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Doctoral learner is candidate for busiest schedule

September 17, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Tracie Happel is working on her doctorate, which for most people would be like a full-time job, but wait until you hear what else she has on her plate. Talk about a four-course meal.

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Group pushes on with missions to Muslims

September 16, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Trying to bring Christianity to Muslim countries can be risky business, but the speaker at the first College of Theology Ministry Forum said it’s a mission that can be accomplished. Bob Blincoe, U.S. director of Frontiers USA, believes it’s one of the most important challenges facing Christians.

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‘Lunch and Learn’ gives faculty food for thought

September 15, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Rick Vacek GCU News Bureau It was the first meeting of the “Lunch and Learn” Series, sponsored by the College of Theology at Grand Canyon University, but it still brought back memories for the guest speaker, Cindy Seminoff. The first time she taught on that same stage, in Howerton Hall, she was pregnant with her daughter, Cassandra. Cassandra will turn 13 on Tuesday. Her mother has been at GCU for 18 years. So when the associate professor in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology addressed a large group of faculty members Friday on “Knowing God and Self,” part of the University’s Integrating Faith, Learning and Work (IFLW) program, she came at it with considerable knowledge of GCU’s recent history. Judging from the lively question-and-answer session, her knowledge of integrating her faith into her teaching methods was considerably appreciated, too. A year ago, Seminoff said she introduced a “Scripture of the Week” and other forms of prayer into her exercise science and nutrition classes. The response, she said, was “overwhelmingly positive.” Of the 48 students who responded to an end-of-year survey, 45 said they liked her use of Bible verses in communications to them and her practice of leading them in prayer […]

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Counseling program evolving with dedicated students, new club

September 12, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Michael Ferraresi GCU News Bureau After the 2002 accident in which he lost the use of his legs, Jared Monroe felt he had hit rock bottom. The frame of a new house on which Monroe had been working at a Gilbert construction site had fallen, crushing his shoulder, breaking his back and leaving him in the hospital for a month. He was learning to use his wheelchair. But just in his mid-20s, Monroe no longer was able to work as a framer, his life seemed too much of a struggle, and he thought his future was limited because he wasn’t in college. As a result, he turned to drugs and alcohol. But eventually, through substance-abuse recovery and counseling that helped him deal with his repressed emotions of the traumatic event, Monroe decided to dedicate the rest of his life to helping people who are experiencing similar substance-abuse challenges. Today, Monroe is working on a bachelor’s degree in counseling with an emphasis in addiction, chemical dependency and substance abuse from Grand Canyon University. The 38-year-old senior also is president of GCU’s new Canyon Counselors club. “I love all my teachers,” he said. “They’re very professional, they have a lot of knowledge in their fields, they have good teaching skills and they’re available. They try to help us get […]

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GCU held a ceremony on Thursday morning to commemorate the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks 13 years ago.
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Former NYPD cop, GCU campus feel 9/11 impact

September 11, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The Grand Canyon University campus commemorated the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with a memorial on campus Thursday as GCU public safety officer Joe Frosch, a former New York police officer who volunteered at Ground Zero of the World Trade Center, spent the day reflecting on those who died.

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"How Gertrude Teaches Her Children," written in 1898, is among the 300 books that educator Dr. Paul D. Houston is donating to GCU's Library.
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GCU library to dedicate first permanent donation

September 11, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

GCU has received a collection of more than 700 print and digital books and publications from national education spokesman Dr. Paul D. Houston and from WestEd, a noted research organization. The collection, which is on display in the GCU Library and will be dedicated by University officials Monday, is an interesting historical look at the changes in education and educational leadership over the past century. And, there are a few surprises in the stacks, too.

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Timing is right for new worship coordinator

September 09, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

John Frederick is the new worship coordinator of the Center for Worship Arts at GCU, but he also is one of the editors for an important new book on Pauline theology — the study of the teachings of the apostle Paul.

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College of Theology introduces 2 new event series

September 05, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Two new recurring events — a Lunch and Learn for faculty members and a Ministry Forum open to anyone on campus — are important additions to the activities in the College of Theology. The first Lunch and Learn is Friday, Sept. 12, and the Ministry Forum starts Monday, Sept. 15.

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What could be: A rendering of the proposed STEM building on Camelback Road.
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GCU adds electrical engineering program for 2015

September 04, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University’s first-ever engineering students hit campus next fall as the University unveils a new STEM academics building on Camelback Road.

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The 2014-15 Ethington Theatre Series opened Friday with "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure," a rollicking whodunit.
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No deception here: ‘Holmes’ a whiz-bang whodunit

September 02, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

“Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure,” the first play of the 2014-15 Ethington Theatre Series by GCU’s College of Fine Arts and Production, had it all: spectacular sets, charming costumes, solid story and ace acting performances all around. Tickets are sold out, but there is a waiting list. Call 602-639-8880.

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