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SIS scholars capitalize on visit to state Capitol

March 22, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Iris Yanez-Arambula, a junior elementary education and Spanish major, knows that what goes on in the state legislature will determine what goes on in the classroom. So she’s always keen on keeping track of education legislation. She was one of about 20 Students Inspiring Students scholars from a variety of majors who traveled to the Arizona State Capitol on Monday to watch the afternoon session and visit with state Rep. Cesar Chavez (D-Maryvale), a GCU alumni who introduced the scholars and the SIS program to his fellow legislators.

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Panel of educators focuses on character, culture

March 10, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Nancy Parra-Quinlan, the 2022 Arizona Teacher of the Year, and other panelists explored character education, lessons of the pandemic and advice for new teachers in the Dean Speaker Series held virtually by GCU College of Education on Tuesday. “We need to really build relationships with students and really understand their community and family life,” Parra-Quinlan said.

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Homecoming Family Weekend makes big impression

March 07, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Thousands of alumni, students, families and friends came to campus to participate in the University’s first in-person Homecoming Family Weekend since before the pandemic. There was no shortage of excitement as fan favorites returned and new events popped up. “This is the Disneyland of campuses. We really just enjoy coming out here,” said Warren Thompson, who came to campus with his family to visit daughter Bella. “It’s been great to connect and see some other students that our daughter has connected with and meet their parents. Everyone seems really down to earth.”

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GCU students fill new roles at neighbor school

March 03, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

GCU has helped a neighboring charter school through its astounding decade of growth with graduates and student teachers filling vital roles. Now, it’s filling the hallways at Empower College Prep even more. Fourteen GCU students are serving as teaching associates, taking an active role in the classroom while earning pay and experience. “It’s not your typical school,” said GCU junior Rebecca Lange, who helps teach seventh grade math. “I get to know the students by name, I get to know their stories.”

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Campus celebration returns to in-person activities

March 03, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

An action-packed weekend is upon us as this year’s Homecoming Family Weekend draws closer. For the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, events from Homecoming and Family Weekend will be restored to their in-person format. There is no shortage of ways to get involved on and off campus.

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Students plan, lead and listen at annual colloquium

February 24, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Students play a big role in the fifth annual Kevin McClean Research Colloquium. They planned the event and managed the presentations on the first day Wednesday, when a lot of their peers were in the Colangelo College of Business classroom. The colloquium returned to in-person after having to go virtual last year, but it will be online today for two more sessions. Among the presenters was Dr. Kelly Damron, who is doing a study on the lack of diversity in the accounting field.

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Slideshow: Kevin McClean Research Colloquium

February 24, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Ralph Freso GCU News Bureau The first day of the fifth annual Kevin McClean Research Colloquium was held Wednesday in the Colangelo College of Business Building.  

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Fuel cell powers team’s space, humanitarian goals

February 17, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

It started out as a simple question from one GCU student to another: “Do you want to send something into space?” Rather than just ponder the idea, they created STELLAR, which will be launching its first project, a microbial fuel cell, to the International Space Station in April. But while the team says sending projects into space is just cool, it emphasized that its passions run deeper. Ultimately, the group’s mission isn’t just a space mission but a humanitarian one, as well.

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GCU students help fill need for substitute teachers

January 28, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

When the situation in Arizona schools gets tough, GCU students and graduates come to the rescue. The latest example arose when the lingering pandemic and ongoing teacher shortages left a system lacking enough substitute teachers. College of Education Assistant Professor Claudia Coleman quickly worked with Phoenix school districts on an initiative to get GCU junior teacher candidates certified as subs and trained to fill a need so dire that the state board on Monday expanded its certificate eligibility. Nineteen GCU students are already in classrooms with more to come. “I’ve learned more from a couple days of subbing than in all of my practicum,” GCU junior Hailey Pawley said.

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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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