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CLA Presents Helpful Reading Strategies

February 11, 2010 / by / 0 Comment

College-level reading requires meta-cognition – the ability to consider your own thinking and monitor your mental activity. Every college student needs to understand that four interacting variables affect the quality of reading:  The reader: What are your reading skills, prior knowledge about the topic, interests, attention or other physical factors like hunger? The text: How difficult is the text? What genre is the text (i.e., a novel, a science text, a magazine)? Is there graphical support or summary information? The strategies: How do you approach the reading task? What do you do as you read? The goal: Why are you reading the text? What do you want to accomplish by reading the text? The reader interacts with the words in the text by applying strategies that help the reader comprehend the message printed on the page. The act of reading can be broken into three key periods: Before, During, and After. By following the suggestions below, you can increase your reading effectiveness. Before you read Try to read earlier in the day when you are most alert. Make sure you choose an area that is quiet and has good lighting. Do not lie in your bed or have distractions near […]

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GCU Announces New Writing Style for Lower and Upper Division Courses

February 11, 2010 / by / 0 Comment

GCU will be implementing a progressive approach to the use of APA writing style for the benefit of all students. Lower-division courses will use a modified set of APA requirements called “GCU Style” that enables students to focus their attention on content development and proper citations. Upper-division courses will incorporate additional elements to support the more advanced work that is reflective of the discipline and will generally follow the 5th edition of APA style, eventually transitioning to the 6th. Upper division English courses will use MLA style.  Both the APA and MLA manuals have recently updated. GCU will be transitioning its resources to the new materials in Fall of 2010. Until then, GCU will be using: APA 5th edition MLA 6th edition GCU has provided students and faculty with electronic resources for these styles in the Student Success Center tab of ANGEL. Purchase of the APA or MLA manuals is optional. However, students in the doctoral programs and students entering the graduate Nursing programs as of 2010 will need the level of detail presented in the APA manual and should purchase the 6th edition. These programs will be using the 6th edition immediately. For reference, the tutorials and templates available […]

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GCU eBooks Now Compatible with the Nook eReader

January 28, 2010 / by / 0 Comment

GCU Tech Support reports that some of the University’s eBooks are now compatible with the Nook – the Barnes & Noble brand eBook reader. The following instructions can help students download their electronic textbooks onto their Nook device. Download eBook from Canyon Connect. Check ‘Automatically sign me into this document in the future,’ then click file and save a copy of the eBook to your desktop. Turn on the Nook and hook up the USB cable. Click Start, choose My Computer and double click the Nook drive. Highlight the eBook file on the desktop and drag it to the Nook drive and drop it into the ‘my documents’ folder. Remove the USB cable from Nook and click the Nook menu button. Select ‘my library,’ then click ‘check for new content’ and click on ‘my documents’ to select the eBook. According to Tech Support, the Nook is currently the only eReader that is compatible with GCU eBooks. GCU does not endorse any eReader. GCU Tech Support is on Twitter – tweeting on a daily basis. Students and employees do not have to follow Tech Support, and can simply visit twitter.com/gcutechsupport for the latest information.

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Library Resources Now Available Through ANGEL

January 28, 2010 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Library is now available directly from ANGEL and allows students to conduct research through online journals, articles, books and databases. The online library also offers a special tool called OneSearch that allows students to search all databases and online books with a single search. The library databases are now easier than ever to access. Over the next two weeks changes will be implemented so students will no longer need an additional password to access the library databases. Once students have logged into MyGCU, they will have direct access to search all of the databases without logging in again. The library is committed to student success and now offers a chat service that has librarians available to answer library specific-questions Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visit the library homepage at http://library.gcu.edu and click on the link in the upper left corner.

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CLA Hosts Academic Networking Site for Tutoring and Support

January 13, 2010 / by / 0 Comment

By Eva Lytle With our ever-evolving worlds of Internet communication – podcasts, tags, file swapping – we have learned new and radical ways to research, create and learn. These and other features such as blogging tools, uploading photos, videos and music, joining forums and writing comments, allow us to express our creativity and individuality. GCU supports all students with higher education success at The Center for Learning & Advancement (CLA). We recognize that there is a new generation of digital learners and have provided opportunities to use those skills through online tutoring and social networking. CLA views social networking as another opportunity to connect with our global university peers in an academic way. We use a social network called NING that offers peer-to-peer and faculty-to-peer support in certain content areas. You can connect in discussion forums to help one another with academic concepts or answer questions you have about your coursework content. There are currently two social groups and forums that provide Writing Lab and Math Lab atmospheres. Students and faculty can post questions, answers, examples and resources that contribute to learning. Once you have joined, you will find photos and bios about each tutor, as well as additional online […]

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GCU Faculty, Staff Contribute to Academic Community in 2009

December 22, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

(Above) Faculty members Karen Carr (left) and Dr. Kay Turk (right) accept recognition from Provost Dr. Cheryl St. Arnauld and President Kathy Player. Dr. Turk and Dr. Cathryn Meegan (not pictured) both earned their doctorate degrees in 2009. Grand Canyon University is known for rigorous, values-based academic programs that challenge students to become critical thinkers and responsible leaders. Our reputation is largely attributed to our excellent faculty and academic staff, who continuously raise our standard of excellence in the classroom and as our representatives in prestigious publications and presentations throughout the country. The following is a summary of the many diverse opportunities our faculty members and leadership have participated in during 2009. Please join me in congratulating these individuals on their outstanding contributions to the academic community, and to Grand Canyon University. Dr. Cheri St. Arnauld Provost 2009 Faculty and Staff Publications and Presentations Dr. Kathy Player Presentations: Player, K. (October 2009). Panel Discussion: Taking For-Profit Higher Education to the Next Level-Developing the Value Proposition. Eduventures Online Higher Education Annual Member Meeting, Boston, MA. Player, K. (July 2009). Panel Discussion: Personal Journey of Nursing Leadership. Northern Arizona State University, Flagstaff, AZ. Player, K. (June 2009). Developing Faculty and Leaders. Summer […]

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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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