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GCU Wheelchair Team Set to Take Its Best Shot

January 23, 2012 / by / 1 Comment

Dr. James Beggs is looking for a few good roll players. The kind who can really wheel and deal. Ones who won’t just sit there and take it. The esteemed College of Arts and Sciences professor will be prowling the sideline, coaching a team from Banner Health and GCU against the Banner Phoenix Wheelchair Suns during a scrimmage at halftime of Tuesday night’s men’s basketball game at GCU Arena. “Although there is no ‘i’ in ‘team,’ it has occurred to me that there are three ‘i’s’ in ‘annihilation,’” says Beggs, who hopes his squad can avoid that fate.

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Pioneering Science Professor Returns to Visit Campus

November 23, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

A former professor who was ahead of his time with ideas on how to grow GCU’s enrollment visited campus Tuesday for the first time in several years. As you might expect, Dr. Jim Witherspoon was amazed by what he saw: a campus bustling beyond his wildest dreams. “It’s always fun when things are growing,” said Witherspoon, accompanied on a tour by his wife, Becky, and Assistant Dean Anna Faith Smith of the College of Arts and Sciences. “We had been told (the campus) had changed remarkably. We weren’t prepared for all the cars. We had to look awhile for parking!”

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Alumnus Returns to Ethington Stage for Season Opener

August 30, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

Any actor can dream of Broadway. Mike Hegeman dreams of a small, 300-seat theatre in west Phoenix — more than 20 years after he performed there as a college student. Forgive him, then, for pinching himself when the curtain is raised Friday on “You Can’t Take It With You,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy that opens the Ethington Theatre Series for 2011-12 at GCU.

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KBCOB Assistant Dean Bids Adieu to GCU

August 22, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

Olivier Bouclier, a gentleman in every respect, can recall an occasion when he might have given a different impression. Bouclier, a native Frenchman with an accent that gives him away, was presenting at the Ken Blanchard College of Business research colloquium. He observed that his business suit seemed out of place amid the casual attire of others. “I said, ‘I need to undress myself,’ when I meant ‘underdress,’” he recalled with a laugh on Friday at a farewell party in the Williams Building on campus.

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Orientation Central: Kimberly LaPrade

August 16, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Meet the dean of the College of Education, Dr. Kimberly LaPrade. Dr. LaPrade knows GCU like no one else, she attended here herself and takes special pride and joy at how the university has grown and changed since she was a student. Her favorite new addition — the sparkling new COE building, where fine future educators will get their teacher education. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=http://youtu.be/UGs9sMRv1Nc

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Orientation Central: Meet Kevin Thrasher

August 16, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Everyone can use a little help from their friends sometimes. Consider Kevin Thrasher, the head of the Center for Learning Advancement, your friend. Kevin and his team offer tutoring services to make sure you have all the help you need to be successful in your classes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=http://youtu.be/qSa-BbaYKIo

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Orientation Central: Meet Kevin Barksdale

August 16, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Are you in business? Meet your dean! Dr. Kevin Barksdale is a businessman Monday through Friday, but you can find him racing high speeds on his motorcycle in his free time. No doubt your education in the Ken Blanchard College of Business will be fast paced with this dean. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=http://youtu.be/CC-0-RUNjAs

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Online Student Blooms With Math Teacher’s Care

May 11, 2011 / by / 4 Comments

When a beautiful floral arrangement turned up on her desk last week, GCU math instructor Carolyn Wesley performed a simple calculation: Daughter plus Mother’s Day equals flowers. She was wrong. Upon closer examination, the thoughtful gesture came from a 57-year-old grandmother in Auburn, Wash., who insists Wesley is the reason she’s still on track for a bachelor’s degree from GCU in about a year and a half.

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Dion Benes: The Professor With a Cardboard Office

March 25, 2011 / by / 9 Comments

Grand Canyon University adjunct faculty member Dion Benes carries his office with him in a 2 x 2 cardboard Kinko’s Box. When he began teaching at GCU about six years ago, adjunct faculty did not have office space. That did not bother Benes a bit. After 26 years in the Marine Corp., he knew exactly what to do.

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Slideshow: The Dancing Deans

January 28, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

‘Lopes basketball racked up two victories yesterday with the Lady ‘Lopes defeated Chaminade with the largest winning percentage in school history (69 points) and the men defeated Chaminade to earn second place in the Pacific West Conference. None of this could prepare you for the halftime festivies – the GCU Dancing Deans.

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