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History professor tells real story of July 4 holiday

July 02, 2020 / by / 2 Comments

July 4 is the day Americans celebrate the nation’s independence. But how that date emerged and how we have celebrated it through the years are a series of surprises revealed by Dr. David Dean, Assistant Professor of History at GCU. He wrote a compelling summary of the holiday for GCU Today with historical peculiarities, such as what two presidents died on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

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Instructor embraces the gift of counseling with faith

June 29, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Mental health counseling and religious faith haven’t always been on the same page. Today, that is changing. Dr. Laurie Tone, adjunct counseling instructor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, led a webinar Thursday that described how the integration of faith and counseling can give people hope, especially in these uncertain times.

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Counselors ring up big numbers on students’ behalf

June 24, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

GCU counselors have continued to be productive while working from home, and the numbers for May showed just how much. They completed more than 232,000 activities on behalf of students, a jump of 31% from 2019, and the number of outbound calls increased by 15%.

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How GCU practicums became missions of goodwill

June 23, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

GCU students in School Counseling practicums across the country found a way to make the best of the bad situations caused by the pandemic. Facing emptied schools, they fashioned creative ways to be of service to their communities. “It reflects GCU’s mission, which is to help the best way we can,” said Angelica Corona.

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Shooting star: Photographer’s work wins 3 awards

June 22, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

The work of David Kadlubowski, Athletics and Media Photographer for Grand Canyon Education, is well-known by anyone who regularly reads GCU Today or GCU Magazine. It also was the focus of a national competition last week — Kadlubowski submitted six entries, and three placed in the top four. One was chosen as the best in the Personal Vision category.

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‘Helping Habitat from Home’ scheduled for Thursday

June 22, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

You still can break out your ten-gallon hat and shiny cowboy boots if you want, but Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona is moving its annual “Blueprints and Blue Jeans” fundraising gala online. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday and will feature a message from GCU President Brian Mueller and appearances by Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner.

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These brothers have designs on the same path

June 19, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

The Pineda brothers, Josh and Jake, have used their GCU degrees in Digital Design with an Emphasis in Web Design to get off to a strong start in the field. But that’s not where their similarities end. Hardly. They hung out together when they both were on campus, and now they share their common interests when they travel.

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Conversations and actions needed to end racism, inequality

June 18, 2020 / by / 12 Comments

In an open letter, GCU President Brian Mueller writes about the conversations he has had with Black students and employees and stresses the importance of acting on those talks.

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Canyon Ventures startup develops COVID-19 test

June 17, 2020 / by / 3 Comments

One of the first startups to move into the Canyon Ventures Center was i-calQ, a smartphone-based solution for COVID-19 tests. Now the company appears to be within FDA approval of scoring a major breakthrough in the war on the virus, and Canyon Ventures played a big role.

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GCU’s urban farms plant seeds to nourish neighbors

June 16, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Nathan Cooper knew about growing corn and soybeans on vast Midwest farm fields that four generations of his family have tended. Farming in the desert is a whole different ballgame. But the manager of GCU’s new Canyon Urban Farms, designed to feed and educate the neighborhood, met the challenges and this week donated 40 pounds of squash to the refugee population.

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