Archive for May, 2019

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Fitness Facts: Has your cellphone changed your brain?

May 22, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

In this week’s Fitness Facts, Connie Colbert explains something that should be of vital interest to anyone who has a cellphone — which means just about everyone. Those things are having serious and negative effects on people, and it’s important to know how to minimize those effects.

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Dr. Deb’s Mental Health Vitamin: Unsafe ‘friends’

May 22, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

In this week’s Mental Health Vitamin, Dr. Deb Wade provides some interesting insights into spotting “friends” who aren’t really friends at all — they’re hurtful, difficult and unsafe. Conversely, she shares the traits of the types of people who will have your back.

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GCU/Habitat volunteers get to know their neighbors

May 21, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

David and Bonnie Wincentsen remember when they first moved into their home on North 40th Drive. They would look out the window and see nothing but farmland — and a one- or two-building Grand Canyon University. Almost 60 years later and the couple, whose house was painted recently as part of the GCU-Habitat for Humanity neighborhood revitalization project, are now surrounded by apartment buildings, businesses and a much bigger GCU. Their neighborhood has changed, but one thing hasn’t — GCU is still their neighbor, as it has been since the day they moved into their home in 1960, and the University is even more neighborly than ever, with students and employees volunteering so much of their time to help renovate the houses in the Canyon Corridor. Employees have a chance to help out as two summertime projects approach in June 14 and July 12.

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Software is il-Loom-inating for online students

May 20, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Effective communication is a key component of GCU’s online education program, and it is aided by Loom, a Google Chrome extension that allows both professors and students to create short videos. “It’s a really neat way to communicate with your professor if you’re strictly taking an online program,” said one student.

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Employees pledge record total to Donate to Elevate

May 17, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

GCE Regional Director of Operations Luke Hansen didn’t know how he and his wife could afford to send their children to Christian school. But then when he got his bill for tuition for his oldest son, Lincoln, he was surprised to see a big chunk of the cost taken care of by his peers, who had diverted some of their tax dollars to Hansen’s son through the employee-giving program, Donate to Elevate. GCU and GCE employees so far have pledged $2.95 million for the 2019 pledge year through the initiative. That tops the goal for the year of $2.8 million, and the pledge year hasn’t ended. Employees can still participate this year by signing up for Donate to Elevate by the end of September, before the next giving season kicks off in October.

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Giving their all: Employees connect with nonprofits

May 16, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Eighteen GCU-connected nonprofits filled the lobby at Building 71 on Wednesday for the third Serve with Purpose Employee Volunteer Fair. Representatives of various organization, from the YMCA to Feed My Starving Children and Treasures 4 Teachers, to name a few, visited with GCU and GCE employees about their mission in the community — and signed up a few volunteers for their organizations, too.

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Hall of Famer remains modest about GCU legacy

May 15, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

It seemed like only a matter of time before L.E. “Sharky” Baker would add Grand Canyon University Hall of Fame inductee to his long list of accomplishments. He graduated from GCU back in 1956 with a degree in Physical Education and Social Studies and went on to not only be a teacher/coach for several high schools but also a principal, Payson Unified school district superintendent, the president of GCU’s alumni association and scholarship foundation, and a regular at GCU sports events. “He loves the University,” said his wife, Leona. “He said, ‘I am what I am today because of GCU.’”

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Fitness Facts: Cold or allergies?

May 15, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

In this week’s Fitness Facts, guest columnist Cyndirae Braun explains the subtle differences between colds and allergies.

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Dr. Deb’s Mental Health Vitamin: Spring cleaning

May 15, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

In this week’s Mental Health Vitamin, Dr. Deb Wade tackles a different type of “spring cleaning” — the type that cleans up our daily lives. It is far more beneficial, she writes, to do an internal spring cleaning that leaves your mind feel uncluttered.

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From graduate to dean after receiving doctoral degree

May 14, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

When the Dean of Bethany College in West Virginia resigned in the fall of 2014, all Associate Dean Levi Esses wanted was to become the new dean of students for his alma mater. Unfortunately, there was only one thing in his way: the fact that he didn’t have his doctoral degree. That experience is what drove Esses to pursue his doctoral degree, ultimately leading to his graduation this past April. “God had a plan Honestly, it all happened I think largely part to my doctoral degree, that I had it finished and my experience in higher education,” Esses said.

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