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GCU a jewel of West Valley economic development

February 24, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Story and Photos by Laurie Merrill GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University President Brian Mueller and a cadre of West Valley economic experts Thursday enthusiastically extolled the tremendous growth and rapid change in a region that has long since shed its outdated image of sleepy retirement mecca or forgotten inner city.  “The West Valley is about to burst out of its bubble on so many fronts,” said Brian Friedman, Glendale’s director of the Office of Economic Development. Friedman provided a timely punctuation mark: He announced that the Alaska Federal Credit Union had just purchased a 186,000-square-foot office building, the largest remaining empty office space in Glendale.  “This is really amazing for us,” Friedman said. Friedman was among panelists on the West Valley Economic Development Forum that was held in a shining example of revitalization: GCU’s new, 325,000-square-foot, four-story office building, which stands with the new GCU Hotel, Canyon 49 Grill, future business innovation center and four-story garage on a once-decrepit corner.   Other panelists were Sintra Hoffman, Westmarc president and CEO, Jeanine Jerkovic, Surprise economic development director, Michelle Lawrie, Goodyear economic development director, and Kevin Sullivan, Arizona Commerce Authority senior vice president. Phoenix Business Journal managing editor Patrick O’Grady moderated […]

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Five graduates to be enshrined into GCU Alumni Hall of Fame

February 23, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Five Grand Canyon University graduates will be inducted into the GCU Alumni Hall of Fame on Saturday afternoon for the professional and community contributions. Michael Rochelle, Kimberly Doolittle-Tobey, Tim Carter, Michelle Knapp and Jackie Schiller will be enshrined in a ceremony on the fourth floor of the Student Union.

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Score schmore — for GCU, just playing D-Backs is a win

February 23, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

The weather was sunny and the Diamondbacks and GCU men’s baseball teams in fine form as they faced off Wednesday at Salt River Field in Scottsdale. The final score, 9-1 Diamondbacks, may not have been a surprise, but the fact that a few D-backs stars stepped up the plate was, and for GCU, it was a field of memories.

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GCU slated for busy homecoming weekend

February 22, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Alumni are bringing memories, school spirit and friends to GCU Homecoming 2017. Whether a student on campus or online, all graduates are invited to festivities, beginning with a mixer happy hour on Friday and ending with a Lopes men’s basketball game Saturday against the University of Missouri—Kansas City.

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Speech and Debate Team ranked in top 20

February 22, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Speech and Debate Team earned a top 20 spot in the National Parliamentary Debate Association rankings released this week. Though moving into the No. 17 spot officially, the score doesn’t include the team’s stellar success earlier this month in two California tournaments, and the current number is probably in the top 15, said team director Barry Regan.

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GCU’s Sports Medicine Club members will assist Run to Fight

February 22, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

This year for the first time, GCU’s Sports Medicine Club will offer hands-on medical assistance to any ill or injured runner at the GCU Foundation Run to Fight Children’s Cancer, scheduled for March 11 at the University. The seventh-annual race, which has donated more than $450,000 locally to combat the disease, is both a laboratory that allows students to apply their education and a charity that offers a way to give back to the community.

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Getting to know GCU police at Coffee with a Cop

February 21, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

GCU Police Chief Kenny Laird and Officers Ryan Sand, Dave Chambers and Matt Barnett held a meet and greet with students at their first Coffee with a Cop event Friday at GCBC. Similar gatherings will be scheduled regularly and are intended to encourage students to enjoy casual and comfortable conversations with the police charged with their safety.

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ASGCU president, VP eager to help whole campus

February 17, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

As ASGCU president elect Nate Carpenter and his running mate, Matthew Shinn, prepare for their 2017-18 term, their friendship, hard work and faith stand out. They’ve contributed to their GCU community as resident assistants but are eager to spread that energy around campus.

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Global economics leader coming to teach at GCU

February 16, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

World-renowned economist Dr. Barry Asmus spoke to Tim Kelley’s “Introduction to Economics” class at Grand Canyon University’s Colangelo College of Business on Wednesday morning. Asmus will teach an upper-level economics class at GCU beginning in fall 2017.

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Top local officials laud GCU’s neighborhood impact

February 15, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

A beautiful day, a perfect setting — it wasn’t that long ago that those words would have seemed incongruous with the parcel of land at 27th Avenue and Camelback Road. But GCU has turned it into a thriving business hub, and on Wednesday that was worth celebrating with appearances by local politicians and other dignitaries. They had high praise for what GCU has accomplished.

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