A group of Alhambra High School students made up the first class of GCU STEM Scholars.
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Alhambra STEM Scholars finish first college course

July 16, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

A group of science-minded Alhambra High School students completed a biology course on campus this week, marking the launch of Grand Canyon University STEM Scholars.

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey visits with Valley elementary students at GCU Arena during the 21st annual Back to School Clothing Drive "New Clothes, New Beginnings" event.
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Ducey, volunteers help kids prep for school

July 15, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The 21st annual Back to School Clothing Drive will wrap up Thursday at GCU as more than 5,000 underprivileged Valley elementary school students received free clothes and school supplies through the nonprofits massive volunteer operation. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey joined the event this morning, helping kids to pick out some fresh threads that suit them for the upcoming school year. GCU Today has more about the governor’s visit and the event’s impact on helping children see what higher education looks like.

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Honors College mirrors GCU’s academic success

July 07, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Like nearly everything on campus, Grand Canyon University’s Honors College is growing fast. The college, which changed from the Honors Institute to Honors College in June, will have a total enrollment of more than 700 students this fall, 11 times its size at inception three years ago, including 467 incoming freshmen with an average GPA of 4.16. Also new this year, Camelback Hall will be the first dedicated housing for Honors students on campus. The rapid growth has brought added benefits to students and increased GCU’s status as a quality academic institution.

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GCU public history student Naomi Ashley stands at a peace memorial at Phoenix's Eastlake Park, which she is helping the Phoenix Historical Preservation Office to research for an application to the National Register of Historic Places. (Photo by Michael Ferraresi)
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Public history interns shed light on colorful past

July 01, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University’s public history program is only one year old, yet its students have already landed internships in museums and historic preservation offices in Arizona and other states. The program is designed to prepare students to work as preservationists, museum curators, community archivists and other careers where their history knowledge is used for the greater good.

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STEM campers learn to bake brownies in solar ovens

June 25, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

More than 20 middle school and high school girls in Grand Canyon University’s all-female STEM academic camp braved the searing hot weather Wednesday as they cooked brownies in solar ovens on the Promenade by the Student Union.

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Dr. Melissa Trombley, who joined GCU as lead faculty on electrical engineering, worked for 10 years at Intel in Chandler on the massive, multimillion-dollar equipment used to manufacture computer semiconductors. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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Faculty member has the Intel for engineers

June 25, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

If you’d like to chat about ion implantation in microchips, wonder how circuit boards work, or would just like to shoot the breeze about engineering in general, Dr. Melissa Trombley is the person to speak with. Trombley, who goes by “Mel,” joined Grand Canyon University recently as lead faculty on the new electrical engineering program, which opens to students in August. She brings 10 years of experience from Intel, where she worked on massive, multimillion-dollar equipment used to manufacture computer semiconductors.

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AzHOSA students hone skills at national competition

June 24, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Eight members of Grand Canyon University’s chapter of the AzHOSA health care professions organization are off to Anaheim, Calif., today to compete in HOSA’s 38th annual National Leadership Conference, where they will face some of the top students of pre-med and other health care undergraduate programs from around the U.S.

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Shakespeare to Seuss: Ethington shows its range

June 18, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Claude Pensis, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Productions, Bill Symington, assistant dean and stage designer, and Michael Kary, assistant professor and play director, have put GCU on the map for collegiate theatre in the West Valley, but Pensis et. al. may have outdone themselves with this year’s Ethington Theatre lineup, which has something everyone can enjoy. From Shakespeare to Dr. Seuss, every play in the 2015-16 series is a must-see according to Pensis. And with a stage and costume design plan that is expected to be one of the biggest in University history, we couldn’t agree more. “We’re going to have fun with the plays. It’s going to be an adventure for the actors, directors and the audiences,” Pensis said.

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Mandernach adds book to lengthy list of accomplishments

June 17, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Jean Mandernach has an impressive list of accomplishments especially in the world of academia, having published more than 85 scholarly journal articles and 11 book chapters on online education. But her most recent accomplishment may be her best. Mandernach co-authored “Evaluating Online Teaching: Implementing Best Practices,” the first comprehensive book focusing on measuring quality of online teaching, with Dr. Thomas Tobin of Southeastern Illinois University and Dr. Ann Taylor of Penn State University. The book currently is ranked No. 1 in two Amazon categories.

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Logue appointed by Ducey to state nursing board

June 17, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Melanie D. Logue, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, is joining the 11-member Arizona State Board of Nursing. Gov. Doug Ducey recently appointed Logue, a GCU alumna who has 25 years of nursing practice and education under her belt, to a five-year term. GCU Today has the details.

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