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Students, faculty and special guests explore the value of a Liberal Arts Education

(MAHWAH, NJ) – The School of American and International Studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey will hold a colloquium Wednesday, March 9 that explores the value of a liberal arts education to today’s students.

Life and Liberal Arts will introduce students to three highly successful liberal arts majors: James Weinstein, executive director of NJ TRANSIT, Dolores N. Morris, a producer for Walt Disney and Adam Tosh, managing director at Rogerscasey.

“Aside from buying a house, paying for college may be the biggest investment students and their parents ever make,” said Associate Professor of Politics and Social Process Michael Fluhr. “Obviously, in a house or a college education, cost matters. But so does quality. A liberal arts education addresses both of these concerns. The value added dimension of the liberal arts is not an archaic belief in learning for its own sake. It positions young people to succeed professionally and personally.”

The colloquium, which is open to the media and the public, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in Friends Hall, room 217 in the Student Center.

Ramapo College was designated by the New Jersey Legislature as New Jersey’s Liberal Arts College. A Ramapo education is distinguished by its commitment to instilling critical thinking and writing skills in graduates.

The panel will be moderated by Fluhr, a member of the College’s School of American and International Studies. The panelists will each present on their career paths, followed by a question and answer session.

James Weinstein

James Weinstein is the executive director of NJ TRANSIT, the third largest transit agency in the nation and the largest statewide. Weinstein is responsible for the agency’s bus, light rail, and commuter rail network, which carried more than 270 million passenger trips in Fiscal Year 2009.  The former New Jersey Commission of Transportation oversees the agency’s 10,500-plus employees, and capital and operating budgets totaling more than $3 billion annually. Weinstein holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Seton Hall University.

Adam Tosh, CFA

Adam Tosh, CFA, is managing director, Investment Solutions at Rogerscasey and provides consulting services to pension plans, endowment and foundation funds, and financial advisors. Prior to joining the firm, Tosh was the Chief Investment Officer of the $14 billion public pension plan, Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS). Before joining KRS, Tosh was a fixed income strategist at the Pittsburgh-based money management firm, MDL Capital Management, and was also employed for eight years as Director of Fixed Income Investments at the Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System. He received his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Economics, Politics and Government from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Dolores N. Morris

Dolores N. Morris graduated from Hunter College cum laude with a degree in Physical Anthropology. After teaching high school and at Presidio Hill School, the oldest alternative school in San Francisco, she began an award-winning television career in children’s programming. She served as Vice President of the Disney Sunday Movie and Walt Disney Television Animation and then as Vice President of HBO’s Family Channel.


Media inquiries may be directed to Anna Farneski at 201-684-7602.


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 College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

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, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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