Category: Learning

The Learning Center at Georgian Court Marks 25 Years of Success

Georgian Court University is often referred to as the “best kept secret in Lakewood.” This rings true regarding The Learning Center Program (TLC), the school’s highly specialized program that supports students with learning disabilities and other learning challenges that impact their academic abilities.

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Georgian Court’s Mercy Garden Grows

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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.

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Nursing Graduates Hit the Floor Running

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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.

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Military veterans pursue studies at Georgian Court

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Over the past five years, the number of military veterans and their relatives who are using the education benefits available to them has nearly doubled from 550,000 to 925,000. As calls for a “smaller and leaner” military are answered, more veterans are gravitating to college. Higher education institutions like Georgian Court, which was named a Military Friendly School for 2014 by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business and publisher of G.I. Jobs and the Guide to Military Friendly Schools, enjoy an advantage.

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One of those students is Marine Corps veteran Joe Hess. Joe joined the military right after high school, leaving home only four days after graduation to follow his grandfather’s “shining example of what is right.”

After six years, including a nearly 10-month tour of duty in Al Asad, Iraq, where he worked in motor transportation making fuel supply runs into often dangerous territory, Joe returned to college. The slightly unconventional and occasionally blue-Mohawked student/musician transferred to GCU from Ocean County College and is pursuing his dream of teaching mathematics.

“I want to teach high schoolers the subject they may dread and get them to enjoy math,” says Joe, who also professes a love for writing.

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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.

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GCU Special Report: Status of Girls in New Jersey

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The Status of Girls in New Jersey, a new Georgian Court University report focused on New Jersey girls ages 10 to 19, offers a revealing look at the many issues that shape their lives.

From the likelihood that they will earn a college degree to the percentage of girls living in poverty, The Status of Girls in New Jersey gives policymakers, public and private institutions, and advocacy organizations an enormous amount of data to help guide the decisions that affect girls and young women in New Jersey. The report was compiled by GCU faculty researchers, who were led by Provost Evelyn Saul Quinn, M.S.W., M.Ed., ’74. The project began in 2011 when the provost talked with Alverno College President Mary J. Meehan (also a GCU trustee) about her school’s successful report on the status of girls in Wisconsin. Now, with the recent release of the Status of Girls in New Jersey, GCU joins several universities and colleges nationwide that are presenting data to improve the lives of girls.

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Making Room for Men at Georgian Court

For more than a year, Georgian Court administrators, faculty, and staff gathered research and prepared to go coed. Now that the guys are here, everyone is asking the same question: How’s it going?

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GCU’s transition to coeducation has been the focus of recent feature stories in
The New York Times, National Catholic Reporter, Asbury Park Press and Star-Ledger.

Luka Zgonjanin spoke to the New York Times about GCU's transition to coed.

Perhaps business major and Serbia native Luka Zgonjanin (pictured at right) answers it best: “It’s a great honor to start something from scratch, to make history,” Luka, a 6’5” Lions basketball guard, told the New York Times in a November 29 story about GCU’s creation of men’s athletics. “Everything we do is a first.”

Indeed, they are the first—the first men to live on the GCU campus. The first men to tend the Mercy Garden. The first to run cross country or play soccer. The first men to serve in student government, and so much more.

For more than a year, Georgian Court administrators, faculty, and staff gathered research and prepared to go coed. Now t...

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