Archive for May, 2011

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Eighth-Graders Visit Campus for Tour With Purpose

May 10, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

About 450 eighth-graders from Palo Verde Middle School in Phoenix received more than just a tour of the GCU campus on their visit Tuesday morning. Before walking the grounds, the students met in the North Gym to complete a basic personality and interest inventory, prepared by Career Services and designed to help them zero in on their purpose.

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Graduation a Serious Day for a Funny Guy

May 09, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Although senior psychology major Tim Jones graduated on Friday, he won’t be leaving Grand Canyon University just yet. Jones, a campus finance counselor known for his carefree manner and sense of humor, will be starting a master’s program with the goal of becoming a sports psychologist.

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GCU’s Class of 2011 Shares Stadium Stage

May 06, 2011 / by / 13 Comments

Grand Canyon University gave a rousing sendoff Friday afternoon to the Class of 2011 and to Chase Field in downtown Phoenix, in the final Commencement to be held at the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. With the opening of the 5,000-seat Arena in September, Commencement will be on campus next spring. An estimated 2,200 degree candidates participated Friday in the ceremony at the baseball stadium, which hosted GCU for the third consecutive year. The University conferred more than 8,000 degrees, and those included the first members of its College of Doctoral Studies.

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GCU’s Choirs End on an Impressive Note

May 06, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

By Doug Carroll Communications Staff The spectacular return of quality choral music to campus was celebrated Thursday night at Ethington Theatre with the Music Department’s final concert of the school year. Performances by the Canyon Chorale and Canyon Singers, along with solo selections by soprano Christina Cullers and pianist Julianne Forté, served as confirmation that GCU lost nothing as a magnet for talent in the arts during a four-year hiatus for the program. Assistant Dean Juan Hernandez and vocal coach Sheila Corley clearly know how to develop that talent, and their second year of teamwork should be even better. The Commencement concert functioned much like a greatest-hits performance, with music that had been performed earlier in the year. The range in the seven choral numbers was substantial, from the doo-wop rhythms of Shaw’s “Java Jive” to the classic spiritual “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” to Cymbala’s achingly beautiful “Lead Me Lord.” Cullers and Forté were announced as GCU Scholarship Foundation grant winners, along with pianist Tabitha Kaminski. Cullers sang an aria from Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi,” and Forté played Debussy’s “Jardis sous la pluie.” Both are supremely talented performers for whom the sky is the limit. Forté, who finds time also to […]

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Convocation Speaker Brown Praises GCU’s Core Values

May 05, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The president and CEO of Tallhouse Consulting gave the keynote speech for the convocation of the colleges of Nursing and Health Sciences on Thursday afternoon at Phoenix First Assembly of God Church.

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Future Teachers Told of ‘Defining Moments’ Ahead

May 05, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The executive director of the Arizona K-12 Center told prospective College of Education graduates on Thursday morning to expect “defining moments” involving unlikely sources as their teaching careers take shape. In her keynote address to the COE convocation at Phoenix First Assembly of God Church, Dr. Kathy Weibke told of small things that ultimately had a profound impact on her course in life.

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Ken Blanchard Calls for ‘New Wave’ of Leaders

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Dr. Ken Blanchard told a convocation audience on Wednesday afternoon that servant leadership involves being a servant first and a leader second. “We need you to go out as a new wave that will lead in a different way,” Blanchard said to the degree candidates. “Self-serving leaders think the bottom line is No. 1. But servant leadership is love in action.”

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Bible Buried in Arena Center Court Ceremony

May 05, 2011 / by / 2 Comments

“This is something that Christians need to be doing more of, not less of,” said the University’s chief executive officer, Brian Mueller, in brief remarks to about 200 people assembled inside the Arena for the short ceremony. At least a few online students, on campus for the week’s convocation and Commencement festivities, were in attendance. “God has blessed us with this building,” Mueller said. “It’s His building. Through the ages, He has wanted His people to remember that He was their God and they were His people. So we’re here to say thank you.”

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Alumnus Kary Speaks to COLA Convocation

May 04, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

It’s the definition of happiness rather than its pursuit that makes all the difference, GCU alumnus Michael Kary told Wednesday morning’s College of Liberal Arts convocation in his keynote speech. “Happiness comes from work that lines up with your purpose and from finding people to do that work with,” Kary said.

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Slideshow: Arena Tracking for September Opening

May 04, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Tuesday’s job walk revealed an Arena that is coming along ahead of schedule and could be completed by the first of September. Project director Charlie Sirokman also led a tour of the new dormitory, 500-bed Prescott Hall, which is on schedule for an Aug. 1 opening and will be ready for the move-in of students on Aug. 25. “The dedication of people to these projects is amazing,” said Brian McGuire, executive director of the Office of Institutional Research, who has been a regular on the construction tours.

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