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Rinnier named GCU’s new Assistant Dean of Students

January 23, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Danielle Rinnier’s promotion to GCU’s first Assistant Dean of Students is among three staff changes in Student Affairs. Rinnier was the Director of Spiritual Life, and her position will be filled by Braelyn Armenta, who was Life Leader Manager. In addition, Christine Pemberton was named the new Director of Student Care.

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Slate of 2020 speakers introduced at TEDx preview

January 22, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

The leaders of TEDxGrandCanyonUniversity and its talented emcee, Caleb Duarte, introduced this year’s lineup for the Feb. 21 TEDx event at Ethington Theatre on Tuesday night. But its president could give a talk of his own. Justin McLean said his experience in the student-run organization led to a job even before his April graduation.

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Winter-spring 2020 Calendar of Events

December 30, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

GCU News Bureau The first 10 years of the millennium have seen explosive growth at GCU. The new decade promises even more, with the debut of 2020 bringing the opening of the new Student Advising Services Building as well as the Herd Stop mini-mart in the Antelope Apartments. And then there are a slew of events on the horizon. Here are a few of them. January Jan. 3-4: Promotional tables set up for the new Herd Stop, which will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 4 as students return to the residence halls. Vendors will be on hand to visit with students. Jan. 3: Art Adventure Day, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Learning Lounge, College of Humanities and Social Sciences. For first through fifth graders. Free. megan.serafini@gcu.edu. Register. Jan. 4-5: Move-in. Students return to the campus residence halls. Jan. 4: Women’s basketball vs. CSU Bakersfield, 2 p.m., GCU Arena. Jan. 6: Instruction begins. Jan. 6: Chapel, 11:15 a.m. Monday, GCU Arena. Speaker: Brian Mueller, GCU President. Jan. 6: GCU Engage January giveaway, noon-1 p.m., Student Union Promenade. Stop by the GCU Engage table for a free sticker on the first Monday of every month. Jan. 7: Arts and culture event, 4-6 […]

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GCU faculty research published in JIR

December 23, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

GCU News Bureau A special edition of the Journal of Instructional Research features several articles from Grand Canyon University faculty. JIR features theoretical and empirically-based research articles, critical reflection pieces, case studies and classroom innovations relevant to best practices in post-secondary instruction (including teaching, learning and assessment). The articles listed below are available here: “Defining Effective Online Pedagogy,” John Steele, Rick Holbeck, Jean Mendernach Ten Strategic Points: A Framework for Doctoral Dissertations Students to Conceptualize their Research Design in a Doctoral Residency Program,” Cynthia Bainbridge, Christie McClendon, June Maul “The Goldilocks Paradox: The Need for Instructor Presence but Not Too Much in an Online Discussion Forum,” Elizabeth Larson, Jacob Aroz, Eric Nordin “Virtual Professional Communities: Integrative Faculty Support to Foster Effective Teaching,” Katie Sprute, Crystal McCabe, Lynn Basko, Paul Danuser “Exploring Quiz-Style PowerPoint Games as an Innovative e-Learning and Teaching Pedagogy,” Nikki Squire “Reflective Practice through Mentorship: A Program Reflection,” Emily Pottinger, Rebekah Dyer and Jena Akard “Using OBS to Create Video Lectures for Online Counseling Students,” Daniel A. Kauffman “Active Classrooms: Great for Academic Performance, but can They Improve Student Health? A Critical Literature Review,” Mike Swoboda The Intersection of Theory and Practice in Teacher Preparation Courses,” Brandon Juarez “Alternative Mentoring for Psychology Students,” […]

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Dr. Deb’s Mental Health Vitamin: Holiday blessings

December 18, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The holidays are so busy and full of high expectations that it’s hard to see beyond the stress. But the first step in easing those burdens, says Dr. Deb Wade, is not focusing on the perfect presents or perfect decorations but on our true blessings — family, home, health and the knowledge that God is with us

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Fitness Facts: Hashimoto’s disease

December 18, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Hashimoto’s disease is the most common type of thyroid disease in the United States and worldwide with more than 3 million cases diagnosed yearly in the United States alone. In this week’s Fitness Facts, Connie Colbert details some of the symptoms of the disease and what may cause it.

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Diploma honors memory of grandfather for SIS grad

December 13, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

Students Inspiring Students scholarship recipient Carla Ceja has the weight of family history, her grandfather’s Alzheimer’s disease and her parent’s words of encouragement with her as she prepares to accept her diploma at GCU’s afternoon graduation ceremony today. She had learned of her grandfather’s diagnosis as a child, and it spurred her to learn English, study hard to get a scholarship and eventually earn a degree in psychology. She is among the first large group of SIS students to earn their degrees.

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Bax, Trimnal speak at Calabrio conference

December 06, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

GCU News Bureau Beth Bax, Assistant Director of Quality Assurance for Grand Canyon Education, and Josie Trimnal, Operations Quality Analyst and Calabrio Administrator, spoke at the recent National Calabrio Customer Connect Conference in San Antonio — but that’s not unusual. Bax has been asked to do a presentation at the conference the last four years, Trimnal the last three. Bax spoke about how GCE has customized evaluation forms to leverage the best student experience. Trimnal addressed the successes and efficiencies GCE has gained through process improvements using the Calabrio application and provided tips and tricks on how to engage Calabrio administrators in the successful use of the system.

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GCU cadets, Thunder march in Phoenix Veterans Day Parade

November 13, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

A group of 56 GCU cadets and Captain Ross Fox, the officer-in-charge, were accompanied by Thunder on Monday as they made their annual trek to march in the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade.

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GCU statement regarding Dept. of Education decision

November 12, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University prepared a statement in response to a letter issued by the Department of Education regarding GCU’s transaction of July 1, 2018, to revert to its historical status as a nonprofit university.

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