Hackett, Frances K. ’80 ASB Scholarship
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Frances Hackett began her education at Ramapo College in 1973 as a full-time student and left the following year to join Prudential Financial. She returned in 1976 and continued part time, graduating from Ramapo in 1980 with a degree in Business Administration and American Studies.
Before her death in June 2015, Fran served as vice president of Administration and OSGLI at Prudential. Her responsibilities included the management of Prudential’s largest group client and the pre-sale process for group insurance products and related regulatory matters. During her tenure at Prudential, Fran held a wide range of positions in operations, account management, human resources, compliance and project management.
In addition to her work with Prudential, Fran served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Efficiency II, the Policy Advisory Committee of Administrative Office of the Courts, the Advisory Group for the School of Healthcare Related Professionals at UMDNJ and the state Health Insurance Advisory Association.
During her career Fran remained active with her alma mater, both as a volunteer and as a donor. She served on the Strategic Planning Executive Committee, the School of Business Advisory Board, as a member of the 2004-2005 Presidential Search Committee and as a member of the Alumni Association Board Development Committee. She was a long-time member of the Ramapo College Foundation Board of Governors and served as Chair. Her years of dedication to Ramapo and the larger community were recognized when she was honored at the Distinguished Citizens Dinner in 2004, and with the President’s Award of Merit in 2007.
In 2005 Fran created this endowed fund to leave a lasting legacy at Ramapo. Members of her staff at Prudential joined her in this effort. The purpose of the Fran Hackett ASB Scholarship is to benefit outstanding students of limited means in the Anisfield School of Business.
- For students with 24 credits and GPA of 3.50+
- Demonstrated financial need as determined by Ramapo College Foundation policy.
- Applicants must submit a one to two page essay about their career goals and how they arrived at this decision
“I’m so thankful for all the opportunities I’ve had at Ramapo and grateful for my parents, professors, staff and mentors who have helped me along the way,” says Claudia Wetzel of Blairstown, N.J.
Claudia is a Business Administration Major with a Management concentration and a minor in Psychology. She has a 3.9 GPA. Among her many accomplishments she received the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III Scholars of Distinction Award.
At Ramapo, Claudia is student manager of the Civic and Community Engagement Center, and a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee as well as Alpha Phi Omega. She also promotes civic engagement and voter registration efforts on campus as a Team Leader for the Andrew Goodman Foundation.
Robert Sartori of Ramsey, N.J. is a senior Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing, and currently holds a 3.8 GPA. He is also a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society and Chi Alpha Sigma National Honor Society.
He was a member of the Ramapo College Baseball team from his freshman to junior year, and won the 2016 NJAC Championship his freshman year. He is currently employed by KK Entertainment, and looks to pursue a career in television production and writing after he graduates.
He has also participated in Relay for Life, was a volunteer note-taker for disabled students his sophomore year, and helped at the Thanksgiving Food Drive with the baseball team.
Achyut Gautam of Nepal is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Finance and a minor in Mathematics and Economics. He has a 3.8 GPA and is part of the Honors Program.
He has been extremely active in several organizations on campus, including Student Government Association (SGA), Board of Trustees, Dean’s Advisory Council, and Civic and Community Engagement Center. He is currently serving as a research assistant in the Anisfield School of Business where he assists faculty in designing econometric models.
Achyut studied abroad in Milan, Italy in fall of 2017, and has also traveled to Ghana as part of the SGA exchange program. He was one of the recipients of the “Outstanding Leadership by a Sophomore” award and was also selected by the Dean of ASB for the Seminara Memorial Award. “After graduation, I am determined to make financial markets more efficient, transparent, and accessible to all people.”
Kyle John Karpinski
Kyle John Karpinski of Parlin, NJ is a Business Administration/Management major. Has a 3.78 GPA.
At Ramapo, he has been active in Alpha Lambda Delta first year honor society and the Ultimate Frisbee club team.
“My greatest accomplishment so far has been being accepted into Ramapo and doing very well in my first two semesters. I’ve even surprised myself with the success and it has only motivated me to do even better in the future,” said Kyle.
Kyle works on campus at the Bradley Center, where he has developed close relationships with the staff, who have helped him develop marketable skills. His goal post-graduation is to work in the field of professional sports, preferable as a general manager. “I also want to be able to repay my mom all that she has given me to this point in my life, because without her I would not be here,” added Kyle.
