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


Apr 02

The Clothesline Project


April SAAM activities continue with …



The Clothesline Project is a visual display of shirts with graphic messages and illustrations that have been designed by women survivors of violence or by someone who loves a woman who has been killed.





The purpose of the Project is to increase awareness of the impact of violence against women, to celebrate a woman’s strength to survive and to provide another avenue for her to courageously break the silence that often surrounds her experience.








Since its inception, Clothesline Project organizers have been moved by the power of the stories contained in these shirts. Women from around the country have joined our efforts to educate by telling their stories, by hanging their shirts on a line, and by making connections with other survivors. These efforts are critical to the healing process and ultimately, to ending the cycle of violence.



The impact of the Project has been widespread, thus realizing our goal to expand the Project across this nation and beyond. There are Clotheslines in 41 states and 5 countries. It is estimated that over 500 projects exist nationally.


















All shirts pictured were created by Georgian Court University Students

Apr 01

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month …SAAM

thCAFGIF5CApril marks Sexual Assault Awareness   GCU students in collaboration with the Office of Student Life are committed to raising awareness and promoting the prevention of sexual violence through special events being held the month of April.  The statistics speak for themselves. Every 1.3 seconds someone is raped in the United States. In addition, 1 in 3 girls and 1in 5 boys will experience some sort of sexual abuse before 18 years of age. The numbers are astounding especially considering that the odds are overwhelming that someone you know and care about has probably been affected by  sexual violence. We all have a role in preventing violence. April at GCU is a month of both action and awareness!.

Hello… My Name is SAAM

 Students made “Hello … My Name is SAAM” buttons to start the buzz around campus. April 1st kicks off “Campus White Out Day”. The GCU campus community banded together byphoto (4) wearing white shirts in support of nonviolence. Across the United States, campus communities are coming together  by wearing white.  ‘White Out Day’ was started in 1989 as a protest against violence when 14 women were killed by a gunman on a college campus. In addition, GCU students signed pledges to never commit, condone, or remain silent about violence.

Students also planted flower seeds of inspiration.  Inspiring quotes of love and peace from Sister Catherine McCauley were planted with the seeds. Both the flower seeds and the seeds of inspiration from Sr. Catherine Mc Cauley take root and grow with continued care.



 April’s events and activities are designed to raise awareness of the issues surrounding sexual violence








Mar 24


American Diabetes Alert Day is a “wake-up call” asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

 Diabetes is a disease that changes the way your body uses sugar. Insulin, produced by the pancreas,  helps get sugar from the blood into the cells where it is used for energy. In type 2, the body does not use insulin the way it should so the body cannot get the energy it needs. Your blood sugar stays high.

It is estimated that 79 million American adults have prediabetes, which puts them at a high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Early diagnosis is critical for successful treatment and in delaying/preventing some of its complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease and stroke. Take the free Diabetes Risk Test today. Visit Diabetes Alert Day March 25th, Raymond Hall Annex from 12 to 2pm.

Stop by or call Health Services and request the Diabetes Risk Test Today!



Mar 18

YOU are What You EAT!

thCAB0TN8DAsk yourself, “Are you making the right choices?”

Life is full of choices. In a given day it is said that the average human being makes about 3,000 decisions. From simple to complex, making decisions are a daily part of life. So why is it so difficult to make decisions and stick to those decisions when it comes to eating. Deciding what to eat can become very confusing. Daily, we are bombarded by health claims only to learn 6 months later that they were unsubstaniated.  What is a person to do!

March is National Nutrition Month. It’s the month when Spring begins and everyone is eager to shed their heavy, wool clothes for lighter, brighter attire. As we peel away the heavy layers of winter, we become more body conscious. Those broken New Year’s resolutions are just that …broken. It’s a time to focus on healthy food choices!

Nutrition is basically the study of how our body uses the food that we eat to maintain optimun health. There is always confusion between appetite and hunger. Hunger is our need for food and appetite is our desire for food.  It is appetite that causes us to eat beyond hunger. When you are hungry, you’ll eat one bowl of chili, one hamburger, or even 1 brownie. After that, your appetite may lead you to eat another hamburger, another bowl of chili or brownie just because it smells good, looks good or tastes good.

