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Tuxes to water wings: Mr. GCU delights big Arena crowd

March 27, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau The University’s 13th annual  Mr. GCU, a beauty pageant of sorts for male students, was a smash hit Thursday in the Arena, where 12 contestants participated in a swimsuit competition and demonstrated their considerable talents, from singing and dancing to comedy and roping. The Mr. GCU title went to sophomore Joseph Koetter, who performed a soulful rap that was a testimony of his life growing up in a divorced household

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O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A! ends Ethington Theatre’s 60th season on a big, high note

March 19, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Sure as shootin’, “Oklahoma!” will delight audiences this weekend and next in Ethington Theatre as the College of Fine Arts and Production caps the theatre’s 60th season and the 2014-15 academic year. In eight nearly sold-out performances, COFAP’s spin on Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical will be jam-packed with fun music, gorgeous costumes, fantastic sets and praiseworthy acting, dancing and singing.    

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GCU treats community children to Easter party

March 16, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau There were more than enough Easter crafts, Easter eggs and hugs with the Easter bunny to go around Saturday at Grand Canyon University’s annual Canyon Cares Easter. An estimated 200 children from the community attended, and the day was made that much better by the 90 volunteers, many of them students, who helped out.

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Thousands raise awareness of childhood cancer, support young patients at GCU run

March 09, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News  Bureau You couldn’t have asked for a better morning or a more inspirational crowd for the fifth annual GCU Foundation Run to Fight Children’s Cancer Saturday on campus. Dozens of teams representing children who have fought or are fighting cancer came out for the run, which not only increases public awareness of the deadly diseases but also raises money for research and support for children and their families.  

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GCU celebrates online community at reception, game

February 23, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau GCU welcomed online students and faculty to campus Saturday with a reception and free tickets to the men’s basketball game. In rolling out the purple carpet, the University also feted three exemplary students who gave testimonials during the reception, and it awarded scholarships to the children of one of the students, Jessica Smith.    

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COFAP brings ‘Romeo and Juliet’ to Ethington

February 04, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau The College of Fine Arts and Production is performing one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved plays, “Romeo and Juliet,” this weekend and next weekend on campus. Although other works by the Bard of Avon have been done in Ethington Theatre, it’s the first time for this tragic love story to come to that GCU stage.  

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Club cultivates Valleywide ‘Buddies’

February 03, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

GCU News Bureau The GCU Best Buddies club invited other chapters from around the Valley to Thursday’s men’s basketball victory over Kansas City. Best Buddies focuses on friendship and self-development programs for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. GCU Best Buddies is led by student officers Jordan Burnbridge, Geneva Heinkel and Amber Williams, in addition to advisors Rebekah Dyer (full-time ground professor) and Shelley Evans (full-time online instructor). The chapter is one of more than 40 other university, high school and middle school chapters in Arizona. (Photos courtesy of Rebekah Dyer)  

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Lopes fans fill the Thunder Zone

February 02, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau It was a party in the upper deck of GCU Arena during Saturday’s men’s basketball game, as Lopes fans enjoyed free food, T-shirts, visits from Thunder and more in the new Thunder Zone. The fans are inaugural members of the University’s “First Teamers.”      

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Dr. Ben Carson at GCU Arena

January 30, 2015 / by / 2 Comments

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Dr. Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon and Republican presidential hopeful, addressed more than 1,000 people following Thursday night’s men’s basketball victory over Kansas City at GCU Arena, delivering an inspirational message that urged people to get involved in the nation’s political future.

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GCU’s project with Habitat for Humanity gets off to big start

January 24, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona kicked off Saturday with 200 volunteers working at eight sites. It was a successful opener, and not just because so much got done. Homeowners who hadn’t heard about the project saw the commotion and, in several cases, expressed interest in having their homes renovated.      

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