Grand Canyon University is a private, for-profit Christian university located in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. GCU was founded in 1949 as a non-profit liberal arts college, and was purchased by Grand Canyon Education, Inc. in February 2004.Grand Canyon University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and provides campus-based as well as online postsecondary education services focused on graduate and undergraduate degree programs in education, liberal arts, business, and healthcare through its eight colleges. Wikipedia.
News Article | April 17, 2017
Kwesi Oginga’s new book Divinity ($14.99, paperback, 9781498463508; $7.99, eBook, 9781498463522 ) was written for Christians and non-Christians to understand the true power of the Christian personality in today's world. It is an innate empowerment for positive relationships at all levels of the human experience. Divinity offers an understanding of the very foundation of the Christian philosophy and how to spiritually empower a Christian to overcome all life circumstances. Oginga says, “In today's world, many are afraid to admit their Christian persuasion. These poetic expressions will help you to embrace your Christianity, and to boldly express and celebrate it.” Kwesi Oginga became the Associate Pastor of New Life Ministries, in November 2005. Presently, he is located at 800 Randolph Road, Silver Spring, MD 20904. His initial Seminary Training began at the Christian Life Missions Headquarters in New Philadelphia, a little town in the State of Ohio. In 2008, he began studies for a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Studies at Grand Canyon University, and he graduated Magma Cum Laude, in 2012. Oginga immediately commenced studies for his Masters in Pastoral Ministry at the same university and graduated in 2014. Added to my pastoral duties at New Life Ministries, he is presently an Adjunct Professor at the Washington Institute of Theological Studies (WITS), in Reston, Virginia. Xulon Press, a division of Salem Media Group, is the world’s largest Christian self-publisher, with more than 12,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order Divinity through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is available online through xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com.
News Article | April 20, 2017
Georgia Nurses Association Changes History by Hosting Its First Largest Community Event Atlanta, GA, April 20, 2017 --( The Spring Family Expo is a free community and family event open to the public and designed to encourage not only family unity, neighborly camaraderie but also to stimulate economic development. The organization attracted the partnership of Grand Canyon University (www.GCU.edu) as the Community Sponsor of the expo along with several exhibiting sponsors. CEO, Mr. Marcus Downs extends a special thank you to the entire staff of GNA Mrs. Shan Haugabrook, Mr. Tim Davis and SPAC Director Ms. Debra Griffin Stevens as well as each and every volunteer that tirelessly helped to support the day and PR Company Impact Branding Consulting for organizing the Spring Family Expo. GNA would like to thank Mutual of Omaha, Amerigroup, Pinnacle Fitness Center, Nightlife Hair Wrap, Briarcliff Baptist Church, Duo Orthodontics, Bethany Christian Services, DoTerra Essential Oils, Mary Kay, Papparazi Jewelry, Peppas Kitchen, Sullivan Embroidery, Foresters Financial, PureBarre, Stunning Ladies, The After Taste Catering, Inspire Network, Walk of Life, CSRA and others for sponsoring the Expo. They also thank media partners and sponsors 106 Live Radio, BizLynks TV and Kiss 104.1FM. The Expo further offered attendees educational mini-seminars, live performing entertainment with The Imani Ray, Disc Jockey Ezzy B, a Southern / Caribbean style Barbeque, prizes and much more. The Spring Family Expo will remain an annual event to positively impact families, professionals and communities. GNA invites other corporations and businesses to join the collaboration to positively impact the community through partnership in the 2018 Spring Family Expo scheduled for Easter Weekend. Partnership opportunities are now available. Contact Impact Branding at 678-390-2681 for details. About Georgia Nurses Association: GNA was founded more than a century ago in 1907 for the purpose of uniting the nursing profession. GNA is the state's largest professional nursing association for registered nurses in all practice settings. GNA provides enormous support