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Do you practice mindful or mindless eating? Healthy eating is about the foods we eat but it is also about how you eat.. Mindful eating is something anyone can do to bring their focus back to healthy eating. Mindful eating:

  • allows our brains to register fullness (takes 20 mins)
  • helps us to differentiate between hunger and appetite
  • helps reduce over eating

Research shows when we eat slowly and mindfully individuals tend to eat less food and pick healthy choices.


Ask yourself…Is this hunger or a craving?

Choose satisfying healthy foods.

Center yourself…

Take a few breaths..Savor the food and aroma…Eat without distraction…Enjoy your food…

Take a moment … count to 10…Are you satisfied?

Feb 07

A Celebration of Two Hearts!

HEARTFebruary is the month of the Heart!

Soon, we will be scrambling to find that magnificent box of chocolates, pick the finest blooms or find the most poignant Valentine’s Day card. It is the time when our hearts are bursting with love and romance. Love not only your Valentine, love your heart!

The American Heart Association has designated February as National Heart Month. Your sweetheart may have the key to your heart but diet and exercise are the keys to a healthy heart. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men & women.  There are health conditions and lifestyle behaviors that can increase your risk of developing heart disease.  You can help prevent and lower your risk of developing heart disease by making healthy lifestyle choices and by managing any medical conditions that you may have.Take these steps to be a Heart  Healthy Valentine!

Eat a healthy diet. Eating foods low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol and high in fiber can help prevent high cholesterol. Limiting salt or sodium intake may lower blood pressure. Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily.

Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese may increase your risk for heart disease.

Exercise regularly. Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight as well as lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. It is recommended that adults engage in moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes daily- a brisk walk.

Monitor your blood pressure. Have your blood pressure checked frequently as high blood pressure or hypertension often has no symptoms.

Don’t Smoke. Nicotine constricts blood vessels. Smoking increases risk for heart disease.

Limit alcohol. Increased alcohol comsumption can increase your blood pressure. Men should not have more than 2 drinks per day; women not more than 1 drink per day.

Have your cholesterol checked. Increased blood cholesterol levels may increase your risk of developing coronary heart disease. Ask your physician about this simple blood test.

Manage your diabetes. Monitor your blood sugar levels closely and talk to your doctor about treatment options.

Take your medicine. If your taking medications for a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or diabetes, follow your doctor’s instructions and always ask questions if you don’t understand something.







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Dec 10

Mercy Garden


December 4, 2013

Dear Mercy Garden Supporters,


Happy Holidays! Much is happening here at GCU for the students with advising, tests, term papers and assignments that portend the rapid approach end of our very first semester as a fully coeducational University.


In fact, so much has happened since my last update, it’s hard to know where to begin! Toward the end of the summer we harvested a bumper crop of tomatoes, peppers, onions, which we used to make a number of batches of our famous “Mercy Me” Salsa (a little spice of heaven). We also received a wonderful donation of tomatoes, peppers and garlic from a local farm to help supplement those that that we grew ourselves. Together with the labor of numerous volunteers (students, staff and alums) who have become known as the “Salsa Elves,” that donation allowed us to bring our total “Mercy Me” salsa production up to 100 jars (plus a bit extra for family use!). As you know, donations generated by the salsa help support some of the basic operating needs of the garden.


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Learning by doing


With the season for tomatoes and peppers more or less over, we turned to getting ready for fall and winter. We planted lots of kale and spinach and other leafy greens, which we are growing for donation to Providence House, a Catholic Charity affiliate that helps struggling families with children shed the bonds of extreme poverty and homelessness. We also got a big assist from the GCU women’s lacrosse team who gave up a Saturday in October to help us build cold frames, as well as to expand our compost heap and perennial beds. I wish you could have seen these amazing women, many of whom started the day with little or no gardening experience and virtually none of whom were familiar with using power tools.

