Nearly 1,300 volunteers lined campus roads Wednesday to welcome new GCU students.
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Move-In Day 1: Cool temperatures, high spirits

August 20, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Compiled by the GCU News Bureau You couldn’t have asked for a better morning to introduce the first of 6,203 students — who this week are moving into 11 residence halls on Grand Canyon University’s main campus — to their new homes. Wednesday’s weather — crystal clear skies but for a dotting of lavender and golden sun-kissed clouds in the east and cool temperatures the likes of which have not been seen on this date since 1995 — was a God thing. At 6:30 a.m., as the first of hundreds of vehicles carrying excited students and parents suppressing lumps in their throats was unloaded, the mercury edged 75 degrees. It felt like … 75 degrees. “God showed up in a big way,” said Pastor Dean of Students Tim Griffin, referring to the climate, atmospheric and campus-wide. The first of a three-day Move-In, GCU’s mega-purple, super-loud, off-the-charts welcome wagon for new students, was driven by nearly 1,300 volunteers – staff, spiritual life leaders, ASGCU leaders, residential assistant leaders and a student welcome crew of 425. The student army asked to be on the front lines, cheering, unloading and hauling boxes, bags, mirrors, televisions and other items from the vehicles, up multiple flights of […]

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Peet's Coffee & Tea will begin serving beverages and food on GCU's campus.
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Peet’s coming to campus

August 20, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Peet’s Coffee & Tea, the premier specialty coffee and tea company in the U.S., is coming to Grand Canyon University with multiple locations on campus. Peet’s will move into the second floor of the Student Union, replacing Starbucks after the contract with that vendor was not renewed. Another Peet’s location is planned for GCU Arena in the concession area of the first floor. “We are excited about making Peet’s our coffee provider with multiple locations on campus and to offer students and employees lower prices — about 10 percent less, on average,” said Kristen Fraley, GCU’s food services manager. “Multiple locations mean shorter lines and the ability to grab coffee at convenient locations across our growing campus.” Both GCU locations are expected to open Monday, Aug. 25, for the first day of classes. The Student Union location initially will offer brewed coffee and tea while the space is being renovated, and is expected to be full-service by Monday, Sept. 8. The Arena location will carry the majority of Peet’s hand-crafted beverages, including hand-roasted coffee, espresso, tea and specialty blended drinks. Between now and Monday, employees and students can stop by any of the Simply to Go stores on campus or […]

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Chapel returns with ‘Make a Difference’ theme

August 20, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The fall Chapel series with the theme “Make a Difference” will return to GCU Arena after a brief stint in Antelope Gym during Arena expansion.

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Workers are putting the finishing touches on the GCU Arena expansion.
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Done! Arena is ready for its unveiling

August 13, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The expansion of GCU Arena was finished ahead of schedule and under budget, and the consensus is that it turned out great. The early finish enables the University to hold the Switchfoot concert there at the end of Welcome Week.

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University officials plan to build four six-story residence halls on the northwest corner of campus where the Quatros complex was razed. Construction begins by October. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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Four more res halls, other buildings slated for 2015

August 01, 2014 / by / 2 Comments

The new residence halls opening this fall at Grand Canyon University are just the beginning of a major phase of new dorm construction. On Thursday, GCU President and CEO Brian Mueller announced plans to build four six-story residence halls at the northwest corner of campus.

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Baptisms, water fun highlight Saddleback’s visit

July 24, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

More than 860 high students from southern California’s Saddleback Church arrived on campus Sunday for a weeklong summer camp. Camps attractions included a sub-50 degree “Chill Zone,” a private concert by Christian artist Phil Wickham and a water park dubbed “Winter Waterland,” to keep campers cool temperatures reaching up to 115 degrees.

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Leaders of summer tours of campus include upcoming sophomore Hunter McShanag, senior Jessica Ament and junior Edith Torivio.
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Hot job for summer: leading campus tours

July 10, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

It helps to love where you go to school if you’re going to show off a campus during a red-hot Arizona summer. GCU’s student tour guides say they enjoy bringing the inspiration to go with the seasonal perspiration.

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Maribel Martinez, a junior at Alhambra High, and Juan Villegas, a tutor in GCU's Learning Lounge, have both benefitted from the University's free afternschool tutoring program.
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Learning Lounge staying busy in summer

June 11, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

About 60 students from four metro Phoenix high schools are attending free summer school classes on GCU’s campus in June and July. Many are making good use of the University’s tutoring program at the Learning Lounge.

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Ben Verseman, GCU’s president of the campus chapter of Student Veterans of America, signs a book Thursday to confirm his signature on a USO military memorial flag that event organizers hope will break a mark in the Guinness Book of World Records. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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Student vets club president sets sights high

May 16, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s chapter of Student Veterans of America has grown to nearly 300 ground campus members and 3,000 online. New chapter president Ben Verseman says the SVA has proposed an expansion of the campus Veterans Center to keep pace with growth.

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Student Union’s new interior pairs academics, food

May 12, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The Grand Canyon University Student Union received an aesthetic upgrade earlier this year, swapping its outdated beach motif for a more modern, student-focused design. The new look features images of three-dimensional, over-sized utensils, images of famous faces and giant pull quotes about food.

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