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GCU celebrates 230th birthday of U.S. Constitution

September 18, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

GCU salutes the U.S. Constitution by honoring the 230th anniversary of its signing with a celebration and lessons incorporated into classes across the University. “It gives us an opportunity to focus on the principles and ideals of our Constitution in every setting,” said Dr. Sherman Elliott, Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Did you hear the one about the 30-year professor?

August 28, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Larry Barron has been teaching psychology at GCU for 30 years, and it’s no laughing matter. Except that it is. He has written and presented a number of publications that analyze humor and created and taughta class on the psychology of humor for 24 years. He is deeply grateful for his role at GCU, and, in particular, has a heart for the students.

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New Speech and Debate director walks the talk

August 15, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Speech and Debate team will hit the tournament season running this year with 11 returnees and a new director, Michael Dvorak, who has coached GCU speech competitors for two years. Dvorak, a College of Humanities and Social Sciences faculty member, brings 10 years of expertise and a history of winning to GCU’s four-year-old team.

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User’s guide to Welcome Week: All hands on deck

August 09, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

Welcome Week 2017 promises to be another busy and festive time for students as they return to campus. But it’s extremely important, too. “The week says to all, ‘You belong here,’” said Charity Norman, manager of GCU’s Student and Family Program.

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Don’t think of him as blind – ‘Big Dog’ is a cowboy

July 31, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Michael ‘‘Big Dog’’ Abell wasn’t always blind, but he started losing his sight at age 9 as the result of a firecracker accident. It took nearly three decades for him to lose his vision completely. Heeding a calling from God, Abell completed his master’s degree in Professional Counseling from GCU this month and now leads the “Visionaries” support group for the visually impaired.

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Changing lives (including their own) at Dream Center

June 08, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Summer vacation or not, GCU College of Humanities and Social Sciences counseling professors and students continue to bring group therapy sessions to sex-trade survivors sheltered at the Phoenix Dream Center. “The students benefit from the service work,” said CHSS counseling lead Denise Krupp. “I want them to have a good, wonderful feeling when they leave.” And the survivors benefit by bonding, learning about themselves and gaining self-esteem.

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Speech and Debate has it together, with good reason

May 04, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

One of the most successful teams at GCU the last couple of years has been Speech and Debate, which has an interesting collection of personalities and an impression collection of results. How did they become such a tight-knit and talented group, and what makes them tick?

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Slideshow: Friday online commencement ceremonies

May 01, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Slaven Gujic  GCU News Bureau Online students in the College of Doctoral Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Nursing and Health Care Professions received their degrees Friday in two separate ceremonies at GCU Arena. Classic pianist Jade Simmons delivered the keynote address for each ceremony, and Dr. Tim Griffin, GCU’s pastor and dean of students, and GCU President Brian Mueller were among the speakers.  

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Kids play big role in online graduates’ stories

April 28, 2017 / by / 2 Comments

Online students have many amazing stories of overcoming obstacles to earn their degrees. Some of them make you wonder how they ever did it — until you talk with them and listen to their determination.

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Honors College completes first graduating class

April 27, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Twenty-one students in the Honors College inaugural group, which began in 2013, were awarded their degrees Thursday. Breanna Naegeli, Honors College assistant dean, described the moment as “bittersweet” but added, “We’ve been really blessed because without them we wouldn’t be where we are today.”

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