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Faculty Focus: Sonya Berges

April 13, 2021 / by / 2 Comments

Sonya Berges, Assistant Professor in the College of Education, loves distance education. She especially loves it when she can reach out to adult learners who share their struggles. “While I may not be able to share the story of Christ with every student, I believe that my actions of grace and compassion, especially over the past year, model a bit of the love and grace Christ offers,” she wrote. 

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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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Wishes granted, and alumni teachers are grateful

March 17, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

One teacher bought a special seat cushion to make a child with autism feel more comfortable in the classroom. Another grew a garden. The stories of what GCU alumni did with the money granted by Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers are inspiring. The organization sponsored by GCU helps those teachers make their students’ dreams come true, too.

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Pandemic perseverance: 5 Lopes who led the way

March 16, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

At the one-year anniversary of when COVID-19 first affected GCU’s campus, it’s a good time to reflect on how we endured. These five Lopes provide prime examples of determination, ingenuity and resolve who didn’t settle for just making it through but making it better. Reprinted from the February issue of GCU Magazine.

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Teacher showed online student how to bridge 2020

March 02, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Jeanne Sanchez of Kenosha, Wisconsin, needed help to get through a year filled with death and destruction. Associate Professor Dr. Kimber Underdown went out of her way to provide it. It’s yet another example of the caring, personal attention online students receive from their GCU instructors. “I’m not some perfect person sitting in an ivory tower and nothing is touching me,” Underdown said. “… They are students, but they are people first.” Reprinted from the February issue of GCU Magazine.

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Colloquium proves educational for faculty, students

February 26, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Participants in the Kevin McClean Research Colloquium said they got a lot out of the experience. So did those who merely observed. And as important as it was for faculty, it might have been even more beneficial for students on both sides of the equation. “I honestly couldn’t believe that students who are here at GCU are already learning about all those things and starting to do research projects like that on their own,” junior Klarissa Gutierrez said.

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Students’ plant knowledge sprouts at colloquium

February 25, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

The first day of the Kevin McClean Research Colloquium featured nine impressive presentations, but the three by students on desert plants were the talk of the attendees. “Those kids were impressive, good gravy,” said one of the other presenters, College of Education Professor Jena Akard. The colloquium continues at 3 p.m. Thursday with eight more presentations.

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Colloquium Zooms to large number of presenters

February 22, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

There will be so many presentations at the fourth annual Kevin McClean Research Colloquium, it will take two days for them to all be shared. The colloquium will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, will be entirely online and will feature five GCU students as well as a wide array of faculty members. It is the fulfillment of McClean’s wish to see the event grow.

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Awards reflect faculty’s fervor for students’ future

February 17, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Strategic Employer Initiatives and Internships (SEI) handed out Career Advisor of the Year awards to 12 faculty members who regularly turn their classrooms into career factories. SEI’s devotion to linking students to employers also is reflected in its ever expanding list of offerings, such as the recent Career Awareness Week. “We all know we have great students. We all know they’re going places. We’re just trying to connect the dots and support their journey in getting there,” said Haley Fagerlie, SEI’s Executive Director.

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GCU didn’t let pandemic stop teaching practicums

February 12, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Student Ellie Everitt needed practicum hours toward her education degree but was worried that area schools switching to online instruction during the pandemic wouldn’t need student teachers. Her problem was solved by Assistant Professor Katy Long and a host of other College of Education faculty who worked magic in helping land 513 placements in schools for GCU students so far this academic year.

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