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Career Services: Etiquette an important workplace skill

November 24, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Alexa Wennet GCU Career Services The practice of etiquette is on the decline, yet it is one of the most important ways to demonstrate confidence, trust and professionalism.  Practicing workplace manners is especially critical during the holiday season as employers generally may be more jovial and inclined to conduct business over meals as opposed to in the office. Whether you are just entering the workplace or have many years invested in it, here are some tips to making a lasting and positive impression by using proper etiquette. The handshake is often the most important nonverbal signal in a business encounter and communicates who you are.  Here are some tips for an effective handshake: Make sure your hands are free of food and grease. If your hands are sweaty, nonchalantly wipe them along the sides of your pants before extending them. When you extend your arm for the handshake, make eye contact and smile. Make sure your handshake is firm but not floppy like a dead fish. Don’t crush the other person’s hand. A business meal is an extension of your work day. Your ability to interact professionally in a relaxed restaurant atmosphere can determine how you are perceived by management, colleagues and potential clients. Knowing basic table manners […]

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Just in time for the holidays, the College of Fine Arts and Production presents a rollicking pot of fun, Dylan Thomas' "A Child's Christmas in Wales," in Ethington Theatre.
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Rollicking pot of fun dished up in new Ethington play

November 12, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Christmas memories from across the pond come to GCU’s Ethington Theatre this weekend and next, as the College of Fine Arts and Production presents “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” Several of the shows are sold out, but there are seats available for Nov. 21-23, and a waiting list is available, too.

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Resumés that make the phone ring

October 31, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Dave Stakebake GCU Career Services After almost a decade of experience working as a recruiter and now career adviser, I have seen a fair share of resumés cross my desk. After all this time, it is still difficult to hear a job seeker say he or she has spent hours on their resumé, but isn’t attracting interview offers.  Hopefully, my top five tips will get you on the right track and keep your phone ringing. Tip #1: Organize and make the resumé easy to read Recruiters only spend 10 to 20 seconds scanning a resumé looking for specific pieces of information pertinent to the position for which they are hiring. Headings should be clearly defined and the content informative (especially the top one-third of the document). Bullet points are good, but no more than three different styles. Recruiters are more likely to read a few bullets than a lengthy paragraph. Certain words, such as your name, headings, university attended, companies or position titles, should be in boldface to guide the reader through the document. Tip #2: Summary over objective Use a summary statement rather than an objective. An objective is a statement of the position you want and the employer you […]

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Dr. Kimberly LaPrade, dean of GCU’s College of Education, discussed the Lopes Leap to Teach Initiative with Arizona K-12 school leaders Wednesday on campus. (Photo by Alexis Bolze)
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New program addresses Arizona’s teacher needs

October 29, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

On Wednesday, Grand Canyon University announced its Lopes Leap to Teach program, a joint effort through the College of Education and office of Strategic Educational Alliances to address Arizona’s teacher shortage. The program will include efforts like a clinical practice expo and networking event in January where Arizona schools can recruit GCU students who’ve recently completed student-teaching assignments, or link up with students and alumni that need to complete practicum hours in local classrooms.

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"I did it!" Nearly 1,900 graduates of Grand Canyon University attended Saturday's two commencement ceremonies in the Arena, putting the cap on years of hard work and perseverance.
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Commencement a magical time for 1,900 GCU grads

October 25, 2014 / by / 6 Comments

Grand Canyon University’s non-traditional commencement ceremony returned to campus and to the more spacious GCU Arena on Saturday. The extra seats were a blessing as family members and friends of nearly 1,900 online students for morning and afternoon ceremonies.

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Boom! Pluck! Toot! GCU bands ready for new season

October 17, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s band program has been growing in stature and size since director Paul Koch took over two years ago, and this year is adding a Guitar Ensemble to its repertoire. The first concert of the 2014-15 season, “Java and Jazz” with the Thunder Big Band, is 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Student Union.

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When Joanna Simpson joined GCU in August,  she was reunited with College of Education Dean Dr. Kimberly LaPrade, who she's known since her freshman year of high school. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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COE staffer reunited with mentor LaPrade

October 08, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Joanna Simpson earned her master’s and doctorate from Grand Canyon University, her hometown university. But she also has a longtime connection with former high school mentor and College of Education dean Dr. Kimberly LaPrade, with whom Simpson is now working closely with as COE addresses the needs of new teachers.

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Personalities make a difference in the workplace

October 02, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Marette Hahn GCU Career Services In the workplace, understanding that people are different — from their communication, learning and leading styles to their strengths, weaknesses and personalities — can help employees learn to work together toward common goals. At some point in your education or career, you may have taken a personality test, such as Myers-Briggs. It rates people on their: Extroversion (outer world) vs. Introversion (inner world) Sensing (focus on basic information) vs. Intuition (interpret and add meaning to information) Feeling (consider people when making decisions) vs. Thinking (utilizing logic to make decisions) Perceiving (staying open to new ideas) vs. Judging (making hard and fast decisions) After taking the test, you will be placed into one of 16 groups, such as INFP (Introvert, Intuition, Feeling, Perceiving) or ESTJ (Extrovert, Sensing, Thinking, Judging). Not only is it a good idea to understand your own personality, you also may want to create a “Type Table” that maps the personalities of everyone on your team. That way, tasks can be delegated more efficiently, and the team members’ strengths and weaknesses can be maximized. Understanding each other’s personalities can help in a variety of areas. For example, there are significant differences in […]

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GCU inks med school partnership with Midwestern

September 18, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

Through a series of articulation agreements, Grand Canyon University has developed a system to place as many as 66 graduates each year into Midwestern University medical school and other health care programs.

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"How Gertrude Teaches Her Children," written in 1898, is among the 300 books that educator Dr. Paul D. Houston is donating to GCU's Library.
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GCU library to dedicate first permanent donation

September 11, 2014 / by / 2 Comments

GCU has received a collection of more than 700 print and digital books and publications from national education spokesman Dr. Paul D. Houston and from WestEd, a noted research organization. The collection, which is on display in the GCU Library and will be dedicated by University officials Monday, is an interesting historical look at the changes in education and educational leadership over the past century. And, there are a few surprises in the stacks, too.

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