Archive for March, 2016

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Senior Dinner shines spotlight on graduating class

March 31, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The second annual Senior Dinner Wednesday drew a crowd of 450 students, faculty and guests, formally dressed in dazzling gowns and sharp suits, to celebrate the hard work and contributions of the 2016 graduating class. The event recognized those outstanding students and staff who have shown commitment and excellence inside and outside of the classroom.

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Alums walk us past woolly worms on memory lane

March 30, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Alumni from the 1950s and ’60s have great stories to tell about life on campus. Woolly worms and discipline were part of the culture, and one alumna says you have her to thank for all that purple you wear.

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Family matters: 2 + 3 = 2 frazzled alumni

March 30, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

By Rick Vacek GCU Today Magazine All you need to know about what life is like for J.J. and Genny Rafferty, Grand Canyon University Class of 2003, is that they have an 8-year-old daughter, a 6-year-old son and triplet boys who are 2. Their interview had to be conducted via email because … well, this explains it: “In the time it’s taken me to answer a few of the questions,” Genny wrote, “the triplets have managed to destroy the family room and some of my music that they discovered. But when there’s three, sometimes you have to let them destroy one room in order to clean another, or let them pull out all your pots and pans and drag them around on the tile floor in order to get any tasks done. “I try to see the humor in it, and I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way.” The Raffertys, both 36, graduated with B.S. degrees in Music Education — Choral Emphasis. J.J. has been a teacher for 13 years and is director of choral activities at Greenway High in Phoenix, and Genny’s piano and voice studio has been going strong for 22 years. They do manage to get to […]

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As your plot thickens, heed this Chapel message

March 29, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The final Chapel talk of the academic year Monday featured Pastor Tim Griffin’s humorous description of why he’s the guy you want to avoid when you go to the movies. Griffin used that bit of humanity to demonstrate what Peter must have been thinking right after Christ’s resurrection and how that Bible passage relates to our lives today.

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More great news for Speech and Debate Team

March 29, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Speech and Debate Team won an honor that surprised director Barry Regan, College of Humanities and Social Sciences instructor: It notched 20th place out of 161 teams in the International Public Debate Association rankings. The honor was unexpected because GCU’s young team primarily competes in a different style of debate, and it’s yet another example of how complicated it is to trumpet the team’s successes.

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CCOB’s new Pegasystems software class sets GCU apart

March 28, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

BUS-330 isn’t just a 300-level class in the Colangelo College of Business; it’s one of only two such classes in the country. The subject is Pegasystems software, increasingly being used by big companies for business-process and customer-relationship management. Only one other American university offers it.

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Antelope Intros: Bettina Singleton and Joshua Aguirre

March 24, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

This week’s edition of Antelope Intros features two individuals with unique stories and a strong sense of family pride. One of them likes to explore the great outdoors, while the other likes to stretch her mind reading psychological thrillers.

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COE alum chosen for engineering education program

March 23, 2016 / by / 4 Comments

GCU College of Education graduate Anthony Perez, a RODEL scholar and second-grade teacher at Sunset Elementary School in Glendale, is one of 100 winners of the 2016 Winter Engineering Elementary Teacher Scholarship award. In addition to providing funds for him to attend a two-day professional development workshop at the Museum of Science in Boston, he will be able to implement the engineering curriculum with the storybooks, kits and materials that will be provided.

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Three views from underneath GCU’s family tree

March 22, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Three venerable families — the Bakers, the Barnes/Hawkins/Forrest clan and the Kesos — have contributed large numbers of graduates to Grand Canyon’s legacy. In this GCU Today Magazine story, they tell how it happened and what it has meant to them.

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Educators embrace technology at Google Summit

March 22, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

By Jeannette Cruz GCU News Bureau Most of us have seen how technology has altered the humble chalkboard that our teachers once used. From white boards to smart boards to online lesson plans and digital textbooks, embracing technology has become a journey for 21st-century educators and a major part of students’ lives. At the Google EdTech Summit held Monday at Grand Canyon University, more than 400 education teachers, specialists and students from across the state focused on one major point: how to engage students through technology integration. GCU President Brian Mueller opened the conference, which GCU co-presented with the Arizona K12 Center, followed by a keynote address from Jim Sill, a Google education teacher who, after a decade in the video and television industry, set out on a career in education. He used his industry experience to create an award-winning production program at a California high school. “I knew as soon as I became a teacher that this was it,” Sill said. “I spent a lot of time chasing other dreams, and now I’m teaching teachers how to make movies and I love it.” Sill walked the audience through the bells and whistles of today’s technologies, such as Google apps, and encouraged listeners […]

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