Rating: - 0

CLA Hosts Academic Networking Site for Tutoring and Support

January 13, 2010 / by / 0 Comment

By Eva Lytle With our ever-evolving worlds of Internet communication – podcasts, tags, file swapping – we have learned new and radical ways to research, create and learn. These and other features such as blogging tools, uploading photos, videos and music, joining forums and writing comments, allow us to express our creativity and individuality. GCU supports all students with higher education success at The Center for Learning & Advancement (CLA). We recognize that there is a new generation of digital learners and have provided opportunities to use those skills through online tutoring and social networking. CLA views social networking as another opportunity to connect with our global university peers in an academic way. We use a social network called NING that offers peer-to-peer and faculty-to-peer support in certain content areas. You can connect in discussion forums to help one another with academic concepts or answer questions you have about your coursework content. There are currently two social groups and forums that provide Writing Lab and Math Lab atmospheres. Students and faculty can post questions, answers, examples and resources that contribute to learning. Once you have joined, you will find photos and bios about each tutor, as well as additional online […]

READ MORE
Rating: - 0

GCU Faculty, Staff Contribute to Academic Community in 2009

December 22, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

(Above) Faculty members Karen Carr (left) and Dr. Kay Turk (right) accept recognition from Provost Dr. Cheryl St. Arnauld and President Kathy Player. Dr. Turk and Dr. Cathryn Meegan (not pictured) both earned their doctorate degrees in 2009. Grand Canyon University is known for rigorous, values-based academic programs that challenge students to become critical thinkers and responsible leaders. Our reputation is largely attributed to our excellent faculty and academic staff, who continuously raise our standard of excellence in the classroom and as our representatives in prestigious publications and presentations throughout the country. The following is a summary of the many diverse opportunities our faculty members and leadership have participated in during 2009. Please join me in congratulating these individuals on their outstanding contributions to the academic community, and to Grand Canyon University. Dr. Cheri St. Arnauld Provost 2009 Faculty and Staff Publications and Presentations Dr. Kathy Player Presentations: Player, K. (October 2009). Panel Discussion: Taking For-Profit Higher Education to the Next Level-Developing the Value Proposition. Eduventures Online Higher Education Annual Member Meeting, Boston, MA. Player, K. (July 2009). Panel Discussion: Personal Journey of Nursing Leadership. Northern Arizona State University, Flagstaff, AZ. Player, K. (June 2009). Developing Faculty and Leaders. Summer […]

READ MORE
Rating: - 0

CON Pinning Ceremony Celebrates New Nursing Grads

December 22, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

On Friday, December 18 at First Southern Baptist Church, 60 graduating nurses walked across the stage as part of GCU’s College of Nursing Convocation and Pinning Ceremony. These nurses have completed their BSN degrees in pre-licensure as well as RN-BSN. This unique ceremony dates back centuries. The modern tradition followed today began in the 1860s when Queen Victoria awarded the Red Cross of St. George to Florence Nightingale for her work with British soldiers. In turn, Nightingale extended her honor to outstanding nursing graduates at the Nightingale School of Nursing at St. Thomas Hospital in London. The ceremony is considered the symbolic beginning of a graduate’s nursing career. The pin itself is a symbol of the tradition shared by nurses around the world. It is worn prominently on the nurse’s uniform throughout their career. “Every school has a unique pin,” says CON Dean Dr. Anne McNamara. “If you look at the Grand Canyon College of Nursing pin, it reflects the logo of GCU with the cross of Jesus Christ and the saguaro cactus.” The ceremony also honored ROTC nursing graduates who have achieved the standards necessary to not only graduate as nurses but also earn commissions as a second lieutenant […]

READ MORE
Rating: - 0

Honors Symposium Presenters Provide a Fresh Look At Ethical Standards

December 16, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s business honors society – the Eta Chi chapter of Delta Mu Delta – held its annual symposium on December 10, 2009, to a capacity crowd in the Williams Lecture Hall. Dr. Kevin McClean, moderator of the business honors society, initiated the event in 2006 to encourage a sharing of research results on topics selected by KBCOB faculty. The event provides a platform for students, faculty and staff to showcase their research work. This year’s topics fell under the heading Maintaining ethical standards in challenging economic times. Presenters included Drs. Cindy Knott, Kim LaPrade and Lisa Aaroe from the College of Education, as well as Dr. Ronke Oke from the KBCOB. Drs. Knott and LaPrade presented Action Inquiry to Solve Education Ethical Dilemmas. Action research is a reflective process used by school leaders to identity and solve problems on a campus. They tailored the presentation for future educators and business managers. Dr. Aaroe presented Funding Special Education and shared her research on federal stimulus funds allocated for special education, but ultimately misappropriated. Dr. Ronke Oke presented Ethical Leadership Challenges in Challenging Times. The discussion covered roles and actions of ethical leaders, as well as how ethical leaders respond to a […]

