Please note that the following events have been canceled for Saturday, October 4: faculty presentations, 1920s dinner, and Victorian Sweet Shop Dessert Reception and Coffee Bar. The breakfast on Sunday, October 5, has also been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Deborah Gilleran
732.987.2266
dgilleran@georgian.edu

After 100 Years, Georgian Court Celebrates First “Homecoming” Weekend

Lakewood, N.J., Sept. 22, 2008—After 100 years of providing academic excellence in the Catholic tradition, Georgian Court University is about to celebrate a real “first:” their very first Blue & Gold Homecoming Weekend, scheduled for Friday, October 3 through Sunday, October 5.

“In the past we held “Family Day,” but this year, in honor of our Centennial, the event is being expanded to a weekend-long celebration,” says Evelyn Saul Quinn, associate provost/dean of students.

“We urge all members of the Georgian Court Community to come out and celebrate with us,” she adds.

Professor Quinn explains that although the event is not technically “open to the public,” thousands and thousands of people have studied at Georgian Court over the past 100 years, and all students, alumni, staff, and families are welcome to attend.

“This is a great opportunity for people to come back to The Court and see the many changes and upgrades that have recently taken place on our beautiful campus,” she says.

The 156-acre Georgian Court Campus is situated on the former George Jay Gould estate in Lakewood, and is listed as a National Historic Landmark. Though the gorgeous Georgian architecture still remains, recent additions and improvements to the campus have greatly expanded its capabilities. On September 24, the university will officially open the new $26-million Wellness Center Complex, which is placed adjacent to the existing library, academic buildings, and café, creating a new landscaped campus quad and an important campus center.

Professor Quinn adds, “If you haven’t been on campus in a while, Homecoming is the perfect time to come back to The Court.”

Homecoming events will kick off on Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. with a students-only barbeque, followed by a bonfire and party.

Events continue all day Saturday with an art exhibit, breakfast, faculty presentations, volleyball and soccer games, a 1920s dinner, and the “Victorian Sweet Shop Dessert Reception and Coffee Bar.” Saturday’s events are open to the entire Georgian Court community. Tickets are $27 per person, which includes breakfast, dinner, and the Victorian dessert reception.

Sunday’s events include breakfast, Mass, a vocal concert, family day fair, and soccer game. Sunday’s events are also open to the Georgian Court community. Tickets, which include breakfast and barbeque lunch, are $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12.

For a complete listing of events and registration information, go to www.georgian.edu/news/blue_gold_weekend.htm.

Alumni can register for Blue & Gold Weekend events online at alumni.georgian.edu. All others may register for events by contacting the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or specialevents@georgian.edu.

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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