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Hall of Famers strive to impact future generations

March 04, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

The Homecoming festivities wouldn’t be complete without the induction of some very special Lopes into the GCU Hall of Fame, scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday in the GCU Arena Hall. Making a difference in the lives of future generations was a common theme for this year’s group of inductees, professionals who have spent their careers doing just that.

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Latest issue of GCU Magazine is a keeper

February 14, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

The February 2020 issue of GCU Magazine will be a keepsake for students, faculty, staff and alumni. The special dedication to GCU’s stunning transformation in the last 10 years includes stories, photos and videos covering every aspect of this remarkable story — academics, spiritual life, campus life, community outreach, athletics, online education and alumni — plus President Brian Mueller’s personal thoughts about what it has meant to him. Here’s the digital version.

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Community shines through in GCU’s dazzling decade

February 14, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

The story of GCU’s ascent in the last decade is one of determination, discovery and bit of defiance. “We do what others say can’t be done,” said Will Gonzalez, Chairman of the GCU Board of Trustees, “and we do it every … single … day.” The cover story of the February issue of GCU Magazine tells how it unfolded, through the eyes of the people who saw it through.

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Faculty Focus: Virginia Murray

February 12, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Virginia Murray, Faculty Lead Special Education for the College of Education, is passionate about preparing special education teacher candidates to help their students transition beyond high school. She does that by passing along what she has learned from many years working in that environment and favors an individualized approach that addresses the whole child.

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GCU students Serve the City by building a garden

February 03, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

One teacher said, “If you build it, they will come,” stealing a line from “Field of Dreams.” On Saturday at Serve the City, 200 GCU students and 30 Habitat for Humanity volunteers were building “it” — a sustainable community garden at Westwood Elementary that puts down even deeper roots in a relationship with the neighborhood school. The students are expected to come to the garden with enthusiasm to learn about what will grow there.

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GCU grads fill a primary school’s teacher shortage

January 30, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

GCU has a tight relationship with nearby Westwood Elementary School with teacher training and after-school programs at the school. But before this Saturday’s Serve the City launch of a community garden, the story of how GCU filled an emergency need for three new teachers in just weeks further cements the partnership.

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Faculty Focus: Katy Sell

January 29, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Assistant Professor Katy Sell of the College of Education has found Arizona to be magnetic — her family moved out of the state three times during her childhood but kept coming back. She also looks for ways to make her teaching magnetic with an informal style designed to keep students engaged.

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‘Top of Class’ continues success with relevant topics

January 15, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

The hits keep on coming for a winning combination of GCU faculty members from the College of Education. Emily Pottinger and Dr. Meredith Critchfield’s “Top of the Class” podcast has been given top ratings by all of its iTune reviewers so far. And the first audio drop of the year on civil discussion in the classroom is one hint why.

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Faculty Focus: Dr. Stephanie Nilsen

January 13, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Stephanie Nilsen, Assistant Professor in the College of Education, has a doctorate in Infant and Early Childhood Development with an emphasis in Mental Health and Developmental Disorders and says she is “a firm believer in social and emotional approaches to education that take into account trauma, mental health and exceptionalities.” But she also is a skilled musician — check out how many instruments she can play.

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Run to Fight Night marks new direction for race

January 09, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Run to Fight Children’s Cancer looks a little different this year — the Children’s Cancer Network signature event is moving from the GCU campus to Salt River Fields in Scottsdale. But what remains the same is the University’s continued partnership with CCN, which continues to evolve as that relationship further aligns with GCU’s mission. Another aspect that remains the same is Run to Fight Night at the men’s basketball game Saturday night at GCU Arena, when 200-300 cancer-fighting superhero families will be celebrated.

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