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GCU Partners With National Native American Basketball Tournament

December 22, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

GCU committed to a partnership with the Native American Basketball Invitational (NABI) for 2010. The organization uses sports to encourage Native American youth to further their education with college mentor programs and scholarship opportunities. “With our focused Native American outreach, our rejuvenated men’s basketball program and our successful women’s program, this partnership is ideal in helping us broaden our relationships with the Native American communities and foster the growth of these talented athletes,” says GCU CEO Brian Mueller. NABI is the only nationally recognized NCAA certified Native American basketball tournament. The next Invitational is July 6-10, 2010. It will feature 64-80 teams of male and female, Native American student athletes from throughout the U.S. and Canada. NABI now operates under the newly formed NABI Foundation as a non-profit organization. In addition to its Invitational tournament, the organization will hold mini tournaments on reservation lands. The addition of a life skills curriculum will help the organization support student-athletes through high school and into college. “Grand Canyon University Native American programs met the unique needs of our athletes,” says NABI Foundation CEO GinaMaria Scarpa. “Their programs go the extra mile to make sure our students get the support and guidance needed to […]

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GCU Honored with “Servant Heart” Award

December 22, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

(Above) Community Church of Joy Senior Pastor Dr. Walt Kallestad awards Brian Mueller the “Servant Heart” for scholarships given by GCU to JCS students. GCU CEO Brian Mueller attended the Community Church of Joy Christian School’s (JCS) “Servant Heart” Award ceremony on Friday, December 18, 2009, to accept an award on behalf of GCU. JCS honored the University for providing a $20,000 scholarship to 28 of the school’s students. GCU collaborated with School Choice AZ to offer the scholarships. Each of the 28 scholarship winners will receive $5,000 per year for up to four years to assist with their JCS tuition. The scholarship is a significant amount towards the cost of attending JCS. The scholarship required applications to be new to JCHS, meet certain qualifying guidelines and write a faith-based essay. Joy Christian School is a private K-12 school located in Glendale, Ariz. It’s mission is to “build a new generation of Christian leaders.” The school states its core values as faith, leadership, excellence, relationships, integrity and service. For more information on JCS, visit www.joyonline.org or call 623.561.2000.

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First “Canyon Cares Christmas” Event Huge Success!

December 16, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s first Canyon Cares Christmas outreach event Sunday, Dec. 13 brightened the holidays for more than 550 neighborhood children and their families with dinner, Christmas presents and holiday fun. Thanks to the generosity of GCU employees and students, McKinley Hall became Santa’s workshop, with more than 330 gifts for parents to choose from, ensuring that each of their children had a special gift on Christmas morning. While the parents chose and wrapped gifts with the help of employee volunteers, GCU students entertained the children with face painting, ornament making and cookie decorating. One of the highlights of the event was sledding on the amphitheatre hill south of the Student Union, complete with five tons of real snow! “We were blessed to have the opportunity to reach out to our neighborhood families with this special holiday gift,” said University Pastor Mik Milem. “Many thanks to the nearly 200 GCU employees and students who volunteered their Sunday afternoon to make the event a great success, including helping families find and wrap presents for their children, serving dinner, and providing the children with an afternoon filled with laughter and smiles.” GCU’s annual Christmas Music Festival in Ethington Theatre followed the outreach event, with […]

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GCU Shares Community Impact Information in New Report

December 16, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

As Grand Canyon University continues to grow, so does our commitment and responsibility to positively impacting the communities in which we attend school, live and work. Throughout our 60-year history, GCU has steadily gained a reputation for changing lives all over the world through education and community outreach. To help document our commitment, the University has created a new Canyon Cares 2009 Community Impact Report, which is being distributed this week to Valley leaders. The report highlights just a few of the ways GCU positively contributes to the communities we serve through campus-wide outreach efforts, individual contributions of our faculty, staff and students, and as an employer. (Click here to see a copy of the report, which will be updated annually.) “Our purpose in sharing this information is to demonstrate GCU’s longstanding servant leadership-based culture,” said GCI CEO Brian Mueller. “This culture drives us as an organization and as individuals to seek our opportunities to positively impact and contribute to the communities in which we live and work. Less obvious but equally as important is the impact GCU has on our community’s economy and growth, both as an employer and as the training ground for some of the most sought-after […]

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“Finding My Shoes” Outreach Helps Phoenix Homeless

December 16, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

The “Finding My Shoes” event, presented by GCU Ambassador of Inspiration & Achievement Brenda Combs, was a success, outfitting local homeless with jackets, blankets, shoes, hygiene kits, gloves, hats and sleeping bags. Brenda collected more than 1,500 blankets, 600 jackets, 500 pairs of shoes, 500 hygiene kits and 50 sleeping bags. The event also served breakfast to more than 675 people. “It was such a blessing to be able to give the homeless community these resources, and to make them as comfortable as possible while sleeping at the overflow shelter,” she says. “The overflow shelter is actually a fenced in parking lot, so people are essentially sleeping on the ground. I am so grateful for how GCU stepped in a helped me collect and deliver these items to people in desperate need!” Brenda organized the event through her Finding My Shoes organization. The outreach program provides services to the homeless community. This was the second event of the year and presented on at the Human Services Campus, located at 230 South 12th Avenue, in Phoenix. Local news media covered the event, including ABC News Phoenix (video here) and KTAR (story here). Her office is located in Building 18 on GCU’s […]

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Art Students Host Photo Gallery to Support GCU Missions

December 08, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

“Introduction to Digital Photography” students are continuing to host a photo gallery through December 18 in the Student Union, displaying some of their Fall Semester projects. Select photos will be offered for sale, with proceeds to benefit GCU missions in 2010. “It’s really a win-win situation,” comments partipant Mychal Hammonds, a Junior. “We’re able to market ourselves as student photographers while benefiting local and international mission’s teams and charities.” Visit the gallery in the Student Union and donate today! To purchase a photograph or donate to GCU missions, visit Terri Faust in the Spiritual Life Office. For more information about photography opportunities at GCU, contact Cheryl Christensen at cchristensen@gcu.edu.

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