READ MORE
Rating: - 0

“Excellence in Education” Award Presented to GCU Student and Faculty at a Suns Game

December 08, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

Congratulations to GCU KBCOB professor Dr. Kevin McClean and senior KBCOB student Mark Hardy on receiving Excellence in Education Awards. The awards were presented in pre-game festivities at the Phoenix Suns game on November 25. Excellence in Education Awards recognize outstanding students and faculty who display overall excellence in the classroom and the community. The winners are selected by GCU college deans, and awards are presented at select Suns and Mercury games throughout the season. Mark Hardy is pursuing his bachelor of science degree in Accounting. He is the president of the KBCOB Business Club. According to KBCOB Assistant Dean Olivier Bouclier, Mark does an outstanding job at promoting the club and reaching out to the community. He exemplifies what GCU students and servant leaders can do. Dr. Kevin McClean is the most senior faculty in KBCOB, and is highly regarded for his devotion to students and passion in the classroom. He is the mentor for the Delta Mu Delta society. According to Bouclier, Dr. McClean is involved in the life of the College, and his insights and collaborative spirit are prevalent throughout. In addition to the awards presentation, at the same Suns game GCU presented an in-game promotion, Are […]

READ MORE
Rating: - 0

Faculty Spotlight: Kristi Perkins

November 18, 2009 / by / 1 Comment

COLA English and writing instructor Kristi Perkins grew up serving others. In grade school, when she was short on humans to serve, her parents noted she brought home every injured animal she could find. She would feed and nurse all the wounded birds, bunnies, dogs and cats back to health. The urge continued through college, where she proposed projects that involved large-scale homeless housing plans and other “enormous efforts to save the world,” she says. “I was a bit of a dreamer,” says Kristi. “But I was always directed toward making the world better and helping others in the process. I believe that serving others is the most natural thing about me and it feels more like instinct than work or effort.” Kristi also found that she had a gift and a love for writing. Kristi earned her bachelor’s degree in English Literature at Arizona State University before returning for a master’s in English with a specialization in Rhetoric and Composition. Today, Kristi most frequently teaches English 101 and 102, at GCU, as well as developmental writing courses. She recently began teach UNV 101, the new University Success course, which is aimed at providing new GCU students with the writing […]

READ MORE
Rating: - 0

For Veterans, New GI Bill Offers New Opportunities

October 12, 2009 / by / 1 Comment

Today, unprecedented numbers of retired and active duty military personnel are wondering what the next step in their lives might be. After having a very clear path of serving their country, they may now be at a professional crossroads – sign up for another tour or retire and pursue another profession. For many, this is an appealing option – more command of your personal schedule, more time at home. And thanks to the newly implemented Post 9-11 GI Bill, obtaining a high quality education without a financial investment just got easier. “With this money, I now have the opportunity to be whatever I want to be,” says 38-year-old Gilbert, Ariz. resident Christopher Van Huss, who left the military in April 2004. The new bill, available to vets or active duty personnel who served after the 2001 terrorist attacks, requires no pay-in, and the tuition is paid directly to the college, so enrollees don’t have to pay money up front or wait for reimbursement. The benefits can also be transferred to spouses and dependents. “Many individuals may have aborted plans to obtain their degree earlier in life when they fulfilled a call to serve,” says Wendy Proffitt, director of the military […]

READ MORE
Rating: - 0

GCU Awarded for ANGEL Online Classroom Environment

September 25, 2009 / by / 2 Comments

The 2009 ANGEL IMPACT Awards recognize universities and colleges that take the ANGEL online classroom environment…

READ MORE
Rating: - 0

New Center for Learning and Advancement Helps Students Succeed

September 25, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

New and returning students this fall will find a new resource aimed at helping both traditional and online students through any academic bumps in the road. The new Center for Learning and Advancement (CLA) is prepared to arm every student with the essential skills for academic success, according to Dr. Kevin Thrasher, who heads the new Center. CLA employs a combination of full and part-time tutors, as well as a growing list of online tools that include live, web conferencing technology. Dr. Thrasher says the primary focus will be on writing and math support. “Those are the basic skills areas,” he says. “Without those tools, students can struggle across a number of courses.” The Center staffs a number of full-time tutors – who will specialize in writing or math. Plans include adding local professionals who would be willing to offer their time as tutors. Some faculty members are also devoting a portion of their office hours to help tutor in specific content areas. A number of resources are also available at the CLA web site for online students. The CLA web site is a one-stop shop with resources that will meet any student’s needs. Even students that may not need […]

READ MORE
Rating: - 0

Respiratory Care Student Honored as Practitioner of the Year

September 25, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

The Colorado Society for Respiratory Care honored Derrick Davis as its Practitioner of the Year.

READ MORE