Antelope Intros: Brianna Weatherly and Brock Bailey
Antelope Intros is a recurring GCU Today feature that introduces some of our new employees to the people around them in a way that is fun and informative. Employees are eligible to be featured in the month following their orientation.
Job title: University counselor, College of Doctoral Studies
Job location: I am one of the “famous five” who was transferred from Peoria (for Nursing) to Tempe (for Doctoral) for our third week of training. Soon to be at Camelback! Woo-hoo!
What attracted you to GCU? President Brian Mueller’s leadership. I heard him speak three years ago about his transition of the University to for-profit and his passion to live out the Christian principles of the school to impact the local community. I also know a number of current and past employees who have spoken highly of GCU’s culture. Obviously, the free-tuition benefit was a major plus, too!
What do you do for fun and where do you find that outlet? I enjoy hiking and went on my first backpacking trip last summer to Wind River Range, Wyo. It was amazing! My cousins and I are planning to hike part of the Appalachian Trail in 2017. More regularly, I love the movie-going experience!
What are you passionate about? My family. They all live In Iowa, and I try to visit them regularly. I especially miss my two nieces and nephew. I’m also passionate about missions, culture and travel. I’ve worked for a few missions organizations, and I love working in a new culture. I find it fascinating to learn through what lens people view the world.
What are your favorite places or events in the Valley that you like to visit? I haven’t gone to many events in the Valley since I moved here. I moved out here in 2013 for a residency master’s program, and I ended up staying in the Valley. I’ve mostly checked out hiking trails and the art museum. My favorite hiking place is Deem’s Hill.
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know: I was an art major at my first college; I most enjoyed watercolor, charcoal and pencil. I occasionally still paint, but I don’t have much space to set up my easel, canvas and paints, etc. Another fun fact: I have done missions in 12 countries.
What are you most proud of? My two nieces and nephew! If you meet me, I’ll likely end up showing you a picture of them. Yes, I’m that aunt. I’m not married and don’t have kids of my own, so I have to brag on them. Reese is 4, Dane is 2 and Blair is 2 months old. I am extremely proud of them because I value my family highly. I grew up with a very close family. We spent time together every weekend (grandparents, parents, siblings, cousins, aunt and uncles – all of us!). My brother, Nathan, is my only sibling. I feel proud of the Weatherly name! It means something in my hometown.
Job title: Videographer
Job location: Main campus, Cypress Hall
What attracted you to GCU? I am an alumnus. I loved everything about the campus when I was a student. I was a really big fan of how Christian oriented it was without pushing religion on people. I loved the atmosphere of the campus and how it continues to grow every single year.
What do you do for fun and where do you find that outlet? I am huge into CrossFit. I love competing at my local gym with all of my CrossFit friends! My wife and I both enjoy doing this in our spare time. I also love to hit the golf course and play a round with my buddies.
What are you passionate about? Creativity. I love taking something simple and creating it into an everlasting memory. My dream and goal is to be a director one day. I love to create inspiring films. I am big into romance, and wedding videos are the best things I have created. I also have done a short film that has 2 million views on YouTube.
What are your favorite places or events in the Valley that you like to visit? I love going to see movies and catching a few NFL and NBA games. My wife and I love the Los Angeles Lakers and the Arizona Cardinals. We also love going up to Sedona when we can! We go to Slide Rock and do a lot of hiking and relaxing. We just enjoy the scenery.
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know: I played every sport in high school. I also know how to play the guitar, bass, piano and drums.
What are you most proud of? How I was raised. Without my family growing up, I wouldn’t be the man I am today. I have learned so much from my family, and it has carried on to mine. You see so many stories these days of how people have changed for the worst, and I am glad I wasn’t part of that change. I also am proud in my faith. It’s what gets me through each day. Without God, I am nothing.