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On the job: GCU focused on career-friendly degrees

May 24, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Gone are the days of only having the option of earning the traditional bachelor’s degree in English or bachelor’s degree in history. Administrators want to make sure the University’s degrees lead to getting a job. So they’ve consulted with experts in the field and have reshaped many of GCU’s degree offerings, which are now “career-focused,” from a bachelor’s degree in history with an emphasis in public history, for example, to a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in professional writing.

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Students showcase true learning in Inquiry Project

May 09, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

If you didn’t know what the Great Pacific Garbage Patch was, you did after attending the Canyon Inquiry Project Showcase of Learning, which featured more than 80 students from 10 high schools presenting their projects — everything from the garbage patch to Sylvia Plath, the ways people have protested through the years, the dark side of social media and school mass shootings in America, to name a few. The event was the culmination of the eight-month project, in which teachers came to the GCU campus to immerse themselves in inquiry learning.

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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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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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Life’s roadblocks a shot in the arm for nursing student

April 27, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Kimberly Rabanal was five months pregnant when she decided to go back to school. Just three months later, her father was diagnosed with brain cancer. But that didn’t deter her; it motivated her to work even harder. Rabanal was one of the candidates for a master’s degree in nursing at Friday’s afternoon commencement ceremony.

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Graduates honor beloved biochemistry professor

April 26, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Tiffany Mealman was always thinking of her students. But at commencement on Thursday, her students were thinking of her. Recent graduates of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology spent a few minutes after commencement taking a photograph to send to the Mealman family — to show them how much the GCU biochemistry professor, who died of cancer earlier this year, meant to them.

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Carnegie Hall concert a ‘transformative experience’

April 25, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

For any performer, Carnegie Hall is the big show, and GCU’s Canyon Choral Society was part of the big show when it took the stage recently at the famed New York venue — an experience Dr. Juan De Dios Hernandez, Assistant Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Production, calls “transformative.”

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New Java coders brew apps for non-profits

April 25, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Children’s Cancer Network and Fresh Start, two non-profits, had similar problems: They needed some kind of messaging app to help them be more efficient. Enter GCU’s first cohort of Java coding boot camp students, who built apps to help solve those problems. The students, who are in the final week of the immersive, 15-week course, presented their capstone projects recently.

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Sonoran Desert: An oasis for new medicines?

April 19, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

In the battle of bugs vs. drugs, Dr. Daisy Savarirajan said bacteria are becoming more and more resistant to antibiotics. So in 2016, the College of Science, Engineering and Technology microbiology professor, alongside biosciences professor Dr. Ramesh Velupillaimani, launched a research study to discover novel antimicrobial products from diverse desert plants. Could these desert plants be the source of the next big antibiotic? Could they be at the center of the next big drug?

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Experts bring cybersecurity insight out of the dark

April 17, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

GoDaddy’s Jason Veiock didn’t get his start in cybersecurity. He was a cop. He spoke to educators and other attendees at a recent Code.org meetup at the GCU-based Arizona Cyber Warfare Range about how he got into cybersecurity, what it’s like to handle security for a company as big as GoDaddy, and what qualities educators should look for in their students when it comes to encouraging the next generation of cyber professionals.

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