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My LopeLife: Campus calmed his culture clash

May 19, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Tony Barrera struggled to find a balance between his Latino heritage and American culture as he tried to answer the “Who am I?” question. But then he came to GCU and was accepted so readily by other students, he found his identity — and told his story in this “My LopeLife,” reprinted from the April issue of GCU Magazine.

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Lawsuit against GCU thrown out by Atlanta court

May 18, 2020 / by / 2 Comments

A class-action lawsuit against Grand Canyon University has been dismissed by the U.S. District Court in Atlanta. The court ruled on May 11, 2020, that GCU’s Enrollment Agreement “clearly stated” that the plaintiff’s academic program would not lead to licensure in Georgia and that the plaintiff would have known that “had she read the Enrollment Agreement.”

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Early move-out heads top GCU stories of 2019-20

May 18, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

A lot happened at GCU near the end of the 2019-20 academic year, but nothing could come close to the significance of COVID-19 forcing students off campus in March. Athletics also felt the brunt of the pandemic with the WAC Basketball Tournament and spring sports being canceled, but the hirings of new basketball coaches Bryce Drew and Molly Miller made for a promising future.

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All business: Colangelo Scholars lead the way

May 18, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

The Colangelo Scholarships have gone national, and the two latest recipients — Belle Rakestraw from Illinois and Avery Bernard from California — will bring impressive credentials to campus. They’re ready to follow in the footsteps of their predecessors and be leaders on campus.

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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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Onward, upward: GCU helps students step into jobs

May 14, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

There is one overarching factor in how GCU administrators and faculty are judged: Did their students get good jobs after graduation? It is the true meaning behind the University’s “Find your purpose” slogan. “It’s the passion to serve our students that our faculty and staff have,” Provost Dr. Hank Radda said, “which makes them willing to dive in, shepherd and advise students toward their ultimate career goal.”

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Kids have their Lopes Up in South Florida

May 13, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Sam Glyn Nava, a university development counselor in Miami, had done a Career Day presentation the last two years at her daughter’s school, which has several teachers enrolled in Grand Canyon University graduate programs. Thus, the students are familiar with GCU and “Lopes Up.” This year, with schools being closed, a Virtual Career Day was held and she again was invited to present. The kids were all very excited to hold their Lopes Up the Zoom presentation, and she says she has been contacted since then by parents from the class who have been considering going back to school, were watching the presentation and are now a little more familiar with GCU.  

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Duarte returns to campus to host ‘GCU Lope Show’

May 13, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

Caleb Duarte was growing a beard, playing video games and petting his dog in California during the pandemic quarantine when GCU called the new graduate. Campus leaders ask the popular emcee of major GCU events to come back and do his own GCU talk show. He shaved. He filmed. And every Friday, a new episode of “The GCU Lope Show with Caleb Duarte” drops on YouTube.

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Student workers grateful to keep their GCU jobs

May 12, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

For some GCU students, the prospect of losing income during the pandemic was stressful. But the University made big efforts to keep many student workers employed, retaining nearly half in their jobs with GCU and GCE. Most could work remotely. Junior Jamie Bettis had a desktop set up right at the foot of her bed in a Phoenix apartment.

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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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