Archive for June, 2021

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Entrepreneurship keeps crossing college lines

June 11, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Tim Kelley of the Colangelo College of Business has worked hard to infuse entrepreneurship into every college at GCU, not just CCOB, and his latest hire is yet another example of that effort. Abenezer Gebrehiwot, an IT/cybersecurity major, is the new Executive Manager of Kelley’s Canyon Angels investment group. Gebrehiwot was instrumental in organizing and executing a recent Canyon Angels event.

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How employees challenge one another to stay well

June 10, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

GCU/GCE employees who participate in the University’s wellness challenges have some inspiring stories to tell. Kaeman Mitchell was hospitalized but still got in 12,000 steps a day – in the ward hallway. Su Fong rises every day at 2 a.m. to work out for four hours before work. And Wendy Moreira used meditation and mindfulness exercises to help her after the death of family members from COVID.

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GCU changed doctoral learner’s life for the better

June 10, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Erick Hester’s time at GCU has turned his dreams into reality. After graduating with his master’s from GCU in 2018, it wasn’t long before the urge to challenge himself further brought him back to pursue his Ph.D. in Psychology. “Dating back to my master’s, I couldn’t ask for a better university,” he said. “It’s literally changed my life.” Last in a series highlighting learners in the College of Doctoral Studies. 

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Critchfield named Dean of College of Education

June 09, 2021 / by / 1 Comment

Dr. Meredith Critchfield is the new College of Education dean, succeeding Dr. Kimberly LaPrade, who is retiring in August. Critchfield said she will focus on strategies to stay on the cutting edge of changes in education after the pandemic and explore innovative ways to tell the story of COE and the teaching profession, among other initiatives. The former college rower, who joined GCU’s faculty in 2013, will bring to COE the teamwork she learned on the water. “To this day I really try to embrace that in my leadership style,” she said. “How can we all be working in a cohesive unit so no one is flipping the boat and we are all moving forward?”

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#Askingforafriend: Times of reflection

June 09, 2021 / by / 1 Comment

Kristin Wyse has some interesting thoughts about how the pandemic got her to reflect on what she really values in her life. It also caused her to re-envision the future.

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Learner’s goal for doctorate: serving fellow vets

June 09, 2021 / by / 1 Comment

After 28 years of serving the country as a member of the United States Air Force, Stefney Dunson plans to use the research for his Ed.D. to help his fellow veterans avoid homelessness. “My goal is to go back into the VA system and help with the issue of homelessness and see if we can bring those numbers down,” Dunson said. “I know there’s a lot of issues out there with veterans right now, and after spending 28 years in the military and having some of my young folks go into the world and end up homeless, I want to be able to continue to serve, in some way, those who wore the uniform.” Sixth in a series highlighting learners in the College of Doctoral Studies. 

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Fitness Facts: Hydrating foods

June 09, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Registered dietitian Liz Cook says drinking water isn’t the only way to stay hydrated this summer. Adding food with high water content, such as cucumbers, watermelons, nut milks and lettuces is also a good idea.

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Family, doctoral chair are motivation for learner

June 08, 2021 / by / 1 Comment

Christina Solares already has a bachelor’s and master’s from GCU and enjoyed it so much, she’s working on her doctorate. Her connection with her chair, Dr. Tetiana McLemore, has helped shape Solares’ dissertation. “The chair that I have, she’s the only person I can think about when I come back to this doctoral program,” she said. “She has pushed me so hard and she’s so supportive, and that is probably the number one thing that us doctoral students would ever want.” Fifth in a series highlighting learners in the College of Doctoral Studies. 

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Return to camp a return to childhood for coach Drew

June 08, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

It was great to hear the bouncing basketballs thundering in the vast Canyon Activity Center Monday at the first day camp under GCU coach Bryce Drew. Last summer’s camps were canceled because of the pandemic, so no one was happier for their return than Drew, who said he grew up going to camps with his father, Homer Drew, the former coach at Valparaiso. The camps teach youngsters basketball skills but also show off GCU and “what a special place this is,” Drew said.

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Helping others is key for veteran in doctoral program

June 04, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Russell “Russ” Kuhn has had an impressive career of service, from his time in the Navy to his work as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) acting as an advocate for abused and neglected children. It only makes sense that Kuhn, now a university development counselor for GCU, has big goals for the Ph.D. he is working on. “I’m hoping my dissertation itself will help universities significantly improve doctoral graduation rates,” he said. Fourth in a series highlighting learners in the College of Doctoral Studies. 

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