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Clubs/Organizations

Student organizations reflect the various interests of the university community and allow students to be active members of the community. Some organizations are intrinsically connected with the student body and help organize the year’s events, while others promote special interests and talents. Students will find help offered, opinions respected, ideas considered, and leadership welcomed. Each organization has a faculty/staff moderator. For further information regarding any of the clubs listed below, please contact Erin McCarron, Coordinator of Student Activities at mccarrone@georgian.edu or at 732-987-2606.

American Chemical Society—Student Affiliate - Since its initiation in 1947, Georgian Court students have valued their membership in the student affiliate of the American Chemical Society, the largest professional society in the world. Affiliates play an important role, assisting with workshops, chemistry shows, or other projects planned by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty. Affiliate members go on field trips, attend regional meetings and poster sessions, and provide tutoring in addition to participating in Family Day, charitable fund-raising events, and social events. The GCU affiliate has been honored as a “Commendable Chapter” by the parent American Chemical Society.

Active Minds - The Active Minds Club’s purpose is to utilize the student voice to “destigmatize” mental illness and judgment on college campuses. This organization is working towards hosting events that are intended to broaden student awareness on campuses and assist in eliminating stereotyped misconceptions on mental illness.

Black Student Union - The Black Student Union ensures that history, culture, and well-being are promoted throughout the GCU community through community projects and campus events like the Black History Month celebration. Membership is open to all students.

Campus Ministry Club (SALT) -The Campus Ministry Club plans, publicizes, implements, and supports programs in collaboration with the Office of Campus Ministry. Club officers serve as an advisory board to the directors of Campus Ministry. Members participate in Thanksgiving and Easter food drives and a Christmas Giving Tree project, serve on the Retreat Team, and respond to global and local emergencies as needed.

The Clionaes History Club - The Clionaes History Club is open to all students who want to have fun while deepening their understanding of the past. Field trips, museum tours, regional conferences, paper presentations, and campus events are some of the activities members plan and enjoy throughout the year. Recent events include a weekend trip to Washington, D.C., a presidential election party, and an Irish Experience planned and presented with Phi Alpha Theta and students from Red Bank Catholic High School. Service activities include fund-raising for local charities and participation in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event at Georgian Court. Events planned for the future include Edwardian tea parties, organized trips to historic locations, and many other fun-filled activities both on and off campus.

Club Cure - Club Cure recognizes and supports students and faculty that are dealing with or have been diagnosed with cancer, are in remission, or have a loved one who is affected by cancer. Members of this club provide support and encouragement through support sessions. Members of Club Cure participate in fund-raisers, charity events, and walk/running events for different kinds of cancer throughout the year.

Club Cure - Club Cure recognizes and supports students and faculty that are dealing with or have been diagnosed with cancer, are in remission, or have a loved one who is affected by cancer. Members of this club provide support and encouragement through support sessions. Members of Club Cure participate in fund-raisers, charity events, and walk/running events for different kinds of cancer throughout the year.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) - The GCU Student Chapter of the CEC is dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. The club participates in university events and sponsors awareness programs, service activities, professional development, and fund-raisers throughout the year.

Court Art Society - The Court Art Society encourages, stimulates, and maintains excellence in art at Georgian Court University. The goal of the Court Art Society is to heighten awareness of the many cultural backgrounds and talents of GCU students. Projects, trips, and fund-raisers encourage an appreciation and knowledge of art in all styles and mediums.

Criminal Justice Club - The Criminal Justice Club provides opportunities for service, social, and practical pursuits. Since criminal justice practices impact all aspects of society, the club engages in and supports a range of related activities, including speakers, trips, and projects for the good of the community and to further the understanding of criminal justice. Membership is open to all students.

‘Da Poetry Corner - The Poetry Club, or ’Da Poetry Corner, provides a “corner” where students can express their creativity through written and spoken word and helps students overcome a fear of public speaking by offering a supportive venue for performance in front of peers and other poets.

Dance Theatre Club - The Georgian Court Dance Theatre provides an opportunity for all students to have an outlet of expression, energy, and creativity by taking part in dance classes and performances choreographed by members. The club offers a variety of classes such as Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Latin Rhythms, and Lyrical Dance. GCU Dance Theatre has participated in Hearts for Honduras, helped with Thanksgiving baskets, and performed at GCU Lions basketball home games. Dance Theatre meets for classes at night during the week and also has at least one monthly meeting for all members, culminating in an annual dance performance at the end of the spring semester.

