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Chapel speaker shows verve in ‘serve’ message

September 16, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Monday’s Chapel speaker, Chad Moore of Sun Valley Community Church, used humor and real-life examples to get across his message about serving. Rather than ask what God can do for us, he said, we should focus on doing things for each other.

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GO Week gives students a taste of mission trips

September 15, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University’s Global Connect Team designed this year’s Global Outreach (GO) Week to better prepare students to serve others during global mission trips through hands-on events. Students who are interested in attending a mission trip should contact the Office of Spiritual Life.

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Counseling program evolving with dedicated students, new club

September 12, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Michael Ferraresi GCU News Bureau After the 2002 accident in which he lost the use of his legs, Jared Monroe felt he had hit rock bottom. The frame of a new house on which Monroe had been working at a Gilbert construction site had fallen, crushing his shoulder, breaking his back and leaving him in the hospital for a month. He was learning to use his wheelchair. But just in his mid-20s, Monroe no longer was able to work as a framer, his life seemed too much of a struggle, and he thought his future was limited because he wasn’t in college. As a result, he turned to drugs and alcohol. But eventually, through substance-abuse recovery and counseling that helped him deal with his repressed emotions of the traumatic event, Monroe decided to dedicate the rest of his life to helping people who are experiencing similar substance-abuse challenges. Today, Monroe is working on a bachelor’s degree in counseling with an emphasis in addiction, chemical dependency and substance abuse from Grand Canyon University. The 38-year-old senior also is president of GCU’s new Canyon Counselors club. “I love all my teachers,” he said. “They’re very professional, they have a lot of knowledge in their fields, they have good teaching skills and they’re available. They try to help us get […]

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GCU held a ceremony on Thursday morning to commemorate the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks 13 years ago.
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Former NYPD cop, GCU campus feel 9/11 impact

September 11, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The Grand Canyon University campus commemorated the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with a memorial on campus Thursday as GCU public safety officer Joe Frosch, a former New York police officer who volunteered at Ground Zero of the World Trade Center, spent the day reflecting on those who died.

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Palin rallies conservative support at Arena event

September 05, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and filmmaker/author Dinesh D’Souza rallied Christian conservatives at Grand Canyon University Arena on Thursday night. The event drew nearly 2,000 GCU students, staff, and other Valley visitors.

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The 2014-15 Ethington Theatre Series opened Friday with "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure," a rollicking whodunit.
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No deception here: ‘Holmes’ a whiz-bang whodunit

September 02, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

“Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure,” the first play of the 2014-15 Ethington Theatre Series by GCU’s College of Fine Arts and Production, had it all: spectacular sets, charming costumes, solid story and ace acting performances all around. Tickets are sold out, but there is a waiting list. Call 602-639-8880.

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GCU students Ryan Usher (left) and William Wyss portray Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, respectively, in first Ethington Theatre Series of the year, "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure."
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‘Sherlock Holmes’ ushers in Ethington series

August 28, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

What will it take to bring the world’s greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes, back into the spotlight? Will Holmes prevail against the evil mastermind, Professor Moriarty, and resist the dangerous allure of Irene Adler? Will Holmes survive one last test of his wits? Will you be able to get a ticket for the show? That’s the biggest mystery, as the College of Fine Arts and Production kicks off the 2014-15 Ethington Theatre Series with “Sherlock Holmes: The FInal Adventure” this weekend. Tickets for Friday and Saturday’s shows are gone, but there are a limited number of seats for Sunday afternoon’s performance and for Sept. 5-7. GCU Today has a preview here.

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GCU Move-In volunteers on Friday were pumped up by a photo-bomb episode with President and CEO Brian Mueller.
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Move-In Day 3: Campus relaxes for next herd of Lopes

August 27, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Day 3 of Grand Canyon University’s Move-In 2014 included new students setting up their homes at Papago Apartments, Mesquite Apartments, North Rim Apartments, and Ocotillo Hall.

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A thundering herd of Lopes were having a good time at Sedona Hall on Thursday morning during Day 2 of Move-In.
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Move-In Day 2: GCU community builds on Day 1 spirit

August 26, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Compiled by the GCU News Bureau Would Day 2 of Move-In on Grand Canyon University’s main campus be as spirited as Day 1? The wild Sedona Hall scene Thursday morning provided a rather loud answer. You would have thought you were at a basketball game. In fact, the men’s and women’s basketball teams both were there — and things really got wild when Coach Dan Majerle and his players mugged for the television cameras. It was Move-In Madness, one of best recruiting tools GCU has, but with even more intensity. Volunteers jam-packed on the curb cheered wildly as each car drove in. Moms and dads took videos of the bedlam as they drove in and even jumped out to keep filming as the Luggage Luggers emptied vehicles in record time (more on that later). New students said they felt like celebrities as they were escorted to their rooms. Everyone, it seemed, was smiling — especially Brian Mueller, GCU’s president and CEO, gazing at the hundreds of volunteers. “They’ve done it really well before, but now they’ve really got it down,” he said. “It’s a community-building experience like no other.” Thankfully, the looming rain held off for most of the morning, and […]

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Brian Mueller, GCU's president and CEO, addresses a packed first Chapel of the school year on Monday.
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Chapel: Mueller calls for difference-makers

August 26, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

Story by Rick Vacek Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau When Grand Canyon University President/CEO Brian Mueller began Chapel Monday morning by sharing his heartfelt talk two days earlier with a student-turned-employee named “Jenna,” Jenna Pearson was as surprised as anyone. But it shouldn’t have been surprising to anyone who knows her that she has such strong feelings about bringing some sunshine to an ever-darkening world and that what she told Mueller would provide such a perfect opener for the “Making a Difference” theme in Chapel this fall. The occasion was a big moment for the University — the largest crowd (6,500) ever for Chapel in the newly expanded Arena. Anyone who doubts the ability of a Christian university to get students to come voluntarily to a Chapel service needed to see the packed floor seating and lower bowl and the nearly full upper deck. Before he drew from the story of Joseph’s ups and downs, which begins in chapter 37 of the book of Genesis, and laid out his five-point plan for the University, Mueller talked about his Saturday morning business meeting with Pearson on the second floor of the Student Union. Pearson said she felt upset when she woke up […]

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