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Star-spangled singers needed for national anthem auditions

July 22, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Oh say, can you see yourself singing the national anthem at a GCU home athletics games this year? If so, come out to the national anthem open auditions Sept. 15 in GCU Arena and try to earn a spot. The anthem can be sung or played on an instrument, and remember to dress professionally and memorize the lyrics (if singing). To register, email your full name, phone number and what instrument you’ll play (if applicable) to taylor.griffin@gcu.edu. While you wait for auditions, gargle salt water, sing scales to warm up your vocal cords and read more here.

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Honors College mirrors GCU’s academic success

July 07, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Like nearly everything on campus, Grand Canyon University’s Honors College is growing fast. The college, which changed from the Honors Institute to Honors College in June, will have a total enrollment of more than 700 students this fall, 11 times its size at inception three years ago, including 467 incoming freshmen with an average GPA of 4.16. Also new this year, Camelback Hall will be the first dedicated housing for Honors students on campus. The rapid growth has brought added benefits to students and increased GCU’s status as a quality academic institution.

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Volunteers sought for Move-In Week

June 30, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The loudest, grandest and most colorful Grand Canyon University event will be here before you know it. That’s right. Move-In Week is right around the corner. The University needs 300 employee volunteers to help welcome students, direct traffic and haul luggage into their dorm rooms. Food, water and purple shirts will be provided, though volunteers are asked to bring comfy shoes and clothing — oh, and bright smiles. Employees can sign up for full-day or one-hour time slots throughout the week.

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Havocs attend national student section convention

June 25, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

GCU News Bureau The most spirited visitors to Terre Haute, Ind., since Larry Bird played college basketball there in the late ‘70s were at Indiana State University last week. There, more than three dozen student leaders from 20 universities attended the inaugural convention of the National Collegiate Student Section Association. The Grand Canyon University Havocs were there, of course. (Click here to see photos.) Senior Brandon Kaiser, the Havocs president, and junior Trevor Knotts, vice president of the Lopes rowdy student section, joined others from small schools (D-3 Hope College) and giants (University of Arizona) at the three-day meeting. Kaiser and Knotts attended sessions about finances, social media and ethics and gave a presentation on GCU’s spirit strategy. Kaiser, a member of the NCSSA’s executive board, also led a discussion on marketing. “The goal is to build bridges, create relationships and mutual respect, to display school pride and support of our athletic programs and to build camaraderie among students,” he said. The GCU pair also participated in the conference “swap shop,” handing out Lopes T-shirts, drawstring bags, hats, flags, stickers and other gear, and brought home swag from the other universities. The NCSSA was launched last year by Jacob Pauly, […]

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GCU students at NCSSA national meeting

June 25, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Senior Brandon Kaiser, president of the GCU Havocs, and vice president Trevor Knotts, a junior, participated in the first-ever convention of the National Collegiate Student Section Association at Indiana State University in Terre Haute. (Photos courtesy of Brandon Kaiser)    

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Shakespeare to Seuss: Ethington shows its range

June 18, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Claude Pensis, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Productions, Bill Symington, assistant dean and stage designer, and Michael Kary, assistant professor and play director, have put GCU on the map for collegiate theatre in the West Valley, but Pensis et. al. may have outdone themselves with this year’s Ethington Theatre lineup, which has something everyone can enjoy. From Shakespeare to Dr. Seuss, every play in the 2015-16 series is a must-see according to Pensis. And with a stage and costume design plan that is expected to be one of the biggest in University history, we couldn’t agree more. “We’re going to have fun with the plays. It’s going to be an adventure for the actors, directors and the audiences,” Pensis said.

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‘Believe and Achieve’ draws 900 from Alhambra High

June 16, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Jak Keyser More than 900 students from nearby Alhambra High School recently came to GCU’s campus for the 3rd annual “Believe and Achieve,” a motivational day that enabled them to see what college looks like and how it might be possible for them.

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Building 9 comes a-tumblin’ down

June 09, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Building 9, one of the oldest structures on the Grand Canyon University campus, was demolished Tuesday morning. Work began at 7:33 a.m., and by 9 a.m. it was mostly gone except for the outside walls.  

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From fish flop to flamenco, dance camp appeals to teens

June 05, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Teenagers from California and Arizona are enjoying GCU’s first “Summer Dance Intensive,” a residential camp that imparts knowledge and training in a variety of genres and gives students a peek at campus life. Studio time, pool time and pizza time, so far, have not disappointed, and spots remain in next week’s camp. GCU Today has the story.

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Campus Love: Church partnership creates jobs

June 04, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Cooper Nelson GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University’s five-point plan to improve the local neighborhood was a Godsend to John Ramos, executive pastor of Love International Ministries, a primarily Hispanic congregation with 3,500 members just a mile east of campus next to the 27th Avenue Office Complex. For years, Ramos and his father Juan, the head pastor, had wanted to partner with GCU to help the church’s mission of ministering in the surrounding neighborhood and trying to reduce poverty and crime. The elder Ramos moved the bilingual church that had operated in the family’s home to its current location in 1992 to better reach the Hispanic community. Love made an immediate impact, and is now one of the largest Hispanic churches in the country. GCU was an ideal partner to make additional positive changes. GCU President/CEO Brian Mueller launched his five-point plan last year, which included working to lower crime in the Canyon Corridor and partnering with neighborhood churches to employ local residents in University jobs. The first three employees in that partnership have started working at GCU. John Ramos said the missions and Christian values of GCU and Love are a good marriage. “Grand Canyon is a world-class organization and has become not only a partner to us but a friend,” said Ramos, who grew up […]

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