Wash your hands

New Jersey is experiencing widespread influenza (flu) activity. The strain of flu that is circulating this season is more severe than usual. Although public health agencies cannot accurately predict the peak and duration of the flu season, Georgian Court University is committed to the health and safety of its community.

The latest “Superbug” spreading across New Jersey is the Norovirus or Stomach Flu.

How do you distinguish between Norovirus and the flu?

The flu is an upper respiratory infection that causes sore throat, chills, body aches, runny nose, and coughing. Norovirus is a gastrointestinal illness that causes diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea. Both can lead to severe dehydration if you don’t drink enough fluids.

Usually the body doesn’t come down with two infections at once, but it can get infected with one bug right after the other if the immune system is weakened.

Both conditions can be prevented by washing your hands (especially before eating), avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and cleaning and disinfecting commonly used objects.

Both conditions should be managed by getting plenty of rest, taking over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce fever and aches, and avoiding close contact with others for the first few days. Drink plenty of fluids, and if you aren’t able to eat much solid food, make sure those fluids contain some salt and sugar — juice, soup, sports drinks, for example — to keep your electrolytes in balance.

Here’s more on how to manage your flu symptoms and here’s how to deal with norovirus by Ms. Cynthia Mattia, RN, Director of Health Services, Georgian Court University Health Center

Take Care!

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Student Artists Focus of GCU Senior B.F.A. Exhibit

 On Display: Georgian Court Talent

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Lakewood, N.J., January 24, 2013—Georgian Court University art majors Cindy Calixto and Kelsey Cutler are the featured artists for GCU’s senior B.F.A. Graphic Design Exhibition in the university’s M. Christina Geis Art Gallery.

Kelsey, a Gloucester City resident, is passionate about her craft and the fine arts. “Though I do not have immediate career plans,” she said, “my life will always revolve around art and design.”

Her colleague, who is from Tinton Falls, wants to pursue work in the region.

“I hope to have a career in graphic design for an agency in New York or New Jersey,” said Cindy, who will graduate soon with her bachelor’s degree in fine arts.

Cindy’s work caught the attention of several design and creative professionals two years ago when she was named the 2011 JASPER Awards Student Cover Design winner. Her design reflected that year’s theme, “Walk the Red Carpet.” The annual honors are sponsored by JSPRAA, the Jersey Shore Public Relations and Advertising Association, and Cindy received a $500 scholarship for winning the cover design competition.

“Having won the award from JSPRAA  was very encouraging,” she said. “I will always be an illustrator and designer; it’s what I love best.”

The senior B.F.A. exhibit continues through Friday, January 25 in the M. Christina Geis Art Gallery, which spotlights works of established and up-and-coming artists in diverse media. The gallery is located on the second floor of the Arts and Science Center on Georgian Court’s Lakewood campus. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All exhibits are free and open to the public; no reservations are required. For more information, call Kathleen Settles at 732.987.2388.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves more than 2,500 students of all faiths and backgrounds. Georgian Court’s main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. 

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Lakewood Students Set to be Engaged and Inspired by Poet-Educator at GCU

Lakewood, N.J., Jan. 14, 2013—Lakewood High School students will get a glimpse of college life and the power that comes with persisting through graduation as they hear from poet-educator Carlos Ojeda, Jr., at 9:30 a.m. Friday, January 18 at Georgian Court University during GCU’s LakewoodTogether Teen Summit. 

Mr. Ojeda, a Newark native who recalls being labled by a high school teacher as “the greatest piece of garbage he had ever seen,” is a published writer and a former college educator who touts social activism, entrepreneurship and education as keys to success. “Every second that you live, every breath that you take, is a breath that you have to turn it all around,” says Mr. Ojeda. “Now is the time to transform the youth into leaders of today, not tomorrow,” he says.

A graduate of Bloomsburg University and Kutztown University, Mr. Ojeda is credited with being a positive role model and change agent. He served Kutztown as an admissions officer and helped move the number of minority students from 4.6 percent to 16 percent in just three years. He also served the school as the youngest, first and only Latino business professor, and later directed the Latino Business Resource Center.

Participants from nearby Lakewood High School will also hear from carer coach and motivational speaker Rod Colon, a Jackson resident who is founder of Empowering Today’s Professionals (EPT Network). Mr. Colon joins speaker Leanice Smith for a session on “What’s Next? Life After High School.”  Freehold resident and current GCU master’s student Karissa Merkel discusses “The R.E.A.L. You” alongside Karen Goff, Georgian Court’s dean of student affairs, and Melissa Ruiz, coordinator of residence life, will share insights on ways students can learn to “Take the Lead.”

