GCU public history student Naomi Ashley stands at a peace memorial at Phoenix's Eastlake Park, which she is helping the Phoenix Historical Preservation Office to research for an application to the National Register of Historic Places. (Photo by Michael Ferraresi)
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Public history interns shed light on colorful past

July 01, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University’s public history program is only one year old, yet its students have already landed internships in museums and historic preservation offices in Arizona and other states. The program is designed to prepare students to work as preservationists, museum curators, community archivists and other careers where their history knowledge is used for the greater good.

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Dr. Melissa Trombley, who joined GCU as lead faculty on electrical engineering, worked for 10 years at Intel in Chandler on the massive, multimillion-dollar equipment used to manufacture computer semiconductors. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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Faculty member has the Intel for engineers

June 25, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

If you’d like to chat about ion implantation in microchips, wonder how circuit boards work, or would just like to shoot the breeze about engineering in general, Dr. Melissa Trombley is the person to speak with. Trombley, who goes by “Mel,” joined Grand Canyon University recently as lead faculty on the new electrical engineering program, which opens to students in August. She brings 10 years of experience from Intel, where she worked on massive, multimillion-dollar equipment used to manufacture computer semiconductors.

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Shakespeare to Seuss: Ethington shows its range

June 18, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Claude Pensis, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Productions, Bill Symington, assistant dean and stage designer, and Michael Kary, assistant professor and play director, have put GCU on the map for collegiate theatre in the West Valley, but Pensis et. al. may have outdone themselves with this year’s Ethington Theatre lineup, which has something everyone can enjoy. From Shakespeare to Dr. Seuss, every play in the 2015-16 series is a must-see according to Pensis. And with a stage and costume design plan that is expected to be one of the biggest in University history, we couldn’t agree more. “We’re going to have fun with the plays. It’s going to be an adventure for the actors, directors and the audiences,” Pensis said.

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Premed seniors Josh France (left) and Jeremy Baker work on a human cadaver in their Bio-492-L internship at GCU's anatomy lab.
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Internships cut to core of grad school standards

June 11, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Led by faculty member Michael Bodeen, students in Grand Canyon University’s Biology 492-L internship are learning the dissection skills they will need to be succeed in medical school. The two-credit course is new this summer and open in the fall to premed and other pre-health professional program students who meet a high academic standard. As GCU Today explores in this story, several students are working on human cadavers in the University’s anatomy lab this summer, honing their dissection techniques as they prepare the cadavers for demonstrations in 200-level biology courses. The new dissection internship is one of three health science internship courses offered through CSET.

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There were lots of happy boys during the first week of the Dan Majerle Summer Basketball Camps.
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Happy campers hoop it up for the love of the game

June 08, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Signups are way up for the summer basketball camps at GCU, but it’s not too late to enroll your kids if they’d like to participate. The camps are filled with all sorts of fun exercises and activities.

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Campus Love: Church partnership creates jobs

June 04, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Cooper Nelson GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University’s five-point plan to improve the local neighborhood was a Godsend to John Ramos, executive pastor of Love International Ministries, a primarily Hispanic congregation with 3,500 members just a mile east of campus next to the 27th Avenue Office Complex. For years, Ramos and his father Juan, the head pastor, had wanted to partner with GCU to help the church’s mission of ministering in the surrounding neighborhood and trying to reduce poverty and crime. The elder Ramos moved the bilingual church that had operated in the family’s home to its current location in 1992 to better reach the Hispanic community. Love made an immediate impact, and is now one of the largest Hispanic churches in the country. GCU was an ideal partner to make additional positive changes. GCU President/CEO Brian Mueller launched his five-point plan last year, which included working to lower crime in the Canyon Corridor and partnering with neighborhood churches to employ local residents in University jobs. The first three employees in that partnership have started working at GCU. John Ramos said the missions and Christian values of GCU and Love are a good marriage. “Grand Canyon is a world-class organization and has become not only a partner to us but a friend,” said Ramos, who grew up […]

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Building 9 showed the power of a utility player

June 03, 2015 / by / 2 Comments

Building 9, that little tan building on the west side of campus, served a number of roles in its nearly 60 years. As it’s prepared for demolition to make way for the new soccer stadium, GCU Today takes an “if these walls could talk” look at what life in Building 9 was like and how at one time it was the go-to place for students and faculty alike for one simple reason that tasted oh so good.

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GCU speeds ahead with coaching, Nike contracts

May 28, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Converting a Division-II athletic program into a winner at the Division-I level is no small task. Grand Canyon University recognized the hard work that men’s basketball coach Dan Majerle and baseball coach Andy Stankiewicz put into setting a foundation to compete for conference championships and national titles by tearing up their old contracts and giving them fresh four-year deals through 2019. On Wednesday, the University announced those deals and a new five-year contract with Nike that will help expand GCU’s national brand.

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GCU assistant vice presidents Michelle Nuckols and Kirk Dykman say the University's financial-transparency methods have helped students navigate their degree requirements and finances with more precision.
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GCU’s financial clarity tools bolster student success

May 26, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

All too often at universities these days, students find themselves confused by what they’ll owe on their degrees and the requirements to graduate, or struggle to get a resolution from their counselors. Not at GCU. Led by assistant vice presidents Michelle Nuckols and Kirk Dykman, the University has empowered its students to understand their financial obligations and degree paths with more precision through tools like the Degree Plan Net Price Calculator, a state-by-state compliance map showing ever-changing field placement requirements and a database that clearly identifies transfer credits. GCU Today has more details in this story.

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GCU dancers perform for sixth graders at St. Francis Xavier Elementary in Phoenix.
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GCU dance piece all adds up for young students

May 04, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Janie Magruder Photos by Tyler McDonald GCU News Bureau Every time Khaila Matthews stepped onto a gym floor in a local school this spring to perform with other Grand Canyon University dance students, the emotional seesaw of her own adolescence teetered in her memory. The GCU sophomore wondered whether she and the dozens of sixth-graders seated cross-legged in front of her had more in common than they might imagine. “I was bullied at their age,” Matthews said recently after the final performance of the College of Fine Arts and Production’s Elementary and Middle School Dance Tour. “I had darker skin, a fuller figure, I was really different. Now, being able to go to these schools and show these kids that there’s nothing wrong with being different, it makes me feel really good.” The GCU sophomore was among 16 students who spent the fall and spring semesters conceptualizing, writing and choreographing the Dance Department’s fourth annual tour. Through the school visits, COFAP aims to spark young audience members’ impulse for self-expression by offering creative tools that will help them explore drama, music and, in this case, drama. The culmination of the dance students’ efforts was being able to perform […]

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