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Young GCU basketball teams are coming of age

February 26, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The contributions of freshmen to the GCU men’s and women’s basketball teams have paid dividends this season as the newcomers have gained confidence and earned more playing time. Coaches Dan Majerle and Trent May had some interesting thoughts about how they have worked with their new players to help them make the transition from high school to college.

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Tyler Stahlecker, 4, is the picture of health after more than two years of cancer treatments. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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Oncology nurse helps young son survive cancer

February 25, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Janie Magruder GCU News Bureau Since emerging from the fog she and her family were trapped in for nine months in 2012 and 2013, Jennifer Stahlecker has asked herself the same question over and over: “Why didn’t I do something sooner?” After all, Stahlecker was an expert in recognizing the telltale symptoms of childhood cancer, among them, an unhealthy pallor, fever, headache and other physical complaints. For a decade she had worked as an oncology nurse at Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH), helping dozens of little cancer patients through brutal, but medically necessary treatments and offering both her expertise and a shoulder to cry on to their parents and siblings. But in July 2012, Stahlecker, who had just earned a nurse practitioner degree, was away from PCH and training for her advanced career in a pediatrician’s office, where she focused on runny noses and sore throats instead. “In oncology, it’s always something horrible, but I was more in the mindset at this time of ‘Oh, it’s always nothing,’” she said. Stahlecker, who was eight months pregnant, had noticed her son, Tyler, acting strangely. Perhaps he had the “terrible twos” or somehow sensed his life was about to change with a new baby in the family, she thought. He […]

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Stellar student film program to host expanded festival

February 24, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Film Festival will include screenings of student films at Ethington Theatre from 6-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. An award ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday. Awards will be given out for six categories (animation, comedy, documentary, drama, faith and music video), in addition to an award for best overall film and a fan-favorite award students can vote on. The festival will be hosted by Associated Students of GCU president Cody Dumas and Lopes basketball player Daniel Alexander. Both are film majors.

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Javen Manning (center) surprised his sisters, Jessalyn (left) and GCU sophomore Lauryn during Saturday night's men's basketball game with help from a few sworn-to-secrecy folks at the University. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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Arena reunion with brother surprises GCU student

February 23, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Janie Magruder GCU News Bureau The Manning family of Tucson really enjoys Christmas together, right down to the five pairs of matching jammies that Santa brings. But the past two Christmases were a little rough on John and Rhonda, parents of eldest child, Jessalyn, and the baby of the family, Lauryn, because their son, Javen, is in the U.S. Air Force and couldn’t get holiday leave. They made up for it Saturday night in Grand Canyon University’s Arena where, during the first timeout of the men’s basketball game, Javen surprised his sisters by greeting them on the Jumbotron and then walking onto the court. It was part of a hush-hush plan that began in January with a conversation between John and GCU CEO/President Brian Mueller, and it was configured by Helen Bleach, senior director of University relations and campus events, and her super stealth Events Services staff. Thunder knew about it, too, but most everyone else did not. Lauryn, a 20-year-old GCU sophomore and member of the dance team, screamed and burst into tears shortly after her big brother’s smiling face appeared on the huge screen. The scene had been configured to have Lauryn, Jessalyn and most everyone else […]

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The Associated Students of GCU student government led efforts to connect the campus into the national "It's On Us" campaign to prevent sexual assault. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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‘It’s On Us’ campaign stresses campus safety

February 23, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

While Grand Canyon University’s campus is safer than many, students, faculty and staff are encouraged this week to sign a pledge statement to a universal “commitment to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault.” The effort is part of the national “It’s On Us” campaign launched by the Obama administration.

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Softball star turned amputee has winning attitude

February 20, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Eric Gabriel, one of the online learners who will be honored on campus this weekend, has turned losing his right leg into an opportunity to show others how to attack such a life-changing event. He has done so with humor and no-quit attitude, as demonstrated in this GCU Today story.

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GCU online professor John Steele is admired by his peers for his dedication to improving the student learning experience. Steel and three online students will be honored at Online Student and Faculty Appreciation Night Saturday on campus. (Photo by Tyler McDonald)
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Online professor motivated by student success

February 19, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Grand Canyon University online professor John Steele was selected as an online professor to be recognized during Online Student Night along with three online students. Steele has developed a way to improve GCU online education as part of the CIRT Advisory Board and the Plagiarism Task Force. He is praised by peers and students for his intrinsic dedication to student success.

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GCU nursing student Jessica Smith (second from right) is grateful for her family (from left), stepson Ian Smith, daughter Autumn Stapleton, husband Kelly Smith, daughter Desiree Minnis and son Sully Stapleton. She is among three students and one professor whom GCU will honor during Online Student Night Saturday on campus. (Photos courtesy of Jessica Smith)
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God, family sustain nurse during tough year

February 18, 2015 / by / 4 Comments

GCU nursing student Jessica Smith endured more heartache last year than many of us will experience in a lifetime, never mind the challenges she’s faced since graduating from high school. And yet Smith, who with two other students and a faculty member will be honored by GCU at Online Student Night Saturday, said her blessings and the miraculous kindnesses of others are too many to count.

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GCU to host online learners at campus reception

February 13, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University will award a $10,000 scholarship to an online student in a drawing during Online Student Night on Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Phoenix campus. GCU is inviting all online students to a 5 p.m. reception at the Antelope Reception Center before the men’s basketball game vs. New Mexico State. Students will have an opportunity to mingle with fellow online learners and meet with the online faculty members, enrollment counselors and student service advisers (SSA) they deal with on a routine basis via computer or telephone. “That will be the best part about this event,” said Brian Mueller, GCU’s CEO/president. “The SSAs and enrollment counselors often become part of these students’ daily lives with their support and encouragement. Those relationships are what set our online experience apart from so many other schools.” All online students and their families will get free admission to the game, and three online students will share their stories of perseverance and determination during the reception and will  be recognized during the game: ● Gary Skinner, who is blind, has shown his determination in his quest to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Skinner is on course to graduate this spring and plans to pursue a master’s degree […]

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Chapel: Don’t let stress get the best of you

February 10, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Tom Shrader is 65 years old and says he thinks about dying every day after a year filled with health issues. But the Redemption Church pastor had a message at Chapel on Monday morning that anyone could relate to: The stress of daily life should never get in the way of our trust in God.

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