For Immediate Release

Contact:Deborah Gilleran
732.987.2266
gillerand@georgian.edu

Investors Savings Bank Donates $110,000 for New Georgian Court Soccer Field

Lakewood, N.J., Nov. 2, 2007—Recently representatives from Investors Savings Bank came to the historic Georgian Court University campus to present university president Rosemary Jeffries, RSM, Ph.D., with a donation of $110,000 for the new Investors Savings Bank Soccer Field. The field is part of the new Georgian Court University Wellness Center Complex, which is currently under construction and slated for a grand opening next fall.

“We are thrilled that Investors Savings Bank has stepped forward to support Georgian Court University. Their ongoing commitment to the university enables us to continue to provide a premier liberal arts education to over 3,000 students, most of whom are New Jersey residents,” says President Jeffries.

Representing Investors Savings Bank at the ceremony were Carleen Lombardi, Jackson sales manager; Kevin Cummings, current COO who will become the CEO on January 1, 2008; Susan Nardozza, regional manager; and Leonard Allen, Lakewood sales manager.

“Investor’s Savings Bank is committed to giving back to the community—and especially to education—and this was a great opportunity to do that,” says Ms. Lombardi.

“As I told the young ladies in the soccer team, the things they learn on the field—the commitment, the teamwork, and dedication—will follow them throughout their lives in whatever they do,” she adds.

Sister Rosemary explained that the new Investors Savings Bank field will be one of two new soccer fields at the university and an integral part of the Wellness Center Complex. The new facility will allow the university to offer 10, as opposed to the current 7, NCAA Division II sports. In addition to organized NCAA Division II athletic events, intramural and recreational offerings, and space for individual fitness and exercise will be significantly expanded.

“The university’s vision of wellness speaks directly to the values-based, mission-driven education offered on campus. Furthermore, the additional athletic scholarships associated with an enhanced athletic program will serve to increase access to higher education for women from diverse backgrounds. This is particularly important, because 92 percent of all Georgian Court students receive some type of financial aid,” says GCU Director of Grants Development Stacey E. Abate.

“GCU’s commitment to wellness is an acknowledgement that all facets of an individual need to be cultivated in order to create a truly educated society. The new Wellness Center will be the central facility on campus designed to achieve these goals,” she adds.

The total cost of the Wellness Center project is $26 million, which is being funded by long-term financing and fundraising. To date, $8.4 million in donations have come from individuals, alumni, and members of the Board of Trustees, as well as the Mid-Atlantic Community of the Sisters of Mercy, the OceanFirst Foundation, and Investors Savings Bank.

For more information about the new Investors Savings Bank Soccer Field and the Georgian Court Wellness Center, contact Ms. Abate at 732.987.2393.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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