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GCU dance duo earns scholarships for major summer program at Duke

June 04, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Dance education majors Monique Streety and Nicole Mayes are packing their bags for Durham, N.C., where they will spend most of the summer at the American Dance Festival’s Six Week School on the campus of Duke University. Founded in 1934 in Vermont, the ADF has been called “one of the nation’s most important institutions” by The New York Times. Streety and Mayes, who were encouraged to apply by dance faculty member Leanne Schmidt, say in this GCU Today story that they will soak up all they can and bring it home to share with their classmates.

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Employee-focused summer Chapel returns to Ethington

May 28, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Cooper Nelson GCU News Bureau After spending last summer in the Tell Science Building, the summer Chapel series will return to Ethington Theatre next week for a more intimate weekly worship experience than those held in GCU Arena during the school year. Summer Chapel begins Monday with a message from Nathan Hale, GCU’s life leader manager, at 11:15 a.m. in Ethington and will continue each Monday through July 27. This summer’s Chapel speakers are University employees primarily from the Office of Spiritual Life and the College of Theology. Jared Ulrich, GCU worship manager, will lead acoustic worship services before each message. Danielle Rinnier, director of spiritual life, said the Chapel messages will not follow a specific theme, allowing speakers to share what God has put on their hearts. She hopes speakers will focus their messages on ways for employees to remain diligent through the slower summer months and encourage them to stay enthusiastic during a time of great change at the University with multiple construction projects. “The majority of people who attend summer Chapel are employees, so we wanted to have speakers who understand what they’re going through over the summer and can encourage and uplift them,” Rinnier said. Employees hopefully will use Chapel to reconnect with […]

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The write thing: GCU gives computers to local school

May 26, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Janie Magruder Photos by Tyler McDonald In her communications courses at Grand Canyon University, alumna Lisa Cass learned one of the cardinal rules of being a journalist: There’s no question too dumb to ask. It’s a lesson that came in handy this school year when Cass decided to find out whether her alma mater had any computers it no longer needed. GCU did, much to her delight and that of 100 beginning and advanced journalism students at Independence High in Glendale who sometimes spent more time waiting for their computers to boot and less time learning than Cass would have liked. Her classroom now is outfitted with 35 Dell computers and monitors that hum right along. The equipment was donated by GCU in February and the final student project was saved Wednesday on the last day of school. Junior Julianna Cortez, who has taken Cass’ journalism classes for three years, said the donation has improved the school work of her and 34 classmates, and benefited the writing, photography, editing and design of the school’s newspaper, Patriot Glory. Software, including InDesign, is giving students new experiences in creating a variety of pages. “The computers run faster, so we’re able to get more things […]

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GCU alums minister to needs of Ugandans during medical mission trip

May 20, 2015 / by / 4 Comments

GCU Today Magazine A group of health care professionals who studied together at Grand Canyon University before going to medical school traveled to western Uganda last year to bring medical care and God’s love to people for whom modern necessities are scarce. Among them were Dr. David Engstrom and his wife, Jamie, a physician’s assistant, who operate Pinnacle Family Medicine in Litchfield Park, Drs. Nicole and Brent Nedella, Courtney Mitchell and Stephanie Bradley, all GCU alumni. (Photos courtesy of the Nedella family)

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New GCU nursing college dean comes full circle

May 20, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

The new dean of GCU’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions has four degrees, a 20-year nursing career and nearly two dozen research papers and projects on her resume. But there is something more that Dr. Melanie D. Logue wants you to know about her: She is GCU. She grew up in this neighborhood, got her first degree at GCU, taught here twice and now is proud to come home to take the helm of the nursing school. Read more in this GCU Today story.

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Online education fueling student’s IndyCar dream

May 19, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

GCU online student T.J. Fischer might be the perfect example of the type of student the University’s online program is designed for. Fischer grew up racing go-karts in Vacaville, Calif., and earned a spot in one of the United Kingdom’s tops open-wheel Mazda Car circuits last March after tearing up California tracks. The move to the UK forced him to choose between a traditional education at Pacific Lutheran University or racing. He found GCU through a friend and used the flexibility of online learning to climb the ladder and join the 2015 Renault series across Europe this year. Read more about Fischer’s racing career in this GCU Today story.

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GCU volleyball pair left their mark in the sand

May 19, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

It has been a great spring for Grand Canyon University athletic teams, but there was another accomplishment that also was significant: Sand volleyball players Mackenzie Phelps and Shannon Dugan reached the semifinals of the national tournament. Their success was fueled by a partnership that’s a winner on and off the court.

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Sports business student’s internship is a hoop dream

May 07, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Alex Carlson, a student in the Colangelo School of Sports Business, recently was rewarded for his hard work with a trip to New York to work as an intern at the Jordan Brand Classic, the top high school all-star basketball event in the country. Carlson came back with great stories to tell about the experience and a new perspective on what event planning is all about.

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Spirit of GCU residency bursts with Joy

May 05, 2015 / by / 2 Comments

Joy Patrick-Akpan, a doctoral learner from Lagos, Nigeria, had flown for 37 hours on her first trip to the United States for the recent residency, but you’d never know it by the way she carried herself. You understand why when you hear about the challenges she overcomes daily to do her doctoral work.

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GCU dance piece all adds up for young students

May 04, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Janie Magruder Photos by Tyler McDonald GCU News Bureau Every time Khaila Matthews stepped onto a gym floor in a local school this spring to perform with other Grand Canyon University dance students, the emotional seesaw of her own adolescence teetered in her memory. The GCU sophomore wondered whether she and the dozens of sixth-graders seated cross-legged in front of her had more in common than they might imagine. “I was bullied at their age,” Matthews said recently after the final performance of the College of Fine Arts and Production’s Elementary and Middle School Dance Tour. “I had darker skin, a fuller figure, I was really different. Now, being able to go to these schools and show these kids that there’s nothing wrong with being different, it makes me feel really good.” The GCU sophomore was among 16 students who spent the fall and spring semesters conceptualizing, writing and choreographing the Dance Department’s fourth annual tour. Through the school visits, COFAP aims to spark young audience members’ impulse for self-expression by offering creative tools that will help them explore drama, music and, in this case, drama. The culmination of the dance students’ efforts was being able to perform […]

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