"As You Like It" in Ethington Theatre
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Lots to love in Ethington opener, ‘As You Like It’

August 26, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The 2015-16 Ethington Theatre Series at GCU gets off to a hilarious start with “As You Like It,” a pastoral comedy by William Shakespeare that will be performed by the College of Fine Arts and Production Aug. 28-30 and Sept. 4-6. The GCU version includes a video that was collaborated upon by students in GCU’s theatre and digital film programs, four weddings, bluegrass music, yoga and plenty more to like.

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Career Services: Hiring opportunities for alums abound

August 25, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Aysha Bell GCU Career Services As alumni you have various opportunities to hire Grand Canyon University students and other graduates for internships and full- and part-time positions. The GCU Career Services Department offers free events and tools for alumni to post job openings, host booths at the annual job fair and get involved with the Companies on Campus events. Companies on Campus begins next Tuesday, Sept. 1, and will occur weekly throughout the school year. Alumni looking to hire employees may advertise openings in a high-traffic area of campus and interact with hundreds of students. Alumni employers are encouraged to contact the Career Services office if interested in signing up for Companies on Campus. The annual Career Services Job/Internship Fair will be held in the spring of 2016, giving employer’s access to thousands of students seeking employment opportunities. However, employers do not need to wait until then to start looking for employees. You can post your open positions for free on the online job board. Remember, GCU Career Services is here for you. Call 602-639-6606 to connect or visit www.gcu.edu/careerservices for more information.  

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GCU Today Magazine welcomes Class of 2019

August 12, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The cover story in the latest edition of GCU Today Magazine introduces you to 10 new faces on campus who are shining representatives of this fall’s incoming freshmen class. Check out the students’ stellar academics, servant qualities and deep faith and watch a cool video about their first-year expectations. The September magazine also has full coverage of a beach get-together for new GCU students from Southern California as well as a story about the University’s new engineering degrees, a feature and video about its promising soccer program and an article about a unique collaboration between GCU and Arizona hospitals to train and employ new nursing graduates. Other content: a look at where GCU students spread the Gospel during summer mission trips, a story and video about new alumnus Zenon Castro, who is moving from school janitor to teacher thanks to GCU’s s online program and a profile of alumna/future doctor Erica Wadas, plus alumni class notes.  

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Nursing students gaining passage to practice

August 12, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

In its first year, GCU’s Transition to Professional Nursing Practice program enabled 130 students to gain practical knowledge and experience in the facilities of two major Arizona health care corporations. The icing on the cake is that, to date, nearly 60 of them have landed jobs as registered nurses, too.

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Graduate transitioning from custodian to teacher with degree

August 12, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

GCU online alum Zenon Castro plans to swap his cleaning supplies for textbooks and become a special education teacher, fulfilling a lifelong dream. Castro began working as a night custodian at Mountain Vista Elementary in Indio, Calif., while earning student teaching hours toward his master’s degree, which he completed in June. He plans to take over a special education classroom at Mountain Vista this fall.

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Erica Wadas graduated from GCU with a bachelor's degree in biology, with an emphasis in pre-medicine in 2011.
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Alumna digs in at Dartmouth for medical residency

August 12, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

GCU alumna Erica Wadas has followed in her father’s footsteps by graduating from medical school, and has landed a residency at a New England medical center that is part of a prestigious Ivy League school.

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Spotlight on Heather Jancoski, Class of 2009

August 12, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Rick Vacek GCU Today Magazine In just one year, Heather Jancoski has shown her students at South Mountain High in Phoenix that persistence can be glamorous in broadcast journalism. The 2009 GCU graduate (M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: Technology) had barely walked through the classroom door when she had a dozen disciples (“Our own little mini-family”) producing Jaguar News, a weekly television program about happenings on campus. Not long after, Jancoski’s determination to make contact with the Public Broadcasting Service paid off in a collaboration on school safety with PBS NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs. “The things you taught us — that’s what we’re doing!” her students told her. “To see it on the national news was great for them, too,” she said. The learning process continued with Jancoski’s insistence that her class develop social media skills to apply the proper analytics to those communications. And that optimized a mash-up of story ideas. For her efforts, Jancoski, 33, was honored in the Creative Media category in Cox Communications’ 2015 Connect2STEM Awards, and even that had a side benefit: An assisted-living home wants her students to do a video about the facility and mentor residents on producing their own stories. But […]

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Spotlight on Igor Kutovoy, Class of 1999

August 12, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Rick Vacek GCU Today Magazine When Igor Kutovoy was a GCU student in the late 1990s, he was struck by the way “we were always looking to make a difference, both inside the University and out in the community.” With that spirit firmly rooted in his mind, Kutovoy returned to his native Ukraine to make a difference there, using his passion for agriculture and his country. The 1999 graduate (BBA in Finance) is manager of the Ukrainian office of John Deere, an American manufacturer of farm machinery. Kutovoy, 37, also consults for the government, is on the board of directors of Ukraine’s largest agricultural university and helps support an orphanage for mentally challenged children. Not many people outside Ukraine know that it is making drastic reforms despite the threat of war with Russia. Kutovoy said the country is on track for one of the top farm yields in its history, and in Kiev an almost entirely new police force —with new uniforms, cars and higher salaries — recently was sworn in, sweeping away all but a fraction of a unit beset by corruption. “There’s a lot of optimism,” he said. Kutovoy came to Phoenix as a foreign-exchange high school […]

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No amount of purple paint was spared for the new Grand Canyon University Hotel.
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GCU Hotel ready for guests … and students

July 30, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

The new Grand Canyon University Hotel is scheduled to welcome its first guests Monday, and general manager Brett Cortright has gone to great lengths to make it a welcoming place. No detail is too small, but there’s one very big attraction — the price. It’s only $69 a night for a regular room, $74 for a suite.

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Career Services: Understanding the value of strengths

July 28, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Aysha Bell GCU Career Services How would it feel to come to work inspired, engaged and truly excited by your job on a daily basis? You may think it sounds like a dream. However, I can attest it doesn’t have to be just a dream. You can take steps to ensure you’re in a career you enjoy by discovering and utilizing your strengths. People who are aware of and utilize their best attributes at work are more engaged, have more fun and are ultimately more successful in their careers. The old adage is true: Do what you love and the money will follow. Success doesn’t happen just because you’re doing what you love. When you love what you do, you work harder and are generally better at it – which leads to results! So how do you figure out your strengths? Think about times when you have truly enjoyed working, volunteering or completing class projects. What skills did you use to finish those tasks? In the GCU Career Services office we offer instruments to assist alumni with finding their purpose. Check our Career Compass and Bridge My Career tools to help you along the path. GCU Career Services is […]

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