The lingering effects of Sandy go beyond economic losses and rebuilding efforts, that's why Georgian Court University in Lakewood is holding a free Critical Concerns Week: 'Hope and Resilience' leading up to the one-year anniversary of the Superstorm.

GCU will hold four days of lectures and events from Sunday, October 27th through Wednesday October 30th, featuring environmental and community health experts exploring post-storm challenges, choices and sustainability.

The events include "Light Up New Jersey," Townsquare Media's statewide initiative commemorating the anniversary of Sandy.

To register for the free event or for more information go to

The lineup for Critical Concerns Week 2013 includes:

Sunday, October 27

1:00-3:00 p.m., GCU Casino

Hope & Resilience: A Year After Sandy, featuring guest speaker Robert Wicks, Psy.D., Professor of Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University. Organizations and individuals who demonstrated extraordinary courage and generosity in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy will be honored.

 Monday, October 28

 7:00 p.m., GCU Little Theatre

“Impact Of Sandy on the Ecology of Barnegat Bay,” presented by Willie decamp, chairman and past director of Save Barnegat Bay. Mr. deCamp, a Mantaloking resident who personally experienced some of the suffering and devastation wrought by Sandy, advocates for the protection of the Barnegat Bay watershed.

Tuesday, October 29

Noon, University Chapel

Mass of Remembrance, led by Father Anthony DiPalma, University Chaplain

Time and Place TBA

Mercy Garden:  Building Communities, with Rich Mohr, GCU Sustainability Initiatives Educator/Manager

6:00 p.m., Various shore locations

Light Up New Jersey

GCU student leaders and their peers will journey to Jenkinson’s in Point Pleasant and other shore locations as they participate in Townsquare Media’s statewide initiative to commemorate the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.

 Wednesday, October 30

 7:00 p.m., GCU Little Theatre

“Hurricane Sandy:  Where Were You Then and Who Are You Now?” with Robin Graham, of New Jersey Hope & Healing, an outreach program sponsored by the state’s Department of Human Services.

 For more information about these events or other activities associated with Critical Concerns Week, contact the Louise Wootton, Ph.D., professor of biology and GCU sustainability director, at