Sean Myers has strong opinions about what it means to put God's will ahead of earthly desires. Photo by Darryl Webb
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Chapel: Look past ‘trinkets’ and see God’s gifts

January 27, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Chapel speaker Sean Myers urged the audience Monday to avoid “righteous swagger” and realize that God works through our weaknesses. Myers considers himself blessed to be in God’s service after a tumultuous childhood in which his parents both were drug addicts, and he said we all need to realize that we can be soldiers for Christ no matter how flawed we are — after all, look at all the major figures in the Bible — if we just ignore the messages of the modern world and turn to God for our needs.

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Student volunteers place the fence from John Peltz's house on a truck after knocking it down.
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Home run! Habitat opening day touches ’em all

January 24, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

They came. They saw. They painted (a lot). Saturday was opening day for GCU’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity, and 200 student volunteers turned out with sunny attitudes to match the perfect weather. Renovations began on eight homes in the local neighborhood and, just as important, other homeowners who hadn’t heard about the project took note as well.

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Sandy and John Peltz are grateful for the work that will be done on their home through GCU's partnership with Habitat for Humanity.
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GCU/Habitat project ready to aid neighbors

January 21, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

It’s time to go to work to do what we do — help people. GCU’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity, in which up to 700 homes in the local neighborhood will be renovated, starts Saturday. GCU Today has the story of a retired couple that is grateful for the help and a student volunteer from Iraq who can’t wait to lend a hand.

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Schellas Hyndman addresses the press conference Tuesday announcing his hiring as GCU men’s soccer coach.
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New coach, stadium kick GCU soccer into overdrive

January 14, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Rick Vacek Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Mike Vaught, Grand Canyon University’s vice president of athletics, called an old friend last month and asked whether he’d be interested in becoming the University’s new men’s soccer coach or, if not, whether he could recommend someone. Vaught had only one candidate on his list — the man he was calling, Schellas Hyndman. “We’re good enough friends that I knew he’d listen,” Vaught said. The pair had worked together at Southern Methodist University, where Vaught was deputy director of athletics and Hyndman became one of the most successful coaches in college soccer across 24 seasons in which his teams made the NCAA Tournament in all but two. On Dec. 1, Hyndman completed his contract after six years as head coach of FC Dallas of Major League Soccer and readily admits, “I didn’t know what I was going to do.” On Tuesday, Hyndman was introduced as GCU’s coach during a packed press conference in the Student Union that included the announcement that the University will open a new campus stadium in the fall and make soccer the centerpiece of its fall sports offerings. Hyndman, who ranks sixth among Division I coaches with 466 career victories, has […]

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Albert Tate had a passionate Chapel message for the crowd in GCU Arena on Monday morning.
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Chapel: What is your response to God?

January 13, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Albert Tate of Fellowship Monrovia in Monrovia, Calif., lit up the Arena on Monday morning with a Chapel talk filled with humor and passion. Tate used a series of stories to describe what John 3:16 means to him.

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GCU CEO/President Brian Mueller addressed a large audience at the first Chapel of 2015 on Monday, and asked the question, "why can't there be more heaven on earth?"
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Chapel: Mueller calls for Biblical leadership

January 06, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The first Chapel of the new semester was an opportunity to recharge the campus after the winter break, and GCU President/CEO Brian Mueller provided the proper spark with a talk that challenged students to think big — and we mean really big. Mueller said the key to solving issues is an emphasis on Biblical leadership.

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GCU President and CEO Brian Mueller speaks Friday at a groundbreaking to mark the University's redesign of Maryvale Golf Course in west Phoenix.
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GCU set for Maryvale Golf Course redevelopment

January 02, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The chilly weather did little to deter local golfers, GCU staffers and city officials from turning out this morning for the official groundbreaking at Maryvale Golf Course. GCU purchased the municipal course in October and signed a 30-year operating agreement with the city to redevelop and redesign it as both the home course for GCU’s golf teams, but also as a community golf hub to attract people to west Phoenix. GCU Today has a story about how the partnership came together and what the University has in store for the popular, affordable 1960’s-era course.

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2014 in review: GCU’s influence keeps growing

December 31, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

So many things happened at Grand Canyon University in 2014, it’s hard to pick the 10 most important.

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A boy in Titanyen, Haiti, filled his belly with nutritious meals of rice, soy and vitamins, thanks to the global nonprofit, Feed My Starving Children. It is being supported by GCU during a volunteer event on Saturday on campus. Photo courtesy of Josh Thrall
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Sending world hunger packing, one meal at a time

December 17, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Janie Magruder GCU News Bureau Anytime something cool is taking place on the campus of Grand Canyon University, the music is loud and upbeat, competition is encouraged and everyone seems to be having fun. This Saturday will be no exception as hundreds of GCU faculty, staff and students team up to pack 100,000 meals for a nonprofit organization that has served 1 billion meals to hungry children around the world. The volunteer event for Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), from noon to 7 p.m. on campus, is part of GCU’s season of giving that is benefiting charities in various ways, each tied to men’s home basketball games. Saturday’s game, a 7 p.m. start in the Arena against St. Edward’s, is Feed My Starving Children Night. (It’s not too late to sign up: More helpers ages 5 and older are needed to pack meals or clean up after the MobilePack, and they each will receive a free ticket to the basketball game. Click here to volunteer.) Billy Thrall, GCU’s director of church relations, said the University chose FMSC because of the appeal and specificity of its missions. “It’s very clear what they do: They pack meals for children in distress around the world,” Thrall said. […]

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Fairy Godmother, played by GCU theatre student Kayana Sweeney, has the attention of children at Atonement Lutheran School on Tuesday during a performance of a twist on "Hansel and Gretel."
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COFAP students take fractured fairy tale on the road

December 10, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

Grade school pupils in west Phoenix were treated to an entertaining, alternative version of “Hansel and Gretel” this week by students in the College of Fine Arts and Production. It was the first time COFAP took its “second series,” off campus, and the young audiences at five schools got to see live theatre and learn about GCU’s theatre program. They also learned that you can’t always judge a fairy tale by its cover. GCU Today has the story here.

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