Archives for: May 2013

2013 Graduate Commencement

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2013 Graduate Commencement, a set on Flickr.

A look back at the big day for nearly 200 students earning master’s degrees! The graduates included several who are among the first to complete GCU master’s programs in Applied Behavior Analysis and Homeland Security.

2013 Graduate Commencement, a set on Flickr.A look back at the big day for nearly 200 students earning master's degrees!...

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Praying for Oklahoma

Keeping Monday’s tornado victims in our prayers

Praying for OklahomaAs we begin our final preparations for celebrating our graduates, we collectively hold the people of Moore, Okla., in our hearts and prayers. Those of us at Georgian Court and throughout this region who understand—and have in some way experienced—the devastation wrought by violent weather can empathize with those affected by Monday’s tragedy.

The tremendous outpouring of help that we shared is indicative of the Mercy spirit of community. We pray that it will now strengthen and comfort the people of Moore, and that it will sustain the many first responders and others involved with the recovery effort. I have no doubt that many in our community will offer support the victims through appropriate channels like the Red Cross and other nonprofit organizations.

Generosity comes in many forms and I hope the GCU community will respond as we always do.

Yours in mercy,

Sister Rosemary E. Jeffries
President

 

Keeping Monday's tornado victims in our prayers As we begin our final preparations for celebrating our graduates, we col...

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GCU Scholarship Tea 2013

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GCU Scholarship Tea 2013, a set on Flickr.

As another academic year comes to a close, GCU salutes the generous donors who transform the dream of earning a college degree into a reality for so many students. You can view and download  photos from the 2013 Scholarship Tea online at Flickr.com.

Thank you.

GCU Scholarship Tea 2013, a set on Flickr. As another academic year comes to a close, GCU salutes the generous donors wh...

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Honoring some of our best

Phi Eta Sigma Inductions at Georgian Court University

Prepared by Kaitlyn Medina ’13

LAKEWOOD, NJ (04/26/2013)(readMedia)– The following local students were inducted into Phi Eta Sigma, the National Freshman Honor Society, at Georgian Court University.

Nicole Way, a resident of Jackson, NJ, and a member of the class of 2013 is pursuing a degree in Graphic Design with a minor in Marketing.

Emily Thomas-Ridgway, a resident of Howell, NJ, and a member of the class of 2015 is pursuing a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management.

Casandra Rose Hinderlider, a resident of New Egypt, NJ, and a member of the class of 2015 is pursuing a degree in Mathmatics and Education.

Shannon Tull, a resident of Howell, NJ, and a member of the class of 2015 is pursuing a degree in Mathmatics.

Monica Sepko, a resident of Brick, NJ, and a member of the class of 2015 is pursuing a degree in Psychology and Education.

Rosalia Musto, a resident of Freehold, NJ, and a member of the class of 2015 is pursuing a degree in Spanish and Education.

Kelly Braun, a resident of Brick, NJ, and a member of the class of 2015 is pursuing a degree in Communications.

Rebecca Santos, a resident of Toms River, NJ, and a member of the class of 2015 is pursuing a degree in Biology.

Chelsea Sikora, a resident of Bayville, NJ, and a member of the class of 2015 is pursuing a degree in Paychology.

Lauren Merwin, a resident of Jackson, NJ, and a member of the class of 2015 is pursuing a degree in Dance and Communications with a Public Relations Concentration.

Stephanie Fuchilla, a resident of Forked River, NJ, and a member of the class of 2015 is pursuing a degree in Mathmatics and Education.

Emily Gialanella, a resident of Toms River, NJ, and a member of the class of 2015 is pursuing a degree in Graphic Design and Multimedia.

Sarah Abramow, a resident of Malboro, NJ, and a member of the class of 2015 is pursuing a degree in Exercise Science.

Mackenzie Morris, a resident of New Egypt, NJ, and a member of the class of 2015 is pursuing a degree in Dance.

Heidie Beyer, a resident of Howell, NJ, and a member of the class of 2016 is pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice and Chemistry.

Nicole Bonacci, a resident of Jackson, NJ, and a member of the class of 2015 is pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice.

Kristen Johannessen, a resident of Whiting, NJ, and a member of the class of 2015 is pursuing a degree in Psychology.

Caitlin Roman, a resident of Allentown, NJ, and a member of the class of 2015 is pursuing a degree in English and Education.

Lesia Didukh, a resident of Lakewood, NJ, and a member of the class of 2015 is pursuing a degree in Accounting.

Augustina Obir-Yeboah, a resident of Hamilton Township, NJ, and a member of the class of 2015 is pursuing a degree in Biology.

Kimberly Kosinski, a resident of Howell, NJ, and a member of the class of 2015 is pursuing a degree in Hostory and Education.

Morgan Abrams, a resident of Howell, NJ, and a member of the class of 2015 is pursuing a degree in Psychology and Education.

Nicole Mossbacher, a resident of Brick, NJ, and a member of the class of 2015 is pursuing a degree in Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Psychology.

Phi Eta Sigma honors students of four-year colleges and universities who have passed their freshman year with flying colors! (3.5 GPA and above)

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When a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet speaks, GCU listens

A night to remember at Georgian Court

Guest post by Charlee Bassillo  ///  Photos by Amanda MacPhee

On April 23, 2013, thanks to diligent preparations made by students and faculty of the Georgian Court University Department of English, Massachusetts native Tracy K. Smith visited for a poetry reading in the Little Theater, an evening event that will surely be held near and dear to the hearts of English majors across campus. GCU’s Dr. Russell McDonald ushered in the visiting poet with a warm welcome and introduction, echoing the pleasure shared by the entire audience to have had the distinct opportunity to meet, greet, and speak with such a highly-esteemed literary voice as Tracy K. Smith, whose 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning Life on Mars is preceded by the James Laughlin Award-winning Duende and The Body’s Question, a Cave Canem Poetry Prize-winner.