After some memorable team building activities (check out our Facebook page for a home movie of our “cross the raging river” activity), the students and their coaches went to work with measuring tapes, power saws, screwdrivers, and other tools to make the cold frames. By the end of the day they were pros with all of the tools as well as having made the cold frame. Meanwhile, another group took pickaxes and shovels to an area of the highly compacted lawn within our fence, and created and planted an extension to our demonstration native pollinator/perennial bed. Finally, a third

group used posthole diggers, shovels and more power tools to construct an extension to our compost heap.

All in all, it was an amazing day of fellowship and team spirit as well as a big advancement in the progress of the garden.

Since that event, Rich Mohr has been working with students on a variety of service learning projects, from marketing (check out the Mercy Garden’s poster board next time you are on the second floor of A&S to see part of that project) to Biology, Natural Sciences and Social Work. Students also staffed a table featuring the Mercy Garden at the first Georgian Court Wellness Fair and at the

Destiny’s Bridge presentation on increasing self-sufficiency among those living in Lakewood’s homeless community.

Growing to give


During this wonderful season where we show thanks for all that we have and seek opportunities to help others, I do hope that you would consider supporting this wonderful and meaningful opportunity to assist those in need by investing in the Mercy Garden. Your donation of any size helps us to further engage GCU students in service learning via the Mercy Garden—an effort that makes a difference in the lives of others, and moreover, provides a sustainable source of organic and natural foods for those battling hunger right here in our own community. If you wish, we’d love to acknowledge your donation with a gift of our delicious salsa (makes a great snack for the holiday season!) Just let us know if you would like mild, medium or hot.

Meanwhile, we wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season. May 2014 grow much that is good within your lives, as well as within the Mercy Garden and the community that we are building through our work therein.

Merry Christmas, and thanks, as always, for your support.

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Nov 19

Maintain, Don’t Gain, Holiday Challenge


The average person gains 2 to 5 pound or more over the holiday season. Most people don’t ever lose the pounds. That means in 5 years you’ve packed on 10 to 25 pounds or more. The holidays are closer than you think! Take the challenge and commit to smart eating and exercise while still enjoying the “goodies”. You’ll have a less stressful and more enjoyable holiday season.

Begin the 7 week challenge! Weigh in at Health Services during the week of November 18th and receive your packet and pedometer. At each weekly weigh in you will receive additional helpful hints, holiday recipes and  food trackers. It’s free! Invest in yourself! Avoid the  holiday bulge!

In fact, you may even lose weight!

10 Tips for Avoiding Weight Gain

  1. BE MINDFUL Think before you reach …for that 2nd cookie, piece of cheesecake, or helping of stuffing! During the holidays there tends to be food all around us. Don’t eat mindlessly!
  2. BALANCE YOUR MEALSIf you know that you will be indulging at night, balance this out by eating a healthy breakfast and lunch.
  3. PORTION CONTROL   Your serving size is critical! Load half your plate with veggies and the remaining half with protein and carbs. Choose miniature sized desserts!
  4. DE-STRESS Holidays are fun but stressful. Stress is a trigger for over-eating unhealthy foods. Set aside time for yourself to de-stress. Try yoga, exercise or listen to music.
  5. EXERCISE You will not only burn calories but maintain your metabolism. it is also a great stress reliever!
  6. SKIP THE TUBE It is too easy to overeatwhile watching TV. Savor and enjoy your food not the show!
  7. DON’T AVOID DESSERT Feeling like you’re missing out on the holidays could drain your willpower. Enjoy! Just remember to be selective and remember portion control.
  8. AVOID SUGARY DRINKS A White Chocolate Mocha at Starbucks has 400 calories. These drinks may be irrestistable during the cold weather. Substitute their skinny cousins or enhance a plain cup of coffee or tea with fat/sugar free flavorings.
  9. DON’T FORGET TO WEIGH YOURSELF Weigh yourself every few days so you can adjust your diet. The worst thing you can do is never weigh yourself until after the holidays.
  10. WATCH YOUR ALCOHOL INTAKE Alcohol can stimulate your appetite and it’s easy to over consume alcoholic drinks during the holidays! Remember AA alcohol and appetizers can pack on the calories!











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