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Back to School Clothing Drive is a labor of love

July 22, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Laurie Merrill GCU News Bureau If you’ve never seen the annual Back to School Clothing Drive held at Grand Canyon University’s Arena, you’re missing an amazing event. Picture the arena transformed into a shopping mall with various “department stores” in such categories as shoes, socks and underwear, shirts and sweatshirts, shorks and skorts, and of course, Stitches of Love, the area where each item is handmade. More than 4,500 children visited the arena this week to get school supplies, clothes, backpacks and more before school starts. Love, kindness and volunteers made this happen!                

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Heat’s no match for GCU volunteers

June 28, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

GCU News Bureau The call went out at Grand Canyon University: Volunteers were needed for two Habitat for Humanity project dates. Just like that, three groups — two from Athletics, one from the College of Doctoral Studies — responded despite temperatures that were soaring into the 110s. One of the Athletics groups included Karri Vaught, wife of Vice President of Athletics Mike Vaught, and the other was composed of members of the women’s basketball team, detailed here. The Doctoral team included 24 volunteers who, according to Doctoral Specialist Alyssa Berneche, “were truly grateful to be able to help out a family in need.”        

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Amp Up campers make their own guitars

June 15, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Laurie Merrill and Kathryn Scott GCU News Bureau Eight musical students are making their own instruments during Amp Up! Electric Guitars and STEM, one of this summer’s STEM camps held at GCU. On Wednesday, they got to tour the GCU recording studio with recording studio manager, Eric Johnson. “It’s fascinating looking at at all the science and engineering and math that goes into music,” said Amanda Hughens, GCU’s K-12 STEM outreach manager. “The thing I like best about STEM is that it’s ‘life done correctly.’ ”          

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Little hoopsters bring smiles to Lil Lopes basketball camp

June 14, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau What could be more fun than coaching some 50 basketball hopefuls during a two-day summer camp?  GCU women’s basketball players are enjoying the break from working out to enjoy the heart-warming play of the youngsters.        

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Boys’ basketball camp is too cute for words

June 10, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Boys will be boys, so they probably don’t want to hear this. But, boy, are they cute when they’re small and they’re so actively participating in the Dan Majerle camp at Grand Canyon University. There will be two more four-day sessions, June 20-23 on campus and June 27-30 at Scottsdale Community College.      

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Salute our Troops 2016

May 26, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Takashi Sato GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University honored veterans Wednesday during the Salute Our Troops 2016 event at the Arizona State Veteran Home in Phoenix. Military/Business Operations and Community Outreach staffers and volunteers chatted over breakfast pastries and coffee with some of the men and women who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The disabled veterans who live in the 200-bed facility near Seventh Street and Indian School Road could choose among a drum circle, Texas Hold ’Em, wheelchair bowling and karaoke before joining a military branch singalong.                          

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Colangelo Scholarship winners

May 11, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau The four winners of the Colangelo Scholarships — named in honor of Jerry Colangelo, namesake of GCU’s Colangelo College of Business — received the good news this week in four separate ceremonies at their respective schools. They are Denice Ledezma of Westwood High School in Mesa, Tierney Gallagher of Mountain Pointe High in Phoenix, Areina Wilson of Paradise Valley Christian Preparatory and Manuel Aguilar of Franklin Police & Fire High in Phoenix.              

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Students Inspiring Students scholarship awards at three high schools

May 06, 2016 / by / 1 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Students Inspiring Students full-tuition scholarships to Grand Canyon University were handed out Thursday at three area high schools — Washington, Central and Franklin Police and Fire. It was an emotional moment for students and their families.  

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Commencement Day 2: Morning session

April 26, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Takashi Sato Special for the GCU News Bureau Saturday morning’s full-house graduation of online students at Grand Canyon University was a heart-warming, triumphant event. And in a morning filled with bright moments, one of the highlights may have been when Diana Dichter, 73, who is in a wheelchair, received her first college degree.  

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Commencement Day 3: Afternoon session

April 26, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau More smiles, cheers and proclamations of congratulations were on display during the afternoon session of the final day of spring commencement at Grand Canyon University.  

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