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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)April 7, 2010

(MAHWAH, NJ) – The New Jersey Higher Education Service-Learning Consortium will host the first statewide Learning to End Hunger: “Connecting Classrooms and Communities” Conference, on Friday, April 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Conference Center at Raritan Valley Community College. Innovative workshops will highlight service-learning and civic engagement approaches to ending hunger in New Jersey. Ramapo College of New Jersey is an active member of the Consortium.

The purpose of the conference is for professionals in higher education to come together and share ideas and tools on how service-learning and civic engagement can most effectively address hunger and food insecurities in our communities, and how to encourage students to actively engage in addressing these issues. An array of workshops will explore service-learning and civic engagement best practices that address hunger and food insecurity in our communities. Service-learning, or experiential learning, is a key element to the interdisciplinary education that Ramapo College offers. The New Jersey Higher Education Service-Learning Consortium, a statewide network of educators, community partners and students, supports and fosters service-learning principles and practices at higher education institutions throughout the state.

The conference is intended for faculty, administrators, students and community partners interested in beginner to advanced levels of hunger-related service-learning and civic engagement work. Visit http://learningtoendhunger.pbworks.com and click on the link for the April 9 Conference for more information. Registration is $30, $10 for students. Breakfast and lunch are included.

For directions to the Conference Center at Raritan Valley Community College, please visit their website at http://www.raritanval.edu/about/directions.html.

Members of the media with inquiries should contact Lori Moog, Director of Service Learning and Community Outreach, Raritan Valley Community College, at 908-526-1200 x 8284 or lmoog@raritanval.edu.

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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 CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, 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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