Kim Rego `23: It’s Never Going to be Easy, But it is Going to be Worth It

Kim Rego `23

Kimberly Rego of Spotswood, NJ., a sixth-grade Language Arts teacher, had been thinking about going to graduate school, but wasn’t sure where to start. Then, she received an email from her school about GCU graduate classes for educators. “I didn’t know where to go, but when this came up, I said to myself, you know what, I am going to do it!”

In 2021, she enrolled in the Reading/Literacy Specialization master’s degree program at GCU. As a Special Ed teacher, Rego was perplexed by how many students she was seeing that still didn’t know how to read by the time they got to her classroom. “I wanted to help them, but I didn’t know how. I had to help myself first so I could help them, so, I went back to school to learn more about the reading process,” said Rego.

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Jay Abraham `23: Growth in a Journey

Jay Abraham `23

Soccer (or “football” in Scotland) was the vehicle Jay Abraham used to arrive at Georgian Court University, but academic principles are the fuel that powered him through the journey. “The Five Mercy Core Values are guides for how best conduct yourself not only at school but in life,” said Abraham who hails from the town of Dumfries in Scotland.

Driven at a young age to become an accountant, Abraham sought an education program that provided the option for two majors: Accounting and Finance. His home country of Scotland did not offer this academic track in higher education, so he looked toward the United States.

“The morals and values of Georgian Court University resonated with me, especially service. Community service holds a special place in my heart and I thrive off of giving back to others and making them happy,” said Abraham. “This is a feeling like no other, helping people in a less fortunate situation, it is something everybody should do and the world would be a better place if this happened.”

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Josselin Ruiz ’23: First-Generation Student Recognized for Outstanding Academic Performance

Josselin Ruiz '23

Josselin Ruiz of Lakewood, N.J., is a stellar example of following your dreams and never giving up. As a first-generation college student, Ruiz faced some struggles since no one in her family was able to offer advice or help her anticipate what college was going to be like. It was a challenge at first, but that didn’t stop her from showing up and exceeding the expectations of her professors at GCU.

As an Early Childhood Education and Spanish Major, Ruiz loves working with young children and has experience working in schools and childcare centers. “I chose to major in Spanish because I wanted to improve my native language to better assist my community and the students that I will be teaching,” said Ruiz.

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GCU’s 27th Annual Scholarship & Golf Classic

Kelsey Grammar Beer Tasting

Georgian Court University hosted its 27th Annual Scholarship and Golf Classic on Monday, May 8, 2023, at Battleground Country Club in Manalapan, NJ. The Scholarship and Golf Classic is unequivocally the most important fundraising event of the year, with proceeds funding scholarships that make the dream of an education possible for hundreds of students. We can’t thank our sponsors and donors enough for their continued support of this event.

This year, GCU had a very special guest – award-winning actor, Kelsey Grammer, known for many iconic roles including NBC’s sitcom Cheers and its spin-off Frasier. Mr. Grammer golfed throughout the day, engaged with attendees, and hosted a beer tasting – sharing his line of Faith American beer during the evening reception.

Information will be posted on our website soon regarding next year’s event, but in the meantime, you can view photos from this year’s event here!

Georgian Court Alum Brittany Scardigno Receives a Fulbright in South Korea for 2023

On Monday, January 9th, Georgian Court alum Brittany Scardigno headed to Seoul, South Korea for her 2023 Fulbright Program. As the recipient of an English Teaching Assistantship (ETA), Brittany will be teaching students in underserved communities and immersing herself in South Korean culture.

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Georgian Court Wins NCAA Community Service Award

Georgian Court has received the NCAA Team Works Community Service Competition award, which recognizes student-athletes’ service to their respective communities through divisional competitions.

NCAA Team Works, which coordinates community service efforts at NCAA championships, and Helper Helper, a volunteer management and tracking platform, launched the community service competition to recognize student-athletes and schools who give back to their communities. This year’s challenge marked its seventh competition, which ran from Sept. 1-Dec. 15 and is based on the number of service hours completed and the number of participating student-athletes. Helper Helper tracks the school participation data throughout the competition.

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Georgian Court University Launches New Master of Social Work (MSW) Program

MSW Program

Georgian Court University (GCU) has officially launched a new Master of Social Work (MSW) Program. The first class of part-time students will start this fall.

As a professional degree, GCU’s Master of Social Work Program prepares students for advanced practice. They will offer two specializations: Direct Practice, also referred to as Clinical Practice, and Community Partnership.

The Clinical Practice specialization focuses on developing skills and knowledge needed to work effectively with individuals, families, and small groups in therapeutic settings. The Community Partnership specialization prepares students for careers in government agencies and nonprofits in policy, administration, management, and leadership.

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Take the First Step Toward WRS Level-1 Certification

Wilson Reading System

The WRS Introductory Course provides an overview of the Wilson Reading System® 4th Edition curriculum and serves as the prerequisite for WRS Level I Certification.

This course presents teachers with the knowledge and skills necessary to address the five principles of literacy instruction that align with the Common Core Learning Standards (Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Fluency, and Comprehension).

While attending this course, you will participate in hands-on activities utilizing WRS research-based, multisensory strategies to maximize the learning of students with reading difficulties.

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NCAA Bestows the Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence on Georgian Court

NCAA Make it Yours Sign

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has recognized Georgian Court with the Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence. With 44 out of 303 Division II schools earning the honor this year, Georgian Court ranks in the top 15% of member schools for academic performance.

The award is given annually to Division II schools with a four-cohort (2012-15) Academic Success Rate (ASR) of 90% or higher. Georgian Court, a member of the NCAA’s Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference, is one of only two Division II schools in New Jersey to receive the honor.

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Georgian Court University’s Legacy of Women’s Leadership

Georgian Cout University's Legacy of Women's Leadership

Georgian Court University (GCU) has been a trailblazer of opportunity for women since its founding in 1908 as an all-women’s educational institution. The university became co-ed in 2012, but its legacy of women’s leadership laid the strong foundation that makes GCU what it is today.

“While higher education generally provided what was then called ‘a chilly climate for women,’ at the time of its founding Georgian Court College was quite the opposite,” said Dr. Mary Chinery, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. “Georgian Court had women in every key leadership position – president, deans, department chairs, and more.”

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