Archive for August, 2019

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New engineering leaders bring industry savvy to GCU

August 30, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Janet Brelin-Fornari began her career at General Motors, serving as an expert witness in product liability lawsuits against the company. It was then that she discovered her passion for improving safety for children in vehicles. Dr. Richard Mulski spent two decades in the aerospace/aeronautics industry, working for such companies as Boeing, where here he was involved in the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey program. Both changed direction in their careers, moving into academia and now to GCU as the new leaders in the University’s Engineering Department. Both are ready to take on new challenges in a new engineering program as they anticipate continued growth.

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GCU teaches business ethics with future in mind

August 29, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The principles of Conscious Capitalism are ingrained in the Colangelo College of Business culture — its dean, Dr. Randy Gibb, has made sure of that. His philosophy: “It has to be part of who you are. You have to live it every day. You can’t just flip a switch.” It’s an approach built for where business is going, not where it has been. Fourth in a nine-part series on GCU academics.

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South African values structure of doctoral program

August 28, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The desire to become the first doctor in her family motivated Hestia Elmes to travel from her home in South Africa to the summer heat of Phoenix for her doctoral residency. Now that she is approaching the dissertation phase of her degree, Elmes credits the structure of the program for how prepared she feels.

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Doctoral program goes the extra mile for learners

August 28, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Pursuing a doctoral degree is one of the most challenging endeavors in academics. But Dr. Michael Berger, Dean of the College of Doctoral Studies, and his staff have developed a program that gives learners multiple ways to receive assistance. “We can’t make it easy, but we try to make it easier by the addition of all the great support services that we have,” he said.

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Faculty Focus: Alicia Shields

August 27, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

Alicia Shields is passionate about leadership. She writes about it. She reads about it. She speaks about it. But the new online instructor in the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions also has a fascinating background — check out what she does when she gets bored.

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Fitness Facts: Cholesterol

August 27, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

In this week’s Fitness Facts, Connie Colbert has a lot of important details about cholesterol in advance of National Cholesterol Education Month. We hear about cholesterol all the time, but do you know exactly what it is?

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Dr. Deb’s Mental Health Vitamin: Taming the dog days of summer

August 27, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

In this week’s Mental Health Vitamin, Dr. Deb Wade examines the signs that tell us we have been worn down by the dog days of summer. She also has a list of ways to get out of the dog day doldrums.

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Honors College keeps growing — and transforming

August 27, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

The Honors College, which started as a student community of 59 in 2013, has grown to become GCU’s ninth college and this fall welcomed more than 1,000 freshmen, bringing its total to more than 2,250 with no signs of slowing down. “As the culture shifts year after year, as we get these new waves of exceptional leaders coming in, each year can look like a completely different story,” Associate Dean Breanna Naegeli said.

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Mueller at Chapel: ‘We are here to be restorers’

August 27, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

GCU President Brian Mueller’s Chapel message Monday morning centered on the University’s mission, both on campus and in the community. “If you could a pick a word that says, ‘What are we here for?’, I would say to you we are here about restoration. We are here to be restorers,” he said.

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Lope-A-Palooza was ‘so good, so good’

August 26, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Lope-a-Palooza was “hyped,” in the words of one freshman. That’s a good thing. The Friday night GCU Arena event was full of music and excitement, produced by GCU Spirit Programs for the benefit of new students who want to learn what all the buzz is about, and how to sing the school song. “Each year, this event just gets better and better — this year was no exception,” said Jacque Genung-Koch, Dance Team Head Coach.

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