For the robotics competition, students receive an assignment and a kit, but have six weeks to prepare their robot to compete.
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Teens, robots to swarm campus for STEM showdown

April 01, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

For many students, high school robotics events get them interested in the STEM disciplines they will eventually study in college. If this week is any indication, as Grand Canyon University Arena hosts the West Regional of the Arizona FIRST Robotics Competition, the showdowns are wildly popular and filled with the showmanship of major sporting events. The event is free and open to the public beginning at 8:30 a.m. both days.

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No. 1 GCU men’s lacrosse team to face Arizona State

April 01, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The No. 1-ranked GCU men’s lacrosse team plays No. 3 Arizona State April 4 for control of the conference. GCU has a chance to win a national championship in 2015. Senior leadership and knowledgeable coaches have propelled the Lopes to the top program in the country in GCU’s fourth year as an MCLA club sport.

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Chapel: Get your ‘hope’ app up and running

March 31, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Monday’s Grand Canyon University Chapel featured a double dose of motivation. First, President/CEO Brian Mueller shared his thoughts about the weekend memorial service for Ashley Laneri, and then the main speaker, Kent DelHousaye of Bethany Bible Church, used his experience in a footrace to underscore his point about running away from immaturity and sprinting toward a life of righteousness.

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Mission Possible: Koetter named Mr. GCU

March 27, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Cooper Nelson Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University President and CEO Brian Mueller had one quest for students Thursday night at the 13th annual Mr. GCU, a male beauty pageant that was themed, “Mission Possible.” Said Mueller, “Find ‘Bae.’” To kick off the popular event in GCU Arena, Mueller was depicted in a black and white video, filmed like the popular Tom Cruise movie “Mission Impossible” from which the pageant got its theme. In the video, Mueller, after deliberating with members of the University’s executive staff, tasks Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin with helping students finding the missing bae. (Before we reveal who won the prestigious title of Mr. GCU, we probably should start by defining the object of the mission. Unless you were one of the nearly 3,500 students at the event, you may not know what a “bae” is. We’ll let emcee Julia Bates, GCU’s student activities coordinator, have the honor.) “To find the definition of ‘bae,’ you have to look in the dictionary … unfortunately, it’s not in the dictionary,” Bates said. “So I had to ask a student, and the true definition is your babe or significant other.” After the 12 contestants performed in a talent competition and a “Baewatch” swimsuit fashion […]

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(From left to right) Ashlyn Tupper, Emmett Foster and Chloe Saunders display the hardware they've collected for GCU's speech and debate team.
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Student speeches champion social awareness

March 26, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Grand Canyon University’s award-winning speech and debate team will perform its top student speeches, including those that champion stronger awareness of child sex slavery and mental illness, at the second annual campus Speech Showcase on April 15.

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The Scruggs twins and Saleem earned $11,000 in two prizes for their business idea, Joblyt.
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Joblyt gets job done, wins Canyon Challenge

March 25, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Janie Magruder Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau In the best sense of the word, Brad Scruggs, Ahmad Saleem and Brian Scruggs are taskmasters. The recent biology graduates of Grand Canyon University put medical school on hold six months ago to jump aboard an international phenomena fueled by the popularity of Uber, the mobile-app-based transportation service. They created a software application that matches people who need tasks done sooner rather than later with people who have the know-how, desire and time — now — to do them and launched Joblyt. The young entrepreneurs needed funding, and they got it Tuesday when the judges selected Joblyt the grand prize winner of the 2015 GCU Canyon Challenge, which was hosted by the Colangelo College of Business before an estimated crowd of 400 in GCU Arena. The Scruggs brothers and Saleem, instructional assistants in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, received a $7,000 check for first place plus $4,000 more for nabbing 49 percent of the votes in a 20-hour texting campaign drawing nearly 5,200 voters. That’s 11 grand that goes, you guessed it, back into the business. “You can’t patent an idea,” Brian Scruggs said of a concept that […]

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Pastor Christopher Brooks of Evangel Ministries in Detroit led the first Chapel after spring break. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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Chapel: Pray to find key to your city

March 24, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Christopher Brooks of Evangel Ministries in Detroit reminded the first post-spring break Grand Canyon University Chapel audience that in order to follow the spirit of the second commandment, to love thy neighbor as thyself, Christians must explore cities where they might make the greatest impact. It’s not all about a one-on-one with God, he said. In Detroit, Phoenix and other U.S. cities, people are hurting and in need of help. He challenged students to pray for a path to the city where God wants them.

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Big ‘Oklahoma!’ to sweep through Ethington

March 19, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Ethington Theatre’s final production of the 2014-15 year, “Oklahoma!,” opens this weekend with a smattering of available tickets. The popularity of GCU’s College of Fine Arts and Production’s main stage performances has continued to grow this year, with virtually every show in Ethington’s 311-seat theater selling out or being oversold. For “Oklahoma!,” there will be eight performances over this weekend and next.

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Forensic Science Day showcases crime-fighting jobs

March 10, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

It’s not every day that you get to experience how blunt force trauma causes blood spatter patterns that can actually be studied and cataloged to help solve a murder. This morning, more than 1,800 visiting high school students had a shot to learn blood-spatter analysis and other forensic reconstruction techniques as part of Grand Canyon University’s annual Forensic Science Day.

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Chapel: Hope of the world is in local churches

March 10, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

GCU graduate Samson Dunn urged Chapel attendees Monday to find a local church if they don’t already have one and make it a front-and-center part of their life. “The local church is the hope of the world,” he said.

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