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GCU student fights wildfires with his own inner fire

September 24, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Christian Simmons starts in-person classes Monday with a lot of intense stories he can tell about his summer. He fought wildfires during one of the most intense fire seasons ever. The Government major and Students Inspiring Students scholarship recipient shares how one day in the Tonto National Forest the flames were too close for comfort.

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From foster care to GCU grad: Carter defied the odds

September 21, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Jacqueline Carter was placed in foster care at age 17, one week before she was scheduled to start at GCU. But a Good Samaritan arranged to have her live on campus, and now Carter has her bachelor’s degree and is set to start working on her master’s. Friday afternoon, Carter’s achievement was celebrated at the Arizona Department of Child Safety, where a small gathering included her favorite GCU professor.

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Students commemorate Constitution/Citizenship Day

September 16, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Thursday’s celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day has special meaning for the GCU Civics Club, which will initiate projects in the coming weeks at local libraries and schools. The day commemorates the signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, and efforts by many to become U.S. citizens.

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Communications major gets project on the board

September 15, 2020 / by / 2 Comments

GCU junior Heather Davenport used to join her grandparents to volunteer for Meals on Wheels in Oregon and never forgot the senior citizens starving for social contact. It all came full circle this summer, when the marketing campaign she led for a GCU class became a reality in Oregon. It landed on a billboard and is helping raise awareness of the needs of the homebound population.

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Social work educators master lessons in diversity

August 31, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

The Master of Social Work program launched in February, right before the pandemic went wild across the country and racial unrest followed. It was a perfect time to propel even more professionals into the field, said Kathleen Downey. The Director of Social Work said the College of Humanities and Social Sciences “dream team” she helped assemble is intentionally versatile to meet the needs of students as they prepare to help the community face this new reality.

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On-campus students will be well-grounded online

August 17, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

It took GCU’s talented and dedicated staff and faculty one week to make the transition to an online platform when the pandemic struck last semester. For the upcoming academic school year GCU is building on that success to offer an effective and smooth option for students to continue their studies.

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GCU task force made fall plan a care package

August 12, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

The plan for the fall semester was all set, but then the COVID-19 pandemic suddenly worsened in Arizona. Undaunted, the GCU task force that had been working so diligently since February pivoted with one simple goal: They want the University to be part of the pandemic solution.

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Advocacy and counseling go hand in hand

August 11, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

An advocate can be as simple as “not remaining silent when someone speaks negatively of other people,” said Ron Friesen, a GCU adjunct instructor who led a virtual workshop, “The Role of the Counselor in Advocacy and Social Justice.” But it can mean helping change a community. Advocacy and social justice are deeply ingrained in the counseling profession and events of the past few months have highlighted the importance.

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Faculty are plugged in for online, blended learning

August 05, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

GCU ground faculty did it in a pinch, shifting gears last spring when classes moved to emergency remote learning mode because of the pandemic. But this summer they could refine the online methods and discover new innovations for the start of fall term and beyond, thanks to a series of on-demand training courses from the Faculty Resource Center and Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching.

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Counselors face their own pandemic stress

July 29, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

The stresses are adding up. A pandemic, social unrest, working from home, loss of income and freedoms. Now think of the mental health professionals trying to help the public deal with all that. It can lead to stressed-out counselors, too. “It’s easy to forget that they have a burden because they carry everyone else’s burden,” said Dr. Chis McBride, fulltime faculty in Behavioral Health Sciences who produced a Loom presentation on stress as part of GCU’s partnership with Southwest Network, a mental health provider in Maricopa County.

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