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What Makes a Woman Successful? Biblical Course at GCU Aims for Answers

Women and their Faith the Focus of GCU’s “Praise Her Works: The Proverbs 31 Woman”

Lakewood, N.J., Sept. 8, 2010—Women and their search for balance is hardly a new phenomenon, and efforts to measure up at home, on the job, and in society date back to the biblical days of Eve.

The struggles women faced back then—and how they relied on their extraordinary faith in times of trouble—are at the center of “Praise Her Works: The Proverbs 31 Woman,” a new course offered this fall through the McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning (MILL) at Georgian Court University. The specialty MILL courses are designed for participants ages 50 and over who enjoy college-level courses. The classes, which run five to seven weeks, focus on thought-provoking topics and are taught by experienced professors and lecturers who are leaders in their fields.

Lecturer Marion Gambino, who also teaches similar courses for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers University, is an expert in many biblical subjects, including the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Ark of the Covenant, women of the Torah, heroes in the Bible, and biblical archaeology. In “Praise Her Works: The Proverbs 31 Woman,” Ms. Gambino will lead the MILL participants in discussing the emotions, desires, ambitions, and circumstances of women like Eve, Esther and Noah’s wife.

While women throughout the Bible are depicted in a range of roles—wives, mothers, queens, and concubines—they fall faced situations that tested them, according to Ms. Gambino. And in persevering, their faith was strengthened as they sought to become successful as measured by Proverbs 31, the popular Bible passage that essentially defines “a virtuous woman.”

The course meets Mondays, September 27 through November 1 (with no class on October 11), from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room 204 of the Farley Center on GCU’s Lakewood campus. Registration is $120 per person and is open only to paid MILL members. An annual $25 fee allows participants to become members of the McAuley Institute, which offers enriching and challenging classes without the hassles of homework, tests, or course credits. MILL members also attend two social networking events and invitation-only activities with headline guests who appear at GCU throughout the year.

Join the McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning by contacting GCU’s Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or Registration forms are also available at, and full course descriptions for MILL classes are in the latest edition of Mosaic, GCU’s publication of McAuley Community Center programs and events.

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 One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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