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Ramapo College to Hold Environmental Lecture on February 6

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)February 5, 2013

(MAHWAH, NJ) – In the wake of Hurricanes Sandy and Irene, the issue of resilience has become a topic of major interest in New Jersey and New York. On Wednesday February 6, Australian Environmental Psychologist Helen Ross will present the talk “Exploring Community Resilience: Case Studies from Down Under.”  Ross, who is Professor of Rural Development at the University of Queensland, has spent more than 30 years addressing such diverse subjects as growth impacts in Southeast Asia, water management and climate adaptation. But she is best known for her work about and with Australia’s aboriginal community.

 Her efforts are credited with empowering Aboriginal participation in key environmental decisions. Her studies of Aboriginal and other rural communities serve as the basis for a foundational literature addressing what makes communities socially and physically resilient in the face of undesired environmental change.  Ross’ lecture is in Student Center 138 at 6 p.m. and is the first in this semester’s Expert Practitioner Series offered by Ramapo College’s Masters in Sustainability Studies (MASS).  Inquiries may be directed to Professor Michael Edelstein at or at 201-684-7745. Off campus visitors are reminded that parking permits are required from the security booth at the north campus entrance.


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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