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Students Represent Ramapo College at Annual COPLAC Conference

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)October 24, 2018

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.


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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