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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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Career Services Student Worker of the Month: Andrew Boozer

February 19, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Marette Hahn GCU Career Services Have you ever wondered what “servant leadership” looks like? Take one look at Andrew Boozer, and you’ll see such leadership in action. As a digital marketing campaign manager, Boozer exemplifies Grand Canyon University’s mission, vision and values. The business management student also is a worship leader at his church and aspires to be in executive leadership at a company in order to balance a good-paying career with family and travel. Boozer’s favorite part about his major are the personal stories told by the professors and the life lessons he has learned from Dr. Moronke Oke, Kenneth Hein and Taylor Carr in particular. Beyond his responsibilities as a student and worship leader, Boozer excels in his student worker position. “It’s nice to be given more responsibility than some others, and the knowledge I’ve learned – there have been a lot of good things I can use in the future,” he said. Above all, he values the servant leadership focus of GCU and its business management program as a whole. Erin Kerger, Boozer’s hiring manager, said Boozer seems to have a good understanding of servant leadership. “I have never met such an upstanding and philanthropic young […]

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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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Pointing students toward workable internships

February 12, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The Colangelo College of Business is getting more students than ever into internships, and an important aspect of the message is that they don’t necessarily have to find the perfect one. Sometimes, even a bad internship experience can be good.

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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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Dr. Pete Charpentier (center) prays on Wednesday with senior Jordan Burnidge (left) and sophomore Emmett Foster before their finals. Photo by Alexis Bolze
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GCU faculty: Going the distance, making a difference

January 05, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Fall semester at GCU was a time of great growth — in students, courses, programs and learning — and as GCU hosts its first winter commencement this afternoon for about 700 traditional graduates, GCU Today takes the opportunity to celebrate the University’s stellar faculty. They have gone beyond the call of duty to assist students inside their classrooms and outside of them, too, dedicating many extra hours, evenings and weekends to student success. Click here to read stories about several of them.

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Career Services: A strategic career plan can set you apart

December 29, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Aysha Bell GCU Career Services The development of a strategic career plan is an important part of finding a job within your chosen field. Many job seekers will complete their education and begin applying for open positions without careful thought, consideration or planning. As a result, they do not secure the most ideal position. A strategic career plan outlines the steps you could take to transition into a desired profession. Taking the time to think strategically about your career goals increases the likelihood of success. Here are suggestions on forming a career plan: Consider which career could be the most ideal fit. Conduct research by taking career assessments. GCU offers a great assessment tool called the Career Compass which is free and available here. Ask trusted family, friends, instructors and mentors for input. Review previous high school and college coursework to identify prior success (defined as enjoyment and skill), which may provide hints toward potential careers. Investigate career-specific student and professional associations to gain more industry knowledge and experience Participate in job shadowing opportunities to learn more about the fields suggested during career assessments and conversations with trusted individuals Volunteer for or otherwise get involved in community events similar to […]

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Members of the Class of 2014 were all smiles Friday at GCU's first winter commencement.
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GCU’s winter commencement is first rate

December 12, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By GCU News Bureau On a day when 530 Grand Canyon University traditional graduates were on cloud nine as they paraded up to receive their diplomas, numbers were the name of the game — and there were two ways about it. First, this was a first. GCU had never before held a winter commencement until Friday afternoon at the Arena, but the University’s ever expanding student population made it obvious a year and a half ago that it would become necessary. First-semester graduates previously had to wait until spring commencement if they wanted to participate in the ceremony. Second, there was the numerical magic of Justin Willman, who wowed the crowd in his entertaining commencement address, just as he had in the October ceremony for online graduates. His closing trick, in which the random numbers he got from four students equaled, when multiplied, the date and exact time (121,214,437, or 12/12/14 at 4:37 p.m.), is impossible to figure. But in between jokes and other tricks, Willman, host of “Cupcake Wars,” had a simple message for the graduates: “No matter how you do the math, the past and the future always wind up adding up to the present.” Three cheers for that. —Rick […]

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Students connect with local schools at inaugural education career fair

December 04, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Story and photos by Cooper Nelson GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University hosted nearly 50 K-12 school districts across Arizona on Wednesday for the inaugural Lopes Leap to Teach career fair, a networking event for current students and alumni to find jobs at local schools. The career fair is part of a new education initiative announced by the University in October to address the state’s shortage of high-quality teachers by bringing together undergraduate and graduate students needing to complete practicum hours in classrooms with school districts. It also was designed to link College of Education graduates with local schools to fill teaching vacancies. According to an October survey by the Arizona Association of School Administrators and job postings listed on the Arizona Education Employment Board, there were more than 500 open teaching positions statewide. Public, private and charter schools from Gilbert to Chandler and Glendale to Maricopa were represented. Two future career fairs will be held in March and April to bring together May graduates and school officials for positions available in the 2015-16 academic year. Tom Beckett, director of human resources for the Maricopa Unified School District, which was represented at the fair, said it has a handful of vacancies. The event was a good launching point to familiarize GCU students with […]

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GCU Today Magazine highlights revitalization plan

December 02, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The latest edition of GCU Today Magazine — featuring a comprehensive look at the University’s new plan to strengthen its west Phoenix neighborhood — is available here. The December issue also has a story about GCU nurturing its spiritual-life roots, a feature on the men’s basketball team’s debut on the national sports stage and an article about what a new name and a new dean mean for students in the Colangelo College of Business. Don’t miss our stories about alumni Gustavo Anton’s journey to medical school and Michelle Lara’s road to recovery from a near-fatal accident, plus a profile of online student Komi Lokossou, a broadly smiling goodwill ambassador on GCU’s main campus.

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