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Canyon Challenge finalists include two returnees

March 17, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Finalists for the Canyon Challenge include two competitors that made the top 10 last year, Storage Together and Lectric Longboards. Each startup organization will present a business plan March 28 for one of five spots in the finals, scheduled for April 13 in GCU Arena.

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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Thursday enthusiastically extolled the tremendous growth and rapid change in a region that has long since shed its outdated image of sleepy retirement mecca or forgotten inner city.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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Video goes viral of students’ gift-giving to homeless

February 23, 2017 / by / 2 Comments

Seven GCU Honors College students are on a mission to provide giveaways to the Phoenix homeless. Now, a video of the their generosity is going viral.

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Hundreds of volunteers turn out for Serve the City

February 13, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Nearly 300 Grand Canyon University and Habitat for Humanity volunteers brought shovels, paint and elbow grease to spruce up 11 Phoenix homes on Saturday during GCU’s Serve the City event. Property values in the zip code are on the rise as volunteers energetically work toward the goal of fixing up 700 residences.

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GCU event is like speed dating for STEM programs

January 25, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s second STEM Innovation Breakfast was a tremendous success, both for presenters who offered a range of opportunities and K-12 educators wishing to bolster STEM programs. “Schools are recognizing that they need to change the way they teach to meet the changing demands of the workforce,” said Amanda Hughens, GCU’s K-12 STEM outreach manager.

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Students aim to pour money into global water crisis

January 11, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

GCU students see the seriousness of the global clean water shortage is just about every time they go on a mission trip, and GO Nights is looking to do something about it through The Water Project. Participants will be asked to drink water exclusively for two weeks and donate the money they save to the project.

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Find GCU events and ‘Tatum’s Purpose’ on GCU.TV

December 27, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

GCU.TV, the University’s new digital video platform, has a wide range of content, from sports and spiritual events to innovative features such as “Finding Tatum’s Purpose” and “Trending Faith.” “We are capturing a vibrant picture of GCU,” said Steven Niedzielski, GCU.TV associate producer.

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Students dig this: GCU help is shovel-ready

December 07, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Students regularly go off campus to help the community around GCU, and, best of all, they do it with a smile. “I think we all understand the meaning of wanting to give back to a community that has blessed us,” said one.

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GCU spreads drug and alcohol awareness

November 29, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Students and staff at Grand Canyon University launched a campaign Monday to prevent drug abuse and create awareness. “At GCU we are fairly straight-edge and we are trying to keep students away from drugs for as long as possible,” Sean Thomason, student senator. “The hope of the campus is to produce and send off leaders into the world. That means having people who are educated on the destructive behaviors of such substances.”

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Beal gets real in Chapel about life’s circumstances

November 29, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Tim Beal of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship used the 11th chapter of Matthew to drive home his Chapel message Monday morning: Life is going to be filled with all sorts of circumstances, many of them challenging, but they should never take our focus away from Jesus.

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