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CON Pinning Ceremony Celebrates New Nursing Grads

December 22, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

On Friday, December 18 at First Southern Baptist Church, 60 graduating nurses walked across the stage as part of GCU’s College of Nursing Convocation and Pinning Ceremony. These nurses have completed their BSN degrees in pre-licensure as well as RN-BSN. This unique ceremony dates back centuries. The modern tradition followed today began in the 1860s when Queen Victoria awarded the Red Cross of St. George to Florence Nightingale for her work with British soldiers. In turn, Nightingale extended her honor to outstanding nursing graduates at the Nightingale School of Nursing at St. Thomas Hospital in London. The ceremony is considered the symbolic beginning of a graduate’s nursing career. The pin itself is a symbol of the tradition shared by nurses around the world. It is worn prominently on the nurse’s uniform throughout their career. “Every school has a unique pin,” says CON Dean Dr. Anne McNamara. “If you look at the Grand Canyon College of Nursing pin, it reflects the logo of GCU with the cross of Jesus Christ and the saguaro cactus.” The ceremony also honored ROTC nursing graduates who have achieved the standards necessary to not only graduate as nurses but also earn commissions as a second lieutenant […]

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Honors Symposium Presenters Provide a Fresh Look At Ethical Standards

December 16, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s business honors society – the Eta Chi chapter of Delta Mu Delta – held its annual symposium on December 10, 2009, to a capacity crowd in the Williams Lecture Hall. Dr. Kevin McClean, moderator of the business honors society, initiated the event in 2006 to encourage a sharing of research results on topics selected by KBCOB faculty. The event provides a platform for students, faculty and staff to showcase their research work. This year’s topics fell under the heading Maintaining ethical standards in challenging economic times. Presenters included Drs. Cindy Knott, Kim LaPrade and Lisa Aaroe from the College of Education, as well as Dr. Ronke Oke from the KBCOB. Drs. Knott and LaPrade presented Action Inquiry to Solve Education Ethical Dilemmas. Action research is a reflective process used by school leaders to identity and solve problems on a campus. They tailored the presentation for future educators and business managers. Dr. Aaroe presented Funding Special Education and shared her research on federal stimulus funds allocated for special education, but ultimately misappropriated. Dr. Ronke Oke presented Ethical Leadership Challenges in Challenging Times. The discussion covered roles and actions of ethical leaders, as well as how ethical leaders respond to a […]

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“Excellence in Education” Award Presented to GCU Student and Faculty at a Suns Game

December 08, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

Congratulations to GCU KBCOB professor Dr. Kevin McClean and senior KBCOB student Mark Hardy on receiving Excellence in Education Awards. The awards were presented in pre-game festivities at the Phoenix Suns game on November 25. Excellence in Education Awards recognize outstanding students and faculty who display overall excellence in the classroom and the community. The winners are selected by GCU college deans, and awards are presented at select Suns and Mercury games throughout the season. Mark Hardy is pursuing his bachelor of science degree in Accounting. He is the president of the KBCOB Business Club. According to KBCOB Assistant Dean Olivier Bouclier, Mark does an outstanding job at promoting the club and reaching out to the community. He exemplifies what GCU students and servant leaders can do. Dr. Kevin McClean is the most senior faculty in KBCOB, and is highly regarded for his devotion to students and passion in the classroom. He is the mentor for the Delta Mu Delta society. According to Bouclier, Dr. McClean is involved in the life of the College, and his insights and collaborative spirit are prevalent throughout. In addition to the awards presentation, at the same Suns game GCU presented an in-game promotion, Are […]

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Faculty Spotlight: Kristi Perkins

November 18, 2009 / by / 1 Comment

COLA English and writing instructor Kristi Perkins grew up serving others. In grade school, when she was short on humans to serve, her parents noted she brought home every injured animal she could find. She would feed and nurse all the wounded birds, bunnies, dogs and cats back to health. The urge continued through college, where she proposed projects that involved large-scale homeless housing plans and other “enormous efforts to save the world,” she says. “I was a bit of a dreamer,” says Kristi. “But I was always directed toward making the world better and helping others in the process. I believe that serving others is the most natural thing about me and it feels more like instinct than work or effort.” Kristi also found that she had a gift and a love for writing. Kristi earned her bachelor’s degree in English Literature at Arizona State University before returning for a master’s in English with a specialization in Rhetoric and Composition. Today, Kristi most frequently teaches English 101 and 102, at GCU, as well as developmental writing courses. She recently began teach UNV 101, the new University Success course, which is aimed at providing new GCU students with the writing […]

