Archive for May, 2018

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Nursing student has world-class aims in her sport

May 07, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University has an archery champion in its student body — nursing major Alexis Ruiz won a major tournament in Las Vegas earlier this year and also was a 2017 World Archery Youth Champion. But she’s targeting a much bigger goal: She wants to be No. 1 in the world.

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Nothing silly about Run to Fight accomplishments

May 04, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Run to Fight Children’s Cancer supporters kept up the pace on Thursday at the annual Superhero Banquet, which wrapped up the eighth year of the fundraiser. Beneficiaries Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Children’s Cancer Network received event proceeds — $40,000 each — and volunteers, sponsors and race starters were honored. “It was a good year,” said Patti Luttrell, co-founder and executive director of CCN. It also was the first year CCN managed the race, taking up the reins from GCU.

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Honors College assistant dean receives national award

May 03, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Alpha Chi, the national honors society, gave its Outstanding Chapter Sponsor award to Honors College Assistant Dean Breanna Naegeli at its national convention last month. Naegeli has worked hard to grow GCU’s chapter, and it sent a record number of representatives to the conference — including three who did presentations.

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2017-18 GCU Year in Review: The top 10 stories

May 03, 2018 / by / 2 Comments

The top 10 stories of the academic year at Grand Canyon University begin with a no-doubter — the University’s non-profit application being approved by the Higher Learning Commission. But there was a lot of other big news, and then there was the development that peopled just loved.

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New podcast provides teachers with talking points

May 02, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Emily Pottinger and Dr. Meredith Critchfield of the College of Education have started a new podcast, “Top of the Class,” that’s designed to inspire teachers and raise up the profession in a variety of ways. “Let’s talk about ‘How do we do it best?’” Critchfield said. “What’s more inspiring than THAT?”

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Fitness Facts: Check your skin regularly

May 02, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Skin cancer is far more prevalent than all other types of cancer combined. That’s why checking your skin regularly is so important, Connie Colbert writes in this week’s Fitness Facts.

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Dr. Deb’s Mental Health Vitamin: Take a timeout!

May 02, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Timeouts are commonly used in some sports or in raising children, but Dr. Deb Wade’s Mental Health Vitamin suggests that they can be a useful tool for adults, too. “A timeout can be a time of rejuvenation, refreshment and renewal,” she writes.

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Speech and Debate team warms to the task again

May 01, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

It wasn’t just another great year for the Speech and Debate team at Grand Canyon University — it was the team’s best year ever. GCU finished 19th and had a top-eight team in a national debate event last month, then had two top-48 finishers in a national speech event.

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Her MSN was a labor of love in more ways than one

May 01, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Paige Estrada traveled almost six hours from her home in Apple Valley, Calif., to GCU to walk across the stage on Friday and get her master’s degree degree. So even when the 22-year-old emergency room nurse, who is 36 weeks into her pregnancy, started feeling regular contractions just 2 hours before the ceremony, she was still determined to make it across the stage.

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