Category: Happenings

Georgian Court hosts Deputy Consul General Meifang Zhang

(LAKEWOOD, NJ) April 16, 2014—The changing role of women in China has transformed over history from “three inches” to “half the sky,” Meifang Zhang, Deputy Consul General of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York, told a crowd of students, faculty, and administrators at Georgian Court University on April 15.

Zhang was invited to Georgian Court as part of the university’s Global Education Program. In her introduction of Zhang, President Rosemary Jeffries, RSM, Ph.D., noted the importance of her visit in sharing the understanding of cultures.  “Our world will never have peace until we understand each other,” President Jeffries said.

Zhang_SummerhaysSpeaking before a standing-room-only crowd in the Casino Ballroom, Zhang spoke of the changing role of women through three stages of China’s history. In the first stage, “The Little Flower” (Imperial China), daughters were considered small flowers of the family, but also a burden. They were not given a formal name or status in the family, according to Zhang.

(LAKEWOOD, NJ) April 16, 2014—The changing role of women in China has transformed over history from “three inches” to “h...

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GCU Hosts Equal Opportunity Fund Celebration Honoring High-Achievers

New Jersey’s Equal Opportunity Fund—At the Intersection of Access and Success

LAKEWOOD, NJ—More than 760 students from across the state were recognized at the 2014 EOF Graduate Awards Ceremony, held at Georgian Court University, as New Jersey’s Equal Opportunity Fund honored the students’ hard work, tenacity and academic achievements.

“This is a day of grand celebration,” said New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks. “Education is a great equalizer and a great justice-maker. These students have pushed through against the odds.”

LAKEWOOD, NJ—More than 760 students from across the state were recognized at the 2014 EOF Graduate Awards Ceremony, held...

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Fidel Castro’s Daughter Alina Shares Her Story

As Alina Fernández tells it, the revolution that has smothered freedom in Cuba for more than 50 years has never stifled the desire of Cubans for better lives.

The exiled daughter of Fidel Castro pensively told the dozens of students, faculty, staff, and members of the community in the GCU Casino on March 11 that she “hopes someday that will happen.”

In the meantime, Ms. Fernández said, she will continue to offer her personal witness of events that transformed Cuba into a repressed nation and impacted much of the entire world.

Ms. Fernández, who fled Cuba in 1993, is the author of Castro’s Daughter: An Exile’s Memoir of Cuba and host of a Miami radio show, Simplemente Alina (“Simply Alina”), on which she often interviews artists and musicians. Working with artistry herself during the presentation at GCU, Ms. Fernandez created a picture of the revolution as she had known it, brushed with pathos, color, and touches of humor.

As Alina Fernández tells it, the revolution that has smothered freedom in Cuba for more than 50 years has never stifled...

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Papal Historian Reflects on Pope Francis’s First Year

In the historic run up to the election of Argentinean Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergolio as pope, Church historian Christopher Bellitto spoke almost nonstop with national and international media organizations as they explored the possibilities and probabilities for the successor to St. Peter’s throne.

But, as he said during a recent talk at Georgian Court, the selection of the first Jesuit, the first Pope Francis, and first pope from the new world, surprised him and millions of others.

Dr. Bellitto, a frequent contributor to CNN and other outlets, spoke to a GCU audience of 130 students, faculty, staff, and members of the community during the university’s March 11 discussion of Pope Francis’ first year.

The Catholicism expert took listeners back in time to what would turn out to be the night of Francis’s election. Dr. Bellitto said he was determinedly preparing what is known as “b copy” —or background content—when his wife called and told him to stop writing and wait to see whom the cardinals had elected.

And, he acknowledged, the appearance of Francis on the balcony was, as it turns out, not only surprising but transformative.

In the historic run up to the election of Argentinean Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergolio as pope, Church historian Christophe...

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Georgian Court University Awarded $50,000 by OceanFirst Foundation

S. Rosemary Jeffries (second from left) accepts OceanFirst's generous $50,000 donation for GCU scholarships.

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 and Lakewood Board of Education Help Local Students through Lakewood Together

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GCU & Lakewood Schools Work Together to Benefit Students
By Lois Rogers

Some 700 parents and children filled the Lakewood Middle School auditorium for the second annual orientation and celebration of the Lakewood Together Parent Academy on November 11, 2013. The academy is part of Lakewood Together, a joint effort between Georgian Court and the Lakewood Board of Education. The collaboration shares university resources with the Lakewood School District while creating educational opportunities for university students.

The academy scheduling, as explained by F. Thomas Crawley, Ed.D., assistant dean of the GCU School of Education, mirrors the overall approach of the program, which aims to create a strong, lasting partnership, melding the needs of the school community—including parents, students and local teachers—with those of the university.

GCU & Lakewood Schools Work Together to Benefit Students By Lois Rogers Some 700 parents and children filled the Lak...

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Pictures Worth a Thousand Words

Georgian Court University’s beauty is breathtaking and provides the perfect backdrop for GCU’s semi-annual photo shoots. Each spring and fall, students volunteer to stroll across campus, pose for pictures in laboratories, and let their guard down in the dining room, residence halls, between stacks of library books, or even in the Wellness Center weight room. See for yourself in images from a recent shoot, led by GCU web manager Rich Berardi and award-winning photographer Bill Cain.

Photos by William Thomas Cain of Cain Images
Video by GCU Web Manager Rich Berardi

 

Georgian Court University’s beauty is breathtaking and provides the perfect backdrop for GCU’s semi-annual photo shoots....

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