Grand Canyon University is rolling out undergraduate programs in biomedical, electrical and mechanical engineering for fall 2015.
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GCU aims to produce workforce-ready engineers

December 18, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The growth of GCU’s technology degree programs will continue in fall 2015 when the University’s first-ever engineering students arrive on campus to begin working toward degrees with biomedical, electrical and mechanical concentrations. Associate dean Dr. Michael Sheller of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology said the program design began nearly two years ago through the hard work and collaborations led by Dr. Michael Mobley and Haley Peebles, who oversee the University’s Center for Integrated Science, Engineering and Technology. GCU Today has a story about the new engineering programs and how they fit into the overall academic goal to better train young people for STEM-oriented careers.

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Members of the Shafi family open some of their gifts Monday in GCU's Learning Lounge. The gifts were provided by staff in the University's Tempe office complex.
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Christmas comes early to Learning Lounge families

December 16, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Janie Magruder Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Since it first began tutoring students at Alhambra High School last year, the Grand Canyon University Learning Lounge has been embraced by the campus community — faculty, staff and student tutors. On Monday, 15 months to the day after it opened its doors, the Learning Lounge got another big hug. This time, its teenaged clients came on campus, not for free help in reading, writing, math or other subjects, but to receive Christmas gifts from those jolly St. Nicks in the GCU Tempe office complex. Staff in the University’s international, College of Education Mid-Atlantic enrollment and non-degree/single course divisions brought dozens of gifts for three Alhambra students and their 17 family members. The delivery of gifts, including jeans and T-shirts, remote-control cars, roller backpacks and a “Frozen” waffle maker with pancake mix and syrup, came just a day after more than 350 children and their families in the GCU neighborhood visited campus for Canyon Cares Christmas. The annual event, supported by hundreds of faculty and staff members who purchased gifts and volunteered time, provided the guests lunch, crafts and visits to Santa in the Arena on Sunday afternoon. Alhambra junior Jane Sabuni and her sister, Lillian, came to the Learning Lounge […]

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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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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

December 12, 2014 / 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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With heads in the cloud, student club pioneers tech projects

December 11, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Students in Grand Canyon University’s new “innovative Computing” club (known by its iC abbreviation) are already working with advisers to help launch academic cloud-computing technology for the first-ever GCU computer science/information technology course. The club of mostly freshmen are also looking forward to collaborating on extracurricular tech projects.

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Fairy Godmother, played by GCU theatre student Kayana Sweeney, has the attention of children at Atonement Lutheran School on Tuesday during a performance of a twist on "Hansel and Gretel."
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COFAP students take fractured fairy tale on the road

December 10, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

Grade school pupils in west Phoenix were treated to an entertaining, alternative version of “Hansel and Gretel” this week by students in the College of Fine Arts and Production. It was the first time COFAP took its “second series,” off campus, and the young audiences at five schools got to see live theatre and learn about GCU’s theatre program. They also learned that you can’t always judge a fairy tale by its cover. GCU Today has the story here.

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Worship Arts showcases talent, togetherness

December 09, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The first Worship Arts Showcase was Monday night in Thunderground, and if it’s a portent of things to come in the new Center for Worship Arts, it will be something to see. Students performed, for the first time, songs they had written, and even Bart Millard, the director of the Center and the front man for MercyMe, was amazed.

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Worship Arts Showcase features 20 original songs

December 09, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau The 40 students in the new Center for Worship Arts at Grand Canyon University put on quite a performance Monday night in Thunderground. All of the 20 songs were originals written by the students this semester.  

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GCU's student speech and debate team earned several Top 5 awards and overall first-place honors at the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association's Fall Championships Tournament at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif. Photo courtesy of Barry Regan.
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Speech and debate team earns more top honors

December 09, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

This weekend marked the fourth time this semester that GCU’s student speech and debate team earned first-place honors at a major collegiate forensics competition. GCU Today has a story with more about the team’s fall successes, capped by multiple Top 5 finishes at events at the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association’s Fall Championships Tournament at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif., and how it has evolved under the direction of communications instructor Barry Regan.

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What’s the big idea? Canyon Challenge first deadline approaches

December 08, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The first deadline for the Canyon Challenge, the annual competition open to anyone on campus who has a plan for a startup business, is coming up next month. If you have a great idea that you’re dying to take to market, this is a way to test its viability and get considerable cash to jumpstart it.

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