Joe Keller (left, played by Scott Campbell) shares a moment with Frank Lubey, played by Jeremiah Byrne.
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COFAP opens 2016 with riveting ‘All My Sons’

February 11, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Arthur Miller’s powerful, yet simple storytelling comes to life on the Ethington Theatre stage at GCU this month, with six performances of “All My Sons.” Written in 1947 by the playwright, who has the notable distinctions of receiving the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and being married to Marilyn Monroe, “All My Sons” reportedly was Miller’s last stab at writing a commercially successful play. Failing that, he would go do something else. He did not need to, and you’ll see why in the College of Fine Arts and Production’s stellar performance.

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Tempe staffer puts heart into cancer fundraiser

February 08, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

By Jeannette Cruz GCU News Bureau Simple, handmade valentines can go a long way toward generating joy, especially among young cancer patients who are hospitalized and may miss out on exchanging cards with their friends and classmates. That’s what crossed Marissa Rutherford’s mind as she and her young daughters started talking about ways to raise money to help children fighting cancer. Rutherford, an enrollment counselor in the Tempe office of Grand Canyon University, came up with Cupids for Kids!, which will benefit the sixth annual GCU Foundation Run to Fight Children’s Cancer. Scheduled for Saturday, March 12, on the Phoenix campus, the run raises money to support Arizona-based Children’s Cancer Network and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. “We were sitting around the table brainstorming holidays between January and March, and Valentine’s Day was the only holiday in between before Run to Fight,” said Rutherford, a member of the run’s planning committee. “At first we thought about selling roses and chocolates, and then we decided that if we bought all our materials, we could make our own cards.” After learning that other children their ages are battling cancer, Rutherford’s daughters had a bigger idea – they would ask their classmates at Pomeroy Elementary […]

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Guard’s meek-first Chapel message is well-timed

February 02, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The message at Chapel Monday morning was about how the meek will inherit the earth, but Ryan Guard’s style is anything but meek. In the GCU grad’s first Chapel talk, his passion and humor played well to an Arena crowd that no doubt will look forward to hearing him again next year.

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Campus expansion will reach even more students

February 01, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Rick Vacek Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau As if a new engineering building and a state-of-the-art recording studio weren’t enough … As if four new residence halls for freshmen, creating a new community called The Grove, weren’t enough … As if expanded and revolutionized food options, in a corridor christened Lopes Way, weren’t enough … Construction schedule Tentative completion times for the 12 projects underway on GCU’s campus and at its 27th Avenue office complex: MARCH: Hotel pool APRIL: Administration building, soccer stadium MAY: Intramural field, sand volleyball and basketball courts between Canyon and Cypress halls SUMMER: Hotel lobby and restaurant AUGUST: Second engineering building, phase 1; phase 2 to be completed shortly after. Also, Agave, Encanto and Roadrunner apartments, and the parking garage at 29th Avenue and Camelback Road NOVEMBER: 27th Avenue office building and parking garage … There are even more construction projects — 12, to be exact — scheduled to be completed this year at Grand Canyon University. (Click here for a slideshow.) And according to Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin, the impact of the most important change, a new administration building right in the middle of everything at the intersection of the […]

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K-12 science dynamo spreads STEM love

January 27, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Amanda Hughens, GCU’s K-12 STEM outreach manager, is a blur of positive energy who wears more proverbial hats than a millinery’s models and whose resume is rife with adventurous as well as academic accomplishments. In her new role, the former teacher, writer, and underwater search and rescue diver spreads love of STEM among teachers and students of all ages. GCU Today has the story.

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Emma Kerr, left, with her parents, Ildi and James, are excited about  the 2016 GCU Foundation Run to Fight Children's Cancer on March 12. Emma is the honorary race starter for the 6th annual event, which raises money for Phoenix Children's Hospital and Children's Cancer Network.
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Race starter braves the elements of cancer fight

January 26, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Janie Magruder Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Emma Kerr is the picture of true grit. Not the boot-wearin’, horse-ridin’, gun-totin’ kind you see in old Westerns, but the quiet brand of courage and determination that has a large community of family and friends, including a Grammy-winning artist, rootin’ as she fights for her life. Emma was diagnosed 14 months ago with leukemia, and it’s been a rough road. The 11-year-old Phoenix girl missed 81 days of fifth grade last year for cancer treatments and resulting infections. Last Thursday, she was released from Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) after spending 55 days there, including 11 days in intensive care when a persistent fever spiked to almost 105 degrees. Besides pneumonia, Emma also had contracted Valley fever, which had settled in her shoulder, hips and knees and required surgery to remove an abscess and fix the fever. 6th Annual GCU Foundation Run to Fight Children’s Cancer What: A 10K run, 5K run and cancer survivors walk to raise awareness of pediatric cancer and funds for Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Children’s Cancer Network. When: 7 a.m.-noon, Saturday, March 12 Where: On and around GCU’s main campus, 3300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix […]

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Chapel talk urges us to be the missing link to God

January 26, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The Gospel of Luke has more parables than any other book in the Bible, and Dustin Tappan of Christ’s Church of the Valley used the three in Chapter 15 — and two of his own experiences — Monday at Chapel to make his point about making sure you’re searching for the right things in your life. But don’t stop there, Tappan told his audience. Your mission also is to help God reach the missing.

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Sun shines on bright future for GCU Golf Course

January 06, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

As if specially ordered, the rain stopped Wednesday morning and clear skies greeted the crowd at the grand opening of Grand Canyon University Golf Course. The event went off perfectly, right down to a funny surprise at the finish.

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President Brian Mueller says that GCU is simply doing God's will in seeking to help the west Phoenix community. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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Heaven helps us help others, Mueller tells Chapel

January 05, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

GCU President Brian Mueller kicked off a new semester of Chapel with a passionate talk about the University’s most passionate mission — helping the west Phoenix community. “This is not me. This is not us. God is doing something powerful here,” Mueller said.

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A tee-to-green guide to the new GCU Golf Course

December 29, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University Golf Course is taking tee times and is set to open on New Year’s Day. So what’s in store for golfers seeing it for the first time? Even if they used to play the old Maryvale Golf Course before it was redesigned into a championship layout, they will need this hole-by-hole guide.

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