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GCU construction projects reach middle ground

May 22, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

You still can see the big construction projects, such as the engineering building and The Grove, in the distance as you walk around campus, but now the changes are right there in front of you, too. All three of the main fields in the middle of campus are in the process of being redone, and those aren’t the only changes that will be noticeable during the summer months. GCU Today has the story detailing what’s happening and what’s about to happen.

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Construction update, May 22

May 21, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Tyler McDonald GCU News Bureau Construction is humming along at Grand Canyon University, only now it has spread to the center of campus as well. Mariposa Field has been cleared so that work can begin on the new soccer stadium, the intramural field is getting artificial turf and new sod is being rolled out on the Quad.  

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Recent GCU graduates (from left) Andrew Kretzmann, Ellie Evans, Allison Bauer, Hillary Olsker, Shauna Edwards, Kelsi Thomas, James Prigge, Jessica Ament, Brittney Spackman and Tyler Troth put their Lopes Up at the Peoria site, where their roles range from enrollment counselors to IT desktop support.
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Hiring uptick helps GCU grads chart career paths

May 20, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

After hiring 67 of its own graduates in 2014, Grand Canyon University so far this year has hired 28 others for entry-level positions that help them chart meaningful career paths and earn master’s degrees. GCU Today has a story about how students are using those opportunities to their advantage, and how some love their gigs so much, they may never stop working for their alma mater.

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Employee seeking aid for victims of Nepal earthquake

April 28, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Saturday’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal caused more than 5,000 casualties and left nearly 11,000 injured. GCU’s Muney Shrestha, a facilities application administrator, is collecting donations for her parents and siblings, who are among the thousands of survivors seeking aid after the devastating tragedy. GCU has donated $5,000 to relief efforts and students, faculty and staff are encouraged to contribute through monetary donations and prayer.

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Colorful mortarboards have become a GCU commencement tradition. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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Commencement offers poignant tribute amid pomp

April 23, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By GCU News Bureau Thursday morning’s commencement, the first of six to be held this week for the Grand Canyon University’s Class of 2015 in the Arena, had all the usual pomp — grinning parents using cellphones and Canons, elaborately decorated mortarboards balanced on graduates’ heads and purple in every corner of the Arena, on flowers, stoles and drapes. (Click here to see a slideshow.) But the 80-minute ceremony attended by 528 undergraduates in five colleges — Theology, Fine Arts and Production, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences and Science, Engineering and Technology — also was punctuated by poignant circumstances. For one, several graduates in the first CSET class adorned their mortarboards in ways unique to their career paths, such as outlines of bodies and crime scene tape. And there was not one but two student speakers, identical twin sisters Joy and Claire Flatz, who earned degrees in theatre from the College of Fine Arts and Production. The duo, who are as close to America’s sweethearts as you can get, did a lovely tag-team bit about how the University’s campus has changed in four years. (Then: no lines, no Chick-fil-A and the worst parking spot was behind Hegel Hall next to […]

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A new era is dawning at GCU with the rise of the
engineering building (foreground) and four new
six-story residence halls in The Grove (top of photo).
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Expansion will construct an even greater sense of community at GCU

April 22, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU campus is changing right before our eyes, and the dramatic alterations have only just begun. By the start of the fall semester, there will be four new six-story residence halls, a new engineering building, a new eating area called Lopes Way, and a new look for Thunder Alley. And there’s a lot more to come by the end of the year.

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A year to remember: GCU’s Top 10 stories of 2014-15

April 22, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

GCU Today Magazine  Photos by Darryl Webb There was no shortage of news at Grand Canyon University during the 2014-15 academic year. And it was no easy decision picking the Top 10 stories from the dozens that were produced by GCU Today. But those that emphasized community, growth and reputation quickly rose to the top. Here they are: 1. GCU revs economic engine in west Phoenix The University announced a five-point plan to revitalize the neighborhood, continued expanding its campus along the Canyon Corridor, agreed to operate and began renovating Maryvale Golf Course, and opened a hotel to train students in hospitality management and employ local residents. A study credited GCU with an annual economic impact of $1.1 billion that generates 10,490 jobs, with wages approaching $500 million per year. 2. What’s in a name? A lot, when it’s Colangelo GCU’s business school was renamed for Phoenix icon Jerry Colangelo, whose principles of servant leadership, ethics and entrepreneurship became as ingrained into campus life as he did in just a few short months. As part of the hospitality curriculum, the college also announced plans for golf course and tennis management programs. 3. It’s full STEM ahead as 8th college opens Determined to fill high-tech […]

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GCU bookstore is moving on to bigger and better things

April 17, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The old bookstore at GCU is scheduled to be closed in early May and reopen in August at a new, larger location in Prescott Hall. The new outlet will have more of a retail feel and will feature a large selection of GCU apparel and souvenirs as well as well as non-insignia items such as birthday cards.

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Among the faculty and students honored at Thursday's Senior Night event were, from left, Doris Lovata, a professor in the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, Matthew Friesen, vice president of Associated Students of GCU, and Vanessa Wawrzyniak, a graduating nursing student.
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Graduates regaled at GCU Senior Dinner

April 10, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The first Senior Night at GCU was a big moment Thursday for nine students and eight faculty/staff members, who were among a crowd of 450 in the Arena. The student award recipients were selected by University leadership in the areas of academics, athletics and student affairs and for their service, faith and spirit. The faculty and staff received awards for positively impacting students.

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For the robotics competition, students receive an assignment and a kit, but have six weeks to prepare their robot to compete.
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Teens, robots swarming campus for STEM showdown

April 01, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

For many students, high school robotics events get them interested in the STEM disciplines they will eventually study in college. If this week is any indication, as Grand Canyon University Arena hosts the West Regional of the Arizona FIRST Robotics Competition, the showdowns are wildly popular and filled with the showmanship of major sporting events. The event is free and open to the public beginning at 8:30 a.m. both days.

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