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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)November 27, 2006

(Mahwah) – Members of the Student Government Association of Ramapo College and Tau Delta Phi, a fraternity, as well as college administrators participated in a wall-raising event sponsored by the Paterson Habitat for Humanity.   A Mississippi family displaced due to Hurricane Katrina’s devastation will occupy the home.  At the wall-raising, students met and spoke with Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr.

Student government members who participated were Jay Everett; Kelly Grapentine, Old Bridge; Steve Plagianakos, Hazlet; Xiomara Robinson, Paterson; Joseph Rooney, Brick; and Gina Sallustio, Secaucus.  Plagianakos and Rooney are also members of Tau Delta Phi.  Other fraternity members who assisted at the wall-raising were James Kaounis, Moonachie, Michael Plagianakos, Hazlet; and Jeffrey Price, Monmouth Beach.

The wall-raising kicked off the construction of a three-bedroom, single-family house in Paterson.  Teams of five volunteer builders from the area raised $250 to take part in the event.  They also purchased a pre-cut 2 by 4, wrote messages of encouragement and good wishes on it, and hammered it into one of the home’s walls.  In addition, students assisted by framing many of the walls for the home, working side-by-side with the family who will occupy it.


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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