For Immediate Release

Contact:Deborah Gilleran

GCU’s University College Announces Partnership with Lakewood Chamber of Commerce

Lakewood, N.J., Nov. 30, 2007—On Tuesday, November 20, Georgian Court University (GCU) and the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce (LCC) signed a partnership agreement. Under the agreement, businesses that belong to LCC will provide internship opportunities for GCU students. Employees of those businesses may also be able to take classes on the GCU Lakewood campus or on site at their place of business if there is demand. Further, the LCC will work with GCU to increase participation in multiple events, committees, and other LCC initiatives for mutual benefit.

“The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is a business and professional organization that takes pride in working within the community to build a healthy economy, and we believe this partnership with GCU will add value to Lakewood and the surrounding towns,” said Jim Farrell, LCC president and CFO of Single Throw Inc.

Representing the LCC at the signing were Mr. Farrell; Maureen Stankowitz, LCC executive director, and three members of the LCC’s board of directors: Tracy Cavanaugh, CMPS, CMP, certified mortgage planning specialist with America’s First Funding Group, Neptune; Frances Kirschner, owner of Frantasy Enterprises, LLC, Lakewood; and Brianne Douglas, regional director for Supreme Asset Management & Recovery, Lakewood.

Georgian Court University was represented at the signing ceremony by Joseph F. Gower, Ph.D., provost; Joseph J. Molitoris, Ph.D., director of University College; Michael Gross, associate provost for academic program development; Leslie Korb, Ph.D., MBA program director; Bertram Okpokwasili, D.Eng’g.Sc., chair of the undergraduate business program; Steve Fusco, director of Career Services, and Dorothy Lazarick, RSM, director of University College services.

“The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is a powerhouse in this area," said Dr. Molitoris, who negotiated the agreement with Mr. Farrell over the past few months. “Working with them under the dynamic leadership of Jim Farrell definitely adds value to the courses we provide to local businesses and their employees.“

GCU’s University College has entered into partnerships with businesses, schools, and agencies in Monmouth, Cumberland, and Ocean counties in order to offer needed coeducational training and education to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. There are over 30 coeducational high school, undergraduate, and graduate programs offered by University College. The next information session will be held on Thursday, December 6, at 5:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre on GCU’s Lakewood campus. To register for the event or for more information on any of GCU’s coeducational programs, please contact University College at 732.987.2132 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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