Colleen Diveny, a GCU student development specialist, and Steafannie Nicholson, a resident assistant, will address issues of peer pressure and bullying, and a panel of other college students will take questions about university life.

“The students and staff from GCU and Lakewood are excited about this opportunity, and we are anticipating an enriching day for everyone involved,” said Ms. Goff, who is one of more than 25 educational leaders involved with Lakewood Together. The collaborative is led by administrators from the Lakewood Public Schools and the GCU School of Education, and addresses a range of critical issues—from student persistence and college readiness to parent involvement and customized professional development—all tied to school success.

 

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Georgian Court Welcomes Bishop O’Connell for Talk on Faith, Holiness

Georgian Court University’s Year of Faith Continues with Bishop’s Public Lecture

Bishop O’Connell will discuss the role of faith in our lives during his Jan. 29 public lecture at Georgian Court University in Lakewood.

 

Lakewood, N.J., Jan. 14, 2013—Georgian Court University’s Year of Faith observance continues Tuesday, January 29 when Bishop David M. O’Connell of the Diocese of Trenton delivers a free, public lecture on the “The Call to Holiness.” His talk, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre on GCU’s historic Lakewood campus. A brief reception will follow the lecture.

In addition to his public lecture, Bishop O’Connell will spend time with Georgian Court faculty and students earlier in the day during the Mass of the Holy Spirit. The bishop, also a former president of The Catholic University of America, continues to be actively involved with GCU, the only Catholic institution of higher education in Central and South Jersey.

Members of the community are welcome to attend the bishop’s January 29 lecture, but reservations are required and seating is limited. To reserve your spot, please contact the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or specialevents@georgian.edu.

Bishop O’Connell’s 2013 discussion is part of GCU’s Year of Faith, as declared internationally in October 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI. In October 2012, Bishop O’Connell led thousands of area parishoners and others (including GCU students, faculty and religious staff) in an official kickoff at the PNC Arts Center. Since then, the university has held other Year of Faith events, sponsored, in part, by a $50,000 grant from the Council of Independent Colleges’ NetVUE initiative.

About Georgian Court University
Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court will become a fully coeducational university in 2013. Today, the university serves more than 2,500 students of all faiths and backgrounds in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court’s main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at the New Jersey Coastal Communiversity in Wall.

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A Prayer for Connecticut

A Prayer for Compassion, A Prayer for Peace

Georgian Court University stands in prayer with the parents and families affected by the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.  As our nation grapples with this heartbreaking tragedy, GCU President Rosemary E. Jeffries and the campus community ask that you join us in offering words of compassion and care.

God of peace, God of love:

We ask your blessings on the victims’ families and all of those impacted by
the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

We know you to be a merciful and just God, and we come to you now,

in a season where we celebrate the birth of your Son and our savior.

We come to you now, at a time when we have witnessed the horror of inhumanity.

Still, we know you to be a God of love, a God who watches us over day and night and
a God who shuns evil at every turn.

As we ask your blessing for those besieged by grief,
we thank you God, for accepting the souls who lost their lives in this tragedy.

Please comfort the families and friends who are left here wondering how this could have happened.

Help them to understand that only you God, knows the things of this world.

We pray that you would comfort the bereaved and bring wholeness to their lives and to our nation.

And we ask dear Lord, that you would make us grateful for the good news of salvation

and keep us faithful in your service until the coming our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Share your prayers, thoughts and reflections,
which may appear here or on GCU’s official social media streams via Facebook or Twitter.

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Update: Classes Scheduled to Resume Wednesday, Nov. 7

From Chief Zambrano:  Based on the latest reports from JCP&L, GCU Lakewood classes are scheduled to start on Wed 11/7. Staff are asked to come in at 12 noon Tues 11/6 to prepare for student return. Buildings will be opened at that time. Resident students can return at 12 noon on Tuesday 11/6. Please check GCU Web site by 10 am 11/6 to ensure power was connected as planned. Thank you.

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Update: Sunday, Nov. 4, 1:30 pm

Due to the continuing power outage, GCU will be closed on Monday 11/5/12 and Tuesday 11/6/12. Please check the GCU Web site and/or wait for another Connect-Ed message on Monday afternoon for further info for Wednesday 11/7/12. Thank you and be safe.

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