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Ramapo College Foundation to Honor Three Individuals at Distinguished Citizens Dinner on March 5

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MAHWAH, N.J. –The Ramapo College Foundation will honor three individuals for their professional achievement, commitment and community service at its 34th Annual Distinguished Citizens Award Dinner.  The honorees will be recognized at a gala on March 5 at the Rockleigh Country Club in Rockleigh, N.J.

Donald Nuckel is President and Chief Operating of the Nuckel Property and Chairman of Nuckel Global Initiative located in Little Ferry, New Jersey.  Among his many philanthropic endeavors is the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program in the Little Ferry School District which is coordinated by Ramapo College.

Cindy Schawe ’89 is Vice President of Strategic Marketing at Stryker, located in Mahwah, New Jersey.  She joined Stryker after graduating from Ramapo College and has held executive marketing positions in the company’s Knee and Hip divisions. Stryker is a neighbor of the College and a member of Ramapo’s Business Partners program which provides crucial funding for student scholarships.

Christopher Turner is Vice President of Prestige Management Services located in Ramsey, New Jersey. He is a member of the Ramapo Foundation Board of Governors and chairs the Concours d ’Elegance held on the Ramapo campus in June.  Prestige is a member of Ramapo’s Business Partners program and also is a lead sponsor for the College’s Annual Golf Outing.

The annual benefit dinner raises funds for student scholarships, faculty and student research opportunities and campus capital projects. The dinner will be held Saturday, March 5 at the elegant Rockleigh Country Club in Rockleigh, N.J.  A cocktail reception and silent auction begins at 6 p.m. The dinner program honoring the Distinguished Citizens begins at 8 p.m.  Dinner and dancing will follow.

Dinner sponsorship levels are available. For tickets and reservations please visit

For additional event information, contact Liz Kloak at or 201-684-6834.


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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