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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)November 20, 2008

David Alai, Marion Dugan ’80, John R. Smith
and Anthony Marino Are Honorees

(MAHWAH) – The Ramapo College Foundation has announced the recipients of its 27th Annual Distinguished Citizens Award.  The honorees will be recognized for their personal and professional commitment to advance higher education and for their significant service to the community at a dinner in March, 2009 at the Rockleigh Country Club.

The honorees are David Alai of Rutherford, corporate vice president for Sharp Electronics in Mahwah, New Jersey, a member of the board of directors of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey and a governor on the Ramapo College Foundation board; Marion Dugan ’80, formerly of Mahwah and currently in Garrison, New York, founder, along with her husband, Pat, of Charity Navigator; John R. Smith of Tenafly, director of corporate responsibility for Public Service Electric and Gas Company and president of its Foundation, and Anthony J. Marino of Cedar Grove, CEO of Century 21 Construction, which he founded in 1968.

The annual benefit dinner raises funds for student scholarships, college capital projects and faculty research.  The dinner will be held Saturday, March 7, 2009 at the Rockleigh Country Club.  The evening will begin with a reception and silent auction at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner program and dancing.  For more information, please contact the Foundation office at 201.684.6834 or e-mail

For media inquiries, please contact Anna Farneski, assistant vice president, Marketing and Communications, 201.684.6844.


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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