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New doctoral program quickly produces 1st grad

January 06, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Mary Dainty’s grandmother laid the foundation for her family’s academic drive by graduating with her doctorate at a time when women were rare in graduate programs. Dainty followed in her grandmother’s footsteps by not only being a member of the College of Doctoral Studies’ first cohort group in its new Counselor Education and Supervision program, but also becoming the program’s first graduate.

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Top stories, photos depict an emotional GCU year

December 30, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Nine months later, the Oscar Frayer bulletin still is shocking. “What? How could that happen? Not now!” was a typical response to the news that the GCU basketball star, his sister and a friend had been killed in an auto accident just days after he played in the NCAA tournament. Thankfully, 2021 was filled with happier moments, in particular the opening of the GCU CityServe warehouse, the awarding of more Students Inspiring Students scholarships, the energy of Lip Sync and other major events, and the inspiration of so many students and staff. Here are our favorite stories. They might be yours, too.

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GCU reaches 2,000 signed doctoral dissertations

December 22, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

It’s been a productive 10 years for the College of Doctoral Studies. What started as eight graduates a year in 2011 to nearly 500 graduates in 2021, the college has just crossed off its next big milestone — reaching 2,000 signed dissertations once the college’s dean, Dr. Michael Berger, signed Dr. Kortney Song’s. The best part — Song’s chair, Dr. Nicholas Markette, was the college’s first graduate. “Doctoral degrees change lives,” Berger said. “Going through it changes your life, getting it changes your life, it changes the way you think, it changes the opportunities that are available to you, and that’s a lot of lives that have been impacted by Grand Canyon.”

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GCU is the glue for the inseparable ‘Drs. McCabe’

December 16, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

They earned their GCU degrees together, including their doctorates, and now Drs. Mike and Crystal McCabe are colleagues on the Online Full-Time Faculty. Their expertise in online education is rivaled by their family’s dedication in attending basketball games. “We all say at GCU that we bleed purple. They really bleed purple,” said Dr. Sheila Damiani, Faculty Chair for Online Full-time Faculty.

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Doctoral learner is still aiming high at age 80

December 01, 2021 / by / 4 Comments

Dorothy Galiger’s role as a military spouse didn’t end when her husband retired from the Army. It didn’t even end after he died in 2018. She continues to pay homage to him by pursuing a doctorate from GCU, focusing her dissertation topic on the challenges female Army reserve combat veterans face in trying to reintegrate into civilian life.. Oh, and there’s one other thing: Dorothy Galiger is 80 years old.

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Slideshow: Makeup Commencement, Nov. 8

November 09, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Ralph Freso GCU News Bureau The sixth of seven makeup Commencements was staged Monday at Grand Canyon University Arena. Here’s a story on the featured speaker for the makeup ceremonies, Dr. Breanna Naegeli.   

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Naegeli shares relatable message with graduates

November 09, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

For the sixth time this fall, Dr. Breanna Naegeli addressed graduates at the makeup Commencement ceremony Monday. The Honors College Associate Dean’s message about the resilience and tenacity of the graduating classes of 2020 and 2021 has special meaning because she is one of them. “When you’re physically there at Commencement and in that moment, it brings back all the memories of the relentless efforts, the long nights, the endless hours and sleepless nights trying to balance it all,” she said.

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Doctoral degree helped him fulfill a lifelong dream

November 04, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Corey Shaun Owens knew when he was 12 that he would need a doctorate to achieve his goal of becoming a college professor. He earned that degree last year and, after riding out the pandemic, used it to get a teaching job and eventually a program director role at the University of Louisville. He said it might not have been possible without his experience at GCU. “It was the period that allowed me to put the check next to that goal and say, ‘I now know that I can become a college professor at an institution because of Grand Canyon University,’” he said.

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Teaching and Learning doctorate filled with lessons

October 26, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

One of the doctoral degrees at Monday’s makeup Commencement ceremony was a milestone: Dr. Kelly Maguire became the first learner to officially receive the Teaching and Learning degree. It was quite a culmination to her journey through the program with her husband, Joe, supporting her — just as she had done for him through his three decades in the Marines. “I feel like this accomplishment is equally his,” he said.

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Inaugural Day of Giving makes powerful debut

October 22, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

For a university that places such a high emphasis on giving back to the community, adding GCU’s first annual Day of Giving to the calendar just made sense. More than 2,000 donations were made during the 24-hour blitz and will help fund a number of valuable causes on campus. “I’m really impressed with how many donors are interested in giving back to the community here,” Director of Annual Giving Cherylann Galdi said. “As Christians, we have a heart for others, and it really showed today.”

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