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GCU team takes 3rd in BioAccel Solutions Challenge

December 02, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University senior Mikee Garcia and recent pre-med graduate Vaugn Devera earned third place and a $1,500 grant toward funding their HandleTech project in the BioAccel Solutions Challenge on Thursday night. Their idea is to patent a spray or liquid infused with copper, which acts as an anti-microbe on high-volume bacteria objects in health care facilities, schools and beyond.

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Future grads learn from alumni’s successes — and failures

December 02, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

A group of GCU alumni had great advice Thursday night for students who soon will be graduating. But the key to the advice at the “Ask an Alum” event was all the adversity they overcame.

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GCU team wins global competition in Barcelona

November 17, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Storage Together was named the overall champion and “Best Solution” at this week’s Smart City App Hack international finals competition in Barcelona. Luke Amargo and current students Josh McGuire, Jedidiah Woods and Braeden Scheer took top honors among 10 competing business ideas from around the world, as determined by a four-person panel of judges following a three-minute presentation and Q&A session.

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GCU alumni spotlight: McKinney and Zeigler

October 18, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

GCU has led two alumni into life-changing careers. When Brittany McKinney arrived on campus, she came with the original purpose of earning a degree to be an elementary special education teacher but that changed when she found a Peace Corps recruiting booth on campus. She is now in Tonga teaching English. Christal Zeigler advocates for the young lives of more than 19,000 children in foster care in Arizona.

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Slideshow: Saturday afternoon commencement

October 17, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Moments of triumph and delight highlighted fall commencement exercises Friday afternoon at Grand Canyon University Arena.  

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Slideshow: Friday morning commencement

October 17, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Moments of triumph and delight highlighted fall commencement exercises Friday morning at Grand Canyon University Arena.  

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Victoria Lara, Christina Romero, Kathya Moreno.
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Online degrees allow nurses to work while learning

October 17, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

No matter where they live or work, the nurses who earned their Bachelor of Science Degrees in Nursing on Saturday afternoon were happy they studied in GCU’s online program. With associate degrees already in hand, these graduates have been working full time while earning their bachelor degrees, and most wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Who’s that cool cat in the hat? It’s Dr. Griffin

October 17, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Tim Griffin, GCU’s pastor and dean of students, officially received his doctoral degree Friday afternoon. It wasn’t an ostentatious presentation — he merely was first in line when diplomas were handed out, then went back to his seat — and that was how he wanted it. But his doctoral tam did get a little attention.

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Bol Bior Kur (tallest graduate in middle) poses with his family after commencement.
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The long journey from ‘Lost Boy’ to master’s grad

October 17, 2016 / by / 2 Comments

One of the graduates at commencement Friday morning considered the process of getting a master’s degree a walk in the park compared to what he had to do at a very young age. Bol Bior Kur was one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan” but found his way to America and is making the most of the opportunity.

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Jade Simmons included several piano performances into her keynote speech at GCU commencement.
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Pianist says finding ‘supernatural purpose’ is key

October 14, 2016 / by / 1 Comment

Classical pianist Jade Simmons, keynote speaker at Grand Canyon University’s fall commencement, encouraged the graduates to take a few steps backward to find their initial purpose. “When I look at people in their cap and gowns I do not see merely degree holders. I see world changers,” Simmons said. “Now, I do not say future world changers because I believe that from the moment you were born you began a journey of impacting our world, but the tragic thing is that most people will live and die only knowing their natural role on this earth.”

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