Oct 31

Who ya gonna call…GERM busters!

Be a GERM buster!

Our hands are constantly in use. We use them to type, write, text, scratch, wipe, swipe, swat, pick, squeeze, and the list goes on and on. Our hands are magnets for germs and keeping them clean is the most important step we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading the germs to others. DID YOU KNOW that some germs can grow and divide every 20 minutes? This means that 1 germ can become 8 million germs just in 1 day. Yuck!  Germs can be bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi or viruses and all have the potential to make you and others sick. DID YOU KNOW that some germs can live 2 hours or longer on surfaces such as  tables, door knobs, and desks?  When you touch a door knob or elevator button germs are left behind. Cold, stomach flu  viruses can be spread in this manner. You will not get a STD from touching a door knob but you may end up with a cold or the flu. DID YOU KNOW  that when you sneeze germs travel at 80 miles per hour? Sneezes contain droplets of germs that can be more contagious than those spread by direct contact such as touching a doorknob. DID YOU KNOW  that in a recent survey of 5 large cities only 77% of people indicated that they washed their hands after using a public rest room?  When was the last time you washed your hands?  germs II

Washing your hands frequently is the best step you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. The best practice is to wash your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds. Don’t know how long is 20 seconds? Just hum “Happy Birthday” song twice and make sure that you wash your entire hand paying attention to cleaning between your fingers and under your nails. Dry your hands using a clean towel or paper.

 Using soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on your hands. However, if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on your hands but they do NOT eliminate all types of germs.

Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze! Immediately throw the tissue in a receptacle and wash your hands!

Germ busters provided various informative activities on October 29th in the Gavan Lounge: See pics below!

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Oct 30


purple ribbonPurple Thursday…Even the Food was Purple!

By Dr. JoAnn Garcia-Warren

With the help of several departments on campus ( Counseling, Residential Life, Security, Health Services, Dining Services and Case Management), and the GCU community, we were able to turn our campus PURPLE on Thursday, October 23, 2014. Staff, faculty, and students wore purple clothing, GCU staff and students handed out Domestic Violence Awareness information and purple ribbons…even the food was purple!

Some facts about Domestic Violence:

  • One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime
  • An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year
  • 85% of domestic violence victims are women
  • Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they knew
  • Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence
  • Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police
  • One in 6 women have been raped by an intimate partner at some point in their lives
  • Sexual assault of forced sex occurs in approximately 40-45% of battering relationships
  • 1 in 12 women and 1 in 45 men have been stalked in their lifetime

If you or someone you know has questions about Domestic Violence, please contact Counseling Center, 732-987-2680, and set up an appointment to meet with a counselor.


Oct 17

STOP the FLU!!!!

 Every year about 5% to 20% of the population in the United States gets the Flu. With a population of about 320 million, you do the math… anyway you cut it ..that’s a lot of people. And anyone can get it!

Influenza, commonly known as THE FLU, is a respiratory disease that is very contagious. It is easily spread through human to human contact with infected people who are coughing or sneezing. Symptoms range from mild to severe. . Each year over 36,000 people die from the flu. The best way to prevent the FLU is to get vaccinated.

 Symptoms of the FLU include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, body aches, fatigue, vomiting/diarrhea, and headache and begin 1 to 3 days after the virus enters the body. It spreads through droplets that enter the air after people cough and sneeze. Others can breathe them in or get them on their hands after touching contaminated surfaces and get infected when they touch their eyes, nose and mouth. People are contagious and can spread the flu up to 24 hours before they feel sick and for about 1 week after symptoms begin. The time may be  longer in children.

PREVENTION is the key and the best way to protect yourself is to get a FLU SHOT every year! The seasonal flu virus changes from year to year. Frequent hand washing with soap and water is also key. Remember to cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and if you are sick stay home and rest.flu 2

If you get the flu stay at home and rest. Avoid close contact with others and drink plenty of clear liquids to prevent dehydration. Treat fever and cough with over the counter medications remembering to read all labels prior to use. If you have a medical condition that puts you at higher risk of flu complications such as asthma or COPD call your doctor. Seek emergency medical treatment if you experience difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, and/or severe or persistent vomiting.


