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GCU professor draws connection with people

May 02, 2022 / by / 1 Comment

Michael Feather felt lucky he could work from home during the pandemic. But the GCU online English instructor also felt the shadow of isolation. “I was really struggling – I don’t know if this was true for you,” said Feather. That’s when one of his friends asked him if he ever thought about returning to drawing. Eventually, he picked up some paints just to see what would happen. Now Feather, who originally moved to the Phoenix area to pursue his love of animation, draws and paints just about every day as part of a global community of artists called Urban Sketchers, who are dedicated to the practice of on-location drawing. Feather has churned out ink-and-watercolor street-corner restaurant scenes, the hustle and bustle of sidewalks, people as they gather for lunch, and even scenes of GCU Arena and the men’s basketball games.

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Social media posts: Online graduates celebrate

April 29, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

It was a long journey for many dedicated online students to make it to their final destination: graduation. Thousands of online students earned their degrees and walked the GCU Arena stage this week for Commencement, many with inspirational stories to tell: moms and dads who struggled to do their homework in between taking care of children and full-time jobs, those who lived through hurricanes and illnesses, and those who didn’t let a disability stand in the way of their academic goals. They celebrated with family and friends, and with us, through their social media posts, a few of which we’ve compiled here.

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Fitness Facts: Summer food handling tips

April 27, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

By Connie Colbert GCU Director of Health Services We often have cookouts and outdoor gatherings surrounding food during the summer. The warm weather can ripen food faster, exposing us to unwanted illness. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, when temperatures rise, bacteria flourishes. Contaminated and unsafe food, especially in summers, causes more infections and diseases, ranging from diarrhea and cramps to severe infections like jaundice and typhoid. More than 200 diseases are spread through contaminated food or water. Most people are unaware that the most dangerous bacteria that causes food poisoning does not affect food’s look, smell or taste. The food may look perfectly all right to eat yet could be contaminated, especially in the hot weather. Did you know? 1 in 6 Americans get food poisoning each year 128,000 hospitalizations are a result of foodborne illness yearly Here are a few tips to avoid food borne illnesses: Clean surfaces, utensils and hands with soap and water. If you are having a picnic, bring moist towelettes to use. Pack away unwanted food. Food that is left out in warm temperatures for more than an hour (especially if the temperature is greater than 90 degrees) are more prone to […]

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Wellness requires action

April 27, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

By Dr. Kathleen Downey Assistant Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences How do you take action with your wellness? Do you experience yoga, choose healthy eating patterns or actively plan on a rest schedule? These are things we all know we can choose to act on to impact our physical wellness. We recognize it doesn’t just happen. Instead, we need to be intentional about our choices. How do you choose to address your emotional, spiritual or community connection wellness? Being in the driver’s seat of wellness requires us to not just think about it. Rather, we must choose to act. More than 400 students chose to act on their wellness recently by participating in Wellness Week, developed and hosted by CHSS students and faculty. They incorporated a wide variety of activities featuring a different type of wellness each day. Tuesday’s wellness feature was physical wellness. More than 80 students enjoyed making choices about healthy snack options as they filled a free snack bag, spoke to a nutritionist and participated in a yoga class on the lawn near the Student Advising Services Building. Emotional wellness is often at the top of the list when we think of wellness in general […]

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Fitness Facts: Protecting your skin in summer

April 19, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

By Connie Colbert GCU Director of Health Services Summer is a time for beach days, pool parties and vacations. It is also a great time to look at our skin care. As we head into the summer season, here are a few tips to help keep your skin healthy: USE SUNSCREEN Who needs sunscreen? Everyone. Sunscreen can help prevent cancer by protecting you from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of age, gender or race. It is estimated that one in five Americans will develop some sort of skin cancer in their lifetime. When should I use sunscreen? Every day, if you will be outside. The sun emits rays year-round. Even cloudy days are harmful. Also, remember that sand, and water increase the need for sunscreen because they reflect the sun’s rays. How much sunscreen should I use, and how often should I reapply it? Use enough to coat all exposed skin. Don’t forget your ears, neck, face, hands and arms. Apply to dry skin 15 minutes BEFORE going outdoors. Skin cancer also can form on the lips. Apply lip balm or lipstick that contains sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Reapply every […]

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#Askingforafriend: How to understand life’s endings

