Erica Wadas graduated from GCU with a bachelor's degree in biology, with an emphasis in pre-medicine in 2011.
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Alumna digs in at Dartmouth for medical residency

August 12, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

GCU alumna Erica Wadas has followed in her father’s footsteps by graduating from medical school, and has landed a residency at a New England medical center that is part of a prestigious Ivy League school.

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These smiling faces belong to some of the incoming freshmen at GCU, the Class of 2019.
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Hello, my name is: GCU Class of 2019

August 12, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

GCU is planning the biggest welcome for the biggest entering class in its history next week, as thousands of freshmen move onto campus into seven residence halls, four of them brand new. Meet 10 members of the Class of 2019 who bring a grand diversity of skills, interests, plans, passions, backgrounds and geography to GCU and will surely make their mark on the world.

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Dr. Michael Sheller, associate dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology
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The real deal: New engineering programs show practical applications

August 12, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The three new engineering bachelor’s degree programs this year in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Grand Canyon University have made an important transition: Students are taught industry standards, making them more prepared to enter the workforce.

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Spotlight on Heather Jancoski, Class of 2009

August 12, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Rick Vacek GCU Today Magazine In just one year, Heather Jancoski has shown her students at South Mountain High in Phoenix that persistence can be glamorous in broadcast journalism. The 2009 GCU graduate (M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: Technology) had barely walked through the classroom door when she had a dozen disciples (“Our own little mini-family”) producing Jaguar News, a weekly television program about happenings on campus. Not long after, Jancoski’s determination to make contact with the Public Broadcasting Service paid off in a collaboration on school safety with PBS NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs. “The things you taught us — that’s what we’re doing!” her students told her. “To see it on the national news was great for them, too,” she said. The learning process continued with Jancoski’s insistence that her class develop social media skills to apply the proper analytics to those communications. And that optimized a mash-up of story ideas. For her efforts, Jancoski, 33, was honored in the Creative Media category in Cox Communications’ 2015 Connect2STEM Awards, and even that had a side benefit: An assisted-living home wants her students to do a video about the facility and mentor residents on producing their own stories. But […]

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Spotlight on Igor Kutovoy, Class of 1999

August 12, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Rick Vacek GCU Today Magazine When Igor Kutovoy was a GCU student in the late 1990s, he was struck by the way “we were always looking to make a difference, both inside the University and out in the community.” With that spirit firmly rooted in his mind, Kutovoy returned to his native Ukraine to make a difference there, using his passion for agriculture and his country. The 1999 graduate (BBA in Finance) is manager of the Ukrainian office of John Deere, an American manufacturer of farm machinery. Kutovoy, 37, also consults for the government, is on the board of directors of Ukraine’s largest agricultural university and helps support an orphanage for mentally challenged children. Not many people outside Ukraine know that it is making drastic reforms despite the threat of war with Russia. Kutovoy said the country is on track for one of the top farm yields in its history, and in Kiev an almost entirely new police force —with new uniforms, cars and higher salaries — recently was sworn in, sweeping away all but a fraction of a unit beset by corruption. “There’s a lot of optimism,” he said. Kutovoy came to Phoenix as a foreign-exchange high school […]

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GCU Hotel ready for guests … and students

July 30, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

The new Grand Canyon University Hotel is scheduled to welcome its first guests Monday, and general manager Brett Cortright has gone to great lengths to make it a welcoming place. No detail is too small, but there’s one very big attraction — the price. It’s only $69 a night for a regular room, $74 for a suite.

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Alhambra STEM Scholars finish first college course

July 16, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

A group of science-minded Alhambra High School students completed a biology course on campus this week, marking the launch of Grand Canyon University STEM Scholars.

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Honors College mirrors GCU’s academic success

July 07, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Like nearly everything on campus, Grand Canyon University’s Honors College is growing fast. The college, which changed from the Honors Institute to Honors College in June, will have a total enrollment of more than 700 students this fall, 11 times its size at inception three years ago, including 467 incoming freshmen with an average GPA of 4.16. Also new this year, Camelback Hall will be the first dedicated housing for Honors students on campus. The rapid growth has brought added benefits to students and increased GCU’s status as a quality academic institution.

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Public history interns shed light on colorful past

July 01, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University’s public history program is only one year old, yet its students have already landed internships in museums and historic preservation offices in Arizona and other states. The program is designed to prepare students to work as preservationists, museum curators, community archivists and other careers where their history knowledge is used for the greater good.

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STEM campers learn to bake brownies in solar ovens

June 25, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

More than 20 middle school and high school girls in Grand Canyon University’s all-female STEM academic camp braved the searing hot weather Wednesday as they cooked brownies in solar ovens on the Promenade by the Student Union.

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