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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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High school students get in harmony at recording studio

March 14, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Students from Ironwood Ridge High School near Tucson got an unforgettable experience Friday: They got to make a CD in the GCU recording studio. The oohs and ahhs were audible.

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There’s no debating GCU’s speech and debate cachet

March 10, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Speech and Debate Team continues to shine and collect accolades and successes wherever it competes. The team’s glowing reputation adds luster to GCU’s already shining image, and as if the tournament wins were’t enough to add feathers to the University’s purple cap, this week team director Barry Regan announced that the campus will host the 2017 National Christian College Forensics Invitational — one of the most prestigious on the national speech and debate circuit.

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Business students excel in DECA state competition

March 09, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Fourteen students from the DECA club in the Colangelo College of Business recently competed in the State Conference competition, and eight finished in the top three in their respective categories to qualify for the national event next month in Washington, D.C. Four other GCU students also qualified for nationals.

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Figuring out crime scene is murder for students

March 09, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Hundreds of future forensic scientists from high schools across Arizona participated in one of GCU’s most popular events: 2016 Forensic Science Day. There was no end of science disguised as fun, whether it was analyzing blood spatters, examining fingerprints or attempting to crack a murderous crime scene. The event gave GCU an opportunity to showcase its popular Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) degree programs, which attract a growing number of scholars every year.

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GCU receives Community Partner Award for STEM Scholars program

March 08, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s STEM Scholars program, which gives local high school students a chance to learn more about this rapidly expanding field and also earn up to a year of tuition-free college credit, was honored Monday night by the Peoria Education Foundation with its Community Partner Award. Sarah Boeder, senior vice president of campus operations, was on hand to receive the award.

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GCU ends current effort to convert to nonprofit

March 04, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon Education, Inc. (NASDAQ: LOPE), a comprehensive regionally accredited university that offers approximately 200 graduate and undergraduate degree programs and certificates across eight colleges both online and on ground at its approximately 250 acre campus in Phoenix, Arizona today announced that it has terminated its current effort to convert Grand Canyon University to a nonprofit entity.  In connection with that announcement, it issued the following statement: “In 1949, Grand Canyon University was founded as a nonprofit institution of higher education.  In 2004, on the verge of bankruptcy and without any other options to survive, the University converted from a nonprofit institution to a for profit institution in order to raise the capital necessary for it to continue to serve its students.  Since that time, although operating as a for-profit institution, the company has been able successfully to balance the needs of its students, faculty, community, investors and over 100,000 alumni.  In nearly eight years as a public company, the company has never paid a dividend to its investors and has invested more capital into its campus and technology infrastructure than its entire after tax profits over that period – all without ever raising tuition on its ground campus during […]

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Superpowers unleashed: Joshua Braun voted Mr. GCU

March 03, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Jeannette Cruz Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s “Mr. GCU.” A loud roar of humor and delight arose Wednesday night from all corners of Grand Canyon University Arena as 12 young men conquered the stage to compete in the annual male talent competition. The evening broke out in total darkness just as the hosts, Mr. and Mrs. Incredible, ran onto the stage with one ulterior motive – to awaken inner superheroes. Even without breathing fire, shooting lasers or flying off of ridiculous heights, the contestants reeled in the judges with their hidden talents. In fact, although the group was filled with skilled athletes and musicians, contestants avoided the obvious. Instead, they appeared rapping in a music video, acting, flossing and even eating a sandwich … slowly. (Click here to see a slideshow.) The brave contestants were Daniel Trueblood, Matt Burkholder, Joshua Warshaw, Steve Johnson, David Beck, Mark Nuttelman, Parker Shipe, Joshua Braun, Omar Williams, Isaac Plentl, Cody Dumas and Mikee Garcia. Then they were narrowed to the top five, leaving Garcia, Braun, Plentl, Johnson and Shipe at the hands of the judges for questioning. During their interviews, […]

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Bernier’s ‘God glasses’ give students global vision

March 02, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

A College of Education professor borrows God’s glasses to take her students beyond the surface of knowledge in the classroom. Lisa Bernier is all about connecting faith through everyday life and encouraging students to go on mission trips.

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Piano recital is another first for recording studio

March 01, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

When talented music major Omar Williams Jr., a junior in the College of Fine Arts and Production, played a classic song by Johann Sebastian Bach on the piano last week, it was music to the ears of his instructor, Dr. Jelena Vladikovic, and College of Worship Arts recording studio manager, Eric Johnson. It is the first time a COFAP student recorded an audition tape in the five-month old venue.

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