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Category: Honors College
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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 Goss 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, which she will begin 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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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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