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GCU students can now apply for emergency cash grants made possible by the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (CARES Act). The application and eligibility requirements are available at https://georgian.edu/application-for-higher-education-emergency-relief-fund/. Virtual instruction and events remain ongoing. A live Commencement ceremony will be held on campus in the fall. Georgian Court will welcome students for Fall 2020 classes–read more about our plans. Always check GCU e-mails and https://georgian.edu/health-services/coronavirus/ for the most up-to-date information.

Art, Culture & Leisure

Enhance your skills, hobbies, interests or personal life. Classes are offered online and in person days, evenings, weekends and online!

Click on the course titles below to view schedule and information.

The Joy of Painting (1983–1994)was a half-hour American instructional television show hosted by painter Bob Ross. In each episode, he taught techniques for landscape oil painting, completing a painting in each session. In this series, students will be guided to re- create four paintings inspired by Bob Ross.

Courses will be offered at Art at Kayley’s Menagerie, 21 South Hope Chapel Road, Jackson Township, NJ 08527. All materials and supplies are included in the cost. Participants will leave each session with an acrylic painting.

Winter Mountain

Jan. 23 (1 Session)
Th 6:30–9:00 pm
Tuition: $50

Black Waterfall

Jan. 30 (1 Session)
Th 6:30–9:00 pm
Tuition: $50

Autumn Splendor

Feb. 6 (1 Session)
Th 6:30–9:00 pm
Tuition: $50

Pastel Seascape

Feb. 13 (1 Session)
Th 6:30–9:00 pm
Tuition: $50

ENROLL IN THE ENTIRE SERIES AND RECEIVE A DISCOUNT!

Jan. 23–Feb. 13 (4 Sessions)
Th 6:30–9:00 pm
Tuition: $185

Chalk Couture™ is revolutionizing DIY and home décor with category-creating products like Chalkology™ Paste, Chalk Transfers™, Chalkology™ Ink, and our exclusive boards.

Join Chalk Couture artist Jessica Hein as she walks you through making your custom decorations, with various designs and colors to choose from! All supplies are included with the class fee.

Shadow Box: Make a customized 8” x 10” shadow box to hold memorabilia, highlight a holiday, or simply use as a decoration.

Feb. 8 (1 Session)
Sat 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Tuition: $45
Instructor: Jessica Hein, Chalking With the Girls

Throw Pillow: Customize your own 20” x 20” throw pillow.

March 21 (1 Session)
Sat 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Tuition: $45
Instructor: Jessica Hein, Chalking With the Girls

Welcome Sign: Make a custom 42” sign to welcome guests.

April 18 (1 Session)
Sat 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Tuition: $55
Instructor: Jessica Hein, Chalking With the Girls

Inspirational Sign: Make a 9” x 12” inspirational sign. You will get to select from a variety of transfers and sayings.

May 16 (1 Session)
Sat 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Tuition: $45
Instructor: Jessica Hein, Chalking With the Girls

Learn to use digital editing techniques to show off your photos and memorabilia in Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking! Using Photoshop Elements 11, 12, or 13, this course will teach you how to make the most of your scrapbooking talents and artistic ideas when you combine traditional and digital scrapbooking.

ONLINE: Begins Monthly (12 Sessions)

Tuition: $100
For more information or to register, visit ed2go.com/Georgian.

This course will teach you all about digital cameras, from DSLRs to smartphone cameras, and what different equipment is used for. You’ll learn about different display methods for your camera, including sizing, print options, online storage, and how social media factors into digital photography. If you have old slides, negatives, or prints, this course will also teach you how to scan those “old school” photo assets.

By the course completion, you will understand how composing photos has changed with the evolving capabilities of digital photography.

ONLINE: Begins Monthly (12 Sessions)

Tuition: $100
For more information or to register, visit ed2go.com/Georgian.

This course explores the Japanese culture, focusing on beliefs and values, food/herbs/ health, language/calligraphy, architecture, and arts, including music/dance. Students will practice conversational greetings and writing Japanese language while appreciating common traditional Japanese music and dance forms.

March 10–April 7 (5 Sessions)
Tu 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Tuition: $125
Instructor: Sachiko Komagata, PT, PhD

In this course, you’ll learn about the most common Japanese calligraphy styles as you grow to appreciate the benefits of mindfulness in your daily life. Participants will enjoy a short, silent meditation before practicing the quiet art of mixing ink, handling a brush, and painting characters.

Ink, tools, and paper will be provided.

