Archive for April, 2015

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Commencement Day 2: Non-traditional students

April 25, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau  

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Commencement Day 1: Traditional students

April 24, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau

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Commencement Day 2: Clouds can’t dampen mood

April 24, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By GCU News Bureau In the cool, crisp minutes before Friday’s commencement at Grand Canyon University, Dr. Michael Berger joked that he’d seen a range of reactions to the suddenly stormy and briefly rainy skies. The locals were the ones bundled up under sweaters and jackets. Out-of-towners didn’t seem to feel the chill in the 60-something-degree air. Still, the rain was minimal, the puddles puny, and anyone unfamiliar with April in the Valley of the Sun had to marvel at how the crystal-clear weather blended with the ceremony message about new opportunities and wide-open futures for GCU’s 560 morning graduates. Their degrees were conferred in the Colangelo College of Business and the College of Doctoral Studies, and most completed their degrees entirely online. Berger, dean of GCU’s College of Doctoral Studies, is a concierge and guest-greeter each year at commencement, actively intercepting anyone he can to route them to tickets, entrances, restrooms or whatever they might need before he has to “step away and do the dean thing” with other University leaders at the ceremony. He is one of hundreds of GCU volunteers who make commencement a warm and inviting atmosphere for locals and visitors alike. Spotting the College of Doctoral Studies regalia in the crowd, Berger introduced himself to learners whom he might have known […]

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Antelope Intros: Liz Flanders and Erin McRae

April 24, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

This week’s Antelope Intros feature a mom who loves doing things for others but especially for her family and a GCU club coach whose family has its act(s) together when it comes to the theatre.

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Commencement offers poignant tribute amid pomp

April 23, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By GCU News Bureau Thursday morning’s commencement, the first of six to be held this week for the Grand Canyon University’s Class of 2015 in the Arena, had all the usual pomp — grinning parents using cellphones and Canons, elaborately decorated mortarboards balanced on graduates’ heads and purple in every corner of the Arena, on flowers, stoles and drapes. (Click here to see a slideshow.) But the 80-minute ceremony attended by 528 undergraduates in five colleges — Theology, Fine Arts and Production, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences and Science, Engineering and Technology — also was punctuated by poignant circumstances. For one, several graduates in the first CSET class adorned their mortarboards in ways unique to their career paths, such as outlines of bodies and crime scene tape. And there was not one but two student speakers, identical twin sisters Joy and Claire Flatz, who earned degrees in theatre from the College of Fine Arts and Production. The duo, who are as close to America’s sweethearts as you can get, did a lovely tag-team bit about how the University’s campus has changed in four years. (Then: no lines, no Chick-fil-A and the worst parking spot was behind Hegel Hall next to […]

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GCU Today Magazine previews new look for campus

April 22, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The cover story in the latest edition of GCU Today Magazine is your guide to construction projects on campus this spring and summer. It includes details about new residence halls, dining options and outdoor spaces, such as eating areas and the soccer stadium, plus an update on the engineering building. The May issue also has a story about expanded University tutoring, an article about the bright future of Lopes baseball, and a feature about twin graduating seniors who acted their hearts out in the College of Fine Arts and Production. Other content includes the progress of GCU’s Integration of Faith, Learning and Work, the community calling of online student Tom Granado, the blessings of alumni Drs. Nicole and Brent Nedella at home and abroad, and the Top 10 stories of 2014-15, plus alumni class notes.

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Expansion will construct an even greater sense of community at GCU

April 22, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU campus is changing right before our eyes, and the dramatic alterations have only just begun. By the start of the fall semester, there will be four new six-story residence halls, a new engineering building, a new eating area called Lopes Way, and a new look for Thunder Alley. And there’s a lot more to come by the end of the year.

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Doctorate is one more way youth homes CEO fulfills lofty goals

April 22, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Rick Vacek GCU Today Magazine A day in the life of Tom Granado starts like a space launch — early and with a burst of energy that takes it to new heights. He and his wife, Wynn, get up at 4:30 a.m. and pray for a half-hour before she goes to work and he goes to work out. A few hours later, when the founder and CEO of New Horizon Youth Homes arrives in his Tempe, Ariz., office, his staff members say it’s impossible not to know he’s there, such is his considerable presence. They talk fondly about his “Tomisms,” about the way he gets excited about new ideas in staff meetings, and about how the family atmosphere he has created makes it like no other job they’ve had. It takes passion and unflagging enthusiasm to run 14 Valley locations that provide residential and outpatient services to at-risk children, teens and adults. It takes an incredible work ethic to do all that while completing his doctorate at Grand Canyon University. It takes someone like Tom Granado. “Our role model is our CEO,” said Jason Kindred, program director of New Horizon. “What I like,” added administrative director Mindy Leon, “is […]

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Initiative is a leap of faith and learning in classroom

April 22, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The Integration of Faith, Learning and Work initiative at GCU proved popular with both students and faculty. Students said it helped them take a new look at their faith, and faculty members saw it as a useful way to incorporate more prayer into the classroom.

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Flatz twins doubled their impact on performing arts

April 22, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Story by Cooper Nelson Photos by Darryl Webb GCU Today Magazine Twin theatre majors Claire and Joy Flatz are identical in appearance, but their interests, personalities and individual contributions to Grand Canyon University’s theatre program are distinctive. The 22-year-old seniors burst onto the College of Fine Arts and Production scene by playing the lead roles in the “The Boy Friend” as freshmen and have performed in 23 combined productions, often as leading ladies. Their costumes might as well hang from the ceiling of GCU’s Ethington Theatre, like retired jerseys in a sports arena, to commemorate their dazzling performances over four years. Notably, Joy played Cinderella in “Into the Woods,” the daughter of Capulet in “Romeo and Juliet” and Irene Adler in “Sherlock Holmes.” Claire played the baker’s wife in “Into the Woods” and the lead female role, Belle, in “A Christmas Carol.” The freedom to perform as freshmen allowed them to find their individual strengths in film and theatre. “There is inherently a safety net that comes with performing at college and failing, which has allowed us to grow,” Joy said. Said Claire, “Being able to perform as freshmen helped us gain confidence to pursue opportunities outside campus.” Their impressive […]

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