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Student Affairs Committees

OSS Advisory Council

The OSS Faculty/Staff Advisory Council is primarily made up of faculty and professional staff.  College administrators are also asked to serve (or to send a representative) based on their department affiliations; faculty members either volunteer to serve or are invited to serve.  Currently, there are no term limits regarding membership; meetings are held 2-3 times each fall and spring semester.

The goal of the council is to provide regular structured communication between OSS staff, administrators and faculty. The communication focuses on issues, concerns, changes, and or developments regarding disability issues here on campus and beyond.


Bonnie Blake, Peter Campbell, Vasundhara Chakraborty,  Donna Crawley,   Carter Meyer, Anne DeGroot, Peter Heinze,  Ellen Kaiden, Eileen Klein, Stephen Klein (ret.), Anthony Lamanna (ret), Kim Lorber, Lisa Lutter, Donovan McFeron, Victor Miller, Julie Norflus-Good,  Lysandra Perez-Strumolo, Edward Shannon, Frances Shapiro-Skrobe,  Ira Spar, Sarah Stackhouse, Leah Warner.

OSS Staff: 
Abbe Benowitz, Ramona Kopacz, Missy Long, David Nast, Barbara Wexler
Ramapo Administrator /Staff:
Rick Brown (CSI), Kathleen Finnegan (Athletics), Judith L Green (Counseling & Health Services), Lisa Gonsisko (Residence Life),  Michael Savianeso (Media Services) Robert Josic (Web & Digital Marketing), Katie Maricic (Library), Tracey Pastorini (Center for Student Success),  Eileen Quaglino (Cahill Center), Melissa Van Der Wall (Dean of Students)

Athletics Committees

Athletic Advisory Committee

The athletic advisory committee reviews all aspects of the intercollegiate program and provides non-binding recommendations to the Director of Athletics, Intramurals and Recreation.

The committee normally meets 2-3 times per academic year. The group is advisory in nature, and has no specific number of representatives from any one area (faculty/staff/alumni/student).

Student representatives have been added to the committee, as will be the SGA AIR liaison and the chairperson of the NCAA mandated Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).



Athletics Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame committee has the responsibility to oversee both the selection of the Hall of Fame members and the annual induction banquet. The committee also sets the budget for the event and solicits donations for the silent auction and sponsorships/donations in support of the dinner.

The composition of the committee is faculty/staff/alumni that are knowledgeable of the overall athletic program.

Harold Crocker, – Director, Athletics, Intramurals and Recreation
Chuck McBreen – Head Coach, Men’s Basketball
Kate Levin – Assistant Sports Information Director
Mark Singer – Alumni Representative
Rachel Pinton – Sports Information Director, Hall of Fame Co-Chair
Lisa Ryan – Member of the Board of Governors, Hall of Fame Chair
Todd Siben – Alumni Representative
Frank Marino – Former Head Coach, Football
Jan Koslowsky – Budget Coordinator/Memberships Director
Cliff Peterson – Alumni Representative

Office of Student Conduct Committees

College Disciplinary Review Board

Please visit the page on the Office of Student Conduct for more information.

Residence Life Committees

Sustainable Living Eco-stewardship (SLE) Program Committee

This committee meets regularly to discuss our SLE’s living learning community. It was self-appointed as a joint initiative between SSHS Faculty and Residence Life.


Sanghamitra Padhy (SSHS) – Faculty Advisor
Ashwani Vasishth (SSHS) – Chair, Presidents Committee on Campus Sustainability
Kamisha Sykes (ORL)
John Atti (ORL)
Stephanie Barlow – Housing
SLE Student Representative (nominated every year)

Office of the President Committees

Diversity Action Committee

DAC Chair:

Members: TBA

Space Management and Allocation Advisory Committee

Role and Function

The goal of space management and allocation is to steward the optimization of space in furtherance of the mission and goals of the college. The Committee provides proactive input and feedback on space management and allocation strategies including space requests. It reports to the President’s Senior Cabinet care of the Chief of Staff.

