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GCU, students help new cafe transform lives

October 16, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Nothing’s impossible when people work hard, have access to the appropriate resources and have faith in the outcome. This is the story behind the Mission Possible Café, formerly an empty eyesore near the Phoenix Rescue Mission. GCU was instrumental in launching the Mexican restaurant, and three students from the Colangelo College of Business’s Hospitality Management program are the supervisors.

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This online graduate gets an ‘A’ for perseverance

October 16, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Many online graduates are incredible examples of perseverance, but it’s hard to imagine anyone who showed more heart — and toughness — than Chanel Mack. She underwent five surgeries while earning her degree and never dropped a class.

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‘Big Dog’ Abell cowboys up, earns master’s degree

October 14, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Mike “Big Dog” Abell entered GCU Arena for fall commencement, not with a graduation cap, but with his signature cowboy hat. Abell, a fixture at the University, earned his master’s degree in professional counseling — something that will help him in his work counseling visually impaired clients at Family Ministry Counseling and Psychotherapy Services. Abell, himself, is blind.

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At crunch time, grads showed what makes them tick

October 14, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Graduates juggle raising children and balancing jobs with their studies. GCU Today talked to several graduates about the road to receiving their degrees during fall commencement Friday.

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Keynote speaker urges graduates to get in the game

October 13, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The keynote speaker at fall commencement gave graduates something to remember. Dave Davlin, who combines entertainment with a powerful message, reminded them that like a game of basketball, life is ticking. “No one ever became the hero while sitting on the bench,” he said.

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Online graduates are saluted at commencement

October 13, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

The first of four online commencement ceremonies convened Friday morning in GCU Arena, and Pam Aydelott sure stood out — she was wearing a 1940s-era nursing outfit. It took her nearly a year to put it together.

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Home-schoolers get schooled in business

October 13, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

One entrepreneur is thinking of starting a shoe-customization business. Another already sells high-end, custom-made bullwhips. Still others have started their own nonprofit. The kicker? They’re all just teenagers and were on campus Thursday to participate in a collaborative training between GCU’s New Business Development Center and Strategic Educational Alliances.

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Slideshow: ‘Tartuffe’

October 12, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Slaven Gujic GCU News Bureau The grand spectacle of Moliere’s “Tartuffe,” which opens at Ethington Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday, will delight the senses with its stunning, student-designed scenery, lighting, props, costumes and hair and makeup. A superb student cast brings the comedy to life with plenty of laughs. It’s all brought together under the exquisite direction of  Claude Pensis, Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Production.           

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Audience enriched by wealth of laughs in ‘Tartuffe’

October 12, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

You’ll laugh as you sit on the edge of your seat watching “Tartuffe,” Ethington Theatre’s second production of the season, which offers a humorous comedy about a family with much to lose. This wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing play, which opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, features unique and imaginative scenery, wigs and costumes.

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Masquerade for Dyslexia Gala

October 12, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

COE faculty and staff attended the 2017 Masquerade for Dyslexia Gala to support the Arizona Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, a GCU educational partner. Approximately $50,000 was raised to provide scholarships to teachers and parents for training on dyslexia. Rebekah Dyer, President of the Association, said 1 in 5 individuals have dyslexia or struggle with a learning disability, therefore it is important for teachers and parents to receive training specific to working with students with dyslexia.  Pictured: (From left) Thomas Dyer, Rebekah Dyer, Dr. Jim Mostofo, Dr. Kay Hansen, Lindy Gaudiano and Stacy Rucker.   

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