Archive for August, 2012

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A Winner Moves On: With Basketball Over, Murphy Embraces New Challenge

August 13, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

By Doug Carroll GCU News Bureau Samantha Murphy is still putting up big numbers and making it look easy, although she insists the newest phase of her life is anything but that. A 97 score on a recent exam in her postgraduate studies to become a physician assistant compares favorably with the high marks she posted in the classroom and on the basketball court at GCU. But Murphy says beating a Dixie State double team was never this challenging. “This is the hardest schooling I’ve ever had,” says Murphy, 23, who began at Midwestern University in June. “It’s like medical school condensed into two years.” GCU’s career leading scorer for women’s basketball (2,147 points in four years) played professionally in Iceland in 2011-12 before returning home to begin at Midwestern. She’s living on the Glendale campus and finding most of her waking hours consumed by books, taking difficult classes in anatomy and biochemistry. If all goes according to plan, she will graduate in 2014 with a master’s degree in physician assistant studies and take her boards shortly thereafter. “I feel more and more confident I made the right choice (for a career),” says Murphy, who was an Academic All-American at […]

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New Judicial Officer Found His Calling in Mentoring Students

August 13, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Matt Hopkins has joined GCU as a full-time judicial officer charged with overseeing non-academic student disciplinary review.

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GCU Staffing Increases by 16 Percent to Keep Pace With Campus Growth

August 13, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

You need a scorecard to keep up with the remarkable growth at GCU — and we’re not just talking about the vast construction projects. Staffing is also up 16 percent as the University braces for record enrollment numbers this fall.

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First Wave of Students Moves Onto Campus

August 10, 2012 / by / 1 Comment

Life at GCU got a little busier Friday morning as hundreds of students began early move-in on campus. Fall-sport athletes, Life Leaders, ASGCU government reps and COFAP students all began moving into dorm rooms.

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Ex-Antelope Ramos Lands Pro Hoops Contract With Mexican Team

August 08, 2012 / by / 1 Comment

More than 20 years ago, Marco Ramos left Mexico with his family, uncertain of what the future would bring in a new country. Now he’s going back for an opportunity every athlete dreams about: making a living playing his sport.

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Redemption Road Leads to GCU Construction Site for Campus ‘Ambassador’

August 02, 2012 / by / 9 Comments

Jeffrey Scott has made the most of his posting this summer, bringing a disposition of good cheer to the southwestern sector of campus amid persistent blowing dust and searing heat.

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Sarah Clayton, North Rim Apartments RD

August 01, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

SARAH CLAYTON Oversees: North Rim Apartments, with JP Tanner Age: 27 Hometown: Glenwood Springs, Colo. GCU experiences: I graduated from GCU in 2007 with my bachelor’s in elementary education. After searching for teaching jobs after my senior year, my old boss called and asked if I would be interested in an assistant resident director position at the North Rim Apartments. I served as ARD for two years and earned my master’s in education. I got married in the summer of 2009 and then started as an RD in the fall. I am now starting my fourth year as RD. If you add that up, this year marks 10 years at GCU! Q: You’re one of the few married people living on campus. What’s married life like in a college setting? A: My husband, Matt, and I graduated from GCU so North Rim had been a home to both of us before we got married. We love living on campus. Personally, I have never really known any different. It is fun to be part of a community and we both enjoy living life with college students. Some are like family to us and others have become lifelong friends. Q: As a […]

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Nicole Clifton, Prescott Hall RD

August 01, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

NICOLE CLIFTON Oversees: Prescott Hall, with James Rogers Age: 22 Hometown: Phoenix GCU experiences: I’ve worked at GCU for one year as an RD. Last year I was involved in campus activities like Lip Sync, our first Prescott Palooza, Java Jam, and two women’s panel events. Q: As a graduate of the Arizona School for the Arts, what recent performances have you seen that you would recommend? A: I’m a huge fan of musicals. I saw a production of “Hairspray” this past spring and it was wonderful. Whether it’s going down to ASU’s Gammage Auditorium or the Herberger or Orpheum theaters downtown for professional performances, supporting our COFAP department here at GCU, or supporting a community theater group, I’d advise people to try something new. You may be surprised. Q: As a self-professed bookworm, how many books did you read this summer, and which ones are must-reads for your friends? A: I read quite a few and my list of books to read is always longer than I actually have time for. I often read two books at a time, one in fiction and another for spiritual development/self-growth. This summer I read “Wicked” by Gregory Maguire, “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett, […]

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Victoria Leith, Sedona Hall RD

August 01, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

VICTORIA LEITH Oversees: Sedona Hall, with Kris Hayes Age: 22 Hometown: Ventura, Calif. GCU experiences: Moving to GCU and starting this position was my first time in Arizona. The two months have treated me well and I am so happy to be here. I will be starting my master’s degree in leadership this year. Q: Since you love to bake, what goodies will you be sharing with residents of Sedona Hall? And how do we get some? A: Sedona will never go hungry. It will run out of running water before it ever runs out of cookies. I love to bake. If you want a cookie, just ask. I tend to run out of chocolate chips, though. I need to set up a tab at a local grocery store for all the chocolate chips I buy. Q: Being new to the area, what places do you frequent in the Phoenix area? A: La Grande Orange on 40th Street, just south of Camelback Road. I could not be more passionate about this topic. I could live there. A week hasn’t gone by that I haven’t gone at least once. It’s a coffee shop/grocery/pizzeria/restaurant/place that sells wine AND baked goods. And it […]

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Taylor Fagg, Camelback Hall RD

August 01, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

TAYLOR FAGG Oversees: Camelback Hall, with Ashley Sprotberry Age: 24 Hometown: Riverside, Calif. (I just completed an MBA at my hometown California Baptist University, where I also earned my bachelor’s degree in international business) Q: You worked with students quite a bit in California summer camps and through student-life efforts at Cal Baptist. What have you learned about leadership and aiding young people? A: One of the biggest things that I’ve learned is that they desire to grow and they desire to learn, but often times, they also love freedom to figure things out themselves. I’ve learned to ask the right questions and guide them toward the right answer, because if I just tell them what’s best, then that’s all they know. But if I can challenge them to question, to think, and come to an answer themselves — then they now know what’s right and why it’s right, and that’s far more impactful. Q: You mentioned that you’re very “business-minded” with your studies. What ethics or organizational skills do you bring to your role as a resident director? A: Organizational skills are definitely something that I bring to the table. I tend to see things in a very holistic picture. I […]

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