Members of the Space Management and Allocation Advisory Committee include:

  • Chief of Staff: Brittany A. Goldstein, Chair
  • Strategic Resource Advisory Board Member Representative: Dorothy Echols Tobe
  • Dean Representative*: Eddie Saiff
  • Capital Planning Representative: Dan Roche
  • Fire Code Official: Dennis Harrington
  • Facilities Management Representative: Charlie Rigoloso
  • Director of Facilities Management: Mike Cunningham
  • Registrar Representative: Beth Foster
  • Faculty Representative*: Naseem Choudhury
  • Student Affairs Representative: Rick Brown
  • Resource Members are called upon when needed. They include: Draftsman: Bruce Werman; Events & Conferences: Debbie Spina; Office of Specialized Services: David Nast; Health and Safety: Gina Mayer Costa; Student Government Association: E-Board Member

(*): Position is revolving

Enrollment Management Committees

First –Year Experience Board


The First-Year Experience (FYE) Board, chaired by the Coordinator of First-Year Experience and reporting through the Director of Student Success to the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management and liaison to the Student Engagement Steering Committee is designed to improve student satisfaction and first-year retention at Ramapo College. The FYE Board is charged with the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Oversight of the College’s first-year student key points of engagement including the promotion, support, and communication of those events to the first year students as well as reviewing the assessment data from each and making recommendations for improvement.
  • Identifying first year student engagement goals and outcomes, identifying gaps and reviewing and recommending to the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management new key points of engagement to enhance first year students’ attainment of those identified outcomes.
  • Develop a shared vision of first-year experience at Ramapo and to clarify the roles of faculty, staff and students who serve first-year students.
  • Provide feedback for the Center for Student Success’s initiatives for first-year students, specifically Orientation, Welcome Week and Family Day.
  • Enhance the first-year experience through engagement that is early and often.
  •  Improve and sustain communication and transparency among the different offices that serve first-year students.
  • Review policies and programs meant to ease the transition and promote academic excellence of students in their first year at Ramapo.
  • Understand and to advocate for the changing dynamic needs of first-year students.



Name Office Title
Stephanie Barlow Residence Life Associate Director
Peter Campbell Living Learning Community Coordinator
Joe Connell Center for Student Success Director of Student Success
Kathleen Finnegan Athletics Associate Director
Kate Godfrey Roukema Center for International Education Assistant Director
Meghan Gregory Center for Student Success Coordinator of New Student Experience
Megan Kearney Center for Student Involvement Coordinator of Commuter Affairs
Yvette Kisor First-Year Seminar Director
Hannah Kucks Center for Student Success Graduate Assistant
David Nast Office of Specialized Services Director
Cory Rosenkranz Health & Counseling Services Substance Abuse Prevention Counselor
Eddie Seavers Center for Student Involvement Associate Director
Andre Turner Educational Opportunity Fund Student Development Specialist
Priscilla Van Aulen Center for Reading & Writing Coordinator
Nicole Videla Cahill Career Development Center Assistant Director/Career Advisor
Hilary Westgate George Potter Library Reference, Instruction and Outreach Librarian


Kaplan Test Prep Committee

Chair – TBA
In charge of soliciting and selecting students for FREE Kaplan course
Members selected by the Chair
Current members are Dominique Johnson, Eileen Quaglino

Academic Affairs Committees

International Education Committee

Academic Year 2017 -2018


The International Education Committee (IEC) is an advisory body to the Roukema Center

for International Education (RCIE). It is charged to uphold the mission for international

education at Ramapo College, to “… create a holistic educational experience that enables

our students to become literate, intentional and empowered global citizens,” and to

enhance commitment to and help realize the vision of the “four pillars” of international,

intercultural, interdisciplinary, and experiential learning at Ramapo.


This structure should assure that all elements of the applied and educational missions of

the RCIE that might be advanced through the advice of colleagues from throughout the

College might have that advantage, and it should facilitate report back to the Schools and

administrative units through the committee membership.


The IEC Charge

The International Education Committee (IEC) is an advisory body to the Roukema Center for International Education (RCIE). It is

charged to uphold the mission for international education at Ramapo College, to “. create a holistic educational experience that enables our

students to become literate, intentional and empowered global citizens,” and to enhance commitment to and help realize the vision of the

“four pillars” of international, intercultural, interdisciplinary, and experiential learning at Ramapo.

Consistent with the overall College mission and Strategic Plan, the IEC recommends both immediate and long-term directions for the growth

and development of international education at Ramapo and advises on fostering a campus climate conducive to an interest in international

affairs and international education. The IEC shall foster collaboration with the Academic Affairs and Student Affairs Units, the Cahill Center for

Experiential Education, the Center for Student Involvement, campus diversity structures, and Enrollment Management. According to shifts in

college needs, interests, and resources, other units may be engaged.

