Archives for: January 2014

Georgian Court University Awarded $50,000 by OceanFirst Foundation

Lakewood, N.J., Jan. 21, 2014—Georgian Court University has been awarded $50,000 for student scholarships by the OceanFirst Foundation of Toms River. The grant provided 20 Georgian Court students with $2,500 scholarships for the 2013–2014 academic year.

GCU President Rosemary E. Jeffries, RSM, Ph.D., said the university was especially grateful for the scholarships provided by the OceanFirst Foundation. The awards allow GCU to offer a high-quality college education to promising students—many of whom would not be able to realize their dreams of earning a four-year degree without the generosity of donors like OceanFirst.

OceanFirst Foundation has donated a total of $680,903 to Georgian Court since 1997. Georgian Court University is located on a 156-acre historic campus in Lakewood and offers 31 undergraduate and 10 graduate degree programs. Georgian Court welcomes both men and women to reside on campus, as well as participate in NCAA Division II athletics and other student activities.

Since its founding in 1902, OceanFirst Bank (www.oceanfirst.com) has built a solid reputation and legacy as a good neighbor and responsible corporate citizen. The bank’s strong commitment to helping families, organizations, schools, and communities throughout central New Jersey meet their financial needs has spanned several generations, reaching new heights in 1996 with the creation of the OceanFirst Foundation. The foundation provides grants to organizations that meet community needs within the OceanFirst market area. Since its inception, the OceanFirst Foundation has contributed more than $23 million to over 600 local charities in Ocean, Monmouth, and Middlesex counties. To learn more about the OceanFirst Foundation, visit www.oceanfirstfdn.org.

This story first appeared as a news release in the GCU press room. For more information, contact the GCU Office of Public Information at 732.987.2266 or 732.987.2291.

Lakewood, N.J., Jan. 21, 2014—Georgian Court University has been awarded $50,000 for student scholarships by the OceanFi...

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GCU Accreditations: The Mark of a Fine University

Georgian Court University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent organization that is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education to conduct accreditation and re-accreditation of colleges and universities. However, that’s just the beginning of the many endorsements, certifications and accreditations GCU’s individual programs need to be competitive.

Additional accreditation for various undergraduate and graduate programs are increasingly preferred by both students and employers, and in recent months, several GCU programs have received the stamp of approval. For example:

— Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is backed by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

— School Psychology earned accreditation from the National Association of School Psychologists

— The GCU-Meridian Health School of Nursing is approved by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

— The School of Business was reaccredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs; and

— The School of Education recently earned high marks from the Teacher Education Accreditation Council

Georgian Court University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent organization...

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Georgian Court’s Mercy Garden Grows

 

GEORGIAN COURT’S MERCY GARDEN continues to grow in more ways than one. The effort, which launched in late 2011, has produced a variety of vegetables to be shared with local charities. The community vegetable garden helps provide food for local food banks and charities and demonstrates sustainable agricultural practices within our community. Garden leaders also teach participants to grow food for themselves and others within our community. The ongoing project also offers the extended community a hands-on opportunity to learn sustainable concepts and practices while also teaching students about the creation, tending and harvesting of a true garden.  Since the program’s launch, the garden has become a hot spot for volunteers willing to “dig deep” and also serves as a lecture/demonstration site for area residents interested in using the Mercy Garden as a model for creating projects in their own backyards and communities.

  GEORGIAN COURT'S MERCY GARDEN continues to grow in more ways than one. The effort, which launched in late 2011, h...

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Nursing Graduates Hit the Floor Running

 

Just hours before Hurricane Sandy roared ashore on October 29, 2012, Helen Yousef packed an overnight bag and reported for work at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune. A member of the first graduating class of the Georgian Court-Meridian Health School of Nursing, which bestowed 20 B.S.N. degrees in May, she didn’t know what injuries the superstorm would bring or when she would return home. One thing was certain: Helen was prepared to do her job.

“Working the day of the hurricane and in days after, I learned and truly appreciated the dedication, positive attitudes, flexibility, sacrifices and continued quality of care we—as hospital team members—provided despite the adversities in the hospital or in our personal lives,” says Helen, a 2012 GCU graduate. “Our staff shrunk significantly while the patient population was the greatest I have ever seen.”

In early 2013, the New Jersey Nursing Initiative highlighted the GCU-Meridian Health program for its innovative simulation project, which pairs nursing students with medical students. Led by nursing educators Teri Wurmser, R.N., Ph.D., department chair, and Jane Bliss-Holtz, R.N., D.N.Sc., associate chair, the program has received full accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The goal was to build collaboration skills that would serve both professions once students enter the workforce. Since Helen’s pinning ceremony at the spring 2012 commencement, the university has graduated more than 30 additional nurses as the model partnership continues to attract industry attention. Georgian Court’s third class of nurses is set to march in May 2014.

  Just hours before Hurricane Sandy roared ashore on October 29, 2012, Helen Yousef packed an overnight bag and rep...

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