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Grad brings teaching gifts home to Navajo Nation

April 27, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Falonna Ashley never thought she could become a teacher. Growing up in rural Wide Ruins, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation, she never thought she was smart enough to become a teacher. Not only did she earn her bachelor’s degree but, on Tuesday, walked across the GCU Arena Commencement stage after earning her master’s degree in educational leadership. She’s taking those gifts with her back to the reservation, where she’s teaching at a hard-scrabbled rural school that’s an hour away from most conveniences. “The goal was never to make it off the rez,” said Ashley. “The goal was to show rez kids that we are capable of far more than anyone wants to believe we are.”

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GCU prof finds allocating taxes can elevate children

October 12, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

GCU Assistant Professor Jena Akard really wanted to send her daughter, Madison, to fifth grade in a Christian school. The problem was the cost, especially after the pandemic hit the family business hard. Then she heard about a way through an employee meeting. Friends and co-workers could direct their taxes to support Madison — or any child they choose. Today, Madison proudly wears the uniform of Pleasant Valley Christian Preparatory. Akard is a good example of what employees can do through the GCU’s Allocate to Elevate campaign, which launched in October with a goal of $3.4 million in pledges to help students like Madison, Habitat for Humanity or public school extracurricular costs.

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GCU, Schwab invest in students with finance center

September 17, 2021 / by / 1 Comment

GCU’s students don’t have to travel all the way to New York to learn about the world of finance. They can do so right here on campus at the new Charles Schwab Foundation Finance Center, which opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday. The 34-seat classroom, yet another of the campus’ hands-on learning spaces (or Lopes Live Labs), is where students not only will take classes, but it will be where finance clubs meet and where speakers will visit with students. It’s also where they can get experience on the center’s Bloomberg Terminal, a computer system chock full of real-time financial data and news feeds. “These students have the ability to basically sit in Wall Street in Phoenix, Arizona,” said finance professor Alan Klibanoff.

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GCU athletic training graduate delivers at Amazon

July 09, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Kellie Lotshaw always thought she’d be working on the sidelines of a football field or with athletes in some other collision or action sport. But she’s stepping up in a different way. As an injury prevention specialist at Amazon’s new robotics fulfillment center in Goodyear, the 2015 athletic training graduate is one of only 3% of board-certified athletic trainers who work in the corporate or industrial setting.

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