Expectations of the IEC include, ensuring:
•Strategic planning for internationalization;
•objectives and means for international student and scholar recruitment;
•international events, awards/recognitions, and honor society;
•outreach and community engagement;
•initiation and/or elaboration of international linkages;
•new programmatic initiatives; and
•integration of study abroad and off-campus programs in a cohesive scheme of international and multicultural education, consistent with  academic units’ learning goals.

International Education Committee
AY18-19 Membership

Unit Name Job Title E-mail Committee Term
ASB Sridevi Shivarajan Asst. Professor, Management (15 – 19)
ASB Christina Chung Assoc. Professor, Marketing (17 – 19)
HGS Natalia Santamaria-LaOrden Asst. Professor, Spanish (11 – 19)
HGS Pinar Kayaalp Assoc. Professor, Islamic and Middle Eastern History (17 – 19)
TAS Benjamin Fine Asst. Professor, Computer Science (17 – 19)
TAS Donna Flynn Asst. Professor, Nursing (16-18)
SSHS Eileen Klein Asst. Professor, Social Work (14-19)
SSHS John McTighe Asst. Professor, Social Work (16 – 18)
Prestigious Awards Naseem Choudhury Assoc. Professor, Pscyhology and Neuroscience permanent
CA Marta Bautis Professor of Documentary / New Production (16-18)
CA Vacant
SEM/Admissions vacant
SEM/Student Success John Yao Asst. Director for Adult Learners (16 – 18)
SEM / Career Deb Stark Asst. Director/Career Advisor, Cahill Center (16 – 18)
DAC Tamika Quick Assistant Director, Equity & Diversity permanent
International Education Ben Levy Director of International Education permanent
Ramapo Foundation Purvi Parekh Regional Campaign Coordinator permanent
Library Katie Maricic Cohen Interlibrary Loan, Reference & Instruction Librarian permanent
Library Samantha Wittenberg System and Web Development Librarian permanent





Study Abroad Committee


Charge – The Study Abroad Committee advises on matters pertaining to credit-bearing study abroad and domestic off-campus programs, and some non-credit international and off-campus student programs. (“Study Abroad” is used as an inclusive shorthand.) The advisory purview includes ensuring:

•the study abroad programs are integrated in the curriculum and have academic merit;
•that a substantive and geographic complement of programs is offered;
•a variety of language-intensive and Anglophone courses and programs;
•optimal “fit” of provider programs to the Ramapo curriculum;
•maximizing breadth, quality, and accessibility of programs on offer; and
•promotion of study abroad among students and colleagues.

The Study Abroad Committee reviews proposals for courses or programs made by faculty on the RCIE Program Proposal Form. Proposals are approved by the author(s)’s convening group(s) and dean(s) before they reach the Committee. The Committee’s review results in a positive or negative recommendation to the Academic Review Committee (ARC), or a recommendation to the author(s) to revise the course or program. Committee members should be mindful of limitations and opportunities that might pertain to the course venue. Revision might be recommended, for example, in order to adapt pedagogy to site, enhance experiential components, or adjust operational elements of the program or program infrastructure, typically to assure appropriate management of risk, cost effectiveness, and compliance with professional “best practice.” Committee members shall recuse themselves from decisions regarding proposals that they have written. Furthermore, it is ethically incumbent upon all Committee members to make full disclosures with regard to potential conflicts of interest between themselves and the applicant. In some instances the Committee may recommend recusal.

In addition, the committee will review any student Petition Applications for student participation in a program not currently on the list of Approved Study Abroad Programs by Ramapo College, according to the criteria listed above.

Program providers will be selected by RCIE and approved by the Study Abroad Committee for recommendation to the Provost, according to professional best practice as codified by the Forum on Education Abroad ( and NAFSA (

Membership – TBA


Study Abroad Scholarship Committee


To ensure a fair, just and equitable process and distribution of scholarship funds to eligible Ramapo students in their pursuit of international education opportunities. The committee’s functions include:
•Develop eligibility criteria for scholarship candidates
•Review scholarship applications
•Determine distribution amounts
•Create reporting process for scholarship distribution
•Research and support the advertisement of additional study abroad scholarship resources

Membership – Kathryn Lamanna (Chair – International Education); JJ Belle (Financial Aid); and Michelle Johnson (SEM/Student Success).


