Archive for September, 2009

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GCU Awarded for ANGEL Online Classroom Environment

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The 2009 ANGEL IMPACT Awards recognize universities and colleges that take the ANGEL online classroom environment…

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New Center for Learning and Advancement Helps Students Succeed

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New and returning students this fall will find a new resource aimed at helping both traditional and online students through any academic bumps in the road. The new Center for Learning and Advancement (CLA) is prepared to arm every student with the essential skills for academic success, according to Dr. Kevin Thrasher, who heads the new Center. CLA employs a combination of full and part-time tutors, as well as a growing list of online tools that include live, web conferencing technology. Dr. Thrasher says the primary focus will be on writing and math support. “Those are the basic skills areas,” he says. “Without those tools, students can struggle across a number of courses.” The Center staffs a number of full-time tutors – who will specialize in writing or math. Plans include adding local professionals who would be willing to offer their time as tutors. Some faculty members are also devoting a portion of their office hours to help tutor in specific content areas. A number of resources are also available at the CLA web site for online students. The CLA web site is a one-stop shop with resources that will meet any student’s needs. Even students that may not need […]

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Online student connects on Germany mission trip

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By Katie Woods, Graduate Student in Addiction Counseling As an online student, I was looking for a way to make a stronger connection with my school and peers who attended GCU. I had no real way to go about this since I do not live in the Phoenix area, or so I thought! Over Christmas break, I received an email about the mission trips planned for the spring and summer of 2009, and wondered if this was my opportunity. I called the Office of Spiritual Life and found out that online students were eligible to go on these mission trips. I was excited to begin making the connections I had been seeking. Once it all started to come together, I felt nervous. Not only am I a graduate student, but I wondered if I was going to be a lot older than the rest of the team. This is when I decided to stop worrying because I knew God would bring together the perfect group of people for the Germany mission. It could not have been a more perfect fit. This trip has given me the friendships and connections I was seeking. I have not only made strong connections with […]

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University Christian Perspective Focuses on Fruit of the Spirit

September 25, 2009 / by / 2 Comments

What does it mean to be a Christian University? To some, it may mean an environment in which everyone professes a faith in Jesus Christ and follows a strict set of rules and behaviors that are linked to a specific ideology. To others, it might simply refer to spiritual activities offered to students as an option. But what does it mean for Grand Canyon University? What does it really mean when we say in our Vision Statement that we are “a premier Christian University educating people to lead and serve”? As GCU continues to enjoy tremendous growth and many exciting transitions, it’s important that we stop and reflect on this statement, and on the Christian values and mission the University was founded upon 60 years ago. It is also vital that we ensure that our words are supported by actions that are meaningful in today’s environment. Our Christian Perspective About six months ago, a group of faculty members and college leaders began meeting to create a statement that clarifies how our Christian Perspective supports the GCU Mission and Values Statements, and how it must be integrated into all aspects of our relationships with our students and employees. More details of […]

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Respiratory Care Student Honored as Practitioner of the Year

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The Colorado Society for Respiratory Care honored Derrick Davis as its Practitioner of the Year.

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GCU Adds Master’s in Criminal Justice Program

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In answer to student demand and a growing interest in criminal justice, Grand Canyon University (GCU) will begin offering a master of science degree in the subject beginning in spring 2010. “Criminal justice is one of our more popular programs for incoming students, and has been a growing area of interest over the past decade,” said GCU Dean of College of Liberal Arts Lisa St. Louis. “A master’s program enables us to offer our students – many whom are working professionals wishing to advance their career and education – a way to do this through rich online curricula.” Like many higher education institutions, Grand Canyon University has seen a tremendous increase of students enrolling in its criminal justice programs – likely due to the growing popularity of network programs such as “Law and Order” and “CSI” as well as the growth of public safety and homeland security sectors. Many of GCU’s online classes utilize supplemental learning tools such as 3D models, simulations, flash movies and audio lecture recordings lending to a fresh, visually appealing online learning environment. “It’s a very interesting professional pursuit – and an advanced degree in criminal justice can help those who are in government or public […]

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GCU Named Military Friendly College

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PHOENIX – (Business Wire) With a team of veterans exclusively dedicated to helping active duty and retired military accomplish their educational pursuits, Grand Canyon University (GCU) was recently named to the list of the top military friendly institutions by GI Jobs Magazine. “With our division staffed by veterans, we have first-hand understanding of the opportunities and aspirations of active-duty and retired service men and women,” said Wendy Proffitt, director of GCU’s military division. “Our team members are completely focused on helping students navigate the tuition assistance opportunities to determine the best course for their own personal situation.” The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools which are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students. Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. “This list is especially important now because the recently enacted Post-9/11 GI Bill has given veterans virtually unlimited financial means to go to school,” said Rich McCormack, G.I. Jobs publisher. “Veterans can now enroll in any school, provided they’re academically qualified.” Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting […]

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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Jim Helfers

September 25, 2009 / by / 1 Comment

A few years ago, GCU had a major in Martial Arts. Dr. Jim Helfers taught a few courses, including one on traditional Okinawan weapons. Today he sticks with literature and humanities courses. That range in itself is a testament to what a good liberal arts education can do for a person. Dr. Helfers graduated from college with intentions to become a journalist. Working to break into newspapers in San Francisco, he ended up working as a technical writer. “All of my coworkers were checking off their calendars for vacation and retirement,” he says. “I could do the work, but it was not exciting work.” Inspiration for a change came from Harper’s magazine. After another day of technical writing, Dr. Helfers sat down to a story about a group of scholars translating the works of philosopher Thomas Aquinas. The project was decades in the making. “I was reading this and thinking, ‘This is exactly what I want to do,’” says Dr. Helfers. “I applied to graduate school and was accepted at the University of Michigan. That is how I got into teaching.” Dr. Helfers came to Arizona in 1990 as an instructor at ASU. In 1992, he responded to an opening […]

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