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Custom Journeys, Faculty led Tours, New Learning Experiences

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The Ramapo College Foundation, in association with
Learning Journeys, a division of Perillo Tours, announces our new program

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Travel with Ramapo Professors

Peter P. MercerI am pleased to announce that The Ramapo College Foundation has partnered with Perillo Tours and its Learning Journeys Division to offer you, our alumni, friends, and community, four customized faculty-led journeys in 2017. These trips are designed specifically for you and focus on areas of interest such as art and photography, literature, religion, archaeology, music, culinary arts, and more!

Since 1945, the Perillo family has been a leader in tourism. Now, four unique trips to Ireland, Israel, Italy, and Spain will be led by a Ramapo College faculty member. As such, each trip will provide travelers with the opportunity to learn, reminisce, and become richly engaged all over again while experiencing the rare personal discovery that comes with traveling through a foreign country. Please find highlights for each of our tours in this our first annual Travel with Ramapo Professors newsletter.

Over 100 Ramapo College undergraduate students study abroad each year to countries such as China, Italy, Spain, India, the Czech Republic, and the United Kingdom. We are keen to grow that number by making international travel a reality for well-deserving students and future alumni. To this end, a portion of the proceeds from each trip will support the College’s Study Abroad Scholarship Fund.

I hope you will participate in this unique opportunity to travel abroad.

Warmly,

Peter P. Mercer
President, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Travel with Ramapo Professors

We at Perillo tours are excited to introduce a new program, Travel with Ramapo Professors. Since 1945, for three generations, the Perillo family has worked towards developing exciting and unparalleled experiences for the traveler. We are honored to partner with the Ramapo College Foundation as part of our continued commitment to education and community as we work together to develop a unique and unforgettable series of custom journeys.

Our themed programs are focused around the expertise of Ramapo professors, each a scholar in their respective academic fields. During the coming year (2017) we will offer a tour to Ireland focused on meetings with poets and writers, travel to Spain to see its wonders of art and architecture including meetings with artists and museum curators, a special tour to Italy focusing on its culinary arts and cooking classes, and travel to Israel, the land of the Bible, to view its antiquities, churches, synagogues and mosques, and experience its vibrant cultural life. We invite you to broaden your horizons, enjoy stimulating faculty presentations and discussion, meet with poets, chefs, artists and archaeologists and return with new knowledge, understandings, and friendships.

I hope you will join with us as we present memorable journeys to fascinating lands, all accompanied by our outstanding Ramapo faculty.

Sincerely,

Steve Perillo
President, Perillo Tours Global Brands

Travel with Ramapo Professors

Carol DimopoulosAfter many years working in the travel business for a different organization, I realized that the process of providing mass market tours for our clients left many travelers without an in-depth feel for other nations’ unique cultural contributions and distinctive values. With this in mind, I joined the Perillo team almost six years ago with a determination to provide enriching travel experiences that combined foreign journeys with cultural immersion and educational understanding.   As President of Perillo’s Learning Journeys, I conceptualized the brand to share my passion for learning and travel, creating unique experiential travel programs to global destinations for small groups. My adventures have taken me around the world, most recently on a High Himalayan trek in India. I am honored to now partner with the faculty of Ramapo College to create themed custom journeys which combine the many years of travel experience of our staff with the academic expertise of Ramapo’s professors. Our new joint venture will focus in 2017 on learning journeys to Ireland, Spain, Italy and Israel. We believe that our program will provide unparalleled, extraordinary journeys, filled with engaging lectures and cultural enrichment.

Sincerely,

Carol Dimopoulos
President, Perillo Learning Journeys

Travel with Ramapo Professors

Laurie SicklesLaurie Sickles is Vice President of Perillo Learning Journeys.   She has an MS in Education and serves as a Board Member of an Educational Foundation that raises and distributes resources for educational enrichment outside the realm of the daily operational needs of the school district.  She has worked closely and diligently with our faculty to develop the special 2017 Travel with Ramapo Professors program. Laurie is committed to developing educational and sustainability programs for travel.

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