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Two Doctoral Students Met, Married at GCU

July 23, 2010 / by / 2 Comments

Little more than two years ago, she was a ninth-grade English teacher in suburban Philadelphia, shopping for a doctoral degree program. Today, she’s a 10th-grade English teacher in suburban Phoenix, enrolled in that program at GCU. The biggest difference for Jo Markette? That would be Nick Markette, her husband, whom she met in 2008 in the first cohort group of students pursuing doctoral degrees in organizational leadership.

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GCU Online Math Teacher Visits From N.J.

May 18, 2010 / by / 4 Comments

Jerry Tuttle commuted to the home office on Tuesday, May 18, and the trip was about 2,000 miles one way. Tuttle, 60, of New Jersey, is an online math teacher for GCU. He planned a stop in Phoenix as part of a business trip to Los Angeles so that he could tour GCU’s ground campus. He specifically requested that he have an opportunity for his photo to be taken with Thunder, the Antelopes’ mascot. “I wanted to come and see if there really is a campus,” Tuttle said jokingly. “I’ve always wanted to do this. Unfortunately, I picked a time when the students aren’t here.” Tuttle made the most of it, stopping at the campus bookstore to buy a GCU polo shirt, meeting administrators and visiting about the classes he is teaching. “People have been amazingly friendly to me,” he said. “They’re surprised I’m here. For a big university, the campus is small and intimate.” < Tuttle grew up in New York City and works as an actuary in a building overlooking Ground Zero in Manhattan. He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Queens College and a master’s degree in applied mathematics from the University of Virginia. He began […]

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Develop Your Personal Brand With Social Media

April 15, 2010 / by / 1 Comment

You may be underestimating the power of your Facebook account. By Zane Ewton Communications Staff As you share photos, interact with friends and load up on apps, you also are developing your image — a personal brand. Just like a celebrity or company promoting a product, social media will be how others view you. According to GCU Social Media Strategist Robyn Itule, personal branding is the process by which we market ourselves to others. You’re building a brand, whether you realize it or not. Ever Google yourself? Were you surprised by the information that was available about you? Anything you post online, even conversations on Twitter, can be pulled by Google into its search results. People who search your name will find those results, and those people might be important to your college or professional career. According to CareerBuilder.com, almost 30 percent of hiring managers use Facebook to check out job applicants. Of that number, 50 percent look for those who are compatible with their organization and 35 percent use Facebook to evaluate communication skills. Social media provide a unique opportunity to take control and define your personal brand. Itule says there are four methods to build an effective personal […]

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GCU Student Promotes Vegetarian Lifestyle in Hometown

March 17, 2010 / by / 2 Comments

By Paige Morris I am on a mission to obtain an education. And I am on a mission to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. On this journey, I discovered a peculiar scholarship for vegetarianism, established by the Vegetarian Resource Group. The scholarship requires that I promote vegetarianism in the community and write an essay documenting my success, challenges and experience. My name is Paige Morris; I’m 17 and a vegetarian. I am also an online student at Grand Canyon University. I plan to obtain a bachelor of science in nursing, specializing in pediatric oncology.  Sedona, Ariz., is a small community that caters to tourists, so one of my first stops was the Sedona Chamber of Commerce, where I had an appointment with Jennifer Wesselhoff, the president of the chamber. She listened to my desire of sponsoring vegetarianism in our community. She helped me map out promotional options in detail. A friend, Rick Wesselhoff, donated the domain name and helped me create www.sedonavegetarians.com. The website became complete with photos, recipes, restaurants, articles and a link to my favorite book, “The China Study,” which inspired my conversion to vegetarianism. The blog took on a life of its own, expanding into Facebook and Twitter […]

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Library Resources Now Available Through ANGEL

January 28, 2010 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Library is now available directly from ANGEL and allows students to conduct research through online journals, articles, books and databases. The online library also offers a special tool called OneSearch that allows students to search all databases and online books with a single search. The library databases are now easier than ever to access. Over the next two weeks changes will be implemented so students will no longer need an additional password to access the library databases. Once students have logged into MyGCU, they will have direct access to search all of the databases without logging in again. The library is committed to student success and now offers a chat service that has librarians available to answer library specific-questions Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visit the library homepage at http://library.gcu.edu and click on the link in the upper left corner.

