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PAC program graduates raise bar at awards dinner

December 09, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Just when Honors College Dean Dr. Breanna Naegeli and Honors Program Manager Dennis Williams thought they had created a maximum point total that no one could reach in their PAC Professional Development Program, students proved it attainable. Fifty Honors College students gathered at Canyon 49 Grill on Wednesday night to celebrate the completion of this year’s PAC (Professional, Academic and Career), and Jessica Landes’ emotional response showed how much it meant to her to win the competition.

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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 surpasses 1,000 graduates

April 16, 2021 / by / 2 Comments

When the Honors Institute debuted with 59 students in 2013, no one could have known how far it would come just eight years later. As the University prepares to celebrate another graduating class, the Honors College will celebrate its own impressive accomplishment — surpassing 1,000 graduates. “It’s great that we’ve reached this milestone of 1,000 graduates, we are thrilled and ready to celebrate; but, this is definitely not the last chapter in our book,” said Honors College Associate Dean Dr. Breanna Naegeli. “There is plenty more to come, and we’re excited to keep challenging ourselves and our program to rise to the occasion.”

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James Bond-themed banquet fetes Honors students

March 18, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Another successful academic year wouldn’t be complete without an Honors College Banquet to celebrate the students’ accomplishments. They were recognized Wednesday for their hard work during the pandemic. “We’re extremely proud,” Program Manager Dennis Williams said. “It’s been a very challenging year for them, but we’ve seen so many of our students step up as leaders, step up in all these areas. This is, I think, going to be an extra special year.”

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Honors College conference out front on leadership

March 08, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

It was a big weekend full of connection building and leadership within the Honors College. This year, the Honors College hosted their annual Leadership Conference in a hybrid format, allowing students to choose whether they would like to participate in person or via Zoom. Doing so brought in a record number of attendees for the event. “I Think that just goes to show how much students are wanting to have this experience,” Honors College Program Manager Dennis Williams said. “It’s certainly well above any numbers we’ve had for this event when you combine the Zoom attendees with our live attendees.”

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Degrees of leadership: Honors College staff unites

January 08, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

The Honors College leaders showed last year that their teamwork goes beyond their work duties — five of them earned graduate degrees. Associate Dean Dr. Breanna Naegeli finished work on her doctorate, while Program Managers Dennis Williams, Cathleen Daly and Anna Cofrancesco and Program Development Specialist Faith Beatty all received their master’s degrees. “I feel as though this story illustrates the support we have for one another both personally and professionally,” Naegeli said.

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Canyon 49 dinner celebrates Honors PAC students

December 10, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

The Honors College wanted to make sure students who participated in the PAC Professional Development Program this year were properly celebrated. They gathered Wednesday night on Canyon 49 Grill’s outdoor patio for a socially distanced dinner and PAC (Professional, Academic and Career) awards ceremony. The top three were Andrew Jennings, Ethan Connery and Ashley Larson.

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Former White House doctor visits Honors students

October 22, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

Honors College students got a Zoom visit Tuesday from Dr. Connie Mariano, a White House physician for three presidents. In a talk titled “Turning Standing Out to Outstanding,” Mariano shared her experiences and told students what aspiring medical professionals should focus on.

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Honors College expands Student Advisory Board

September 01, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

The Honors College’s Student Advisory Board, which works as a bridge between faculty and students to put together Honors activities, has even more members this year. It’s quality as well as quantity. Program Manager Dennis Williams calls it “the most phenomenal group we’ve ever had.” Eighth in a nine-part series on each college as the semester begins.

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Honors Associate Dean has new title: Dr. Naegeli

August 03, 2020 / by / 2 Comments

Dr. Breanna Naegeli has worked for the University for almost 11 years and has multiple siblings with GCU degrees, but she couldn’t herself be called an alumna — until now. She successfully defended her dissertation in May and completed her Ph.D. in Performance Psychology.

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