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GCU Awarded $8.4 Million for Campus Renovations & Upgrades
Georgian Court University has been awarded $8.4 million from the state’s higher education bond program for the renovation and redesign of three campus buildings to increase the university’s capacity to empower more GCU students to become innovative leaders in the fields of STEM, nursing, and education.
Under the program, Georgian Court will receive $8,410,285 in state bond funds and provide $917,981 in matching funds. The three projects include Arts & Sciences Building: Innovations in STEM Education, $6,862,330; Hamilton Hall: Innovations & Improvements for Nursing Education, $1,375,594; and Raymond Hall: Enhancing the Educational Experience of Tomorrow’s Teachers, $1,090,342.
Arts & Sciences Building: Innovations in STEM Education
Renovation of the Arts & Sciences Building will help GCU offer richer, more compelling and innovative experiences for students and give faculty the resources needed to graduate highly competitive workers in the fields of STEM, as well as the Arts and Humanities.
The project will provide state-of-the-art technology resources in classrooms; modernization and reconfiguration of lab spaces; a research/multi-media lab; specialty equipment to support scientific research and analysis; installation of a new HVAC climate control system; a wet pipe sprinkler system; and finish upgrades.
Hamilton Hall: Innovations & Improvements for Nursing Education
This project will enable GCU to expand the Georgian Court-Meridian Health School of Nursing program to increase the number of highly trained, bachelor-degree prepared nurses for New Jersey’s health care system. The project will provide: classroom reconfiguration to allow for larger classrooms and labs; technology upgrades for five teaching spaces; accessibility improvements, including the installation of a new elevator to allow handicap access to all three floors of the building; parking lot reconfiguration to meet parking needs of the program expansion; building improvements to increase energy efficiencies, including window replacement, LED lighting, a boiler addition and heating zone control and electrical upgrades; and nursing equipment upgrades and the purchase of high-fidelity human patient simulators to enhance nursing training.
Raymond Hall: Enhancing the Educational Experience of Tomorrow’s Teachers
This project encompasses classroom and building-wide technology enhancements to strengthen teaching education and training in the School of Education and will bolster GCU’s decades-long record of providing New Jersey with a highly skilled workforce of excellent teachers, enhancing and improving the state’s education in K-12.
The project includes technology enhancements in seven classrooms; classroom conversion to create an observation lab; installation of an elevation to ensure access to second-floor classrooms; upgrades to paint and flooring; classroom renovations; a mechanical-electrical upgrade; building improvements & upgrades to increase energy efficiencies, including the installation of split system A/C throughout the building, installation of a wet pipe fire suppression sprinkler system, boiler replacement and hot water tank, and steam piping upgrade.
GCU Awarded $5,000 College Pathways Grant
Georgian Court University has received a $5,000 Merck College Pathways Reinforcement Program grant from the Independent College Fund of New Jersey to support the Girls Involved in Science & Technology (GIST) program.
GIST is a hands-on science program held at GCU during the summer for female high school and middle school students from Lakewood Township. Created in 2004, GIST is designed to inspire a serious interest in science and math in young girls and encourage their desire to attend college.
Taught by GCU faculty, the courses and hands-on learning activities focus on subjects including chemistry, biology, forensics, physics, aeronautics, anatomy, geometry, sustainability, mathematics, and statistical data analysis. Students examine the physics behind rocket launches, the biology of bones, the study of Fibonacci numbers, science behind blood cells, analysis of math and magic, science of atmospheric fundamentals, and physics of bicycles. Approximately 60 to 80 students entering grades 8 to 12 are invited to attend the program each year.
As part of the program, GIST high school students meet with GCU admissions counselors who answer questions about attending and applying to colleges. One of the primary goals of GIST is that participants will choose to major in science or math in the college they attend. GIST also includes a continuing education component in which the Lakewood students return to campus during the school year to work and study with GCU science and math students.
The College Pathways Reinforcement Program assists New Jersey’s private colleges and universities in engaging talented high-school students from low- to moderate income families in a college-type experience that builds academic knowledge, strengthens college preparedness skills, and reinforces self esteem. The grant funding will support the high school student participation in GIST.
GCU Receives $5,000 Pfizer Grant for Science Research
Georgian Court received a $5,000 grant for the Pfizer Undergraduate Research Endeavors (PURE) Science program through the Independent College Fund of New Jersey.
The grant will support undergraduate research, “Structure-function studies of Cytosolic Pyrimidine 5’-Nucleotidase III,” under faculty mentor, Dr. Eduard Bitto. The research focuses on an unusual enzyme process in red blood cell development that occurs in cases of anemia and lead poisoning
Students will present the results of their research at GCU’s Academic Excellence Night and the NJ Academy of Science meeting in Spring 2014.
GCU Awarded $50,000 NetVUE Grant for Year of FaithGCU received a $50,000 NetVUE Program Development Grant, through the Council of Independent Colleges, to expand our Year of Faith: A Call to Holiness at Georgian Court University program. The grant funds will support student retreats, faculty/staff retreats, and a speaker series to enhance spiritual formation in connection with vocational discernment through the Mercy core values. The grant funds will also enable the university to continue the Year of Faith programs into the next academic year.
GCU Receives $15,000 Grant from TD Charitable Foundation for Career Services
The TD Charitable Foundation awarded GCU $15,000 for our career services program, Court Connections: Preparing Students for Career Success. Court Connections will provide GCU students with access to advanced career development software and mentorship/career training programs to better prepare them to become resourceful entrepreneurs, skilled professionals, and innovative leaders in their chosen careers. The program also includes a partnership with Lakewood High School to provide its students with access to our career software and opportunities to attend our career training programs.
Additional Grant Programs at GCU
Reducing GCU’s carbon footprint, educating young girls in science and technology, advancing the nursing curriculum, and expanding career services are among the GCU programs funded by recent grants.
To help reduce GCU’s energy costs, biology majors Kaitlyn Hanson ’14 and Kate Olin ’13 spent the summer installing insulating ceramic window films on more than 200 windows in the Arts & Sciences Building. The students will compare monthly power usage for the 10 years previous to the installation with those in similar months post-installation to assess the effectiveness of the window films in reducing cooling costs. The project, funded by a $5,000 Focus on Sustainability grant through the Independent College Fund of New Jersey (ICFNJ), also includes an outreach campaign to educate students, faculty, staff, and the local community about the value of the energy saving tool.
As part of the Girls Involved in Science & Technology (GIST) program, 54 Lakewood middle school and high school female students spent a week at the GCU campus in June conducting hands-on experiments in science and math. Led by GCU faculty and graduate assistants, the GIST students examined the physics behind rocket launches, the biology of bones, the study of Fibonacci numbers, the science behind blood cells, analysis of math and magic, and the physics of bicycles. The students also visited NAVAIR Lakehurst. Created in 2004, GIST is designed to excite the interest of girls in the fields of science and technology and encourage them to pursue these fields in college. GCU is grateful to the TD Charitable Foundation, Verizon, and the New Jersey Space Grant Consortium for their funding support of GIST.
The Georgian Court-Meridian Health School of Nursing, which received full accreditation and graduated its first class of 30 B.S.N. candidates in May 2012, was awarded a $10,000 grant from BD for the Higher Education and Leadership Training for Healthcare (HEALTH) Program, in partnership with ICFNJ. The grant supports new curriculum development.
Additional grants include $5,000 from NJ Sea Grant Consortium for GCU’s rain garden/nitrogen removal project and $1,000 from ICFNJ to enhance career services for students.