Archive for August, 2014

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Antelope Intros: Joe Stopka, Bart Barrett

August 28, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The connection in this week’s edition of Antelope Intros is hockey — both new employees love the game and follow it passionately, but in different ways. And both had lots of other interesting things to say about themselves.

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‘Sherlock Holmes’ ushers in Ethington series

August 28, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

What will it take to bring the world’s greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes, back into the spotlight? Will Holmes prevail against the evil mastermind, Professor Moriarty, and resist the dangerous allure of Irene Adler? Will Holmes survive one last test of his wits? Will you be able to get a ticket for the show? That’s the biggest mystery, as the College of Fine Arts and Production kicks off the 2014-15 Ethington Theatre Series with “Sherlock Holmes: The FInal Adventure” this weekend. Tickets for Friday and Saturday’s shows are gone, but there are a limited number of seats for Sunday afternoon’s performance and for Sept. 5-7. GCU Today has a preview here.

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Move-In Day 3: Campus relaxes for next herd of Lopes

August 27, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Day 3 of Grand Canyon University’s Move-In 2014 included new students setting up their homes at Papago Apartments, Mesquite Apartments, North Rim Apartments, and Ocotillo Hall.

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Energetic dean puts COB plans in motion

August 27, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

Randy Gibb isn’t what you’d expect for a former Air Force colonel. He’s flexible and down to earth, but his background in leadership has given him a clear vision of what he plans to accomplish as the dean of the College of Business.

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New faculty, staff pioneering GCU tech programs

August 27, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University has a new associate dean, two new professors, and a new staffer dedicated to the STEM disciplines.

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Move-In Day 2: GCU community builds on Day 1 spirit

August 26, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Compiled by the GCU News Bureau Would Day 2 of Move-In on Grand Canyon University’s main campus be as spirited as Day 1? The wild Sedona Hall scene Thursday morning provided a rather loud answer. You would have thought you were at a basketball game. In fact, the men’s and women’s basketball teams both were there — and things really got wild when Coach Dan Majerle and his players mugged for the television cameras. It was Move-In Madness, one of best recruiting tools GCU has, but with even more intensity. Volunteers jam-packed on the curb cheered wildly as each car drove in. Moms and dads took videos of the bedlam as they drove in and even jumped out to keep filming as the Luggage Luggers emptied vehicles in record time (more on that later). New students said they felt like celebrities as they were escorted to their rooms. Everyone, it seemed, was smiling — especially Brian Mueller, GCU’s president and CEO, gazing at the hundreds of volunteers. “They’ve done it really well before, but now they’ve really got it down,” he said. “It’s a community-building experience like no other.” Thankfully, the looming rain held off for most of the morning, and […]

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Chapel: Mueller calls for difference-makers

August 26, 2014 / by / 2 Comments

Story by Rick Vacek Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau When Grand Canyon University President/CEO Brian Mueller began Chapel Monday morning by sharing his heartfelt talk two days earlier with a student-turned-employee named “Jenna,” Jenna Pearson was as surprised as anyone. But it shouldn’t have been surprising to anyone who knows her that she has such strong feelings about bringing some sunshine to an ever-darkening world and that what she told Mueller would provide such a perfect opener for the “Making a Difference” theme in Chapel this fall. The occasion was a big moment for the University — the largest crowd (6,500) ever for Chapel in the newly expanded Arena. Anyone who doubts the ability of a Christian university to get students to come voluntarily to a Chapel service needed to see the packed floor seating and lower bowl and the nearly full upper deck. Before he drew from the story of Joseph’s ups and downs, which begins in chapter 37 of the book of Genesis, and laid out his five-point plan for the University, Mueller talked about his Saturday morning business meeting with Pearson on the second floor of the Student Union. Pearson said she felt upset when she woke up […]

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GCU community packs the rafters for first Chapel

August 26, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb/GCU Grand Canyon University’s first Chapel of the year on Monday drew about 6,500 people to the newly expanded Arena, where President/CEO Brian Mueller, unveiling the year’s theme of “Making a Difference,” encouraged students to be a catalyst for Christ in all that they do.

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GCU’s new tech degrees – skill sets and career opportunities

August 26, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Michael Ferraresi GCU Today Magazine Here’s a glimpse at the types of careers Grand Canyon University’s new degree programs in computer science and informational technology could lead students into over the next several years: B.S. in Computer Science Emphasis in Big Data Analytics  — Students learn how to mine massive data sets, which helps companies track customer preferences, identify trends with patient treatments and tailor programs to specific groups. — Database managers and administrators serve an integral role understanding the story buried in millions of lines of data. Emphasis in Business Entrepreneurship — Technology project management helps computer experts understand the business end of taking their innovations to market. — Entrepreneurial development of new tech products or services can lead to start-up companies or opportunities with existing companies. Emphasis in Game and Simulation Development — Skills in graphic visualization, computer modeling, mobile application development and artificial intelligence equip students to create video games and virtual simulations. — Simulation programmers and other roles in gaming or virtual reality modeling are in demand in a variety of industries. B.S. in Information Technology Emphasis in Business Entrepreneurship — Understanding IT project management ensures that companies or startups have a controllable hardware or […]

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Move-In Day 1: Cool temperatures, high spirits

August 25, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Compiled by the GCU News Bureau You couldn’t have asked for a better morning to introduce the first of 6,203 students — who this week are moving into 11 residence halls on Grand Canyon University’s main campus — to their new homes. Wednesday’s weather — crystal clear skies but for a dotting of lavender and golden sun-kissed clouds in the east and cool temperatures the likes of which have not been seen on this date since 1995 — was a God thing. At 6:30 a.m., as the first of hundreds of vehicles carrying excited students and parents suppressing lumps in their throats was unloaded, the mercury edged 75 degrees. It felt like … 75 degrees. “God showed up in a big way,” said Pastor Dean of Students Tim Griffin, referring to the climate, atmospheric and campus-wide. The first of a three-day Move-In, GCU’s mega-purple, super-loud, off-the-charts welcome wagon for new students, was driven by nearly 1,300 volunteers – staff, spiritual life leaders, ASGCU leaders, residential assistant leaders and a student welcome crew of 425. The student army asked to be on the front lines, cheering, unloading and hauling boxes, bags, mirrors, televisions and other items from the vehicles, up multiple flights of […]

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