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Paula Van Riper Memorial

Raised toward our $7,000 Goal
125 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on September 12, at 11:59 PM EDT
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Here is the Video!

October 16, 2016

The amazing Alicia Regina, former Administrative Assistant to Paula, has put together this video as a wonderful reminder of the bench dedication. I hope that those of you who could not be there will feel a bit of the magic that was present! For all of us, it is a beautiful reminder of an amazing day and an even more amazing woman.

Click here to see the video


Robin Diamond on behalf of the Paula Van Riper Memorial

Memorial Ceremony Will be this Satuday, September 24 @ 3pm

September 19, 2016

Hi Everyone,

My apolgies for the delay in getting this information posted. I have finallly received confirmation that we can go ahead with our gathering this Saturday and that the plaque will have been installed. Please read the following carefully:

1. There is a home football game on Saturday. If your travels to campus include Route 1 or 18, please plan for traffic delays that may be significant. If you are coming from the north, you will have no problems if you take Route 1 to Route 27 south and come to into campus that way,

2. Parking will be available behind Tillett Hall and near the Livingston Gym only. All other lots will be full with football fans.

3. We will gather near the bench which is located at the Kilmer Library (very near the Tillett Parking).  You will see balloons marking the location.

4. I expect the ceremony to last abuot 10 - 15 minutes. At the request of Paula's daughter, I will offer remarks and a family member may do so as well. There will be no additional speakers. I ask you to please honor this request.

5. We will then gather for light refershments and the opportunity to share in an informal setting our "Paula stories" with one another. We will do so on the Livingston Student Center patio - a very short distance from the bench. I expect lots of photos and selfies at the bench! We are attempting to have RU Media Relations cover this event for publication.

6. We will proceed rain or shine - we have a back up indoor spot for refreshments. If there is extreme weather I will post an update on Saturday morning.

If  you have any questions, please feel free to email me at

I can't wait to meet those of you whom I do not know and to thank each and every donator for helping to make this event a reality!

Robin Diamond on behalf of the Paula Van Riper Memorial

Tentative Date for Memorial Dedication

September 02, 2016

Hi Everyone!

Please excuse my silence this week. I've been busy getting ready for Paula's favorite time of the academic cycle - the beginning of a new academic year!

We have set a tentative date for the dedication of the memorial for Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 3pm. This is tentative because it relys upon the university to have installed the memorial plaque and at the moment that is not 100% assured, but it is looking positive.

I know that a Saturday event will require that many Rutgers friends travel back to campus on a weekend. We picked a Saturday so that the wider community of contributors, including family and outside of Rutgers friends would have the ability to join us on this special day. Paula loved a crowd and a crowd she shall have!

We have 14 days left on this project. Please continue to share widely. Every dollar we receive at this point will be dedicated to scholarships for students from Piscataway HS.

I will update as soon as I know more!

Robin Diamond on behalf of the Paula Van Riper Memorial

The Momentum is Amazing!

August 25, 2016

So exciting! We are on our way to $8000 - well over our original goal! We ordered the plaque for the bench today and are waiting to learn the estimated day of arrival before we set the date for the ceremony.

Meanwhile our fund continues to grow and grow and grow! The extra dollars are going directly to a scholarship for Piscataway High School students that we will name for Paula. Right now we are looking at book scholarships, but who knows how far this can go? Maybe an endowed scholarship? Who knows!

 Special thanks to all of today's donors! We were able to send an email to all School of Arts and Sciences employees today and so far the response has been awesome. Keep it going, share on social media, chat with your co-workers and let's see if we can maybe get this thing to $10,000.

Game ON!

Robin Diamond on behalf of the Paula Van Riper Memorial




August 20, 2016

The outpouring for love for Paula today has been so lovely. I have seen Facebook tributes, happy memories posted, feelings shared and so much more. I have been fortunate to connect with so many wonderful people in this joint effort and I am so happy to say that we are 100% funded!

Paula's bench and tree are now a reality. We will continue to raise funds to support our secondary goal of book scholarships for students from Piscataway HS who are attending Rutgers.

Stay tuned for details about a dedication ceremony in late September and keep sharing and encouraging people to donate - let's see just how far we can go with this!

Thank you one and all.

Robin Diamond on behalf of the Paula Van Riper Memorial

Almost There!

August 20, 2016

Hi Everyone,

We are SOOO close to meeting our goal! Wouldn't it be great if we did it today? Today, August 20, marks one year since we lost our Paula.

We can mourn or we can rejoice in the knowledge that we were so lucky to have had her as part of our lives. We can be sad today, or we can pick a happy memory and choose to celebrate a life lived with joy and passion. Or, we can do all those things, which is exactly what I find myself doing this morning.

I hope a happy memory surrounds you with the warmth of Paula today!

Robin Diamond on behalf of the Paula Van Riper Memorial

One Amazing Week!

August 17, 2016

Wow! I am so excited to report that just one week into our project we are at 82%  of our funding goal. Thanks to all who have donated and shared on social media and in person!

I think it is time to call the engraver, because our little nameless bench is about to get a name! I can feel Paula's warmth and energy surrounding this project and I hope you can too!

Stay tuned....

Robin Diamond on behalf of the Paula Van Riper Memorial

What a Weekend!

August 15, 2016

Wow! I am so grateful to all of you who have donated and shared with others this weekend. We are at 60% of our goal and this is getting real!

Keep sharing and encouraging others to donate and maybe we can wrap this up well before our month time frame

The energy around this is amazing and fueled by our shared love for Paula!


Robin Diamond on behalf of the Paula Van Riper Memorial

Amazing 48 Hours!

August 12, 2016

Oh my gosh! Thank you all so very much. We reached 30 percent of our goal in just over 48 hours! Please continue to share on your social media outlets and to spread the word about this project. I will personally thank each and every contributor at the end of this campaign, but for now a group thanks will need to suffice. I am deeply appreciative of your support!

Robin Diamond on behalf of the Dean Van Riper Memorial

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Paula loved to read. Help fund her bench and tree so generations of students will have a lovely spot to sit and read.


Chatting with Friends!

Paula loved to talk! Help fund her bench so lots of people can sit and chat!


Make your mark!

Paula made her mark on thousands of students. Help us make her mark on campus a permanent one!