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Mission Possible: Koetter named Mr. GCU

March 27, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Cooper Nelson Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University President and CEO Brian Mueller had one quest for students Thursday night at the 13th annual Mr. GCU, a male beauty pageant that was themed, “Mission Possible.” Said Mueller, “Find ‘Bae.’” To kick off the popular event in GCU Arena, Mueller was depicted in a black and white video, filmed like the popular Tom Cruise movie “Mission Impossible” from which the pageant got its theme. In the video, Mueller, after deliberating with members of the University’s executive staff, tasks Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin with helping students finding the missing bae. (Before we reveal who won the prestigious title of Mr. GCU, we probably should start by defining the object of the mission. Unless you were one of the nearly 3,500 students at the event, you may not know what a “bae” is. We’ll let emcee Julia Bates, GCU’s student activities coordinator, have the honor.) “To find the definition of ‘bae,’ you have to look in the dictionary … unfortunately, it’s not in the dictionary,” Bates said. “So I had to ask a student, and the true definition is your babe or significant other.” After the 12 contestants performed in a talent competition and a “Baewatch” swimsuit fashion […]

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Tuxes to water wings: Mr. GCU delights big Arena crowd

March 27, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau The University’s 13th annual  Mr. GCU, a beauty pageant of sorts for male students, was a smash hit Thursday in the Arena, where 12 contestants participated in a swimsuit competition and demonstrated their considerable talents, from singing and dancing to comedy and roping. The Mr. GCU title went to sophomore Joseph Koetter, who performed a soulful rap that was a testimony of his life growing up in a divorced household

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(From left to right) Ashlyn Tupper, Emmett Foster and Chloe Saunders display the hardware they've collected for GCU's speech and debate team.
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Student speeches champion social awareness

March 26, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University’s award-winning speech and debate team will perform its top student speeches, including those that champion stronger awareness of child sex slavery and mental illness, at the second annual campus Speech Showcase on April 15.

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The Scruggs twins and Saleem earned $11,000 in two prizes for their business idea, Joblyt.
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Joblyt gets job done, wins Canyon Challenge

March 25, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Janie Magruder Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau In the best sense of the word, Brad Scruggs, Ahmad Saleem and Brian Scruggs are taskmasters. The recent biology graduates of Grand Canyon University put medical school on hold six months ago to jump aboard an international phenomena fueled by the popularity of Uber, the mobile-ap-based transportation service. They created a software application that matches people who need tasks done sooner rather than later with people who have the know-how, desire and time — now — to do them and launched Joblyt. The young entrepreneurs needed funding, and they got it Tuesday when the judges selected Joblyt the grand prize winner of the 2015 GCU Canyon Challenge, which was hosted by the Colangelo College of Business before an estimated crowd of 400 in GCU Arena. The Scruggs brothers and Saleem, instructional assistants in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, received a $7,000 check for first place plus $4,000 more for nabbing 49 percent of the votes in a 20-hour texting campaign drawing nearly 5,200 voters. That’s 11 grand that goes, you guessed it, back into the business. “You can’t patent an idea,” Brian Scruggs said of a concept that […]

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Ideas for GCU outreach efforts spring from Honors Symposium

March 23, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University’s Honors Institute has emerged as a hub for creative problem-solving. In its second year, the Institute’s students — which could total more than 600 by fall — are already working on projects to generate ideas on how to integrate academics and issues facing the University community. Some of those projects, including a look at how to enhance GCU’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity, will be on display Saturday at Antelope Gym lecture halls and the first-floor meeting rooms at the Student Union.

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Big ‘Oklahoma!’ to sweep through Ethington

March 19, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Ethington Theatre’s final production of the 2014-15 year, “Oklahoma!,” opens this weekend with a smattering of available tickets. The popularity of GCU’s College of Fine Arts and Production’s main stage performances has continued to grow this year, with virtually every show in Ethington’s 311-seat theater selling out or being oversold. For “Oklahoma!,” there will be eight performances over this weekend and next.

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A student spurts fake blood  onto a blank canvass as part of a blood-spatter analysis demonstration at GCU's Forensic Science Day.
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Forensic Science Day showcases crime-fighting jobs

March 10, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

It’s not every day that you get to experience how blunt force trauma causes blood spatter patterns that can actually be studied and cataloged to help solve a murder. This morning, more than 1,800 visiting high school students had a shot to learn blood-spatter analysis and other forensic reconstruction techniques as part of Grand Canyon University’s annual Forensic Science Day.

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Students to embody the pull of dance at ‘Gravity’ concerts

March 10, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Janie Magruder GCU News Bureau The themes of gravity and physics in a tumultuous world of dance will be explored and demonstrated by students in Grand Canyon University’s Dance Department this week. “Gravity,” featuring 12 works by emerging student artists expressing their creative points of view, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in GCU’s Thunderground. The Spring Student Spotlight concerts are free and open to the public. A diversity of dance styles is planned representing a range of choreographic aesthetics from contemporary modern to flamenco. Both choreographed and performed by students, the pieces will display students’ myriad and considerable talents, said concert faculty director Bekki Price, a faculty member in the College of Fine Arts and Production. For example, dance major Miguel Acero not only choreographed “Misconception of the unspoken,” a piece that explores roles in dance, he also made the costumes and worked with classmate Catherine Castellanos to compose the music. The concerts likely will provoke a range of emotions, including, most notably in one piece, humor. “Dance majors Michelle Bissonnette and Caitlin Lively will undoubtedly have the audience laughing with their hilarious piece, ‘The pedagogical practices of imagery in the classroom,’ inspired by their experiences preparing […]

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‘Social NOTworking’ week encourages students to ‘disconnect to reconnect’

March 09, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

GCU will host “Social NOTworking,” an weeklong initiative to encourage college students to stop visiting social media sites for a week to reconnect with peers. Social events are scheduled for each day this week.

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Collecting smooches from her brothers Jimmy (left) and Jacob, Mia Bryant is fighting back at the cancer that was diagnosed last spring. Her whole family, including parents Jimmy and Miriam, will be attending the GCU Foundation Run to Fight Children's Cancer on March 7 at GCU, where Mia will be the official race starter. Photo by Darryl Webb
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Tiny starter for GCU cancer run a comeback kid

March 07, 2015 / by / 2 Comments

Cancer delivered a punch in the gut last spring to Mia Bryant and her family. But the 7-year-old is fighting back, dutifully taking her treatments and medications and looking forward to the GCU Foundation Run to Fight Children’s Cancer on March 7, where she will be the official race starter. GCU Today has a story about the second-grader and her family and information about how you can sign up to participate in or otherwise support the run, an inspirational event that raises money for cancer research and support of children and their families.

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