Archive for August, 2019

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GCU’s builder has blueprint for success: teamwork

August 09, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Just one builder constructing almost an entire university? It’s unheard of. But it’s something Pono Construction, under the leadership of owner Butch Glispie, has done, beginning with North Rim Apartments in 1986. For 33 years, Glispie and his team of subcontractors have helped carry out the vision of the University, raising and renovating more than 60 structures on campus.

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Architecture of GCU: The past meets the future

August 09, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

GCU doesn’t quite look like other universities. Instead of Georgian colonial- or Greek revival-inspired structures, the University’s buildings are more futuristic, with their rectangular shapes that jut in and out, spans of glass, and touches of color, such as warm yellows, oranges and greens. But those designs also incorporate a nod to the University’s past with their brick bases. “The campus is rooted in its history. That’s why you see this (brick) block, which is really the strong foundation of the Christian values that ground the campus,” said suoLL architect Caroline Lobo.

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Innovation Center has vibrant director, direction

August 07, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The new GCU Innovation Center now has a director (Robert Vera), a home (Building 66 at 27th Avenue), a slogan (“Create your purpose”) and a GCU-oriented goal — to provide opportunities for both GCU students and local start-ups. Dr. Randy Gibb, Dean of the Colangelo College of Business, calls it “a different way to approach this start-up world.” Vera certainly knows how to approach that world as well as a lot of other ventures. He’s even a best-selling author.

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Dr. Deb’s Mental Health Vitamin: People-pleasing

August 06, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

In this week’s Mental Health Vitamin, Dr. Deb Wade explores a bad habit that emerges from good intentions — people-pleasing. She lists the warning signs that someone is a people-pleaser and explains the negative effects that can have.

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Fitness Facts: Back pain, Part 1

August 06, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

In this week’s Fitness Facts, Connie Colbert has the first of two parts on a malady that afflicts so many people — back pain. Today, she details what causes it.

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Health clinic additions include new dietitian

August 06, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Liz Cook says that most students come to campus after years of their parents worrying for them about what they are — or aren’t — eating. The new dietitian of the Canyon Health and Wellness Clinic is here to help. After all, her favorite dish is vegetable stir fry. That’s a hint. Foods that are closest to looking like something you need to pick out of a field are good for you. Cook will bring much more good advice to her new role, as part of the expanded clinic that aims to satisfy even more student health needs in the coming year. Another hint from Cook: “The unhealthiest choice is the easiest choice.”

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Chapel schedule this fall features familiar faces

August 05, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

The Chapel schedule for the fall semester features a lot of speakers who have brought strong messages to campus before. From Beth Guckenberger to Ron Merrell to Riccardo Stewart and many more, here’s a look at who’s speaking when and what they’ve said before.

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Retiring Dave Smith read grads’ names — and a lot of numbers

August 03, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Dave Smith was known as the name reader at every GCU graduation the past seven years. He had seven seconds to read the name card, and often there were names tricky to pronounce. Smith, who retires Monday as Director of Academic Excellence in the College of Education, had the reputation of a detailed man who could pull it off — and he did — along with the complex reports and data collection he helped produce as GCU grew over his 10 years here. “I’ve loved it. It’s probably the best job I’ve had,” Smith said. “I’m a very detailed kind of person, and it fits my personality.”

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Family bond is at the root of nurse’s DAISY Award

August 02, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

John Catania was close to completing his engineering degree, even landing an internship. But the deeper he dug into the program, the more he knew he didn’t feel a connection to what he was studying. He had no passion for it. So he switched his career track to nursing — a decision he hasn’t regretted. One moment comes to mind when he knew he was meant to be a nurse. It was when a patient suffered a heart attack while he was making rounds at the hospital, and he helped save the man’s life. Catania, a GCU online student from Port Charlotte, Fla., who is pursuing his master’s degree to become an acute care nurse practitioner, received the national DAISY Award this summer. The award recognizes exceptional nurses for the work they do.

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Honors College welcomes 15-year-old freshman

August 01, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

It’s not every day that a university accepts the incoming application of a 15-year-old applicant, but Shreya Muthu isn’t your everyday student. Muthu skipped both eighth grade and her sophomore year of high school and will attend GCU for the fall semester. “I’m super excited, I love the atmosphere here and I’m excited to see the opportunities that it brings me,” she said.

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