For Immediate Release

Contact:Deborah Gilleran

Anchorwoman Debbye Turner to Speak at Georgian Court

Lakewood, N.J., Feb. 13, 2008—Former Miss America, TV anchorwoman, and veterinarian Debbye Turner will present a lecture at Georgian Court University at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, entitled “On Being a Woman in a Man’s World.” Open to the public, the presentation will help motivate women to break through the glass ceiling and achieve their goals.

Since being crowned Miss America 1990, Dr. Turner has spoken to 500,000 students at hundreds of schools about personal excellence, determination, goal setting, and the importance of a solid education. She strongly believes that any person has the potential for success, no matter what their race, gender, or socioeconomic background. She uses her own life as an example of triumphing over the odds, as it took her 7 years and 11 tries in 2 states to get into the Miss America Pageant.

Recognizing that all women have the inner strength to break through the glass ceiling that still exists in many professions, she will reflect on her own career and outline some of the skills women can use to reach their goals.

Dr. Turner completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1991 at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture in May 1986 from Arkansas State University. A resident of the New York area, she is a contributor to CBS’s The Early Show and the Saturday Early Show with her own segment titled “Pet Planet.” She covers a variety of subjects as a feature reporter, and is called upon from time to time to cover breaking and developing news. She has also been published in a number of magazines and has been featured on dozens of television programs. She has also completed four marathons.

Dr. Turner has served on many local, state, and national boards over the years, including the National Council on Youth leadership, Children's Miracle Network, Missouri Division of Youth Services, and Mathews-Dickey Boys’ and Girls’ Club. She is currently a member of the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council, which is an advisory council to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, an institute in the National Institutes of Health.

The lecture is being presented as part of Values in Action, Georgian Court University’s series of presentations, films, lectures, and discussions that reflect the university’s core values of respect, integrity, justice, compassion, and service.

The lecture will be held in the historic Casino Building on the Lakewood campus. The cost is $10 per person in advance, $15 per person at the door, and is free to the GCU community with ID. Reservations are required and may be made by contacting the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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