Monthly Archives: February 2014

GCU Students to Donors: ‘Thanks for Giving!’

FEBRUARY 27, 2014 (Lakewood, NJ) — Georgian Court University students are promoting Lion Loyalty Day as they mark Feb. 27’s internationally celebrated Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day. Many of GCU’s participants are student leaders with the university’s Phone-a-Thon campaigns and fundraising drives, and some are also organizing Georgian Court’s new young alumni initiative.

“Engaging students in philanthropy is a wonderful way to inspire the importance of giving back,” said Mellissia M. Zanjani, Ph.D., CFRE, Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “Georgian Court University is pleased to partner with CASE Affiliated Student Advancement Programs to host Lion Loyalty Day. It will be a day to promote and celebrate the love of humankind and to and help motivate students to become leaders in works of volunteering and philanthropy.”

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Castro’s Daughter Comes to Georgian Court

Alina Fernandez, whose life is chronicled in the book “Castro’s Daughter,” is set to speak at Georgian Court University March 11, 2014.

Georgian Court University welcomes Alina Fernández, daughter of Fidel Castro, Tuesday, March 11 at 5:30 p.m. The event is open to the public, and tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Admission is free to members of the GCU community, with ID. Reservations are required.

Through her insight as one of the Cuban elite, Ms. Fernández will share her first-person, intimate accounts of growing up in Cuba and discuss her life in Cuba. During her talks, Ms. Fernández often describes the surrounding political climate during the 1960s and 1970s while weaving in her unique sense of style and humor. She also shares exciting and suspenseful anecdotes, snapshots of Cuban society, her inside scoop on Cuban politics, and a detailed view of her father.  Ms. Fernández speaks candidly about her complicated relationship with Castro, who often visited his daughter in the late hours of the night.

Her life is the subject of Castro’s Daughter, An Exile’s Memoir of Cuba (St. Martin’s Press, 1999), and is the focus of a new indie film set to begin production in March 2014.

It is important to note that Ms. Fernández speaks for herself and the people of Cuba with whom she knew over the last 40 years, rather than as an expert on Fidel Castro as the political ruler of Cuba. This is her private story, told from her intensely personal point of view.

To reserve seating, contact the GCU Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732-987-2263 or

Model Student: Oreal Harding

photo 3 photo 4 photo 5 photo 1 photo 2 photo 3 photo 4The following post was contributed by Oreal Harding, a December 2012 GCU graduate who completed an internship in the GCU Office of Marketing & Communications. While attending GCU, she also worked parttime at Victoria’s Secret and served in GCU’s Work Study program as a Desk Assistant. Oreal, a former dancer and model for GCU’s annual campus fashion show, blogs about her experience as a 2013 Philly Fashion Week participant:



GCU Student Spotlight- Oreal Harding

PHILADELPHIA (September 2013) — Recently I was chosen to participate in my hometown’s Philly Fashion Week. This whole process started in June when a model friend of mine told me about the casting for Philly Fashion Week.

I made sure that I canceled all of my plans just to make the casting. Once I got there I had to fill out a form about myself and contact information. Then we all sat down and waited until we were told to walk for the judges. I walked twice and just like that I was called up and told that I made it.

After that we had a series of “go sees.” What are those? You walk for designers and if they like you they pick you and get your measurements for their line so you can walk in the show. I believe that we had about 5 or 6 “go sees.”

I wasn’t nervous at all. Being a GCU communication major, I learned a lot, especially when it comes to public speaking and reading people’s verbal and nonverbal expressions. I could tell when a designer liked my walk or not. Also I met a few models who were actually signed under agencies such as Wilhelmina, and Embacy.

Also being apart of GCU’s WILD program (Women in Leadership Development), I  learned the importance of networking and leaving a good impression with people. I met and spoke with models about their agencies and actually met and gave my business card to Embacy Modeling Agency during one of the shows. Continue reading


GCU Celebrates Black History Month

(Feb. 21, 2014) Lakewood, NJ—GCU’s Black Student Union will host the university’s Black History Month Celebration on Thursday, February 27 at 6:30pm in the Casino Auditorium.

This year’s theme is 50 Years Forward – A Tribute to the Dream as students celebrate two icons who advanced and awakened the world’s consciousness on issues of social justice, including:

•    MLK_WashingtonDr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the American pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader best known for the I Have A Dream speech, given just over 50 years ago when he led over 20,000 Americans in peaceful protest in Washington, D.C.; and
•    mandela1_oNelson Mandela, the civil rights giant who fought against South Africa’s apartheid movement and its racist policies. Imprisoned for 27 years, upon his release Mandela showed the ultimate act of humanity by forgiving his jailers and  directing a campaign of peaceful, nonviolent protests against the South African government.

The general public is invited to join GCU for this special celebration of the legacy and life of both Dr. King and Mr. Mandela. Admission is free to the GCU community and $5 for the general public. For information, contact GCU’s Office of Student Activities at 732-987-2606.