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Georgian Court’s McAuley Institute: Learning for the Fun of It

GCU’s McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning Draws 500+ Adult Learners

Lakewood, N.J., Feb. 20, 2012—The love of learning and the fun that comes with engaging in college-level courses for sheer enjoyment are among the many reasons local seniors are drawn to the McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning (MILL) at Georgian Court University in Lakewood.

MILL offers dozens of timely and appealing non-credit classes for adults 50 and over, and has attracted more than 500 members since it started in 2009. The program, which began with two pilot courses, now offers nearly 50 classes representing everything from history and politics to personal health and technology.

An annual membership fee of $25 opens the door to thought-provoking topics that encourage participants to rethink their perspectives on certain subjects and challenge them to explore new skills. After becoming MILL members, participants register for individual classes, which include workshops, short courses and sessions that meet for several weeks. Class registration costs range from $20 to $120. For an additional fee, non-members (even those who aren’t quite 50 years old yet) can take classes, too.

The MILL Spring 2012 schedule of classes is online at Some of the newest offerings include religion and spirituality courses, golf lessons, retirement workshops, computer and social media sessions, health and wellness classes, music and performing arts programs, and more.

MILL’s unique content offerings have been a huge draw for seniors living in Ocean and Monmouth counties, but much of the program’s growth can be largely attributed to volunteers who tout the benefits of lifelong learning.

“The referrals from present members have been incredible,” says Ken Motz, a retired Wells Fargo marketing executive who chairs the MILL Advisory Board. “Through word-of-mouth and face-to-face meetings, we’ve really been able to make a difference.”

Mr. Motz points to the economy as another factor in the growth of MILL as older adults seek social and professional connections.

“In the face of high unemployment and an uncertain economy, people always to want to improve themselves,” he says. “Whether they want to learn a new skill or revisit old subject matter from a new perspective, people are looking for ways to learn more and do more.”

About the McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning at Georgian Court University
The McAuley Institute, which offers enriching and challenging classes without the hassles of homework, tests, or course credits, was created especially for senior adults ages 50 and older. MILL members also attend social networking events and invitation-only activities with headline guests who appear at GCU throughout the year. MILL sponsors for the 2011–2012 academic year include The Sambol Family Foundation, in memory of Dr. Daniel Gold; Novy & Associates, Counsellors at Law; Creative Financial Group of New Jersey; and Harrogate. Learn more about the McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning by contacting GCU’s Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or Registration forms and detailed course listings are available online at

About Georgian Court University
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 more than 2,500 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 One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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