Ian Youngblood, a former GCU rugby player and nurse in the Canyon Health and Wellness Clinic, volunteered to work in New York when the pandemic hit. Near the end of his stay, he was struck down -- not by COVID-19, but by a brain cancer with a slim survival rate. "At 29 years old, nobody expects to get news like this," he said. But he's determined to fight it.
Kevin McCausland wrote a text to his friend and swallowed six pills. He thought his life was over after years battling drug and alcohol additions. But he survived to make it through recovery and pray for a new direction that led him to GCU, where he is closing in on his second master's degree.
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.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, not everyone knew why communities need public health professionals. “As a result of the pandemic, more individuals, communities and organizations will be asking, ‘How can we improve? How can we be better prepared?’” said full-time Public Health faculty member Danielle Henderson. “Public health professionals will have the answer.” The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions has the answer, too, when it comes to educating the next generation in the field. It recently added its Bachelor of Science in Public Health to its degree offerings, which already included the Master of Public Health.
Paul Danuser is widely known on campus as an exuberant public address announcer for GCU Athletics. But in his other life as an Assistant Professor and student, he was playing the long game of completing his doctoral degree. In August, he finally won. Dr. Paul Danuser shared what the experience was like, the importance of being a lifelong learner and what he hopes to do next.