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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 27, 2008

James E. Jaworski ’81; Drew Nieporent; Patricia B. Shrader;
and Edward P. Wallace, Jr. are Honored

(Mahwah) – The Ramapo College Foundation’s 2008 Distinguished Citizens Award Dinner, held Saturday, March 8 at the Rockleigh Country Club, raised more than $207,000 for scholarships, faculty and student research opportunities and capital projects, while honoring four distinguished citizens for their leadership and commitment to higher education:  James E. Jaworski, a Ramsey resident and 1981 Ramapo College graduate, who is a partner in the law firm of Wells, Jaworski, Liebman, LLP in Paramus; Drew Nieporent, a resident of Ridgewood whose son, Andrew, attends Ramapo College, and who owns the Myriad Restaurant Group headquartered New York City; Patricia B. Shrader, a resident of Ringwood and the senior vice president of Corporate Regulatory and External Affairs for BD in Franklin Lakes; and Edward P. Wallace, Jr., vice president for Community Affairs and Sony USA Foundation, whose daughter, Kelly, is a 2006 graduate of Ramapo College.

The annual benefit dinner raises funds for student scholarships, college programs and faculty research.  “We appreciate the contributions and support from this year’s honorees, donors and participants and applaud our honorees on their vast accomplishments.  The funds raised through this dinner will help to provide the resources that make the difference in Ramapo’s quest for educational excellence,” said Robert Tillsley, chairman of the Ramapo College Foundation Board of Governors.

Ramapo College of New Jersey is grateful for the support and sponsorship of many individuals, organizations and corporations.  Vice Chairs for the event included:  Elaine and Myron Adler; BD; BMW of North America, LLC; Commerce Bank; Inserra ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc.; KPMG, LLP’ McCarter & English, LLP; O’Connor Davies Munns & Dobbins; Orange & Rockland Utilities, Inc.; Prudential; The Myriad Restaurant Group; Theresa and Lawrence Salameno; Sharp Electronics; SONY Electronics, Inc.; Stryker and Wells; and Jaworski & Liebman, LLP.  Corporate sponsors were Jaguar/Land Rover North America, MWW, SEIKO Corporation, Sodexho Campus Services, TD Banknorth, UPS and The Valley Hospital.


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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