February 03, 2015

NJCU Presidential speaker series

Celebrates New Jersey’s 350th Anniversary with Bonnie St. John,
Inspirational Olympian & Best-Selling Author
JERSEY CITY, NJ (February 3, 2015)The Power of Diversity will be the topic of the NJCU Presidential Speaker Series when celebrated athlete, keynote speaker and best-selling author Bonnie St. John appears at New Jersey City University’s Margaret Williams Theatre on Wednesday, February 18 in celebration of Black History Month and New Jersey’s 350th anniversary.  
An African-American woman whose right leg was amputated at the age of five, Ms. St. John is a truly remarkable individual who has risen to the highest levels of achievement in many endeavors.
At the 1984 Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria, Ms. St. John became the first African-American to win an Olympic or Paralympic medal in ski racing, taking home three medals in downhill events. In recognition of this achievement, she was honored at the White House by President George W. Bush.
A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University, she studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and upon her return to the United States, was appointed by President Bill Clinton as a Director of Human Capital Policy on the White House National Economic Council.
“We are honored to have Bonnie St. John – an Olympian, an intellect, an advocate, and a role model – share her thoughts on the power of diversity with our community,” said NJCU President Sue Henderson.
There is probably no one who captures the spirit of New Jersey better than Bonnie St. John, who was a New Jersey resident for many years. She is said to be demanding, successful, inspiring, humorous, and motivating and has never let anything stand in the way of achieving her goals.  NBC News has called her “one of the five most inspiring women in America” and she appears frequently on television.
“I cannot think of a more appropriate place to examine The Power of Diversity than NJCU which has one of the most diverse student bodies in the country,” said Ms. St. John.  “And I look forward to helping New Jersey celebrate the amazing accomplishments of the diverse people who have called the Garden State their home.”
Following Ms. St. John’s lecture, there will be a private VIP Meet & Greet Reception, which will include a special New Jersey birthday cake created by the Cake Boss Buddy Valastro of Carlo’s Bakery. VIP tickets include priority seating and refreshments.  
The NJCU Presidential Speaker Series has been made possible in part thanks to the generous support from the NJCU Foundation, NJEA, DiversityInc, PSEG Foundation, PNC Bank, NJM Insurance Group, Mack-Cali, Fairview Insurance Agency Associates, the New Jersey Broadcasters Association, Hudson County Office of Heritage & Cultural Affairs, and Fidelity Investments.
Tickets for the NJCU Presidential Speaker Series range in price from $100.00 for VIP seating to $15.00. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, February 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Margaret Williams Theatre of Hepburn Hall on the NJCU Main Campus at 2039 Kennedy Boulevard in Jersey City. For more information, call 201-200-3196 or visit the NJCU website at www.njcu.edu/pssevent.
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Celebrated Olympian and best-selling author Bonnie St. John will speak at New Jersey City University as part of the University’s celebration of the Garden State’s 350th anniversary on Wednesday, February 18, at 6:30 p.m. Photo courtesy of Blue Circle Leadership.
Editor’s Note:  Additional photos and interviews may be arranged by contacting Don Jay Smith of LKS Associates at 908-832-1020 or by email at don@lksassociates.com.


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