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Georgian Court’s New International Collaboration Center

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In May, Georgian Court cut the ribbon on its International Collaboration Center, a high-tech meeting and collaborative classroom that allowed GCU students to conduct research with business students in London, a professor in Tanzania, and high school students throughout Poland, El Salvador, Brazil and Taiwan. Faculty are looking forward to using the center’s capabilities to share in presentations and explore current research with their international peers, especially in subject areas like psychology, business, and even autism education.

        In May, Georgian Court cut the ribbon on its International Collaboration Center, a high-tech meeting and collabo...

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GCU Professor Examines the Role of Peace, Dissent During World War I

 GCU’s Dr. Scott Bennett on Peace—In Time of War

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Historian Scott Bennett, Ph.D., is also an expert on radical pacifism and nonviolence since World War I.

How did dissenters and peace activists fare during World War I? Not so well, said GCU history professor Scott Bennett, Ph.D., in an interview with journalist Ann Jones of the Australian Broadcast Company. Hear his commentary on “The Enemy Within,” which aired internationally in June 2014. (Dr. Bennett’s segment begins at 38:40.)

 GCU's Dr. Scott Bennett on Peace---In Time of War How did dissenters and peace activists fare during World War I? Not s...

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Committed to Quality, Excellence and Student Success

(June 17, 2014) LAKEWOOD, NJ—Recent coverage of rankings released by the National Council on Teacher Quality and U.S. News and World Report note that many organizations, including the GCU School of Education, declined to provide data.

GCU is among several colleges in New Jersey which have opted out of cooperating with NCTQ because they do not believe the group is truly interested in the outcomes of students in the classroom, explains GCU Provost, Dr. Bill Behre.

(June 17, 2014) LAKEWOOD, NJ---Recent coverage of rankings released by the National Council on Teacher Quality and U.S....

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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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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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Artistic Flow: GCU Students Participate in National Water Dance

Creating Social Change Through Art: National Water Dance 2014

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Members of the Georgian Court University Department of Dance will join students from other universities, private dance schools, colleges, elementary schools, and dance companies across the nation as participants in National Water Dance, Saturday, April 12 at 4 p.m.

GCU’s dancers, led by department director Silvana Cardell, will perform near the Wellness Center pond on Georgian Court’s historic Lakewood campus as others nationwide— from the University of Alaska to those at Bates College in Maine—perform their own simultaneous, site-specific dance at local rivers, bays, lakes, ocean fronts, or other water sites.

Artistic director Dale Andree and producer Daniel Lewis aim to make the National Water Dance a “spectacular celebration of arts in action designed to initiate a national ‘water ethic’ in the U.S.—one that can inform and inspire both participants and audience members to take responsibility for conserving and protecting the water that they use and enjoy.” At the same time, “participants experience dance as a form of social activism, an opportunity to be part of a movement choir that creates social change through art.”

According to organizers, National Water Dance began in 2011 as a local event, initiated by Miami’s New World School of the Arts, to bring attention to the power and fragility of Florida’s waterways. Since then, the event has grown to involve more than 80 institutions in 30 states.

For more information, contact Silvana Cardell, Assistant Professor/Director of Dance, at 732.987.2170.

Creating Social Change Through Art: National Water Dance 2014 Members of the Georgian Court University Department of Dan...

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Pope Francis: The ‘Right Man for the Right Time’

Catholicism Expert Christopher Bellitto to Discuss Pope Francis at Georgian Court

Screen Shot 2014-02-24 at 6.13.30 PMLakewood, N.J., March 3, 2014—In his role as the world’s foremost religious leader, Pope Francis continues to challenge perceptions and expectations of the papacy, according to church history expert Christopher Bellitto, Ph.D. Dr. Bellitto, chair and associate professor of history at Kean University, is the guest speaker for “Pope Francis: Reflections on a New Papacy” at Georgian Court University, Tuesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. The event, which takes place on GCU’s historic Lakewood campus, is free and open to the public.

“At the one-year mark, there’s always a story, and with Pope Francis, the story isn’t disappointment,” said Dr. Bellitto, who also speaks extensively with the national media on matters of contemporary Catholicism. “He’s a really savvy leader.”

Catholicism Expert Christopher Bellitto to Discuss Pope Francis at Georgian Court Lakewood, N.J., March 3, 2014—In his r...

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