to advance the profession on a whole as well as the nurses as an individual. GNA is advocates for the nurse while they advocate for patients. GNA is focused on taking care of the whole Nurse. Atlanta, GA, April 20, 2017 --( PR.com )-- The Georgia Nurses Association established in 1907 (GNA) hosted its first and largest community event in history on Easter weekend Saturday April 15th (www.GeorgiaNurses.org). GNA welcomed and interacted with over 100 local residents and families who came from as far as Alabama to enjoy the Inaugural Spring Family Expo. Children enjoyed the 8' obstacle course, inflatable basketball hoop and the Easter Egg Hunt to mention a few. Parents and adults were greeted by local businesses in the exhibitors showcase where they contributed to the local economy through patronage.The Spring Family Expo is a free community and family event open to the public and designed to encourage not only family unity, neighborly camaraderie but also to stimulate economic development. The organization attracted the partnership of Grand Canyon University (www.GCU.edu) as the Community Sponsor of the expo along with several exhibiting sponsors.CEO, Mr. Marcus Downs extends a special thank you to the entire staff of GNA Mrs. Shan Haugabrook, Mr. Tim Davis and SPAC Director Ms. Debra Griffin Stevens as well as each and every volunteer that tirelessly helped to support the day and PR Company Impact Branding Consulting for organizing the Spring Family Expo.GNA would like to thank Mutual of Omaha, Amerigroup, Pinnacle Fitness Center, Nightlife Hair Wrap, Briarcliff Baptist Church, Duo Orthodontics, Bethany Christian Services, DoTerra Essential Oils, Mary Kay, Papparazi Jewelry, Peppas Kitchen, Sullivan Embroidery, Foresters Financial, PureBarre, Stunning Ladies, The After Taste Catering, Inspire Network, Walk of Life, CSRA and others for sponsoring the Expo. They also thank media partners and sponsors 106 Live Radio, BizLynks TV and Kiss 104.1FM.The Expo further offered attendees educational mini-seminars, live performing entertainment with The Imani Ray, Disc Jockey Ezzy B, a Southern / Caribbean style Barbeque, prizes and much more. The Spring Family Expo will remain an annual event to positively impact families, professionals and communities. GNA invites other corporations and businesses to join the collaboration to positively impact the community through partnership in the 2018 Spring Family Expo scheduled for Easter Weekend. Partnership opportunities are now available. Contact Impact Branding at 678-390-2681 for details.About Georgia Nurses Association:GNA was founded more than a century ago in 1907 for the purpose of uniting the nursing profession. GNA is the state's largest professional nursing association for registered nurses in all practice settings. GNA provides enormous support to advance the profession on a whole as well as the nurses as an individual. GNA is advocates for the nurse while they advocate for patients. GNA is focused on taking care of the whole Nurse. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Georgia Nurses Association
News Article | April 27, 2017
The International Nurses Association is pleased to welcome Myrna Cassion, BSN, RN, to their prestigious organization with her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. Myrna Cassion is a Registered Nurse currently serving patients in Raleigh/Durham region of North Carolina. With over 25 years of experience, she is a Progressive Care Certified Nurse (PCCN), nurse educator and nurse entrepreneur. Myrna Cassion completed her initial nursing training at Quincy College, becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse. Four years later, she completed an Associate’s Degree in Nursing at the Brockton Hospital School of Nursing in Massachusetts. An advocate for continuing education, Myrna obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. Myrna holds additional certifications in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and she also serves as a BLS, ACLS, Med Aide, Patient Care Assistant and Safe Sitter® instructor. She says that her success is attributed to her passion for teaching and instructing people in the field and her belief in lifelong learning and education. When not working, Myrna is involved in a number of community activities and organizations. Learn more about Myrna Cassion here: http://inanurse.org/network/index.php?do=/4135777/info/ and be sure to read her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.
