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Honors Symposium Presenters Provide a Fresh Look At Ethical Standards

December 16, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s business honors society – the Eta Chi chapter of Delta Mu Delta – held its annual symposium on December 10, 2009, to a capacity crowd in the Williams Lecture Hall. Dr. Kevin McClean, moderator of the business honors society, initiated the event in 2006 to encourage a sharing of research results on topics selected by KBCOB faculty. The event provides a platform for students, faculty and staff to showcase their research work. This year’s topics fell under the heading Maintaining ethical standards in challenging economic times. Presenters included Drs. Cindy Knott, Kim LaPrade and Lisa Aaroe from the College of Education, as well as Dr. Ronke Oke from the KBCOB. Drs. Knott and LaPrade presented Action Inquiry to Solve Education Ethical Dilemmas. Action research is a reflective process used by school leaders to identity and solve problems on a campus. They tailored the presentation for future educators and business managers. Dr. Aaroe presented Funding Special Education and shared her research on federal stimulus funds allocated for special education, but ultimately misappropriated. Dr. Ronke Oke presented Ethical Leadership Challenges in Challenging Times. The discussion covered roles and actions of ethical leaders, as well as how ethical leaders respond to a […]

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“Excellence in Education” Award Presented to GCU Student and Faculty at a Suns Game

December 08, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

Congratulations to GCU KBCOB professor Dr. Kevin McClean and senior KBCOB student Mark Hardy on receiving Excellence in Education Awards. The awards were presented in pre-game festivities at the Phoenix Suns game on November 25. Excellence in Education Awards recognize outstanding students and faculty who display overall excellence in the classroom and the community. The winners are selected by GCU college deans, and awards are presented at select Suns and Mercury games throughout the season. Mark Hardy is pursuing his bachelor of science degree in Accounting. He is the president of the KBCOB Business Club. According to KBCOB Assistant Dean Olivier Bouclier, Mark does an outstanding job at promoting the club and reaching out to the community. He exemplifies what GCU students and servant leaders can do. Dr. Kevin McClean is the most senior faculty in KBCOB, and is highly regarded for his devotion to students and passion in the classroom. He is the mentor for the Delta Mu Delta society. According to Bouclier, Dr. McClean is involved in the life of the College, and his insights and collaborative spirit are prevalent throughout. In addition to the awards presentation, at the same Suns game GCU presented an in-game promotion, Are […]

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Faculty Spotlight: Kristi Perkins

November 18, 2009 / by / 1 Comment

COLA English and writing instructor Kristi Perkins grew up serving others. In grade school, when she was short on humans to serve, her parents noted she brought home every injured animal she could find. She would feed and nurse all the wounded birds, bunnies, dogs and cats back to health. The urge continued through college, where she proposed projects that involved large-scale homeless housing plans and other “enormous efforts to save the world,” she says. “I was a bit of a dreamer,” says Kristi. “But I was always directed toward making the world better and helping others in the process. I believe that serving others is the most natural thing about me and it feels more like instinct than work or effort.” Kristi also found that she had a gift and a love for writing. Kristi earned her bachelor’s degree in English Literature at Arizona State University before returning for a master’s in English with a specialization in Rhetoric and Composition. Today, Kristi most frequently teaches English 101 and 102, at GCU, as well as developmental writing courses. She recently began teach UNV 101, the new University Success course, which is aimed at providing new GCU students with the writing […]

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GCU Awarded for ANGEL Online Classroom Environment

September 25, 2009 / by / 2 Comments

The 2009 ANGEL IMPACT Awards recognize universities and colleges that take the ANGEL online classroom environment…

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GCU Adds Master’s in Criminal Justice Program

September 25, 2009 / by / 3 Comments

In answer to student demand and a growing interest in criminal justice, Grand Canyon University (GCU) will begin offering a master of science degree in the subject beginning in spring 2010. “Criminal justice is one of our more popular programs for incoming students, and has been a growing area of interest over the past decade,” said GCU Dean of College of Liberal Arts Lisa St. Louis. “A master’s program enables us to offer our students – many whom are working professionals wishing to advance their career and education – a way to do this through rich online curricula.” Like many higher education institutions, Grand Canyon University has seen a tremendous increase of students enrolling in its criminal justice programs – likely due to the growing popularity of network programs such as “Law and Order” and “CSI” as well as the growth of public safety and homeland security sectors. Many of GCU’s online classes utilize supplemental learning tools such as 3D models, simulations, flash movies and audio lecture recordings lending to a fresh, visually appealing online learning environment. “It’s a very interesting professional pursuit – and an advanced degree in criminal justice can help those who are in government or public […]

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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Jim Helfers

September 25, 2009 / by / 1 Comment

A few years ago, GCU had a major in Martial Arts. Dr. Jim Helfers taught a few courses, including one on traditional Okinawan weapons. Today he sticks with literature and humanities courses. That range in itself is a testament to what a good liberal arts education can do for a person. Dr. Helfers graduated from college with intentions to become a journalist. Working to break into newspapers in San Francisco, he ended up working as a technical writer. “All of my coworkers were checking off their calendars for vacation and retirement,” he says. “I could do the work, but it was not exciting work.” Inspiration for a change came from Harper’s magazine. After another day of technical writing, Dr. Helfers sat down to a story about a group of scholars translating the works of philosopher Thomas Aquinas. The project was decades in the making. “I was reading this and thinking, ‘This is exactly what I want to do,’” says Dr. Helfers. “I applied to graduate school and was accepted at the University of Michigan. That is how I got into teaching.” Dr. Helfers came to Arizona in 1990 as an instructor at ASU. In 1992, he responded to an opening […]

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