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Students’ high-tech projects impress industry

April 08, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

It was technology overload at the Cyber Center of Excellence on Thursday, where more than 100 students presented almost 50 projects at the Technology Capstone Showcase. Tech-lovers saw everything from a low cost, artificially intelligent robot, to a virtual piano that can scour the internet to find a seemingly endless amount of songs to play, to an app that alerts multitaskers in faraway rooms in their house that their dryer is done. “It’s an incredible variety of projects, which is wonderful,” said Assistant Dean of Technology Dr. Brandy Harris at the event, which also included guests from industry who were invited to see what GCU’s tech students can do.

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Beautification project a win-win for school, students

March 15, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

When Canyon Promotions was presented with a campus beautification project for a Christian school in Sacramento, Canyon Enterprise Division Manager Renate Spilger wanted to turn it into an opportunity for GCU students to get more design experience. Since discussion on the project started in the fall, students from the College of Arts and Media’s student-led ad agency Design United have come up with several designs and ideas to help decorate the school’s campus. “They’re really inspiring, how they are devoting their time and their talents to this, and I think that’s just a characteristic of a GCU student from what I’ve seen,” Assistant Professor of Design Chris Murphy said.

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Homecoming Family Weekend makes big impression

March 07, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Thousands of alumni, students, families and friends came to campus to participate in the University’s first in-person Homecoming Family Weekend since before the pandemic. There was no shortage of excitement as fan favorites returned and new events popped up. “This is the Disneyland of campuses. We really just enjoy coming out here,” said Warren Thompson, who came to campus with his family to visit daughter Bella. “It’s been great to connect and see some other students that our daughter has connected with and meet their parents. Everyone seems really down to earth.”

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GCU CityServe nears $750,000 of distributed goods

February 18, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

In a little more than five months, GCU CityServe’s warehouse has received an estimated $1.5 million of household items and is nearing $750,000 of goods distributed to families in need, thanks to the help of some 60 community partners, fundraisers such as the recent A Night in Support of CityServe, and countless volunteers. Just one example of the generosity shared through GCU CityServe is the almost 1,000 toys passed on to families at Christmastime. “It’s just story after story like that,” said GCU CityServe HUB Manager Nathan Cooper as the organization prepares to deliver more needed items to Habitat for Humanity families at Lopes Go Local on Feb. 26.

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STELLAR makes final push as space launch nears

February 09, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

After just 11 months since it was officially formed, the STELLAR group is on the cusp of sending its first project, a microbial fuel cell, into space. The fuel cell — a battery that harnesses the power of bacteria to convert waste into energy — will be mailed this weekend to the Quest Institute, which will prepare the fuel cell for its launch April 15 to the U.S. National Lab on the International Space Station. The team, which is made of undergraduate students from almost every college, commemorated reaching this stage of the project on Monday with a signing ceremony as GCU President Brian Mueller added his signature to the fuel cell’s container. “This is just super exciting,” STELLAR President/founder Erik Yost said.

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Ready, set, go: GCU poised to spring into new year

December 30, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Let’s be done with 2021 and look ahead to 2022. The calendar is brimming with events, from the return of Forensic Science Day on Feb. 15 to men’s basketball going up against rival New Mexico State on Feb. 19, to the big Mr. GCU competition on March 1 and TEDxGCU on April 8. GCU Today picked a dozen highlights from the spring 2022 calendar for your consideration.

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Honors students give back by building bunk beds

December 13, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

All it took to make sure 70 kids in need got a bed to sleep in was a little hard work, love and the dedication of the GCU Honors College community Saturday morning. Volunteers gathered around the GCU CityServe HUB and teamed with the nonprofit organization Sleep in Heavenly Peace to build bunk beds that will be distributed to families in need. Sleep in Heavenly Peace founder and Executive Director Luke Mickelson said, “To see these college students see the joy that they feel when they know they’re giving back to something … it lasts with them the rest of their lives.”

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Variety of research on full display at fall symposium

December 07, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

There was no shortage of diversity Monday at the Fall Learning Community and Research Symposium. Students from the College of Fine Arts and Production, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Science, Engineering and Technology came together to present five research projects to an audience made up of GCU faculty, staff and executives. “It was such a great opportunity to be able and come here and speak,” said Jaelynn Maestas, from the “Epidemiological Model of Violent Behavior” group. “It’s so cool to be able to present to other people. … It was amazing. I have no other words.”

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GCU CityServe wraps arms around those in need

November 10, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

“We came here 13 years ago and we thought we had a plan, but who could have guessed the plan would have turned out like this?” President Brian Mueller said of GCU CityServe, the University’s most overarching, ambitious, sweeping initiative in the scope of its missional work in the community. This spring, GCU became the first university partner for CityServe, and in the fall it started receiving in-kind goods from national retailers at the campus’ 35,000-square-foot capacity warehouse. Those household goods, everything from furniture to diapers and outdoor equipment, have made it to those in need, such as Congo refugee Salima Kalonji in Buckeye and to residents of the San Carlos Apache Reservation in Globe.

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Ceremony rite of passage for nursing students

September 27, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Nursing faculty cloaked students in white coats on Friday as part of the University’s first White Coat Ceremony. The ceremony is a rite of passage for the students, all of whom are seeking their master’s degrees to be advanced practice registered nurses. After being cloaked in her coat, Gina Mercado said she truly felt her purpose and “the significance of what I will bring.”

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