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Posthumous doctorate still counts on her bucket list

May 03, 2016 / by / 4 Comments

Karen Susanne Banks, a woman who loved her family, the wilderness and teaching, died nearly seven months before she could receive her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. It was the first posthumous degree awarded in the college.

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Antelope Intros: Kevin Shepherd and Daniel Buchalter

April 28, 2016 / by / 1 Comment

This week’s Antelope Intros feature two dads who are proud of their college degrees, passionate about learning and self-development — but could never go wrong with watching a game of football.

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Dissertation on military leadership is prelude to major advancement

April 27, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

When Jennifer Cameron did her doctoral dissertation on the need for more African-American women in positions of leadership in the Army, little did she know that an important promotion was right around the corner: Nadja West became the first black female three-star general.

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Diana Dilcher awaits the commencement ceremony Saturday. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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Commencement Day 2: Lifetime achievement award

April 23, 2016 / by / 2 Comments

The commencement ceremony stopped for a few seconds Saturday afternoon so that 73-year-old Diana Dilcher could be properly acknowledged for getting her degree in communications. But if the crowd that was applauding knew the whole story, they would have given her a standing ovation.

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Antelope Intros: Bettina Singleton and Joshua Aguirre

March 24, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

This week’s edition of Antelope Intros features two individuals with unique stories and a strong sense of family pride. One of them likes to explore the great outdoors, while the other likes to stretch her mind reading psychological thrillers.

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Antelope Intros: Alysse Reyes and Taylor Johnsen

March 18, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

This week’s Antelope Intros feature two enthusiastic enrollment counselors, one who works in Peoria and the other from Tempe. One values good food, the other good music, and they have one major thing in common: They’re happy to be here.

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The large number of graduates in the last five years has thrust GCU over the 100,000 mark -- and counting.
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Grand total, grander feats of 100,000+ alumni

March 17, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

GCU has surpassed the 100,000 mark in alumni, and the accomplishments of that special group continue to resonate around the world. Here’s the story of what some of them have done and why people who hire them consistently put their resumes in the “yes” pile.

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Taking root: How three alumni grew into entrepreneurs

March 01, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”— Chinese proverb By Rick Vacek GCU Today Magazine Imagine three trees. One was planted years ago and is flourishing. The second has had two years to blossom and already is reaching for the sky. The third is still a sapling but is starting to sprout. Such are the roots of three entrepreneurial businesses being run by Grand Canyon University alumni. Dr. Shica Little, who got her teaching doctoral degree in 2013, has dedicated her life to inquisitiveness and discovery. But the new product she’s marketing across the country, Dr. Shica’s Incredi-Whip, resulted from her decades of dedication to drinking coffee. Kyle Dubay, a 2011 graduate in graphic design, woke up in his Detroit home one morning and, rather than coffee, reached for an idea: Woodward Throwbacks, which collects discarded wood and turns it into collectibles. Daniel Black, who graduated in 2015 with a degree in entrepreneurial studies, and his wife, Tiffany, finished second last year in the Canyon Challenge, GCU’s annual startup business competition for students and staff. They’re using that experience to turn their concept, Prayer Packages, into a company that stands […]

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From left, the 2016 Alumni Hall of Fame inductees: Dr. Nicholas Markette, Dr. Brian Bucina, Andy Unkefer, Dr. Jim Rice, Max Fose and John Davis.
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Hall of Fame inductees epitomize GCU’s spirit

February 22, 2016 / by / 1 Comment

The 2016 Alumni Hall of Fame ceremony Saturday afternoon, the high point of the homecoming weekend, featured crisp speeches and many plaudits for the University — both what it was like when the inductees were here and how it still makes them feel today. But two, in particular, have an especially interesting perspective on what they see on campus because they still have important roles at GCU.

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Honoring God in the workplace is on our office to-do list

January 25, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

What would you have to change about yourself in the workplace if your employer was God? You might need to pray more often for the ability to do what’s right, to be more forgiving and do walk humbly, and you might do a “heart check” to ensure we are loving and serving others. That was the message at Friday’s Integration of Faith, Learning and Work “Lunch and Learn” faculty program, entitled, “Work That Honors God.”

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