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Honors College Alumni Board connects, educates

February 04, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Honors College Associate Dean Dr. Breanna Naegeli and her team have created a third advisory board, the Alumni Board, to connect undergraduate students with the knowledgeable advice of graduates. Their feedback will help the college develop new programs and events for existing students and prepare for graduate school and careers. “Service, mentorship and giving back in support of the next generation of graduates is a concept deeply interwoven throughout the fabric of GCU’s community,” Naegeli said. “Our alumni board is an exemplary representation of that – they are always seeking new opportunities to engage and support the up-and-coming students of the GCU Honors College.”

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Alum connects with forensic psychology students

January 27, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Honors College Associate Dean Dr. Breanna Naegeli recently connected GCU’s forensic psychology students to her younger sister, 2018 psychology graduate Bianca Boling. Students had the opportunity to ask Boling, a doctoral student at Midwestern University, the ins and outs of the field. “I think these opportunities for current Honors students to engage with, and seek mentorship and insight, from alumni currently the field is invaluable,” Naegeli said. “It is abundantly evident that the students appreciate the opportunity to form this relationship and to ask questions. It helps to complement what they hear in the classroom setting from faculty and staff as well.”

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Top stories, photos depict an emotional GCU year

December 30, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Nine months later, the Oscar Frayer bulletin still is shocking. “What? How could that happen? Not now!” was a typical response to the news that the GCU basketball star, his sister and a friend had been killed in an auto accident just days after he played in the NCAA tournament. Thankfully, 2021 was filled with happier moments, in particular the opening of the GCU CityServe warehouse, the awarding of more Students Inspiring Students scholarships, the energy of Lip Sync and other major events, and the inspiration of so many students and staff. Here are our favorite stories. They might be yours, too.

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Commencement speech focuses on relationships

December 20, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Dyllan Taylor captivated a crowd of graduates, families and friends at Friday’s Winter Commencement ceremony. Discussing everything from his experience as a Lope to all the life lessons he learned along the way, Taylor hopes his speech helped others focus on the things that are most important. “I want to encourage all of you to hang onto those relationships that matter,” he said to the crowd. “When we take off these goofy costumes, some of us may never set foot on this campus again, but it is the unique people that you intentionally form bonds with that will carry you on to the next step.”

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Slideshow: Honors College bunk build

December 13, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Ralph Freso GCU News Bureau More than a hundred volunteers gathered at GCU’s CityServe HUB on Saturday to help make bunk beds for children in need. Working alongside the nonprofit organization Sleep in Heavenly Peace, the volunteers built enough beds to give 70 children a place to sleep. Here’s the story.  

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Honors students give back by building bunk beds

December 13, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

All it took to make sure 70 kids in need got a bed to sleep in was a little hard work, love and the dedication of the GCU Honors College community Saturday morning. Volunteers gathered around the GCU CityServe HUB and teamed with the nonprofit organization Sleep in Heavenly Peace to build bunk beds that will be distributed to families in need. Sleep in Heavenly Peace founder and Executive Director Luke Mickelson said, “To see these college students see the joy that they feel when they know they’re giving back to something … it lasts with them the rest of their lives.”

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PAC program graduates raise bar at awards dinner

December 09, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Just when Honors College Dean Dr. Breanna Naegeli and Honors Program Manager Dennis Williams thought they had created a maximum point total that no one could reach in their PAC Professional Development Program, students proved it attainable. Fifty Honors College students gathered at Canyon 49 Grill on Wednesday night to celebrate the completion of this year’s PAC (Professional, Academic and Career), and Jessica Landes’ emotional response showed how much it meant to her to win the competition.

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Variety of research on full display at fall symposium

December 07, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

There was no shortage of diversity Monday at the Fall Learning Community and Research Symposium. Students from the College of Fine Arts and Production, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Science, Engineering and Technology came together to present five research projects to an audience made up of GCU faculty, staff and executives. “It was such a great opportunity to be able and come here and speak,” said Jaelynn Maestas, from the “Epidemiological Model of Violent Behavior” group. “It’s so cool to be able to present to other people. … It was amazing. I have no other words.”

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Slideshow: Makeup Commencement, Nov. 8

November 09, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Ralph Freso GCU News Bureau The sixth of seven makeup Commencements was staged Monday at Grand Canyon University Arena. Here’s a story on the featured speaker for the makeup ceremonies, Dr. Breanna Naegeli.   

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Honors College continues to churn out scholars

November 08, 2021 / by / 1 Comment

When the Honors College returned to in-person induction ceremonies Saturday for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, it once again shed light on its scholarly achievements. But it was even more significant that inductees could come to Antelope Gymnasium to accept the honor at a time when many chapters continue to opt for an online ceremony. “GCU showing a love for their members really shows that they are one of our greatest chapters,” said Kealani Turingan, an NSCS operations manager.

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