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Former rugby player tackles the fight of his life

July 10, 2020 / by / 3 Comments

Ian Youngblood, a former GCU rugby player and nurse in the Canyon Health and Wellness Clinic, volunteered to work in New York when the pandemic hit. Near the end of his stay, he was struck down — not by COVID-19, but by a brain cancer with a slim survival rate. “At 29 years old, nobody expects to get news like this,” he said. But he’s determined to fight it.

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Theatre grad earns scholarship for lighting design

July 08, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

When she started her undergraduate career in the College of Fine Arts and Production, Rachel Schumacher just loved to act. Now, four years and exposure to the different areas within theatre later, Schumacher has accepted a full-ride scholarship in lighting design from the University of Connecticut and plans to begin this fall.

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Alumnus returns to help patients after COVID battle

July 08, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

GCU alumnus Joey Hermosillo powered through like he usually does. He took a few Ibuprofen for a headache, then headed to Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix, where he’s a charge nurse in the Trauma/Surgical Intensive Care Unit. But by the middle of his shift, he didn’t quite feel like himself and, a few days later, he found out he tested positive for COVID-19. All he could think of was getting back to work so he could continue to do what he does best — help his patients.

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These brothers have designs on the same path

June 19, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

The Pineda brothers, Josh and Jake, have used their GCU degrees in Digital Design with an Emphasis in Web Design to get off to a strong start in the field. But that’s not where their similarities end. Hardly. They hung out together when they both were on campus, and now they share their common interests when they travel.

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A dissertation defense with danger like no other

May 22, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

What makes Dr. Brandon O’Neil’s doctoral degree so interesting is where he conducted his dissertation defense: via Zoom while he was on Air Force deployment in Saudi Arabia — and, on top of that, under the threat of a missile attack. Fortunately, it all went well.

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He advocates for foster kids in multiple ways

May 22, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

GCU graduate Branden Murphy was appointed to the Nevada Board of Nursing at age 32. But that’s hardly his most impressive credential — he and his wife, Kristine, have adopted three children who have complex medical conditions.

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They’re bringing the GCU culture to crepes

May 20, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

Aaron and Jocelyn Reina are using their Colangelo College of Business degrees to help their family operate Colados Coffee and Crepes. In particular, they have applied the GCU culture to create a to bring together the staff.

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Grand Canyon’s colorful history comes into full view

May 20, 2020 / by / 3 Comments

The GCU Library has uploaded to its website a new feature that’s worth a long. nostalgic look. The Historical Archives Collection is filled with photos of life at Grand Canyon College from 1949 to 1984. “We knew we had some treasures, but we didn’t know how much,” said Nita Mailander, Director of Library Services. “… There was a lot of treasure.”

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Grad secures position with help from doctoral faculty

May 14, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

When a teaching job for Dr. Steven Mohler (pictured) depended on approval of his dissertation, the College of Doctoral Studies sped up the process. Mohler praised the work of his committee, led by Dr. Kevin McClean. “He was very helpful, very supportive and went to bat for me several times at the college to make sure that the process continued on,” said Mohler, who got the job.

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Doctoral faculty host virtual celebration for grads

May 11, 2020 / by / 3 Comments

The postponement of Commencement wasn’t going to stop the College of Doctoral Studies from celebrating its spring 2020 graduates — it just had to get creative. Friday morning, it hosted a virtual celebration of its graduates.

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