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Category: Honors College
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By Sean Thomason
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major, Honors College

Often when Grand Canyon University students think of leadership, they imagine the closest influential figure available: Brian Mueller. It is no secret that Mueller has a heart for GCU’s students, a trait that easily allows him to stand out from the prototypical example of a university president. He is amply aware of the challenges ahead while also considerate and passionate about the present. It could easily be said by onlookers that this brand of personal connection is part of what has led him to the successful career he has today. By using these passions to work with purpose for the goals he set, Mueller continually advocates and works for the interests of GCU and its students. These passionate traits are what have led to him being heralded as the heart-forward individual he is today.

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By Angela Bratt
Marketing Major, Honors College

Grand Canyon University believes in giving back. From the beginning, we have done our best to contribute to the areas around us to improve the community. In fact, GCU has the world’s largest contract with Habitat for Humanity, an organization that focuses on bringing individuals together to build homes, communities and hope for a better future. They desire to provide homes for those in need and hope that in the end, every individual will have a roof over their heads. They are a Christian organization that uses their faith and ministry as a tool to spread love to all people, while providing them with resources they otherwise lacked.

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By Angela Bratt
Markeing Major, Honors College

The Honors College successfully hosted their very first honors exclusive Discover Weekend over President’s Day weekend, with 59 students flying in from across the country. The Honors College had an exciting itinerary for the weekend that proved to be a huge hit with the potential students. They were almost all exclusively high school seniors and perfect potential candidates for the Honors College; a few students on the trip even interviewed with our full-time staff for an exclusive scholarship through the Honors College. Students engaged with current GCU honors students and got to experience a piece of life at GCU as a student.

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By Angela Bratt
Marketing Major, Honors College

Well fellow Lopes, it’s already week 12. Time is flying by and we’re already over half way through the semester. It’s about this time that most of us become overwhelmed with projects, papers and exams. So many of us students are extremely involved and fill our lives with things that keep us busy. As honors students, we tend to overachieve and go above and beyond, which has the potential to be time consuming and exhausting! It seems to be a common trend in our generation to fill our lives to the maximum. We’re always trying to brag about our busyness and how much we are doing.

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By Sean Thomason
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major, Honors College

Laughter and a cascade of bustling backpacks fill the walkway of Willow Hall as a large group of freshmen file out of the dormitory and onto the sidewalk of the Grove. Pleasantries and well-meaning jabs are exchanged as the group splits into factions and heads to an assortment of club meetings, job fairs and workshops all designed to provide students with opportunities to grow and thrive during their initial year on campus. As the crowd thins, a young resident assistant (RA) in a grey polo shouts advice and reminders to each of the students; hoping to instill within them the same confidence he had during his inaugural year, he tailors the statements to encourage and propel the freshmen throughout their day. As the phone in his pocket buzzes, he waves one last time to the departing scholars, presses the mobile to his ear and answers: “This is Tommy Wahl. How can I help you?”

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By Kara Morrow
History Major, Honors College

Honors College sophomore Brennan Robin is committed to living a life of service. For the last few years, he has served on the board of a non-profit organization aimed at helping sick and injured children in hospitals throughout the valley and with the Luke Air Force Base Youth Center. Brennan’s life experience as a military dependent and having a brother who suffered a traumatic injury led him to get connected with these groups.

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By Angela Bratt
Marketing Major, Honors College

On Thursday, January 25, a group of Colangelo Scholars, our business honors students, attended an upscale event downtown. The event was located at the Phoenix Children’s Museum and was hosted by Sum and Substance. The event officially started at 6:30 pm with time for mingling, networking and eating. At 7 pm the event started and proceeded until almost 9 pm. The event focused on six high achieving individuals in the Phoenix area who spoke to the audience about their journey to success and high achievement, but in a storytelling manner.

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By Angela Bratt
Marketing Major, Honors College

The Grand Canyon University Honors College is proud to announce a brand new opportunity for students to travel to Cambodia and Thailand this summer. We will be partnering with Destiny Rescue Mission to provide students with real life exposure to the tragedies of child sex trafficking in Southeast Asian counties. Sex trafficking is a  dollar market that victimizes the most vulnerable and helpless populations. Not only will students understand the massive impact of this global issue, but they will also be able to see how much opportunity there is to help fight this criminal enterprise.

