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‘Backpack to briefcase’ strategies help students stay on track for success

August 27, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The tools to succeed as a student at GCU have never before been so intentional and integrated throughout the colleges and curriculum. From the time they step onto campus until their commencement, students are continuously exposed to purposeful planning, advising and other guidance to make the most of their programs of study, academics, career aspirations and spirituality. And soon, a new First Year Center of academic excellence will open in Juniper Hall, which is home to 250 of GCU’s 750 Honors College students. Click here to read more in GCU Today.

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GCU engineering welcomes new faculty, students

August 25, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The first students in GCU’s engineering program attended classes Monday in their new building. Over the coming years, they will be exposed to a new way of preparing for the workforce and future jobs in biomedical, electrical and mechanical engineering and of thinking about how Christian anthropology fits in with their future careers.

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Move-In, Day 4: Servant hearts power volunteers

August 20, 2015 / by / 3 Comments

Compiled by the GCU News Bureau Four days of Move-In, the most in Grand Canyon University history (until Friday), are in the books, and a lot has been learned about GCU’s intrepid student and employee volunteers for Welcome Week: Early mornings and the blistering afternoon heat have little effect. Morale and enthusiasm are in seemingly endless supply. And selflessness flows through veins pumped by servant hearts. Ask any of the nearly 1,900 student and staff volunteers who have worked tirelessly unloading cars, hauling heavy luggage, directing traffic or welcoming new faces to campus from before 7 a.m. to the early afternoon this week and you’ll hear the same reason why they do what they do: It’s the GCU way. Junior Mary Khorany is volunteering at Welcome Week for the second year and said the servant message behind Move-In makes the heat and heavy lifting worthwhile. It’s the selflessness of the volunteers that makes Move-In special, she said. “Starting off the school year with such a selfless event is a great way to show that we are a school full of individuals with servant hearts,” said Khorany, 20. “The community here is so awesome. We’ve never done four days before and […]

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Move-In, Day 2: The happiness is a joy to behold

August 18, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Compiled by the GCU News Bureau Happiness is contagious, studies show. But whoever did those studies could have saved a lot of money — all they had to do was spend a couple of hours observing what goes on at Grand Canyon University’s Move-In. Martin Soto of Bakersfield, Calif., had never seen GCU before Tuesday morning. Asked his first impression, he replied, “All the happy people, especially for so early in the morning.” Happy students is a given, considering that they actually volunteered to get up at the crack of dawn and unload cars for hours in the summer heat. But the contagion happily spreads to the parents. “I’m very impressed with the way this went. Nice job. Thank you,” Bill Martin of Vancouver, Wash., said after watching the parade of students get his son Harrison moved into Willow Hall. “Everybody here is very friendly, very helpful. You’re just walking around and they ask, ‘Do you know where you’re going?’” Where Harrison was going was quite a process before he chose GCU. He’s a lacrosse player and considered 10 schools, including Notre Dame and the major universities in Washington and Oregon. Harrison’s older brother, Nelson, goes to another university, and Bill […]

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Move-In, Day 1: ‘Unbelievable’ Welcome Week start

August 17, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Compiled by the GCU News Bureau There was something in the air early Monday morning at Grand Canyon University on the first day of Welcome Week, and it wasn’t just the heat (91 degrees at 7 a.m.) and wringing-wet humidity. It was more than GCU’s trademark uplifting music, more than the mouth-watering aroma of Qdoba, more than summer’s signature scent of grass being mowed on the Quad in front of GCU Arena. It was the feeling that this — on a day when 1,960 students were to move into Acacia and Ironwood residence halls in the brand new freshmen housing complex known as The Grove — was bigger than all of us. A feeling that this was blessed. “God definitely has his hand on this place,” said GCU President/CEO Brian Mueller who was beaming as his eyes scanned the hundreds of volunteers gleefully welcoming thousands of new students, parents and friends and, just as enthusiastically, unloading their vehicles. “You don’t get people working together and this kind of unity without having the Spirit working. It’s a total community undertaking — deans, associate deans, staff and returning students — and people are happy to do it.” Mueller was especially complimentary of returning students who showed up at […]

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Mueller showcases GCU’s stunning transformation

August 17, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Record-breaking high temperatures Friday in Phoenix couldn’t hold a candle to the enthusiasm of President/CEO Brian Mueller and other GCU leaders during the all-employee meeting in the Arena. Mueller delivered his own take on a “State of the University” address by hosting a Q-and-A with more than a dozen representatives of the faculty, colleges, programs, enrollment, student body, community outreach and staff.

