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GCU alums minister to needs of Ugandans during medical mission trip

May 20, 2015 / by / 2 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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Lopes Leap to Teach links students with schools aiming to hire

May 01, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University hosted the third and final Lopes Leap to Teach job fair on Thursday. The event drew dozens of dozens of job-hunting students and school officials dealing with Arizona’s statewide teacher shortage.

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Dr. Michael Baird says he gets as much out of teaching as his students so clearly have gotten from him. (Photo by Tyler McDonald)
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Retiring COT ‘pillar’ helped students learn — and live

April 30, 2015 / by / 6 Comments

The longest-tenured employee at Grand Canyon University, Dr. Michael Baird of the College of Theology, is retiring after 36 years, and he will leave behind a long list of grateful students and fellow faculty members. Baird was so good at his job for a simple reason — he loves to teach.

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Career Services: The importance of limiting cell phone, tablet use in the workplace

April 30, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By David Orosco GCU Career Services Some would say current technology has become an extension of who we are. The ability to check e-mails, order lunch and inspect bank statements is at our fingertips, just a few taps away. Many use the cell phone or tablet to resolve various issues in their daily lives. Some of us, however, don’t  know how to “unplug” from our devices while in the workplace. The use of electronic devices while on the clock initially may seem harmless or nonthreatening to the organization. It may take only a minute or two to check an e-mail, but that time easily can turn into five minutes, and reading personal email once a day may become a recurrence throughout the day. Do the math: If the average employee works eight-hour shifts, five days per week, and every three of four employees in a department uses his or her personal phone/tablet for five minutes, 10 times per day for one week, that is a minimum of 15 hours of work unaccounted for during that week. It’s important for management to evaluate how much paid company time is used when employees use their personal electronic devices. Companies depend on employee production, and it is important that staff members understand the impact they have on the organization. GCU Career Services is here for you. Follow us on Facebook […]

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There were plenty of diplomas awarded at this morning commencement for non-traditional students in the Colangelo College of Business and the College of Doctoral Studies in GCU Arena. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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Commencement Day 2: Clouds can’t dampen mood

April 24, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By GCU News Bureau In the cool, crisp minutes before Friday’s commencement at Grand Canyon University, Dr. Michael Berger joked that he’d seen a range of reactions to the suddenly stormy and briefly rainy skies. The locals were the ones bundled up under sweaters and jackets. Out-of-towners didn’t seem to feel the chill in the 60-something-degree air. Still, the rain was minimal, the puddles puny, and anyone unfamiliar with April in the Valley of the Sun had to marvel at how the crystal-clear weather blended with the ceremony message about new opportunities and wide-open futures for GCU’s 560 morning graduates. Their degrees were conferred in the Colangelo College of Business and the College of Doctoral Studies, and most completed their degrees entirely online. Berger, dean of GCU’s College of Doctoral Studies, is a concierge and guest-greeter each year at commencement, actively intercepting anyone he can to route them to tickets, entrances, restrooms or whatever they might need before he has to “step away and do the dean thing” with other University leaders at the ceremony. He is one of hundreds of GCU volunteers who make commencement a warm and inviting atmosphere for locals and visitors alike. Spotting the College of Doctoral Studies regalia in the crowd, Berger introduced himself to learners whom he might have known […]

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A year to remember: GCU’s Top 10 stories of 2014-15

April 22, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

GCU Today Magazine  Photos by Darryl Webb There was no shortage of news at Grand Canyon University during the 2014-15 academic year. And it was no easy decision picking the Top 10 stories from the dozens that were produced by GCU Today. But those that emphasized community, growth and reputation quickly rose to the top. Here they are: 1. GCU revs economic engine in west Phoenix The University announced a five-point plan to revitalize the neighborhood, continued expanding its campus along the Canyon Corridor, agreed to operate and began renovating Maryvale Golf Course, and opened a hotel to train students in hospitality management and employ local residents. A study credited GCU with an annual economic impact of $1.1 billion that generates 10,490 jobs, with wages approaching $500 million per year. 2. What’s in a name? A lot, when it’s Colangelo GCU’s business school was renamed for Phoenix icon Jerry Colangelo, whose principles of servant leadership, ethics and entrepreneurship became as ingrained into campus life as he did in just a few short months. As part of the hospitality curriculum, the college also announced plans for golf course and tennis management programs. 3. It’s full STEM ahead as 8th college opens Determined to fill high-tech […]

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Brain gain: Growing tutor program reaches more students than ever

April 22, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Janie Magruder GCU Today Magazine As a student at Canby High in northwestern Oregon, Bryce Beatty filled his days with chemistry, honors biology, advanced placement physics and playing shortstop for the baseball team. But when he came to Grand Canyon University in 2012, Beatty traded his mitt and jersey for latex gloves and an apron. For the then freshman, focusing on his major — biology with an emphasis in pre-med — required protection for his hands and clothing in GCU’s cadaver lab. Despite his considerable high school science background, Beatty knew he would need some help in chemistry as he pursued a career in spine surgery. As soon as he arrived on campus, he requested tutoring help from the Center for Learning & Advancement (CLA). Now a junior in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, Beatty is one of GCU’s top science tutors. He helped inspire University leaders to restructure the tutoring system and is assisting with its success. There’s extra credit, of course: “If you can teach it, you know it,” he said. Narrowing the focus Tutoring has evolved over the past 18 months during a perfect storm of change at GCU. The administration wanted to boost […]

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