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Laurie and George Potter
Laurie and George Potter championed programs for women, veterans, minorities and people with disabilities.
Recognizing Outstanding Students Registered With the Office of Specialized Services

From the beginning of the College's history, Dr. Potter and his wife, Laurie, championed programs that increased access to Ramapo for women, veterans, minorities and people with disabilities.

Dr. Laurie Potter, in particular, was instrumental in making sure that persons with disabilities felt welcome at Ramapo and helped launch what is now the Office of Specialized Services. The College's academic buildings were constructed to be accessible to persons with disabilities well before the Americans with Disabilities Act required such measures.

At his death in 2009, friends, family and former colleagues of Dr. Potter contributed to the Founding President George T. Potter and Laurie Potter, PH.D., Endowed Scholarship Fund. The purpose of the fund is to recognize outstanding upperclassmen registered with the Office of Specialized Services who intend to continue their education in graduate school.

Alison Culvert’s college life was proceeding as planned when she was injured in a car accident.
One of this year's scholarship recipients was Alison Culvert of Montvale, N.J., a Literature major with the goal of earning a master's and becoming an elementary school teacher. College life was proceeding as planned when Alison was injured in a car accident. The ensuing recovery and disabilities forced her to withdraw from college. She says it took a year and a half for her to be herself again; she credits Ramapo College with providing significant help. Her ability to teach and learn with others is demonstrated by serving as a peer facilitator for the Office of Specialized Services, teaching ESL to campus cafeteria employees and her involvement in a sustainable living facility pilot program. Alison, who has a 3.73 grade point average, is a member of the Sigma Tau Delta Literature Honor Society and a founding sister of the College's chapter of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. Her life is again proceeding on plan.

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