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Shakespeare, Dickens, Marlowe, Shaw—the list goes on and on. The English language is certainly not suffering a lack of great writers, and there is no denying the beauty of a finely crafted bon mot a la Mark Twain. But do these classics still have a place in a modern curriculum? Why should students labor through Spenser’s “The Faerie Queen,” with somewhat cumbersome lines like “So slyding softly forth, she turned as to her ease.” Even if you do not plan on becoming an English teacher, you may one day find yourself defending the relevancy of these great classics in today’s digital world, and there are plenty of persuasive points in favor of them.

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By Allison Richmond
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

This week on #AskGCU, Julian Oliver and his team set out to prove that GCU is indeed a real school. Despite its small size, GCU is a real and reputable university. It was founded in 1949 and has been growing ever since! In fact, the university recently got approved for non-profit status again.

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By Isac Artzi, PhD
Faculty, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

“Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” (Daniel 12:4)

“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9)

The Raspberry Pi miniature computer has sparked the imagination of aspiring computer science professionals and Internet of Things hobbyists since its first introduction in February 2012. Its myriad of uses ranging from an inexpensive computing platform to a robot power source are well documented on thousands on websites. At GCU, a computer science research team is tackling a particular area of computing: the clustering of multiple Raspberry Pi’s in order to build a parallel computer. The idea itself is not new, but the (successful) endeavor epitomizes the type of activities computer science majors pursue.

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By Ryan A. Brandt
Faculty, College of Theology

“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18)

“This vision is beatific. It beatifies. It transforms the soul into the divine image; transfusing into it the divine life, so that it is filled with the fullness of God” (Charles Hodge, Systematic Theology, 3:860)

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Cross-cultural competency is a critical skill in today’s global economy, but what exactly does it mean? It is often misinterpreted as being the same as international etiquette. If you are on a business trip to Japan, for instance, it is helpful to know that the Japanese use silence as a tool to preserve harmony during a difficult point in the conversation. But although cross-cultural competency pays homage to international etiquette, it is a far broader concept. As a professional with a leadership role in higher education, cross-cultural competency is central to furthering your mission.

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Nursing students often ask, “What are the most valuable advantages of earning a BSN?” Some nurses are concerned about the time commitment or cost associated with earning a BSN. In light of current research regarding patient outcomes and improvements in the rates for morbidity and mortality associated with increasing levels of education among nurses, a bachelor’s degree is becoming the standard for nursing practice. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree can also open doors for nurses to greater job and leadership opportunities.

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By Stephanie Knight, PhD
Adjunct Faculty, College of Education

“From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” Peter Drucker, famous management consultant, educator and author, found that increased time for thinking or reflection led to better results no matter the endeavor.

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