Sydney's Kids, from left, Sarai Pina, Elizabeth Macias, Ada Ortega (holding a portrait of Sydney Browning), Christian Morales and Jessica Reyes fulfilled the promise of a free GCU education, which was extended to them almost 14 years ago.
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GCU Today Magazine: ‘Sydney’s Kids’ graduate

April 23, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Nearly 14 years ago, Grand Canyon University made a promise in the wake of a senseless tragedy, the murder of one of its alumni. Meet the five students who made good on that promise.

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Cindy Westbrook (white jacket) assesses the health of "patient" Rebecca Nelson during the first day of GCU's residency for students in its onlin nurse practitioner program. The nurses developed a friendship even before meeting this week.
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First residency for nurse practitioner students

April 16, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

The first residency for online students in GCU’s nurse practitioner degree program, which is being held on campus this week, has drawn 14 nurses from Arizona and other states who are practicing and being tested on their medical knowledge of the human body, from clammy foreheads and swollen feet to most everything in between.

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Comerica Theatre was near capacity for Saturday's commencement involving GCU's education and nursing colleges. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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Day 2 blog: Commencement at Comerica Theatre

March 15, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

By GCU News Bureau staff Day 2 of Grand Canyon University’s online commencement Saturday was filled with people – nearly a full house in the morning, packed in the afternoon – and also with emotion. But for Geraldine Sam, the feelings bubbled over as soon as she walked into the staging area at Comerica Theatre. Even before the regalia staff could help her arrange her mortarboard, Sam broke down in tears and sobbed on a worker’s shoulder. “I’m a big baby. It’s been about two years, and I’m just so excited,” she said, still struggling to compose herself. “It is such a dream come true. It is such a blessing. I’m graduating with a 4.0 and it hasn’t been easy.” The first-grade teacher wasn’t speaking solely about her master’s degree in educational administration. In 2009, Sam was sworn in as mayor of La Marque, Texas, a town of almost 15,000 about 35 miles southeast of Houston. She thus became the first female African-American mayor in Galveston County, serving in that role for two years. But the family’s trailblazing doesn’t stop there. Geraldine’s nephew is Michael Sam, the University of Missouri athlete who recently became the first prominent football player to announce during his […]

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Members of GCU's speech and debate team are all smiles after winning a national championship last weekend. Coach Barry Regan is in the back row, left. Photo courtesy Barry Regan
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Speech and debate team wins national tournament

March 13, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s inaugural speech and debate team won its division at a prestigious national competition for Christian universities, besting teams from Pepperdine University, Azusa Pacific Universities and Seattle Pacific Universities, among others.

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Latisha Anderson will use her GCU online Master of Nursing degree to help geriatric psychiatric patients.
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Online grad overcomes disability, serves seniors

March 10, 2014 / by / 2 Comments

Being shot and paralyzed did little to prevent Latisha Anderson from recognizing her path in life. The GCU online nursing graduate student will receive her diploma this week and put it to use as a nurse manager working in the geriatric psych unit at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in Sun City.

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Jazmine "Jazzy" Ramos (right) survived cancer with God's help and that of her mother, Bernadette Kesler.
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Cancer’s cutting edge: Molecular medicine could help customize treatment for children

March 07, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Janie Magruder GCU News Bureau A thief lives in the home of every child with cancer. It steals play dates from the little girl too drained to go outside, favorite ice cream from the teenager too nauseous to keep it down and carefree days from siblings whose parents are barely surviving the cruel journey thrust on their family. It holds hostage happiness, promotes job loss, wrecks marriages and wipes out bank accounts. All this, and yet the ultimate crime of cancer is even more unjust. At its worst, cancer robs a child of nearly 70 years of life. “I think cancer is pretty lousy no matter what age you are,” said Dr. Robert Arceci, medical director of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, a beneficiary of the March 8 GCU Foundation Run to Fight Children’s Cancer. “But children’s cancer is a horrible thing. The profound trauma and tragedy of cancer in the very young is that it reverses the age progression. It cuts people short.” Childhood cancer must be caught earlier, treated better and, ultimately, eradicated, and the way to do that is to understand it. Arceci and other prominent oncologists are working to unlock […]

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Keith Baker and Samantha Murphy
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Stellar Hall of Fame class inducted at homecoming

March 03, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Samantha Murphy, who redefined “student-athlete” at the University on the basketball court and in the classroom, and six others were honored at Ethington Theatre on campus.

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GCU nursing students (from left) Kristine Avena, Mayte Osuna and Jessica Dear created and presented information about stroke for the Banner Boswell open house.
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GCU nursing site ends heart month on healthy note

February 28, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Banner Boswell nursing site in Sun City rolled out the purple carpet for its community on Thursday, offering tours, student presentations and healthful food as February, known as National Heart Month, came to a close. The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions facility at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea will hold a similar event on Wednesday.

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Poverty awareness comes to front burner at GCU

February 10, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

GCU students have heard about hunger and poverty, and some have experienced it. An event on campus on Thursday is about to bring them face-to-face with these critical global issues.

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College of Nursing receives support for family nurse practitioner program

December 13, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

A student in the family nurse practitioner program in the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions will be awarded a $6,000 scholarship next spring, courtesy of the Health Care Clinics at select Walgreens.

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