Wellness Experts Discuss Healing, Holistic Health and More at Georgian Court

Gerry Gavin

Gerry Gavin, author of "Messages from Margaret," joins medical intuitive Rich Braconi at GCU on June 16.

Improving our own well-being and making the world a better place go hand in hand, according to organizers of “Nurturing the Planet Through Energy, Spirituality and Self-Improvement,” slated for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at Georgian Court University.

Sponsored by the GCU Department of Holistic Health and Exercise Science, the event is open to the public and reservations are encouraged. Admission is $10 per person and lunch is included.

Guest speakers include Gerry Gavin, the author of the recently released Balboa Press/Hay House book, “Messages from Margaret.” Mr. Gavin will offer very practical and “down to earth” ways that anyone can change destructive thought patterns, elevate their personal energy and aid in healing of the planet by just improving themselves.

Also speaking is Rich Braconi, a medical intuitive who will share his personal experiences and deep understanding of how he has grown his ability to sense ailments, disease and health imbalances in other people. Both Mr. Gavin and Mr. Braconi discovered their abilities later in life and often speak to audiences in hopes of teaching them how they can do the same.

In addition to the special guest presentations, participants will also hear from Sachiko Komagata, P.T, Ph.D., Chair and Associate Professor in Holistic Health Studies at Georgian Court University. Dr. Komagata will provide an overview of the scientific literature surrounding energy and spirituality that are closely related to Gerry and Rich’s areas of practice.

The event, which will be will be hosted in GCU’s historic Mansion on the university’s Lakewood campus, is expected to sell out quickly. To reserve seating, or for more information, contact Dr. Komagata at 732.987.2663.

About Holistic Health at GCU
Georgian Court University is the only regionally accredited university in New Jersey that offers a master’s degree in holistic health studies. Eastern and Western approaches are integrated to create well-balanced courses that teach students to communicate and educate others about health and wellness. While the program offers a variety of courses taught in the classroom and online, GCU will soon launch a master’s degree that is delivered 100% online.

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Peace Walk Makes a Stop at Georgian Court

Peace Walk Participants — In Their Own Words


Thanks to Dr. Rumu DasGupta and Dr. Sachiko Komagata for the information assembled below.

It’s been a nearly a year since the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan also wrecked the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Now, months after the natural and man-made disasters killed and contaminated countless lives, what have we learned?

That’s just one of the issues that supporters of  the “No More Fukushimas Peace Walk” hope to raise as part of a multi-city event that makes a stop at Georgian Court on Friday evening, March 2 at 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre. The gathering, which includes presentations from GCU faculty and other participants, is free and open to the public.

The walkers include 10-15 Buddhist nuns and monks, eyewitnesses, and people  from all faith traditions who are being led by nun Jun Yasuda.  The Buddhists are from the Grafton Peace Pagoda east of Buffalo New York. The walk calls attention to the implications of the Fukushima nuclear plant to issues of nuclear power safety in the U.S., including in our own backyard at Oyster Creek Generating Plant in nearby Lacey Township.

Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant has the same design as the Fukushima Nuclear Plant whose disaster contaminated the land causing permanent displacement of 160,000 Japanese people,” supporters of the peace walk wrote in a press release. “The ‘No More Fukushimas Peace Walk,’ starting from Oyster Creek, will proceed to the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant and end at the Vermont  Yankee Nuclear Power Plant to bring the message: ‘Shut Down Nuclear Power  Plants!'”

GCU hosts include Sisters of Mercy Mary Bilderback and Mary-Paula Cancienne, as well as GCU sociology professor Kasturi DasGupta, who can be reached at 732-987-2336. The co-sponsor is the Jersey Shore Nuclear Watch.

 Read more about the Peace Walk and take a stand at http://nomorefukushimaswalk.tumblr.com/.

