From left, GCU's Bekah Hansz, Lauren Graham and Anna Lamb supported each other all through nursing classes and ROTC.
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GCU nurses share extraordinary achievements

March 03, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Janie Magruder Photos by Darryl Webb GCU Today Magazine They grew up worlds apart, one in Swaziland with missionary parents and four siblings, the other in a smaller military family that over the years lived on more than a dozen Air Force bases in the United States. Their paths to Grand Canyon University’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions also were divergent. The science enthusiast toured GCU’s campus as a high school student, was intrigued by the cadaver lab and enrolled as a freshman, while the athlete transferred as a college senior after the future of her school’s track and field program became muddy. But once they met, Bekah Hansz and Lauren Graham discovered they had much in common. They were the same age and came to GCU from the same city, Colorado Springs. They shared career aspirations in nursing and were interested in the military, specifically, Army ROTC. And now, the two women share the honor of being named distinguished military graduates — Graham in 2013 and Hansz in 2014 — by the U.S. Army. As such, they were among the top 10 percent of cadets in their respective classes, competing not only with other students […]

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Alumni Hall of Fame inductees have global influence

March 02, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

As part of its Homecoming/Canyon Day festivities, GCU will induct eight new members into its Alumni Hall of Fame during a ceremony Saturday on campus. The alumni, who were selected from each of the University’s colleges and athletics department, have dedicated their lives to helping others through education, nursing, counseling, science, coaching and the law, while reflecting GCU’s spirit and Christian ideals. Saturday’s ceremony, at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union, second floor, is open to the GCU community and their guests and also will be live streamed here. GCU Today has a story about the inductees and what makes them tick.

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Learning a new way: COE transforming Arizona’s classrooms

March 02, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Michael Ferraresi Photos by Darryl Webb GCU Today Magazine As his second graders sat cross-legged in front of a colorful interactive assignment board, Anthony Pérez cautiously monitored the lesson. His eyes darted from student to student to examine their varying responses. This time, though, he wasn’t the teacher. A girl in a pink hoodie held that title for the moment, at the request of “Mr. Pérez.” It was her turn to lead her Sunset Elementary peers — kids in braids, camouflage fleece jackets and well-worn sneakers — through multiple exercises in the cinder block room. She directed the class with a cartoonish rubber finger. Pérez learned early that this method allows students to feel what it’s like to guide their own classmates to the correct answers and digest the material with ease. The 32-year-old Grand Canyon University alumnus and west Phoenix native grew up on the same side of town as his students — many who come from immigrant families and low-income homes and are part of a district with a higher than average number of children who qualify for free or reduced-cost lunch. In Arizona, a statewide teacher shortage, struggles with funding for public schools, and a […]

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Marla Booker graduated from GCU's College of Nursing and Health Care Professions in October. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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Master’s = adventure in Qatar for new graduate

March 02, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Janie Magruder GCU Today Magazine There are no tiny patients born too early for their own good, no new mothers wrung out with worry over their babies’ ragged breaths, no nurses rushing to respond to jarring alarms in Marla Booker’s new workplace. In fact, the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Sidra Medical and Research Center, which Booker has been hired to help staff and run, isn’t open yet. But there’s still plenty for this Grand Canyon University alumna to do in a place that could not be more different from where she spent her entire adult life, as a wife, mother, nurse and hospital administrator. In November, not 30 days after walking across the GCU Arena stage to accept her diploma for a master’s degree in health care administration, Booker moved 6,600 miles from her longtime home in Connecticut to Qatar, a small, oil-rich nation on the coast of the Persian Gulf. Ending a 25-year career at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, she is helping create a state-of-the-art hospital for women and children in the capital city of Doha. It was a bold move for anyone but especially for someone who, at age 47, never had traveled […]

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‘Zoey’ earns top honor at GCU Film Festival

March 02, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Best Picture at the ninth annual Grand Canyon University Film Festival went to “Zoey,” a found-footage style film of a couple’s home video for their unborn child by junior Anthony DiMaria, recent alumnus Jeff Dykhuizen and seniors Jeremy Bridges and Sam Varghese.