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GCU Student Selected as District Teacher of the Year

January 05, 2010 / by / 0 Comment

Leigh Darby Sloan, currently a Master’s in Educational Leadership student at GCU, was selected as Teacher of the Year for Dillon School District Three, Dillon, South Carolina. According to the Dillon Herald, Sloan is a native of West Columbia but presently resides in Hamer, SC. She has been employed by Dillon School District Three for the last six years. She moved into the position of Guidance Counselor of Latta Middle School during the 2003-04 school year. Mrs. Sloan received a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism in 1989. Since that time, she has received a Master’s Degree in Secondary Counseling and an Educational Specialist’s Degree in Elementary Counseling. Presently, she is pursuing a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University. Being selected as District Teacher of Year qualifies Mrs. Sloan as a participant in the selection of South Carolina Teacher of the Year. The South Carolina Teacher of the Year Program is coordinated via the Division of Educator Quality & Leadership and is designed to honor those who are representative of the state’s many exceptional teachers. Sloan is married to Roger M. Sloan. They are the proud parents of three children; Darby, Maggie, and Carson.

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University Presents Scholarship to Outstanding Georgia Alumna

December 22, 2009 / by / 3 Comments

Brian Mueller presented GCU alumni and Georgia teacher Tracey Harmon with a $15,000 doctoral scholarship at the University’s Quarterly Meeting December 18. The GCU master’s in education graduate and Jamestown Elementary “Teacher of the Year” shared with GCU faculty and staff how she had overcome a difficult background to earn her degree and persevere to provide a better life for herself and her daughter. Tracey also acknowledged the support of her GCU counselors, who helped contribute to her success and desire to pursue a doctoral degree.

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Cyber Security Tips: Stay Safe on the Internet

October 19, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) – a public awareness campaign to encourage safe and secure computer use. According to the organizers of NCSAM, the security of our nation’s cyber infrastructure is only as strong as its weakest link. Everyone has a responsibility to keep their section of cyberspace secure and protected. The GCU Information Security department recommends a few simple steps that will protect the University’s networks, your computer and yourself. Protect your passwords. Do not share your passwords, and if you must write them down, keep them in a secure place. Beware of free downloadable software. Reputable companies such as Adobe and Microsoft offer free downloadable software, but many more companies that are disreputable offer malware of spyware posing as software. Malware is malicious software that attacks your computer system; spyware is software that steals your private information. Beware of fake anti-virus software. Malicious software often “scares” the computer user into downloading it. Be cautious with the type of information you post on social networking sites like Facebook, Myspace and Twitter. The continued use and popularity of these sites also makes them targets for cyber attack. Learn about the privacy settings of these sites and use […]

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GCU EMBA Student Enjoys Servant Leadership Focus

October 12, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

When US Airways Flight 1549 went into the Hudson River in January, Sherri Shamblin had every excuse to quit her pursuit of her advanced degree. After all, she was responsible for the training, policy and procedures for 8,000 flight attendants with the airline and she was just burdened with reassuring this corps of professionals, as well as the 1549 flight crew, in the aftermath of the near-disaster. However, Shamblin was able to immediately incorporate lessons learned from her executive MBA classes into her current situation. “I had to lead by serving them, and surprisingly enough, that’s what many executives tend to forget. Rather than being a self-serving leader, you need to be a serving leader,” Shamblin says. Shamblin was one of a class of 12 in the Ken Blanchard Executive MBA (EMBA) program at Grand Canyon University, a 12-month program that is unique with its emphasis on servant leadership – or the idea of leading by serving your key constituents. In today’s economy, an EMBA degree can be a major advantage for job seekers and professionals looking to advance within their organizations, and often employers will provide a stipend for continuing education. According to the nonprofit Executive MBA Council’s most […]

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GCU Awarded for ANGEL Online Classroom Environment

September 25, 2009 / by / 2 Comments

The 2009 ANGEL IMPACT Awards recognize universities and colleges that take the ANGEL online classroom environment…

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