Archive for September, 2021

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Cicogna writes and teaches literature of lessons

September 30, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

When Emil Cicogna couldn’t get his students to read as a high school teacher, he brought in copies of his own manuscript. The students were captivated by the story of an 1885 family and learned valuable lessons about the Industrial Revolution. He said half of them had never read an entire book before. Today, as an Online Fulltime Faculty member of GCU’s College of Education, he encourages teacher candidates to incorporate literature into their lessons of history and other subjects. And his manuscript became a published trilogy, recently finding a home in the Lopes for Literacy Multicultural Library.

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Slideshow: Lopes Live

September 30, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Ralph Freso GCU News Bureau There were cowboy boots and hats, music, dancing, food and just lots of fun Wednesday night as Grand Canyon University students gathered for Lopes Live in the Student Advising Services Building courtyard.  

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Slideshow: Students camp out for Midnight Madness

September 30, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Ralph Freso GCU News Bureau One of the traditions on the Grand Canyon University campus is students camping out before a big basketball event, and Midnight Madness certainly qualifies. In what is known as Camp Elliott (in honor of Daniel Elliott, who was first in line the first time students did this several years ago), more than 700 students filled the Quad with tents and hammocks in anticipation of getting a good seat for Friday night’s festivities in GCU Arena.  

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L.O.P.E.S. Academy students connect with Buddies

September 29, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Alexa Herriman had plenty to talk about: swimming in the Special Olympics, her Batman-Wonder Woman comic book and her Scooby-Doo stuffed animal. She also has someone to talk to about all those things, her new L.O.P.E.S. Buddy, Jaclyn Turner. Turner is one of six GCU students matched with students at the new L.O.P.E.S. Academy at the Cardon Center, a two-year program for adults with mild intellectual or developmental disabilities who want a college experience. Buddies accompany L.O.P.E.S. Academy students to Chapel, lunch, basketball games and other activities. “I have a friend to chat to,” Herriman said about her new Buddy. “I kind of have a plus-two to chat to.”

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New dean brings diverse background to Fine Arts

September 29, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

When asked whether he would give up the church or give up Hollywood, Dr. Craig Detweiler replied with his 25-year career of combining the two. Now, the longtime educator is bringing his knowledge and skills into his new role as dean of the College of Fine Arts and Production. “I’m excited about GCU’s deep and abiding faith combined with the artistry and creativity of both the professors and students,” he said. “We can both enlighten and entertain at the same time.”

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Week of events geared to students’ financial success

September 28, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Personal Financial Success Week, which began Monday and will continue through Thursday, provides students with information they desperately need, considering the number of Americans living in debt. “Every year we improve our outreach and connection to GCU students on topics of financial literacy and financial wellness,” said Dr. Randy Gibb, Dean of the Colangelo College of Business.

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GCU fetes finalists for top STEM teaching award

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STEM educators who are movers and shakers when it comes to teaching math and science were on campus Saturday to celebrate the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The awards are the highest honor in the nation the government gives to educators in those disciplines, with winners receiving a certificate, trip to Washington, D.C., and $10,000. The event honored finalists for the 2021 and 2020 awards. But more than that, it was a way for Presidential Awardees to share ideas, support each other and build a community of high-level math and science educators.

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Slideshow: Makeup Commencement, Sept. 27

September 28, 2021 / by / 2 Comments

Photos by Ralph Freso GCU News Bureau The second of seven makeup Commencement ceremonies Monday at Grand Canyon University proved thrilling for another set of graduates who waited a long time to walk the stage.   

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Grads go far to applaud in-person Commencement

September 28, 2021 / by / 1 Comment

The second of seven makeup Commencement ceremonies Monday proved once again that graduates will travel long distances to celebrate earning their degree. “I just felt that desire to walk across the stage,” said Anthony Jackson Jr., who came all the way from New Orleans. “I wanted to feel that same intensity that the locals feel. I just had to do it.”

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Slideshow: Chapel, Sept. 27

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Photos by Ralph Freso GCU News Bureau Dr. Tim Griffin, Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and University Pastor, was the speaker at the third Chapel of the fall semester.  

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