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Students, alumni, employers take note: GCU Career Services’ Annual Job/Internship Fair is coming

January 15, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

By Marette Hahn GCU Career Services Career Services is preparing to host our annual Job/Internship Fair on campus from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday, March 3. As the biggest part of Career Week, the Job/Internship Fair is a great opportunity for current students and recent graduates to meet-and-greet 175+ companies looking to hire, and for companies to find their next all-star employee. If you’re a recent graduate and are still looking for a full-time position or are open to an internship, the Job/Internship Fair gives you exposure to numerous companies with open positions in a variety of fields. This is your opportunity to dress to impress, bring your resumé, and make some valuable connections. Follow these tips to make a strong first impression: Prepare for the job fair with a strong resumé (bring 30-40 copies), a solid handshake and a confident demeanor. Practice with a trusted source beforehand. Develop a strong elevator speech to introduce yourself in an impactful manner. Research which companies will be attending the event, if possible. Target employers with whom you are most interested in connecting. Business attire is most appropriate to make a strong first impression. Be sure to wear comfortable but professional shoes. Bring a […]

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Canyon Challenge entry deadline approaching

January 11, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Calling all entrepreneurs: The entry deadline for the Canyon Challenge, the annual competition that awards money to the startup ideas deemed the best, is Feb. 17. The final is scheduled for April 13.

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NFL dreaming: Alumnus crafts book jacket for star quarterback

December 22, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Stanley Fred Hawkins, a GCU alumnus and retired educator who is a leather crafter in St. Louis, Mo., has a positive story about how life can be full of surprises, especially as he recently celebrated a big moment in his career. The 81-year-old owns an international leather business and was asked by the NFL to create a leather cover for a book of records honoring Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

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Career Services: New year, new career

December 18, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Aysha Bell GCU Career Services The holiday season has come to an end and many individuals are now endeavoring to establish their resolutions for the New Year. Some are working on fitness goals, spending more time with family, planning vacations, etc. It is also a great time to consider your career. Are you where you want to be? Have you achieved your desired goals? If not, do not worry. Begin taking inventory and thinking about what you would like to achieve over the course of this year such as a new position, advancement in your current company or starting and/or growing a business. Rather than making resolutions, which typically fade away by February, consider setting goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timed. These are called S.M.A.R.T. goals: S – Specific: Rather than striving for a promotion, think about the precise details. What is the title of the position you desire? What department are you looking to promote into (either in your current or a different department)? Try to be as specific as possible. M – Measurable: When you make specific goals, you should be able to measure the attainment. If you set a goal to be promoted by […]

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GCU President Brian Mueller delivered good news about the University's vitality during Thursday's employee meeting.
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Great year for GCU, and the best is yet to come

December 18, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

On the heels of a staff Christmas party earlier in the week that included the best barbecue in Phoenix and a rousing good time at the men’s basketball game, GCU President Brian Mueller put a bow on the University’s 2015 accomplishments during the all-employee meeting Thursday in GCU Arena. Moving testimony from current and future students, a prayer for the family of two employees who recently passed away and a slew of statistics about growth in buildings, academics and student quality were all part of the package.

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GCU Arena packed for warm, winter commencement

December 11, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

There was a slight chill in the air Friday, but things quickly warmed up inside a full GCU Arena as more than 600 members of the Class of 2015 and thousands of their closest family members and friends celebrated a variety of incredible accomplishments. Keynote speaker Erik Wahl speed-painted two interesting pieces of art during his talk, which reflected on his own mistakes in life of listening too closely to critics and being afraid to find and live his purpose. He encouraged the new alumni to never be afraid to fail and to think differently than anyone has before.

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Green light for golf in GCU Today Magazine

December 01, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The latest edition of GCU Today Magazine tees up a cover story on the newly renovated Grand Canyon University Golf Course and what it means to west Phoenix and to the University. See why it’s such a big victory, and watch a video that shows off the transformation from Maryvale Golf Course. The December magazine also features an inside look at how GCU students are being the hands and feet of Jesus in the community, introduces you to five recent graduates of the College of Fine Arts and Production who are having lots of success in the working world, traces the University’s origins as the Antelopes and the evolution of its popular mascot, Thunder, and offers a behind-the scenes look at our own Thunder Dan Majerle.   

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Arts program sets stage for students to entertain different career paths

December 01, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Janie Magruder Photos by Darryl Webb GCU Today Magazine Whoever said, “Opportunity knocks but once,” was never a student in the College of Fine Arts and Production at Grand Canyon University. Now in Year 6 since resurrecting its theatre and music programs after a four-year closure, the college is peppering students with myriad chances to learn everything in their respective arts fields, which now also include dance, digital film, digital design and advertising design. It’s rare to find a COFAP graduate who can’t tap-dance, sew a seam, build a set, memorize lines, demonstrate perfect pitch, light a stage, direct other students, choreograph, make a film, design a web page and style Bride of Frankenstein hair — or at least hasn’t had occasions to try. “This is a laboratory of education that has a public audience,” said Dean Claude Pensis, who started and was a leader of the arts program for 20 years before it was shuttered in 2006 because of the University’s economic woes. The administration reopened it in 2010, with Pensis at the helm. “The goal is to work with students in such a way that minimizes shortcomings that may occur, while maximizing their successes,” he said. […]

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‘Visionary Leader’ helps students see the light

December 01, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Laurie Merrill  Photos by Darryl Webb GCU Today Magazine Eric Atuahene squeezed into a child-size chair between two first-graders at Quentin Elementary School in Avondale and peered at their drawings. “What’s your message?” he asked a girl whose sketches showed one classmate sticking out a tongue and another calling someone an inappropriate name. “It’s when someone makes you feel bad,” the child said, pausing, pencil in hand, to gaze upward into his face. “We’re not supposed to do that.” It’s a typical day for Atuahene, Quentin’s 40-year-old principal and a Grand Canyon University alumnus. He visits classrooms at least three days a week and engages students and teachers in earnest conversation. It’s one of the most rewarding aspects of his job. And it’s a typical lesson for Quentin students, who are immersed in positive messages and encouraged to meet their principal’s high expectations for learning, behavior and character. “No one has the right to interfere with the learning, safety or wellbeing,” is the predominant rule at the nearly 1,000-pupil campus in the Littleton Elementary School District. This is Atuahene’s second year as principal, and the new philosophies and goals he has set in motion and his desire to learn from […]

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GCU alumna Janel Koloski showed Travel Channel audiences she has little fear of creepy crawlies. (Photos courtesy of Travel Channel)
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Not easily bugged: Koloski savors Travel Channel Star role

December 01, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Laurie Merrill  GCU Today Magazine  Was it snacking on a mealworm that went “pop” in her mouth or plummeting 35 feet during a ropes-course challenge? Janel Koloski, a 26-year-old graduate of Grand Canyon University’s College of Education, isn’t quite sure. But she definitely did something right to land a dream job hosting a five-part web series on TravelChannel.com. “My whole thing was I was fearless — fearless of insects, fearless of heights,” said Koloski, a native of Greensburg, Pa. “I just really believe in pushing through it. I’ll just tell myself, ‘It’s OK,’ and go for it.” Go for it she did. Her daredevil gusto in tackling freakish tasks — cuddling a live tarantula and tiptoeing across a sky bridge among them — along with her refreshing personality and wholesome good looks helped her land the role of a lifetime. From among 1,200 online applicants, Koloski ascended through three rounds of online voting by fans, then was named by network judges the first Travel Channel Star in September. She has finished filming the series in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, N.M. When the shows air next year, viewers will see Koloski float in a hot-air balloon, explore the Cochiti Mesa with […]

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