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Bible, faith kept public safety officer alive as ‘Lost Boy’

June 14, 2017 / by / 2 Comments

Once, Joseph Gamunde was one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan,” the children who fled their country’s civil war and were faced with incredible hardship. Gamunde took a Bible with him on that journey to a new life, and now, during his shifts as a public safety officer at Grand Canyon University, it’s still in his car. “It reminds me of where I came from,” he said.

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GCU’s newest ‘coach’ is director of public safety

June 13, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

Joe Yahner had it all planned out. After retiring from the Phoenix Police Department, he was going to be a teacher and coach. But then he got an opportunity to be Grand Canyon University’s director of public safety, and he has brought his teaching and coaching instincts to campus. “I plan to be a part of campus life,” he said.

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STEM camp cracks the code of students’ inspiration

June 06, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

More than 30 campers attending GCU’s Cipher Avenger STEM camp this week are thrilled that they are doing computer programming, using code and building servers and websites. The hands-on learning style that GCU champions is so enthralling, the room filled with high school juniors and seniors was quiet with concentration.

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Instagram gives insights into GCU’s heart and soul

June 05, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University’s new Instagram account is a great way for students, especially those who are considering GCU, to connect with what’s happening on campus. “It’s a meeting place for prospective students to hear from current students with authentic voices,” said Sarah Boeder, executive vice president of campus operations.

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GCU Summer Soccer Camps have variety of options

May 30, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Registration is open for the GCU Summer Soccer Camps for boys ages 6-18 and girls ages 6-15, the first of which is scheduled for June 5-9 on campus. Camps are offered to a wide range of ages, and all are at GCU campus fields. The 2017 camp season begins with the opportunity to train alongside GCU players, men’s coach Schellas Hyndman, his staff and volunteers.

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GCU employees show giving spirit at volunteer fair

May 25, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University employees typically have big hearts and a desire to help others, and the Volunteer with a Purpose Fair held Wednesday gave them a chance to do just that. More than 200 attended the event and signed up to support some of the charities that help the young, the poor and the ill. “We want to be a Kingdom of God, both as a University and individually, and as followers of Jesus Christ we want to help bring justice and hope,” said Jim Miller, GCU’s new corporate chaplain.

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Ethington season will be big on history and ‘Peanuts’

May 23, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The 2017-2018 Ethington Theatre season features two ballets, two musicals and three plays, all of which are sure to amuse and delight the theatre and dance fan. ”You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” “Anything Goes” and “The Good Doctor” are among the College of Fine Arts and Production shows and there’s something on the menu for every taste.

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Plugged-in IT Security team receives major award

May 23, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

As a result of several security controls and initiatives, GCU’s IT Security team has been ahead of ransomware attackers to keep GCU’s students and staff safe and secure. Those efforts were recently recognized at the national level when the team received a prestigious CSO50 Award.

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Former Phoenix police chief joins GCU as Director of Public Safety

May 19, 2017 / by / 2 Comments

Grand Canyon University has hired former City of Phoenix Police Chief Joe Yahner to become its Director of Public Safety. Yahner was part of the Phoenix Police Department since 1985 before retiring last year. “As a native of Phoenix, this is a great opportunity for me to continue to work in the city that I love,” Yahner said.

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New chaplain eager to assist GCU employees

May 17, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Jim Miller, the new corporate chaplain in the executive office building at 27th Avenue, will bring years of experience to the position plus a passion for helping. “Work doesn’t happen in a vacuum. I’m here to talk and pray with anyone,” he said.

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