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GCU Today Magazine welcomes Class of 2019

August 12, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The cover story in the latest edition of GCU Today Magazine introduces you to 10 new faces on campus who are shining representatives of this fall’s incoming freshmen class. Check out the students’ stellar academics, servant qualities and deep faith and watch a cool video about their first-year expectations. The September magazine also has full coverage of a beach get-together for new GCU students from Southern California as well as a story about the University’s new engineering degrees, a feature and video about its promising soccer program and an article about a unique collaboration between GCU and Arizona hospitals to train and employ new nursing graduates. Other content: a look at where GCU students spread the Gospel during summer mission trips, a story and video about new alumnus Zenon Castro, who is moving from school janitor to teacher thanks to GCU’s s online program and a profile of alumna/future doctor Erica Wadas, plus alumni class notes.  

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These smiling faces belong to some of the incoming freshmen at GCU, the Class of 2019.
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Hello, my name is: GCU Class of 2019

August 12, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

GCU is planning the biggest welcome for the biggest entering class in its history next week, as thousands of freshmen move onto campus into seven residence halls, four of them brand new. Meet 10 members of the Class of 2019 who bring a grand diversity of skills, interests, plans, passions, backgrounds and geography to GCU and will surely make their mark on the world.

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Dr. Michael Sheller, associate dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology
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The real deal: New engineering programs show practical applications

August 12, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The three new engineering bachelor’s degree programs this year in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Grand Canyon University have made an important transition: Students are taught industry standards, making them more prepared to enter the workforce.

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Spotlight on Igor Kutovoy, Class of 1999

August 12, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Rick Vacek GCU Today Magazine When Igor Kutovoy was a GCU student in the late 1990s, he was struck by the way “we were always looking to make a difference, both inside the University and out in the community.” With that spirit firmly rooted in his mind, Kutovoy returned to his native Ukraine to make a difference there, using his passion for agriculture and his country. The 1999 graduate (BBA in Finance) is manager of the Ukrainian office of John Deere, an American manufacturer of farm machinery. Kutovoy, 37, also consults for the government, is on the board of directors of Ukraine’s largest agricultural university and helps support an orphanage for mentally challenged children. Not many people outside Ukraine know that it is making drastic reforms despite the threat of war with Russia. Kutovoy said the country is on track for one of the top farm yields in its history, and in Kiev an almost entirely new police force —with new uniforms, cars and higher salaries — recently was sworn in, sweeping away all but a fraction of a unit beset by corruption. “There’s a lot of optimism,” he said. Kutovoy came to Phoenix as a foreign-exchange high school […]

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GCU Hotel ready for guests … and students

July 30, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

The new Grand Canyon University Hotel is scheduled to welcome its first guests Monday, and general manager Brett Cortright has gone to great lengths to make it a welcoming place. No detail is too small, but there’s one very big attraction — the price. It’s only $69 a night for a regular room, $74 for a suite.

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Online education fueling student’s IndyCar dream

May 19, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

GCU online student T.J. Fischer might be the perfect example of the type of student the University’s online program is designed for. Fischer grew up racing go-karts in Vacaville, Calif., and earned a spot in one of the United Kingdom’s tops open-wheel Mazda Car circuits last March after tearing up California tracks. The move to the UK forced him to choose between a traditional education at Pacific Lutheran University or racing. He found GCU through a friend and used the flexibility of online learning to climb the ladder and join the 2015 Renault series across Europe this year. Read more about Fischer’s racing career in this GCU Today story.

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GCU volleyball pair left their mark in the sand

May 19, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

It has been a great spring for Grand Canyon University athletic teams, but there was another accomplishment that also was significant: Sand volleyball players Mackenzie Phelps and Shannon Dugan reached the semifinals of the national tournament. Their success was fueled by a partnership that’s a winner on and off the court.

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Sports business student’s internship is a hoop dream

May 07, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Alex Carlson, a student in the Colangelo School of Sports Business, recently was rewarded for his hard work with a trip to New York to work as an intern at the Jordan Brand Classic, the top high school all-star basketball event in the country. Carlson came back with great stories to tell about the experience and a new perspective on what event planning is all about.

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Commencement Day 2: Non-traditional students

April 25, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau  

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Commencement Day 2: Clouds can’t dampen mood

April 24, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By GCU News Bureau In the cool, crisp minutes before Friday’s commencement at Grand Canyon University, Dr. Michael Berger joked that he’d seen a range of reactions to the suddenly stormy and briefly rainy skies. The locals were the ones bundled up under sweaters and jackets. Out-of-towners didn’t seem to feel the chill in the 60-something-degree air. Still, the rain was minimal, the puddles puny, and anyone unfamiliar with April in the Valley of the Sun had to marvel at how the crystal-clear weather blended with the ceremony message about new opportunities and wide-open futures for GCU’s 560 morning graduates. Their degrees were conferred in the Colangelo College of Business and the College of Doctoral Studies, and most completed their degrees entirely online. Berger, dean of GCU’s College of Doctoral Studies, is a concierge and guest-greeter each year at commencement, actively intercepting anyone he can to route them to tickets, entrances, restrooms or whatever they might need before he has to “step away and do the dean thing” with other University leaders at the ceremony. He is one of hundreds of GCU volunteers who make commencement a warm and inviting atmosphere for locals and visitors alike. Spotting the College of Doctoral Studies regalia in the crowd, Berger introduced himself to learners whom he might have known […]

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