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Students’ capstones showcase creativity, tech savvy

April 12, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Uriel Serna has always been intrigued by big data and knew it could be used to save lives, so he created a portable nanny camera that uses machine learning to recognize children’s faces. He wanted to help parents better monitor their children to prevent tragedies, such as children drowning in their family’s swimming pools. Shelby Clow and Kolten Spencer created an app for first-time pet owners. And Deep Contractor and Michael Stauffer designed a virtual reality chatroom where people who don’t speak the same language can communicate, despite the language barrier. Those were just a few of the 40 or so projects computer science, computer programming and information technology/cybersecurity seniors created for the senior Technology Capstone Showcase, which was virtual this year.

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Faculty Focus: Jevon Jackson

April 10, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Jevon Jackson, Program Chair/Program Lead for the Software Engineering Program in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, is extremely accomplished in music, not just engineering. Where he performed as a 10-year-old is amazing, as is his wide range of interests. His spirit comes through in every answer of what he submitted for Faculty Focus.

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Seniors’ broadcast relives pain of saying goodbye

April 09, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Before seniors Morgan McCall, Ryan Ardelt and Alex Cavanaugh walk the Commencement stage later this month, the trio of friends had one more project up their sleeves. What started as an original submission to a 24-hour playwriting festival was adapted to an audio broadcast performance scheduled to premiere at 7 p.m. today. “It feels like coming home,” said McCall, the director. “It’s all amounted to this. All of us have worked really hard in this program, and our friendship has led up to this moment and all of our skills have led up to this moment.”

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Students show eagerness for sports business sprint

April 09, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

It’s hard to tell who got more out of this week’s Colangelo College of Business event that brought together nearly 300 students and eight members of the Sports Business Advisory Board. The students got a ton of questions answered, and the advisors got to see their possible future employees in action. “I was super impressed with the questions the students asked,” said one of those board members, Tami Nealy.

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Arrests made in hit-and-run death of GCU student

April 09, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Taylor White, a trip leader for GCU’s Outdoor Recreation Program and aspiring athletic trainer, always was looking for the next adventure. He lived life big and bold. He lived life to the fullest. But that adventurous spirit was extinguished when White was struck by an SUV and killed while on a nighttime jog with a friend on April 8, 2018, just three weeks before he was to marry fellow GCU student Sarah Tedeschi. Three years later, to the day, the Phoenix Police Department announced that two suspects were arrested in the hit-and-run case — suspects that Taylor’s parents, Angela and Nate, have chosen to forgive while also seeking justice for their son. “We have to (forgive), for the good of ourselves,” said Nate, “because we cannot hold that.”

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Will Gonzalez looks for the possibilities in people

April 07, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

When Will Gonzalez hears others say about another person, “Oh well, that’s their lot in life. That’s what they are,” he disagrees wholeheartedly. “I think you can intercept people at different points in their lives,” he said. “I think there is the potential for redeeming.” It’s what makes the city of Phoenix prosecutor so passionate about his work in the community, particularly in schools. His work has included everything from presenting teen dating violence programs to advocating for restorative justice in public schools and bringing a $3.6 million Boys & Girls Club to one campus. It’s also why Gonzalez, a GCU alumni and Chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees, was recently named the Phoenix Union High School District Alumni of the Year.

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Faculty Focus: Marc Eilers

April 05, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Marc Eilers has a neat job — he teaches athletic training in the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions. He’s also a neatnik and says his fellow faculty members will attest to that. Eilers is passionate about the proper way to evaluate a patient and how to mimic a practical evaluation, and he’s enjoying two life-changing recent developments.

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Speech/Debate displays rousing show of rhetoric

April 01, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Senior Jess Kennedy and her teammates on GCU Speech and Debate showed off the skills that earned them top finishes nationally this year in a showcase on Wednesday night on the Grove Lawn. One of those skills is quickly coming up with a speech based off an audience member quote, and Kennedy nailed it. “To be up there and see the wheels turning in people’s heads as they consider things that maybe they hadn’t before, you really do feel like you are making a difference,” she said.

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Faculty Focus: Dr. Araxi Hovhannessian

March 30, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Araxi Hovhannessian, Senior Adjunct Professor and Dissertation Chair in the College of Doctoral Studies, was delighted to see three of her learners earn their doctorates in the last year, and she also gets a kick out of watching them become even better teachers than she considers herself. When not coaching dissertations, she likes to travel to faraway lands.

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Social Work programs expand to meet growing need

March 30, 2021 / by / 1 Comment

Lena-May Haught and Wendy Bowersox want to help change a troubled world. That’s the fiery passion of students in Social Work programs at GCU. Haught, a sophomore, hopes to one day bring children in foster care to the farm, and Bowersox hopes to improve government policies to help the underserved. Haught will enter the new bachelor’s degree program in Social Work in the fall while Bowersox has been studying in the year-old Master of Social Work program, both examples of GCU meeting the demands for more social workers when they are needed more than ever.

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