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Susan Hangen, Dean of the Salameno School of Humanities and Global Studies, far left, and Peter Campbell, Dean of the School of Contemporary Arts, third from right, with students at the COPLAC Conference this month.

MAHWAH, N.J. — Nine Ramapo College students were chosen to present at the Northeast Regional Undergraduate Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity Conference of the Council of Public and Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) on October 12-13. The annual two-day conference was held at SUNY Geneseo, New York.

“COPLAC has been advancing the needs of member institutions for more than 30 years.  Now more than ever, it is vital to communicate to state and federal lawmakers the importance of a liberal arts education,” said Stefan Becker, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Ramapo College. “To that end I am pleased to say that I have been extremely impressed with the work accomplished by these Ramapo students and their mentors, as I know it will serve them well to lead and serve in an ever- growing global society.”

Students, who are juniors and seniors and did their research under the guidance of faculty mentors, presented their works in poster, writing and oral presentation form. They are:

*Justina Celentano (“The Impact of Cybercrime”)

*Alexandra Davies (“After the Funeral”)

*Guadalupe Juarez (“Crossing Our Borders”)

*Melody Lenda (“Anon(ymous)”)

*Emma Lucier-Keller (“The Visual Production of Chinese Masculinity in Political Cartoons”)

*Madeline Martinez (“A Collection of Moments and Events”)

*Hyunwook Shin (“Pending”)

*David Francis Vaughan & Joseph Perez (“Creating a Graphic Novel”)

Ramapo College is one of eight regional COPLAC participants in the Northeast. Students at COPLAC institutions have the opportunity to present the results of their undergraduate research at regional conferences where they can meet and discuss their work with peers and faculty members. COPLAC is dedicated to the advancement of high-quality, public liberal arts education in a student-centered residential environment.


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 College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, 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, Business Administration, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education.


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