News Article | May 4, 2017
The University financed its operating activities and capital expenditures during the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016 primarily through cash provided by operating activities. Our unrestricted cash and cash equivalents and investments were $170.1 million and $108.6 million at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively. Our restricted cash and cash equivalents at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016 were $70.3 million and $84.9 million, respectively. Additionally, the University's amended credit facility provides a revolving line of credit in the amount of $150 million through December 2017 to be utilized for working capital, capital expenditures and other general corporate purposes. Indebtedness under the credit facility is secured by our assets and is guaranteed by certain of our subsidiaries. No amounts were drawn on the revolver as of March 31, 2017. Net cash provided by operating activities for the three months ended March 31, 2017 was $109.7 million as compared to $86.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2016. The increase in cash generated from operating activities between the three months ended March 31, 2016 and the three months ended March 31, 2017 is primarily due to increased net income and the timing of income tax and employee related payments as well as changes in other working capital such as accounts payable and deferred revenue. Net cash used in investing activities was $48.6 million and $56.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively. Our cash used in investing activities was primarily related to the purchase of short-term investments and capital expenditures. Purchases of short-term investments net of proceeds of these investments was $19.0 million and $0.8 million during the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively. Capital expenditures were $21.7 million and $49.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively. During the three-month period for 2017, capital expenditures primarily consisted of ground campus building projects such as the construction of an additional dormitory to support our growing traditional student enrollment, land acquisitions adjacent to our campus, as well as purchases of computer equipment, other internal use software projects and furniture and equipment to support our increasing employee headcount. Included in off-site development for 2017 is $7.9 million we spent to finish the building and parking garage in close proximity to our ground traditional campus. Employees that work in two leased office buildings in the Phoenix area were relocated to this new building by the end of 2016. During the three-month period for 2016, capital expenditures primarily consisted of ground campus building projects that started in late 2015 such as three more apartment style residence halls, a 170,000 square foot classroom building for our College of Science, Engineering and Technology, a student service center, and a fourth parking structure, as well as land purchases adjacent to or near our Phoenix campus, and purchases of computer equipment, other internal use software projects and furniture and equipment to support our increasing employee headcount. Included in off-site development during 2016 is $7.7 million related to the off-site office building and parking garage. In addition, during the first quarter of 2016, we received a $1.8 million distribution related to our ownership interest in LoudCloud upon its sale to a third party. Net cash used in financing activities was $33.1 million and $18.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively. During the three-month period for 2017, $25.0 million was used to repay the revolving line of credit, $9.5 million was used to purchase common shares withheld in lieu of income taxes resulting from restricted share awards and principal payments on notes payable and capital leases totaled $1.7 million, which amounts were partially offset by proceeds from the exercise of stock options of $3.1 million. During the three-month period for 2016, $14.6 million was used to purchase treasury stock in accordance with the University's share repurchase program and $4.6 million was used to purchase common shares withheld in lieu of income taxes resulting from restricted share awards while principal payments on notes payable and capital leases totaled $2.1 million and debt issuance costs for the increase in our revolving line of credit totaled $0.2 million, partially offset by proceeds from the exercise of stock options of $3.5 million. This news release contains "forward-looking statements" which include information relating to future events, future financial performance, strategies expectations, competitive environment, regulation, and availability of resources. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding: projections, predictions, expectations, estimates, and forecasts as to our business, financial and operating results, and future economic performance, as well as; and statements of management's goals and objectives and other similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. Words such as "may," "should," "could," "would," "predicts," "potential," "continue," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar expressions, as well as statements in future tense, identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by, which such performance or results will be achieved. Forward-looking statements are based on information available at the time those statements are made or management's good faith belief as of that time with respect to future events, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause such differences include, but are not limited to: our failure to comply with the extensive regulatory framework applicable to our industry, including Title IV of the Higher Education Act and the regulations thereunder, state laws and regulatory requirements, and accrediting commission requirements; the ability of our students to obtain federal Title