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Chapel speaker uses his minutes wisely with cellphone message

February 09, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Sure, cell phones have become an important part of everyday life, but Jamie Rasmussen of Scottsdale Bible Church used one of his cellular experiences to relay an important message, in his Chapel talk Monday morning, about what’s important in life. “I wonder how much time you and I spend on things that don’t matter,” Rasmussen said.

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Guard’s meek-first Chapel message is well-timed

February 02, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The message at Chapel Monday morning was about how the meek will inherit the earth, but Ryan Guard’s style is anything but meek. In the GCU grad’s first Chapel talk, his passion and humor played well to an Arena crowd that no doubt will look forward to hearing him again next year.

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The new administration building will be located at the busiest intersection on campus.
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Campus expansion will reach even more students

February 01, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Rick Vacek Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau As if a new engineering building and a state-of-the-art recording studio weren’t enough … As if four new residence halls for freshmen, creating a new community called The Grove, weren’t enough … As if expanded and revolutionized food options, in a corridor christened Lopes Way, weren’t enough … Construction schedule Tentative completion times for the 12 projects underway on GCU’s campus and at its 27th Avenue office complex: MARCH: Hotel pool APRIL: Administration building, soccer stadium MAY: Intramural field, sand volleyball and basketball courts between Canyon and Cypress halls SUMMER: Hotel lobby and restaurant AUGUST: Second engineering building, phase 1; phase 2 to be completed shortly after. Also, Agave, Encanto and Roadrunner apartments, and the parking garage at 29th Avenue and Camelback Road NOVEMBER: 27th Avenue office building and parking garage … There are even more construction projects — 12, to be exact — scheduled to be completed this year at Grand Canyon University. (Click here for a slideshow.) And according to Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin, the impact of the most important change, a new administration building right in the middle of everything at the intersection of the […]

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Chapel talk urges us to be the missing link to God

January 26, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The Gospel of Luke has more parables than any other book in the Bible, and Dustin Tappan of Christ’s Church of the Valley used the three in Chapter 15 — and two of his own experiences — Monday at Chapel to make his point about making sure you’re searching for the right things in your life. But don’t stop there, Tappan told his audience. Your mission also is to help God reach the missing.

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Riccardo Stewart brought an engaging style to his first Chapel address Monday.
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Chapel talk: Knowing God supercedes good deeds

January 12, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Riccardo Stewart, pastor of Redemption Tempe, brought an important message to Chapel Monday morning — that while it’s important to do good deeds, it’s even more important to be in relationship with God. “You and I can do all the religious activities and on the external we can look like we got it, but we really could be in religion and we may not be in relationship with God Himself,” Stewart said.

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President Brian Mueller says that GCU is simply doing God's will in seeking to help the west Phoenix community. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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Heaven helps us help others, Mueller tells Chapel

January 05, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

GCU President Brian Mueller kicked off a new semester of Chapel with a passionate talk about the University’s most passionate mission — helping the west Phoenix community. “This is not me. This is not us. God is doing something powerful here,” Mueller said.

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GCU's ground enrollment hit a record 15,500 students in 2015
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Biggest stories of 2015 mirror GCU’s mission

December 30, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Janie Magruder Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau No matter how you slice it, the most talked-about stories at Grand Canyon University in 2015 had something to do with students and creating for them the best possible academic, spiritual and social experiences. With a record number of students matriculating on campus this year, new programs, new faculty and staff and — especially — new buildings were needed to help facilitate their learning. Additional residence halls and eateries were required for the students’ care and feeding, as were fields for their recreation and structures for their vehicles. The University did not disappoint. In what has become a year-end tradition at GCU Today, here are our top 10 stories of 2015, in no particular order of importance. (We do think you’d be hard-pressed to argue against the first entry, however.) Our list is by no means etched in stone, nor all-inclusive, but is merely meant to prompt water-cooler debates or a bit of reflection. Thanks for the memories, GCU. Up, up, up: student enrollment. If not for the 15,500 traditional students (a 21.6 percent jump over 2014’s ground enrollment) and the 59,200 online students (up 7.5 percent from last year) […]

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The GCU year in pictures for 2015

December 30, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Talk about a year with a lot going on: Big things were happening on the GCU campus and well beyond its borders throughout 2015. Here are the year’s best photos:    

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Chapel, The Gathering schedules announced for new semester

December 28, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The list of Chapel speakers from outside GCU for the spring semester includes five newcomers. It’s always great to hear from a fresh face, but Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin emphasized that the format and feel of Chapel won’t change.

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Chris Jennings (left) and Josh James perform Monday morning at Chapel.
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How Chapel musicians got in such good harmony

December 04, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Anyone who ever has been to Chapel at GCU no doubt appreciates the quality and spirit of the music. But how did it get so good? The student leaders who feel privileged to have the opportunity and the people who oversee the process share how the process works and what makes it special.

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