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GCU employees show giving spirit at volunteer fair

May 25, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University employees typically have big hearts and a desire to help others, and the Volunteer with a Purpose Fair held Wednesday gave them a chance to do just that. More than 200 attended the event and signed up to support some of the charities that help the young, the poor and the ill. “We want to be a Kingdom of God, both as a University and individually, and as followers of Jesus Christ we want to help bring justice and hope,” said Jim Miller, GCU’s new corporate chaplain.

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Openings remain in GCU’s Think Big Summer Institute

May 17, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Several openings remain in Grand Canyon University’s 2017 Think Big Summer Math Institute for high school mathematics educators and school teams. Coordinated by GCU’s Strategic Educational Alliances, the two workshops will be held June 5-8 and June 12-15. Each offers separate topics.

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Renowned nun tells her incredible story in GCU talk

May 15, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe visited GCU on Friday to share her purpose with GCU employees: to heal, mend and love the ‘lost girls’ of Northern Uganda. “I am a dreamer. I dream of making lives a little better. I dream of healing their pain. I dream of mending their brokenness,” she said, bringing her warmth, humor and inspiration to a university where finding one’s purpose is what it’s all about.

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Morals of the story: He helps coaches see the light

May 09, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Rick Roth was a longtime high school and college basketball coach before coming to GCU to work as an assistant professor in the Colangelo College of Business. He’s using what he learned from his experiences and a case study he did for his dissertation to do workshops for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) titled “Champions of Character: Coaches as Moral Influencers.”

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GCU 2016-17 Year in Review: Like a good neighbor …

May 02, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

It was another busy year at Grand Canyon University, with new facilities opening (of course) and other advancements. But the focus, as always, was on serving the student population and the surrounding neighborhood.

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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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