Archive for October, 2009

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Cyber Security Tips: Stay Safe on the Internet

October 19, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) – a public awareness campaign to encourage safe and secure computer use. According to the organizers of NCSAM, the security of our nation’s cyber infrastructure is only as strong as its weakest link. Everyone has a responsibility to keep their section of cyberspace secure and protected. The GCU Information Security department recommends a few simple steps that will protect the University’s networks, your computer and yourself. Protect your passwords. Do not share your passwords, and if you must write them down, keep them in a secure place. Beware of free downloadable software. Reputable companies such as Adobe and Microsoft offer free downloadable software, but many more companies that are disreputable offer malware of spyware posing as software. Malware is malicious software that attacks your computer system; spyware is software that steals your private information. Beware of fake anti-virus software. Malicious software often “scares” the computer user into downloading it. Be cautious with the type of information you post on social networking sites like Facebook, Myspace and Twitter. The continued use and popularity of these sites also makes them targets for cyber attack. Learn about the privacy settings of these sites and use […]

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The Commuter Perspective – It’s All About Communication

October 19, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

Life as a commuter student at GCU used to be about eating lunch in your car between classes. John-Paul Reiger, GCU’s Director of Student Leadership and Commuter Life, is first to admit that there was a serious disconnect with students who commuted to class. Students were on campus everyday, but not involved. John-Paul and Commuter Director Catie Whiffen have responded to several of the issues that, in the past, left commuter students out in the cold. The first step was to improve communication. What a difference a year makes Nicole Hill is a Junior Nursing and Christian Studies student, and is in her second year as a commuter. She says the differences for commuter students this year, compared to last, are remarkable. “We are getting a lot more support this year,” she says. “John-Paul works hard to support the commuter students and communicates with us often.” She adds that more commuters are getting involved and leading the way for activities this year. Not just for commuter-specific activities, but all campus activities have benefited from commuter student presence. Not only is communication more frequent, but the quality of presentation is much improved. “John-Paul is very excited and is offering some creative, […]

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History and Innovation Converge in Antelope Gym

October 19, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

The upcoming GCU basketball season is a hot topic on campus with the season to start this month, and preparations have been under way to help make this an incredible year for players and fans at the team’s first home game November 24. Over the summer, the University gave Antelope Gym a makeover, including cosmetic, safety and technology enhancements aimed at starting the new season in style. Visitors will notice the colorful new wall panels in the lobby, which represent a 60-year tribute to GCU athletic programs. The six 7 by 4-foot panels feature photos of GCU athletes through the decades, including several who went on to professional fame, such as Major League baseball player Tim Salmon and Phoenix Suns player and coach Paul Westphal. Marketing Graphic Designer Ursula Suszko created the panels after painstakingly culling through more than a half-century of images and history, with the help of the Athletics, Events and Alumni teams. The gym itself has been renovated to give it a fresh new look, as plans are under way to start broadcasting the games on television. Changes also were made to bring it up to date with NCAA and accessibility requirements. Enhancements players and fans will […]

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For Veterans, New GI Bill Offers New Opportunities

October 12, 2009 / by / 1 Comment

Today, unprecedented numbers of retired and active duty military personnel are wondering what the next step in their lives might be. After having a very clear path of serving their country, they may now be at a professional crossroads – sign up for another tour or retire and pursue another profession. For many, this is an appealing option – more command of your personal schedule, more time at home. And thanks to the newly implemented Post 9-11 GI Bill, obtaining a high quality education without a financial investment just got easier. “With this money, I now have the opportunity to be whatever I want to be,” says 38-year-old Gilbert, Ariz. resident Christopher Van Huss, who left the military in April 2004. The new bill, available to vets or active duty personnel who served after the 2001 terrorist attacks, requires no pay-in, and the tuition is paid directly to the college, so enrollees don’t have to pay money up front or wait for reimbursement. The benefits can also be transferred to spouses and dependents. “Many individuals may have aborted plans to obtain their degree earlier in life when they fulfilled a call to serve,” says Wendy Proffitt, director of the military […]

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GCU EMBA Student Enjoys Servant Leadership Focus

October 12, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

When US Airways Flight 1549 went into the Hudson River in January, Sherri Shamblin had every excuse to quit her pursuit of her advanced degree. After all, she was responsible for the training, policy and procedures for 8,000 flight attendants with the airline and she was just burdened with reassuring this corps of professionals, as well as the 1549 flight crew, in the aftermath of the near-disaster. However, Shamblin was able to immediately incorporate lessons learned from her executive MBA classes into her current situation. “I had to lead by serving them, and surprisingly enough, that’s what many executives tend to forget. Rather than being a self-serving leader, you need to be a serving leader,” Shamblin says. Shamblin was one of a class of 12 in the Ken Blanchard Executive MBA (EMBA) program at Grand Canyon University, a 12-month program that is unique with its emphasis on servant leadership – or the idea of leading by serving your key constituents. In today’s economy, an EMBA degree can be a major advantage for job seekers and professionals looking to advance within their organizations, and often employers will provide a stipend for continuing education. According to the nonprofit Executive MBA Council’s most […]

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Pastor Mik Joins the Swim Team for Rough Water Competition

October 12, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

GCU University Pastor Mik Milem signed on for a service project, and jumped in the deep end.

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