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Clothing drive is like Christmas in July for kids

July 22, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Thousands of school-age children visited GCU this week during the Back to School Clothing Drive, an annual event that gives each child every possible supply imaginable and a few extras, such as bracelets, beanies and bookmarks. Hundreds of volunteers helped children select their sizes and loaded their bags and arms with goodies.

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Top U.S. officer praises new Arizona tech program

July 21, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Megan Smith, the U.S. Chief Technology officer and adviser to the President, traveled to Grand Canyon University to meet some of the 200 Chief Science Officers (CSOs) attending a three-day training institute. Smith praised them for their roles as pioneers in a program that she hopes spreads from Arizona to every state in the nation. CSOs are junior high school and high school students elected by their classmates to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math subjects at their schools.

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Seminary takes first step on path to accreditation

July 21, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) is the most prestigious accrediting body for seminaries, and Grand Canyon Theological Seminary already has cleared the first hurdle toward that honor — it was made an associate member at the organization’s biannual conference last month. “When people who are accreditors of the academic community take a close look at you and say you have quality programs, that’s a big deal,” said Dr. Jason Hiles, dean of the College of Theology. GCU Today has the story.

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Inventions spark students’ scientific intensity

July 20, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Empathy can be the inspiration of invention, Chief Science Officers learned during one of the stimulating sessions they are experiencing during a three-day summer training institute at GCU. Tasked with building a game controller from a circuit board for a girl with special needs, the first step for the students was feeling empathy. Imagining what it must be like to have a special need that prevents you from playing video games helped spur the students to imagine what kind of controller she would need.

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A song for Kayla, a message for the world

July 20, 2016 / by / 3 Comments

The memory of Kayla Castro, the GCU freshman who died in April while rock climbing, lives on in “Dancing by Your Side (Home Now),” a touching song written by Worship Arts students Kristyn Roberts and Josh Wathen. Roberts was one of Castro’s roommates and talks passionately about her friend who, she says, was always smiling and maintaining a positive outlook on life. “I just wanted to be more like her,” Roberts says.

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Chief Science Officers ride wave of STEM enthusiasm

July 18, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

About 200 Chief Science Officers from junior schools and high schools from across Arizona are attending a summer institute through Wednesday hosted by GCU. Lawmakers, representatives from several states and White House officials are also on hand to catch the excitement about the spread of science, technology, engineering and math education. Arizona’s CSO program, launched in 2015, is so successful that White House officials hope to see it expanded across the country.

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Consulting Center aids students, small businesses

June 13, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Eduardo Borquez had it tough growing up in Mexico, but it makes him appreciate even more what he has today as manager of GCU’s new Small Business Consulting Center. It also gave him the perseverance to handle the project, which helps students, alumni and neighborhood businesses develop entrepreneurial ideas and also gives students real-world consulting work.

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Mexico national soccer team practices at GCU

June 07, 2016 / by / 1 Comment

GCU men’s soccer coach Schellas Hyndman hosted Mexico, the number 16 ranked national soccer team in the world Monday after the team requested to practice at the University’s new soccer stadium, scheduled to be opened in the fall. The team’s visit came after its big win against Uruguay at at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

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Alhambra students unite as one at GCU event

June 02, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

“Believe and Achieve,” now in its fourth year, welcomed more than 1,000 Alhambra High School students to GCU on Wednesday for a campus tour and to hear from university representatives and a speaker who brought laughter, tears and even led some students to ask for forgiveness.

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Grand Canyon Theological Seminary starts this fall

June 01, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

GCU is making another major academic advancement with the unveiling of Grand Canyon Theological Seminary, which is accepting students and will begin classes this fall. The Seminary will teach the same doctrinal principles and Biblical truths as the rest of the University and also will be interdenominational. Unlike many seminaries, it will offer students a rich campus experience and opportunities to serve in the community.

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