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Find Out What’s Next for Three GCU Exercise Science Quiz Whizzes

ACSM Student Quiz Bowl competitors from GCU with Dr. Vincent Chen

Dr. Vincent Chen, Vincent Giunta, Krzysztof Paczesny, and Patrick Morris (left to right)

Category: Terrific Accomplishments!

Clue: New Jersey will be represented for the first time at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Student Quiz Bowl by this university.

Answer: What is Georgian Court University?

Correct! Patrick Morris ’22, Krzysztof Paczesny ’22, and Vincent Giunta ’22 will test their knowledge of sports medicine and exercise science against teams from across the United States on June 1 during the ACSM’s annual meeting in San Diego.

Georgian Court’s team won the right to advance to the national competition by winning the  ACSM Greater New York Region’s competition in April. “Krzysztof, Patrick, and Vincent have a very deep knowledge of exercise science concepts, and I am confident they’ll perform well against students from some of the country’s leading collegiate programs,” said Vincent Chen, Ph.D., assistant professor of exercise science.

Georgian Court’s team will be boning up on its knowledge of anatomy, cardiac and muscular physiology, nutrition, ACSM guidelines, and more. Meet the team, all stellar students/alumni:

  • Krzysztof, a biology and exercise science double minor who has accepted a job with a bio company—which will pay his full doctoral program tuition;
  • Patrick, also a biology major, who will begin studies at the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University; and
  • Vincent, the top exercise science major, who will graduate in the fall.

Patrick and Krzysztof were also researchers in the exercise science lab while at Georgian Court.

Bringing the trophy back to Lakewood is the goal, but there’s another prize. “Competing on the national stage at the ACSM annual meeting will most certainly raise the visibility of GCU’s exercise science program,” said Dr. Chen.

Aerial view of GCU.

About Georgian Court University

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 2,200 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 14 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by Money.com and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates also make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at HazletGCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.

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