Ukraine

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Ukraine holds special place in professor’s heart

May 25, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Ukraine has a special place in Sven Olson’s life. His last post in his 27-year military career was at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv. It also was where Olson, an adjunct professor at GCU, met his wife, Iryna, and volunteered his time helping American families hoping to adopt Ukrainian children. Olson recently was part of the Ukrainian Crisis Task Force for the U.S. Department of State and started a nonprofit with his wife whose first project is to help rebuild Ukraine. But most incredible of all is how Olson regained his sight and ability to move after a scuba diving accident.

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Doctoral learner provides medical aid to Ukraine

May 11, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

When doctoral learner Lena Denman found out about the Russian invasion of Ukraine in late February, she knew she had to do everything she could to help. As President of the Arlene Campbell Humanitarian Foundation, a nonprofit established in 2016 to assist in sending medical supplies to Ukraine, Denman has numerous friends and connections there. “While I intellectually anticipated it, emotionally it was still very difficult,” she said. But the doctoral program already has provided her with the skills to make things happen.

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