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Incoming GCU class looking to
take action, inspire change
BY BRIAN MUELLER
The start of
school signals
of a time of
anticipation for
students and
their families.
It’s a time of
countless firsts,
including new
classes, new
faces and new
experiences.
Brian Mueller.
Just as
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students are
eager for the
first day of school, Grand Canyon
University also looks forward to
the new year. It’s because GCU will
welcome the largest incoming class
and a record number of students to
our Phoenix campus. We’ll also throw
open the doors of new facilities,
including an expanded 7,000-seat
multi-purpose arena, three new
residence halls and a classroom
building.
Perhaps most important, the fall
semester will mark the beginning of
new programs of study to prepare
students for careers that are in
demand in greater Phoenix, in Arizona
and throughout the nation.
One such program will create
workplace-ready graduates in science,
engineering and technology. It’s no
secret that a career founded in passion
leads to success. Yet sadly, some
graduates find it challenging to enter
the workforce or are dissatisfied by
their jobs after graduation. While
students have passion, they seek
direction. Transforming these passions
into lucrative careers is the guiding
light of the College of Science,
Engineering and Technology.
CSET programs are aimed at
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meeting the immediate needs of
the workforce while giving students
the real-world, hands-on skills to
hit the ground running on their first
day on the job. Take for example the
exhilarating world of digital gaming.
While there may be a limited number
of jobs in game simulation, there is
limitless opportunity in education and
health care where teaching complex
concepts through interactive apps is
in high demand. Graduates will be able
to use their talents to teach students
how to navigate high-risk situations
or medical professionals how to help
a cancer patient and their family
through trying times.
We’re also seeing a growing number
of students interested in pursuing
careers in helping professions like
worship arts, nursing and counseling.
This is no surprise given that today’s
students are driven by harnessing their
personal passion.
This movement is changing the way
people think about higher education.
Today, college is not just about earning
a degree or spending a moment in
an experience. It’s about finding
your purpose and inspiring change in
everything we do.
At GCU, we encourage students to
chase their dreams—however lofty—
but to chase them knowing it’s about
doing God’s work and helping the
common good. These inspiring acts
are the impetus that fuels success at
school, at home and in the workplace.
Brian Mueller is president and CEO
at Grand Canyon University. For more
information about Grand Canyon
University, visit www.gcu.edu.
SEE COMMUNITY COMMENTARY PAGE 48
Technology
should help
with wrong-way
drivers
We should install sensors on every
wrong-way sign. Every vehicle must have a
mandatory device permanently installed
that would immediately disengage the
engine upon entering that area. This could
be on the checklist with the emission
testing for all vehicles. With our technology,
we should be able to make this work. We
know that wrong-way driving will surely
happen again.
Larry Spruck
Sun Lakes
Asian-Pacific
Americans need
to vote
Farhana Ahmed.
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In this modern
world, diversity
is looked at as
beauty and a
key element of
bridging the gaps
to create unity.
Asian-Pacific
Americans are
still counted as
“model minority”
in USA. But the
Asian-Pacific
Americans are
very diverse with
their language, culture, heritage and general
needs. Traditional thinking is Asian-Pacific
Americans are reluctant to report their
concerns and ashamed to seek help when
needed. Thus, the overall ideas about AsianPacific Americans are they are doing well
in their own areas or they do not want to
voice their ideas.
Janelle Wong, a political scientist and
director of Asian-American Studies at
the University of Maryland, opposes this
view. Her findings are: “They understand
what power lies with government in
terms of people’s everyday lives.” She also
mentioned, “They’re not afraid of the social
safety net.”
As a person, everyone possesses the right
to express his or her own opinion. Casting
a vote is a way to make a statement. AsianPacific Americans need to come forward
to practice the civic-engagement process
of get out and vote. Voting is not about
choosing a political leader only but helps
to shape up the policies on employment,
education, immigration/citizenship
and civic participation to better each
community.
Asian-Pacific Americans need to
empower themselves by practicing the right
to vote to bring a change for them and for
their future generations. Each individual
is a change agent. An improved future can
be directed only with combined voices.
Knowing and understanding individual
strengths will contribute to the combined
effort. To make a path of continuous growth
of young leadership and place them to lead
the community, nation and the world, we
all need to make an effort to bring AsianPacific Americans on the front lines.
