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GCU Presents Honorary Doctorate to Colleen Barrett

April 26, 2010 / by / 0 Comment

Honorary Doctorate in Business Management Colleen C. Barrett President Emeritus, Southwest Airlines Advisory Board, Ken Blanchard College of Business Grand Canyon University is pleased to present Colleen C. Barrett with an Honorary Doctorate in Business Management. Ms. Barrett currently is president emeritus of Southwest Airlines, known for its superior customer service. She also serves on the advisory board for the Ken Blanchard College of Business at Grand Canyon University. Ms. Barrett stepped down as Southwest’s president two years ago. During her 30 years with the company, she oversaw management, leadership and budget responsibilities in many areas. She served as a member of the board of directors (2001-08) and as corporate secretary (1978-2008), vice president for administration (1986-90), executive vice president for customers (1990-2001) and president (2001-08). A native of Vermont, Ms. Barrett has a son and a grandson and remains active in numerous civic and charitable organizations in Dallas. She serves on the board of directors for JCPenney and is a trustee of Becker College in Worcester, Mass. “Colleen Barrett is a five-star general of ‘people-driven’ culture,” says advertising executive Roy Spence. “She instinctively understands the whole principle of putting an organization’s people first, both its internal people and its […]

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KBCOB Calls for Papers for Fall Honors Symposium

April 22, 2010 / by / 2 Comments

The Ken Blanchard College of Business Eta Chi Chapter of Delta Mu Delta invites all students, staff, faculty and alumni of GCU to submit a paper addressing “Social Responsibility and the Morality of Profits.”  Submissions will be considered for recognition and presentation at the KBCOB Honors Symposium in December 2010. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 15. Notification to those selected for formal presentation at the symposium will be made by Oct. 30. The symposium will be held at the KBCOB building the week of Dec. 6. (The exact date will be selected and announced after the start of the fall semester.) Guidelines: The paper should be no more than 20 pages (including cover, index, exhibits, references and attachments). APA formatting. Submissions should be made electronically to Dr. R. Kevin McClean, Professor of Marketing and Moderator, Eta Chi Chapter, Delta Mu Delta. Email: kmcclean@gcu.edu Delta Mu Delta is a national honor society dedicated to the recognition of students who have distinguished themselves academically and others who have experienced measurable success in their professions.  This symposium is intended to provide a forum for all interested students, staff, faculty and alumni to express their positions regarding the theme of the symposium, social […]

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CLA Offers Online Webinars for Student Success

March 08, 2010 / by / 0 Comment

The Center for Learning and Advancement (CLA) has developed its series of student workshops into webinars that are now available for all campus and online students. The live webinars are scheduled through the remainder of this semester. Students can register by clicking on the dates and times below that best fit their schedule. All webinars are scheduled for Mountain Standard Time. Live webinars include: Test-Taking Strategies This webinar will demonstrate techniques to improve test performance, with a focus on multiple-choice tests. Register for a session now by clicking on a date below: Tuesday, May 4 – 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 5 – 3 to 4 p.m. Reading Strategies Workshop This webinar will provide you with effective ways to improve your reading comprehension of college texts. Register for a session now by clicking on a date below: Tuesday, March 9 – 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 10 – 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 11 – 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 12 – 3 to 4 p.m. Research Tools Workshop This webinar will demonstrate different ways of conducting research. Register for a session now by clicking on a date below: Tuesday, March 16 – 10 to 11 […]

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GCU Announces Return of Fine-Arts Program

March 04, 2010 / by / 1 Comment

GCU is bringing back its popular fine-arts program for the fall of 2010 with enhancements to make the degree especially relevant in today’s marketplace. Auditions will be held for students who may be eligible for $150,000 in scholarships that the University has allocated for the new College of Fine Arts and Production. “What will set our program apart is the complete integration of all of these areas, which happens in the real world,” said Claude Pensis, the dean of the new college. “Considering my history with the University, the return of fine arts to GCU has very special meaning for me.” Pensis has been with the University for 28 years and knows many of the program’s graduates. He has kept in contact with alumni, reaching out to them in recent months for their insights on what would make the college appealing to today’s student. GCU will hold auditions on Saturday, March 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interested student candidates will perform live for select music faculty. Prospects also will be given a theory and musicianship placement exam. Scales and sight-reading also may be assessed. At its peak in the mid-1980s, GCU’s fine-arts program had 120 to 140 music […]

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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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