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Colangelo takes his new GCU role to heart

September 26, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The press conference Thursday to announce the naming of the College of Business after Phoenix icon Jerry Colangelo was a celebration of what he has meant to the Valley and, more recently, GCU. But it also a signpost for what he soon will mean to the University in other ways as he brings his passion to his new role.

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Globetrotting for God: GCU students find spiritual purpose during mission trips

September 15, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Janie Magruder GCU Today Magazine “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” The words of the resurrected Jesus to his disciples, recorded in Matthew 28:19-20 Christ’s Great Commission is being heard loud and clear by His followers at Grand Canyon University. This spring and summer, 233 GCU students and 24 staff members visited 16 countries on five continents to show God’s love, preach the Gospel, experience other cultures and find their global, spiritual purposes. The students signed up and were trained for mission trips organized by the University’s Office of Spiritual Life. GCU’s Global Outreach Ministry began five years when a total of 13 students made two trips, to Germany and the Dominican Republic. This year, 21 trips were made possible through partnerships with global mission organizations such as Students International, CURE and Back2Back. The students’ experiences were nothing short of life-changing. “We say, ‘Short-term trip, lifetime impact,’ and that goes both ways,” said Liz Martin, GCU’s […]

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Star Tech: The Next Generation of GCU Grads

August 20, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

As a Grand Canyon University undergraduate, Jared Stauffer laid out his vision for a new technology company, and he followed through on his dream. Now his Phoenix-based cloud-service company, Brinkster, is thriving.

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GCU came up a winner in Year 1 of D-I

June 16, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University’s first year in NCAA Division I athletics was a success, but it still has three long years to go in the transition process.

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Q&A with Bart Millard about worship arts

June 04, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

An edited transcript of a recent interview with the new director of GCU’s Center for Worship Arts.

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GCU introduces Center for Worship Arts

May 07, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

GCU pulled out all the artistic stops Tuesday evening with the official launch of its Center for Worship Arts, which will begin training students in worship ministry this fall. The event was filled with lights, inspirational music by the University’s Chapel band, and a conversation between Dr. Jason Hiles, dean of the College of Theology where the Center is housed, and Bart Millard, co-founder and lead singer of MercyMe, an internationally acclaimed contemporary Christian group.

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GCU Today Magazine: COFAP rebuilt to last

April 22, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Dean Claude Pensis built the program the first time around, in 1982, and he did it again after it was restored, adding dance, digital film, instrumental music and graphic design.

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GCU Today Magazine: 24 hours in the life of GCU

April 21, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Photo project captured a wide range of events and activities in a 24-hour period in mid-March.

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One grand story: How GCU began rewriting its destiny 10 years ago

April 16, 2014 / by / 6 Comments

Story by Doug Carroll Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau As the students, faculty and staff of Grand Canyon University adjourned for Christmas break near the end of 2003, few of them had much knowledge of the financial health of the sleepy, west Phoenix campus where they studied, taught and worked. They were in the dark, and that was not a bad place to be. Like many private institutions of higher education, Grand Canyon had endured its share of struggles since its humble beginnings in 1949, after three Baptist pastors each had plunked down a silver dollar to start Grand Canyon College in Prescott. Lacking either the taxpayer support of public universities or the substantial donor base of successful private colleges, the school depended primarily on tuition-paying students, of whom there were about 1,500 on campus and a similar number taking classes online in 2003. Budgetary surgery was a way of life. “Every few years, there was a financial crisis,” recalls Dr. Charles Maxson, then in his 20th year on the faculty at Grand Canyon. “That’s how it was, and how most small colleges still are.” In 1997, the University’s lenders had pressured the governing board for a change […]

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All hands on (upper) deck in Arena project

March 11, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s basketball home will grow from a capacity of 4,328 to about 7,000 — and in only a few months’ time, thanks to an aggressive renovation schedule.

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