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COE alum chosen for engineering education program

March 23, 2016 / by / 4 Comments

GCU College of Education graduate Anthony Perez, a RODEL scholar and second-grade teacher at Sunset Elementary School in Glendale, is one of 100 winners of the 2016 Winter Engineering Elementary Teacher Scholarship award. In addition to providing funds for him to attend a two-day professional development workshop at the Museum of Science in Boston, he will be able to implement the engineering curriculum with the storybooks, kits and materials that will be provided.

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Educators embrace technology at Google Summit

March 22, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

By Jeannette Cruz GCU News Bureau Most of us have seen how technology has altered the humble chalkboard that our teachers once used. From white boards to smart boards to online lesson plans and digital textbooks, embracing technology has become a journey for 21st-century educators and a major part of students’ lives. At the Google EdTech Summit held Monday at Grand Canyon University, more than 400 education teachers, specialists and students from across the state focused on one major point: how to engage students through technology integration. GCU President Brian Mueller opened the conference, which GCU co-presented with the Arizona K12 Center, followed by a keynote address from Jim Sill, a Google education teacher who, after a decade in the video and television industry, set out on a career in education. He used his industry experience to create an award-winning production program at a California high school. “I knew as soon as I became a teacher that this was it,” Sill said. “I spent a lot of time chasing other dreams, and now I’m teaching teachers how to make movies and I love it.” Sill walked the audience through the bells and whistles of today’s technologies, such as Google apps, and encouraged listeners […]

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‘Lunch and Learn’ message: Build wealth, share it

March 21, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The Integration of Faith, Learning and Work “Lunch and Learn” Friday at Ethington Theatre offered two talks about the relationship between God and building wealth. GCU President Brian Mueller and Dr. Joshua Greever of the College of Theology told faculty that God in fact commands us to build wealth honestly, but we must not steal from the wealth of others and must share our prosperity with the needy.

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McDonald’s marketer gives students meaty advice

March 18, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Master’s students in the Colangelo College of Business heard from another authoritative speaker Thursday: Dean Barrett, the former global marketing officer for McDonald’s. Barrett gave them valuable advice on how to put together marketing plans and the importance of working with people.

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Antelope Intros: Alysse Reyes and Taylor Johnsen

March 18, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

This week’s Antelope Intros feature two enthusiastic enrollment counselors, one who works in Peoria and the other from Tempe. One values good food, the other good music, and they have one major thing in common: They’re happy to be here.

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Grand total, grander feats of 100,000+ alumni

March 17, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

GCU has surpassed the 100,000 mark in alumni, and the accomplishments of that special group continue to resonate around the world. Here’s the story of what some of them have done and why people who hire them consistently put their resumes in the “yes” pile.

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Tech is the trend among Canyon Challenge finalists

March 17, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The 11 finalists in the Canyon Challenge entrepreneurial competition, not surprisingly, are mostly centered on tech ideas. The five finalists will be announced Wednesday, and the finals are scheduled for April 13 in the Arena.

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Magic begins behind the scenes in ‘Seussical’

March 16, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Oh, the sets they’re designing for “Seussical,” the final performance of the school year by the College of Fine Arts and Production. GCU Today looks behind the scenes to see how they do it in this story.

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GCU nursing college hosts Kenyan guests

March 15, 2016 / by / 1 Comment

By Jeannette Cruz GCU News Bureau Margaret Kigen bustles into Grand Canyon University’s Health and Wellness Center at exactly 7:30 a.m. and looks at her schedule. She has dreamed for years of being a nurse practitioner, and she considers her presence at the university God-given. However, her job at the Center is only a portion of her vision. Kigen has spent four years establishing a relationship with government officials and educational institutions in Kenya focusing on ways to improve conditions and access to health care in her home county of Uasin Gishu — which is why Kigen walked with an optimistic smile Monday as she led a handful of Kenyan tourists through the University. Kigen was 33 when she arrived at GCU from Kenya to pursue an education in nursing. Having studied at GCU and having earned her degree in 2010, Kigen said she saw what it meant to have and provide well-rounded care. “When you look at the campus as a whole, there is intellect, there is physical demand, there is rigorous training and in between all of that, there is also room for spirituality,” Kigen said. “GCU has made me the caring and community-focused person that I am today […]

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‘Money Week’ gives students a financial plan

March 15, 2016 / by / 1 Comment

The Colangelo College of Business is conducting sessions this week that anyone could learn from. “Money Week” consists of 14 sessions, all of them only 20 minutes, that share useful advice about how to stay out of debt and paint a much prettier financial picture. “It’s like speed dating for your wallet” is what they’re calling it, and this seminar gives speed dating a good name.

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