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Three branches of engineering, one goal: workforce readiness

August 12, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

GCU Today Magazine GCU is training tomorrow’s engineers in an interdisciplinary setting that replicates the workforce environment. Here’s a snapshot of each program emphasis: BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING Also known as “bioengineering,” this field produces technology for medical devices and other health care purposes. It’s where engineering and medicine come together to solve humanity’s biological problems and improve patient care through automation. Innovations: Implants that regulate the brain’s response to hunger and guide weight loss in obese adults, optical scanners that analyze the skin to potentially reduce the need for routine dermatological biopsies, and microchips that alert doctors to potential heart attacks Major course topics: Biomedical Design Elements, Biomaterials and Biomedical Instrumentation and Devices ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING From portable electronic devices to robotic manufacturing systems, engineers in this broad field work on hardware that delivers data for a range of everyday purposes. The technology they build and maintain keeps everything from wireless networks to power plants humming along at an optimal pace. Innovations: Renewable energy delivery systems, such as high-efficiency solar cell materials, and microcircuit boards and nano-electronics for biomedical implants Major course topics: Advanced Circuits, Electromagnetic Fields and Optics, and Communications Signal Processing MECHANICAL ENGINEERING Considered the broadest of all engineering disciplines, mechanical engineers […]

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‘Precise medicine’ helps freshmen breathe easier

August 12, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

GCU Today Magazine There were times when Carter Bennett felt asphyxiated, as if someone was sitting on his chest or thrusting a knife into his lungs. Throughout his youth, the Grand Canyon University freshman relied on his parents, Dave and Kimberly, for relief from the suffocating complications of cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder for which there is no cure. When Carter was diagnosed at age 9, his father was a software entrepreneur. But the family’s ensuing experience with doctors and insurance companies led Dave into the emerging field of health care information systems. He became focused on the blending of technology with personalized health care. The Bennett family learned to understand Carter’s disease and to investigate his genetic makeup. They tailored his treatment plan by zeroing in on his disease mutation, one that affects only 4 percent of cystic fibrosis patients. They researched new drugs for Carter’s mutation and actually brought information to their doctor about one that has helped him thrive. “It’s kind of unfortunate that the doctor didn’t know it, but it’s not really the doctor’s fault since he didn’t really have the systems to do it,” said Dave Bennett, a member of the GCU President’s STEM Advisory […]

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GCU Today Magazine welcomes Class of 2019

August 12, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The cover story in the latest edition of GCU Today Magazine introduces you to 10 new faces on campus who are shining representatives of this fall’s incoming freshmen class. Check out the students’ stellar academics, servant qualities and deep faith and watch a cool video about their first-year expectations. The September magazine also has full coverage of a beach get-together for new GCU students from Southern California as well as a story about the University’s new engineering degrees, a feature and video about its promising soccer program and an article about a unique collaboration between GCU and Arizona hospitals to train and employ new nursing graduates. Other content: a look at where GCU students spread the Gospel during summer mission trips, a story and video about new alumnus Zenon Castro, who is moving from school janitor to teacher thanks to GCU’s s online program and a profile of alumna/future doctor Erica Wadas, plus alumni class notes.  

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Nursing students gaining passage to practice

August 12, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

In its first year, GCU’s Transition to Professional Nursing Practice program enabled 130 students to gain practical knowledge and experience in the facilities of two major Arizona health care corporations. The icing on the cake is that, to date, nearly 60 of them have landed jobs as registered nurses, too.

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