Archive for July, 2016

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Inventions spark students’ scientific intensity

July 20, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Empathy can be the inspiration of invention, Chief Science Officers learned during one of the stimulating sessions they are experiencing during a three-day summer training institute at GCU. Tasked with building a game controller from a circuit board for a girl with special needs, the first step for the students was feeling empathy. Imagining what it must be like to have a special need that prevents you from playing video games helped spur the students to imagine what kind of controller she would need.

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A song for Kayla, a message for the world

July 20, 2016 / by / 5 Comments

The memory of Kayla Castro, the GCU freshman who died in April while rock climbing, lives on in “Dancing by Your Side (Home Now),” a touching song written by Worship Arts students Kristyn Roberts and Josh Wathen. Roberts was one of Castro’s roommates and talks passionately about her friend who, she says, was always smiling and maintaining a positive outlook on life. “I just wanted to be more like her,” Roberts says.

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Chief Science Officers ride wave of STEM enthusiasm

July 18, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

About 200 Chief Science Officers from junior schools and high schools from across Arizona are attending a summer institute through Wednesday hosted by GCU. Lawmakers, representatives from several states and White House officials are also on hand to catch the excitement about the spread of science, technology, engineering and math education. Arizona’s CSO program, launched in 2015, is so successful that White House officials hope to see it expanded across the country.

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Leaping to learn during Summer Dance Intensive

July 15, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

They are as strong as trees yet as supple as flowers, as powerful as a rainstorm yet as soft as a spring breeze. Using their strength to create a vision of suppleness, an estimated 22 students in GCU’s third Summer Dance Intensive leaped and whirled, cavorted and twirled during the fourth day of classes. The two-week program includes classes in ballet, contemporary, world and jazz dance styles and an end-of-session performance, open to all, at 4 p.m. on July 22 at Ethington Theatre.

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Antelope Intros: Ruth A. Douthitt and Katalina Inzunza

July 15, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

This week’s edition of Antelope Intros features two alumni who remember a campus library that was far different when they were students. Both enjoy creativity and the art of expression — one has her own YouTube channel and the other can secretly rap. And wait until you see where one of them was born.

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For VA whistleblower, truth is paramount

July 11, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Brandon Coleman, a Phoenix Veteran Affairs employee who blew the whistle on the improper care of suicidal veterans, told his story Friday to fellow GCU faculty and staff members who were riveted in their seats. Coleman, an adjunct professor who teaches counseling classes, was a highly controversial figure because he would not be silenced no matter how the VA treated him.

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