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Celebrating the ubiquity of Ashley Laneri: 1993-2015

March 30, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Like a memorable performance in a stage play or choir concert, Ashley Laneri won’t soon be forgotten, it was apparent during her memorial service Saturday on campus. About 450 family members, students, faculty and staff and others gathered to pay tribute to the life of the GCU senior who died March 13 from injuries she sustained in a car accident in Phoenix.

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(From left to right) Ashlyn Tupper, Emmett Foster and Chloe Saunders display the hardware they've collected for GCU's speech and debate team.
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Student speeches champion social awareness

March 26, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Grand Canyon University’s award-winning speech and debate team will perform its top student speeches, including those that champion stronger awareness of child sex slavery and mental illness, at the second annual campus Speech Showcase on April 15.

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Counseling director leads local trauma workshop

March 26, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Noé Vargas, director of Grand Canyon University’s counseling programs, is hosting a workshop on the roots of childhood trauma at the 11th annual Cesar E. Chavez Behavioral Health Conference at Arizona State University West in Glendale, which is hosted by Terros.

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The Scruggs twins and Saleem earned $11,000 in two prizes for their business idea, Joblyt.
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Joblyt gets job done, wins Canyon Challenge

March 25, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Janie Magruder Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau In the best sense of the word, Brad Scruggs, Ahmad Saleem and Brian Scruggs are taskmasters. The recent biology graduates of Grand Canyon University put medical school on hold six months ago to jump aboard an international phenomena fueled by the popularity of Uber, the mobile-app-based transportation service. They created a software application that matches people who need tasks done sooner rather than later with people who have the know-how, desire and time — now — to do them and launched Joblyt. The young entrepreneurs needed funding, and they got it Tuesday when the judges selected Joblyt the grand prize winner of the 2015 GCU Canyon Challenge, which was hosted by the Colangelo College of Business before an estimated crowd of 400 in GCU Arena. The Scruggs brothers and Saleem, instructional assistants in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, received a $7,000 check for first place plus $4,000 more for nabbing 49 percent of the votes in a 20-hour texting campaign drawing nearly 5,200 voters. That’s 11 grand that goes, you guessed it, back into the business. “You can’t patent an idea,” Brian Scruggs said of a concept that […]

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Ideas for GCU outreach efforts spring from Honors Symposium

March 23, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University’s Honors Institute has emerged as a hub for creative problem-solving. In its second year, the Institute’s students — which could total more than 600 by fall — are already working on projects to generate ideas on how to integrate academics and issues facing the University community. Some of those projects, including a look at how to enhance GCU’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity, will be on display Saturday at Antelope Gym lecture halls and the first-floor meeting rooms at the Student Union.

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Big ‘Oklahoma!’ to sweep through Ethington

March 19, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Ethington Theatre’s final production of the 2014-15 year, “Oklahoma!,” opens this weekend with a smattering of available tickets. The popularity of GCU’s College of Fine Arts and Production’s main stage performances has continued to grow this year, with virtually every show in Ethington’s 311-seat theater selling out or being oversold. For “Oklahoma!,” there will be eight performances over this weekend and next.

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NASCAR pit crew coach revs up sports business students

March 13, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Matt Clark has an unusual job in the sports world — NASCAR pit crew coach — and also was a television analyst until recently, and he sped through some interesting perspectives Friday morning for Colangelo School of Sports Business students.

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Professor’s book illuminates Biblical stories

March 13, 2015 / by / 4 Comments

Dr. Pete Charpentier, an assistant professor in the College of Theology, has published a new book, “Truth from the Trenches — Using God’s Word to Illustrate Timeless Truths.” GCU Today has the story of how Charpentier was inspired to write it, why COT faculty is encouraged to do this kind of work and what the book is designed to accomplish.

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Canyon Challenge finalists have yet another incentive

March 12, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The Canyon Challenge, scheduled for March 24 in the Arena, will feature five mission-driven businesses trying to impress the five judges, who will include Brian Mueller and Jerry Colangelo. And there’s an addition to the $10,000 in prize money awarded by the judges: People in attendees will be able to vote by text to determine their winner of an extra $3,000.

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A student spurts fake blood  onto a blank canvass as part of a blood-spatter analysis demonstration at GCU's Forensic Science Day.
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Forensic Science Day showcases crime-fighting jobs

March 10, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

It’s not every day that you get to experience how blunt force trauma causes blood spatter patterns that can actually be studied and cataloged to help solve a murder. This morning, more than 1,800 visiting high school students had a shot to learn blood-spatter analysis and other forensic reconstruction techniques as part of Grand Canyon University’s annual Forensic Science Day.

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