International Risk Assessment Committee


The International Risk Assessment Committee reviews all sponsored international locations where Ramapo College has sponsored activities. The committee will assess health, safety and security at each location. The charge of committee is to review, assess and make recommendations to the President’s Cabinet as it relates to potential and real risks in locations of Ramapo College’s international activities. More details can be found on the International Travel website.


Committee members have been appointed to the committee as a result of their professional expertise. Committee membership is ongoing given the unique experience of the members unless noted otherwise below.

Committee members will include:

Director of International Education (Chair): will provide the committee with information retrieved from relevant sources (i.e. OSAC,, CDC, who etc).

Academic Dean (to be rotated every 2 years): the Deans will provide insight into the academic content of the program begin reviewed. They may also be asked to review and/or identify alternate programs for consideration should the recommendation of the committee be to not travel to the program location under review. (Note: all Deans are welcome to attend, in addition there will be one designated per cycle).

Student Affairs: provides information for student activities sponsored programs and assistance supporting and communicating with students.

Human Resources: is a resource for employment related issues and support that results from the committee’s decision and recommendations.

Faculty (2 positions that are to be rotated every 2 years): provide guidance in international academic programming and curriculum.

Assistant Dean of Nursing: advise on health-related risks

Each committee member will contribute their expertise and resulting report for inclusion in the decision document to be presented to the cabinet detailing actions taken, facts reviewed and the committee recommendation.


College-Wide Assessment Committee (CWAC)


Mike Unger -Chair
Jay Carreon (TAS)
Gilad Cohen (CA)
Michael Unger (HGS)
Christina Connor (Library)
Shaziela Ishak (SSHS)
Timothy Haase (ASB)
Sarah Carberry (GECCo)


Committee on Academic Standards and Procedures (CASP)


Aaron Lorenz
Edward Saiff
Susan Hangen
Ed Petkus
Peter Cambell

Office of the Provost Committees

Committee on Student Complaints




The purpose of this committee is to address the federal regulation on student complaints. That regulation requires the institution to provide:


  • “Written description of the policy and methods used in handling student complaints.
  • Documentation regarding the record of student complaints over the last five years, including the number, patterns in type of complaints, and their resolution.
  • Written procedures for making modifications and improvements to the institution as a result of information obtained in handling student complaints” (Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Verification of Compliance with Accreditation-Related Federal Regulations (page 9)


Relevant College Policies



  • Provost in lieu of Vice Provost as (chair)
  • Assistant Director of Academic Affairs
  • Deans of the five schools
  • Dean of Students
  • Director of Public Safety
  • Director of Affirmative Action and Workplace Compliance
  • Director of Title IX
  • Director of Employee Relations
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Director of Student Conduct
  • General Counsel
  • Internal Auditor
  • Director of Residence Life



The committee will meet towards the end of each semester or academic year to:


  • Review existing policies and define ‘student complaint’;
  • Review logs (kept by each committee member) of student complaints (name, type, date filed, date resolved, resolution);
  • Identify patterns across the complaints;
  • Propose policy and procedure changes to improve how the institution handles student complaints;
  • Document in minutes all reviews and actions taken by the committee.


Honors Advisory Board

The purpose of the Honors Advisory Board is to provide counsel to the Director of the College Honors Program for the development of faculty, academic, and co-curricular resources in support of the program, and to promote and strengthen the College Honors Program within the College and regionally.




Peter Campbell, M.F.A., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theater History and Criticism

Jacqueline Braun, M.A., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Experimental Psychology

Tae Kwak, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History

Rebecca Leung, B.A., M.S., Assistant Professor of Communication Arts/Journalism

Huiping Li, M.B.A., Ph.D., Professor of International Business

Thomas Owen, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Cristina Perez, Ph.D. RN, Assistant Professor of Nursing

Bernard Roy, M.Phil.,Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy,  Advisory Board Chair

Mihaela Serban, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Law and Society


 Provost Scholarship Committee


Chair –TBA
In charge of selecting students for various scholarships
Members selected by Joan Capizzi
More information will be available in the fall of 2018.


