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Students elated by in-person ceremony, job initiative

December 21, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Students expressed gratitude for GCU’s willingness to stage an in-person Commencement ceremony Saturday. They were further impressed by President Brian Mueller’s announcement that the University wants to hire them if they need a job. “I think it just demonstrates the heart that he has and GCU has for their students,” Elementary Education graduate Jade Lander said.

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Even online, ground students feel touch of class

December 17, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Nearly 5,000 ground students decided to stay home this semester and study online because of the pandemic. But like the faculty members who also chose to work from home, they were able to use the LoudCloud learning management system and video conferencing/messaging apps such as Zoom and Loom to make it an effective learning environment.

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Student lives her own advice: Persistence pays

December 16, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

She’s a so-called Dreamer who as an immigrant child who had to watch her father endure violence. But Karla Islas didn’t just dream. She found a way to attend GCU and then used a trait that got her this far — persistence — to land a fellowship that could help her get into law school. Her story is a lesson in determination.

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Faculty Focus: Vince Frazier

December 11, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Vince Frazier, Assistant Professor of Mathematics for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, says he’s easily bored. He combats that tendency by diving into multiple mathematical disciplines and also with his car hobby, which has a serious amount of horsepower. Find out why the models he shared with some of his former students got their imaginations to really take off.

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Food box distribution a bright light for GCU partners

December 10, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

“I can’t even put into words the impact this will have for some of our families,” Westwood Elementary School Assistant Principal Paige Bodam said at Wednesday’s USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program distribution. It was the second of two distribution events to families in need hosted by GCU and CityServe, which partnered to deliver more than 2,000 food boxes prepared by Shamrock Farms.

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Resourceful students aid homeless at André House

December 07, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

When you think about helping the homeless population, serving soup or handing out water may feel good. But three GCU students tackled a project that required much more commitment. Led by Director of Social Work Dr. Kathleen Downey, Emma Czajkowski, Chloe Ehrke and Daylan Kiss have worked for a year to identify resources for Andre House in Phoenix that can help the homeless population long into the future.

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Lecture reveals rising pandemic substance abuse

December 03, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Denise Krupp was shocked by what was happening during the pandemic. People were drinking more and dying more of drug overdoses. Isolation is one of the causes the College of Humanities and Social Sciences instructor will discuss in today’s virtual lecture, part of the student club Canyon Counselors Mental Health Week programs. The discussion begins at 1 p.m.

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Social Work program lands accreditation candidacy

November 19, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

The Master of Social Work program at GCU achieved an important milestone by earning candidacy status toward accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education. Dr. Kathleen Downey, who led the effort, said it’s important for students currently in the program, who will be able to sit for licensing exams when accreditation is complete.

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Canyon Challenge to feature GCU, high school entrepreneurs

November 12, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

The Canyon Challenge will be on livestream only this semester because of the pandemic, but that isn’t the only noticeable change: For the first time, it will feature a high school competition. Also significant is the fact that two of the five GCU finalists are not business majors. It will be available for viewing at 4 p.m. Friday.

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Edgeston named director of counseling programs

November 04, 2020 / by / 2 Comments

She was raised in Kenya, watching her missionary parents not only spread the Gospel but also help with the mental health issues of the population. That inspired Dr. Anna Edgeston to pursue a career in mental health care, and her passion became clear. After 18 months at GCU, she was named Program Director for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ counseling programs, a growing area in a time of crisis.

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