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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STEM campers learn to bake brownies in solar ovens

June 25, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

More than 20 middle school and high school girls in Grand Canyon University’s all-female STEM academic camp braved the searing hot weather Wednesday as they cooked brownies in solar ovens on the Promenade by the Student Union.

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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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AzHOSA students hone skills at national competition

June 24, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Eight members of Grand Canyon University’s chapter of the AzHOSA health care professions organization are off to Anaheim, Calif., today to compete in HOSA’s 38th annual National Leadership Conference, where they will face some of the top students of pre-med and other health care undergraduate programs from around the U.S.

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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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Mandernach adds book to lengthy list of accomplishments

June 17, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Jean Mandernach has an impressive list of accomplishments especially in the world of academia, having published more than 85 scholarly journal articles and 11 book chapters on online education. But her most recent accomplishment may be her best. Mandernach co-authored “Evaluating Online Teaching: Implementing Best Practices,” the first comprehensive book focusing on measuring quality of online teaching, with Dr. Thomas Tobin of Southeastern Illinois University and Dr. Ann Taylor of Penn State University. The book currently is ranked No. 1 in two Amazon categories.

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Logue appointed by Ducey to state nursing board

June 17, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Melanie D. Logue, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, is joining the 11-member Arizona State Board of Nursing. Gov. Doug Ducey recently appointed Logue, a GCU alumna who has 25 years of nursing practice and education under her belt, to a five-year term. GCU Today has the details.

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Cohort helps doctoral learners dissect dissertation challenges

June 16, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The Doctoral Community Cohort was started by learners in Doctoral Studies to help them and their peers navigate their dissertations and all the other challenges associated with them. The group’s latest meeting was the largest yet and incorporated even more presentations and input from faculty.

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Antelope Intros: Stefan Winkel and Emily Pitt

June 12, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

This week’s Antelope Intros features two GCU graduates with diverse backgrounds. One was born overseas and loves the sports teams from another West Coast city, the other loves sci-fi and showed it with the skill she taught her little sister.

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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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