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Slideshow: Honors College Banquet

April 19, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Ralph Freso GCU News Bureau About 350 Honors students flocked to GCU Arena on Monday night to close out another successful year with the eighth annual Honors Banquet. Students were treated to an award ceremony, live music, a catered dinner and New York-themed trivia. Read the story here.  

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Honors students honored in a big way at banquet

April 19, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Students didn’t have to hop on a plane Monday evening to enjoy a “Night in New York,” the theme of the Honors College Banquet in GCU Arena. The event included a catered dinner, New York-themed trivia and live music performed by Honors College Director of Operations Dennis Williams and his wife, Julianne. Senior Kendall Smith was given the Dean’s Choice Award, Gaige Graham was named the Outstanding Senior, Lena-May Haught was a popular choice for the Giving Back Award and Camden Marasco won the Inspirational Leader Award.

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Naegeli promoted to dean of growing Honors College

April 19, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

If you would have told Dr. Breanna Naegeli, when she first started working for the Honors College, that less than a decade later that she would be named the dean of the college, she never would have believed it. Monday afternoon, after 3 1/2 years as the college’s associate dean, Naegeli officially was named Dean during the Spring Faculty Conference. “The timing feels right, and it feels great to step into that dean role now that there is more experience under my belt and a growing vision ready to execute upon,” she said.

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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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Symposium shows variety of students’ research

April 04, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Approximately 60 teams of students on Saturday spotlighted their work at the College of Science, Engineering and Technology Research Symposium and Honors Showcase in Antelope Gymnasium. Attendees could view a wide variety of research and scholarship, everything from presentations about a phone app and tote company, to talks on a Thailand internship and serving Mexico’s underserved, to testing marigold plants for antibacterial properties and looking at the diversity of arachnid populations in Phoenix.

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Conference gives Honors students leadership lesson

March 29, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

It was an action-packed weekend for the Honors College and its students. Its annual Next Generation Leadership Conference, “Serve with your Story,” was organized by students for students and provided attendees with the opportunity to learn from and network with industry professionals from a variety of fields. Speakers shared their individual stories and journeys with students, all while emphasizing the importance of serving others. “I really do feel like GCU attracts talented and mission-oriented students,” said Ryan Corry, Chief Strategy Officer for St. Vincent de Paul.

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Honors students applaud Naegeli’s Athena award

March 25, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Honors College Associate Dean Dr. Breanna Naegeli was honored as a winner of the prestigious Athena Valley of the Sun Founder’s Award on Thursday night, and Dr. Parm Gulshan, a GCU doctoral graduate, received the Champion Award. Athena supports, develops and honors women leaders, and Naegeli and Gulshan were recognized for their contributions to their field and their impact on the community.

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Baja mission trip was moving for Honors students

March 25, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

A group of 19 Honors College students devoted their spring break to serving the community in Baja, Mexico and helped with door-to-door house visits, community outreach, medical assessments, health education and ministry. But they felt the benefits even more. “We’re theoretically helping this community, but really we’re the ones getting help from this,” senior Chloe Campbell said.

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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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Honors students tune into Colangelo’s wisdom

March 09, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Jerry Colangelo never tires of sharing what he has learned over his career. Honors College students found that out this week in a question-and-answer session with the Arizona business icon, who emphasized prioritizing your faith, staying true to your roots and not being afraid to go for your dreams. “It’s very important to know successful Christians,” said one of the students, Chiti Nkhuwa. “… It was really nice to hear Mr. Colangelo speak so profoundly about his identity in Christ and how that contributed positively to his upward trajectory.”

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