Maryvale High School senior Dulce Alvarez Sanchez shares the good news about her GCU scholarship.
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100 students receiving full-tuition scholarships as part of GCU’s K-12 initiative

May 03, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

GCU this week began giving out full-tuition scholarships to the first of 100 incoming freshmen as part of its new, pay-it-forward initiative called Students Inspiring Students. Seniors at Maryvale and Betty Fairfax high schools were all smiles after receiving the scholarships. At at its core, the initiative is about students helping students and the impact it can have in inner-city schools in Arizona.

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Posthumous doctorate still counts on her bucket list

May 03, 2016 / by / 1 Comment

Karen Susanne Banks, a woman who loved her family, the wilderness and teaching, died nearly seven months before she could receive her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. It was the first posthumous degree awarded in the college.

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Jon Ruybalid rides his longboard across the GCU campus every day.
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This business instructor just keeps rolling along

May 02, 2016 / by / 1 Comment

Jon Ruybalid, who just completed his first semester at GCU, is a maverick in a lot of ways — most noticeably when he travels across campus on a skateboard. But he’s also a great role model for students because he can share with them a wealth of experiences he has had in his highly entrepreneurial career.

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GCU President Brian Mueller, right, greets Gov. Doug Ducey
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Gov. Ducey praises Arizona youth leaders at GCU leadership event

April 29, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Ariz. Gov. Doug Ducey visited Grand Canyon University on Friday to give a keynote address at the 10th annual Youth Leadership Day. He praised more than 600 high school leaders from across Arizona for setting a high bar, tackling tough issues and dedicating hours of time and energy to providing service to others and generally making Arizona a better place.

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Match made in Lope heaven: Grandy Glaze, GCU

April 29, 2016 / by / 1 Comment

When Grandy Glaze came to GCU for the 2015-16 season, he and head coach Dan Majerle made a deal: Glaze would bring the energy, and Majerle would give him a chance to score. It worked out better than anyone could have imagined.

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Learning Lounge cited for contribution to public education

April 28, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

  Story and photo by Jeannette Cruz GCU News Bureau It takes a lot of work, dedication and collaboration to make a difference in a community, and Grand Canyon University’s Learning Lounge is all for it. Wednesday, the Learning Lounge received an Award of Excellence in Individual, Business, Foundation or Civic/Community Organization for Contributions to Public Education, presented by the Arizona School Public Relations Association, during the ASPRA*tions Awards at the Arizona Broadway Theatre in Peoria. The Learning Lounge was developed in partnership with nearby Alhambra High School in 2012 as part of GCU’s Strategic Educational Alliances Department and the University’s five-point plan to revitalize west Phoenix. The program provides free academic assistance and meals to students of any grade level and pairs them with GCU student mentors for one-on-one and small-group learning sessions. The results thus far have been remarkable. Alhambra, a D-rated school by the Arizona Department of Education three years ago, is now nine points away from being a “B” school. The number of high school graduates at Alhambra increased from 417 in 2013-14 to 536 in 2014-15 Alhambra seniors earned $2.7 million in college scholarships in 2014-15, up from $1.2 million in 2013-14 And the number of students taking advanced placement exams […]

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Dagny Knutson, from swimmer to GCU graduate
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World-class swimmer finds another passion as GCU grad

April 28, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Former world-class swimmer Dagny Knutson earned her highest honor Friday when she graduated from GCU with a bachelor’s in sports management. GCU coach Steve Schaffer helped Knutson get a scholarship, despite her ineligibility to swim competitively in college, because he was moved by her story. Today, Knutson is filled with gratitude for GCU and hopes to return to get her master’s degree here.

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GCU Today Magazine praises Havocs, student clubs

April 19, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

  Three cheers (at least) for the Havocs! You can read all about them and other student groups in the May edition of GCU Today Magazine, which has been distributed around campus and is available online here. It features an inside look at the stunning growth of clubs and student groups on campus the last few years — starting with the national recognition of the Havocs and what makes them special. (Hint: Their spirit extends beyond games.) But there’s much more, including the impact of the Canyon Kids program, the top 10 GCU stories of 2015-16, Grandy Glaze’s gratitude for his one year on the GCU basketball team, what it’s like to be a student intern for Sen. John McCain, and the importance of the new cybersecurity curriculum.

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Faculty  member Sean Dahlberg, left, gives a pep talk to rehearsing dancers.
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Spring Dance Concert gives voice to value of silence

April 13, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Nearly three dozen dancers will bring the Spring Dance Concert, “Giving Voice,” to life in performances Friday and Saturday at Ethington Theatre. Tickets are still available for the energetic, beautiful moving symphony created by GCU’s talented dancers and their faculty choreographers.

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Creating a wood outline of Arizona or any other U.S. state and then putting it on a hat is the business plan of Own Wood, one of five Canyon Challenge finalists.
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No lid on creativity for Canyon Challenge finalists

April 04, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The five finalists in the fifth annual Canyon Challenge entrepreneurial competition are an interesting array of ideas — everything from the outline of your favorite state on a hat to creating your own adventure story in gaming. There also are business plans for new ways to connect electronically, to feature digital ads on trucks and to organize raffles.

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