Business Briefs

Business Briefs

Erin Avery recently joined Georgian Court University, Lakewood, as director of Mission Integration.

According to Avery, her office, "offers orientations to all new students, trustees, employees and some seasoned employees to aid in their understanding of the kind of community they have joined. We are often invited to speak to special groups such as student teachers, giving them pragmatic ideas for incorporating these values into their future lesson plans," Avery said.

Avery graduated from Boston College with a bachelor of arts degree in theology, after which she studied abroad at Oxford University, England, and completed a master of studies degree in women’s studies. Upon completion of that degree, she returned to the United States and, on an academic scholarship, attended Yale University Divinity School in Connecticut. Two years later, she completed a master of arts in religion.

She went on to teach religion at an all-girls Benedictine boarding school in Colorado and later moved to Utah to become chaplain at a Presbyterian boarding school, teaching an eclectic group of students from Mormon, Native American, Christian, Muslim and Jewish faith backgrounds.

"Throughout my academic life, my goal has been to integrate my love of the Roman Catholic Church with my passion for women’s issues and advocacy," Avery said. "That goal, and Georgian Court’s special concern for women, made coming to the university a natural move."

Avery is a native of New Jersey.

The Lakewood Chamber of Com­merce will take part in Lakewood Day at FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood BlueClaws, May 16 with a luncheon at 11:35 on the "Party Deck." Seats for the event may be reserved with advance payment if requested before May 13.

The price for the family "networking event" is $40 for adults and $20 for chil­dren and includes chicken marsala, baked ziti, hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, refreshments, coffee and dessert. Details and registration: (732) 363-0012.

The Lakewood Chamber of Com­merce, in conjunction with Lakewood High School, will sponsor a Job Shadowing Day May 25 with Lakewood High School students. During job shadowing, local business owners volunteer to bring students from Lake­wood High School to visit their businesses and learn what they do. After the morn­ing visit, the students and business peo­ple attend the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce general membership luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at Woodlake Country Club, Lakewood, where the students can relay their experiences and feelings to the group if they wish. Business professionals interested in hosting a student may call Pam at the chamber office, at (732) 363-0012, fax to (732) 367-4453, or visit

Those interested in just attending the May 25 general membership meeting may regis­ter at the same number. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers.