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CHSS offers new degrees plus new curriculum twists

August 17, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

A surprising number of students are enrolling in a new Sociology Degree with an Emphasis in Social Work that the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is offering for the this first time this school year. Another exciting change for students is a revised Justice Studies program that includes relationship building and conflict resolution.

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Welcome Week is (un)loads of fun — and much more

August 15, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Welcome Week is almost here, which means a lot of amazing scenes are almost here, too. But this year there are many new events in addition to Move-In, where more than 1,600 volunteers will greet incoming students. Here’s a rundown of the week’s schedule, complete with lots of new activities.

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McCain shows his purple pride at GCU rally

August 12, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Arizona Sen. John McCain was back on campus Thursday, showing once again how much he enjoys visiting GCU. The occasion was a rally in his re-election campaign, and McCain clearly enjoyed speaking to a packed-in audience in the Student Union just as much as University officials valued having him stop by. “He’s very genuine. He’s authentic,” President Brian Mueller said.

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Antelope Intros: Sandra Miller and Liam Jacobs

August 12, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

This week’s edition of Antelope Intros features two new Peoria enrollment counselors who have a heart to give back. One of them helps single moms with clothes for work. The other enjoys life by spreading God’s good.

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MBA students get advice that won’t go to waste

August 12, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Sometimes, the best lessons are learned through setbacks. Orin Anderson showed a group of MBA students Thursday how rejection letters motivated him to work harder to get an opportunity in the National Basketball Association, and his career took off from there.

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New counseling focus is on motivating, not persuading

August 11, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Helping others is what GCU is all about, and Denise Krupp, College of Humanities and Social Sciences lead counseling instructor, did just that this summer. She used her skills in motivational interviewing to train two other employee groups over the summer, an enrollment counselor team and student conduct coordinators. One group works with prospective GCU students and the other current students, but both benefit from learning to motivate, not persuade, people to make a change.

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Doctoral residencies take up residency on campus

August 10, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The opening of the GCU Hotel and the ever increasing classroom space at the University enabled the College of Doctoral Studies to bring its residencies to the main campus. Dr. Michael Berger, the CDS dean, said the move has helped to “energize and focus the learners.”

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GCU alum gives voice to taming Tourette Syndrome

August 10, 2016 / by / 2 Comments

When Jennifer Smestad sings her first single, “It’s Only Rain,” her voice is giving a hint to a backstory that is equally powerful. The 23-year-old GCU alum and former Miss Arizona has overcome Tourette Syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes involuntary movements and sounds. In an ironic twist, Tourette has had a key role in her singing career.

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New engineering curriculum built for students

August 09, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

What’s new about Grand Canyon University’s engineering program this year? It’s easier to ask what isn’t! Highlights include more students, 10 new faculty members, innovative courses, and of course, a new building, which will be fully operational by January. That students are flocking to the program fits in with GCU’s goal to prepare a growing number of graduates for jobs in the science, technology, engineering and math professions.

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Shows went on this summer for theater students

August 08, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

“Twelfth Night,” “Big Fish” and “Sweeney Todd” were just some of the theatrical productions that recent graduates and current students from the College of Fine Arts and Production helped bring to life over the summer. The list of their recent accolades stretches as far away as New York and Florida and includes a variety of exciting theatrical roles and responsibilities. Bravo!

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