Jan. 29–Feb 26 (5 Sessions)
W 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Tuition: $125
Instructor: Sachiko Komagata, PT, PhD

This four-week class will start each session in the classroom and then proceed outdoors to experience a forest therapy walk designed to increase sensory awareness in nature and increase health by decreasing stress and anxiety by wandering slowly through the forests on campus and experiencing a feeling of peaceful relaxation. Learners will learn what a “sit spot” is, experience a number of invitations creativity exploring nature[?], and end each class with a tea ceremony. Students will be encouraged to practice what they have learned at home during the week.

April 22, 29 & May 6, 13 (4 Sessions)
W 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Tuition: $125
Instructor: Sharon Lohse, Certified Forest Therapy Guide, ANFT

Henna is a temporary tattoo used throughout the world as part of wedding or cultural traditions,and is sometimes referred to as mehendi or mehndi. This workshop takes a step-by-step approach to henna, from history to theory to practice. The design process is segmented into a few simple steps of how to make a simple henna design and after-care instructions. This is a great course for beginners and for those who want to brush up on any existing techniques.

March 14 (1 Session)
Sat 11:00 am

Tuition: $25
Instructor: Henna by Jinal

Adobe Photoshop CC (also known as Photoshop Creative Cloud) is a powerful subscription software solution providing support and specialized editing tools for digital photographers and graphic artists. In this course, you will master techniques to edit and enhance your digital images and add a professional polish to your work. The course offers simple, step-by-step instructions for basics like cropping, rotation, and sizing images. You will experiment with Photoshop’s tools for correcting exposure, adjusting color and colorcasts, and work with Adobe’s powerful layer and selection tools. You will learn how to add text, retouch, and even clone away unwanted elements from your images. You will discover how to work with raw images and prepare images for print or online use.

In this course, you will be guided through detailed explanations and instructions for using the tools that make this software so popular and unique in the world of digital editing. Whether you are a novice or accomplished photo editor, this course will give you a collection of useful techniques that will quickly show you amazing results in your images.

ONLINE: Begins Monthly (12 Sessions)

Tuition: $100
For more information or to register, visit ed2go.com/Georgian.

Wild and Free Painting provides courses in the creative arts as a tool for self-care, self- discovery, personal growth, and exploration. We focus on the act of painting itself and your experience while painting rather than the final art product. We celebrate your creativity in all of its authentic form and return to the idea that creative expression can serve as a tool to heal, connect, uncover, reclaim, and discover. We leave the teaching of technique and model to follow for the traditional art class and instead use our intuition as a guide.

Absolutely no prior art experience is necessary to enjoy the benefits of this process.

Group participants will

  • develop greater awareness of and connection to your own intuition;
  • increase courage to follow your passion and take risks;
  • create a new way of being with yourself that comes from a place of acceptance and compassion rather than inner critique, shame, and blame;
  • discover a deeper connection within yourself and, in turn, feel more satisfied and connected in all other relationships; and
  • learn the seven guiding principles of process painting.

Group will be meet at Wild and Free Painting, LLC, 660 Tennent Road, Suite 106, Manalapan, NJ 07726. Materials are included.

March 5–April 9 (6 Sessions)
Th 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Tuition: $330
Instructor: Elissa Arbeitman, MA, ATR-BC

Take a light-hearted look at the men in the Oval Office and how humor influenced their presidencies. Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and many other American presidents understood how valuable humor is when communicating with the public. We will watch rare clips of U.S. presidents at their funniest, plus a special series of clips featuring presidential gaffs, bloopers, and imposters.

Feb. 12
W 6:00–7:30 pm
Location: Little Theatre

Tuition: $15
Presenter: Sal St. George of St. George Productions

Over the years, women have sipped tea, and men have frequented taverns for a beer or two. Learn about the development and importance of tearooms, taverns, hotels, restaurants, and other social establishments in New Jersey. Learn about the social atmosphere in
these establishments from the early colonial era to modern times. Light refreshments are included. Limited seats, register early!

Feb. 27
Th 1:00–2:30 pm
Location: The Mansion

Tuition: $28
Presenter: Judith Krall Russo, Historian and Educator

Starting with the Scottish and English folk ballads brought by the newest Americans, country music has told stories of our culture for over 200 years. Folk hymns, bluegrass, then honky-tonk culminate in today’s popular Nashville sound and its sub-genres.

