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Honors student documents spiritual journey in book

February 18, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

After a troubled childhood, Christopher Robinson didn’t want a relationship with God. But when he finally opened his heart to Jesus, it made such an impact on him, he wrote a book and wants to become a youth pastor after he graduates. “It got to a point where God was so real, where I could not deny it, I could not continue to do what I was doing prior,” Robinson said. “It just wasn’t possible.”

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Latest issue of GCU Magazine is a keeper

February 14, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

The February 2020 issue of GCU Magazine will be a keepsake for students, faculty, staff and alumni. The special dedication to GCU’s stunning transformation in the last 10 years includes stories, photos and videos covering every aspect of this remarkable story — academics, spiritual life, campus life, community outreach, athletics, online education and alumni — plus President Brian Mueller’s personal thoughts about what it has meant to him. Here’s the digital version.

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Honors freshman bears academic, networking drive

February 14, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Colangelo College of Business Honors Freshman Noah Viso has done things in his freshman year that some people don’t even do until later in their degree program, or in some cases, even after they graduate. Viso is employed as a student worker, interns at the Canyon Ventures Center, attends networking events for businesses such as Ferrari and communicates with board members of JPMorgan Chase, all while maintain an honors-level grade-point average and attending nearly all of the Honors College’s events.

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GCU faculty research published in JIR

December 23, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

GCU News Bureau A special edition of the Journal of Instructional Research features several articles from Grand Canyon University faculty. JIR features theoretical and empirically-based research articles, critical reflection pieces, case studies and classroom innovations relevant to best practices in post-secondary instruction (including teaching, learning and assessment). The articles listed below are available here: “Defining Effective Online Pedagogy,” John Steele, Rick Holbeck, Jean Mendernach Ten Strategic Points: A Framework for Doctoral Dissertations Students to Conceptualize their Research Design in a Doctoral Residency Program,” Cynthia Bainbridge, Christie McClendon, June Maul “The Goldilocks Paradox: The Need for Instructor Presence but Not Too Much in an Online Discussion Forum,” Elizabeth Larson, Jacob Aroz, Eric Nordin “Virtual Professional Communities: Integrative Faculty Support to Foster Effective Teaching,” Katie Sprute, Crystal McCabe, Lynn Basko, Paul Danuser “Exploring Quiz-Style PowerPoint Games as an Innovative e-Learning and Teaching Pedagogy,” Nikki Squire “Reflective Practice through Mentorship: A Program Reflection,” Emily Pottinger, Rebekah Dyer and Jena Akard “Using OBS to Create Video Lectures for Online Counseling Students,” Daniel A. Kauffman “Active Classrooms: Great for Academic Performance, but can They Improve Student Health? A Critical Literature Review,” Mike Swoboda The Intersection of Theory and Practice in Teacher Preparation Courses,” Brandon Juarez “Alternative Mentoring for Psychology Students,” […]

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Undergraduate research highlighted at symposium

December 09, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Five student groups presented their research at the Undergraduate Learning Community and Research Symposium Friday. “It’s very clear to me that what used to be done at the graduate level is now being done at the undergraduate level and with significant excellence,” said GCU President Brian Mueller. Those interesting findings cover everything from heart rates to something called Ugly Gerry.

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Honors College fetes top students at etiquette dinner

December 04, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The top 25 students in the Honors College’s PAC Professional Development Program were invited to an etiquette dinner Tuesday night to find out the top 10 while also brushing up on their formal dinner etiquette. Although students were challenged to collect the most PAC points, Honors College Associate Dean Breanna Naegeli said the program is less about competition and more about students bettering themselves.

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Provost speaker: Hit ‘enter’ on a cybersecurity career

November 14, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week is designed to introduce students to careers in the field. One event GCU students could attend this week was a Provost Speaker Series talk on Wednesday by GCE’s Chief Information Security Officer Mike Manrod. He spoke about what students could really expect from a career in cybersecurity. “He is what students want to be. They want to be Mike,” said Technology Project Manager Katherine Urrutia. “We thought it would be great for him to come in and talk to our students.”

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National Honor Society inducts 1,212 GCU students

November 04, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

Saturday was a day of celebration as Grand Canyon University’s Alpha Chi chapter inducted 1,212 new members into the prestigious honors society. Only students within the top 10% of their graduating class in each of their individual colleges are eligible. “GCU does attract a lot of exceptional learners,” Honors College Associate Dean Breanna Naegeli said.

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Honors student wins Federation of the Blind award

October 30, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

Brian Mucyo’s Senior year at GCU is jam-packed with responsibilities connected to his passions, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Mucyo was recently selected as the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona’s Award and scholarship recipient, as well as taking a seat on the Arizona Association of Blind Students board. October is meet the blind month and Mucyo hopes to help spread awareness of issues that affect people with visual impairments. “The thing that makes this award kind of special to me is that it’s an award where sure, I’m being recognized for the things I do, the effort I put into school and the passion I have for everything that I do but it’s not one of those awards that I’ll be getting where it kind of leads with ‘despite the fact that he’s blind these are all the things he’s doing and that’s so incredible that’s why we’re giving it to him.’” Mucyo said. “To me I feel like it’s affirming that what makes me special isn’t that I’m blind and somehow overcame it, no it’s just who I am as a person.”

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Future educators go global at first-time job fair

October 23, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The Association of Christian Schools International’s first international job fair at GCU brought representatives from 28 countries to campus Tuesday. “We have a variety of job fairs and career fairs, but mostly they’re local and national. This is opening up the door in a large way to the number of professions in that international sphere,” said Dr. Tacy Ashby, Senior Vice President of K12 Educational Development. “The College of Education is really excited about this because it affords incredible ministry opportunities while allowing their students the opportunity to serve in Christian schools abroad.”

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