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Speech/Debate displays rousing show of rhetoric

April 01, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Senior Jess Kennedy and her teammates on GCU Speech and Debate showed off the skills that earned them top finishes nationally this year in a showcase on Wednesday night on the Grove Lawn. One of those skills is quickly coming up with a speech based off an audience member quote, and Kennedy nailed it. “To be up there and see the wheels turning in people’s heads as they consider things that maybe they hadn’t before, you really do feel like you are making a difference,” she said.

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Social Work programs expand to meet growing need

March 30, 2021 / by / 1 Comment

Lena-May Haught and Wendy Bowersox want to help change a troubled world. That’s the fiery passion of students in Social Work programs at GCU. Haught, a sophomore, hopes to one day bring children in foster care to the farm, and Bowersox hopes to improve government policies to help the underserved. Haught will enter the new bachelor’s degree program in Social Work in the fall while Bowersox has been studying in the year-old Master of Social Work program, both examples of GCU meeting the demands for more social workers when they are needed more than ever.

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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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Faculty Focus: Molly Fleming

March 27, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Math is not something to fear and is important to understand. That’s the message Molly Fleming demonstrates to students in her role as a math lecturer in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences — for example, a portion of her College Mathematics class is devoted, very practically, to financial math. She feels fortunate to have the opportunity to share that belief after starting out in the social sciences.

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Can die-hard Iowa fans turn into Lopes? Yes!

March 17, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

GCU online student Lanna Thompson faced a dilemma. Both she and husband Kyle are GCU online students. But they live in Iowa, home to the Iowa Hawkeyes, GCU’s opponent in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Saturday. Not only that, her late father-in-law was a Hawkeye booster known across the state. Which team to cheer for? It seemed obvious for a family that “bleeds black and gold.” Not so fast — they’re Lopes fans now.

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Faculty Focus: Dr. Afiya Burson

March 17, 2021 / by / 3 Comments

Dr. Afiya Burson, an Online Full-Time Faculty member in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, is passionate about advocacy, self-care and self-awareness. She shares an interesting story about an encounter with a student helped her grow as a person and as a teacher, and she also opens up about what she collected as a child — she still has 200 of them today.

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Student helps school through Texas storms, virus

March 12, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Amanda Sullivan, a graduate-level School Counseling student, faced a year of COVID challenges and a Texas weather disaster in February during her practicum with characteristic GCU aplomb and humanity. She helped call every student’s family to make sure they were OK, and she took over counseling duties after the office’s leader faced the virus at home. That school counselor said Sullivan “saved the day.”

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GCU grad key player in Rescue Mission partnership

March 03, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Nathan Smith had quite a year in 2020: He earned his GCU degree, and he was named Chief Program Officer of the Phoenix Rescue Mission. It was the culmination of an impact the University had on him from an early age. “I always just sort of loved it,” said Smith, who as a youngster competed in basketball tournaments on what was then a much smaller campus. “When it came time to go to college, they had the coursework that matched what I wanted to do.”

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GCU mourns loss of a ‘gentleman extraordinaire’

March 02, 2021 / by / 3 Comments

He dined with people who fashioned peace in Northern Ireland, yet when Dr. Val Martinez came to GCU to teach Government courses after a career as a diplomat, he humbly kept an open door for students. Martinez died at age 68 on Feb. 23, and one former student whom Martinez helped lead to his own career in government will miss him dearly. “I only wish I could take another class from him,” said Humberto Ramos, a 2019 graduate who works for U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz).

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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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