Archive for October, 2014

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What others are saying about Mike Vaught

October 15, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Mike Vaught, Grand Canyon University’s new vice president of athletics, is well known among his peers, who say he has a passion for student-athletes, a stellar record as an administrator and a successful career as a coach. Here’s what some of them are saying: “I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to work in concert with Mike during my tenure as the head football coach at Rice University. Mike is a talented administrator whose expertise will greatly benefit GCU.  His background as a coach, fundraiser and executive in the private sector provide him with a broadly-developed leadership skill set.  Mike is a person who is passionate about intercollegiate athletics and most importantly, the student-athletes and their collegiate experience. Penni and I welcome Karri and Mike to our fine community.” — Todd Graham, ASU football coach “Mike Vaught is a home run hire for Grand Canyon University. As both an administrator and a coach, Mike knows how to build and sustain winning programs. His vision, leadership qualities and interpersonal skills are an ideal fit for GCU.” — Chris Del Conte, director of athletics, TCU “Mike Vaught is a tremendous athletic administrator and will be a terrific fit at Grand Canyon University. […]

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Mike Vaught, former SMU/Rice assistant AD, hired as VP of Athletics

October 15, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

PHOENIX (Oct. 15, 2014) – Grand Canyon University has named Mike Vaught the new vice president of athletics as the school continues its transition to the Division I level of NCAA athletics. Vaught brings to the Antelopes a wealth of Division I experience as an administrator, coach and fundraiser. As deputy athletic director at SMU, Vaught was involved in two key hires — football coach June Jones and men’s basketball coach Larry Brown — that brought the Mustangs’ marquee programs back to prominence following a 25-year bowl drought in the aftermath of receiving the NCAA death penalty in 1987. With Jones at the helm, SMU made four straight bowl appearances from 2009-12. Prior to his six years at SMU, Vaught was an assistant AD at Rice University, where he oversaw a football program coached by Todd Graham (now at Arizona State University) that reached its first bowl game in 45 years, while also raising approximately $5 million for the program in just 14 weeks. Vaught also spent 16 years as an assistant football coach at the University of Arkansas, Missouri State University and the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was offensive coordinator for the Midshipmen team that led the nation […]

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Chapel: Cultivate restorative work in life

October 14, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

New City Church’s Brian Kruckenberg reminded the Chapel audience on Monday that life is too short for selfish behavior, and that the Kingdom of God is now – though we may not see it. The pastor encouraged people to consider the type of culture they help foster every day. “Are you creating a culture that puts yourself first, that’s primarily about yourself, or are you thinking about the kingdom of God, the kingdom of restoration and renewal that comes when I lay down my life for the good of others?” Kruckenberg asked

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2002 ‘Little Women’ cast goes back in time

October 13, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

“Things change, Jo,” characters sing time and time again in “Little Women: An Opera in Two Acts,” which was performed last weekend in Ethington Theatre and will close this weekend. And so they have for five alumni, all cast members in the 2002 production of the same play in the same venue who attended Saturday evening’s show, and were wowed by a new generation of GCU student performers. GCU Today has a story and ticket information.

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GCU hosts Bubba’s Bash

October 13, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau On Saturday evening, GCU’s Arena once again was filled with cheering students, parents and others at the 3rd annual Bubba’s Bash, hosted by two-time Masters Champion Bubba Watson. The concert featured GCU favorite Lecrae, along with Andy Mineo, Britt Nicole, Thi’sl and FEDEL.  

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Lip Sync packs the Arena

October 13, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau The Arena was loud and proud Friday night as Grand Canyon University’s student body presented its annual talent show, Lip Sync. The judges were Dr. Anne McNamara, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin, Grace Fuller, resident director at Mesquite Apartments, and Chase Kerrey, a faculty member in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Check out our photos of the costumes, the antics, the dancing, the laughter and a special new look for Griffin. Will it catch on?  

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Antelope Intros: Lesley Ray, Matt Boling and Erin Vanlandingham

October 10, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

This week’s edition of Antelope Intros features a new employee who had a close shave (and loved it), one who can defy gravity in a pretty hairy way (we have proof) and a woman who knows how to use her head (and can take care of herself, too). Check out their stories in GCU Today.

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Rend Collective at GCU Arena

October 09, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Northern Ireland band Rend Collective drew nearly 2,400 people to Grand Canyon University Arena on Wednesday. Urban Rescue and GCU’s own Moriah Peters opened.

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COE enrollment team tackles Habitat for Humanity project

October 09, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Members of the GCU College of Education northeast enrollment team spent Friday, Oct. 3, painting and organizing construction materials at a Habitat for Humanity project in Phoenix. The 12 volunteers from the University’s Tempe office complex, led by enrollment manager Jeffrey Serpa, used GCU’s new policy on Community Service Time to take a work day for the project. The team, pictured in the first photo (back row, from left), Derek Marquardt, Joey Bouse, Kevin Sample, Serpa and Brittany Denney and (front row, from left), Melanie Johnston, Jen Rumzis, homeowner Andy Anderson, Tinika Scott, Marne Verdusco, Monique White, Peggy Heins and Michele Kramlich.        

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GCU psych department experiencing mind expansion

October 09, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The psychology department at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences has added three new professors, giving Grand Canyon University more personnel to address the rising need to prepare students for both entry-level jobs and graduate-level programs in psychology.

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