Archive for April, 2015

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A year to remember: GCU’s Top 10 stories of 2014-15

April 22, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

GCU Today Magazine  Photos by Darryl Webb There was no shortage of news at Grand Canyon University during the 2014-15 academic year. And it was no easy decision picking the Top 10 stories from the dozens that were produced by GCU Today. But those that emphasized community, growth and reputation quickly rose to the top. Here they are: 1. GCU revs economic engine in west Phoenix The University announced a five-point plan to revitalize the neighborhood, continued expanding its campus along the Canyon Corridor, agreed to operate and began renovating Maryvale Golf Course, and opened a hotel to train students in hospitality management and employ local residents. A study credited GCU with an annual economic impact of $1.1 billion that generates 10,490 jobs, with wages approaching $500 million per year. 2. What’s in a name? A lot, when it’s Colangelo GCU’s business school was renamed for Phoenix icon Jerry Colangelo, whose principles of servant leadership, ethics and entrepreneurship became as ingrained into campus life as he did in just a few short months. As part of the hospitality curriculum, the college also announced plans for golf course and tennis management programs. 3. It’s full STEM ahead as 8th college opens Determined to fill high-tech […]

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Brain gain: Growing tutor program reaches more students than ever

April 22, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Janie Magruder GCU Today Magazine As a student at Canby High in northwestern Oregon, Bryce Beatty filled his days with chemistry, honors biology, advanced placement physics and playing shortstop for the baseball team. But when he came to Grand Canyon University in 2012, Beatty traded his mitt and jersey for latex gloves and an apron. For the then freshman, focusing on his major — biology with an emphasis in pre-med — required protection for his hands and clothing in GCU’s cadaver lab. Despite his considerable high school science background, Beatty knew he would need some help in chemistry as he pursued a career in spine surgery. As soon as he arrived on campus, he requested tutoring help from the Center for Learning & Advancement (CLA). Now a junior in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, Beatty is one of GCU’s top science tutors. He helped inspire University leaders to restructure the tutoring system and is assisting with its success. There’s extra credit, of course: “If you can teach it, you know it,” he said. Narrowing the focus Tutoring has evolved over the past 18 months during a perfect storm of change at GCU. The administration wanted to boost […]

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Lopes baseball team aims for national prominence

April 22, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

When he took over Grand Canyon University’s baseball program before the 2012 season, former big-leaguer Andy Stankiewicz brought a rebuilding mentality to the baseball program but took the team to the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship in just his second year as coach. Now, in its second year of the four-year transition process to Division I, GCU has already established itself as one of the top teams in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and a team that can compete with anyone at the D-I level.

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Blessings abound for GCU alums Nicole and Brent Nedella

April 22, 2015 / by / 2 Comments

Story by Janie Magruder Photos by Darryl Webb GCU Today Magazine Jesse Hannington Nedella is a cherubic blond bundle of busyness. He zips through his living room in Avondale, Ariz., alternately lobbing a fluffy ball at his dad’s head and fitting plastic triangles into a puzzle box. He stops just long enough to bounce on toddler legs to an Elmo song on TV’s “Sesame Street,” then pops a plastic bucket onto his head and continues to entertain. Jesse is 20 months old and even knows how to whistle. By all accounts, he is the definition of a miracle. The uniting of brainpower Looking back, their meeting at Grand Canyon University feels accidental. But Drs. Nicole (Stevenson) and Brent Nedella, now 34, have realized their relationship — which began awkwardly in organic chemistry class — and their entire lives are being orchestrated quite beautifully by God. Brent figured out at 13 that he wanted to be a doctor, and GCU made his undergraduate education possible with a scholarship. Nicole decided in kindergarten that she would be a veterinarian, came to GCU because of its cadaver lab (as so many high school students do) and switched to people medicine as a junior […]

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Skills learned at GCU helped alumna’s business prosper

April 22, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story and photo by Paige Gruner Office of Alumni Relations GCU Today Magazine Natalie Speers, founder of Social Ally, a social media and branding agency based in Scottsdale, Ariz., has long been an early adapter. As Facebook, Twitter and Instagram were reshaping human connections, she was helping shape social media as a communication tool for clients. When she first started out, Speers worked for an event and entertainment company, promoting events in the Phoenix area and getting paid based on the number of people in attendance. At the time, Myspace was popular. Speers took advantage of marketing to its large audience by building a database. She taught herself HTML code and created a promotional Myspace page where people could RSVP for the events, then get in for free. At those events, Speers invited paying guests to sign up through Myspace for future events in exchange for providing their contact information. She added the phone numbers and email addresses to her database and eventually developed a list of more than 10 million people, she said. Speers’ boss noticed her efforts and created a department for her called “New Media.” The Grand Canyon University alumna then launched a social media business with […]

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Spotlight on Catherine Brubaker, Class of 2007

April 22, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

By Paige Gruner Office of Alumni Relations GCU Today Magazine Catherine Brubaker is a two-time traumatic brain-injury survivor who has taken life by the handlebars. In 2010, Brubaker was assaulted, leaving her with a brain injury that also affected her heart, necessitating a pacemaker. Upon being discharged from the hospital, she was involved in a head-on collision and sustained a second injury to her brain. Three years after her accident, Brubaker was determined to take her life back. She purchased a recumbent tricycle and met Dan Zimmerman, a stroke survivor who was riding the same model. They realized they were riding for the same purpose — freedom. Zimmerman gave Brubaker his card, and on the back was a U.S. map with a red line from Anacortes, Wash., to Key West, Fla. Zimmerman was doing a cross-country bike ride to raise hope and awareness about cycling’s ability to help brain-injury survivors recover and regain their strength. Brubaker, of Tempe, Ariz., later called Zimmerman. She said, “I’m in. I want to do this ride.” She had six weeks to train and raise $10,000, which she accomplished with Zimmerman’s help and that of the community. Along with four other cyclists, Brubaker completed the […]

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CONHCP’s ‘most dedicated person’ retiring

April 22, 2015 / by / 8 Comments

Folks in the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions have grown accustomed to Dr. Cheryl Roat’s smiling face, open door, sage advice and institutional knowledge. But after 27 years of helping bring GCU’s nursing college to prominence and nurturing its faculty, staff and students, Roat is retiring this week. GCU Today has a story about the many contributions of this regular fixture in the CONHCP and how she will be missed.

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How a marketing class impacted local companies

April 20, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Students in a GCU marketing class did projects that had long-lasting effects, both on the participants and local companies. One of the students even turned it into an internship.

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GCU students help with HopeFest Phoenix

April 20, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University students helped sort clothing in advance of Saturday’s CityServe Arizona’s HopeFest Phoenix, then came to the event to hand out food boxes, entertain children and volunteer in other ways. More than 20,000 underprivileged, underserved and underinsured people attended the event in downtown Phoenix. (Photos courtesy of Kelsey Dean)  

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Justice students prepare for life behind the badge

April 20, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

To prepare for their careers with law enforcement agencies and other justice organizations, Grand Canyon University justice-studies faculty urge students to hit the streets. Through dozens of ride-alongs and tours with police departments, sheriff’s offices, federal agencies and prisons this year, students have been able to get see the often-startling realities of what their future careers entail. GCU Today has a story about how professor Cornel Stemley and the Lopes Justice Society club have created those opportunities.

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