Archive for May, 2011

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Rapture Prediction Provides Food for Thought

May 19, 2011 / by / 11 Comments

“Judgment Day Is Coming! The Rapture: May 21, 2011.” No, it’s not the title of the next Will Smith blockbuster. It’s a billboard at the intersection of Seventh Avenue and Camelback Road. Maybe you’ve seen it or one like it. They’ve popped up in cities around the country, proclaiming this Saturday as the day life on Earth as we know it will cease to exist.

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GCU Did the Little Things Right for This Graduate

May 19, 2011 / by / 4 Comments

One of the neat things about convocation and graduation week is the opportunity to meet and talk with our graduates from all over the country, in a setting that allows a free exchange of thoughts and ideas. One such exchange occurred for me in one of the COE building classrooms during the open house we held on May 5.

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GCU Welcomes Hispanic Pastors to Campus

May 19, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

A significant overture to the Hispanic community by GCU brought approximately 50 pastors to campus on Wednesday for lunch and a tour. Orchestrated by Campus Pastor Tim Griffin and José Gonzalez, an itinerant Hispanic pastor with whom Griffin has become acquainted, the event packed McKinley Hall in the Student Union and represented the first time on campus for most of the visitors.

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Dean of GCU’s Newest College Seeks Community

May 18, 2011 / by / 3 Comments

In the blink of an eye, Dr. Mark Wooden signed on for one of the busiest summers of his life. Barely two weeks before convocations and Commencement, GCU announced that it would merge the colleges of Liberal Arts and Health Sciences effective May 9 and that Wooden, the dean of Health Sciences, would become dean of a new College of Arts and Sciences.

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Video: Photovoice Exhibit Hosted at GCU Library

May 17, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The C.O.P.E. Coalition in Phoenix, Ariz. sponsored The Photovoice exhibit at the GCU Library, featuring the work of middle-school and high-school refugee students. The teens attended nine weeks of classes and took photos of the people and things in their new lives living in Phoenix. The students are from Nepal, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Tanzania and Ivory Coast.

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GCU Professor to Lead Holy Land Trip

May 17, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

A tour of Israel involves more than just taking in the scenery, Dr. Michael Baird says. In fact, the scenery isn’t even the best part.

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Online Students ‘Friend’ GCU for Campus Connections

May 17, 2011 / by / 16 Comments

Online learning is a unique experience. Online students do not have the chance to hang out in the hallway before class. They do not get lunch in the cafeteria. They do not get to play volleyball on the sand courts by the pool. A group of online students wanted a deeper connection with Grand Canyon University despite never setting foot on its campus. How have they done it? Facebook, of course.

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Employee Bible Studies: Learning Over Lunch

May 13, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

By Jennifer Willis Communications Staff “Bring your lunch, bring your Bibles and bring an open heart to the Lord, and let the Spirit work.” That’s the motto of the Bible study at Peoria II every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. According to Dennis Cox, a military enrollment counselor and retired Air Force officer who leads the weekly group, the members are Christians who enjoy fellowship and discussing God’s Word. It might not seem like a big deal. But in a world wrought with turmoil and a country where separation of church and state is an issue, it’s unusual for a group to come together to pray and talk about spiritual matters in an office setting. In fact, it’s almost unheard of. Yet that’s part of what separates GCU’s employees and students from the rest. “It’s great that our company allows this,” Cox says.  Online Pastor Ryan Maguire agrees.  “As part of a Christian university, gathering together to talk with God and study the Bible is our privilege,” Maguire says. “These study and prayer groups exist to encourage and refresh the employees of GCU. Gathering around God’s Word reminds and motivates us to carry out His purpose, as we provide guidance for students who […]

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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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GCU Curriculum Developer Writes Children’s Book

May 11, 2011 / by / 4 Comments

By Jennifer Willis Communications Staff If there is one thing Ruth Douthitt has learned over the last 20 years, it’s to follow your dreams and never give up. Douthitt has a busy life. She is a wife, a mother, a curriculum developer at GCU for the colleges of Liberal Arts and Fine Arts and Production, a devout Christian and now a published author of a children’s chapter book. Like most things that are worthwhile in life, the last of these did not come easily. It all started when Douthitt was a young Marine wife living in North Carolina. Her love of art led her to want to illustrate a children’s picture book, so she began spending time at the library. As her research progressed, so did her imagination, and ideas began to form in her head about a young boy and his adventures with dragons. Writing a children’s book, as Douthitt soon discovered, was not as easy as it seemed, and the everyday tasks of life forced her to put her book on the back burner several times. Inspiration from her young son — and the realization that there weren’t many books out there for young boys — gave her […]

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