Archives for: January 14, 2013

Lakewood Students Set to be Engaged and Inspired by Poet-Educator at GCU

Lakewood, N.J., Jan. 14, 2013—Lakewood High School students will get a glimpse of college life and the power that comes with persisting through graduation as they hear from poet-educator Carlos Ojeda, Jr., at 9:30 a.m. Friday, January 18 at Georgian Court University during GCU’s LakewoodTogether Teen Summit. 

Mr. Ojeda, a Newark native who recalls being labled by a high school teacher as “the greatest piece of garbage he had ever seen,” is a published writer and a former college educator who touts social activism, entrepreneurship and education as keys to success. “Every second that you live, every breath that you take, is a breath that you have to turn it all around,” says Mr. Ojeda. “Now is the time to transform the youth into leaders of today, not tomorrow,” he says.

A graduate of Bloomsburg University and Kutztown University, Mr. Ojeda is credited with being a positive role model and change agent. He served Kutztown as an admissions officer and helped move the number of minority students from 4.6 percent to 16 percent in just three years. He also served the school as the youngest, first and only Latino business professor, and later directed the Latino Business Resource Center.

Participants from nearby Lakewood High School will also hear from carer coach and motivational speaker Rod Colon, a Jackson resident who is founder of Empowering Today’s Professionals (EPT Network). Mr. Colon joins speaker Leanice Smith for a session on “What’s Next? Life After High School.”  Freehold resident and current GCU master’s student Karissa Merkel discusses “The R.E.A.L. You” alongside Karen Goff, Georgian Court’s dean of student affairs, and Melissa Ruiz, coordinator of residence life, will share insights on ways students can learn to “Take the Lead.”

Colleen Diveny, a GCU student development specialist, and Steafannie Nicholson, a resident assistant, will address issues of peer pressure and bullying, and a panel of other college students will take questions about university life.

“The students and staff from GCU and Lakewood are excited about this opportunity, and we are anticipating an enriching day for everyone involved,” said Ms. Goff, who is one of more than 25 educational leaders involved with Lakewood Together. The collaborative is led by administrators from the Lakewood Public Schools and the GCU School of Education, and addresses a range of critical issues—from student persistence and college readiness to parent involvement and customized professional development—all tied to school success.


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Georgian Court Welcomes Bishop O’Connell for Talk on Faith, Holiness

Georgian Court University’s Year of Faith Continues with Bishop’s Public Lecture

Bishop O’Connell will discuss the role of faith in our lives during his Jan. 29 public lecture at Georgian Court University in Lakewood.


Lakewood, N.J., Jan. 14, 2013—Georgian Court University’s Year of Faith observance continues Tuesday, January 29 when Bishop David M. O’Connell of the Diocese of Trenton delivers a free, public lecture on the “The Call to Holiness.” His talk, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre on GCU’s historic Lakewood campus. A brief reception will follow the lecture.

In addition to his public lecture, Bishop O’Connell will spend time with Georgian Court faculty and students earlier in the day during the Mass of the Holy Spirit. The bishop, also a former president of The Catholic University of America, continues to be actively involved with GCU, the only Catholic institution of higher education in Central and South Jersey.

Members of the community are welcome to attend the bishop’s January 29 lecture, but reservations are required and seating is limited. To reserve your spot, please contact the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or

Bishop O’Connell’s 2013 discussion is part of GCU’s Year of Faith, as declared internationally in October 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI. In October 2012, Bishop O’Connell led thousands of area parishoners and others (including GCU students, faculty and religious staff) in an official kickoff at the PNC Arts Center. Since then, the university has held other Year of Faith events, sponsored, in part, by a $50,000 grant from the Council of Independent Colleges’ NetVUE initiative.

About Georgian Court University
Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court will become a fully coeducational university in 2013. Today, the university serves more than 2,500 students of all faiths and backgrounds in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court’s main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at the New Jersey Coastal Communiversity in Wall.

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Georgian Court University’s Year of Faith Continues with Bishop’s Public Lecture   Lakewood, N.J., Jan. 14, 2013—Ge...

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