Alumni Named Program Manager of Big Brothers Big Sisters High School Mentoring Program

Alumni Named Program Manager of Big Brothers Big Sisters High School Mentoring Program

Congratulations to Yeila Rivera ’22, who has been named the program manager for the Big Brothers Big Sisters High School Mentoring Program for Cumberland & Salem counties!

“A former Big Sister, Rivera is passionate about enriching students’ lives. Rivera was born in Puerto Rico, grew up in Vineland, and completed her social work degree, graduating with distinction, at Georgian Court University.” – The Press of Atlantic City

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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

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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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Celebrating First-Gen Students at GCU

Being a first-generation college student is a huge milestone not just for students, but also for their families, according to several speakers who recently participated in Georgian Court University’s celebration of first-generation students. Not every journey is alike, they said, but they all share some things in common: a high value in education, an understanding of its overall benefits, and charting new territory—a move that takes both being bold and being brave.  

“It was heartwarming to witness our faculty, staff, and students come together to share their journeys as first-generation college students,” said Danielle Lamb, director of TRIO–Student Support Services, who was joined at the podium by Joy Smith, Ed.D., one of the university’s chief diversity officers and director of GCU’s Educational Opportunity Fund program.

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