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AzHOSA students hone skills at national competition

June 24, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Eight members of Grand Canyon University’s chapter of the AzHOSA health care professions organization are off to Anaheim, Calif., today to compete in HOSA’s 38th annual National Leadership Conference, where they will face some of the top students of pre-med and other health care undergraduate programs from around the U.S.

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Shakespeare to Seuss: Ethington shows its range

June 18, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Claude Pensis, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Productions, Bill Symington, assistant dean and stage designer, and Michael Kary, assistant professor and play director, have put GCU on the map for collegiate theatre in the West Valley, but Pensis et. al. may have outdone themselves with this year’s Ethington Theatre lineup, which has something everyone can enjoy. From Shakespeare to Dr. Seuss, every play in the 2015-16 series is a must-see according to Pensis. And with a stage and costume design plan that is expected to be one of the biggest in University history, we couldn’t agree more. “We’re going to have fun with the plays. It’s going to be an adventure for the actors, directors and the audiences,” Pensis said.

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Logue appointed by Ducey to state nursing board

June 17, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Melanie D. Logue, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, is joining the 11-member Arizona State Board of Nursing. Gov. Doug Ducey recently appointed Logue, a GCU alumna who has 25 years of nursing practice and education under her belt, to a five-year term. GCU Today has the details.

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Career Services: Are you connected to your career goals?

June 16, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Marette Hahn GCU Career Services At Grand Canyon University, Career Services aims to connect alumni and students to their goals in a variety of ways – academically, socially, spiritually and professionally. Career Services’ newest online tool, Career Connections, was designed to do just that. It’s a comprehensive career management tool that enables users to create personal and academic profiles, as well as search and apply for full-time, part-time and internship positions with GCU partners. It also allows for alumni and students to create and update their resumes, practice video interviewing and receive feedback. Alumni also may schedule appointments with career advisors through Career Connections. This new resource bolsters Career Services’ already dynamic lineup of online tools including Career Compass, used for career assessment, and two innovative job search tools – GoinGlobal and Bridgemycareer. GoinGlobal is a comprehensive career, living and cultural exploration tool for people looking for jobs in major metropolitan cities around the country and the world. Bridgemycareer helps employers find alumni and students with specific personalities to meet their hiring needs. Alumni and students are always welcome to schedule one-on-one appointments with career advisors to review their resumes, practice interviewing and discuss career ideas and opportunities. GCU […]

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New contracts for GCU coaches Dan Majerle (left) and Andy Stankiewicz were announced at a University press conference on Wednesday morning.
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Coaches earn new contracts; Nike deal inked

May 27, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

By GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University’s rise in NCAA Division I athletics was further entrenched Wednesday with three major announcements surrounding the program. Men’s basketball coach Dan Majerle and baseball coach Andy Stankiewicz each received new four-year contracts, while the University also signed a five-year deal with apparel and footwear giant Nike. “We want to be a top-25 program in everything we do, and these contracts are an example ofthat,” said Mike Vaught, vice president of athletics at GCU. “Dan Majerle and Andy Stankiewicz are perfect examples of what it means to strive for excellence — both have already built established programs in our second year of transition to Division I. In addition, Nike is the gold standard when it comes to apparel and footwear. We are partnering with a brand that has worldwide appeal and credibility.” Majerle and Stankiewicz had contracts that ran through the 2017-18 season. Those were replaced by new four-year deals that run through 2019. Financial terms were not disclosed, but Vaught said both will become the highest-paid coaches in the Western Athletic Conference in their sports and among the upper end of coaches from mid-major conferences. Their contract extensions follow a series of high-profile […]

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Independence High newspaper editors (from left) Justin Leano, Julianna Cortez and Bianca Ramirez work on their final journalism projects in class.
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The write thing: GCU gives computers to local school

May 26, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Janie Magruder Photos by Tyler McDonald In her communications courses at Grand Canyon University, alumna Lisa Cass learned one of the cardinal rules of being a journalist: There’s no question too dumb to ask. It’s a lesson that came in handy this school year when Cass decided to find out whether her alma mater had any computers it no longer needed. GCU did, much to her delight and that of 100 beginning and advanced journalism students at Independence High in Glendale who sometimes spent more time waiting for their computers to boot and less time learning than Cass would have liked. Her classroom now is outfitted with 35 Dell computers and monitors that hum right along. The equipment was donated by GCU in February and the final student project was saved Wednesday on the last day of school. Junior Julianna Cortez, who has taken Cass’ journalism classes for three years, said the donation has improved the school work of her and 34 classmates, and benefited the writing, photography, editing and design of the school’s newspaper, Patriot Glory. Software, including InDesign, is giving students new experiences in creating a variety of pages. “The computers run faster, so we’re able to get more things […]

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GCU alums minister to needs of Ugandans during medical mission trip

May 20, 2015 / by / 4 Comments

GCU Today Magazine A group of health care professionals who studied together at Grand Canyon University before going to medical school traveled to western Uganda last year to bring medical care and God’s love to people for whom modern necessities are scarce. Among them were Dr. David Engstrom and his wife, Jamie, a physician’s assistant, who operate Pinnacle Family Medicine in Litchfield Park, Drs. Nicole and Brent Nedella, Courtney Mitchell and Stephanie Bradley, all GCU alumni. (Photos courtesy of the Nedella family)

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Recent GCU graduates (from left) Andrew Kretzmann, Ellie Evans, Allison Bauer, Hillary Olsker, Shauna Edwards, Kelsi Thomas, James Prigge, Jessica Ament, Brittney Spackman and Tyler Troth put their Lopes Up at the Peoria site, where their roles range from enrollment counselors to IT desktop support.
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Hiring uptick helps GCU grads chart career paths

May 20, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

After hiring 67 of its own graduates in 2014, Grand Canyon University so far this year has hired 28 others for entry-level positions that help them chart meaningful career paths and earn master’s degrees. GCU Today has a story about how students are using those opportunities to their advantage, and how some love their gigs so much, they may never stop working for their alma mater.

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New GCU nursing college dean comes full circle

May 20, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

The new dean of GCU’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions has four degrees, a 20-year nursing career and nearly two dozen research papers and projects on her resume. But there is something more that Dr. Melanie D. Logue wants you to know about her: She is GCU. She grew up in this neighborhood, got her first degree at GCU, taught here twice and now is proud to come home to take the helm of the nursing school. Read more in this GCU Today story.

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GCU dancers perform for sixth graders at St. Francis Xavier Elementary in Phoenix.
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GCU dance piece all adds up for young students

May 04, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Janie Magruder Photos by Tyler McDonald GCU News Bureau Every time Khaila Matthews stepped onto a gym floor in a local school this spring to perform with other Grand Canyon University dance students, the emotional seesaw of her own adolescence teetered in her memory. The GCU sophomore wondered whether she and the dozens of sixth-graders seated cross-legged in front of her had more in common than they might imagine. “I was bullied at their age,” Matthews said recently after the final performance of the College of Fine Arts and Production’s Elementary and Middle School Dance Tour. “I had darker skin, a fuller figure, I was really different. Now, being able to go to these schools and show these kids that there’s nothing wrong with being different, it makes me feel really good.” The GCU sophomore was among 16 students who spent the fall and spring semesters conceptualizing, writing and choreographing the Dance Department’s fourth annual tour. Through the school visits, COFAP aims to spark young audience members’ impulse for self-expression by offering creative tools that will help them explore drama, music and, in this case, drama. The culmination of the dance students’ efforts was being able to perform […]

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