IV funds, state financial aid, and private financing; risks associated with changes in applicable federal and state laws and regulations and accrediting commission standards, including pending rulemaking by the Department of Education; potential damage to our reputation or other adverse effects as a result of negative publicity in the media, in the industry or in connection with governmental reports or investigations, lawsuits, or otherwise, affecting us or other companies in the for-profit postsecondary education sector; our ability to properly manage risks and challenges associated with strategic initiatives, including the expansion of our campus, potential acquisitions of, or investments in, new businesses, acquisitions of new properties, or the development of new campuses; our ability to hire and train new, and develop and train existing, employees and faculty; the pace of growth of our enrollment; our ability to convert prospective students to enrolled students and to retain active students; our success in updating and expanding the content of existing programs and developing new programs in a cost-effective manner or on a timely basis; industry competition, including competition for students and for qualified executives and other personnel; risks associated with the competitive environment for marketing our programs; failure on our part to keep up with advances in technology that could enhance the online experience for our students; the extent to which obligations under our credit agreement, including the need to comply with restrictive and financial covenants and to pay principal and interest payments, limits our ability to conduct our operations or seek new business opportunities; our ability to manage future growth effectively; general adverse economic conditions or other developments that affect job prospects of our students; and other factors discussed in reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date the statements are made. You should not put undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. We assume no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions, or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking information, except to the extent required by applicable securities laws. If we do update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that we will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements. Grand Canyon Education, Inc. will discuss its first quarter 2017 results and 2017 outlook during a conference call scheduled for today, May 4, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time (ET). To participate in the live call, investors should dial 877-577-1769 (domestic and Canada) or 706-679-7806 (international), passcode 5377220 at 4:25 p.m. (ET). The Webcast will be available on the Grand Canyon Education, Inc. Web site at . A replay of the call will be available approximately two hours following the conclusion of the call, at 855-859-2056 (domestic) or 404-537-3406 (international), passcode 5377220. It will also be archived at in the section for 60 days. Grand Canyon Education, Inc. is a comprehensive regionally accredited university that offers over 200 graduate and undergraduate degree programs, emphases and certificates across nine colleges both online and on ground at our over 260 acre campus in Phoenix, Arizona, at leased facilities and at facilities owned by third party employers of our students. We are committed to providing an academically rigorous educational experience with a focus on professionally relevant programs that meet the objectives of our students. Our undergraduate programs are designed to be innovative and meet the future needs of employers while providing students with the needed critical thinking and effective communication skills developed through a Christian-oriented, liberal arts foundation. We offer master and doctoral degrees in contemporary fields that are designed to provide students with the capacity for transformational leadership in their chosen industry, emphasizing the immediate relevance of theory, application, and evaluation to promote personal and organizational change. Approximately 83,400 students were enrolled as of March 31, 2017. For more information about Grand Canyon Education, Inc., please visit . Grand Canyon Education, Inc. is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, Grand Canyon University, 3300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85017, . Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income plus interest expense net of interest income, plus income tax expense, and plus depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), as adjusted for (i) the amortization of prepaid royalty payments recorded in conjunction with a settlement of a dispute with our former owner; (ii) contributions to Arizona school tuition organizations in lieu of the payment of state income taxes; (iii) share-based compensation and (iv) one-time, unusual charges or gains, such as litigation and regulatory reserves, impairment charges and asset write-offs, and exit or lease termination costs. We present Adjusted EBITDA because we consider it to be an important supplemental measure of our operating performance. We also make certain compensation decisions based, in part, on our operating performance, as measured by Adjusted EBITDA, and our loan agreement requires us to comply with covenants that include performance metrics substantially similar to Adjusted EBITDA. All of the adjustments made in our calculation of Adjusted EBITDA are adjustments to items that management does not consider to be reflective of our core operating performance. Management considers our core operating performance to be that which can be affected by our managers in any particular period through their management of the resources that affect our underlying revenue and profit generating operations during that period and does not consider the items for which we make adjustments (as listed above) to be reflective of our core performance. We believe Adjusted EBITDA allows us to