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Run to Fight banquet blooms into a ‘thankfest’

April 21, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Foundation Run to Fight Children’s Cancer honored and celebrated the cancer-fighting superheros — from the littlest cancer survivors to the largest corporate donors — at a heart-felt banquet Thursday at the Canyon 49 Grill. Race Director Debbie Accomazzo thanked everyone who contributed to the raising $90,000, and the recipients, Children’s Cancer Network and Phoenix Children’s Hospital, returned the gratitude.

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A STEM wish comes true at Robotics Competition

April 10, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The 3,000 high school students who participated in the FIRST Robotics Competition 2017 Arizona Regional at GCU Arena were joined Friday by Ronav Chauhan, a 5-year-old who has battled cancer most of his life. Make-A-Wish Foundation Arizona arranged for Ronav, who wants to be an engineer, to have a dream day with the robots and the students who built them.

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Doctoral Community Cohort installs new leaders

March 29, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The Doctoral Community Cohort, designed to help learners get through the doctoral process, recently installed a new leadership group, led by its new president, Cheryl Martin. “Since the DCC has been such a powerful learning tool for me, I wanted to be a part of producing great DCC sessions to affect other doctoral learners,” Martin said.

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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Thursday enthusiastically extolled the tremendous growth and rapid change in a region that has long since shed its outdated image of sleepy retirement mecca or forgotten inner city.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 / 3 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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