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How to hit the gym or trail, not the screen, at GCU

September 10, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

There are plenty of new ways to get outside and stay fit this year, thanks to GCU Campus Recreation. There are new Intramural sports, such as indoor soccer, this fall. There are dozens of new hiking trips, led by GCU Outdoor Recreation. And there are new facilities and fitness equipment on campus. “These are all opportunities to be ‘non-digital’ and connect with people,” said Matt Lamb, GCU Director of Campus Recreation.

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The heart of a generation fills CHSS social work

September 03, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

The younger generation has led a growth in enrollment in Social Work studies at GCU, from 40 students on campus to more than 275 this year. Generation Z has a desire to help others and be fulfilled with a purpose, not just to count their worth by material riches, senior students say. “I think our growth speaks to this generation wanting to connect with people in the community and to give back,” said Dr. Kathleen Downey, Director of Social Work in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the subject of our continuing series on each GCU college.

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Doctoral program goes the extra mile for learners

August 28, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Pursuing a doctoral degree is one of the most challenging endeavors in academics. But Dr. Michael Berger, Dean of the College of Doctoral Studies, and his staff have developed a program that gives learners multiple ways to receive assistance. “We can’t make it easy, but we try to make it easier by the addition of all the great support services that we have,” he said.

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Social unites students from all over the map

August 26, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The international and out of state student social brought together students from far away or far, far away and made them feel a little more at home at GCU. “The time that they get to spend here, whether it’s four years, whether it’s two years, we want them to cherish the memories, we want them to cherish the friends and the moments that they make here,” ASGCU President Samuel Yonan said. “I hope that they take away that they’re welcomed here, that we’re excited to have them here, that we want to make this the best opportunity of their life.”

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College of Education earns national accreditation

August 26, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

GCU’s College of Education leaders knew they had a department of skilled faculty and a rigorous and innovative curriculum. Others have agreed. COE was awarded the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) for seven years after reviewing the evidence collected through a process of self-study and peer review. Dr. Kimberly LaPrade, Dean of COE, said the national accreditation validates what she knew: “There are a lot of people that don’t have the depth of experience that our faculty has.”

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Going behind the scenes to make Move-In magic

August 21, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

There’s a reason GCU’s signature event, Move-In, runs smoothly. Event Services, Student Affairs, Residence Life and other teams work hard to make it the most memorable experience possible for first-time Lopes, and they often do it from behind the scenes … and with Uncrustables at the ready.

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GCU student water skis across Lake Michigan

August 16, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Madelyn Hendrikse planned a whopper of a farewell to home in Wisconsin before heading to Phoenix for her first year at GCU. She decided to water ski 62 miles across Lake Michigan with a friend. It’s a rare feat that attracted national media attention. It was hard battling the rough waters in the middle of the lake. She did a lot of praying and gutted it out. It was about more than sking, said the freshman who will study biology with a pre-medicine emphasis: “This journey has taught me that I can achieve anything in life that I set my mind toward.”

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Feeding frenzy: Campus dining options expand to 31

August 13, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

This just in. Seven, count ’em, SEVEN new dining options are opening for the new semester. Canyon Pizza Co. in the Student Union has created a big buzz, offering slices for a thrifty $2.75 with fresh ingredients. Managers there say they will be listening to customers on new pizza combinations to add throughout the year. Another big Student Union addition is Lopacellis Pasta, which promises large portions. Other trends include a move to healthy options on menus, led by the new Purple Greens on the second floor of GCU Arena, where you can build your own bowl or have fresh-pressed juices. “Our chefs have knives, not scissors,” said John Milleson, Sodexo’s Resident District Manager. “Chefs with scissors cut tops off and dump in the product. There are no microwaves in my operation, and you have to look hard to find a pair of scissors.”

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Health clinic additions include new dietitian

August 06, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Liz Cook says that most students come to campus after years of their parents worrying for them about what they are — or aren’t — eating. The new dietitian of the Canyon Health and Wellness Clinic is here to help. After all, her favorite dish is vegetable stir fry. That’s a hint. Foods that are closest to looking like something you need to pick out of a field are good for you. Cook will bring much more good advice to her new role, as part of the expanded clinic that aims to satisfy even more student health needs in the coming year. Another hint from Cook: “The unhealthiest choice is the easiest choice.”

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Retiring Dave Smith read grads’ names — and a lot of numbers

August 03, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Dave Smith was known as the name reader at every GCU graduation the past seven years. He had seven seconds to read the name card, and often there were names tricky to pronounce. Smith, who retires Monday as Director of Academic Excellence in the College of Education, had the reputation of a detailed man who could pull it off — and he did — along with the complex reports and data collection he helped produce as GCU grew over his 10 years here. “I’ve loved it. It’s probably the best job I’ve had,” Smith said. “I’m a very detailed kind of person, and it fits my personality.”

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