the Atrium, the pep in the Grove, and the stimulation in the classrooms – it will all return, in time.

College News

CantaNOVA singers with director Professor Lisa Lutter
 Long Read 

The Sounds of Music

Despite the challenges of life during the pandemic, Ramapo’s CantaNOVA singers are making sure their music continues.

Professor Cathy Hajo in the Jane Addams Center at Ramapo
 Long Read 

Digital Humanities in the Era of Covid-19

“Five years ago, The Jane Addams Papers Project, which was archived at Duke University, was in need of a new home.”

Izumi Osawa-Minevich teaching Japanese crafts virtually
 Long Read 

They Answered the Call

Beth Lutchen-Pharis ’09, Nurse in PPE in clinical setting
 Quick Read 

Stepping Up in a Big Way

Interim Dean Susan Hagen smiling with students
 Long Read 

Liberal Arts Majors
Are Highly Valued in Today’s Job Market

Three people stand in the Mahwah Museum
 Long Read 

Ramapo Student Helping to preserve Veterans’ Stories

Single dancer on stage
 Quick Read 

The Show Must Go On

Two people unveiling the sign for the new Mercer Commons
 Long Read 

College Names the Peter P. Mercer Learning Commons

Cindy R. Jebb, Ph.D.
 Quick Read 

Ramapo Names Its 5th President

Line of students and families preparing for commencement procession
 Quick Read 

Celebrating the Class of 2020

Goals in Common Logo Lockup with Learning Commons Building
 Quick Read 

Make Your Mark on Ramapo’s Future

arch photo
 Quick Read 

The Arch Legacy Society Bequest Challenge

Faculty News

Screenshot of students in a virtual setting
 Quick Read 

Mastering the Art of Special Education

Student Subin Mali at his computer with his research
 Quick Read 

Unlocking Student Potential

Ralph Cash '74 in a virtual setting
 Quick Read 

Black Lives Matter at Ramapo Colloquium

Anisfield School of Business Building
 Quick Read 

Symposium Explores U.S. Economic Future

Football Player outline made of data
 Quick Read 

Off-Field Predictions for On-Field Performance

Alumni News

Ramapo nursing students in SIM lab
 Long Read 

Alumni Pursue Medical Careers

Kevin Manz
 Long Read 

Kevin Manz Offers Advice to Pre-Med Students

Alex Rigoli sitting in baseball stadium chairs
 Long Read 

Alex Rigoli Ready to ‘Play Ball’

Class Notes


VINCENT T. MARCHESE (Sociology) was inducted into the New Jersey Drum Corps Hall of Fame.  Vincent has participated as a drummer with many area drum and bugle corps for most of his life…


RON CEPHAS JONES (Fine Arts) won his second Emmy Award in September 2020. The award was presented for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of William Hill in the episode “After the Fire” on the NBC television program This is Us.


BRIAN P. REGAN (Political Science) was promoted to captain of the Franklin Township Police Department.  Brian earned a master’s degree from Seton Hall University. He is a 20-year member of the department.


LAUREN A. HENDERSON (Business Administration) has been named to the “40 under 40” by StarNews Media and the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes outstanding young professionals in the Wilmington, N.C. area who are also committed to serving the community.


SHARON M. SCHWARZ (Literature ’02; MSET ’08) received the N.J. Governor’s Educator of the Year Award for her work as a teacher at the Christopher Columbus Middle School in Clifton.


SANDRA M. BRIGHT GRANITO (Nursing) was recently inducted into the nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau.


THERESA (Communication Arts, 2007) and ADAM BAKER (Music, 2007) welcomed their first son, Nathan Lawrence, on September 28, 2019.

James Willis on motorized scooter

In Memoriam

JAMES WILLIS ’19 (Social Science), a U.S. Navy veteran who passed away in July 2019 at the age of 77 was awarded a posthumous degree by Ramapo College in October 2019. At the time of his death, “Handsome Jim,” as he was known…