Faculty, staff recognized at Lope Appreciation event

University Provost Dr. Randy Gibb welcomes employees to the Lope Appreciation event Tuesday in GCU Arena.

Photos by Ralph Freso / Slideshow

Before breaking for the summer, Grand Canyon University wrapped up the academic year by celebrating its faculty, staff and leadership at the Lope Appreciation event Tuesday morning at GCU Arena, hosted by Academic Affairs.

Provost Dr. Randy Gibb spoke to the hundreds who packed the Arena floor about how the University cannot move forward without the individuals on campus who share their unique abilities.

Dean of the College of Doctoral Studies Michael Berger presents Terila Johnson with her Provost Excellence Award.

He reflected on Romans 12:4-8, which states: “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, through many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.”

Gibb said, “That work done across the campus is just phenomenal,” and shared one of the year’s big accomplishments — a new mission statement. The key words for him in that mission statement: That GCU is a “missional, Christ-centered University.”

President Brian Mueller, who also spoke at the event, celebrated the students who have graduated from GCU in the five years since the University returned to nonprofit status.

He shared how GCU has invested millions of dollars to build classrooms, laboratories, swimming pools, “two Chick-fil-A’s and, coming this year, Jimmy John’s.” It continued to add academic programs, even during the pandemic, and has not increased tuition for the 15th consecutive year. And he detailed how GCU finds innovative ways to make sure students can learn where they are in their lives and the four learning platforms that make that possible: in-person, online, hybrid (a combination of online and brick-and-mortar attendance) and a platform centered around the trades, such as the Pre-Apprenticeship for Electricians program.

He also touched on what the future looks like for GCU. The University trailblazed online learning and now wants to do the same for artificial intelligence.

University Vice Provost Dr. Jennifer Lech acknowledges members of the faculty.

“Somebody needs to take an ownership role,” he said, and why not a Christian university like GCU. “… This summer is going to be a lot of thinking, a lot of brainstorming.”

He sees it as a years-long process to develop the University’s leadership in artificial intelligence learning, with GCU already having formed an A.I. committee.

The work will be done by faculty and staff using their gifts to move the body of GCU forward, as Gibb said.

“It’s helping people. It’s how to help society, how to live out our Christian faith by serving others. … Thank you, thank you, for this work, because we are impacting the world through our graduates, through our teaching.”

Here are the awards presented at Lope Appreciation.

Provost Excellence Awards

College of Arts and Media Director of Digital Design Sheila Schumacher and Professor of Photography John Medina with their awards.

Receiving the Provost Excellence Awards for performance, professionalism and commitment to excellence, as chosen by each college’s deans are:

  • Faculty Services: Curtis Blocker, faculty specialist; Colleen Renforth, faculty scheduler; Jayson Martin, data analyst
  • Curriculum & Publishing Services: Dary Williams, Publishing; Deni Sharp, Academic Web Services; Alexis DiVincenzo, Curriculum, Development and Design
  • Student Success: Norberto Rayas, Learning Lounge Coordinator; Jacqueline Fuentes, ACE advisor; Makayla Griffin, ACE Program Manager
  • Academic Affairs: Isabel Matthews, Title IX investigator; Lindsey Thomas, State Compliance Administrator; Anne Marie Ramirez-Stuart, Project Manager; Elyssa Douglas, OAR Degree Progression Specialist
  • College of Doctoral Studies: Terila Johnson, Research Faculty Manager; Jeri Burns, Operations Manager; Chuck Banaszewski, assistant professor
  • Colangelo College of Business: Gary Almy and Dave Blackledge, instructors; Erin Boling, Program Director
  • College of Theology: Brett Berger, Barnabas Chair; Shelly Hogan and Kimberley Kroll, instructors
  • College of Science, Engineering and Technology: Andrea Strock, Luke Mayer, Ingrid Gaviria, Bill Hughes and Greg Bullock, instructors; Steve Faulkner, Cyber Range; Bill Kuehl, associate professor
  • College of Arts & Media: Nola Yergen and Sheila Schumacher, assistant professors
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences: Carin Blevin, Sue Small and Mark Spalding, instructors; Liesl Hecht and Megan Neel, assistant professors; Christy Land, associate professor; Thomas Dyer, professor; and Molly Fleming, lecturer
  • College of Education: Claudia Coleman, assistant professor; Joshua Helmer, Clinical Practice Manager; Katie Kosier, instructor; Crystal McCabe, professor
  • College of Nursing and Health Care Professions: Kurt McDonald, Program Manager; Anna Conley, simulation technician; Jennifer Brodie, assistant professor; Amy Leach, National Council Licensure Exam Success Director; Danielle Edwards, Nursing Services Director; and Katherine Fetter, associate professor
  • Honors College: Katalina Inzunza Herrera, Program Manager

Faculty Advisors of the Year

  • CCOB: Dr. Chuck Jarrell and Neda Barrie
  • CSET: Robert Loy and Dr. Cassandra Wright
  • CHSS: Kathy Britton and Kimbel Westerson
  • CONHCP: Dr. Pamela Hess and Michael McKenney
  • COT: Brett Berger and Dr. Mark Olmos
  • CAM: John Medina and Stuart Altman
  • COE: Dr. Shawna Martino and Chesa Mendez

Faculty Rank & Term Tenure Promotions

Faculty and staff during the Lope Appreciation event.
  • Promoted to full professors: Cynthia Seminoff (CSET), John Paul Steele (CHSS) and Lynn Marie Basko (COE)
  • Promoted to associate professor: Andrea Alden (CHSS), Paul Danuser (COE), Alison King (CAM), Christina Torkildson (CONHCP), Elizabeth Valenti (CHSS), Ed Slover (CCOB), Katherine Fetter (CONHCP) and Christopher Murphy (CAM)
  • Promoted to assistant professor: Remilyn Mueller (CHSS), Marine Corinne Davis (CCOB), Lisa Duryee (CCOB), Allison Heather Schilling (CCOB), Leisl Hecht (CHSS), Megan Neel (CHSS), David Mulkey (CONHCP), Darien Hall (CSET) and Racheal Lee Stimpson (CDS)

Committees

The campus’ many committees, and the faculty and staff who serve on them, also were recognized:

  • Rank & Term Tenure
  • Academic Affairs
  • Institutional Review Board
  • General Education
  • Library Advisory
  • One Foundation
  • University Assessment
  • Research Faculty Advisory
  • Faculty Advisory
  • Diversity Alliance
  • Character & Integrity
  • Artificial Intelligence

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