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Ramapo College Holds Vigil for Victims of Nepal Earthquake

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)May 4, 2015

MAHWAH, N.J. – Ramapo College held a memorial service and candlelight vigil on Thursday, April 30 for the victims of the devastating earthquake in Nepal.

The service included the playing of the Nepal National Anthem and personal accounts by several of Ramapo’s 18 Nepalese students. Rajesh Adhikari, director of international students’ and scholars’ services, introduced a short video showing before and after images of the areas affected by the earthquake.

“The devastation is incomprehensible,” said Adhikari. “More than eight million people have been affected, with 1.2 million left homeless.”

Ramapo College President Peter Mercer, who met with the Nepalese students earlier in the week, said: “We have an obligation to do all we can to support the people of Nepal because we have 18 brothers and sisters living with us at Ramapo College.”

The memorial service was followed by a candlelight vigil at the Arch.

The Student Government Association, Counseling and Health Services, the Office of the Provost, the Roukema Center for international Education and other departments have coordinated a “Stay Strong Nepal” campaign, including support groups, summer housing provisions and fundraising efforts.

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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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