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Students help elders refresh the fount of knowledge

May 10, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

One of the unique features of Grand Canyon University’s online program is the fact that students — many of them in their 40s and 50s — can get academic help from learning advocates (LEADs) less than half their age. A great example is the story of how Felicia Roberts, 20, aided 58-year-old Sheila Miller. “I get emotional talking about GCU and Felicia,” Miller said. “They are like family to me.”

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Passion for children motivates teaching graduates

May 01, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Hundreds of College of Education students attended commencement Saturday afternoon to accept degrees that for them mean far more than a paycheck. Their degrees let them make the world a better place one child at a time. “It’s up to us to put in their minds positive thoughts. I want to be part of that,” said Leleatha Mitchell. “Each one, teach one.”

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Newest alumni display their oversized GCU spirit

April 27, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The graduates at Grand Canyon University’s traditional commencement ceremonies Thursday already were talking excitedly about being alumni. While many of them are eager to get out in the world and see what they can do, they treasure the memories they made while on campus.

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Graduate in English already has two published books

April 27, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Among the College of Humanities and Social Sciences students who are graduating Thursday is Ashlienne Newsome, an English major who has penned and published two novels as part of her “A Tainted Age” trilogy. Newsome has always loved reading and writing, earned a 3.9 grade point average at GCU and is close to her mother and to God, “who has never let me fall farther than His arms can reach.”

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Digital Design grads draw up attractive futures

April 27, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Many of the Digital Design students graduating this week from the College of Fine Arts and Production already have jobs, including Olivia Garrett and Tanner Lueders, who are both working for DBSI, Inc. of Chandler. “GCU has a really nice, growing design program,” said another student, Justin Bartley, who has also lined up a graphic design job. The seniors displayed their projects at a Digital Design Senior Portfolio Review Showcase.

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Learning Lounge topped off grad’s GCU experience

April 26, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Heidi Rausch was like a lot of students taking a difficult class — she needed help with physics. Bryce Beatty, a learning advocate (LEAD) in the Learning Lounge, was there for her, and Rausch felt so at home, she decided to become a LEAD herself. Thursday at commencement, she’ll graduate with her degree in Biology and is looking forward to medical school.

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How GCU keeps students pointed in right direction

April 26, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The Learning Lounge is an important way for students to get academic help, but it’s one of many. In this comprehensive report, the May issue of GCU Magazine lists all the avenues available for assistance and why it’s such a distinguishing feature of GCU.

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Kaiser wins national championship in speech event

April 19, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

GCU senior Tatum Kaiser had never participated in speech until she joined the Speech and Debate Team this year, but it’s an understatement to say she caught on quickly. This week, she was named national champion in Impromptu Speaking at the National Forensics Association National Championship Tournament. “We have a national champion on our hands,” said team director Barry Regan.

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Words of honor: Goodman makes American Writers

April 18, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

Dr. Diane Goodman, a College of Humanities and Social Sciences full-time faculty member, will be included in the next “American Writers Supplements,” part of the “American Writers Series” that includes hundreds of most notable writers from the 17th century to the present day. Author, cook, professor and club adviser, Goodman’s three short story collections are stories about women and use food and cooking as metaphors.

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A STEM wish comes true at Robotics Competition

April 10, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The 3,000 high school students who participated in the FIRST Robotics Competition 2017 Arizona Regional at GCU Arena were joined Friday by Ronav Chauhan, a 5-year-old who has battled cancer most of his life. Make-A-Wish Foundation Arizona arranged for Ronav, who wants to be an engineer, to have a dream day with the robots and the students who built them.

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