Dr. Ben Ihms, a GCU premed alumnus, speaks to students during GCU Day at Midwestern University about his experiences at both universities prior to becoming a resident osteopathic physician at Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa. (Photo by Tyler McDonald)
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Midwestern hosts GCU’s pre-health students

November 20, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

More than 130 aspiring doctors, dentists, veterinarians and other GCU future health care professionals toured Midwestern University in Glendale on Thursday and interacted with faculty and students from a range of graduate programs. Through a series of agreements announced this fall, Midwestern set aside 66 seats in a range of its graduate programs — including osteopathic medicine, optometry, physical therapy and cardiovascular perfusion — for GCU students who meet the rigorous requirements for acceptance.

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Jesse Stewart, a former U.S. Army Ranger who led troops in Iraq, teaches students in his servant leadership course for GCU's Colangelo College of Business. (Photo by Alexis Bolze)
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Battlefield vet shares servant leadership lessons

November 11, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

Jesse Stewart, an adjunct servant leadership professor for Grand Canyon University’s Colangelo College of Business, tends to reflect on the memories of fallen friends on Veterans Day. The former U.S. Army Ranger retired at 32 and has found his calling as a mentor of future business men and women at GCU.

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Teens explore jobs in health sciences, nursing at GCU

November 07, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Nearly 2,500 high school students from across Arizona descended onto the campus of Grand Canyon University today for the 29th annual Health Sciences & Nursing Day. With a theme of “Who are you in Health Care?” the event provided opportunities for students to learn about careers in fields as diverse as athletic training, emergency room nursing, missionary medicine and crime-scene investigations.

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Dr. Kimberly LaPrade, dean of GCU’s College of Education, discussed the Lopes Leap to Teach Initiative with Arizona K-12 school leaders Wednesday on campus. (Photo by Alexis Bolze)
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New program addresses Arizona’s teacher needs

October 29, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

On Wednesday, Grand Canyon University announced its Lopes Leap to Teach program, a joint effort through the College of Education and office of Strategic Educational Alliances to address Arizona’s teacher shortage. The program will include efforts like a clinical practice expo and networking event in January where Arizona schools can recruit GCU students who’ve recently completed student-teaching assignments, or link up with students and alumni that need to complete practicum hours in local classrooms.

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GCU, ASU to square off in debate at Union

October 28, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Michael Ferraresi GCU News Bureau The Antelopes have faced off with their Sun Devil neighbors over the years in a men’s basketball exhibition, club rugby and various other sports. At 7 p.m. Wednesday in the north dining hall of the Student Union, Grand Canyon University goes head-to-head with Arizona State University in a public debate organized by the award-winning GCU speech and debate team. Since it’s a political year and the Nov. 4 general election is right around the corner, the topic for the competition is “Resolved: The Republicans will take back the Senate in November.” For the two-on-two debate, GCU students Thomas Rotering and Thomas Varkey are preparing to argue why the Republicans will win the Senate majority, while ASU’s two student debaters will make an argument for the Democrats to retain their majority. For example, debaters could explore the possible outcomes in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia — states where Senate seats are held by the Democrats but might shift to the GOP. Meanwhile, the Democrats are focused on reclaiming GOP-held Senate seats in Georgia and Kansas. While GCU’s speech and debate team typically competes in traditional forensics events such as […]

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"I did it!" Nearly 1,900 graduates of Grand Canyon University attended Saturday's two commencement ceremonies in the Arena, putting the cap on years of hard work and perseverance.
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Commencement a magical time for 1,900 GCU grads

October 25, 2014 / by / 6 Comments

Grand Canyon University’s non-traditional commencement ceremony returned to campus and to the more spacious GCU Arena on Saturday. The extra seats were a blessing as family members and friends of nearly 1,900 online students for morning and afternoon ceremonies.

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GCU psych department experiencing mind expansion

October 09, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The psychology department at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences has added three new professors, giving Grand Canyon University more personnel to address the rising need to prepare students for both entry-level jobs and graduate-level programs in psychology.

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When Joanna Simpson joined GCU in August,  she was reunited with College of Education Dean Dr. Kimberly LaPrade, who she's known since her freshman year of high school. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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COE staffer reunited with mentor LaPrade

October 08, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Joanna Simpson earned her master’s and doctorate from Grand Canyon University, her hometown university. But she also has a longtime connection with former high school mentor and College of Education dean Dr. Kimberly LaPrade, with whom Simpson is now working closely with as COE addresses the needs of new teachers.

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Abbie Ivy and her mom, Sherri, have been living at the Phoenix Dream Center since last spring.
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GCU students dive into community at Dream Center

October 06, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Nearly two dozen GCU nursing and counseling students spent Friday afternoon and evening at the Phoenix Dream Center, offering free health screenings, education and mental-health assistance to center residents and those living on the streets.

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Government degree launches in January

September 24, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Students interested in working for state or local governments, or working in the legal arena, have two options through Grand Canyon University’s new bachelor’s degree program in government.

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