Grand Canyon University is rolling out undergraduate programs in biomedical, electrical and mechanical engineering for fall 2015.
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GCU aims to produce workforce-ready engineers

December 18, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The growth of GCU’s technology degree programs will continue in fall 2015 when the University’s first-ever engineering students arrive on campus to begin working toward degrees with biomedical, electrical and mechanical concentrations. Associate dean Dr. Michael Sheller of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology said the program design began nearly two years ago through the hard work and collaborations led by Dr. Michael Mobley and Haley Peebles, who oversee the University’s Center for Integrated Science, Engineering and Technology. GCU Today has a story about the new engineering programs and how they fit into the overall academic goal to better train young people for STEM-oriented careers.

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Members of the Class of 2014 were all smiles Friday at GCU's first winter commencement.
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GCU’s winter commencement is first rate

December 12, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By GCU News Bureau On a day when 530 Grand Canyon University traditional graduates were on cloud nine as they paraded up to receive their diplomas, numbers were the name of the game — and there were two ways about it. First, this was a first. GCU had never before held a winter commencement until Friday afternoon at the Arena, but the University’s ever expanding student population made it obvious a year and a half ago that it would become necessary. First-semester graduates previously had to wait until spring commencement if they wanted to participate in the ceremony. Second, there was the numerical magic of Justin Willman, who wowed the crowd in his entertaining commencement address, just as he had in the October ceremony for online graduates. His closing trick, in which the random numbers he got from four students equaled, when multiplied, the date and exact time (121,214,437, or 12/12/14 at 4:37 p.m.), is impossible to figure. But in between jokes and other tricks, Willman, host of “Cupcake Wars,” had a simple message for the graduates: “No matter how you do the math, the past and the future always wind up adding up to the present.” Three cheers for that. —Rick […]

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Dr. Pete Charpentier (center) prays on Wednesday with senior Jordan Burnidge (left) and sophomore Emmett Foster before their finals. Photo by Alexis Bolze
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GCU faculty: Going the distance, making a difference

December 12, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

Fall semester at GCU was a time of great growth — in students, courses, programs and learning — and as GCU hosts its first winter commencement this afternoon for about 700 traditional graduates, GCU Today takes the opportunity to celebrate the University’s stellar faculty. They have gone beyond the call of duty to assist students inside their classrooms and outside of them, too, dedicating many extra hours, evenings and weekends to student success. Click here to read stories about several of them.

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With heads in the cloud, student club pioneers tech projects

December 11, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Students in Grand Canyon University’s new “innovative Computing” club (known by its iC abbreviation) are already working with advisers to help launch academic cloud-computing technology for the first-ever GCU computer science/information technology course. The club of mostly freshmen are also looking forward to collaborating on extracurricular tech projects.

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GCU's student speech and debate team earned several Top 5 awards and overall first-place honors at the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association's Fall Championships Tournament at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif. Photo courtesy of Barry Regan.
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Speech and debate team earns more top honors

December 09, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

This weekend marked the fourth time this semester that GCU’s student speech and debate team earned first-place honors at a major collegiate forensics competition. GCU Today has a story with more about the team’s fall successes, capped by multiple Top 5 finishes at events at the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association’s Fall Championships Tournament at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif., and how it has evolved under the direction of communications instructor Barry Regan.

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Leap to Teach
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Students connect with local schools at inaugural education career fair

December 04, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Story and photos by Cooper Nelson GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University hosted nearly 50 K-12 school districts across Arizona on Wednesday for the inaugural Lopes Leap to Teach career fair, a networking event for current students and alumni to find jobs at local schools. The career fair is part of a new education initiative announced by the University in October to address the state’s shortage of high-quality teachers by bringing together undergraduate and graduate students needing to complete practicum hours in classrooms with school districts. It also was designed to link College of Education graduates with local schools to fill teaching vacancies. According to an October survey by the Arizona Association of School Administrators and job postings listed on the Arizona Education Employment Board, there were more than 500 open teaching positions statewide. Public, private and charter schools from Gilbert to Chandler and Glendale to Maricopa were represented. Two future career fairs will be held in March and April to bring together May graduates and school officials for positions available in the 2015-16 academic year. Tom Beckett, director of human resources for the Maricopa Unified School District, which was represented at the fair, said it has a handful of vacancies. The event was a good launching point to familiarize GCU students with […]

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What could be: A rendering of the proposed STEM building on Camelback Road.
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GCU unveils STEM Scholars partnership

December 04, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University announced that it has partnered with Peoria Unified School District on the new STEM Scholars program. The initiative enables high school juniors and seniors to earn tuition-free college credits, so they have their first year of college completed before they even get to campus. Students in Peoria’s Medical, Engineering and Technology (MET) Professional Academy and Sunrise Mountain High School will be the first offered opportunities for college credit through the district and GCU.

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Brian Mueller, GCU's president and CEO, is attending the White House College Opportunity Summit this week in Washington, D.C. Photo by Jeff Noble
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Mueller to join Obama, other leaders at White House education summit

December 03, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University President and CEO Brian Mueller is among national leaders of universities, businesses and other organizations invited to attend the White House College Opportunity Summit in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Dec. 4. The conference recognizes educational institutions and other community stakeholders committed to developing college graduates who can put their skills to use in the American workforce. “Grand Canyon is pleased to be part of this national discussion about how to best educate our young people, prepare them for fruitful careers that support Arizona cities and towns, and make college education as accessible as possible to a wide range of students,” Mueller said. Over the past few years, the University has intensified its efforts to ensure that a high-quality, affordable college education is available to all students, regardless of their socioeconomic status. Nearly 18 months ago, Grand Canyon and the Phoenix Union High School District announced a partnership with Alhambra High School to develop the “Learning Lounge” on the University campus, where college students mentor high school students to assist them in improving their academics and expose them to the vast possibilities of a college education. After just one year, nearly 300 Alhambra students have visited the Learning Lounge […]

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GCU Today Magazine highlights revitalization plan

December 02, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The latest edition of GCU Today Magazine — featuring a comprehensive look at the University’s new plan to strengthen its west Phoenix neighborhood — is available here. The December issue also has a story about GCU nurturing its spiritual-life roots, a feature on the men’s basketball team’s debut on the national sports stage and an article about what a new name and a new dean mean for students in the Colangelo College of Business. Don’t miss our stories about alumni Gustavo Anton’s journey to medical school and Michelle Lara’s road to recovery from a near-fatal accident, plus a profile of online student Komi Lokossou, a broadly smiling goodwill ambassador on GCU’s main campus.

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David LaJeunesse displays his Overflow bottle, flanked by CCOB Dean Dr. Randy Gibb (left) and Jerry Colangelo. Photo by Darryl Webb
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CCOB invests in enterprising approach to learning

December 02, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The busy-ness in the Colangelo College of Business has been noticeable this fall — new dean, new name, new initiatives.

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