Anthony Ellis of Hackettstown, NJ is an Accounting major. He has a 4.0 grade point average.
At Ramapo, Anthony is a member of the Sustainability Project of Enactus and the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. He aspires to work in governmental accounting and plans to one day open up his own business.
Mark Florczynski of Fair Lawn, NJ is an Information Technology Management major with a minor in International Business. He has a 3.89 GPA and is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Beta Delta honor societies.
At Ramapo, Mark has been active in several organization and activities, including the Anisfield School of Business Dean’s Student Advisory Committee, the Global Roadrunner Program (former Vice President) and Campus Crusade for Christ.
Mark has also been involved in off-campus activities, including being a student ambassador for International Studies Abroad (ISA) and volunteering at the Midland Park Church of God.
Ashley Orlando of Hazlet, N.J., is a business administration major with a concentration in management. She has a 3.95 grade point average.
At Ramapo, Ashley said she has learned the power of dedication and determination. She is a consultant at the Center for Reading and Writing and a fitness center supervisor in the Bradley Center. She is treasurer of SHRM, vice president of Beta Gamma Sigma and fundraising chair for Alpha Kappa Psi.
Since freshman year, Kevin Cottino was involved in the Student Government Association (SGA), serving as the Senate President as well as the Student Body President. He started a program called Chatty Caddy. “With Chatty Caddy, members of SGA drive throughout campus in golf carts offering students a ride to class in exchange for input about life at Ramapo and ask about any issues they would like to see addressed,” said Kevin. Now a senior, Kevin is majoring in Business Administration/Marketing, with a minor in International Business. He has earned a 3.44 grade point average and has completed volunteer
work. He is also president of the Inter-Fraternity Council. Kevin has worked as an intern at Thomson
Reuters and blk. Beverages. “My current internship at Jaguar Land Rover North America has been a tremendous learning experience and I have gained many valuable networks for my dream to work in the automotive industry,” Kevin said.
Justin Surgent is a sophomore from Franklin Lakes, NJ majoring in Economics, but will move to a major in Finance. He is a member of the Math Club, the Finance Club, the Accounting Club and Students for Free Enterprise. Justin has a strong interest in politics and plays the alto saxophone. He plans a career as a financial analyst for a large multinational corporation.
Christopher Auteri of Franklin Lakes, NJ is an Information Systems major with a concentration in Web Development and a Computer Science minor. He is president of the Computer and Technology Club, a member of the Video Game Club and was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma and the New Jersey Collegiate Business Administration honor societies. He was a coleader of Computer Science Honors Research at the College. Christopher worked as a database architect for UPS, an IT business analyst at another company and an assistant virtual reality programmer at the College. Of his education at Ramapo Christopher says, “With my education comes professors who not only challenge me, but also can attest to my capabilities, transcripts and show employers what I have learned thus far and skills that are relevant to the IT industry.” He has a 3.9 grade point average.
Amanda Falconcino of Nutley, NJ is an Accounting major with a Spanish minor. Even though her parents are accountants, and she knew that one day she’d work in the business world, she purposely entered Ramapo without declaring a major to expose herself to the liberal arts curriculum. Amanda hopes to work in a mediumsized accounting firm that will provide an opportunity to form relationships with clients. She also plans on earning a master’s degree. Amanda, who has a 3.48 grade point average, says, “As long as I am interested in what I am doing I have no doubt I will be able to accomplish these goals.”
I am very thankful for this award and the opportunities it has given me. This scholarship will further my education beyond Ramapo and allow me to pursue my goal to attend graduate school.
Rachel Berry is a senior majoring in business administration with a concentration in management. She has earned a 3.71 grade point average. Rachel works at LC Marketing Communications as a marketing assistant and intern, and works on campus for the Women’s Center. She is a member of a number of student clubs including Feminists United, Organization for African Unity, the Weekend Events Committee, and the Concert Core Committee. She has been an active volunteer, and participated in the alternative spring break program last year in Mexico. The marketing faculty has commended Rachel’s “extraordinary conscientiousness and analytical and creative skills.” Rachel is from Newark, New Jersey.
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