Georgian Court Marks ‘Hope & Resilience’ A Year after Sandy

National expert Robert Wicks to speak on resilience; event also honors local residents and organizations

Dr. Wicks, author of "Riding the Dragon" and dozens of other works, is the guest speaker for GCU's Sandy anniversary event.

Dr. Wicks, author of “Riding the Dragon” and dozens of other works, is the guest speaker for GCU’s Sandy anniversary event.

Lakewood, N.J., Oct. 16, 2013— Superstorm Sandy may have delivered its harshest blows to thousands of homes and businesses along the shore, but it also brought the absolute best in untold numbers people and organizations—many of whom will be recognized at “Hope & Resilience: A Year After Sandy,” at 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27 at Georgian Court University. The free, public event will be held in the Casino on the university’s historic Lakewood campus.

“Georgian Court is joining with neighbors in Ocean and Monmouth counties—to honor representatives of those who suffered and survived, those who were there in the first hours to respond, and those who continue to serve and rebuild,” said GCU President Rosemary E. Jeffries, RSM, Ph.D. “It is important that we take time to honor the hope and resilience of the human spirit.”

Judging by the widespread advocacy and outreach efforts that continue today to the ubiquitous “Jersey Strong” references in everything from TV commercials to t-shirts, Sandy also spawned a unique sense of community generosity and mental toughness.

Guest speaker Robert Wicks, Psy.D., a Loyola University professor of pastoral care, will explore the issue further during the event. Dr. Wicks, the author of “Riding the Dragon: 10 Lessons for Inner Strength,” is also an expert in the prevention of secondary stress—the pressure that results from reaching out to others in need. He has published more than 40 books and has worked with a wide range of audiences, including nurses and doctors, international relief workers, psychotherapists, educators, and those in the ministry.

Dr. Wicks is expected to share his thoughts on resilience and the essential elements for the “bounce back” after a tragedy, according to event organizer Dr. Richard Ponton, an assistant professor of psychology in the GCU clinical mental health counseling program. The message will be especially inspiring for those who continue to serve those whose lives were devastated by Sandy.

The Sunday, Oct. 27 event kicks off GCU’s 2013 Critical Concerns Week, a four-day schedule of activities exploring Sandy’s impact on the environment and community mental health.

Reservations for “Hope & Resilience: A Year After Sandy” are accepted by e-mailing the GCU Office of Conferences & Special Events at or by calling 732.987.2263. To learn more about the honorees or for additional information, contact the GCU Office of Public Information at 732.987.2266 or