Antelope Intros: Edward Cross, Amy Haasis and Nick Cicogna
Antelope Intros is a recurring GCU Today feature that introduces some of our new employees to the people around them in a way that is fun and informative. Employees are eligible to be featured in the month following their orientation.
Job location: Peoria
What attracted you to GCU? The opportunity to work for the College of Theology. I have degrees in philosophy and religious studies, and you don’t get many employers who value that sort of background.
What do you do for fun and where do you find that outlet? I love playing fantasy football and enjoying musical theatre! You can find me listening to a football podcast on the way to work, then singing along to show tunes on the ride home.
What are you passionate about? I am passionate about bringing a level of intellectual rigor and cordiality to the field of Christian ethics. After earning my master’s in psychology at GCU, I plan on pursuing a doctoral degree in London.
What are your favorite places or events in the Valley that you like to visit? My favorite place to go in the Valley is the IMAX theatre in Tempe – as long as it’s a good movie. Other than that, I enjoy visiting new restaurants and pubs with close friends.
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know: I am an expert marksman with .22 caliber rifles. When I was in Boy Scouts, I discovered I could consistently hit a nickel from 100 yards away.
What are you most proud of? I am proud of being the first person in my family to earn a college degree. Post-secondary education is truly worth the time, energy and financial resources.
Job location: Tempe
What attracted you to GCU? Faith is a big part of my life and working for a Christian school was very appealing to me. I want to be 100 percent behind the product (school) I am enrolling for.
What do you do for fun and where do you find that outlet? I am an extreme couponer. I love the thrill of finding a great deal. Some people laugh at me for clipping coupons, but I laugh at the people who pay for the products that I get for free. I’m also into fitness and working out. You can find me at the gym or out on a run.
What are you passionate about? I am passionate about being a great mom and taking care of my family. I also believe you’ve got to laugh a little each day. With a little bit of hard work and some humor, we can get through the day.
What are your favorite places or events in the Valley that you like to visit? I’m a huge football fan so I love to be at Cardinals or ASU games. I also enjoy hiking up our many mountains in the Valley.
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know: Most people don’t know that I used to be a gymnast and I can still do back-handsprings at age 31.
What are you most proud of? My amazing twin 4-year-old daughters. They are my pride and joy and they keep me laughing on a daily basis.
Job location: Peoria
What attracted you to GCU? Referral, Christian values and stability.
What do you do for fun and where do you find that outlet? I like to work out, outdoor activities and travel.
What are you passionate about? Young people. I am a youth leader at my church.
What are your favorite places or events in the Valley that you like to visit? I love spring training. I have a few favorite restaurants in Scottsdale.
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know: I am a die-hard New York Yankees fan and grew up in New York.
What are you most proud of? Proud of the family I am building. Right now it’s just my wife and I, but we will eventually have children and look forward to raising them with strong Christian values.