Archive for December, 2016

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Slideshow: ‘Shop with a Cop’

December 19, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

GCU News Bureau Several Grand Canyon University police department members spent Saturday morning at a “Shop with a Cop” community service program in Mesa. The department had adopted a family whose house was destroyed in a fire and who also had been a traffic collision. The officers met the family members and took them on a $100 per person shopping spree at Target, and each child won additional prizes. “They were very appreciative,” said one of the officers, Ryan Sand, an emergency management specialist. “It was a very emotional day for all of us.”  

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Team dynamics: Working together through personality differences

December 19, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

By Marette Hahn GCU Career IMPACT Center We’ve all had them: coworkers, friends, family members and others who are drastically different than us and sometimes difficult for us to handle. But what was it our wise mentors always used to say? “It takes all kinds to make the world go ’round.” In many ways, this old adage is true, and by understanding more about yourself and those around you, you really can make it easier to get along in the workplace (and produce results). Could you imagine how ineffective a team would be if everyone on it thought the exact same way and had the exact same strengths? Nothing would get done! Therefore, it’s time to embrace those with whom you work, even if your personalities are vastly different and sometimes difficult to reconcile. Invest in an opportunity to get to know yourself better. (Ask a trusted colleague or mentor, take a personality assessment, research personalities, work with a life/career coach, etc.). Then, consider what someone opposite of you might be like and what kinds of strengths they can bring to a team. For example, you might be a fantastic visionary – a great idea person! But then there’s someone […]

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They prepared, they persevered … they prevailed

December 16, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Winter commencement on Friday afternoon at Grand Canyon University demonstrated the preparation and perseverance the graduates needed to reach their goal. But it also was about what they had done for others. “What I will remember most,” President Brian Mueller said, “is how you served not just each other, but that you served God and this neighborhood.”

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Cancer couldn’t keep her from commencement

December 16, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Roxanne Maier, 60, watched her class graduate from Grand Canyon University on Friday from a seat in GCU’s Arena. Cancer sidelined her education temporarily, but she plans to resume studying in the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions in January and graduate in April.

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This graduate’s GCU script played out perfectly

December 16, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Jennifer Estrada graduates Friday from Grand Canyon University with a degree in Business Management, but just as important to her GCU experience has been her behind-the-scenes work on 11 main stage productions at Ethington Theatre. Her finale, “Our Town,” was also her first experience as stage manager.

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Antelope Intros: LaRisa Rowe and Becky Nunes

December 16, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

This week’s edition of Antelope Intros features a field experience counselor who is an English Literature advocate. The other is a student services counselor with a passion for education. Both have one thing in common — they are missing out on one of the world’s most amazing natural wonders, the Grand Canyon.

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Slideshow: Men’s basketball vs. Arizona

December 15, 2016 / by / 1 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau The GCU men’s basketball team made another big-name opponent squirm Wednesday night. The Lopes went into Arizona’s McKale Center and trailed the No. 19-ranked Wildcats by only four points midway through the second half before losing 64-54.  

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They’re blazing a trail from San Miguel to GCU

December 14, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Three members of the graduating class at Friday’s winter commencement are the first from San Miguel High in Tucson, a school for the economically disadvantaged. It’s the only Arizona school in the Cristo Rey Network, a collection of high schools that integrate four years of college preparatory work with work experience. “I’ve shared my experiences with other students, and I know that many will, like me, go to GCU,” said one of the three, Esperanza Sesteaga.

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GCU’s definition of perfect harmony: Critical Mass

December 14, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The incredible talent and harmony of GCU’s Critical Mass a cappella ensemble will be on display again Friday afternoon, as it is before every commencement. The 14 members must go through auditions every year to qualify for the group, which performs almost 50 times a year.

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Slideshow: Canyon Cares Christmas

December 12, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by GCU News Bureau It was a Christmas wonderland for children, parents, staff and volunteers who turned out for Grand Canyon University’s Canyon Cares Christmas on Sunday. Santa posed with children, a hot lunch with cookies was served and there were games, crafts and, of course, plenty of presents.  

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