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GCU’s culture embraced at rebooted Cyber Center

March 01, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Students have been training in the cyber field at the University’s 27th Avenue cyber range since 2017. But these days, the hands-on range, now dubbed GCU’s Cyber Center of Excellence, is being fully being operated by the University and Grand Canyon Education in association with their established partner, the Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance. Along with its new name, the facility is emphasizing GCU’s culture at the range and incorporating the University’s “Hackers with Halos” approach to the cyber world. The range will open its doors for an open house from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, when the campus community can drop in and do a little wifi hacking, password cracking and other cybercrime-fighting activities.

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Student instructors give Lopes a chin up on fitness

February 28, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

“GCU has so many different entities that are run out of student ideas – they really like to utilize the student body,” said graduate assistant Malcolm McGuire, who championed the idea of employing student fitness instructors at the Lopes Performance Center. “We thought, how can we take our pre-med students or our athletic training students and use them and give them experience so that when they graduate at 22 … maybe they can go and get an entry-level job in the fitness world?” Those student fitness instructors are now leading a series of classes at the LPC, including an introductory fitness class, high-energy dance class and a women’s-only, full-body sculpting class.

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Former FBI agent speaks to Lopes on leadership

February 14, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

John Iannarelli worked some high-profile cases when he was with the FBI — the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the Oklahoma City bombing. He spent some time Wednesday speaking with students about his work with the FBI and qualities that make a good leader. Iannarelli was on campus as part of the Provost Speaker Series.

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CCOB opening launches busy spring events calendar

January 02, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

It’s been a big year so far, but there’s more to come in 2018-19. The spring semester will kick off with the grand opening of the new 150,000-plus-square foot Colangelo College of Business Building on Jan. 9 and will barrel forward through April and May with signature events such as the Canyon Challenge, Mr. GCU, the Theatre Department’s presentation of Holocaust drama “Who Will Carry the Word,” Serve the City in February, the Roadshow Tour at GCU Arena, basketball and much more. Check out some highlights from GCU Today’s 2019 Winter-Spring Calendar.

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‘Tis the season to craft clever Christmas decorations

December 20, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

According to Ebenezer Scrooge, “Every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.” Harsh. Don’t count on anyone being boiled in his own pudding on the spirited GCU campus, where employees embraced the joy of the season in their Christmas decorations, from themes on the fourth floor of the 27th Avenue office building that ranged from a Phoenix Zoo ZooLights-inspired aisle of cubicles to a “12 Days of Christmas” aisle, to the College of Science, Engineering and Technology’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and Santa’s Science Lab hallways.

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She answered the call in GCU research … and beyond

December 17, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Emily Branch didn’t waste any time in her 3 1/2 years here at GCU. Not only did she maintain a full load of classes, but she worked the graveyard shift as an emergency medical technician, delved into undergraduate research on Sonoran desert plants to see if they might hold the secret to the next big antimicrobial/cancer-fighting drug, and even squeezed in an internship with Special Olympics. Not only that, but before walking the commencement stage on Friday to receive her bachelor’s degree in health care administration, she considered three job offers before accepting a position with Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

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Slideshow: Winter commencement, Friday afternoon ceremony

December 14, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Slaven Gujic GCU News Bureau The Friday afternoon ceremony at Grand Canyon University winter commencement featured graduates of the College of Education, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Science, Engineering and Technology, and College of Theology.    

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Engineering students race to remote-control glory

December 12, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

It didn’t quite look like the typical finals week in instructor Li Tan’s Principles of Mechanical Design class. Students in his class took over the courtyard area outside of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology Building Tuesday to test the results of their class project — to design remote-control cars. Teams of four used SolidWorks to design their vehicles and then put them through the rigor of a speed race course and obstacle course. “They had to pass all the different terrains to satisfy the design concept. During this process, they’re able to learn the basic principles of design,” said Tan.

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Java boot camp helps students launch new careers

December 07, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Bill Palowski served in the Air Force for 23 years. Christina Herman was a GCU student who changed her major three times and wasn’t sure what she wanted to do as a career. But after immersing themselves in four months in GCU’s Java Certificate Program, the new coders both were hired, before graduation, by a large technology consulting firm. They are examples of the success of the program, which made its debut this year. Palowski, Herman and five other Java boot camp students are finishing the camp Friday and held a showcase this week for industry leaders.

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Math lesson a plus for microbiology students

November 30, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

When GCU biology professor Dr. Galyna Kufryk saw that some of her microbiology students were struggling with the math in her course, she turned to GCU math professor Dr. Filippo Posta, who helped her put together a self-paced math lesson students could take that targeted the microbiology concepts she was trying to teach. After three years of collecting data, the results are impressive. Exam scores went up by 10.5 percent, on average, in the group of students using the math guide. Kufryk and Posta presented their findings at the recent Association of American Colleges & Universities conference in Atlanta.

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