GCU held it’s annual flu clinic on October 15th.

A record number of students, staff, and faculty received the flu vaccine.

Let’s keep GCU safe from the FLU!

Oct 17

Young Lion Brotherhood Promotes Anti Bullying

The Young Lions Brotherhood (YLB) came together to break the silence and speak out against bullying. Students spray painted and stenciled T -shirts to show their support. The color purple represents anti-violence.photo (22)

In addition, students were encouraged to write a note, message or story in support of anti-bullying on a purple heart. Richie Vascones, GCU student, began this project to raise awareness that more than 4,400 students commit suicide as a result of bullying. GCU is helping Richie to collect 220,000 hearts. 220,000 represents one heart from every state for each person who has committed suicide. Richie is also a member of the Law Explorers Club located in Linden, NJ.

photo (14)photo (17)Bullying is one type of violence that threatens young people’s well-being. Bullying can result in physical injuries, social and emotional difficulties, and academic problems. The harmful effects of bullying are frequently felt by others, including friends and families, and can hurt the overall health and safety of schools, neighborhoods, and society. Bullying is defined as any unwanted aggressive behavior(s) by another that involves an observed or perceived power imbalance and is repeated multiple times or is highly likely to be repeated. Bullying may inflict harm or distress that may include physical, psychological, social, or educational harm. Bullying can occur in person and through technology. Electronic aggression or cyber bullting is bullying that happens through e-mail, chat rooms, instant message, texting, or other forms of social media.photo (33)

Join Young Lions Brotherhood to “Break the Silence”!














Oct 10

The Pink Party! October 8, 2014

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The Georgian Court University community came together in support of breast cancer  on Wednesday, October 8th from 10 am to 2 pm in the A&S breezeway. Students participated in activities that raised awareness that breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. Activities included paint the pinkies pick, stripe your hair pink, decorate your bra pink with an inspiring message, and pink ribbon remembrances. GCU students raised money to donate to breast cancer research by hosting a “pink” bake sale. Breast self examination shower cards were distributed to students, staff and faculty. Free raffles and breast cancer awareness give-a-ways were also available.

Every women is at risk for breast cancer and her risk increases with age. Although the risk is higher in women with a personal history or whose close female relatives ( mothers & sisters) have had the disease, 4 out of 5 women who develop breast cancer have no family history of the disease.  Symptoms or breast changes to be aware of include any lump, thickening, or swelling, dimpling, skin irritation, distortion, retraction of the nipple, scaliness, or pain. The best protection against breast cancer is early detection and treatment. The American Cancer Society recommends a 3 step early detection program which includes: (1) Practicing monthly breast self exams (2) See your doctor for regular breast exams at least every 3 years from age 20 to 39 and every year beginning at age 40 (3) Have regular mammograms beginning at the age of 40. A mammogram can pick up changes in the breast that might signal cancer long before it can be felt. Remember most lumps are not cancerous, but to be sure, see your doctor even if you’ve had a mammogram recently and you discover a lump. Although rare, men may also develop breast cancer.

For more info visit www.cancer.org

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Sep 10

World Suicide Prevention Day September 10, 2014

The purpose of World Suicide Prevention Day is to raise awareness around the globe that suicide can be prevented.

The World Health Organization produced “Living with a Black Dog” below:


Depression and suicide are major public health issues. Worldwide suicide rates have increased by 60% over the last 50 years. Suicide is now one of the 3 leading causes of death among people aged 15-34 years. World Suicide Prevention Day provides an opportunity for everyone to unite in commitment and action to ensure that suicides are prevented. If you would like further information on depression or suicide please contact Counseling @ ext. 2680

Jul 31

Health Insurance

health insurance 2Student Health Insurance is important. It guarantees that you will be able to obtain necessary treatment in the event that a serious illness or injury  occurs. A college student without health insurance can easily spend more money on health care to treat a single case of the flu or a broken arm/leg than the annual cost of a student health insurance policy. Maintaining adequate health insurance coverage will prevent severe financial hardships should unforeseen major medical care be required.    Make sure that you have the appropriate health insurance coverage so that an unexpected illness or accident doesn’t hinder your wellness or academic success. 

