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GCU 2015-16: Golf course is just one of the big hits

April 25, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The opening of the Grand Canyon University Hotel and Grand Canyon University Championship Golf Course were big stories in 2015-16, but they were just part of the continued community revitalization. And the rapid growth on campus continued, too. GCU Today Magazine picked the top 10 stories of the academic year just completed.

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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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GCU receives Community Partner Award for STEM Scholars program

March 08, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s STEM Scholars program, which gives local high school students a chance to learn more about this rapidly expanding field and also earn up to a year of tuition-free college credit, was honored Monday night by the Peoria Education Foundation with its Community Partner Award. Sarah Boeder, senior vice president of campus operations, was on hand to receive the award.

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Dr. Mike Baird recently was named the 17th professor emeritus in GCU history.
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He’s now professor emeritus, but just call him Mike

March 08, 2016 / by / 7 Comments

Dr. Mike Baird doesn’t put on airs. That’s not the kind of guy he is. But the 17th professor emeritus in GCU history is beloved by both College of Theology students and faculty for his knowledge and his charm. GCU Today has the story of what makes him special.

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GCU ends current effort to convert to nonprofit

March 04, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon Education, Inc. (NASDAQ: LOPE), a comprehensive regionally accredited university that offers approximately 200 graduate and undergraduate degree programs and certificates across eight colleges both online and on ground at its approximately 250 acre campus in Phoenix, Arizona today announced that it has terminated its current effort to convert Grand Canyon University to a nonprofit entity.  In connection with that announcement, it issued the following statement: “In 1949, Grand Canyon University was founded as a nonprofit institution of higher education.  In 2004, on the verge of bankruptcy and without any other options to survive, the University converted from a nonprofit institution to a for profit institution in order to raise the capital necessary for it to continue to serve its students.  Since that time, although operating as a for-profit institution, the company has been able successfully to balance the needs of its students, faculty, community, investors and over 100,000 alumni.  In nearly eight years as a public company, the company has never paid a dividend to its investors and has invested more capital into its campus and technology infrastructure than its entire after tax profits over that period – all without ever raising tuition on its ground campus during […]

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Bernier’s ‘God glasses’ give students global vision

March 02, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

A College of Education professor borrows God’s glasses to take her students beyond the surface of knowledge in the classroom. Lisa Bernier is all about connecting faith through everyday life and encouraging students to go on mission trips.

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COFAP crew to represent GCU at prestigious Kennedy Center festival

February 10, 2016 / by / 1 Comment

If you saw “Scapin,” the College of Fine Arts and Production’s October performance in Ethington Theatre, you will not be surprised to learn its director and some of its cast and crew members are competing in a prestigious regional festival this weekend. GCU will be represented at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Hawaii by instructor Michael Kary and seven students who played big roles in the enormously impressive and hilarious play.

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Shakespeare’s settings live large in our imaginations

February 04, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

On Wednesday, as a highlight of GCU’s weeklong celebration honoring the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death in 1616, guest lecturer and acknowledged Shakespeare expert Dr. Paul Hartle gave a talk on how the playwright created elaborate settings—using only his words. “Imagination produces the landscape,” Hartle, visiting from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge University, told a rapt audience of 200 students, faculty and staff in GCU’s Ethington Theatre.

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GCU to host Shakespeare Week

January 29, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

By Laurie Merrill GCU News Bureau  Monday is the start of Shakespeare Week, when GCU’s cup will runneth over with student performances and presentations of some of the Bard of Avon’s most beloved classics spread across campus daily. “Celebrating the greatest writer in the English language in this way is the least we can do for the next generation, who will enjoy and carry on his works,” said Dr. Sherman Elliott, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Monday: 12-12:45 p.m., members of the speech and debate team will read Shakespeare near the southeast corner of the Intramural Field. Tuesday: 10:45–11 a.m., students from the College of Fine Arts and Production (COFAP) will perform scenes from “As You Like It” on the Promenade next to Building 6. 12:45-1 p.m., COFAP students will perform the balcony scene from “Romeo and Juliet” on the Building 57 staircase. Wednesday: 11:15 a.m., Dr. Paul Hartle, fellow/senior tutor from St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge, will speak to students about Shakespeare at Ethington Theater. 12:30-12:45 p.m., Critical Mass will perform outside Ethington after Hartle’s presentation. 4:15-5:15 p.m., Hartle will present “Shakespeare Mashups — Adapting Shakespeare for Today’s Young Audience” in Building 16, Room 401. Thursday: 12:45-1 p.m., COFAP students […]

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Hughens wears so many hats it can make your head spin, yet she does it with aplomb.
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K-12 science dynamo spreads STEM love

January 27, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Amanda Hughens, GCU’s K-12 STEM outreach manager, is a blur of positive energy who wears more proverbial hats than a millinery’s models and whose resume is rife with adventurous as well as academic accomplishments. In her new role, the former teacher, writer, and underwater search and rescue diver spreads love of STEM among teachers and students of all ages. GCU Today has the story.

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