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Ramapo College Family Weekend: October 3-4, 2020


We welcome you to visit Ramapo College’s beautiful campus as the leaves start to change for our annual Family Weekend!  It’s the perfect opportunity to come and see how your student has adjusted to college life in their fifth week as a Ramapo College student.  There will be activities planned throughout the weekend for everyone to enjoy and we encourage you to come join us!


2019 Family Day LATE Registration 

Priority registration has ended.
Late online registration will run until noon on Friday, October 18th, t-shirt availability will be limited for purchase on the day of the event.
On-site registration is also available on Saturday, October 19th.

2019 Family Weekend Cost
  • $10 per person (for each person over the age of 5; no cost for the student)
  • $10 per long sleeved t-shirt (Pre-order preferred, limited availability when purchased the day of)
2019 Schedule of Events

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Check-In: 9:00am – 11:00am
Location: Arch (Rain Location: 2nd Floor, Scott Student Center)

Continental Breakfast: 9:00am – 10:00am
Location: Arch
A continental breakfast is available prior to the first workshop session.

Campus Bookstore: 10:00am-3:30pm, Scott Student Center, 2nd Floor AND 12:00pm-3:00pm, Bandshell Lawn
Looking to pick up some Ramapo gear to show your school spirit? Stop by the Campus Store and browse their selection of the fine apparel and other merchandise.

Information Booth and Late Check-In: 11:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Roadrunner Central, 2nd Floor, Scott Student Center

Family Photo: 9:00am – 11:00am
Location: Arch (Rain Location: 2nd Floor, Scott Student Center)
Grab your family members and pose for a family photo at the Arch.  Photos will be electronically sent to the email address provided at registration.

Workshop Session #1 (Choose one to attend): 10:05am – 10:35am

Mock Classes

    • Investing for Your Future – Anisfield School of Business – Join Finance professor, Dr. Stephen Larson, in our Global Financial Markets Trading Laboratory for an introduction about retirement planning strategies
    • Science Stories for Science Educators – Social Science and Human Services – Dr. Richard Russo will discuss the critical need for new teachers, how teachers are trained at Ramapo and some poignant stories that will uncover life in a high school science classroom for 34 years!
    • How Did the Americans Win Their Revolution? A Global Perspective – Humanities and Global Studies – Most Americans think of the Revolution as a story of a handful of brave patriots taking shots at the Redcoats from behind trees and barns, until, miraculously, American independence was won. But the Revolutionary War was part of a huge global conflict involving most of the European great powers, and fought all over the world, from India to the Caribbean. Dr. Mustafa will place the Revolution in a global context and show where the American rebels played their role.

Study Abroad
A diverse panel of returned study/intern/research abroad students will discuss their overseas experiences.

Workshop Session #2 (Choose one to attend): 10:40am – 11:10am

Mock Classes

    • Investing for Your Future – Anisfield School of Business – Join Finance professor, Dr. Stephen Larson, in our Global Financial Markets Trading Laboratory for an introduction about retirement planning strategies
    • Music and Mystique in Muscle Shoals – Contemporary Arts – In this class Dr. Chris Reali is going to trace the music and cultural connections between Percy Sledge, Aretha Franklin, the Staple Singers, and reggae that ultimately led Paul Simon to record the song “Kodachrome” in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
    • Do Math Like an Egyptian – Theoretical and Applied Science – Ancient Egypt was famous for its Pyramids, the Sphinx, hieroglyphics and mummies. Less well known are their achievements in Mathematics.  The Rhind papyrus is a textbook from more than 3000 years ago! Dr. Lawrence D’Antonio will discuss some of the math found in this work and the similarity it has to what we teach today.

Alternative Break Program
Come learn about Ramapo College’s Alternative Break program and the upcoming Spring 2020 opportunities.

President Mercer’s State of the College Address: 11:30am
Location: H 129, Auditorium
President Mercer will highlight recent campus happenings, comment on the strategic direction of Ramapo College, and answer any questions that families might have.

Oktoberfest Carnival and Lunch: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Bandshell Lawn (Rain Location: Bradley Center, Auxiliary Gym)
Included in your registration, enjoy lunch, served by a variety of food vendors.  Outside there will be a hay ride, carnival games, inflatable activities, a photo booth, pumpkins for decorating, snacks and much more!

The Bill Bradley Sports and Recreation Center: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Stop by the Bill Bradley Sports and Recreation Center for a game of Foosball or billiards!

President Mercer Meet & Greet and Support Your Roadrunners: 1:00pm
Location: Sports Fields across from Campus
Meet President Mercer over at the Sports Fields for support your Roadrunners! (Rain Location: Bradley Center, Game Room)

Roadrunner Womens’s Soccer vs. Rutgers-Camden: Grass Field

Roadrunner Field Hockey vs. Rowan University: Turf Field

Dinner (On Your Own)
Before heading home and leaving your student to enjoy the evening Oktoberfest Festivities, be sure to grab dinner. For those wanting to go off-campus, discounts have been arranged at the following local eateries:

  • Mahwah Bar and Grill – 10% Discount ($$)
  • Mason Jar – 10% Discount ($$)
  • Nona’s – 10% Discount ($$)

 **Just show your student’s Ramapo ID to receive the discount**

If you want to stay on campus and eat dinner at the Birch Tree Inn, the cost is $10.00 +tax per person for an all you care to eat menu.

Ramapo College Theater Department Production of She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen
Time:  8:00pm
Location: Adler Theater, Berrie Center

When Agnes Evans  loses her entire family in a car accident, she is forced to confront an uncomfortable truth about her family: she never really knew her geeky youngest sister, Tilly. Though not a player herself, Agnes enlists the help of neighborhood uber-nerd Chuck  to  help her play the Dungeons and Dragons campaign that Tilly had written. Through the action of the game, Agnes discovers more about Tilly’s strength, wit, and sexuality than she would have ever imagined.

Please note: Because of mature content, it is not intended for audiences under the age of thirteen.

Tickets: $15, purchase online at


Sunday, October 20, 2019

Run with Color: Check-in Time – 12:00pm, Race Time – 12:30pm
Location: Arch
Families, students and alumni are invited by the Student Government Association (SGA) to join Ramapo’s 5K Run with Color.  Participants will receive a free pair of sunglasses and t-shirt while supplies last.  Sign up in advance at

Entry Fee: RCNJ Student Fee – $10, Non Student Fee – $15 (No Refunds Available)

Proceeds benefit the Ramapo College Foundation.

Click here to find a listing of local accommodations, restaurants and shopping!