compare our current operating results with corresponding historical periods and with the operational performance of other companies in our industry because it does not give effect to potential differences caused by variations in capital structures (affecting relative interest expense, including the impact of write-offs of deferred financing costs when companies refinance their indebtedness), tax positions (such as the impact on periods or companies of changes in effective tax rates or net operating losses), the book amortization of intangibles (affecting relative amortization expense), and other items that we do not consider reflective of underlying operating performance. We also present Adjusted EBITDA because we believe it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors, and other interested parties as a measure of performance. In evaluating Adjusted EBITDA, investors should be aware that in the future we may incur expenses similar to the adjustments described above. Our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by expenses that are unusual, non-routine, or non-recurring. Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool in that, among other things it does not reflect: In addition, other companies, including other companies in our industry, may calculate these measures differently than we do, limiting the usefulness of Adjusted EBITDA as a comparative measure. Because of these limitations, Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as a substitute for net income, operating income, or any other performance measure derived in accordance with and reported under GAAP, or as an alternative to cash flow from operating activities or as a measure of our liquidity. We compensate for these limitations by relying primarily on our GAAP results and only use Adjusted EBITDA as a supplemental performance measure. The following table provides a reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP measure for the periods indicated: The following is a summary of our student enrollment at March 31, 2017 and 2016 by degree type and by instructional delivery method: To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/grand-canyon-education-inc-reports-first-quarter-2017-results-300451777.html
News Article | May 23, 2017
PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Arizona Virtual Academy (AZVA), an accredited, full-time online public school for students statewide, will hold an in-person graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 25 at 4 p.m. at Gilbert High School. The school’s 140 graduating seniors come from diverse backgrounds, but all found AZVA to be the solution to reaching their academic goals. College and career-minded students can choose from a broad range of profession-focused courses in order to gain a competitive edge for the future, discover their path after high school or explore a possible college major. Students are also provided the opportunity to earn concurrent enrollment credit, meaning they can earn college credit while still enrolled in high school, at no cost to the family, as long as the student meets the eligibility criteria. Phoenix Business Journal has ranked AZVA among the top 50 public high schools in Arizona based on SAT scores two years in a row. Carter Deddo is the AZVA Class of 2017 valedictorian, and Nathan Hsiung is the salutatorian. Dr. Celestino Fernandez, a popular professor of sociology at the University of Arizona, will deliver remarks to the graduating class, and AZVA teachers and staff will be in attendance to recognize the students’ achievements. “Graduation is always an exciting day,” said Kelly Van Sande, head of school at Arizona Virtual Academy. “Congratulations to not only the graduates, but also to their parents and families who have supported and facilitated these students’ academic growth and achievement. We know they are well-prepared for their next step in life.” The Class of 2017 has been offered more than $760,000 in scholarships. The graduates report that they have been accepted to a number of colleges and universities across the country, including Arizona State University, Belmont University, Central Arizona College, Eastern Arizona College, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Grand Canyon University, Manhattan School of Music, Northern Arizona University, Oklahoma State University, Ottawa University, Sacramento State University, Sarah Lawrence College, The Julliard School, University of Arizona and University of Southern California. Additionally, one student has been accepted as a trainee for the Boston Ballet, and other students will enlist in the U.S. Navy, Army and Air Force. Media are welcome at this event. Details are as follows: Arizona Virtual Academy (AZVA) is an accredited, full-time online public school that serves Arizona students in kindergarten through 12th grade. As part of the Arizona public school system, AZVA is tuition-free, giving parents and families the choice to access the curriculum provided by K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), the nation’s leading provider of K-12 proprietary curriculum and online education programs. For more information about AZVA, visit http://azva.k12.com. K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN) is driving innovation and advancing the quality of education by delivering state-of-the-art, digital learning platforms and technology to students and school districts across the globe. K12’s curriculum serves over 2,000 schools and school districts and has delivered more than four million courses over the past decade. K12 is a company consisting of thousands of online school educators providing instruction, academic services, and learning solutions to public schools and districts, traditional classrooms, blended school programs, and directly to families. The K12 program is offered through K12 partner public schools in 33 states and the District of Columbia, and through private schools serving students in all 50 states and more than 100 countries. More information can be found at K12.com.