March 10
Tu 6:30–8:30 pm
Location: Little Theatre

Tuition: $10
Presenter: Patrick Appello, GCU Lecturer in Music

In 2020, Americans will celebrate the centennial of American women achieving one of the primary rights of citizenship in our democracy—the right to vote. One of the most important individuals in finally making it a reality was Carrie Chapman Catt, suffragist leader, secret “Winning Plan” strategist, and founder of the League of Women Voters. Catt was the women’s rights dynamo who succeeded Susan B. Anthony as head of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. She was featured on the cover of Time, inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, and received the American Hebrew Medal. In 2016, Catt had a statue dedicated to her and other suffragists in Nashville, Tennessee, the state where the final vote was cast for the 19th Amendment. Catt’s life and the story of woman suffrage is an amazing and dramatic odyssey that is important, engaging, and relevant today. Limited seats, register early!

March 12
Th 6:00–7:30 pm
Location: Little Theatre

Tuition: FREE, registration required
Portrayed by: Pat Jordan, American Historical Theatre. Ms. Jordan appears courtesy of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Public Scholars Project.

For more than three decades, John Wayne was among the top 10 most popular motion picture stars in the world. His classic motion pictures include such favorites as Stagecoach, Rio Bravo, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Shootist, and, of course, the film that earned “The Duke” his only Academy Award, True Grit. We’ll review his career, professionally and personally, as well as watch various clips featuring John Wayne at his rootin’-tootin’ finest.

March 18
W 6:00–7:30 pm
Location: Little Theatre

Tuition: $15
Presenter: Sal St. George of St. George Productions

Most individuals in New Jersey associate terrorism more with New York City than with the Garden State. This presentation will review several incidents and investigations during the past five decades that were initiated in or closely connected to New Jersey. We will also review how the state is organized to be prepared for homeland security and terror-related events.

April 15
W 7:15–8:30 pm
Location: Little Theatre

Tuition: FREE, registration required
Presenter: NYPD Detective Lieutenant (Ret.) Robert Louden, Ph.D., GCU Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice

Nicknamed by the New York Times for her mesmerizing performances, Ms. Walters performs in Lakewood for the first time. She has played on six continents and almost each of the 50 states in the most renowned concert venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, European embassies, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Shanghai, and the royal palaces of Europe. Among the world’s finest pianists, Ms. Walters is a consummate performer, engaging her audience each and every moment. Visit teresawalters.com to learn more.

April 19
Sun 1:30–2:00 pm
Location: Marron University Community Chapel

Tuition: $15, plus service charge
Presenter: Teresa Walters
Visit georgian.edu/events to register online for this event.

The rhythm and blues of the 1940s and rockabilly of the 1950s spawned rock and roll, the music parents feared would corrupt their children forever. Social change and rebellion begat Motown, psychedelia, punk, and disco. Follow how rock reflected and influenced the culture of its times.

April 21
Tu 6:30–8:30 pm
Location: Little Theatre

Tuition: $10
Presenter: Patrick Appello, GCU lecturer of Music

Explore the lilac, holly, magnolia, and maple collections in the historic core of the Georgian Court University campus. We’ll walk from the Jeffries Hall parking lot to the vicinity of the Apollo Fountain and Japanese Garden to see these diverse woody plants. Guests will walk approximately one mile total, sometimes on gravel and uphill paths. There will be restroom opportunities. Heavy rain will cancel the event.

May 1
F 1:30–3:00 pm
Location: Jeffries Hall East Entrance

Tuition: FREE, registration required
Presenter: Michael Gross, Ph.D., Associate Provost, Professor of Biology, and Director of the Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum

Celebrate spring with music. Classical, traditional, and popular seasonal favorites will be performed accompanied by piano, flute, and strings.

May 2
Sat 7:00–9:00 pm
Location: Marron University Community Chapel

Tuition: $15, plus service charge
$10 Age 62+, plus service charge
Visit georgian.edu/events to register online for this event.

Celebrate the nature and beauty of Georgian Court University with a walking tour of the trees and gardens of the Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum. You’ll see the LEED Gold- certified Wellness Center’s living roof, and the Wellness, Puny, Italian, Japanese, Formal, and Sunken gardens, while learning about the historic sculptures and statuary along the way. Guests will walk approximately one mile total, sometimes on gravel and uphill paths. There will be restroom opportunities. In the event of severe weather, an indoor media presentation will be substituted.