De La Salle Club - The mission of the De La Salle Club is to educate others about education and to get students excited about learning and teaching. Annual activities include the Scholastic Book Drive and Breakfast with Santa. De La Salle members also go into local classrooms to teach students about different topics.

Exercise Science Club (ESC) -ESC promotes health and wellness throughout the GCU community by sponsoring informative health seminars and brings together students with a shared interest in wellness to participate healthy fund-raising events such as charity walks. Membership is open to all students.

Fashion Club - The Fashion Club promotes new and upcoming trends and styles every month. It is a fun, stress-free club where students can discuss what’s new in fashion and partake in a variety of activities, events, and trips.

French Club -The purpose of this club is to bring a better understanding of the French culture to campus, not just the well-recognized European French culture, but also Caribbean, North American, and American French cultures. This club is not only for people who speak French but anyone who has an interest in French culture, such as food, fashion, and history. The French Club hosts events to educate and entertain students on many aspects of French culture.

Holistic Health - The Holistic Health Club promotes the interest in the wellness and health through the mind, body, and soul. It provides an association among students and faculty of the Georgian Court community. This clubs provides a forum for the presentation of new ideas to benefit the Georgian Court community in a way of promoting health and wellness holistically.

Identity Ink - Identity Ink enhances social justice by creating a more equitable community in which all individuals are accepted regardless of sexual identity. The organization aims to create a greater understanding and awareness of sexual and spiritual identity. It is open to any member of the Georgian Court community regardless of how they choose to identify themselves.

Invisible Children Club - The GCU chapter of Invisible Children raises awareness of the plight of the children in Northern Uganda and supports Invisible Children, an organization working to end Africa’s longest running war, where children have become the victims and the weapons.

Italian Club - The Italian Club promotes Italian culture and tradition on campus and beyond. Membership is open to all students; you do not have to be Italian or know how to speak Italian to participate. Events include lessons on language and culture, viewing Italian films, and fund-raising for a possible trip to Italy.

Latin American Student Organization (LASO) - LASO is a nonprofit, nonpolitical organization that educates, supports, and encourages the Latin American community at GCU. LASO promotes leadership, scholarship, and involvement in community issues. Events are sponsored throughout the year, including Latin Night, which is held in the fall.

Lions Theater Club - Lions Theater Club showcases theater as art. Through the club, prospective actors/actresses can explore the many ways to dramatically express and communicate a character’s emotions, feelings, ideas, and information. Lions Theater Club provides students with an outlet for truly uninhibited creativity. Lions Theater Club welcomes everyone since their main goal is to help students channel their creative energy.

Mathematical Association of America—Student Chapter -The GCU student chapter of the Mathematical Association of America promotes knowledge, enjoyment, and play with mathematics. Students join together in public service, trips, the promotion of mathematical education, and cooperative problem solving. Activities include lunch meetings, trips to mathematics conferences, competitions, and support of the Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Society.

Mock Trial - Mock Trial helps students gain an understanding of the legal system by providing opportunities to participate in situations where members assume attorney and witness roles in a court case. Students develop questioning, critical thinking, and oral advocacy skills. The program also fosters cooperation among diverse groups of young people while promoting better communication and collaboration between the educational and legal communities.

Model United Nations (MUN) - MUN provides students with the opportunity to understand the inner workings of the United Nations while developing skills and confidence in diplomacy, leadership, and negotiation. Students are assigned a committee based on students’ studies or interests. Students conduct extensive research, become extremely knowledgeable on the topics of the committee, and write position papers based on the assigned country’s policies. During MUN meetings, participants learn how to maintain proper decorum, make motions, speak in committee, caucus, vote in a committee and write resolutions and reports.

Nursing - The Nursing Club supports all nursing students, raises funds for nursing-related charities, and improves students’ knowledge and understanding of the nursing profession.

One - The purpose of this club is to utilize the student’s voice to fight extreme poverty and preventable diseases, particularly in Africa, by raising public awareness and pressuring political leaders to support smart and effective policies and programs that are saving lives, helping to put kids in school, and improving futures.

Public Relations - The Public Relations Club promotes interest in all aspects of public relations. Members exercise knowledge and gain experience by planning and executing projects, assignments, and campaigns.

Prayer Club - The Prayer Club provides Christians with a place of fellowship and support. The Prayer Club meets twice a month each semester. Membership is open to all students.

