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Lopes Leap to Teach links students with schools aiming to hire

May 01, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University hosted the third and final Lopes Leap to Teach job fair on Thursday. The event drew dozens of dozens of job-hunting students and school officials dealing with Arizona’s statewide teacher shortage.

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Retiring COT ‘pillar’ helped students learn — and live

April 30, 2015 / by / 7 Comments

The longest-tenured employee at Grand Canyon University, Dr. Michael Baird of the College of Theology, is retiring after 36 years, and he will leave behind a long list of grateful students and fellow faculty members. Baird was so good at his job for a simple reason — he loves to teach.

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Praise for ‘Canyon Worship’ keeps resonating

April 29, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The accolades keep pouring in for “Canyon Worship,” the EP released earlier this month by Grand Canyon University’s Center for Worship Arts. Some of the most heartfelt responses came from GCU Christian worldview students after they heard the songs for the first time.

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GCU athletic training and nursing students work Wild Canyon Games

April 28, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

  Athletic training and nursing students in GCU’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions recently worked alongside physical therapists, EMTs and other health care professionals to care for injuries and illnesses sustained by participants in the Wild Canyon Games near Williams, Ariz. The GCU medical team volunteers were, from left, Kellie Lotshaw, Chelsey Ybanez, Ryle Garland, Zoe Arthur, Michael McKenney, Alexandra Whitney, Brooke Sutton, Abigail Nevitt and Nick Thomas. (Photo courtesy of Michael McKenney)

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Commencement Day 3: Procession of memories

April 25, 2015 / by / 2 Comments

Three days of commencement ceremonies at GCU ended Saturday afternoon, and there were enough cheers to fill a stadium and enough tears to use up a box of Kleenex. Amid all the emotions were more stories of grit and determination — and not just among the graduates.

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Commencement Day 2: Non-traditional students

April 25, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau  

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Commencement Day 2: Clouds can’t dampen mood

April 24, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By GCU News Bureau In the cool, crisp minutes before Friday’s commencement at Grand Canyon University, Dr. Michael Berger joked that he’d seen a range of reactions to the suddenly stormy and briefly rainy skies. The locals were the ones bundled up under sweaters and jackets. Out-of-towners didn’t seem to feel the chill in the 60-something-degree air. Still, the rain was minimal, the puddles puny, and anyone unfamiliar with April in the Valley of the Sun had to marvel at how the crystal-clear weather blended with the ceremony message about new opportunities and wide-open futures for GCU’s 560 morning graduates. Their degrees were conferred in the Colangelo College of Business and the College of Doctoral Studies, and most completed their degrees entirely online. Berger, dean of GCU’s College of Doctoral Studies, is a concierge and guest-greeter each year at commencement, actively intercepting anyone he can to route them to tickets, entrances, restrooms or whatever they might need before he has to “step away and do the dean thing” with other University leaders at the ceremony. He is one of hundreds of GCU volunteers who make commencement a warm and inviting atmosphere for locals and visitors alike. Spotting the College of Doctoral Studies regalia in the crowd, Berger introduced himself to learners whom he might have known […]

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Commencement offers poignant tribute amid pomp

April 23, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By GCU News Bureau Thursday morning’s commencement, the first of six to be held this week for the Grand Canyon University’s Class of 2015 in the Arena, had all the usual pomp — grinning parents using cellphones and Canons, elaborately decorated mortarboards balanced on graduates’ heads and purple in every corner of the Arena, on flowers, stoles and drapes. (Click here to see a slideshow.) But the 80-minute ceremony attended by 528 undergraduates in five colleges — Theology, Fine Arts and Production, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences and Science, Engineering and Technology — also was punctuated by poignant circumstances. For one, several graduates in the first CSET class adorned their mortarboards in ways unique to their career paths, such as outlines of bodies and crime scene tape. And there was not one but two student speakers, identical twin sisters Joy and Claire Flatz, who earned degrees in theatre from the College of Fine Arts and Production. The duo, who are as close to America’s sweethearts as you can get, did a lovely tag-team bit about how the University’s campus has changed in four years. (Then: no lines, no Chick-fil-A and the worst parking spot was behind Hegel Hall next to […]

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Initiative is a leap of faith and learning in classroom

April 22, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The Integration of Faith, Learning and Work initiative at GCU proved popular with both students and faculty. Students said it helped them take a new look at their faith, and faculty members saw it as a useful way to incorporate more prayer into the classroom.

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Flatz twins doubled their impact on performing arts

April 22, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Story by Cooper Nelson Photos by Darryl Webb GCU Today Magazine Twin theatre majors Claire and Joy Flatz are identical in appearance, but their interests, personalities and individual contributions to Grand Canyon University’s theatre program are distinctive. The 22-year-old seniors burst onto the College of Fine Arts and Production scene by playing the lead roles in the “The Boy Friend” as freshmen and have performed in 23 combined productions, often as leading ladies. Their costumes might as well hang from the ceiling of GCU’s Ethington Theatre, like retired jerseys in a sports arena, to commemorate their dazzling performances over four years. Notably, Joy played Cinderella in “Into the Woods,” the daughter of Capulet in “Romeo and Juliet” and Irene Adler in “Sherlock Holmes.” Claire played the baker’s wife in “Into the Woods” and the lead female role, Belle, in “A Christmas Carol.” The freedom to perform as freshmen allowed them to find their individual strengths in film and theatre. “There is inherently a safety net that comes with performing at college and failing, which has allowed us to grow,” Joy said. Said Claire, “Being able to perform as freshmen helped us gain confidence to pursue opportunities outside campus.” Their impressive […]

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