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Ramapo College Coordinating Support Efforts for Victims of Nepal Earthquake

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)April 29, 2015

MAHWAH, N.J. – Ramapo College is coordinating several events to offer support for the victims of the devastating earthquake in Nepal.

There will be a memorial service on Thursday, April 30 at 7 p.m. in the Sharp Theater of the Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts, followed by a candlelight vigil at the Arch, located on the campus.

An outdoor concert, sponsored by the College Programming Board and the Student Government Association, will be held on Friday, May 1 at 7 p.m. at the Bandshell with proceeds to benefit those impacted by the tragic events in Nepal and northern India. Admission for students is free but donations are encouraged.

In addition, the Student Government Association, Counseling and Health Services, the Office of the Provost, the Roukema Center for international Education and other departments are coordinating support groups, summer housing provisions and fundraising efforts.

Ramapo College President Peter Mercer met with 18 Nepalese students earlier this week to extend the College’s support.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I offer my heartfelt condolences to the people of Nepal and northern India who have lost family and friends in the recent devastating earthquake,” said President Mercer. “The breadth of devastation and loss that the country and its residents will continue to endure for some time is a source of great distress to them. It is incomprehensible to so many of us.”

For more information on any of the College’s efforts in response to this tragedy, please contact Ben Levy, Director of the Roukema Center for International Education, at or 201-684-7533.



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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