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Ramapo College of New Jersey Holds Topping Off Ceremony for New Adler Center for Nursing Excellence

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)November 1, 2013

New facility will house highly-acclaimed nursing program

Adler-Topping-Off-10.17.13-317(MAHWAH, NJ) – Ramapo College’s new Adler Center for Nursing Excellence moved a step closer to completion recently, as donors Myron and Elaine Adler and College officials signed the last beam to “top off” the two- and one-half story structure on the College campus.

The Topping Off ceremony is a centuries-old milestone celebrated during construction projects. The beam was signed by the Adlers, President Peter P. Mercer, members of the Ramapo College Board of the Trustees and Board of Governors, and nursing students, and then raised by a crane atop the structure.

“It is a wonderful day for us to see our dream for the nurses of tomorrow come a step closer to fruition,” said Elaine Adler. “We feel blessed to able to help Ramapo College graduate well-educated nursing professionals who will be at the forefront of the challenges facing society.”

In November 2010, the Adlers made a $2 million gift to name the Adler Center for Nursing Excellence.  The Adler Center will be the new home of Ramapo College’s highly-acclaimed and expanding Nursing programs, as well as state-of-the-art labs to enhance the education of Ramapo College students in the sciences.  Ramapo’s undergraduate Nursing program has had significant increases in enrollment since its inception in 1993, and a Master of Science in Nursing Education was added in 2002.  More than 460 students are enrolled in both Nursing programs and will use the facilities of the Adler Center for Nursing Excellence.

“It is a privilege for all of us to be here today signing this final beam with Mike and Elaine,” said President Peter P. Mercer. “Their vision for and support of Ramapo College has not waivered and they are among our most generous benefactors. We thank them for their compassion and leadership.”

The new Adler Center for Nursing Excellence features three simulation rooms where students will learn to address emergencies involving their computer-simulated patients.  Nursing faculty located in a control room recreate medical scenarios that play out each day in hospitals, making each patient encounter unique.  Students are videotaped and, in a debriefing room, they receive invaluable feedback from their instructors on how to improve their skills and reaction times.

A Nursing Skills Lab will teach students the necessary basics of nursing, including physical assessment of a patient and the many procedures that make up skilled nursing.  The Adler Center also features an Anatomy and Physiology Lab, computer labs, as well as general purpose classrooms.  A conference room, a café with gallery space and an assistant dean’s suite are incorporated into the plans.  The 36,000 square foot Adler Center will be connected by an overhead walkway to the science building that is currently undergoing a complete renovation.

The Adlers have been consistent supporters of Ramapo College for more than 25 years.  Mrs. Adler is a member of the Ramapo College Board of Governors and the couple has provided numerous gifts to support the College’s Annual Fund, student scholarships, the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Distinguished Citizens Dinner, the Golf Outing.  They have also provided a capital gift for the Adler Theatre in the Berrie Center for the Performing and Visual Arts.

The Adlers founded The Adler Aphasia Center in Maywood, NJ in 2003 and have been honored nationally for their work in helping individuals with the disorder redevelop their communication skills.  Mr. Adler is a member of the board of the National Aphasia Association and has served on the board of Hackensack University Medical Center and the United Jewish Community of Bergen County.  Mrs. Adler is a trustee of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine, the Center for Interreligious Understanding and a founding board member of Gilda’s Club of Northern New Jersey.  She also serves on the board of the Community Resource Council and the USA Toy Library Association and is vice president of the Jewish Home and Rehabilitation Center in Rockleigh, NJ.

For photos of the event click on the following links,
Cutline. A steel beam, the last to be welded onto the shell of the Adler Center for Nursing Excellence, is hoisted into place.  The tree symbolizes new growth and respect for the environment. Photo: Carolyn Herring
Cutline. Mike and Elaine Adler of Franklin Lakes were joined by family, members of Ramapo College’s Board of Trustees, Board of Governors, college administrators, Nursing Program faculty and Nursing students at a Topping Off Ceremony to commemorate the placement of the last steel beam in the Adler Center for Nursing Excellence. Photo: Carolyn Herring


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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