April 19, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

What we call the beginning is often the end And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from. ̶ T.S. Eliot By Krista Hoffer GCU Office of Student Care #Askingforafriend Most of us misunderstand endings in our life. We take them too seriously … or not seriously enough. We take them too seriously by confusing them with finality — that’s it, all over, finished! We see them as something without sequel, forgetting they are the first phase of the transition process and a precondition of self-renewal. At the same time, we fail to take them seriously enough. Just because they scare us, we try to avoid them. An ending cannot happen without a beginning. Each of you reading this can relate in some way or another. You are in the middle of preparing for an end of something, somewhere. Some of us might feel this disidentification looming, as if to say the ending means you lose a part of yourself as well. Others feels it as a loss of a role that prescribed their behavior and made them readily identifiable, while still others feel the lack of a familiar and identifying label. […]

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Slideshow: Astronomy Night

April 19, 2022 / by / 1 Comment

GCU News Bureau Almost 200 people attended the recent GCU Astronomy Night hosted by College of Science, Engineering and Technology adjunct associate professor Dr. Peter Pingerelli, assistant professor of physics Dr. Tom McCarthy and graduate teaching assistant Jean Etnyre. On hand for the evening of stargazing was the Astronomical Association of Arizona and Rick Gutridge of Peoria-based Technical Research & Engineering Co., which provided tours of the solar system via a spaceflight simulator for STEM education. Participants also had the chance to sharpen their astrophotography skills.

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Fitness Facts: Can alcohol be included in a healthy lifestyle?

April 12, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

By Emily Orvos Campus Registered Dietitian It’s Alcohol Awareness Month, so this is a good time to bring a hot topic to light: Can you drink alcohol and still be healthy? Spoiler alert: Yes, with the caveat that drinking in moderation is best. The unfortunate truth is that alcohol provides little to no health benefit, regardless of the amount consumed. While red wine does contain resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant, it provides only a minimal dose. You would need to consume multiple liters of wine to benefit from these antioxidant components. At that point, the health detriment from excess alcohol would outweigh any potential benefit. You’re much better off eating red grapes as a snack for the specific health benefits of resveratrol. What does drinking in moderation actually look like? The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans define “moderate drinking” as one standard drink per day or less for women, and two standard drinks per day or less for men. Keep in mind that this is per day – not an average over the entire week. A “standard drink” is the equivalent of a 12-ounce beer (5% alcohol), a 5-ounce glass of wine (12% […]

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#Askingforafriend: How to have a ‘Teflon mind’

April 12, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

By Caitlin Rudgear GCU Office of Student Care #Askingforafriend One of the key components to mindfulness is allowing thoughts, emotions, images and sensations to leave the mind as quickly as they may enter. A way that this can be implemented in a mindfulness practice is to think of the mind as a Teflon pan: Nothing can stick to it. Here’s a mindfulness exercise you can use to practice the power of the Teflon mind: “Observing inside your mind can be like sitting on a hill looking down on a train that’s going by. Some of the train cars are thoughts, strung together. They come into view. They go out of view. Some of the train cars are emotions, feelings. Each thought and feeling arises, comes closer, then passes and goes away down the tracks and around the hill out of sight. The trick is to not get caught in the content of the thought or feeling. Watch, observe but do not get on the train.” (Linehan, 2017, p. 181) Notice what that experience was like and do your best to not judge yourself! Mindfulness practices, especially early on, can feel strange, and it can be difficult to concentrate. Additionally, there […]

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Fitness Facts: April is Alcohol Awareness Month

April 06, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

By Connie Colbert GCU Director of Health Services Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987. It is a campaign that was formerly sponsored by the National Council for Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). It takes place every April with the aim of raising awareness for communities and helping to understand the causes and treatment available for one of the nation’s biggest health issues. The campaign also aims to reduce the social stigma associated with alcoholism and to educate people on how the disease can be addressed. It offers help and advice for families as well as direct engagement with those afflicted with alcohol addiction.  A big part of the work of Alcohol Awareness Month is to point out the stigma that still surrounds alcoholism and substance abuse in general. For many, denial is a common trait among those struggling with alcohol abuse.They often underestimate the amount they drink, the duration of their drinking problem and the impact it has had on their life or overestimate their ability to control their drinking or to quit. Denial is also common among friends and family members who are uncomfortable acknowledging the seriousness and reality of the situation. Since alcohol awareness became a national movement, […]

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