For Immediate Release

Contact: Deborah Gilleran

Former Georgian Court President to Give Poetry Reading

Lakewood, N.J., Oct. 7, 2008—Join Georgian Court University for a free poetry reading by Maria Cordis Richey, RSM, Ph.D., GCU professor of English and past president, on Tuesday, October 21, at 6:30 p.m. The reading will be held in the Little Theatre on the Lakewood campus.

We know too some slight newness in the world
          created by our wings as they unfurled-
Unfurled a little. Feathered soon with grace,
      we rise a little higher, making space-
space to be sure
                         that we can soar.
                                                             (Maria Cordis Richey, RSM, Ph.D., untitled)

Sister Maria Cordis graduated summa cum laude from Georgian Court and earned a master’s degree and a doctoral degree in English from Fordham University. She served as president of Georgian Court from 1974 to 1980. Her tenure marked an exciting time for the college, including the inception of the coeducational graduate and undergraduate programs; an enrollment increase of more than 70 percent; and the placement of the campus on the National Register of Historic Places. Her poetry has appeared in The Sewanee Review, Continuum Quarterly, Catholic World, Sign Magazine, Sisters Today, and other literary and general periodicals. She is a newly inducted member of GCU’s Court of Honor, which honors outstanding alumni.

”Since this is our Centennial year, and Sister Maria Cordis represents for so many students and faculty the tradition of The Court, I wanted to unite and celebrate our department's admiration of our esteemed faculty member and our appreciation for the poetic tradition," says Pamela Rader, Ph.D., GCU assistant professor of English.

This event is being presented by the Department of English and Communications. No reservations are required; however, it is recommended to arrive early for optimal seating. For more information, please contact Dr. Rader at or 732.987.2332.

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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