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They’re learning how to dodge freshman miscues

July 25, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The next class of Students Inspiring Students scholarship recipients is on campus this week for a new orientation session called LEAD In. “When classes start, it’s a bit like drinking out of a fire hose. We want them to be prepared for the challenges they will face before their first class,” said Shari Stagner, GCU’s Program Manager for K-12 Student Development and Outreach.

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Niños Seguros is a fun dress rehearsal for school

July 24, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

More than 5,000 community youth and their families were on campus Saturday for the 13th annual Niños Seguros back to school fair in Antelope Gym. The event included backpack giveaways, safety demonstrations, songs, ballet folklorico and families were able to prepare for the first day of school.

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Science is fun, and CSO Training Institute proves it

July 20, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

More than 130 Chief Science Officers from middle and high schools across Arizona are learning leadership, communication and team-building skills this week at the second annual GCU-hosted CSO Training Institute. In just two years, the program has spread not only across the state but also nationally with 13 states following Arizona’s example. CSOs are elected by their peers to act as STEM ambassadors at their schools and communities.

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GCU volunteers add verve to annual clothing drive

July 19, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

GCU volunteers brought vim and verve Tuesday to the annual Back to School Clothing Drive at GCU Arena as University staff, athletes and other students participated in the first specially designated GCU Day. Of course, Thunder stole the show with his zany antics, but the Cheer and Dance team members and soccer and volleyball players added spark to the already electric atmosphere. More than 5,000 students received clothing and other goodies in time for the start of school.

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GCU gets award for work with St. Mary’s Food Bank

June 29, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

GCU recently received a Hunger Heroes Award from St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance for its major contributions of donations and volunteer hours. But the partnership has benefited local students, too: St. Mary’s has shipped more than 21,000 meals to the Learning Lounge in the last four years.

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New post is a place for veterans to feel like family

June 27, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University has established a new Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter for students, staff, faculty and alumni. The post, one of two on college campuses nationwide, is more than just a social club — the goal is to be involved in community projects.

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Kary’s new Samaritan Theatre is an act of giving

June 21, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

GCU director and acting instructor Michael Kary is using his passion for theatre to fuel another passion – helping the needy. His new Samaritan Theatre, featuring College of Fine Arts and Production alumni and students, will donate all ticket sales from each production to a worthy cause. Its first performance, “The Servant and the Fool,” opens June 30 at Horizon High School in Scottsdale.

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Alumni serve up a slice of hope for the needy

June 19, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

A new GCU mission was at work Friday when a group of GCU volunteers of the Alumni Phoenix Chapter signed up to make and distribute more than 100 pizzas at St. Vincent de Paul in two hours. “It’s a hard job, and it’s one we can’t do without our volunteers,” said Jessica Dickerson, the kitchen coordinator at St. Vincent de Paul.

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GCU’s newest ‘coach’ is director of public safety

June 13, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

Joe Yahner had it all planned out. After retiring from the Phoenix Police Department, he was going to be a teacher and coach. But then he got an opportunity to be Grand Canyon University’s director of public safety, and he has brought his teaching and coaching instincts to campus. “I plan to be a part of campus life,” he said.

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Changing lives (including their own) at Dream Center

June 08, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Summer vacation or not, GCU College of Humanities and Social Sciences counseling professors and students continue to bring group therapy sessions to sex-trade survivors sheltered at the Phoenix Dream Center. “The students benefit from the service work,” said CHSS counseling lead Denise Krupp. “I want them to have a good, wonderful feeling when they leave.” And the survivors benefit by bonding, learning about themselves and gaining self-esteem.

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