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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Finishing in the money in the Canyon Challenge were (from left) Lemmy Gitahi of Deluxe Sky Productions; Joshua Christensen of M Power Learning Group; and Tonya Smith, Rebecca McLarkey and Anna Bright of iStudentNurse.
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Nursing students win Canyon Challenge

March 28, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

iStudentNurse makes a strong impression on competition’s judges with its identification of an untapped market, taking the grand prize of $7,000.

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Blanchard mixes humor, wisdom in final lecture

March 27, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The final installment of “The Power of Self-Leadership” series covers a range of topics, including “seagull management.”

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Atlanta doctoral residencies prove popular

March 26, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

An Air Force chaplain from Texas was among several dozen learners in attendance at the first of three Atlanta residencies scheduled this year.

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Canyon Challenge finals: Creativity rules

March 24, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

The five finalists for the third annual entrepreneurial competition will be pursuing $10,000 in prizes — and the field appears stronger than ever.

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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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The stage at Comerica Theatre in downtown Phoenix, scene of two days of commencement.
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Day 1 blog: Commencement at Comerica Theatre

March 14, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

Highlights from Friday’s graduation of nearly 900 students in four of GCU’s colleges: Arts and Sciences, Theology, Doctoral Studies and Business.

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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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Canyon Challenge finalists gear up for ‘Sharks’

March 04, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Five have made the final cut in the third annual entrepreneurial competition and will make live presentations on March 27.

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With deadline looming, student entrepreneurs prep for Canyon Challenge

January 31, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The third annual competition, which will stage its final round in late March before an impressive panel of judges, has been fine-tuned and expects to attract dozens of entries.

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