Many social organizations are dedicating
their efforts to highlight this issue and bring
awareness. OCA–Greater Phoenix Chapter
initiated a series of events to promote
and ensure voter registration awareness.
One of their upcoming events is a free
movie screening on Sept. 21 at the Arizona
Historical Society Museum in Tempe.
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COMMUNITY COMMENTARY FROM PAGE 47
Autumn full of
opportunities for
neighbors to gather,
dialogue
BY MAYOR JAY TIBSHRAENY
Chandler’s neighborhoods
are, and have always been,
very important to me. Since
coming back to the mayor’s
office in 2011, I have initiated
a number of programs to help
strengthen and maintain the
great community spaces we
have created here in our city.
That is why I like to get
out into our neighborhoods
numerous times each year,
Mayor Jay Tibshraeny.
whether in formal meetings
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or visiting homeowner
associations and other
community groups. Meeting
with residents to hear their thoughts, ideas and
issues is critical in helping me to better lead this
city. With that, we have a busy fall planned, with
plenty of events for you, your family and your
neighbors.
On Tuesday, Sept. 9, the Mayor’s Listening Tour
comes to Arizona College Prep–Erie Campus, located
at 1150 W. Erie St. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. If
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you have yet to attend, these meetings allow for an
exchange of ideas and open dialogue on any issues
you may be encountering in your neighborhoods.
You will also have the opportunity to hear about
the latest crime trends in the area and talk with
members of the Chandler Police Department.
On Saturday, Oct. 25, the Mayor’s Day of
Play, presented by Shape UpUs.org, returns to
Tumbleweed Park. The free event goes from 9 a.m. to
1 p.m. and features dozens of recreational activities,
vendors and more. It is a great example of how we
continue to promote wellness in the community
as outlined in my Health Connect initiative (www.
chandleraz.gov/connect), and one more reason we
have been named an eight-time designee as a Playful
City USA by Kaboom!
And on Nov. 12, the popular Do-It-Yourself
Connect returns—this year at the Chandler Center
for the Arts, 350 N. Arizona Ave. Do-It-Yourself
Connect gives Chandler homeowners a chance
to talk with City staff about resources, building
permits, rebates and other vital information to
be aware of when doing a new home project. The
Wednesday event begins at 7 p.m. in the Bogle
Theater, but come a little early as we will have some
displays set up in the Center’s foyer beginning at 6:30
p.m.
Nominations for our second annual
Neighborhood Excellence Awards will begin Sept.
9 and are due no later than Nov. 21. Please start
thinking about your own neighborhoods and what
you can include in your application this year!
We continue to keep a strong focus on our
neighborhoods, and I look forward to getting out
this fall to meet with you and your neighbors
through these many events. Remember to follow
me on Twitter (@jaytibshraeny) and visit the City’s
award-winning website (www.chandleraz.gov) for
more news on our community.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR FROM PAGE 47
“Freedom Summer” will be screened followed by a questionand-answer session.
“Freedom Summer” takes place in the hot and deadly
summer of 1964 when the nation could not turn away from
Mississippi. During the weeks known as Freedom Summer,
more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers
and local African-Americans in a historic effort to shatter the
foundations of white supremacy in one of the nation’s most
segregated states.
Working together, they canvassed for voter registration,
created Freedom Schools and established the Mississippi
Freedom Democratic Party with the goal of challenging
the segregationist state Democratic Party at the national
convention in Atlantic City. Freedom Summer was marked
by sustained and deadly violence, including the notorious
murders of three civil rights workers, countless beatings, the
burning of 35 churches and the bombing of 70 homes and
community centers.
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Nelson
(“Freedom Riders,” “The Murder of Emmett Till”), “Freedom
Summer” highlights an overlooked but essential element
of the civil rights movement: the patient and long-term
efforts by outside activists and local citizens in Mississippi to
organize communities and register black voters—even in the
face of intimidation, physical violence and death.
OCA is a national membership-driven organization
dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic
well-being of Asian-Pacific Americans, touching tens of
thousands of individuals each year through its extensive
network of more than 100 chapters, affiliates and partners
from around the country. In addition, the organization strives
to foster development, leadership, and engagement through
its various programs.
Come forward to and practice your civic right to vote.
Empower yourself and ensure a better USA for future
generations.
Farhana Shifa Ahmed
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