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For Veterans, New GI Bill Offers New Opportunities

October 12, 2009 / by / 1 Comment

Today, unprecedented numbers of retired and active duty military personnel are wondering what the next step in their lives might be. After having a very clear path of serving their country, they may now be at a professional crossroads – sign up for another tour or retire and pursue another profession. For many, this is an appealing option – more command of your personal schedule, more time at home. And thanks to the newly implemented Post 9-11 GI Bill, obtaining a high quality education without a financial investment just got easier. “With this money, I now have the opportunity to be whatever I want to be,” says 38-year-old Gilbert, Ariz. resident Christopher Van Huss, who left the military in April 2004. The new bill, available to vets or active duty personnel who served after the 2001 terrorist attacks, requires no pay-in, and the tuition is paid directly to the college, so enrollees don’t have to pay money up front or wait for reimbursement. The benefits can also be transferred to spouses and dependents. “Many individuals may have aborted plans to obtain their degree earlier in life when they fulfilled a call to serve,” says Wendy Proffitt, director of the military […]

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GCU Awarded for ANGEL Online Classroom Environment

September 25, 2009 / by / 2 Comments

The 2009 ANGEL IMPACT Awards recognize universities and colleges that take the ANGEL online classroom environment…

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New Center for Learning and Advancement Helps Students Succeed

September 25, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

New and returning students this fall will find a new resource aimed at helping both traditional and online students through any academic bumps in the road. The new Center for Learning and Advancement (CLA) is prepared to arm every student with the essential skills for academic success, according to Dr. Kevin Thrasher, who heads the new Center. CLA employs a combination of full and part-time tutors, as well as a growing list of online tools that include live, web conferencing technology. Dr. Thrasher says the primary focus will be on writing and math support. “Those are the basic skills areas,” he says. “Without those tools, students can struggle across a number of courses.” The Center staffs a number of full-time tutors – who will specialize in writing or math. Plans include adding local professionals who would be willing to offer their time as tutors. Some faculty members are also devoting a portion of their office hours to help tutor in specific content areas. A number of resources are also available at the CLA web site for online students. The CLA web site is a one-stop shop with resources that will meet any student’s needs. Even students that may not need […]

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Respiratory Care Student Honored as Practitioner of the Year

September 25, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

The Colorado Society for Respiratory Care honored Derrick Davis as its Practitioner of the Year.

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GCU Adds Master’s in Criminal Justice Program

September 25, 2009 / by / 2 Comments

In answer to student demand and a growing interest in criminal justice, Grand Canyon University (GCU) will begin offering a master of science degree in the subject beginning in spring 2010. “Criminal justice is one of our more popular programs for incoming students, and has been a growing area of interest over the past decade,” said GCU Dean of College of Liberal Arts Lisa St. Louis. “A master’s program enables us to offer our students – many whom are working professionals wishing to advance their career and education – a way to do this through rich online curricula.” Like many higher education institutions, Grand Canyon University has seen a tremendous increase of students enrolling in its criminal justice programs – likely due to the growing popularity of network programs such as “Law and Order” and “CSI” as well as the growth of public safety and homeland security sectors. Many of GCU’s online classes utilize supplemental learning tools such as 3D models, simulations, flash movies and audio lecture recordings lending to a fresh, visually appealing online learning environment. “It’s a very interesting professional pursuit – and an advanced degree in criminal justice can help those who are in government or public […]

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GCU Named Military Friendly College

September 25, 2009 / by / 1 Comment

PHOENIX – (Business Wire) With a team of veterans exclusively dedicated to helping active duty and retired military accomplish their educational pursuits, Grand Canyon University (GCU) was recently named to the list of the top military friendly institutions by GI Jobs Magazine. “With our division staffed by veterans, we have first-hand understanding of the opportunities and aspirations of active-duty and retired service men and women,” said Wendy Proffitt, director of GCU’s military division. “Our team members are completely focused on helping students navigate the tuition assistance opportunities to determine the best course for their own personal situation.” The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools which are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students. Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. “This list is especially important now because the recently enacted Post-9/11 GI Bill has given veterans virtually unlimited financial means to go to school,” said Rich McCormack, G.I. Jobs publisher. “Veterans can now enroll in any school, provided they’re academically qualified.” Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting […]

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