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International Honor Society Extends Ramapo College’s International Focus

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)April 20, 2005

(Mahwah) – Ramapo College of New Jersey recently was selected to form the Zeta Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Delta, the International Honor Society. Phi Beta Delta honors those who serve internationalism – the idea of a world connected, of respect for different traditions and of the need for education to enhance knowledge of the many cultures that are part of the world.

The College’s first induction ceremony took place on April 19 and included 70 Ramapo students, faculty and staff. Also inducted as an honorary member was Mahwah resident Judy Grief. She is affectionately known on campus as Flag Lady” because she sews all of the flags used at international and intercultural events such as the College’s food festival and United Nations dinner.

Even though we pride ourselves on Ramapo College’s international emphasis, we struggle with how to bring students, faculty and staff together more than once or twice a year,” said Susi Rachouh, director of international education. Phi Beta Delta is ideal for celebrating international education and the international endeavors of our community throughout the year.” Activities may include guest speakers, readings of Nobel laureate books, ethnic dinner outings and visits to cultural festivals, international film screenings or musical events. Rachouh expressed hope that the formation of the International Honor Society at Ramapo College will help keep the international connection and augment enthusiasm for other cultures throughout the year.

Members of Phi Beta Delta include former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Mr. J. William Fulbright and Mrs. Harriet Mayor Fulbright, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, and scholars such as Seymour Martin Lipset and Larry Diamond.

The formation of the Honor Society complements Ramapo College’s international offerings. In addition, the College recently joined the New Jersey State Consortium for International Studies (NJSCIS), a consortium of New Jersey colleges and universities whose members have developed a wide range of study abroad and student exchange links with institutions in over 50 countries. The consortium provides undergraduate students of NJSCIS member institutions with academically challenging and personally rewarding cross-cultural experiences in an overseas collegiate setting. Other consortium members include Montclair State University, The College of New Jersey, Rowan University, William Paterson University, Kean University, Richard Stockton University and New Jersey City University.


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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