May 8
F 10:15 am–12:00 pm
Location: Jeffries Hall East Entrance

Tuition: $8
Presenter: Michael Gross, Ph.D., Associate Provost, Professor of Biology, and Director of the Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum

Please join our Ninth Annual Wellness Expo at Georgian Court University! Meet local and regional practitioners and vendors of all aspects of wellness. Free lectures, workshops, and activity sessions including shinrin yoku (forest bathing), yoga, qigong, and more. Rain or shine event. Raffles for sale. Proceeds from raffles go to Integrative Health Donation Account to support research and programming.

March 14
Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm

Tuition: FREE
Location: Casino Auditorium

Are you looking for more vitality, improvement with balance, help with lowering high blood pressure, or struggling with stress? Find out how the easy gentle movements of tai chi and qigong may help you improve your health naturally. Saturday, April 25, is World T’ai Chi and Qigong Day, and we are celebrating in a big way! Tai chi and qigong are known for their health benefits, and this event is a great way for people to learn and experience these movements that may be done seated as well as standing.

Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to follow these easy, gentle movements with us and learn how the research supports the health benefits that many experience. After lunch, enjoy a workshop with our special guests to go deeper into the practices.

April 25
Sat 8:00 am–6:00 pm

Tuition: FREE
Location: Casino Auditorium

Come join and learn from our graduate students in the M.A. in Integrative Health program as they present their final research, educational, or business project. All are welcome.

May 11
M 6:00–9:00 pm

Tuition: FREE
Location: Little Theatre

Back by popular demand, an authentic Japanese tea ceremony will be experienced with expert Judith Krall-Russo. Tour GCU’s historic Japanese Garden, completed in 1909–1910 by Takeo Shiota, and its tea house with Michael Gross, Ph.D., associate provost and arboretum director, and enjoy a cultural presentation by Sachiko Komagata, Ph.D., chair and associate professor of Integrative Health and exercise science. Guests will check in at the chapel and then be divided into three groups. There is approximately one-eighth of a mile of walking between the chapel and Japanese Garden. Light refreshments are included. Limited seats, register early!

June 10
W 4:00–6:00 pm

Tuition: $30
Location: Marron University Community Chapel

This six-hour course provides the primary knowledge and skills for defensive driving and describes techniques for avoiding high-risk driving behaviors. Participants will learn that the right attitude can prevent collisions and help understand the consequences of poor decision making.

Participants may be eligible to receive up to a 5% discount and/or a two-point New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles reduction.

March 16 (1 Session)
M 9:00 am–3:30 pm

Tuition: $99
Instructor: LifeForce USA

May 15 (1 Session)
F 9:00 am–3:30 pm

Tuition: $99
Instructor: LifeForce USA

How to Register

  • Online
  • Via Phone at 732-987-2255
  • In Person at Lake House, 555 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701
  • Mail to: Center for Professional Studies,
    900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701

Registrations will close 48 hours prior to the course start date. No late registrations will be accepted.

Payment Options

The university accepts cash, checks, money orders, and cashier’s checks. Checks must be made out to Georgian Court University.

Cash: Cash is accepted in person only at Lake House, 555 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701

Checks: Checks should be made payable to Georgian Court University and include your name and student ID (if available). A $55 fee will apply for all returned checks.

Online: Payments by electronic check and debit/credit card are done online through Self- Service. All debit/credit card payments will be charged a convenience fee of 2.75%. There is no fee for an electronic check. We do not accept debit/credit card payments on site.

Employer Sponsorship: Employers may send us a purchase order or voucher stating their intent to pay for the student’s course along with a completed Employer Sponsorship form, which is available online at georgian.edu/cps or in this book.

Cancellations and Refunds

Cancellations: The Center for Professional Studies at GCU reserves the right to cancel, reschedule, or combine program events that are below the minimum participant requirement. Should a cancellation occur, staff will contact the participant about the cancellation or about any alternative program event(s). You may elect to transfer your registration to a combined or alternate program. If you are unavailable to attend the alternate program or the program is cancelled, all tuition and fees will be refunded via check.

Refunds: Refund and withdrawal requests must be received 10 or more days before the beginning of a class to receive a 100% refund. With less notice, no refund will be provided. Please note that some courses do incur a nonrefundable registration fee as noted in the course details.

Inclement Weather and Emergency Closings

Please check georgian.edu, official Georgian Court social media channels, or local news sources to check for cancellations due to inclement weather. Cancelled classes are made up by adding on an additional session after the last scheduled class, based on instructor and classroom availability.

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