TCNJ Communications

The following email was sent to students and faculty in the School of Humanities and Social Science by Dean Benjamin Rifkin on November 11, 2012:

From: “Benjamin Rifkin” <>
To: “HSS Students” <>
Cc: “HSS Faculty” <>, “Secretaries HSS” <>
Sent: Sunday, November 11, 2012 9:07:52 AM
Subject: Stronger than a hurricane

Dear Students:

As the immediate impact of Hurricane Sandy recedes a bit from our day-to-day experience here on campus, we must not forget those who lost loved ones and those who lost their homes and schools, the books in their libraries, and so much more.

As we on campus regain our equilibrium after one of the most dangerous storms in our region’s history, we must step up our efforts to help those most in need. That means listening to a friend who is grieving the loss of a home and all the memories inside it, bringing food to a soup kitchen, or collecting books for a school. It means participating in our community’s effort to support those in need here on campus, in Ewing and Trenton, at the Jersey Shore, and in Staten Island and on Long Island, too.

When I think of The College of New Jersey, the first and most important thing that comes to my mind is the campus community . There are certainly larger schools. There are schools with bigger endowments. There are schools in the mountains and schools with a waterfall or a forest right in the middle of the campus. But I believe that our school is first and foremost a warm and caring community. I urge you to think about what that means to you and to take steps to be part of the caring in our community. Please see the listings below and elsewhere on campus to engage and you will find that the more you give, the better you will feel. Because, you see, the power of the hurricane turns out to be not as strong as the power of the human heart.

Please visit:


The following email was sent to the TCNJ community on November 9, 2012:

From: “TCNJs Here for Home Campaign” <none.given@TCNJ.EDU>
To: “TCNJ Campus Community” <undisclosed-recipients@TCNJ.EDU>
Sent: Friday, November 9, 2012 3:37:49 PM
Subject: [TCNJ Official Email] Here for Home-Hurricane Sandy Relief Appeal

Dear Campus Community,

The Here for Home Campaign, TCNJ’s initiative to build a stronger New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, would like to thank everyone for the tremendous response to the call for help.

We would like to provide you with a simple way to make a contribution of money, time, or other resources to support the College’s relief efforts—as well as capture what you may have already done to help. Please use the following link:

Please continue to check our website (, join our Facebook page, or follow the Campaign on twitter to learn more about what you can do to help in terms of direct service or community engaged learning activities.   For example, a “swipe card campaign” will begin on Monday—allowing members of the community to donate points or make a credit card donation at dining locations.

Also, as a reminder—individual students who are facing academic or personal challenges as a result of the disaster can contact Ceil O’Callaghan at 609-771-2201 or; employees can contact the Employee Assistance Program at 609-771-2139 (609-571-0677 after business hours) or via email (

Thanks to everyone who has worked hard on these recent campaign activities—including but not limited to Karen Roth, Joanna Brunnel, Lee Brandolini, Mark Mehler, Daria Wells, Brittany Aydellotte, Alexis Glaberman, Stephanie Kraver, Madeline Bell, Tom Mahoney, Brian Webb—and many, many more student leaders, faculty and staff.


Patrick Donohue
Vicky Triponey
Jon Stauff
Cynthia Paces
Christina Kopka
Deb Frank
Bob Anderson
and the Steering Committee

The following email was sent to the TCNJ campus community on November 2, 2012:

From: College Relations <none.given@TCNJ.EDU>

Subject: [TCNJ Official Email] Hurricane Response and Recovery

To: TCNJ Campus Community <undisclosed-recipients>

Below are several announcements related to recovery from the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

Students, faculty and staff who are returning to campus should note that parts of Ewing are still without power, which has contributed to reduced availability of gasoline and working ATMs. Additionally, many traffic lights in the surrounding area are still out, so use caution and, if possible, travel during the daytime.

Students whose families or homes have been severely affected by the storm should contact Student Affairs at or 609-771-2201 (from on campus only at present).

Faculty members who anticipate difficulty in returning for classes on Monday should contact Academic Affairs at

SOCS is available for communication between faculty and students, depending on the Internet access to individuals.

TCNJ’s Bonner Center is coordinating a relief effort titled Here for Home ( and will be helping at the Moody Park Cleanup in Ewing, NJ, tomorrow. Groups of 10-15 students are needed for shifts from 9 am-noon and noon-3 pm. Volunteers should e-mail Christina Kopka at and meet in the Student Center by the ATM machines.

There will also be a Food & Materials Collection Drive on campus. There will be drop off points in the Student Center, Eickhoff Hall, and the first floor of Holman Hall. Please drop off items as you are able. If you have any questions, e-mail Supplies needed include:




Laundry Detergent

Paper Towels

Flash Lights


Construction-grade Trash Bags

Heavy Duty Work Gloves

Canned Goods


Baby Food



Personal Care Items

Water / Gatorade / Vitamins

As TCNJ began to gather its resources and individuals expressed interest in helping out in the aftermath, those leading the effort wanted to communicate to the TCNJ community as quickly as possible. In order to start working towards helping those affected by the storm and to bring people together to form the campaign, the following email was sent to the TCNJ community on October 31, 2012:

Dear Students, Staff, and Faculty of TCNJ

First, we hope you are all safe after this devastating storm.  Many in the TCNJ community and countless others in our State have suffered significant damage and loss as a result of Hurricane Sandy.  All who have been affected are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Knowing the very nature of the TCNJ community, many of your thoughts have already undoubtedly turned to the question of “how can we help?” As the State and region move toward recovery, the Bonner Center staff and students-in collaboration with the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of College Relations, and the Council of Student Advisors—are gathering information from national, local and state officials to determine how we may be able to provide assistance—and when we can do so in a safe and productive way.   If you are on or near campus and would like to participate in an initial planning session, please join us in Holman Hall 377 tomorrow (Thursday, November 1) at 2:00 pm. In addition, please go to the Sandy Response link on the main Bonner page ( to receive updates on future meetings and next steps.

Again, we hope you are all safe and sound and we look forward to working with you as the TCNJ community works collaboratively to provide support and service to enable our friends, families and communities bounce back quickly and completely!


Patrick Donohue, Assistant Provost
Community Engaged Learning Programs and Partnerships

Regina Zick, Sade Baker, Danielle Sammut (Bonner Scholars)
Christina Kopka, SGA President and COSA