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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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Colloquium Zooms to large number of presenters

February 22, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

There will be so many presentations at the fourth annual Kevin McClean Research Colloquium, it will take two days for them to all be shared. The colloquium will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, will be entirely online and will feature five GCU students as well as a wide array of faculty members. It is the fulfillment of McClean’s wish to see the event grow.

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Conference shows intersection of faith and science

February 17, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Sir Colin Humphreys is renowned for his pioneering work in LED technology. Dr. Andrew Briggs is known for developing materials for quantum computing. But the scientists are also men of faith and spoke about astronomical events at the death and birth of Jesus and how God uses calamity to bring about His purpose. They were two of about 50 speakers at the Conference on Faith and Science, which GCU has helped organize and support since its inception. “I believe we must encourage Christian students in the sciences,” said Dr. Mike Mobley, Executive Director of GCU’s Office of Research and Innovation. ” … Science may answer the ‘how’ questions for us, but faith answers the ‘why questions.’”

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Awards reflect faculty’s fervor for students’ future

February 17, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Strategic Employer Initiatives and Internships (SEI) handed out Career Advisor of the Year awards to 12 faculty members who regularly turn their classrooms into career factories. SEI’s devotion to linking students to employers also is reflected in its ever expanding list of offerings, such as the recent Career Awareness Week. “We all know we have great students. We all know they’re going places. We’re just trying to connect the dots and support their journey in getting there,” said Haley Fagerlie, SEI’s Executive Director.

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COVID-19 couldn’t stop GCU’s mission in community

February 16, 2021 / by / 2 Comments

COVID-19 may have disrupted so many things — everything, really — but it couldn’t stop the GCU community from finding ways to help its neighbors. From establishing new partnerships, such as with CityServe International in the USDA Farmers to Families food box distributions, to strengthening existing partnerships with such groups as Chicanos por la Causa, GCU has become an even more integral part of the community. “It’s a more intimate relationship that we have with the community,” said Community Relations Manager Debbie Accomazzo. “We’re all coming from the same place of vulnerability, and, because of that, we all have the same risks and many of the same things at stake. So I think we’re sharing that vulnerability in new ways.” Reprinted from the February 2021 issue of GCU Magazine.

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Faculty Focus: Dr. John Wooll

January 27, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. John Wooll, an instructor in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, teaches biology to students by getting them to look at it like a cartoon picture. “It is beyond fascinating,” he said, “and my job is to infuse them with that excitement.” He also gets excited about watching classic old movies and wouldn’t mind a conversation with people who have the same proclivity.

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Honors STEMists construct wheelchairs for clinic

January 21, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

College is all about learning experiences, and the Honors STEMists club took learning to the next level when its members built two wheelchairs and donated them to the Neighborhood Christian Clinic. Best of all, the Honors College students got to meet the family of a recipient. “It was just a very raw moment,” said one of the students, Abby Abraham. “They just kept saying, ‘You don’t understand how much this means to us.’”

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GCU community was beacon of light in dark year

December 30, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

What a year, and not in a good way for most people. But GCU didn’t back off when the pandemic struck, and its staff and students kept finding ways to be the light in a dark COVID world. As President Brian Mueller said, “We’ve got to adapt but keep moving forward,” and that’s exactly what happened. Here are 10 stories that showed that movement.

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Slideshow: Winter Commencement, afternoon ceremony

December 21, 2020 / by / 2 Comments

Photos by Mathew McGraw GCU News Bureau Graduates of the Colangelo College of Business, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, and College of Science, Engineering and Technology participated in the Saturday afternoon ceremony at Winter Commencement.  

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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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