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

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

College students are often stressed. Studying, tests and figuring out your future career all combine to create a lot of anxiety. It is hard to plan your life when you don’t even know who you are as a person yet, let alone what you want to do with the rest of your life. It is in these times of stress that we can find God’s peace.

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By James Gordon, MS
Faculty, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Back in 2003 I took a course in data mining as a graduate student at the University of Washington. At the time, data mining seemed like a nice marketing term – just another hot technology buzz phrase to describe the same old database design and searching techniques. Fast forward to the year 2018 and data mining has evolved to the point where it could actually be offered as a degree program. During the fall 2017 semester I taught a course at Grand Canyon University in our growing computer science program called Search Engines and Data Mining. Over the last 20 years the internet has evolved into an economy of information where data mining is a core skill that our computer science students are expected to enter the workforce with.

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By Steve Sherman
Faculty, College of Theology

My academic writing project on “The Knowledge of God” made me realize both what a HUGE topic this was and why, as a Christian I needed to dive deeply into the Scriptures for grounding and meaning of a truly biblical perspective. After months of research (and 85 written pages later!), I set out to summary the findings, which are presented here for your consideration—and in hopes of encouraging you to “know God”—in the ways the Bible itself describes.

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By Tatum Sorrelman
Business Management Major, Colangelo College of Business

I’ve enjoyed eating at Canyon 49 Grill many, many times, and each time I have gone, I am never disappointed in my experience. The last time I went to Canyon 49, I took a cooking class to unleash my inner chef! I had no idea that Canyon 49 offered cooking classes, so when I had the opportunity to try one out, I was in.

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People who enjoy mathematics are often drawn to the accounting field. But, proficiency in math is not the only skill you will need to succeed as an accountant. Effective accounting professionals are excellent communicators, critical thinkers and problem solvers who are well-versed in many aspects of business strategies. Although the field can be demanding, you may find a career in accounting rewarding if you possess the following traits and goals:

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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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Teachers spend 7.5 hours in the classroom each day, followed by an average of 90 additional minutes for afterschool mentoring and staff meetings, followed by another 95 minutes of grading papers and preparing lesson plans at home. That is according to The Washington Post, which highlights the selfless dedication of hardworking teachers who genuinely try to make a positive difference in students’ lives. But no matter how dedicated you are, there is no question that time management and other strategies can help you stay on top of grading. Here are some suggestions to grade faster:

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