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By Angela Bratt
Marketing Major, Honors College

The Honors College is pumped for this spring 2018 semester. First, let’s look back at all the events that happened during the fall semester. We kicked off the year strong with our freshman orientation where we welcomed hundreds of new Honors students. Believe it or not, the Honors College started just a few years ago with 59 students and now, we’re a bustling 1,600 student population. As Honors students, we make up the top 8% of the university.

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By Kaylor Jones
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

In my time so far in Grand Canyon University’s Honors College, I’ve learned a lot of valuable lessons regarding academics, career goals and life in general. With the help of the enriching experience provided by the Honors College, here are my findings from the first semester I’ve spent at GCU:

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By Angela Bratt
Marketing Major, Honors College

The time is quickly approaching for our Spring Symposium! Every spring, the Grand Canyon University Honors College hosts an annual symposium, providing honors students with the opportunity to collaborate with one another on projects alongside a faculty member and compete for a scholarship.

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By Josh McGuire
Finance Major, Honors College

After speaking with Jordan Montgomery, a sophomore at GCU studying electrical engineering, I wanted to pack up and make for Colorado. During summer 2017, Montgomery interned for Sonlight Adventures, a Christian camp for middle and high school students in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. She told me about dazzling mornings and beautiful hikes in the mountains – a little piece of heaven on earth. Montgomery learned a lot at her internship, including how to chop firewood, repair bridges, build shelving and avoid collisions with middle schoolers on a broken golf cart (which she later repaired). Although Montgomery learned all these new life skills and developed a number of friendships with fellow staff members, she told me the biggest takeaway has been growing her relationship with God.

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By Angela Bratt
Marketing Major, Honors College

Growing up in Michigan, I heard very little about Grand Canyon University, let alone their Honors College. On a Discover trip, I learned about GCU and fell in love with all of the opportunities that were offered by the university to students. I was shocked by the amount of potential growth I could have at GCU. Everyone I spoke with had such positive things to say.

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Gabriela Calhoun

By Sean Thomason
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major, Honors College

Amidst a wave of construction projects, the engineering building, one of Grand Canyon University’s newest additions to an increasingly sprawling campus, has set itself apart through the consistent production of noise that can only be associated with student preparation and innovation. Yet today, the traditional whirl of the Lopes Lab (the engineering building’s center for technological experimentation) has been lulled to a systematic silence as a small group of students sit contemplatively around a whiteboard littered with role delegations and points of emphasis for the upcoming week. This unit of dedicated engineering and pre-med majors is currently considering plans of attack for their research and development project, 3Derma, but have encountered the issue of volunteer hesitation that frequently plagues small groups of over-extended individuals. Sensing the indecision and without missing a beat, the group’s co-founder and student lead, Gabriela Calhoun, addresses the wary group and asks, “So, who is going to take care of that for us?”

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By Angela Bratt
Marketing Major, Honors College

Each year, many college students have the pleasure of spending the holidays at home. It’s a great reminder for many of us about the abundant blessings we have received. Thankfulness is a feeling of gratitude and thanks towards something or someone.

At Grand Canyon University, many of our students are from out-of-state; therefore, the holidays are one of the few times that many are able to go home and see their friends, family, home and things that are familiar.

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By Angela Bratt
Marketing Major, Honors College

The Grand Canyon University Honors College sponsored an Honors College Community Service Day this fall in which approximately 80 honors students participated in serving our local community. The service day was put together by a group of honors students in order to provide their peers with the opportunity to serve. Grand Canyon University partnered and served at the Mountain Park Health Center Race, Arizona Taco Festival, Habitat for Humanity, Japanese Tea Garden, Phoenix Children’s Museum and The Veterans Directory. It was a great turnout and the students genuinely enjoyed the opportunity. The Honors College has received various emails and a handwritten note from these organizations expressing their gratitude to our university and students.

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At the Honors College, we are often asked questions like, “Why should I join honors?” and “What is in it for me?” These questions are extremely hard to answer because each student is looking for an answer that is attractive to their specific interests. As you hear the words “honors,” a lot of mixed thought and emotions may enter your mind. More work. Book worms. Nerds. These are the stereotypes that detour students from joining an Honors College.

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