Anya Cofrancesco

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GCU trio ‘Embarks’ on memorable naval adventure

June 24, 2022 / by / 1 Comment

Not many outside of the Navy get to experience what life is like on an aircraft carrier, but three GCU staff and faculty members did on a recent tour of the USS Nimitz. Honors College and Study Abroad Program Manager Anya Cofrancesco, SEI Director Marquis Scott and Associate Dean of Engineering Dr. Janet Brelin-Fornari earlier this month boarded a C-2A Greyhound at the North Island Naval Complex in San Diego and debarked on the flight deck of the Nimitz, about 100 miles from shore as part of the Distinguished Visitor Embark Program.

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Naegeli, Cofrancesco earn national society honor

May 04, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Another successful year for GCU’s National Society of Collegiate Scholars chapter did not go unnoticed by the prestigious honors society. Honors College Dean Dr. Breanna Naegeli and Program Manager Anya Cofrancesco were named NSCS’s Chapter Co-Advisor Team of the Year. With nearly 7,000 members, GCU’s chapter is the largest in the country.

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Naegeli promoted to dean of growing Honors College

April 19, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

If you would have told Dr. Breanna Naegeli, when she first started working for the Honors College, that less than a decade later that she would be named the dean of the college, she never would have believed it. Monday afternoon, after 3 1/2 years as the college’s associate dean, Naegeli officially was named Dean during the Spring Faculty Conference. “The timing feels right, and it feels great to step into that dean role now that there is more experience under my belt and a growing vision ready to execute upon,” she said.

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Honors students applaud Naegeli’s Athena award

March 25, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Honors College Associate Dean Dr. Breanna Naegeli was honored as a winner of the prestigious Athena Valley of the Sun Founder’s Award on Thursday night, and Dr. Parm Gulshan, a GCU doctoral graduate, received the Champion Award. Athena supports, develops and honors women leaders, and Naegeli and Gulshan were recognized for their contributions to their field and their impact on the community.

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Baja mission trip was moving for Honors students

March 25, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

A group of 19 Honors College students devoted their spring break to serving the community in Baja, Mexico and helped with door-to-door house visits, community outreach, medical assessments, health education and ministry. But they felt the benefits even more. “We’re theoretically helping this community, but really we’re the ones getting help from this,” senior Chloe Campbell said.

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Inaugural Day of Giving makes powerful debut

October 22, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

For a university that places such a high emphasis on giving back to the community, adding GCU’s first annual Day of Giving to the calendar just made sense. More than 2,000 donations were made during the 24-hour blitz and will help fund a number of valuable causes on campus. “I’m really impressed with how many donors are interested in giving back to the community here,” Director of Annual Giving Cherylann Galdi said. “As Christians, we have a heart for others, and it really showed today.”

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Honors College expands service to community

October 15, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

The Honors College has grown so much in the last eight years, one day dedicated to service events wasn’t enough. This week, it hosted its first Commitment to Service Week, providing an opportunity for multiple Honors clubs to volunteer at nonprofit organizations. “We just wanted to integrate service much more heavily and integrate this initiative into the college this semester,” Honors College Program Manager Anya Cofrancesco said. “We just decided to go big and make this a huge campaign. It’s been incredible to see their (students) compassion and just rolling up their sleeves and getting into the community.”

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