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Alumna wins prestigious national educator award

May 17, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Melissa Martin went to school in Chinle, Arizona, in the Navajo Nation, then taught and coached there. But when she led the Chinle Junior High back from the pandemic in her first year as principal it caught the eye of the Milken Family Foundation, which recently awarded her the prestigious Milken Educator Award and $25,000 for her skillful leadership. She attributes some of her ability to GCU’s College of Education, which has more than 100 alumni who have won honors for their excellence.

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GCU podcasters find their voice at Recording Lab

May 13, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

There’s always magic to be had by Worship Arts students in GCU’s Recording Studio. “But then we thought, look at how many students create and do stuff who aren’t in the Worship Arts program,” said Recording Lab coordinator Joseph Vaught — students who now have a resource of their own, the new GCU Recording Lab. It’s where podcasters, such as sports management senior and “Total Soccer Show” contributor Joseph Lowery, are sharing their thoughts with the world. Reprinted from the April issue of GCU Magazine.

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Faculty honored for aiding students’ career success

May 12, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Professors step up in the classroom with lectures, PowerPoint presentations and the like. But they also encourage and mentor students in their undergraduate research, link students to startups or use their connections from their time in industry to help students get jobs. Strategic Employer Initiatives & Internships recently recognized 13 faculty members across seven colleges for their efforts to champion the career success of their students.

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Doctoral learner provides medical aid to Ukraine

May 11, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

When doctoral learner Lena Denman found out about the Russian invasion of Ukraine in late February, she knew she had to do everything she could to help. As President of the Arlene Campbell Humanitarian Foundation, a nonprofit established in 2016 to assist in sending medical supplies to Ukraine, Denman has numerous friends and connections there. “While I intellectually anticipated it, emotionally it was still very difficult,” she said. But the doctoral program already has provided her with the skills to make things happen.

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Nursing student was inspired by late mother’s faith

May 10, 2022 / by / 1 Comment

GCU student Megan Mason and her mother, Nikki Brown, had a special relationship. “Everyone always called me her mini me,” Mason says. So when Brown was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, it weighed on Mason heavily as she was accepted into the nursing program — but it also put it into perspective for her. Her mother taught her many lessons, in particular what it means to truly have a relationship with God.

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GCU ROTC cadets commissioned as Army officers

May 09, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Isaac Duh Nei Lian immigrated to the United States from Burma when he was just 11 years old and is now headed for infantry training as an officer in the Army. He was among nine cadets appointed to lead enlisted personnel as second lieutenants during the University’s Army ROTC Thunder Battalion Commissioning Ceremony on Friday. “This is my privilege to give back to the country,” he said.

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Year in review: GCU was well served and served well

May 05, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

This week’s announcement of changes at the top of GCU’s academic leadership was a continuation of the big news across campus during the 2021-22 academic year. The GCU CityServe warehouse got up and running (and running and running), the L.O.P.E.S. Academy at the Cardon Center celebrated a productive first year, the Fostering Futures Scholarships for foster children were announced, and the makeup Commencements last fall were well received and well attended. Through it all, there was one consistent theme for students: They turned out in big numbers for campus events.

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Naegeli, Cofrancesco earn national society honor

May 04, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Another successful year for GCU’s National Society of Collegiate Scholars chapter did not go unnoticed by the prestigious honors society. Honors College Dean Dr. Breanna Naegeli and Program Manager Anya Cofrancesco were named NSCS’s Chapter Co-Advisor Team of the Year. With nearly 7,000 members, GCU’s chapter is the largest in the country.

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Radda to retire: Provost looks back on 12-year run

May 04, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

By Rick Vacek GCU News Bureau Dr. Hank Radda is retiring after 12 years as Provost of Grand Canyon University, effective July 15. That’s the headline. But there is so much more to the story. To fully understand what Radda has witnessed, you would have had to been there with him as he walked around the campus for the first time on the day before Thanksgiving in 2010. It led to one of the coolest experiences of his life, but what he saw didn’t look so hot. Radda, who had come to interview for dean of the newly created College of Doctoral Studies, was taken aback by the sight of so many small, dated buildings. There was only one new structure – the two-story Education Building. GCU Arena was identifiable only by the steel framework that had been erected. “Everything else was still flat and asphalt and broken down,” he said. Then it happened. He saw the University’s energetic new president, Brian Mueller, whom he had worked for at the University of Phoenix. Mueller cheerfully volunteered to show him around and started talking about his plan to turn a decrepit campus into a beacon for higher education. “We want to […]

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Gibb has another new mission: Provost of GCU

May 04, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

By Rick Vacek GCU News Bureau Dr. Randy Gibb learned an important lesson during his 26 years in the Air Force. “Every two to three years we moved to a different base in a new airplane, a different mission and part of a new team,” he said. “You would learn to assess an organization and create a template to get acclimated and determine how to contribute.” He has been assessing and contributing for eight years as Dean of the Colangelo College of Business (CCOB) at Grand Canyon University. Now Gibb is embarking on a new mission: He is GCU’s new Provost, replacing Dr. Hank Radda, who will retire in July. “Dr. Gibb very much fits the mold of Dr. Radda in that he is accomplished academically but also understands the operational part to be able to build on what Hank has done,” said GCU President Brian Mueller. “A big part of that comes from his military background and his ability to lead a team. That is evident in everything he has accomplished as dean of one of the fastest-growing business colleges in the country.” Just as Radda has overseen GCU’s dramatic rise from less than 1,000 traditional students to more […]

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