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GCU’s McAuley Institute Begins New Year with “Cook, Eat and Heal”

Cook, Eat and Heal---GCU MILL CourseLakewood, N.J., Dec. 30, 2011—It’s that time of year again when Americans resolve to do better, to eat better, and to be better. Registered nurse Marion Marchese of Manalapan-based Health Her Way, LLC, is determined to help people do a better job of sticking to their intentions.

An expert in nutrition and healthy living, Ms. Marchese is the instructor for “Cook, Eat and Heal,” a three-week course that begins Tuesday, Jan. 17 at Georgian Court University. The 1 p.m.-3 p.m. class, which also meets Jan. 24 and Jan. 31, is one of many offerings from GCU’s McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning (MILL), a collection of programs, college-level classes, social activities and special events for adults 50 and older.

“Cook, Eat and Heal” participants will learn how to shop, read labels and use portion control as they prepare healthy meals. Also, Ms. Marchese will explore the systemic effects of proper nutrition and the direct effect that eating has on everything from coronary disease to cholesterol. She’ll also offer insight on foods that can boost energy levels and affect one’s mood.

Now in its second year, Georgian Court’s MILL program has grown from a few dozen participants in 2009 to about 500 members. At the same time, the course load for MILL has expanded from two pilot classes to upward of 40 offerings planned for 2012.

Registration for “Cook, Eat and Heal” is $50 per person, and enrollment is open only to paid MILL members. An annual $25 fee allows participants to become members of the McAuley Institute, which offers enriching and challenging classes without the hassles of homework, tests, or course credits. MILL members also attend social networking events and invitation-only activities with headline guests who appear at GCU throughout the year.

Sponsors for the 2011–2012 MILL lineup include The Sambol Family Foundation in Memory of Dr. Daniel Gold; Novy & Associates, Counsellors at Law; Creative Financial Group of New Jersey; and Harrogate. Learn more about the McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning by contacting GCU’s Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or specialevents@georgian.edu. Registration forms and detailed course listings are also available at www.georgian.edu/mcauley.

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Open House!

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet and greet potential new students at today’s Open House—-everything gets going at 9:30 a.m. in the Wellness Center and students/parents eventually will move on to the Casino as well as A&S. See you there!

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‘We Remember’

By Meloney Lane ’13
GCU Student Voices

September 11, 2001, was a day that changed America forever. It started out as a beautiful Tuesday morning, with thousands of people going about their normal work day. But the beautiful cloudless morning would turn out to be anything but beautiful. At 8:46 a.m. Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Many people thought it was an unfortunate accident. At 9:03 a.m. the nation watched as another plane, Flight 175, crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. As many Americans watched the events taking place in New York City in horror, another plane Flight 93 was being hijacked. At 9:37 a.m., Flight 77 crashed into the western side of the Pentagon.

Twenty minutes later the passengers on Flight 93 started to fight back against the hijackers.  At 9:59 a.m. the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed and just four minutes later, Flight 93 crashed into a field near Shanksville, Penn., the plane never making it to its intended target because of the brave passengers that fought back against the terrorists. At 10:10 a.m. the west side of the Pentagon collapsed and 10:28 a.m. the North Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed.

Every year on the anniversary of September 11, many Americans stop and remember the 3,000 people that lost their lives on that tragic day. Now, 10 years later, as the world stopped to remember September 11, the students, staff, and faculty of Georgian Court University took a moment to reflect on the events and remember the victims that were affected on that tragic day.

A group of about 40 people came together at a candlelight vigil at the Peace Pole on September 12, 2011. The ceremony began with everyone in attendance receiving a thin white candle. Only one candle was lit with a lighter, then the others were lit by everyone sharing the flame.

The people that were in attendance stood in a horseshoe shape around the Peace Pole, while the three speakers of the group stood in the center.

The ceremony started at 7:30 p.m. and the first speaker of the group was Samantha Arias.

“We are here tonight to honor and remember those who lost their lives on 9/11,” she said.

