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Ramapo College Presents 11th Annual Sebastian J. Raciti Memorial Lecture with Commissioner of Labor Statistics Erica Lynn Groshen

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)October 7, 2016

Official Photo BLS Commissioner Dr. Erica Groshen

MAHWAH, N.J. – The Sabrin Center for Free Enterprise at Ramapo College of New Jersey will present the 11th Annual Raciti Memorial Lecture on Thursday, October 27. The lecture, titled “BLS, the Labor Market, and You,” will be held in the Trustees Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The Raciti Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a Ramapo College economics major prior to the lecture.

The keynote speaker is Erica Lynn Groshen, Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the principal federal statistical agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Prior to joining the BLS in 2013, Groshen was a vice president in the Research and Statistics Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Her research focused on labor markets over the business cycle, wage rigidity and dispersion, regional economics, the male-female wage differential, and the role of employers in labor market outcomes. She also served on advisory boards for the BLS and the U.S. Census Bureau.

The annual event was established to honor the memory of Sebastian J. Raciti (1934-2003), who, for 31 years, served in various roles that were instrumental in the development of Ramapo College.  Known as Sib, he was a member of the founding faculty and arrived in the College’s second year.

Refreshments and registration will begin at 7:30 p.m.; welcome remarks and presentation of the Raciti Memorial Scholarship is at 7:45 p.m.; lecture begins at 8 p.m.

For those who cannot attend, the lecture will be video-streamed at

For disability-related accommodations and more information, please contact or at 201-684-7373.


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 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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