Archive for February, 2021

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Virtual celebration homes in on fun for everyone

February 26, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

The pandemic wasn’t going to keep the GCU community from celebrating alumni, students and their families. That determined spirit was the catalyst for this year’s virtual Homecoming and Family Week. For the first time, the two events have been combined to bring together everyone in the GCU community for a week filled with tours, livestreams, watch parties and access to GCU archives.

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Faculty Focus: Dr. Penny Lee

February 26, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Penny Lee, a member of the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions faculty, loves nursing and everything that goes along with it. As a nurse practitioner in a pediatric clinic, she takes great joy in helping people make educated decisions about their health and promoting a healthy lifestyle. As an instructor, she is eager to help students improve their assessment skills. Find out her connection to the Beatles.

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Homecoming incorporates Chapel, GCU families

February 26, 2021 / by / 2 Comments

Homecoming will have a different look this year, and not just because of the pandemic. It’s being combined with Family Weekend, which had to be canceled last fall, and will start Monday with a special Chapel featuring GCU alumnus Nick Ely, Lead Pastor of Christ Church Central Phoenix. There will be online events available for alumni and GCU friends to view all week.

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Colloquium proves educational for faculty, students

February 26, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Participants in the Kevin McClean Research Colloquium said they got a lot out of the experience. So did those who merely observed. And as important as it was for faculty, it might have been even more beneficial for students on both sides of the equation. “I honestly couldn’t believe that students who are here at GCU are already learning about all those things and starting to do research projects like that on their own,” junior Klarissa Gutierrez said.

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Students’ plant knowledge sprouts at colloquium

February 25, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

The first day of the Kevin McClean Research Colloquium featured nine impressive presentations, but the three by students on desert plants were the talk of the attendees. “Those kids were impressive, good gravy,” said one of the other presenters, College of Education Professor Jena Akard. The colloquium continues at 3 p.m. Thursday with eight more presentations.

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GCU helps school districts fight food insecurity

February 25, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Patti Bilbrey, Director of Nutrition Services for the Scottsdale Unified School District, was looking for a way to honor her mentor, Dave Schwake, who passed away earlier this month from COVID-19 complications. Schwake tirelessly fought food insecurity as the Food Service Director for the Litchfield Elementary School District and as a volunteer for several nonprofit organizations. She found that opportunity to carry on his legacy with the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. Her district is one of several school districts who received boxes Wednesday in the latest round of food box distributions.

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Haas selected to perform at 2021 Clarinet Fest

February 24, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Adjunct clarinet professor Tim Haas and former GCU oboe professor Dr. Rachel Messing were selected to perform at the 2020 Clarinet Fest before it was canceled because of the pandemic. But they’re scheduled to perform this summer at the 2021 conference. “It’s a huge honor,” Haas said. “These conferences, they have some of the best players in the world coming to play.”

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Fitness Facts: Just take a deep breath

February 24, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

In this week’s Fitness Facts column on physical health, Connie Colbert writes about the wonders of deep breathing. It has many benefits and should be slow and gentle.

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Faculty Focus: Dr. Marnie Davis

February 24, 2021 / by / 1 Comment

Dr. Marnie Davis, Full-Time Online Instructor in the Colangelo College of Business, strives to make sure her students don’t feel like a mere “name on a screen,” but she also invests in their future with a teaching style she calls “fair, firm and consistent.” She gives a great example of how she helped a student become accountable and take control of assignments.

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Campus Recreation: Lower body workout

February 24, 2021 / by / 1 Comment

Kayla Hartson, Student Fitness Coordinator, shares an AMRAP (As Many Reps as Possible) workout that is sure to get your heart pumping while providing a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy the warm weather.

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