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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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Slideshow/video: Winter Commencement, Friday evening ceremony

December 19, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Ralph Freso GCU News Bureau The Friday evening ceremony of Winter Commencement at Grand Canyon University featured the College of Education, College of Fine Arts and Production, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and College of Science, Engineering and Technology. Read what the event’s Commencement speaker had to say here and view the slideshow below. For more Winter Commencement news, click here to view a slideshow from the Friday afternoon ceremony and here to read about that session’s student speaker.     

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My LopeLife: How an accident impacted her purpose

December 16, 2021 / by / 2 Comments

Lydia P. Robles graduates Friday with her professional writing degree, but not before she made an impact as the student worker for GCU Today. Her growth in this role culminates with her My LopeLife feature on what led her down this path and where she wants to go with the opportunity. Make no mistake: This is one determined young lady who is extremely thankful for what GCU has done for her.

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Fear not, Public Speaking Lab will … um … help

December 14, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

When Loudjine Pierre-Louis took the stage, she was extremely nervous. The GCU student’s job was to host karaoke at Thunderground. But the tips she got at the new Public Speaking Lab on campus helped her master the moment. She went from nervous to excited. It is one of several Lopes Lives Labs that help students in academics and development. “If it wasn’t for the lab, I wouldn’t have performed that well. It was amazing,” she said.

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Slideshow: Fall 2021 Learning Community and Research Symposium

December 07, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Ralph Freso GCU News Bureau The Fall 2021 Learning Community and Research Symposium showcased five projects for GCU faculty, staff and executives Monday. Here’s the story.        

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Variety of research on full display at fall symposium

December 07, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

There was no shortage of diversity Monday at the Fall Learning Community and Research Symposium. Students from the College of Fine Arts and Production, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Science, Engineering and Technology came together to present five research projects to an audience made up of GCU faculty, staff and executives. “It was such a great opportunity to be able and come here and speak,” said Jaelynn Maestas, from the “Epidemiological Model of Violent Behavior” group. “It’s so cool to be able to present to other people. … It was amazing. I have no other words.”

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Speaker shows students diverse paths to law school

November 11, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

It was perfect timing for senior Alani Perkins. The senior is taking the Law School Admission Test this weekend that could get her into law school, and the organization that makes the test, the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), was on campus Tuesday with a presentation full of tips. But LSAC’s Angela Winfield came to GCU to primarily talk about increasing diversity in law schools; she is Black, blind and made it big in the legal profession. “Seeing her reminds me I can do anything I put my mind to,” Perkins said.

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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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ACE Centers again offer in-person academic support

November 03, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Like everything else during the pandemic, the Academic Career & Excellence Centers — the go-to spots on campus for free peer-to-peer tutoring — went virtual, offering up academic support via a cable and computer screen. But the ACE Centers have returned to offering in-person academic help at its six locations, including a new location at the Colangelo College of Business.

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After 40 years of valleys, woman commences to peak

November 02, 2021 / by / 2 Comments

Jo Harper waited 40 years to get her bachelor’s degree. She faced dyslexia, car accidents, alcoholism and many other challenges. So the Los Angeles woman, who celebrated her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Monday’s makeup Commencement, wouldn’t let Phoenix traffic deter her from hustling in late to sit down just before names were read. Harper said afterward that it was “the best I’ve felt in my life.”

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