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Festive Inaugural Grand Cocktail Reception Raises Funds for Scholarships


After a full day of inaugural events on Friday, October 16, the day was capped off with the Inaugural Grand Cocktail Reception. Dr. Marbach’s friends and family celebrated with the campus community, alumni, and donors after the formal investiture ceremony while supporting scholarships. The Office of Institutional Advancement projects that $8,500 was raised.

Georgian Court University is grateful for the generous support of the following sponsors:

  • New Jersey Natural Gas, Court Sponsor
  • SEI Investment, Casino Sponsor
  • Ms. Lisa Fontenelli, Casino Sponsor
  • TD Bank, Bar Sponsor
  • Waldorf Risk Solutions, Bar Sponsor
  • Daybreak Marketing, Photography Underwriter
  • DW Smith, Mercy Sponsor
  • The Regency Management Group, Alumni Event Sponsor

For more photos of the event, please visit

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 2,100 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 15 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by 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 BrookdaleGCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.

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