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Honors Research Symposium highlights diversity

April 12, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

For the first time, the presentations at Monday’s Learning Community and Research Symposium were from five different colleges. Each one highlighted students’ heart for service and their desire to make their communities better — exactly the vision GCU President Brian Mueller has. “Brian talks so well about the vision of the University, but also the five-point plan and what we’re doing in the community,” Provost Dr. Hank Radda told the audience in his closing remarks at the event. “I don’t think you could have better representation of that occurring in a very real way.”

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Workplace naps, massages? Why not, behavioral health speaker says

April 08, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

It’s been a week to focus on wellness on campus, and it all started with Monday’s virtual Behavioral Health and Social Services Conference. It focused on post-pandemic challenges and changes in the behavioral health community. Keynote speaker and GCU Online Fulltime Faculty Dr. Tanisha Guy-Richardson told the 169 participants that building a workplace that values mental health is important moving forward. She had some interesting ideas, including an on-site nap room, an idea borrowed from the tech industry. Count us in.

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‘Odyssey’ reading draws diverse group of listeners

March 28, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

The adventures of “The Odyssey” came alive Friday on the lawn near GCU Arena as students and faculty took turns reading Emily Wilson’s translation of the epic book. The event, which had to be postponed the last two years because of the pandemic, drew more than just English majors. “I’m a science student and I don’t get much arts exposure, so I’d like to be more around it,” sophomore Karsten Brandsma said.

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GCU student becomes 1st to intern at appeals court

March 23, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Jackson Billings wants to be a judge someday. What better place to start than the Arizona Court of Appeals? He became the first GCU student to intern on that court and found the opinions he read through fascinating and the case briefs lengthy — more than 1,000 pages. He earned the internship thanks to the connections provided by Kevin Walling, Chair of Justice Studies, Government and History.

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Behavorial health conference to explore post-COVID world

March 23, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

The fifth annual Behavioral Health and Social Services Conference, scheduled to be held virtually April 4, will include a dual emphasis for students and professionals for the first time. “The Evolution of Behavioral Health: The Importance of Building Community Post-COVID” will encourage students about the importance of research and community outreach to build their skills outside the classroom by serving the public, said College of Humanities and Social Sciences Assistant Dean Dr. Kathleen Downey. The free conference also offers free continuing education credits. The deadline to register for the 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. conference, which also features keynote speaker Dr. Tanisha Guy-Richardson, is March 28.

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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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GCU students, teacher help ex-inmates transition

March 21, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Denise Krupp just wanted to help. The GCU counseling instructor knows of the struggles inmates have when they try to transition back to the free world. So she enlisted some of her counseling students to help lead group sessions with former inmates at Along Side Ministries. In a nearby transitional housing unit on a recent evening, Krupp and students Christine Mahnke and Alexis Alvarez showed how their volunteer work is helping several women examine the ways their lives can improve.

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Graduate’s GCU takeaway is to keep giving back

March 08, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Cesar Cardenas changed his life after a neck injury. In bed recovering, he promised himself he would further his education. At GCU, the core classes on Christian worldview and servant leadership altered the way he approached his career. Today, the GCU graduate and Tohono O’odham Nation member, is Director of Operations for Desert Senita Community Health Center. “And now everything I do here is based on those two core classes,” he 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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Online faculty impressed by GCU campus

March 07, 2022 / by / 1 Comment

College of Humanities and Social Sciences Counseling Programs was host to 23 online faculty members from across the country for a two-day Counseling Connections Faculty Conference, showing off the vibrant GCU campus and conducting seminars. Faculty from Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling, many experiencing their first time on campus, said it gave them a chance to make deeper connections with GCU and the counseling team. “It was powerful to see the faculty come together to connect, build community and share ideas that will positively impact the growth and development of the counseling programs,” said Dr. Anna Edgeston, Counseling Program Director.

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