Archive for December, 2017

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Doctoral learner, abandoned as a teen, lives to serve

December 28, 2017 / by / 2 Comments

“Those Lewis boys — they’ll never amount to anything.” David Lewis heard those words all his life, even after he made it through his teen years and being abandoned by his father, even after serving in the Army and Marine Corps reserves. It’s one of the things that has driven him to become a firefighter, reserve sheriff’s deputy and now, an online doctoral learner pursuing his doctor of education degree.

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Tears of joy and sorrow in an emotional year

December 28, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

GCU News Bureau They are the stories that make you feel good about humanity. They are stories of faith, courage and incredible determination, and they all have a connection to Grand Canyon University. Here, then, are GCU Today’s 10 most touching stories of 2017. But be forewarned: You might need some Kleenex – like maybe a whole box: “His cancer fight showed the superhero in all of us” (Jan. 19): No parents should have to go through what the Hyduchaks endured after learning that their 5-year-old son, Jace, had cancer. But they got through it, and Jace was the race starter for the 2017 Run to Fight Children’s Cancer. “First responders receive a heartfelt thank you” (April 20): Perry Harris picked the perfect place to have a heart attack – in the middle of a large crowd of people at Run to Fight Children’s Cancer. Among that crowd were a doctor and a certified athletic trainer as well as the station for the GCU Sports Medicine Club, and they all teamed up to save his life. Harris got to thank them in a special event on campus a month later. “A mom’s walk, like Karli, leaves lasting memory” (April 28): Less […]

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No ‘Bones’ about it, 500th dissertation one for books

December 27, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

The College of Doctoral Studies achieved a milestone by approving the school’s 500th dissertation, and as it turns out, it’s by one of GCU’s own. After some investigating, we found out the author of that dissertation is faculty member Melissa Beddow, who wrote about “The Portrayal of DNA Testing in the Forensics Crime Show ‘Bones.'”

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Fitness Facts: Nix diet for healthy living

December 27, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

When considering that New Year’s resolution, leave dieting off the table. The better New Year’s resolution? Healthy living.

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Slideshow: Men’s basketball vs. Louisville

December 26, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Travis Neely GCU News Bureau The Grand Canyon University men’s basketball team dropped a 74-56 decision Saturday at Louisville.    

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Rock star bacteria, R&D Program fuel research

December 26, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

You might not be familiar with cyanobacteria, but GCU’s Dr. Galyna Kufryk says these amazing photosynthetic organisms — the rock stars of the bacteria world in her eyes — may be what scientists have been banking on when it comes to solving the world’s dirty energy problems. Kufryk talks about her work, which has taken a step forward with the help of student researchers from the the University’s Research and Design Program.

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Dr. Deb’s Mental Health Vitamin: Finishing strong

December 26, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

In the final Mental Health Vitamin for 2017, Dr. Deb Wade discusses what good athletes must do to perform their best at the end of the game.

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Slideshow: Sugarplum of a GCU holiday

December 21, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

GCU News Bureau One thing Grand Canyon University employees don’t need is a degree in holiday cheer. Here is a sampling of photographs from around campus of holiday decorations, some from Building 71 — the fourth floor decorated entire aisles with “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” “12 Days of Christmas,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas” themes and more. Other floors in Building 71 found employees turning their cubicles into festive seasonal escapes, such as “Frozen” and “Elf” themes. The College of Science, Engineering and Technology held a hallway decorating contest with science-themed displays, such as EKG shapes, festively dressed skeletons and surgical glove Christmas trees. And the Clinical Practice Group in the College of Education celebrated with an ugly sweater contest.  

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Christmas cheer is spread by decorating, we hear

December 20, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Lift up the eggnog. It was a blizzard of holiday cheer these past few weeks as employees turned up their Christmas decorating acumen to unprecedented, spirited levels with Christmas decorating and ugly sweater contests. Story.

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Fitness Facts: Symptoms you should not ignore

December 19, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Connie Colbert lists the symptoms that should have you seeking the nearest medical professional.

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