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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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Exercise Science students pump it up for academic bowl

November 08, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

GCU News Bureau A team of Grand Canyon University Exercise Science students performed well in recent competitions. Seniors Payton Greer, Devin Vigneault and Laura Verduzco went up against 22 other teams in an academic bowl at the Southwest American College of Sports Medicine annual Conference recently in Orange County, Calif., and placed fourth. It was where they also presented posters on research they have been conducting as part of a GCU Research and Design Program group in the POWER lab. Greer’s research was titled, “Can Fitness Stave off the Deleterious Impacts of College Weight Gain?” Vigneault’s poster presentation entry was, “The Role of College Weight Gain on Weight Satisfaction and Eating Behaviors, and Verduzco’s was titled, “The Impact of Smoke Exposure on VO2 Max and Arterial Stiffness in Wildland Firefighters: A Pilot Study.” The students attended the conference with College of Science, Engineering and Technology Assistant Professor Dr. Zachary Zeigler. “It was a great experience for them,” Zeigler said. Also, Greer, Vigneault and Verduzco competed in the American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Is Medicine Mascot challenge. The challenge required them to create a 90-second video that includes the university mascot and highlights how they promote Exercise is Medicine on […]

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GCU, School Connect collaboration focus of talk

November 05, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

GCU News Bureau Dr. Jennifer Johnson (left), Executive Director of K-12 Educational Development, recently attended the National Forum to Advance Rural Education in Louisville, Kentucky. Tracey Beal (right), Executive Director for School Connect, accompanied her. They shared the collaboration between GCU and School Connect to support K-12 public schools in Arizona. The title of the presentation was “Connecting Schools, Communities and Higher Education to Elevate Engagement and Achievement.” GCU highlighted the support it provides to schools and the commitment it has to community service and engagement. The pair was selected to present from a record number of proposals received by the National Rural Education Association. About 300 K-12 educators and higher-education researchers represented 44 states at the conference.

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Faculty speak at psychology educators conference

November 04, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

GCU News Bureau English and psychology faculty from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences presented at the Society for Teaching Psychology’s annual Conference on Teaching in Denver. The Conference on Teaching is the primary conference of STP. It brings together educators of psychology for workshops, symposia and demonstrations of best practices in teaching psychology, as well as the scholarship of teaching and learning. Dr. Maria Zafonte spoke about “Techniques for Teaching Students APA Style.” Dr. Laura Chesniak-Phipps presented “Alternative to Individual Mentoring.” Dr. Elizabeth Valenti‘s session was titled “Creatively Teaching Key ‘Players’ in Psychology.” And Dr. Julia Langdal-Sittu‘s talk was called “BRAINS: Preventing the Zombification of Students by Making Neuroscience Fun and Accessible.”

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GCU student’s football photos

November 01, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University photography student Savannah Pierce got to join instructor John Medina at the Arizona Cardinals-San Francisco 49ers game Thursday night, and she produced these photos.    

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Slideshow: Serve the City, Fall 2019

October 28, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

GCU News Bureau About 300 Grand Canyon University students — along with GCU President Brian Mueller and Dr. Tim Griffin, Pastor and Dean of Students — painted and landscaped at 12 Canyon Corridor locations on Oct. 26 for the twice-a-year Serve the City. Students volunteer at multiple Habitat for Humanity projects for Serve the City. This was the 10th Serve the City in which GCU and Habitat teamed up, and both parties are thankful for a partnership that has facilitated 606 renovations on 263 homes before Oct. 26.

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Slideshow: Paul’s Car Wash 2019

October 25, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

GCU News Bureau Photos by David Kadlubowski Grand Canyon University broke out the buckets of sudsy soap and the water hoses to help CBS 5 Chief Meteorologist Paul Horton on Thursday night at the annual Paul’s Car Wash. The weeklong event features Horton and a few of his friends, including at GCU, washing hundreds of cars in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona. The GCU men’s and women’s basketball teams, coaches and staffers made their annual service trip to volunteer at the event, held at Desert Ridge Marketplace in north Phoenix. And Cheer and the Thundering Heard Pep Band were there, too.

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GCU at Phoenix Food Day

October 22, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

GCU News Bureau A Grand Canyon University contingent will take part in Phoenix Food Day, which starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Cartwright Community Garden, 4208 N. 51st Ave., Phoenix.  Canyon 49 Grill Sous Chef Michael Willison will helm a cooking demonstration with an original recipe, called tacos de calabacitas, starting at 11 a.m. Willison’s passion for food and the culinary arts began at age 7, when he began cooking with his grandmother and learning family recipes.  At 13, he helped cook at a friend’s family-owned restaurant and knew he wanted to learn and grow more in the food industry. Willison earned a degree in culinary arts from The Art Institute of Phoenix and was hired at the Four Seasons Resort and Hotel, where he worked for more than 13 years. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Phoenix. Learning advocates (LEADs) will be onsite to introduce families and children to academic services offered at the GCU Learning Lounge at the Milwaukee Brewers. GCU Baseball will be holding down the Healthy Kids Zone alongside the Milwaukee Brewers, who will host a mini baseball clinic. Thunder and friends will bring the party and help pass out the apples […]

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