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Students give Colangelo a glimpse of his legacy

November 11, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Randy Gibb, dean of the Colangelo College of Business, wanted his college’s namesake, Jerry Colangelo, and advisory board to hear directly from students who demonstrate GCU’s entrepreneurial spirit. Gibb’s toughest task in putting together the Wednesday morning event was limiting it to 17 students, and Colangelo was duly impressed. “It’s infectious. It really is,” he said.

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Speaker shows students diverse paths to law school

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It was perfect timing for senior Alani Perkins. The senior is taking the Law School Admission Test this weekend that could get her into law school, and the organization that makes the test, the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), was on campus Tuesday with a presentation full of tips. But LSAC’s Angela Winfield came to GCU to primarily talk about increasing diversity in law schools; she is Black, blind and made it big in the legal profession. “Seeing her reminds me I can do anything I put my mind to,” Perkins said.

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Slideshow: Colangelo College of Business advisory board meeting

November 11, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Ralph Freso GCU News Bureau Seventeen Grand Canyon University students spoke to the Colangelo College of Business advisory board Wednesday morning about how GCU has helped them in their entrepreneurial and academic efforts. The audience included Jerry Colangelo, namesake of the college, and GCU President Brian Mueller.  

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Wishes come true for alums via Fiesta Bowl Charities

November 09, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

GCU alumnus Kennent Sandoval was discouraged. He had a lot of students at Maurice C. Cash Elementary School who wanted to join band but not enough instruments. He wished for more and made the wish to the right people. The Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers granted him $2,500 in its program that supports teachers who often use their own money to equip classrooms. Sandoval joined 38 GCU alumni granted wishes last week and several who shared their wishes in a celebration on Zoom with COE leaders.

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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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Naegeli shares relatable message with graduates

November 09, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

For the sixth time this fall, Dr. Breanna Naegeli addressed graduates at the makeup Commencement ceremony Monday. The Honors College Associate Dean’s message about the resilience and tenacity of the graduating classes of 2020 and 2021 has special meaning because she is one of them. “When you’re physically there at Commencement and in that moment, it brings back all the memories of the relentless efforts, the long nights, the endless hours and sleepless nights trying to balance it all,” she said.

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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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Doctoral degree helped him fulfill a lifelong dream

November 04, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Corey Shaun Owens knew when he was 12 that he would need a doctorate to achieve his goal of becoming a college professor. He earned that degree last year and, after riding out the pandemic, used it to get a teaching job and eventually a program director role at the University of Louisville. He said it might not have been possible without his experience at GCU. “It was the period that allowed me to put the check next to that goal and say, ‘I now know that I can become a college professor at an institution because of Grand Canyon University,’” he said.

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ACE Centers again offer in-person academic support

November 03, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Like everything else during the pandemic, the Academic Career & Excellence Centers — the go-to spots on campus for free peer-to-peer tutoring — went virtual, offering up academic support via a cable and computer screen. But the ACE Centers have returned to offering in-person academic help at its six locations, including a new location at the Colangelo College of Business.

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After 40 years of valleys, woman commences to peak

November 02, 2021 / by / 2 Comments

Jo Harper waited 40 years to get her bachelor’s degree. She faced dyslexia, car accidents, alcoholism and many other challenges. So the Los Angeles woman, who celebrated her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Monday’s makeup Commencement, wouldn’t let Phoenix traffic deter her from hustling in late to sit down just before names were read. Harper said afterward that it was “the best I’ve felt in my life.”

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