Brian Mueller, GCU's president and CEO, addresses a packed first Chapel of the school year on Monday.
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Chapel: Mueller calls for difference-makers

August 26, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

Story by Rick Vacek Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau When Grand Canyon University President/CEO Brian Mueller began Chapel Monday morning by sharing his heartfelt talk two days earlier with a student-turned-employee named “Jenna,” Jenna Pearson was as surprised as anyone. But it shouldn’t have been surprising to anyone who knows her that she has such strong feelings about bringing some sunshine to an ever-darkening world and that what she told Mueller would provide such a perfect opener for the “Making a Difference” theme in Chapel this fall. The occasion was a big moment for the University — the largest crowd (6,500) ever for Chapel in the newly expanded Arena. Anyone who doubts the ability of a Christian university to get students to come voluntarily to a Chapel service needed to see the packed floor seating and lower bowl and the nearly full upper deck. Before he drew from the story of Joseph’s ups and downs, which begins in chapter 37 of the book of Genesis, and laid out his five-point plan for the University, Mueller talked about his Saturday morning business meeting with Pearson on the second floor of the Student Union. Pearson said she felt upset when she woke up […]

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GCU Today Magazine focuses on STEM program

August 25, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The latest edition of GCU Today Magazine — featuring an in-depth look at the University’s new STEM program and how it will educate students and build a workforce for the future — is available here. The September issue also has a story about the expanded GCU Arena, a piece about GCU students who went around the world on mission trips this summer and an article about GCU alumnus Dr. Stuart Harris, who is making a difference in the lives of others.

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How a lecture was an Rx for passion

August 20, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Stuart Harris came to GCU mainly to play baseball but became a serious student determined to make a difference in the world. He has aided thousands in the Philippines.

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Jared Stauffer graduated from GCU in 1999 with a degree in Christian Studies but turned a passion for programming languages into a successful career.
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Star Tech: The Next Generation of GCU Grads

August 20, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

As a Grand Canyon University undergraduate, Jared Stauffer laid out his vision for a new technology company, and he followed through on his dream. Now his Phoenix-based cloud-service company, Brinkster, is thriving.

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Gaby Valdivieso has had a great time at "The Happiest Place on Earth" but has learned a lot, too.
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GCU cultures interns in character, teamwork, success

August 14, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The number of interns from Grand Canyon University has grown dramatically in the last year, and the goal is to triple the program’s size by 2015.

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Daily Dose of STEM blog

August 11, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

GCU Today brings you a Daily Dose of STEM-related information to summarize how Grand Canyon University’s academic programs are being designed for the future.

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GCU nursing and premed students have excelled in STEM academics. Computer science and IT students could be next.
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With tech programs, GCU sees its focus on the future

August 11, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The launch of the two new programs signifies Grand Canyon University’s re-emphasis on an academic commitment to training on science, technology, engineering and mathematics — also known as the STEM disciplines.

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Career advice from GCU jobs chief Jacqueline Smith

August 05, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By GCU Career Services The best career advice Jacqueline Smith, director of career services at Grand Canyon University, offers isn’t to polish your shoes before going to a job interview or avoid crafting a resumé that’s longer than two pages. Rather, Smith’s most valuable suggestions are: Do what you love! God has a plan – follow Him, and You never know who you’re going to meet.  Always present yourself in a professional and respectful manner. People are watching you. Smith, who has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from The Ohio State University, worked for more than 15 years at product development and engineering companies where she placed designers and engineers. Ten years ago, she jumped from recruiting to higher education as career services director for Brown Mackie College and was responsible for preparing graduates for the workforce. She joined GCU in 2008. “I have loved every minute of it,” said Smith, who earned an M.S. in Leadership from GCU in 2011. She believes GCU’s students and alumni are set apart from those at other universities in that they want to make a difference. “It’s not just acquiring knowledge that will make you successful, it’s the ability to incorporate our […]

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Jim Mostofo (top left) with some of the Colombian students and the professor he shadowed, Juan Gomez.
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A teacher gets a great lesson in Colombia

July 21, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Jim Mostofo, an assistant professor in the College of Education, went to Medellin, Colombia, in April and had the experience of a lifetime.

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Dr. Perry Baker will serve as assistant dean for the College of Science, Engineering and Technology.
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Baker brings biology background to new role

July 17, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University hired Dr. Perry Baker, the former dean of Arizona Christian University, to serve as assistant dean at the newly restructured College of Science, Engineering and Technology.

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