GCU plans to add a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse to Maryvale Golf Course as part of its 2015 design of the popular west Phoenix golf destination. (Courtesy of Todd & Associates)
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GCU to redesign, manage Maryvale Golf Course

October 24, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Michael Ferraresi GCU News Bureau Few desert-style courses in Phoenix are as lush or mature as Maryvale Golf Course, with its huge 1960s-era trees and long stretches of turf that are neither tan nor taupe. It is considered an oasis in the otherwise urban surroundings of west Phoenix. Grand Canyon University intends to enhance that setting even further when it redesigns the course next year through a 30-year operating agreement approved Thursday by the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board. As part of the agreement, GCU will oversee plans to create new tee boxes, shape brand-new greens, extend fairways, enhance bunkers, update practice facilities and build a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse, among other features, to reach its goal of making Maryvale a golf destination. The public course, located just three miles west of GCU’s main campus at 5902 W. Indian School Road, will undergo its major facelift beginning in January. The course will be closed until October 2015 as GCU directs construction and assumes control of operations. GCU President and CEO Brian Mueller said the Antelopes men’s and women’s NCAA Division I golf teams will use Maryvale as their home course. He added that the course could host college or high school tournaments after […]

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GCU volunteers were showing their Lopes Up spirit at a Habitat for Humanity project Saturday. Photo by Alexix Bolze
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GCU announces Habitat for Humanity partnership

October 22, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Put on some old clothes and get ready to help out! The University, in a partnership with Habitat for Humanity, has launched an unprecedented initiative to renovate homes in our neighborhood and, eventually, across the Valley and even around the country. It’s not too late to volunteer to be a team leader (you don’t need any experience in construction or home repairs) for the project, which formally begins in January. And don’t forget that, in August, GCU announced a new Community Service Policy in which employees are eligible for up to 16 hours of community service time.

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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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Boom! Pluck! Toot! GCU bands ready for new season

October 17, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s band program has been growing in stature and size since director Paul Koch took over two years ago, and this year is adding a Guitar Ensemble to its repertoire. The first concert of the 2014-15 season, “Java and Jazz” with the Thunder Big Band, is 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Student Union.

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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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GCU's College of Fine Arts and Production will present "Little Women: An Opera in Two Acts" this weekend and next in Ethington Theatre.
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COFAP brings beloved ‘Little Women’ to Ethington

October 07, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

You may have read the book, now you have the opportunity to watch “Little Women,” the charming Louisa May Alcott classic, set to music — opera music. The College of Fine Arts and Production brings the Mark Adamo work to Ethington Theatre this weekend and next, and GCU music students are ready to display their vocal and acting chops. GCU Today has a preview here.

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Students in Chapel in the arena on Oct, 6, 2014
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Chapel: Get serious about church commitment

October 07, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Rick Vacek GCU News Bureau If the subject of Dustin Tappan’s talk on Monday morning at Grand Canyon University Arena sounded new to the Chapel crowd, it’s because it was. Tappan, lead Next Generation pastor at Christ’s Church of the Valley, was emphatic and direct: It is not enough to just follow Jesus on your own. Pointing to Ephesians 5:25-32, Tappan said that just as Christ gave his life for the church, you must be an active, regular participant in a church to truly be committed to God. GCU’s Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin said it was the first time in his four-plus years at the University that he could recall a Chapel speaker delivering that message. “That’s why we have pastors speak — to raise the identity of the local churches,” he said. “It’s important that students hear this and get connected with a local church.” Tappan quoted from a March 2014 survey conducted by Barna Group, which found that only two of 10 Millennials (age 30 and younger) consider church attendance important, 35 percent said they are anti-church and 59 percent who grew up in a church said they have dropped out at some point. You […]

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