News Article | May 9, 2017
Teacher/ Rap Artist: Nate Whitsett Speaks on the Need to Reform Educational Strategies in Schools Teaching to the Hip Hop Generation Nate Whitsett is a man on a mission to show school leaders how to motivate staff and students. The Think A+ Tour is designed to inspire success and make learning fun again one district, one administrator, one teacher, and one student at a time. Detroit, MI, May 08, 2017 --( Nate recently resigned from teaching in the classroom and developed the “Think A+ Tour.” He now travels the nation on a mission to impact change in the process one district, one administrator, one teacher, and one student at a time. He comes with a wealth of knowledge and extensive background working with people young and old in the state of Michigan. He has been in the field of Education & Human services for over 25 years. He has a very strong relationship with the Public and Charter School community of Metro Detroit. Nate is the author of The Answer: Finding Purpose & Building Relationships in the Classroom. After reading, discussion can be generated to address various questions: How can a student make it to the 4th grade without learning how to read? Why is it so easy to give up on students with behavioral challenges? What can parents do to support and reinforce academic success? Nate has a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, Michigan) and a Masters in the Art of Teaching from Grand Canyon University (Phoenix, Arizona). His education coupled with the experiences of being raised in a low income, single parent household, pushed him to become a self-proclaimed, “College Kid with a Street Degree.” To learn more about teacher/student workshops, school assemblies, and connect with a Think A+ consultant in anyway please visit them on their website at Thinkingaplus.com. Detroit, MI, May 08, 2017 --( PR.com )-- What is the problem with the way we currently are teaching students in today’s classroom? “Classrooms today look and operate the same way as they did in the 1940’s. It is time for a change,” says Nate Whitsett author, educator, and rap artist. “My purpose is to be a Motivational Teacher. I use rap as a tool to motivate and educate students in this Hip Hop generation. There is a reason why a kid can recite songs from the radio word for word and immediately have trouble remembering math facts,” says Whitsett.Nate recently resigned from teaching in the classroom and developed the “Think A+ Tour.” He now travels the nation on a mission to impact change in the process one district, one administrator, one teacher, and one student at a time. He comes with a wealth of knowledge and extensive background working with people young and old in the state of Michigan. He has been in the field of Education & Human services for over 25 years. He has a very strong relationship with the Public and Charter School community of Metro Detroit.Nate is the author of The Answer: Finding Purpose & Building Relationships in the Classroom. After reading, discussion can be generated to address various questions: How can a student make it to the 4th grade without learning how to read? Why is it so easy to give up on students with behavioral challenges? What can parents do to support and reinforce academic success?Nate has a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, Michigan) and a Masters in the Art of Teaching from Grand Canyon University (Phoenix, Arizona). His education coupled with the experiences of being raised in a low income, single parent household, pushed him to become a self-proclaimed, “College Kid with a Street Degree.”To learn more about teacher/student workshops, school assemblies, and connect with a Think A+ consultant in anyway please visit them on their website at Thinkingaplus.com.
