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Master’s = adventure in Qatar for new graduate

March 02, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Janie Magruder GCU Today Magazine There are no tiny patients born too early for their own good, no new mothers wrung out with worry over their babies’ ragged breaths, no nurses rushing to respond to jarring alarms in Marla Booker’s new workplace. In fact, the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Sidra Medical and Research Center, which Booker has been hired to help staff and run, isn’t open yet. But there’s still plenty for this Grand Canyon University alumna to do in a place that could not be more different from where she spent her entire adult life, as a wife, mother, nurse and hospital administrator. In November, not 30 days after walking across the GCU Arena stage to accept her diploma for a master’s degree in health care administration, Booker moved 6,600 miles from her longtime home in Connecticut to Qatar, a small, oil-rich nation on the coast of the Persian Gulf. Ending a 25-year career at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, she is helping create a state-of-the-art hospital for women and children in the capital city of Doha. It was a bold move for anyone but especially for someone who, at age 47, never had traveled […]

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Alumni Hall of Fame inductees have global influence

March 01, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

As part of its Homecoming/Canyon Day festivities, GCU will induct eight new members into its Alumni Hall of Fame during a ceremony Saturday on campus. The alumni, who were selected from each of the University’s colleges and athletics department, have dedicated their lives to helping others through education, nursing, counseling, science, coaching and the law, while reflecting GCU’s spirit and Christian ideals. Saturday’s ceremony, at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union, second floor, is open to the GCU community and their guests and also will be live streamed here. GCU Today has a story about the inductees and what makes them tick.

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God, family sustain nurse during tough year

February 18, 2015 / by / 4 Comments

GCU nursing student Jessica Smith endured more heartache last year than many of us will experience in a lifetime, never mind the challenges she’s faced since graduating from high school. And yet Smith, who with two other students and a faculty member will be honored by GCU at Online Student Night Saturday, said her blessings and the miraculous kindnesses of others are too many to count.

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Emotions find way into Hall of Fame celebration

February 14, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Saturday’s celebration of the eight newest members of the GCU Alumni Hall of Fame featured passionate speeches, none more emotional than that of Michael Kary, who teaches in the College of Fine Arts and Production. But all eight had something important to say.

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GCU faculty: Going the distance, making a difference

January 05, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Fall semester at GCU was a time of great growth — in students, courses, programs and learning — and as GCU hosts its first winter commencement this afternoon for about 700 traditional graduates, GCU Today takes the opportunity to celebrate the University’s stellar faculty. They have gone beyond the call of duty to assist students inside their classrooms and outside of them, too, dedicating many extra hours, evenings and weekends to student success. Click here to read stories about several of them.

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GCU’s winter commencement is first rate

December 12, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By GCU News Bureau On a day when 530 Grand Canyon University traditional graduates were on cloud nine as they paraded up to receive their diplomas, numbers were the name of the game — and there were two ways about it. First, this was a first. GCU had never before held a winter commencement until Friday afternoon at the Arena, but the University’s ever expanding student population made it obvious a year and a half ago that it would become necessary. First-semester graduates previously had to wait until spring commencement if they wanted to participate in the ceremony. Second, there was the numerical magic of Justin Willman, who wowed the crowd in his entertaining commencement address, just as he had in the October ceremony for online graduates. His closing trick, in which the random numbers he got from four students equaled, when multiplied, the date and exact time (121,214,437, or 12/12/14 at 4:37 p.m.), is impossible to figure. But in between jokes and other tricks, Willman, host of “Cupcake Wars,” had a simple message for the graduates: “No matter how you do the math, the past and the future always wind up adding up to the present.” Three cheers for that. —Rick […]

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Mueller to join Obama, other leaders at White House education summit

December 03, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University President and CEO Brian Mueller is among national leaders of universities, businesses and other organizations invited to attend the White House College Opportunity Summit in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Dec. 4. The conference recognizes educational institutions and other community stakeholders committed to developing college graduates who can put their skills to use in the American workforce. “Grand Canyon is pleased to be part of this national discussion about how to best educate our young people, prepare them for fruitful careers that support Arizona cities and towns, and make college education as accessible as possible to a wide range of students,” Mueller said. Over the past few years, the University has intensified its efforts to ensure that a high-quality, affordable college education is available to all students, regardless of their socioeconomic status. Nearly 18 months ago, Grand Canyon and the Phoenix Union High School District announced a partnership with Alhambra High School to develop the “Learning Lounge” on the University campus, where college students mentor high school students to assist them in improving their academics and expose them to the vast possibilities of a college education. After just one year, nearly 300 Alhambra students have visited the Learning Lounge […]

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Teens explore jobs in health sciences, nursing at GCU

November 07, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Nearly 2,500 high school students from across Arizona descended onto the campus of Grand Canyon University today for the 29th annual Health Sciences & Nursing Day. With a theme of “Who are you in Health Care?” the event provided opportunities for students to learn about careers in fields as diverse as athletic training, emergency room nursing, missionary medicine and crime-scene investigations.

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Commencement a magical time for 1,900 GCU grads

October 25, 2014 / by / 6 Comments

Grand Canyon University’s non-traditional commencement ceremony returned to campus and to the more spacious GCU Arena on Saturday. The extra seats were a blessing as family members and friends of nearly 1,900 online students for morning and afternoon ceremonies.

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GCU students dive into community at Dream Center

October 06, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Nearly two dozen GCU nursing and counseling students spent Friday afternoon and evening at the Phoenix Dream Center, offering free health screenings, education and mental-health assistance to center residents and those living on the streets.

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