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Commencement celebrates sense of community

April 25, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

It’s a day of celebration on campus, but spring commencement 2019 is about more than just conferring degrees on worthy graduates. It also is another reminder of the sense of community that fills the campus. “One of the things that I’ve appreciated the most about that growth is just seeing how the culture of who we are has remained intact,” ASGCU President Noah Wolfe said.

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Seniors’ talents on full display at Design Showcase

April 24, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Two days before commencement, 57 design students filled four classrooms in the College of Fine Arts and Production Building on Tuesday to display their portfolios for their peers and families at the Senior Design Showcase. Animations, photography, marketing designs and numerous other forms of artwork allowed viewers to get a better idea of who these students are. “Everyone’s setup is their own,” Elizabeth Segura said. “Every year you have something different. There’s different people, different things that they have to offer. I think it’s pretty cool every year to see the variety.”

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First GCU engineering grads helped build program

April 24, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

When commencement rolls around Thursday, among the students in their caps and gowns will be the University’s first engineering graduates. Thirty-eight engineering hopefuls — many of them already touting job offers from companies such as Honeywell and Western States Fire Protection Co., are expected to receive their degrees in what will be a milestone event for GCU, which in the last several years has made STEM education a priority.

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GCU was the right move for this graduate

April 22, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

The graduates have a lot to say about their experience at the University, and they get to share those thoughts in My LopeLife. This week, GCU Today will share the essays of four of them, starting with Erin Honeycutt, whose piece was chosen for the April issue of GCU Magazine.

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How Jesse Dalla Riva became a guiding light

April 22, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Of all the commencement stories to come out of GCU in recent years, the metamorphosis of Jesse Dalla Riva probably is the most remarkable. Five years ago, he walked into a detox center determined to get off the streets — and off heroin. Now he’s a husband and father, is a supervisor at the Phoenix Rescue Mission and is about to get his degree. “He’s just worked so hard for it,” said his wife, Blake, fighting back tears. Reprinted from the April issue of GCU Magazine.

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Pre-med students sharpen skills in mini-interviews

April 18, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Multiple mini-interviews, aka MMIs, are like speed dating for the interview world. GCU pre-med students jumped into the University’s first mock multiple mini-interview session to help them hone their critical-thinking skills before beginning real MMIs as they apply to medical schools.

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Losing both legs couldn’t stop march to doctorate

April 18, 2019 / by / 2 Comments

Five years, 13 operations and yet another leg amputation later, and Eric Gabriel has reached the finish line on his journey to earning his doctoral degree. After living with one leg for the past 25 years, Gabriel learned in November to adjust to life with no legs, all while finishing up his doctoral studies. “If I didn’t have GCU and my schoolwork to do, I would have gone crazy. You know I don’t even know where I would be today,” he said.

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More Delta Mu Delta inductions wrap up big year

April 16, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The Eta Chi chapter of Delta Mu Delta, the international business honor society, keeps growing by leaps and bounds, and Monday afternoon it officially inducted another large group. The event wrapped up a big year highlighted by achieving Star Chapter status, signifying that it is in the top 5% of chapters.

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GCU event helps teachers support students in crisis

April 15, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Being a teacher these days encompasses so much more than leading a classroom lesson. They also are on the front line as community leaders who must support students in many other ways. They furthered their education on trauma-informed education Friday at the Making T.I.E.S. Conference in GCU Arena by learning how to help students who may be experiencing a crisis in their lives, from bullying to relationship struggles, a stressful home life, abuse and more. “Schools are seeing a tremendous need to be informed and ready to help kids of trauma as they enter the classroom,” said Corinne Araza, Director of K12 Development. It was the first conference on trauma-informed educational support organized by GCU.

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Honors banquet recognizes students’ achievements

April 15, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Honors College students gathered in GCU Arena on Saturday night to celebrate all of their achievements during the 2018-19 academic year. Assistant Dean Breanna Naegeli said the Honors banquet is one of her favorite events of the year. “It allows us all an opportunity to take a moment to reflect upon and acknowledge all the exceptional work and efforts of our students. These students not only take Honors courses and commit to the rigor in the classroom, but they continually go above and beyond outside of the classroom as well,” she said.

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