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Grand total, grander feats of 100,000+ alumni

March 17, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

GCU has surpassed the 100,000 mark in alumni, and the accomplishments of that special group continue to resonate around the world. Here’s the story of what some of them have done and why people who hire them consistently put their resumes in the “yes” pile.

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Taking root: How three alumni grew into entrepreneurs

March 01, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”— Chinese proverb By Rick Vacek GCU Today Magazine Imagine three trees. One was planted years ago and is flourishing. The second has had two years to blossom and already is reaching for the sky. The third is still a sapling but is starting to sprout. Such are the roots of three entrepreneurial businesses being run by Grand Canyon University alumni. Dr. Shica Little, who got her teaching doctoral degree in 2013, has dedicated her life to inquisitiveness and discovery. But the new product she’s marketing across the country, Dr. Shica’s Incredi-Whip, resulted from her decades of dedication to drinking coffee. Kyle Dubay, a 2011 graduate in graphic design, woke up in his Detroit home one morning and, rather than coffee, reached for an idea: Woodward Throwbacks, which collects discarded wood and turns it into collectibles. Daniel Black, who graduated in 2015 with a degree in entrepreneurial studies, and his wife, Tiffany, finished second last year in the Canyon Challenge, GCU’s annual startup business competition for students and staff. They’re using that experience to turn their concept, Prayer Packages, into a company that stands […]

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Hall of Fame inductees epitomize GCU’s spirit

February 22, 2016 / by / 1 Comment

The 2016 Alumni Hall of Fame ceremony Saturday afternoon, the high point of the homecoming weekend, featured crisp speeches and many plaudits for the University — both what it was like when the inductees were here and how it still makes them feel today. But two, in particular, have an especially interesting perspective on what they see on campus because they still have important roles at GCU.

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Honoring God in the workplace is on our office to-do list

January 25, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

What would you have to change about yourself in the workplace if your employer was God? You might need to pray more often for the ability to do what’s right, to be more forgiving and do walk humbly, and you might do a “heart check” to ensure we are loving and serving others. That was the message at Friday’s Integration of Faith, Learning and Work “Lunch and Learn” faculty program, entitled, “Work That Honors God.”

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Great year for GCU, and the best is yet to come

December 18, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

On the heels of a staff Christmas party earlier in the week that included the best barbecue in Phoenix and a rousing good time at the men’s basketball game, GCU President Brian Mueller put a bow on the University’s 2015 accomplishments during the all-employee meeting Thursday in GCU Arena. Moving testimony from current and future students, a prayer for the family of two employees who recently passed away and a slew of statistics about growth in buildings, academics and student quality were all part of the package.

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Antelope Intros: Topher Warrington and Jailen Mason

October 23, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

This week’s Antelope Intros feature a guy who kept an admirable promise he made to his grandfather when he was 8 years old and a woman who has an unusual passion for a particular genre of movies and books. They share one passion in common: They really care about people.

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Fall commencement 2015: Hard work pays off

October 17, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Neither rain nor lightning nor dust storm nor traffic could detract from Grand Canyon University’s online commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday. Once the attendees were safely inside GCU Arena, which took some doing when the dust started blowing Friday, there were congratulations for a job well done and triumphantly raised fists to signify an impressive achievement.

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Antelope Intros: Laurie Merrill and Lance Hyden

October 09, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

This week’s Antelope Intros feature a writer from New Jersey and a former Marine who’s a published author. But both have interests far beyond putting words together.

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Mueller showcases GCU’s stunning transformation

August 17, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Record-breaking high temperatures Friday in Phoenix couldn’t hold a candle to the enthusiasm of President/CEO Brian Mueller and other GCU leaders during the all-employee meeting in the Arena. Mueller delivered his own take on a “State of the University” address by hosting a Q-and-A with more than a dozen representatives of the faculty, colleges, programs, enrollment, student body, community outreach and staff.

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Mandernach adds book to lengthy list of accomplishments

June 17, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Jean Mandernach has an impressive list of accomplishments especially in the world of academia, having published more than 85 scholarly journal articles and 11 book chapters on online education. But her most recent accomplishment may be her best. Mandernach co-authored “Evaluating Online Teaching: Implementing Best Practices,” the first comprehensive book focusing on measuring quality of online teaching, with Dr. Thomas Tobin of Southeastern Illinois University and Dr. Ann Taylor of Penn State University. The book currently is ranked No. 1 in two Amazon categories.

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