While my attire may not be noteworthy to many of you, some of you may have noticed that I was wearing a new bowtie at the recent State of the College address. And I wasn’t the only one.
I won’t pretend to be a high fashion trendsetter. That bowtie was provided to me by College Advocates Supporting Higher Education, CA$H, a student group at Ramapo focused on fostering understanding and advocacy regarding the value of higher education. Those students, all clad in the same bowtie, were present at the State of the College address and will continue to represent CA$H over the next week in recognition of Higher Education Awareness Week.
In addition to my ongoing efforts to work with our legislators and various stakeholders in promoting the value of a Ramapo College education and establishing a rational funding formula for state aid to higher education, these students, bowties and all, are actively spearheading their own efforts on this front. CA$H is hosting a series of events for Higher Education Awareness Week. The programming includes:
Monday February 27
Roundtable Discussion: Why Do I Pay So Much To Go To Ramapo? What Can I Do About It?
Co-sponsored by the College Honors Program
Featuring: Free Italian lunch and speakers Jonathan Marcus, President of the Alumni Board, Dr. Pat Chang, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, and Members of the Ramapo College Board of Trustees
Monday, February 27
7pm-Trustees Pavilion Room 1
Board of Trustees Meeting
Come out and have your voice heard by the Board of Trustees during their public meeting. The Board makes decisions that affect your everyday life at Ramapo and are always looking for student input.
Wednesday February 29
12pm-2pm Throughout Campus
Hear It Through the Grape Vine
Watch out for our wandering grape vines in the halls to find out more about the Higher Education funding crisis and the chance to win great prizes!
Thursday March 1
9:30pm-Laurel Hall Movie Theater
Movie Screening: Sydney White
Come hang out and watch the film Sydney White starring Amanda Bynes. The film follows a first year undergraduate student as she navigates her way through the nuances of her campus both academically and socially. Movie themed snacks will be provided by CA$H.
Friday March 2
FUNDLESS FRIDAYS RETURN
Keep your eyes peeled for what could happen to your daily life at Ramapo if our funding continues to fall at the current rate.
I encourage you to support these efforts by our students.
Peter P. Mercer