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Giving their all: Employees connect with nonprofits

May 16, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Eighteen GCU-connected nonprofits filled the lobby at Building 71 on Wednesday for the third Serve with Purpose Employee Volunteer Fair. Representatives of various organization, from the YMCA to Feed My Starving Children and Treasures 4 Teachers, to name a few, visited with GCU and GCE employees about their mission in the community — and signed up a few volunteers for their organizations, too.

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GCU engineering event was no small potatoes

May 07, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

It seemed like a half-baked idea: Build a bridge using … potatoes. But Sevilla West MESA Team students did just that at the first Engineering Shops Tour and Workshop in GCU’s Engineering Building. It was the first tour of its kind and the neat thing about it — it was student-conceived (by recent electrical engineering graduate Michael Erisman) and student-led.

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GCU student wins international DECA competition

May 06, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The Collegiate DECA chapter in the Colangelo College of Business came through with another outstanding finish in the competition at the recent International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Fla. For the second time in three years, a GCU student — freshman Noah Schultz this time — took first place, and the chapter had three other top-10 finishers. Co-advisors Dr. Kelly Damron and Marnie Davis also were honored.

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GCU Nursing posts 98% 1st-time pass rate on exam

May 01, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s recent nursing graduates posted an impressive 98.21% first-time pass rate for the first quarter of 2019 on a rigorous national examination nursing candidates must pass before receiving a license and working professionally in the field. Of the 112 GCU nursing students who took the standardized exam from January to March, 110 passed the test on their first go-round. “It’s really a testament to the quality of the program and the engagement of the students,” said Amy Leach, National Council Licensure Examination Success Manager.

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Students on mission trip: ‘Closest thing to Jesus’

April 30, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

GCU students and staff will fan out across the globe again this summer on mission trips, but several already have taken place. One of them was this spring, when 14 students went to the Dominican Republic to conduct Bible studies, serve special needs children and reach out to people on the streets and in prison. Students who hardly knew each other before the trip ended up growing close by the end of the week. Colton Davis, one of the trip leaders, said it showed him “how to actually love people the way that we’re supposed to love as believers.”

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Doctoral program keeps growing in grads, raves

April 29, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Spring commencement set a record for the number of doctoral graduates (140), and there’s a reason for that: The reputation of the GCU program continues to grow. Talk to the newly minted doctors who just went through it, and you find out why.

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Autism in family inspired her to get master’s degree

April 29, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

After starting as a business major in her freshman year of college, having two sons diagnosed with autism inspired Ember Freitas to pursue a degree that would enable her to help others like them.

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Grad’s message for single parents: ‘They can do it’

April 27, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

Graduates of the GCU online program routinely tell incredible stories of perseverance, but Jocelyn Word of Stockton, Calif., took it to the next level. She has done it while raising four children as a single mom and after overcoming a brain aneurysm and the loss of two jobs. “I feel absolutely amazing,” she said.

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Children inspired stay-at-home mom to get degree

April 27, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

After being a stay-at-home mom for most of her four children’s lives, Chalise Williams was inspired to go back to college after watching her children get their degrees. Williams traveled from New Jersey to Arizona to attend Friday morning’s online commencement ceremony, where she received her bachelor’s degree in behavioral health.

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Mother-son duo graduates side-by-side

April 27, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Melodee Breazeale and her son Patrick Jr. doubled their enjoyment of commence — they were side-by-side Friday morning as they both received their Master of Science degree in Psychology with an Emphasis on Industrial and Organizational Psychology. “I actually got to see my son right next to him while he was graduating. You can’t get any closer than that,” Melodee said.

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