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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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Independence High newspaper editors (from left) Justin Leano, Julianna Cortez and Bianca Ramirez work on their final journalism projects in class.
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The write thing: GCU gives computers to local school

May 26, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Janie Magruder Photos by Tyler McDonald In her communications courses at Grand Canyon University, alumna Lisa Cass learned one of the cardinal rules of being a journalist: There’s no question too dumb to ask. It’s a lesson that came in handy this school year when Cass decided to find out whether her alma mater had any computers it no longer needed. GCU did, much to her delight and that of 100 beginning and advanced journalism students at Independence High in Glendale who sometimes spent more time waiting for their computers to boot and less time learning than Cass would have liked. Her classroom now is outfitted with 35 Dell computers and monitors that hum right along. The equipment was donated by GCU in February and the final student project was saved Wednesday on the last day of school. Junior Julianna Cortez, who has taken Cass’ journalism classes for three years, said the donation has improved the school work of her and 34 classmates, and benefited the writing, photography, editing and design of the school’s newspaper, Patriot Glory. Software, including InDesign, is giving students new experiences in creating a variety of pages. “The computers run faster, so we’re able to get more things […]

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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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GCU Today Magazine previews new look for campus

April 22, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The cover story in the latest edition of GCU Today Magazine is your guide to construction projects on campus this spring and summer. It includes details about new residence halls, dining options and outdoor spaces, such as eating areas and the soccer stadium, plus an update on the engineering building. The May issue also has a story about expanded University tutoring, an article about the bright future of Lopes baseball, and a feature about twin graduating seniors who acted their hearts out in the College of Fine Arts and Production. Other content includes the progress of GCU’s Integration of Faith, Learning and Work, the community calling of online student Tom Granado, the blessings of alumni Drs. Nicole and Brent Nedella at home and abroad, and the Top 10 stories of 2014-15, plus alumni class notes.

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Initiative is a leap of faith and learning in classroom

April 22, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The Integration of Faith, Learning and Work initiative at GCU proved popular with both students and faculty. Students said it helped them take a new look at their faith, and faculty members saw it as a useful way to incorporate more prayer into the classroom.

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Flatz twins doubled their impact on performing arts

April 22, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Cooper Nelson Photos by Darryl Webb GCU Today Magazine Twin theatre majors Claire and Joy Flatz are identical in appearance, but their interests, personalities and individual contributions to Grand Canyon University’s theatre program are distinctive. The 22-year-old seniors burst onto the College of Fine Arts and Production scene by playing the lead roles in the “The Boy Friend” as freshmen and have performed in 23 combined productions, often as leading ladies. Their costumes might as well hang from the ceiling of GCU’s Ethington Theatre, like retired jerseys in a sports arena, to commemorate their dazzling performances over four years. Notably, Joy played Cinderella in “Into the Woods,” the daughter of Capulet in “Romeo and Juliet” and Irene Adler in “Sherlock Holmes.” Claire played the baker’s wife in “Into the Woods” and the lead female role, Belle, in “A Christmas Carol.” The freedom to perform as freshmen allowed them to find their individual strengths in film and theatre. “There is inherently a safety net that comes with performing at college and failing, which has allowed us to grow,” Joy said. Said Claire, “Being able to perform as freshmen helped us gain confidence to pursue opportunities outside campus.” Their impressive […]

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A year to remember: GCU’s Top 10 stories of 2014-15

April 22, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

GCU Today Magazine  Photos by Darryl Webb There was no shortage of news at Grand Canyon University during the 2014-15 academic year. And it was no easy decision picking the Top 10 stories from the dozens that were produced by GCU Today. But those that emphasized community, growth and reputation quickly rose to the top. Here they are: 1. GCU revs economic engine in west Phoenix The University announced a five-point plan to revitalize the neighborhood, continued expanding its campus along the Canyon Corridor, agreed to operate and began renovating Maryvale Golf Course, and opened a hotel to train students in hospitality management and employ local residents. A study credited GCU with an annual economic impact of $1.1 billion that generates 10,490 jobs, with wages approaching $500 million per year. 2. What’s in a name? A lot, when it’s Colangelo GCU’s business school was renamed for Phoenix icon Jerry Colangelo, whose principles of servant leadership, ethics and entrepreneurship became as ingrained into campus life as he did in just a few short months. As part of the hospitality curriculum, the college also announced plans for golf course and tennis management programs. 3. It’s full STEM ahead as 8th college opens Determined to fill high-tech […]

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Members of Lopes Justice Society practiced their skills Saturday at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix. (Photo courtesy of Cornel Stemley)
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Justice students prepare for life behind the badge

April 20, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

To prepare for their careers with law enforcement agencies and other justice organizations, Grand Canyon University justice-studies faculty urge students to hit the streets. Through dozens of ride-alongs and tours with police departments, sheriff’s offices, federal agencies and prisons this year, students have been able to get see the often-startling realities of what their future careers entail. GCU Today has a story about how professor Cornel Stemley and the Lopes Justice Society club have created those opportunities.

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The Ethington Dance Ensemble will present its second major concert of the year, "Ballet to Broadway: And Everything in Between," Friday and Saturday on campus. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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GCU dance students step up variety in spring show

April 15, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

As the title suggests, there will be something for everyone at the GCU Ethington Dance Ensemble’s spring concert, “Ballet to Broadway: And Everything in Between,” this weekend. A variety of works, choreographed and performed by faculty and students, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Ethington Theatre. GCU Today has a story with ticket info.

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