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Going up! The inside stories of a building project

May 28, 2019 / by / 2 Comments

The entertainment just keeps building for employees in the Student Life and College of Humanities and Social Sciences buildings — they get to watch the new Student Advising Services building go up next door. The process has fascinated people so much, GCU Today decided to explain in more detail what they’re watching.

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Professors unleash inner fan boy, girl at Fan Fusion

May 24, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s professors stepped away from the whiteboards and threw themselves into the world of Harry Potter, “Game of Thrones,” “Pokemon,” “Star Wars and the like as they infiltrated Phoenix Fan Fusion as guest panelists over Memorial Day weekend. They delved into everything from the science of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” to the biology in the film “Bird Box” to the ethics behind integrating technology and the brain in the film “Ghost in the Shell.” “The audience engagement – that’s the best part about it – and really communicating science with the public in a more fun and entertaining and engaging way,” said biology professor Dr. Darien Hall.

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Salute Our Troops changes lives of vets, volunteers

May 23, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

Vanessa Romeo volunteered at Salute Our Troops for the first time on the Wednesday before Memorial Day. “This is everything to me,” said Romeo, a university counselor in the military division, of the GCU signature event as she spoke with one veteran at the Arizona State Veteran Home about family, his hometown in Mississippi and a favorite topic of his — cookies. This year marked the ninth year for Salute Our Troops. About 50 GCU and GCE volunteers spent the morning visiting with veterans, playing games, singing Armed Forces songs and sharing stories.

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GCU/Habitat volunteers get to know their neighbors

May 21, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

David and Bonnie Wincentsen remember when they first moved into their home on North 40th Drive. They would look out the window and see nothing but farmland — and a one- or two-building Grand Canyon University. Almost 60 years later and the couple, whose house was painted recently as part of the GCU-Habitat for Humanity neighborhood revitalization project, are now surrounded by apartment buildings, businesses and a much bigger GCU. Their neighborhood has changed, but one thing hasn’t — GCU is still their neighbor, as it has been since the day they moved into their home in 1960, and the University is even more neighborly than ever, with students and employees volunteering so much of their time to help renovate the houses in the Canyon Corridor. Employees have a chance to help out as two summertime projects approach in June 14 and July 12.

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Software is il-Loom-inating for online students

May 20, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Effective communication is a key component of GCU’s online education program, and it is aided by Loom, a Google Chrome extension that allows both professors and students to create short videos. “It’s a really neat way to communicate with your professor if you’re strictly taking an online program,” said one student.

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Hall of Famer remains modest about GCU legacy

May 15, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

It seemed like only a matter of time before L.E. “Sharky” Baker would add Grand Canyon University Hall of Fame inductee to his long list of accomplishments. He graduated from GCU back in 1956 with a degree in Physical Education and Social Studies and went on to not only be a teacher/coach for several high schools but also a principal, Payson Unified school district superintendent, the president of GCU’s alumni association and scholarship foundation, and a regular at GCU sports events. “He loves the University,” said his wife, Leona. “He said, ‘I am what I am today because of GCU.’”

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From graduate to dean after receiving doctoral degree

May 14, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

When the Dean of Bethany College in West Virginia resigned in the fall of 2014, all Associate Dean Levi Esses wanted was to become the new dean of students for his alma mater. Unfortunately, there was only one thing in his way: the fact that he didn’t have his doctoral degree. That experience is what drove Esses to pursue his doctoral degree, ultimately leading to his graduation this past April. “God had a plan Honestly, it all happened I think largely part to my doctoral degree, that I had it finished and my experience in higher education,” Esses said.

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GCU team’s season ends in ESPN edge-of-seat match

May 13, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The clock struck midnight a bit early for the GCU varsity Overwatch team in its Cinderella run at the ESPN Collegiate Esports Championship this weekend in Houston. The team, the underdog of the tournament, beat No. 2-seeded University of California, Irvine, in a shocking win to make it to the ESPN event. But GCU lost in its first match in Houston, against Orange Coast College, in a close game that many said was the most exciting of the tournament. “No one expected us to be here. But we were. … We still lost, but we did give it our best, and it did show on stage,” said team member Oscar Esquer.

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Teaching philosophy with real-life schools of thought

May 09, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Gary Osmundsen and Dr. Rich Holland both teach philosophy, which they view as a subject that has practical implications across a variety of subjects that confront students. But they also teach about life through their own examples — Osmundsen has completed four marathons, including Boston twice, and Holland recently was interviewed on a national podcast regarding his book, “Good Arguments.” “Philosophy is really practical,” Osmundsen said. “Good critical thinking generalizes in all domains, not just sports.” Holland calls philosophy “the Christian’s best friend.”

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Mobile laundry cleans up at GCU’s Canyon Showcase

May 08, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

Students at Victory Collegiate Academy wanted to build a tiny house as a project. But they wondered, how would a tiny house help their community? So, instead, they decided to tackle a problem they discovered at their school. They found out 30% of the students at the academy, which is in the heart of Maryvale, do not have access to running water. Their solution was to build the first free, mobile, laundry. The project won the school the Canyon Challenge Grant, presented Tuesday at the Canyon Showcase by K12 Educational Development. The school received $11,000, including last night’s $2,000 grant. It was just one of 20 projects by eight schools who participated in the Showcase in a “public display of learning” from three of the department’s education and STEM initiatives — the STEM Impact Grant, STEM Ready 1 and Canyon Inquiry.

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