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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)July 28, 2004

(Mahwah) – Vernon C. Walton, Edward Zarnock and Thomas Zelante were sworn in as members of the Ramapo College Board of Trustees at the Board’s July 21 meeting. In addition, Anthony Manderano was sworn in as student trustee and Vanessa Faxas as alternate student trustee.

Reverend Vernon C. Walton is senior pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church of Englewood. He remains committed to building on the church’s family-oriented environment. He shares his message on Totally Committed,” a weekly broadcast available via cable television. One of many responsibilities, he manages the Bergen County’s Community Action Program, Time and Talents,” which offers mentorship to former recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the first faith-based collaboration of its kind in New Jersey. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and criminal justice from Virginia Union University. He also holds a Master of Divinity Degree and a Doctor of Ministry Degree. In addition to his appointment to the Ramapo College Board, Walton accepted an academic affairs committee assignment. He lives in Englewood.

Edward Zarnock was a business representaive of the 8,000 member International Union of Operating Engineers Local 835, located in Springfield. He directed successful organizing campaigns in various industries including filings before the National Labor Relations Board, unfair labor charges against employers and unions, election petitions and decertification petitions. He served as a union trustee of more than $800 million self-administered funds. Zarnock received a bachelor’s degree from Empire State College, a division of New York University. He completed professional diploma programs at New York University and Rutgers University. Zarnock accepted assignments to Ramapo College’s capital improvements and finance committees. He and Trustee Walton were appointed to represent the Board of Trustees on the College’s Presidential Search Committee. Zarnock resides in Roselle.

Thomas A. Zelante, Esq. has been a partner with the law firm Seeber, Bowkley & Zelante since 1986. Based in Dover, the firm specializes in litigation, insurance defense, land use, and residential and commercial real estate. He has bar memberships in New Jersey, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and United States Tax Court. He is the former chairman of the Morris County Democratic Committee and in 2003 was the Democratic nominee for the New Jersey General Assembly, 25th District. He received a bachelor’s degree from LaSalle College where he served as president of the student senate and obtained his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law. Zelante will serve on the College’s institutional advancement and alumni affairs and student affairs committees. He resides in Morris Township.

Anthony Manderano of Washington Township is a senior who is majoring in history and seeking teacher certification. Sophomore Vanessa Faxas of North Brunswick plans to pursue social work.

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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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