Psychology Club - The Psychology Club, which is open to all students who have an interest in psychology regardless of major, promotes scholarly excellence and works to advance the science of psychology. The club participates in Family Day and sponsors numerous fund-raisers during the year.

Residence Hall Association (RHA) - All resident students are members of the RHA, which meets regularly to discuss residence hall concerns and to coordinate activities for resident students. Residents are encouraged to attend meetings and to help plan and/or implement events. Additionally, resident students can run for several leadership positions within the RHA, including president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer.

Student New Jersey Education Association (SNJEA) - The purpose of the SNJEA chapter is to follow the mission, vision and goals of the New Jersey Education Association. We will “advance and protect the rights, benefits, and interests of members, and promote a quality system of public education for all students.” We are a “diverse, democratic organization working to create an optimal environment to achieve excellence in public education in New Jersey.”

Social Work Club - Social Work Club members discuss current trends in social work and apply their learning in real-life situations by going out into the community to help those in need. Members also participate in Family Day and actively raise funds during the year.

Society of Physics Students (SPS) - The SPS is a professional association explicitly designed for students. Membership through collegiate chapters is open to anyone interested in physics. Besides physics majors and minors, the society welcomes students interested in astronomy, biophysics, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics, medicine, meteorology, oceanography, science teaching, technical writing, and other scientific fields. The SPS helps students transform themselves into contributing members of the professional community, as well as provides opportunities for students to participate in conferences, scholarships/fellowships, and summer internships.

Vegetarian Society - The Georgian Court Vegetarian Society raises compassion for animals, teaches people about the vegetarian lifestyle, supports those involved in or becoming involved in a vegetarian lifestyle, and does what they can to make life better for animals and people locally and beyond through charity work and donations. The society participates in an animal shelter collection drive, a walk for farm animals, store tours, a Halloween party, Thanksgiving collection baskets, a movie/potluck night, and many other events that raise money for many organizations. The society is open to both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Members are encouraged to keep an open heart and an open mind.

Women’s Esteem (WE) - Women’s Esteem promotes healthy choices both physically and emotionally for women in a residential community. Women’s esteem strives to embrace cultures while creating wellness within ourselves and others. The club seeks to educate, empower, and support women.

Forming a New Student Group
Anyone interested in creating a new student group should contact the coordinator of student activities or any member of the SGA Executive Board.

Registration of Student Clubs and Organizations: Policy and Procedures
Each year, student organizations must re-register with the coordinator of student activities or the SGA. Once registered as an official student organization, recognition and participation in campus events can be granted. For student organizations previously recognized as an official student group, the procedure for re-registration is:1. Pick up a registration form from the coordinator of student activities within the first week of classes.2. Complete and submit the registration with an updated constitution and club roster form by the first SGA open forum. All students are eligible to be members of any club or organization. Georgian Court University does not recognize any club or organization that restricts its membership by race or ethnicity.

Scheduling Campus Activities
Student government, class, and club officers submit specific calendar dates to the Student Government Association Office. Activities should be scheduled as early as possible at the beginning of each semester. To obtain the approval of the SGA and to ensure their vitality, student organizations should have at least three meetings per semester and attend all open SGA meetings. Campus organizations wishing to invite visitors to lecture or entertain on campus must schedule their respective activities with the SGA Office and the coordinator of student activities and must post notices in appropriate areas. If these events will be open to the public, please notify the Office of University Communications and Marketing at least four weeks prior to the event. Information regarding activities is posted on campus and on the electronic student activities calendar and the online portal. The approval of the coordinator of student life is required prior to reserving any university facility. Do not submit requests online or directly to the Office of Conferences & Special Events.

Student Programs

L.E.E.D. 360 (Leadership, Education, Empowerment & Development)
732.987.2331Georgian Court University prides itself on developing ethical leaders that are prepared to readily become engaged citizens who lead and serve with integrity, justice, respect, and compassion in their personal and professional lives. L.E.E.D. 360 (Leadership, Education, Empowerment, and Development) encompasses co-curricular opportunities and experiences to prepare students for socially responsible leadership in their careers, communities and families. Students will be exposed to a variety of skill-building workshops, interactive programs, opportunities for service.

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Students can choose from four different tracks: Emerging Leaders, Women in Leadership Development (WILD), Social Justice, and Professional Development (open to juniors and seniors). Involvement in any of these tracks will introduce leadership development theories, encourage on campus involvement in leadership positions and enhance important work and life skills. Through collaboration with faculty and staff, L.E.E.D.360 will provide a holistic approach to ethical leadership here at GCU.

