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Tide of teenagers visit campus for HSET Day

November 06, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Laurie Merrill Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Aruba Siddikqi and Jazlyn Leon are only in 10th grade, but they already know they want careers in the health sciences. That’s why they traveled four hours Friday morning from Douglas, Ariz.,  to Phoenix for Grand Canyon University’s Health Sciences, Engineering and Technology Day 2015. “We came to get more information about the medical fields,” said Leon, who attends Douglas High with Siddikqi. “I’m interested in studying to be a pharmacist, or some kind of forensic career.” Siddikqi is also considering a career as pharmacist, in addition to wanting to be a physician. They were among nearly 2,500 high school and junior high school students who descended on campus to learn more about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and nursing. They toured science labs, listened to lectures from impressive speakers, participated in hands-on experiments and visited booths ranging from the GCU Sports Medicine Club and Honors College–Honors STEMists to Dignity Health and the AZ SciTech Festival. “The students come out with a much stronger idea of what they wanted to go into,” said Teri Varley, who teaches at Ray High School in Kearny. “It opens up broader ideas to them.” […]

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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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New faculty expand strong credentials, caring attitude in GCU nursing program

October 16, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

A Floridian who wanted to be a nurse for as long as she can remember and who has now worked in the field for 30 years this fall joined GCU’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions as assistant dean. Dr. Lisa Smith is among several new faculty faces who are bringing a wealth of knowledge and variety of experience to the college.

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GCU strengthens ties to breast cancer fight

October 05, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Among the thousands of people who plan to participate a walk to benefit breast cancer patients, families and research later this month are GCU employees Woody and Allison Mason, who have been on a long cancer journey of their own. Woody’s identical twin, Dilon, is a three-time cancer survivor who got a new lease on life, thanks to his brother’s donation of stem cells, and Allison has been there every step of the way. GCU Today has a story about them that includes GCU’s heart for the walk and how you can sign up.

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Antelope Intros: Lesley Ellison and Jerome Robinson

October 02, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

This week’s Antelope Intros feature two big sports fans who can’t get enough of all sorts of games. But their attitudes about more important things in life — faith and a positive outlook — are truly a home run. And check out how fast one family grew in five months.

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Antelope Intros: Carrie Rogers and John David Patterson

September 25, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

This week’s Antelope Intros have an outdoorsy feel, from the classroom operations specialist who loves to take her family to the beach to the enrollment counselor who learned survival skills in Alaska. Both are devoted parents.

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CONHCP programs under routine review for re-accreditation

September 14, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The faculty and staff in GCU’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions will be busy showcasing their programs this week as individuals from the national and state nursing organizations conduct a routine review for its re-accreditation.

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GCU employee, student honored at Hispanic leadership celebration

September 14, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

GCU continued its outreach into the Phoenix Hispanic community Friday, honoring employee Angela Mejia and awarding a $2,500 scholarship to incoming freshman Anahi Ramos of Youngker High at the 25th annual Valle del Sol Profile of Success 2015 Luncheon and Hispanic Leadership Awards Celebration. The award was especially humbling to Mejia, who grew up in poverty in Honduras and is using her position at GCU to help local youth attend college. Read more in this GCU Today story.

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Soccer player competes against odds for ‘Idol’ spot

September 11, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University sophomore Madeline McArthur has always had two dreams — to play soccer for the big leagues, and to sing for the big time. As a Division I soccer player, she has accomplished her first dream. On Tuesday, she will try for her second when she auditions for “American Idol.” Read the story here.

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