Jennifer, the Secretary of the Student Government Association and the President of the Poetry Club, gave an inspiring speech which detailed the events, victims, and families that were affected by that day.  After all the speakers were finished, the group was then asked to bow their heads to pray and have a moment of silence for those who were lost. While everyone was praying and remembering the events of September 11, one of the speakers told the group to blow out their candles when they are done remembering. Some people in the group blew out their candles a few moments after they were told to blow them out, others waited for a few minutes before blowing out their candles. The speakers then gathered up all of the candles and the group went their separate ways.

The events of September 11, 2001, will never be forgotten. Although 10 years have passed, September 11 makes many Americans stop and remember. Some remember the events, the innocent victims who lost their lives just going about their normal day, or some stop to reflect on where they were. Perhaps it is a combination of everything.

Like the thousands of Americans who remembered where they were on September 11, so did the speakers of the candlelight vigil.,

“I was in Georgia, Ms. Jones, 5th grade…I didn’t know that the country was attacked and didn’t realize how important the Twin Towers were to America,” said Jennifer.

Shinade Ramirez, Vice President of GCU’s Student Government Association, also recalled where she was on that day.

“I was in school, 5th grade music class,” Ramirez said. She also went on to say that her music teacher’s wife was in Tower Two and he was panicked.  “My father was delivering and was about to walk into Tower Two….we didn’t hear from him for about two to three days later,” she added.

Samantha Arias also spoke about where she was on September 11.

“I was at recess…6th grade…We were outside, and then the teachers called us back inside, the teachers were all panicked,” she said. “We went home early….then I saw what happened on TV…I thought it was a movie, I couldn’t believe it.”

After 10 years of remembering and honoring the people affected by 9/11, it seems to have had an effect on every American.

“(September 11) made me proud to be an American…and I take pride in living in America….and to appreciate life,” Ramirez said.“I was young and naive to the world….Hate and war didn’t exsist….it opened my eyes and made me more fearful,” Arias said.

September 11, 2001 for many Americans, was their real first act terrorism that many watched unfold on live television. Although it has been 10 years since the events, as a nation we will never forget. September 11th left a hole in the heart of the American people, however ceremonies like the Candlelight Vigil help us to heal and remember.

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Kean to GCU: ‘We are safer, but not totally safe’

GCU's Bob Louden, who directs the criminal justice program at the university, joined President Rosemary E. Jeffries (second from left), the Hon. Thomas H. Kean, and Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford (a GCU alumna), during the event.

More than 250 people turned out to hear former New Jersey Gov. Thomas H. Kean talk about the incredible changes America has seen since the events of Sept. 11, 2001. His talk, “9/11: A Decade Later,” was held in the historic Casino where students, faculty, staff and community residents listened intently to the man who also served as chairman of the 9/11 Commission.

Now more than ever, Americans need to understand that “we cannot go it alone,” Kean told the audience. “If we really cooperate, we can all be safer.”  That level of cooperation extends to supporting countries that are trying to expand their own economic and educational opportunities, as well as supporting democracy abroad.The former governor, who was tapped in 2002 by then-President George W. Bush to lead the investigative commission, talked candidly about the group’s achievements, and goals that have yet to be realized.

“What I learned about secrets in Washington is that they shouldn’t be secrets,” he said, underscoring the need to de-classify information that he believes Americans would be better off knowing.

“Are we safe? Yes, we’re much safer than we were before Sept. 11, but we’re not safe enough, not yet,” he said.

“Our biggest threat today is not in Afghanistan or Pakistan,” he said. “It comes from those wild, ungoverned parts of thw world. They have neither the desire or power for a big attack, but they are likely to plan smaller attacks. We’ve gotten pretty darn good at stopping unwanted people from coming into the country, but what’s happening now is that attackers are recruiting U.S. citizens—over the Internet. We have to be aware of this and get ahead of it.”

Look for extended coverage of Kean’s speech and other related activities in the fall edition of GCU Magazine.

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