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GCU 2015-16: Golf course is just one of the big hits

April 25, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The opening of the Grand Canyon University Hotel and Grand Canyon University Championship Golf Course were big stories in 2015-16, but they were just part of the continued community revitalization. And the rapid growth on campus continued, too. GCU Today Magazine picked the top 10 stories of the academic year just completed.

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Career Services: Building rapport and developing camaraderie

April 25, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

By Aysha Bell GCU Career Services It can be stressful and overwhelming being a new employee. It is also stressful for the hiring manager and/or supervisor when a new hire enters the workplace. These next two months are dedicated to helping both the manager and employee navigate the process for successfully building rapport and developing camaraderie. This month will focus primarily on the new employee’s transition into a new work environment. It is critical for an individual starting a new job to take the following steps to integrate into a new team. Step 1: Remain positive When starting a new job, positivity is important. A new employee will meet quite a few people in the first few days/weeks on the job and also might need to learn many new systems, concepts and procedures. This can be overwhelming! Attitude is critical during this time. New personnel can, technically, still be in the interview process during the first 90 days of employment. Employers will closely monitor how fresh team members are adapting to their roles. Therefore, remain polite and calm during this stage. Also, do not forget to exchange the typical pleasantries. Greet fellow coworkers when entering the office and do not […]

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‘Lopes on the Road’ makes GCU’s sense of community mobile

April 25, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The Alumni and Athletics departments have collaborated to create “Lopes on the Road,” which provides GCU alumni and out-of-state students and employees a chance to get together and cheer on the Lopes. It has been so successful at basketball games, they’ve expanded it to baseball, and the next one is scheduled for Tuesday, May 3, in San Jose, Calif.

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Teachers give students a truly educational gift

April 20, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

One preschool director shares three personal pieces of advice for first-year teachers. A principal says that not all of the lessons are in the lesson plan. A teacher shares how networking helps educators go far. It’s all in the first book produced by the College of Education, “Teaching: A Calling of Passion and Purpose,” which is filled with inspirational stories for graduating students.

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From left, Brandon Hall, Steve Hall, Michael Hall and Chaunte Myers are an Air Force family that shares pride, love for GCU and a mission to serve military veterans. (Portrait Shoppe, Macon, Ga.)
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Vets salute what GCU military program does for them

April 05, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

When GCU established its military program in 2013, it quickly became a lifesaver for veterans who want to resume or begin their education and be in a better position for a new career. The family of Master Sergeant Steve Hall, in particular, has taken advantage of the program.

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Senior Dinner shines spotlight on graduating class

March 31, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The second annual Senior Dinner Wednesday drew a crowd of 450 students, faculty and guests, formally dressed in dazzling gowns and sharp suits, to celebrate the hard work and contributions of the 2016 graduating class. The event recognized those outstanding students and staff who have shown commitment and excellence inside and outside of the classroom.

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Alums walk us past woolly worms on memory lane

March 30, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Alumni from the 1950s and ’60s have great stories to tell about life on campus. Woolly worms and discipline were part of the culture, and one alumna says you have her to thank for all that purple you wear.

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Anthony Perez, a local second grade teacher and GCU alumnus, has won an impressive scholarship to become an even better teacher.
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COE alum chosen for engineering education program

March 23, 2016 / by / 3 Comments

GCU College of Education graduate Anthony Perez, a RODEL scholar and second-grade teacher at Sunset Elementary School in Glendale, is one of 100 winners of the 2016 Winter Engineering Elementary Teacher Scholarship award. In addition to providing funds for him to attend a two-day professional development workshop at the Museum of Science in Boston, he will be able to implement the engineering curriculum with the storybooks, kits and materials that will be provided.

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Whit and May Baker urged their five sons to graduate to a world far beyond the cotton, farmland and oil fields where they grew up, and the boys certainly did by all going to Grand Canyon College. That's Charlie, Jake and Sharky in the front row (left to right) and Randy (being held by cousin Velmer Hopper), May and Whit, holding Doug, in the back row.
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Three views from underneath GCU’s family tree

March 22, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Three venerable families — the Bakers, the Barnes/Hawkins/Forrest clan and the Kesos — have contributed large numbers of graduates to Grand Canyon’s legacy. In this GCU Today Magazine story, they tell how it happened and what it has meant to them.

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The large number of graduates in the last five years has thrust GCU over the 100,000 mark -- and counting.
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Grand total, grander feats of 100,000+ alumni

March 17, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

GCU has surpassed the 100,000 mark in alumni, and the accomplishments of that special group continue to resonate around the world. Here’s the story of what some of them have done and why people who hire them consistently put their resumes in the “yes” pile.

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