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Thousands set to gather for GCU commencement

April 24, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

More than 5,000 graduates and their 30,000 guests will be on the Grand Canyon University campus this week for spring commencement. There will be six ceremonies — two each, at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., on Thursday through Saturday.

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Run to Fight banquet blooms into a ‘thankfest’

April 21, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Foundation Run to Fight Children’s Cancer honored and celebrated the cancer-fighting superheros — from the littlest cancer survivors to the largest corporate donors — at a heart-felt banquet Thursday at the Canyon 49 Grill. Race Director Debbie Accomazzo thanked everyone who contributed to the raising $90,000, and the recipients, Children’s Cancer Network and Phoenix Children’s Hospital, returned the gratitude.

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Students Inspiring Students celebrates another 100 full-tuition scholarships

April 20, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

By Jeannette Cruz Photos by Travis Neely GCU News Bureau If given a chance, K-12 students are west Phoenix’s best hope for becoming an education-minded community.  The Students Inspiring Students initiative at Grand Canyon University, which celebrated its second 100 recipients Wednesday night, told that story – a story of 100 local achievers who have studied their hearts out, despite their less than ideal circumstances, to conceive a brighter future. Matthew Casian of Alhambra High School stepped onto the stage to share an emotional story about how hope was a metaphorical seed planted by his late grandmother, Nena. That seed sprouted into the full-tuition scholarship he received to study engineering at GCU. “Her motto was always, ‘Why step so low when you are destined to go so high?’” Casian said. “She called me her ‘chiquito’ (little one) and bragged about how I would be the one to find a cure for cancer. “She always saw the potential in me and believed in me when I didn’t, and on the day I called her to tell her I was awarded the Students Inspiring Students scholarship, she said, ‘I told you so.’” It was the last conversation Casian and Nena had. She passed away Saturday. […]

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First responders receive a heartfelt thank you

April 20, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

This one ranks high on the too-good-to-be-true scale: When Perry Harris had a heart attack and collapsed at the GCU Foundation Run to Fight Children’s Cancer last month, he just happened to have nearby a doctor, a certified athletic trainer, students from the Sports Medicine Club and members of the GCU Police Department. Together, they saved his life, and Wednesday everyone got together to celebrate a job well done — and a life that can continue to be well-lived.

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GCU Magazine focuses on vast academic support

April 19, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Students who need academic support can find it in a lot of places on campus, starting with the eight Learning Lounges. The May issue of GCU Magazine explains what’s available and how it differentiates the University. There also are stories about other GCU successes, both academic (support for online students, the Honors College) and extracurricular (Speech and Debate, track and field), plus the GCU Year in Review.

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Kaiser wins national championship in speech event

April 19, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

GCU senior Tatum Kaiser had never participated in speech until she joined the Speech and Debate Team this year, but it’s an understatement to say she caught on quickly. This week, she was named national champion in Impromptu Speaking at the National Forensics Association National Championship Tournament. “We have a national champion on our hands,” said team director Barry Regan.

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Canyon Challenge finalists all are mission-driven

April 10, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

This year’s Canyon Challenge, scheduled for Thursday afternoon at GCU Arena, features five mission-driven finalists competing for the $15,000 in prize money. Storage Together, which won an international competition in Barcelona last fall, is among the competitors.

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Slideshow: ‘West Side Story’ a sizzling, powerful musical

March 30, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Slaven Gujic GCU News Bureau  Grand Canyon University’s “West Side Story,” which opens Friday to a sold-out crowd at Ethington Theatre, is a powerful, entertaining story about star-crossed lovers trying to keep their love innocent and sweet amid rival gang warfare.      

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