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GCU Today Magazine: ‘Sydney’s Kids’ graduate

April 23, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Nearly 14 years ago, Grand Canyon University made a promise in the wake of a senseless tragedy, the murder of one of its alumni. Meet the five students who made good on that promise.

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GCU Today Magazine: COFAP rebuilt to last

April 22, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Dean Claude Pensis built the program the first time around, in 1982, and he did it again after it was restored, adding dance, digital film, instrumental music and graphic design.

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Playing nice: GCU supports conflict resolution

April 17, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

On May 9, GCU will host a commencement ceremony and team-building event for about 180 fifth-graders in Arizona who are junior coaches in Playworks, a national nonprofit that trains adults and children to bring respect, inclusion and peace to school playgrounds.

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One grand story: How GCU began rewriting its destiny 10 years ago

April 16, 2014 / by / 6 Comments

Story by Doug Carroll Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau As the students, faculty and staff of Grand Canyon University adjourned for Christmas break near the end of 2003, few of them had much knowledge of the financial health of the sleepy, west Phoenix campus where they studied, taught and worked. They were in the dark, and that was not a bad place to be. Like many private institutions of higher education, Grand Canyon had endured its share of struggles since its humble beginnings in 1949, after three Baptist pastors each had plunked down a silver dollar to start Grand Canyon College in Prescott. Lacking either the taxpayer support of public universities or the substantial donor base of successful private colleges, the school depended primarily on tuition-paying students, of whom there were about 1,500 on campus and a similar number taking classes online in 2003. Budgetary surgery was a way of life. “Every few years, there was a financial crisis,” recalls Dr. Charles Maxson, then in his 20th year on the faculty at Grand Canyon. “That’s how it was, and how most small colleges still are.” In 1997, the University’s lenders had pressured the governing board for a change […]

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GCU theatre alums proud of program’s revival

April 14, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Members of the cast of the 1999 production of “into the Woods” returned to Ethington Theatre for the 2014 version of the Stephen Sondheim musical — and liked what they heard and saw.

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‘Into the Woods’ cast from 1999 to reunite

April 01, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The popular Stephen Sondheim musical will close out the Ethington Theatre Series, just as it did 15 years ago, and sold out its six performances in advance.

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Day 2 blog: Commencement at Comerica Theatre

March 15, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

Highlights from Saturday’s graduation in GCU’s largest colleges: Education and Nursing and Health Care Professions.

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Slideshow: Commencement at Comerica Theatre

March 15, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Highlights from GCU’s commencement ceremonies for nontraditional students, held at Comerica Theatre in downtown Phoenix on March 14 and 15.

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Day 1 blog: Commencement at Comerica Theatre

March 14, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

Highlights from Friday’s graduation of nearly 900 students in four of GCU’s colleges: Arts and Sciences, Theology, Doctoral Studies and Business.

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Stellar Hall of Fame class inducted at homecoming

March 03, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Samantha Murphy, who redefined “student-athlete” at the University on the basketball court and in the classroom, and six others were honored at Ethington Theatre on campus.

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