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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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Behavioral health conference to discuss teletherapy

November 03, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Tanisha Guy has been practicing 20 years, but the GCU Online Full Time Faculty member has never seen counselors and their clients so deeply affected by crisis at the same time. COVID-19 has done that. She will talk Wednesday about how the burgeoning demand for mental health care is being met with teletherapy in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Behavioral Health and Social Sciences Conference.

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Faculty Focus: Adora Villanueva

October 31, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Adora Villanueva, an adjunct faculty member of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, is working on her doctorate from GCU and did some interesting research on a very personal subject as an undergraduate. Find out how she used some Christmas-oriented images in a class assignment and how she’s passing on her impressive background in athletics.

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GCU club is more than future lawyers reading briefs

October 22, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

What happens when a bunch of lawyers form a club? Sorry, there’s no punchline. The Pre-Law Society Club was launched last winter to help pre-law students connect and study for the difficult transition to law school. In its first meeting this semester, there were surprises on what they need to know, and it wasn’t a good lawyer joke.

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Faculty Focus: Lacey Cox

October 09, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

Lacey Cox has been a social worker for 39 years, so she brings plenty of expertise to her adjunct faculty role in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. More than anything, it has taught her the value of “being open and willing to completely understand another person’s experience.” But it’s also interesting to note the career she originally sought and how she still satisfies that passion today.

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