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GCU students profit from Stock Market Challenge

October 31, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Eight GCU business students participated Thursday night in Junior Achievement of Arizona’s Stock Market Challenge and got valuable insights into the business of buying and selling. Their enthusiasm was infectious, and one of them was so taken by the experience he said it confirmed his belief that this is his future. GCU Today has the story.

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GCU rugby players demonstrated a scrum in a sevens match, where scrums are three players a side instead of the usual eight. Photo by Tyler McDonald
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Your Rugby 101 guide to Saturday’s match

October 30, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s on-campus celebration of rugby Saturday night is almost here, and we know you don’t want to go to the big match without knowing your rucks from your scrums. So we’ve provided a Rugby 101 “class” to educate you about the sport’s history and basic rules. Read it here in GCU Today.

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The campus and academics at Grand Canyon University in west Phoenix have grown in size and stature over the past several years. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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GCU to consider return to nonprofit status

October 29, 2014 / by / 7 Comments

Officials at Grand Canyon University announced Wednesday they have appointed an independent committee to explore strategic alternatives to its investment-based business model, including a return to nonprofit status.

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Dr. Kimberly LaPrade, dean of GCU’s College of Education, discussed the Lopes Leap to Teach Initiative with Arizona K-12 school leaders Wednesday on campus. (Photo by Alexis Bolze)
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New program addresses Arizona’s teacher needs

October 29, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

On Wednesday, Grand Canyon University announced its Lopes Leap to Teach program, a joint effort through the College of Education and office of Strategic Educational Alliances to address Arizona’s teacher shortage. The program will include efforts like a clinical practice expo and networking event in January where Arizona schools can recruit GCU students who’ve recently completed student-teaching assignments, or link up with students and alumni that need to complete practicum hours in local classrooms.

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Former standup comic Ron Merrell mixed humor with his heartfelt message Monday morning at Chapel. Photo by Darryl Webb
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Chapel: Don’t take your heart too lightly

October 28, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Ron Merrell, a former standup comic, used his sense of humor Monday morning to effectively deliver a Chapel message that had the Arena crowd both laughing and nodding their heads in agreement. Your heart is the real you, Merrell said, and you must allow Him into it so that He can mold it and shape it.

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Jon Demeter of Ultimate Training Camp was frank about his own fears in his talk at Chapel on Monday morning. Photo by Darryl Webb
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Chapel: Don’t let fear bury you … or your talents

October 21, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Jon Demeter of the Ultimate Training Camp used his Chapel talk Monday morning to address how detrimental fear can be in our lives. While fear sometimes protects us, Demeter used the parable of the three servants in Matthew 25 to show how important it is to use our talents and not bury them out of fear.

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Vaught and his wife, Karri, seated next to Colangelo, listen to President/CEO Brian Mueller's talk at the press conference.
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Time is right for Vaught to come to GCU

October 16, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Mike Vaught, GCU’s new vice president of athletics, was greeted by a huge turnout of athletes and administrators Wednesday morning at the Arena. It’s one of those hiring moments where things came together in concert: Vaught and his wife, Karri, said the timing of the opportunity is ideal for them, and President/CEO Brian Mueller knew right away that Vaught was his choice.

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Brian Kruckberg of New City Church in Phoenix received a warm GCU Chapel welcome on Monday. Photo by Alexis Bolze
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Chapel: Cultivate restorative work in life

October 14, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

New City Church’s Brian Kruckenberg reminded the Chapel audience on Monday that life is too short for selfish behavior, and that the Kingdom of God is now – though we may not see it. The pastor encouraged people to consider the type of culture they help foster every day. “Are you creating a culture that puts yourself first, that’s primarily about yourself, or are you thinking about the kingdom of God, the kingdom of restoration and renewal that comes when I lay down my life for the good of others?” Kruckenberg asked

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The cast of "Little Women: An Opera in Two Acts" and five of the performers from the same show at GCU in 2012 were on stage together on Saturday evening in Ethington Theatre. Photos by Keslie Kattau Halonen
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2002 ‘Little Women’ cast goes back in time

October 13, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

“Things change, Jo,” characters sing time and time again in “Little Women: An Opera in Two Acts,” which was performed last weekend in Ethington Theatre and will close this weekend. And so they have for five alumni, all cast members in the 2002 production of the same play in the same venue who attended Saturday evening’s show, and were wowed by a new generation of GCU student performers. GCU Today has a story and ticket information.

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When Joanna Simpson joined GCU in August,  she was reunited with College of Education Dean Dr. Kimberly LaPrade, who she's known since her freshman year of high school. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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COE staffer reunited with mentor LaPrade

October 08, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Joanna Simpson earned her master’s and doctorate from Grand Canyon University, her hometown university. But she also has a longtime connection with former high school mentor and College of Education dean Dr. Kimberly LaPrade, with whom Simpson is now working closely with as COE addresses the needs of new teachers.

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