Nearly 1,300 volunteers lined campus roads Wednesday to welcome new GCU students.
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Move-In Day 1: Cool temperatures, high spirits

August 20, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Compiled by the GCU News Bureau You couldn’t have asked for a better morning to introduce the first of 6,203 students — who this week are moving into 11 residence halls on Grand Canyon University’s main campus — to their new homes. Wednesday’s weather — crystal clear skies but for a dotting of lavender and golden sun-kissed clouds in the east and cool temperatures the likes of which have not been seen on this date since 1995 — was a God thing. At 6:30 a.m., as the first of hundreds of vehicles carrying excited students and parents suppressing lumps in their throats was unloaded, the mercury edged 75 degrees. It felt like … 75 degrees. “God showed up in a big way,” said Pastor Dean of Students Tim Griffin, referring to the climate, atmospheric and campus-wide. The first of a three-day Move-In, GCU’s mega-purple, super-loud, off-the-charts welcome wagon for new students, was driven by nearly 1,300 volunteers – staff, spiritual life leaders, ASGCU leaders, residential assistant leaders and a student welcome crew of 425. The student army asked to be on the front lines, cheering, unloading and hauling boxes, bags, mirrors, televisions and other items from the vehicles, up multiple flights of […]

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This will make you jealous: GCU student Jenna Stovall studied abroad this summer in Italy. (Photo courtesy of Jenna Stovall)
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Students say `si,’ ‘ya’ and ‘sim’ to summer studies

August 20, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Cooper Nelson GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University junior Jenna Stovall spent her summer in school. Don’t feel too bad for her though — her classroom view was the Italian countryside. Stovall, 19, was one of four GCU students participating this summer in the University’s study abroad program to earn degree credits at international universities. The program, which started in January, is part of GCU’s growing Global Studies Portfolio and offers students the option to earn elective or degree program credits through academic-year mission trips or semesterlong summer programs while studying abroad. Other students went to Germany, Brazil and England, and 10 students are planning to study abroad during mission trips this academic year. The experience opened Stovall’s eyes to the way international students learn. She encourages other students to pursue the option to study abroad during college before post-graduate jobs and financial issues get in the way. “It was great because I was able to take painting and photography courses in Italy — a place that is known for its art — that went toward my major and it was totally affordable,” said Stovall, who earned credits toward a graphic design degree while at Tuscia University in Viterbo, Italy, near Rome. “I like taking classes on campus, but […]

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Dr. Michael Mobley oversees GCU's Center for Integrated Science, Engineering and Technology. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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New tech programs drive workforce development

August 20, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

With an increased focus on STEM academics, GCU is equipping students with the skills to serve in high-tech jobs in the future.

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Chapel returns with ‘Make a Difference’ theme

August 20, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The fall Chapel series with the theme “Make a Difference” will return to GCU Arena after a brief stint in Antelope Gym during Arena expansion.

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How a lecture was an Rx for passion

August 20, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Stuart Harris came to GCU mainly to play baseball but became a serious student determined to make a difference in the world. He has aided thousands in the Philippines.

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Site for more eyes: Arena is ready to rock

August 20, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Rick Vacek GCU Today Magazine Cathey Moses’ day planner for newly expanded Grand Canyon University Arena already lists events in 2018. In other words, while incoming freshmen are still trying to figure out which building is which, she already is mapping out the Arena schedule for their senior year. Of course, that’s what GCU’s vice president of event planning and marketing does for a living. For her, it’s all Arena, all the time. For most students, it likely will be all Arena at least some of the time. And just in time for the 2014-15 school year, the biggest meeting place on campus is bigger and better than ever. In a project that began in early March, a five-row upper deck was installed to increase the Arena’s capacity from nearly 5,000 to about 7,000. What would Moses tell newcomers about the Arena? “The fact that they have access to a building like this – all the basketball, all the other sporting events, all the Chapel services, all the concerts,” she said. “Not every university has a building like this and one’s that so accessible like this.” The centerpiece is Antelopes basketball, GCU’s No. 1 sport. The men’s team will […]

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Gaby Valdivieso has had a great time at "The Happiest Place on Earth" but has learned a lot, too.
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GCU cultures interns in character, teamwork, success

August 14, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The number of interns from Grand Canyon University has grown dramatically in the last year, and the goal is to triple the program’s size by 2015.

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Workers are putting the finishing touches on the GCU Arena expansion.
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Done! Arena is ready for its unveiling

August 13, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The expansion of GCU Arena was finished ahead of schedule and under budget, and the consensus is that it turned out great. The early finish enables the University to hold the Switchfoot concert there at the end of Welcome Week.

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Daily Dose of STEM blog

August 11, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

GCU Today brings you a Daily Dose of STEM-related information to summarize how Grand Canyon University’s academic programs are being designed for the future.

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GCU nursing and premed students have excelled in STEM academics. Computer science and IT students could be next.
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With tech programs, GCU sees its focus on the future

August 11, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The launch of the two new programs signifies Grand Canyon University’s re-emphasis on an academic commitment to training on science, technology, engineering and mathematics — also known as the STEM disciplines.

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