News Article | May 8, 2017
Jeffrey R. Powlowsky, a young entrepreneur, is proud to announce that he has launched his fourth business. The new business, which focuses on delivering IT solutions to small startups in an affordable way, is already set to become a success, with Powlowsky banking on his previous successes and the positive reputation he has developed through this. While having only been opened for a few weeks, Powlowsky IT Consulting has already gained a large number of clients. Jeffrey Powlowsky said: "I have been an entrepreneur since I was a young child. Not satisfied with a roadside lemonade stand, I actually got other children to run it for me! I left high school and started a clothing shop, and when that was successful as well, I sold it and used the money to fund my education. Since then, I have opened two more businesses, sold them, and am now incredibly excited about my next endeavor." Having an entrepreneurial spirit is something that people say cannot be learned. Looking at someone like Jeff Powlowsky, it seems that it is indeed something that comes natural. Yet Powlowsky is committed to being the best of the best, which is why he used the money he earned from the sale of his first shop to fund his degree at Grand Canyon University. "In this Bachelor of Science in entrepreneurship degree, you investigate the steps to cultivate and market innovations in products and services. Through coursework streamlined to accelerate your learning, gain a deepened understanding of public relations, operations management and ethical leadership while exploring the fundamentals of finance and accounting. Our rigorous curriculum combines a broad overview of business development with a practical review of intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial concepts." While pursuing his bachelor’s degree, Jeffrey R. Powlowsky developed the idea for his second business, partnering with a fellow student who had developed electronic devices. His fellow student eventually bought him out of the business, providing Powlowsky with the funds to start a third one, which was his first consultancy business. In consultancy, Powlowsky found something he wanted to continue doing, providing advice and information to other people. "Consultants are paid to share their expertise and knowledge to help businesses attain goals and solve problems. Businesses often hire consultants to supplement their staff and save the costs of hiring a full-time employee. As a person new to the company or organization, consultants view the situation from a fresh perspective." "I thought that my career would consist of setting up businesses and selling them," explains Jeff Powlowsky. "However, what I found in consultancy was that I could combine my two passions: setting up businesses, while advising other people at the same time. I set up my first consultancy agency with the full intention of selling it at a profit, so that is what I did. But I am not 100% sure yet about my latest endeavor, another consultancy business. Perhaps I will stick to this one!" After selling his third business, Powlowsky once again used the funds to further his own education, this time obtaining an MBA (Master of Business Administration) with an entrepreneurship concentration at Berkeley-Haas. "The Berkeley MBA Program offers students the training and ecosystem to launch scaleable enterprises, start careers in the venture capital industry, and take leading roles in early-stage-startups." Now armed with a graduate degree, and further developing his passions for IT services, Jeff Powlowsky has launched Powlowsky IT Consulting, the first business in which he has incorporated his own name. Perhaps this is indeed a sign that he is ready to stop starting and selling businesses, choosing instead to continue in the field of consultancy.
News Article | September 21, 2017
The 2,200-square-foot museum, designed by the company that created the Peyton Manning Room at University of Tennessee, features six panoramic sections that trace Colangelo's professional life and accomplishments – from his early years with the Chicago Bulls to his highly successful management of the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks and USA Basketball. An area of the museum called "Doing Business God's Way" recounts his civic and philanthropic endeavors and highlights "faith, family, friends and community," which has been his mantra in life. Complementing stories, news clips, artifacts and photos are some of Colangelo's memorabilia, including his Arizona Diamondbacks World Championship ring, Coach John Wooden's "Keys to Life" Award, the NCAA Naismith Award, NBA Executive of the Year Awards, Basketball Hall of Fame trophy, USA Basketball Olympic gold medals, jerseys from Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks, and more. Admission to the museum is free. "Mr. Colangelo is a servant leader in every sense of the word," said Brian Mueller, president of GCU. "What is remarkable is not only what he has done, but how he has done it – with the utmost integrity and values that are guided by his faith in God." Colangelo is largely responsible for making Phoenix a four-sport city and turning the city's downtown into an epicenter for business and entertainment. He led one of the most successful franchises in the NBA with the Suns, brought the Phoenix metropolitan area its first world championship with the 2001 Diamondbacks, was instrumental in the relocation of the NHL's Winnipeg Jets to become the Phoenix Coyotes, was a founding member of the WNBA, brought Arena Football League and indoor soccer teams to Phoenix, and revived USA Basketball with three consecutive gold medals. Colangelo first became involved with GCU in 2009 as a board member. Since then, he has taken on the name of the Colangelo School of Sports Business, serves as a consultant in GCU's transition to NCAA Division I athletics and paved the way for the hiring of Dan Majerle as men's basketball coach. In 2014 the entire Colangelo College of Business was named in his honor to embody