Archive for August, 2016

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Doctoral residencies take up residency on campus

August 10, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The opening of the GCU Hotel and the ever increasing classroom space at the University enabled the College of Doctoral Studies to bring its residencies to the main campus. Dr. Michael Berger, the CDS dean, said the move has helped to “energize and focus the learners.”

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GCU alum gives voice to taming Tourette Syndrome

August 10, 2016 / by / 2 Comments

When Jennifer Smestad sings her first single, “It’s Only Rain,” her voice is giving a hint to a backstory that is equally powerful. The 23-year-old GCU alum and former Miss Arizona has overcome Tourette Syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes involuntary movements and sounds. In an ironic twist, Tourette has had a key role in her singing career.

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Employees, students lend a hand in sand at GCU Golf Course

August 09, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Here’s yet another example of how there’s more than a grain of truth to the spirit at GCU: When every sand trap at GCU Golf Course was damaged in last week’s storm, Jesse Mueller, the director of golf, needed some assistance. He turned to Greg Harman and Jeff Glosser in Academic Alliances, and they rounded up some employees and students to pitch in on a granular level.

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New engineering curriculum built for students

August 09, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

What’s new about Grand Canyon University’s engineering program this year? It’s easier to ask what isn’t! Highlights include more students, 10 new faculty members, innovative courses, and of course, a new building, which will be fully operational by January. That students are flocking to the program fits in with GCU’s goal to prepare a growing number of graduates for jobs in the science, technology, engineering and math professions.

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Shows went on this summer for theater students

August 08, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

“Twelfth Night,” “Big Fish” and “Sweeney Todd” were just some of the theatrical productions that recent graduates and current students from the College of Fine Arts and Production helped bring to life over the summer. The list of their recent accolades stretches as far away as New York and Florida and includes a variety of exciting theatrical roles and responsibilities. Bravo!

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Employee meeting highlights achievements, goals

August 05, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s annual all-employee meeting Friday was a chance to catch up on all the things the University has accomplished in recent years and look ahead to more of the same. “I don’t think anybody believed we could accomplish what we’ve accomplished in the last seven years. It’s going to keep getting better. We’re only limited by what we can imagine,” President Brian Mueller said.

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Fall lineups for Chapel, The Gathering announced

August 04, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The fall schedules for Chapel and The Gathering are set, and both will once again raise spirits and provoke deep spiritual thought. “It’s how I hit the reset,” said Josh James, a Christian Studies major.

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University cleans up quickly from ‘100-year storm’

August 03, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University officials were ready for the massive storm Tuesday that soaked the campus with nearly three inches of rain and created lakes and rivers, caused minor flooding, shut down the Internet and phone system, and wreaked havoc on the roads. Thanks to dozens of facilities and public safety crew members and the University’s sophisticated drainage system, the campus was all but back to normal Wednesday morning.

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Fitness Challenge winners show how to walk the walk

August 02, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

How do you walk millions of steps in three months? Pretty much by dedicating a lot of free time to the pursuit. That’s what Team Walkaholics members, the winning group of GCU employees in the recent Fitness Challenge, said they did. They were among nearly 500 employees who participated in the contest to walk 10,000 steps or more a day. A new competition began Monday.

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Cancer survivor ready to pay it forward at GCU

August 01, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Tania Herrera’s journey with cancer taught her at a very young age that life can change in an instant. Because of her experience, the soon-to-be freshman at GCU was inspired to pursue a career in nursing. She was among 50 cancer survivors and families to receive a scholarship from the Children’s Cancer Network, a partner with Phoenix Children’s Hospital and a beneficiary of the GCU Foundation Run to Fight Children’s Cancer.

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