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The night’s readings primarily focused on material from her 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winner, Life on Mars, but Smith also surprised guests with a brand new selection, dazzling attendants with her poetic artistry, invigoratingly fresh insight, and meditative prose. ​Explaining that her poetry has blossomed out of life’s perplexing quandaries, both big and small, Ms. Smith’s writing encompasses even day-to-day ponderings, which are, of course, juxtaposed neatly and meaningfully against “big ticket” questions, revealing uncanny connections between unlikely pairings – such as the cosmos versus ordinary, everyday life. Many poems were designated by Smith as being largely elegiac to her father, a retired Space Hubble engineer, though Tracy also discussed the impact of a unique blend of political, personal, and spiritual influences on her writing of Life on Mars, citing a sundry of inspirational sources – from the gassing of geese at JFK airport and seeing her father’s reflection in the impressive stance of a tiger on a magazine page to the contemplation of dark matter – as she demonstrated by sharing the collection’s title poem, Life on Mars,” which begins:

Tina says what if dark matter is like the space between people
When what holds them together isn’t exactly love, and I think
That sounds right – how strong the pull can be, as if something
That knows better won’t let you drift apart so easily, and how
Small and heavy you feel, stuck there spinning in place.

Not only was the audience given a chance to procure a much-coveted autograph, but they also received a precious behind-the-scenes pass to the poet’s mind at work. During the reading, and in this post-reading question and answer session, audience members were afforded the privilege of seeing through the eyes of Tracy K. Smith – as the award-winning author, David Bowie lover, daughter of a dearly loved, but lost, father, and as the new mother. She was witty, approachable, and a master of her trade – her poetry probing for profound meaning and reflecting upon all of life’s significance, wonder, and beauty, however big or small.

Charlee Bassillo is an English and Education major at Georgian Court University where she expects to graduate in Spring 2014 to pursue a career in secondary education.


References

Smith, Tracy K. “Life on Mars.” Life on Mars. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2011. 37 – 42. Print.

A night to remember at Georgian Court Guest post by Charlee Bassillo  ///  Photos by Amanda MacPhee On April 23, 2013, t...

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S. Pat McDermott: Not just a call to holiness, but to ‘wholeness’

S. Pat McDermott, president of the Sisters of Mercy of the Institute of the Americas, recently addressed Georgian Court faculty, students and staff.

S. Pat McDermott, president of the Sisters of Mercy of the Institute of the Americas, recently addressed Georgian Court faculty, students and staff. (Photo/AMANDA MACPHEE)


Guest post courtesy of Michelle Giles, GCU Grants & Advancement Communications Specialist

Sister Pat McDermott, President of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, spoke about Vatican II and the Call to Holiness before a crowd of faculty, staff, and alumnae on the evening of April 25. Vatican II, she said, was an invitation to “change our way of seeing” and the Call to Holiness is also a “Call to Wholeness.” Sister Pat noted that in 1962, she was a freshman in all-women’s Sisters of Mercy High School in Omaha, Nebraska and grew up across the street from a Sisters of Mercy convent. Vatican II, she said, was the most significant event of the 20th century in which three themes emerged for the people of the Catholic faith: self-identity, engagement in the world, and participation and accountability.

Vatican II, she said, invited us to renew our identity as people of God, engage in the world for positive outcomes, and open up dialogue and collaboration. She embraced the words of John Paul XXIII:  “mercy rather than severity.” “The Call to Holiness is not a step away,” Sister Pat said. “The Call to Holiness is the whole of humanity.” Sister Pat also discussed the work of the Sisters of Mercy through social justice and charitable works and highlighted their advocacy, Mercy collaborations, and Mercy Taking Action events. “Nothing is separate in the journey of faith,” she said.

The entire text of S. Pat’s presentation can be viewed at http://www.georgian.edu/events/spm.htm.

 

—-Guest post courtesy of Michelle Giles, GCU Grants & Advancement Communications Specialist

Guest post courtesy of Michelle Giles, GCU Grants & Advancement Communications Specialist Sister Pat McDermott, Pres...

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Georgian Court University Sees 46% Increase in Applications

 

GCU in the news---in Times Square!

GCU in the news—in Times Square!

Newly Coed University Enjoys Historic Increase in Interest from Potential Students

LAKEWOOD, N.J., – Less than a year after announcing Georgian Court University (GCU) would admit men, they are seeing record increases in admissions applications, which are up 46 percent overall. Along with 282 applications from men, applications from women are up 9 percent (853 total).

In May 2012, GCU announced it would officially and fully go coed. The University first admitted male students in all undergraduate courses last fall. Men will be able to reside on campus, as well as participate in athletics and other student activities, in the upcoming Fall 2013 semester.

“We have always attracted outstanding students who are drawn to GCU’s mission and the quality of education we provide,” said John McAuliffe, Vice President for Enrollment Management at GCU. “Nonetheless, college-bound students vote with their feet and we’re excited at the response we’ve received as a newly coed institution. These are historic increases for us.”

“Going coed increases the opportunity for students to access a values-driven education in the Catholic Mercy tradition,” said Sister Rosemary E. Jeffries, President of GCU, the only faith-based institution in the lower 15 counties of N.J. “Our values of respect, integrity, justice, compassion and service are independent of gender.”

The excitement about male enrollment is already having an impact. Male athletes have already signed national letters of intent and will have the unique opportunity to play a founding role in the men’s athletics program at the NCAA Division II school.

 

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 announced in May 2012 its transition to a fully coeducational university in 2013. Today, the university serves nearly 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, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at the New Jersey Coastal Communiversity in Wall.

 

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