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Category: Honors College
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By Morgan Lentz
Student, Honors College

Academic institution or matchmaker? According to Faith Andersen, the Honors College at Grand Canyon University is both!

College is often an opportunity for students to make relationships that last a lifetime– and sometimes get married! Faith Andersen, a recent Honors College Alum, met her now-fiancé Thomas Beatty at the honors orientation and began a relationship with him by the end of the first semester.

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By Madison Nelson
Student, Honors College

Here at the Honors College at Grand Canyon University we have created an environment filled with excellence. Our students truly embrace the challenge in order to enrich their futures and Alyssa Walker is no exception. She began her career in the Honors College because she was drawn to the unique travel and mission trip opportunities. Alyssa said, “My favorite part about being in the Honors College has been the connections I’ve made, not just with my fellow Honors Lopes, but also with the faculty, even beyond the classroom.” Alyssa is a Hospitality Management major and is already turning what she’s learned in the classroom into action.

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By Pierre Guad
Student, Honors College

Grant Black is an exceptional honors alum and a driven student, which he displayed as he graduated from Grand Canyon University and moved on to Physical Therapy school. His experience in the Honors College has inspired him to go above and beyond in whatever he does, such as helping other students succeed in the medical field. We asked him to reflect on his years at GCU as an honors student and this is what he had to say.

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By Morgan Lentz
Marketing Major, Honors College

Grand Canyon University’s Honors College is proud of its spirited and ambitious students. For an honors student, each day is filled to the brim with work and play. A typical day in the life of an honors student might go something like this:

7:00 AM- Wake up, heat up some instant oatmeal in your dorm microwave and eat it, maybe a little too fast, burning your mouth in the process.

7:05 AM- (Like I said, ate way too fast.) You groggily make your bed and put on the pre-planned outfit you put on your chair the night before because, of course, you are prepared.

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By Morgan Lentz
Marketing Major, Honors College

You are driving up to the mile-long line outside of your new home, Grand Canyon University. It has all been leading to thisevery GPA point, every standardized test score, every shopping trip for random things you might need in the dorms from toilet paper to ramen noodles. All throughout school you’ve been being prepared for life outside of high school.

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Brent Phillips found himself as a high school drop out after not finishing his junior year. He was told he would not amount to anything as one without an education. Later, he joined the military and became military police for the Marine Corps. Brent worked hard and earned the privilege to serve as security with Marine One, the Presidential helicopter at HMX-1, then went 1st Marine Division and served in Iraq. While abroad in Iraq courageously serving our country, he was hit with four rocket propelled grenade and shot with an AK-47. After this traumatic experience Brent was retired from active duty. When recalling his experience in Iraq Brent said, “I loved it and still miss it.”

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By Morgan Lentz
Student, Honors College

As a Freshman, there are a LOT of things to do to prepare for college. Sign this, set up this, don’t forget to get approved for this, oh and get yourself mentally prepared for college classes. Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming, especially that first week on campus.

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Wake up, read into current events and marketing trends, off to meetings with individuals on and off campus regarding University/community development and ministry opportunities. Next up, class, ASGCU functions and after all of that, Zumba. Does your daily routine sound this packed and proactive? None other than the Aly Halbakken is determined to create a better tomorrow and meet as many new people as possible. Halbakken is a junior here at Grand Canyon University studying Communications and Marketing. This year she has been chosen as the Associated Students of Grand Canyon University (ASGCU) Chief of Staff.

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Each semester, President Mueller and some of the Engineering faculty meet with an advisory board to discuss the goals, progress and direction of the engineering program and other STEM programs and initiatives. The advisory board consists of individuals who are generally in management for companies such as Honeywell, Intel, etc. They provide insight into what is trending in the industry and offer advice to GCU faculty about currently world topics.

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By Laura Arnold
Marketing Major, Honors College

Jedidiah Woods, who is known throughout GCU’s campus as “Jed,” is a humble servant leader dedicated to helping homeless and refugee communities. He is ambitious, inventive and enthusiastic toward individuals and lends a listening ear to all people. When you talk to Jed, you know he truly cares about the conversation and wants to hear your testimony. The several years Jed has spent at GCU has led him to start-up businesses, on campus jobs and various projects.

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By Angela Bratt
Marketing Major, Honors College

At the Honors College, we have a high population of high-achievers and go-getters. Macy Minnocci is an excellent example of such a student. In fact, she had an incredible opportunity to intern with Stanford University. Macy is originally from Santa Clara, California and began her college career at the young age of 15 and graduated as the youngest Valedictorian of Mission Community College at only 17 years old. Once she completed her AA in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Social and Behavioral Sciences, she decided to continue her education at GCU. After three short semesters, Macy graduated summa cum laude at 19 and began interviewing for her doctoral program. She’s happy to announce that she’s been accepted and has begun this summer. Macy chose GCU because of its dedication to students, the Christian culture on campus, as well as all the opportunities that come with the Honors College. Moving to Arizona was a major transition for Macy, but she was able to thrive and prepare for her future coursework and career. 

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By Angela Bratt
Marketing Major, Honors College

The Honors College club and Honors STEMISTS teamed up to host a graduate student speaker panel. At this event, GCU students who had either been accepted into graduate school or were currently attending graduate school, spoke on their experiences. There were seven different students who represented a variety of graduate schools and programs. The following individuals and their represented universities and fields of studies included:

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By Angela Bratt
Marketing Major, Honors College

The Honors College’s full-time program coordinator, Anna Cofrancesco, and program manager, Luke Amarago, recently attended a United Nations Conference. This conference is held twice a year at the UN headquarters and is sponsored by the Friendship Ambassador Association, a partner of the UN. The theme of the conference this past winter session focused on innovation and collaboration for a sustainable world. To be eligible and attend this conference, Anna and Luke had to undergo an extremely selective application process. This process included answering a series in-depth questions such as “How do you serve the community?”, “What contributions have you made in your community?”, “What contributions have you made in your career field?”, “What kinds of experiences have you had?”, “What are your future aspirations?” and so forth. They waited a few weeks for final selects to be made, and Anna and Luke were both included as finalists.

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By Morgan Lentz
Marketing Major, Honors College

There are just some people in life that motivate you to be a better person. Everyone has a role model- whether it’s a parent, a coach, a professor or even a friend. There is just that one someone who teaches you things you never knew you needed.

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By Sean Thomason
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major, Honors College

As Grand Canyon University’s students file out of previously filled classrooms in search of food or an area to decompress, a residual hum of activity hangs over its academic buildings. The whirl of conversation and machinery reaches a crescendo and fades as those who aim to make use of their time in higher education emerge with growling stomachs and color-coded agendas, progressively making their way toward the offices of professors and the university’s many collaboration spaces for another long day of work.

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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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