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‘Big Dog’ Abell cowboys up, earns master’s degree

October 14, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Mike “Big Dog” Abell entered GCU Arena for fall commencement, not with a graduation cap, but with his signature cowboy hat. Abell, a fixture at the University, earned his master’s degree in professional counseling — something that will help him in his work counseling visually impaired clients at Family Ministry Counseling and Psychotherapy Services. Abell, himself, is blind.

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At crunch time, grads showed what makes them tick

October 14, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Graduates juggle raising children and balancing jobs with their studies. GCU Today talked to several graduates about the road to receiving their degrees during fall commencement Friday.

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Keynote speaker urges graduates to get in the game

October 13, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The keynote speaker at fall commencement gave graduates something to remember. Dave Davlin, who combines entertainment with a powerful message, reminded them that like a game of basketball, life is ticking. “No one ever became the hero while sitting on the bench,” he said.

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Home-schoolers get schooled in business

October 13, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

One entrepreneur is thinking of starting a shoe-customization business. Another already sells high-end, custom-made bullwhips. Still others have started their own nonprofit. The kicker? They’re all just teenagers and were on campus Thursday to participate in a collaborative training between GCU’s New Business Development Center and Strategic Educational Alliances.

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Chapel: Shlemon’s talk is a matter of life and death

October 10, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Advancements in science and technology can be great, Alan Shlemon of Stand to Reason told Chapel on Monday, but killing human beings in the name of progress must never be tolerated by Christians. “We are witnessing the death of the idea that human beings are special in some significant way and that they are valuable and that we should care for them,” Shlemon said.

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Thousands descend for jam-packed Family Weekend

October 09, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Johnae Hughes’ family came from Honolulu to visit her on Family Weekend, and the long trip was worth it — not just to see Johnae, a GCU freshman, but to see her zip in a frenzy through the Lope Shop to grab as much merchandise as she could in 60 seconds as the winner of the first “Thunder Bolt.” It was just one of the many activities on campus.

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Top philosopher defends Christian worldview

October 05, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. J.P. Moreland, considered one of the top 50 living philosophers in the world, has been one of the most prominent and popular speakers to be invited to campus, and his two talks Wednesday drew large crowds. The talks were part of the One Foundation series.

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Donation keys into computer science training

October 03, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

More than 4 million science and tech jobs are available in the United States. Still, only one in four schools in Arizona offers a computer science curriculum. Grand Canyon University and Science Foundation Arizona are hoping to change that and are getting help from a $100,000 donation from Verizon for Code.org training for teachers.

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Rare elsewhere, chaplains are an Ethington Theatre tradition

October 03, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Chaplains are a relative rarity in the world of theatre, but GCU’s College of Fine Arts and Production has made chaplains as integral a part of Ethington Theatre productions as the role of stage manager or assistant director. It’s only fitting, junior Tarnim Bybee said: “We are theatre people, but we are also Christian people.”

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Honors students inducted into GCU’s Alpha Chi chapter

October 02, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

The Grand Canyon University Alpha Chi National Honors Society induction ceremony on Saturday, honored 55 new members who have exemplified the highest academic achievement and commitment. “These students put in so much time, energy and effort and they don’t always know that recognition is going to come from that – so to be able to stop and recognize that work is very meaningful to them and their families,” said Breanna Naegeli, Assistant Dean at the Honors College.

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