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Sculpture Studio in School of Contemporary Arts Donates Supplies to Needy Camden Arts Program

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)September 21, 2015

MAHWAH, N.J. – The sculpture studios in the School of Contemporary Arts at Ramapo College received a good dose of “spring cleaning” over the summer, and the beneficiary of all the hard work was an after-school arts program called Urban Promise in a low-income Camden neighborhood.

Shortly after arriving on campus, newly hired faculty member Joel Weissman, assistant professor of art, unearthed a large amount of art supplies that had accumulated in the studios over the years. However, most of what he found was better suited for younger children rather than college students. So Professor Weissman and Steven Perry, dean of the School of Contemporary Arts, elected to donate the items rather than discard them. Maria Lizzi, secretarial assistant in the department, did a little research and contacted the Urban Promise staff, who happily took the two-hour drive to Ramapo College to collect the art supplies, which included paints, crayons, craft items, paper and other materials.

According to Lizzi, the K-12 art teacher at Urban Promise, Robert Kelleher, said he was paying for supplies out of his own pocket because he had no budget to work with this year. Kelleher said he was thrilled for the much-needed and generous donation from Ramapo.


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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