Archive for August, 2015

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Three branches of engineering, one goal: workforce readiness

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GCU Today Magazine GCU is training tomorrow’s engineers in an interdisciplinary setting that replicates the workforce environment. Here’s a snapshot of each program emphasis: BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING Also known as “bioengineering,” this field produces technology for medical devices and other health care purposes. It’s where engineering and medicine come together to solve humanity’s biological problems and improve patient care through automation. Innovations: Implants that regulate the brain’s response to hunger and guide weight loss in obese adults, optical scanners that analyze the skin to potentially reduce the need for routine dermatological biopsies, and microchips that alert doctors to potential heart attacks Major course topics: Biomedical Design Elements, Biomaterials and Biomedical Instrumentation and Devices ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING From portable electronic devices to robotic manufacturing systems, engineers in this broad field work on hardware that delivers data for a range of everyday purposes. The technology they build and maintain keeps everything from wireless networks to power plants humming along at an optimal pace. Innovations: Renewable energy delivery systems, such as high-efficiency solar cell materials, and microcircuit boards and nano-electronics for biomedical implants Major course topics: Advanced Circuits, Electromagnetic Fields and Optics, and Communications Signal Processing MECHANICAL ENGINEERING Considered the broadest of all engineering disciplines, mechanical engineers […]

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‘Precise medicine’ helps freshmen breathe easier

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GCU Today Magazine There were times when Carter Bennett felt asphyxiated, as if someone was sitting on his chest or thrusting a knife into his lungs. Throughout his youth, the Grand Canyon University freshman relied on his parents, Dave and Kimberly, for relief from the suffocating complications of cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder for which there is no cure. When Carter was diagnosed at age 9, his father was a software entrepreneur. But the family’s ensuing experience with doctors and insurance companies led Dave into the emerging field of health care information systems. He became focused on the blending of technology with personalized health care. The Bennett family learned to understand Carter’s disease and to investigate his genetic makeup. They tailored his treatment plan by zeroing in on his disease mutation, one that affects only 4 percent of cystic fibrosis patients. They researched new drugs for Carter’s mutation and actually brought information to their doctor about one that has helped him thrive. “It’s kind of unfortunate that the doctor didn’t know it, but it’s not really the doctor’s fault since he didn’t really have the systems to do it,” said Dave Bennett, a member of the GCU President’s STEM Advisory […]

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GCU Today Magazine welcomes Class of 2019

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The cover story in the latest edition of GCU Today Magazine introduces you to 10 new faces on campus who are shining representatives of this fall’s incoming freshmen class. Check out the students’ stellar academics, servant qualities and deep faith and watch a cool video about their first-year expectations. The September magazine also has full coverage of a beach get-together for new GCU students from Southern California as well as a story about the University’s new engineering degrees, a feature and video about its promising soccer program and an article about a unique collaboration between GCU and Arizona hospitals to train and employ new nursing graduates. Other content: a look at where GCU students spread the Gospel during summer mission trips, a story and video about new alumnus Zenon Castro, who is moving from school janitor to teacher thanks to GCU’s s online program and a profile of alumna/future doctor Erica Wadas, plus alumni class notes.  

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Diana Puente Head with mentor Anna Ward
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Nursing students gaining passage to practice

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In its first year, GCU’s Transition to Professional Nursing Practice program enabled 130 students to gain practical knowledge and experience in the facilities of two major Arizona health care corporations. The icing on the cake is that, to date, nearly 60 of them have landed jobs as registered nurses, too.

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Graduate transitioning from custodian to teacher with degree

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GCU online alum Zenon Castro plans to swap his cleaning supplies for textbooks and become a special education teacher, fulfilling a lifelong dream. Castro began working as a night custodian at Mountain Vista Elementary in Indio, Calif., while earning student teaching hours toward his master’s degree, which he completed in June. He plans to take over a special education classroom at Mountain Vista this fall.

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Erica Wadas graduated from GCU with a bachelor's degree in biology, with an emphasis in pre-medicine in 2011.
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Alumna digs in at Dartmouth for medical residency

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GCU alumna Erica Wadas has followed in her father’s footsteps by graduating from medical school, and has landed a residency at a New England medical center that is part of a prestigious Ivy League school.

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These smiling faces belong to some of the incoming freshmen at GCU, the Class of 2019.
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Hello, my name is: GCU Class of 2019

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GCU is planning the biggest welcome for the biggest entering class in its history next week, as thousands of freshmen move onto campus into seven residence halls, four of them brand new. Meet 10 members of the Class of 2019 who bring a grand diversity of skills, interests, plans, passions, backgrounds and geography to GCU and will surely make their mark on the world.

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Dr. Michael Sheller, associate dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology
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The real deal: New engineering programs show practical applications

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The three new engineering bachelor’s degree programs this year in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Grand Canyon University have made an important transition: Students are taught industry standards, making them more prepared to enter the workforce.

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Goal-oriented: Hyndman kicks off exciting era in GCU soccer

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Schellas Hyndman has done a lot of impressive things as a soccer coach, but his goals for his Grand Canyon University men’s program are even more far-reaching. The sixth-winningest coach in NCAA history certainly has the attention of his players.

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Spotlight on Heather Jancoski, Class of 2009

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By Rick Vacek GCU Today Magazine In just one year, Heather Jancoski has shown her students at South Mountain High in Phoenix that persistence can be glamorous in broadcast journalism. The 2009 GCU graduate (M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: Technology) had barely walked through the classroom door when she had a dozen disciples (“Our own little mini-family”) producing Jaguar News, a weekly television program about happenings on campus. Not long after, Jancoski’s determination to make contact with the Public Broadcasting Service paid off in a collaboration on school safety with PBS NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs. “The things you taught us — that’s what we’re doing!” her students told her. “To see it on the national news was great for them, too,” she said. The learning process continued with Jancoski’s insistence that her class develop social media skills to apply the proper analytics to those communications. And that optimized a mash-up of story ideas. For her efforts, Jancoski, 33, was honored in the Creative Media category in Cox Communications’ 2015 Connect2STEM Awards, and even that had a side benefit: An assisted-living home wants her students to do a video about the facility and mentor residents on producing their own stories. But […]

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