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GCU Sponsors Cortez H.S. in Beat the Odds Program

December 08, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Reid Chitwood is a busy guy — make that very busy — and so he wasn’t too sure about Beat the Odds, a partnership program in which metro Phoenix educational institutions and business sponsor schools with high at-risk populations. “At first, I thought it would be just another thing to do,” admitted Chitwood, the principal at Cortez High School in Glendale, on a tour of the school campus Wednesday. “But it hasn’t turned out that way. It gives me a chance to collaborate with other administrators. It helps me realize that other people have the same concerns.”

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Sports Business Panel Offers Insight Into Success

December 08, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The new Colangelo School of Sports Business kicked off with a bang Wednesday night as it hosted its first event, a panel discussion involving four sports business owners who successfully started their own companies in a competitive field. Moderated by KTAR sportscaster Paul Calvisi, the panel answered questions that sports business students had submitted earlier, offering both business and sports advice based on experience at turning ideas into fully functioning strategies.

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Winter Dance Concert at Ethington Dec. 15 and 16

November 28, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU College of Fine Arts and Production presents Legacy – a winter dance concert honoring dancers in history. The production was choreographed by Zari Le’on, Susannah Keita, Jessica Rajko, Sonja Mitrovic and Antoinette Proctor. Performances are December 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Ethington Theatre. Tickets are $10. To purchase tickets, call the box office at 602.639.8880 or [email protected]

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Pioneering Science Professor Returns to Visit Campus

November 23, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

A former professor who was ahead of his time with ideas on how to grow GCU’s enrollment visited campus Tuesday for the first time in several years. As you might expect, Dr. Jim Witherspoon was amazed by what he saw: a campus bustling beyond his wildest dreams. “It’s always fun when things are growing,” said Witherspoon, accompanied on a tour by his wife, Becky, and Assistant Dean Anna Faith Smith of the College of Arts and Sciences. “We had been told (the campus) had changed remarkably. We weren’t prepared for all the cars. We had to look awhile for parking!”

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GCU Teams Take Stock Market Game by Storm

November 18, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

By Doug Carroll Communications Staff Looking for a good stockbroker in a down economy? One capable of getting you a 344 percent return on your investment portfolio?  Here’s a tip: Call the firm of Dalquist, Herberg, Kernagis & Meyer. But you’ll need to be flexible for an appointment. The brokers are in class for much of the day.  Those four GCU students — Alex Dalquist, Ralph Herberg, Richie Kernagis and Micah Meyer — won the University Division in last week’s 58-team Stock Market Challenge, a game sponsored by Junior Achievement and held at the Arizona Biltmore.  The division included teams from all three state universities and the Thunderbird School of Global Management, as well as a second GCU team (James Cooney, Kevin Knecht and Whitney Richert), which finished third. The victory by the team of four was GCU’s second in three years at the competition.  The two GCU teams also finished eighth and 12th overall, against professionals from companies such as Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank and Charles Schwab.  No, it wasn’t real money the teams were playing with. But it was real competition, and Dr. Ernie Scarbrough couldn’t be more pleased with his students, who haven’t even taken an investments […]

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Staff Chaplain Visits Doctoral Residents for Intimate Chapel

November 10, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

GCU doctoral learners took a break from the intensity of residency for a taste of campus life on Wednesday. The Kachina Ballroom at the Squaw Peak Pointe Hilton in Phoenix became GCU Arena for an hour as learners were treated to a midweek Chapel. Ryan Maguire, GCU’s online ministry coordinator and staff chaplain, provided the message and a smaller Chapel band — consisting only of Campus Music Minister Gabe Salazar and band members Jeannette Montenegro and Jason Richard — provided the music.

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Blanchard Challenges Leaders to Stay Up in Down Times

November 04, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

In today’s tough economic times, it’s hard to stay positive, especially for leaders in the business world. But that is exactly what Dr. Ken Blanchard says is the most important thing for today’s leaders. “You have to be the bearers of hope,” Blanchard told a packed Ethington Theatre at Friday morning’s CEO Lecture Series, put on in partnership with AZ Business Magazine. “That doesn’t mean you have to be deceitful or not tell the truth about what’s going on. But if you aren’t positive, your people won’t be positive.”

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Record Number Attend Health Sciences and Nursing Day

November 04, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s recent growth as an institution was on display Friday for a record number of high school students from across Arizona at the annual Health Sciences and Nursing Day. An estimated 2,500 students — an increase of 1,000 over 2010 — visited campus, attending a number of breakout sessions and touring points of interest such as the cadaver and simulation labs. About 60 high schools were represented, from as far as Prescott, Bisbee, Tucson and Nogales. Dr. Cheryl Roat, associate dean for the College of Nursing, had a standing-room-only audience for her early morning talk on “The Top 10 Reasons to Be a Nurse.”

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African-Born Dancer to Teach Master Class on Campus

November 02, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Zimbabwean-born dancer Rujeko Dumbutshena loves her culture and enjoys being able to teach others about that culture through dance. That is what she will be doing this Friday when she teaches a master class at GCU. “We are so excited to be able to host Rujeko at Grand Canyon University,” says the director of dance for the College of Fine Arts and Production, Susannah Keita, who has attended Camp Mabina in New Mexico, a summer dance institute for which Dumbutshena is the artistic director. “Her class promises to be invigorating and challenging for all, including novice and experienced dancers.”

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COE Distributes Over 700 Books at Fall Festival

October 28, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The annual Fall Festival celebration is a time of joy for the College of Education. “It’s always a lot of fun to meet thousands of our neighbors,” said Dean Kimberly LaPrade. “It is our way of giving back a small piece of ourselves to the community.” Each year, the college does a theme around giving away books to the children visiting the campus. Candy may last a few bites, but books last for years. Using GCU Today Digest, a request went out for donations of children’s books.

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