Archive for July, 2018

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Antelope Intros: Elizabeth Lemster and Monique Aceves

July 09, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

This week’s edition features a traveler who sponsors two children from Colombia and a technical support specialist who can tell you how to take a free trip to the Phoenix Art Museum.

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GCU helped the stars align for rejuvenated veteran

July 09, 2018 / by / 2 Comments

There’s a student at GCU whose life has not quite gone as planned — yet he’s flourishing. In 2003, the Marine was ambushed in Iraq, resulting in the loss of an eye, a traumatic brain injury and a bullet wound to the arm. His mother says he shouldn’t have survived, “but by the grace of God he did.” The injuries cost him a career in law enforcement and a job with the Kepler Space Telescope Program. But from the ashes, Brent Phillips has created something special with the help of the University.

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New chefs reconnect at Canyon 49 Grill

July 06, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The new chefs at Canyon 49 Grill know a thing or two about working with each other. They met more than a decade ago at a resort, where they cooked together for six years in multiple restaurants. They say their past experience has made the transition to GCU a fun one, and they agree with the herd: There’s something different about this place. “Here, it’s like a family,” Sous Chef Mike Willison said.

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Healthy showing at HOSA conference

July 05, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

GCU News Bureau GCU students who are members of Arizona HOSA-Future Health Professionals (formerly the Health Occupations Students of America) were recognized at the recent HOSA International Leadership Conference in Dallas. Zack Merhavy and Cheney Huls received a first-place award in the category of Medical Innovation-Original. The chapter was recognized for being the largest post-secondary/collegiate chapter internationally and was also named Outstanding HOSA Chapter. Dr. Mark Wireman, assistant professor in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, received the Outstanding HOSA Advisor award. Attending this year’s conference were Huls, Merhavy, Amanda Seawright, Camden Bole, Jared Taillon and Reba Adams.  

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We need each other in our walk with Christ

July 05, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

In this week’s edition of Theology Thursday, Pastor Jim Miller discusses what it means to “walk alongside each other” as we try to navigate this life. He believes that walking the walk starts with being totally open and truly knowing each other.

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What the nonprofit GCU is not: A not-for-profit

July 03, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

The terminology might sound the same, but when it comes to “nonprofit” and “not-for-profit,” there are subtle differences between the two. So when it comes to referring to Grand Canyon University, it’s important to use the correct terminology: We are a nonprofit.

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Student, staff, faculty reflect on Independence Day

July 03, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Members of the GCU community — a student, a faculty member, an online staff member, a campus staff member and an academic leader — reflect on the meaning of Independence Day and describe how they will celebrate with family and friends.

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Students shine at NATS conference

July 02, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

GCU News Bureau Dr. Rachel Velarde, associate professor of music, recently took six current and recent graduates of the GCU Student National Association of Teachers of Singing Learning Community to Las Vegas for the national NATS conference. Students volunteered for 15 hours; attended concerts, sessions and masterclasses; got to know other SNATS chapters; and met international opera stars Christine Brewer, soprano; Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano; and Alton Fitzgerald White, who played the role of Mufasa in “The Lion King” on Broadway for eight years. They also met singer/songwriter Mandy Harvey of “America’s Got Talent”; Jaime Bernstein, daughter of Leonard Bernstein; Dr. Johan Sundberg, session speaker and leading international researcher on the acoustics of music and the science of the singing voice; Dr. Ian Howell, Director of Voice Pedagogy at the New England Conservatory; and Dr. Scott McCoy, author of the textbook used in GCU voice pedagogy class. In addition to attending conference sessions, Velarde judged the high school music theater finals of the NATS National Student Auditions competition and performed on the Graphite Publishing “Publisher’s Showcase,” highlighting contemporary art song composition. Velarde said of GCU’s students, “All who met our students commented on how amazing they were and how willing to […]

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GCU nonprofit transaction completed

July 02, 2018 / by / 3 Comments

Under the terms of a transaction that closed on July 1, 2018, Grand Canyon Education sold Grand Canyon University to a nonprofit entity that will retain the GCU name. The transaction returns GCU to its historical roots as a nonprofit university and ensures the long-term legacy of both GCU and GCE.

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Velarde hits high note at workshop

July 02, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

GCU News Bureau Dr. Rachel Velarde, associate professor of music, recently returned from the Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Workshop at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Workshop instructors were Dr. Ian Howell, the vocal pedagogy director at the New England Conservatory; Kenneth Bozeman, professor of music at Lawrence University; and Dr. Chadley Ballentyne, senior instructor of voice at the University of Northern Colorado. The workshop focused on psychoacoustics, resonance strategies and formant tuning for the voice. In addition, Velarde participated in masterclasses and an informal recital.

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