The Salameno Spiritual Center, which sits on the shore of Kameron Pond on the College campus, is a gathering place for students and members of the College community to practice their faith, discuss ethical issues and reflect. It has even been the site for several weddings for couples who met on campus as students.
The Center is named in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Salameno, of Allendale, New Jersey, who provided a lead gift for the Center’s construction and to attract other donors. The concept for the Center was first proposed in 2001 by Dr. Anthony T. Padovano, a founder of the College and professor of Literature and Philosophy and approved in 2005 by the Ramapo College Board of Trustees. The Center is modeled on the United Nations Meditation Room, which is open to all cultures for contemplation.
Completed with private monies, the Ramapo College Foundation continues to request gifts to the Salameno Spiritual Center to enhance programming and learning opportunities for students, faculty and staff.
A number of Ramapo College student organizations use the facility, including Hillel, Catholics at Ramapo United, the Muslim Students Association, the Campus Crusade for Christ and the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship.
Continued support of the Salameno Spiritual Center will allow for the creation of meaningful programs for people of all faiths and spiritual beliefs and to invite guest speakers to the campus.