Archive for November, 2020

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Faith, love lead GCU grad back to teaching in China

November 30, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

It was a scary time and place for GCU graduate Rashida Thomas. She was student teaching in China when the pandemic broke. Alone and scared, she endured with prayer and a loving community there before getting back to the U.S. Now, she’s returning to China as a college graduate, closing a circle broken by a virus.

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Faculty Focus: Tracey Lauterborn

November 30, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

As Course Lead for BIT 200, Introduction to Information Technology, Tracey Lauterborn is one of the first friendly, knowledgeable faces students see in the Colangelo College of Students. But she also teaches a 400-level management course, which gives her the perspective of working with students as their coming into college life and getting ready to go out into the world. She also has done some interesting things all over the world and at her recently purchased home in central Phoenix.

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Thanksgiving baskets brighten homeless teens’ day

November 25, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

Jerry Perkins knows what it’s like for homeless teens. He was homeless and lived in foster care for a time when he was a teen. Now the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions faculty member has a passion for helping those youth. He recently delivered Thanksgiving meals and baskets filled with everything from school supplies to hygiene items to those teens as a volunteer with Homeless Youth Connection, whose mission is to help homeless youth graduate from high school and even move on to continue their education, possibly at GCU.

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GCU’s students on target for campus togetherness

November 25, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

This semester has been like no other. But GCU’s leaders and students adapted to the pandemic. They went to class in face coverings, gathered outdoors for Bible study and took part in fun events specially designed to avoid close contact. Campus life endured. And these creative examples are proof positive. Reprinted from the November issue of GCU Magazine.

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#Askingforafriend: The magic ratio

November 25, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Conflict is unavoidable and does not necessarily have to be a wedge in a relationship. It can be an opportunity for improving connection, as well as addressing needs in the relationship. One way is by using the 5:1 ratio. That is, for every one negative interaction experienced in a relationship, there should be at least five positive interactions to keep the relationship positive, healthy and stable.

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Fitness facts: Atopic dermatitis

November 25, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Atopic dermatitis, or eczema, is a condition that affects your skin’s ability to hold moisture and causes dry patches, red to brownish-gray patches on the skin and itchiness. While there is no cure for eczema, moisturizing and other self-care can help, as can corticosteroids and antibiotic creams.

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Havocs leaders ready to jump-start basketball season

November 24, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Leading one of the nation’s most exuberant student cheering sections is like riding a wild bronco. But Havoc leaders Joshua Gillespie, president, and Grace Haskins, social media coordinator, say what makes the section great is they work in unison with that wild energy. The group will burst out of the gates Wednesday night in the first men’s basketball game at GCU Arena, scaled back in size for the pandemic but not tamped down in enthusiasm.

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GCU baseball helps food bank get a (turkey) leg up

November 23, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

It was the turkey call that mattered the most: “Don’t be a nerd; donate a bird!” GCU baseball, as it has for the past seven years, spent the Saturday before Thanksgiving collecting turkeys, nonperishable food and monetary donations for St. Mary’s Food Bank on Super Saturday. The nonprofit is in the midst of its busiest time of year, one made even more challenging because of the coronavirus pandemic. Super Saturday kicked off the University’s Give with Purpose holiday employee giving campaign.

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GCU cooks up homey Thanksgiving for students

November 20, 2020 / by / 2 Comments

It’s not home but GCU campus is the next best thing for the holidays. Administrators and students are using their creative spirit to celebrate with campus events and food while staying safe and avoiding travel over Thanksgiving. They are gathering for a “Friendsgiving” or taking part in GCU Dining’s fabulous meal, or even offering their own recipes from home, such as student Nate Lowery’s winning caramel apple salad.

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Slideshow: Hanging of the Greens

November 20, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by David Kadlubowski GCU News Bureau Hanging of the Greens is a formal Christmas dance for Grand Canyon University students. It was altered this year to keep students physically distanced and maintain COVID protocols.  

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