Teaching, Learning, and Technology Roundtable (TLTR)

This is campus-wide round table. The TLTR echoes the mission of the TLT Group, which is to seek “to motivate and enable” campus constituents and individuals “to improve teaching and learning with technology, while helping them to cope with continual change

Representatives from administration, faculty, professional, and technology support staff–each unit has a member:

TLTR Committee Members

Rebecca Leung

Phone: (201) 684-7261


  • Diane Andronaco (Nursing)
  • Michael Bitz (IDC Director)
  • Jacqueline Braun (SSHS)
  • Pat Chang (Administration)
  • Ray Fallon (IDC)
  • Robert Josic (Communications)
  • Changhee Lee (ASB)
  • Missy Long (OSS)
  • John McTighe (New Faculty Rep)
  • Jefferson Sampson (ITS)
  • Cathy Hajo Moran (HGS)
  • Joan Richards (Nursing)
  • Hilary Westgate (Library)
  • Trish Williams (IDC)



Deans’ Council

The Deans’ Council is composed of Deans from each of the schools and meets twice monthly to discuss current issues in academic affairs.

Dean Edward Petkus – Anisfield School of Business
Interim Dean Peter Campbell – School of Contemporary Arts
Interim Dean – Susan Hangen –School of Humanities and Global Studies
Dean Aaron Lorenz –School of Social Science and Human Services
Interim Dean Edward Saiff – School of Theoretical and Applied Science
Dean Elizabeth Siecke – George T. Potter Library


Graduate Council

The Graduate Council formulates and institutes standards and regulations affecting graduate curricula. The Graduate Council is composed of the six Deans, the Vice Provost, AVP for Enrollment Management, Registrar, graduate program Directors, and representatives from ARC and Faculty Assembly. It meets monthly to discuss matters pertaining to the graduate programs.


Kathy Burke
Ed Petkus
Brian Chinni
Julie Good
Susan Hangen
Peter Campbell
Emma Rainforth
Chris Romano
Aaron Lorenz
Rich Russo
Edward Saiff
Liz Siecke
Tim Landers
Ashwani Vasishth
Anthony Dovi
Tae Kwak
Julie Norflus-Good
AnnMarie Moreno
Stephen Anderson
Constance Crawford


Provost’s Council

The Provost’s Council is made up of campus wide representatives plus faculty representatives from all units with the charge to discuss academic policies.



Provost’s Council Members 2018-19


Office of the Provost:

Stefan Becker            

Clare Naporano          

Dorothy Echols Tobe  

Gurvinder Khaneja     



Liz Siecke                   

Ed Petkus                  

Peter Campbell         

Susan Hangen           

Edward Saiff               
Aaron Lorenz              


Enrollment Management/Student Affairs:

Christopher Romano  

David Nast                  







Tae Kwak                   

Jackie Braun              

Yan Xu                       

Hugh Sheehy             

Emily Abbey               
Rachel Budin              

Malavika Sundararajan




Graduate Programs:  
Brian Chinni                  

Degree Completion Programs:
Trish Laprey                  



Student Representatives:    


Thalia Holst                  



Individual School Committees

Each school chooses or replaces committee representatives in the fall and spring semesters.  Interested individuals should reach out directly to each school for more information.  Contacts for each school appear below.

The Anisfield School of Business

Contact Information:

Edward Petkus, Dean
Office: ASB-333
Hours: Mon. – Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Phone: (201) 684-7378
Fax: (201) 684-7957



The School of Contemporary Arts

Contact Information:

Peter A. Campbell, Interim Dean
Office: BC236
Hours: Mon. – Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Phone: (201) 684-7365
Fax: (201) 684-7481



The School of Humanities and Global Studies

Contact Information:

Susan Hangen, Interim Dean
shangen@ramapo.eduOffice: B224
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (201) 684-7406
Fax: (201) 684-7973


The School of Social Sciences and Human Services

Contact Information:

Aaron Lorenz, Dean
Office: ASB-431
Hours: Mon. – Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Phone: (201) 684-7625 or (201) 684-7624
Fax: (201) 684-7257


The School of Theoretical and Applied Science

Contact Information:

Edward Saiff, Interim Dean
Office: ASB-422
Hours: Fall/Spring Semester, Mon. 8:30-6:30; Tues. – Fri. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Summer, Mon. 8:00-6:00; Tues. – Thurs. 8:00-5:15
Phone: (201) 684-7734
Fax: (201) 684-7637