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Faculty Focus: Dr. Araxi Hovhannessian

March 30, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Araxi Hovhannessian, Senior Adjunct Professor and Dissertation Chair in the College of Doctoral Studies, was delighted to see three of her learners earn their doctorates in the last year, and she also gets a kick out of watching them become even better teachers than she considers herself. When not coaching dissertations, she likes to travel to faraway lands.

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How GCU scored points with pandemic innovations

March 30, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

There were innovations aplenty as GCU dealt with the pandemic. But none of the required alterations were more visible than the cutouts in GCU Arena, where the basketball environment still was plenty loud enough to be noticed by visiting coaches. Reprinted from the February issue of GCU Magazine.

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Can die-hard Iowa fans turn into Lopes? Yes!

March 17, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

GCU online student Lanna Thompson faced a dilemma. Both she and husband Kyle are GCU online students. But they live in Iowa, home to the Iowa Hawkeyes, GCU’s opponent in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Saturday. Not only that, her late father-in-law was a Hawkeye booster known across the state. Which team to cheer for? It seemed obvious for a family that “bleeds black and gold.” Not so fast — they’re Lopes fans now.

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Doctoral learners make grand return to campus

March 12, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

It’s been almost a full year since the pandemic forced the College of Doctoral Studies to halt on-campus residencies. Now, after months of holding residencies at off-campus venues, learners were welcomed back to campus with open arms this week as extensive safety measure ensured a comfortable return. An added bonus: They got to see the University’s vaccine Point of Dispensing site at 27th Avenue, providing tangible evidence of the GCU community involvement they have heard so much about.

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His doctoral degree was a tough act to follow

February 23, 2021 / by / 2 Comments

The doctoral journey is never easy, but the obstacles Dr. David Butler overcame make his story that much more inspiring. Butler, who graduated in the fall with his Ph.D. in Performance Psychology, took seven years to earn his degree because he went through two rounds of battling Stage 4 prostate cancer and also underwent open heart surgery and a hip replacement — besides having his data collection turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic. But those life experiences also shaped his dissertation.

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Counseling programs are in tech with your feelings

February 04, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Mufasa Moyenda got the ball rolling in GCU’s College of Doctoral Studies, and a whole group of suddenly tech-savvy counseling professors in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences joined the team to move it forward until a new website was created that focuses on uniting counseling students and faculty in three programs and two colleges. The Counseling Community Connection, those involved said, could be a model for many academic programs to copy.

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Faculty Focus: Dr. Luis Zayas

February 02, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Luis Zayas, Assistant Professor in the College of Doctoral Studies, has accomplished a lot in his career. But nothing makes him happier than what one of his students in a cultural diversity accomplished. With Zayas’ encouragement and mentorship, the students’ commentary was accepted for a scholarly publication, he earned a research grant, he was accepted into a doctoral program and he met his future spouse.

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Faculty Focus: Dr. Patricia D’Urso

January 20, 2021 / by / 4 Comments

Dr. Patricia D’Urso of the College of Doctoral Studies is all about the data. “If you have collected valid and reliable data, it is hard to argue with the numbers,” she likes to say. But she also has a number of other interests, some of them extremely challenging. Find out the language she so desperately wants to learn.

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Faculty Focus: Dr. Nicholas Markette

January 13, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Nicholas Markette was a successful businessman but wanted something more than profit margins. He turned to education and revels in his role as a Senior Doctoral Adjunct Supervisor in the College of Doctoral Studies. He treasures being able to help learners, even after they graduate, and he also has found value in his role as the head of the largest youth sports organization in the state.

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Residency friendship turns into business partnership

December 29, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

What started as a friendship between two doctoral learners turned into a business partnership with ties to two different countries. Eugene Frimpong and Kevin Abankwa, along with colleague Carlos Osofu, created data analytics company The Analytics Professionals. “It is basically business consulting, but our emphasis is in data analytics,” Abankwa said. “Most of our clients are going to be businesses who are trying to figure out and make sense of their data.”

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