Colangelo's vision of not only developing academic excellence and real-world relevance within its graduates, but also producing values-driven business leaders who make a difference in the world. "I am humbled by what GCU chose to do with the museum and how they did it," Colangelo said. "This is world-class. Everything Brian Mueller has done here is first class. "One of the things I like so much about the museum is what it represents. It's not so much about how I look at it from my perspective but it is the perspective of the city of Phoenix and 40 or 50 years of history and how the whole thing was laid out – the statement, the early years, the Suns, the Diamondbacks, USA Basketball, the Hall of Fame, all of them. To see the finished product is amazing." Colangelo, 77, has a long and storied career. A member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, Colangelo became the youngest general manager in professional sports when he joined the Suns in 1968. He transformed the expansion team into one of the most successful organizations in the NBA before selling the franchise, along with the WNBA Phoenix Mercury and Arena Football League's Arizona Rattlers, in 2004. During his tenure with the Suns, he was a dominant force in helping the NBA reach new heights. In addition, he changed the face of the Phoenix skyline with two state-of-the-art sports facilities. Colangelo led the efforts to bring Major League Baseball to the Valley in 1998 and was chairman when the Arizona Diamondbacks clinched the World Series title in 2001 in just their fourth year of existence – the fastest ever for an MLB expansion team. He is a principal of JDM Partners, a real estate development company, and an active community leader who has championed numerous causes rooted in business, education and family. A man of deep faith, he holds steadfast in his belief to trust in God, who he believes will help lead people to the best opportunities to make the most significant impact on humanity. "Mr. Colangelo is a living legend who embodies everything we stand for at Grand Canyon University," Mueller said. "My hope is that the museum will forever shine a light on his legacy, serve as an inspiration to our students and become a destination for Valley residents and visitors alike." About Grand Canyon University: Grand Canyon University was founded in 1949 and is Arizona's premier private Christian university. GCU is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers more than 200 academic programs for both traditional undergraduate students and working professionals. The University's curriculum emphasizes interaction with classmates, both in-person and online, and individual attention from instructors while fusing academic rigor with Christian values to help students find their purpose and become skilled, caring professionals. For more information, visit gcu.edu.
News Article | February 16, 2017
The International Nurses Association is pleased to welcome Sandra A. Bergman, RN, to their prestigious organization with her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. Sandra A. Bergman is a Nurse Educator with nearly 30 years of experience in her field and an extensive expertise in all facets of nursing, especially administration, education, geriatrics, and ICU nursing. Sandra is currently serving as a Practical Nursing Instructor for Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas, at an out-reach site in Fort Riley, Kansas. Sandra A. Bergman’s career in nursing began in 1987 when she graduated with her Associate Degree in Technical Nursing from the University of South Carolina Upstate. An advocate for continuing education, Sandra went on to obtain her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Management in 2011 from Ashford University, before completing her Master of Science Degree in Nursing Education in 2015 from Grand Canyon University. Working as a Practical Nursing Instructor, Sandra is responsible for the instruction and training of Practical Nursing students throughout the duration of their 18 month, part time evening program. An inductee of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Sandra maintains professional memberships with the American Nurses Association, the National League for Nurses, and the Christian Nurses Fellowship. She attributes her success to feeling that nursing has always been her true calling, and when she is not working, Sandra enjoys gardening and quilting. Learn more about Sandra A. Bergman here: http://inanurse.org/network/index.php?do=/4129563/info/ and be sure to read her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.
News Article | February 28, 2017
The International Nurses Association is pleased to welcome Christopher M. Allen, RN, to their prestigious organization with his upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. Christopher M. Allen is a Registered Nurse with 21 years of experience in his field and an extensive expertise in all facets of nursing, especially emergency room nursing. Christopher is currently serving patients as a Staff Nurse within Madigan Army Medical Center. Christopher’s career in nursing began when he graduated with his Licensed Practical Nurse Degree from Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, followed by his Nursing Degree from Cochise College. An advocate for continuing education, Christopher went on to gain his Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Grand Canyon University. Christopher holds additional certifications in Basic Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and is also a Trauma Nursing Core Course Provider. To keep up to date with the latest advances and developments in nursing, he maintains a professional membership with the Emergency Nurses Association. He attributes his success to his hard work, and when he is not assisting patients, Christopher enjoys fly fishing. Learn more about Christopher M. Allen here: http://inanurse.org/network/index.php?do=/4135372/info/ and be sure to read his upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.