Archive for February, 2020

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Panel sheds light on teen dating violence

February 28, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Teen dating violence affects 1.5 million young people in America, which is why the University’s HOSA Future Health Professionals chapter thought it was important to partner with the New Life Center and bring a panel to campus for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Representatives from Bloom365, one-n-ten, the New Life Center and GCU on Thursday spoke about the red flags to teen dating violence, how to help those experiencing it, the difference between unhealthy and healthy relationships and more.

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Cantalopes make contribution to rehabilitation field

February 28, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

After reading a book by Alan Alda, South West Advanced Neurological Rehabilitation speech language pathologist Patricia Backus came up with the idea of incorporating improv into therapy sessions. She reached out to GCU’s Theatre Department and was connected with the Cantalopes, and for the past several months GCU’s improv group has worked alongside SWAN Rehab professionals to teach improv techniques to both staff and patients.

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Immigrants get glimpse of American dream at GCU

February 28, 2020 / by / 2 Comments

Dr. Noe Vargas remembers what it was like to be new to America. He came from Mexico at 16, and one of the first people he could talk to in Spanish was his school advisor. He continues to pay it back. On Wednesday, he helped a group of detained immigrant minors see the possibilities of the American dream of education on a tour of GCU.

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Homecoming to feature new events for alumni

February 28, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Homecoming is scheduled for next weekend, and there will be several new attractions for GCU alumni to go with old favorites, such as the derby kart races (pictured). One other important change: The Hall of Fame induction ceremony has been moved up to Friday afternoon.

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‘Eye-opening’ ‘Poverty, Inc.’ sparks conversation

February 27, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

Producer/director Michael Matheson Miller wanted to critique the big business of the poverty industry in his award-winning documentary, “Poverty, Inc.,” which ponders the question of who really benefits from all the humanitarian aid and “social engineering” — the new, politically correct word for poverty — directed at poverty-stricken areas of the world. The film was screened on campus Wednesday, and Dr. Jason Hiles, Dean of Theology, says he hopes the screening will start a conversation on campus about how we engage in our work in the community and in charitable causes.

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Student’s deep dive highlights research colloquium

February 27, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Most of the presentations at the Dr. Kevin McClean Research Colloquium on Wednesday afternoon centered on improving the student experience at GCU, and one of them improved a student’s experience in a big way: Junior Weston DeCambra was the only student presenter at the event and shared his research on the antimicrobial qualities of marine plants.

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Faculty Focus: Dr. Anthony Paterniti

February 26, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Anthony “Tony” Paterniti of the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions is a longtime authority about Florence Nightingale and has given numerous presentations about the founder of modern nursing. His collection of Florence Nightingale items is so impressive, it’s on display in Texas. The focus of his teaching methods is simple: “I consider myself a partner with each student in the class,” he said.

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Operation Revival is working for neighborhood

February 26, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

GCU and GCE volunteers have revitalized the homes of 285 families in the Canyon Corridor and Maryvale since GCU’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity was launched five years ago. To celebrate, any employee who has worked on a Habitat project will receive an invitation to Operation Revival Night at the men’s basketball game Saturday. Not that the community restoration is done — more than 200 volunteers will be needed to fill projects between now and July 10. “You’re needed. You’re making a difference,” University Relations Manager Debbie Accomazzo said.

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Dancers’ feats celebrated in Black History Month

February 26, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Black History Month in February celebrates the impact African Americans have had on history, and the Dance Department in the College of Fine Arts and Production also views it as a time to recognize the accomplishments of students and alumni of color. Whether they are participating in productions celebrating black history or paving the way for others, there’s no shortage of talented dancers.

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Fitness Facts: I have a sore throat — what now?

February 26, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

In this week’s Fitness Facts, Connie Colbert has some particularly useful advice for this time of year — what to do if you have a sore throat. There are a lot of factors that can cause a sore throat, and there are a lot of ways to treat it, too.

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