All current GCU students may utilize Health Services. While we strive to meet the majority of general health care needs of our students, our services are limited. Therefore, it is essential to consider enrolling in a health insurance plan. Georgian Court University has made available to eligible students (undergrads taking at least 9 credits and grads taking at least 6 credits) a voluntary student health insurance policy. Enrollment and payment for voluntary coverage must be done through the AIG website:  www.studentinsurance.com.

Enrollment period ends September 29, 2014.The brochure and policy information are available on the AIG website. For additional information contact Health Services @ 732-987-2756.

Important: International and Dance students are required to carry health insurance coverage and will be automatically charged for the student health insurance plan and enrolled. However, if proof of alternate coverage is provided, the university coverage may be waived through the Bursar’s Office. WAIVER DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 29, 2014. Once you are enrolled and the waiver deadline has passed, the coverage cannot be cancelled for any reason. health insurance1

For other  health insurance options visit : Healthcare.gov or call  1-800-318-2596 

Health Insurance INFO for Students Studying/Traveling Abroad

Health Services advises that students studying or traveling outside of the United States have sufficient medical insurance coverage for all possible medical needs including medical evacuation and repatriation. Most medical systems  operate differently outside of the United States are not subject to U.S. rules and regulations. Prior to travel it is advisable to contact your insurance provider to determine if you have medical coverage outside of the US . For information on Student Travel Health Insurance Policies visit: www.studentinsurance.com

For info on Travel Health contact Health Services@ 732-987-2756


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May 13

Culminating S.A.A.M. Events


Throughout the month of April, Georgian Court University students worked to raise awareness about sexual assault and violence. The culminating events of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (S.A.A.M.) included Nonviolence Pledge Handprints of those students who took the Pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence.(See picture right). Blue and white handprints can be seen throughout campus.

Student awareness and support of nonviolence could also be seen during the GCU Fashion Show. Above, GCU fashion model, Julie Kerber, wears jeans that carry the handwritten messages of students supporting SAAM.

May 13

Remembering Victims of Violence

On April 10th, members of the Young Lion’s Brotherhood (YLB), Georgian Court University’s men’s character building group, gathered together to plant a weeping cherry tree in remembrance of all who have been affected by or have been victims of violence. Under the guidance of Dr. Michael Gross, GCU’s horticultural expert, YLB planted a beautiful tree in the Italian Gardens. Jeff Shaffer, Campus Ministry, shared a beautiful prayer. This special place in the Italian Gardens, welcomes those who wish a quiet placephototree4 to rest, reflect, and renew.



Colleen Diveny, James Trent, Jeff Schaffer, Darius Riley, Ayo Adebayo, Mark Sapara, Alex Estrada, Eric Reinhold, Kele Teel (R-L)






This Weeping Cherry Tree reminds us,

-of the pain and sorrow caused by violence.

-of vulnerability and betrayed trust,

-of those who suffer in silence and feel isolated,

-of those who struggle with the aftermath of violence,

-of loved ones who suffer with victims,

-and of the God who weeps with those who are hurting.

But let this tree also be a symbol,

-of our growing awareness of violence and our commitment to end it,

-of the strength to withstand the winds that threaten to overcome us,

-of our need to sink deep roots of support into our families and communities,

-of our constant reach for the light of healthy, caring relationships,

-of the ability to blossom once more when the healing warmth of spring returns,

-of the Creator whose love brings life that is stronger than death.

-Jeff Schaffer, GCU Campus Ministry

Apr 07

Presentation by Bob Hall

photobh1April SAAM activities continued on Thursday April 3rd…

Bob Hall spoke with students about nonviolent conflict resolution. An alumni of Rochester Institue of Technology and Antioch University, Bob  has been nominated 3 times by the National Association of Campus Activites for the “Lecture Program of the Year” award for his interactive program on nonviolent conflict resolution. In addition to his background in martial arts (Black Belt in Judo), Bob Hall incorporated the peaceful teachings of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. in helping students prevent, recognize and defuse potentially escalating violent conflicts during his interactive program.photobh4










“A peaceful world is not possible without individual people who see peace as a possibility”- Bob Hall


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