For Immediate Release

Contact: Deborah Gilleran

Georgian Court Receives Kresge Foundation Grant

$350,000 Grant Will Help Fund New Wellness Center Complex

Lakewood, N.J., Apr. 16, 2008—Georgian Court University announced today that the university has received a $350,000 challenge grant from the private nonprofit Kresge Foundation to support completion of the new university Wellness Center Complex. In accepting the $350,000 grant, Georgian Court agrees to raise the remaining $450,000 needed to complete the campaign.

“We are pleased that the Kresge Foundation has demonstrated their approval of this project in the awarding of this grant,” says Rosemary E. Jeffries, RSM, Ph.D., president of Georgian Court University. “The new Georgian Court University Wellness Center Complex will be an environmentally friendly ‘green’ structure conforming to one of the basic values of the Sisters of Mercy—respect for all living things,” President Jeffries adds. “The Kresge Foundation is in the forefront of support for green projects.”

She explained that Georgian Court broke ground on the $26-million project in April 2007, and the Wellness Center Complex is already transforming the GCU campus. State-of-the-art athletic fields for softball, soccer, and a lacrosse/hockey field, an eight-lane track, and tennis courts are all nearing completion.

On schedule to open for the Fall 2008 semester, the 66,000-square-foot building includes a 1,200-seat arena that will support the basketball, volleyball, and physical education programs and an exercise science laboratory. The building will also house offices for the new exercise science, wellness, and sports major; professional dance studios for GCU's new dance major; a fitness center; athletic program offices; a small classroom; outdoor spaces for reflection and gathering; and the university bookstore.

“The Wellness Center is also adjacent to fields that surround it and will enable Georgian Court University to expand the number of NCAA Division II teams to 10 by 2010,” President Jeffries adds. The university currently has seven NCAA Division II teams.

“The Kresge Foundation is the 14th-largest grant-making foundation in the country,” says Maggie Huber, vice president for advancement at Georgian Court. “This is a prestigious grant that lends Georgian Court credibility when applying to other national foundations. We are thrilled and grateful for their support.”

“With the awarding of this grant, the Kresge Foundation salutes Georgian Court's efforts to improve its advancement capabilities and provide a model wellness project in the regional community,” says Rip Rapson, president of the Kresge Foundation.

The Kresge Foundation is a private foundation that supports communities by building the capacity of nonprofit organizations in six fields: health, the environment, arts and culture, education, human services, and community development. Sebastian S. Kresge established the foundation; it is not associated with any corporation or organization.

In 2007, the foundation approved 442 grants throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and South Africa, totaling $178 million.

For more information, please contact Stacey Abate, GCU director of grants development, at 732.987.2393.

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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