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Masterworks Concert II inspired by Bible passage

February 25, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Janie Magruder GCU News Bureau Each year, as Dr. Juan Hernandez, director of Grand Canyon University’s music department and assistant dean of its College of Fine Arts and Production, is planning the kind of music that vocalists and instrumentalists should perform at major concerts, he goes straight to the Bible. This year, in Philippians 4:8, Hernandez found his inspiration from the Apostle Paul: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.” Music that exists to do just that, in the praise and worship of God, will be performed at GCU’s Masterworks Concert II, beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Southern Baptist Church of Phoenix, 3100 W. Camelback Road, on the southeast side of campus. The free event will feature about 100 student performers in the Canyon Chorale, Canyon Singers and Critical Mass, in addition to faculty and student soloists, performing traditional choral repertory. They will be led by Hernandez and GCU vocal instructor Dr. Sheila Corley and accompanied by veteran pianist Mark Fearey. The feature work is English composer Benjamin Britten’s “Rejoice […]

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Career Services team gears up for annual Career Week, March 2-5

February 19, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Marette Hahn GCU Career Services Career Week is one of the busiest times of the year for the GCU Career Services Office. Each year, Career Services hosts a week, this year from March 2-5, that focuses on helping students prepare for and develop the skills necessary for finding employment. The special week kicks off with a Chapel service Monday, followed by an etiquette dinner Tuesday, mock interviews and resumé reviews Wednesday and the biggest event of all – the job/internship fair Thursday. Career Services will teach students job-search skills throughout the week so that they have the opportunity to put those tools into practice at the job/internship fair. Nearly 100 employers, including Boeing, USAA, U-Haul and Enterprise, are expected to attend to recruit GCU’s alumni and students in various capacities, from part-time positions to internships to full-time opportunities. The fair, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Prescott Promenade in front of the Student Union, also is open to the community. “All alumni and students are encouraged and invited to take part in the job/internship fair,” said Jacqueline Smith, director of career services. “Whether you’re looking for your first full-time job or a career change, please […]

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Emotions find way into Hall of Fame celebration

February 14, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Saturday’s celebration of the eight newest members of the GCU Alumni Hall of Fame featured passionate speeches, none more emotional than that of Michael Kary, who teaches in the College of Fine Arts and Production. But all eight had something important to say.

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Romeo, played by GCU freshman Trevor Penzone, and Juliet, played by veteran senior Joy Flatz, share a kiss during the College of Fine Arts and Production's performance of the popular Shakespeare work, which opens Friday in Ethington Theatre.
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Students embrace Shakespeare’s famous romance

February 04, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Nothing says Valentine’s Day quite like roses, dark chocolate and William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” You’re on your own for the first two, but GCU’s College of Fine Arts and Production happens to be presenting the romantic tragedy this weekend and next in Ethington Theatre. GCU Today has a preview of a show you don’t want to miss and a peek at the actors, set and costumes in this slideshow. BYOKleenex.

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Career Services: Social media in the workplace

January 21, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Alexa Wennet GCU Career Services Social media plays a daily role in the careers of most professionals. However, creating a business social media account is very different from having a personal account. Below are tips on building your audience and keeping them coming back for more. Make your social media site attractive. Select visually appealing graphics and easy-to-read fonts. Know how to connect with your audience. Offer giveaways and incentives to participants. Contests also are a fun way to engage with clients. When posting most information, make sure the content is educational or provides appropriate resources that are relevant to your company’s industry. Keep your content fresh, personal and applicable to your audience. Avoid posting random thoughts and items that do not have value to the reader. Post events, pictures and information about what’s new in the office, such as new employees, birthday announcements, new products offered or a company award. Post theme days such as “Friday Fun Facts” or “Tuesday Tip Day.” Conduct polls or surveys about your products. This is a great way to get feedback about your business. People visit social media outlets to get away from the serious stuff so it may be effective to occasionally treat them to an appropriate and fun video or image. You also […]

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