On Tuesday, September 18th at 2 p.m. Georgian Court University began to fill with students, faculty, and staff. Nonetheless, it’s a tradition every year that the President of the University organizes a campus wide conversation for campus feedback. Each year, the topic varies as to what can be done to become an even greater university. There was a slight difference this year…Now what would that be? Georgian Court is preparing to transition into a coeducational University for the fall of 2013.
President Jeffries started off the conversation in a joking matter “I once heard all the good Catholics sit in the back, so why don’t you all fill up the tables in the front?” Everyone began to laugh and the vibe in the room was very much relaxing and at ease. Her presentation started off with the mission statement, strategic initiative and goals, challenges and advantages. Elaborating on our four initiatives and goals, she had the attention of every person in the room. She was very clear on what the goals were for this year: Re-branding Georgian Court to reflect its Mission, Promote Transformative Education , Optimize Enrollment, and strengthen Leadership, planning, Technology, and Governance. As she finished her presentation, she wanted every person in the room to answer two questions; what role do you play in the execution of the goals and objectives of this plan and how we might continue to keep everyone informed and engaged. It’s important to keep up the momentum, but she valued that our input will continue to make the university strategic plan successful.
Anna Mead, (WILD IX) began the campus feedback by elaborating on how the university needs to send the message out to high schools on how leadership is on campus. As an older WILD member, I was truly impressed with how Anna was the first to speak and how many more WILD women began to speak in front of so many people in the Casino. WILD women such as Stefannie Nicholson, Olivia Rotunno, Alexis Domenech, Jazmine Brooks and many more voiced their different opinions and my heart began to smile. President Jeffries took what every person said and again welcomed our suggestions with open arms.
It was a great conversation overall. This may be the last year as an all women’s college but, the university is sure on the right track to become much greater than it already is.
Written By: Shinade Ramirez WILD VII
“Don’t die with potential.” That’s the main message I took away from the networking session with GCU alumni on Wednesday, September 12th. There is so much out there if we only know where to look. Before the internet, students had to scour the classifieds in the paper in order to find a job. Now, there are handy search engines to help find jobs. Some websites even list skills needed for the job. The alumni also told us that some companies will pay some or all of your school tuition while you work for them because they consider your further education an asset to the company. Imagine going to school and earning a degree for next to nothing! This definitely makes me want to continue my education and possibly get a master’s degree.
The alumni also talked to us about the co-ed issue. Men exist in the world; that’s no secret. Once we graduate from Georgian Court and start looking for jobs, we will be working with men. Having men on campus in classes with us will give us the opportunity to learn how to interact with this “strange species.” This can help us act more professionally in the future and impress potential bosses. The alumni were beyond helpful and I would like to thank these amazing ladies for taking the time to come talk with us.
Written By: Caitlin Roman WILD IX
On Friday, September 7th, Lee Rubin came to Georgian Court to speak with WILD women about leaders and winners. He opened his presentation with personal information about his life and family. This clever little ice breaker helped make us feel more familiar with Mr. Rubin and made the whole experience more enjoyable. Before he talked about leaders, Mr. Rubin outlined the three characteristics of winners: winners have a clear sense of identity, winners set specific and lofty goals, and winners embrace adversity. It is impossible to reach your full potential if you don’t know who you are. Properly set goals will both steer and drive your behavior. Goals should stretch you in some way or they are not big enough. As Mr. Rubin put it, goals should pass the eyebrow test. If someone’s eyebrows shoot up when you explain your goals, you are on the right track. Everyone faces adversity at some point in their lives, so why run from it? Adversity is just opportunity in disguise. Don’t run or hide from it; embrace it.
When talking about leadership, Mr. Rubin said leadership is about movement. You need to know where you are going or no one will want to follow you. People want to be led on a straight road, not on a winding path. There are three types of obstacles that stop leaders from “winning.” In the “monkey trap,” you are holding onto something from your past and will not let it go. People need to know what’s in it for them. Why would following you benefit them? Last but not least, people quit when they believe they cannot overcome that hardships in front of them. That’s why we need to embrace adversity. Just remember, people don’t fail because they aim too high and miss; they fail in life because they aim too low and hit. On behalf of WILD, I would like to thank Mr. Rubin for his presentation jam-packed with priceless information.
Written By: Caitlin Roman WILD IX