Presidential Citation Awarded to Vincent J. Varrassi
Teaneck, NJ (September 28, 2005)—At a University-wide convocation held on September 28, 2005, Fairleigh Dickinson University’s president, J. Michael Adams, presented a Presidential Citation to Vincent J. Varrassi, FDU’s Metropolitan Campus Director, Regional Center for College Students with Learning Disabilities.
Varrassi joined the University in 1998 as an adjunct instructor in the Peter Sammartino School of Education. He quickly developed a special rapport with students and found his niche in the Regional Center for College Students with Learning Disabilities. In 1999, he assumed the center’s leadership role at the College of Florham in Madison and in 2001 he moved to become director of the Metropolitan Campus’ center in Teaneck.
His commitment to students has been reflected in his unbridled confidence in their abilities to succeed. Drawing upon his expertise to provide each student with strategies for a successful college experience, he has worked collaboratively to create a team for success among his FDU colleagues for each of his students.
Varrassi has become a strong advocate for college students with learning disabilities, not only at Fairleigh Dickinson, but also within the state of New Jersey and increasingly on the national scene. He has authored many articles, including “College Planning for Students with Learning Disabilities”, which was published last year in The Interim, the NJACAC quarterly publication.
In April this year, he facilitated and presented two panel presentations during the first “Promoting Success in College for Students of All Abilities,” at the College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ. His topics were “Accommodating Students with Asperger Syndrome,” and “Transitioning from High school to College.” Also in April, Varrassi spoke on “Preparing Students with Learning Disabilities for Post Secondary Options; What Happened to my IEP?” during the first annual Transition Fair held by the Plainfield, NJ Public Schools Office of Special Services.
His advocacy in support of access to education for the learning disabled has included appearing as a guest on the Adrienne Berg radio program, “Special Talk,” a nationwide broadcast discussing the issues of college admission and success for students with disabilities.
During the annual conference of the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling (NJACAC) held on May 23, 2005, Verrassi received a Special Service Award for being “an incredible bridge between admissions and high schools for students with learning disabilities.”
Reiterating this sentiment in presenting Verrassi’s Citation, FDU’s president, J. Michael Adams, said, ‘We recognize the teams you have created, bringing high school counselors, admissions personnel and faculty together to enrich the lives of students. For your dedication and perseverance, I gratefully present you this Presidential Citation.”
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