Joseph Allen recorded his own 10-song LP, "The College Lifestyle," when he was a student at GCU. But the Digital Film graduate took the next big step in his career, auditioning for "America's Got Talent" and achieving something unimaginable. He received the much sought-after Golden Buzzer from Howie Mandel, which means he automatically advances to the next level of competition -- the live auditions. He also got a Lopes up from judge Julianne Hough and this comment from Simon Cowell, who was amazed by the audience's reaction to him (several Lopes were in the audience) before he even performed: "I tell you what, the WHOLE WORLD should go to your school right now." Added GCU President Brian Mueller: “When I saw the video from 'America’s Got Talent,' I wasn’t surprised at all. He has that kind of effect on people. He’s very enthusiastic, charismatic, people-oriented and has a lot of friends at GCU. When he gets in a setting like that, he just makes people feel good.”
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.
In today's My LopeLife feature, Denise Williams takes a humorous but also heartfelt look -- in the form of a "breakup" letter -- at how it feels to be graduating from GCU. "It's time for me to leap out into the world like a young antelope," she writes.
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.
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.