GCU Faculty and Alumni Shine in Premiere of “Disposable Bodies”

GCU Faculty and Alumni Shine in Premiere of "Disposable Bodies"

GCU Dance faculty and alumni took to the stage on Thursday, October 27 to kick off the premiere of “Disposable Bodies,” a performance choreographed by Associate Professor Silvana Cardell, Director of the GCU Dance Program.

The cast included GCU Adjunct Professors William Robinsonas and Muyu Ruba, as well as alumni Mackenzie Morris ’16, Tyler Thomas Rivera ’21, and Ama Gora ‘17. Click here for a preview.

The interdisciplinary performance combines movement, sound, and imagery that explores the significance of bodies and poses questions about human and nonhuman relationships such as “Who counts as human,” and “Whose live count as lives.”

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Georgian Court Recognized for Leadership in Continuous Improvement by CAEP


The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) has announced that Georgian Court University (GCU) is one of 32 universities in the country to receive recognition for their leadership and commitment to continuous improvement.

The Frank Murray Leadership Recognition for Continuous Improvement is named after the founding President of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). Murray was a key advocate for a single set of educator preparation standards to unify the profession.

“Frank Murray was passionate about education preparation, a prominent leader in our profession, and an advocate for evidence to improve education. The providers that CAEP is recognizing are committed to continuous improvement and preparing their students to succeed in a diverse range of classrooms after they graduate,” said Yuhang Rong Chair of the CAEP Board of Directors. “CAEP Accreditation is a sign of commitment to quality through purposeful use of evidence. The Murray Leadership Recognition recipients should be proud of their accomplishments.”

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Guest Speaker: Eboo Patel, Founder and President of Interfaith America

Each October, GCU has an expert in their field visit campus to give a public talk to the university. This annual series, known as the Blue & Gold Invited Talk, brings together students, faculty, staff, and alumni to expand our perspectives and learn from a leading expert in a contemporary field.

This year, GCU is excited to welcome Eboo Patel, the Founder and President of Interfaith America, the leading interfaith organization in the U.S., as our guest speaker for the Blue and Gold Invited Talk.

Mr. Patel, named “one of America’s best leaders” by U.S. News & World Report, is a widely acclaimed civic leader who believes that religious diversity is an essential and inspiring dimension of American democracy.

Under his leadership, Interfaith America has worked with governments, universities, private companies, and civic organizations to make faith a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division.

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President Marbach Named One of the 2022 NJBIZ Education Power 50

Dr. Marbach Headshot

Dr. Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D., President of Georgian Court University, has been named one of the 2022 NJBIZ Education Power 50, coming in at No. 10!

Through this accolade, NJBIZ recognized educators and administrators who have persevered through interruptions in education due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, NJBIZ acknowledged those who have strived “to redress historical inequities and meet the needs of the state’s important economic actors.”

NJBIZ recognized President Marbach for GCU’s trailblazing decision to become the first institution of higher education in the state to offer employees a four-day compressed workweek option year-round. President Marbach was also chosen for guiding GCU in our historic land deal with Beth Medrash Govoha Lakewood yeshiva, “strengthening the relationship between the schools, which share a commitment to serving the Lakewood community.”

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Reunion & Homecoming Weekend 2022

Class of 1972

On October 14-15, Georgian Court University celebrated Reunion & Homecoming Weekend 2022. Over 100 alumni returned to The Court to reminisce, enjoy campus, and make new memories.

During the Alumni Awards Brunch, GCU recognized Hanna Thrainsdottir ’22, Faith Bennett ’22, Christine Hedgebeth ’16, Joanne Huelsman ’77, and Isabelle Mosca ’83 as the recipients of the Sportsmanship, Outstanding Senior, Young Alumni, Alumni Service, and Distinguished Alumni awards respectively.

Campus was buzzing with athletic games, a beer and wine garden, historic walking tour, and dessert party. The weekend was perfectly ended with the Golden Lions Anniversary Dinner where members of the class of 1972 celebrated their 50th reunion and were inducted into the Golden Lions Society. Reunion & Homecoming Weekend is always a fun filled event that brings alumni to campus to walk down memory lane. We are already looking forward to next year’s festivities and hope you’ll join too!

Welcoming Dr. Kelly McNeal to Georgian Court

Dr. Kelly McNeal Headshot

GCU is home to a wealth of accomplished, dedicated faculty and staff, and our latest addition to the team is no exception.

Dr. Kelly McNeal, our newest Dean of the School of Education, served as a faculty member at William Paterson University from 2006 to 2022. She has been published as an author and reviewer in myriad publications; has served as a panel presenter, invited speaker, and workshop presenter on multiple continents; and earned her PhD in Language, Literacy, and Learning from Fordham University.

“I am honored to have been selected as Georgian Court University’s Dean of the School of Education. As the landscape for teacher preparation and the preparation of advanced school personnel and school leaders continues to change in New Jersey, I am excited about joining. It has a strong history of preparing educational professionals and is dedicated to advancing a strong future.”

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Georgian Court University Announces Year-Round 4-Day Compressed Workweek

Georgian Court Gates

This fall, Georgian Court University will become the first higher education institution in New Jersey, and one of the few universities across the country, to offer employees a 4-day compressed workweek option year-round—instead of just during the summer.

“We are pleased to take another step forward in our ongoing efforts to proactively address and meet the changing needs of our incredible staff to provide them with the flexibility to both excel at their jobs and to create a more realistic work-life balance,” said Dr. Joseph Marbach, President of Georgian Court University.

The 4-day option will be available to some 220 full and part-time staff members upon schedule approval from their supervisors. The university will continue to be operational five days a week and run at the same high level of efficiency to meet the needs of the students, faculty and entire university community.

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GCU Alumna named CEO

GCU Alumna Named CEO

GCU alumna Reverend Nicole Charles has been named the CEO of the Association for Research and Enlightenment.

Rev. Dr. Charles, an ordained Interfaith Minister, earned her master’s degree in integrative health from Georgian Court University. Backed by her experience in the nonprofit and higher education sectors, Rev. Dr. Charles will create opportunities for greater access, growth, and transformative change in her new role.

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National Endowment for the Arts Grant Supports GCU Dance Director Cardell’s Latest Work

Merian Disposable Bodies

Disposable Bodies, an interdisciplinary performance choreographed by Silvana Cardell, associate professor of dance and director of the dance program at Georgian Court University, has shown once again that its message of justice for all living things is not disposable. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) recently announced a $10,000 grant to Philadelphia Dance Projects to support Disposable Bodies, for which Ms. Cardell received a Guggenheim Fellowship this year. It was also a New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project finalist.

In Disposable Bodies, Ms. Cardell asks the audience to consider how bodies—both human and nonhuman—are treated. It’s the type of thought-provoking work the NEA supports through Grants for Arts Projects funding—“artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity.”

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NJBIZ Names GCU Nursing Dean a “Healthcare Hero”

Teri Wurmser Portrait Featrure

We are so proud of Dr. Teri Wurmser, Dean of the Hackensack Meridian Health School of Nursing and Wellness at Georgian Court University, for being selected as one of the NJBIZ 2022 Healthcare Heroes!

Dr. Wurmser is one of seven people selected to be honored in the “Health Care Professional” category. The Healthcare Heroes program was created to recognize excellence, promote innovation, and honor the efforts of individuals and organizations making a significant impact on the quality of healthcare in New Jersey.

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