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Habitat-GCU partnership keeps building on faith

July 15, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

GCU and GCE volunteers fanned out to two homes in the neighborhood on Friday, digging into painting and landscaping projects and defying the July heat. Homeowner Mira Nava recalled the first time Habitat visited her home eight years ago to fix the roof. Her mother was battling cancer at the time and told Nava: “This is a reminder that God is still here.” Andrea Northup, Habitat for Humanity Faith Relations Manager, told Nava: “That’s what GCU lives by — faith.”

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He’s living Disneyland dream — just like mom and dad

July 11, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

Ryan Hatmaker had good reason to want to make the Disneyland All-American College Band: His parents met there long ago while doing their own performances. But there was one problem. The Grand Canyon University snare drummer, who plays for the Thundering Heard Pep Band, was asked to play a different drum at the audition. He had never play the tenor drums — five instead of one. He didn’t panic. He called on his GCU attitude: Smile and have fun.

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GCU landscapers turn desert into oasis on campus

July 10, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Christopher Crawford and his Grand Canyon University landscape team perform magic every summer. Despite the summer heat, they water, trim and tend hundreds of plants and trees and acres of the grass to keep the campus looking like an oasis in the desert. Making the campus one of the nation’s best also requires careful selection of plants for shade — thank you, ash trees — and for color, such as lantana along the north end of GCU Stadium.

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New apartments to add even more color to campus

June 27, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Three new apartment buildings on Grand Canyon University’s campus will add 1,800 beds for returning students when construction is completed later this summer. The new apartments add to a growing population of students living on campus, a four-fold increase since 2012.

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GCU Honors College alumna crowned Miss Arizona

June 26, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Jacqueline Thomas competed in the Miss Arizona competition regularly during her time at GCU, finishing second in 2018, and now she has taken the next step. She won the title last weekend and will represent Arizona as she vies for the Miss America title. She credits GCU’s Honors College for helping her succeed. “Everything that I did once I joined the Honors College, from internships to jobs to other extra-curricular activities or opportunities within the Miss Arizona organization, was all because of the foundation that the Honors College laid out for me,” she said.

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Ethics workshop provides continuing education help

May 24, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Most counselors and therapists want to be able to “do good” by their clients, but what does “doing good” really mean? That was the main topic of discussion at Thursday’s continuing education ethics workshop hosted by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Speakers from GCU and NAU offered professionals working in the field of counseling and social services a free way of receiving their CEUs (Continuing Education Units) that they are required to renew every two years.

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From graduate to dean after receiving doctoral degree

May 14, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

When the Dean of Bethany College in West Virginia resigned in the fall of 2014, all Associate Dean Levi Esses wanted was to become the new dean of students for his alma mater. Unfortunately, there was only one thing in his way: the fact that he didn’t have his doctoral degree. That experience is what drove Esses to pursue his doctoral degree, ultimately leading to his graduation this past April. “God had a plan Honestly, it all happened I think largely part to my doctoral degree, that I had it finished and my experience in higher education,” Esses said.

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Autism in family inspired her to get master’s degree

April 29, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

After starting as a business major in her freshman year of college, having two sons diagnosed with autism inspired Ember Freitas to pursue a degree that would enable her to help others like them.

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Losing both legs couldn’t stop march to doctorate

April 18, 2019 / by / 2 Comments

Five years, 13 operations and yet another leg amputation later, and Eric Gabriel has reached the finish line on his journey to earning his doctoral degree. After living with one leg for the past 25 years, Gabriel learned in November to adjust to life with no legs, all while finishing up his doctoral studies. “If I didn’t have GCU and my schoolwork to do, I would have gone crazy. You know I don’t even know where I would be today,” he said.

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Living and Learning Communities link new students

April 04, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Learning and Living Communities are designed for GCU freshmen who prefer to share a residence hall room, suite or floor with students of similar academic interests. Along with the connections they make organically, there are organized activities in Juniper Hall, the building housing six LLC’s: Honors, Colangelo College of Business (CCOB), College of Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET), psychology from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), and nursing and athletic training through the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions (CONHCP). “It has a different feel,” Kayla Warren said of her freshman year in Juniper. “It is academically centered, where we were all in the same mindset.”

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