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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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Free-wheeling: How a graduate kept going forward

April 29, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

Ryan Pinney rolled his wheelchair onstage Saturday at spring commencement with the same force he has used to overcome the bicycling injury that paralyzed him. But the Air Force veteran is philosophical about getting his Sports Management degree and the other accomplishments he has achieved in his journey.

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Kids play big role in online graduates’ stories

April 28, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

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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For some families, commencement is doubly good

April 25, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The commencement ceremonies this week are big days for families. And when there are two graduates in the family — especially when they’ve motivated each other to earn the degree — there’s even more to celebrate.

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Online instructors are on the same home page

March 22, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University’s innovative online program houses all 163 full-time instructors on the same floor of the new administrative building at the corner of 27th Avenue and Camelback Road. It creates bonds among the faculty and also between faculty and students, dramatically improving communication. “It’s a very different model, and other universities are looking closely at what we do,” said Rick Holbeck, executive director of full-time online faculty.

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Futuristic comedy wins best picture at Film Festival

March 06, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

“Ralph Finds His Place In The Universe,” a futuristic film by Elliott de Neve featuring a world with alternative selves, won Best of Festival in the GCU 2017 Film Festival. Nearly 30 videos were nominated in eight categories. “2017 Racestarter Jace Hydachuak,” by Tyler McDonald, is a poignant story from despair to hope about a six-year-old boy’s battle against cancer.

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GCU doctoral learner brings down robbery suspect

February 02, 2017 / by / 2 Comments

A GCU doctoral student who owns a funeral home in Baltimore showed his heroic side last week when he raced to the scene of a robbery, tackled a suspect and held him until police arrived. Mark Bailey is a veteran of the Maryland State Police and also was an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.

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Vietnam War vet fights on — and keeps learning

January 03, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Ralph Morgan vividly recalls the injuries, blood and horror of his tour in Vietnam as a Green Beret with the Fifth Special Forces group, and he has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for years. But he says he’s getting “a second wind in life,” and a big part of that is the doctorate he’s working on at GCU.

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Online student, 69, teaches life lessons in book

December 29, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Alfreta Sailor has lived a little — the Grand Canyon University online student is 69. And she also has learned a lot, as demonstrated by her book of motivational essays, “Seasons Change, So Can You.” It covers a wide variety of topics and provides concrete steps toward positive change.

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GCU wins cybersecurity-awareness campaign award

December 08, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

GCU has won a prestigious award for its effective cybersecurity-awareness program. Using a new twist, GCU’s IT Security department has raised employee awareness of suspicious emails, resulting in early reporting and thwarting of cyber attacks.

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