Archives for: May 2014

Commencement 2014: Shaun Brennan, Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

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I hope to begin my nursing career in an inpatient hospital setting where I can refine and hone my nursing skills. My immediate goal is to secure a position as a Registered Nurse so I can provide long-term financial stability for my wife and three children. Second to that, I hope to deliver exceptional care that lets my patients know they are the focal point of that care. I intend on acquiring as many additional certifications and credentials as I can attain, and will continue my academic nursing education when my children are a little older.

I hope to begin my nursing career in an inpatient hospital setting where I can refine and hone my nursing skills. My imm...

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Commencement 2014: Kristen Cladek, Aspiring Social Worker

 

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Choosing to attend Georgian Court University was the best decision I’ve ever made. Like many high school students the college application process was stressful and confusing. Fortunately, I was accepted to all three colleges I applied to, so after some consideration and the planning of finances for the next four years, my parents and I decided that Georgian Court was the best choice for me. My mother was absolutely thrilled! One of her kids was finally going to a Catholic school! As luck would have it, four years later, both of her kids are going to Catholic school! I’m happy to say, my brother will begin attending Georgian Court in the fall as a criminal justice major.

    Choosing to attend Georgian Court University was the best decision I’ve ever made. Like many high school s...

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Ready for Reunion!

For Liz, Connie and Jo Ann, there’s no time like reunion time! The trio met in the mid-70s as Georgian Court students and have been friends ever since. “We were meant to be friends,” Constance “Connie” Reymann ’77, ’00, said during Reunion 2013.  Hear from these three friends for life—Connie, Elizabeth Savner ’76 and Jo Ann Wojcik Walter ’77—who are all slated to be back on campus for Reunion 2014, June 6-8.

There’s still time to get in on the fun. Visit http://alumni.georgian.edu/reunion2014 to register!

 

For Liz, Connie and Jo Ann, there's no time like reunion time! The trio met in the mid-70s as Georgian Court students an...

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The Big Day Unfolds

After years of preparation (and perspiration!), more than 500 Georgian Court University students crossed the stage recently to get their degrees.

Four years of work, one big ‘Wow!’
Time lapse video by Rich Berardi, GCU Web Manager

GCU awarded 525 degrees to the Class of 2014, including graduate and undergraduate students. Getting ready for the big day was the result of years of hard work, and this particular leg of their journey ended in a few hours of memorable pomp and circumstance.

After years of preparation (and perspiration!), more than 500 Georgian Court University students crossed the stage recen...

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Words of Wisdom to the Class of 2014: ‘Show Up’ and Believe in ‘Miracles’

Lakewood, N.J., May 23, 2014—Writer, peace-building expert and Catholic University professor Maryann Cusimano Love, Ph.D., challenged the Class of 2014 at Georgian Court University Thursday to believe in a “world of miracles,” beginning with the life-changing miracle of earning a college degree.

Lakewood, N.J., May 23, 2014—Writer, peace-building expert and Catholic University professor Maryann Cusimano Love, Ph.D...

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Students, Staff Mark TRIO Day at Georgian Court University

Lakewood, N.J., May 5, 2014—Students and staff from Georgian Court University’s TRIO-Student Support Services recently worked in the University’s Mercy Garden to mark National TRIO Day. From staining wooden benches and working in the dirt to planting flowers and raking leaves, 25 participating students and TRIO program leaders volunteered as a means of giving back to the community.

TRiO Students at GCU

TRIO-SSS is administered by the U.S. Department of Education and aspires to meet the needs annually of low-income and/or first-generation students, or those with a documented disability, who have the potential to successfully negotiate the challenges of higher education.

TRIO-SSS has been on the GCU campus for 35 years and today serves 152 students. The program’s focus is to ensure that participants have a realistic chance of degree attainment at GCU and achieve admission into graduate and professional degree programs. To accomplish these objectives, TRIO-SSS provides services that foster academic achievement and personal success, which corresponds with the university’s mission and Mercy Core values.

An ‘investment’

National TRIO Day was crafted after a 1986 congressional resolution encouraged the nation to “turn its attention to the needs of disadvantaged young people and adults aspiring to improve their lives, and to the investment necessary if they are to become contributing citizens of this country, and to the talent which will be wasted if that investment is not made.”

That investment goes both ways—GCU students working in the Mercy Garden appreciated the opportunity to make the garden a more welcoming place and to plant vegetables that will ultimately benefit local food banks and charities.

“I like working together as a team, making a difference at our school,” said one student volunteer. Others even described the hard work as “relaxing” and “invigorating.”

“We encourage our students to serve boldly, and we’re happy to offer this experience to our students,” said Dr. Adrianne Morton, Director of TRIO-Student Support Services. “There is no greater person in this world than one who dedicates his or her life to helping others. This gift of time is priceless,” she added “TRIO students may not always have the time to volunteer given their busy lives, but they have the heart. TRIO works!”

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Lakewood, N.J., May 5, 2014—Students and staff from Georgian Court University’s TRIO-Student Support Services recently w...

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GCU Students ‘Sleep Out’ for Homelessness

(May 1, Lakewood, N.J.) —  When Covenant House President Kevin Ryan visited Georgian Court last year and spoke about the myriad problems associated with teen homelessness, GCU students did more than just listen.

They decided to sleep outdoors for a night as a show of support for the 2 million young people in the U.S. and Canada who run away or are kicked out of their homes each year and ultimately end up homeless and hungry.

“On Friday, May 2, Georgian Court students will be supplied with a cardboard box to sleep on overnight on the Great Lawn,” said David Schenck, a 19-year-old biology major from Manchester. “They are allowed to bring a blanket, but no pillow, as we really are trying to emphasize what it is truly like to be homeless.”

The effort is one of many affiliated with Covenant House, the largest provider of services to homeless and trafficked youth throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala. Also called a “solidarity sleep out,” the activity is intended to underscore the plight of homeless teens and their daily struggle for basic human rights.

The event, which will include only GCU students, begins with a 7 p.m. talk by Covenant House Ambassador Jennifer Williams of South Jersey. A candlelight vigil will be led by GCU Campus Ministry Director Jeff Schaeffer, followed by poetry readings and group discussions in the North Dining Room.

The evening concludes with GCU students sleeping on the Great Lawn. Participants are asking for donors to contribute resources—from money to toiletries to clothing—to help homeless teens.

“Every little bit helps, and even raising awareness will help this issue get the attention it deserves,” said David.

(May 1, Lakewood, N.J.) ---  When Covenant House President Kevin Ryan visited Georgian Court last year and spoke about t...

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