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Canyon Ventures helps Lux Longboards keep rolling

August 19, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

One of the most unusual examples of a Lopes Live Lab is Canyon Ventures, the business incubator where students can gain valuable experience by working for startups. Or they can do what Weston Smith did — start their own business and become a Canyon Ventures tenant. Lux Longboards is a model for what Lopes Live Labs are all about: He has collaborated with people from all across the University. “Wes has engaged the spectrum of GCU,” said Robert Vera, Director of Canyon Ventures.

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Student turns hotel internship into people project

August 18, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Bekah Ritterling doesn’t consider it work to talk to people. She loves it. So she’s a natural for the hospitality industry, and her people skills and positive demeanor on an internship with Drury Hotels inspired two guests to rave to management about their experience with her. Dr. Jennifer Elfenbein, Chair for Hospitality Management in the Colangelo College of Business, said of Ritterling, “She is so genuine. She’s just so happy. That is her.”

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Creative sparks fly in hands-on Lopes Live Labs

August 17, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

If you’ve walked around campus recently, you might have noticed the Lopes Live Lab signs on many buildings. And maybe you wondered: What is a Lopes Live Lab? The cover story in the August issue of GCU Magazine answers that question in detail with more than just a definition — it includes examples of the many ways students can have hands-on learning experiences outside the classroom.

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Students make greater impact in GPEC internships

July 29, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

GCU marketing and advertising major Tayler Alonzo-Taggart grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska, but found herself touting the wonders of Phoenix as an intern at the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, where she is in charge of the organization’s blog, “What Makes Greater Phoenix So Great,” among other duties. Fellow senior James Fritz also interned at GPEC this summer and had a lot of free reign on his projects. The computer science major with an emphasis in big data developed an alert app for the GPEC team and put together market sentiment analyses. “It’s been a really nice environment to work in,” he said.

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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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They showed it’s never too late to earn a degree

May 27, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Shawn Boskie and Tyson Hintz both waited a long time, for various reasons, to earn their bachelor’s degrees from GCU, but they didn’t stop there. Both are members of the Colangelo College of Business advisory board, and Hintz actively recruits GCU students for his company, Knight-Swift Transportation. “That’s college today,” said Dr. Randy Gibb, the CCOB dean. “You can go back and finish it anytime.” Reprinted from the April issue of GCU Magazine.

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Why summer school became a hot choice this year

May 20, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Summer isn’t as quiet as you’d think around the University this year. More students than ever — 1,137 — are housed on campus this year. For the first time, they can live in University apartments, and many are eager to make up for lost time after a year of pandemic disruptions. “For me, having the option of being on campus and getting a job and doing it for a lower expense – I would take that to be with my friends a bit longer,” said Caleb Canfield, a resident assistant.

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Despite challenges, online students reach finish line

May 17, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

The virtual Commencement ceremony for online students Saturday was actually eight prerecorded ceremonies — one for each college, with a promise of more ceremonies this fall for graduates who would like the in-person experience. But the acknowledgment of their accomplishments amid the pandemic couldn’t wait. “What you have accomplished is remarkable, and we are celebrating it today,” GCU President Brian Mueller said.

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Road to success: GCU grad aids her Navajo Nation

May 14, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

When Stacy Etsitty earned her associate degree, it was important to her to return to her hometown of Navajo, New Mexico. She wanted to make a difference — and did — when she helped secure funding to fix the only road to and from the elementary school, where she worked as a bookkeeper. She continues to dedicate herself to her community, recently starting a new job in Window Rock, Arizona, capital of the Navajo Nation. “I want to do more for my people. … Look at this place,” she said. “How can someone do their education and NOT come back to this place?”

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Hall of Famers surprised by honor despite success

May 13, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

It’s been a year like no other, and that notion is especially true in regards to this year’s GCU Hall of Fame recipients. Rachel Winkler, Scott Van Newkirk, Garth Bailey and Dan Snyder were selected to be added to the growing list of impressive alumni who are making an impact in their fields. From business to the health insurance industry, each recipient holds an impressive resumé and an even more impressive journey. “I feel like your education is just the start,” Van Newkirk said. “Nothing is going to be given to you, and how you prepare your work ethic through school is going to carry on into your career.” Reprinted from the April issue of GCU Magazine.

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