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Hurley named vice chair for The Education Coalition of Arizona

June 03, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

 By Jeannette Cruz GCU News Bureau Dr. Beverly Hurley, academic alliances director for Grand Canyon University’s Strategic Educational Alliances, has been named vice chair of The Education Coalition (TEC) of Arizona, which is dedicated to raising student achievement across the state. TEC has worked on various legislative and state board issues since it was founded in 1990. Through TEC, organizations and leaders meet and discuss current issues and programs and hear outside speakers on education-related topics. Hurley said she was proud to be asked to serve as coalition vice chair. “The education coalition provides advocacy for improving learning for all students through the combined expertise and leadership of diverse representatives from around the state,” Hurley said. “It is a privilege to provide leadership in support of the vision and the mission of this most important organization.” Hurley has spent 40 years in education and has served as a teacher, counselor, athletic director, assistant principal, principal and superintendent. She currently also serves on the WestEd Board of Directors and on numerous state and national education committees. Contact Jeannette Cruz at (602) 639-6631 or jeannette.cruz@gcu.edu.

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GCU graduate loves ‘flipped classroom’ teaching method

May 31, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

GCU graduate Amber Loyd is giving back to the high school she once attended by implementing a new way of teaching mathematics to a class of 60 students. One year after joining the school’s STEM program, she says her experience at Metro Tech High School is helping her promote excellence and increase creativity in the classroom.

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COE student earns highest Girl Scout award

May 16, 2016 / by / 1 Comment

Kaylynn Vavrick, a freshman at GCU has earned the highest award through the Girl Scouts. Gold Award recipients spend between one and two years on a project that ultimately reaches beyond the Girl Scout organization. Vavrick was able to give back to her local community and through her service found her ultimate passion.

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College of Ed staff makes Mother’s Day special

May 10, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Nearly a dozen GCU College of Education staff members made Mother’s Day extra special by volunteering with Save the Family, a nonprofit that gives a “hand up” to homeless and domestic violence victims. COE members created cards and goodie bags for children and families. “We all had a blast and made such a huge difference in these kids’ and their mothers’ lives,” said Arielle Alvarez, teacher placement specialist.    

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Antelope Intros: Ashley Silva and Paige Ferrari

May 06, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

This week’s Antelope Intros feature two proud GCU alums who are excited to begin their new ventures. One likes to exercise and test her creativity in the kitchen, while the other finds nothing more delicious than words.

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Former Rodel student teachers complete their service

May 04, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

At the Celebration of Excellence by Rodel Foundation of Arizona, GCU’s former Rodel Promising Student Teachers, Patricia Messner and Amber Loyd, were recognized for having completed their three years of teaching in high needs schools.  

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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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Commencement Day 1: Morning session

April 22, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Friday morning commencement at Grand Canyon University was for traditional students in the Colangelo College of Business, College of Education and College of Science, Engineering and Technology.              

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The reactions of graduates is always one of the best parts of commencement. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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Commencement Day 1: There’s a lot to shout about

April 22, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

There were significant messages amid the tears of joy as spring commencement began Friday morning at Grand Canyon University. Speakers emphasized the importance of change, both in how you bring it about and how you deal with its inevitable challenges. “When we find our purpose, will we have the courage to pursue it?” student speaker Brittany Holen asked her fellow graduates.

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Students lead young women’s conference

April 21, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

  Ashley Baugus and Sallie Ausmus, two graduating students from the College of Education, designed and conducted The Gem Conference in Phoenix on April 16. The event, geared toward young adult women seeking community and an opportunity to grow in their faith, was a day of worship and powerful messages.

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