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Engineering degree rocketed her into aerospace job

October 05, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Madeline Bradshaw was interested in aerospace engineering, and her time at GCU sparked her interest in computer-aided design. Then a summer internship led to a great job she secured even before graduating last spring — she’s an Associate Engineer for Aerojet Rocketdyne and has clients in NASA and the Department of Defense. She credits her GCU professors for helping her reach her potential.

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From foster care to GCU grad: Carter defied the odds

September 21, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Jacqueline Carter was placed in foster care at age 17, one week before she was scheduled to start at GCU. But a Good Samaritan arranged to have her live on campus, and now Carter has her bachelor’s degree and is set to start working on her master’s. Friday afternoon, Carter’s achievement was celebrated at the Arizona Department of Child Safety, where a small gathering included her favorite GCU professor.

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Business degree, connections prove healthy for alum

July 24, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

Luke Elliot never imagined that he’d be working in medical insurance when he decided to pursue a business degree at GCU, but last month he joined Aetna as a senior project manager. The experience taught him that connections with professors can pay off and a business degree can be valuable in many fields.

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These brothers have designs on the same path

June 19, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

The Pineda brothers, Josh and Jake, have used their GCU degrees in Digital Design with an Emphasis in Web Design to get off to a strong start in the field. But that’s not where their similarities end. Hardly. They hung out together when they both were on campus, and now they share their common interests when they travel.

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Graduate overcomes anxieties to complete master’s

April 30, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Daniel K. Owusu-Bempah had to repeat the sixth grade, but his father kept reminding him that “education is not a race” and there’s no shame in taking a little more time to reach your goals. Now Owusu-Bempah has graduated from GCU with his master’s in Public Administration with an Emphasis in Government Policy and hopes to someday work for the FBI.

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New Homecoming events bring out historic memories

March 09, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

It was a year of firsts for GCU’s 2020 Homecoming Celebration, and based on Alumni responses, may not be one of lasts. Along with the beloved homecoming traditions such as the Derby car races, the homecoming tailgate and the Hall of Fame ceremony, alumni also got to participate in a Campfire and Cocktails social event at Canyon 49, an Alumni Reunion Mixer at GCU Arena Hall and a Golden Lopes Ceremony at the tailgate. “We’re really trying to build out some lasting traditions at the university and a reunion is something that I think resonates with a lot of people,” Alumni Relation Specialist Brianna Bell said.

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Hall of Famers strive to impact future generations

March 04, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

The Homecoming festivities wouldn’t be complete without the induction of some very special Lopes into the GCU Hall of Fame, scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday in the GCU Arena Hall. Making a difference in the lives of future generations was a common theme for this year’s group of inductees, professionals who have spent their careers doing just that.

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Alumni film panel helps students build connections

January 31, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Film students were given the opportunity to hear words of wisdom and encouragement at this semester’s Digital Film Production Alumni Panel. Alumni Maya James, Sam Erdmann and Athena Bates shared their experiences with the next generation of GCU film students and gave some advice on how to make it in the business.

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Alums receive master’s from British theatre school

July 26, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

College of Fine Arts and Production graduates Klay Wandelear and Brenna Warren both earned a master’s degree this summer from East 15, a branch of Essex University, and enjoyed the experience so much, they’re staying in England for the time being. They said their time at GCU prepared them well. “I think I would have had a really hard time if I hadn’t spent so much time in Ethington Theatre,” Warren said. “How it worked set me up to be a dedicated and respectful actor.”

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Though a World Away, GCU Alum to Join Cancer Run

October 06, 2011 / by / 4 Comments

Runners and walkers in GCU’s inaugural Run to Fight Children’s Cancer will be joined in spirit and in deed by a man almost 10,000 miles away in Nairobi, Kenya. GCU alumnus Frank Kirimi recently came across the GCU Today story about 4-year-old Olivia Baumgardner, who has battled leukemia and will serve as honorary starter for the 5K and 10K races taking place Oct. 15 on campus.

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