Vincent J. Varrassi Receives Elia G. Stratis Castle Award from Fairleigh Dickinson

Teaneck, NJ (October 14, 2008) – At ceremonies held on October 11, 2008, Vincent J. Varrassi, Metropolitan Campus Director, Regional Center for College Students with Learning Dissabilities, was presented with the highest award the Alumni Association presents, the Elia G. Stratis CASTLE Award.  To receive this award, an individual must have made significant contributions to the University or have served with distinction in University organizations. Varrassi has also been the recipient of a Presidential Citation from Fairleigh Dickinson University President J. Michael Adams on September 28, 2005.

“A fierce advocate for college students with learning disabilities, you have made a lasting impression not only at Fairleigh Dickinson University, but across the state of New Jersey and on the national level,” stated Nick Agostino, President of the Alumni Board of Governors while presenting Varrassi with the award. “For your compassion, outstanding loyalty and service, Fairleigh Dickinson University Alumni Association takes great pride in honoring you with the Elia G. Stratis CASTLE Award.”

Joining Fairleigh Dickinson in 1998 as an adjunct instructor in the Peter Sammartino School of Education, Varrassi 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.



In October 2007, Varrassi and Mary Farrell, (Learning Disabilities Education and Director of Dyslexia Studies) co-presented “The Role of Assistive Technology for Students with Dyslexia” at the conference of the New Jersey branch of the International Dyslexia Association in Princeton, N.J. At the New Jersey School Counselors Associationi, Varrassi presented “The Role of the School Counselor in the IEP Process” and, with Lori Sherry, president of the Apserger Syndrome Education Network, co-presented “transition to College for Students with Asperger Syndrome.”

He also presented “Preparing Students with Learning Disabilities for College OR ‘What Happened to My IEP?” at the 37th Annual Conference of The Connecticut Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities on October 13, 2007 in Stanford, Conn.  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.

For more information about the award or ceremony, please contact Okang McBride, Director of Alumni Relations and mco@fdu.edu or calling 201-692-7013.

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