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GCU employee’s son is newest social media star

November 02, 2016 / by / 1 Comment

A photo of the 2-year-old son of Ashley Gill, a Grand Canyon University Honors College counselor, went viral on the internet after she dressed him like Dwight Schrute from “The Office.”

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Slideshow: Saturday morning commencement

October 17, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Moments of triumph and delight highlighted fall commencement exercises Saturday morning at Grand Canyon University Arena.      

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Online graduates prove adept at juggling life

October 14, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Fall commencement began Friday morning at GCU Arena, and, as is always the case with online students, it is filled with great stories of determination and perseverance. But it’s also about tremendous hopes for the future. GCU has the story, which includes advice some of the graduates have for other online students.

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unning shoes galore at Run to Fight Children's Cancer annual GCU fundraiser. Their fit could impact performance.
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GCU researching the impact of shoes on muscles

October 07, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

One of GCU’s newly launched research projects explores the impact of shoes on muscles activation. CSET Assistant Professor Donna Gerakos said GCU’s leap into research is adds to its well-established reputation as a leader in exercise science education. Equally important, it offers undergraduate students an opportunity to participate into cutting-edge research and prepares them for the research requirements of graduate school.

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A new experiment: CSET is conducting scientific research

October 06, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

(Editor’s note: This story is from the August 2016 issue of GCU Magazine. To view the digital version of the magazine, click here.) By Laurie Merrill GCU Magazine How helpful are certain plants in cleaning toxins from soil? Will 3D printing technology eventually create anatomical replacements? Can a fitness curriculum help firefighters prevent injuries? What is exciting about these topics — and about 17 more like them — isn’t that students and faculty at Grand Canyon University are posing such questions. It’s how they will attempt to arrive at the answers  that is of major significance. In the dawning of a new era, GCU’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET) this fall established a scientific research program on campus. “One of the things I was brought here to do was to revisit the idea of whether we could build a research capability for the faculty and students,” said CSET Assistant Dean Jon Valla, who came to GCU in June 2015 after working at Midwestern University in Glendale, Ariz., and Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. The resounding answer, Valla learned, was yes. Once it was proposed, science faculty and students began flocking to the fledgling program. The reasons are clear. Promoting a […]

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Vanessa Johnson's work through Blue Moon 211 has benefited the water-starved people in Flint, Mich.
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She works to save others after God saved her

September 06, 2016 / by / 2 Comments

Vanessa Johnson, a GCU online student who lives in Tampa, Fla., has dedicated herself to helping others — such as the people of Flint, Mich., during their water crisis — through her nonprofit, Blue Moon 211. Johnson is making the most of the second chance she got in life after she tried to commit suicide more than 20 years ago.

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Military scholarships serve these students well

September 06, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Two online students with far-reaching goals to help others have begun working toward their GCU degrees thanks to the “We Care for America” full-tuition scholarships they received recently. Kristen Stark, a neonatal nurse, would like to take her skills to countries that lack proper health care, and Michele Vogel, the 175th Wing Command Chief in the Maryland Air National Guard, would like to help military families.

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‘Hackers with halos’ prepare for cyberspace war

May 17, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

GCU has introduced cybersecurity degrees to teach students to be “hackers with halos,” graduates armed with tools necessary to join the fight against cybercriminals. It’s part of GCU’s initiative to roll out a rapidly multiplying list of online and ground STEM degrees as it continues its mission to produce well-trained, highly competitive graduates in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.

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Dr. Mike Baird recently was named the 17th professor emeritus in GCU history.
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He’s now professor emeritus, but just call him Mike

March 08, 2016 / by / 7 Comments

Dr. Mike Baird doesn’t put on airs. That’s not the kind of guy he is. But the 17th professor emeritus in GCU history is beloved by both College of Theology students and faculty for his knowledge and his charm. GCU Today has the story of what makes him special.

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Sharp rise in cutting-edge STEM degrees

December 01, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Laurie Merrill  Photos by Darryl Webb GCU Today Magazine In the heralding of a new era, Grand Canyon University is rolling out a new series of online science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees in subjects ranging from digital design to cybersecurity. The seven bachelor of science degrees represent the tip of the information-age iceberg. GCU is seeking to ramp up its online offerings as it escalates its emphasis on STEM subjects for all students. “We are designing cutting-edge programs that represent the future of STEM education,” said Dr. Hank Radda, the University’s provost. “We have innovative ways of delivering STEM education to online populations.” This initial crop of online STEM degrees, with plans underway to offer more in the future, are the latest moves GCU is making to produce well-trained, highly competitive graduates in these subject areas as well as to make the degrees more accessible. The number of STEM students GCU graduates each year is growing, and so are the number of opportunities to apply their skills, said Dr. Mark Wooden, dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology. “There is a huge job market in this area,” Wooden said. According to the Economics & Statistics Administration […]

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