Category: Service

Warming their welcome—Georgian Court Collects Coats for New Immigrants

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Georgian Court University faculty, students and staff set out to lend a warm welcome to some of our country’s newest—and most controversial—immigrants this season. During Critical Concerns Week and throughout November, GCU collected winter items for MercyFirst in Syosset, NY.

10383487_10154827194525214_3677203294793569527_nLike Georgian Court, MercyFirst is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. The non-profit needs hats, scarves and warm coats for unaccompanied immigrant children who are sent to their shelter after being processed at the U.S.-Mexico border. Often, children who cross the U.S. border arrive with only the clothes they are wearing, and are not prepared for an East Coast winter.

image005The GCU community was generous, and contributed more than 200 lbs. of clothing (and nearly 300 items), including:

17 Coats
31  Hoodies/Sweaters
25 Long-sleeve t-shirts
69 Hats
55 Scarves
92 pairs of mittens and gloves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lakewood Kids Extend Soccer Season with Opportunities for Learning

image[2]The Lakewood Recreation Soccer Club combines soccer with educational enrichment programs through Georgian Court University.

For some students, learning does not come easy outside of the classroom. That’s why Lakewood teacher and Georgian Court graduate student, Oscar Orellana, found a way to make learning fun for local kids.

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Georgian Court Summer Camp Helps Kindergarteners Improve Literacy

Georgian Court University’s School of Education has teamed with the Lakewood School District to provide a literacy based summer camp in a fun summer environment for rising first graders as part of the Lakewood Together program. The partnership, which covers a range of focused, smaller efforts as well, is entering its third year.

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Georgian Court University Hosts Science, Math Programs for Girls

GCU and corporate partners cultivate next generation of STEM fans

Give a girl and problem and she’s likely to solve it—especially if she happens to be one of several participants in Georgian Court University’s recent STEM programs for young women in middle and high school. The university just wrapped its 2014 GIST (Girls Involved in Science and Technology) program, which drew about 32 students in 6th-12th grades for a week of chemistry, math, aeronautics, forensics, and more. 

“This is all about making learning fun,” said Dr. Sarita Nemani, a mathematician and chair of Georgian Court’s department of mathematics. “Even when students are working with sticks to evaluate triangles, they don’t realize they are really re-thinking everything they already know about geometry. The same goes for participants taking a hike across campus; they’re learning about the heart and about biology.”

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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.

  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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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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