Emerging Leaders Program (ELP)
The Emerging Leaders Program begins in the fall semester of 2013 and is geared towards helping students (both men and women) to discover and develop their leadership potential. Students will gain an understanding of general leadership models and theories and their immediate application to their college experience and the broader context of their desired future professions. They will explore and assess their own personal leadership style and begin to form and develop a personal leadership philosophy. Additionally, students will be asked to identify a leadership mentor with whom they must meet at least once per month to discuss and create a long-term action plan for their own leadership development. The program is designed to be a two or four year process. The first two years are focused on personal development and issues of social justice and the subsequent two years are focused on professional development. Upon completion of the first two years, selected students will be asked to serve as peer mentors to future participants.

Women in Leadership Development (WILD)
The Women in Leadership Development (WILD) program of Georgian Court University is the flagship leadership development program dedicated to educating, equipping, and empowering undergraduate women. WILD provides women with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for effective and engaged citizenship in their local and global communities. Students are encouraged to assume leadership roles on and off campus to enhance their ability to lead in all aspects of their life. WILD women are often exposed to issues of leadership and prominent women leaders who have already established their roles as leaders within their communities and organizations, locally, nationally, and globally. WILD students are nominated by faculty, administrators, and staff members who believe nominees have leadership potential. Applicants can also self-nominate. The WILD program is seeking undergraduate women who are interested in learning more about themselves and how they can become stronger leaders in their school and community. Brochures and applications are available in the Office of Student Development. Applications are reviewed at the beginning of each academic year in the fall. For more information, please contact the Office of Student Development in the Arts and Science Center, Room 102.

Living-Learning Communities
Living-learning communities offer students the opportunity to participate in shared learning experiences based around a specific theme. Four communities are currently available—International Cultures, Gateway to the Arts, Outdoor Adventures, and Sustainability. Members of these communities work closely with a faculty coordinator and graduate assistant, who plan and implement various programs, discussion groups, lectures, off-campus experiences, and other activities. Students benefit in many ways when they participate in a living-learning community, including enjoying a greater sense of community, personal attention and mentoring, enhanced intellectual development, built-in support systems, opportunities for leadership experiences, and specialized experiences for lifelong learning. Resident participants live in a dedicated wing of a residence hall that they define and decorate. Commuter participants are welcome to stay over after late-night events. Membership in a living-learning community is open to all students. Applications may be obtained in the Office of Residence Life in St. Catherine Hall, Room 109.

Mercy Collegiate Society (MCS)
The Mercy Collegiate Society engages college students in the charism and work of Catherine McAuley, the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, the sponsoring organization of Georgian Court University. The group is based on four pillars: social networking, service to the local and global community, the deepening of the spiritual dimension of the person, and engaging in the purest form of leadership—servant leadership. It is designed to be a four-year program; however, students may petition for membership at any time during their career at GCU and complete as many phases as possible. Graduates of the program are eligible to join the MCS alumni association. Applications are available in the Office of Student Life in the Arts and Science Center, Room 102.

Orientation Leader Program
Being selected as an Orientation Leader (OL) is an honor with many personal and professional rewards. Orientation Leaders assist new students and their families through the transition process to GCU campus life.

Qualifications
Eligible candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher at the end of the fall semester
  • be in good disciplinary standing
  • relate well to students, their family members, faculty, and administrators
  • be reliable, responsible, confident, flexible, willing to help, an effective communicator
  • be available to attend all training and orientation sessions

Role Description
Orientation Leaders must:

  • attend and actively participate in the Orientation Leader training program
  • assist with the organization, planning, and implementation of Orientation activities for the summer and fall programs
  • acquaint new students with campus services, activities, facilities, and rules and regulations
  • encourage students to fully participate in the university environment
  • enforce residence hall and campus policies, including visitation, quiet hours, alcohol, midnight curfew, etc.
  • participate and facilitate the evaluation process of the Orientation program
  • complete additional responsibilities as assigned

Benefits
The basic benefits for Orientation Leaders include the opportunities to:

  • enhance interpersonal skills, knowledge, confidence, and service to others
  • serve as a role model while assisting in the recruitment, transition, and retention of new students
  • acquire leadership skills to use beyond the college experience
  • learn effective communication skills
  • evaluate and develop personal values and beliefs
 

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